James Nares, British/American (1953 - )

Born in London, England 1953
Living in New York since 1974

James Nares (born 1953 in London, England) is a British artist living and working in New York City since 1974. Nares makes paintings and films (most notable being the No Wave Cinema Rome 78) and played guitar in the no wave group James Chance and the Contortions and with Jim Jarmusch in the Del-Byzanteens and was a founding member of Colab.

Nares is best known as a contemporary art painter. His method involves repeated strokes that eventually create a precise representation.

He is known for employing single but intricate gestural brush strokes in most of his works. Grace Glueck, New York Times art critic, described the effect of Nares's paintings as a combination of Japanese calligraphy and the 1960s cartoon works of Roy Lichtenstein.[citation needed]

Nares's paintings have been featured in films and videos focusing on a wide variety of artistic concepts such as, movement, artistic repetition, and rhythm.[citation needed] His work is exhibited in various museums in the United States, such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Some of his solo exhibitions include 1976: Films and Other Works at Paul Kasmin Gallery, in New York in 2012, and Mixed Use, Manhattan: Photography and Related Practices 1970s to the present in 2010 at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain.

Nares's other solo exhibitions include New Paintings in 2004 at the Hamiltons Gallery in London, UK, and the New Paintings and Chronophotographs exhibition in 2005 at the Goss Gallery in Dallas, TX. His works were also featured in the Painting and Sculpture exhibition at the Lehman Maupin Gallery in New York City, in 2010. Rizzoli, an American publication, published a monograph dedicated to Nares's works in 2013 that focuses on his contributions to the world of art in the past four decades.

When speaking on his work, Nares once stated:

I try to embody the nature and combine the forms—it's like one and one making three—to expose a metaphor of some kind. It's searching for metaphors, for likeness, like a breeding ground. It seems to me, that's how a language develops. Everything breeds through metaphors.



EDUCATION

1972-1973 Chelsea Art School, London
1974-1976 School of Visual Arts, New York


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2005
"New Paintings and Chronophotographs," PAUL KASMIN GALLERY, New York
GOSS GALLERY, Dallas, Texas

2004
"New Paintings," HAMILTONS GALLERY, London

2003
MICHAEL KOHN GALLERY, Los Angeles
PAUL KASMIN GALLERY, New York

2002
G FINE ART, Washington, D.C.
HAMILTONS GALLERY. London

2001
PAUL KASMIN GALLERY, New York

1999
PAUL KASMIN GALLERY, New York
GALERIE THOMAS VON LINTEL & NUSSER, Munich
"James Nares: Tetragram," MARSH ART GALLERY, UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND MUSEUMS, Richmond, Virgina
GALERIA LEYENDECKER, Tenerife, Canary Islands

1998
GALERIA LEYENDECKER, Tenerife, Canary Islands

1997
PAUL KASMIN GALLERY, New York
GALERIE THOMAS VON LINTEL, Munich.
LEMBERG GALLERY, Michigan

1996
PAUL KASMIN GALLERY, New York

1995
PAUL KASMIN GALLERY, New York

1993
PAUL KASMIN GALLERY, New York

1992
MICHAEL KOHN GALLERY, Los Angeles
PAUL KASMIN GALLERY, New York

1991
PAUL KASMIN GALLERY, New York

1988
MICHAEL KLEIN, INC., New York

1987
"1983-1987," FAWBUSH GALLERY, New York

1986
TONY SHAFRAZI GALLERY, New York (October)
TONY SHAFRAZI GALLERY, New York (February)

1985
PATRICK FOX GALLERY, New York

1984
CABLE GALLERY, New York


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2006
WETTERLING GALLERY, Stockholm, Sweden.
"Action Precision," Lennon, Weinberg, Inc. New York, NY.

2005
"Cross Section," PAUL KASMIN GALLERY, New York
"Color," PAUL KASMIN GALLERY, New York
"Extreme Abstraction," Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
"Abstraction," Winston Wachter Fine Art, Seattle
"Sets, Series, and Suites: Contemporary Prints," MFA, Boston
2003
"Grisaille," JG CONTEMPORARY, New York

2002
"Zenroxy", VON LINTEL GALLERY, New York
"Summer 2002," G FINE ART, Washington, D.C.
"Art Downtown: New York Painting and Sculpture," WALL STREET RISING (various locations), New York, NY

1999
"Gesture and Contemporary Painting," THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN SCHOOL OF ART, Ann Arbor, Michigan
"The Great Drawing Show 1550 to 1999," KOHN TURNER GALLERY, Los Angeles
"Summer: 1999," PAUL KASMIN GALLERY, New York
"20 Years of Grenfeld Press," PAUL MORRIS GALLERY
"20 AZos Despues..," GALERIA LEYENDECKER, Canary Islands, Spain
"Abstract Painting, 1999," PAUL KASMIN GALLERY, New York
"One by One," VON LINTEL & NUSSER, Munich.

