Andreas Gursky


May 8 - June 27, 2004
522 W 22 Street
Opening Friday, May 7, 2004


Press Release

Matthew Marks is pleased to announce an exhibition of new photographs by Andreas Gursky in his gallery at 522 West 22nd Street.

The exhibition will include ten large-scale photographs made over the last three years. This will be the artist's first one-person exhibition in New York since his exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in 2001.

Andreas Gursky's new work includes photographs of both landscapes and interior views, large-scale color images that employ subtle manipulations of perspective. The work explores relationships between the documentary and the personal, interior and exterior spaces, and the individual's link to his physical surroundings. The environments he studies are, for the most part, vast and international spaces constructed for the collective group. Gursky's new photographs were made in Brazil, Japan, Vietnam, Mexico, and throughout the United States and Europe.

In southern Brazil, Gursky made São Paulo, Sé, a picture of the city's main multi-level subterranean subway station, and Copan, a photograph of one of Oscar Niemeyer's famous modernist buildings. For one of his most spectacular new works, Gursky traveled to Stateville, Illinois, to photograph the interior of a state penitentiary, where one can see inmates staring out at the viewer from within the abstract grid of prison cells. In another work, Untitled XIII (Mexico), Gursky captured the technicolor landscape of an immense garbage dump outside Mexico City.

Greeley and Fukuyama are both images of cattle ranches, the former a sprawling farm complex in rural Colorado, the latter a cow high-rise outside Tokyo. The latest and most abstract in his soccer field series, Arena III is a bird's-eye view of grounds-keepers installing rolls of sod on a field in Amsterdam. The artist photographed the sea of fans at a Madonna concert in Los Angeles on September 12, 2001, and a mass of workers making chairs in a factory in Nha Trang, Vietnam.

Two entirely abstract photographs are also included in the exhibition: Düsselstrand and PCF, Paris. The former depicts the floor of a public bathhouse in Düsseldorf, while the latter is a view of the ceiling inside the French Communist Party Headquarters, also designed by Oscar Niemeyer.

Andreas Gursky lives and works in Düsseldorf and first exhibited his photographs in 1985. The artist's mid-career retrospective opened at the Museum of Modern Art in February, 2001, and subsequently traveled to the Centro de Arte Nacional de la Reina Sofía, Madrid; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Andreas Gursky will be on view at the Matthew Marks Gallery, 522 West 22nd Street (between 10th & 11th Avenues) through Saturday, June 27th, 2004. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

For further information or reproductions please contact Sabrina Buell at 212-243-0200.

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