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Kate Shepherd

Surveillance

March 12 – April 18, 2020

Kate Shepherd Surveillance, 2020 Enamel on panel Diptych; Overall: 68 x 85 inches (172.7 x 216 cm) GL14487 (Photographed with reflections)

Kate Shepherd
Surveillance, 2020
Enamel on panel
Diptych; Overall: 68 x 85 inches (172.7 x 216 cm)
GL14487
(Photographed with reflections)

Kate Shepherd Pocket Watch, 2020 Enamel on panel 52 x 46 inches (132.1 x 116.8 cm) GL14485 (Photographed with reflections)

Kate Shepherd
Pocket Watch, 2020
Enamel on panel
52 x 46 inches (132.1 x 116.8 cm)
GL14485
 

Kate Shepherd Saloon, 2019 Enamel on panel 52 x 46 inches (132.1 x 116.8 cm) GL14479 (Photographed with reflections)

Kate Shepherd
Saloon, 2019
Enamel on panel
52 x 46 inches (132.1 x 116.8 cm)
GL14479
(Photographed with reflections)

Kate Shepherd Eavesdropper, 2019 Enamel on panel 52 x 46 inches (132.1 x 116.8 cm) (Photographed with reflections) (GL 14292)

Kate Shepherd
Eavesdropper, 2019
Enamel on panel
52 x 46 inches (132.1 x 116.8 cm)
(Photographed with reflections)
(GL 14292)

Kate Shepherd 42 Violet, Purple, Red, 2020 Enamel on panel 42 x 30 inches (106.7 x 76.2 cm) GL14483 (Photographed with reflections)

Kate Shepherd
42 Violet, Purple, Red, 2020
Enamel on panel
42 x 30 inches (106.7 x 76.2 cm)
GL14483
(Photographed with reflections)

Kate Shepherd YellOw, 2020 Enamel on panel 52 x 46 inches (132.1 x 116.8 cm) GL14486

Kate Shepherd
YellOw, 2020
Enamel on panel
52 x 46 inches (132.1 x 116.8 cm)
GL14486
(Photographed with reflections)

Kate Shepherd 34 Purple, Canny Walls, 2020 Enamel on panel 34 x 25 inches (86.4 x 63.5 cm) GL14484 (Photographed with reflections)

Kate Shepherd
34 Purple, Canny Walls, 2020
Enamel on panel
34 x 25 inches (86.4 x 63.5 cm)
GL14484
(Photographed with reflections)

Kate Shepherd Blackboard, 2019 Enamel on panel 42 x 41 inches (106.7 x 104.1 cm) GL14491 (Photographed with reflections)

Kate Shepherd
Blackboard, 2019
Enamel on panel
42 x 41 inches (106.7 x 104.1 cm)
GL14491
(Photographed with reflections)

Kate Shepherd Inner, 2020 Enamel on panel 50 x 43 inches (127 x 110.5 cm) GL14492 (Photographed with reflections)

Kate Shepherd
Inner, 2020
Enamel on panel
50 x 43 inches (127 x 110.5 cm)
GL14492
(Photographed with reflections)

Kate Shepherd pond, 2019 Enamel on panel Diptych: 58 x 95 inches (147.3 x 241.3 cm) overall (Photographed with reflections) (GL 14289)

Kate Shepherd
pond, 2019
Enamel on panel
Diptych: 58 x 95 inches (147.3 x 241.3 cm) overall
(Photographed with reflections)
(GL 14289)

Kate Shepherd Earth, 2019 Enamel on panel 50 x 43.5 inches (127 x 110.5 cm) (GL 14290)

Kate Shepherd
Earth, 2019
Enamel on panel
50 x 43.5 inches (127 x 110.5 cm)
(GL 14290)
(Photographed with reflections)

Kate Shepherd Guest, 2019 Enamel on panel Diptych: 68 x 88 inches (172.7 x 223.5 cm) overall (GL 14288)

