David Zwirner will join EXPO CHICAGO this September as an exhibiting gallery at Navy Pier. David Zwirner is a contemporary art gallery that is home to innovative, singular and pioneering exhibitions across a variety of media and genres. David Zwirner focuses on historically relevant work by a diverse and distinctive group of artists.
David Zwirner presents Adel Abdessemed’s second solo exhibition with the gallery, Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf. Across a wide range of media, Abdessemed transforms well-known materials and imagery into charged artistic declarations. The exhibition brings together recent works that revolve around the themes of war, violence, and spectatorship. On view through March 17, this exhibition is located at the gallery’s 525 and 533 West 19th Street spaces.
The 525 gallery space presents four life-size sculptures of the crucified Jesus made entirely from razor wire. Modeled after German Renaissance painter Matthias Grünewald’s Crucifixion, the contorted, twisted figures hang against an otherwise naked wall without the structure of the cross itself. Creating a juxtaposition between the hazardous razor wire and its abstract appearance, Décor enhances the connotations of physical suffering implicit in the subject matter, while the repetition of the sculptures creates a distinctively decorative effect.
The 533 gallery space presents an installation of a boat found abandoned on a beach in the Florida Keys. Used illegally to transport immigrants in pursuit of a new life to the U.S., often compromising their safety in the process, the boat is presented as it was discovered, but has been filled to the brim with black bags cast in polyurethane resin from actual, stuffed garbage sacks.
Also in the 533 gallery space will be Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf, a wall installation of taxidermy animals, including wolves. The installation juxtaposes the age-old practice of taxidermy, used for scientific as well as for decorative purposes, with a reference to meaningless slaughter and war.
Born in Constantine, Algeria, Adel Abdessemed has established himself as a prominent figure on the contemporary art scene. Across a wide range of media, including drawing, video, photography, performance, sculpture and installation, he transforms everyday materials and images into unexpected and charged artistic declarations. Abdessemed’s art addresses the underlying effects of globalized society on the individual, often using his own personal circumstances as a point of departure.
His work is represented in prominent collections internationally, including the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Geneva; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; and the François Pinault Foundation, Venice. Abdessemed lives and works in Paris.
David Zwirner is located at 525 and 533 West 19th Street, NY. For additional information, call 212.727.2070 or visit their website.
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