NEW YORK, NY.- Sean Kelly
announces The Vertebrae Oracle, an exhibition of new work by renowned German artist Rebecca Horn. This is the artists first solo show in New York since her critically acclaimed Ravens Gold Rush of 2011.
The Vertebrae Oracle includes a group of new sculptures and large-scale paintings on paper. As with much of Horns oeuvre, and particularly with the works in The Vertebrae Oracle, both nature and the passage of time are thematic constants. Revelation of a Tree, one of the largest sculptures in the exhibition, consists of a substantial cast bronze tree branch, on which brass claw-like rods are arranged in a circle. Their formation suggests that the claws both embrace and protect the tree branch. Horns references to nature and her lyrical mark makinggestural actions determined by the artists physical reachare evident throughout the major paintings on paper in the exhibition, such as Moon to a Vertebrae Oracle.
The title of the exhibition is taken from a poem of the same name that Horn composed for her friend, Meret Oppenheim, in honor of what would have been Oppenheims 100th birthday in 2013. Horn explains that Meret had this lightness, so that a poetic wind could open up the bones of her spine to leave behind messages in her world.
The individual elements that comprise Horns creative outputpoems, drawings, paintings, sculptures, and filmsare all evinced in the exhibition. Science and alchemy, the rational and the intuitive, and the mechanical and the sensual have characterized her work over the last four decades, resulting in one of the most important and distinct oeuvres in the world.
Horns work is included in major public collections worldwide including: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Turin; the Tate Gallery, London; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; the Musée National dArt Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Van AbbeMuseum, Eindhoven and many others. She has participated in Documenta and the Venice Biennale on a number of occasions; she has been the subject of a major retrospective at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York and was awarded Japans prestigious 2010 Praemium Imperiale Prize in Sculpture and the Grande Médaille des Arts Plastiques 2011 from the Académie dArchitecture de Paris.
This spring, Hatje Cantz will publish a monograph of Horns selected poems and texts from 1972 to 2013. The book will be presented for the first time at the opening reception of Horns exhibition in New York.
On November 16, 2014, the Busch-Reisinger Museum will unveil a site-specific sculpture by Horn in the Harvard Art Museums new facility designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop.