|The First Art Newspaper on the Net
||Established in 1996
|| Friday, October 21, 2016
|Pawel Althamer's first survey in China exhibits a selection of his social and sculptural practice|
Growing up in Communist Poland, Pawel Althamer's artworks are rooted in an awareness of the inextricable sociality of cultural production.
BEIJING.- Polish contemporary artist Pawel Althamer (b. 1967, Warsaw) incorporates social practice and relational aesthetics into his sculpture, installation, performance, and video work. For his first institutional exhibition in China, Althamer chiefly presents two of his iconic works which explore the relationship between individual identity, social relations, and the making of art: Draftsmen's Congress and Venetians. In Draftsmen's Congress, Althamer asks museum visitors to draw at will on the floor and walls of the exhibition space, creating an open-ended dialogue among participants in which communication takes place by interacting with and responding to each other's drawn gestures. The result is a democratic visual conversation that evolves non-hierarchically and outside of the artists control.
Venetians grows out of Althamer's interest in social, site-specific sculpture. For the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013, the artist cast the faces and hands of 90 of the city's dwindling local population. He then attached these molds to bodies made of thick, intertwined plastic ribbons, juxtaposing the realism of their hands and faces-humanistic symbols of occupation and identity-with their haunting, skeletal frames. Althamer employed his fathers plastics manufacturing company to produce these sculptures. As with the artists sculpture Bruno of his eldest son at ten, completed with the assistance of Bruno himself, Althamer draws upon social relations to endow his process with an additional layer of intimacy, invisible but for the narrative of the works production.
Growing up in Communist Poland, Pawel Althamer's artworks are rooted in an awareness of the inextricable sociality of cultural production. As such, many of his pieces aim to expand the discursive limits of the museum and of art spaces by incorporating collective practice and marginalized communities. For Draftsmen's Congress, the Center invited various local organizations to hold drawing sessions in the gallery, bringing an element of targeted engagement into the works form and content. Althamer and UCCA will also invite amateur musicians to periodically perform in the Central Gallery alongside Draftmens Congress in a playful juxtaposition of high and low culture.
Collaborative authorship plays a key role in many of Pawel Althamers pieces. His UCCA exhibition will also include a sculpture studio, in which Althamer's assistants scour Beijing collecting discarded objects and detritus off the street. The artist worked with his assistants to assemble these items into one or more sculptural pieces inspired by the city, which he then cast at a foundry and displays in the UCCA Lobby. Other collaborative projects have seen Althamer invite dozens of friends and relatives to travel the world wearing gold space suits in a quasi-sci-fi performance-video (Common Task), work with local artists to build a shrine in Brooklyn to displaced women (Queen Mother of Reality, Performa 13), and hire a man to live in a trailer outside his exhibition as a stand-in for the artist (Astronaut 2, Documenta X). The artists longest-running collaboration is a ceramics workshop he teaches for Grupa Nowolipie, a class of students with multiple sclerosis and other disabilities. In both process and form, Althamers practice aims to transcend notions of the isolated creative practitioner while reorienting social relations within art.
Pawel Althamer was born in 1967 in Warsaw, where he lives and works today. He studied sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He has held solo shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2001); Foksal Gallery Foundation (Warsaw, 2004); Centre Pompidou (Paris, 2006); Fondazione Nicola Trussardi (Milan, 2007); Secession (Vienna, 2009); Deutsche Guggenheim (Berlin, 2011); and New Museum (New York, 2014). Select group exhibitions include presentations in Documenta X (1997); Manifesta 3 (2000); Venice Biennale (2003, 2013); Istanbul Biennial (2005); Berlin Biennale (2006, 2012); and Gwangju Biennale (2010).
August 14, 2014
Preparations under way for 'Vikings' exhibition at Martin Gropius Bau museum in Berlin
Getty Conversation Institute partners with Salk Institute to conserve Louis Kahn masterpiece
Stone Art LLC and Allan Stone Projects announce Dorothy Goldeen as President
With no intention of selling the work, Banksy's Grim Reaper saved for Bristol
Oklahoma City Museum of Art welcomes Michael Anderson as new film curator
Cindy Chao & Sarah Jessica Parker co-design 'Ballerina Butterfly' brooch to be auctioned at Sotheby's Hong Kong
LACMA Announces 2014 Art+Film Gala honoring Barbara Kruger and Quentin Tarantino
German artists Mischa Leinkauf and Matthias Wermke claim Brooklyn Bridge flag stunt
Haggerty Museum of Art's Wally Mason selected as new Sheldon Museum of Art Director
In major step to provide warmer welcome for guests, The National Gallery in London introduces free Wi-Fi
The Neuberger Museum of Art publishes its first permanent collection catalogue
Pawel Althamer's first survey in China exhibits a selection of his social and sculptural practice
Paris Tableau 2014 announces symposium, specialist exhibition and new exhibitors
W. James Burns departs from Desert Caballeros Western Museum post
1861 Paquet $20 brings $1,645,000 in $49.3+ million Heritage Auctions ANA Event
'Smoking Kills A selection of works by Adriana Lara' on view at Dairy Art Centre, London
Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore announces the first 18 artists in the CCA Residencies progamme
Beirut Art Fair to be held from 18 to 21 September 2014
Official Cure photographer Andy Vella documents 33 years with one of Britain's seminal bands
Erin Cluley Gallery to open in Dallas
Jordan Casteel's first solo exhibition opens in New York
Jury selects four international finalists; public vote for $50,000 prize begins today
Mikala Dwyer awarded 2014 Melbourne Art Foundation Artist Commission
Most Popular Last Seven Days
1.- New light shines on Sandro Botticelli masterpieces at Florence's Uffizi Gallery
2.- Cincinnati Art Museum's Van Gogh exhibition brings guests Into the Undergrowth
3.- Degas retrospective debuts in the U.S. at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
4.- Special exhibition features large-scale photography by Richard Mosse & Edward Burtynsky
5.- Nobel panel gives up knockin' on Dylan's door
6.- An unprecedented, international-loan exhibition of works by Claude Monet is at the Kimbell Art Museum this fall
7.- Exhibition at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek explores Rousseau's landscapes
8.- Yoko Ono unveils her first permanent US art installation
9.- ArtReview's annual Power 100 names Hans Ulrich Obrist as the artworld's most powerful figure
10.- British artist David Hockney makes a splash at Frankfurt fair with 2,000-euro book
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, .
|Royalville Communications, Inc|
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 *.