Matthew Marks is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Katharina Fritsch in his gallery at 522 West 22nd Street. This will be the first exhibition of her sculpture in New York since the Rat-King was seen at the Dia Center for the Arts in 1993.
Katharina Fritsch will exhibit two new works in this show. Money Heart consists of 450,000 oversized silver-colored coins, each meticulously fabricated by the artist and spread on the floor in a thick heart-shaped carpet measuring over forty feet across. The perfect symmetry of the heart is contrasted to the random accumulation of the coins in a shimmering combination of iconographic forms.
The second sculpture in the exhibition, Witches House with Balls, combines a 2 ½ foot tall stylized fairy-tale house with a red-topped mushroom surrounded by four small metallic- colored balls each on their own pedestals. This sculpture represents Katharina Fritsch's continued investigation of fairy-tale imagery, a theme consistently addressed in the artist's work.
Katharina Fritsch represented Germany in the 1995 Venice Biennale and the following year the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art organized a major exhibition of her work. Rat-King was included in last summer's Venice Biennale and has recently been acquired by the Emanuel Hoffman Foundation in Basel, Switzerland where it will be permanently installed in 2002. Other recent exhibitions include the Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg and the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf in Germany. Next year she will have one-person exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and The Tate Gallery in London.
Katharina Fritsch will be on view at the Matthew Marks Gallery, 522 West 22nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues) through June 23, 2000. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 to 6:00pm.
For further information or photographs please contact Stephanie Dorsey at (212) 243-0200.