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Hauser & Wirth

Study for Self Reflection

  • Mark Wallinger
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Press for Study for Self Reflection

Current Exhibitions at Hauser & Wirth


The Deserted City

  • Fausto Melotti,
  • Opens: Sep. 13, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 27, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 13, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Lygia Pape

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

Study for Self Reflection

  • Mark Wallinger
  • Opens: Sep. 13, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 27, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 13, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Eduardo Chillida

  • Eduardo Chillida,
  • Opens: Apr. 30, 2018
  • Closes: Jul. 27, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 30, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A Luta Continua. The Sylvio Perlstein Collection

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Apr. 26, 2018
  • Closes: Jul. 27, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 26, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Garden

  • Zhang Enli,
  • Opens: Jan. 25, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 07, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 25, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Leaps of Aesop

  • Geta Brătescu,
  • Opens: Nov. 13, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 23, 2017
  • Reception: Nov. 13, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Origins & Innovations

  • David Smith,
  • Opens: Nov. 13, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 23, 2017
  • Reception: Nov. 13, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ardent Nature: Arshile Gorky Landscapes, 1943 – 47

  • Arshile Gorky,
  • Opens: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 23, 2017
  • Reception: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sunrise Sunset

  • Sterling Ruby,
  • Opens: May. 09, 2014
  • Closes: Jul. 25, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Photographic Object, 1970

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jun. 26, 2014
  • Closes: Jul. 25, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Tower

  • Monika Sosnowska,
  • Opens: Sep. 05, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 25, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

RITE OF PASSAGE: The Early Years of Vienna Actionism, 1960 – 1966

  • Günter Brus,
  • Otto Muehl,
  • Hermann Nitsch,
  • Rudolf Schwarzkogler,
  • Opens: Sep. 09, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 25, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A Modest Proposal

  • Lucas Blalock,
  • Naotaka Hiro,
  • Sanya Kantarovsky,
  • Nicola L,
  • Tala Madani,
  • Jakub Julian Ziolkowski,
  • Opens: Jun. 23, 2016
  • Closes: Jul. 29, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Thomas Houseago

  • Thomas Houseago,
  • Opens: Nov. 10, 2014
  • Closes: Jan. 17, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Freezer Burn, Organized by Rita Ackermann

  • Hans Bellmer,
  • Lizzi Bougatsos,
  • Antoine Catala,
  • Bernadette Corporation,
  • Martin Eder,
  • Mark Gonzales,
  • Dan Graham,
  • Mike Kelley,
  • Lee Lozano,
  • Lily Ludlow,
  • Paul McCarthy,
  • Jason Rhoades,
  • Colin Snapp,
  • Daniel Turner,
  • Ian Wallace,
  • Opens: Nov. 08, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Passing Leap

  • Sebastian Black,
  • John Houck,
  • Shana Lutker,
  • Dave McDermott,
  • Brian O’Doherty,
  • Barbara Probst,
  • Sara VanDerBeek,
  • Claudia Wieser,
  • Haegue Yang,
  • Opens: Jun. 25, 2015
  • Closes: Jul. 31, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

I was not new

  • Fabio Mauri,
  • Opens: Mar. 05, 2015
  • Closes: May. 02, 2015
  • Reception: Mar. 05, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

More paintings about poets and food

  • Djordje Ozbolt,
  • Opens: Jan. 14, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 21, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Seven Billion Light Years

  • Subodh Gupta,
  • Opens: Feb. 10, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 25, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Mike Kelly

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

Riot

  • Leon Golub,
  • Opens: May. 11, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 20, 2015
  • Reception: May. 11, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Drawings and Paintings

  • Lee Lozano,
  • Opens: May. 14, 2015
  • Closes: Jul. 31, 2015
  • Reception: May. 14, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Fausto Melotti

  • Fausto Melotti,
  • Opens: Apr. 20, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 18, 2016
  • Reception: Apr. 20, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Painter, 1957 – 1967

  • Philip Guston,
  • Opens: Apr. 26, 2016
  • Closes: Jul. 29, 2016
  • Reception: Apr. 26, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Takesada Matsutani

  • Takesada Matsutani,
  • Opens: Nov. 04, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 23, 2015
  • Reception: Nov. 04, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Philippe Vandenberg; Curated by Anthony Huberman

  • Philippe Vandenberg,
  • Opens: Jun. 27, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 28, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Jack Whitten

  • Jack Whitten,
  • Opens: Jan. 26, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 08, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 26, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Laughter in the Dark, Drawings from 1971 & 1975

  • Philip Guston,
  • Opens: Nov. 01, 2016
  • Closes: Jan. 28, 2017
  • Reception: Nov. 01, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

No Life Lost

  • Berlinde De Bruyckere,
  • Opens: Jan. 28, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 02, 2016
  • Reception: Jan. 28, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

From the 60's

  • Larry Bell,
  • Opens: Feb. 03, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 09, 2016
  • Reception: Feb. 03, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Nothing and Everything: Seven Artists, 1947 – 1962

  • Louise Bourgeois,
  • John Cage,
  • Morton Feldman,
  • Philip Guston,
  • Franz Kline,
  • Joan Mitchell,
  • David Smith,
  • Opens: Feb. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 01, 2017
  • Reception: Feb. 02, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Fly Away

  • Rashid Johnson,
  • Opens: Sep. 08, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 22, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 08, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Stefan Brüggemann

  • Stefan Brüggemann,
  • Opens: Jun. 29, 2016
  • Closes: Jul. 29, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Memory Ware

  • Mike Kelley,
  • Opens: Nov. 03, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 23, 2016
  • Reception: Nov. 03, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

