Mulberry Drawing (Bluebeard) 4 2005 pencil and mixed media on handmade abaca paper 21 1/4 x 17 1/2 inches
Kiki Smith Three Girls with Bat 2004 ink on Nepal paper 29 1/2 x 45 3/4 inches
Mulberry Drawing (Bluebeard) 2 2005 pencil and mixed media on handmade abaca paper 21 1/4 x 17 1/2 inches
Kiki Smith Mulberry Drawing (87) 2005 pencil and mixed media on handmade abaca paper 21 1/4 x 17 1/2 inches
Kiki Smith Mulberry Drawing (85) 2005 pencil and mixed media on handmade abaca paper 21 1/4 x 17 1/2 inches
Kiki Smith Mulberry Drawing (86) 2005 pencil and mixed media on handmade abaca paper 21 1/4 x 17 1/2 inches
Kiki Smith Lounging Legs (4) 2005 collage, ink on Nepal paper 19 1/2 x 30 inches
Kiki Smith Mulberry Drawing (83) 2005 pencil and mixed media on handmade abaca paper 21 1/4 x 17 1/2 inches
Kiki Smith Ejaculating Snake 2006 ink on Nepal paper 94 1/2 x 40 inches
Juliao Sarmento Stab - Wrist 1996 etching 20" x 181/2" Edition of 20
Juliao Sarmento Throat - Cut 1996 etching 211/4" x 20" Edition of 20
Juliao Sarmento Some Attributes of Anxiety 1999 mixed media on canvas 75 5/8 x 75 5/8 inches
Juliao Sarmento Negócios Galantes e Pilagens 1997 mixed media on canvas 99" x 157 1/2"
Vik Muniz Pictures of Paper: Woods in November, after Albert Renger-Patzsch 2008 digital gelatin silver print 48 x 66 1/8 inches Edition of 5
Anton Henning Interieur No. 401 2008 oil on canvas 86 1/2 x 74 1/4 inches
Anton Henning Interieur No. 407 2008 oil on canvas 86 5/8 x 74 1/8 inches
Anton Henning Interieur No. 398 2008 oil on canvas 62 1/8 x 49 1/2 inches
Tom Friedman Untitled 1998 construction paper, clear tape and monofilament 34 inches tall
Tom Friedman Untitled (UFO) 2007 Fiberglass 120 x 18 x 19 inches Edition of 3
Tom Friedman NYtimes on Xmas 2007 the front page of the New York Times on Christmas 23 x 26 inches
Jonathan Callan Lana Turner, 2006 magazine erasure 12 x 9 2/5 inches
Jonathan Callan Audrey Hepburn, 2006 magazine erasure 12 x 9 2/5 inches
Jonathan Callan Joan Bennet, 1932, 2006 magazine erasure 12 x 9 1/2 inches
Jonathan Callan A Dozen Seas, 1999 silicone on map 26 1/4 x 21 1/2 inches

Press Release

Six Artists

Jonathan Callan, Tom Friedman, Anton Henning, Vik Muniz, Julião Sarmento, Kiki Smith

October 1 – October 31, 2009

 

John Berggruen Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition featuring work by Tom Friedman, Kiki Smith, Vik Muniz, Julião Sarmento, Anton Henning and Jonathan Callan on view from October 1-October 31, 2009.

 

Working with such unconventional materials as construction paper, cellophane tape, silicone, partially erased magazine pages, and intricately cut sheets of newspaper, the works in Six Artists share a sense of tactility, experimentation, play and historical referencing. The works can be provocative, Kiki Smith's Ejaculating Snake, deceptive, as with Vik Muniz's Woods in November, after Albert Renger-Patzsch and Back, after Dorothea Lange, from the Pictures of Paper series, which after an initial impression of three-dimensionality reveal themselves to be one-dimensional photographs, or intricate, such as Tom Friedman's precisely cut NYtimes on Xmas. Julião Sarmento's multi-media works Negócios Galantes e Pilagens and Some Attributes of Anxiety invite the viewer to explore the forms hidden beneath the matte surfaces. Anton Henning, with his lush, exuberant ribbons of paint in Interieur No. 398 and Interieur No. 407, revels in the simplicity and beauty of oil on canvas. Jonathan Callan's pinups in Joan Bennett 1932 and Lana Turner are luminous presences, dissolving before the viewer's eyes. All the works have a strong sense of the artist's hand at work, whether through the drawn lines of Sarmento and Kiki Smith, the precise layering of cut paper in Friedman, the curvilinear gestures of Henning's paint, or Muniz and Callan's manipulation of paper through cutting and erasure.

 

Six Artists is running in conjunction with Michael Gregory, Western Constructs.

 

For further information and photographs, please contact the gallery at 415.781.4629 or info@berggruen.com Gallery hours: Monday - Friday: 9:30-5:30, Saturday: 10:30-5:00