I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...
The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...
The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...
'The drawings are something I've carried on over decades, and they form a kind of breathing activity on a daily level...When I looked up the word 'draw' in the dictionary, I found that there were twenty-two definitions, one of which was to delineate with lines. The other twenty-one definitions are all dialectic activities, to metamorphose, to translate, to take aim...That's where I took off from with the idea of drawing...these lines for example, are not lines, they're edges. In other words it's material and it's physical reality, they're constructions of space with a reasonable analogy to architecture.'
(From: Art and Architecture (Chinati Symposium, Marfa TX, 1998))
Hauser & Wirth Zürich is pleased to present Wits' End Sampler | Recent Drawings, an exhibition of large-scale drawings by acclaimed American artist Roni Horn and the unveiling of a new installation.
For Horn, drawing is a primary activity that has been a defining area of her artistic practice since 1980, and the pigment drawings explore recurrent themes of identity, interpretation and textual play. In drawings from the Yet series, Horn has worked powdered pigment, graphite and varnish into a few first phase drawings called plates, which are then cut apart. These pieces are then rearranged and assembled, and may undergo several more cycles of splicing and stitching together before taking their ultimate form. Pencil marks, numbers and words are interspersed between shards of colour as Horn annotates the joining of plates in each drawing.
Wits' End Sampler is a new installation that will be shown for the first time in Zurich. Idioms and textual play have always been a significant part of Horn's work. For this project, Horn invited strangers and associates to write out idioms and clichés of their choosing. This eventually accumulated into over 1000 individual phrases all handwritten by the many authors. Walls of the second floor gallery will be silk-screened with these idioms to create a constructed linguistic environment. Wits' End Sampler is a work where Horn acts as 'a choreographer of words', as Gary Indiana has called the artist.
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