• Hello Faun

    Hello Faun

    COOPER COLE is pleased to present a two-person exhibition by New York-based artist Elisabeth Kley and Toronto-based artist, Scott Treleaven.

    Friends for many years, Kley and Treleaven share a fascination for epochs and historical communities that have regarded beauty and decoration as vital components of human flourishing and social reform. The exhibition features five of Kley’s signature black and white ceramic vessels, for her first presentation in Canada, alongside a new body of works on paper by Treleaven, created in tandem with his ongoing ‘new pagan paintings’ series that premiered at the gallery in 2023.

    In 1969, writer and illustrator Philippe Jullian published Esthètes et Magiciens, a crucial reexamination of the Decadents and Symbolists, written some sixty years after the peak creative fervour of the fin de siècle. Widely celebrated, Jullian’s book imagined the burgeoning youth culture of his own era could learn from an aesthetic movement that didn’t regard utopian fantasies as distractions from activism, but rather as an essential precursor. What Jullian effectively described was part of a recurring, tenuous aesthetic alliance that can be traced back to late antiquity; a sensibility that can be found in abundance throughout Kley’s and Treleaven’s work.

    There is an undeniable sense of presence in Kley’s ceramics. The distinct quality of her designs is achieved through a lengthy process of fieldwork and notation, followed by a cycle of drawings and studies before their eventual transcription onto clay. Profoundly balanced yet vibrating with graphic intensity, they seem to be at once artifact and personage, as they draw from the entire history of human ornament, embellishment and decoration — as likely to emanate from the 80s New York drag scene as they are from costume designs of the Ballets Russes. In his text on Kley, artist Paul P. notes that the deceptively solid markings feel like a timeline in flux, in a single glance one sees “the piebald pants of Leon Bakst’s faun, Nijinsky…the sleek black poison of Beardsley’s elastic lines…the working-class girls of of Paul Poiret’s Ecole Martine dressed up in their own designs…” Just as easily we can locate rumination on Bacchus, Mercury, Pan, the Wiener Werkstätte or an Egyptian fragment. Dead fingers talk again. Closer examination of the works’ surface further belies their stillness as black edges bleed cobalt blue and indigo tones into milky whites.

    Treleaven’s vivid paintings on paper are imbued with a similarly uncanny aura. Revisiting the Northern Renaissance vanitas with efflorescent brushwork and a mix of gouache, acrylic and pastel, the natural elements feel freed from their moorings. The pictures seem set into wild motion, like an array of luminous miniature volcanoes. An advocate for ecstatic over purely academic traditions, Treleaven has always sought genealogies of mark-making that fall outside of mainstream art discourse. The floral motifs that recur throughout his practice invoke unruly, entropic forces, as do his distinctively erratic, abstracted lines. An abiding interest in experimental writing, underground zines and pop occultism points us somewhere beyond abstract expressionism, towards gestures more deeply rooted in the “automatic” writing and drawing proffered by spirit mediums, and queer avant-gardists like Brion Gysin, Austin Osman Spare or Jean Cocteau (a touchstone shared with Kley). Treleaven’s paintings seem on the verge of materializing or vanishing, like a new message being received or an old one effaced by an explosion of colour. While the palette conjures fauvist comparisons, it is as likely to stem from a Beat or psychedelic impulse. Writer Derek McCormack captured the spirit of Treleaven’s florals when he described them as witnessing a Joe Brainard painting ravishing a Charles Burchfield.

    The undeniably pleasurable and voluptuous aspects in Kley’s and Treleaven’s work imply that study of natural forms can both revitalize and lead us towards rewarding contemplations of waywardness and transformation. What unites the two artists above all is a joy in close inspection, in tender examination of traces left by another’s hand —an exhortation to look, and look again. In this exhibition the garden and temple are present and interchangeable, the mark-making rooting us firmly in the present.

  • Cover Band

    Cover Band

    Asya Geisberg Gallery is proud to present “Cover Band,” a group exhibition of 14 artists creating homages, satires, ripoffs and paeans to those they admire.

    Art history is full of references to previous artwork, from subtle nods to full-on appropriation. For this exhibition, each artist was invited to create a work that considers this practice from the perspective of the cover song, a term borrowed from the pop-music world. A cover can shed new light on an iconic work. It can bring it back from obscurity. Sometimes it overshadows it.

    A Spotify playlist of cover songs will accompany the exhibition, playing at the opening and available on the Asya Geisberg Gallery website. The public is invited to suggest additions to the list throughout the run of the show.

    Participating artists include: Lisha Bai, Michael Bühler-Rose, Noa Charuvi, Byron Kim, Elisabeth Kley, Ani Liu, Fabienne Lasserre, Sharon Madanes, JJ Manford, Rebecca Morgan, Gabriel Orozco, Sara Shaoul, Barb Smith, Elisa Soliven.

  • Cymodocea


    As part of a series of exhibitions and commissions looking at the relationship between fine art and crafts conceived for its Welcome Gallery, the Currier Museum of Art is delighted to announce a new collaboration with New York-based artist Elisabeth Kley (b. 1956).
    Elisabeth Kley’s new installation, titled Cymodocea – a sea grass that lives in warm water that is increasingly diffused due to global warming – combines her signature ceramic sculptures with wall paintings, effectively creating an environment rich with references that span classical times to the history of modernism. This striking black-and-white installation will be interspersed with a selection of Kley’s bold works on paper, giving further insight into how the artist consistently explored the history of decoration and patterns throughout her career.

  • 15 x 15 Independent 2010-2014

    15 x 15 Independent 2010-2014

    Independent is pleased to announce a special 15th anniversary exhibition taking place at the fair, from May 9-12 at Spring Studios in Tribeca. Featuring artists and galleries who have made a significant impact on Independent’s history, 15 x15: Independent 2010-2024 is curated by the fair’s founder Elizabeth Dee and founding curatorial advisor Matthew Higgs with the generous support of the participating galleries.
    Elisabeth Kley
    Elisabeth Kley showed ceramics, ink drawings, and paintings all featuring her distinctive black-and-white patterns with Canada at Independent in 2018 in a memorable immersive installation. The site-specific solo installation was conceived as “a 360-degree panorama of her world,” said the gallery’s cofounder Phil Grauer. After seeing the show, the curator Karen Patterson invited Kley to experiment with screen printing fabrics as an artist-in-residence at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia. This culminated with an exhibition in 2021 of wall-sized fabric hangings as a backdrop for an array of ceramic work. The artist has prepared a new site-specific commission for this exhibition.

    Presented by Canada, New York

  • collaboration with LA FETICHE

    collaboration with LA FETICHE

    LA FETICHE is pleased to present a unique collaboration with artist ELISABETH KLEY, a renowned ceramist whose work responds to world histories, artistic practices and movements, illustrating the joy that comes from looking.

