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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, USA

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.

Jorge 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.

Gerhard Richter

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.

Public Programming

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.

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