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Greene Naftali

Swingers

  • Chantal Akerman,
  • Marie Angeletti,
  • Lutz Bacher,
  • Barbara Kruger,
  • Josephine Pryde,
  • Heji Shin,
  • Akram Zaatari

Press for Swingers

Current Exhibitions at Greene Naftali


Heterotopia II

  • Peter Halley,
  • Opens: Nov. 06, 2019
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Konrad Lueg [Extended]

  • Konrad Lueg,
  • Opens: Sep. 19, 2019
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Bather’s Dilemma

  • Paul Chan,
  • Opens: Sep. 12, 2019
  • Closes: Oct. 19, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sign Language

  • William Leavitt,
  • Opens: Apr. 30, 2019
  • Closes: Jun. 15, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

As It Lays 2

  • Alex Israel,
  • Opens: Apr. 30, 2019
  • Closes: Jun. 15, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Bait Paintings

  • Richard Hawkins,
  • Opens: Mar. 08, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 19, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Passage to Dynasty

  • Gang Zhao,
  • Opens: Mar. 15, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 19, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ileden

  • Sophie von Hellermann,
  • Opens: Jan. 08, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 02, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Swingers

  • Chantal Akerman,
  • Marie Angeletti,
  • Lutz Bacher,
  • Barbara Kruger,
  • Josephine Pryde,
  • Heji Shin,
  • Akram Zaatari
  • Opens: Oct. 26, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 15, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Michael Krebber

  • Michael Krebber,
  • Opens: Oct. 26, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 15, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Mollusca & The Pelvic Floor

  • Trisha Baga,
  • Opens: Sep. 14, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 20, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Painting: Now and Forever, Part III

  • Magnus Andersen,
  • Monika Baer,
  • Robert Bechtle,
  • Nayland Blake,
  • Julien Ceccaldi,
  • Vija Celmins,
  • Xinyi Cheng,
  • Leidy Churchman,
  • Whitney Claflin,
  • Ed Clark,
  • Robert Colescott,
  • Matt Connors,
  • Allan D’Arcangelo,
  • Noah Davis,
  • Lois Dodd,
  • Lukas Duwenhögger,
  • Nicole Eisenman,
  • Janiva Ellis,
  • Jana Euler,
  • Genoveva Filipovic,
  • Sam Gilliam,
  • Tony Greene,
  • Rachel Harrison,
  • Luchita Hurtado,
  • Alex Israel,
  • Jasper Johns,
  • Matsumi Kanemitsu,
  • Bhupen Khakhar,
  • Mathieu Malouf,
  • Helen Marten,
  • Lucy McKenzie,
  • Rodney McMillian,
  • Jill Mulleady,
  • Jeanette Mundt,
  • Howardena Pindell,
  • Suellen Rocca,
  • Eiichi Shibata,
  • Gedi Sibony,
  • Avery Singer,
  • Sylvia Sleigh,
  • Anne Speier,
  • Linda Stark,
  • Hervé Télémaque,
  • Karl Wirsum,
  • Lynette Yiadom-Boakye,
  • Gang Zhao,
  • Opens: Jun. 28, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Jun. 28, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A New Look at TV and a Funhouse

  • Dan Graham,
  • Opens: May. 19, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 16, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

On Non-Visibility

  • Tony Cokes,
  • Opens: Apr. 27, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 09, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The King And The Corpse

  • Gedi Sibony,
  • Opens: Mar. 22, 2018
  • Closes: May. 05, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Tears and New Tears

  • Josef Strau,
  • Opens: Mar. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 14, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 08, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Walking Point

  • Mary Ann Aitken,
  • Wally Hedrick,
  • Craig Kalpakjian,
  • Paul Chan,
  • Tetsumi Kudo,
  • Tony Conrad,
  • Lee Lozano,
  • Dan Flavin,
  • Pope.L,
  • Isa Genzken,
  • Andrew Ross,
  • Rachel Harrison,
  • Martin Wong,
  • Opens: Feb. 16, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 10, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Hotel Suicide

