(b. 1953 in London, lives and works in New York)
James Nares’ paintings and projects seek to capture the very moment of their own creation.
They are most frequently made in a single brushstroke, recording a gestural passage of time and motion across the canvas. Using brushes of his own design, he repeatedly creates and erases his strokes, over and over again, until he feels he has made one that represents a precision of balance between intent and improvisation.
Nares’ films and videos reference many of the same preoccupations with movement, rhythm and repetition, while also ranging further afield in their scope.
His work is included in a number of public and private collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of Art, and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. In 2008, Anthology Film Archives hosted a complete retrospective of his films and videos. In Spring 2014, Rizzoli published the first monograph dedicated to James Nares’s work in all media over the last four decades.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
“James Nares: In the City,” alongside Helen Levitt: In the Street, Milwaukee Art Museum, WI
"James Nares: Portraits", PAUL KASMIN GALLERY, New York, NY
“James Nares: High Speed Drawings,” PAUL KASMIN GALLEY, New York, NY
“Street,” alongside Morton Feldman’s String Quartet, ALTE OPER, Frankfurt, DE
“James Nares’ Street,” THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, Washington, DC
“Street,” JOSLYN ART MUSEUM, Omaha, NE
“Street,” NORTH CAROLINA MUSEUM OF ART, Raleigh, NC
“Street,” alongside Helen Levitt: In the Street, TELFAIR MUSEUM, Savannah, GA
“Street,” SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL, New Frontiers Program, Park City, UT
“Street,” REINBERGER GALLERIES, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH
“Road Paint,” PAUL KASMIN GALLERY, New York, NY
“Street,” THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, New York, NY
“New Media Series – James Nares: Street,” ST. LOUIS ART MUSEUM, St. Louis, MI
“Street,” THE WADSWORTH ATHENEUM, Hartford, CT
“James Nares, 1976: Films and Other Works,” PAUL KASMIN GALLERY, New York, NY
“The Films of James Nares,” IFC CENTER, New York, NY
“New Paintings and a Film,” MICHAEL KOHN GALLERY, Los Angeles, CA