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Counter Forms: Tetsumi Kudo\ , Alina Szapocznikow\, Paul Thek\, Hannah Wilke \;brings together work by four artists who were each work ing against the grain of the rigid geometric forms\, industrial sheen or dr y\, immaterial practices that characterizes some of the Minimalism or Conce ptual art dominant during the 1960s and 70s. Though likely unaware of the o thers&rsquo\; practices\, they each created complex bodies of work that res onate and share concerns with the others\, and remain deserving of greater attention.

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Al ternately strange\, gangly\, raw\, and bodily\, the works on view are the r esponses of artists who opted for a sculptural and pictorial practice that often involved found elements mixed with material agglutinations\, body cas ting\, a visceral sensuality\, biting humor\, and elaborate hand-work. Whet her their immediate contexts were post-war America\, post-Holocaust Poland\ , or post-Hiroshima Japan\, the existing oeuvres of these artists are haunt ed materially and actually by a disaster and disintegration that is quite a t odds with the clean\, optimistic\, and perfected forms that more widely c irculated in their epoch.

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The exhibition's curator\, Elena Filipovic contributed to intr oducing Alina Szapocznikow&rsquo\;s work to a wider public through a retros pective exhibition that she co-curated\, \;Alina Szapocznikow: Scul pture Undone\, 1955-1972 \;which traveled to The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Hammer Museum\, Los Angeles last year. Through the research and work on that exhibition\, she was struck by the parallels betw een some of Szapocznikow&rsquo\;s work and Kudo&rsquo\;s\, as well as Thek& rsquo\;s\, and Wilke&rsquo\;s\, and how significant their visceral material ity is\, still\, to art making today.

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The exhibition is a rigorously researched show\, b ringing together rarely seen historic works by each of the artists and invo lving many loans from institutional and private collections\, archives and estates of the artists.  \;

DTEND:20131116 DTSTAMP:20141126T184857 DTSTART:20131012 GEO:40.749185;-74.005023 LOCATION:Andrea Rosen Gallery\,525 W.24th St. \nNew York \, NY 10011 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Counter Forms \, Tetsumi Kudo\, Alina Szapocznikow\, Paul Thek\, Ha nnah Wilke UID:298935 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR