Opening on Thursday, February 10th, 2005, David Zwirner will present an exhibition by renowned German artist Isa Genzken, who lives and works in Berlin. Genzken's work is included in the 54th Carnegie International at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, PA, which is on view through March 20, 2005. In 2002, her work was included in Documenta 11 in Kassel, Germany. Her recent solo exhibitions include Wasserspeier and Angels at Hauser & Wirth, London. One of the most revered sculptors in Europe, this is the artist's first New York exhibition in several years and consists of entirely new works.
Isa Genzken's diverse oeuvre includes sculpture, collage, film and photography. Beginning with her painted wood sculptures and concrete and steel works of the 80s and 90s, Genzken has consistently subverted the art-historical model without relying on postmodern tropes. Even the earliest works retain a constructivist logic, successfully juxtaposed with Genzken's fearless choices and combinations of materials. This exhibition includes work from three important groups: assemblages, glass sculptures, and low-relief wall works.
For more than thirty years, Isa Genzken has been developing a versatile oeuvre, continually extending it by adding new aspects. Her settings, her unusual combinations of materials, and the fragile but monumental character of her constructions reflect the surrounding world and the fragility of human existence. Her work—which includes sculptures and installations as well as photography, collage, and film—explores the space between public claims and private artistic autonomy, thus defining an interface where the personal and the universal meet. This important monograph includes texts by Benjamin H.D. Buchloh and Manfred Hermes.