1998
"Small is Beautiful Part XVI," FLOWER EAST, London

1997
"Essential Gestures," GALLERY OF ART, JOHNSON COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Kansas
"Summer," PAUL KASMIN GALLERY, New York

1996
"Young Collectors Exhibition," LEMBERG GALLERY, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
"The New York Scene 1996" GOTLANDS KONST MUSEUM, Gotland, Sweden

1995
"A Day Without Art," curated by Wendy Weitman, MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York
"James Nares & Christopher Wool," KOHN TURNER GALLERY, Los Angeles, California
"Six from New York," curated by Duncan Hannah. JON OULMAN GALLERY, Minneapolis, Minnesota

1994
"Seasights: Photographs," curated by Nessia Pope, OFFSHORE GALLERY, East Hampton, New York
"The Brushstroke & Its Guise," curated by Rosemary Cohane Erpf. NEW YORK STUDIO SCHOOL, New York
"DiFabio, Nares, Twombly, Zwack," PAUL KASMIN GALLERY, New York

1993
"Exquisite Corpse," THE DRAWING CENTER, New York
"Drawing: 30th Anniversary Exhibition, Foundation for Performance Art," LEO CASTELLI GALLERY, New York & ALLAN STONE GALLERY, New York
"Four Centuries of Drawing, 1593-1993," KOHN ABRAMS GALLERY, Los Angeles
"Das Abstrakte," GALERIE THOMAS REHBEIN, Cologne, Germany

1992
SCHMIDT CONTEMPORARY ART, St. Louis, Missouri
"La Regenta," curated by Reiner Opoku. CASA DE LA CULTURA, Canary Islands, Spain MARS GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan
"Drawings," STUART REGEN GALLERY, Los Angeles
"Off the Wall," CLEVELAND CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, Cleveland, Ohio
"Painting in New York Now," P.S. 1 MUSEUM, Long Island City, New York
LUHRING AUGUSTINE GALLERY, New York
TENERIFE MUSEUM OF ART, Canary Islands, Spain
"James Nares, Peter Schuyff," LEYENDECKER GALLERY, Canary Islands, Spain.
CURT MARCUS GALLERY, New York

1991
"James Nares, Ian Davenport, Stephen Ellis." PAUL KASMIN GALLERY, New York
COMPASS ROSE GALLERY, Chicago, Illinois
"A Bestiary," PAULA COOPER GALLERY, New York
"Poets-Painters Collaboration," BROOKE ALEXANDER, New York
"Anderson, Dupuis, Nares, Pierson," GALERIE AUREL SCHEIBLER, Cologne, Germany
"James Nares, Peter Schuyff, Gary Stephan," MARC RICHARDS, Los Angeles

1990
"Drawings and Watercolors," PAUL KASMIN GALLERY, New York
"Auction/Exhibition," ACT-UP, New York
"Witnesses," ARTISTS SPACE, New York
"The Circle," QUEENS MUSEUM, New York
VREJ BAGHOOMIAN GALLERY, New York
LUHRING AUGUSTINE GALLERY, New York

1989
MICHAEL KLEIN GALLERY, New York
"Don't Bungle the Jungle," TONY SHAFRAZI GALLERY, New York
"Benefit for the Wooster Group," BROOKE ALEXANDER EDITIONS, New York
"Drawing," FAWBUSH GALLERY, New York
"Projects & Portfolios, The 25th National Print Exhibition," THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM, Brooklyn, New York
"Metamodern," THE HARCUS GALLERY, Boston, Massachusetts

1988
"Rainforest," 48 LAIGHT, New York
LUHRING, AUGUSTINE & HODES GALLERY, New York
"Rebop," with Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jane Dickson, Duncan Hannah, Michael McClard, Richard
Merkin, Gary Panter and Walter Steding. Curated by Glenn O'Brien, PAULA ALLEN GALLERY, New York
"Paintings," Gerry Morehead, Peter Nadin, James Nares, Robin Winters, MICHAEL KLEIN INC., New York

