Saint Clair Cemin

Guanxi IV

From the naturalistic to the abstract surreal, Saint Clair Cemin’s broad sculptural vocabulary presents a bold panoply of work both striking and immediate. Cannibalizing the history of sculpture itself, as well as its many styles and techniques, Cemin’s inventive forms span the vast expanse of the visual universe. In the 1990s he built his reputation on a revolutionary approach to sculpture rooted in a combination of ordinary shapes, references to craftwork and to historical sculpture. His works, built on a blend of precision crafting, noble materials and references to ancient Greece, Art Nouveau and surrealism, are as strangely humorous as they are sensual.


Born in 1951 in Cruz Alta in Bresil, Saint Clair Cemin lives and works between Brooklyn, Beijing and Paris. Exhibited widely throughout the United States and abroad, Cemin’s work is also included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, France; Emily Fisher Landau Collection, Long Island City, NY; Rooseum, Stockholm, Sweden; Eli Broad Family Foundation, Los Angeles, CA; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; and Inhotim, Minas Gerais, Brazil, among many others. In October 2019, his work titled Guanxi IV (2011) was presented by Baronian Xippas for FIAC Projects near the entrance to the Petit Palais in Paris.



Caption: Saint Clair Cemin, Guanxi IV, stainless steel, 220 x 220 x 220, 2011. Photo: Marc Domage

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