David Zwirner is pleased to present two concurrent exhibitions of Alice Neel's work, the first since announcing its representation of her Estate: Alice Neel: Selected Works at David Zwirner (533 West 19th Street) and Alice Neel: Nudes of the 1930s at Zwirner & Wirth (32 East 69th Street).
Alice Neel (1900-1984) is widely regarded as one of the most important American painters of the twentieth century. As the American avant-garde of the 1940s and 50s renounced figuration, Neel reaffirmed her signature approach to the human body. Working from life and memory, Neel created daringly honest portraits of her family and friends, downtrodden neighbors and public figures, art-world colleagues and poets, lovers and strangers. Her choice of subjects was a reflection of her personal life and an expression of the political and social milieu in which she lived, rather than an intentional program. Through her choice of subjects, her work was engaged with issues related to gender and racial inequality, family dynamics, labor struggles, and violence. At the same time, her reexamination of the human body paralleled the cultural upheaval of the sexual revolution and women's movement: her work challenged the Western artistic tradition that regarded a woman's proper place in the arts as sitter or muse. Calling herself a "collector of souls," Neel is acclaimed for not only capturing the truth of the individual, but also reflecting the era in which she lived.
David Zwirner and Zwirner & Wirth will present the work of American artist Fred Sandback (1943-2003) in two concurrent exhibitions.
Sandback's sculptures outline planes and volumes in space. Though he employed metal wire and elastic cord early in his career, the artist soon dispensed with mass and weight by using acrylic yarn to create works that address their physical surroundings, the "pedestrian space," as Sandback called it, of everyday life. By stretching lengths of yarn horizontally, vertically, or diagonally at different scales and in varied configurations, the artist developed a singular body of work that elaborated on the phenomenological experience of space and volume with unwavering consistency and ingenuity.
David Zwirner and Zwirner & Wirth are pleased to present a two-part exhibition by Diana Thater. Most recently, Thater's work was the subject of a large survey exhibition at two concurrent venues: Diana Thater: Keep the Faith. A Survey Exhibition at Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen, Germany and Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, Siegen, Germany.
In her fourth solo exhibition at the downtown gallery, Thater will present a new and yet untitled installation constructed with footage shot in the Panamanian rainforest. As part of a Fulbright research group, Thater spent a month in Panama studying the natural and urban environments. She received permission from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute to use one of two 300-foot cranes that is permanently installed in the rainforest for use by scientists. From the basket on the arm of the crane, Thater filmed the canopy and its inhabitants. Other works in the exhibition include Snake River (1994), Foam, Shimmer, and Surface Effect (all 1997), and A Series of Events (2003). Also on view will be a new 16mm film entitled Jump, a collaboration with T. Kelly Mason that depicts a group of twenty synchronized jump ropers set to Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues." The 16mm film will be screened at the opening reception.
Concurrent with A W-Hole House, is a show of Matta-Clark's drawings at Zwirner & Wirth. This exhibition examines the range of work from the artist's earliest studies of the movement of energy flowing through structures such as trees, to more abstract circuitry, and from theoretical architectural studies to actual proposals, such as those for the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Also included are several of the artist's Cut Drawing Pads, demonstrating the artist's unique approach to graphic art using a jigsaw rather than a pen. One such work, Infraform, includes photos of a project which was executed in Milan during the same period the A W-Hole House project.
From the beginning, Matta-Clark's methods explored and fused different media: architecture, performance, sculpture, drawing, photography, and film. In both his art and his attitude, he sought a more open society, and proposed a new way of seeing rather than altering his environment. He focused on the commonplace and the "throw-aways" such as the city's many abandoned buildings. In cutting through walls and traditional art rules, he transformed examples of urban blight into art.
Opening on Tuesday January 9, 2001, David Zwirner and Zwirner & Wirth will present the work of On Kawara. This will be the artist's second one-person exhibition with David Zwirner, and his first at Zwirner & Wirth.
The exhibition One Million Years (Past and Future) at David Zwirner is a continuation of the on-going project called One Million Years, which On Kawara started in 1970 with binders of typewritten pages of the Past series, and in 1989 with binders for the Future series. The gallery will exhibit 20 volumes of these typed pages (10 from the Past and 10 from the Future), documenting the passage of chronological time, from 998,031 BC to 1969 AD and from 1996 AD to 1,001,995 AD. Along with these 20 volumes, the artist will exhibit a sound installation featuring 10 CD’s (5 from the Past and 5 from the Future), which are also part of the on-going project One Million Years. These 10 CD’s were produced and recorded by the gallery for this exhibition.
David Zwirner and Zwirner & Wirth will both present an exhibition of the work of Los Angeles-based artist Raymond Pettibon. Opening on January 10, Zwirner & Wirth will exhibit a group of early drawings, drawn from private collections, documenting the first decade of Pettibon’s work in the 1980s. Opening on January 11, David Zwirner will present an installation of new drawings by the artist.
This year a solo exhibition entitled Raymond Pettibon, plots laid thick was organized by MACBA in Barcelona, Spain which traveled to the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery in Tokyo; and to the Musée Departemental d’Art Contemporain in Rochechouart, France. The exhibition is currently on view at the Haags Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, the Netherlands. The artist's work was also included in Documenta XI in Kassel, Germany and in 2001 he was awarded the prestigious Wolfgang Hahn Prize in Germany.
Zwirner & Wirth is extremely pleased to present an exhibition of photographs and television shows by Andy Warhol. Curated by Anthony d'Offay, Warhol's World features over three hundred unique and previously unseen prints selected from the collection of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Taken between 1976 and 1987, these images vividly depict the vibrant social scene surrounding Warhol. Featured individuals include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mick Jagger, Debbie Harry, Diana Ross, Robert Rauschenberg, Jerry Hall, Bianca Jagger, Grace Jones, Demi Moore, David Hockney, Kenny Scharf, Diana Vreeland, Paloma Piccaso, and Ozzy Ozbourne.
The photographs reveal Warhol’s surprising eye for touching images, such as those of Jean-Michel Basquiat in the company of his mother, enchanting children, as well as key members of the Factory inner circle. A self-portrait of the artist in the arms of Diana Ross proves particularly striking. There are photographs of street people, drag queens, artists and clubbers, accompanied by more intimate photographs such as those of socialite and horticulturalist C. Z. Guest on horseback at her estate on Long Island's North Shore. An image capturing a throng of paparazzi as they lie in wait reflects Warhol's particular fascination with celebrity and fame.
Opening on February 1, 2007, Zwirner & Wirth will present a selection of important sculptures and drawings by Joseph Beuys. The works on view, which date from 1953 to 1984, span the artist's uniquely influential career.
Joseph Beuys (1921-1986) is considered one of the most important German artists of the 20th Century. His innovative experiments with materials and genres radically expanded the possibilities of art-making, thus influencing successive generations of artists. Beuys's practice was multi-faceted, incorporating drawings, installations, performances, and even political activism into a unique body of work which promoted a mutable, new kind of art that encouraged individual and social transformation.
Opening on April 5, 2007, Zwirner & Wirth will present the only existing complete set of prints and multiples by German artist Blinky Palermo.
Blinky Palermo (1943-1977) has left behind a uniquely influential legacy as an artist, despite the tragically short span of his career. Though it has been linked with distinct 20th Century art practices–which include abstraction, minimalism, and conceptual art, Palermo's diverse body of work defies easy categorization.