Paintings, Installation

Nikolas Gambaroff

Germany 2015

Installation, Sculpture

Nikolas Gambaroff
Nikolas Gambaroff
January 16, 2015
Music, Gestalt, .

Nikolas Gambaroff is a widely known German visual artist, who is primarily concerned with the interrogation of the very basic premises of the conventional painting. As the artist said himself, he tries to dissect, deconstruct, and re-evaluate (mainly within the limits of the activity painting) the customs, expectations and myths that painting as part of our visual culture brings along.

Nikolas was born in Germany in 1979. He graduated on Humbolt University of Berlin and later he obtained another degree at the University of the Arts also in Berlin. He got his MFA on the Bard College School of Visual Arts, Annandale-on-Hudson in New York.

All of Nikolas works orbit somewhere between painting and sculpture due to the fact that the artist is consuming and combining both of the approaches, sometimes blurring the line between the two. For example in his exhibition “Male Fantasies” he primarily exhibited paintings but with a different process included. The paintings did not only inhabit the space, but expanded into the realm of sculpture by being broken down and reconfigured into consoles and chairs. Painted carpets, stacks of plates, and stools are domestic furnishings displaced in an otherwise vacant gallery environment. With one chair constructed from a painting hanging on the wall and not utilized, and another on a platform both blocking a walkway and on display, viewers were confronted by a painting practice that situates itself outside conventional display methods.

Nikolas explores issues like authorship, distribution and expression, but also how the modern economy and social values affect the value of the particular art piece. In his work he questions the very structure of the paintings in general, focusing on the supporting materials which are a backbone of the particular piece. This young artists introduce the elements from ‘outside’ the traditional compass of painting thus providing further opportunities to deconsecrate and demystify painterly production so it one can open a debate about the mechanisms that confer artistic status. His most current focus is aimed to explore the new tendency of the modern art – Emerging new form of reality, one which reveals the downsides of the realities currently present in the art itself.

