Zilvinas Kempinas  Represented 2003 - 2009

Zilvinas Kempinas was born in Lithuania in 1969 and has been living and working in New York since completing his MFA in 2002. The artist’s unique installations often use unspooled videotape and electric fans to conjure transfixing visual conundrums such as ‘Flying Tape’ (2004), which levitated a room-size loop of video tape on the air currents from a circle of fans; and ‘White Noise’ (2007), which recreated a monumental kinetic screen of ‘white noise’ on the gallery wall.

Since having his first one-person exhibition at Spencer Brownstone Gallery in 2004, the artist has had two further solo shows with us in 2006 and 2007 and enjoyed an ever-growing international reputation. His entire 2006 show was purchased for the Margulies Collection, Miami, and he has had recent solo museum exhibitions at Palais de Tokyo, Paris and the Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius. In 2007, the artist was highlighted by Art Review Magazine as one of its 'Future Greats: 25 Artists You Need to Know', and received the Calder Prize and Atelier Calder Residency Award. In 2008, the artist will be showing at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and, in 2009, having a solo exhibition at the Kunsthalle, Vienna.


Zilvinas Kempinas, 'Tube', Lithuanian Pavilion, 53rd Venice Biennale, June - November, 2009

'White Noise', Spencer Brownstone Gallery, April - May, 2007

'Columns' and 'Bike Messenger', Spencer Brownstone Gallery, January - February, 2006

'Flying Tape', Spencer Brownstone Gallery, July - August, 2004
   
   
   
Born 1969 Plunge, Lithuania
Lives and works in New York
 
EDUCATION
1998-02 Hunter College, City University of New York, MFA, combined media
1987-93 Vilnius Art Academy, BFA, painting
   
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2009 The Venice Biennale 53rd International Art Exhibition, Venice, Italy
  Volta Show 05, solo presentation with Spencer Brownstone Gallery NY, Basel, Switzerland
 
2008 Kunsthalle, Vienna, Austria
  Galerie des Franciscains & Le Grand Café, Saint-Nazaire, France
   
2007 Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, Lithuania
  'White Noise', Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York
   
2006 Palais de Tokyo, Paris
'Columns / Bike Messenger',Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York
 
2004 'Flying Tape', Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York
   
2003 Still and 186 000 mi/s, site specific installations, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York
   
1996 The New Year of King Nebuchadnezzar, site specific installation, Vilnius, Lithuania
   
1996 Portraits-Fossils, Jutempus Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania
   
1994 Painting from Nature, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, Lithuania
   
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2009 Fall Out, Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto, Ontario
  The Foundation of Art: The Base and its function since Auguste Rodin, Städtische Museen, Heilbronn Gerhard Marcks Haus Bremen, Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Germany
  Romantische Maschinen, Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin, Germany
  Espèces d'espaces, Yvon Lambert Gallery, New York, NY
  We Go Round in Circles at Night, Contemporary Art Museum Rochechouart, France
  Immediate Future, Lund Konsthall, Lund, Sweden
 
2008 Now Jump, Nam June Paik Art Center, Yong-in City, Republic of Korea
Go East I, Mudam Collection, Musee d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Mudam, Luxembourg
  SFMoMA, New Works Series, San Francisco
  MANIFESTA7, Bolzano, Italy
  Leftovers, Micamoca Berlin, Berlin, Germany
  'Permutations', at the Musée des Beaux Arts et d'Archéologie, Valence, France
  '+ De Réalité', École Régionale des Beaux-Arts, Nantes, France
  MANIF D’ART 4. La Biennale en Art Actuel de Quebec, Quebec, Canada
   
2007
Collected Visions: Modern and Contemporary Works from the JPMorgan Chase Art  Collection, Pera Museum, Istambul, Turkey
  Calder Foundation, Beaux-Arts Mansion of Cultural Services of the French Embassy, New York, NY
Voyage Intérieur, FRAC-Languedoc-Roussillon, Montpellier, France
  StereoVision: From 2D to 3D, University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, Florida
  The Last Seduction- A Welcome Surrender To Beauty, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago
   
