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Peter Blum Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition by Esther Kläs of new sculptures, works on paper, and installations entitled, Come again. This is the artist’s fifth solo exhibition with the gallery.

With the exhibition Come again, Esther Kläs converges disparate media and forms in sensitive spatial relationships, bringing a distinctive energy and perspective onto their surroundings. The installations comprised of reduced sculptures and works on paper underscore physical presence and manners of viewing through a relationship of scales, positionings, and materials. The ways in which environment and form are navigated begins with a consideration of her low-elevation, floor-based sculptures, that confront from below. Inviting repeated observation, Come again, continues with a bridge to the wall-based works on paper that create their own internal spatial relationships with forms in a now flattened plane. Also creating an encounter from above, a ceiling-suspended sculptural element drifts over a flattened concrete surface on the floor, uniting space. Organically presented in groupings, with repetitions creating a rhythm, the works are close to, yet removed from reality. Appearing at once as independent presences and projections of a poetic imagination, the works emphasize intuitive gestures and continue Kläs’ investigations into form, openness, and perception.

Installation view of Esther Kläs, Come again, Peter Blum Gallery, New York, 2022

Installation view of Esther Kläs, Come again, Peter Blum Gallery, New York, 2022

Esther Kläs, SEE YOU, 2021

Esther Kläs, SEE YOU, 2021

Esther Kläs (b. 1981, Mainz, Germany) graduated from the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (2007) and received an MFA from Hunter College, New York (2010). She currently lives and works in Barcelona, Spain. Museum exhibitions include The subtle interplay between the I and the me, Kolumba, Cologne, Germany (2021); Esther Kläs: Maybe it can be different, Fondazione Giuliani, Rome, Italy (2020); Esther Kläs: Start, Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel (2019); Proof of Life, Weserburg Museum of Modern Art, Bremen, Germany (2018);  Esther Kläs: ola/wave, Proyecto AMIL, Lima, Peru (2017-2018); Esther Kläs: Our Reality, Fondazione Brodbeck, Catania, Italy (2015-2016); Whatness, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany (2015); Drawing Redefined, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts (2015); Esther Kläs: Girare Con Te, Marino Marini Museum, Florence, Italy (2014); Esther Kläs: Better Energy, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York (2012).


"I move step by step, spread, come back.
Jump Forward.
Leave behind/discover new forms.
Use them."

— Esther Kläs

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Esther Kläs
Beses, 2021
oilstick and pastel on paper
74 3/8 x 118 7/8 inches (189 x 302 cm)


Esther Kläs
Beses, 2021
oilstick and pastel on paper
74 3/8 x 118 7/8 inches (189 x 302 cm)

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Esther Kläs
Beses, 2021
oilstick and pastel on paper
74 3/8 x 118 7/8 inches (189 x 302 cm)


Esther Kläs
Beses, 2021
oilstick and pastel on paper
74 3/8 x 118 7/8 inches (189 x 302 cm)

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Esther Kläs
Beses, 2021
oilstick and pastel on paper
74 3/8 x 118 7/8 inches (189 x 302 cm)


Esther Kläs
Beses, 2021
oilstick and pastel on paper
74 3/8 x 118 7/8 inches (189 x 302 cm)

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Esther Kläs
Beses, 2021
oilstick and pastel on paper
74 3/8 x 118 7/8 inches (189 x 302 cm)


Esther Kläs
Beses, 2021
oilstick and pastel on paper
74 3/8 x 118 7/8 inches (189 x 302 cm)

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Installation view of Esther Kläs, The subtle interplay between the I and the me, Kolumba Museum, Cologne, 2020

Installation view of Esther Kläs, The subtle interplay between the I and the me, Kolumba Museum, Cologne, 2020

"For Kläs, drawing and sculpture are both registers for the body. Her irregularly shaped resin totems are analogues for the human form, while her drawings, with their vestiges of action and movement, offer indexical signs of the absent figure."

