David Zwirner is pleased to present recent paintings and works on paper by Suzan Frecon in concurrent exhibitions in New York and London, marking the artist's first show in London and her fourth overall solo presentation with the gallery.

 

For almost five decades, Frecon has created abstract paintings that address issues of horizontality and verticality, asymmetrical balances, and interacting arrangements of color. Each composition is the result of a deliberative process guided by careful attention to spatial relationships. Working slowly, she accrues paint gradually, allowing the process of arriving at a given configuration to take ultimate precedence. 

 

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Opening on Wednesday, March 9, 2005, the gallery will present new work by German artist Thomas Ruff. This will be the artist’s fourth solo exhibition at the gallery.

 

Best known for his oversized, deadpan portraits, his unmediated shots of commonplace interiors, his colorful abstractions taken from the Internet of Japanese manga & anime, and his evocative nudes borrowed from pornographic websites, Ruff has quietly approached many familiar genres and proceeded to discreetly reinvent them. Ruff has an uncanny feel for the look of the ordinary–in people, places, and objects. However, his brand of photographic objectivity is not that purportedly practiced by photojournalists. Rather, it is elicited by scanning the mundane for the telling particulars of aggregated detail, and by a reserved and skeptical curiosity towards photography's ultimate truthfulness.

 

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Thomas Ruff
jpeg ny05, 2004
C-Print with Diasec
111.42 x 66.14 inches (283 x 168 cm)
Thomas Ruff
jpeg pk01, 2004
C-Print with Diasec
96.06 x 74.02 inches (244 x 188 cm)
Thomas Ruff
jpeg aa02, 2004
C-Print with Diasec
78.74 x 74.02 inches (200 x 188 cm)
Thomas Ruff
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C-Print with Diasec
74.02 x 106.3 inches (188 x 270 cm)
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"Mamma builds houses, Jockum inhabits them. She gathers, he hunts." 
–Paolo Colombo

 

David Zwirner is pleased to present Who is sleeping on my pillow, two concurrent solo exhibitions by Swedish artists Mamma Andersson and Jockum Nordström. After spending half their lives together while maintaining separate practices, this is the first time they have exhibited together.

 

This is Mamma Andersson's second exhibition at the gallery (her U.S. debut was at David Zwirner in 2006), and Jockum Nordström's fifth. Known for her complex, multilayered subjects that converge between domestic interiors and Nordic landscapes, Andersson will present all new paintings. From Nordström, on view will be collages, other works on paper, and sculptures made of cardboard and matchboxes. Also featured will be two collaborative works, Sleepwalkers and Wetland, both from 2010. In these two-sided works on paper, Andersson has created lush color washes on the back, while Nordström has collaged the front with figures of people, animals, and trees.

 

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Jockum Nordström
Groaning, 2010
Watercolor, graphite, and collage on paper
27 1/2 x 39 3/8 inches (70 x 100 cm)
Jockum Nordström
Child of Nature, 2010
Watercolor, graphite, and collage on paper
29 7/8 x 22 1/2 inches (75.9 x 57.2 cm)
Jockum Nordström
Duello, 2009
Graphite on paper
12 1/4 x 17 3/4 inches (31 x 45 cm)
Jockum Nordström
Blockhead, 2010
Paper, glue, cardboard, graphite, and watercolor
9 1/2 x 26 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches (24.1 x 67.3 x 27.3 cm)
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Opening on September 8, 2006, David Zwirner is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new work by Swedish artist Jockum Nordström. The artist recently exhibited at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden; the Tate Modern in London, England; and the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden. This will be Nordström's fourth exhibition at the gallery and will take place at the 525 West 19th Street space.

 

Elegantly constructed, Nordström's settings are often frighteningly benign, yet they allude to decisive themes: manual labor, overt sexuality, and everyday social dynamics. The exhibition will include several collages as well as a number of new works on paper. Each of the works offers a glimpse of an eerily private encounter or a sinister tryst.

 

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Jockum Nordström
Fuck the Big Revolution, and Where is the Holy Bible, 2005
Graphite on paper
22 1/2 x 30 1/8 inches (57 x 76.5 cm)
Jockum Nordström
The Rag, 2006
Collage on paper
70 x 100 inches (177.8 x 254 cm)
Jockum Nordström
Ache, 2006
Cardboard
14 1/8 x 4 5/8 x 7 7/8 inches (35.9 x 11.7 x 20 cm)
Jockum Nordström
House-Recording, 2006
Cardboard
28 7/8 x 18 1/8 x 8 5/8 inches (73.5 x 46 x 22 cm)
Jockum Nordström
Så Bär Dig Då Till, 2006
Graphite on paper
23.62 x 17.72 inches (60 x 45 cm)
Jockum Nordström
Homework, 2006
Collage on paper
65.75 x 41.73 inches (167 x 106 cm)
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Already successful comic artists in the San Francisco underground scene, Aline Kominsky-Crumb and Robert Crumb met at a party in 1971. The attraction was immediate—Aline looked like a character Robert drew called Honeybunch Kaminski. Soon, they began drawing strips together. Their first joint comics recount their lives with acute honesty. When their best friend Terry Zwigoff saw them, he said, "This is the most embarrassing thing I've ever read!" The couple published them as Aline and Bob's Dirty Laundry Comics in 1974.

