November 7, 2016 – March 20, 2017
Thomas Allen / Marcel Broodthaers / Fernando Bryce / Tom Burckhardt / Joanne Calle / Shepard Fairey / Chris Johansen / Martin Kippenberger / Gabriel Kuri / Mosheka Langa / Ignacio G. Lang / Pavel Pepperstein / Mark Dean Veca
In an age of digital Photoshop, reality TV, and political campaigns, the veracity of images is not always defendable and is often beside the point. The industries of media, social and otherwise, know too well that the pairing of image and text is a great tool fo rthe imagination - used for everything from recounting history to political advertising, children's cartoons to marketing products. Even before Rene Magritte's iconic 1929 painting The Treachery of Images (ceci n'est pas une pipe) questioned the nature of visual representation, artists have been continually compelled to create devices that cast doubt on appearances and to exploit the possibilities.
Using strategies of humor and word play, thirteen international artists from the Deutsche Bank Collection mine this territory in various ways. Using a range of mediums, each present unique relationships between image and text that highlights the slippages between nature and artifice, truth and fiction, reality and surrealism. Marcel Broodthaers, another influential Belgian artist who was also a poet, made an entire artistic career questioning the nature of "value" and "taste", here visualized as rows of gold bars corresponding the names of famous old masters like Giorgione and Watteau with commodities like meat and chocolate. A few generations later, Gabriel Kuri explores similar terrain differently using newspaper stories, ticket stubs and other ephemera that measure our lives in quantum, time-based ways.
Like Mosheka Langa and Shepard Fairey, some identify with or pay homage to the people and artistic influencers that came before them, while others like Joana Calle and Fernando Bryce intimate darker memories related to colonialism and suppression in their own Latin American history. Fake news, comics, graphic novels in popular culture are also explored and repurposed here as strategies for examining past, present and future collective identities. The use of language as an integral part of the overall art image creates almost a "third wall" of believability. The incongruities produced are both playful and serious, and create a dialogue between works by these diverse artists.
June 13 - October 17, 2016
Monika Bravo / Joseph Beuys / Jessica Dickinson / Leonardo Drew / Sheila Hicks /
Rashid Johnson / Jennie C. Jones / Lee Krasner / Pepe Mar / Ciprian Muresan /
Jayson Musson / Louise Nevelson / Amy Sillman / Xaviera Simmons /
Fernando de Szyszlo / Ramon Vega / Letha Wilson
WOVEN highlights seventeen artists who engage with ideas related to weaving and intertwining in their practices. A focus on the tactile, the handmade, the desire to touch, the repetitive action of raveling or unraveling - these are concepts that underlie this exhibition and ideas that excite me in my own creative process.
Each artist in WOVEN employs different methods, tools and materials in order to contemplate various positions whereby the weaving process interfaces, both literally and figuratively, with the human body and/or physical space. The multiple works on view from the Deutsche Bank Collection and other loaned from galleries, lay bare basic forms, and infer how creative practices can often conjure abstract, concrete and at times metaphysical results.
Repetition is fundamental within my own practice and in the works of these international artists. The recurring actions of doing and undoing, adding and subtracting relate to time and movement, expressed through rhythmic and durational moments. Traditional anthropomorphic activities like weaving textiles into personal and trade products, breath work and mark-making can be seen as further repetitive devices that tie these works together. Employing a range of organic and inorganic materials, these artists' practices share a commonality with cultures where craft spills out from necessity- from the domestic need of home, of shelter for the body, as well as from the spiritual and the ritualistic.
Clear attention to color, geometry, texture, reductionist theory and the calligraphic are also aesthetic and specific choices. WOVEN seeks to elaborate how these multigenerational artists construct universal languages using individual vocabularies, how they weave new narratives in personalized spaces, and create intimate moments that are often simultaneously monumental. They nod to an epic human past while bringing historically common practices into present form.
-Xaviera Simmons, Artist and Guest Curator
in conjunction with Liz Christensen, Senior Curator
January 26 - May 19, 2016
Nicola Tyson / Eva Kot'atkova / Toyin Odutola
Viviane Sassen / Jansson Stegner / Despina Stokou
Deutsche Bank has a long and highly respected history of acquiring art that challenges viewers to contemplate beyond first glance. The Deutsche Bank Collection stands at the core of the "Art works" program. Since 1980, the Bank has been acquiring works on paper by cutting-edge, international artists, reinforcing its commitment to being a leader in cultural exchange, to encouraging new talent, and to keeping a finger on the pulse of current trends. Deutsche Bank maintains the philosophy that art helps to broaden perspectives, encourage diversity and foster dialogue in an increasingly divisive and complex world.
Collecting works on paper is a key component. Drawings and collages frequently offer revealing glimpses into the artist's thought processes and the root beginnings of ideas and innovations. Working on paper also allows an artist to explore a theme, or variations on it, for further discovery. By purchasing works on paper, the Art works program reinforces the essential "search" process which is an invaluable part of creative practice and integral to an artist's individual development.
