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Anna Kunz

In Anna Kunz’s paintings, tessellating, seeping bodies of color mingle and levitate, resulting in lifted, sometimes dissonant, harmonies, often landing in surprising resolutions. These relationships and reactions occur simultaneously, like an entire improvisational jazz arrangement played as the receiver encounters each pitch and chord of color. Unexpected notes of form provide a site of, in the artist’s words, “shared sensory experiences and the temporary disruption of social and material boundaries.”

Kunz received an MFA from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL. Kunz participated as an artist-in-residence in the Marie Walsh Sharpe Studio Program, Brooklyn, NY; and The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME, among others. The artist’s work has been exhibited at: McCormick Gallery, Chicago, IL; The Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL; Providence College Galleries, Providence, RI; TSA Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Brooklyn, NY, and Madrid, Spain; and WhiteBox, New York, NY. Her work is included in the public collections of The Philadelphia Museum, Philadelphia, PA; The Block Museum, Chicago, IL; and Columbia University Teachers College, New York, NY; among others. Kunz has been honored with nominations from: 3Arts Foundation, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Emerging Artist award from the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Artadia finalist, Chicago, the Rema Hort-Mann Foundation’s Individual Artists Grant, and The Joan Mitchell Foundation. The artist lives and works in Chicago, IL.

Anna Kunz in the studio

Anna Kunz in the studio, Chicago, IL. Photo: Yangze Wang

Exhibitions

Installation view of Anna Kunz: With Rays (October 20-November 20, 2021) at Alexander Berggruen, NY. Photo: Dario Lasagni

ANNA KUNZ: WITH RAYS
October 20-November 20, 2021

Shapes (April 21-May 27, 2021) at Alexander Berggruen, New York

SHAPES
April 21-May 27, 2021

Anna Kunz The Blue Magnitude, 2021 acrylic on canvas 78 x 72 in. (198.1 x 182.9 cm.)

Anna Kunz makes works on paper, paintings, sculptures, installations, and projects that seep out of the rectangle, often using painted and dyed fabrics that function like nets to capture and manipulate light and color. Her experiential works are often combined with objects or surfaces that add complexity and invite viewers to structure the space in time by passing through them.

Anna Kunz Diamond Pointed Light, 2021 acrylic on canvas 66 x 60 in. (167.6 x 152.4 cm.)

Anna Kunz: With Rays opens at Alexander Berggruen in New York this week, and ironically it pays homage to Josef Albers’s 1959 painting Homage to the Square: With Rays.

This week, a new group exhibition opens at Alexander Berggruen in New York. Called Shapes, the show explores geometric abstraction by artists both new and old (or dead): Marina Adams and Ellsworth Kelly; Ethan Cook and Imi Knoebel; Sam Moyer and Sol LeWitt. From top: Anna Kunz, Ethan Cook, and Paul Kremer.

Anna Kunz Demo 3, 2021 oil on linen 13 x 11 in. (33 x 27.9 cm.)

We are pleased to share with you a new essay, “Anna Kunz: With Rays,” written by Nell Andrew. Following the artist’s gesture and her inspirations from modernism, Andrew dives into the life Kunz imbues into her paintings via color.

This essay was published on the occasion of the exhibition Anna Kunz: With Rays (October 20-November 20, 2021) at Alexander Berggruen, NY.

Installation view of Anna Kunz: With Rays (October 20-November 20, 2021) at Alexander Berggruen, NY. Photo: Dario Lasagni
Shapes (April 21-May 27, 2021) at Alexander Berggruen, New York

On the occasion of our exhibition Shapes (April 21-May 27, 2021), we spoke with artists Rana Begum, Ethan Cook, Marie Hazard, Sheree Hovsepian, Paul Kremer, Anna Kunz, and Joel Shapiro about their work.

Installation of Anna Kunz: Color Cast (March 11-June 24, 2018) at Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago.
Installation of Anna Kunz's paintings at the Prudential Center.
Installation of Anna Kunz: With Rays (October 20-November 20, 2021) at Alexander Berggruen, NY.
Anna Kunz
Saved Hour, 2021
acrylic on canvas
66 x 60 in. (167.6 x 152.4 cm.)
Included in Anna Kunz: With Rays (October 20-November 20, 2021), Alexander Berggruen, NY.
Installation of ARIAS New York x Anna Kunz: Her Mirroring (February 16, 2022-Spring 2022).
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