CELEBRATED ARTIST KEVIN BERLIN 'HOPE DIES LAST'

Kevin Berlin Sponge Bob Ballerina 2018




New York, New York - May 2018- Gallery 198, a contemporary art gallery at the gateway to Industry City in New York, is pleased to unveil new works of the Russian Ballet by internationally celebrated artist Kevin Berlin at Art New York, on May 3 - 6, 2018, at Pier 94 in New York City. The solo exhibition will be the worldwide premiere of Berlin's highly anticipated new body of new work, HOPE DIES LAST.



Berlin's paintings focus on the interior and secret lives of ballet dancers - depicting their hidden thoughts in sensual black and white paintings, sculpture, and works on paper. HOPE DIES LAST stems from time the artist spent studying ballet dancers in 2015, working from a makeshift studio on Nevsky Prospect in Saint Petersburg, Russia, where he had the opportunity to interview 14 ballet dancers and learn their innermost fears, desires, and thoughts.



Berlin has worked with some of the most famous dancers and theaters in the world including Kirov Ballet, St. Petersburg, Russia and the National Opera and Ballet in Kiev, Ukraine. His monumental portraits in cast bronze and glass have been posed for by Anastasia Volochkova, Maestro Luciano Pavarotti, and Maestro Valery Gergiev. Berlin's most recent ballet exhibition, "The End of the World," took place at the Florence Dance Center in Florence, Italy in 2017. He first entered the world of classical ballet 2003 when he was invited to spend a year backstage with the Kirov Ballet, personally working with over 40 dancers, and then creating renowned paintings, including "The Last Thing That Dies Is Hope," "The Happy Ending," and "Fear of Falling."



Kevin Berlin (born 1965) is an American painter, sculptor, performance artist based in Southampton, New York and Florence, Italy. Berlin, a Yale University Alumnus, studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Shanghai Daily, The Miami Herald, USA Today, MTV, Tokyo Television, BBC Radio and over 40 television stations. Berlin's works are found in collections including Kim Basinger, Luciano Pavarotti, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Quincy Jones, Buzz Aldrin, HRH Princesse Antonella de Orleans-Bourbon, and Pieter & Marieke Sanders. Kevin Berlin's recent solo exhibitions include shows in London, New York, and The Hague. Berlin is represented by Gallery 198 in Brooklyn, NY.




Gallery 198 is owned by Matthew Jon Galleries, is a Brooklyn-based contemporary art gallery located at the gateway of Industry City. The gallery is owned and managed by Matthew Barash, a dynamic art collector and entrepreneur focused on representing fast-emerging and established contemporary artists. He showcases their work alongside a diverse range of expressionists from his family collection, such as Jules Olitski, Wojciech Fangor, and A.R. Penck.


Photo Courtesy Of: Kevin Berlin


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