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David Zwirner Gallery

Bill Traylor

  • Bill Traylor

Press for Bill Traylor

Current Exhibitions at David Zwirner Gallery


Yun Hyong-keun

  • Yun Hyong-keun,
  • Opens: Jan. 17, 2020
  • Closes: Mar. 07, 2020
  • Reception: Jan. 17, 2020
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Noah Davis, Organized by Helen Molesworth

  • Noah Davis,
  • Opens: Jan. 16, 2020
  • Closes: Feb. 22, 2020
  • Reception: Jan. 16, 2020
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

EVERY DAY I PRAY FOR LOVE

  • Yayoi Kusama,
  • Opens: Nov. 09, 2019
  • Closes: Dec. 14, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Tijuanatanjierchandelier

  • Jason Rhoades,
  • Opens: Oct. 24, 2019
  • Closes: Dec. 07, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Tomma Abts

  • Tomma Abts,
  • Opens: Nov. 06, 2019
  • Closes: Dec. 14, 2019
  • Reception: Nov. 06, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Bill Traylor

  • Bill Traylor
  • Opens: Oct. 29, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 01, 2020
  • Reception: Oct. 29, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Anni Albers

  • Anni Albers,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2019
  • Closes: Oct. 19, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Sound I Saw

  • Roy DeCarava,
  • Opens: Sep. 05, 2019
  • Closes: Oct. 26, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 05, 2019
  • Hours: 5 - 7pm
  • Admission: free

Light Break

  • Roy DeCarava,
  • Opens: Sep. 05, 2019
  • Closes: Oct. 26, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 05, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Dangerous Liaisons

  • Chris Ofili,
  • Opens: May. 01, 2019
  • Closes: Jul. 19, 2019
  • Reception: May. 01, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Emo Jungle

  • Josh Smith,
  • Opens: Apr. 25, 2019
  • Closes: Jul. 19, 2019
  • Reception: Apr. 25, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

I carry my landscapes around with me

  • Joan Mitchell,
  • Opens: May. 03, 2019
  • Closes: Jul. 12, 2019
  • Reception: May. 03, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

After Reinhardt

  • Sherrie Levine,
  • Opens: Feb. 28, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 20, 2019
  • Reception: Feb. 28, 2019
  • Hours: 5 - 7pm
  • Admission: free

Freedom

  • Alice Neel,
  • Opens: Feb. 26, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 13, 2019
  • Reception: Feb. 26, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

God Made My Face: A Collective Portrait of James Baldwin

  • Njideka Akunyili Crosby,
  • Diane Arbus,
  • Richard Avedon,
  • Alvin Baltrop,
  • Beauford Delaney,
  • Marlene Dumas,
  • Ja'Tovia Gary,
  • Glenn Ligon,
  • Alice Neel,
  • Cameron Rowland,
  • Kara Walker,
  • James Welling,
  • Opens: Jan. 10, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 16, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Monumental Practice

  • Charles White,
  • Opens: Jan. 08, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 16, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Untitled

  • Diane Arbus,
  • Opens: Nov. 02, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 15, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Babie Brood: Small Paintings 1985–2018

  • Lisa Yuskavage,
  • Opens: Nov. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 15, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 08, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Paintings

  • Lisa Yuskavage,
  • Opens: Nov. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 15, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 08, 2018
  • Hours: 5 - 7pm
  • Admission: free

A Selection of Works from Galerie 1900-2000

  • Berenice Abbott,
  • Johannes Baargeld,
  • Hans Bellmer,
  • Joaquín Edwards Bello,
  • Victor Brauner,
  • André Breton,
  • Paul Citroen,
  • René Crevel,
  • Salvador Dalí,
  • Robert Desnos,
  • Oscar Domínguez,
  • Marcel Duchamp,
  • Nusch Éluard,
  • Paul Éluard,
  • Max Ernst,
  • Arshile Gorky,
  • Jindřich Heisler,
  • Hannah Höch,
  • Heinrich Hoffmann,
  • Georges Hugnet,
  • Germaine Hugnet,
  • Valentine Hugo,
  • Wifredo Lam,
  • René Magritte,
  • André Masson,
  • Roberto Matta,
  • Joan Miró,
  • Max Morise,
  • Paul Nougé,
  • Francis Picabia,
  • Jackson Pollock,
  • Man Ray,
  • Hans Richter,
  • Jeannette Tanguy,
  • Yves Tanguy,
  • Tristan Tzara,
  • Raoul Ubac,
  • Opens: Sep. 12, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 27, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

How likely is it that only I am right in this matter?

