Kendell Geers

Kendell Geers

South African
b. 1968


Kendell Geers was born in South Africa and now lives and works in Brussels. At the 1993 Venice Biennale he officially changed his date of birth to May 1968, a momentous year in world history for human liberation and equality. Geers creates work that aims to disrupt commonly accepted moral codes and principles. Employing a wide range of references - from the realms of history of art, pornography, iconography and kitsch - Geers questions artistic value and mocks the notion of originality. His work reveals razor-sharp humour that plays with the viewer's repulsion and ridicules racial or religious stereotypes. Laden with complex and deep political implications, it is challenging and confrontational. At the same time, Geers' minimalist aesthetics generate a subtle poetic undertone. His use of language, ready-mades, neon, glass, icons, film, chevron tape and other objects confront the viewer head on. They often startle the eye and require a degree of interrogation from the spectator.

‘Love, By Any Means Necessary', the sixth solo exhibition for the artist at Stephen Friedman Gallery, opened in February 2020. Geers curated ‘IncarNations: African Art as Philosophy' in 2019 with Congolese collector Sindika Dokolo at Palais des Beaux-Arts (BOZAR), Brussels. A major retrospective of his work curated by Okwui Enwezor was held at Haus der Kunst, Munich in 2013. He participated in Documenta 14 in 2017 and Documenta 11 in 2002 in Kassel, Germany. Geers' work was included in the Venice Biennale in 2019, 2007 and 1993.

Selected Artworks

Kendell Geers

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The Armory Show
Art fairs
5–8 March 2020

The Armory Show

Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to return to The Armory Show at Booth 901 on Pier 94. The gallery presents a selection of work by Mamma AnderssonJuan AraujoTonico Lemos AuadJonathan BaldockEd BaynardMelvin EdwardsAndreas ErikssonDenzil ForresterKendell GeersChanning HansenJim HodgesGed QuinnYinka Shonibare CBE and Luiz Zerbini. A section of the booth is dedicated to David Shrigley.

New York, Pier 94, Booth 901

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