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David Hockney, Plastic Sheet Floating in a Pool, 1977. Oil on canvas, 25" x 34" (63.5 cm x 86.4 cm).

David Hockney, Plastic Sheet Floating in a Pool, 1977. Oil on canvas, 25" x 34" (63.5 cm x 86.4 cm).

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  • Art Basel

    New York— Pace Gallery is pleased to announce its participation in the 2017 edition of Art Basel from June 15 to 18. At Booth A5, Pace will present a special selection of important historical works by David Hockney, Donald Judd, Louise Nevelson and Robert Rauschenberg. In the Unlimited sector of the fair, Pace will present large-scale installation works by Michal Rovner, Tony Smith and Song Dong. To complement the installation at Unlimited, Pace will also present a selection of paintings and sculptures by Tony Smith from the 1960s, as well as a sculpture and a drawing by his daughter Kiki Smith, who is currently exhibiting in Viva Arte Viva at the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. Pace will also feature works by Alexander Calder, Loie Hollowell, Lee Ufan, Li Songsong, Robert Mangold, Adam Pendleton, Lucas Samaras and Joel Shapiro, alongside the work of a number of other gallery artists.

    Among the historical works being featured are David Hockney's Plastic Sheet Floating in a Pool (1977), one of his iconic paintings of swimming pools. Hockney is currently the subject of two traveling retrospectives, including David Hockney, which had record-breaking attendance at Tate Britain and opens on June 19 at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and 82 Portraits + 1 Still-Life at Ca' Pesaro in Venice. Pace will present three significant works by Robert Rauschenberg from his Urban Bourbon, ROCI Venezuela and ROCI Malaysia series. Concurrently, Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends recently opened at the MoMA in New York after its debut at Tate Modern and will travel to SFMOMA later this year. Donald Judd’s Untitled (1987), fabricated by the Swiss firm Alu Menziken, is a signature stack work comprised of five rectangular anodized aluminum and blue plexiglass boxes of the same size, mounted onto the wall and arranged in a vertical sequence. This work differs from Judd’s other stack works, as it is comprised of five units instead of Judd’s usual six, with volumes equal to the sizes of each unit spaced between them. Louise Nevelson's Sky City I measures almost seven feet high and five feet wide, and exemplifies the additive nature of Nevelson’s process, combining elements of varying size and volume. Uniformly painted in the artist’s characteristic black, Sky City I encompasses a range of values, as areas with low relief assemblage complement the shadows cast in deeper boxes.


    Unlimited, curated by Gianni Jetzer, is Art Basel's platform for work that transcends the traditional gallery stand. Tony Smith’s Source, with its faceted sides and modular composition, is a large-scale sculpture fabricated in steel and painted in the artist’s characteristic black. Presented at Unlimited, Source was conceived by Smith in 1967 and exhibited for the first time the following summer at Documenta IV in Kassel, Germany. Pace Gallery is honored to have begun representing the Estate of Tony Smith in 2017.

    Michal Rovner’s Anubis (2016) is comprised of a continuous video projection with audio elements that depicts jackals at a larger-than-life scale on multiple walls, confronting the viewer in a darkened space. Their slow movements in and out of the shadows of a dark, unidentifiable location raise feelings of unpredictability and the unknown in this ambiguously defined, liminal space. Currently, Michal Rovner is shortlisted for the United Kingdom Holocaust Memorial International Design Competition, the winner of which will be announced in the summer of 2017.

    Song Dong’s Through the Wall (2016) challenges the notion of a boundary as impenetrable. Using reclaimed door and window frames—materials that relate to themes of accumulation and waste—the work reflects on the ways in which the contrast between historic and contemporary forces can shape a viewer’s experience. I Don't Know the Mandate of Heaven, Song Dong’s first major survey in 8 years at the Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, closed in early June 2017.


    Pace is also pleased to announce that its booth will be adjacent to Pace/MacGill,who will be presenting at booth A6. Pace/MacGill will feature for the first time at Art Basel a selection of photographs by Yoshitomo Nara, who recently had a solo exhibition at Pace in early 2017. The booth will also feature important works by modern and contemporary photographers including Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Chuck Close, Robert Frank, Paul Graham, Peter Hujar, Richard Learoyd, Jocelyn Lee, Richard Misrach, Irving Penn, Michal Rovner, Viviane Sassen and Fred Wilson.


Pace is pleased to annouce the inclusion of work by Tony Smith, Michal Rovner, and Song Dong in Art Basel 2017's Unlimited exhibition. Unlimited, curated by Gianni Jetzer, is Art Basel's exhibition platform for projects that transcend the classical art-show stand, including massive sculpture and paintings, video projections, large-scale installations, and live performances. Unlimited will run concurrently with Art Basel, from June 15 through 18, 2017, in Basel, Switzerland. Tony Smith, Source