The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Hammer Museum Presents Mark Manders: Parallel Occurrences / Documented Assignments
Room with Chairs and Factory, 2003-2008. Wood, iron, rubber, painted polyester, painted ceramic, painted canvas, painted wig, chair, and offset print on paper, 10' 5 1/4" x 7' 10 1/2" x 13' 3 1/2" (318.1 x 240 x 405.1 cm) Museum of Modern Art , New York. Marguerite Stone Bequest and Gift of Mrs. Saidie A. May (both by exchange) 393.2010.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The first major North American exhibition of work by acclaimed Dutch artist Mark Manders, Mark Manders: Parallel Occurrences/Documented Assignments, opened at the Hammer Museum and features a body of new sculptures and works on paper created specifically for this exhibit. Organized by Douglas Fogle, Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs and Chief Curator at the Hammer, and Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson, Director, Aspen Art Museum, this exhibition includes roughly 15 new sculptural works and 3 loaned works, including a piece from the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The exhibition is accompanied by a full catalogue and following its debut at the Hammer, it will travel to the Aspen Art Museum in Colorado and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

Since 1986, Mark Manders has been engaged in an ongoing monumental project he refers to as his Self-Portrait as a Building, mapping his artistic persona through the creation of site-specific sculptural installations. This exhibition is the latest phase in the ongoing development of his Self-Portrait. Manders notes, “For the last twenty-one years, I have been working on a self portrait in the form of a building. The building is fiction, but everything inside exists in reality. The building is like a gigantic stage set frozen in time with lots of rooms that all seem as if they have just been abandoned. There is no distinction between works of, let’s say, fifteen years ago and a work I finished yesterday. They are placed in the same time frame. Like an encyclopedia, the building is always ready, even though it keeps on changing and growing or shrinking.” Each exhibition that Manders creates generates yet another room in his growing hypothetical building, while also creating an ever-evolving space through which we can collectively investigate our own relationship to the world of objects.

“Mark is quite well known in Europe but not widely recognized in the U.S. - we are very proud to be the first West Coast venue to exhibit him. Exhibitions like this are so important because they offer our audience in LA, particularly artists, an opportunity to see an international artist they might not otherwise easily experience,” remarks Hammer Director, Ann Philbin.

Taking the form of sculptures, installations, drawings, and projected imagery, Manders’ installations include existing and invented forms that fuse specific and seemingly incongruous iconographic elements —including figures, animals, household furniture, archaeological fragments, everyday objects, and architectural components—that create a kind of personal language in the form of a visual poetry. Manders’ attempts to get the viewer to see the world with fresh eyes by creating a constellation of objects that are strangely familiar yet somehow completely “other” is the larger social vision of his very personal attempt to render his self-portrait as a building. Manders’ sculptural practice is focused on his desire to bypass language in favor of directly translating his thoughts and obsessions into three dimensional objects and installations. He uses both found materials appropriated from the everyday world (sugar cubes, tea bags, pencils) while also fabricating elements that are made to look as if they were found or handmade, such as his signature “unfired clay figures” that are in fact rendered in epoxy. Bringing these materials together into uneasy proximity, the artist creates mysterious and uncanny sculptural tableaux that are one part still life and one part exquisite corpse.

“The first thing that struck me about Mark’s work is that is both personal and universal at the same time. He thinks about all his sculptures as a self-portrait, yet the forms his work takes – figures, furniture, fragments of buildings, and so on– have an almost mythical quality as if they were players in a vaguely familiar fairy tale that we can’t quite identify,” says Douglas Fogle. “He thinks of his sculptures as the physical equivalent of poetry, putting one object next to another as a poet would do with words.”

Manders’ ability to make the familiar take on the characteristics of the strange, is integral to his work as he takes seemingly everyday objects, isolates them from their original function, and makes them come alive. He imbues the banality of objects with a poetic tension while creating a physical as well as a mental space for the viewer to “enter the world of objects and matter and find poetry in it... and to know how poorly we normally see our daily life.”

This exhibition will travel to the Aspen Art Museum from February 17 – May 8, 2011; the Walker Art Center from July 9 – November 6, 2011; and other venues to be announced.

