Caren Golden Fine Art is pleased to present “Based on a True Story,” Andrew Sendor’s third solo exhibition with the gallery. Through a series of uncanny hypothetical scenarios Sendor embarks on a self-referential investigation of the recent history of art. Each canvas features an interior exhibition space where videos, paintings, photographs and, absurdly, human-beings-as-art, reside. “Based on a True Story” speculates why, when no medium or subject is too outrageous, the site of a museum remains sacred. What would happen if taxidermied humans were put on display as art? Would this represent a vanguard act of appropriation, or an unspeakable taboo? And if it is indeed one of the last in art, then what does a painted representation of the taboo convey?

Sendor considers the historical function of the act of painting as a mimetic device, a means of expression, and an agent of desire. While his recent work is born of difficult questions and complex ideas, Sendor’s provocative imagery evokes a more visceral reaction from the viewer. Exquisitely rendered and improbably seductive, these disquieting compositions thrive on the same attraction-versus-repulsion dynamic that activated the work of such painters as Goya, Courbet and Bacon. Sendor extends these socio-psychological dialogues and continues to test the experiential limits of representational painting.

Supplementing the paintings, and adding to the philosophical discussion, Sendor introduces a new series of drawings. Executed on antique paper with such visible signs of age as oxidation, water stains and in some instances mildew, the ambiguities presented in these works disrupt any clear determination of authorship, authenticity or chronology. Thus, the ontological discussion comes full circle back to the paintings, as Sendor’s voice alternates between a fictional or a contingent scenario and the impartial documenting of an actual event.

Andrew Sendor’s work has been featured in museum exhibitions including “Phantasmania” at the Kemper Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO, “MAD LOVE” at the Arken Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen, Denmark, and “XS-Size Matters” at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill, NY, which traveled to the Knoxville Museum of Art in Knoxville, TN. In addition to a solo show at Mogadishni Gallery in Copenhagen, Denmark in the Fall of 2007, his work has been presented in “Salon Nouveau” at the Engholm Engelhorn Galerie in Vienna, Austria and most recently the “All Too Human: Young American Painters” at Schuebbe Projects in Dusseldorf, Germany. Sendor has been featured in numerous publications including Art in America, New American Painters, M Magazine, Wonderland Magazine and Art Premium, which featured his work in a 10 page article and on the magazine’s cover.

Andrew Sendor; Based on a True Story

April 9 - May 16, 2009
Opens April 11, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Works

Angelino Masseloni, Artist Unknown, 2014, human being and mixed media, dimensions variable

Andrew Sendor, Angelino Masseloni, Artist Unknown, 2014, human being and mixed media, dimensions variable, 2008

Installation view from right: Hippolito Desquito, Artist Unknown, 1983, human being and mixed media, Romance Picture, J.J. Jorgenstern, 2004, C-print on aluminum, 42 x 32”

Andrew Sendor, Installation view from right: Hippolito Desquito, Artist Unknown, 1983, human being and mixed media, Romance Picture, J.J. Jorgenstern, 2004, C-print on aluminum, 42 x 32”, 2009

Installation view from right: Alejandro Celestino, Artist unknown, 2013, human being and mixed media, dimensions variable, Soliloquy, Ana Libitina, 2012, video projection, 107 minutes

Andrew Sendor, Installation view from right: Alejandro Celestino, Artist unknown, 2013, human being and mixed media, dimensions variable, Soliloquy, Ana Libitina, 2012, video projection, 107 minutes, 2009

Installation view from left: Donovan Mustafalamuncha, Artist Unknown, 2019, human being and mixed media, Portrait of Donovan Mustafalamuncha, Diego Diegez, 1877, oil on canvas

Andrew Sendor, Installation view from left: Donovan Mustafalamuncha, Artist Unknown, 2019, human being and mixed media, Portrait of Donovan Mustafalamuncha, Diego Diegez, 1877, oil on canvas, 2009

Bartholomew Barrimenschka, Artist Unknown, 2017, human being and mixed media, dimensions variable

Andrew Sendor, Bartholomew Barrimenschka, Artist Unknown, 2017, human being and mixed media, dimensions variable, 2008

Installation view from right: Timothy Hawkins, Artist Unknown, 2023, human being and mixed media, dimensions variable, Secret Society, 2019, color video projection, 99 seconds

Andrew Sendor, Installation view from right: Timothy Hawkins, Artist Unknown, 2023, human being and mixed media, dimensions variable, Secret Society, 2019, color video projection, 99 seconds, 2009

Jacques and Jacqueline, Artist Unknown, 2011, monkey and mixed media, dimensions variable

Andrew Sendor, Jacques and Jacqueline, Artist Unknown, 2011, monkey and mixed media, dimensions variable, 2009

Jake Frederick, Artist Unknown, 2013, human being and mixed media, dimensions variable

Andrew Sendor, Jake Frederick, Artist Unknown, 2013, human being and mixed media, dimensions variable, 2008

Samuel Samuels IV, Artist Unknown, 2020, human being and mixed media, dimensions variable

Andrew Sendor, Samuel Samuels IV, Artist Unknown, 2020, human being and mixed media, dimensions variable, 2009

Ludwig Van Schauen, Artist unknown, 2017, human being and mixed media, dimensions variable

Andrew Sendor, Ludwig Van Schauen, Artist unknown, 2017, human being and mixed media, dimensions variable, 2009

Emma Thompsonville, Artist Unknown, 2011, human being and mixed media, dimensions variable

Andrew Sendor, Emma Thompsonville, Artist Unknown, 2011, human being and mixed media, dimensions variable, 2008

Angelien Gevaarlijk, Artist unknown, 2011, human being and mixed media, dimensions variable, and Ignaas Onschuldiger, Artist unknown, 2011, human being and mixed media, dimensions variable

Andrew Sendor, Angelien Gevaarlijk, Artist unknown, 2011, human being and mixed media, dimensions variable, and Ignaas Onschuldiger, Artist unknown, 2011, human being and mixed media, dimensions variable, 2009

Portrait of Lucretia and Isaac

Andrew Sendor, Portrait of Lucretia and Isaac, 2009

Portrait of Azariah

Andrew Sendor, Portrait of Azariah, 2009

Portrait of Cyrus, Albert, Cornelius, Chauncey, Obediah

Andrew Sendor, Portrait of Cyrus, Albert, Cornelius, Chauncey, Obediah, 2009

Portrait of Oliver and Jeremiah

Andrew Sendor, Portrait of Oliver and Jeremiah, 2009

Portrait of Sybrina

Andrew Sendor, Portrait of Sybrina, 2009

Kiah, Lazar, Newton and Theo

Andrew Sendor, Kiah, Lazar, Newton and Theo, 2009

Portrait of Egeskov

Andrew Sendor, Portrait of Egeskov, 2009


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