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Marianne Boesky Gallery

Selah

  • Sanford Biggers
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    Sanford Biggers, 100 Years Too Soon, 2017
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Press for Selah

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

Sep 07 - Oct 21, 2017

  • Reception: Sep 07, 6 - 8pm

Where

Marianne Boesky Gallery

  • 507 West 24th Street, New York NY 10011 Map
  • 212.680.9889

About

MARIANNE BOESKY GALLERY is pleased to present Selah, Sanford Biggers’ first solo exhibition with the gallery. Through symbolic gestures and imagery Biggers creates an experience that highlights often overlooked cultural and political narratives in American History. The artist’s expansive body of work encompasses painting, sculptures, textiles, video, film, multi-component installations, and performance. Biggers’ syncretic practice positions him as a collaborator with the past, adding his own voice and perspective to those who made and used the antique quilts, African sculptures, and cultural imagery he references. His work speaks to current social, political, and economic happenings as well as to the historic context that bore them.

“Central to the theme of this exhibition is the potential of objects to transform our experience and understanding of the human condition. This includes a cycle of life and death, and within it a relationship between the living and the dead. Veneration both honors those who have passed and seeks their guidance and perspective. In this way, Seated Warrior acts as a gatekeeper to the rest of the exhibition, allowing visitors to meditate on both the experiences of the dead and on the path forward for those of us still here,” said Biggers. Seated Warrior is part of the artist’s ongoing BAM series responding to recent and ongoing occurrences of police brutality against Black Americans. The series of bronze works are made from wooden African sculptures that the artist collected, dipped in wax, and transmogrified with piercing bullets and then subsequently cast in bronze and accompanied by a video recording their “ballistic” sculpting. Seated Warrior, punctured by a single gunshot, expands the series beyond the recognition and remembrance of these tragedies into an exploration of the human condition and the desire for transcendence.

The show’s central figure, also entitled Selah, stands over ten feet tall with its arms raised. Like the BAM works, its shape originates from a wooden African sculpture of a figure preparing to bend in worship or prayer. The posture bearing a striking resemblance to one of “hands up”. Covered with antique quilts, and lined with sequins, Selah also shares direct connections with the artist’s well-known textile works in which the body is a critical component. The antique quilts serve as signifiers of bodily protection, presence and absence, and the conflated histories that are sewn onto each surface. The quilts provide warmth; hold the legends of their use as signposts on the Underground Railroad; and contain the presence of the original makers’ hands in the stitches, appliques, and patterns. Drawn to respond not only to the patterns and colors of the textiles, but to their deeper meanings, Biggers paints and draws directly on the quilts using acrylic and spray paint, tar, charcoal and oilstick. This dismantling and reassembling of patterns has also led Biggers to recently expand the quilts dimensionally into multifaceted wall works, creating a congregation of histories secreted away in niches and nooks.

“These quilts in most cases are over hundreds of years old. Some have already been altered and re-contextualized by subsequent owners and I see myself as a late collaborator, contributing to their history and function in this present moment. Perhaps decades from now, this work will also be re-contextualized, creating an ongoing narrative over time,” said Biggers. “It’s very much like history itself, a patchwork of experiences, perspectives, and reportage that attempt to construct a single narrative but these works recognize that history is always subject to time itself, and subsequently unfixed.”

This interplay of history, narrative and perspective is further typified by “Overstood,” a towering sequin silhouette on the south wall of the gallery accompanied by a group of simulated African statues carved by the artist appearing to cast the tall shadows. At quick glance the portraits could be mistaken for a group of soul singers. But, a more studied examination reveals the visages of Ben Stewart, George Murray, Bobby Seale and an unnamed observer at a press conference in Oakland, California on November 21, 1968 during the longest and most violent student-lead protest in American history—a protest which culminated in the establishment of the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University in 1969. Biggers’ shadowed figures remind us that the pursuit of social justice and equality remains just as relevant today, as it was fifty years ago, and in the fifty years prior and prior to that.

Selah will be on view from September 7 to October 21, 2017 in the gallery’s 507 W. 24th Street space. For more information about Sanford Biggers, please contact Gallery Partner Serra Pradhan at serra@boeskygallery.com or 212.680.9889. For exhibit press inquiries, please contact Alina Sumajin, PAVE Communications and Consulting, at alina@paveconsult.com or 646.369.2050. For Sanford Biggers press inquiries, please contact Angella Forbes, Forbes PR at angella@forbespr.com or 917.213.4934.


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