Roni Horn

November 5 - December 24, 2005
522 W 22 Street
Opening Saturday, November 5, 2005

Press Release

Matthew Marks is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Roni Horn, the next exhibition in his gallery at 522 West 22nd Street. This will be the artist's first exhibition in New York since her exhibition at the Dia Center for the Arts in 2001.

The exhibition will include recent sculpture, drawings, photographs, and an artist's book.

The central photographic work will be a new series entitled Portrait of an Image (with Isabelle Huppert), for which the artist has taken over 100 photographs of the famed French actress. In this work, Horn asked Huppert to assume the roles of eight different characters she has played over the course of her career: Beatrice from The Lacemaker, Erica from The Piano Teacher, Emma from Madame Bovary, Marie from Story of Women, Mika from Merci pour le Chocolat, Jeanne from La Cérémonie, and Dominique from School of Flesh. These close-up portraits will be installed in a row, forming an intermittent horizon throughout the gallery spaces.

Roni Horn will be exhibiting two large glass sculptures as well. One, Untitled (Aretha), which takes its name from the singer Aretha Franklin, is a rough, rectangular block of solid glass in a deep red color. The other, Untitled (for Titan - the Moon), is the largest glass piece the artist has made to date, a honey-colored solid glass cylinder measuring seven feet in diameter and eighteen inches high.

The artist will also show a group of new large-scale pigment drawings from a series entitled Enough. Each of the drawings, made with red pigment, measures approximately six by eight feet. Roni Horn's unique approach to drawing involves making numerous preliminary drawings on smaller sheets and then cutting up those sheets into fragments. These fragments are then arranged and laid down on a larger sheet that serves as the ground for the final drawing.

The recently published artist's book, Index Cixous, will also be incorporated into the exhibition. For this project, the artist photographed literary and cultural theorist Hélène Cixous over several sittings.

Roni Horn began exhibiting her work in the early 1980s. Her work has been the subject of numerous one-person museum exhibitions, including, most recently, Some Thames at the Art Institute of Chicago at the end of 2004.

Roni Horn will be on view at the Matthew Marks Gallery at 522 West 22nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues) through December 24, 2005. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, from 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. For further information or reproductions please contact Sabrina Buell at 212-243-0200.

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