— Veronica Roberts, Drawing Redefined, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Massachusetts, 2015

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Esther Kläs About, 2019-2021 aluminum, concrete, and pigment 135 x 74 x 48 x inches (343 x 188 x 122 x cm), overall

Esther Kläs
About, 2019-2021
aluminum, concrete, and pigment
135 x 74 x 48 x inches (343 x 188 x 122 x cm), overall

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Esther Kläs About, 2019-2021 aluminum, concrete, and pigment 135 x 74 x 48 x inches (343 x 188 x 122 x cm), overall

Esther Kläs
About, 2019-2021
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135 x 74 x 48 x inches (343 x 188 x 122 x cm), overall

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Esther Kläs About, 2019-2021 aluminum, concrete, and pigment 135 x 74 x 48 x inches (343 x 188 x 122 x cm), overall

Esther Kläs
About, 2019-2021
aluminum, concrete, and pigment
135 x 74 x 48 x inches (343 x 188 x 122 x cm), overall

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Esther Kläs
About, 2019-2021
aluminum, concrete, and pigment
74 x 48 x 135 inches (188 x 122 x 343 cm), overall


Esther Kläs
About, 2019-2021
aluminum, concrete, and pigment
74 x 48 x 135 inches (188 x 122 x 343 cm), overall

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Esther Kläs About, 2019-2021 aluminum, concrete, and pigment 74 3/8 x 78 3/4 x 129 7/8 inches (189 x 200 x 330 cm), overall

Esther Kläs
About, 2019-2021
135 x 74 x 48 inches (343 x 188 x 122 cm), overall
 

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Esther Kläs
About, 2019-2021
aluminum, concrete, and pigment
74 x 48 x 135 inches (188 x 122 x 343 cm), overall

Esther Kläs
About, 2019-2021
aluminum, concrete, and pigment
74 x 48 x 135 inches (188 x 122 x 343 cm), overall

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Installation view of Esther Kläs: Start, The Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, 2019

Installation view of Esther Kläs: Start, The Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, 2019

"Over the last ten years, artist Esther Kläs has developed a distinctive visual language that harks back to the great sculptural traditions while simultaneously challenging contemporary sculptural norms. Kläs makes works that are reduced to as little as necessary to communicate; works that are close to yet removed from reality."

— Nicola Trezzi, Esther Kläs: Start, The Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, 2019

Installation view of Esther Kläs, Come again, Peter Blum Gallery, New York, 2022

Installation view of Esther Kläs, Come again, Peter Blum Gallery, New York, 2022

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Esther Kläs WAYS, 2021 oilstick and pastel on paper 78 3/4 x 118 7/8 inches (200 x 302 cm)


Esther Kläs
Ways, 2021
oil stick, pastel and collage on paper
78 3/4 x 118 7/8 inches (200 x 302 cm)

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Esther Kläs WAYS, 2021 oilstick and pastel on paper 78 3/4 x 118 7/8 inches (200 x 302 cm)


Esther Kläs
Ways, 2021
oil stick, pastel and collage on paper
78 3/4 x 118 7/8 inches (200 x 302 cm)

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Esther Kläs WAYS, 2021 oilstick and pastel on paper 78 3/4 x 118 7/8 inches (200 x 302 cm)


Esther Kläs
Ways, 2021
oil stick, pastel and collage on paper
78 3/4 x 118 7/8 inches (200 x 302 cm)

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Esther Kläs WAYS, 2021 oilstick and pastel on paper 78 3/4 x 118 7/8 inches (200 x 302 cm)


Esther Kläs
Ways, 2021
oil stick, pastel and collage on paper
78 3/4 x 118 7/8 inches (200 x 302 cm)

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Esther Kläs
Ways, 2021
oil stick, pastel and collage on paper
78 3/4 x 118 7/8 inches (200 x 302 cm)


Esther Kläs
Ways, 2021
oil stick, pastel and collage on paper
78 3/4 x 118 7/8 inches (200 x 302 cm)

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Esther Kläs Untitled, 2021 paint enamel and bronze 73 x 29 x 5 inches (185 x 74 x 13 cm), overall

Esther Kläs
Camino, 2021
paint enamel and bronze
73 x 29 x 5 inches (185 x 74 x 13 cm), overall

 

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Esther Kläs
Camino, 2021
paint enamel and bronze
73 x 29 x 5 inches (185 x 74 x 13 cm)


