Kendell Geers, 'Love, By Any Means Necessary'

7 February 2020 - 5 March 2020
Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present Love, By Any Means Necessary, a solo exhibition of new works by South African artist and curator Kendell Geers who lives and works in Brussels. This follows his recent solo show at Rua Red, Dublin and the exhibition ‘Incarnations: African Art as Philosophy' that he curated at Palais des Beaux-Arts (BOZAR), Brussels in 2019. The exhibition is accompanied by a booklet and a commissioned essay by Yala Kisukidi, Philosopher and Curator of Yango II Biennale, Kinshasa 2020.


Kendell Geers: Crossing the Line

9 September 2014 - 4 October 2014
Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present Kendell Geers' fifth exhibition at the gallery which follows his recent major retrospective at the Haus der Kunst in Munich, Germany. Born in South Africa and now living in Belgium, the show's title 'Crossing the Line' recalls both the journey of the artist's cultural heritage crossing the equator and his recent move into painting.

Kendell Geers: A Guest + A Host = A Ghost

27 November 2009 - 16 January 2010
Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present new works by South African-born, Belgium-based artist, Kendell Geers. Kendell Geers is known for work that confronts the viewer head on. It often startles the eye and requires a degree of interrogation from the spectator. In this new body of work, Geers instigates a dialogue with ‘readymade' icon and Dadaist great, Marcel Duchamp, and presents a series of glass and mirrored sculptures. Neither homage nor naïve appropriation, this new body of work demands that the viewer reassess pre-conceived notions of the ‘authentic' -both in the art world and in wider political spheres.

Kendell Geers

11 October 2006 - 11 November 2006
Kendell 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.

Kendell Geers: Rogue States

7 February 2003 - 15 March 2003
Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Kendell Geers.
Kendell Geers is known for creating installations, sculptures and situations which assault our senses by means of carefully selected and appropriated materials, sound, and manipulated film footage. Questioning the nature of desire, violence, horror or ecstasy, the artist disturbs commonly accepted moral codes and puts into doubt the principles by which good and bad are judged. This practice, multi-layered and rich in references, is sometimes made obvious by title or use of medium but is more often concealed for the viewer to discover.

Kendell Geers

4 June 1999 - 17 July 1999
Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present new work by South African artist Kendell Geers. For this exhibition Geers will show two video installations and a large work on paper. He will use the full window front of the gallery to display a text collage appropriating news items. At first, the visual format is reminiscent of classified ads, but on closer inspection they reveal themselves as extremely discomforting lists of crime, murder and other atrocities committed within a 48 hour period in South Africa. Facing the street the viewer is immediately confronted with this work.