  • Wolfgang Tillmans,
  • Opens: Sep. 13, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 20, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 13, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Endless Enigma: Eight Centuries of Fantastic Art

  • Giuseppe Arcimboldo,
  • Herri met de Bles,
  • Hieronymus Bosch,
  • Piero di Cosimo,
  • Titian,
  • Damiano Cappelli,
  • Pietro Novelli,
  • Salvator Rosa,
  • William Blake,
  • James Ensor,
  • Francisco Goya,
  • Gustave Moreau,
  • Odilon Redon,
  • James Ward,
  • Eileen Agar,
  • Jean Arp,
  • Louise Bourgeois,
  • Salvador Dalí,
  • Giorgio de Chirico,
  • Marcel Duchamp,
  • Max Ernst,
  • Leonor Fini,
  • Robert Gober,
  • José Gutiérrez Solana,
  • Sherrie Levine,
  • René Magritte,
  • Roberto Matta,
  • Pablo Picasso,
  • Wallace Putnam,
  • Man Ray,
  • Kay Sage,
  • Yves Tanguy,
  • Luc Tuymans,
  • Lisa Yuskavage,
  • Group show,
  • Opens: Sep. 12, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 27, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 12, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

This Is Not a Prop

  • Alex Da Corte,
  • Jonathas de Andrade,
  • Felix Gonzalez-Torres,
  • Jonah Groeneboer,
  • Gordon Hall,
  • Hannah Levy,
  • Donald Moffett,
  • Paulo Nazareth,
  • Elle Pérez Oren Pinhassi,
  • Christina Quarles,
  • Paul Mpagi Sepuya,
  • Franz West,
  • Opens: Jun. 27, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 03, 2018
  • Reception: Jun. 27, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Riverboat song

  • Jordan Wolfson,
  • Opens: May. 02, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 23, 2018
  • Reception: May. 02, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Myths & Mortals

  • Marlene Dumas,
  • Opens: Apr. 28, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 30, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 28, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sky Energy

  • Isa Genzken,
  • Opens: Feb. 22, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 14, 2018
  • Reception: Feb. 22, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

in daylight or cool white

  • Dan Flavin,
  • Opens: Feb. 21, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 14, 2018
  • Reception: Feb. 21, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Herbert Ferber | Mark Rothko

  • Herbert Ferber,
  • Mark Rothko,
  • Opens: Feb. 20, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 14, 2018
  • Reception: Feb. 20, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

David Zwirner: 25 Years

  • Tomma Abts,
  • Anni Albers,
  • Josef Albers,
  • Francis Alÿs,
  • Mamma Andersson,
  • Lucas Arruda,
  • Ruth Asawa,
  • Michaël Borremans,
  • Carol Bove,
  • R. Crumb,
  • Raoul De Keyser,
  • Philip-Lorca diCorcia,
  • Stan Douglas,
  • Marlene Dumas,
  • Marcel Dzama,
  • William Eggleston,
  • Dan Flavin,
  • Suzan Frecon,
  • Isa Genzken,
  • Felix Gonzalez-Torres,
  • Donald Judd,
  • On Kawara,
  • Toba Khedoori,
  • Jeff Koons,
  • Yayoi Kusama,
  • Sherrie Levine,
  • Kerry James Marshall,
  • Gordon Matta-Clark,
  • John McCracken,
  • Giorgio Morandi,
  • Oscar Murillo,
  • Alice Neel,
  • Jockum Nordstöm,
  • Chris Ofili,
  • Palermo,
  • Raymond Pettibon,
  • Sigmar Polke,
  • Neo Rauch,
  • Ad Reinhardt,
  • Jason Rhoades,
  • Bridget Riley,
  • Thomas Ruff,
  • Fred Sandback,
  • Jan Schoonhoven,
  • Richard Serra,
  • Josh Smith,
  • Al Taylor,
  • Diana Thater,
  • Wolfgang Tillmans,
  • Luc Tuymans,
  • James Welling,
  • Franz West,
  • Doug Wheeler,
  • Christopher Williams,
  • Jordan Wolfson,
  • Rose Wylie,
  • Yun Hyong-keun,
  • Lisa Yuskavage,
  • Opens: Jan. 13, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 13, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Infinity Nets

