Just announced | 'Imaginary Ancestors,' a group exhibition at Almine Rech Gallery New York, May 2 - June 15, 2017
Almine Rech Gallery New York is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition Imaginary Ancestors (May 2 – June 15, 2017).The two-part exhibition will present an ambitious restaging of Paul Guillaume's radical 1933 exhibition entitled 'Early African Heads and Statues from the Gabon Pahouin Tribes', which took place just blocks away from Almine Rech's New York gallery, juxtaposed with work by contemporary and modern artists drawing from the concepts and imagery of Primitivism.
Organized by preeminent anthropologist Carlo Severi and renowned primitive art specialist Bernard de Grunne, Imaginary Ancestors continues the gallery's reputation for presenting museum-quality, curated exhibitions and presents the perfect opportunity to reengage with the alluring construct of the primitive from a simultaneously modernist and contemporary perspective. Presented in conversation with select works by contemporary artists Joe Bradley, Mark Grotjahn, Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, Ana Mendieta, James Turrell and Erika Verzutti and primitive pieces from the personal collections of Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder and David Smith, Guillame's seminal 1933 exhibition of Fang sculptures and modernist paintings by Max Pechstein, André Derain, Pablo Picasso will be reunited for the first time since the original exhibition at Durand-Ruel Gallery more than 84 years ago. Ultimately, these diverse African art objects and their juxtaposition with contemporary works pose a series of critical questions about the foundations of modernist art and urge us to imagine and question the visual and intellectual ancestry of contemporary primitive imagery.
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