Friday, February 25, 2011
The Shape We're In
I'm in both the NYC and London versions of this exhibition.
PRESS RELEASE 8 FEBRUARY 2011
Zabludowicz Collection: Six Weeks in New York 1500 Broadway at 43rd Street, NY, NY 1 March – 15 April 2011 Exhibition Preview 28 February, 7‐9 pm, RSVP essential
The Zabludowicz Collection proudly presents its first US exhibition, taking over the top floor of a New York skyscraper to showcase emerging talent in contemporary art.
For six weeks, the 33rd floor of 1500 Broadway will be transformed into a space for US audiences to discover the activities of the London‐based Zabludowicz Collection, which supports emerging artists and innovative curatorial practice by collecting and exhibiting contemporary art, as well as through an extensive education and events programme.
Anita Zabludowicz, co‐founder of the Zabludowicz Collection, says of the project: ‘We’re so pleased to be able to introduce the Zabludowicz Collection to New York City ‐ the show will give new audiences insight into the work we do, which extends well beyond collecting art and takes a very active approach to supporting artists, curators and galleries.’
The Zabludowicz Collection’s intervention in this iconic American location encompasses a library and reference space alongside two exhibitions:
The Shape We’re In (New York)
An exhibition of works from the Zabludowicz Collection featuring new commissions by four New York‐ based artists: Sarah Braman, Ethan Breckenridge, Sean Dack, and Nick van Woert, as well as introducing British artist Matthew Darbyshire in his first exhibition in the United States. Each artist has been invited to respond to this vacant space at the ‘picture postcard’ heart of New York City.
The artists will present new work alongside existing works from the Zabludowicz Collection. Ethan Breckenridge and Sean Dack will exhibit a new iteration of a collaborative work first seen at The Suburban in Illinois: a sculptural and audio installation which invites visitor participation. A second version will also be installed in the exhibition’s London counterpart, The Shape We’re In (London). Sarah Braman and Nick van Woert have produced works specifically for the exhibition and Matthew Darbyshire’s new commission ‘pick n’ mix’ makes links between the two world cities connected by The Shape We’re In. The Shape We’re In is curated by Zabludowicz Collection Director Elizabeth Neilson and Exhibitions Curator Ellen Mara De Wachter.
Proposal for a Floor
As part of its commitment to support innovative curatorial practice, the Zabludowicz Collection has invited independent curator Alex Gartenfeld to produce a new exhibition for this unique architectural space. Proposal for a Floor arose out of a dialogue with Sir Norman Rosenthal and includes a number of artists whose works are held in the Zabludowicz Collection. The exhibition features works by Sam Anderson, Zak Kitnick, Dominic Nurre, Anselm Reyle, James Richards, David Scanavino, Josh Tonsfeldt and Kon Trubkovich.
Proposal for a Floor takes as its premise the challenge to occupy an empty, for‐lease floor in America’s most famous neighbourhood. The artists reconcile architecture and sculpture with a view towards economics and entropy.
The exhibition addresses its historically loaded context; one looming precedent is Sam Delany’s Times Square Red, Times Square Blue, in which the artist allegorises the clean‐up of Times Square as a squelching of sexual culture, but also of class communion. The artists in Proposal for a Floor wonder what types of pleasure might be organically infused into the steel and glass facades of Times Square.
On selected days and by appointment, visitors will also have the opportunity to see a display of the Zabludowicz Collection’s recent photography from Leipzig, Germany in the offices of the Tamares Group at 1500 Broadway. The exceptional photographic practice of the artists, recent graduates from the Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig, is linked by a studied objectivity and conceptual rigor which runs alongside an in‐depth knowledge and active questioning of the photographic medium. The large scale photographic works in their varied styles and subjects are frequently underlined by subtle humour or social commentary.
Zabludowicz Collection: Six Weeks in New York Visitor Information: Exhibition dates: 1 March – 15 April 2011 Address: 33rd Floor, 1500 Broadway at 43rd Street, New York Subway: Times Square, 42nd Street Station, Trains: A,C,E,N,Q,R,W,S,1,2,3,7 Opening hours: 1– 6 March, 12–6pm and by appointment until 15 April, photo ID required for entry to the building
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Press Information and additional information on The Shape We’re in (London) and (Camden): Kristina McLean at Calum Sutton PR Tel: +44 (0) 20 7183 3577 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Exhibition supported by Tamares Group.
Notes to Editors The Zabludowicz Collection is dedicated to bringing emerging art to new audiences and actively supporting arts organisations and artists. Founded by Poju and Anita Zabludowicz in 1994, the Collection contains over 2,000 works by over 500 artists, spanning 40 years of art production, and focussing on emerging art from the late 20th century to the present day. Since 2007, it has run an exhibition space in a former Methodist Chapel at 176 Prince of Wales Road in north London, working with artists, curators and works in the Zabludowicz Collection to produce exhibitions which examine contemporary art practice.