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

Sculpture and Drawings

  • Richard Serra,
  • Opens: Nov. 04, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 16, 2017
  • Reception: Nov. 04, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Festival of Life

  • Yayoi Kusama,
  • Opens: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 16, 2017
  • Reception: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Recent Oil Paintings

  • Suzan Frecon,
  • Opens: Sep. 14, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 14, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 14, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Blue Paintings

  • Ad Reinhardt,
  • Opens: Sep. 12, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ruth Asawa

  • Ruth Asawa,
  • Opens: Sep. 13, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 13, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Paradise Lost

  • Chris Ofili,
  • Opens: Sep. 14, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 14, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Paintings on Paper

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jun. 26, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 15, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Equal

  • Richard Serra,
  • Opens: May. 01, 2015
  • Closes: Jul. 24, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

PeaRoeFoam

  • Jason Rhoades,
  • Opens: Sep. 11, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 18, 2014
  • Reception: Sep. 11, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Lisa Yuskavage

  • Lisa Yuskavage,
  • Opens: Apr. 23, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 13, 2015
  • Reception: May. 23, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Selections from The Kramarsky Collection

  • Group show,
  • Opens: May. 02, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 20, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Group Show No Problem: Cologne/New York 1984-1989

  • Werner Büttner,
  • George Condo,
  • Walter Dahn,
  • Jiri Georg Dokoupil,
  • Peter Fischli/David Weiss,
  • Günther Förg,
  • Robert Gober,
  • Georg Herold,
  • Jenny Holzer,
  • Mike Kelley,
  • Martin Kippenberger,
  • Jeff Koons,
  • Barbara Kruger,
  • Sherrie Levine,
  • Albert Oehlen,
  • Raymond Pettibon,
  • Richard Prince,
  • Cindy Sherman,
  • Rosemarie Trockel,
  • Franz West,
  • Christopher Wool,
  • Opens: May. 02, 2014
  • Closes: Jun. 14, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A Mercantile Novel

  • Oscar Murillo,
  • Opens: Apr. 24, 2014
  • Closes: Jun. 14, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Christopher Williams

  • Christopher Williams,
  • Opens: Nov. 06, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2014
  • Reception: Nov. 06, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

At the Well

  • Neo Rauch,
  • Opens: Nov. 06, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2014
  • Reception: Nov. 06, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Franz West

  • Franz West,
  • Opens: Nov. 06, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 13, 2014
  • Reception: Nov. 06, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Tomma Abts

  • Tomma Abts,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 25, 2014
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Une Danse des Bouffons (A Jester's Dance)

  • Marcel Dzama,
  • Opens: Sep. 09, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 25, 2014
  • Reception: Sep. 09, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Give Me Love

  • Yayoi Kusama,
  • Opens: May. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 13, 2015
  • Reception: May. 09, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Give Me Love

  • Yayoi Kusama,
  • Opens: May. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 13, 2015
  • Reception: May. 09, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Pet Stains, Puddles, and Full Gospel Neckless

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

Behind the Curtain

  • Mamma Andersson,
  • Opens: Jan. 08, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 14, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 08, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Jan Schoonhoven

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

Science, Fiction

  • Diana Thater,
  • Opens: Jan. 08, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 21, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 08, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

James Bishop

  • James Bishop,
  • Opens: Sep. 06, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 25, 2014
  • Reception: Sep. 06, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Friends Seminary Auction

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Feb. 24, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 27, 2015
  • Reception: Feb. 26, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Vertical and Horizontal Reversals

  • Richard Serra,
  • Opens: Nov. 06, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Photographs

  • Stan Douglas,
  • Opens: Mar. 31, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 23, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

De Wain Valentine: Works from the 1960s and 1970s

  • De Wain Valentine,
  • Opens: Jun. 25, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 07, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Selected Works from The Democratic Forest

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

oil paintings and sun

  • Suzan Frecon,
  • Opens: Feb. 19, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 28, 2015
  • Reception: Feb. 19, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Bridget Riley

