Nancy Dwyer's PAINTINGS & SCULPTURE, 1982-2012 Exhibition to Open at Fisher Landau Center, 1/18
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Fisher Landau Center for Art presents "Nancy Dwyer: Paintings & Sculpture, 1982-2012", curated by Nicholas Arbatsky, on view January 18 - April 7, 2013.
Fisher Landau Center for Art has announced an exhibition exploring a wide range of Nancy Dwyer's artwork in two and three dimensions, created over the last 30 years. Known as a founding member of the Pictures Generation, coined after the seminal "Pictures" exhibition in 1977 at Artists Space, Dwyer has refined a conceptual practice that questions the way media infiltrates our daily lives through the icons of language, gesture and implied meaning. Installed throughout the public spaces of the Center, the survey offers the viewer a sequential experience beginning at the outdoor entrance, leading through the lobby and continuing up the stairwell to the 3rd floor exhibition space and conference room. Artwork from the Center's holdings is supplemented by work from Nancy Dwyer's personal collection, creating a visual timeline highlighting the interplay of recurring motifs, as they transform from the painted surface to objects in space.
Included in the exhibition are language based sculptures from the collection including "KILLER" from 1991, made of painted aluminum, measuring 42 x 72 x 35 inches, "BODY" from 1990 made of black anodized aluminum with aluminum poles, measuring 81 x 154 x 63 inches and "The Desk of Envy" from 1988, an example of Dwyer's functional art made of mahogany, leather, glass and brass hardware, measuring 29 x 84 x 23 1/2 inches. Paintings include "Miracle" from 1986, a 60 x 75 inch canvas and "Yoga Woman" part of Dwyer's personal collection made in 1982, a 54 x 48 inch acrylic on canvas that was recently included in the Metropolitan Museum of American Art's "The Pictures Generation: 1974-1984". As you approach the entrance to the Center you encounter "H2O" installed at the top of the ramp, a galvanized steel bucket sculpture from 1990 that's filled with water measuring 24 1/2 x 47 x 64 inches followed by "CO2" made in 1990 from steel mesh, measuring 66 x 56 x 20 inches. Installed in the lobby above the front desk, "Entitled to What" from 2006-2012, is a laminated digital print made specifically for the exhibition, measuring 96 x 120 inches. Sited opposite, making a commanding presence is "BIG EGO II" from 2011, an enormous 96 x 216 x 65 inch inflated polyurethane nylon sculpture, lent from the Burchfield Penney Art Center in
Housed in a former parachute harness factory, Fisher Landau Center for Art was designed by Max Gordon in association with Bill Katz and is devoted to the exhibition and study of the contemporary art collection of Emily Fisher Landau. The core of the 1500 work collection spans 1960 to the present and contains key works by artists who have shaped the most significant art of the last 50 years. Emily Fisher Landau's insightful selection of works by contemporary masters, many of which she purchased from the artists at the outset of their careers, is reflected in exhibitions presented at Fisher Landau Center for Art. Her ongoing commitment to emerging artists extends to the annual presentation of the Columbia University School of Visual Arts MFA Thesis Exhibition. In May of 2010, Mrs. Landau made a historic pledge of 419 artworks by nearly 100 artists, to the Whitney Museum of American Art. Excerpts from "LEGACY" a traveling exhibition that highlights the gift to the Whitney, will travel throughout the United States from February 2013 through 2015.
The gallery is located at 38-27 30th Street Long Island City, New York, Call (718) 937-0727 or email email@example.com for more information.