Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles celebrates three new exhibitions. This is the gallery’s first exhibition in Los Angeles devoted to renowned artist Alexander Calder (1898 – 1976). Organized in collaboration with the Calder Foundation, New York, ‘Calder: Nonspace’ presents primarily monochromatic, abstract sculptures that create volumes out of voids. Works on view will fill the South Gallery, central open-air courtyard, and planted garden with thirty stabiles, mobiles, and standing mobiles weaving through a specially-designed environment created by Stephanie Goto.
Alexander Calder, ‘Feuille d’arbre’ (1974) Calder © 2018 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Installation view, Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, 2018 Photo: Mario de Lopez
One of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, Calder transformed the very nature of sculpture with his invention of the mobile, introducing the fourth dimension of time and the actuality of real-time experience into the realm of sculpture.
“Analogue” is the gallery’s first Los Angeles exhibition devoted to New York-based artist Zoe Leonard, which coincides with The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) retrospective – ‘Zoe Leonard. Survey.’
Zoe Leonard, Analogue (detail) 1998 – 2009, 412 C-prints and gelatin silver prints, 28 x 28 cm / 11 x 11 in (each), © Zoe Leonard
The landmark, decade-long project, ‘Analogue’ (1998 – 2009) is comprised of 412 photographs that document the homogenizing effects of globalization. The photographs in this installation depict vanishing storefronts and abandoned objects, which the artist captured using obsolete technology – a vintage 1940s Rolleiflex camera – along with gelatin silver and chromogenic processes. A preeminent artist of her generation, Leonard balances rigorous conceptualism with a distinctly personal vision in her work, which encourages the viewer to reconsider the act of looking.
Also opening…the West Coast premiere of the 13-channel film installation by visual artist Julian Rosefeldt. In ‘Manifesto’ (2015), actress Cate Blanchett assumes 13 different personas – from a factory worker to a television news anchor to a homeless man – performing various historical artists’ manifestos. The work pays homage to the long tradition and literary beauty of public statements made by artists, and serves to provoke reflection upon the role of the artist as an active citizen in society today.
From left to right; Cate Blanchett, Julian Rosefeldt, and Kristy Edmunds; Photos by Steven Chee, Veronika Bures, and Thomas Waspe
‘Manifesto’ draws on the writings of Futurists, Dadaists, Fluxus artists, Suprematists, Situationists, Dogme 95, and other artist groups, and the musings of individual artists, architects, dancers, and filmmakers. As writer, producer, and director, Rosefeldt draws here upon the words and ideas of Claes Oldenburg, Yvonne Rainer, Kazimir Malevich, André Breton, Sturtevant, Sol LeWitt, Jim Jarmusch, and many others. ‘Manifesto’ debuted at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne in 2015.On view: October 27, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Where: Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, 901 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles CA 90013