Almine Rech Gallery, one of Paris’s foremost galleries, opened its first New York location more than a year ago on the Upper East Side, bringing with it a unique program that mixes a strong artist roster with a consistently adventurous curatorial project. For its most recent venture, the gallery has brought together key figures from the canon of 20th century Western art for Words Without Thoughts Never to Heaven Go. Adapting its title from a line in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the exhibition investigates ways artists use text as an allegorical element. Serving as a chronological and thematic starting point to the exhibition is Être ou ne pas être, Picasso’s 1912 painting considered as one of the foremost examples of appropriation of text in modern painting. Declaring “to be or not be” in French with gouache on paper, Picasso not only pays homage to one of the most emblematic texts ever written, but he also questions the mimetic essence of a painting. Can a painting of words serve to depict an image?
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Works and lives in:
Copenhagen and Berlin
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen (1989-1995)
Eliasson is an Installation artist and Photographer. He is best known for creating natural, outdoor, settings inside galleries and exhibition spaces.
Eliasson’s work is represented in many private and public collections. The Guggenheim Museum (New York, US), Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, US), The Menil Collection and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reine Sofia (Madrid, Spain) are examples of institutions showing his work.
In 2003, “The Weather Project” was installed at the Tate Modern. This was Eliasson’s triumph. The installation transformed the gallery’s Turbine Hall into a solarium, with a representations of the Sun and the sky. The work spanned the entire legnth of the great hall. Humidifiers were used to create a fine mist in the air via a mixture of sugar and water. Hundreds of mono-frequency lamps emitted pure yellow light in the from of a semi-circular disc. The ceiling of the hall was covered with a huge mirror. The mirror served many purposes, it reflected heat from the lamps and allowed the visitors to see themselves as tiny shadows against the orange light.
Eliasson frequently displays his work in international projects, biennial exhibitions, and as commissioned outdoor installations. “Blind Pavilion,” is his 2003 creation for the Venice Biennial. “Your Black Horizon,” was commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza and David Adjaye in 2006, on the island of San Lazzaro in the lagoon near Venice, Italy. The piece was a light installation, exhibiting a black room with a thin strip of light showing through the walls.
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