From 2007 Gambaroff exhibited extensively around the globe with majority of his exhibitions held in US and Europe. He currently lives and works in New York City.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014Tales from the Crypt Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna Solo
2013Quality Interiors Gio Marconi, MilanSolo
2013Why Painting Now?, curated by Ei Arakawa Galerie Meyer Kainer, ViennaGroup
2013UntitledAustralian Center for Contemporary Art, MelbourneGroup
2013Landpartie, with Ei Arakawa Boltensternraum Baden, Baden near ViennaGroup
2013Avant De Rentrer, Il Faut Incendier La Maison Thomas Duncan Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2013Folk Devil David Zwirner Gallery, New YorkGroup
2013Chat Jet: Painting The Medium, with Ei Arakawa, Künstlerhaus Halle für Kunst & Medien, GrazGroup
2012Tools for Living Overduin and Kite, Los Angeles, CASolo
2012I Am Real Estate The Power Station, Dallas, TXSolo
2012Commuter Duplex, with Lisa Jo The Suburban Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
2012A House of Leaves. Second Movement David Roberts Foundation, London, UKGroup
2012OC Collects Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CAGroup
2012Art and Press Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, GermanyGroup
2012I am an employee of UNITED, Vol. 2, with Ei Arakawa Overduin and Kite, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2012Standard Operating Procedures, curated by Piper Marshall Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2012!ERROR! unexpected operator '='MFC – Michèle Didier, Paris, FranceGroup
2012Bodycard Testimonials Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna, with Nikolas GambaroffGroup
2012Ecstatic Alphabets Heaps of LanguageMuseum of Modern Art, New YorkGroup
2012Il Regalo, Overduin and Kite Los AngelesGroup
2012Art and Press Martin Gropius Bau, BerlinGroup
2011Male Fantasies White Cube, LondonSolo
2011Der Herrische Säugling Balice Hertling, ParisSolo
2011Pamela Rosenkranz and Nikolas Gambaroff: This Is Not My Color The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People Swiss Institute, New YorkGroup
2011An Image Kaleidoscope Project Space, MilanGroup
2011Segalega Gio Marconi, MilanGroup
2011The Confidence Man Tanya Leighton, BerlinGroup
2011Will Benedict, Nikolas Gambaroff, Carissa Rodriguez Renwick Gallery, New YorkGroup
2011Isabelle Cornaro, Nikolas Gambaroff, Oscar Tuazon, Eli Hansen A Palazzo Gallery, Brescia, ItalyGroup
2011After Images (curated by Flonn Meade) Musée Juif de Belgique, BrusselsGroup
2011Group Show Galerie Balice Hertling & Lewis, New YorkGroup
2011Nikolas Gambaroff, Raymond Hains, Jacques Villeglé Modern Art, LondonGroup
2011Arte Flor, Balice Hertling & Gio Marconi Villa Flor S-Chanf, SwitzerlandGroup
2011Robert Barry, Peer Bode, Nikolas Gambaroff, Raymond Hains, Ryan Sullivan Nicole Klagsbrun, New YorkGroup
2011Eight Posses (HENXGRYK) and a Monogram (with Ei arakawa) MCA Chicago, Chicago, USAGroup
2010Time is Brain Galerie New Jerseyy, BaselSolo
2010Art Positions (with Balice Hertling) Art Basel Miami Beach, MiamiSolo
2010Nikolas Gambaroff, Michael Krebber, R. H. Quaytman, Blake Rayne Kunsthalle Bergen, Bergen, NorwayGroup
2010And So On and So On Harris Lieberman, New YorkGroup
2010Knight's Move Sculpture Center, New YorkGroup
2010Held Up by Columns Renwick Gallery, New YorkGroup
2010Centralia, PA, Saturday Sessions PS1, New YorkGroup
2010Nowhere for Nothing (Dubai Stoop) (with Matt Sheridan Smith) Madinat Jumeirah, DubaiGroup
2009Two-Alphabet Monograms (with Ei Arakawa) Pro Choice, ViennaSolo
2009In Memory of Painting Layr Wuestenhagen, ViennaGroup
2009Non Solo, Non Group Show (with Ei Arakawa, Nick Mauss and Nora Schultz) Kunsthalle Zürich, ZürichGroup
2009Mu lt il ay er di sc (with Ei Arakawa) as part of Speak and Spell Coco, ViennaGroup
2009Paper Release (with Ei Arakawa) Passagengalerie, Künstlerhaus K Haus, ViennaGroup
2009fi ve sh il li ng sf or af ur co at (with Ei Arakawa) Atti Democratici, Lungomare, Bolzano, ItalyGroup
2009The Living and the Dead (curated by Darren Bader) Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New YorkGroup
2009Modern Modern (curated by Pati Hertling) Chelsea Art Museum, New YorkGroup
2009Maximal, Minimal, Primo Piano Diego Cassina, Lugano, SwitzerlandGroup
2009No Bees, No Blueberries Harris Lieberman, New YorkGroup
2009Tbilisi6, Never On Sunday Tbilisi, Georgia, USAGroup
20088864 3362 2250 Z1 CDGRT Balice Hertling, ParisSolo
2008New Images Unisex, New Images Unisex (curated by Blake Rayne) Kevin Bruk Gallery, MiamiGroup
2008Kissing the Canvas (Performance with Ei Arakawa) New Museum, New YorkGroup
2008Eva's Arche (with Matt Sheridan Smith) Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New YorkGroup
2008Cube Passerby GBE at Passerby, New YorkGroup
2008EVR (e-flux video rental) MaumausGulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, PortugalGroup
2008Video on View as Art of R. Tiravanijas untitled 2002 (he promised) Guggenheim, Bilbao, SpainGroup
2007For the People of Paris Sutton Lane Paris, ParisGroup
2007CAA Show Hunter College Galleries, New YorkGroup
2007Road ShowBoots Contemporary Arts Space St. Louis, Finesilver Gallery San Antonio, Arthur Roger ProjectGroup
2007UntitledSpace New Orleans, USAGroup
2007Nowhere for Nothing (with Matt Sheridan Smith) GBE at Passerby, New YorkGroup
2007Pawnshop e-flux, New YorkGroup
2006Radio Bomb, Location One (in collaboration with Alterazioni Video) Whitney Biennal, Whitney, USAGroup
2006Peace Town Project (by Rirkrit Tiravanija and Mark Di Suvero) Whitney Biennal, Whitney, USAGroup
2005Death is an Outrage (screening with Ei Arakawa) Andrew Kreps Gallery, New YorkGroup