NICHOLAS MILES KAHN & RICHARD SELESNICK
Personal Information and Awards:
Selesnick: born London, England, 1964. Kahn: born New York City, 1964.
BFAs from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. 1986
1987 New Jersey State Council for the Arts Grant.
1994 Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship, Provincetown, Ma.
1995 Provincetown Arts Council Grant
2000 Artists in Residence, Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Ma.
2001 Djerassi Foundation Residency, Woodside, Ca.
2002 Artists in Residence, Princeton Atelier, Princeton University, NJ
2003 New York Book Show, best photography book of 2002 for “Scotlandfuturebog”
2005 Artist in Residence Grant, NASA.
2007 Green Leaf Award: United Nations Environmental Program, for Best Painting at the Global Warming Show , Nobel Peace Center, Oslo, Norway
2008 AICA award for best exhibition in Boston area: “Eisbergfreistadt” at Pepper Gallery
John Michael Kohler Arts Center, “Worlds Discovered” Sheboygan Wisconsin, Jan-April.
Untitled (Artspace) , Oklahoma City, OK, “Apollo Prophecies & Eisbergfreistadt”, Feb-Apr
Robischon Gallery, Denver Co, “Eisbergfreistat” March- April.
Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles CA, “Eisbergfreistadt” Jun-July
Aeroplastics Gallery, Brussels Belgium, 10 year Retrospective. Jan – Mar,
Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale AZ, “Eisbergfreidstadt”, April
Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY, “Eisbergfreidstadt”, May-June
Hiestand Gallery of Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, Sept-Oct
Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, Il,” Eisbergfreidstadt”, Oct - Dec
Pepper Gallery, Boston, “Eisbergfreistadt” May-June.
Irvine Contemporary, Washington DC, “Eisbergfreistadt” Oct- Nov.
Dowd Fine Arts Center, SUNY Cortland, “The Art of Kahn and Selesnick” Jan - Mar
Robischon Gallery, Denver CO, “10 Years of Panoramas and Artifacts, a Kahn /Selesnick retrospective, April-May.
Lisa Sette Gallery Scottsdale, Ar “The Apollo Prophecies” Nov-Dec
Carl Hammer Gallery Chicago “The Apollo Prophecies” Nov-Dec
Martin Irvine Contemporary Art Washington DC “The Apollo Prophecies” Oct.
Berta Walker Gallery Provincetown, “Nomadischespuppetheater” Ma. Aug-Sept
Paul Kopeikan Gallery Los Angeles “The Apollo Prophecies” Jan-Feb
Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York “The Apollo Prophecies” Oct-Dec
DNA Gallery Provincetown, Ma. “The Apollo Prophecies” August
Pepper Gallery Boston, Ma. “Apollo: a prophecy” April-May
Focus Gallery London, U.K. “City of Salt” Oct-Nov
DNA Gallery Provincetown, Ma. “Large Images” August
Yancey Richardson Gallery New York. “City of Salt” May-July
Carl Hammer Gallery Chicago. “City of Salt” Oct-Nov
Yancey Richardson Gallery New York. “Scotlandfuturebog” Sept-Oct
Paul Kopeikan Gallery Los Angeles. “City of Salt” Sept-Oct
DNA Gallery Provincetown, Ma. Aug-Sept
Pepper Gallery Boston, Ma. “City of Salt” March-April
Lisa Sette Gallery Scottsdale, Arizona. “City of Salt” Jan-Feb
DNA Gallery Provincetown, Ma. “City of Salt” July-August
Carrie Haddad Gallery Hudson, NY. “Scotlandfuturebog” Jan-Feb.
Palo Alto Arts Center Palo Alto, Ca. “The REC, Past-Future” Sept-Dec.
DNA Gallery Provincetown, Ma. “Schottensumpfkunftig” July.
Lisa Sette Gallery Scottsdale, Arizona. “Past and Future” March-April
David Beitzel Gallery New York. “Transmissions from the Schottensumpfkumpftig (Scotlandfuturebog)” February-March
Pepper Gallery Boston, Ma. “Schottensumpfkunftig” Dec. - Jan. 2000
Paul Kopeikin Gallery Los Angeles. “The Circular River: the Siberian Expeditions of 1944-46” Oct. - Nov.
