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We Set Off in High Spirits

an exhibition curated by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin

July 10 - August 17, 2001
522 W 22 Street

Press Release

Matthew Marks is pleased to announce We Set Off in High Spirits, a group show curated by artists Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, which will be the next exhibition in his gallery at 522 West 22nd Street.

The exhibition includes paintings, sculpture, photographs and drawings by Marlene Dumas, Lucian Freud, Franz Gertsch, Steven Gontarski, Robert Greene, Richard Hamilton, David Hockney, Willem de Kooning, Jeff Koons, Mel Ramos, James Rosenquist, Katharina Sieverding, Beat Streuli and Ed van der Elsken, as well as the premiere of the first music video directed by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin and M/M (Paris), for Björk's forthcoming single, Hidden Place.

Set out as a reflection of their inspirations and influences, van Lamsweerde and Matadin combine works in the exhibition by American artists, which they describe as "extroverted and exuberant," with those by European artists whose work they consider more "introverted and sensitive."

Each of the works included depict human beings. Inez van Lamsweerde describes them as: "Vulnerable or exquisite, their face and body language offering us a glimpse into their, as well as the artist's, inner world."

The specific works were very carefully chosen. They include a spectacular 8 x 12 foot painting, At Luciano's House, from 1973, by the Swiss photo-realist painter Franz Gertsch; Violet Ice (Kama Sutra), 1991, a delicate glass sculptural self-portrait with Cicciolina by Jeff Koons; Switzerland, a 1967 color photograph by Ed van der Elsken of a reclining female nude (with a plaster leg cast) gazing out the window at an alpine landscape; a new six-foot tall painted fiberglass sculpture of a male nude by the young English artist Steven Gontarski; an exquisite small painting of Leigh Bowery, reclining naked, by Lucian Freud; a large early self-portrait photo-mural from 1976 by the German artist, Katharina Sieverding; and a 1988 painting by Robert Greene, from which the title of the exhibition is taken.

Dutch-born Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin have worked together since 1986. They were among the first to use seamless digital manipulation to alter the human surface in their art and fashion photography. Their work has been exhibited widely since 1990. Inez van Lamsweerde has had one-person exhibitions at the Kunsthaus, Zurich, and the Deichtorhallen, Hamburg. Photographs by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin were shown last winter at the Groningen Museum, Holland, and an exhibition of 150 of their works is currently on view at the Stazione Leopolda in Florence, Italy. Lamsweerde's monumental photograph, Me Kissing Vinoodh (Passionately), was included in the exhibition BitStreams at the Whitney Museum this spring.

We Set Off in High Spirits opens Monday, July 9th from 6 to 8 pm at 522 West 22nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues). The exhibition will remain on view until August 17th. Hours: Monday through Friday, 11:00 to 6:00pm. For further information or photographs, please contact Adrian Rosenfeld at (212) 243-0200.

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