Go See: ‘theancyspacewhatever’ at the Guggenheim, New York, through January 7, 2009

November 9th, 2008

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‘Revolving Hotel Room,’ by Carsten Holler, on display at ‘theanyspacewhatever’ at the Guggenheim, via New York Times

‘theanyspacewhatever,’ which opened at the Guggenheim on October 24th, aims to capture and evoke the zeitgeist of the early 1990s art world. The exhibition contains installations, pieces, and performances by Pierre Huyghe, Angela Bulloch, Liam Gillick, Maurizio Cattelan, Carsten Höller, Jorge Pardo, Philippe Parreno, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Douglas Gordon, and Rirkrit Tiravanija–artists who primarily come from the non-visual arts. The opening event, entitled ‘Opening,’ was a participatory piece by Pierre Huyghe where most of the museum’s lights were shut off, with the only illumination coming from headlights distributed to the attendees. The gaze of those in attendance defines the artwork both literally and figuratively–a self-consciously contrived conceit which reflects the spirit of the exhibition. ‘Opening’ will occur again on November 17th and December 8th. Another notable piece is the Revolving Hotel Room by Carsten Höller, a rotating bed and hotel room set that can be booked by visitors who wish to sleep there, offering a chance to live at the Guggenheim, if only for a night (unfortunately however, it’s sold out).

theanyspacewhatever
through January 7th, 2009
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 5th Avenue at 89th Street, New York, NY

Exhibition page: theanyspacewhatever
A Nighttime Spin at the Guggenheim
[New York Times]
Museum as Romantic Comedy
[New York Times]
Night at the Museum
[ArtForum]
Night at the Museum [NewYorkMagazine]
theanyspacewhatever at the Guggenheim Museum [VernissageTV]

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Words by Liam Gillick at ‘theanyspacewhatever’ at the Guggenheim, via New York Times

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‘Pinocchio’ by Maurizio Cattelan, on display at ‘theanyspacewhatever’ at the Guggenheim, via New York Times

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Entrance Marquee by Philippe Parreno, at ‘theanyspacewhatever’ at the Guggenheim, via New York Times

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‘Opening’ by Pierre Huyghe, at ‘theanyspacewhatever’ at the Guggenheim, via New York Times

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Revolving Hotel Room by Carsten Holler, on display at ‘theanyspacewhatever’ at the Guggenheim, via New York Times

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Revolving Hotel Room by Carsten Holler on display at ‘theanyspacewhatever’ at the Guggenheim, via Art and Absinthe