Cancelled, Erased & Removed Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Cancelled, Erased & Removed at Sean Kelly, New York 
June 21 - August 8, 2008
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York 
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Cancelled, Erased & Removed Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Cancelled, Erased & Removed at Sean Kelly, New York 
June 21 - August 8, 2008
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York 
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Cancelled, Erased & Removed Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Cancelled, Erased & Removed at Sean Kelly, New York 
June 21 - August 8, 2008
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York 
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Cancelled, Erased & Removed Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Cancelled, Erased & Removed at Sean Kelly, New York 
June 21 - August 8, 2008
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York 
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Cancelled, Erased & Removed Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Cancelled, Erased & Removed at Sean Kelly, New York 
June 21 - August 8, 2008
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York 
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Cancelled, Erased & Removed Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Cancelled, Erased & Removed at Sean Kelly, New York 
June 21 - August 8, 2008
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York 
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Cancelled, Erased & Removed Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Cancelled, Erased & Removed at Sean Kelly, New York 
June 21 - August 8, 2008
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York 
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Cancelled, Erased & Removed Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Cancelled, Erased & Removed at Sean Kelly, New York 
June 21 - August 8, 2008
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York 
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Cancelled, Erased & Removed Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Cancelled, Erased & Removed at Sean Kelly, New York 
June 21 - August 8, 2008
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York 
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Cancelled, Erased & Removed Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Cancelled, Erased & Removed at Sean Kelly, New York 
June 21 - August 8, 2008
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York 
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Cancelled, Erased & Removed Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Cancelled, Erased & Removed at Sean Kelly, New York 
June 21 - August 8, 2008
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York 
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Press Release

The gallery is delighted to announce its group exhibition, Cancelled, Erased & Removed, which opens on June 21st. The exhibition brings together works in diverse media that examine the conceptual and formal practice of contemporary artists canceling, erasing and removing elements from their work. The exhibition continues through August 1st. The opening will take place on June 20th, from 6pm until 8pm.

The conceptual point of departure for the exhibition is Robert Rauschenberg's Erased de Kooning, 1953, where the artist erased a drawing by Willem de Kooning, simultaneously unmaking one work and creating another in an act of both destruction and devotion. Cancelled, Erased & Removed is not a survey, nor does it attempt to include all the artists who have explored this subject matter; rather it is a presentation of a specifically selected group of artists who have taken a particularly interesting, innovative or non-traditional approach to these themes. The works span a wide range of media including painting, drawing, photography, video and performance art.

Among the works in the exhibition is Joseph Kosuth's seminal piece, Zero & Not, which consists of cancelled sentences silk-screened on paper. A continuous line over the words negates the original text by Sigmund Freud. In Mike Bidlo's ...Erased de Kooning Drawing, the artist leaves a ghostly suggestion of the original drawing. Bidlo's version not only pays homage to Rauschenberg's gesture, but also makes a provocative conceptual statement about the art of appropriation. Callum Innes applies paint to the canvas, while turpentine is utilized to remove a section of the paint before it dries. He describes it as "unpainting" the canvas, leaving all but the faintest vestigial traces of color. 
 Felix Gonzalez-Torres's stacks of printed paper sheets, which are free for the public to remove, become a perpetually shrinking and replenished sculpture. In Julião Sarmento's video Parasite, the subject removes her garments slowly while the scene is played in reverse. When the protagonist redresses it is played in reverse again, challenging the perception of a traditional striptease. In Marine Hugonnier's Untitled / Le Corps de la Baigneuse s'Effacant, historical paintings are acquired by the artist and then subjected to a process of restoration/cleaning by a qualified professional. The 'restored' painting is exhibited alongside two typed condition reports, one made before and one made after the cleaning. Through this process, Hugonnier is able to slightly alter both the work itself and its history. Jenny Holzer's Palm Left 000037 relies on altered Iraqi war documents to explore the idea of eradication of information and offer glimpses of hidden pasts and altered present realities.

The artists included in the exhibition are: Janine Antoni, Josh Azzarella, John Baldessari, Mike Bidlo, Slater Bradley, David Ellis, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Douglas Gordon, Jenny Holzer, Marine Hugonnier, Callum Innes, Alfredo Jaar, Titus Kaphar, Idris Khan, Yves Klein, Joseph Kosuth, Peter Liversidge, Richard Long, Jorge Macchi, Anthony McCall, Ana Mendieta, Ed Ruscha, Julião Sarmento, Yuken Teruya and Gavin Turk.

Checklist

CANCELLED, ERASED & REMOVED

June 21 – August 1, 2008

Entrance:

JOSH AZZARELLA
Untitled #38 (Bryan), 2007
mounted archival digital C-print
20 x 30 inches (50.8 x 76.2 cm)
edition of 7 with 3 APs
Inv# JAZ-2

Gallery 1 (clockwise from south wall):

MIKE BIDLO
Not Robert Rauschenberg: Erased de Kooning Drawing, 2005
traces of graphite on paper, mat and label in gold leaf frame
framed: 22 3/8 x 20 7/8 inches (56.8 x 53 cm)
Inv# MBO-1

YVES KLEIN
Saut dans le Vide, Paris, October 23, 1960
vintage silver print
framed: 13 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches (35.2 x 27.6 cm)
Inv# YKB-2
Private Collection

