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Ugo Rondinone

A Horse With No Name

February 22 - April 20, 2002
523 W 24 Street
Opening Thursday, February 21, 2002

Press Release

Matthew Marks is pleased to announce Ugo Rondinone: A Horse With No Name, the next exhibition in his gallery at 523 West 24th Street.

The exhibition will consist of a new large-scale mirrored wall sculpture, three life-size sculptures of clowns and an outdoor lighted sign installed on the gallery's roof.

The wall sculpture is installed in a corner of the gallery and consists of two 10' x 40' sections joined at a right angle. The sculpture is covered with a mosaic of mirror shards and is fitted with sixteen imbedded speakers—half dedicated to a man's voice and the other half to a woman's. The voices converse in one of Rondinone's signature looping "audio plays" that end with the same question with which they begin; in this case, "What do you want?" The sculpture is activated visually by the presence and movement of the viewer reflected in the thousands of pieces of mirror.

The clown sculptures, cast in fiberglass from live models, are painted and dressed in clothes designed by the artist. The clowns are asleep and they all lounge about on the floor of the gallery. The environment created by these scattered figures and the mirrored walls pose questions about leisure, vanity, alienation and observation.

On the roof of the gallery Rondinone will be installing a 15' x 30' fluorescent sign that will bear the title of the exhibition: A Horse with No Name. Since 1997, his rainbow-colored fluorescent signs have been installed outside the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and museums and galleries in Zurich, London, Tel Aviv and Rome.

Ugo Rondinone has lived and worked in New York since 1998. He has had one-person exhibitions at the Centre d'Art Contemporain in Geneva, the Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, and the Kunstmuseum, Glarus. In 2002, one-person exhibitions of Rondinone's work will open at the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Kunsthalle, Vienna; the Kunstverein, Stuttgart; and Le Consortium in Dijon.

A reception will be held on February 22nd, from 7-9 P.M. at 523 West 24th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues). The exhibition will remain on view until April 20th. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 to 6:00 P.M. For further information or photographs, please contact Matthew Israel at (212) 243-0200.

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