NEW YORK, NY-
From October 1, 2010, to January 9, 2011, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
will present Intervals: Ryan Gander, the third installment of its contemporary art series designed to reflect the spirit of todays most innovative practices. For his Intervals project, Ryan Gander (b. 1976, Chester, United Kingdom) has created a new, site-specific installation for the museums Aye Simon Reading Room.
Organized by Katherine Brinson, Assistant Curator, this exhibition is presented in conjunction with the Public Art Funds commission of a major new sculpture by Gander, The Happy Prince, on view beginning September 15, 2010, at Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Fifth Avenue and 60th Street.
From the utopian ambitions of the modernist movement to the overlooked details of daily experience, Ganders work ranges across a dizzying spectrum of forms and ideas. His meticulously researched projectswhich have included such diverse conceptual gestures as an invented word, a chess set, a television script, and a childrens bookengage familiar historical narratives and cultural paradigms only to unravel their structures and assumptions, presenting elusive scenarios that abound with interpretive potential.
In the Intervals installation for the Aye Simon Reading Room, a small library and study space located on Rotunda Level 2, visitors will encounter a scene of apparent catastrophe that relates to Ganders ongoing exploration of the schism between the Dutch artists Piet Mondrian (18721944) and Theo van Doesburg (18831931). These friends and creative collaborators severed their relationship in 1924 due to van Doesburgs belief in the diagonal line as a valid element in abstract art, which conflicted with Mondrians insistence on a reductive visual language consisting of only gridded horizontals and verticals. Gander imagines this artistic dogmatism provoking a violent struggle between the two men that sends them crashing through a stained-glass window in the home of Frank Lloyd Wright, the architect of the Guggenheim Museum. In a mysterious temporal and spatial discontinuity, the debris from this accident has landed in the Reading Room, showering fragments of glass and lead over the books about Wrights life and work that are customarily available in the space. Accompanying this relic from the annals of art history is an artifact that has been transported to the museum from the New York of the future: a $25 coin, representing the inflated worth of a contemporary quarter by the year 2027, that has been glued to the floor in reference to a classic practical joke.
Ryan Gander lives and works in London. He received his BA from Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom (1999) and undertook post-graduate studies at Jan van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht, Netherlands (2000) and Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam (2002). Ganders work has been widely exhibited internationally, including recent solo presentations at Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich (2010); Villa ArsonCentre national dart contemporain, Nice (2009); Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2009), South London Gallery (2008); Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, United Kingdom (2008); and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2007). Group exhibitions include Production Site: The Artists Studio Inside-Out, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2010); Chasing Napoleon, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (200910); Space as Medium, Miami Art Museum (200910); and The Generational: Younger than Jesus, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2009) as well as Wouldnt it be nice . . . Wishful thinking in art and design, Somerset House, London (2008); Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich (2008); and Centre dart contemporain, Geneva (2007). The Intervals exhibition and the Public Art Fund program mark Ganders first solo institutional presentations in New York.
Fast-paced and modest in scale, Intervals is an experimental series launched in spring 2009 that allows the museum to respond quickly to innovations and new developments in contemporary art as they arise. Conceived to take place in the interstices of the museums exhibition spaces, in individual galleries, or beyond the physical confines of the building, the program invites a diverse range of artists to create new work for a succession of solo presentations.
The exhibition series is funded by the generous contributions of the Intervals Leadership Committee. Chaired by Young Collectors Council member Jeremy E. Steinke, the group comprises high-level Guggenheim members who are committed to the realization of Intervals projects and who enjoy a privileged insight into the curatorial processes behind them.