Grand Tour, Marcia Wood Gallery, February 1 - March 2, 2013
Kim Anno's new body of paintings entitled Grand Tour, are spectacular
images of iconic cities and landscapes that we cherish, and damage,
by "loving them too much". Grand Tour is a uniquely new
approach to painting and the work was recently debuted at the Miami
art fairs by Marcia Wood Gallery to wide acclaim. Photographic
images are inkjet printed directly onto either aluminum or canvas
and then oil paint is applied in a variety of methods. The resulting
work is beautiful, sensual, haunting and provocative. The exhibition
in Atlanta will be only the second viewing of this series and will
include Paris, Venice, Florence, Yosemite, Miami, San Francisco
and London, among others. All of Anno’s imagery – cinematic,
photographic, paintings – are painterly, with a sense of
irony, beauty, and loss. The imagery throughout the various mediums
speaks to a disruption with the environment, of iconic places,
cities, landscapes, nature, that we all hold dear and ache to see
marred, spoiled and endangered. The work is ambiguous with it’s
tension between lyrical fluid painterly beauty and subtle implications
Kim Anno was born in Los Angeles, California and lives currently
in Berkeley, CA, where she is currently a professor of painting
at the California College of the Arts, San Francisco. She is a
painter, photographer and video artist. Her work is marked by a
sense of visceral and sensual color and fluidity, in figurative
and abstract paintings, photography and video.
Anno is also passionately devoted to expanding the function of
art in society. In July 2012 she had a solo exhibition at the Goethe
Institute in Johannesburg. Also in July 2012, her video work was
screened at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, as well as in
Cape Town, SA in “Letters from the Sky”. In Fall 2011,
she screened her video “Men and Women in Water Cities, Chapter
1” on a monumental scale - 67’x15’, in Flux Projects,
Atlanta, as well as showed her photography in “Don’t
Panic” Bartel Trust Centre Gallery in Durban, South Africa.
In 2012 she was awarded an Open Circle Foundation Fellowship supporting “Men
and Women in Water Cities, Chapter 3”. In 2010 her video
was presented at the 2010 Site Santa Fe Biennale’s “One
Night Stand Video screening”, The Berkeley Art Center, the
Bedford Gallery, and Launch pad Brooklyn in New York. I
In 2012 Anno's new “Grand Tour” paintings were introduced
at Art Miami/ CONTEXT Art Fair, Miami, with Marcia Wood Gallery.
In 2010, her etching was included in the print portfolio “Pull”,
by the Marcia Wood Gallery, followed by a solo exhibition of paintings
at Marcia Wood Gallery. In 2009 she had two solo exhibitions, one
a retrospective at King’s Art Center in Hanford, California,
and the other at Patricia Sweetow gallery in San Francisco.
In 2003 Anno published The Mirror of Simple Souls, an artists'
book in collaboration with Anne Carson at One Crow Press at St.
Benedict’s/St. John’s University in Minnesota. In 2006,
the Getty Research Institute acquired the book as did Columbia
University. In 2013, she will publish, Albertine’s Work Out
She has exhibited her work at the Berkeley Art Museum and the Varnosi
Museum in Hungary, Chautauqua Center for the Visual Arts, New York,
the Zaloren Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, Museum of Modern Art
in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Peter Miller Gallery in Chicago, Sue
Scott Gallery, NY, Patricia Correia Gallery in Los Angeles, Gallery
128 New York, NY, The Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana,
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, Armory Center for
the Arts, Pasadena, Calif., The Hyde Collection, N.Y., Butler Institute
of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio, and Obudai Galeria, Budapest,
Hungary as well as the Embassador's Estate in KualaLampur, and
Qatar (Artists in Embassies Program), the Mead Museum, and the
Bennington Museum among others.
Anno’s work is included in museum collections nationally
and internationally, such as SFMOMA, the Honolulu Academy of Fine
Arts, the Brooklyn Museum, the Oakland Museum, and the Herzog-Anton
Ulrich Museum, Braunshweig, Germany, among others. In 2012 Anno
received a commission from the Goethe Institute, as well as a St.
John’s Literary Press commission for a photogravure print.
In 2012-2010 she was awarded a fellowship from the Zellerbach Foundation,
in 2002 a Fleischhaker Award from the Eureka Foundation, in 2001
a Gerbode Foundation Purchase Award for the San Francisco Museum
of Modern Art, and the Honolulu Academy of Art Museum. Anno has
also received the Western States Regional/National Endowment for
the Arts Fellowship, Creative Work Fund grant of the Walter and
Elise Haas Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Fellowship at Yaddo for her collaboration with Anne Carson, the
Flintridge Foundation Fellowship at Djerassi Foundation, several
California Arts Council Grants, a San Francisco Arts Commission
Fellowship, and a City of Oakland public art commission.
Solo exhibition, Marcia Wood Gallery, May 6 - June 12, 2010 - installation