Esther Kläs
Camino, 2021
paint enamel and bronze
73 x 29 x 5 inches (185 x 74 x 13 cm)

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Esther Kläs
Camino, 2021
paint enamel and bronze
73 x 29 x 5 inches (185 x 74 x 13 cm)


Esther Kläs
Camino, 2021
paint enamel and bronze
73 x 29 x 5 inches (185 x 74 x 13 cm)

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Esther Kläs
detail of Camino, 2021
paint enamel and bronze
73 x 29 x 5 inches (185 x 74 x 13 cm)


Esther Kläs
detail of Camino, 2021
paint enamel and bronze
73 x 29 x 5 inches (185 x 74 x 13 cm)

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Installation view of Whatness, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany, 2015

Installation view of Whatness, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany, 2015

"Even though most of Kläs' sculptures are abstract, they evoke anthropomorphic physicalities or ancient ritualistic sites. They radiate dignity and personality, while developing a beguiling sense of naturalness in the space. They oscillate between a mysterious presence and projections of poetic imagination."

— Friedrich Meschede, Whatness, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany, 2015

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Esther Kläs RANDOM BEAUTY, 2021 wood, fabric, glue and bronze ​​​​​​​40 x 53 x 25 inches (102 x 135 x 63.5cm), overall

Esther Kläs
Random Beauty, 2021
wood, fabric, glue and bronze
40 x 53 x 25 inches (102 x 135 x 63.5cm), overall

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Esther Kläs RANDOM BEAUTY, 2021 wood, fabric, glue and bronze 40 x 53 x 25 inches (102 x 135 x 63.5cm), overall


Esther Kläs
Random Beauty, 2021
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40 x 53 x 25 inches (102 x 135 x 63.5cm), overall

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Esther Kläs RANDOM BEAUTY, 2021 wood, fabric, glue and bronze ​​​​​​​40 x 53 x 25 inches (102 x 135 x 63.5cm), overall


Esther Kläs
Random Beauty, 2021
wood, fabric, glue and bronze
40 x 53 x 25 inches (102 x 135 x 63.5cm), overall

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Esther Kläs RANDOM BEAUTY, 2021 wood, fabric, glue and bronze ​​​​​​​40 x 53 x 25 inches (102 x 135 x 63.5cm), overall


Esther Kläs
Random Beauty, 2021
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40 x 53 x 25 inches (102 x 135 x 63.5cm), overall

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Esther Kläs BEGINNINGS, 2021 concrete, bronze, pigment and wood ​​​​​​​18 x 68 x 27 inches (46 x 173 x 69 cm), overall


Esther Kläs
Beginnings, 2021
concrete, bronze, pigment and wood
18 x 68 x 27 inches (46 x 173 x 69 cm), overall

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Esther Kläs BEGINNINGS, 2021 concrete, bronze, pigment and wood ​​​​​​​18 x 68 x 27 inches (46 x 173 x 69 cm), overall


Esther Kläs
Beginnings, 2021
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18 x 68 x 27 inches (46 x 173 x 69 cm), overall

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Esther Kläs BEGINNINGS, 2021 concrete, bronze, pigment and wood 18 x 68 x 27 inches (46 x 173 x 69 cm), overall


Esther Kläs
Beginnings, 2021
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18 x 68 x 27 inches (46 x 173 x 69 cm), overall

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Esther Kläs BEGINNINGS, 2021 concrete, bronze, pigment and wood 18 x 68 x 27 inches (46 x 173 x 69 cm), overall

Esther Kläs
Beginnings, 2021
concrete, bronze, pigment and wood
18 x 68 x 27 inches (46 x 173 x 69 cm), overall

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Esther Kläs COME AGAIN, 2021 wood, paint and bronze 10 1/2 x 61 x 83 inches (27 x 155 x 211 cm), overall


Esther Kläs
Come Again, 2021
wood, paint and bronze
10 1/2 x 61 x 83 inches (27 x 155 x 211 cm), overall

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Esther Kläs COME AGAIN, 2021 wood, paint and bronze 10 1/2 x 61 x 83 inches (27 x 155 x 211 cm), overall