  • Kabinett at Art Basel Miami

    Kabinett at Art Basel Miami

    Kabinett: Elisabeth Kley

    Canada at Art Basel Miami Beach 2023

    Miami Beach Convention Center
    Galleries booth C10
    VIP Opening:
    Wednesday, December 6, 2023: 9:30am – 7pm
    Thursday, December 7, 2023: 10am – 7pm
    Public Opening:
    Friday, December 8, 2023: 11am – 6pm
    Saturday, December 9, 2023: 11am – 6pm
    Sunday, December 10, 2023: 11am – 6pm

    CANADA presents 'Café Cleopatra,' a site-specific installation of new sculpture and painting by Elisabeth Kley. Flanking a central entrance to the rest of the booth, a hand-painted mural complicates the space with trompe l’oeil screens and patterns inspired by sources such as The Wiener Werkstätte, ancient Egyptian design, and modern art. These patterns find their way to the surfaces of Kley’s bluish-black and white painted ceramic vessels and objects, creating an immersive environment of motifs drawn from a myriad of influences.

    Elisabeth Kley (b. 1956, New York, NY) is best known for her black and white ceramic sculptures, vessels, drawings, and site-specific paintings inspired by modernist theater sets and costume designs. Kley has been the subject of many solo exhibitions including CANADA, New York (2023); Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts, Omaha (2023); The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia (2021); Parts & Labor Beacon, Beacon (2021); Gordon Robichaux, New York (2019); South Willard, Los Angeles (2019), among others. Kley lives and works in New York.

    Kley’s work is in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her first solo museum exhibition, Minutes of Sand, at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, ran from March-August 2021 and traveled to the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha through April 2023. A catalog for Minutes of Sand was published in April 2023.

  • South Willard at Gordon Robichaux

    South Willard at Gordon Robichaux

    South Willard
    Curated with Matt Connors and Matt Paweski

    November 5-December 17, 2023
    Opening Sunday November 5, 12-6pm

    Gordon Robichaux presents South Willard, an exhibition dedicated to the community surrounding the Los Angeles gallery. The show will include work by over seventy artists and designers.

    Alvar Aalto, Diana “Dee” Yesenia Alvarado, Richard Aldrich, Altadena Works, Sylvie Auvray, Steven Baker, Steven Baldi, Ray Barsante, Andy Beach, Stan Bitters, Onochie Chukwurah, Josh Cloud, Kelly Marie Conder, Thurston Conder, Wolfy Conder, Matt Connors, Alan Constable, Nina de Creeft Ward, Sydney de Jong, Lecia Dole-Recio, Shannon Ebner, Stan Edmondson, Bella Foster, Michael Frimkess, Gillian Garcia, Christopher Garrett, Melvino Garretti, Karin Gulbran, James Harrison, Roger Herman, Tristan Hirsch, Gwen Hollingsworth, Evan Holloway, Violet Hopkins, Robert H. Hudson, Aki Ilomäki, James Iveson, Ravi Jackson, Ava Woo Kaufman, Danielle Kays and Aya Mckenzie, Elisabeth Kley, David Korty, Maddy Inez Leeser, Higinio Martinez, Simphiwe Mbunyuza, Ian McDonald, Roy McMakin, Jason Meadows, JP Munro, Leone Benenati Muzquiz, Narumi Nekpenekpen, Dewey Nelson, Eugene Ong, Arthur Ou, Sanou Oumar, Matt Paweski, Mary Ping, Gio Ponti, Ryan Preciado, Robert Rapson, Carlo Scarpa, Daisy Sheff, Bruce M. Sherman, Peter Shire, Ettore Sottsass, Ricky Swallow, Magdalena Suarez Frimkess, Christian Vargas, Lesley Vance, Pedro Alejandro Verdin, Sigrid Vejvi, Torbjörn Vejvi, Erika Vogt, Peter Voulkos

    Gordon Robichaux
    41 Union Square West #925 & #907
    New York, NY 10003

    Friday-Sunday 12-6pm and by appointment

  • A Seat in the Boat of the Sun

    A Seat in the Boat of the Sun

    Canada is pleased to present A Seat in the Boat of the Sun, Elisabeth Kley’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. Kley explores and expands themes she is known for—geometric and plant motifs borrowed from a wide range of sources including Wiener Werkstätte designs from the last century and ancient Egyptian designs. The show features six sculptures, most of which are placed directly on the gallery floor. The sculptures are surrounded by black and white paintings on unstretched fabric and on the wall, immersing the viewer in a world of pattern.

    Most of the ceramics in A Seat in the Boat of the Sun were produced while she was on a residency in Guadalajara, and the pre-Columbian and modern art and architecture of Mexico can be felt in the works. The forms of the hand-built ceramics are modular blocks, some with dynamic semi-circular curves. They fit together like a stone wall or bars of musical notation.

    Kley has painted an abstracted staircase and a high wall with a sliver of dark sky as the propositional setting for the exhibition, which she has conceived as a sunken garden at night.

    60 Lispenard Street
    New York, NY 10013
    212 925 4631

    Tuesday - Saturday 10AM - 6PM

    March 29 - May 20, 2023

  • Canada on Paper

    Canada on Paper
    98 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, NY
    May 6 – June 18, 2023
    Gallery Hours: Thursday – Saturday, 12 – 6 PM

    Brian Belott, Ben Berlow, Katherine Bernhardt, Katherine Bradford, Joe Bradley, Kari Cholnoky, Joe DeNardo, Daniel Hesidence, Marc Hundley, Xylor Jane, Elisabeth Kley, Sadie Laska, Stuart Lorimer, Lily Ludlow, Mary Manning, RJ Messineo, Tyson Reeder, Joan Snyder, Trevor Warren, Violet Webster, Annette Wehrhahn, Anke Weyer, Rachel Eulena Williams.

  • Book Release: Minutes of Sand

    Book Release: Minutes of Sand

    Thursday, May 4, 6:30 PM⁠
    60 Lispenard St, New York

    Please join us to celebrate the release of Elisabeth Kley's new publication, Minutes of Sand

    Designed by Joe Gilmore with an essay by Amelia Stein and an interview with Rachel Adams and Karen Patterson, Minutes of Sand catalogs Elisabeth Kley's recent exhibitions at The Fabric Workshop and Museum and The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. The book features works on paper, sculptures, and installation views from the exhibition.

  • Minutes of Sand at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

    Minutes of Sand at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

    Elisabeth Kley: Minutes of Sand
    December 8, 2022–April 15, 2023
    Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
    724 S. 12th Street
    Omaha, NE 68102

  • Elisabeth Kley at ACK 2022

    Elisabeth Kley at ACK 2022

    Canada is pleased to participate in Art Collaboration Kyoto 2022 alongside Tomio Koyama Gallery. Elisabeth Kley has been invited to create a special installation at the center of the fair, spanning her work in ceramics and painted and printed textiles.

