Installation view of the exhibition Contemporary Sculpture from a Private Collection, at Zwirner and Wirth in New York, dated 2006.

Contemporary Sculpture from a Private Collection

Not so long ago, the history of modern art appeared to move forward in a fairly orderly progression from one movement to another. There was something almost biblical about this progress–Impressionism begat Post Impressionism, Post Impressionism begat Cubism, Cubism begat Surrealism, Surrealism begat Abstract Expressionism, and so on. In this view, art moved forward by extending or reacting against the preceding set of reigning assumptions, yielding a pleasing linear development from one set of influences to the next.

Things began to get more complicated in the1960s and 70s, as art moved through a dizzying series of changes predicated, it seemed at times, on little more than an attitude of negation toward all that had gone before. Still, the dream of order held on through the 1980s, as Neo Expressionism begat Neo Geo and Neo Geo begat Simulationism.

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Dates
September 14October 14, 2006
Artist
Win Knowlton, Ernesto Neto, Olafur Eliasson, Darren Almond, Tom Friedman, Jason Rhoades, Robert Gober, Charles LeDray, Haim Steinbach, Ashley Bickerton, Takashi Murakami, Rachel Whiteread, Kiki Smith, Rona Pondick, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Juan Muñoz, Deborah Butterfield, Mona Hatoum, Rebecca Horn, Miroslaw Balka, Keith Edmier, Ann Hamilton, Thomas Hirschorn

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