Biography

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Linda Karshan                         

(American, b. 1947 in Minneapolis, MN, lives and works in London, UK, and New York, NY)

Guided by what she calls her “inner choreography,” Linda Karshan makes spare, monochromatic, abstract prints and drawings that serve as direct reflections of the process of their making. Though she began her career producing expressive compositions, in 1994 she developed a performance-based method for making work, in which every mark is associated with her rhythmic and regulated breathing, her counter-clockwise turning of the paper, the motion of her entire body, and the musical way in which she counts off increments of time. Based on her studies of psychology and Plato’s theory that the universe is ordered numerically, Karshan’s method results in iterative images of intersecting lines, forming grids, geometric shapes and patterns, and, sometimes, ordered yet loosely scribbled marks repeating across the page.

Karshan was educated at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY (1965-67); the Sorbonne, Paris (1967-68); and the Slade School of Art, University College London (1969). In 1983, she earned a Masters in Humanistic Psychology from Antioch Centre for British Studies, London. Her MA thesis, entitled Play, Creativity and the Birth of the Self, focused on D.W. Winnicott's theories of transitional space and creativity, which are central to Karshan's artistic practice.

Karshan's solo museum exhibitions include those at Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern, Germany (2013); Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, UK (2003); Sir John Soane's Museum, London, UK (2002); and Institut Valencia d'Art Modern, Valencia, Spain (2002). Her works were featured in group exhibitions at the Courtauld Gallery, London, UK (2014, 2012), Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, UK (2013, 2010), Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin, Germany (2013), British Museum, London, UK (2010), Graphische Sammlung, Munich, Germany (2009), and Folkwang Museum, Essen, Germany (2008) among others. She regularly exhibits with several galleries in Europe, and with ART 3 in Brooklyn, NY.

Karshan's drawings, prints and artist's books are held in public and private collections, including in the UK: The British Library, The British Museum, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Sir John Soane’s Museum, Tate Modern, The Arts Council Collection – all in London, The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, Middlesbrough Musuem of Modern Art (MIMA), Middlesbrough, England; in the US: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Fogg Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; The Morgan Library, New York, NY; and a suite of thirteen prints have been recently acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 

BIOGRAPHY

1947   Born in Minneapolis, MN; Lives and works in New York, NY and London, UK

 

EDUCATION

1983    MA in Psychology, Antioch Centre for British Studies, London, UK

1968-69   The Slade School of Fine Art, University College, London, UK

1967-68   Art History, The Sorbonne, University of Paris, France

1965-67   Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018

Linda Karshan - Studiolo View, San Giorgio Maggiore Abbey, Venice, Italy, September 2018

Kaltnadelradierungen und Farbholzchnitte 2016, Galerie Biedermann, Munich

2017

Linda Karshan-Frauke Schlitz, ART 3 Gallery, Brooklyn NY

Linda Karshan – Studio View: Prints and Drawings 1983 – 2017, Redfern Gallery

Forthcoming events and publications; Collected Studio Jottings and other writings

Choreographic Aspect; documentary film, Linda Karshan (Stonedog Productions)

Matter to Matter; research on Karshan’s art, by Elizabeth Palmer (RCA, London)

The Fairest Bond: Linda Karshan, Drawings and Printed Editions from 1996-2016, Galerie Hein Elferink, Staphorst, The Netherlands

Linda Karshan at the Reform: Marks & Traces, Reform Club Exhibition, London

2016

Footfalls and Related Drawings, Galerie Biedermann, Munich

Drawings Old and New, Galerie Werner Klein, Cologne

2015

SOUNDINGS, Satellite Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Footfalls, Neils Borch Jensen, Berlin, Germany

Linda Karshan. Signs of Men, March 4- April 5, ART 3 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Signs of Men (upstairs, with catalogue), and Drawings and prints by Linda Karshan from the collection of Victor Skipp (downstairs), Redfern Gallery, London, UK

2014

Linda Karshan’s presentation at The Intelligent Hand, 1500-1800. Sixth Early Modern Symposium, Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK (November 8)

Linda Karshan: New Forms, Galerie Biedermann, Munich, Germany

2013

Linda Karshan: Lines and Movement 1984-2012, Museum Pfalzgalerie, Kaiserslautern, Germany

2012

Linda Karshan – Drawings, Galerie Werner Klein, Cologne, Germany

Light-Points, Galerie Biedermann, Munich, Germany

Measure for Measure, Neils Borch Jensen, Berlin, Germany

New Drawings, Redfern Gallery, London, UK

2011

New Works – Measure without Measure, Cain Schulte Contemporary, San Francisco, CA

2010

Strich für Strich, Galerie Werner Klein, Cologne, Germany

Movements, and their Images, Rhode Contemporary, Copenhagen, Denmark

Movements, and their Images, Redfern Gallery, London, UK

Movements, and their Images, Galerie Biedermann, Munich, Germany

It's a Greek Thing: New Edition of 10 Drypoints and Jottings, Galerie Hein Elferink, Staphorst, The Netherlands

The Greek Thing, Cain Schulte Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany

2008

Forms of Time II, Redfern Gallery, London, UK

Linda Karshan: Time Being, A Fifteen Year Retrospective, Cain Schutle Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Early Drawings, Galerie Werner Klein, Cologne, Germany

