Anri Sala / Francesca Woodman

October 12 - November 13, 2004
New York
Selected Works
ANRI SALA
<b>Làk-kat</b>, 2004 Image
ANRI SALA Làk-kat, 2004
ANRI SALA
<b>Làk-kat</b>, 2004 Image
ANRI SALA Làk-kat, 2004
ANRI SALA
<b>Làk-kat</b>, 2004 Image
ANRI SALA Làk-kat, 2004
ANRI SALA
<b>Dammi I Colori</b>, 2003 Image
ANRI SALA Dammi I Colori, 2003
ANRI SALA
<b>Dammi I Colori</b>, 2003 Image
ANRI SALA Dammi I Colori, 2003
ANRI SALA
<b>Dammi I Colori</b>, 2003 Image
ANRI SALA Dammi I Colori, 2003
ANRI SALA
<b>Dammi I Colori</b>, 2003 Image
ANRI SALA Dammi I Colori, 2003
ANRI SALA
<b>Dammi I Colori</b>, 2003 Image
ANRI SALA Dammi I Colori, 2003
ANRI SALA
<b>Dammi I Colori</b>, 2003 Image
ANRI SALA Dammi I Colori, 2003
ANRI SALA
<b>Dammi I Colori</b>, 2003 Image
ANRI SALA Dammi I Colori, 2003
ANRI SALA
<b>Mixed Behaviour</b>, 2003 Image
ANRI SALA Mixed Behaviour, 2003
ANRI SALA
<b>Mixed Behaviour</b>, 2003 Image
ANRI SALA Mixed Behaviour, 2003
ANRI SALA
<b>Mixed Behaviour</b>, 2003 Image
ANRI SALA Mixed Behaviour, 2003
FRANCESCA WOODMAN
<b>Providence, Rhode Island</b>, 1975-1978 Image
FRANCESCA WOODMAN Providence, Rhode Island, 1975-1978
FRANCESCA WOODMAN
<b>Rome</b>, 1977-1978 Image
FRANCESCA WOODMAN Rome, 1977-1978
FRANCESCA WOODMAN
<b>I.203</b>, 1977-1978 Image
FRANCESCA WOODMAN I.203, 1977-1978
FRANCESCA WOODMAN
<b>Sloan, Providence, Rhode Island</b>, 1975-1978 Image
FRANCESCA WOODMAN Sloan, Providence, Rhode Island, 1975-1978
FRANCESCA WOODMAN
<b>Boulder, Colorado</b>, 1976 Image
FRANCESCA WOODMAN Boulder, Colorado, 1976
FRANCESCA WOODMAN
<b>Antella, Italy</b>, 1977-1978 Image
FRANCESCA WOODMAN Antella, Italy, 1977-1978

ANRI SALA

Opening reception: Tuesday, 12 October, 6-8 p.m.

Marian Goodman Gallery is delighted to announce our first exhibition with Anri Sala which will open to the public on Tuesday, October 12th and will run through Saturday, November 13th. A reception for the artist will be held on Tuesday, October 12th from 6 -8 pm. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, from 10 am to 6 pm.

This first solo show of Albanian artist Anri Sala (b1974) at Marian Goodman Gallery will include 4 videos made between 2002 and 2004 - 'Dammi I Colori (2003), Mixed Behaviour (2003), Làkkat (2004) and the brand new Untitled - as well as a new photographic edition. Shot in various parts of the world, Sala's films proceed with a continual slippage, 'reconciling light and shadow, the frontal and the tangent, precision and incertitude, stillness and dynamism, sound and silence, analytic acuity and blurry irresolution' to reveal ambiguities, interpretative equivocations, an in-betweenness, the indistinct spaces or forms of disorientation and imperceptibility. The undercurrent of his work is a fundamentally personal exploration of intimate and interwoven stories, exploring themes of a changing society and the individual.

Dammi I Colori was first shown at the 2003 Venice Biennale as part of Utopia Station and this will be the first presentation in the US of this acclaimed work. It was filmed in Tirana during the winter of 2002-3 as Edi Rama, the city's artist-mayor put into action his idea of coloring the exterior walls of the city's drab apartment blocks as a symbol of hope and a temporary sign that basic changes to the city's infrastructure were on their way. Sala's film is not a documentary about Rama or Tirana but rather a set of reflections about the possibilities of color and the disparities in our different experiences of what utopia and reality can mean.
The title of Sala's new photographic edition From "A Thousand Windows" to "The World of the Insane" refers to the names of the newspapers that emerged in Tirana after the changes in Albania and the opening of the country in 1990. Approximately 135 new titles had surfaced on improvised tables, street corners and kiosks around the city when these photographs were taken in 1992.

In Mixed Behaviour (2003) a DJ mixes tracks on a rooftop in Tirana on New Year's Eve against a night sky full of fireworks. Sheltering from the rain under a plastic sheet, the DJ becomes an indistinct silhouette and yet it becomes clear in the blurred interface between sound and image that the DJ is not playing to an audience but playing to the sky, trying to 'control' the fireworks. Sometimes he misses and the music goes off in the rain but at other times he manages it so well that the forward and backward movements of the firework appear to depend on the movements of the music.