Monique Knowlton New York. “The Circular River” October - January
Eli Marsh Gallery Amherst College, Amherst, Ma. “The Circular River” Oct.
Bachelier Cardonsky Gallery Kent, Ct. Sept-Oct.
Carrie Haddad Gallery Hudson, NY. June-July
Pepper Gallery Boston, Ma. “The Circular River” April-June
Monique Knowlton New York. “The Pavillion of the Greenman” Oct-Nov.
East End Gallery Provincetown, Ma. “The Burren Expedition” August.
Monique Knowlton New York. “The Journals of Peter Hesselbach” March-April
Gallery Camino Real Boca Raton, Fl. “Tent of the Mesmer” March-May
Pepper Gallery “The Photographic Journals of Peter Hesselbach” Dec-Jan
Bachelier Cardonsky Gallery Kent, Ct. “Tent of the Mesmer” Sept-Oct.
East End Gallery “The Golden Age of Devonshire Semaphore: Royal Excavation Corps Signal Flag Manouevres 1934-36” September.
Monique Knowlton “The Roodloft of the Drunken Beekeeper” April-May.
East End Gallery “Zelt der Biscuit Mench” July.
Hudson Walker Gallery Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, Ma. “Chapel dedicated to the Human Head”, an installation of a work in progress. March.
Gallery Camino Real “Collaborative Paintings” Dec-Jan 1994-95.
Bachelier Cardonsky Gallery “The Eskimo Paintings” Sept-Oct.
East End Gallery “The Biscuit Triptychs” July.
Forum Gallery New York. “Bog Pastries and Bread Heads from the Archives of the Royal Excavation Corps” September.
East End Gallery “Painted Heads” July.
Diana Burke New York. “The Delusional Object: Banners and Artefacts from the Royal Excavation Corps” March-April.
East End Gallery “Flagman Artefacts” August.
East End Gallery July.
Owen Patrick Gallery Philadelphia. March-April.
Klein Art Gallery Woodstock, NY.
The Bergen County Museum of Arts and Sciences Paramus, NJ. “A Pictish Bedchamber of the 9th Century” August 1989.
The New End Gallery London, England. August 1988.
The Royal Photographic Society Bath, England. June-July 1988.
Selected Group Exhibitions:
Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne, Germany “The Moon” Mar-Jul
Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, France, “Miroirs d'Orients" may-aug
Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, University of Nevada, Reno Nevada, “ Eco-Sophia” sept-nov
Ministry of Culture, Monaco, “Melting Ice, Hot Topic” Feb – Mar
Field Museum, Chicago, IL, “Melting Ice, Hot Topic” April – Sept
Nobel Peace Center, Oslo, Norway, “Melting Ice, Hot Topic” June- Sept.
Aeroplastics Gallery, Brussels Belgium, Rare Essense , Sept- Oct
Bozar Museum, Brussels, Belgium, “Melting Ice, Hot Topic” Oct- Dec.
Smithonian Institution, Art from NASA’s Collection. Dec-
Carrie Haddad Gallery,Hudson NY “The Twilight Zone” March
Hudson Walker Gallery, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, Ma, Fellows 1994-95. May
Kohler Arts Center Sheboygan, Wi. “Dreamscapes”
Woodstock Center for Photography Woodstock, NY. “Triennial”
Lehman College Art Gallery New York City. “The City: Contemporary Views of the Built Enviroment”
Arnot Museum of Art Elmira, NY. “Re-presenting Representation VI” April-August.
Museum of Photographic Arts San Diego, Ca. “First Photographs: Henry Fox Talbot and the Birth of Photography” March-June
Triple Candie New York. “Rumors of War: A Contemporary Exhibition Inspired by the Art of Jacob Lawrence” curated by Franklin Sirmans. Dec 01-Jan 02
Brooklyn Museum of Art Brooklyn, NY. “Digital: Printmaking Now” June-Sept.
