Born in Chicago and currently living and working in Venice, CA, Kim Schoenstadt received her BFA from Pitzer College, CA. Her work dynamically explores the junctures of architecture, sculpture, color, line, history, culture and concepts, creating “mash-up drawings” that allow her to defy the laws of gravity while incorporating architecture into site specific installations that engage audiences throughout the construction process. Her conceptual projects engage social issues and are often large in scale.
Called by the Los Angeles Times art critic Christopher Knight a "view painter," he compared her to Canaletto or Bernardo Bellotto, and continued, "unlike her 18th century forbears, however, . . . her work surveys very different terrain. Her knotty work charts the intersection between the bricks and mortar of actual city streets and the effervescent elements of virtual reality. That's where we live now." Her practice also includes conceptual projects such as her ongoing “Now Be Here” series which invites local female identifying artists to gather for a large group photograph. Participating cities have so far included Los Angeles, New York, and Miami.
Her selected solo and two person exhibitions and projects include: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, NL; Santa Monica, Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, LA, CA; Susan Inglet Gallery, New York, NY; Sabine Knust Gallery, Munich, Germany; Chimento Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA; M29 Richter & Bruckner Gallery, Koln, Germany. Group exhibitions include: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Il; Sprueth/Magers Gallery, Munich, Germany; LA Louver Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Prague Biennale, Prague, CR; Poland Biennale, Lodz, PL; International Print Center, NY; Getty Center, LA, CA; and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, GB. Her work is in such major collections as the Museum of Contemporary Art, LA, Creative Artists Agency, LA, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, NL., and the private collection of Fred Sands among others.
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Washington City Paper: How the National Museum of Women in the Arts Assembled Nearly 500 Women Artists For a Historic Photo; Kim Schoenstadt's "Now Be Here" project comes to D.C. by Jeanine Santucci. October 27, 2017
The Art Newspaper: Calling all women artists: the Brooklyn Museum wants to take your picture. Kim Schoenstadt takes her idea for a group portrait on the road from Los Angeles to New York by Jori Finkel. October 10, 2016
The Huffington Post: 733 Women Artists Posed For A Photo In Stunning Gesture of Solidarity by Priscilla Frank. August 31, 2006