Sala has spoken of his interest in language and sound and Làkkat (2004) plays on both the implications of language and abstract sound that results from the repetition of words. Làkkat ( 'one whose native tongue is different from the language of the place where he is') was filmed in Senegal. Sala became interested in the way that in Wolof some original words - for green, blue or yellow, for example - have disappeared and have been replaced by French ones. Yet the Wolof language has a rich vocabulary for the shades between black and white in terms of skin, and also in terms of light or context. Sala discovers the transformation of these words through a journey of cultural implications, carrying the nuances into three different versions - French (as seen at his show at ARC, Paris 2004), and in both British English (as seen in London) and American English (to be premiered at Marian Goodman Gallery).
We are very pleased to present Untitled for the first time. Filmed on a boat steered though the mangroves in Senegal, the film is a winding journey in which the image veers between an almost physical clarity and a transparent abstraction.

Anri Sala (b. 1974 in Tirana, Albania) received the Young Artist Prize at the Venice Biennale 2001 and the Prix Gilles Dusein, Paris in 2000, as well as several other documentary and film awards. He has had solo exhibitions at ARC Musee d'Art Moderne, Paris and Deichtorhallen in Hamburg (2004), the Kunsthalle Wien (2003), the Dallas Museum of Art (2002), De Appel, Amsterdam (2000). And at MAMCO, Geneva (2000). In 2003 took part in the following group shows including Fast Forward. Media Art/Sammlung Goetz at the ZKM, Karlsruhe; Remind, Kunsthaus Bregenz; Musée des Beaux Arts de Nantes; Tirana Biennale 2; Istanbul Biennale; Moving Pictures, Guggenheim Bilbao; Utopia Station, Venice Biennale; Manfred Pernice - Neo Rauch - Francis Alys - Anri Sala, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; Hardcore, Towards a New Activism, Palais de Tokyo, Paris.
He will have a solo show at The Art Institute of Chicago in October and will also be included in Time Zones at Tate Modern, London.


FRANCESCA WOODMAN

Reception: Tuesday, October 26, 6-8 p.m.

Marian Goodman Gallery is delighted to present its first exhibition of Francesca Woodman's vintage photographs. The exhibition will open on Tuesday, October 12th and will continue through Saturday, November 13th. A reception will be held on Tuesday October 26th from 6 to 8 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A fully illustrated catalogue with a text by art historian Benjamin H. D. Buchloh plus a foreward by writer and friend of the artist, Betsy Berne, will be published on the occasion of this major exhibition. It is notable that this will be the first exhibition of Francesca Woodman's vintage photographs in a gallery for over 10 years. In addition, we are especially proud to be premiering Woodman's selected videoworks in North America. These extremely rare videos have only recently been compiled by the estate and shown only once before at the Helsinki City Art Museum in Finland. The videos reveal a singular glimpse into the working process of this extraordinary young artist.

Francesca Woodman was born in Denver, Colorado in 1958 and died tragically on January 19th, 1981 by suicide. She spent her formative years living primarily in Boulder, Colorado, where she went to public school, as well as in Antella, Tuscany where the Woodman family passed their summers. Her entire life was spent amongst artists. Her father George is a painter and photographer while her mother Betty is a sculptor and her brother Charlie is a video artist. Francesca went to boarding school in 1972 at the Abbott Academy where she first became absorbed in photography under the tutelage of a professor, Wendy Snyder MacNeill. Here she made her remarkable first photographs at the age of 14. The following year she attended the Phillips Andover Academy.

Francesca entered the Rhode Island School of Design in 1975 where she continued her intensive study of photography. She spent a year in RISD's study abroad program in Rome where, between May 1977 and August 1978, she made many groups of photographs including the series known as On Being an Angel. In the fall of 1978 Francesca graduated from RISD and then moved to New York. While in New York, Francesca took an interest in fashion photography which is reflected in some of the photographs from this period. It was in New York that many of her most powerful images were produced. In the summer of 1980 she continued her work during a residency at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

Around this time, Francesca started to experiment with other projects, among them the making of books. The only book she actually published was Some Disordered Interior Geometries in January 1981. A number of other individual artist's books were completed. A major artistic interest late in her life, was the making of diazotypes or photographs printed on blue or sepia colored paper which architects use for making blueprints. The scale of this series was very large in marked contrast to her black and white photographs. With the diazotypes the subjects continued to be herself and her friends but with the inclusion of themes from the Classics. Temples and caryatids for example entered her oevure. These works are by nature, extremely fragile and difficult to exhibit. We are therefore very pleased to have in this exhibition archival inkjet reproductions of two of the approximately 10 diazotypes that Francesca produced during her lifetime. These have been faithfully recreated to maintain the original qualities and intentions of the artist.

In the last year, Francesca's work has been seen in group exhibitions at the Generali Foundation, Vienna and at the Gallerie d'Arte Moderna's, exhibition titled Ideal and Realilty: A History of the Nude in Bologna.

In 2003, her works were featured in the group exhibition, The Disembodied Spirit at Bowdoin College Art Museum, Brunswick, Maine; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri; and the Austin Museum of Art, Austin, Texas, and Incommunicado at Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich England; City Art Center, Edinburgh, Scotland. Her solo exhibition venues have included in 2003, Francesca Woodman: Photographs at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell University.

Other solo exhibitions held in 2000 include; the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome and in 1998 commencing at the Cartier Foundation in Paris, with an exhibition tour to the Kunsthal in Rotterdam, Netherlands; Centro Cultural de Belem, Lisbon, Portugal; The Photographers Gallery, London, United Kingdom; Centro Cultural TeclaSala, Barcelona, Spain; Carla Sozzani Gallery, Milan Italy; The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland; PhotoEspana, Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid, Spain. An exhibition catalogue was produced by the Cartier Foundation to accompany this touring exhibition.

Phaidon Press is preparing a new monograph on Francesca Woodman whose scheduled publication date is Fall 2005.



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