Matthew Marks

Rebecca Warren

10 Sep - 24 Oct 2009

© Rebecca Warren
Installation view

September 10 - October 24, 2009

522 W 22 Street

Matthew Marks is pleased to announce Rebecca Warren: Feelings, the next exhibition in his gallery at 522 West 22nd Street. This exhibition, the artist’s third one-person show at the gallery, will consist of twelve new sculptures made in a variety of media including unfired clay, painted bronze and, for the first time, welded steel.

Warren’s sculptures continue to ebb from figuration to abstraction and range from amorphous to more clearly recognizable forms, which are sometimes sexual in nature and reference the body in humorous and challenging ways.

Rebecca Warren’s sculptures can be both playful and aggressive in their depiction of the female form. She often manages to both invoke and skewer the work of familiar male artists like R. Crumb, Willem de Kooning, Lucio Fontana, Alberto Giacometti, and in her recent steel sculptures, Anthony Caro. Whilst acknowledging a debt to certain key elements of Modernist Sculpture, her work also re-engages with them in order to produce new modes.

The steel sculptures have hard edges, seem precipitously balanced and, save for the occasional flourish like a small pom-pom, appear free of the familiar touch that one associates with Warren; however, many similarities bridge these works to her earlier sculptures. Warren states, “Though the metal sculptures are hard, they still have a kind of delicacy; they look like they’re carefully balanced and could collapse at any moment. I suppose the addition of a pom-pom makes it—this is terrible—as if I was Richard Serra’s wife. Then someone might say, ‘Oh look at Richard Serra’s wife. She’s made a little steel thing. It’s nice she’s got a hobby.’”

Rebecca Warren (b. 1965) has had one-person exhibitions at Kunsthalle, Zurich; the Serpentine Gallery, London and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. She was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2006. In 2007, her work was included in Unmonumental: The Object in the 21st Century, the inaugural exhibition at the New Museum, New York. Warren lives and works in London.

Rebecca Warren: Feelings will be on view at Matthew Marks Gallery 522 West 22nd Street (between 10th & 11th Avenues) through October 24th, 2009. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.

Tags: Anthony Caro, R. Crumb, Lucio Fontana, Alberto Giacometti, Willem de Kooning, Richard Serra, Rebecca Warren