Cape Cod Museum of Art Dennis, Ma. “Small Works by Fellows of the Fine Arts Work Center 1985-2000” July-Sept
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts Wilmington, DE. “Photo-Synthesis: Recent Developments in Contemporary Photography” April-July
Carl Hammer Gallery Chicago, IL. “Of Dreams and Dreamers: Art as a Vehicle of Escape.” Sept-Oct
Gallery Camino Real Boca Raton, Fl. “Photo-Synthesis: Recent Developments in Contemporary Photography” Jan-Feb
David Winton Bell Gallery Brown University, Providence, R.I. “False Witness: Joan Fontcuberta Sputnik and Kahn/Selesnick Scotlandfuturebog, with a lecture by David Wilson, director of the Museum of Jurassic Technology” Jan-March
The Art Museum Florida International University, Miami. “American Art Today: Fantasies & Curiousities” Sept-Nov
Addison Gallery of American Art Phillips Academy, Andover, Ma. “Referencing the Past: Six Contemporary Artists: Kahn/Selesnick, John O’Reilly, George Condo, David McGee, and Laurie Hogan” Sept-Jan 2000.
Camera Works San Francisco, Ca. “Rattling the Frame, 1974-1999” Oct-Nov.
Photographic Resource Center Boston University. “Dramatis Personae: A look at role-playing and narrative in contemporary photography” Feb-March 1999.
National Portrait Gallery Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC “Faces of Time: 75 years of Time Magazine Cover Portraits” March-August.
Addison Gallery of American Art Andover, Ma. “Expanded Visions: the Panoramic Photograph” Jan-April.
The Brush Art Gallery Lowell, Ma. “SELF-AMUSED: The Contemporary Artist as Observer and Observed” Feb-March.
DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park Lincoln, Ma. “10 Artists/10 Visions”
Carrie Haddad Gallery Hudson, NY. “Provincetown in Hudson” Jan-Feb.
Koplin Gallery Los Angeles. December.
Monique Knowlton “Inaugural Group Show” Sept-Oct.
Drerup Gallery Plymouth State College, Plymouth, NH. “1994-95 Visual Arts Fellows from the Fine Arts Work Center” Nov-Jan 1994-95.
Boston Center for the Arts Boston. “Fantasically Real” April-May.
Pepper Gallery Boston. “Spirits Unveiled” Sept-Oct.
Robert Brown Gallery Washington DC. “Giacometti and Others” Dec-Jan 1994
Tribeca Gallery New York. “Bergen Museum in New York” December.
Maxwell Davidson Gallery New York. “Sculpture: Colour and Motion” Oct.
Spazi Fine Arts Housatonic, Ma. October.
Commune de Sirmione Lake Garda, Italy. Outdoor Installation. August.
Provincetown Art Association and Museum Provincetown, Ma. “Four Young Artists Here and New” May-June.
The Designer’s Guild London, England.
Susan Cummins Gallery Mill Valley, Ca. “The History of the Bird” Dec-Jan.
The Bergen County Museum of Arts and Sciences Paramus, NJ. “The Six” - a show of Bergen County’s top six fellowship winners, curated by Barbara Haskell, chief curator of the Whitney Museum of Art. 1988.
Detail New York. 1987-89.
Civilisation New York. 1985-87.
The Red Studio New York. “Time” December 1984.
Natural World Museum, Art in Action: Nature, Creativity & our Creative Future,. hardcover book 2007 contributing artist.
Robert Hirsh Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age, 2007 book,
Jan DesLoover, Kahn and Selesnick, Fotomuseum Antwerp Magazine fall 2007
Mark Feeney, The Boston Globe, review Eisbergfreistadt, May 13, 2007
Sarah Coleman, Kahn and Selesnick Career Review in PDN (Photo District News),. February 3, 2007.
