Raymond Pettibon, Jonathas de Andrade, and A.K. Burns,
Winter Press Preview: Tuesday, 7.February 2017 | 10am
New York, NY 10002
Raymond Pettibon: A Pen of All Work
8. February – 9. April 2017
curated by Gary Carrion-Murayari, Kraus Family Curator,
and Massimiliano Gioni, Edlis Neeson Artistic Director.
Second, Third, and Fourth Floors
New York, NY 10002
For over thirty years, Raymond Pettibon (b. 1957, Tucson, AZ) has been chronicling the history, mythology, and culture of America with a prodigious and distinctive voice. Through his drawings’ signature interplay between image and text, he moves between historical reflection, emotional longing, poetic wit, and strident critique. Since the late 1970s, he has produced thousands of drawings and energetic installations that have been executed in museums and galleries around the world. These works poignantly evoke the country’s shifting values across time, from the idealistic postwar period in which he was born to the collapse of the American counterculture in the ’70s and ’80s to the painful military and social conflicts of the present. Although Pettibon is unquestionably a pivotal figure of American art since the 1990s, he has never before had a major museum survey exhibition in New York. Occupying the three main floors of the New Museum, “Raymond Pettibon: A Pen of All Work” will be the largest presentation of Pettibon’s work to date and will feature more than 700 drawings from the 1960s to the present. It will also include a number of his early childhood drawings, self-produced zines, and artist’s books, as well as several videos made in collaboration with fellow artists and his musician friends. This unique collection of objects and distinctly immersive installation will provide insight into the mind of one of the most influential and visionary living American artists. The exhibition is curated by Gary Carrion-Murayari, Kraus Family Curator, and Massimiliano Gioni, Edlis Neeson Artistic Director. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue copublished by the New Museum and Phaidon Press Limited. The catalogue will include an interview with Raymond Pettibon conducted by Massimiliano Gioni as well as contributions by Benjamin Buchloh, Gary Carrion-Murayari,
Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer, Frances Stark, and Lynne Tillman.
Jonathas de Andrade: O Peixe
25. January – 9. April 2017
curated by Natalie Bell, Assistant Curator
Lobby Gallery, 235 Bowery
New York, NY 10002
Jonathas de Andrade, O peixe [The Fish] (still), 2016. 16 mm film transferred to HD video, sound, color; 38 min. Courtesy Alexander and Bonin, New York, and Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo
“Jonathas de Andrade: O Peixe” is the first solo museum presentation in the US of the work of Jonathas de Andrade (b. 1982, Maceió, Brazil), one of the most promising Brazilian artists of his generation. Over the last decade, de Andrade has developed works in photography, video, and installation that stem from observations of everyday life in Brazil and what he regards as its “urgencies and discomforts.” In particular, many of de Andrade’s works consider how Brazilian national identity and labor conditions have been constructed against a backdrop of colonialism and slavery. In his diverse examinations of Brazilian culture and history, he reinterprets the methodologies of education and the social sciences, using nuances of fiction, artifice, and appropriation to undermine assumptions and confound the sensation of truth. The exhibition showcases de Andrade’s most recent work, O peixe [The Fish] (2016), a video shot in 16 mm that follows an unusual ritual among fishermen in northeastern Brazil and offers a reflection on nature, death, and relationships of power. The exhibition is curated by Natalie Bell, Assistant Curator.
A.K. Burns: Shabby But Thriving
As part of the Spring R&D Season: BODY
18 January – 23. April 2017
Fifth Floor, 235 Bowery
New York, NY 10002
A.K. Burns will be the artist-in-residence through the Department of Education and Public Engagement’s Spring R&D Season: BODY. Using science fiction as a point of departure, Burns has developed a cycle of works and installations that draws on theater, Surrealism, philosophy, and ecological anxieties. The work is serial and organized around five elements: power (the sun), water, land, body, and the void. The larger project reorients the audience within a speculative present. A Smeary Spot (2015), the opening episode, was shot in both the desert and a black box theater; it serves as an introduction into a parallel cosmology where aspects move or flow, are controlled, measured, used, or cared for, raising larger questions about how value is allocated and perceived. In her forthcoming commission for the New Museum, Burns will continue this series, staging an in-process, video-based installation that reworks the subject—and thereby subjugation—of the body. Burns’ exhibition and residency will include a series of public programs exploring the body’s relationship to law and the environment, including a day-long event about rights under the Trump administration on Sunday, February 5, which will feature information sessions with lawyers and grassroots organizers on five issues: civil disobedience and protest, healthcare, policing and prisons, environmental contamination, and immigration. The exhibition is curated by Johanna Burton, Keith Haring Director and Curator of Education and Public Engagement, and Sara O’Keeffe, Assistant Curator