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The Paula Cooper Gallery is pleased to present new works by Justin Matherly\, which will be on view from March 23 through April 27 at 5 21 W 21st Street. This will be the artist's first one-person exhibition wit h the gallery.

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Matherly will exhibit sculptures and monoprints base d on stelae from Nemrud Dagi\, an excavated temple-tomb complex in Turkey d edicated to the late Hellenistic king Antiochus I of Commagene. Stelae are carved stone reliefs that were used for commemorative purposes\; in the Anc ient Near East\, they often established a ruler's legitimacy by linking him to a particular divinity or sacred event. 

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Using the poured concre te and ambulatory equipment that have characterized his sculpture up to now \, Matherly revisits and reimagines Antiochus's stelae\, focusing particula rly on the hand clasp gesture (known as "dexiosis") that recurs throughout this ancient site. The motif  was meant to convey the king's deification th rough handshake as he passes to the afterworld and is welcomed into the com munity of gods.  

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The works on view expand on Matherly's continued refashioning of classical Greek and Roman statuary as well as probe issues of political legitimacy and the representations of power that have a partic ular resonance today.

DTEND:20130427 DTSTAMP:20140726T092508 DTSTART:20130323 GEO:40.747213;-74.00618 LOCATION:Paula Cooper Gallery - 521 W. 21st Street\,521 W 21 St. \nNew York \, NY 10011 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY: All industrious people\, Justin Matherly UID:262249 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130322T200000 DTSTAMP:20140726T092508 DTSTART:20130322T180000 GEO:40.747213;-74.00618 LOCATION:Paula Cooper Gallery - 521 W. 21st Street\,521 W 21 St. \nNew York \, NY 10011 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY: All industrious people\, Justin Matherly UID:264806 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR