This fall, the gallery will present solo exhibitions of work by Anni Albers, Lucas Arruda, Roy DeCarava, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Paul Klee, and Raymond Pettibon. Ahead of the openings, delve into books that illuminate the works on view and the artists who created them, from Albers’s intimate Notebook to a new edition of DeCarava’s the sound i saw—“a book about people, about jazz, and about things”—to Pettibon’s cultural renditions in Homo Americanus.
Forthcoming: September 10, 2019
Originally made as an artist book in 1960 and released in a new edition this fall, the sound i saw records DeCarava’s photographic exploration of the relationship between the visual and aural. Here, DeCarava turns his gaze on legendary musicians Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, and Billie Holiday, among many others. Selected works from the original publication will be on view in an eponymous solo exhibition at the uptown gallery.
For ten years beginning in 1970, Albers used her notebook to compose drawings and complex patterns relating to her large body of graphic work. This rare document reveals how she explored a range of dramatic and beautiful geometric compositions.
First published in 1965, this splendidly illustrated publication is Albers’s seminal meditation on the art of weaving, its history, its tools and techniques, and its implications for modern design. She dedicated the book to “my great teachers, the weavers of ancient Peru.”
Featuring excerpts from a conversation between the artist and Hans Ulrich Obrist and texts by Fernanda Brenner and Chris Sharp, this richly illustrated book explores Arruda’s pursuit of light—an element he feels binds his paintings together.
Produced in close collaboration with the artist for a major European retrospective, this catalogue explores significant series by diCorcia, including those featured in his upcoming exhibition in Hong Kong, such as Heads, Hustlers, East of Eden, and Streetwork. The Hustlers series is also the focus of a book published in 2013.
Accompanying an eponymous exhibition at the gallery, Light Break presents the first survey since 1996 of photographs by DeCarava, whose “poetry of vision” re-forms urban life, labor, love, and jazz into the discovery of “an intimate, emotional arc of transformation.”
First published in 1955, this collaboration between DeCarava and the writer Langston Hughes captures daily life in Harlem through a combination of words and pictures. An afterword by Sherry Turner DeCarava traces the history and continuing importance of the book.
Taking in some one hundred works from throughout Klee’s career, The Abstract Dimension examines a previously little-explored aspect of his oeuvre. The works are grouped under four themes: nature, architecture, painting, and graphic characters.
Viewed in this unusual book through the lens of irony as a complex theme, and against the backdrop of Europe’s major political and artistic movements, Klee’s body of work takes on renewed significance as one of the most critical of its generation.
Copublished by David Zwirner Books and Deichtorhallen Hamburg – Sammlung Falckenberg on the occasion of a major European retrospective in 2016, Homo Americanus sheds light on the development of Pettibon’s work as a kind of hive mind of American culture, unabashed and unique in its complexity.
This multifaceted look at Pettibon’s career to date includes nearly seven hundred images, contributions from important figures in the art-historical and cultural fields, and an interview with the artist. Beginning with childhood drawings, the book moves through to his mature work.