Katharina Fritsch


November 6 - December 24, 2004
522 W 22 Street
Opening Friday, November 5, 2004


Press Release

Matthew Marks is pleased to announce Katharina Fritsch, the next exhibition at his gallery at 522 West 22nd Street. This will be the artist's most significant exhibition in New York since her show at the Dia Center for the Arts in 1993. Though the works included were conceived individually, together they work to create a complete environment around a central theme.

The installation includes works on the walls, on the ceiling, and a sculpture in the center of the gallery space. Drawing on the aesthetic traditions of surrealism, Pop, and minimalism, Fritsch has created something entirely new.

Inspired by a fantasy of Paris, this installation invokes the songs of Maurice Chevalier and afternoons spent strolling the boulevards, as well as Technicolor and a teenaged Audrey Hepburn. This mid-century dream is in contrast to the high-tech materials and amplified scale the artist employs.

The centerpiece of the installation is the sculpture Woman with Dog, which is composed entirely of enormous seashells, the surfaces of the shells joined to form the contours of their bodies, the woman in pink, the dog in white. The woman wears a bouffant skirt made from scallop shells and is accompanied by her little white dog.

On the walls surrounding these sculptures are twelve large silkscreens on plastic, the images taken from tourists' postcards of Paris. Each is printed in a different color, sometimes bright, sometimes pastel, and reproduces typical and often clichéd views of such landmarks as the Champs Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower.

Completing the installation, sixty-four oversized umbrellas are suspended from the ceiling. Their canopies are open, handles hanging down towards the floor, and they are cast in carbon and lacquered in black, white, lime green, or purple.

Katharina Fritsch lives and works in Düsseldorf. She represented Germany in the 1995 Venice Biennale and has had major one-person exhibitions of her work at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Tate Gallery, London; the Ständehaus, Düsseldorf; the Kunstmuseum, Basel; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

Katharina Fritsch will be on view at the Matthew Marks Gallery, 522 West 22nd Street (between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues) through December 24th, 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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