Paul Chan at Greene Naftali
New York, 06 January 2021
Paul Chan, neuartig (anew) (2020). Ink on paper. Paper: 126.7 x 97.5 cm; Frame: 134.9 x 105.7 x 4.4 cm. Courtesy Greene Naftali.
Paul Chan, die Galerie (gallery) (2020). Ink on paper. Paper: 126.7 x 97.5 cm; Frame: 134.9 x 105.7 x 4.4 cm. Courtesy Greene Naftali.
Paul Chan, der Quatsch, quatschig (nonsense, nonsensical) (2020). Ink on paper. Paper: 126.7 x 97.5 cm; Frame: 134.9 x 105.7 x 4.4 cm. Courtesy Greene Naftali.
Paul Chan, Spekulieren (to speculate) (2020). Ink on paper Paper: 381 x 243.8 cm each; Frames: 393.7 x 134.6 x 7.6 cm each. Courtesy Greene Naftali.

'I like drawing with my left hand because it feels as if different stakes about what matters on paper became visible to me. Maybe that's all we're ever looking for in making any work: new ways to see the stakes that matter.'

Paul Chan explains his approach to the drawings he has made in response to reading about Ludwig Wittgenstein's text book, Wörterbuch, compiled through his experience teaching children in rural Austria in 1921.⁠

As the U.K. goes back into another lockdown, we were reminded of Paul Chan's exhibition at the end of last year. Going back to basics to re-learn how to view the world, Chan's work draws interesting parallels to the Covid-19 pandemic that restricted so much of modern activity.⁠

Paul Chan's solo exhibition, Drawings for Word Book by Ludwig Wittgenstein, showed at Greene Naftali from 6 November to 19 December 2020.


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