The Apollo Prophecies, Aperture Press, monograph, Sept 2006
Reproductions and text, “The Apollo Prophecies” C Magazine November 2005
Photography Quarterly fall 2005
Reproductions Sides Magazine pgs 1-2, September 2005
Jessica Dawson “Reflecting on a Cultural Divide” The Washington Post Oct 6, 2005
Jeffry Cudlin “Space Evaders” City Paper Washington DC Oct. 22 2005
City of Salt, Monograph. Aperture Press, September 2005
Review Los Angeles Times Jan, 2005
Color Reproductions “Findings” Harper’s Magazine pg. 100, July 2005
Caroline Bagenal, “Kahn/Selesnick: The Apollo Prophecies” Art New England Oct 2004
Profile and Interview VOOM! HDTV
Cate McQuaid, “A Lunar Extravaganza” The Boston Globe page C16, May 28, 2004
David Haycock “The Extraordinary Findings of Kahn/Selesnick and the Royal Excavation Corps” Wraparound cover and pages 26-35, spring 2004
Photographs, “Next Stop, Shangri-La: an Imaginary Photographic Assignment by Collaborative Artists Kahn and Selesnick for the Men’s Fashion of the Times ” The New York Times Magazine pgs. 122-133, Sept. 21, 2003
Sarah Douglas “Kahn/Selesnick at Yancey Richardson Gallery” The Art Newspaper June 2003
Profile and Interview Boston Arts WGBH TV and Art Close Up PBS TV, first aired May 14, 2003, national premiere July 6, 2003.
Vince Alletti, “More, More, More: the best photography books of 2002” Village Voice Feb. 3, 2003
Leah Ollman, “Power of Illusion and Desire” The Los Angeles Times Oct. 19, 2002
The Stamp Project, Cabinet Magazine pgs 63-65. Fall 2002 issue.
Colour reproductions, Photography Past Forward: Aperture at 50 book, with an introduction by R.H.Cravens. Back cover, page 172. Aperture Press, 2002.
Scotlandfuturebog a monograph, introduction by Ben Marcus. Aperture Press, 2002
Reproductions and text Provincetown Arts Magazine 2002 issue.
Cate McQuaid, “Self Portraits of the Artist as a Man facing Mortality” The Boston Globe April 19, 2002
Miles Unger, “Head Games” Boston Magazine April 2002
Rich McKown, “Small works from the Fine Arts Work Center at the Cape Museum of Fine Arts” Art New England Dec 2001
Cate McQuaid, “Putting Provincetown in a poignant new light” The Boston Globe Aug. 4, 2001
William Jaeger, “Reassembled Visions” Albany Times Union pg. 12, the Arts and Entertainment section, Jan. 28, 2001
Linda L. Fenoff, “Photographer’s Lenses not bogged down by reality” The Independent pg. 24, Jan. 26, 2001
Bill Van Siclen, “At the Bell Gallery, reality keeps slipping away” The Providence Journal pg. 28, Feb 15-19, 2001
Photographs, “Lost Horizons: an Imaginary Photograph Assignment by Collaborative Artists Kahn and Selesnick for the Men’s Fashion of the Times ” The New York Times Magazine pgs. 106-116, Sept. 24, 2000
Colour reproductions, “Readings” Harper’s Magazine pg. 38, April 2000
Richard Nilsen, “A Visionary Beauty” The Arizona Republic March 23, 2000
Roberta Smith, “Kahn/Selesnick at Beitzel Gallery” The New York Times March 10, 2000
Miles Unger, “Tales of Intrigue for a Museum of Unnatural History” The New York Times Arts and Leisure pgs. 35 and 38, Feb. 6, 2000
Eileen Kennedy, “Art in Review: Kahn/Selesnick” Arts Media pg. 11, Jan 2000
Kate McQuaid, “Funny Phantasm, Emotional Edges, & Realms of Beauty” The Boston Globe Dec. 30, 1999
Leah Ollman, “A Provocative Trek into Pseudo-History” Los Angeles Times pg. F28, Nov. 12,1999
Daniel Pinchbeck, “Boy’s own adventure through Siberia” The Art Newspaper pg. 72, November 1998.
Vince Aletti, “Choices: Art” Village Voice pg. 72. December 1, 1998.
