Saint Clair Cemin in his Brooklyn studio, Photo Credit Brian Harkin for The New York Times

Saint Clair Cemin

Brazil 1951

Sculpture

Saint Clair Cemin
Saint Clair Cemin
Male
Brazil
1951
August 18, 2016
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Merging the rational, unknown, and unconscious, Saint Clair Cemin creates abstract, organic figures that relate to deepest human emotions. His sensual sculptures owe their shapes to ancient Greece, Art Nouveau, and Surrealism that artists masterly combine with the naïve and folk art of his Brazilian heritage. Encompassing multiple styles, approaches, and materials, his works are rather focused on the juxtapositions of different worlds than on any single one. Feeling restless after staying long in one place, Cemin often changes his residencies, searching for new inspirational and incentive environments, from Sao Paolo, New York, Paris, Egypt, and Bali, to Beijing.

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Saint Clair Cemin – World as Flow, 2012 – Image via artsobserver.com

Early Life and Artistic Afirmation

Cemin was born in Cruz Alta, Brazil in 1951. He spent two years of his childhood in a property in rural area of the country where his father, engineer by profession, tried and failed to engage in agriculture. They there lived on a very primitive way, with no running water and electricity, depending on gas lamps during the night. Still, he remembers it as the beautiful time of his life that inspired much of his work [1]. Interested in philosophy and physics, as a teenager he moved with his family to Sao Paolo and started to show tendencies to sculpture and visual arts, drawing illustrations for magazines. He studied printmaking at Ecole Nationale Superieure des beaux-Arts in Paris and moving to New York afterward, the artist worked various jobs, from carpentry renovating apartments and cabinet making, until he finally got to the sculpting, showing The Granny Ashtray, characterized by the critics as the postmodernist piece. The early 80’s were the years of his artistic affirmation and integration into the New York’s East Village art scene and also the time when he created some of his iconic works that became a part of permanent exhibitions at several prominent institutions, such as Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Following his wish to explore influences of different environments on his artistic expression, Cemin moved to Egypt and then Paris, implementing new approaches and materials into his sculptural works. In 2010, he returned to the United States, settling in his Brooklyn studio.

Saint Clair Semin was a part of the New York’s East Village art scene during the 80’s

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Saint Clair Cemin – Athina, 2014 (Left) / Erosselavi 1, 2015 (Right) – Images via paulkasmingallery.com

Exhibitions and Recognitions

Since his first public sculpture installation in Reston, Virginia in 1990, Cemin has had several monument placings throughout the world including Open in Schaumberg, Illinois, Tree in Bergen, Norway, Spring in Båstads Kommun, Sweden, and Supercuia in Porto Alegre in Brazil. In 2012, Broadway area was an open stage for his sculptures of which one, named Vortex, placed at the corner of 57th Street and Broadway, was forty feet tall. He is the recipient of the Biennial Award from the Ueno Royal Museum and the Hakone Open-Air Museum in Japan in 1995. Cemin’s latest solo exhibition Psyche, held at Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York in 2016, showed the body of work inspired by the tale in which Psyche and Eros are reunited and married by the gods. His work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows and was included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, France, Emily Fisher Landau Collection, Long Island City, Rooseum, Stockholm, Eli Broad Family Foundation, Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and Inhotim in Minas Gerais, [2], among the others.

The artist is represented by Kunzt Gallery.

Saint Clair Cemin lives and works in Beijing, Paris and New York.

Sources:

  1. nytimes.com
  2. wikipedia.org

Featured image: Saint Clair Cemin in his Brooklyn studio, 2012 – Photo by Brian Harkin

