New York: Group Show Curated by Tom Burr – “Now I am quietly waiting for the catastrophe of my personality to seem beautiful again, and interesting, and modern” at Bortolami Gallery Through October 27th, 2012

September 25th, 2012

Image: Now I am quietly waiting… (Exhibition View), Bortolami Gallery

The long, arresting title of Tom Burr’s first show as a curator for Bortolami Gallery takes its inspiration from the poem “Mayakovsky” by Frank O’Hara.  In the poem, the author delves into the nature of one’s own identity, and the relationship to other, separate, identities that surround us in our daily lives.  Taking this text as a jumping off point, Tom Burr has assembled a selection of works that are interconnected by his relationships to their creators, be they personal, professional, or merely tangential.

Image: Ull Hohn – Sex Painting, 1987, Bortolami Gallery

Including works from Kaucyila Brooke, Jean Cocteau, Dan GrahamHilary Lloyd, Sarah Lucas, Gordon Matta-ClarkCharline von Heyl and Emily Wardill among many others, the show explores the complex connections and shared experiences of a diverse group of artists, bringing their varied creative techniques to bear in the context of their relationships to Tom Burr.

Image: Now I am quietly waiting… (Exhibition View), Bortolami Gallery

Running the artistic spectrum from sculpture and paintings to video and found collage, Burr has created an expansive summary of his theme, choosing work that illuminates aspects of identity and relationship while simultaneously allowing his choices to reflect back on himself.  Hovering his reputation and history over the choices he makes, Burr allows a reading of his own career alongside those of his creative comrades.  As Burr’s artistic oeuvre disappears into that of his peers, “Now I am…”, calls into question whether the focus of the show is the selected artists, or Burr himself.

Image: Lucy McKenzie – Front Entrance , 2011, Bortolami Gallery

The show is on view until October 27th.

Image: Ken Okiishi – Marcel Duchamp’s studio on (dust breeding), permutation 5 (at Bortolami, New York), 2011-2012,  Bortolami Gallery

Image: Emily Wardell – Yesterday is Dead and Gone, 2011, Bortolami Gallery

Image: Now I am quietly waiting… (Exhibition View), Bortolami Gallery

Image: Dan Graham – Foams, 1966-1999, Bortolami Gallery

—D. Creahan

Bortolami Gallery