  • Bridget Riley,
  • Opens: Nov. 05, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 19, 2015
  • Reception: Nov. 05, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Drawings and Watercolors 1927-1978

  • Alice Neel,
  • Opens: Feb. 19, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 18, 2015
  • Reception: Feb. 19, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Press++

  • Thomas Ruff,
  • Opens: Mar. 31, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 30, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Corners, Barriers and Corridors

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

PCR

  • Wolfgang Tillmans,
  • Opens: Sep. 16, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 24, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

East of Eden

  • Philip-Lorca diCorcia,
  • Opens: Apr. 02, 2015
  • Closes: May. 02, 2015
  • Reception: Apr. 02, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Works 1973-1976

  • Palermo,
  • Opens: Feb. 26, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 11, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Drawn Together

  • Aline Kominsky-Crumb,
  • R. Crumb,
  • Opens: Jan. 12, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 18, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Yun Hyong-keun

  • Yun Hyong-keun,
  • Opens: Jan. 14, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 18, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 14, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Isa Genzken

  • Isa Genzken,
  • Opens: Sep. 16, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 31, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Energy & Abstraction

  • Gordon Matta-Clark,
  • Opens: Sep. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 24, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Donald Judd

  • Donald Judd,
  • Opens: Nov. 07, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 19, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Drift

  • Raoul De Keyser,
  • Opens: Mar. 18, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 23, 2016
  • Reception: Mar. 18, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Jordan Wolfson

  • Jordan Wolfson,
  • Opens: May. 05, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 25, 2016
  • Reception: May. 05, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Concrete Cuba

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jan. 07, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 20, 2016
  • Reception: Jan. 07, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Eine Winterreise

  • Sigmar Polke,
  • Opens: May. 07, 2016
  • Closes: Jul. 22, 2016
  • Reception: May. 07, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

through patches of corn, wheat and mud

  • Oscar Murillo,
  • Opens: Sep. 14, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 22, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 14, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Vertical Instructions

  • Fred Sandback,
  • Opens: Sep. 15, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 22, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 15, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Forgetting the Hand

  • Marcel Dzama,
  • Raymond Pettibon,
  • Opens: Jan. 14, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 20, 2016
  • Reception: Jan. 14, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Karla Black

  • Karla Black,
  • Opens: Feb. 27, 2016
  • Closes: Mar. 26, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Cut, Folded, Pressed & Other Actions

  • Noriko Ambe,
  • Hans Bischoffshausen,
  • Enrico Castellani,
  • Célia Euvaldo,
  • Fernanda Gomes,
  • Oskar Holweck,
  • Vlatka Horvat,
  • Sol LeWitt,
  • Marco Maggi,
  • Anna Maria Maiolino,
  • Gordon Matta-Clark,
  • Eleanore Mikus,
  • Joshua Neustein,
  • Arthur Luiz Piza,
  • Fred Sandback,
  • Mira Schendel,
  • Günther Uecker,
  • Ignacio Uriarte,
  • Opens: Sep. 15, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 29, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 15, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Uptown

  • Alice Neel,
  • Opens: Feb. 23, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 22, 2017
  • Reception: Feb. 23, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

John McCracken

  • John McCracken,
  • Opens: Feb. 24, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 15, 2017
  • Reception: Feb. 24, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Early Paintings

  • Al Taylor,
  • Opens: Feb. 24, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 15, 2017
  • Reception: Feb. 24, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

EXTENDED: Felix Gonzalez-Torres

  • Felix Gonzalez-Torres,
  • Opens: Apr. 27, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 14, 2017
  • Reception: Apr. 27, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Polka Dots

  • Carol Bove,
  • Opens: Nov. 05, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 17, 2016
  • Reception: Nov. 05, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

65 Works Selected by James Welling: Exhibition & Sale to Benefit the FCA

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Dec. 09, 2016
  • Closes: Jan. 28, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Thread

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jun. 24, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Jun. 27, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Llyn Foulkes

  • Llyn Foulkes,
  • Opens: Apr. 29, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 24, 2017
  • Reception: Apr. 29, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

TH’ EXPLOSIYV SHOYRT T

  • Raymond Pettibon,
  • Opens: Apr. 29, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 24, 2017
  • Reception: Apr. 29, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Seascape

