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Darren Almond,Peter Fischli David Weiss,Katharina Fritsch,Robert Gober,Donald Judd,Ellsworth Kelly,Ugo Rondinone,Tony Smith

September 20 - November 1, 2003
522 W 22 Street
Friday, September 19, 2003

Press Release

Matthew Marks is pleased to announce the exhibition Sculpture: Darren Almond, Peter Fischli David Weiss, Katharina Fritsch, Robert Gober, Donald Judd, Ellsworth Kelly, Ugo Rondinone, Tony Smith at 522 West 22nd Street.

Darren Almond will exhibit a new sculpture, Concorde, a wall-mounted sky-blue enameled metal box. An enlarged version of a flip-card clock, the work displays the words "New York" and "London" alternatively, switching from one city name to the other every 2 hours and 58 minutes, the duration of the soon-to-be-defunct supersonic Concorde flight between the two cities.

Peter Fischli and David Weiss, who work together, will also show a new sculpture, a rectangular concrete slab. Created by manipulating concrete as it dried, the piece is meant to be left outdoors, where water can accumulate and moss can grow in the peaks and valleys of its uneven surface. Over time, the sculpture reveals itself as a detail from an imagined topographical map, seemingly a section cut out of a landscape, lakes and mountains changing with the weather.

The exhibition will also include a life-sized sculpture by Katharina Fritsch. Mönch (Monk) is a stoic, monochromatic male figure, made of solid polyester with a smooth, matte black surface. Among the work's many references is the long-standing German Romantic association between art and religion, exemplified by Caspar David Friedrich's Monk by the Sea (1809-1810).

Robert Gober will contribute a new sculpture, a prison window set high into the wall with a lurid orange sunset seen threw the bars. Gober first exhibited his prison windows at the Dia Center for the Arts on this same street over a decade ago, where he showed four windows installed with blue-sky backgrounds.

One of Donald Judd's largest copper and plexiglass wall-mounted boxes will also be on display. The box is divided into four sections, each progressively larger than the last, each increasingly subdivided by copper shelves.

In 1983, Ellsworth Kelly made a series of wall-mounted steel Diagonal Curve sculptures, the bottom corner of each touching the ground, elegantly extending upwards from the floor. Over thirteen feet long, this work is the largest work in that series and is being shown here for first time since it was shown at the Leo Castelli Gallery twenty years ago.

Ugo Rondinone will exhibit a new work in translucent fiberglass cast from an ancient olive tree growing on a hill outside Naples, near the town where the artist's parents were born. This is one of two tree sculptures the artist has been working on for many years; the other sculpture will be shown simultaneously at the Lyon Biennale.

An important work by Tony Smith will be exhibited as well, Smug, a cast-bronze sculpture from 1973. Last seen at the Museum of Modern Art's retrospective of Smith's work in 1998, this sculpture exemplifies the artist's use of single modules to create multi-tiered, complex sculptures, at once geometric and organic.

Sculpture: Darren Almond, Peter Fischli David Weiss, Katharina Fritsch, Robert Gober, Donald Judd, Ellsworth Kelly, Tony Smith will be on view at the Matthew Marks Gallery, 522 West 22nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues) through November 1st, 2003. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00am to 6:00pm.

For further information or reproductions please contact Sabrina Buell at 212-243-0200.

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