25 YEARS OF TALENT GROUP SHOW CURATED BY MICHELLE GRABNER

Previous Location

May 2 – June 16, 2012

David Robbins

Talent, 1986

18 gelatin silver prints

each: 10 x 8 inches, 25.4 x 20.3 cm

Cindy Sherman

Untitled, 2008

Color photograph

69 1/8 x 52 inches, 175.6 x 132.1 cm

frame: 74 x 57 inches, 188 x 144.8 cm Edition 5/6

Robin Weglinski

Braid, 1991

Human hair and elastic bands

18 x 2 1/2 x 1 1/4 inches, 45.7 x 6.4 x 3.2 cm

Steven Parrino

Bent Painting, 1991

Enamel on honeycomb aluminum

50 x 62 x 15 3/4 inches, 127 x 157.5 x 40 cm

Jenny Holzer

Wish List Manganese blue Text: U.S. government document, 2006

Oil on linen

33 x 25 1/2 inches, 83.8 x 64.8 cm

Michael Byron

Headdress Ornament, New Guinea, 2011

Oil on canvas

20 x 16 inches, 50.8 x 40.6 cm

Jennifer Bolande

Diptych #37, 2010

Inkjet print

Framed: 26 1/2 x 40 inches, 67.3 x 101.6 cm

Edition 1/2

Jennifer Bolande

Diptych #19, 2010

Inkjet print

Framed: 26 1/2 x 40 inches, 67.3 x 101.6 cm

Edition 1/2

Jennifer Bolande

Diptych #3, 2010

Inkjet print

Framed: 26 1/2 x 40 inches, 67.3 x 101.6 cm

Edition 1/2

Jennifer Bolande

Diptych #38, 2010

Inkjet print

Framed: 26 1/2 x 40 inches, 67.3 x 101.6 cm

Edition 1/2

Joel Otterson

Around the World, 2011

Stoneware, wood, glass, wool carpet

38 1/2 x 15 x 14 inches, 97.8 x 38.1 x 35.6 cm

Michael Byron

Time to Go #2, 2005-2011

Oil on canvas

18 x 14 inches, 45.7 x 35.6 cm

Clegg & Guttmann

Change, 2009

C-print

31 1/2 x 28 1/2 inches, 80 x 72.4 cm

Jeff Koons

Flower Drawing (Blue), 2011

stainless steel with transparent color coating

28 3/4 x 28 inches, 73 x 71.1 cm

Edition of 13, plus 2 APs

Larry Johnson

Untitled (Moviegoer Type), 2010

inkjet print

60 x 64 inches, 152.4 x 162.6 cm

Edition1/3, 2 AP

Robert Longo

Untitled (Ophelia 20), 2011

Ink and charcoal on mounted paper

60 x 50 inches, 152.4 x 127 cm

Frame size: 64 7/16 x 54 7/16 inches, 163.7 x 138.3 cm

Alan Belcher

_____.jpg, 2012

Glazed ceramic

10 x 7 5/8 x 2 3/4 inches, 25.4 x 19.4 x 7 cm

Edition of 125 Signed, titled, dated and numbered (verso)

Alan Belcher

Talent.jpg, 2012

glazed ceramic

18 pieces, each: 10 x 7 5/8 x 2 3/4 inches, 25.4 x 19.4 x 7 cm

Steven Parrino

Untitled, 1994

Enamel on vellum

19 x 14 inches, 48.3 x 35.6 cm

Ashley Bickerton

ANWWLB 1, 2011

Acrylic, digital print and insect pins on paper

47 x 50 3/4 x 5 inches, 119.4 x 128.9 x 12.7 cm

Peter Nagy

Shape of the Vase, 2003

Mixed media

35 x 56 x 98 inches, 88.9 x 142.2 x 248.9 cm

Allan McCollum

Collection of Ninety Drawings, 1988/1993

graphite pencil on museum board

Dimensions variable

Thomas Lawson

Pink Harlequin, 2010

Oil on canvas

72 x 30 inches, 182.9 x 76.2 cm

David Robbins

Still from Lift (Part 1), 2006/2011

Video

15 minutes

David Robbins

Still from The County Line, 2011

Video

15 minutes

25 Years of Talent (Installation view)

Marianne Boesky Gallery, Uptown, 2012

25 Years of Talent (Installation view)

Marianne Boesky Gallery, Uptown, 2012

25 Years of Talent (Installation view)

Marianne Boesky Gallery, Uptown, 2012

25 Years of Talent (Installation view)

Marianne Boesky Gallery, Uptown, 2012

25 Years of Talent (Installation view)

Marianne Boesky Gallery, Uptown, 2012

25 Years of Talent (Installation view)

Marianne Boesky Gallery, Uptown, 2012

25 Years of Talent (Installation view)

Marianne Boesky Gallery, Uptown, 2012

25 Years of Talent (Installation view)

Marianne Boesky Gallery, Uptown, 2012

25 Years of Talent (Installation view)

Marianne Boesky Gallery, Uptown, 2012

25 Years of Talent (Installation view)

Marianne Boesky Gallery, Uptown, 2012

Alan Belcher, Gretchen Bender, Ashley Bickerton, Jennifer Bolande, Michael Byron, Clegg & Guttmann, Jenny Holzer, Thomas Lawson, Larry Johnson, Jeff Koons, Robert Longo, Allan McCollum, Peter Nagy, Joel Otterson, Steven Parrino, David Robbins, Cindy Sherman, Robin Weglinski
In 1986 David Robbins produced Talent, a photowork comprised of eighteen black-and-white headshots. He invited a coterie of artist friends associated with Gallery Nature Morte and early Metro Pictures to have their portrait taken on 46th Street by a studio photographer, James Kriegsmann. Twenty-five years later, Michelle Grabner brings them back together.
Unmoored from its ever-alluring 80s context, Talent and the collection of work constituting 25 Years of Talent, proposes a significant line of questioning today: What does talent look like now? How have signs of production and exchange evolved over the past twenty-five years? Why is commercial success always the first frame we employ to assess the individual artists included in Talent? How is authorship, the artistic persona, and the contemporary imagination shaped in a social field of connectivity? How has that field changed over time? Or has it?
There is no better way to forward these questions than to convene an exhibition of recent work by Talent’s artists. With the exception of Gretchen Bender (1951 - 2004) and Steven Parrino (1958 - 2005), who are represented with older pieces, fifteen of Talent’s artists are featured with examples of new art works. In some cases the work reveals striking conceptual and material departures from 1986. For other artists, systems of ideas have remained fixed for the past quarter century. Robin Weglinski, the only artist in Talent to leave behind art making, is represented in the exhibition with a personal artifact, the thick length of braided hair that she sports in her Talent portrait. The townhouse provides the perfect time capsule in which to study these questions as well as our own modes of judgment and our collective art world’s apparatuses for success.
25 Years of Talent is accompanied by an exhibition catalog that includes essays by Michelle Grabner, Tim Griffin and David Robbins in addition to interview exchanges between Randi Hopkins and twelve of Talent’s eighteen subjects: Jennifer Bolande, Alan Belcher, Clegg & Guttmann, Ashley Bickerton, Joel Otterson, Robin Weglinski, Michael Byron, Cindy Sherman, Thomas Lawson, Peter Nagy, and Allan McCollum.
Marianne Boesky Gallery is located at 118 E 64th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues. Our hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm. For further information or images, please contact Adrian Turner at 212.680.9889 or adrian@marianneboeskygallery.com.