Rebecca Horn

Twilight Transit

October 28 through December 3, 2005


Sean Kelly Gallery is delighted to announce Twilight Transit, a major exhibition of new work by Rebecca Horn.

Rebecca Horn's exhibition is comprised of a sculptural installation, a film of early performances, and a group of new large-scale drawings. In the main gallery a new installation (above) employs cast skulls, light and mirrors, which reflect the viewer, the sculptures themselves and the skulls, while simultaneously reflecting light in the gallery, the whole evoking the inescapability of the passage of time and mortality. In gallery 2, a group of important drawings, the scale of which are determined by the extent of Horn's reach, suggest personal, metaphorical, and metaphysical influences through dynamic gesture. These fascinating new drawings clearly relate to Horn's early performances pieces in which she extended the body sculpturally into space with a performative component.

Concurrent with the exhibition opening on October 27th is the launch of an important new monograph, Rebecca Horn, Moon Mirror. Site-specific Installations 1982–2005, with texts by Richard Cork, Doris von Drathen, Steven Henry Madoff, and Rebecca Horn, published by the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Germany, and Hatje Cantz. Rebecca Horn and two of the authors, Doris von Drathen and Steven Henry Madoff, will be present to sign copies of the monograph at the opening.

Rebecca Horn, (born in Germany in 1944), is without question one of the seminal artists of our time. Horn's work, has historically ranged over an extensive variety of media, including film, performance, installation, photography and sculpture, whilst addressing themes of corporeality, perception and philosophy. The employment of such wide ranging interests as science and alchemy, the rational and the intuitive, the mechanical and the sensual has occurred repeatedly in her work over the last three decades and resulted in one of the most distinct and individual oeuvres in recent memory. Horn has participated in the Venice Biennale, the Biennale of Sydney, and is one of very few artists who has been selected to participate in Documenta on four separate occasions.

Horn's work is included in major public collections worldwide including: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia; Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Turin, Italy; The Tate Gallery, London; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; The Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Van AbbeMuseum, Eindhoven and many others.