"Organized by the museum's director, Eric C. Shiner, the exhibition will comprise of some work you've come to know and new works that you're likely to have never seen before, including Polaroid collages, photographs, and videos, along with new silkscreen paintings... ALL in dialogue/conversation with selected Andy Warhol Polaroids from the museum's collection."
NEW YORK, New York - Hugo Boss in partnership with The Andy Warhol Museum, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, announced "Jeremy Kost, Of an Instance," an exhibition of works by Jeremy Kost.
The exhibition will be on view from May 5 through 31, 2012 at 150 11 Avenue in New York, NY. The exhibition hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 12pm to 6pm and will also be open to the public on Sunday, May 6 and Monday, May 7.
Of an Instance will debut on May 3 in series of special window installations on display at the following HUGO BOSS store locations throughout New York City: Meatpacking store at 401 West 14 Street, Soho store at 555 Broadway, and the Columbus Circle store at 10 Columbus Circle.
"Jeremy Kost, Of an Instance" will present an overview of Kost’s work to date, focusing on three main points of interest in his practice, fame, drag queens and the male figure-all joined through a common theme of façade. The exhibition will consist of a selection of works by Kost that include his signature Polaroid collages, videos and a new series of silkscreen paintings, exhibited in dialogue with a selection of works from The Andy Warhol Museum’s collection that will be selected by the artist and include Warhol’s large format Polaroids: self-portraits as well as celebrity portraits.
Kost and Warhol both traverse the subcultural terrain of nightlife and parties, sharing an insatiable interest in celebrities, drag queens and beautiful men. Jeremy Kost, Of an Instance will reveal the artist’s ability to uncover intimate aspects of both celebrated and unknown characters, and explore the idea of façade and identity as seen in his subject’s personae.
In his work, Kost gives physicality to the images he captures, making real the sights and motions of the worlds he occupies. Kost like Warhol inserts himself into the reality of his subjects from gritty nightlife realism to staged fairytale scenarios documenting these worlds and their characters as if he was one himself.
"Kost melds with his surroundings by building trust with his subjects-telling them with a smile or a nod that they are indeed the most beautiful of all. The repertoire he builds with his chosen models presents itself in each intimate portrait that he captures with a push of a button," states Eric Shiner, Director of The Andy Warhol Museum. Kost continues Warhol’s legacy of documenting gender, fame, sexuality and fantasy in an instantaneous manner, turning everyone into a superstar.
Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, Kost lives and works in New York City. Kost has exhibited internationally including solo exhibitions at Conner Contemporary Art, Washington, D.C.; Galerie Nuke, Paris; and his forthcoming exhibitions at Gallery Target, Tokyo and The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh.
His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions including State of the Art - New Contemporary Photography, NRW Forum, Dusseldorf, Germany; "Mie: A Portrait by 35 Artists, Freight and Volume", New York, NY; "RE:DEFINE", The Goss Michel Foundation, Dallas, TX; "Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven", Bureau of Open Culture/ Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, OH; "Bunny Redux: Contemporary Artists Interpret the Iconic Playboy Bunny", The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA; "Dress Codes", International Center of Photography Triennial of Photography and Video, New York, NY and many others.
Kost’s recently released his first monograph titled "It’s Always Darkest Before Dawn", published by powerHouse books in collaboration with BookMarc.
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