 

Drawn Together is a vivid account of their work both in collaboration and as individual artists, featuring portraits and self-portraits, magazine covers, sketches, and bawdy characters, all executed with extraordinary humor and generosity. Also featured is the ongoing Aline & Bob strip started in 1974 that follows them from Bay Area bohemia to southern France, where they nickname their home "Crumbland."

 

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Opening on February 15, 2007, David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Los Angeles-based artist Toba Khedoori. Khedoori had solo exhibitions at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, England (2001) and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (1997). She has participated in many prestigious group exhibitions, including International 06, Liverpool Biennial: International Festival of Contemporary Art, Liverpool, England; Lo desacogedor: Escenas fantasmas en la sociedad global, La Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo de Sevilla, Seville, Spain; The Grand Promenade, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece (all 2006); Drawing from the Modern: 1975 - 2005, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (2005); and 26th Biennale di São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil. Her work was selected for the 1995 Whitney Biennial at The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. This will be Khedoori's fourth solo exhibition at the gallery.

 

For this exhibition, the works range in size from approximately 6 ½ x 12 feet to 19 x 12 feet. Half of the works were made by initially priming large sheets of paper with a synthetic wax, which was scraped smooth with a razor blade then painted with oil paint. All of the works involve many preparatory sketches, usually drawn from photographs. Khedoori's sources for this group of works include fireplaces, holes, a wall with windows, logs, and crumpled paper–each isolated on the paper. She uses oil pant to meticulously delineate the forms and the finished works are stapled directly onto the wall.

 

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Toba Khedoori
Untitled (Clouds), 2005
Wax, oil paint on paper
10.79' x 6.67' (329 x 203 cm)
Toba Khedoori
Untitled (Dark Windows), 2006
Encaustic wax, oil paint on paper
12 ft x 19 ft 1 in (365.8 x 581.7 cm)
Toba Khedoori
Untitled (stick), 2005
Oil and wax on paper
142 x 78 inches (360.7 x 198.1 cm)
Toba Khedoori
Untitled (Crumpled Paper), 2006
Encaustic, wax, oil paint on paper
11.73 x 14.49 ft (358 x 442 cm)
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Opening on March 21, 2007, David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of new photographs by Los Angeles-based artist James Welling. In 2006, Welling was included in group exhibitions at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Museu de Serralves, Porto, Portugal; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; the Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY; and P.S.1, Long Island City, NY. His exhibition Agricultural Works, a project sponsored by Minetta Brook, was recently exhibited at the Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY (2006). The exhibition James Welling–Flowers, 2005 is on display at The Horticultural Society of New York at 148 W. 37th Street, 13th Floor, from March 23 through June 22, 2007.

 

This will be Welling's second solo exhibition at David Zwirner and will include selections from three recent bodies of work: Flowers, Hexachromes, and Authors. For the past 5 years, James Welling has explored the phenomena of color: its material presence as layers of dyes on a sheet of photo paper; its perceptual existence in the eyes of the viewer; and its symbolic place in both personal and historical contexts. This exhibition documents Welling's most recent investigation of color.

 

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Opening on March 21, 2007, David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Los Angeles-based artist Yutaka Sone. Sone was the subject of the seminal exhibition Yutaka Sone: Jungle Island at the MOCA, Los Angeles, CA (2003). In 2002, he had a solo show entitled Travel to Double River Island at the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota City, Japan. In addition, Sone has participated in several major biennials, including the Whitney Biennial, New York, NY (2004), The 25th Biennal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil (2002), 13th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia (2002), the Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey (2001), and Yokohama 2001: International Triennale of Contemporary Art, Yokohama, Japan (2001). In 2003, he represented his native Japan in La Bienale di Venezia, Venice, Italy. In September, 2006, Sone's sculpture It Seems Like Snow Leopard Island inaugurated David Zwirner's new space at 519 West 19th Street. The sculpture was previously featured in Sone's solo exhibition at the Kunsthalle Bern in Bern, Switzerland–the largest European presentation of the artist's work to date and the third in a trilogy of exhibitions including Yutaka Sone: X-Art Show at the Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO and Yutaka Sone Forecast: Snow at The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL (all 2006). This exhibition will be Sone's third solo show at the gallery.

