New York—Pace Gallery is honored to present a group exhibition, The World According to…, the first project curated by Andria Hickey, Pace Gallery’s newly appointed Senior Director and Curator. Bringing together works from a diverse group of artists, including both historical and contemporary figures, the exhibition reflects singular visions that examine life from another angle. Encompassing painting, sculpture, video, and photography, each work reveals an extraordinary vision of the ordinary. The exhibition will be on view at Pace’s gallery at 32 East 57th Street from February 13 – March 23, 2019, with an opening reception held on the evening of Tuesday, February 12.
In 1961, Susan Sontag recalled Jean-Paul Sartre’s notion of “cosmophagy,” or the idea of “devouring of the world by consciousness,” as an explanation for the singularity of artistic vision that is unique among us. Taking that idea as inspiration, the exhibition points to the rich and poetic territory that exists between memories, images, and dreams. The artists in this show operate as interpreters of our complex visual world filled with screens, digital images, photographs, artworks, and the landscape itself.
A tension between abstraction and figuration is also present throughout the exhibition as materials and reference points are transformed, baring only traces of the original sources of inspiration. Thomas Nozkowski’s paintings draw from personal experience: objects, ideas, books, places, and, more often than not, his reverent walks through nature. Expanding the possibility of landscape painting and the physical presence of an abstract form with each negotiation of the picture plane, Nozkowski’s paintings offer a view of the world that is both rooted in the subjective terrain of experience and an otherworldly space of art and vision.
Arlene Shechet’s bulbous stacked sculptures use clay, wood, steel, and color to offer a view of the world that is full of possibility and simultaneously coming together. Three works from Alfred Stieglitz’s series, Equivalents (1925–34) depict the night sky and bring clouds into the realm of abstraction. Similarly, a series of watercolor paintings by Koo Jeong A explore color and form in a meditation on the natural world. The jewel-like enigmatic images in fact picture a constellation of basalt rocks that are a continuation of the artist’s installation of geological formations in the DMZ, a protected conservation wetland between North and South Korea.
Figuration as transformation is present in the dreamlike visionary worlds of three painters: Celeste Dupuy-Spencer, Katherine Bradford, and Leidy Churchman. In Bradford’s paintings, monumental figures in hues of purple, orange, and pink transform a bodily presence into an auratic object—embraced, hovering, and occupying the subjective space of memory with enigmatic energy. Similarly, Churchman’s diverse paintings—here exemplified in the surreal floating image of Faultless Aspect (2017) and the large, text-based work Nontheistic Dharma: Norms in a Nutshell (2016)—suggest a relationship with the spiritual world that is grounded in lived experience. Dupuy Spencer’s new paintings, created especially for this exhibition, expound on these themes, referring to the transcendence of iconographic paintings in images that push and pull between the present and a distant vision.
The centerpiece of the exhibition is David Hockney’s Seven Yorkshire Landscapes (2011), an 18 screen video installation shown here for the first time in New York, in which eighteen cameras, fixed to Hockney’s car, recorded drives through the pastoral landscape of Yorkshire. The myriad and shifting perspectives of a journey through the verdant countryside displayed in this multi-screen grid articulates the wonder of seeing things from different points of view. For Hockney, these multiple perspectives “force the eye to scan, and it is impossible to see everything at once… [It] gives back the choice to the viewer, and hence…brings about possibilities for new narratives.”
Rita Ackermann (b. 1968, Budapest, Hungary)
Forrest Bess (b. 1911, Bay City, TX; d. 1977, Bay City, TX)
Katherine Bradford (B. 1942, New York)
Alexander Calder (b. 1898, Lawnton, PA; d. 1976, New York)
Leidy Churchman (b. 1979, Villanova, PA)
Celeste Dupuy-Spencer (b. 1979, New York)
David Hockney (b. 1937, Bradford, England)
Peter Hujar (b. 1934, Trenton, NJ; d. 1987, New York)
Alex Katz (b. 1927, Brooklyn, NY)
Koo Jeong A (b. 1967, Seoul, South Korea)
Thomas Nozkowksi (b. 1944, Teaneck, NJ)
Arlene Shechet (b. 1951, New York)
Alfred Stieglitz (b. 1864, Hoboken, NJ; d. 1946, New York)