25 YEARS / 35 YEARS
Iran-Contra affair ends
The Simpsons airs for the 1st time
Dow Jones closes highest ever at 2,510.04
1st Kentucky Fried Chicken opens in China
Andy Warhol dies
Jim Kempner becomes an art dealer
Princess Diana and Allen Ginsberg die
1st sheep to be cloned
Pathfinder Mars Rover sends pictures back from Mars
Steve Jobs returns to Apple
Jim Kempner Fine Art opens its doors at 501 W. 23rd St.
This year, we celebrate 35 years in business and 25 years in Chelsea on the corner of 23rd and 10th. As I think back, I remember all the wonderful accidents that led us here, the paths chanced upon, the magical discoveries, the beautiful friendships, the art and artists, and the fascinating lives encountered, sometimes just for a fleeting moment. All of this has helped make JKFA the place it is today. It has been a lucky, exciting, endless thrill ride, and I want to thank everyone who has made this adventure possible.
We get one chance at life, which makes the twists and turns and unexpected connections so important. As Henry James put it in “The Middle Years”:
“We live in the dark. We do what we can.
We give what we have. Our doubt is our
passion, and our passion is our task.
The rest is the madness of art.”
Our little corner of the world continues to house “The Madness of Art” in all its many incarnations.
©Jim Kempner Fine Art
©Jim Kempner Fine Art
For this IFPDA Print Fair and for our fall exhibitions, we have searched for some of the most outstanding pieces exhibited at our 501 W. 23rd St. gallery over the past 25 years. A special selection of these works is exhibited at the IFPDA, and the rest of the collection is on view now and over the coming months throughout all three floors of the gallery, including the sculpture garden. Please stop by to see the fantastic works that have inspired us throughout all these years.
Derrick Adams, John Baldessari, Christiane Baumgartner, Mel Bochner, Sam Francis, Helen Frankenthaler, Sam Gilliam, Keith Haring, Charlie Hewitt, Jasper Johns, David Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, Claes Oldenburg, Julian Opie, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Paula Scher, Frank Stella, Wayne Thiebaud, Cy Twombly, Berner Venet, Stanley Whitney