1987
"Art Against AIDS Exhibition," New York
"Joan Nelson, James Nares, Cara Perlman, Kiki Smith, Brett DePalma, Michael Mazur, Martin Potts," FAWBUSH GALLERY, New York
"Consonance," ISD, INC., New York
SCOTT COOK FINE ARTS, New York

1986
"Emerging Artists '86," CLEVELAND CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, Cleveland, Ohio
ANNIE PLUMB GALLERY, New York

1985
TONY SHAFRAZI GALLERY, New York
"Factura," curated by Steven Harvey. GALLERY SCLESINGER BOISANTE, INC., New York
"Mystery Show, " curated by Andrea Belag, JERSEY CITY MUSEUM, New York
"Drawings," BARBARA TOLL GALLERY, New York
"East Village Show," HOLLY SOLOMON GALLERY, New York
GABRIELLE BRYERS GALLERY, New York
CABLE GALLERY, New York
"Ripe Fruit," curated by Lisa Liebmann. P.S. 1 MUSEUM, Long Island City, New York

1984
"Bomb Show," BLUM HELMAN GALLERY, New York
"Saloon," BILL RICE GALLERY, New York
"Sex Show," CABLE GALLERY, New York
"Ecstasy," curated by Carlo McCormic. MONIQUE KNOWLTON GALLERY, New York
"Dall 'Olio All 'Aereoplano," STUDIO CARRADO LEVI, Milan, Italy
"The First Show," CABLE GALLERY, New York

1983
"Books & Co." (Installation window for Norman Mailer's book Ancient Lives), New York
"Hundreds of Drawings," ARTISTS SPACE, New York
"Manhattan Mercury," curated by Edit deAk. GALERIE VENSTER, Rotterdam, Holland
KAMIKAZE CLUB, curated by Cookie Mueller, New York

1982
MARK TWAIN BANK SHARES, Kansas City, Missouri
HOLLY SOLOMON GALLERY, New York
"Critical Perspectives," (with Futura 2000, Pat Place, Yoko Ono, Allen Vega) curated by Edit deAk. P.S. 1 MUSEUM, Long Island City, New York

1978
"Income and Wealth Show," COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS, INC., New York
"Dog Show," COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS, INC., New York
"Manifesto Show," COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS, INC., New York

1977
"The Sun Projected," installation at JAY STREET LOFT (real time magnified camera obscura projection of the sun), New York
"The Doctors and Dentists, " curated by Colleen Fitsgibbon. COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS, INC., New York
"Batman Show," curated by Diego Cortez. COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS, INC., New York
"Exhibit A, " curated by McClard. 83 GRAND STREET GALLERY, New York

1974
ART MEETING PLACE GALLERY, London, England

1972
ART MEETING PLACE GALLERY, London, England
CURVING SPACE GALLERY, London, England


SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2006
VILLAGE VOICE, August 2006
NEW YORK SUN, June 2006
TATLER, May 2006
Kuspit, Donald. "James Nares's Action Paintings and Chronophotographs." ART NEW ENGLAND, Review, April/May, pg 10.
VOGUE KOREA, Review and color reproduction, March 2006.

2005
Mueller, Stephen. "Just Right, " GAY CITY NEWS, Review and color reproduction, January 1-7
ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST, Color Reproduction, February 2005, P195
THE NEW YORK SUN, Review and color reproduction, November 18-20, P14

2004
THE TIMES, June 26th
ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST, Color Reproduction, February

2003
WALLPAPER, Color reproduction, April
THE NEW YORK PRESS, March 26 - April 1
HARPER'S BAZAAR, April
THE NEW YORK SUN, Review and color reproduction March 31

2002
O'Sullivan, Michael. THE WASHINGTON POST, August 16
Dawson, Jessica. "A Single Stroke of Inspiration," THE WASHINGTON POST, November 7

2001
Glueck, Grace. THE NEW YORK TIMES, March 9

1999
Reilly, Maura. ART IN AMERICA, October
Review, THE NEW YORK TIMES, April 16
"James Nares," Exhibition catalogue, PAUL KASMIN GALLERY
Review, THE NEW YORKER, April 19
Horny, Tinga. "Kräfte gegen nene Medien," SZ EXTRA AUSSTELLUNGEN, February 11
Bell, J.Bowyer. "Stocking Stuffer," REVIEW, January 15

