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"Refraction: Selected Works by Gerhard Richter, and Project: Jorge Pardo's 2000 Denovation"
2002-09-05 until 2003-06-15
Dia Center for the Arts
New York, NY,
For "Refraction," the second exhibition to be installed in
"Project," a focused selection of works by Gerhard Richter will
be inserted into Pardo's vibrant environment. The basis for the
exhibition is the artists' shared concern for issues of framing
and representation and for the interplay of the work of art with
its spatial context. Together, Richter's pieces and Pardo's
environment will mutually question and reflect upon each other.
Richter's works include a new glass sculpture, created
especially for this exhibition, in which seven parallel panes of
glass refract light and the world beyond, offering altered
visions of the exhibition space; "Spiegel I (Mirror I)" and
"Spiegel II (Mirror II)," a two-part mirror piece from 1989 that
measures seven feet tall and eighteen feet long, which alters
the boundaries of the environment and again changes one's visual
experience of the gallery; and "Kugel (Sphere)," 1989, a
stainless steel sphere that acts as a mirror, reflecting the
space. Related works in other media, including painting and
photography, address conventions of pictorial representation. A
vitrine designed by Pardo will house twelve pencil drawings by
Richter from 1969, comprising a series of glass "windows" in
which he explored the conventional trope of painting as a window
onto a world beyond.
For "Project," which opened in September 2000, Pardo created a
new lobby/ticketing area, bookshop, and exhibition space on
Dia's 9000-square-foot first floor, infusing the environment
with natural and refracted light by means of a lively palette of
ceramic tiles. In 2001-02, a collaborative exhibition between
Pardo and Italian artist Gilberto Zorio, titled "Reverb," was
exhibited in the space. For "Reverb," "Microfoni," a sound work
first created by Zorio in 1969, was interwoven into Project and
partially enveloped by a monumental curtain designed by Pardo.
Pardo was born in 1963 in Havana, Cuba, and moved to the United
States in 1969. He earned his BFA at Art Center College of
Design in Pasadena, and has exhibited widely since his first
solo show in 1988. Throughout his career, Pardo has mixed work
devised for traditional museum spaces with artistic pursuits
sited in other venues. In 1997, he held a solo exhibition at the
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. This followed a substantial
commission to create a cafÈ for the Leipzig Messe, in Germany,
in 1996. Pardo's large-scale work ranges from a temporary pier
for Sculptur Projekte M¸nster in 1997, which subsequently became
permanent, to a house, "4166 Sea View Lane," which he presented
in 1998 in the context of a solo exhibition at the Museum of
Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Pardo lives and works in Los
Angeles and on Long Island.
Born in Dresden in 1932, Richter studied at the Kunstakademie
there between 1951 and 1956 and from 1961 to 1963 at the
D¸sseldorf Kunstakademie, where he has been a professor since
1971. Since his first solo show at the furniture store Mˆbelhaus
Berges, D¸sseldorf, in 1963, Richter has exhibited
internationally, including at Documenta 5 (1972), 7 (1982), 8
(1987), 9 (1992), and 10 (1997). In 1998 the Art Gallery of
Ontario and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago,
co-organized Richter's first North American retrospective. In
1995-96, Dia exhibited "Atlas," Richter's ongoing, encyclopedic
work composed of photographs, reproductions, and illustrations.
In early 2002 the Museum of Modern Art in New York presented a
major retrospective of Richter's paintings, which is traveling
throughout the United States.
Jorge Pardo will lecture on the art of Andy Warhol as part of
the Artists on Artists lectures. The lecture will take place at
Dia's exhibition facility at 545 West 22nd Street on Thursday,
September 5, 2002, at 6:30 pm.
Critic and scholar Benjamin H. D. Buchloh will lecture on
Gerhard Richter this fall as part of Dia's Robert Lehman
Lectures on Contemporary Art. The lecture will take place at
Dia. The date will be announced in mid-September. For more
information the public should call Dia at 212 989 5566.