Esther Kläs
Come Again, 2021
wood, paint and bronze
10 1/2 x 61 x 83 inches (27 x 155 x 211 cm), overall

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Esther Kläs COME AGAIN, 2021 wood, paint and bronze 10 1/2 x 61 x 83 inches (27 x 155 x 211 cm), overall


Esther Kläs
Come Again, 2021
wood, paint and bronze
10 1/2 x 61 x 83 inches (27 x 155 x 211 cm), overall

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Esther Kläs COME AGAIN, 2021 wood, paint and bronze 10 1/2 x 61 x 83 inches (27 x 155 x 211 cm), overall


Esther Kläs
Come Again, 2021
wood, paint and bronze
10 1/2 x 61 x 83 inches (27 x 155 x 211 cm), overall

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Installation view of Esther Kläs: Maybe it can be different, Fondazione Giuliani, Rome, 2020

Installation view of Esther Kläs: Maybe it can be different, Fondazione Giuliani, Rome, 2020

"Kläs transports us at the exact moment of creative genesis, a genesis that becomes the foundation of the artistic act that is completed in full autonomy."

— Stefano Pane, "Esther Kläs: Maybe it can be different," Juliet Art Magazine, March 2020

Installation view of Esther Kläs, Come again, Peter Blum Gallery, New York, 2022

Installation view of Esther Kläs, Come again, Peter Blum Gallery, New York, 2022

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Esther Kläs Eses, 2019 monotype and pencil on paper 16 x 11 3/4 inches (40.5 x 29.7 cm)


Esther Kläs
Eses, 2019
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16 x 11 3/4 inches (40.5 x 29.7 cm)

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Esther Kläs Eses, 2019 monotype and pencil on paper 16 x 11 3/4 inches (40.5 x 29.7 cm)


Esther Kläs
Eses, 2019
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16 x 11 3/4 inches (40.5 x 29.7 cm)

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Esther Kläs SEE YOU, 2021 cardboard, paint, and string 4 1/2 x 36 x 31 inches (11 x 91 x 79 cm), overall


Esther Kläs
SEE YOU, 2021
cardboard, paint, and string
4 1/2 x 36 x 31 inches (11 x 91 x 79 cm), overall

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Esther Kläs SEE YOU, 2021 cardboard, paint, and string 4 1/2 x 36 x 31 inches (11 x 91 x 79 cm), overall

Esther Kläs
SEE YOU, 2021
cardboard, paint, and string
4 1/2 x 36 x 31 inches (11 x 91 x 79 cm), overall

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Esther Kläs SEE YOU, 2021 cardboard, paint, and string 4 1/2 x 36 x 31 inches (11 x 91 x 79 cm), overall


Esther Kläs
SEE YOU, 2021
cardboard, paint, and string
4/12 x 36 x 31 inches (11 x 91 x 79  cm), overall

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Esther Kläs SEE YOU, 2021 cardboard, paint, and string 4 1/2 x 36 x 31 inches (11 x 91 x 79 cm), overall


Esther Kläs
SEE YOU, 2021
cardboard, paint, and string
4 1/2 x 36 x 31 inches (11x 91 x 79 cm), overall

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Installation view of Esther Kläs: Better Energy, MoMA PS1, New York, 2012

Installation view of Esther Kläs: Better Energy, MoMA PS1, New York, 2012

“The first answer is freedom, but also the conclusion after a long answer would always be freedom. There is no definitive search for something particular, it is a path in which I find myself.”

— Esther Kläs

Installation view of Esther Kläs, ES 1-8, 2022

Installation view of Esther Kläs, ES 1-8, 2022

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Esther Kläs ES 1, 2021 monotype and pencil on paper 16 x 11 3/4 inches (40.5 x 29.7 cm)

Esther Kläs
ES 1, 2021
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16 x 11 3/4 inches (40.5 x 29.7 cm)

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Esther Kläs ES 2, 2021 monotype and pencil on paper 16 x 11 3/4 inches (40.5 x 29.7 cm)


Esther Kläs
ES 2, 2021
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16 x 11 3/4 inches (40.5 x 29.7 cm)

