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Artforum, Must See: Behrang Karimi, Dinge Weltweit, 16 January 2023

Art Plugged, Five Exhibitions In London To See In January 2023, 4 January 2023

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Maureen Paley is pleased to announce a new exhibition Dinge Weltweit by Köln based artist Behrang Karimi. This will be his second exhibition with the gallery and his first solo presentation across our two London spaces.

“My personal time in the studio starts only by late evening. Then my preparation begins, cleaning, thinking, looking, slowly drawing, reading or not. When I have a good day/night, the focus gets right and it creates energy. I can then forget my body and the time passing and I can draw and paint without thinking in a usual sense.”

Dinge Weltweit
exhibition view
Maureen Paley, London
2023

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o.T.
oil on linen
115 x 120 cm
2020

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“This is mostly what I am looking for. You could compare it with a hunter in the forest, who needs to be very focused and concentrated to not take the wrong step or make too much noise while sneaking through the woods.”

awakening in a dream
oil on linen
120 x 150 cm
2021

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search of a bird
oil on canvas
120 x 200 cm
2022

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“Music is the most powerful tool to get your mind into energetic moods. But that is a controlled and conscious move. I choose the music for this special moment in the studio, to get into the rhythm and painting.”

Dinge Weltweit
exhibition view
Maureen Paley, London
2023

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denken,reden,handeln
oil on canvas
130 x 115 cm
2022

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“Music is connected to the body, but more interesting is how emotions work and get stimulated by nearly everything around us. We just learn to not listen to it, because we don’t need to in the industrialised world.”

Porta Katharsis
oil on canvas
24 x 30 cm
2022

caleidos
oil on canvas
24 x 30 cm
2022

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“The instinct changed, you don’t fear the danger in the dark woods anymore, ‘we have other issues now.’”

Excerpt from an in-conversation between Behrang Karimi and Attilia Fattori Franchini accompanying his solo exhibition SPIT at Braunsfelder, Köln (2021).

Dinge Weltweit
exhibition view
Studio M, London
2023

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Behrang Karimi (b. 1980, Schiraz, Iran) currently lives and works in Köln, Germany. He received a Masters and Diploma from the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany (Class of Peter Doig and Albert Oehlen, 2015).

Selected solo exhibitions include: bacchus madness walking experiences, ERMES ERMES, Rome, Italy (2022); Rotpeter: Bild eines zur Dressur gezwungenen, Moon Grove, Manchester, UK (2022); coming for your job and wifes, Tramps, London, UK (2021); SPIT, Braunsfelder, Köln, Germany (2021); Zarinbal Khoshbakht, Köln, Germany (2020).

Selected group exhibitions include: The Age, Shahin Zarinbal, Berlin, Germany (2022); Fifteen Painters, Andrew Kreps, New York, USA (2021); Everything is Personal, Tramps, New York, USA (2020); Alles Notwendige, Braunsfelder, Köln, Germany (2020); Behrang Karimi and Alastair Mackinven, Maureen Paley, London, UK (2019); Here Here, curated by Tenzing Barshee, Braunsfelder, Köln (2018); Eggy and Seedy, curated by Matt Copson and Alastair Mackinven, Reading International Festival, Reading, UK (2017).

protectere
oil on linen
33 x 45 cm
2022

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