Massimo De Carlo

MDC SPA - Viale Lombardia, 17, Milan, Italy I-20131

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The Massimo De Carlo gallery was founded in 1987 and from the beginning of its activity it has stood out for its courageous and counter-current choices, giving importance to artists such as John Armleder, Olivier Mosset, Steven Parrino and Carsten Höller. In the following years, the gallery's program saw young artists and masters of world renown alternate, such as Alighiero Boetti, Cady Noland, Rudolf Stingel, Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Maurizio Cattelan.

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    Massimo De Carlo announces the exclusive representation of Dennis Kardon

    Dennis Kardon, The Procedure, 2007. Oil on linen, 50.8 × 61 cm / 20 × 24 inches. Photo by Pierre Le Hors. Courtesy Massimo De Carlo, Milan/London/Hong Kong. MILAN.-Massimo De Carlo announced that the gallery is now exclusively representing the artist. Dennis Kardon (USA, 1950 – lives and works in New York) is a graduate of Yale University, took part in the Whitney Independent Study Program, and was a student of Chuck Close and Al Held. For several decades, Dennis Kardon has been experimenting with painting’s ability to encompass the spectrum between abstraction and hyperreal representation. With an almost hallucinatory power, Kardon treats the surface of his canvases as a field with various properties of reflection or distortion, resulting in a narrative that seems to have been disrupted by an unexpected event. Kardon’s examination of the human figure digs into the psyche contradicting stereotypes and preformed ideas. The artist’s whimsical tone serves to pervade his paintings with a discomforting feeling of familiarity: whatever you recognize is never exactly as you remember it to be. Critical comparisons have been made to David Lynch, for the ability to find the gothic in the every day, and to John Currin (who had a neighboring studio in the mid 90s). Pervaded with a sense of untouchable intimacy, Kardon’s canvases are “generously painterly, voluptuously creepy narrative pictures of familial conflict, sexual angst and infantile yearning”, as Ken Johnson wrote in the New York Times in 2004. Moreover the endless intellectual challenge of Kardon’s practice has led him to counterbalance his painting with powerful writing and critical skills allowing him to become a highly respected contributor to several art publications. Dennis Kardon has widely exhibited in the United States and beyond, and his work is part of public collection such as, among others, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the New Museum, the National Museum of American Art in Washington D.C., the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Future upcoming projects include "Painting is Painting’s Favorite Food," a collective exhibition…