October 30 - December 31, 2008
Reception for the Artist: Thursday, October 30, 6-8pm
New Location: 520 W 27th Street New York, New York 10001
Ilan Averbuch’s “Intimate Monuments” is the inaugural exhibition at Nancy Hoffman Gallery’s new Chelsea location at 520 West 27th Street. The exhibition, which includes sculpture and drawing, opens on Thursday, October 30, 2008 and closes on Tuesday, December 31, 2008.
To celebrate the opening of NHG’s new gallery, Averbuch created monumental works of wood, lead, steel, glass and stone that dialogue with the gallery’s 27-foot high ceiling, and shimmer under the natural light of clerestory windows. During the past three years while working on his pieces for this show, the artist also worked on several monumental public commission projects throughout this country and in Israel. Thus, the sculptures are infused with monumentality akin to public sculptures, which live between earth and sky, and transcend the issue of scale that must live within four walls. Titles like “Self Portrait,” “The Loneliness of Queen Hatshepsut” or “Diary,” suggest intimacy, though some of the works soar to thirteen feet in height. Smaller works in sculpture and drawing also investigate the quest for the monumental.
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