KLINE RAPE

  • Rita Ackermann,
  • Opens: Nov. 10, 2016
  • Closes: Jan. 14, 2017
  • Reception: Nov. 10, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Raw Spinoffs Continuations

  • Paul McCarthy,
  • Opens: Nov. 10, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 04, 2017
  • Reception: Nov. 10, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Portable Art: A Project by Celia Forner

  • Louise Bourgeois,
  • John Baldessari,
  • Phyllida Barlow,
  • Stefan Brüggemann,
  • Subodh Gupta,
  • Mary Heilmann,
  • Andy Hope 1930,
  • Cristina Iglesias,
  • Matthew Day Jackson,
  • Bharti Kher,
  • Nate Lowman,
  • Paul McCarthy,
  • Caro Niederer,
  • Michele Oka Doner,
  • Pipilotti Rist,
  • Opens: Apr. 20, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 17, 2017
  • Reception: Apr. 20, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

August Sander

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

Roni Horn

  • Roni Horn,
  • Opens: Apr. 27, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 28, 2017
  • Reception: Apr. 27, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Arte Povera - Curated by Ingvild Goetz

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Sep. 12, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 28, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Sep 13 - Oct 27, 2018

  • Reception: Sep 13, 6 - 8pm

Where

Hauser & Wirth

  • 548 West 22nd Street, New York NY 10011 Map
  • 212.790.3900

About

Hauser & Wirth is pleased to present ‘Study for Self Reflection,’ Turner prize-winning artist Mark Wallinger’s first solo exhibition with the gallery in the United States. One of Britain’s foremost contemporary artists, Wallinger is recognized for his rich and complex body of work, spanning painting, sculpture, installation, printmaking, video, performance, and photography. This exhibition features new paintings and two large-scale sculptures presented for the first time to an American audience. The works on view extend Wallinger’s career-long engagement with ideas of power, authority, artifice, and illusion. The theme of reflection is central to Wallinger’s oeuvre; the artist deploys it to probe questions about the psyche and the self, and to challenge our attachment to our identities and the socio-cultural mechanisms that inform them.

Entering the gallery, visitors are confronted with ‘Superego’ (2016), a sculpture composed of a mirrored triangular prism rotating atop a post. Inspired by the revolving New Scotland Yard sign, which marks the entrance of London’s police headquarters, ‘Superego’ directly references this symbol of authority; Wallinger interprets the sign’s constant motion as the unremitting and omniscient eye of law enforcement. In distilling this totem, Wallinger produces an enigmatic symbol of intimidation and dominance. While the sculpture’s seductive surface appeals to our own desire for self-reflection and recognition, its position above viewers’ heads denies direct access to our mirrored image.

Moving through the gallery, viewers encounter ‘Self Reflection’ (2016) suspended from the ceiling. First exhibited at the final home of Sigmund Freud in London, ‘Self Reflection’ was originally installed in the psychoanalyst’s study, which houses all the books, objects, and furnishings, including the famous couch, that Freud brought with him when fleeing Vienna in 1938. Wallinger’s intervention effectively displaced each totem and object and doubled the space with unnerving clarity. For this exhibition, Wallinger has transplanted the artwork to the gallery, installing it at the exact height as the ceiling in Freud’s study and retaining the same orientation. The austere space references Freud’s Viennese study on Berggasse 19, left empty after his forced departure from Austria. ‘The mirror exists without the benefit of my acknowledgement or scrutiny, my absence or presence. ‘I was expecting you’ it seems to say. But it is always expecting me,’ Wallinger writes.

Through an adjacent doorway, visitors encounter Wallinger’s suite of new Mirror Paintings (2018). These works follow his earlier id Paintings (2015 – 16) and Self-Portrait series (2007 – 2015). The dimensions of these tactile canvases are based on the artist’s own height and arm-span. Through the use of silver paint applied with the artist’s hands in freeform gestures these new works represent a further fetishized encounter with the canvas. The memory of his touch is suspended in the substance of the paintings. Their surfaces are insistently sculptural, tracing his hand and fingerprints, asserting direct and immediate engagement. They also take on an unpredictable illusory quality as the material sets. This transformation infuses the paintings with ‘a quality of otherness,’ a sense of elusiveness that Wallinger likens to gazing through the surface of water.

Accompanying these large-scale Mirror Paintings is a small black-and-white photograph of Claude Monet from 1904. In this self-portrait, the artist’s shadowy reflection appears to gaze back from the quiet depths of a lily pond, just out of reach, conjuring the myth of Narcissus within his most celebrated subject. The exhibition’s recurring theme of reflection and perception is also embodied in ‘Statue (Fragment)’ (2018), a bronze cast of Wallinger’s spectacles. Rendered opaque, the lenses suggest the gelid tribute of commemorative sculpture and recall ‘Blind Faith,’ the alter-ego Wallinger assumed in earlier works such as the Speaking in Tongues trilogy (1997 – 1999) and ‘Word in the Desert’ (2000).

Public works are an integral part of Wallinger’s practice and the gallery is pleased to exhibit a small-scale sculptural rendering of the focal point of his major architectural project ‘Writ in Water’ (2018). Commissioned by the National Trust and produced in collaboration with architects Studio Octopi, the work commemorates the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta at Runnymede and draws inspiration from the fundamental principles of justice it embodies. Upon entering the installation, visitors navigate left or right around an outer passage that leads to a central chamber comprised of a circular pool of water beneath a wide oculus. Inscribed along the inner side of the pool is the reversed and inverted lettering of Clause 39 of Magna Carta, so that one reads the text reflected in the water. The clause is considered the basis of common law in Britain and the due process of law in the 5th Amendment: ‘No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgment of his equals or by the law of the land.’


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