1997
Fisher, Jim. "New art on display at college," THE CAMPUS LEDGER, December 4
Thorson, Alice. "New realities of ABSTRACTION," THE KANSAS CITY STAR, November 30
Ebony, David. Review, ARTNET, September 23
Pederson, Victoria. Review, ART & AUCTION, September
Von Viola Effmert. "Art Basel: Forum fur die internationale Kunstwelt," WELT AM SONNTAG, June 8

1996
Hayden-Guest, Anthony. TRUE COLORS, Atlantic Monthly Press
Adams, Brooks, Howard Hodgkin. ART IN AMERICA, May
Morera, Daniela. "Art is Love," MOSCHINO, exhibition catalogue, New York
"The New York Scene 1996," GOTLANDS KONST MUSEUM, exhibition catalogue Gotland, Sweden.
O'Brien, Glenn. BOMB, Summer 1996
VISIONAIRE, Number 17, January, 1996
Wakefield, Neville. "Elliott Puckette," ELLE DECOR, August/September
Schwendener, Martha, James Nares Paul Kasmin. FLASH ART, July/August
PORTS OF ENTRY: WILLIAM S. BURROUGH AND THE ARTS, exhibition catalogue, Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Yablonsky, Linda. "James Nares," TIME OUT NEW YORK, January 24-31, Issue No. 18, p. 26
NEW OBSERVATIONS, issue # 110, p. 11

1995
Rimanelli, David. "James Nares," ELLE DECOR, December/January
Atkins, Robert. "The Art World & I Go On Line," ART IN AMERICA, P. 61, December
Katz, Vincent. "James Nares," ART PRESS, June, p. 203
Pedersen, Victoria. "Gallery Go 'Round, " February exhibition choice. PAPER MAGAZINE, page 11. February
Smith, Roberta. "Art In Review," THE NEW YORK TIMES, 24 February
BAMBILL, cover illustration of Brooklyn Academy of Music Program for 1995

1994
"The Challenges of Photographing the Sea," THE NEW YORK TIMES, 18 December

1993
Stals, Jose' Lebrero. Exhibition review in FLASH ART, November/December
Kalina, Richard. Exhibition review in ART IN AMERICA, June
Saltz, Jerry. "Let Us Praise Artist's Artists," ART & AUCTION, April
Pederson, Victoria. "Gallery Go'Round," March exhibition choice, PAPER MAGAZINE, March

1992
Decter, Joshua. "La Regenta," ADAM, CURTIS, ANDRES, PETER, PHILIP, AND JAMES, exhibition catalogue with reproductions, Casa de Cultura, Centro de Arte,pp. 54-61
Gurgan, Allen. "Where Babies Come From," reproduction of "Que Se Rompe La Cuerda," INTERVIEW, June
Mantegna, Gianfranco. "The Sign of the Intellect," ARTS, April
Weinstein, Matthew. Review in ARTFORUM, March

1991
PAINTING ON PAPER, exhibition catalogue, Mark Richards Gallery
Hagan, Charles. Review in THE NEW YORK TIMES, November 22
Pederson, Victoria. Review in FLASH ART, October
Artner, Alan. Review in CHICAGO TRIBUNE, August 16
Hagan, Charles. "Seeking the Reality That Lurks in the Shadows," THE NEW YORK TIMES, June 2
Review in PAPER magazine, April
Faust, Gretchen. Review in ARTS, Summer issue
CONJUNCTIONS: 16, The Music Issue, cover illustration, Bard College
A BESTIARY, A Livre d'Artiste, Grenfell Press

1990
Art Random, WRITTEN DRAWINGS, Tokyo, Japan

1989
"The Harcus Gallery Newsletter," Fall/Winter issue
Mueller, Cookie. "Art and About," DETAILS MAGAZINE, March, p.183
Mahoney, Robert. Review of Exhibition, ARTS MAGAZINE, Feb. 1989

1988
Calnek, Anthony. "New York/Review," CONTEMPORANEA, January/February
"New York in Review," ARTS, February
Robinson, Walter. "James Nares: The Science of Art," ELLE, December
"KunstRAI," HP, May 21, pp. 83-146

1986
McCormick, Carlo. Review of Exhibition, ARTFORUM

1985
Moore, Alan. ABC NO RIO DINERO, pp.10, 186
Becker, Robert. INTERVIEW, September
Liebman, Lisa. PARKETT, Summer issue
Watkins, Eileen. "Modern Mystery," SUNDAY STAR-LEDGER, May 26
Watkins, Eileen. "Mystery Show," THE JERSEY JOURNAL, May 24
Liebman, Lisa. RIPE FRUIT, exhibition catalogue, P.S. 1 Museum
Duiz, Roberto. "New Wave Cinema," PER LUI, January
Indiana, Gary. "Dear Decade," THE VILLAGE VOICE, July 23
Sischy, Ingrid. "Art on Location," INTERNATIONAL ART FORUM, October

