Marina Abramovic Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Marina Abramović: Personal Archaeology at Sean Kelly, New York
May 8 - June 19, 2010
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Marina Abramovic Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Marina AbramovićPersonal Archaeology at Sean Kelly, New York
May 8 - June 19, 2010
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Marina Abramovic Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Marina Abramović: Personal Archaeology at Sean Kelly, New York
May 8 - June 19, 2010
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

 

Marina Abramovic Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Marina Abramović: Personal Archaeology at Sean Kelly, New York
May 8 - June 19, 2010
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

 

Marina Abramovic Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Marina Abramović: Personal Archaeology at Sean Kelly, New York
May 8 - June 19, 2010
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

 

Marina Abramovic Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Marina Abramović: Personal Archaeology at Sean Kelly, New York
May 8 - June 19, 2010
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

 

Marina Abramovic Sean Kelly Gallery

Portrait with Golden Mask, 2010
color video projection on DVD, 30' loop
dimensions variable
MA-224

Marina Abramovic Sean Kelly Gallery

Lips of Thomas (Star on Stomach), 1975; publ. 1994
black and white photograph with letter press text panel
framed: 19 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches (49.5 x 59.7 cm)
text framed: 10 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches (26 x 18.4 cm)
edition of 16 with 3 AP's
MA-2.6

Marina Abramovic Sean Kelly Gallery

Pieta, 1983/printed 2002
framed cibachrome print
framed: 73 1/4 x 73 1/4 x 2 3/8 inches (186.1 x 186.1 x 6 cm)
edition of 3 with 2 AP's
MA-127

Marina Abramovic Sean Kelly Gallery

Portrait with Flowers, 2009
framed archival pigment print
print: 53 3/8 x 54 3/16 inches (135.6 x 137.6 cm)
framed: 54 3/4 x 55 1/2 inches (139.1 x 141 cm)
edition of 9 with 2 AP's
MA-217

Press Release

Sean Kelly Gallery is delighted to announce an exhibition of work by Marina Abramović – Personal Archaeology. The exhibition opens to the public on Saturday, May 8th at 10:00am. There is no opening reception.

Personal Archaeology is an intimate look into the development of Abramović as a seminal artist, beginning with her historic performance work of the 1970's through to her most recent work from 2010.

Private Archaeology, the sculpture exhibited in the first gallery, has not been shown before in the US. This highly personal work from 1997-99 consists of a large wooden cabinet containing numerous drawers in which artifacts from Abramović's life are displayed. The public is encouraged to look through the drawers to view the variety of revealing objects and mementos that Abramović has collected, including photographs, handwritten notes and other material that has influenced her work.

The exhibition also includes an entire gallery dedicated to photographs from one of Abramović's earliest performances – Rhythm 10 – in which she stabbed a knife between her splayed fingers in rapid motion, changing the knife each time she cut her finger. She repeated this process twice, tape recording it on the first occasion so that she could mimic the movements on the second.

A selection of Abramović's iconic photographs is installed in the main gallery, providing a visual time line of the evolution of this pioneering performance artist. Works such as Rhythm O, Lips of Thomas, Carrying the Skeleton and Cleaning the House chart the trajectory of her career over the last 40-plus years. The main gallery also includes one of her newest videos, which is a startling image of Abramović, her face covered in gold leaf, staring out at the viewer. The faint ruffling of the gold leaf is the only motion in the video and draws the viewer in close for further inspection, whereby they ultimately find themselves meeting Abramović's direct gaze.

Marina Abramović, born in 1946 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, is without question one of the most important artists of our time. She was awarded the Golden Lion for Best Artist at the 1997 Venice Biennale for her extraordinary video installation/performance piece Balkan Baroque. Her work is included in many major public collections worldwide including: The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Holland; the Van AbbeMuseum, Eindhoven, Holland; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Tate Modern, London. Notable solo exhibitions have included: Seven Easy Pieces, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Star, Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, Japan; Marina Abramović: The Hero, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Marking the Territory, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland, and Public Body – Artist Body, The Kunstverein Hannover, Germany. James Wescott's extensive biography on Abramović, When Marina Abramović Dies, has recently been published by MIT Press and Babette Mangolte's documentary of Seven Easy Pieces has just been released on dvd.