The works on view offer a range of artistic positions by artists from different continents made over the last several years. All but one incorporate the figure in their investigations. Some react towards, others away from our digitalized world, using appropriated images or citing internet code as a starting point. Through a kind of portraiture, these artists intimately explore how we perceive ourselves and others in order to articulate new meanings and poetic possibilities. Many use distortion and pattern as expressive devices, presenting the body as psychological terrain.
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June 25, 2015 - January 4, 2016
Soumaila Adigun / Julio Jojo Austria / Pablo Carpio / Priscila De Carvalho /
Katya Grokhovsky / Elena Kalman / Jung S. Kim / Eleen Lin / Doris Neidl /
Eva Nikolova / Sunghee Pae / Olivié Ponce / Laetitia Soulier / Hidemi Takagi /
Miryana Todorova / Denise Treizman / Ezra Wube / Hai Zhang
"Face to Place" features select participants of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program from its inaugural year in 2007 through 2014. The exhibition highlights the acute observations and the unique perspectives that are often manifested through the immigrant-artist experience of transitioning to living and creating in another country. "Face to Place" brings together portraiture, landscape and observations regarding the contemporary urban, natural and social environments we share. Each of the artists is sensitive to different aspects of experience, incorporating an identity and allegiances that they bring with them into a new reality.
Seeking to understand their adopted home, the place they left, and the persistent dialogue between the two raises existential questions and often translates into dualistic modalities and juxtapositions in the work. Their practices explore a wide range of aesthetic positions that reflect the intellectual, political and emotional nature of re-location.
Duality is a consistent theme. Ezra Wube speaks of "belonging to two worlds. As an immigrant, one can never be fully part of the present or the past.” Denise Treizman considers this in her practice, reclaiming and inventing discarded objects from the streets of New York City. “These objects are particularly eye-catching to many of us who were raised in a ‘pass along’ culture, where the lifetime of an object is maximized (as opposed to easily disposable).” Doris Neidl’s video “Sometime” plays with the impossibility of “togetherness,” being close and far at the same time, as it is when living in two different countries.
Some of the artists, including Eva Nikolova, Olivié Ponce, Laetitia Soulier and Hidemi Takagi, manifest the theme with environmental structures. Eva Nikolova speaks about the persistent use of "vernacular architecture as a motif, for as immigrants [we are] always negotiating the notion of belonging, and grappling with the meaning of “home”. Katya Grokhovsky, Priscila De Carvalho and Hai Zhang bring social commentary to their observations of environment. Katya Grokhovsky’s performance, "Status Update," filmed in the Wall Street area, investigates the experience of alienation in crowds of visitors, while Priscila De Carvalho's images of nature and architecture are symbolic commentaries. "A Butterfly Flies," references the social reality for many countries in conflict, where destruction is both natural and man-made. She uses the imagery of butterflies "to enable the audience to feel a sense of hope within the chaos of the destruction taking place.”
Miryana Todorova and Pablo Carpio work with abstraction. Carpio speaks about his art as a “transformation of matter and how it moves between two mediums: painting and sculpture; becoming a metaphor for the author when he also lives between two territories...”
Todorova's colorful, twisted girders and spatial enclosures evoke urban experience and the frustrations of negotiating one's physical space in New York City.
Elena Kalman, Eleen Lin and Jung S. Kim ask us to look through their psychological and fantasy-based lenses, where they intertwine and juxtapose diverse cultural references, time periods and emotional states. Julio Jojo Austria and Soumailia Adigun’s works in particular speak about the emotional journey of the immigrant. Soumalia Adigun claims his work to be the “the language of love between the artist and the land of welcome.”
The Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program pairs foreign-born artists with NYFA Fellows and alumni who act as Mentors to help immigrant artists working in all disciplines acquire the skills and information necessary to compete and succeed as artists. Mentors meet regularly to help their Mentees accomplish a specific task, such as writing an artist statement, creating a website or completing a grant application. Group meetings, including an alumni mixer, serve to foster an active community and network to further support the Mentee’s career goals. The program is free of charge to accepted applicants who were born outside the U.S., but live and work in the New York Tri-State metropolitan area.
The Program reflects Deutsche Bank’s global commitment to supporting contemporary art and artists, as well as fostering creativity and cultural enterprise in local communities. Deutsche¬¬ Bank has had a long relationship with NYFA, as sponsors of an annual Deutsche Bank NYFA Fellow since 1999 and as partners in establishing the Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program in 2007.
“Face to Place” is organized by Felicity Hogan, Senior Program Officer of NYFA Learning, and David C. Terry, Curator and Director of Programs.