YearExhibition titleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Saint Clair Cemin, PsychePaul Kasmin Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2016Drawing RoomDavid Nolan Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2015Saint Clair Cemin, Symbolista Bolsa de Arte, Sao Paulo, Sao PauloSolo
2015Surrealism: The Conjured Life Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), Chicago, ILGroup
201510th Mercosul Biennial, Messages From a New America Bienal do Mercosul, Porto AlegreGroup
2015Là où commence le jour, Dans le cadre de lille3000, Renaissance Lille Métropole musée d'art moderne, d'art contemporain et d'art brut, Villeneuve d'AscqGroup
2014Saint Clair Cemin, Myth And Math Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2014Cruce de colecciones Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (CAAM), Las Palmas de Gran CanariaGroup
2014Literary Devices Fisher Landau Center For Art, New York City, NYGroup
2014Uber Bodies Sachtourio High School, HydraGroup
2013Saint Clair Cemin, Fotini Luciana Brito Galeria, Sao PauloSolo
2013Cuando El Mundo Se Hace Plano. Artistas De Iberoamérica En La Colección Caam San Martín Centro de la Cultura Contemporánea, Las Palmas de Gran CanariaGroup
2013Universo Bordalo, Bordalianos do Brasil Oi Futuro, Rio de Janeiro, RJGroup
2012Six Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2012Cromomuseu: Pós Pictorialismo no Contexto Museológico Museu de Arte do Rio Grande do Sul Ado Malagoli, MARGS, Porto AlegreGroup
2012Sculpted Matter Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2012Gallery Artists Winter Show Gallery MC, New York City, NYGroup
2011Saint Clair Cemin & Tiago Tebet Luciana Brito Galeria, Sao PauloGroup
2010Saint Clair Clemin, Pensamentos Bolsa de Arte, Porto AlegreSolo
2010Splendeur et misère Galerie Daniel Templon, ParisSolo
2010Law Of The Jungle Lehmann Maupin, New York City, NYGroup
2009Saint Clair Cemin Instituto Tomie Ohtake, Sao PauloSolo
2009Five Decades Of Passion, Part Two: The Founding Of The Center, 1989 1991 Fisher Landau Center For Art, New York City, NYGroup
2009Pierre, feuille, ciseaux Hôtel de Mongelas, ParisGroup
2008Saint Clair Cemin, Witness Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York City, NYSolo
2007Saint Clair Cemin Galerie Daniel Templon, ParisSolo
2006Saint Clair Cemin, Obra Recente Luciana Brito Galeria, Sao PauloSolo
2006Saint Clair Cemin Paolo Curti Annamaria Gambuzzi & Co. Gallery, MilanSolo
2006Saint Clair Cemin, James Hyde, Jac Leirner Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York City, NYGroup
2006The Subverted Object Ubu Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2006Keramikos. Un percosrso sulla ceramica da Arturo Martini a Luigi Ontani Claudia Gian Ferrari Arte Contemporanea, MilanGroup
2005Saint Cair Cemin Luciana Brito Galeria, Sao PauloSolo
2005Saint Clair Cemin Galerie Baudoin Lebon, ParisSolo
2005Zoo Story: An exhibition of animals in art, for the young and the young at heart Fisher Landau Center For Art, New York City, NYGroup
2005Group Show: Cemin, Wolgers, Melin Lars Bohman Gallery, StockholmGroup
2005Works On Paper Gallery MC, New York City, NYGroup
2005Life and Limb Kinz and Tillou, New York City, NYGroup
2005Here Comes The Bogey Man Chelsea Art Museum, New York City, NYGroup
2004Saint Clair Cemin, Gods of the People Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York City, NYSolo
2003Saint Clair Cemin Bolsa de Arte, Porto AlegreSolo
20034. Bienal do Mercosul Bienal do Mercosul, Porto AlegreGroup
2002Saint Clair Cemin, WIND Cheim & Read, New York City, NYSolo
2002St. Clair Cemin Cheim & Read, New York City, NYSolo
2002Plotting: An Exhibition Of Studies Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
2002Caminhos do contemporâneo 1952 2002 Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro, RJGroup
2002Rotativa, Fase 2 Galeria Fortes Vilaça, Sao PauloGroup
2001Saint Clair Cemin Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
2001Terra Terra Centro Sperimentale per le Arti Contemporanee, CaraglioGroup
2001Secret Victorians, Contemporary Artists and a 19th Century Vision The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PAGroup
2000Saint Clair Cemin Lever House Art Collection, New York City, NYSolo
2000The World Inside the World Annina Nosei Inc., New York City, NYGroup
2000Opulent Cheim & Read, New York City, NYGroup
1999St. Clair Cemin, Sculpture Cheim & Read, New York City, NYSolo
1999St. Clair Cemin Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, ILSolo
199917 Contemporaries: Artists from America, Italy, and Mexico, the Eighties The Menil Collection,Houston, TXGroup
1998Perspectives 2: Saint Clair Cemin Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, ALSolo
1998Objectivity: International Objects of Subjectivity Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Virginia Beach, VAGroup
1996The Subverted Object Ubu Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
1995Saint Clair Cemin, Sculpture Claudia Gian Ferrari Arte Contemporanea, MilanSolo
1995A Sculpture Show Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
1995Seductive Matter Rice Gallery, Houston, TXGroup
1995Donald Baechler, Saint Clair Cemin Fisher Landau Center For Art, New York City, NYGroup
1994Saint Clair Cemin Galerie Daniel Templon, ParisSolo
1994Saint Clair Cemin Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey MARCO, Monterrey, NLSolo
1994Tutti Questi Mondi Galleria Carini & Donatini, San Giovanni ValdarnoGroup
199422° Bienal de Sao Paulo Bienal de Sao Paulo, Sao PauloGroup
1993Das 21. Jahrhundert Kunsthalle Basel, Basel Group
1992documenta 9 Documenta, KasselGroup
1991Saint Clair Cemin Baumgartner Gallery, Washington, DCSolo
1991Directions: Saint Clair Cemin Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DCSolo
1991Altrove Centro per l´Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, POGroup
1991La Sculpture Contemporaine après 1970 Fondation Daniel Templon, Fre´jusGroup
1991Saint Clair Cemin and Jessica Stockholder Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art,RotterdamGroup
1990Culture in Pieces: Other Social Objects Arcadia University Art Gallery , Glenside, PAGroup
1990The Last Decade: American Artists of the ’80s Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
1990The Last Laugh: Irony, Humor, Self Mockery and Derision Massimo Audiello Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
1989Hybrid Neutral: Modes of Abstraction and the Social Richard F. Brush Art Gallery at St. Lawrence University, Canton, NYGroup
1989Exposition Inaugurale Fondation Daniel Templon, Fre´jusGroup
1988Saint Clair Cemin: Sculpture Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
1988THE BiNATIONAL, American Art of the late 80's Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Dusseldorf Group
1988The New Poverty II Meyers Bloom Gallery, Santa Monica, CAGroup
1988Hybrid Neutral: Modes of Abstraction and the Social Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KYGroup
1988Off White Diane Brown Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
1987The New Poverty John Gibson Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
1987Similia Dissimilia Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Dusseldorf Group
1987The Ironic Sublime Galerie Albrecht, München, MunichGroup
1987Extreme Order Galleria Lia Rumma, Naples, NaplesGroup
1987The Antique Future Massimo Audiello Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
1986Modern Sleep American Fine Arts, Co., New York City, NYGroup
1986Ultrasurd S.L. Simpson Gallery, Toronto, ONGroup
1986Time After Time (A Sculpture Show) Diane Brown Gallery, New York City, NYGroup