June Kelly Gallery

Victor Kord

June Kelly Gallery is pleased to present Victor Kord: Making Ends Meet - abstract paintings reflecting Kord’s bravado and serendipity with the plotting of space and shape correlations.  The exhibition will open on January 18, at 166 Mercer Street and remain on view through March 5.

Kord’s penchant with painting sundry novel shapes in randomly assigned arrangement cross the canvas continues to be unpredictable.  In earlier work, Kord, approached his work more as an explorer than inventor, for discovery and chance were crucial in his process of finding and appropriating shapes to fit into his compositional preference--the square.

Later, Kord’s shapes evolved from his conscious process of folding, cutting and unfolding.  Using the technique of cutouts inspired by the paintings of Matisse, Kord moved closer to invention, creating resistance to arbitrariness yet in tandem facilitating the serendipity.

Kord, who, when queried about the exhibition title for this current body of work, said, rather tongue-in-cheek, The Usual Suspects, or to put it another way, Making Ends Meet, unpredictably, and surprisingly, creates not merely shapes but entire figuration arrangements.  Independent compositions that when aligned, prompt thoughts perhaps of dubious relationship.  Therein lays Kord’s bravado and serendipity, the coincidence that emphasizes both discovery and intuitive improvisation.

In the juxtaposition of two capriciously independent canvases, Mutabilis, 2018, forms float optically in each canvas as if in complete abandon, and then seek the other in visual exchange and ultimate attachment.  Critical is the collaborative, seen as fusing of opposing forces: the vertical against the horizontal spread; light against dark; brilliant color against cool, finite form against infinite space.

Kord who is neither primarily a colorist nor minimalist creates forms that may appear simplified by their reduction, not so.  Color and form are central concerns of shape-making and placement for Kord.  Sensing color rather than thinking it, Kord restricts color in a given palette so as to not cancel one another out, but rather create “climate and personality.”

Kord writes, “My leading actor is shape, idiosyncratic, provocative, occasionally comedic and not entirely of my invention.  I have a collaborator who shall remain anonymous, upon whom I depend for my collection of “found” shapes.  I’m surprised by the cut-outs of Henri Matisse and the chance operations of John Cage.”

Kord, in the beginning, was a figurative painter, but over time, at Yale University, under the tutelage of abstract painter Josef Albers (1888-1976), abstraction was found more challenging and progressive.  I call myself a “formalist without borders.”  The uniqueness of painting lays in its power to make sensation hold still.  Painting has its own voice and needn’t borrow language or content from other disciplines.

Kord retired as a professor of painting at Cornell University after a teaching career that spanned more than 40 years.  He has shown his paintings extensively throughout the country and internationally since 1967 at such venues as the Kathryn Sermas Gallery, New York; André Emmerich Gallery, New York; Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, and The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT.  He has received many awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship.  His work is represented in the collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Madison Art Center of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, among others.

 

 

Born Satu-Mare, Romania
Lives and works in New York

Education
1960 MFA, Yale University, New Haven, CT
1958 BFA, Yale University, New Haven, CT
1957 Cleveland Institute of Art, OH

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2018 Making Ends Meet: New Works, June Kelly Gallery, New York
2016 Anonymous Collaborations, June Kelly Gallery, New York
2014 Cut-Out: New Paintings, June Kelly Gallery, New York, NY
2012 One Liners, 490 Atlantic Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
2011 Victor Kord & Paul Brown: Recent Paintings, Sideshow, Brooklyn, NY
Hiding in Plain Sight, June Kelly Gallery, New York
2008 Algorithm and Blues, essay by Eleanor Heartney June Kelly Gallery, New York
2001 Recent Paintings, Lazzaro Signature Gallery, Stoughton, WI
1996 Recent Paintings, Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA
1995 Recent Paintings, Benson Hall Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
1992 Recent Paintings, (two-person), Kathryn Sermas Gallery, New York
1990 Recent Paintings, (two-person), Kathryn Sermas Gallery, New York
1986 Recent Paintings, Patricia Wayne Gallery, Richmond, VA
1985 Recent Paintings, Armory Gallery, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg,VA
1977 Recent Works on Paper by American Artists: Victor Kord and Joseph Wilfer, The Madison Art
   Center, Madison, Wisconsin, catalogue
1973 Recent Paintings, (two-person), Galerie Simonne Stern, New Orleans, LA
1970 Recent Paintings, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL
Recent Paintings, Galerie Rolf Ricke, Cologne, Germany
1969 Recent Paintings, Irving Galleries, Milwaukee, WI
1968 Recent Paintings, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
1967 Paintings, Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, IL

Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 Celebrating 30 Years, Gallery Artists: Drawings and Photographs, June Kelly Gallery, New
  York
2016 The Onward of Art: American Abstract Artists, 80th Anniversary Exhibition, organized by
  American Abstract Artists and curated by Karen Wilkins, UBS, 18 January – 25 March
2014 Sideshow Nation 11: At the Alamo, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Sensory Impact: American Abstract Artists, Morgan Stanley International Headquarters,
  Purchase, NY
2013 Paintings by Victor Kord & Michael Randall, Durst Organization , Lobby Gallery, New York
2012 Celebrating 25 Years, June Kelly Gallery, New York
American Abstract Artists International, Paris CONCRET, Paris, France
Occupy MIC, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Re-Generation, The Painting Center, New York, traveling, catalogue
2011 American Abstract Artists: 75th Anniversary, OK Harris, New York
Abstraction, The Icebox, Philadelphia, PA
75th Anniversary American Abstract Artists International, Galerie oqbo, raum fur bild wort
  und ton, Berlin, Germany
Splendor of Dynamic Structure: Celebrating 75 Years of the American Abstract Artists, curated by
  Nancy E. Green, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY;
  catalogue
IT’S All GOOD: Apocalypse Now, Sideshow, Brooklyn, NY
American Abstract Artists International, organized by Marthe Keller, curated by Don Voisine,
  Galerie Oqbo and Deutsche Kunstlerbund, Berlin
American Abstract Artists: 75th Anniversary, OK Harris, New York
2010 Small Works Invitational, The Painting Center, New York
2009 Color, William Whipple Gallery, southwest Minnesota State University Art Museum,
  Marshall, MN
2008 American Abstract Artists, The Painting center, New York
2007 Continuum: In Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the American Abstract Artists,
   St. Peter’s College Art Gallery, Jersey City, NJ
Rare & Radiant, Gregg Gallery, National Arts Club, New York
2005 Pivot Points, Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Pivot Points, Humanities Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Pivot Points, Riverviews Gallery, Lynchburg, VA
2004 Pivot Points, Phillips Academy, Gelb Galleery, Andover, MA,
Pivot Points, Galeria ICPNA Miraflores, Lima, Peru
Pivot Points, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
2003 Pivot Points, Boyden Gallery, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St. Mary City, MD
2001 Think Small, 1708 East Main Gallery, Richmond, VA
1983 Kord & Kord, 1708 East Main Gallery, Richmond, VA
Tredegar Iron Works Exhibition, Tredegar Iron Works, Richmond, VA; catalogue
1980 Three Person Exhibition, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL
1977 Invitation ’77: Ten Painters, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; catalogue
1976 Big Ten University Faculty Exhibition, Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, IN
Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL
1974 Students of Albers, Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
1972 Works on Paper, Bard College, Annandale- on-Hudson, NY
selections from the aldrich museum collection and the invitational showing of paintings on
  paper
,   The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
Drawings, Anna Marie Verna Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
Kunstmarkt, Basel,  Switzerland
New Talent, André Emmerich Gallery, New York
1971 French and Company, New York
Lyrical Abstraction, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; catalogue
New American Abstract Painting, Madison Art Center, Madison, WI
Lyrical Abstraction, Civic Center Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Lyrical Abstraction, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT; catalogue
Quiet Vibrations, Katz Gallery, New York
1970 New American Abstract Painting, Vassar College Art Gallery, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie,
  NY; catalogue
Lyrical Abstraction, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
1968 New Images 68, Berenson Gallery, Miami, FL

Reviews, Catalogues and Publications
2012 Patterson, Carrie, essay, “Re-Generation,” The Painting Center; New York; catalogue
2011 Green, Nancy E., introduction and essay, “Splendor of Dynamic Structure: Celebrating 75
  Years of the American Abstract Artists,” Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell
  University, Ithaca, NY; catalogue
Donohoe, Victoria, “75th anniversary exhibit celebrates American Abstract Artists,” The
  Icebox, Crane Building, The Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA, November 8
MacAdam, Barbara A., review: new york, ‘American Abstract Artists,’ OK Harris Works of
  Art, ARTnews, October
2006 Horowitz, Frederick A. and Brenda Danilowitz, “Josef Albers: To Open Eyes,” Phaidon
  Press, p.246
2003 “Pivot Points,” Boyden Gallery, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, traveling exhibition;
  catalogue
1996 Ratcliff, Carter, “The Fate of the Gesture: Jackson Pollock & Postwar American Art,” Farrar
  Straus Giroux
, p. 271
1983 “Tredegar Iron Works Exhibition,” essay by Howard Risatti and introduction by Carter
  Ratcliff, Tredegar Iron Works, Richmond, VA
1977 “Invitation ’77: Ten Painters,” introduction by Lisa Lyons, assistant curator and Dean
   Swanson, chief curator, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; catalogue
1972  “selections from the aldrich museum collection and the invitational showing of paintings
   on paper
,” introduction by Larry Aldrich, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art,
   Ridgefield, CT
“New American Abstract Painting,” organized by members of the Art Exhibition Seminar,
   foreword by Nicolai Cikovsky, Jr., Director, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
1971 “Lyrical Abstraction,” foreword by John I. H. Baur, statement by Larry Aldrich, Whitney
   Museum of American Art, New York
1970 “Lyrical Abstraction,” statement by Larry Aldrich, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary
   Art, Ridgefield, CT; catalogue
1969 Kulterman, Udo, “The New Painting,” Frederick A. Praeger Inc., New York, Translated from
   the German by Gerald Onn, pp. 25, 33, 187
1966 Ratcliff, Carter, “The Fate of a Gesture: Jackson Pollock and Postwar American Art,”
  Farrar Straus Giroux, p. 271
Horowitz, Frederick A. and Danilowitz, Brenda, “Josef Albers: To Open Eyes,”
  Phaidon, London, England

Public Collections
  Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Elvehjem Art Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Madison Art Center, Madison, WI

Fellowship and Awards
1968 Research Grant, University of Wisconsin
1966 Faculty Fellowship, University of Wisconsin
1964 Faculty Fellowship, University of Illinois
1962 Guggenheim Fellowship

Visiting Artist
1997 American Academy in Rome, Italy
1995 Brown University, Department of Art, Providence, RI
1990 Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
1978 Milton College, Milton, WI

Teaching Experience
1993-2005 Professor, Department of Art, Cornell University, NY
1987-1993 Chair and Professor, Department of Art, Cornell University, NY
1981-1987 Chair and Professor, Department of Painting and Printmaking, VA
  Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
1979-1981 Chair and Professor, Department of Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
1965-1981 Professor, Department of Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
1960-1965 Instructor, Department of Art, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL

Professional Organization
  American Abstract Artists

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