Matthew Marks is pleased to announce Something Anything, an exhibition organized by Nayland Blake, the next show in his gallery at 522 West 22nd Street.
The third in a series of artist-curated summer exhibitions, Something Anything follows exhibitions organized by Robert Gober in 2000 and Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin last summer.
The title for the show, Something Anything, is taken from a Todd Rundgren album. Blake chose the name "because the album—a double album set—is a collection of innocent pop songs that are perfect summer listening, eclectic and easygoing."
The exhibition will include sculptures, drawings, paintings, photographs and films by a wide variety of artists. Blake will bring European and American artists of several different generations—including well-known contemporary artists such as Mike Kelley, Katharina Fritsch, Christian Marclay, Ken Price, Philip Guston, and Cindy Sherman—together with a number of under-appreciated and/or rarely exhibited figures, among them the comic strip artists Ernie Bushmiller, George Herriman, and Kaz, Nancy Grossman, the early American modernist sculptor Gaston Lachaise, Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, as well as anonymous folk artists.
Other artists featured in the exhibition will be Sophie Crumb, John de Fazio, Fabrice Gygi, Michael Jenkins, Chris Johanson, Ray Johnson, Richard Hawkins, Mike Kuchar, Rita McBride, Helen Meyer, Elie Nadelman, Claes Oldenburg, Betty Parsons, Pruitt and Early, Walter Robinson, Lucas Samaras, Richard Shaw, Philippe Starck, Saul Steinberg, Bill Traylor and H.C. Westermann.
In addition, Blake will exhibit a new work entitled Ruins of a Sensibility 1972-2002, consisting of a specially designed D.J. booth stocked with his collection of over 3000 LP's, a different selection of which will be played each day during the run of the exhibition.
Nayland Blake was born in 1960 in New York City, where he currently lives and works. He has had one-person exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; University Art Museum, Berkeley; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, and Thread Waxing Space, New York. His work has been included in the 1991 Whitney Biennial; Black Male, also at the Whitney Museum; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston and the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, among others. Last year he collaborated with A.A.Bronson of General Idea on a video, which was shown at the List Center for the Visual Arts at M.I.T. and the Grazer Kunstverein, Austria. Next year, a retrospective of Blake's videos will be presented at the Tang Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs and the Center for Art and Visual Culture, Baltimore.
Something Anything will be on view at the Matthew Marks Gallery through August 16th, 2002. The gallery is located at 522 West 22nd Street (between 10th and 11th avenues). Hours: Monday through Friday, 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. For further information or photographs please contact Adrian Rosenfeld at 212-243-0200.