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Esther Kläs ES 3, 2021 monotype on paper 16 x 11 3/4 inches (40.5 x 29.7 cm)


Esther Kläs
ES 3, 2021
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16 x 11 3/4 inches (40.5 x 29.7 cm)

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Esther Kläs ES 4, 2021 monotype and pencil on paper 16 x 11 3/4 inches (40.5 x 29.7 cm)


Esther Kläs
ES 4, 2021
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Esther Kläs ES 5, 2021 monotype and pencil on paper 16 x 11 3/4 inches (40.5 x 29.7 cm)


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ES 5, 2021
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Esther Kläs ES 6, 2021 monotype and pencil on paper 16 x 11 3/4 inches (40.5 x 29.7 cm)


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ES 6, 2021
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Esther Kläs ES 7, 2021 monotype on paper 16 x 11 3/4 inches (40.5 x 29.7 cm)


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ES 7, 2021
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Esther Kläs ES 8, 2021 monotype and pencil on paper 16 x 11 3/4 inches (40.5 x 29.7 cm)


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ES 8, 2021
monotype and pencil on paper
16 x 11 3/4 inches (40.5 x 29.7 cm)

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Esther Kläs
Titles, 2021
paint enamel and bronze
89 1/2 x 31 1/2 x 2 inches (227.3 x 80 x 5 cm)


Esther Kläs
Titles, 2021
paint enamel and bronze
89 1/2 x 31 1/2 x 2 inches (227.3 x 80 x 5 cm)

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Esther Kläs
Titles, 2021
paint enamel and bronze
89 1/2 x 31 1/2 x 2 inches (227.3 x 80 x 5 cm)


Esther Kläs
Titles, 2021
paint enamel and bronze
89 1/2 x 31 1/2 x 2 inches (227.3 x 80 x 5 cm)

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Esther Kläs
Tine, 2021
cardboard, paint, and string
16 1/8 x 11 3/8 x 4 3/4 inches (41 x 29 x 12 cm)


Esther Kläs
Tine, 2021
cardboard, paint, and string
16 1/8 x 11 3/8 x 4 3/4 inches (41 x 29 x 12 cm)

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Esther Kläs
Tine, 2021
cardboard, paint, and string
16 1/8 x 11 3/8 x 4 3/4 inches (41 x 29 x 12 cm)


Esther Kläs
Tine, 2021
cardboard, paint, and string
16 1/8 x 11 3/8 x 4 3/4 inches (41 x 29 x 12 cm)

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Esther Kläs
Tine, 2021
cardboard, paint, and string
16 1/8 x 11 3/8 x 4 3/4 inches (41 x 29 x 12 cm)


Esther Kläs
Tine, 2021
cardboard, paint, and string
16 1/8 x 11 3/8 x 4 3/4 inches (41 x 29 x 12 cm)

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Installation view of Esther Kläs, Come again, Peter Blum Gallery, New York, 2022

Installation view of Esther Kläs, Come again, Peter Blum Gallery, New York, 2022


Watch the performance Meet by Esther Kläs and Gustavo Gomes at Kolumba Museum, Cologne in 2020.

Esther Kläs and Gustavo Gomes, DE-COR (lake), 2021, performance, Kolumba Museum, Cologne

Esther Kläs and Gustavo Gomes, DE-COR (lake), 2021, performance, Kolumba Museum, Cologne

"These artists approach their respective practices like dancers and involve their bodies either as a tool, a site for exploration, or both. Sculptors Heinz Breloh and Esther Kläs fashioned their respective tactile sculptures by hand; human traces and physical marks on the sculpted surfaces bring their works to life."

— Maximiliane Leuschner, "Eight Commandments of Choreography," Brooklyn Rail, August 2021

Installation view of Esther Kläs, Come again, Peter Blum Gallery, New York, 2022

Installation view of Esther Kläs, Come again, Peter Blum Gallery, New York, 2022

“I start and then it goes, it continues.”

— Esther Kläs

Yale Interview

Click here to listen to a recent Yale Radio interview with Esther Kläs.

Click here to view a video of a recent conversation at The Brooklyn Rail between Esther Kläs and Tom McGlynn.

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