1984
Smith, John. "A Gallery OF Film Makers," THE UNDERGROUND FILM BULLETIN
Indiana, Gary. Review in ART IN AMERICA, November
Moufarrege, Nicolas A. Review in FLASH ART, November
BOMB, Fall issue, p. 48
Rinaldi, Rosa Maria. DOMUS, July
Mueller, Cookie. "Art & About," DETAILS, June
Levi, Carrado. DALL 'OLIO ALL 'AEROPLANIO, exhibition catalogue, May
Muritti, Elisabetta. "Dall 'Olio All 'Aeroplanio," MILANO DAILY, Spring issue
Deak, Edit. "The Critic Sees Through the Cabbage Patch," ARTFORUM, April, pp. 5-61
van Sinderen, Wim. Interview on Manhattan Mercury Vinyl, Amsterdam, Holland, Spring issue "Twilight Zone or Total Beauty," METROPOLIS M, January

1983
Levi, Carrado. COMPOSICIONE ARCHITECTONICA, exhibition catalogue, University of Milan, Italy, June

1982
Robinson, Walter. COLLAB DAILY PURGE, May
Kuspit, Donald. "Critical Perspective," ARTFORUM, April
Schieldahl, Peter. "Mind Over Matter," THE VILLAGE VOICE, March 9
Fogel, Marsha. CONTEMPORARY ART OBSERVER, February
Zimmer, William. "Condition Critical," SOHO NEWS, February 9
deAk, Edit. CRITICAL PERSPECTIVE, exhibition catalogue, P.S. 1 Museum, January

1981
Sunie. "The Del-Byzanteens," RECORD MIRROR, Summer, p. 12
Sinclair, Mick. "The Del-Byzanteens," exhibition review in SOUNDS, July 25, p. 29
Barber, Lynden. "The Del-Byzanteens," MELODY MAKER, July 18
Taubin, Amy. "Emergency Show," SOHO NEWS, June
"Cinema off e Inespressiomismo a New York," Ester de Miro and Germano Celant, Genova, pp. 165-166, Daniela Bezzi, Diego Cortez, and Edit deAk, pp. 141-156

1980
Souaille, Phillippe. "La Cinema New Yorkais en Super 8," TRIBUTE (Geneve)
Indiana, Gary. Interview with James Nares, EAST VILLAGE EYE, Summer
Conrad, Tony. "At Last Real Movies: Super 8 Cinema From New York," LAICA JOURNAL, Spring, p. 50
"(New) New Wave New York: Cinema," COVER, Spring issue, p.52
Curiger, Brice. TANGES-ANZEIGER, June 20
SEHR GUT (very good), exhibition catalogue, Berlin, Germany
Gaviola, Karen. "Punk on Film: Taking Warhol's Name in Vain," L.A. READER, February 8
Kaplan, Steve. "Down & Dirty," THOUSAND EYES
"New Cinema Super 8," L.A. WEEKLY, January 25

1979
Scygulla, Hannah. UNDERCITY, December
Taylor Paul. TIME OUT (London), July 19, p.51
Sutherland, Alan. "Super-Eight Independents," FILM COMMENT(London), Summer
Have, Bethany. "Cine Stars Spill," EAST VILLAGE EYE, May
Hoberman, J. "No Wave Length:The Para-Punk Underground," THE VILLAGE VOICE, May 2
"Rome '78," THE VILLAGE VOICE, April 2
Trebay, Gary. "Caesarian Section," THE VILLAGE VOICE, February 28
Sussler, Brett. SOHO WEEKLY NEWS, February 15, p. 24
Taubin, Amy. "The Other Cinema," SOHO WEEKLY NEWS, February 1, p. 64
THE NEW YORK ROCKER, February
Resnick, Marsha. BAD BOYS
"T.V. Guide," THE NEW YORK ROCKER, January 14, p. 37

1978
Rockwell, John. "Contortions," THE NEW YORK TIMES, December 18
"Derisium Probe," cover of LOFTY TIMES, February
Makos, Christopher. WHITE TRASH

1977
Nares, James. "(Fact-Fict) Tion," First Issue

TEACHING POSITIONS

1994
Advanced Painting, New York University, New York


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