Personal Archaeology will run concurrently with the major MoMA exhibition, Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present, on view at the museum through May 31st. During the MoMA's first-ever retrospective of a performance artist, Abramović will perform daily during the entire run of the exhibition, for a total of over 700 hours, in her longest solo piece to date. Abramović sits in silence in the museum's atrium during public hours, inviting visitors to take the seat across from her for as long as they choose within the time frame of the museum's hours of operation. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue of the same name.

Checklist

MARINA ABRAMOVIC
Personal Archaeology
May 8 - June 19, 2010


Gallery 1:

Private Archaeology, 1997-1999
mixed media
cabinet: 86 x 32 1/2 x 23 inches (218.4 x 82.6 x 58.4 cm)
stairs: 25 x 47 x 32 3/4 inches (63.5 x 119.4 x 83.2 cm)
unique

Gallery 2:

Rhythm 10, 1973 / printed 2010
13 framed gelatin silver prints
3 framed works: 49 x 67 1/2 inches (124.5 x 171.5 cm) each
10 framed works: 24 1/2 x 16 3/4 inches (62.2 x 42.5 cm) each
overall dimensions: 49 x 286 1/4 inches (124.5 x 727.1 cm)
edition of 3 and 2 APs

Main Gallery (center wall facing entrance):

Portrait with Golden Mask, 2010
color video projection on DVD, 30' loop
dimensions variable
edition of 9 and 2 APs

Main Gallery (clockwise from north wall on left):

Self Portrait with Skull, 2004
framed black and white print
image: 24 x 20 inches (61 x 51 cm)
framed: 27 x 23 inches (68.5 x 58.4 cm)
edition of 3 and 2 APs

Rhythm 0, 1974; publ. 1994
framed black and white photograph with framed letter press text panel
image framed: 29 3/4 x 39 1/2 inches (75.6 x 100.3 cm)
text framed: 10 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches (26 x 18.4 cm)
edition of 16 and 3 APs

Lips of Thomas (star on stomach), 1975; publ. 1994
framed black and white photograph with framed letter press text panel
image framed: 19 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches (49.5 x 59.7 cm)
text framed: 10 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches (26 x 18.4 cm)
edition of 16 and 3 APs

Thomas Lips, 1975/2005
framed chromogenic print
framed: 65 x 51 1/2 inches (165.1 x 130.8 cm)
edition of 7 and 3 APs

Lips of Thomas, 1975/1997
framed cibachrome print
framed: 50 1/2 x 50 1/2 inches (128 x 128 cm)
edition of 7 and 2 APs

Marina Abramovic/Ulay
Pieta, 1983: printed 2002
framed cibachrome print
framed: 73 1/4 x 73 1/4 x 2 3/8 inches (186.1 x 186.1 x 6 cm)
edition of 3 and 2 APs

Balkan Baroque, 1997; publ. 1998
cibachrome photograph, mounted to Plexiglas
49 x 85 inches (124 x 216 cm)
edition of 18 and 9 APs

Carrying the Skeleton, 2008
framed chromogenic print
framed: 81 1/4 x 72 1/4 inches (206.4 x 183.5 cm)
edition of 9 and 2 APs

Self Portrait with Skeleton, 2003
framed cibachrome print
framed: 50 3/4 x 80 1/4 inches (129 x 204 cm)
edition of 5 and 2 APs

Balkan Erotic Epic: Breasts #2, 2005
framed chromogenic print
framed: 50 1/4 x 50 1/4 inches (127.6 x 127.6 cm)
edition of 7 and 2 APs

Cleaning the Floor, 2004
framed chromogenic print
framed: 68 1/2 x 57 inches (174 x 144.8 cm)
edition of 5 and 2 APs

Happy Christmas, 2008
framed chromogenic print
framed: 55 1/4 x 55 1/4 inches (140.3 x 140.3 cm)
edition of 9 and 2 APs

Portrait with Flowers, 2009
framed archival pigment print
framed: 54 3/4 x 55 1/2 inches (139.1 x 141 cm)
edition of 9 and 2 APs

Sleeping Under the Banyan Tree, 2010
video projection on DVD, 56' loop
dimensions variable
edition of 9 and 2 APs

Main Gallery (south side of center wall):

The Kitchen I - Homage to Saint Therese, 2009
framed color Lambda print
framed: 88 1/4 x 64 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches (224.2 x 164.5 x 7 cm)
edition of 9 and 2 APs

Executive Director's Office (behind reception):

Golden Mask, 2009
framed chromogenic print
framed: 52 x 52 inches (132.1 x 132.1 cm)
edition of 9 and 2 APs
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