JANINE ANTONI (on pedestals)
Lick and Lather, 1993
two busts: one chocolate and one soap with two pedestals
each: 24 x 16 x 13 inches (61 x 40.6 x 33 cm)
edition of 7 plus 1 full set of 14 busts, seven of each material
Inv# JA-0003
Private Collection

DOUGLAS GORDON
100 Blind Stars: Bette Davis, 2002
gelatin silver print
framed: 26 x 24 inches (66 x 61 cm)
unique
Inv# DG-21
Private Collection

JORGE MACCHI
Nightmare, 2007
newspaper collage
unframed: 28 3/4 x 30 3/4 inches (73 x 78 cm)
framed: 33 1/8 x 35 1/2 inches (84.1 x 90.2 cm)
Inv# JMI-1

DAVID ELLIS
Bob Floss, 2007
DVD video with original soundtrack by Dhundee
running time, loop: 5 minutes, 2 seconds
edition of 12
Inv# DE-1

Gallery 2 (clockwise from east wall):

ANA MENDIETA
Ochún, Key Biscayne, Florida, 1981
super-8 color, film transferred to DVD
running time: 8 minutes, 30 seconds
edition of 6
Inv# AMA-1

ALFREDO JAAR
Real Pictures, 1995
six photographic archival boxes covered with linen, six color digital prints
each box: 2 x 11 x 9 inches (5 x 27.9 x 23 cm)
each print: 11 x 9 inches (27.9 x 22.9 cm)
Inv# AJ-1005

FELIX GONZALEZ-TORRES (on floor)
"Untitled", 1990
printed paper, endless copies
Inv# FG-3
Private Collection

IDRIS KHAN
Every...page of the Holy Quran, 2004
Lambda digital C-print mounted on aluminum
74 7/16 x 93 3/16 inches (189.1 x 236.7 cm)
edition of 6 with 1 AP
Inv# IK-1
Private Collection

RICHARD LONG
England, 1968
vintage silver print
image: 5 1/2 x 8 inches (14 x 20 cm)
framed: 14 x 16 1/4 inches (35.6 x 41.3 cm)
Inv# RL-5
Private Collection

ANTHONY MCCALL
Earthwork, 1972
16mm, color, magnetic sound, transferred to DVD, 2006
running time: 1 minute 45 seconds
edition of 5 with 1 AP
Inv# AMC-42

Main Gallery: Center Wall Facing Entrance:

JOHN BALDESSARI
Marilyn Monroe (Avedon): Partially Erased (1/2" Relief), 2007
three dimensional archival print mounted on Sintra
with acrylic paint and arrow
framed: 43 3/8 x 43 3/8 inches (110.2 x 110.2 cm)
Inv# JBD-5

Main Gallery (clockwise from north wall on left):

JULIÃO SARMENTO
Parasite, 2003
black & white video transferred to DVD with sound
edition of 6 with 1 AP
Inv# JS-1720

ANONYMOUS / MARINE HUGONNIER
Untitled / Le Corps de la Baigneuse s'Effaçant,
19th c. - early 20th c. / 2008
3 framed parts: oil on panel and two condition reports
framed painting: 27 x 23 3/4 inches (68.6 x 60.3 cm) /
18 1/3 x 15 inches (46.5 x 38 cm) (in its original frame)
framed pre- and post-condition reports:
18 1/3 x 14 3/4 inches (46.6 x 37.4 cm) each
Inv# MH-1

CALLUM INNES
Agitated Vertical Red, 2007
oil on linen
63 1/4 x 61 5/8 inches (160.5 x 156.5 cm)
Inv# CI-100.07

JENNY HOLZER
PALM LEFT 000037, 2007
oil on linen
58 x 44 inches (147.3 x 111.8 cm)
Inv# JHZ-4

JOSEPH KOSUTH
'Zero & Not (Whitney Museum installation fragment)', 1987
6 framed silkscreens on paper
framed: 58 1/2 x 52 inches (148.6 x 132.1 cm) each
overall dimensions: 117 x 156 inches (297.2 x 396.2 cm)
Inv# JK-98

PETER LIVERSIDGE
Proposals for the Sean Kelly Gallery, 2008
fourteen typewritten pages and mixed media
paper: 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches (29.8 x 21 cm) each
framed: 12 7/8 x 9 1/2 inches (32.7 x 24.1 cm) each
Inv# PLI-2

ED RUSCHA
Say yes to our demands or else, 1999
bleach on linen-covered board
20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
Inv# ER-2
Private Collection

GAVIN TURK (on pedestal)
Rich Tea Biscuit, 2006
biscuit
diameter: 2 1/2 inches (6.4 cm)
Inv# GT-4

SLATER BRADLEY
S/2006 S 6, 2007
gold marker on c-print
unframed: 11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm)
framed: 21 x 24 inches (53.5 x 61 cm)
unique
Inv# SB-1
Private Collection

YUKEN TERUYA
Notice-Forest, 2008
set of three paper bags
CHANEL bag: 2 3/4 x 4 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches (7 x 12 x 21 cm)
Godiva bag: 2 1/2 x 5 1/8 x 8 5/8 inches (6.5 x 13 x 22 cm)
Man Chen bag: 4 x 7 1/4 x 9 7/16 inches (10 x 18.5 x 24 cm)
Inv# YT-1

Main Gallery: South Side of Center Wall:

TITUS KAPHAR
Conclusive, 2008
cut canvas and oil paint
96 x 66 inches (243.8 x 167.6 cm)
Inv# TK-1
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