American artist Karen Kilimnik is best known for her paintings ' small, intimate works that draw on the artist's interests in everything from black magic, gothic mysteries, fairy tales, opera and ballet, to figures from pop culture.
Karen Kilimnik at the Serpentine features paintings and drawings from the past decade as well as a recent installation. Kilimnik's works mix contemporary and historical references. Infused with a sense of romanticism and nostalgia, they recall the work of painters from the 18th and 19th centuries. She cites artists such as the British painters Henry Raeburn and George Stubbs as well as French Rococo painter Jean-Baptiste Oudry as significant influences for her work.
The presentation at the Serpentine Gallery includes period architectural features recalling all manner of rooms found in English stately homes. Born in 1954, Kilimnik's work has been seen in major solo exhibitions at the Palazzetto Tito, and at the Historisches Museum, Haus zum Kirschgarten, Basel, both in 2005, and at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, in 2002. The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, will also present a major survey of her work in April 2007. The artist lives and works in Philadelphia.
Karen Kilimnik was initiated by the Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris/ARC and has been adapted for the