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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New York, NY
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
School of Visual Arts BA, Syracuse NY
LeWitt, known for his involvement with the minimalist and conceptualist movements, typically worked in painting, drawing and sculpture.
He was a prolific artist and has been featured in hundreds of solo exhibitions. He is famous for his two and three-dimensional wall installations, including his series Wall Drawings, large-scale pieces that use entire walls as their canvas and feature an array of bright designs and patterns. The series features more than 1,200 pieces. His sculptures, which he deemed “structures” are numerous as well, and take the shape of towers, pyramids and other geometric forms; these vary in size, the largest being his monumental outdoor pieces.
His work has been exhibited at most of the world’s major museums. His first retrospective was shown at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 1978. Others have been held since, including the most recent in 2000 which began at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, traveling next to Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art and ending its run at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
New York Times Obituary [New York Times]