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.
This will be Canadian artist Marcel Dzama's (born 1975) second solo show at the gallery. His figurative pen and watercolor drawings, with the now characteristic palette of muted brows, grays, reds, yellows and greens have been internationally exhibited, most recently in Venice, Dusseldorf and Geneva.
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.
Opening on Friday May 10, the gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by the American artist Jason Rhoades. Entitled PeaRoeFoam. The Impetuous Process & from the Costner Complex, this will be the artist's fourth solo exhibition at the gallery. The exhibition will bring together elements from the artist's last project entitled Costner Complex (Perfect Process) that was shown last year at the Portikus in Frankfurt, and his most recent project entitled The Impetuous Process, which will premier at the gallery.
As the title of the exhibition implies, Jason Rhoades' work is fundamentally not finite, but instead continuously connects one project and exhibition to the next in an ongoing process. As different as all of Jason Rhoades' projects might seem and are in their physical manifestation, they are still connected through a set of common concerns that thread themselves through Rhoades' entire body of work to date: his attempt to map out the conditions in which art can be made, and the subversion of any conventions that stand in the way of the production of art. Rhoades is on a mission to empower the artist. One of visual art's most basic premises, i.e. the completion of the work of art, is under constant attack by Rhoades: "If you know anything about my work you know that it is never finished".
Opening on November 8th, the gallery will present an exhibition of new work by the Canadian artist Stan Douglas. On view will be photographs as well as a DVD film installation. This will be the artist's fifth solo exhibition at David Zwirner.
Stan Douglas entitles his latest film "Journey into Fear". The work is based on two feature films by the same title: Norman Foster's 1942 war-time thriller and its remake, shot in Vancouver in 1975, directed by Daniel Mann. Whereas war-and-weapon espionage drives the plot in Foster's original film, Daniel Mann opted to substitute industrial espionage into the storyline of his remake, reflecting the changed world separating the two filmings of "Journey into Fear".
Opening on Friday October 19, the gallery will host an exhibition entitled "I ♥ NY" to benefit the victims of the families of the recent World Trade Center disaster. David Zwirner asked all the artists who the gallery represents to donate one or more works to this exhibition, all proceeds of which will go directly to the Robin Hood Relief Fund. These individual works can be viewed on the following websites: www.davidzwirner.com and on www.IloveNYartbenefit.org.
Many members of the art community have responded to the idea of this benefit exhibition, and the initiative has now culminated in a citywide benefit in which many artists and over 130 galleries will participate. This coordinated benefit activity is called "I ♥ NY - Art Benefit", and will take place from October 26th through November 3rd in the over 130 participating galleries throughout the city. Participating galleries will either stage full "I ♥ NY - Art Benefit" exhibitions or, if their main space is not available, exhibit works for the benefit in viewing rooms or office spaces. All pertinent information on participating galleries and artists can be found on the official website of "I ♥ NY - Art Benefit": www.IloveNYartbenefit.org. As with the exhibition at David Zwirner, 100% of the funds raised by the participating galleries will benefit the Robin Hood Relief Fund.
Raoul De Keyser
Zwirner & Wirth and David Zwirner are pleased to present a two-part exhibition of the newest series l.m.v.d.r. by German artist Thomas Ruff.
The series l.m.v.d.r.–the initials of renowned 20th century modernist architect Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe (1886-1969)–began as a commission offered to Ruff in 1999-2000 in connection with the renovation of Haus Lange and Haus Esters in Krefeld, Germany. Having worked with architectural subject matter since the mid-1980s, Ruff was enlisted to photograph the Krefeld buildings as well as the Barcelona Pavilion and the Villa Tugendhat in Brno. Given the freedom to choose how the buildings would be rendered, Ruff was faced with the challenge of discovering a new way to capture these all-too-familiar and heavily documented monuments.
Opening on Friday June 22, the gallery will present a group show titled “New York ca. 1975” featuring works made in New York around the mid-70’s, by artists focusing on conceptual ideas and addressing social and political issues.
New York in the mid-70's was marked by a near-bankrupt municipal government, high crime rates and white flight. American society in general was affected by the Watergate scandal and Richard Nixon's resignation in 1974. The political, social and cultural climate of New York city in the early 70's reflected national and international events, but to a more extreme extent. The dominant artistic styles of the 50's and 60's which were often associated with the Postwar prosperity of American society, i.e. Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art and Minimalism, made place for a wide variety of media caused by the dematerialization and the conceptualization of art. The center for the proliferation of these often new and diverse media was New York City.
Opening on Wednesday, May 9, the gallery will present new paintings by Belgian artist Raoul de Keyser. The exhibition, entitled Come on, play it again, is the artist's first solo show at the gallery.
Raoul de Keyser's work has been shown internationally since the early 70's. It has received wider recognition since its inclusion in Documenta IX in 1992. A catalogue raisonné of the artist's paintings made between 1980 and 1999 was published last year as an accompaniment to a traveling retrospective, currently on view at the Renaissance Society in Chicago. Over the last decade, De Keyser's paintings were included in international group exhibitions such as: Trouble Spot. Painting (MuKHA, Antwerp, 1999); Unbound; Possibilities in Painting (Hayward Gallery, London, 1994); and Der zerbrochene Spiegel. Positionen zur Malerei (Kunsthalle, Vienna and Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, 1993).