The Directors of Marlborough Gallery are pleased to
ann ounce that an exhibition of work by renowned Polish
sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz will open at Marlborough
Chelsea on March 25\, 2010. This show\, her first in New York
since 2005\, will include work in alumin um\, bronze\, burlap and
plaster\, and follows recent solo exhibitions at the Palacio de
Cristal\, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía \, Madrid
and Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno\, Valencia\, both i n
2008\, and the Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro\, Milan\, in 2009.
S everal works will be on display in the ‘Energy and Process’
wing at th e Tate Modern for the duration of 2010.
Abakanowicz is recognized as o ne of the most potent and
unique voices in contemporary art with a dis tinct sculptural
vocabulary that expresses a philosophical quest.
Abakanowicz’s exhibition will include fifteen works from
the new cycl e Anatomy in which she has arranged single and
multiple sculptures of human limbs formed in burlap – arms\,
hands\, legs and feet – onto woo d beams supported by steel
armatures. Anatomy 22\, 2009 (32 ¾ x 14 ¾ x 10 ¼ in.) depicts
three delicate hands with fingers curved in and pla ced on a
wood block. Anatomy 18\, 2009 (48 x 27 ½ x 11 ½ in.) includes
four legs with knees slightly bent through the top of the thigh
that stand firmly on a wood beam. These sculptures are at once
beautif ul and unsettling\, reminders of the fragile nature of the
human condi tion.
Also included will be three life-size figures in cast aluminumand eight large figures in plaster and wood\, ranging in height
fr om five to almost nine feet. An example of the former is
Armament\, 20 09 (64 ¼ x 32 ½ x 29 ½ in.)\, wherein a headless
figure\, body impress ed with beams or slats\, is seated on a
chair\, legs dangling above th e floor. In addition to this group\, a
series of four bronze sculpture s\, entitled Anonim 1(19 x 8 x 11
¼ in.) through Anomin 4 (19 ½ x 9 x 10 ½ in.)\, depict human
heads on long necks and recall her cycle Anon ymous Portraits\,
1989-90\, made of cotton\, resin\, sand and wood. Th e show will
also include three tall sculptures of birds in flight\, so aring high
on steel poles\, that capture a magnificent feeling of ligh tness
and energy\, yet they are mutant\, with distinct welded seems.As the artist has written\, “Birds are for me just shapes from
whi ch I select a bit of their features…My imagination doesn’t
reproduce\, but produces forms which are not needed in the
world of nature\, as t hey don’t fulfill functions of creatures
alive\, growing and dying.” ( Working Process e Non Solo\, Collezione
Gori\, 2002).
The art of Abakanowicz stands out as a major achievement
because of its timeless gestalt\, its power to invoke deep feeling\,
and its unique use of fig ural form as the embodiment of
a visionary philosophy. Robert Hughes i n Time magazine referred
to its “dark vision of primal myth.” Both Bar bara Rose
(Magdalena Abakanowicz\, Harry N. Abrams\, 1994) and Michael
Brenson have written at length on the interpretation of her
work . Brenson has said she has one of the most original minds
he has encou ntered in an artist and Rose has written that “She
is a shaman who rec eives and transmits messages in a visual
language that is more univers al than words.”
Abakanowicz has had over 150 solo exhibitions in Europ e\,
North and South America\, Japan\, South Korea\, and Australia.
She has had major shows at The Metropolitan Museum of
Art in New Yor k\, the Jardins du Palais Royal in Paris and the
Muzeum Narodowe in Po znan. Among numerous prizes and
distinctions Abakanowicz has received seven honorary doctorates
from universities in Europe and the United S tates as well
as the Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres fro m
France. She was also awarded the prestigious International
Scul pture Center’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.
In the past twenty years Abakanowicz has developed a number
of site-specific sculpture in stallations that incorporate
multiple figures or elements of increased scaled that suit her
particular objectives in those environments. Amo ng these are
Negev at the Israel Museum\, Jerusalem\, 1987\; Space of Dragon\,
Olympic Park\, Seoul\, South Korea\, 1985\; Becalmed Beings\,
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art\, Japan\, 1993\;
Space of Unknown Growth\, Europos Parkas\, Lithuania\, 1997-98\;
Unrecogniz ed\, Citadel Park\, Poznan\, Poland\, 2002\; Space of Stone\,
Grounds for Sculpture\, Hamilton\, New Jersey\, 2003 and\, most
recently\, Ago ra\, a sculptural group comprised of 106 unique
cast-iron figures meas uring over nine-feet tall that was permanently
installed in Chicago’s Grant Park in 2006.
Abakanowicz’s work can be found in numerable publi c collections
including the Israel Museum\, Jerusalem\; Ludwig Museum\ ,
Cologne\; Musée National d’Art Moderne\, Centre Georges
Pompido u\, Paris\; Museum of Contemporary Art\, Chicago\;
The Museum of Moder n Art and The Metropolitan Museum
of Art in New York\; Nasher Sculptur e Center\, Dallas\; National
Gallery of Art\, Washington and the Sezon Museum\, Tokyo\,
among others.
An illustrated catalogue will be available at the time of the

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