THE NATURE OF DISAPPEARANCE

PART 1 GROUP SHOW CURATED BY DIETER BUCHHART

509 West 24th Street

June 28 – August 10, 2012

Mathias Kessler

Nowhere to Be Found, New York, 2010

Site specific installation, 1 aquarium tank, human skull, various corals,
LED light with UV spectrum, filter for salt water, pump, plumbing, wooden pedestal

Edition 3/5

Photographer Unknown

Munch stand next to Solen (The Sun), circa 1911

photograph

10 x 8 inches, 25.4 x 20.3 cm

Edvard Munch

The Red House, 1926-1930

Oil, mold, bird droppings (lower right) on wood

18 x 21 1/2 inches, 45.5 x 55 cm

Lois Weinberger

Green Man, 2010

Arctium lappa, plastic container, earth

35 1/2 x 14 1/4 x 7 inches, 90 x 36 x 18 cm

Lois Weinberger

Grow, 2004

Pigment print, Indian ink, water color on paper

11 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 29.5 x 21 cm

Signed, titled and dated in graphite (Recto)

Marco Evaristti

All Good Things Must Come to an End, 2011-12

Meat, plastic and ceramic vase

21 x 9 1/2 x 13 inches, 53.3 x 24.1 x 33 cm

Marco Evaristti

All Good Things Must Come to an End, 2011-12

Meat, plastic and ceramic vase

21 x 9 1/2 x 13 inches, 53.3 x 24.1 x 33 cm

Joseph Beuys

Flag: 7000 Eichen, 7000 Eichen "Erste Eiche vor Basaltsteinen auf Friedrichsplatz", 1985

Offset on linen

118 1/4 x 49 1/2 inches, 300 x 126 cm

Signed and dedicated

Joseph Beuys

Wechselstromaggregat (Electric Power Aggregate), 1968

cardboard with two round fatbales, oil colour (Braunkreuz), pen

9 3/4 x 20 x 8 1/4 inches, 25 x 51 x 21 cm

Signed and dated

Dieter Roth

Kleine Insel, 1968

Sculpture, food, nails, wire and other materials on a.o. moulded chipboard

11 x 13 inches, 28 x 33 cm

Edition 51/100 Signed and numbered

Christian Eisenberger

Untitled, 3 packets of cigarettes, 2008

mixed media

each: 3 1/2 x 2 1/4 x 7/8 inches, 8.9 x 5.7 x 2.2 cm

Signed and dated in ink

Gina Pane

Action relic of "Azione Melanconica", 1974

Textile, blood

Framed: 13 1/2 x 9 3/4 x 1 3/4 inches, 34.5 x 25 x 4.5 cm

Anselm Kiefer

Himmel Erde, 1991

Photograph on cardboard and lilies of the valley on lead in a steel frame

67 x 51 1/8 inches, 170.2 x 129.9 cm

Paul Thek

Untitled (Meat Rope), 1969

wax and metal cord

135 3/4 inches, 345 cm

Song Dong

Bread (After Song Dong's "Bread" 1994), 2012

Bread

dimensions variable

Dana Sherwood

Tenebrio molito, 2012

Glass, Cake, Wood, Sugar, Oats, Tenebrio molito

44 x 14 x 14 inches, 111.8 x 35.6 x 35.6 cm

NOD.6619

Toni Kleinlercher

Le fantôme afrique, Dourou, 1990-2012

Digital C Print mounted on Dibond

47 1/4 x 31 1/2 inches, 120 x 80 cm

Edition 1/5, 2 AP

Toni Kleinlercher

Le fantôme afrique, Kaolack, 1990-2012

Digital C Print mounted on Dibond

31 1/2 x 47 1/4 inches, 80 x 120 cm

Edition 1/5, 2 AP

Toni Kleinlercher

Le fantôme afrique, Kaolack, 1990-2012

Digital C Print mounted on Dibond

31 1/2 x 47 1/4 inches, 80 x 120 cm

Edition 1/5, 2 AP

The Nature of Disappearance: Part I (Installation view)

Marianne Boesky Gallery, 2012

The Nature of Disappearance: Part I (Installation view)

Marianne Boesky Gallery, 2012

The Nature of Disappearance: Part I (Installation view)

Marianne Boesky Gallery, 2012

The Nature of Disappearance: Part I (Installation view)

Marianne Boesky Gallery, 2012

The Nature of Disappearance: Part I (Installation view)

Marianne Boesky Gallery, 2012

The Nature of Disappearance: Part I (Installation view)

Marianne Boesky Gallery, 2012

The Nature of Disappearance: Part I (Installation view)

Marianne Boesky Gallery, 2012

The Nature of Disappearance: Part I (Installation view)

Marianne Boesky Gallery, 2012

The Nature of Disappearance: Part I (Installation view)

Marianne Boesky Gallery, 2012

The Nature of Disappearance: Part I (Installation view)

Marianne Boesky Gallery, 2012

The Nature of Disappearance: Part I (Installation view)

Marianne Boesky Gallery, 2012

The art of the future (which will disappear, like everything else): Imitate nature in an approximate way; imitate in particular nature’s way of creating!”
– August Strindberg, 1894
On the 100th anniversary of the death of the famous Swedish artist August Strindberg, “The Nature of Disappearance” takes as the exhibition’s point of departure Strindberg’s radical view of art, which he first expressed in his article Du hasard dans la production artistique (“New Forms of Art! Or Chance in Artistic Creation”), November 1894. Strindberg’s paradigmatic rejection of the complete control that the artist could exercise through skill and virtuosity triggered a new chapter in art history.
Strindberg’s radical creative experiments and his introduction of the apparently unintentional influenced the famous Norwegian printmaker and painter Edvard Munch. Like the Swedish artist, Munch integrated the elements of chance and accident into his artistic practice through his legendary “kill or cure” treatment. In his work, he did not just mimic the way nature created but rather, he actually let nature create. “Just wait until it has been exposed to a couple of showers, been gashed a little by some sharp nails and so forth, and then been carted around the world in all sorts of miserable, leaking boxes.… Oh yes, in due course I think this could be good! … It only needs a few flaws in order to become really good ….” In Munch’s oeuvre, mildew stains, pronounced water and rust marks, bird droppings, as well as holes and cracks, serve as physical traces of time, as part of the various things that have happened to the painting. The intentionally initiated process of decay becomes part of the work’s aesthetic, and the work becomes the visual expression of transience itself. The natural process partly progresses toward the painting’s total destruction, through which Munch identifies the ephemeral and the fleeting as a deliberate part of his artistic creative process. Even contemporaries of Munch, such as James Abbott McNeill Whistler, the American Impressionist John Henry Twachtman, and the Russian avant-gardist Vladimir Burliuk, also exposed their works to the elements and allowed nature to work with them, albeit less dramatically and consequentially than Munch.
Thereby the exhibition explores the nature of disappearance, that is, the concept of the literal, physical loss of the artwork and in doing so further analyzes how artists who have come after Strindberg and Munch not only question the intactness of the object and the artwork but also literally allow nature to create the work and challenge material integrity, ultimately annihilating the art object. With Dada, and in particular with Marcel Duchamp, artists transgressed the classical borders of the work of art in that they no longer placed the production of the work in the foreground but rather constituted life itself as art. With the disappearance of the art object, art became not only an end, but also a means – a process for the artist. The artwork became assailable, vulnerable, and destructible. In the works of Yoko Ono, Joseph Beuys, Robert Smithson and Bas Jan Ader, the object is no longer a necessary condition for artistic creation. Similar to Munch, artists such as Gustav Metzger, Dieter Roth and Mathias Kessler allow the “kill or cure treatment” of natural forces to create, relying on the natural processes of decay, disintegration, and transformation, while Félix González-Torres leaves the physical dissolution of his work to the public.
Thus, “The Nature of Disappearance” presents different artistic views of this theme and refers, on the one hand, to its fundamental importance in contemporary art of the 21st century and, on the other hand, to the roots of this radical artistic concept.
The exhibition will run from June 28 through August 10, 2012 at the gallery’s two locations - 118 East 64th Street and 509 West 24th Street. The curator of the exhibition is the international Munch expert and art historian Dr. Dieter Buchhart. Our summer hours are Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm. For further information or images, please contact Serra Pradhan at 212.680.9889 or serra@marianneboeskygallery.com.
LIST OF ARTISTS
Bas Jan Ader
Suzanne Anker
Antonin Artaud
Joseph Beuys
Vladimir Burliuk
Pier Paolo Calzolari
César
Song Dong
Marcel Duchamp
Christian Eisenberger
Ayse Erkmen
Marco Evaristti
Lucio Fontana
Barnaby Furnas
Félix González-Torres
Mathias Kessler
Anselm Kiefer
Toni Kleinlercher
Gustav Metzger
Edvard Munch
Hermann Nitsch
Yoko Ono
Gina Pane
Dieter Roth
Peter Scott
Dana Sherwood
Roman Signer
Robert Smithson
August Strindberg
Paul Thek
John Henry Twachtman
Andy Warhol
Lois Weinberger
James McNeill Whistler
Carey Young