“Macho Man, Tell It To My Heart” at Artists Space

January 12th, 2014


Top: Felix Gonzalez-Torres, “Untitled” (Portrait of Julie Ault), 1991  Paint on wall  Gift of the artist to Julie Ault, 1991 Center: Andres Serrano, St. Michael’s Blood, I & II, 1990  Cibachrome, silicone, Plexiglas  Gift of the artist to Julie Ault, 1991 Macho Man, Tell It To My Heart: Collected by Julie Ault, Artists Space, 2013.

Artists: Vikky Alexander, Martin Beck, James Benning, Sadie Benning, Nayland Blake, Jennifer Bolande, Robert Bordo, Alejandro Cesarco, John Currin, Edward S. Curtis, Moyra Davey, Jeanne Dunning, Thomas Eggerer, Andrea Evans, Steven Evans, Tony Feher, Rev. Howard Finster, Mike Glier, Leon Golub, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Group Material, Jim Hodges, Jenny Holzer, Roni Horn, Peter Hujar, Michael Jenkins, Sister Corita Kent, Carole Kim, Robert Kinmont, Heinz Peter Knes, Louise Lawler, Mary Lum, Donald Moffett, Stephan Pascher, George Platt-Lynes, Forrest Prince, Rasmus Røhling, Tim Rollins & K.O.S, Andres Serrano, Cindy Sherman, Jason Simon, Nancy Spero, Paul Thek, Wolfgang Tillmans, Martha Townsend, Danh Vo, Carrie Mae Weems, Martin Wong, Cerith Wyn Evans

Venue: Artists Space, New York

Exhibition Title: Macho Man, Tell It To My Heart: Collected by Julie Ault

Curated by: Julie Ault, Martin Beck, Nikola Dietrich, Jason Simon, Scott Cameron Weaver, Heinz Peter Knes, Danh Vo, together with Richard Birkett and Stefan Kalmár

Date: November 24, 2013 – February 23, 2014

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Installation view from Macho Man, Tell It To My Heart: Collected by Julie Ault, Artists Space, 2013. Foreground: Roni Horn, Gold Field, 1980 – 82  Pure gold foil  Collection of the artist

Tim Rollins + K.O.S., Pinocchio, 1992  Log with inset glass eyes  Collection of Jim Hodges Macho Man, Tell It To My Heart: Collected by Julie Ault, Artists Space, 2013.

Top: People Magazine, “Liberace 1919 – 1987”, February 17, 1987 Bottom: Danh Vo, Death Sentence, 2010  Ink on A4 paper, 67 handwritten pages; text compiled by Julie Ault and handwritten by Phung Vo  Gift of the artist to Julie Ault, 2010 Macho Man, Tell It To My Heart: Collected by Julie Ault, Artists Space, 2013.

Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.

Images:

Images courtesy of Artists Space, New York. Photos by Daniel Pérez.

Press Release:

Macho Man, Tell It To My Heart: Collected by Julie Ault is an exhibition of works selected from the collection of Julie Ault. As a founding member of the artists’ collaborative Group Material (1979-1996), and as artist, curator, writer and editor, Ault’s dense practice and its roots in long-standing friendships with artists are reflected in the unique nature of her collection. The exhibition makes apparent a body of experiences shared largely by a New York-based group of artists, and shaped by the social ruptures that impacted on the Downtown scene in the 1980s and 90s, foregrounding the ways in which the gifting and exchange of artworks cements both intellectual and emotional affinities.

For thirty-five years Julie Ault has engaged in various forms of collaborations and sustained dialogue with fellow artists. The sharing of artworks has marked these discourses, emanating from the address of politics, aesthetics and the social function of art that has structured Ault’s work, and that of many of her contemporaries. The formulation of such a substantial collection through swapping and gifting, speaks to a circulation of ideas through means alternative to the predominant economy of art mediated by institutions and galleries. In its scope, and encompassing of works produced from varying artistic standpoints, the collection also emphasizes the connectedness of art objects to specific contexts, and as such their mediation between private and public discourse. In the 1980s and early 90s Group Material’s projects similarly collated various cultural objects through “review, selection and critical juxtaposition,” a collective process that emphasized “shared learning and shared ideas.” Crucially this method of working was intent less on “reflecting than on projecting out into the community.” Equally, Julie Ault’s collection is distinct from an archive, instead espousing an inquiry into culture as proximities described over time.

The exhibition navigates the movement of the collection from the domestic context of Julie Ault’s homes in New York City and Joshua Tree, to the public realm. Works that have great personal resonance for her are placed into a context of communal engagement – the exhibition has been organized with Ault and a team of individuals who have collaborated with her in different capacities during the last three decades, including Danh Vo, Martin Beck, Jason Simon, and Heinz Peter Knes. Seen through the eyes of collective discussion and decision-making, the collection at its center articulates the politicized engagement against right-wing social and economic policy that emerged in 1980s and 90s New York, not least the activism that solidified around the AIDS Crisis. This bridge between art and politics is treated not as an historical moment, but a mode of address that exists within Ault’s collection and her affinities with other artists, up to the present day.

Macho Man, Tell It To My Heart: Collected by Julie Ault features work by Vikky Alexander, Martin Beck, James Benning, Sadie Benning, Nayland Blake, Jennifer Bolande, Robert Bordo, Alejandro Cesarco, John Currin, Edward S. Curtis, Moyra Davey, Jeanne Dunning, Thomas Eggerer, Andrea Evans, Steven Evans, Tony Feher, Rev. Howard Finster, Mike Glier, Leon Golub, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Group Material, Jim Hodges, Jenny Holzer, Roni Horn, Michael Jenkins, Sister Corita Kent, Carole Kim, Robert Kinmont, Louise Lawler, Mary Lum, Donald Moffett, Stephan Pascher, George Platt-Lynes, Rasmus Røhling, Tim Rollins & K.O.S., Andres Serrano, Cindy Sherman, Jason Simon, Nancy Spero, Paul Thek, Wolfgang Tillmans, Martha Townsend, Danh Vo, Carrie Mae Weems, Martin Wong, and Cerith Wyn Evans.

This exhibition is dedicated to the loving memory of Karin Higa.

The public presentation of Julie Ault’s collection began with the exhibition Tell It To My Heart: Collected by Julie Ault at Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel in early 2013, and has since travelled to Culturgest, Lisbon. Macho Man, Tell It To My Heart: Collected by Julie Ault, is accompanied by an extensive film program curated by Jason Simon together with Julie Ault, and a publication including texts by Ault and Marvin J. Taylor, with photographs by Heinz Peter Knes.

This exhibition is supported by the Macho Man, Tell It To My Heart: Collected by Julie Ault Exhibition Supporters Circle: Philip Aarons & Shelley Fox Aarons, Carolyn Alexander & Ted Bonin, Daniel Buchholz & Christopher Müller, Chantal Crousel & Niklas Svennung, Marian Goodman, Jerry Gorovoy, Hauser & Wirth, Xavier Hufkens, Jose Kuri & Monica Manzutto, Galerie Lelong, Penny Pilkington & Wendy Olsoff, Andrea Rosen, Thea Westreich & Ethan Wagner, and the Friends of Artists Space.

With additional support from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

This exhibition will span across both Artists Space venues.

Link: “Macho Man, Tell It To My Heart” at Artists Space

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