The exhibition will comprise monumental heads made of majolica-glazed stoneware; vitrified glazed ceramics resting on books and raw cedar pedestals; photographs of defaced Greek and Roman heads, printed on silk, cut, sewn together, and stretched to a uniform height.
Bortolami is very pleased to announce our first solo exhibition with Nicolás Guagnini.
On view from November 20, 2014 through January 10, 2015, the exhibition will comprise monumen- tal heads made of majolica-glazed stoneware; vitrified glazed ceramics resting on books and raw cedar pedestals; photographs of defaced Greek and Roman heads, printed on silk, cut, sewn to- gether, and stretched to a uniform height; a typeface designed with Bill Hayden, a free 11x17 inch illustrated newsprint publication, featuring a text by the artist written in this typeface; and the same text rearranged and printed in vinyl across the walls of the gallery.
Nicolás Guagnini was born in 1966 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has lived and worked in New York since 1998. Recent solo exhibitions include Heads, Lars Freidrich Gallery, Berlin; Nicolás Guagnini: Seven, Miguel Abreu Gallery and Balice Hertling & Lewis, New York; The Panel Discus- sion, The Tennis Match, and A Bodegon, Andrew Roth, New York; and The Middle Class Goes to Heaven, Orchard, New York. Recent group exhibitions include Bad Conscience, Metro Pictures, New York;140 Characters, Museum of Modern Art, Sao Paulo; Descartes’ Daughter, Swiss Institute, New York; A Drawing Show Curated by Dan Graham, Micheline Swajcer, Antwerp; and Notations: The Cage Effect Today, Hunter College Art Gallery, New York.
From 1997 through 2010, together with Karin Schneider, Guagnini produced films under the moniker Union Guacha Productions; their works have been screened in numerous institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Jeau de Paume, Paris; and the Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw. Guagnini was a founding member of the cooperative gallery Orchard, where, among other projects, he organized the exhibition September 11, 1973 (the title referring to the date of Augusto Pinochet’s coup d’etat in Chile.) A prolific writer, Guagnini’s texts have appeared in publications such as October, Texte Zur Kunst, Mousse, Kaleido- scope, and Artforum, as well as numerous books.
Opening: November 20th 2014
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