 

Yutaka Sone's work encompasses painting, drawing, performance, sculpture, and video. From tiny crystal snowflakes to major works in marble, he is inspired by landscape; more specifically, snowy outdoor scenes. Many of his installations include live trees or plants, which, when interspersed with paintings, drawings, and sculptures, completely alter traditional gallery and museum exhibition spaces. Other prevalent themes are amusement, motion, play and desire, which in past works have taken the form of roller coasters, the island of Hong Kong, and highway interchanges carved in pure white marble. In a range of diverse media, Sone explores his love of nature, and in particular snow and skiing, by emphasizing the individuality of natural forms through his choice of materials.

 

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Yutaka Sone
Every Snowflake has a Different Shape (medium) No. 10, 2007
Crystal
8 7/8 x 8 1/2 x 8 1/8 inches (22.5 x 21.6 x 20.6 cm)
Yutaka Sone
Every Snowflake has a Different Shape (giant) No. 2, 2005
Crystal
10.24 x 19.69 x 20.08 inches (26 x 50 x 51 cm)
Yutaka Sone
Detail of African Landscape, 2006
Acrylic on canvas, 8 elephant figurines, various stones, 2 wooden saw horses, 1 plank of wood
Overall: 76 1/2 x 66 x 43 1/2 inches (194.3 x 167.6 x 110.5 cm) Canvas: 60 x 66 inches (152.4 x 167.6 cm)
Yutaka Sone
One Day After the Opening (2), 2007
Acrylic on canvas
18 x 24 1/8 inches (45.7 x 61.3 cm)
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Opening on March 21, 2007, David Zwirner and Gavin Brown's enterprise are pleased to co-present an exhibition by Gordon Matta-Clark and Rirkrit Tiravanija, to be displayed in David Zwirner's 519 W. 19th Street gallery. The show will include one seminal work by each artist, both of which focus on the transformation of space in the area of 89 & 112 Greene Street in SoHo–Matta-Clark's in 1972 and Tiravanija's in 1992.

 

Gordon Matta-Clark, a key figure in the activity and growth of the New York art world from the late 1960s until his death in August, 1978, was heavily inspired by the dematerialization movement of the late 1960s. Perhaps best known for his architectural "cuttings"–sculptures made from slices of buildings slated for demolition–Matta-Clark was co-founder of FOOD in 1971, a functioning restaurant that employed artists and hosted art/food performances. He also helped Jeffrey Lew establish 112 Greene Street (now White Columns), the first alternative gallery in New York with an open exhibition program. Matta-Clark is currently the subject of a major solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, on view through June 3, 2007. The exhibition will then travel to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA from September 16, 2007 through January 7, 2008.

 

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Opening on May 11, 2007, David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of drawings by American artist R. Crumb, who lives and works in the south of France. Crumb's work is currently the focus of a solo exhibition entitled R. Crumb's Underground at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, CA. He has had oneperson exhibitions at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2005) and the Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany (2004). His numerous group exhibitions include La Famille d’Artistes: Exposition Crumb, Le Musée de Serignan, Serignan, France (2007); Masters of American Comics, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA (traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; The Jewish Museum, New York, NY; and Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI); Contemporary Erotic Drawing, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; Experiencing Duration, Lyon Biennial of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France (all 2005); Beautiful Losers, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA and additional venues; Disparities and Deformations: Our Grotesque, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM; and 2004 Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA (all 2004), among others. This will be R. Crumb's first exhibition at David Zwirner and will include figurative works from as early as 1972 and as recent as 2006.

 

R. Crumb emerged in the late 1960s as the leading figure in underground illustration, with drawings that are a sometimes caustic combination of 1930s comic strip style and post-Vietnam counterculture themes. Although he did not align himself with "hippie" ideologies–in fact, he has consistently disowned the connection–Crumb is the movement's reluctant poster child. Inspired by Thomas Nast, Honoré Daumier, T.S. Sullivant, James Gillray and others, his 40-year career is marked by an astonishingly prolific work ethic (he draws constantly and compulsively) and rigorous experimentation in a wide variety of media. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, he contributed to countless underground comics, including Zap Comix, Weirdo, and Arcade. In addition to a brief foray into painting in the 1980s, Crumb, entirely self-taught, has produced LPs, CDs, and sculptures. Best known for his works on paper, he is widely regarded as one of the most skillful portrait artists alive.

 

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