Parkett is pleased to announce the opening of UNIQUE at its exhibition space in Zurich. On view are some sixty editions made by artists for Parkett since 1984 with unique elements and variations, including works with hand-painted, drawn, or collaged features, entirely unique sculptural objects, experimentations with printmaking, and more. The works on display defy the traditional notion of editions, wherein all prints and multiples of one project are identical from the first to the last work.
The show is a tribute to the ongoing innovations and imaginations with which artists keep pushing the boundaries of past and present, providing viewers and collectors with illuminating approaches and perspectives, with an ever-evolving diversity and range of artistic thoughts and ideas. The works '...offer a sense of what artists can do with the challenge of how to distil their practices into a single, compact object or image...' (Philip Tinari, director UCCA Beijing).
Works on view include Kai Althoff's individually hand-blown fragrance glass bottles, Francis Alÿs' magnetic tin toy objects in 25 design variations (see image above). Nathalie Djurberg's Eggs, hand-painted and unique stuffed canvas sculptures adorned with fruit and vegetable facial features, Tracey Emin's partial self-portraits from a group of eighty Polaroid photographs taken over the course of one day, and the both iconic and ironic trompe l'oeil sculpted replicas of paint splattered buckets by Fischli/Weiss.
Also presented are Ellen Gallagher's tribute to actor, author and activist Ruby Dee with hand placed plasticine elements, Adrian Ghenie's The Lidless Eye, from a group of collaged works on paper, Liu Xiaodong's unique and over-painted photographs from a visit to the Uighurs in Xinjiang, China, and Paulina Olowska's Siatkarka, from a group of unique hand painted porcelain figures that pay tribute to a famous Polish volleyball champion, among many others.
Press release courtesy Parkett.