They Knew What They Wanted

Event  |  Reviews  |  Comments
© Courtesy of Altman Siegel Gallery
They Knew What They Wanted
Curated by: Shannon Ebner

1150 25th Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
July 1st, 2010 - August 7th, 2010
Opening: July 1st, 2010 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Union Square/Civic Center
Tue - Fri 10-6; Sat 11-5
photography, installation


They Knew What They Wanted
in collaboration with Fraenkel Gallery,John Berggruen and Ratio 3.

Curated by Shannon Ebner

Altman Siegel Gallery is pleased to announce THEY KNEW WHAT THEY WANTED, a collaborative  exhibition between four galleries, John Berggruen Gallery, Fraenkel Gallery, Ratio 3 and Altman  Siegel. For this special exhibition, each gallery has selected an artist from their program to curate a  how using the programs of the participating galleries as inspiration. The show at Altman Siegel  is curated by Los Angeles based artist Shannon Ebner. The other curators are Robert Bechtle for  John Berggruen, Katy Grannan for Fraenkel Gallery, and Jordan Kantor for Ratio 3. This exhibition  exemplifies the views of each of the four artists/curators as illustrated by the unique vision expressed in each iteration of the exhibition, and will create one unified city-wide event for the summer. The exhibition at Altman Siegel will be on view from July 1st through August 7th, 2010.

Shannon Ebner’s exhibition at Altman Siegel Gallery is focused around the idea that reality is comprised of basic units, and works that express their existence outside the locality of time and  place. Ebner has chosen to highlight work that showcases a purposeful lack of specificity so that  objects and images are reduced to elements, units, and denominators. By juxtaposing basic  structures and timeless forms Ebner creates a picture that approximates the fullness of reality.  This exhibition features the work of Lutz Bacher, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Fletcher Benton, Iran Do  Espirito Santo, Lee Friedlander, Sam Gordon, Jordan Kantor, Sol LeWitt, Agnes Martin, Tom  Otterness, Will Rogan, Ed Ruscha, and Steve Wolfe.

Artists whose work are seen across the four galleries include Robert Adams, Diane Arbus, EJ Bellocq, Alighiero e Boetti, Miriam Bohm, Vija Celmins, Gregory Crewdson, Jim Dine, Maureen Gallace, Isca Greenfield-Sanders, Charley Harper, Peter Hujar, Matt Keegan, Los Carpinteros,  Henri Wessel, Barry McGee, Tom McKinley, Richard McLean, Richard Misrach, Takeshi Murata,  Manuel Neri, Trevor Paglen, Mitzi Pederson, Robert Rauschenberg, Linda Ridgway, Sara  VanDerBeek, Garth Weiser, Rachel Whiteread, William Wiley, Paul Wonner and others.