    Art Collaboration Kyoto
    November 18 – 20, 2022
    Kyoto International Conference Center Event Hall
    Takaragike, Sakyo-Ku, Kyoto 606-0001 Japan

  • Other People’s Projects: Pre-Echo Press

    Other People’s Projects: Pre-Echo Press

    White Columns is pleased to present ‘Other People’s Projects: Pre-Echo Press’, organized by Matt Connors. Pre–Echo Press was founded in 2016 by New York-based visual artist Matt Connors as a platform for “disseminating a diverse and idiosyncratic array of recorded and printed matter.”

    Participating Artists
    Matt Connors, Brian W. Ferry, Luigi Ghirri, Joe Gilmore, Nate Harrington, Elisabeth Kley, Sanou Oumar, Ryan Preciado, Nick Relph, and Ken Tisa.

    November 10 - December 17, 2022
    91 Horatio Street, New York, NY 10014 Tuesday–Saturday, 11 AM–6 PM

  • The Deep End

    The Deep End

    The Deep End

    Ben Berlow, Marc Hundley, Xylor Jane, Robert Janitz, Sahar Khoury, Elisabeth Kley, Willy Le Maitre, Michael Mahalchick, Joanna Malinowska, Ken D. Resseger, Anke Weyer, and Annette Wehrhahn

    Canada, East Hampton, NY
    On view through September 24, 2022

    98 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, NY 11937
    Open Thursday through Sunday, 12 - 5 PM

  • American Academy of Arts and Letters 2022 Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts.

    American Academy of Arts and Letters 2022 Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts.

    The Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts is an annual event for members of the American Academy of Arts and Letters to honor contemporary artists who they believe are making some of today’s most important and timely work.

    The Invitational is an exhibition without a theme or a single author, and yet, certain tendencies emerge in this year's installment. In many cases, the finished works destabilize, even disregard, old disciplinary questions rooted in hierarchy—is it a painting or a sculpture; art or craft? Instead, they opt for plenitude, for and, and, and. Objects in the exhibition extend the art historical archive to include artifacts of incarceration, migration, and climate emergency. They heighten our attention to color and scale. Artists employ a range of techniques: marbling, weaving, glazing, animation, found-object manipulation, collage, dark-room processing, and more, often in “wrong” or unconventional ways. We witness art’s capacity for surprise, and the enduring pleasure of material experimentation.

    Candida Alvarez, Eddie Rodolfo Aparicio, Andrea Belag, Ellen Berkenblit, Garrett Bradley, Kerstin Brätsch, Cynthia Daignault, Carl D’Alvia, Thomas Eggerer, Hadi Fallahpisheh, Keltie Ferris, Judy Fox, Joanne Greenbaum, Rachel Harrison, Anna Sew Hoy, Tishan Hsu, Jacqueline Humphries, Suzanne Jackson, Tomashi Jackson, Elisabeth Kley, Pam Lins, Rodney McMillian, Laura Newman, Janice Nowinski, Eileen Quinlan, Matt Saunders, Arlene Shechet, Arthur Simms, Michael Smith, Shinique Smith, Martine Syms, Kennedy Yanko

    American Academy of Arts and Letters
    March 12 – May 22 2022
    Gallery Hours: Friday through Sunday, 12—6pm
    Enter through terrace on Broadway, between West 155th and West 156th Streets
    Wheelchair access available by calling 212-368-5900

  • March Avery & Elisabeth Kley

    March Avery & Elisabeth Kley

    March Avery & Elisabeth Kley

    October 30, 2021 – January 30, 2022

    Parts & Labor Beacon is pleased to present March Avery and Elisabeth Kley, an exhibition of recent monochromatic ceramic sculpture and vessels by Elisabeth Kley (b. New York, 1956) and a selection of vibrant figurative paintings and works on paper by March Avery (b. New York, 1932). Though these two artists analogously capture aspects of humankind and of life’s everyday moments – both present and past – their use of two distinct mediums freely allow for their works to register inversely.

    1154 North Avenue
    Beacon, New York 12508

  • Tangerine


    Acquavella Galleries is pleased to present Tangerine, a group exhibition of five contemporary artists presented in collaboration with Canada, a New York artist run space, at its Palm Beach location. Tangerine features the work of contemporary artists Katherine Bradford, Elisabeth Kley, Luke Murphy, Tyson Reeder, and Rachel Eulena Williams. Ranging in age from 27-79 years, the exhibition reflects on Canada’s unique approach to blending artists of widely-ranging generations and practices.

    340 Royal Poinciana Way, Suite M309
    Palm Beach, FL 33480

    OCTOBER 19-NOVEMBER 29, 2021

  • 100 Sculptures

    100 Sculptures

    anonymous gallery is happy to announce the 5th and final edition of the exhibition 100 Sculptures, opening June 30th at the gallery’s New York location: 136 Baxter Street, New York, NY 10013, June 30 - August 21, 2021

  • White Columns benefit print

    White Columns benefit print

    White Columns 50th Anniversary Editions

    Elisabeth Kley
    Five Egyptian Flowers, 2021
    Risograph print
    11 x 8.5 in.
    Edition of 50
    Signed and numbered
    $200 + shipping

    To purchase this edition or for more information please contact info@whitecolumns.org.

  • Minutes of Sand at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia

    Minutes of Sand at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia

    Minutes of Sand, Elisabeth Kley’s first solo museum show, features an entirely new body of work. Invited to print yardage utilizing FWM’s world-renowned screenprinting facilities, Kley is interweaving her ceramic and painting practices with three new yardage designs and a new suite of ceramic sculpture for the exhibition.

    Elisabeth Kley’s work sits at the distinctive confluence of pattern, decoration, and contemporary art. Known for her black-and-white patterns featured in ceramics, drawings, paintings, and site-specific installations, the artist draws inspiration from motifs featured in ornamentation, architecture, interior decoration, and a myriad of global art traditions. Merging the ancient and modern, Kley translates these fragments into an interdisciplinary practice conveying ideas of opulence and mystery.

    “Elisabeth Kley looks for inspiration from global art and architecture histories,” states FWM Curator Karen Patterson. “Islamic tile work from Central Asia, Spain, and North Africa can be seen in her geometric and floral patterns. Her bold, abstract lines are inspired by Roman frescoes and mosaics, Egyptian hieroglyphics, or Coptic, Indian and Wiener Werkstätte textile designs. And yet she conveys these motifs with a contemporary edge, one that feels both handmade and in motion.”

    The new yardage designs developed in collaboration with FWM for Minutes of Sand present a distinct but complementary trio unified by their vibrant colors and graphic patterns. Each was printed on site during Kley’s screenprinting residency, part of an initiative by Patterson to reignite residencies similar to those foundational to FWM in the 1970s. The exhibition also presents a new series of ceramic works developed in the artist’s Brooklyn studio. Standing in contrast to the exuberant colors in the yardage, these new ceramics are painted in Kley’s signature black-and-white style.

