Wolfgang Laib Sean Kelly Gallery

The artist's studio in South India

Wolfgang Laib Sean Kelly Gallery

Wolfgang Laib installing:
Without Place - Without Time - Without Body, 2007
rice mountains, 5 mountains with hazelnut pollen
unique installation at Sean Kelly Gallery

Wolfgang Laib Sean Kelly Gallery

Rice House, 2007
black Indian granite, black smoke, sunflower oil and rice
6 5/8 x 7 1/2 x 14 5/8 inches
(17 x 19 x 37 cm)
WL-37

Wolfgang Laib Sean Kelly Gallery

Rice House, 2007
red Indian granite, black smoke, sunflower oil and rice
6 5/8 x 4 x 20 7/8 inches (17 x 10 x 53 cm)
WL-38

Wolfgang Laib Sean Kelly Gallery

Staircase, 2003
black Burmese lacquer on wood
114 x 72 1/2 x 24 3/8 inches
(290 x 185 x 62 cm)
WL-27

Wolfgang Laib Sean Kelly Gallery

Rice House, 2007
red Indian granite, red ghee
6 5/8 x 4 x 45 1/4 inches (17 x 10 x 115 cm)
WL-32

Wolfgang Laib Sean Kelly Gallery

Rice House, 2007
red Indian granite, red ghee
6 1/4 x 3 1/8 x 18 1/8 inches (16 x 8 x 46 cm)
WL-33

Press Release

Sean Kelly is delighted to announce a major exhibition of new work by Wolfgang Laib, his first since joining the Gallery. The opening will take place on Thursday, September 6th from 6pm until 8pm. The artist will be present.

"Without Time-Without Body-Without Place" is organized around one of Laib's most important new, large-scale pollen and rice installations. The exhibition also contains a monumental double staircase, new black and red houses of Indian granite, and wax sculptures.

Wolfgang Laib is, without question, one of the seminal artists of our time. He lives and works closely with the cycles of nature and his preferred materials include milk, pollen, rice, wax and marble. His installations utilize ancient, elemental forms such as cones and ziggurats. Laib's forms and artistic processes are intuitive, pure and universally resonant.

Laib says of his work, "all are basically concerned with one and the same thing: with a journey, with the concurrence of motion and stillness, of material and immaterial, of the durable and the ephemeral, with balance and transformation, with the attempt to explore the irrational or the impossible, and with the search for an entrance or a passage to another world." Laib's work emphasizes art's spiritual dimension and in doing so, demands an intellectual as well as an emotional response.

Wolfgang Laib (b. 1950) studied medicine at the University of Tübingen while concurrently attending lectures in art history, philosophy, psychology and Oriental philology. He also studied Indology, and learned Sanskrit, Hindi and Tamil. In 1982 he exhibited at documenta 7 in Kassel, and in 1986 his first official solo exhibition was held in the Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris. In 1987 he was represented once more in Kassel, at documenta 8. Following were major exhibitions in the Kunstmuseum Bonn (1992), Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles (1992), Kunsthaus Bregenz (1999/2000), Hirshhorn Museum/Washington DC (2002), Dallas Museum of Art/Texas (2002), Haus der Kunst/Munich (2002/3), Fondation Beyeler Riehen/Basel (2005/06) and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain.

Checklist

ENTRANCE
Untitled, 2006
pencil and oil pastel on paper
unframed: 25 5/8 x 19 3/4 inches (65 x 50 cm)
framed: 30 x 26 1/4 inches (76.2 x 66.7 cm)
WL-77

GALLERY I (clockwise from left)
Staircase, 2003
black Burmese lacquer on wood
114 x 72 1/2 x 24 3/8 inches (290 x 185 x 62 cm)
WL-27

Ganesha, Meenakshi, South India, 2006
gelatin silver print
unframed: 16 x 12 inches (41.3 x 30.4 cm)
framed: 24 1/2 x 20 1/4 inches (62.2 x 51.4 cm)
edition of 4
WL-53

Row of Nayanars, the 63 Shaivite saints,
Vaithisvarankovil, South India, 1984
gelatin silver print
unframed: 14 x 11 inches (35.4 x 27.7 cm)
framed: 24 1/2 x 20 1/4 inches (62.2 x 51.4 cm)
edition of 6
WL-61

Row of Nayanars, the 63 Shaivite saints,
Vaithisvarankovil, South India, 1984
gelatin silver print
unframed: 14 x 11 inches (35.4 x 27.7 cm)
framed: 24 1/2 x 20 1/4 inches (62.2 x 51.4 cm)
edition of 6
WL-62

Altar of the Navagrahas, the Nine Planets,
Kumbakonam, South India, 1998
gelatin silver print
unframed: 14 x 11 inches (35.4 x 27.7 cm)
framed: 24 1/2 x 20 1/4 inches (62.2 x 51.4 cm)
edition of 6
WL-66

GALLERY II (clockwise from left)
Rice House, 2007
red Indian granite, black smoke, sunflower oil, rice
6 5/8 x 4 x 20 7/8 inches (17 x 10 x 53 cm)
WL-38

Rice House, 2007
red Indian granite, red ghee
6 1/4 x 3 1/8 x 18 1/8 inches (16 x 8 x 46 cm)
WL-33

Rice House, 2007
red Indian granite, red ghee
6 5/8 x 4 x 45 1/4 inches (17 x 10 x 115 cm)
WL-32

Rice House, 2007
black Indian granite, black smoke, sunflower oil, rice
7 1/2 x 8 5/8 x 46 1/2 inches (19 x 22 x 118 cm)
WL-35

Rice House, 2007
red Indian granite, black smoke, sunflower oil, rice
6 5/8 x 4 3/4 x 30 inches (17 x 12 x 76 cm)
WL-39

Rice House, 2007
black Indian granite, black smoke, sunflower oil, rice
6 5/8 x 7 1/2 x 14 5/8 inches (17 x 19 x 37 cm)
WL-37

MAIN GALLERY
Without Place - Without Time - Without Body, 2007
rice mountains, 5 mountains with hazelnut pollen
dimensions variable
unique installation
WL-31

FRONT OFFICE
The self is never born, nor does it die at any time -
It will not disappear when the body will die, 2006
pencil and oil pastel on paper
unframed: 25 5/8 x 19 3/4 inches (65 x 50 cm)
framed: 30 x 26 1/4 inches (76.2 x 66.7 cm)
WL-79
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