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Solo Exhibition at Paula Cooper Gallery

November 3 – December 10, 2016
Opening Reception, November 4, 6:00 – 8:00PM
534 W 21st Street

NEW YORK – Paula Cooper Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent work by Mark di Suvero, highlighting the artist’s continued preeminence in abstract sculpture. The show, on view at 534 West 21st Street, will be up from November 3rd through December 10th, 2016. The opening reception is on Friday, November 4th from 6 to 8pm.

As art historian Barbara Rose stated, “[Mark di Suvero’s] genius lies in his unique ability to fuse the excitement of the momentary … with the gravity of a timeless geometry and the engineered ability and intuitive equilibrium that his hard-won mastery of structural balances makes possible.” His works thrive on the collision of geometric and organic forms through spontaneous experimentation. “I don’t draw detailed plans,” he said. “I start with a vision … and see where it goes.” Di Suvero executes and installs his sculptures himself. Designing and revising throughout every step of construction, he welds, bends, cuts and bolts with illimitable buoyancy. The massive steel sheet plate becomes a blank piece of paper on top of which he crawls to sketch freehand forms with chalk. The industrial crane becomes an extension of the artist’s arm, handled as if he were painting with a brush. Activated by this spirited process, the final structures assert a dynamic and irrefutable presence.

Ranging from approximately five to thirteen feet in height, the midsize scale of the works on view accommodates an especially wide range of formal improvisation that highlights the artist’s constructivist foundation and expansive manipulation of line and space. Composed of texturally contrasting materials including stainless steel, painted steel, steel and wood, Nextro (2003) offers an enigmatic staccato of linear and spherical elements. A recent work from 2015 entitled Post-Matisse Pullout draws inspiration from the cut-outs of the French artist, Henri Matisse. The playful potential for imminent change contained in its bowing curvilinear structure recalls the mutable paper and thumbtacks used by Matisse for continuous alterations. In contrast to that work’s lithe unbroken lines, The Cave (2015) and Szymborska (2016) deliver multifaceted planes, sharp angles, interlocking chains and robust load-bearing steel beams. Also on view are calligraphic ink drawings and vibrantly colored acrylic paintings.

Mark di Suvero currently lives and works in New York. His first retrospective was at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1975 and was accompanied by a citywide exhibition of large-scale works. The artist has had acclaimed international exhibitions in Nice (1991), Venice (1995, on the occasion of the 46th Venice Biennale) and Paris (1997), among others. In 2011, eleven monumental works were installed on Governors Island in New York Harbor. Organized by Storm King Art Center, this marked the largest outdoor exhibition of work in New York City since the 1970s. That same year di Suvero received the National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest honor given to artists. In May 2013, SFMOMA presented eight monumental sculptures in the city’s historic Crissy Field for a yearlong outdoor exhibition. In September 2016, two monumental works were installed on Chicago’s Lakeshore Drive through a partnership between the Chicago Park District and EXPO CHICAGO. These works will be on view through 2017. One can also see a number of di Suvero sculptures at the Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, New York, permanently installed.

For more information, please contact the gallery: (212) 255-1105 or info@paulacoopergallery.com

Mark di Suvero’s Monumental Sculptures

Yoga, 1991 Steel and stainless steel, 29 1/2' x 31 1/8' x 31 1/8' Collection of the artist. Photograph ©George Bellamy.
Yoga, 1991
Steel and stainless steel, 29 1/2′ x 31 1/8′ x 31 1/8′
Collection of the artist. Photograph ©George Bellamy.

 

Fall 2016 – Fall 2017

This fall the KMA will host two of internationally renowned artist Mark di Suvero’s pioneering steel sculptures. Since the 1950s, di Suvero has transformed industrial materials such as wood timbers, tires, and scrap metal to create works that dynamize their setting. Visitors will find the space of the KMA’s South Lawn activated with Yoga (1991) and the Marilyn M. Simpson Sculpture Garden with Rust Angel (1995), works that exemplify di Suvero’s ability to imbue familiar sites with an original energy.

This project is supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in honor of Charles Bergman’s many years of counsel and service. Additional Support for this exhibition is provided by Jon & Nancy Bauer, Victoria & Stephen Morris, the Donna & Marvin Schwartz Foundation, the Silverweed Foundation, and the Ohnell Family Foundation. Special thanks to Elizabeth & Samuel Sachs for their support and collaboration.

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IN/SITU Outside: Expo Chicago

IN/SITU Outside provides the opportunity for EXPO CHICAGO Exhibitors to present temporary public art installations situated along the Lakefront and throughout Chicago neighborhoods, presented in partnership with the Chicago Park District (CPD) and Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).