    March 5, 2021–August 15, 2021

    The Fabric Workshop and Museum
    1214 Arch Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19107

    Tues-Fri 12-6
    Sat-Sun 12-5

  • I Know Where I'm Going Who Can I Be Now at The Modern Institute, Glasgow

    I Know Where I'm Going Who Can I Be Now at The Modern Institute, Glasgow

    The Modern Institute, 14—20 Osborne Street, Glasgow: Sam Ainsley, Martin Boyce, Matt Connors, Stephanie Crawford, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Duggie Fields, Luke Fowler, John Giorno, Andrew J. Greene, Peter Hujar, Marc Hundley, Suzanne Jackson, William E. Jones, Alan Kane, Andrew Kerr, Elisabeth Kley, Adam McEwen, Victoria Morton, Sanou Oumar, Toby Paterson, Richard Porter, Walter Price, Dominic Samsworth, Peter Schlesinger, Josh Smith, Ettore Sottsass, Paul Thek, Hayley Tompkins, Fredrik Værslev, Frederick Weston

  • Viewing Room and Online Viewing Room at Canada

    Viewing Room and Online Viewing Room at Canada

    Two sculptures and seven prints installed in the viewing room at Canada, 60 Lispenard Street, New York, NY 10013, Tuesday - Saturday: 11AM - 6PM. There is also an online viewing room. 4/15/21 - 5/8/21

  • LAUNCH F18: 10 Years

    LAUNCH F18 is delighted to present a special viewing room and exhibition: LAUNCH F18: 10 Years. This unique presentation features a selection of artworks highlighting the many collaborations and exhibitions the gallery has organized over the past 10 years. This unique retrospective features work by: Noah Becker, Katie Bell, Katherine Bradford, Sam Cockrell, Joy Drury Cox, David Deutsch, Nathan Dilworth, Omari Douglin, Andrej Dubravsky, Matt Ducklo, B.D. Graft, Meena Hasan, Richard Jacobs, Tommy Kha, Elisabeth Kley, Sean Lamoureux, Gracelee Lawrence, Erika Mahr, Chason Matthams, Tibi Tibi Neuspiel, Jack Pierson, Didi Rojas, Rachael Tarravechia, Taylor O. Thomas, Bradford Willingham and others.

  • DOWNTOWN 2021

    DOWNTOWN 2021

    La MaMa Galleria presents DOWNTOWN 2021
    curated by Sam Gordon, January 4—30, 2021

    La MaMa Galleria
    47 Great Jones Street, New York, NY 10012
    Friday/Saturday 12-6pm and by appt

    DOWNTOWN 2021 takes its name from the film Downtown 81, which portrayed a day in the New York City of 1981 in all its glory. Forty years later, the exhibition acts as a sequel to the film, taking inspiration from downtown as an idea, a state of mind, and a generative space—rather than just a geographic location—and extending its scope beyond Manhattan to galleries in Brooklyn and Queens. The exhibition is composed of works by artists who have been included in current or previous exhibitions from a selection of over 25 galleries. Taken together, the spaces reveal the currents of new visual culture and the idea of a new downtown, taking shape through painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, video, installation, and touching on themes of collaboration, liberation, dance, and bartending.

    9 Herkimer Place / Bill Jenkins · 321 Gallery / Jenni Crain · A.I.R. Gallery / Rosemary Mayer · CLEARING / Zak Kitnick · Deli Gallery / Adrianne Rubenstein · Elijah Wheat Showroom / Sara Maria Salamone · Zoe Fisher Projects / Elisabeth Kley, Matt Paweski · Fortnight Institute / Peter Shear · Gloria's / Leah Dixon · Higher Pictures Generation / K8 Hardy, D’Angelo Lovell Williams · Interstate Projects / Joel Dean · JAG Projects / Jessie Stead · Jenkins Johnson Gallery / Ming Smith · Luhring Augustine / Charles Atlas · Microscope Gallery / Peggy Ahwesh · Minus Space / Michelle Grabner · Mrs. / Tracy Miller · Orgy Park / Jacob Robichaux · Ortega y Gasset Projects / Frederick Weston · Pioneer Works / LJ Roberts · Sardine / Maria Calandra · Soloway / Hadi Fallahpisheh, Phoebe d’Heurle · Songs for Presidents / J. Stoner Blackwell, Lizzie Scott · Underdonk / Leilah Babirye · Welancora / Helen Evans Ramsaran · ZAK'S / Polly Apfelbaum, Madeline Hollander

    Programs : Beverly’s / Sam Chun · Electronic Arts Intermix / Kalup Linzy · Wendy’s Subway / Sky Hopinka

  • The Planter Show

    The Planter Show

    Fort Makers is pleased to present The Planter Show, a group exhibition of sculptural planters, flower pots, and abstract containers in which plant life can grow, created by 40 contemporary artists and designers. Featuring over 40 works, the exhibition stems from humanity’s enduring effort to establish meaningful, nondestructive relationships with the natural world, and examines the power of the vessel as a sacred container and conceptual metaphor.

    Simone Bodmer-Turner, BNAG (Oliver-Selim Boualam & Lukas Marstaller), Body Language Shop (Jackie Zdrojeski), Emilia Brintnall, Myagmarsuren Brown, Laura Chautin, Nicole Cherubini, Naomi Clark, Lauren Elder, Future Retrieval (Katie Parker & Guy Michael Davis), Joanne Greenbaum, Paula Greif, Samuel Harvey, Cody Hoyt, Elisabeth Kley, Janie Korn, Jessi Li, Rebecca Morgan, Harry Nuriev, William J. O'Brien, Diego Olivero, Scott Reeder, Tamika Rivera, Didi Rojas, Bruce M. Sherman, Keith Simpson, Farrah Sit & Joel Seigle, Noah Spencer, Joe Sturm, Shino Takeda, Astrid Terrazas, Trish Tillman, Uno+Ichi (Hana Ward), Kukuli Velarde & Doug Herren, Ivy Weinglass, and Arnie Zimmerman.

    September 25 – November 19, 2020

    Fort Makers | 38 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
    Hours by Appointment: Tues-Sun, 12-7pm | Tel: 917-588-4533

  • In Support of Black Lives

    In Support of Black Lives

    In Support of Black Lives

    In this time of national reckoning and protest, we invite you to help Canada raise funds for the protection and support of Black lives through an online sale of works. 100% of the proceeds will go to a broad range of organizations and projects focused on racial justice.

    We as a collective of artists and staff are committed to the work of recognizing and dismantling white supremacy and systemic racism, starting from within.

  • The Essential Goods Show: online at Fisher Parrish Gallery 6/26 - 8/30/2020

    The Essential Goods Show: online at Fisher Parrish Gallery 6/26 - 8/30/2020

    Fisher Parrish Gallery is incredibly proud to present The Essential Goods Show. When we asked 80 artists at the start of lockdown to make an object they deemed to be essential – a word that had become so common and such a determining factor in our productivity, our businesses and the way we conducted our everyday lives – we were feeling fear, isolation, anxiety, sickness and a desire to promote personal well being. Within these three months we have grown furious, frustrated, discontent, tired, and are now taking up action together like never before. Some objects here are beautifully simple meditations on form and function, some are personal and sentimental, and others are powerfully political. All of them, in one way or another, are fascinating artifacts of a bizarre and unprecedented time.

    20% of the proceeds of this exhibition will go to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund – an organization we feel can make actionable change towards defunding the police and ending racism and police brutality.

  • Sculpture from a Distance

    Sculpture from a Distance

    A rotating exhibition series of outdoor sculpture installed in the front yard of Parker Gallery.
    Part II (May 16–29)
    Lukas Geronimas, Evan Holloway, David Horvitz, Patrick Jackson, Elisabeth Kley, Anne Libby and Roni Shneior

    and by appointment
    2441 Glendower Ave
    Los Angeles CA 90027
    +1 213 631 1343

  • Finding Our Way, lumber room, Portland OR

    Finding Our Way, lumber room, Portland OR

    Over the past 10 years the lumber room has established itself as a meeting ground, exhibition space and private residence, with a goal of creating access and community around a shared interest in the arts. Our current exhibition aims to highlight the idea of the lumber room as a place in-between roles; a site that strives for domestic comfort while inviting discourse around contemporary art. Finding Our Way explores the collection as a point of entry for understanding the person who built it, Sarah Miller Meigs, and the artists and ideas she supports.
    With an intention of engaging the collection within the setting of a home, this exhibit will experiment with informal modes of display and a regular rotation of work being moved in and throughout the space.

  • A Page From My Intimate Journal (Part II)

    A Page From My Intimate Journal (Part II)

    From March 15–April 25, Gordon Robichaux will present an expansive group exhibition at Parker Gallery in Los Angeles: A Page From My Intimate Journal (Part II) —. The exhibition exemplifies Gordon Robichaux’s distinct vision and program, and includes works by artists represented by the gallery, artists who have collaborated with the gallery over its three-year history, as well as those who point to the program’s future:
    Wilder Alison, Leilah Babirye, Matt Connors, Jenni Crain, Stephanie Crawford, Florence Derive, Daphne Fitzpatrick, Gillian Garcia, Daniel Marcellus Givens, ​Janice Guy, Otis Houston Jr., Miles Huston, ​KIOSK​ / Marco ter Haar Romeny, Clifford Prince King, Elisabeth Kley, ​Wayne Koestenbaum, Siobhan Liddell, Rosemary Mayer, McDermott & McGough, Reverend Joyce McDonald, Matt Paweski, Signe Olson, Sanou Oumar, Kerry Schuss, Dean Spunt, Tabboo!, Ken Tisa, Boris Torres, and Frederick Weston.A Page From My Intimate Journal (Part II) —. The exhibition exemplifies Gordon Robichaux’s distinct vision and program, and includes works by artists represented by the gallery, artists who have collaborated with the gallery over its three-year history, as well as those who point to the program’s future:
    Wilder Alison, Leilah Babirye, Matt Connors, Jenni Crain, Stephanie Crawford, Florence Derive, Daphne Fitzpatrick, Gillian Garcia, Daniel Marcellus Givens, ​Janice Guy, Otis Houston Jr., Miles Huston, ​KIOSK​ / Marco ter Haar Romeny, Clifford Prince King, Elisabeth Kley, ​Wayne Koestenbaum, Siobhan Liddell, Rosemary Mayer, McDermott & McGough, Reverend Joyce McDonald, Matt Paweski, Signe Olson, Sanou Oumar, Kerry Schuss, Dean Spunt, Tabboo!, Ken Tisa, Boris Torres, and Frederick Weston.

  • Work on view at Independent, CANADA booth

    Work on view at Independent, CANADA booth

    Spring Studios
    March 5 - 8, 2020

  • Gordon Robichaux is pleased to present Garden, a site-specific installation by Elisabeth Kley and Tabboo!. The exhibition is a continuation of the artists’ fifteen-year relationship of shared inspiration and collaboration that includes set design and props for Tabboo!’s stage productions and videos, and photographs of his impromptu performances (shot and edited by Kley between 2004 and 2009) that Kley used as source images for her drawings during that time.

    The installation is inspired by the immersive garden environment in Tabboo!’s home-studio, Kley’s engagement with Roman wall painting and interiors, and their shared interest in theater design, still life, and floral and vegetal motifs. The gallery will be transformed into a lush garden with functioning ceramic fountains, stools, and plant pots surrounded by wall murals and paintings of decorative architecture, vegetation, birds, and insects.

  • Canada b/w Drag City

    Canada b/w Drag City
  • Show of Shows, in the Cité Radieuse by Le Corbusier

    Show of Shows, in the Cité Radieuse by Le Corbusier
  • Monograph published by Pre-Echo Press, with essays by Paul P. and Edward Leffingwell
    Book launch Thursday May 31 6-8 at Karma Books
    136 East 3rd Street, New York, NY

  • 100 Sculptures in Paris

    One hundred small sculptures by over one hundred international artists, curated by Todd von Ammon and Joseph Ian Henrikson, the 2nd edition opens in Paris. The show will remain on view for one week and will include a vernissage / opening reception: Thursday, May 16 from 6-8, 18 Rue Dussoubs, 75002 Paris, France

  • Window installation at Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, University of the Arts
    333 South Broad Street
    Philadelphia, PA
    May 3 - June 16 2019

  • Elisabeth Kley and Sanou Oumar
    Organized by Matt Connors

    April 14 through May 26, 2019

    South Willard
    970 N Broadway #205
    Los Angeles CA 90012
    Telephone (323) 653-6153
    info [at] southwillard.com

  • Lecture at Cranbrook Academy of Art

    Wednesday, 13 March, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Cranbrook Art Museum
    39221 Woodward Ave.
    Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304 United States


  • Notebook
    Curated by Joanne Greenbaum
    February 9 - March 31, 2019

    56 Henry Street
    (between Market and Catherine)
    Chinatown, NYC

    56 HENRY is pleased to present Notebook, an exhibition curated by Joanne Greenbaum. Comprised of over 70 works, ranging from lists and diagrams, to small drawings and torn out sketchbook pages, Notebook showcases an index of items culled from artists’ processes.

    Curated by Alexander Gorlizki
    6th December 2018 – 31st January 2019

    Joost van den Bergh
    24 Georgian House
    10 Bury Street
    London, GB SW1Y 6AA

    A Concentration of Power aims to explore forms of power expressed in small scale. Images and objects that depict symbols, physical gestures and icons that suggest potency are presented alongside ceremonial objects and talismans created to achieve transformation though ritual and contemplation. Some of the objects and drawings are created with such focus and concentration that they appear to be imbued with their own latent power.

