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New York — “Words Without Thoughts Never to Heaven Go” at Almine Rech Gallery Through December 16th, 2017

December 14th, 2017

Words Without Thoughts Never to Heaven Go (Installation View)
Words Without Thoughts Never to Heaven Go (Installation View)

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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Clearing Gallery Opens Shop Uptown

December 14th, 2017

Clearing Gallery's uptown space, via Art NewsClearing Gallery has opened a new space in New York City, setting up a second location at 43 East 78th Street. “We have private dealers, galleries, and museums around, so it’s a super location,” says gallery owner Olivier Babin. “As much as Bushwick is off the beaten path, this is in the center of everything. I mean, we’re across the street from the Carlyle!”
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American Collectors Rarely Sell Prized Works Once Purchased

December 13th, 2017

Christie's, via NY postA new study finds that few American art collectors sell their works once they have purchased them, the New York Post reports. “Collectors don’t apply the same principles to buying art that they would to a typical investment portfolio of stocks and bonds,” says John Mathews, head of private wealth management and ultra-high net worth at UBS Americas. “It is important, however, to institute management structures to ensure their legacy remains protected, correctly valued and insured.”
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REFERENCE LIBRARY

Robert Gober

b. 1954
Lives and works in:

New York, NY

Represented by:

Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

Education includes:

Middlebury College BA, Middlebury, VT

Gober, an American sculptor, creates works that often resemble ready-made sculptures, specifically collections like his Sinks series, Drain series, and the 1989 Wedding Gown. Frequently, he blurs the line between things and people, giving inanimate objects human qualities in the form of eye-like orifices, subtly placing human appendages readily throughout his art.

His works may also elicit horror like the 1989 wallpaper Hanging Man/Sleeping Man, which intersperses images of a sleeping white man and a hanging black man. His 1990 sculpture Untitled: Beeswax, Human Hair and Pigment resembles a sack of potatoes with breasts, one of which is literally covered in hair.

His works are included in the collections of museums like the Guggenheim and the San Francisco Museum of Art.

Ellsworth Kelly and Robert Gober at Matthew Marks, November 3 2007-January 12, 2008 [ArtObserved]

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