The gallery will open on March 18th with an exhibition of recent drawings by the Canadian artist Marcel Dzama (born 1975). This is the artist's first solo show in New York. Dzama's work is also currently included in a group show, "Spring Selections '98" at The Drawing Center in New York.
The drawings are rendered in simple outlines and muted colors on notebook size paper, which have the appearance of pages torn out of the artist's sketchbook . Dzama introduces a cast of idiosyncratic creatures that participate in both bizarre and banal acts. The artist creates a surrealistic world where humans, animals and hybrids coexist, such as a donkey-headed man dancing with a young woman, and a man talking to a cow-headed creature.
Although the characters and situations are often repeated, the drawings do not adhere to a sequential narrative. In fact, as suggested by The Los Angeles Times critic, David Pagel, the drawings "look as if [they] belong to an unfinished children's book, aborted not because [they] depicted events too grim for kids but because the artist himself had no idea where the narrative was going. Rather than being a drawback, this sense of unfinished business is one of the best things about Dzama's art."
Opening on Wednesday, December 14 the gallery will present an exhibition of recent photographs and objects by New York-based artist Kevin Landers. This will be the artist's first one-person exhibition in the United States.
In his work, Kevin Landers embraces life in New York. His idiosyncratic vision touches the people, the places, as well as peculiarities of life in the Big Apple with a specific empathy for the microcosm of the Lower East Side. In his photographs and his objects, Landers succeeds in combining the highly familiar with the unusual. His exploration of urban phenomena helps transform our own perception and experience of the urban reality around us, making us take a second look. He also achieves a very unusual feat – through his eyes the city becomes more beautiful in a very unsuspecting way.
Opening on Saturday, October 26, the gallery will present an exhibition by the Austrian artist Franz West. This will be the artist's third exhibition at David Zwirner.
Franz West, who is now widely considered to be one of Europe's most important contemporary sculptors, has been showing steadily since the mid 1970s. Recently his works have reached a large international audience at "Documenta IX" in Kassel and at the 1995 Carnegie International in Pittsburgh. A comprehensive mid-career survey exhibition traveled from the Museum moderner Kunst, Vienna, to the Kunsthalle Basel; and is currently at the Rijksmuseum Kröller Müller in the Netherlands. In 1997, the artist will exhibit new works at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, as well as at the Museum of Modern Art here in New York.
The gallery will open on September 7 with two concurrent solo exhibitions by Marcel Dzama and Jockum Nordström.
Jockum Nordström (born 1963) lives and works in Stockholm. This will be his first solo exhibition in the United States. Nordström is a versatile artist, working in a wide range of mediums, including animated film, painting, collages, illustration books, drawings, and he is also a confirmed musician. The gallery exhibition will focus on his graphite drawings.
Opening on Wednesday, December 14 the gallery will present an exhibition of work by British-born artist Gavin Brown. This will be the artist's first one-person exhibition in the United States.
The show will consist of three distinct collections: 1. paperback books; 2. offset posters; 3. varying images and objects whose only common denominator is the artist. The sources and authorship of the collections are eclectic to the extreme. The work pivots on the wildly diverse nature of its origins producing a fluidity and democracy that veils the fact that it is truly sentimental.
Opening on Saturday, March 25, the gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new photographs by Los Angeles artist Christopher Williams. This will be the artist's first solo exhibition with the gallery. Upcoming exhibitions include For Example: Die Welt ist schön (Revision 20) Couleur Européenne, Couleur Soviétique, Couleur Chinoise at Le Magasin, in Grenoble, France.
For Example: Die Welt ist schön (the world is beautiful) is an ongoing project started in 1993, which repositions specific modes of photographic presentation and representation with references to the artist's interest in modernism. The phrase itself is based on the title of the famous best-selling 1928 book by German photographer Albert Renger-Patzsch.