    With contributions from:

    Matt Connors / Alison Wilding / Conor Wilson / Jackie Ellcock / Karun Thakar / Bone figure, Afghanistan / Lucy Heyward / Madeline Fenton / Kullu Manali Meteorite / Mahali O’Hare / Mark Dunhill & Tamiko O’Brien / Mujeeb Bhatti / Coptic icon, Ethiopia / Nathalie de Leval / Paul McNeil / Wood clapper (dibu), Bakongo tribe / Roger Ackling / Sarah Woodfine / Snowden Flood / Colter Jacobsen / Egyptian fish-tailed knife / Alexander Gorlizki / Elisabeth Kley / Eric Himmel / Eyal Danieli / Hugo Guinness / John Borowicz / Ken Tisa / Keris Salmon / Larry Krone / Matt Tiernan / Oliver Herring / Peter Krashes / Ruth Marten / Sanou Oumar / Siobhan Liddell / Egyptian faience amulet / Frank Walter / Venetian & Jatim glass beads / Ashanti Gold Ring / James Castle / Leonhard Fink / Leopold Strobl / Mortar and Pestle, Northern California Ohlone/Costonoan / Philip King / Hans Sebald Beham / Female steatopygous idol / Jürgen Tauscher / Dom Sylvester Houédard / Badrinath Pandit / Ludmila Mueller Leal / Pre Columbian Stone Axe / Heidi Gustafson

  • Inaugural Group Exhibition

    Gavlak Palm Beach
    11/10 - 12/22 2018
    340 Royal Poinciana Way, Ste M307, Palm Beach, FL 33480

  • work on view at FIAC 2018 in CANADA booth I.I25 10/18-10/21 (image with works by Denzil Hurley and Marc Hundley)

  • anonymous gallery
    Córdoba 125, ​Colonia Roma Norte, CDMX​ 06700
    Mexico City
    curated by Todd von Ammon and Joseph Ian Henrikson
    September 21 - November 3 2018

  • This image, called Swords, is available as t shirt or tote bag at Pierogi as part of Power Ts 2018. All shirts and bags are $45 to benefit Swing Left toward taking back the House in 2018. The event is from August 7-10 and there is a reception at gallery August 7 from 5-9. Shirts and bags can also be ordered online:

    Pierogi Gallery
    155 Suffolk Street
    New York, NY 10002

  • Work available in White Columns Benefit Auction

  • Elisabeth Kley
    Independent NY

    March 8-11, 2018

    Spring Studios, 6th Floor
    50 Varick St
    New York NY

  • Painting

    Group Show
    Gavlak Palm Beach
    February 17 – April 21, 2018

    249B WORTH AVE., PALM BEACH, FL 33480
    T +1 561.833.0583

  • A Page from My Intimate Journal (Part I)

    Math Bass, Hawkins Bolden, Jenni Crain, Guy de Cointet, Matt Connors, Lucky DeBellevue, Florence Derive, Liz Deschenes, Shannon Ebner, Melvin Edwards, Vincent Fecteau, Denzil Forrester, James Hoff, Otis Houston Jr., Marc Hundley, Miles Huston, Shirley Jaffe, Caitlin Keogh, Elisabeth Kley, Wayne Koestenbaum, Siobhan Liddell, Magic Markings, Darinka Novitovic, Sanou Oumar, Matt Paweski, Bernard Piffaretti, Howardena Pindell, Charlotte Posenenske, Michael Queenland, Collier Schorr, Kerry Schuss, Amy Sillman, Allison Smith, Gwen Smith, Martine Syms, Tseng Kwong Chi, Karlheinz Weinberger, Frederick Weston, Martin Wong, B. Wurtz and Amy Yao.

    Gordon Robichaux
    41 Union Square West, #925
    (Enter at 22 East 17th Street)
    New York, NY 10003

    image: Guy de Cointet, A Page from My Intimate Journal (Part I)-–, 1974

  • Design Miami

    Design Miami

    work on view at Design Miami 2017 with Pierre Marie Giraud
    Booth G12 December 6-10, Meridian Avenue and 19th Street
    Miami Beach

  • Piece installed in Beth DeWoody's Bunker

    Piece installed in Beth DeWoody's Bunker

    Beth DeWoody's Bunker, a 20,000-square foot building at 444 Bunker Road in West Palm Beach, will open as a place to exhibit her modern and contemporary art collection with a by-invitation reception Saturday December 2, 2017. After that it will be open by appointment as a private exhibition space. For an appointment to see the art, contact sandra@brdart.com or call 582-4574.

  • FOTG at Mitchell Algus Gallery

    The first of four shows marking the gallery's first 25 years

    December 2, 2017–January 7, 2018

    A gallery is a social organism.

    The Mitchell Algus Gallery opened in November of 1992 with an exhibition of Harold Stevenson's The New Adam (1962), now in the collection of the Guggenheim Museum. FOTG is the first of four exhibtions marking the gallery's first quarter century. It will be followed by three shows, of selected abstract, representational and conceptual work, in the new year.

    FOTG includes work by
    Gene Beery, Dan Burkhart, Neke Carson, Mathew Cerletty, Whitney Claflin, Arthur Cohen, Colette, Magalie Comeau, Tom Evans, Scott Grodesky, Matt Hoyt, Mary Jones, E’wao Kagoshima, Tillman Kaiser, Dennis Kardon, Steve Keister, Elisabeth Kley, Jill Levine, Megan Marin, Juanita McNeely, Dave Miko, Eric Mitchell, Morgan O'Hara, Mark Prent, James Rauchman, David Reed, Ira Richer, Walter Robinson, Julia Rommel, Nicolas Rule, Francis Lisa Ruyter, Kerry Schuss, Stuart Servetar, Mark Sheinkman, Walter Steding, Harold Stevenson, Taro Suzuki, John Tremblay, Kiyoshi Tsuchiya, Arturo Tulinov, Alan Turner, Jeff Way, Mie Yim and John Zinsser

    and contibutuions by writers/curators
    Adrian Dannatt, Bob Nickas, Jay Sanders, Stuart Servetar and Olivia Shao (contributing George Brecht)

  • the form is stone, the dress is rain
    Curated by Rafael Sánchez

    September 22 - October 15 2017


    AMP Gallery
    432 Commercial St, Provincetown MA 02657 | East End | 646.298.9258

  • Gordon Robichaux Print Portfolio Launch

    Gordon Robichaux Print Portfolio Launch

    Gordon Robichaux
    Print Portfolio Launch with a Performance by Dean Spunt

    Edition of 8 prints by 8 artists: Leilah Babirye, Lucky DeBellevue, Elisabeth Kley, Siobhan Liddell, Monique Mouton, Dean Spunt, Tabboo! and Ken Tisa

    Saturday, Sept 16th 2017

    Gordon Robichaux
    41 Union Square West #925
    (Enter at 22 East 17th Street)

  • Palampore for Maharam Digital Projects

    Palampore for Maharam Digital Projects

    Palampore originated as a series of twenty-one paintings of tree of life imagery interpreted from Palampore—a type of hand-painted, mordant-dyed cloth common in India during the 18th and early 19th centuries that was designed primarily for the European export market. Using watercolor paint on Japanese paper, each panel offers a different interpretation of the symbol in both fantastical detail and loose, gestural motifs.
    Installation is sized, priced and produced on a project-specific basis.