  • James Welling,
  • Opens: Jul. 10, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 04, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Oct 29 - Feb 01, 2020

  • Reception: Oct 29, 6 - 8pm

Where

David Zwirner Gallery

  • 34 East 69th Street, New York NY 10021 Map
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David Zwirner is pleased to present works by Bill Traylor (c. 1853–1949) from the William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation and Family Collections. Organized in collaboration with the Foundation, the exhibition offers a comprehensive look at the self-taught artist’s distinctive imagery, which mixes subjects and iconography from the American South with a strong formalistic treatment of color, shape, and surface. As part of the Foundation’s broader philanthropic mission, proceeds from the sales of its artworks will benefit the Harlem Children’s Zone as well as the Foundation itself.

Born into slavery, Traylor spent much of his life after the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation working as a farm laborer in rural Alabama, and, later, as a shoemaker and factory worker in Montgomery. In 1939, at approximately the age of 85, having never previously trained or studied art in any formal way, Traylor began making drawings and works on paper using gouache and other media. Though he continued to make art for the remainder of his life, Traylor was most prolific between 1939 and 1942, creating a body of work that offers a unique and rich registry of his life, experience, and insights. As Kerry James Marshall writes, “By any measure the twelve hundred or so drawings that are the total known output of Bill Traylor’s brilliant but meteoric artistic moment is unprecedented.” Elaborating further, he notes, “I happen to agree with the late philosopher art historian Ernst Gombrich, that ‘great art is rare … but that where we find it we confront a wealth and mastery of resources’ that are transcendent. It would not be a stretch to say that Traylor had mastered his resources, and that the work he made transcended the limitations of his illiteracy.”1

On view will be a range of works depicting horses, rabbits, street figures, and dancers, among other subjects, rendered in pencil and black charcoal, as well as in poster paints that range in color from burnt sienna reds to rich lapis blues. The works testify to Traylor’s ability to abstract and distill the world as he experienced it into evocative displays of daily life that are at times filled with joy and exuberance and at others with tension and terror, visually enlivening an era defined by Jim Crow and post-Reconstruction racial violence and inequality. As curator Leslie Umberger says, “[Traylor’s] images are steeped in a life of folkways: storytelling, singing, local healing, and survival. They look freedom in the eye but don’t fail to note the treacherous road African Americans had to travel along the way. Traylor’s pencil drawings evidence a learning process that spanned rudimentary mark-making and a sophisticated reduction of form, color, and gesture. They show the artist’s attentive observation and incisive ability to convey mood and action. Determined to shape a visual language for and by himself, Traylor became a master of freeze-frame animation and condensed complexity.”2

Established in 2013, the William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation is dedicated to the mission of educating the public about the importance of art and increasing public awareness of self-taught and emerging artists. The Foundation is composed of the art collection of its eponymous benefactor, the late William Louis-Dreyfus, who spent fifty years assembling the more than 3,500 pieces. The collection contains a significant number of works by Traylor, whom Louis-Dreyfus considered a remarkable and distinctive talent. “The subjects of [Traylor’s] drawings illustrate his life just as the manner of his pencil stroke reflects his untaught circumstances,” he wrote in an essay. “His drawings show an unerring ability to invent complex and harmonious compositions and to make brilliant use of negative space.”3

In 2015, the Foundation announced its intention to donate proceeds to the Harlem Children’s Zone when it sells works from its collection. As stated by Jeffrey R. Gilman, president of the William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation, “We are delighted to be collaborating with David Zwirner, one of the world’s leading art galleries, to help realize William’s dual goals for the Foundation, namely, introducing artists such as Traylor, whom he considered a modern American master, to a larger audience, and supporting the Harlem Children’s Zone, whose work he cared about so deeply.

The Harlem Children’s Zone is a pioneering nonprofit that has created a cradle-to-college-to-career network of programs designed to tackle all the problems that keep children from achieving self-sufficiency and the American dream. It provides 14,000 children with academic, personal, and career support, so that today’s newborns can become tomorrow’s college graduates. It also works to strengthen the families and neighborhoods around those children to change the odds for the entire community of Harlem for good. With a generation of proof that its comprehensive approach works, HCZ has become a model for other low-income communities and is transforming the way we fight poverty throughout America.


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