Drawing as Process, Folkwang Museum, Essen, Germany

2007

Two Clear Days, Redfern Gallery, London, UK

2004

Riflemaker, London, UK

Constellation and Chance, Redfern Gallery, London, UK

2003

Galerie Biedermann, Munich, Germany

Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, UK

2002

Linda Karshan – Grids, Stacks and Other Moves, Redfern Gallery, London, UK

Linda Karshan, IVAM – Institut Valencia d'Art Modern, Valencia, Spain

Sir John Soane Museum, London, UK

2001

Dee-Glasoe Gallery, New York, NY

2000

Michael Martin Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1999

Galerie Biedermann, Munich, Germany

1998

National Museum of Art, Bistritzia, Romania

Museo Contemporaneo, Baia Mare, Romania

Museo Nacional de Arte, Cluj, Romania

National Theatre, Bucarest, Romania

Linda Karshan Prints and Drawings, Redfern Gallery, London, UK

1997

Galerie Biedermann, Munich, Germany

Linda Karshan: Marks and Traces, Sandra Gering Gallery, New York, NY Galerie Biedermann, London, UK

1995

Linda Karshan: New Works, Montgomery-Glasoe Fine Art, Minneapolis, MN

1994

Galerie Biedermann, Munich, Germany

1993

Montgomery-Glasoe Fine Art, Minneapolis, MN

1991

Galerie Biedermann, London, UK

Galerie Biedermann, Munich, Germany

ASB Galley, London, UK

1986

ASB Galley, London, UK

1985

ASB Galley, London, UK

1984

ASB Gallery, London, UK

1984

Clarendon Gallery, London, UK

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017

Celestial Mechanics: Tess Jaray, Linda Karshan, Jeanne Masoero, Megan Piper, London

ART 3 Gallery, New York. Joint show to include Soundings, an acoustic drawing; Linda Karshan Choreographic Aspect, a documentary film; a conversation with Glenn Kurtz, and new and old prints and drawings)

Linda Karshan at the Reform: Marks & Traces, Reform Club Exhibition, London

The Line is Thought - Fascination Drawing, Twelve contemporary artistic positions at Galerie Stihl Waiblingen, Waiblingen, Germany

2016

Let No Day Pass Without Leaving a Line of Oneself, Satellite Berlin, Berlin, Germany

2014

Henrik Eiben and Linda Karshan, Galerie Hein Elferink, Staphorst, The Netherlands

Bruegel to Freud: Prints from The Courtauld Gallery, The Courtauld Gallery, London, UK (with catalogue)

Inaugural Exhibition, ART 3 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Bushwick Open Studios, ART 3 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2013

A Lasting Legacy: The House and Collection of Victor Skipp, curated by Dr Jennifer Powell, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK (with catalogue)

Lines Crossed: Inner Spaces, works on paper by Linda Karshan & Robert Edelman, Waterhouse & Dodd, New York, NY

The Redfern at 90: An Anniversary Exhibition, Redfern Gallery, London, UK

System and Sensuality – The Collection of the Ernset Schering Foundation: Contemporary Drawing from Tom Chamberlain to Jorinde Voigt, Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen, Berlin, Germany

2012

Uncharted – Works on Paper, Cain Schulte Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA

Linda Karshan and Marian Breedveld (to present Desire Paths: ten woodcuts by Linda Karshan with poems by Tamar Yoseloff), Galerie Hein Elferink, Staphorst, The Netherlands

Lines Crossed: Grids and Rhythms on Paper, Courtauld Gallery, London, UK

2011

Magna Carta: Art/Paper, Kit Schulte Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany

Gruppenausstellung: Possessed by the Line, Kit Schulte Gallery, Berlin

2010

Galerie Werner Klein, Cologne, Germany (2000 - 2010)

Magna Carta: Art/Paper, Cain Schulte Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA

The Courtauld Collects: 20 Years of Acquisitions, Courtauld Gallery, London, UK

Group Print Exhibition, Leipzig, Germany

Modern Times, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, UK

Inaugural Group Show, Cain Schulte Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA

Lines in Space: Paule Vezelay and Linda Karshan, England & Co., London, UK

Re-Opening Exhibition, Folkwang Museum, Essen, Germany

Picasso to Julie Mehretu: Modern Drawings for the British Museum Collection, British Museum, London,

UK Modern Times, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, UK

2009

Redfern Gallery, London, UK

A Winter Salon, Gallery Bjorn Ressle, New York, NY

L'Artistes de Nunc, Brussels, Belgium

Presence of the Line, Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Munich, Germany

2008

A Winter Salon, Gallery Bjorn Ressle, New York, NY

2007

Portraiture: Tom Fecht, Linda Karshan, Paul Raguenes, Eyestorm Gallery, London, UK

2001

Unexpected Encounters, Galleria Prisma, Bolzano, Italy

2000

Underlying Perfection, Gallery Fine, London, UK

1999

White Out, Gallery Fine, London, UK

1997

Montgomery-Glasoe Fine Art, Minneapolis, MN

Contemporary British Drawings, Edward Tyler-Nahem Fine Art, New York, NY

Redfern Gallery, London, UK 1995 Redfern Gallery, London, UK

1990

Runkel-Hue-Williams Gallery, London, UK

1988

The Legacy of Surrealism in Contemporary Art, Ben Shahn Galleries, William Paterson College, Wayne, NJ

1986

Drawings, Lorence-Monk Gallery, New York, NY

1985

New Talent, Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY

(Thank you to Silas von Morisse Gallery for the initial biography preparation)