22.04.29. CFHILL – Kennedy Yanko

CFHILL – Kennedy Yanko – Moving Weight – April 28 to May 27, 2022 – Västra Trädgårdsgatan 9 – Open Tue–Fri, 12 PM–5 PM, Saturday, 12 PM–4 PM

ABOUT the artist

Kennedy Yanko is a painter-sculptor based in Bushwick, Brooklyn. She works in paint skin and metal, repurposing materials in unexpected, lyrical combinations. Her current work explores the limits of material gesture, and simultaneously reveals innate links between seemingly dissimilar objects.

ABOUT the exhibition

We are delighted to present American artist and rising star, Kennedy Yanko, in her first solo exhibition in Scandinavia. Based in Brooklyn, New York, the Missouri native has created a new visual language with her sensual hanging sculptures and wall reliefs. By redefining the traditional concept of painting by delving into the limitless possibilities of sculpting with paint, the artist has added yet another layer to the art historical canon. Yanko approaches the more archetypal forum of metal sculpture, in particular scrap metal, and infuses the material into her practice. By opening her artistic practice to more atypical trains of thought, Yanko has expanded her expression to encompass these new directives.

It is with great pride that CFHILL presents this exhibition, a dialogue between Kennedy Yanko and one of the most important artists, painters, of the 20th Century, Hilma af Klint. Af Klint’s work, although revered, never overshadows Yanko’s four powerful, bombastic new works created for this exhibition. By allowing for a balanced dance to come to life, both artist’s works give new meaning to the concept of poetry created by object and artwork. The physical and metaphysical weight the two artists encounter and challenge via their artistic practices is on display, daring the space and those who enter to engage with complex concepts of self and art-making, as well as how we relate to beauty and aesthetics of the work. Moving Weight, invites the viewer to participate in an ongoing dialogue between Kennedy Yanko & Hilma af Klint, where spirituality is often left to the side as an afterthought. In defiance of this stance, we invite the observer to allow the artwork to occupy both their body and mind, truly engrossing themself with the materiality and weight of the work.

— Introduction to Kennedy Yanko. April 27, 2022.

ABOUT the space

CFHILL is an international art space and art advisory in central Stockholm, situated in a 17th-century palace. Since its inception in 2015, CFHILL has presented over fifty exhibitions across a vast range of artists including; Hilma af Klint, Sheila Hicks, Sonia Delaunay, Yayoi Kusama, Donna Huanca, Jean Dubuffet, Carsten Höller, Carl Larsson, Olafur Eliasson, Anders Zorn, Lucio Fontana, Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, Niki de Saint Phalle, Jonathan Lyndon Chase, Vilhelm Hammershöi, Andy Warhol, Aaron Garber Maikovska, Ryan McGinley, Annie Morris, Yayoi Kusama, Donna Huanca & Amoako Boafo.

CFHILL operates as an independent and open source in a global network of artists, curators, galleries and collectors, with the ambition to create a dialogue across generations of artists. Previous exhibitions that have been curated by CFHILL or in collaboration with; Melanie Lum (US/China), Francesca Gavin (UK), Sandra Weil (Tel Aviv), Rick Herron (US), Sophie Mörner (US), Javier Peres (Berlin), Destinee Ross-Sutton (New York) and revolved around themes such as gender, sexuality, politics, and race.

CFHILL’s leading independent art advisory is active across the entire spectrum of the global art market. Our Art Advisory team helps guide our clients through the global art market by combining art-historical knowledge with market intelligence and commercial expertise. We have created numerous art collections for private collectors as well as for corporations and institutions. The SEB art collection is an example of this, which holds one of the most extensive corporate collections of Nordic art.

CFHILL’s private sales team provides personal and confidential advisory, executed with substantial market knowledge to Scandinavian and international clients. The private sales team has previously placed works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Fernand Léger, Ed Ruscha, Imi Knoebel, Richard Artschwager, Robert Mangold, Kenneth Noland, John Chamberlain, Konrad Klapheck, Sam Francis & Andy Warhol among others.

CFHILL’s flagship art space is located on Västra Trädgårdsgatan 9 in the heart of Stockholm, where the art is presented over two floors in five different galleries. During 2020 CFHILL had a pop-up art space on Malmskillnadsgatan 38B, where artists across generations were highlighted through innovative exhibition initiatives.

CFHILL was founded and led by Michael Storåkers, Executive Chairman and Head of Contemporary, Anna-Karin Pusic, CEO and Head of Specialists, and Michael Elmenbeck Creative Director and Head of Exhibitions.

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