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Cast From Life

Condo, Fischli & Weiss, Genzken,
Gober, Grotjahn, Harrison, Kelley, Kippenberger, Koons, Muñoz, Noland, Rondinone, Schütte, Warren, and West

September 18 - October 25, 2014

Upper East Side

<b>Ugo Rondinone</b>
<i>The Foolish</i>, 2013
bluestone and steel
75 x 21 x 18 in. (190.5 x 53.3 x 45.7 cm.)
Ugo Rondinone
The Foolish, 2013
bluestone and steel
75 x 21 x 18 in. (190.5 x 53.3 x 45.7 cm.)
<b>Thomas Schutte</b>
<i>Wicht (2)</i>, 2006
patinated bronze and steel base
11.81 x 10.24 x 11.02 in. (30 x 26 x 28 cm.) Edition AP
Thomas Schutte
Wicht (2), 2006
patinated bronze and steel base
11.81 x 10.24 x 11.02 in. (30 x 26 x 28 cm.) Edition AP
<b>Jeff Koons</b>
<i>Stacked</i>, 1988
polychrome wood
61 x 53 x 31 in. (154.9 x 13.4 x 78.7 cm.) Edition of 3 + 1 AP. © Jeff Koons
Jeff Koons
Stacked, 1988
polychrome wood
61 x 53 x 31 in. (154.9 x 13.4 x 78.7 cm.) Edition of 3 + 1 AP. © Jeff Koons
<b>Fischli & Weiss</b>
<i>Root</i>, 2005
black rubber
23 1/2 x 32 x 23 1/2 in. (59.7 x 81.3 x 59.7 cm.) 
Edition 3/3
Fischli & Weiss
Root, 2005
black rubber
23 1/2 x 32 x 23 1/2 in. (59.7 x 81.3 x 59.7 cm.)
Edition 3/3
<b>Martin Kippenberger</b>
<i>Untitled</i>, 1990
bronze
50.39 x 88.58 x 15.75 in. (128 x 225 x 40 cm.)
Martin Kippenberger
Untitled, 1990
bronze
50.39 x 88.58 x 15.75 in. (128 x 225 x 40 cm.)
<b>George Condo</b>
<i>Large Robot Girl Head</i>, 2012
gold patinated bronze
28.5 x 20 x 24.5 in. (72.4 x 50.8 x 62.2 cm.) AP,  1 AP
George Condo
Large Robot Girl Head, 2012
gold patinated bronze
28.5 x 20 x 24.5 in. (72.4 x 50.8 x 62.2 cm.) AP, 1 AP
<b>Robert Gober</b>
<i>Drain</i>, 1989
cast pewter
3 x 4 1/4 in. (7.6 x 2.5 cm.) Edition 8/8
Robert Gober
Drain, 1989
cast pewter
3 x 4 1/4 in. (7.6 x 2.5 cm.) Edition 8/8
<b>Rachel Harrison</b> 
<i>We Mean Business!</i>, 2013
wood, polystyrene, cement, acrylic, telephone, telephone book, 
prepaid calling cards, and thumbtacks
82 x 24 1/2 x 24 1/2 in. (208.3 x 62.2 x 62.2 cm.)
Rachel Harrison
We Mean Business!, 2013
wood, polystyrene, cement, acrylic, telephone, telephone book,
prepaid calling cards, and thumbtacks
82 x 24 1/2 x 24 1/2 in. (208.3 x 62.2 x 62.2 cm.)
<b>Mike Kelley</b>
<i>Manly Craft #4</i>, 1989
yarn octopi, tied
15 x 9 x 4 in. (38.1 x 22.9 x 10.2 cm.)
Mike Kelley
Manly Craft #4, 1989
yarn octopi, tied
15 x 9 x 4 in. (38.1 x 22.9 x 10.2 cm.)
<b>Mark Grotjahn</b>
<i>Untitled (Tall Skinny Big Nose Cobalt Purple Mask M26.g),</i> 2014
painted bronze
78 x 24 1/4 x 40 in. (198.1 x 61.6 x 101.6 cm.)
Mark Grotjahn
Untitled (Tall Skinny Big Nose Cobalt Purple Mask M26.g), 2014
painted bronze
78 x 24 1/4 x 40 in. (198.1 x 61.6 x 101.6 cm.)
<b>Isa Genzken</b>
<i>Empire/Vampire III, 9</i>, 2004
metal, wood, plastic, fabric, nuts, shell, paper, lacquer
90 1/2 x 18 1/2 x 33 7/8 in. (230 x 47 x 86 cm.)
Isa Genzken
Empire/Vampire III, 9, 2004
metal, wood, plastic, fabric, nuts, shell, paper, lacquer
90 1/2 x 18 1/2 x 33 7/8 in. (230 x 47 x 86 cm.)
<b>Juan Muñoz</b>
<i>Hanging Figure</i>, 1997
resin and cable
63 x 33.5 x 27.5 in. (160 x 85.1 x 69.9 cm.)
Juan Muñoz
Hanging Figure, 1997
resin and cable
63 x 33.5 x 27.5 in. (160 x 85.1 x 69.9 cm.)
<b>Rebecca Warren</b>
<i>Bunny</i>, 2002
clay on MDF plinth
28 7/8 x 15 x 13 5/8 in. (73.3 x 38.1 x 34.6 cm.)
Rebecca Warren
Bunny, 2002
clay on MDF plinth
28 7/8 x 15 x 13 5/8 in. (73.3 x 38.1 x 34.6 cm.)
<b>Franz West</b>
<i>Velociped</i>, 2004
metal, gauze, papier-mâché, varnish, acrylic with bicycle chain and wooden table  
19 1/2 x 12 1/2 x 21 1/2 in. (49.5 x 31.8 x 54.6 cm.)
Franz West
Velociped, 2004
metal, gauze, papier-mâché, varnish, acrylic with bicycle chain and wooden table
19 1/2 x 12 1/2 x 21 1/2 in. (49.5 x 31.8 x 54.6 cm.)

Press Release

Skarstedt presents Cast From Life, an exhibition of contemporary sculpture featuring works by George Condo, Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Isa Genzken, Rachel Harrison, Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger, Jeff Koons, Juan Muñoz, Cady Noland, Ugo Rondinone, Thomas Schütte, and Rebecca Warren. Cast from Life examines the diverse approaches of sculptors today and explores how they capture psychological states and create narratives utilizing materials ranging from traditional cast bronze to everyday objects. The exhibition will be on view at Skarstedt (20 E. 79th Street) from September 18 through October 25, 2014.

Within the history of sculptural practice, ‘life-casting’ is as a technique through which to create a three-dimensional copy of a living body. Cast From Life loosely interprets the process of casting and examines the ways that these sculptors use various forms to mold meaning. Delving into the materiality of contemporary sculpture, the exhibition creates juxtapositions between a wide-range of today’s sculptors, drawing comparisons in their methodology.

The artists featured in Cast From Life all play with the long-established tenets of sculpture to go beyond straightforward replication. While created through traditional methods, Thomas Schütte’s bronze bust, Wichte (2), 2006, embodies the state of agony rather than simply conveying the physicality of the human shape. Eschewing more traditional sculptural materials in favor of yarn, Mike Kelley’s Manly Craft #4 , 1989, references the body while expressing the abject nature of the object. Hanging on the wall, the common craft material recalls a cast-off summer camp project. The appearance of material perfection in the playfully fabricated animals of Jeff Koons’ Stacked, 1988, belies the craft in their wooden construction.


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