The Nasher Sculpture Center announced its 2012-13 exhibition schedule on Monday. On deck are six exhibitions, including three solo shows: “Sightings: Eva Rothschild,” “Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective” and “Sightings: Nathan Mabry.” The season opens Sept. 29 with a pair of concurrent shows: “Rediscoveries: Modes of Making in Modern Sculpture” and “Sculpture in So Many Words: Text Pieces 1960–75.”
Keep reading for details about each exhibition:
Rediscoveries: Modes of Making in Modern Sculpture September 29, 2012 – January 13, 2013
Auguste Rodin once said of his work, “I invent nothing; I rediscover.” Rediscoveries: Modes of Making in Modern Sculpture examines developments in modern sculpture central to the advent of conceptual art. Featuring masterworks from the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection of modern and contemporary sculpture, the exhibition traces the roots of new methods of conceiving and making sculpture over the past 125 years.
Sculpture in So Many Words: Text Pieces 1960–75 September 29, 2012 – January 13, 2013
Comprised of text sculpture from the early 1960s through the mid-1970s, Sculpture in So Many Words examines a body of work in which the most material of the visual arts was reduced to the least substantial of materials: ideas. The exhibition highlights work conceived for ephemeral media—gallery announcements, newspaper and magazine ads, posters and broadsheets, bulletins, articles, flyers, artist’s books, journal and catalog submission and various other insubstantial and impermanent documents—by some of the key figures in the development of conceptual art including Vito Acconci, Carl Andre, Keith Arnatt, Terry Atkinson, Art & Language, John Baldessari, Michael Baldwin, Robert Barry, Iain Baxter, Joseph Beuys, Mel Bochner, George Brecht, Stanley Brouwn, Victor Burgin, Donald Burgy, James Lee Byars, Don Celender, Hanne Darboven, Walter de Maria, Dan Flavin, Gilbert & George, Dan Graham, Hans Haacke, Michael Heizer, Douglas Huebler, John Lennon, Stephen Kaltenbach, On Kawara, Alison Knowles, Joseph Kosuth, Les Levine, Tom Marioni, Yutaka Matsuzawa, Mario Merz, Peter Laurens Mol, Robert Morris, N.E. Thing Company Ltd., Bruce Nauman, Yoko Ono, Dieter Roth, Ulrich Ruckriem, Allen Ruppersberg, Fred Sandback, Richard Serra, Lawrence Weiner.
Sightings: Eva Rothschild October 20, 2012 – January 20, 2013
Continuing the Nasher Sculpture Center’s ongoing Sightings series of installations and architectural interventions by contemporary artists will be an installation by London-based artist Eva Rothschild. An intricate network of painted piping will address the transitional space of the Nasher’s 90-feet-long entrance bay. Running up the walls, along the floor, and over furniture, the installation will thoroughly inhabit the space, heightening and redefining our experience of the architecture.
Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective February 9 – May 12, 2013
For more than fifty years, Ken Price, born in 1935 in Los Angeles, California, created remarkable and innovative works that have redefined contemporary sculpture practice. Price procured a cult following among critics and scholars since the 1960s, including Lucy Lippard, who declared in 1966, “It is a fact rather than a value judgment that no one else, on the east or west coast, is working like Kenneth Price.” Price’s work has been much talked about, though not widely exhibited until relatively recently (and then only in group shows or in commercial gallery presentations). Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective will chart the lyrical progression of the artist’s work and illuminate the work of other artists who have been influenced by his ground-breaking and influential oeuvre.
Architect Frank O. Gehry, who enjoyed a friendship with Price of almost fifty years, is designing the exhibition. A forthcoming, fully illustrated catalogue includes essays by Stephanie Barron (exhibition curator) as well as art historians and critics Phyllis Tuchman and Dave Hickey, and an extended interview with the artist by MaLin Wilson Powell.
This exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It was made possible through major grants from the LLWW Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and The Aaron and Betty Lee Stern Foundation. Generous support for the catalogue was provided by The Shifting Foundation and Friends of Contemporary Ceramics
Sightings: Nathan Mabry April 12 – September 1, 2013
The Sightings series of installations and architectural interventions by contemporary artists continues with new work from Los Angeles artist, Nathan Mabry. Known for works combining elements of contemporary and ethnographic culture with modern art, Mabry’s sculptures are at turns poignant, humorous, critical, and admiring. For Sightings, Mabry will create a new sculpture based on an ancient Jalisco figure in the Nasher Collection for the outdoor terrace, as well as install his group of six figures based on Rodin’s Burghers of Calais, Process Art (B-E-A-G-G-R-E-S-S-I-V-E)—never before shown in the United States—on the steps of the terraced amphitheater.
Return to Earth: Ceramic Sculpture of Fontana, Melotti, Miró, Noguchi, and Picasso, 1943–63 September 21, 2013 – January 19, 2014
In the fall of 2013 the Nasher Sculpture Center will present Return to Earth: Ceramic Sculpture of Fontana, Melotti, Miró, Noguchi, and Picasso , 1943-1963, the first exhibition to explore the phenomenal increase in interest ceramics received from artists of the avant-garde during this period. Responding to a variety of personal impulses and historical circumstances, Lucio Fontana, Fausto Melotti, Joan Miró, Isamu Noguchi, and Pablo Picasso produced significant bodies of work in fired clay that engaged the material in novel, inventive, even radical ways, and often challenged the boundaries between sculpture and ceramics. The Nasher’s exhibition will offer an in-depth look at some seventy ceramic sculptures, ranging in scale from the intimate to the monumental. In most cases, these objects have received scant attention in comparison to work in other media, particularly in the United States.