Hammer Museum | Mark Manders | Los Angeles |

Today's News

October 4, 2010

Master of Abstract Painting Pierre Soulages and His Retrospective at the Martin-Gropius-Bau

Exceptional Painting by George Stubbs to Be Offered for Sale at Sotheby's London in December

A Life-Size Bronze Sculpture by Henri Matisse Could Fetch $35 Million at Auction

La Belle Romaine to Lead Sotheby's November 2010 Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale

Exhibition at the Museo Picasso in Malaga Explores the Toys of the Avant-Garde

First Solo Display of Work by Photographer Mary McCartney at the National Portrait Gallery

Chinese Collectors Smash Estimates At Sotheby's Contemporary Asian Art Auction In Hong Kong

"Father of Indonesian Modernism" - S. Sudjojono's A New Dawn Sold for an Impressive US$1.4 Million at Sotheby's

Muhammad Ali Memorabilia to Raise Over £7K for Parkinson's United Kingdom at Bonhams

Inverted, Upside-Down, Contorted: Mirror Images in New Exhibition at Phæno in Wolfsburg

Cassatt, Picasso and Munch Highlighting Christie's October Prints & Multiples Sale

Painting by Marc Chagall Breaks Record at Seoul Auction's Modern and Contemporary Art Sale

Fine Art Asia 2010: A Bridge between Tradition and Modernity, East and West Returns for 6th Edition

Scotland + Venice Announces Karla Black to Represent Scotland at 54th Venice Biennale

Sean Branagan Adopts LCD Screens for New Show at Gooden Gallery

Exhibition of Major Works by Belgian Artist Marcel Broodthaers at Michael Werner Gallery

Recent Oil Paintings by Los Angeles Artist Josh Dov on View at Brian Gross Fine Art

Museum of Fine Arts Celebrates Arte2010 with Exhibition from the Collection

SK Stiftung Kultur in Cologne Presents 160 Works of Art Made by Joachim Brohm

Exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art Explores the Role of Contemporary Architecture

Broad Survey of Abstract Expressionism Draws from MoMA's Renowned Collection

Take a Look Behind the Scenes, Behind the Canvas and Behind the Paint at the Currier Museum of Art

Hammer Museum Presents Mark Manders: Parallel Occurrences / Documented Assignments

George Sherwood's Wind Orchid Ushers in Kinetic Waves of Energy at the Katonah Museum of Art

Once Every Four Years, Moderna Museet Presents an Overview of Swedish Contemporary Art

Archaeologists in Egypt have Unearthed the Upper Part of a 3,400-Year-Old Granite Statue

Some 70 Art Galleries from the UK and Around the World to Exhibit at the 12th Annual Art London

MAXXI Museum in Rome by Zaha Hadid Architects Wins the RIBA Stirling Prize 2010

Gregory Crewdson's Latest Photographic Series "Sanctuary" at Gagosian Gallery

Comic Book Collector Learns Fine Art of Letting Go

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- French nudists get cheeky with theme park and museum outings

2.- Galerie Miranda opens exhibition of works by Marina Berio

3.- European police seize 25,000 trafficked ancient finds

4.- Son's tribute to his late father £120,000 restoration of their Rover 95 offered at H&H Classics

5.- The National Gallery acquires Artemisia Gentileschi self-portrait

6.- Thieves steal ancient arrow poison from Rijksmuseum Boerhaave in the Netherlands

7.- Researchers discover the oldest giant dinosaur species that inhabited the Earth

8.- One of J.M.W.Turner's greatest watercolours left in private hands sells for £2 million

9.- Louvre sets up Beyonce and Jay-Z art tour

10.- A 'Japanese tip': the origami art left by diners

Related Stories

The Hammer Museum presents "Now Dig This!" Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980

Hammer Museum Celebrates 20th Anniversary with 20 Days of Free Admission

Hammer Exhibits Seminal and Rarely Seen Paintings by Legendary Artist Eva Hesse

Hammer Appoints Brooke Hodge as Director of Exhibition Management

Hammer Museum Present New Sculptural Work by Architect Greg Lynn

Hammer Museum & LACMA Jointly Acquire Edition Jacob Samuel Archive

Friedrich Kunath Creates a Salon-Like Installation at the Hammer Museum

Exhibition Explores a Seminal Work by the Father of Modern Psychology

The Hammer Museum Presents Luisa Lambri: Being There

Hammer Presents Rachel Whiteread in First Drawings Retrospective

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful