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Marianne Boesky Gallery

The Protectors

  • William J. O’Brien
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    William J. O’Brien,

Press for The Protectors

Current Exhibitions at Marianne Boesky Gallery


Recent Work

  • Frank Stella,
  • Opens: Apr. 25, 2019
  • Closes: May. 31, 2019
  • Reception: Apr. 25, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Homesick

  • Andisheh Avini,
  • Opens: Feb. 28, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 06, 2019
  • Reception: Feb. 28, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Staging Silence (3)

  • Hans Op de Beeck,
  • Opens: Feb. 23, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 06, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Pure, Very, New

  • Paul Stephen Benjamin,
  • Opens: Jan. 19, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 16, 2019
  • Reception: Jan. 19, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Holding Environment

  • John Houck,
  • Opens: Oct. 25, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2018
  • Reception: Oct. 25, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Crescendo

  • Svenja Deininger,
  • Opens: Oct. 25, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2018
  • Reception: Oct. 25, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

sometimes we circle the sun

  • Dashiell Manley,
  • Opens: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 20, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Embedment

  • Anthony Pearson,
  • Opens: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 20, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The White Wolf

  • Sue de Beer,
  • Opens: Jun. 21, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 03, 2018
  • Reception: Jun. 21, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Girl

  • Hans Op de Beeck,
  • Opens: Apr. 26, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 09, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 26, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

More Than Words

  • Julia Dault,
  • Opens: Apr. 26, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 09, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 26, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Frontier Ballads

  • Barnaby Furnas,
  • Opens: Mar. 01, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 14, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 01, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Chapter

  • Claudia Wieser,
  • Opens: Mar. 01, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 14, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 01, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Personal Effects in BLACK

  • Serge Alain Nitegeka,
  • Opens: Jan. 11, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 24, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 11, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The People’s Cries

  • Jessica Jackson Hutchins,
  • Opens: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2017
  • Reception: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Arches

  • Dean Levin,
  • Opens: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2017
  • Reception: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Falcon’s Fortress

  • Diana Al-Hadid,
  • Opens: Sep. 16, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 16, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Another Look At Detroit: Parts 1 & 2, Curated by Todd Levin

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jun. 26, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 08, 2014
  • Reception: Jun. 26, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Frank Stella Sculptures

  • Frank Stella,
  • Opens: Nov. 07, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Something Beautiful, Curated by Nicolas Wagner & Khary Simon of CRUSHfanzine

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Nov. 01, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Material Image, Curated by Debra Singer

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Sep. 13, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 25, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Denuded Lens

  • Roxy Paine,
  • Opens: Sep. 04, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 18, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

IMAGE AND MATTER IN JAPANESE PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE 1970S, CURATED BY YUMIKO CHIBA

  • Group show,
  • Opens: May. 09, 2014
  • Closes: Jun. 14, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Hannah Van Bart

  • Hannah Van Bart,
  • Opens: May. 03, 2014
  • Closes: Jun. 14, 2014
  • Reception: May. 03, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Uncanny Valley

  • Adam Helms,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 05, 2014
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Crunchy

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jan. 15, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 21, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Mimetic Pleasures

  • Melissa Gordon,
  • Opens: Oct. 10, 2014
  • Closes: Nov. 09, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

a different sort of gravity

  • Matthias Bitzer,
  • Opens: Oct. 27, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 17, 2016
  • Reception: Oct. 27, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

whatever, a vibrant holiday

  • Dashiell Manley,
  • Opens: Oct. 27, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 17, 2016
  • Reception: Oct. 27, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Murmurs

  • Dorothea Tanning,
  • Opens: May. 11, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 27, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

First Morning

  • Barnaby Furnas,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 10, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Third Person

  • Jibade-Khalil Huffman,
  • Anthony Pearson,
  • Opens: Jan. 11, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 08, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Beverly Hills John

  • John Waters,
  • Opens: Jan. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 14, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Plaster Positives and Etched Plasters

  • Anthony Pearson,
  • Opens: Nov. 19, 2015
  • Closes: Jan. 16, 2016
  • Reception: Nov. 19, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Towns

  • Björn Braun,
  • Opens: Nov. 01, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Any Fallow Field

  • Donald Moffett,
  • Opens: Sep. 08, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 15, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 08, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Blue Lenses

  • Sue de Beer,
  • Opens: Sep. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 25, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Maker's Mark

  • Julia Dault,
  • Opens: Feb. 20, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 21, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

There and After All

  • Robert Elfgen,
  • Opens: Mar. 29, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 26, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

let's get dizzy

  • Yuichi Higashionna,
  • Opens: Feb. 28, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 18, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Drawing Room

  • Hans Op de Beeck,
  • Opens: Apr. 02, 2015
  • Closes: May. 02, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

No Vacancies

  • Miyoko Ito,
  • Phillip King,
  • Robert Morris,
  • Lisa Williamson,
  • Opens: Jun. 26, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 07, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ordering Nature

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jun. 12, 2015
  • Closes: Jul. 31, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Weird Science

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jul. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 07, 2015
  • Reception: Jul. 09, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Jacco Olivier

  • Jacco Olivier,
  • Opens: Jan. 10, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 14, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A Long, Narrow Mark

  • Dean Levin,
  • Opens: May. 03, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 07, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

I Do Choose

  • Jessica Jackson Hutchins,
  • Opens: May. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 13, 2015
  • Reception: May. 09, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

I Talk With The Spirits

  • Thornton Dial,
  • Jay Heikes,
  • Lee Mullican,
  • Opens: Jun. 23, 2016
  • Closes: Aug. 12, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

I Talk With The Spirits

  • Thornton Dial,
  • Jay Heikes,
  • Lee Mullican,
  • Opens: Jun. 23, 2016
  • Closes: Aug. 12, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

We All Live Under the Same Old Flag

  • Thornton Dial,
  • Opens: Apr. 30, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 18, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Untitled / Head

  • Svenja Deininger,
  • Opens: Oct. 17, 2015
  • Closes: Nov. 14, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Work

  • Andisheh Avini,
  • Opens: Sep. 24, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 31, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

OCT. PM.

  • Kon Trubkovich,
  • Opens: Feb. 21, 2016
  • Closes: Mar. 27, 2016
  • Reception: Feb. 21, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Floss

  • Pino Pascali,
  • Donald Moffett,
  • Opens: Jan. 26, 2016
  • Closes: Mar. 05, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Colour & Form in BLACK

  • Serge Alain Nitegeka,
  • Opens: Mar. 17, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 23, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

AND I SAY

  • Pier Paolo Calzolari,
  • Opens: Feb. 16, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 25, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Protectors

  • William J. O’Brien
  • Opens: Jan. 05, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 04, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 05, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Smudge Waves Back

  • Hannah Van Bart,
  • Opens: Jan. 05, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 04, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The First Green

  • Thiago Rocha Pitta,
  • Opens: Apr. 01, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 29, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Golden State - Curated by Drew Sawyer

  • John Divola,
  • Buck Ellison,
  • Christina Fernandez,
  • Anthony Hernandez,
  • Catherine Opie,
  • Larry Sultan,
  • Dorothea Lange,
  • Opens: Mar. 29, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 27, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Keep Out

  • Jay Heikes,
  • Opens: May. 05, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 17, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Frank Stella

  • Frank Stella,
  • Opens: May. 05, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 17, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Cells

  • Matthias Bitzer,
  • Jackie Brookner,
  • Alex Da Corte,
  • Jennie C. Jones,
  • Nancy Lupo,
  • Jorge Pardo,
  • Cosima von Bonin,
  • Jessica Jackson Hutchins,
  • The Haas Brothers,
  • Opens: Jun. 28, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Jun. 28, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Selah

  • Sanford Biggers,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Jan 05 - Feb 04, 2017

  • Reception: Jan 05, 6 - 8pm

Where

Marianne Boesky Gallery

  • 509 W 24th St, New York NY 10011 Map
  • 212.680.9889

About

Marianne Boesky Gallery is pleased to present a new body of work by Chicago-based artist William J. O’Brien that investigates the divide between personal and public memorials. The exhibition, titled The Protectors, will feature a selection of works on paper and bronze sculptures, marking the first time O’Brien is creating outdoor sculpture and working in bronze. The Protectors will be on view from January 5 – February 4, 2017 at the gallery’s 507 W. 24th Street space, and is the artist’s third solo exhibition with the gallery.

Within his highly varied oeuvre, O’Brien uses material experimentation and free-form creation to capture the emotion, psychology, and memory of a particular moment. His drawings, sculptures, and ceramics communicate and serve as an extension of the self. This ongoing quest for identity through artistic expression finds a new avenue in The Protectors, as O’Brien looks to bridge the disconnects between individual experience of struggle and perseverance and the public works intended to commemorate it.

Taking inspiration from the powerful imagery of the Mahakala, a deity in Tibetan Buddhism, O’Brien shapes his sculptures through organic patterning, the lines and curves flowing naturally in and out of each other. Images of wheels, spirals, and hands appear momentarily and then dissipate into themselves, defying figurative clarity and conveying a spiritual wildness. The tension between figuration and abstraction makes subtle reference to the internal and external push-and-pull that we so often feel as we move through and beyond personal and collective challenges. In this way, O’Brien’s bronzes reflect a common narrative that can be understood by a wide and diverse audience. At the same time, the sculpture’s totemic qualities and spiritual undertones offer potent opportunity for self-reflection and meditation.

The Protectors will also feature a selection of new works on paper, conceived from the same source content. The incorporation of the drawings produces a dramatic shift in scale and relationship to the viewer. The bronze sculptures, some life-sized, compel a physical engagement, while the works on paper, made in an array of cool, blue tones, suggest a more intimate and introspective experience. While presented indoors for this exhibition, the sculptures may be shown outside, furthering the inward and outward dichotomy and highlighting the vastly different visual and psychic affects of a single gesture across two media. Together, the works speak to the way we engage and respond to memorials that we encounter as well as the ones we may create.

“Memorials are a common attribute of public spaces, and they often represent a crucial moment or event—one that can alter or confront the way we perceive ourselves, culturally and historically. Yet, there is a dissonance between how monuments convey a collective whole and how different people might experience and process those same events,” said O’Brien. “These newest works are about humanizing the monument, so that it offers more opportunities to find personal meaning and also healing. For me the creative process has always been about giving voice to a particular emotion or happening, so it feels like a very natural evolution to explore public works as an expression of identity.”

A solo museum show of O’Brien’s work, curated by Joey Yates, will also be on view at KMAC Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, from January 21 – April 9, 2017.


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