Kate Shepherd
Guest, 2019
Enamel on panel
Diptych: 68 x 88 inches (172.7 x 223.5 cm) overall
(GL 14288) 
(Photographed with reflections)

Kate Shepherd Groove (bolts), 2019 Enamel on panel Diptych; each: 42 x 30 inches (106.7 x 76.2 cm) Overall: 42 x 63 inches (106.7 x 160 cm) GL14478 (Photographed with reflections)

Kate Shepherd
Groove (bolts), 2019
Enamel on panel
Diptych; each: 42 x 30 inches (106.7 x 76.2 cm)
Overall: 42 x 63 inches (106.7 x 160 cm)
GL14478
(Photographed with reflections)

Kate Shepherd Selfie, 2017 Enamel on panel 68 x 44 inches (172.7 x 111.8 cm) GL12249

Kate Shepherd
Selfie, 2017
Enamel on panel
68 x 44 inches (172.7 x 111.8 cm)
GL12249

Kate Shepherd Crimson Lights Off, 2019 Enamel on panel Diptych; each: 42 x 30 inches (106.7 x 76.2 cm)  ​Overall: 42 x 60 inches (106.7 x 152.4 cm) GL14480 ​(Photographed with reflections)

Kate Shepherd
Crimson Lights Off, 2019
Enamel on panel
Diptych; each: 42 x 30 inches (106.7 x 76.2 cm) 
​Overall: 42 x 60 inches (106.7 x 152.4 cm)
GL14480

 

Kate Shepherd Blue Violet Lights Off, 2019 Enamel on panel 42 x 41 inches (106.7 x 104.1 cm) GL14481 (Photographed with reflections)

Kate Shepherd
Blue Violet Lights Off, 2019
Enamel on panel
42 x 41 inches (106.7 x 104.1 cm)
GL14481
 

Press Release

 

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Galerie Lelong & Co. is pleased to present Surveillance, a solo exhibition of work created in the past year by New York–based artist Kate Shepherd. Known for her richly colored paintings built with layers of monochromatic enamel, Shepherd here charts new territory in her decades-long exploration of perspectival space. Chief among Shepherd’s concerns in these works is their relationship to their environs; the various reflective surfaces establish a spatial discourse across the panel, the viewer, and the gallery space.

Surveillance presents two bodies of work conceived and executed in tandem. The first group, on display in the main gallery, incorporates chromatic trapezoids that cut through the picture plane. These shapes—which the artist calls “surrogate paintings”—function as architectonic premises, delineating volume and the space between them. Shepherd defines these forms through difference in textures, rather than with her signature fine lines. In many of these works, she interrupts the glossy quality of the enamel, sanding large areas down to produce velvety fields that show pentimenti of color and faint lines of obliterated brushstrokes.

These shifts in color and finish complicate how distinct areas of the painting reflect their surroundings and ultimately create a push-pull. Being situationally reactive to light and movement, the paintings take on sculptural characteristics in their constant change.

On view in the smaller gallery, a second body of work recalls the daguerreotype’s image-making process. Shepherd begins these works by leaning paintings in her studio at varied angles, allowing the paintings’ environments to be reflected within their compositions. The artist then photographs the painting and using the same enamel paint, screen prints this image onto a panel. Born out of this referential loop, these works evince a dialogue with memory and the act of surveillance.

Concurrent with the gallery’s presentation, Shepherd is exhibiting in the group show Unapologetic: All Women, All Year at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) through January 31, 2021. On April 29, 2020, Shepherd will lecture at The Menil Collection in Houston. Shepherd's work Yellow Shunning Figure (2008) is part of the Menil permanent collection and is also on view in the galleries this spring.

Born in 1961 in New York City, Kate Shepherd continues to live and work there. Her work is featured in numerous museum collections, including The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts; The Microsoft Art Collection; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York. Solo exhibitions of the artist’s work have been held at institutions including The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.; Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina; and The Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas.

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