Ken Johnson, “Kahn and Selesnick at Monique Knowlton” The New York Times pg. 32 November 27, 1998.
Christa Worthington, “Mining the Relics of Journeys Past” The New York Times pg. 45. November 22, 1998.
Fredrick S. Voss, Faces of Time: 75 years of Time Magazine cover Portraits pgs. 126-27 and cover. Little Brown 1998
Matt Unger, “Kahn and Selesnick at Pepper” Art News pg. 163. July 1998
Grace Consoli, “Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick: Panoramic Photographs from the Siberian Expeditions of 1944-46” Arts Media pgs. 18-19. May 1998.
Kate McQuaid, “Duo Makes Art by Faking History” The Boston Globe pgs. C1, C4. May 9, 1998
Lucy R. Lippard, “Moments of Grace: Spirit in the American Landscape” Aperture pgs. 61, 66-67. Winter 1998
Grady Turner, “Kahn / Selesnick at Monique Knowlton” Art in America pg. 130. November 1997
Kate McQuaid, “Kahn and Selesnick at the East End Gallery” The Boston Globe August 14, 1997.
Aletti, “Choices: Art” Village Voice pg. 12. April 15, 1997.
Joanne Silver, “Visions Exhibit draws a perfect 10” The Boston Herald pgs. 14-15 June 20, 1997.
Selesnick and Kahn, “Stranger in a Strange Land: a collaberative work by Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick” Arts Media pgs. 9-11. November 1996.
Souren Melikian, “In Another Orbit” International Herald Tribune pg. 6 Oct 5, 1996
Colour reproductions Harper’s Magazine June 1996.
Roberta Smith, “Kahn and Selesnick at Monique Knowlton” The New York Times pg. 55 May 17, 1996.
Front cover Ploughshares Winter 1995-96.
Vivian Raynor, “In Kent, Differing Images and Books as Endangered Species” The New York Times pg. 20 May 14, 1995.
Front cover and inner gatefold Time Magazine (Man of the Year Issue, Pope John Paul II) pgs. 48-50 Dec. 26, 1994.
Nancy Stapen, “The Bold Meets the Soulful on Newbury St.” The Boston Globe pg. 57 Sept. 29, 1994
Ann Wilson-Lloyd, “Selesnick and Kahn Collaberate a Clever Conceit” Cape Cod Arts & Antiques Pgs. 18-21. August 1994
K.C. Myers, “Trust: the Collaberation of Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick” Provincetown Arts pgs. 91-93. Summer 1993
Robert Taylor, “Outer Cape Art: Fresh Daily Catch” The Boston Globe pg. 27 July 24, 1993
Raymond Rigoglioso, “A Profile of Two Artists: Bog Pastries and Painted Heads from the Royal Excavation Corps” Provincetown Magazine pg. 16-17. July 15, 1993
Ann Wilson-Lloyd, “Gorillas in the Dunes: a Field Report from Provincetown” Provincetown Arts pg. 42. Summer 1992
Ann Wilson-Lloyd, “Young Artists, Here & New” Art New England pg. 57. May 1991
Public and Private Collections:
DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Boston Public Library
Brooklyn Museum of Art
Houston Museum of Fine Arts
Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Ma.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Fogg Museum of Art, Boston
National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC
Bergen County Museum of Arts and Sciences, Paramus NJ
Cape Cod Museum of Art
Washington Convention Center
Miller, Anderson, and Sherrard Corporate HQ, Philadelphia
International Finance Corporation
Wellington Management Corporation
World Bank Corporation
Estee Lauder Corporation
The Prudential Corporation
Dow Jones Corporation
LaSalle Mortage Corporation
Anne Cox Chambers
Art and Landscape in Charleston and the Low Country by John Beardsley
Spacemaker Press, Washington, DC & Cambridge, MA 1998
Hot Spots - America’s Volcanic Landscape Bulfinch Press, Little Brown & Co, Boston, MA 1996
Travels in the American West / Photographers at Work Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington DC 1992
Charmed Places - Hudson River Artists and Their Homes Sandra Phillips / Harry N. Abrams, New York, NY 1988
The Altered Landscape by Patricia Nelson Limerick, Dave Hickey, & Thomas W. Southall
Nevada Museum of Art, 1999
DoubleTake / Fall 1996 "Hot Spots"
Crossing the Frontier: Photographs of the Developing West by Sandra Phillips
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1996
Tradition and the Unpredictable by Ann W. Tucker, Charles Traub, Vince Aletti
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1994
Between Home and Heaven by Merry A Forresta