Destino_MordhorstIMAGE: Mark di Suvero, Destino (2003) Location: East of Lake Shore Drive at 53rd Street Details
PHOTO: Lisa Mordhorst

Participating Artists
Afruz Amighi | Far from God (2014), Leila Heller Gallery
LOCATED AT OHIO STREET BEACH

Daniel Buren | Attrape-soleil (2013), Bortolami
LOCATED ON CHICAGO’S MUSEUM CAMPUS

Mark di Suvero | Magma (2008-2011) and Destino (2003), Paula Cooper Gallery
LOCATED AT QUEEN’S LANDING and EAST OF LAKESHORE DRIVE / 53RD STREET

Ewerdt Hilgemann | Habakuk (Homage to Max Ernst) (2014), Borzo Gallery and The Mayor Gallery
LOCATED ON CHICAGO’S MUSEUM CAMPUS

 

Chicago Park District Public Art Installations

Herb Alpert | Spirit Totems (2010-2012), Courtesy of the Artist
LOCATED AT THE FIELD MUSEUM SOUTH STEPS PLAZA

Wendell Castle | Big Red M (1971) and Yellow Arch (1971), R & Company
LOCATED AT SOLTI GARDEN

Tom Friedman | Looking Up (2015), Luhring Augustine Gallery
LOCATED AT 4800 SOUTH LAKEFRONT

John Henry | Chevron (2007), Novak Construction
LOCATED AT DIVERSEY HARBOR INLET

Indira Johnson | 10,000 Ripples (2012), Courtesy of the Artist
LOCATED SOUTH OF DIVERSEY AT LAKE SHORE DRIVE

Mel Kendrick | Marker #1 and Marker #2 (2009), David Nolan Gallery
LOCATED AT QUEEN’S LANDING UPPER PLAZA

Robert Lobe | Eastern Hophornbeam (1992) and Nature’s Clock (2006), Rhona Hoffman Gallery
LOCATED EAST OF MCCORMICK PLACE AT BURNHAM HARBOR INLET and NORTH EAST SOLDIER FIELD

Joel Shapiro | Untitled (2002-2003), PACE
LOCATED ON JACKSON BOULEVARD EAST OF LAKE SHORE DRIVE

Tony Tasset | Artists Monument (2014), Kavi Gupta
LOCATED IN GRANT PARK SOUTH

Christopher Wool | Untitled (2013), Luhring Augustine Gallery
LOCATED AT BUCKINGHAM FOUNTAIN PLAZA

 

Past curators include Louis Grachos (2015 | Dr. and Mrs. Ernest C. Butler Executive Director of The Contemporary Austin), Renaud Proch (2014 | Executive Director, Independent Curators International), Shamim M. Momin (2013 | Los Angeles Nomadic Division), and Michael Ned Holte (2012 | writer and independent curator).

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Summer Highlights

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July 5th – 26th
Monday – Friday: 9:30am – 5:30pm

Berggruen Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of selected works on view at 228 Grant Avenue opening Tuesday, July 5th. The exhibition will feature works by Willem de Kooning, Mark di Suvero, Richard Diebenkorn, Liza Lou, Bridget Riley, Sean Scully, and Stanley Whitney.

Please note that we will be closing our location at 228 Grant Avenue on July 31 and will be re-opening at 10 Hawthorne Street in mid-October. From August to October, we will be available by appointment. We look forward to continuing to share updates with you as we approach our opening at Hawthorne.

JOHN BERGGRUEN GALLERY
228 GRANT AVENUE
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94108
T: +1.415.781.4629

info@berggruen.com
www.berggruen.com

Mark di Suvero speaks with artforum.com

artforum.com

2016, 12:02

New York-based artist Mark di Suvero speaks about his life and art—from being a founding member of the Park Place Gallery in New York in 1963 to his work Joie de Vivre, 1998, which is located in Zuccotti Park—as well as the 30th anniversary of the outdoor museum Socrates Sculpture Park, which he founded in 1986 on an abandoned landfill and illegal dumpsite in Long Island City, New York. Beginning Sunday, May 8, the institution presents “LANDMARK,” a series of artist commissions and projects, on view through August 28, 2016.

 

link to artforum.com article here

Close Readings: American Abstract Art from the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery

Vanderbilt

Close Readings: American Abstract Art from the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery is being presented in recognition of a recent gifts of contemporary art from the collections of Sarah-Ann and Werner Kramarsky and of Edna and Monroe Kornfeld. Drawing on these new gifts, as well as Vanderbilt’s own collection, Close Readings will feature a wide range of abstract art by some of America’s most prominent artists, including Josef Albers, William Anastasi, Ross Bleckner, Stuart Davis, Sam Durant, Sam Gilliam, Cheryl Goldsleger, Lee Krasner, Robert Motherwell, Harvey Quaytman, Martin Puryear, and Mark di Suvero. Close Readings shifts away from the traditional exhibition with its singular “voice” of the curator in that forty departments and centers across Vanderbilt have been invited to respond to one of the many works of abstract art that will be shown, each providing a personal “close reading” from the perspective of a specific discipline. Faculty and students alike have submitted their writing, providing new, fresh insights into how we look at art. All of the responses are collected on a companion blog, with a selection featured in the exhibition, rotating over the course of its run.

This exhibition is supported by a generous gift from the Terra Foundation for American Art on behalf of board member Greg Williamson, with additional support provided by the Ewers Gift for Fine Art. It is organized by the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery and curated by Joseph S. Mella, director.

Special Program

In collaboration with the Blair School of Music, a concert will be held on Tuesday, March 29 from 7 to 8:30pm in the Gallery with a reception to follow. Composers Michael Alec Rose, Michael Slayton, and two of their students have responded to works within the exhibition by Robert Motherwell, William Wylie, Sam Gilliam, and Conrad Marca-Relli with four new compositions. The pieces vary in length from three to five minutes and will be performed by Blair students, including those participating in the exchange program with the Royal Academy of Music, London. The event is free and open to the public, and parking will be available free of charge in Lot 95, accessible from 21st Avenue South. Those unable to attend the event will be able to access the recordings on the Fine Arts Gallery’s website and on mobile platforms such as smart phones and tablets within the exhibition.