  • CANADA Friends & Family Popup/Elisabeth Kley Ceramic Anthology

    CANADA Friends & Family Popup/Elisabeth Kley Ceramic Anthology

    August 16-18, 2017

    Featuring works by CANADA artists, staff, friends, and family,
    plus an installment and sale of Katherine Bernhardt's
    Magic Flying Carpets of the Berber Kingdom of Morocco, and an Elisabeth Kley Ceramic Anthology.

    333 Broome ST
    NY NY 10002
    212 925 4631


  • The First Ever & Only East Hampton Biennial
    curated by Woobie Bogus and Adrianne Rubinstein
    July 7, 8, 9 2017, 1-8 PM
    The Barn: East Hampton, NY

  • Flaming June VII (Flaming Creatures)
    June 8 – August 5, 2017

    Lisa Anne Auerbach, Judie Bamber, Amy Bessone, Andrew Brischler, Zoe Buckman, Willie Cole, Mike Davis, Lecia Dole-Recio, Judith Eisler, Alexandra Grant, Keith Haring, David Haxton, Nir Hod, Timothy Horn, Elisabeth Kley, Kelly Lamb, Bovey Lee, Michael Manning, Maynard Monrow, David Mramor, Yuval Pudik, Dean Sameshima, Tabboo!, Betty Tompkins, Marnie Weber, T.J. Wilcox, and Rob Wynne.

    Gavlak Los Angeles
    1034 N. HIGHLAND AVE., LOS ANGELES, CA 90038

  • NUT is an all women’s publication devoted to celebrating and fostering the female artist community. 57 works on paper by women artists compose the first volume.
    Through the donation of 100% of book sale proceeds to the Global Fund for Women we hope to help alleviate women’s adversity in a small way.
    In addition to the initial press of 300 volumes available for purchase at the gallery, 50% of proceeds from artwork sales will also benefit the Global Fund for Women.

  • Marina Adams, Etel Adnan, Josh Blackwell, Katherine Bernhardt, Katherine Bradford, Sarah Braman, Matt Connors, Bella Foster, Grandma Moses, Nancy Haynes, Denzil Hurley, Xylor Jane, Karen Kilimnik, Elisabeth Kley, Sadie Laska, Sherrie Levine, Lily Ludlow, Mary Manning, Erin O'Donnell, Elena Pankova, Noam Rappaport, Martha Rosler, David Benjamin Sherry, Sue Tompkins...Organized by Marc Hundley

    Frieze New York
    Randall's Island
    May 4-7, 2017

    MARCH 24 - APRIL 21, 2017

    Brendan Burzinski, David Goodman, Elisabeth Kley, Jessie Holmes, Leslie Baum, Rico Gatson, Russel Maltz, Sarah Goffstein, Tommy Mintz, Vadis Turner, William Corwin

    Geary Contemporary
    185 Varick St.
    New York, NY 10014

  • I, CYBORG, curated by Will Corwin, at Gazelli Art House, London

  • work included in auction to benefit Hillary Clinton

    work included in auction to benefit Hillary Clinton
  • Two Years of Looking
    curated by Erik Hanson
    July 15 - August 28, 2016
    New Art Projects

  • Mayest
    05/01/2016 - 05/29/2016
    curated by Katherine Aungier
    Orgy Park
    Brooklyn NY

  • Jack Pierson: Tomorrow’s Man

    April 21-July 1, 2016

    Sheppard Contemporary
    Church Fine Arts Complex
    University of Nevada

    University Galleries is pleased to announce a new exhibition curated by internationally renowned artist Jack Pierson. First conceived as a publication, the third volume of which was recently released, Tomorrow’s Man has grown into a three dimensional iteration of the bulletin-board, idea mash-up found in the publication and includes many of the artists Pierson finds most interesting and thought provoking. Inspired by a midcentury male physique magazine of the same name, the exhibition Tomorrow’s Man includes artworks by Michael Bilsborough, Stephen Tashjian (Tabboo!), Laurel Sparks, Richard Tinkler, Florence Derive, Chris Bogia, Bryson Rand, David Dupuis, Jeff Davis, Andrea Zittel, Cali DeWitt, Shari Elf, Zak Arctander, Kembra Pfahler, Joe Sinness, Paul Sepuya, Elisabeth Kley, and Peter Fend.

  • Ozymandius

    January 9 - February 14, 2016
    New York, NY

    Canada is pleased to present "Ozymandias" a one-person exhibition by Elisabeth Kley. Ms. Kley's first solo show with the gallery will include works on paper, a wall painting, and ceramic pieces that refer to Weiner Werkstatte, Studio Craft and the history of excessive decoration.

    November 21, 2015 - January 17, 2016
    Catinca Tabacaru Gallery
    New York, NY

  • Ten Year Anniversary
    GAVLAK Los Angeles
    November 6 – December 23, 2015

  • Harum Scarum

    Florence Derive * Elisabeth Kley * Jack Pierson * Richard Tinkler
    August 21 - September 10, 2015
    Albert Merola Gallery
    Provincetown, MA

  • Summer Group Exhibition
    July 25 – August 29, 2015
    Gavlak Los Angeles East Gallery

  • Gavlak Palm Beach Summer Show 2015
    July 10 – September 30, 2015

  • Inside the Episode
    curated by Jack Pierson
    June 20 - July 26, 2015
    LAUNCH F18
    New York, NY

  • translucent threads of dawn

    Regina Rex
    New York, NY

    6/14/2015- 7/26/2015

    Elisabeth Kley
    Conrad Ventur

    “Mentally, perhaps she was already three parts glass. So intense was her desire to set up a commemorative window to herself that, when it was erected, she believed she must leave behind in it, for ever, a little ghost. And should this be so, then what joy to be pierced each morning with light; her body flooded through and through by the sun, or in the evening to glow with a harvest of dark colours, deepening into untold sadness with the night….What ecstasy! It was the Egyptian sighing for his pyramid, of course.”
    -Ronald Firbank, Vainglory

  • A Sign of Eternal Beauty

    February 6 - March 7, 2015
    GAVLAK Palm Beach

    GAVLAK Palm Beach proudly presents "A Sign of Eternal Beauty," an exhibition of new works by two accomplished and under-recognized artists, Florence Derive and Elisabeth Kley, showing together for the first time. The show will include paintings, ceramics, and works on paper. The title of the exhibition stems from Jack Pierson's 2013 poem inspired by Derive's paintings and persona, and it unites with Elisabeth Kley's shared dramatic sense of gestural flourish employing shape and color motivated by natural forms. The artists paired here find voice separately represented by a grouping of entirely singular images and sculptures, while simultaneously engaging in a command of expression about repeat pattern and divergence, seasonal change, and the timelessness and power of voluptuous color.

