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Benrubi Gallery

Sanctuary

  • Matthew Pillsbury
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    Matthew Pillsbury, Subway Therapy 2, Union Square, New York City, December 3, 2016 (TV160708), 2016
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    Matthew Pillsbury, Unisphere, Queens, NY, 2016 (TV16056), 2016
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    Matthew Pillsbury, Women's March, Saturday, January 21st, 2017 (TV17008) , 2017
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    Matthew Pillsbury, Edgewater Beach #8, Cleveland, 2017 (TV17028), 2017
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Press for Sanctuary

Current Exhibitions at Benrubi Gallery


Fragments

  • Delphine Burtin,
  • Opens: Nov. 15, 2018
  • Closes: Jan. 05, 2019
  • Reception: Nov. 15, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Project Space: Heaven is a Strip Club

  • Rachel Lena Esterline,
  • Opens: Sep. 14, 2018
  • Closes: Nov. 10, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When We Were Criminals

  • Mel Frank,
  • Opens: Sep. 14, 2018
  • Closes: Nov. 10, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Unwired

  • Jacqueline Hassink,
  • Opens: Jun. 01, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 17, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Multiplicities [EXTENDED]

  • Rey Parl,
  • Opens: Mar. 22, 2018
  • Closes: May. 25, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 22, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Empire Roller Disco

  • Patrick D. Pagnano,
  • Opens: Jan. 25, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 17, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Leaning Out

  • Jeffrey Milstein,
  • Opens: Jan. 25, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 17, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Shadowgraphs

  • Vanessa Albury,
  • Opens: Nov. 30, 2017
  • Closes: Jan. 20, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 30, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Depois

  • André Cepeda,
  • Opens: Nov. 30, 2017
  • Closes: Jan. 20, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sanctuary

  • Matthew Pillsbury
  • Opens: Sep. 14, 2017
  • Closes: Nov. 22, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Athenree

  • Jude Broughan,
  • Opens: Jan. 06, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 25, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Matthew Pillsbury: Tokyo

  • Matthew Pillsbury
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2014
  • Closes: Nov. 15, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

This Grand Show

  • Richard Renaldi,
  • Opens: Apr. 17, 2014
  • Closes: Jun. 07, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

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  • Regina DeLuise,
  • Jed Devine,
  • Laura McPhee,
  • Jeffrey Milstein,
  • Jehad Nga,
  • Simon Norfolk,
  • Lauren Semivan,
  • Opens: Jul. 31, 2014
  • Closes: Sep. 06, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Bodies in Space

  • Doug Hall,
  • Opens: Jun. 12, 2014
  • Closes: Jul. 25, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Gillian Laub: Southern Rites

  • Gillian Laub,
  • Opens: May. 14, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 27, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Simon Brown: The Weight of Knowledge

  • Simon Brown,
  • Opens: Nov. 20, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2014
  • Reception: Nov. 20, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Light Perspectives

  • Fernand Fonssagrives,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 24, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Encouble

  • Delphine Burtin,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 24, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Home and the World: a View of Calcutta

  • Laura McPhee,
  • Opens: Oct. 29, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 12, 2015
  • Reception: Oct. 29, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

View, Kyoto

  • Jacqueline Hassink,
  • Opens: Mar. 26, 2015
  • Closes: May. 09, 2015
  • Reception: Mar. 26, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Stratographs

  • Simon Norfolk,
  • Opens: Feb. 05, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 21, 2015
  • Reception: Feb. 05, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Data Mining

  • Eric Cahan,
  • Opens: Jul. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 22, 2015
  • Reception: Jul. 09, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

LA NY

  • Jeffrey Milstein,
  • Opens: Jul. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 22, 2015
  • Reception: Jul. 09, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Asylum

  • Christopher Payne,
  • Opens: Feb. 11, 2016
  • Closes: Mar. 26, 2016
  • Reception: Feb. 11, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Bedside Manner

  • Corinne May Botz,
  • Opens: Dec. 17, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 06, 2016
  • Reception: Dec. 17, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Family Acid and Hiroshi Watanabe

  • Roger Steffens,
  • Hiroshi Watanabe,
  • Opens: Jul. 07, 2016
  • Closes: Aug. 26, 2016
  • Reception: Jul. 07, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Artificial by Nature

  • Karine Laval,
  • Opens: May. 19, 2016
  • Closes: Jul. 01, 2016
  • Reception: May. 19, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Letters in the Dark: Franz Kafka and Milena Jesenská

  • Doug Hall,
  • Opens: Sep. 15, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 29, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 15, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

outer space

  • Michael Najjar,
  • Opens: Mar. 31, 2016
  • Closes: May. 14, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Rabbits, Rats, & Cats

  • Eric Cahan,
  • Opens: Mar. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 15, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Disturbed Coastal Systems

  • Massimo Vitali,
  • Opens: Apr. 20, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 17, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Manhattan Sunday

  • Richard Renaldi,
  • Opens: Nov. 03, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 23, 2016
  • Reception: Nov. 05, 2016
  • Hours: 9 - 11pm
  • Admission: free

Pitch

  • Lauren Semivan,
  • Opens: Jun. 22, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 25, 2017
  • Reception: Jun. 22, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Sep 14 - Nov 22, 2017


Where

Benrubi Gallery

  • 521 W 26th St, 2nd Floor, New York NY 10001 Map
  • 212.888.6007

About

Benrubi Gallery is pleased to present Sanctuary by internationally acclaimed photographer Matthew Pillsbury. Sanctuary is Pillsbury’s sixth solo show with the gallery. His previous exhibitions include Tokyo (2016), City Stages (2012), Elapsed (2008), and the groundbreaking Screen Lives (2004).
In 2002, Pillsbury began photographing friends in parks, rooftops,
and fire escapes. “Television,” he has said, was “my favored way of taking a break from reality, and that is what led to my series Screen Lives and the technique of long exposures.” For more than a decade, Pillsbury has been adapting this technique to a wide variety of environments and social situations as he explores the relationship between monuments and gestures, permanence and ephemera, and the photographic habit of slicing into time without
actually impeding its forward momentum.
With Sanctuary, Pillsbury returns to the idea of respite, but this time in a more urgent context. “Many of our cities,” Pillsbury writes, act as a “line of defense against an administration whose policies directly threaten rights” he had taken for granted. What had before seemed merely social or recreational has suddenly taken a political context, as some of our most quotidian yet essential activities—of assembly and expression, or simply just being here—have suddenly been revealed as contingent rather than inalienable. That many people turn to these activities and these spaces as a respite from the political is only another lay of irony, and underscores their precariousness.
Sanctuary shows a wide variety of urban environments, from museums and galas to parades and protests and public plazas and beaches. Some are anonymous, as of high-rise views of the skyline, while others are intimate, as in a woman pausing to read the anti-Trump messages written on a wall of Post-Its in the Union Square subway station. Scenes from the Women’s March on Washington convey both the urgency of the crisis as well as the number of people it affects, whereas images of beachgoers lounging before a luminescent movie screen or wading into the water remind us of the transient nature of congregation. What emerges is a communal portrait of our shared spaces and the way they—literally as well as culturally—bring us together.
Matthew Pillsbury was born in 1973 in Neuilly, France. He received his B.A. in Fine Arts (Cum laude with distinction) in 1995 from Yale University and his MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2004. His work has been widely shown and is in the permanent collections of numerous American and international institutions, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Tate Modern, The Victoria & Albert Museum, The Yale University Art Gallery, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. He is the recipient of the 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and the 2007 Fondation HSBC prix pour la Photographie. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.


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