National Museum, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC 1992
Aperature "Beyond Wilderness" / "Out of the Garden" 1990
Money Matters: A Critical Look at Bank Architecture by Anne Tucker & Brendan Gill
McGraw-Hill, New York, NY 1990
American Independents by Sally Eauclaire
Abbeville Press, New York, NY
True Stories by David Byrne
Viking Penguin, New York, NY 1986
New Color – New Work by Sally Eauclaire
Abbeville Press, New York, NY 1984
Aperture "Natural Formalism" 1984
The New Color Photography by Sally Eauclaire
Abbeville Press, New York, NY 1981
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Kahn & Selesnick: Worlds Discovered
Kahn & Selesnick: Worlds Discovered
January 25 – April 26, 2009
Artists Nicholas Kahn & Richard Selesnick (NY) take viewers on two marvelous journeys through their panoramic photography. First, a 60-foot panorama depicts astronauts on their long voyage to the moon and back. This image, shot and assembled with multiple sets, live actors, and hand-built models allows viewers to walk along and travel with the characters in their celestial adventure.
The second journey is to Eisbergfreistadt, a fictional town forced to build on an iceberg. Based on the true events of a massive iceberg that ran aground on the Baltic seaport of Lubek in 1923, the images and artifacts from Eisbergfreistadt tell the story of life in this frigid settlement and how the people there managed to survive and even thrive despite the daily terror of impending environmental forces.
Peat Salt and Moodust: Panoramic Fictions
Peat Salt and Moodust: Panoramic Fictions website launched
Strange prophesies of the future past
Strange prophesies of the future past:
Coming to a country near you.
(An Exhibit by Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick)
Hammer Artist Talk
Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick will be giving an artist talk at the Hammer Museum, October 18, 2006 at 7pm. For information and directions, please visit the Hammer Museum website.
7.625" X 10"
The Apollo Prophecies depicts, in one extravagantly long duotone panorama, an imagined expedition of 1960s American astronauts. Landing on the moon, they discover a lost mission of Edwardian-era astronauts who greet them as long-awaited gods. By presenting wildly inventive staged photographs as evidence of events that never happened, the Apollo Prophecies playfully questions the concept of historical truth. Part Jules Verne, part Stanley Kubrick, the panoramic moonscape literally unfolds in multiple episodes that intermingle artifacts from the fearless era of early-20th-century exploration with space age gadgetry.
The book is for sale on the Aperture Foundation website.
Kahn & Selesnick Playing Cards
Eisbergfreistadt souvenir playing cards, originally created for the Iceberg Ball of 1923. Eisbergfreistadt was a temporary city state founded upon a vast arched iceberg that arrived in the Baltic Sea off of Lubeck, Germany during the time of The Great Inflation. These reproductions of an original English/German language deck feature the four suits: birds, chimneys, icebergs, and weeds, and follow the German abbreviations for the face cards. They are printed in good, German playing card stock, are excellent for playing Poker, Solitaire, or for building a house of cards.
The entire deck placed end to end forms one continuous panorama, while the two jokers tell the warning tale of man's folly and natures revenge.
$30.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling within the contenetntal US only.
The international shipping rate is $20.00.
City of Salt
City of Salt is the second volume—following Scotlandfuturebog (Aperture, 2002)—in an extraordinary trilogy by Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick. The pair have been collaborating for over a decade to create evocative, multilayered fictions. They start by conceiving an alternative reality, then construct finely detailed three-dimensional miniatures and dioramas to give it physical form. Using digital photography, they then position elaborately costumed actors within this imaginary world.
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