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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Greenberg van Doren Gallery
730 Fifth Avenue, at 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
T (212) 445-0444
F (212) 445-0442
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am- 6:00pm, Monday by appointment
Summer Hours, as of May 27, 2008: Monday – Friday, 10am-5:00pm
Since opening in 1999, Greenberg Van Doren Gallery has exhibited and
promoted the work of a dynamic group of contemporary artists alongside presentations of work by European and American Post-War and Contemporary Masters. The gallery is unique in its diversity and commitment to new and established talent within a program that
includes historic exhibitions of works by American Masters. Solo and group
exhibitions are devoted to artists working in all media: drawing and
painting, photography, sculpture, installation and video.
The gallery is proud to have presented the first one-person exhibitions by a
select group of ambitious young American and European artists who have made a mark on the international art scene, including Aïda Ruilova, Katy Grannan, Benjamin Edwards, Cameron Martin, and Malerie Marder.
Greenberg Van Doren
Gallery represents these artists, along with Emi Avora, James Brooks (estate), Suzanne Caporael, Tim Davis, Richard Diebenkorn (estate), Sharon Ellis, Paul Graham, Eva Lundsager, Elizabeth Magill, Barry
Ratoff, Dorothea Rockburne, Alexis Smith, and Kevin Zucker.
Gallery artists have been included in important and prestigious museum
surveys and international exhibitions, including The Venice Biennale, The
Whitney Biennial, Greater New York at PS1 / MoMA, The Prague Biennale, and The Berlin Biennale. Additionally, Greenberg Van Doren Gallery regularly participates in numerous international art fairs including The Armory Show (New York), The Art Show / ADAA Art Fair (New York) and Art Basel Miami Beach.
The gallery is a member of The Art Dealers Association of America.
Please visit our downtown gallery, Eleven Rivington, at www.elevenrivington.com and our sister gallery in St. Louis at www.greenbergvandoren.com