  • Richard Hawkins,
  • Opens: Jan. 19, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 03, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 19, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Paradiso: A New Play by Richard Maxwell

  • Richard Maxwell,
  • Opens: Jan. 12, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 10, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Jacqueline Humphries

  • Jacqueline Humphries,
  • Opens: Oct. 27, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 16, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Peter Halley

  • Peter Halley,
  • Opens: Sep. 15, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Prasine

  • Rachel Harrison,
  • Opens: Apr. 28, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 17, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Dock Lands

  • Hilary Lloyd,
  • Opens: May. 26, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 24, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New York Golem

  • Gelatin,
  • Opens: Jun. 23, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 04, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Oct 26 - Dec 15, 2018


Where

Greene Naftali

  • 508 West 26th Street, 8th Floor, New York NY 10001 Map
  • 212.463.7770

About

Organized by Martha Fleming-Ives and Monika Senz

Greene Naftali is pleased to announce Swingers, a group show featuring seven artists who explore structures of desire within the context of the culture industry. Taking its title from Lutz Bacher’s 2018 series, the exhibition focuses on artists who use photography and video to scrutinize how desire has been calculated, monetized, and leveraged by consumer culture. While some works target the modern subject’s participation in a neoliberal paradigm where individuality and desire are harnessed as forms of capital, other artists pursue more personal approaches to mine the ways one’s subjectivity can merge with its own objectification. Aware of their status within this creative economy, the works in Swingers take different approaches to uncover how the representation and commodification of desire in turn mediates the relationship between self and other.

Akram Zaatari’s 2012 film Her + Him centers on the career of Egyptian portrait photographer Van Leo and his relationship with Nadia, a woman he photographed in the 1950s and his only client to request nude portraits. By imagining the possible motivations behind Nadia’s unique request, the film reflects on issues of desire and self-representation. In her 2015 series #lonelygirl, Heji Shin uses conventional advertising techniques to photograph a monkey holding fetish objects. The monkey acts as a surrogate, parodying the hyper-sexualized form of self-portraiture found online accompanied by that hashtag. In Men Photographing Men from 2018, Shin produces pornographic simulations, highlighting pornography’s institutionalization by reproducing narrative formulas and visual clichés of the genre. Erotic self-presentation is also at play in Marie Angeletti’s recurrent photograph of Pablo Picasso’s La Douceur, recently on view at the Met Breuer. Painted by a young Picasso, the self-portrait was later disowned by the artist. Conjointly, a set of Angeletti’s 35mm slides spans the gallery windows in rows of two, reaching beyond the wall into Greene Naftali’s back offices.

In Lutz Bacher’s Swingers, the artist reprints 1970s classified ads taken from magazines devoted to the lifestyle. Here, text and image communicate in coded detail what each subject is looking for in a sexual partner. Pre-internet, the borderline-pornographic portraits present a nuanced picture of bodies on display, and of sex and desire within this early social network. Josephine Pryde’s 2010 series Therapie Thank You circumnavigates both advertising and portrait photography. The close-up, figurative photo-abstractions of draped Issey Miyake dresses suggest a feminine body, but never fully deliver. Only the titles of the photographs, rhetorical questions and fragments, offer a veiled insight into the aspirations of a desiring subject. Barbara Kruger’s Untitled (Project for Dazed and Confused) also employs the visual codes of advertising and fashion images by overlaying black and white photographs from magazine spreads with her own words. Although originally created for Dazed and Confused magazine in the 1990s, these works speak to the dialectic of narcissism and voyeurism that reins across social media platforms.

Chantal Akerman’s 1975 film Jeanne Dielman chronicles three days in the life of the widowed mother of a teenage son. The film meticulously follows Jeanne as she completes domestic chores, such as cooking and cleaning, and as she performs her job as a prostitute, all within the confines of her Brussel’s apartment. The repression of desire haunts the entire film. The detailed look into the domestic routines of a woman was considered radical for storytelling of its time. Today, it invites reflection on the infinite ways in which our private experiences are displayed, consumed, and commodified. The film will screen twice daily at 10am and 2pm for the duration of the exhibition.


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