2006 Hapax, APERTO Gallery, Montpellier, France
Marcel at the Bit! (The Imitation of Marcel Duchamp), CRAC LR Art Center, Sète, France
 
2005 Red, White, Blue, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York
   
2005 Drawings / Works with Paper, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York
   
2002 MFA Thesis Show, Time Square gallery, New York
   
1999 Prague Quadrennial 1999, Prague, Czech Republic
Lithuanian Art 1989 -1999, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, Lithuania
 
1998 After Painting, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius
   
1997 Footnotes, Reykjavik Municipal Art Museum, Iceland
   
1996 Holy Lie, press project, Vilnius, Lithuania
   
1995 Whales Stomach, site specific installation, Vilnius, Lithuania
Recent Documents, Balzekas Museum, Chicago, IL
 
1994 Art in Lithuania, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, Lithuania
For Beauty, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, Lithuania
 
1993 Kultr, Gallery Arka, Vilnius, Lithuania
   
1992 Good Evils, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, Lithuania
Advent Bunch, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, Lithuania
   
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
2009 City Pavilions, The Pick of the National Shows, Art World Magazine, Sept-Oct, 2009
Ting, Selina, Interview with Zilvinas Kempinas, initiArt Magazine, Issue #1
Beaux Arts Magazine, Venice Biennale: Les Bonnes Surprises, Summer 2009
Duponchelle, Valérie, Le palmarès off de la Biennale de Venise, Le Figaro, June 12, 2009
Vogel, Sabine B., Rondo Veneziano, artnet.dk, June 11, 2009
Zilvinas Kempinas Lithuanian Pavilion 53rd International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, eds. Orange, Mark; Rutkute, Laura; and Kreivyte, Laima, 128 page monograph published on the occasion of the artist’s solo exhibition at the Venice Biennale
Beaux Arts Magazine, Venice Biennale: Notre Sélection, June 2009
McLean Ferris, Laura, Caught On Tape, Art Review Magazine, June 2009
2007 Michael Amy, 'White Noise', Review, Art In America, November 2007.
  Oates, Leah, Miami Truly Lives Up to the Hype, Art Fairs International vol. 3 (April 20-7), pp. 18-19.
  Mark Rappolt, 'Zilvinas Kempinas', ‘Future Greats: 25 Artists You Need To Know’, Art Review Magazine, March, 2007
  Oates, Leah, Miami Truly Lives Up to the Hype, Art Fairs International vol. 3 (April 20-7), pp. 18-19.
  Lee, Linda. “The Action at the Fairs.” InsideOut, January/February 2007.
  Pacquement, Alfred. “Art Basel Miami Beach: Le-rendez-vous de tous les excès,” Le Journal des Arts (Paris), Jan 2007.
2006 Mason, Christopher. “The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse.” Art Basel Miami, December 2006.
Village Voice, Voice Choices, February 8th
Roberta Smith, review, The New York Times, February 10th>
2004 The Village Voice, Voice Choices September 1st, 2004
Time Out New York 'Don't Miss!', August 26th, 2004
The New Yorker, August 30th, 2004
Art & Antiques, September 2004
New York Press, August 2004
2002 History Of Lithuanian Art, Vilnius
1999 Lithuanian Art 1989 - 1999, Vilnius
Prague Quadrennial 1999, Prague
72 Lithuanian Artists about Art, Alfonsas Andriuskevicius, Vilnius
1998 Lithuanian Art 1975 - 1995, Alfonsas Andriuskevicius, Vilnius
  After Painting, Vilnius
1997 Footnotes. Lithuanian Contemporary Art, Vilnius
1995 For Beauty, Vilnius
1995 Art in Lithuania, Vilnius
Recent Documents. New tendencies in Lithuanian Art, Vilnius
   
SELECTED GRANTS AND AWARDS
2007/08 Calder Prize and Atelier Calder Residency Award.
1998 Kristoforas Award for best Drama Theater Stage Design, Vilnius, Lithuania.
1994 Westerly Trust Grant, London, UK.
Academie Schloss Solitude Grant, Stuttgart, Germany.