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Andreas Gursky

Untitled XII

March 3 - 24, 2001
523 W 24 Street

Press Release

Matthew Marks is pleased to announce Andreas Gursky: Untitled XII, an exhibition in the ground floor gallery at 523 West 24th Street.

This exhibition will consist of four large-scale photographs (each 110 x 73 ΒΌ inches) from 1999, Untitled XII, numbers 1 through 4, of four pages from Austrian author Robert Musil's 1951 novel, The Man Without Qualities, which Gursky has digitally altered. From the entirety of Musil's massive text, Gursky has selected sentences and created his own text montages and pages while sustaining the book's outward appearance. Since many in the German-speaking world compare Musil's novel to Joyce's Ulysses and Proust's Remembrance of Things Past, a manipulation of such a culturally significant rite-of-passage simultaneously monumentalizes and monumentally interrogates.

Concurrently, as these four photographs combine to present Gursky's own "story," they offer a rare look into the meanings and mechanisms behind the artist's deeply codified work.

From March 4th through May 15th, Andreas Gursky will have his first major retrospective exhibition in the United States at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The exhibition will be accompanied by a major catalog, with an essay by Peter Galassi, surveying Gursky's entire body of work to date.

Andreas Gursky: Untitled XII will be on view at the Matthew Marks Gallery, 523 West 24th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues) through March 24th, 2001. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 to 6:00 pm.

This exhibition will run concurrent to our second-floor exhibition, Terry Winters: Drawings, and Gary Hume: New Paintings at 522 W 22nd Street.

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