November 18, 2014 – March 17, 2015
Barbara Astman / Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons / Cao Fei / Keltie Ferris / K8 Hardy / Miyako Ishiushi / Siu Lan Ko / Sondra Meszaros/ Wangechi Mutu / Judy Pfaff / Soledad Salamé/ Fanny Sanin / Elisabeth Subrin / Carrie Mae Weems / Saya Woolfalk/ Miwa Yanagi
Deutsche Bank has been collecting cutting-edge, contemporary art for over 35 years. The bank’s earliest acquisitions for the Deutsche Bank Collection include works by many women who have had a seminal influence on subsequent generations, among them Louise Bourgeois, Marlene Dumas, Isa Genzken, Eva Hesse, Lee Krasner, Jac Leirner and Joan Mitchell.
Continuing the tradition of supporting the perspectives of women, Deutsche Bank Art will present an exhibition of 16 noted women artists at its internal, onsite gallery in New York in November. The exhibition is being staged on the 20th-year anniversary of the Women on Wall Street conference and its initiatives focused on success for women in the financial sector.
The title of the exhibition, Herland, loosely references the 1915 novel of the same name, a version of utopia written as a trilogy by the pioneering American feminist and sociologist, Charlotte Perkins Gilman. In Gilman’s story, a three-man expedition discovers an isolated society composed entirely of women. This civilization is based on parthenogenesis (a form of reproduction without fertilization) and has an ideal social order: free of war, discomfort, and domination, rich in education and cooperation, and where pragmatism and aesthetics are equally considered in all pursuits.
Following the spirit of this amusing and allegorical narrative about gender, ideals and community, eight renowned women from the Deutsche Bank Collection will display a recent work. In addition, and as a condition, each is invited to recommend a work by another female artist they admire for inclusion in the show.
Rather than trying to portray Gilman’s tale or extolling her feminist perspectives, the show seeks to highlight the traditional precedents of women supporting other women. The artists’ works in Herland are radically divergent yet touch upon a variety of universal themes, encompassing both utopian and dystopian versions of cultural hybridity, memory and transformation, nature and landscape, and personal and collective identity. At the same time, the concept further highlights the definition of the Deutsche Bank Collection: to present the diverse perspectives of contemporary artists from around the globe whose work has universal resonance.
LIMA 130 K
November 13 – March 26, 2014
Solange Adum / Mariella Agois / Ernesto Benavides / Ana De Orbegoso / Maricel Delgado / Antonio Escalante / Marina García Burgos + Ricardo Ramon / Nelly García / Sebastian Gonzales / Roberto Huarcaya / Luana Letts / Musuk Nolte / Lorry Salcedo / Hans Stoll / Ricardo Yui
The long-standing photographic tradition of Peru spans more than a century of visual production, closely linked with documenting the social and regional characteristics of the coast, the Andean region and the Amazon forest. For Lima, the capital city, the 1970s were a period stamped by changes so profound that the size and social structure of Lima was forever redefined. No wonder those years became witness to a drastic change in photographic representation, and Lima became the new center for the production and development of Peruvian photography.
Forty years later, the transformation of Lima continues. Overflowing growth together with imminent social changes challenges the enduring relationship between Lima and the Pacific Ocean. The many contradictions existing between city and sea are further exacerbated by conflicting interests. Colonization, recreation, migration, inequality, environmental degradation, violence, and public access are all current issues underlying the works of these contemporary photographers.
From the northern to its southern boundary, Lima covers 130 kilometers of urban coastline. Each of the 16 artists captures various ways in which the town relates to the sea, using approaches including documentary, digital collage, image motion, conceptual and even photojournalistic techniques. These make up an extensive visual summary, one which ultimately links Lima´s wide heterogeneous range of cultures with its diverse photographic tradition. On the 500th anniversary of the sighting of the Pacific Ocean by Vasco Nunez de Balboa, it is clear that today both city and photography are so overwhelming that they defy comprehension if looked upon from a single place. Rather, the intersection of art, urbanism and nature faces a broad sea of multiple perspectives and opportunities.
June 24 – October 25, 2013
Bambi the Mermaid / Aaron Beebee / Zoe Beloff / Coney Island Hysterical Society/ Homer Croy / Richard Eagan / William F. Mangels / Philomena Marano / Steve Powers / Marie A. Roberts / Dick D. Zigun
In the 115 years since George C. Tilyou opened Steeplechase Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn, artists, small business owners, and creative individuals have been the leaders in a narrow field of entertainment and amusement that privileged creativity and textual prowess in architecture and design, and offered visitors a place to lose themselves in environments created by nominal outsiders. This strange, special environment continues to look like a world reflected in a funhouse mirror - where a misfit can be mayor and normal, middle-of-the road people are hailed as genius superstars.
The artists in this exhibition have all, at some point in their careers, been inspired by the unexpected freedoms that the amusement industry (at its height as well as in its decline) provides for creative thinkers. They have each gravitated to this nurturing space for their own creative outlet, and made the creative arm of the amusement industry all the richer for it. Inspired by the fantastic stories of Coney Island as a home for outsiders and “freaks”, they all create work that is at times literary and performative – and that references the history of amusement. “Topsy Turvy” celebrates the utopian concepts that bind this evolving artistic community, wherever their work takes them, as it continues to be shaped by shared interests and contemporary practices.