  • Pick One
    1/11/2015- 2/22/2015
    New York, NY, 10002

  • Prophetic Diagrams
    curated by Will Corwin
    October 25- December 19, 2014
    Cheymore Gallery, Tuxedo, NY

  • work included in Tomorrow’s Man 2

    Edited and designed by Jack Pierson and Roger Bywater
    Published by Bywater Bros. Editions, 2014
    112 pages, softcover
    10 x 7.25 inches / 25.4 x 18.4 cm

    ISBN 978-0-9780789-9-7

  • Anthropocene
    July 25 - August 22, 2014
    New York, NY

    curated by Sam Gordon
    June 27 - August 16, 2014
    Andrew Edlin Gallery
    New York, NY

  • NADA New York, May 9-11 2014

    Work on view and available at NADA New York 2014 in booths of Season and Regina Rex.

  • 39 great jones

    Large ceramic sun installed in window at 39 Great Jones Street, May - June 2014 (curated by Ugo Rondinone)

  • Triple Masquerade: Ink Drawings, Vessels, Notebooks

    February 28 - March 30 2014
    Schema Projects
    92 St. Nicholas Avenue
    Brooklyn, NY 11237

  • Claxons at Haunch of Venison NY

    19 JUL - 17 AUG 2012

    Haunch of Venison is pleased to present Claxons, a group show curated by art critic Walter Robinson. The show will feature works by ceramic artist Elisabeth Kley, glass artist John Drury, painter Robert Goldman and Robinson. The exhibition aims to present underrepresented artists with an idiosyncratic sensibility. The title of the show Claxons (or loud horns) refers to the idea that artists create dissonance and cacophony. “It’s about letting oneself be carried along by events rather than trying to steer a clear path,” explained Robinson. “Each artist’s work is disturbed, either through subject matter that focuses on outcasts or through execution of materiality.”
    Kley will present a selection of her painted ceramic pots and drawings that exemplify her interest in drag culture and extravagance. Depicted in vivid colors, her ceramic pieces reference Gothic ornamentation, Islamic, Roman and Byzantium styles, and thus resemble ceremonial vestiges. One highlight is her drawing Large Ethyl Eichelberger that captures the flamboyant essence of American drag performer Ethyl Eichelberger in an elongated and dramatic form.

    550 West 21st Street
    New York, NY 10011

  • The Queen's Feathers

    John Tevis is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Elisabeth Kley, The Queen’s Feathers, from 7 March through 7 April, 2012.

    The gallery will exhibit six hand-inked prints by Elisabeth Kley. These works are rubbed and printed on Japanese and Thai paper using a series of plates made from Styrofoam into which the artist has drawn, cut and gouged her images of peacocks. Kley’s interest in the spectacular costume of these male animals evolved from her interest in drag as an extreme transformation. Unfolding their tails, peacocks undergo a metamorphosis akin to that of a man who changes his everyday appearance to become a fabulously artificial version of a woman. Designed to theatrically accessorize the domestic interiors of a flamboyant world, the artist’s prints are made for fantasized homes that could belong to the aging dandies she has drawn for years, including Salvador Dali, Erté, Coco Chanel, Elsie de Wolfe, Jack Smith, Ethyl Eichelberger and Candy Darling.

    John Tevis Gallery
    Paris, France

  • Solo exhibition in Tbilisi, Georgia

    Elisabeth Kley
    Peacock and Bottles
    Georgian National Museum, National Gallery
    Tbilisi, Georgia

    November 1 - November 10, 2011
    presented by Nana Kipiani as part of Artisterium IV


    FALL 2011




  • Birdhouses and Birdbaths

    Ceramics by Elisabeth Kley

    October 1 - October 31, 2010
    Le Petit Versailles
    346 East Houston Street at Avenue C

  • alLuPiNiT Vol. 3

    some photos and a transcription of Tabboo!'s the Nightingale are included in
    Tabboo! issue
    Fall/Winter 2009-10
    Vol. 3 $15 SD*

    copies available at Participant Inc 253 Houston St. NYC wed-sun 12-7

    December 4th – January 24th, 2010
    A.M. Richard Fine Art
    Brooklyn, NY

  • Bazvalon: Drawing and Ceramics

    October 13 - December 15, 2009
    Rose Burlingham Projects
    New York, NY

    “Oh help me heaven,” she prayed, “to be decorative and to do right!” Ronald Firbank.

    Bazvalon is an imaginary place invented by Ronald Firbank, the early twentieth century English eccentric, author and aesthete. "Aside from Duchesses, Mr. Firbank has a predilection for water-closets and the more wayward aspects of sex- all treated with the subtlest of subtlety." Firbank is one of Elisabeth Kley’s beloved host of dandies; Jean Cocteau, Salvador Dali, Erte, Elsie de Wolfe, Jack Smith and the drag performance artist Ethyl Eichelberger, who, like Firbanks’ character, St. Laura de Nazi-anzi, were “not born organically good.”

    Guardian angels and guides, whose rare volumes litter Kley’s studio floor along with well-thumbed books on Turkish embroidery, Chinese architecture and the Alhambra Palace in Granada - inspire her highly refined practice. “ There was a pause- just long enough for an angel to pass, flying slowly.”

    Firbank’s titles alone -Vainglory, The Flower Beneath the Foot, The Princess Zoubaroff, Concerning the Eccentricities of Cardinal Pirelli, evoke a carefree, more stylish time. As E.M. Forster said of Firbank, "It is frivolous stuff and how rare, how precious is frivolity!"

  • Drawings in alLuPiNiT

    A drawing of Dali is on the cover (and a drawing of Amanda Lear is inside)
    of alLuPiNiT, a magazine edited by Rafael Sanchez and Kathleen White:

    copies available at Participant Inc 253 Houston St. NYC wed-sun 12-7

    who do you want to be? Vol. 2 $10 SD*

    RATS !!!

  • Solo Exhibition at Momenta Art

    Elisabeth Kley
    January 26 - February 26, 2007

    Momenta is pleased to present Elisabeth Kley's first solo exhibition. This extensive and ambitious exhibition traverses drawing, ceramics, and video to present an exotic world of extravagant personalities and architecture. Pencil and ink collaged portraits, drawn and ceramic pavilions, fountains, and peacocks, and a video of a drag performance combine to construct a baroque, enveloping environment.


    The Aesthetic Gold of a Ravished Spouse of the Godhead

    Review of two books on Forrest Bess, published in Art Journal, Fall 2014

    Essay on Tabboo! published in Tabboo! The Art of Stephen Tashjian

    Very Cute for You, essay by Elisabeth Kley published in Tabboo! The Art of Stephen Tashjian, edited by Lia Gangitano, the first monograph on the legendary underground painter, puppeteer, performer.

    Essay on Tabboo! published in Dead Flowers

    Tabboo!'s Fairy Tale Renaissance, essay by Elisabeth Kley published in Dead Flowers, catalogue of a 2010 exhibition curated by Lia Gangitano at Vox Populi, Philadelphia and Participant Inc., New York.

    Writing for Artnet Magazine 2008 - 2012