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Bortolami is pleased to announce the exhibition Disclosures\ , featuring new works by Anna Ostoya and Barbara Leoniak. As the centerpiec es of her second show at the gallery\, Ostoya presents four paintings and a text piece. Leoniak\, who was invited by Ostoya to collaborate on the show \, presents a series of six sculptures.

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Painted over a period of two years\, Ostoya’s works are sem i-abstract compositions in oil on canvas. The artist based them on both rep roductions of figurative works by early 20th century artists\, and a snapsh ot of a recent social situation involving an eminent art-historian and a di stinguished artist. Ostoya’s text piece Disclosures (Text) presents her des ires for the exhibition and the ideas that shaped it.

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The Leoniak’s sculptures respond to Ostoya’s sources. Modeled using strips of cardboard dipped in resin\, they reinterpr et Ostoya’s imagery through another medium and sensibility. While Ostoya’s paintings fragment the appropriated figures\, Leoniak’s sculptures reconsti tute them as fanciful anthropomorphic fillets.

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The show embraces a modernist tradition of object-based art\, yet it aims to situate each work in a dialogue with its spatial and conceptual context. The works can be vie wed as autonomous paintings and sculptures\, but they can also be seen in r elation to each other and to Disclosures (Text). In this way\, the overall constellation surpasses the meaning of any single piece and the intentions of either artist.

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The wo rks in this show also revisit key moments in the history of the avant-garde \, but they belie that history’s rhetoric of discontinuity and rupture. Whi le the historic works\, the key objects of appropriation\, represent import ant episodes of vanguard criticality\, Ostoya and Leoniak both embrace and subvert this tradition. They impishly mock the avant-garde “boys’ club” whi le acknowledging its social and political relevance in an age of inequality and unrest.

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Underlying this whole endeavor is a belief in continuity. The dialogues between these paintings and sculptures as well as between the objects and text reflect a deeper commonality of voices and ideas. The contributions of each artist ar e manifestly distinct\, but they are never univocal.

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Although Leoniak was Ostoya’s first artistic m entor\, the exhibition presents this relationship as polymorphous and non-h ierarchical. Just as their appropriations of modern art emphasize recurrenc e over formal innovation\, their dialogue places artistic continuity and co mmunication over Oedipal competition. Such engagements seek to redefine art istic practice as inherently collaborative and to present the history of ar t as a conversation rather than a sequence of monologues.

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Anna Ostoya is an artist living in Brookl yn. She graduated from the Whitney Independent Study Program in 2009. Her w ork has appeared in Manifesta 7\, Rovereto\, the 2nd Athens Biennial\, and other exhibitions internationally. It will also be included in the forthcom ing show New Photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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Barbara Leoniak is an artist livi ng in Cracow. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts there in 1977. He r work was shown internationally in the 1980s\, and she received a golden l eaf medal\, in 1985\, and a silver metal\, in 1990\, at the Winter Sculptur e Salon in Warsaw.

DTEND:20130622 DTSTAMP:20140423T101153 DTSTART:20130503 GEO:40.7463193;-74.0067752 LOCATION:Bortolami Gallery\,520 W 20th Street \nNew York\, NY 10001 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY: DISCLOSURES\, Barbara Leoniak\, Anna Ostoya UID:273066 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR