Regent's Park, London
ANRI SALA, ETTORE SPALLETTI & ADRIÁN VILLAR ROJASFrieze London 2015
October 14 - October 17, 2015
14-17 October 2015
For Frieze London 2015, Marian Goodman is pleased to present an installation of new works by Anri Sala, Ettore Spalletti and Adrián Villar Rojas. Together, these three artists’ works enjoy a dialogue of overlapping sensibilities and interests, despite their disparate ages, nationalities and backgrounds. All of their practices are atemporal, driven by their own itinerant logics – the residues of very contemporary gleanings of ancient practices. While their works revoice historical traditions and evince the layers of contemplation and research on which they are premised, Sala, Villar Rojas and Spalletti also invest their work with an immediacy and emotive fabric. Our empirical responses to their elemental, apparently simple geometric shapes and intimate architectural structures are always imperative.
For Ettore Spalletti, touch is the essence of both his working technique as well as our experience of his works, which completely alter whatever space they inhabit. His paintings emit traces of their own making through their seemingly ancient surfaces, combining luminous minimalism with the colours and textures that recall both the natural world and Italian frescoes. The time- and touch-soaked surfaces of Spalletti’s paintings echo Adrián Villar Rojas’s artefacts, excavations ascribed to some future society long since disappeared, and archived with a diligent but unfathomable rationale. Anri Sala builds walls from barrel-organ scores, makes drawings from the palm lines of contemporaneous composers, authors and psychotherapists, and created a still life being played by a drum – generating his own active archaeologies of sounds and associations. Anri Sala
(b. 1974, Tirana, Albania)
Anri Sala’s recent exhibitions include his solo presentation at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2014-15), Haus der Kunst, Munich (2014), and the Baltimore Museum of Art (2014), and he was the recipient of the 2014 Vincent Award. In 2013, Sala represented France at the 55th Venice Biennale, where he was also awarded the 10th Benesse Prize. A major retrospective of his work was presented at the Centre Pompidou, Paris in 2012, and in the same year he had solo shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark. Other recent important solo exhibitions have been held at the Serpentine Gallery, London (2011), the Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal (2011) and the Museum für Moderne Kunst (MMK), Frankfurt (2010). Upcoming solo shows will be presented at the New Museum, New York (2016) and at the Instituto Moreira Salles, Rio de Janeiro (2016). Sala is concurrently presenting a performance at the Frieze Sculpture Park, 2015. Ettore Spalletti
(b. 1940, Cappelle sul Tavo, Italy)
Ettore Spalletti has been the subject of many major international exhibitions over the last 40 years, most recently at the Palazzo Cini, Venice (2015) and a major retrospective simultaneously presented at three Italian institutions: MADRE – Museo d’arte contemporanea Donnaregina, Naples, GAM – Galleria Civica d’arte moderna e contemporanea, Turin, and MAXXI – Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome (all 2014). Other notable exhibitions include Museum Kurhaus Kleve (2009), GNAM Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome (2009), Villa Medici, Rome (2006), the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds (2005), Castello di Rivoli, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin (2004), Fundación 'la Caixa', Madrid (2000), Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Strasbourg (1998), MUHKA, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp (1995) and Museum Folkwang, Essen (1982). Group exhibitions include shows at the Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art (1998), the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (1993 and 2004), the Venice Biennale (1982, 1993, 1995 and 1996), documenta IIV (1982) and documenta IX (1992). In 2010, he was the recipient of the Terna Prize for Contemporary Art. Marian Goodman Gallery, London will present our first exhibition with Ettore Spalletti in April 2016. Adrián Villar Rojas
(b. 1980, Rosario, Argentina)
Adrián Villar Rojas’s recent exhibitions include his solo presentation at Marian Goodman Gallery, New York and Moderna Museet, Stockholm (both 2015). In 2013, his solo show opened the new Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London and in the same year, he had a solo show at the Museum Haus Konstructiv, Zurich. Over the past year, Villar Rojas has also participated in the 14th Istanbul Biennial, the 12th Havana Biennial, and the Sharjah Biennial 12. In 2013, he took part in the 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art and in 2012, his installation Return the World
was shown at documenta XIII in both Kassel and Kabul. Villar Rojas represented Argentina at the 54th Venice Biennial in 2011. Upcoming solo exhibitions are planned for the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2015), and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles (2017). Villar Rojas has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Prix Canson (2015), the Zurich Art Prize at the Museum Haus Konstruktiv (2013) and the 9th Benesse Prize at the 54th Venice Biennial (2011).
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