Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Alan Saret and Kirstine Roepstorff at The Drawing Center


Alan Saret: Gang Drawings

Curated by João Ribas

Alan Saret, Three Circles Rules & Free Sweep, 1967. Colored pencil on paper. Photo by Cathy Carver.


Alan Saret, Three Circles Rules & Free Sweep, 1967. Colored pencil on paper. Photo by Cathy Carver.


Please join us for the opening reception on Thursday, November 8, 6-8 pm.

From November 9, 2007 to February 7, 2008, The Drawing Center will present Alan Saret: Gang Drawings, the first major museum exhibition of the pioneering artist’s work in nearly two decades. Saret is an important figure in the history of Post-Minimal art and was a vital part of the SoHo alternative art scene in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The exhibition will trace the evolution of Saret's process-based experimentation with drawing, including approximately thirty “Gang Drawings,” made with fistfuls (“gangs”) of colored pencils swept across the page, spanning from the late 1960s to the present. Organized in close collaboration with the artist, Alan Saret: Gang Drawings aims to reveal Saret's influence on a generation of postwar American artists and his contributions to the alternative arts movement, and will feature never-before-seen work from Saret's personal archive.


The exhibition will be accompanied by Drawing Papers 73, a 16-page edition of The Drawing Center's publication series featuring essays by Klaus Kertess , Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit , and Johanna Burton, critic and art historian, as well as color images of works in the exhibition.

There will be a free Gallery Talk on Saturday, December 1 at 4:00 pm with curator João Ribas.



Kirstine Roepstorff: It's Not the Eye of the Needle that Changed—The Time
Curated by João Ribas

Kirstine Roepstorff, One Dictator, 2007. Mixed-media collage-fabric, paper, and foil mounted on cardboard, 67 x 43 inches. © Kirstine Roepstorff, courtesy Peres Projects, Los Angeles Berlin. Photograph by Hans-Georg Gaul.


Kirstine Roepstorff, One Dictator, 2007. Mixed-media collage–fabric, paper, and foil mounted on cardboard, 67 x 43 inches. © Kirstine Roepstorff, courtesy Peres Projects, Los Angeles Berlin . Photograph by Hans-Georg Gaul.

Please join us for the opening reception on Thursday, November 8, 6-8 pm.

From November 9, 2007 through February 7, 2008, the Drawing Room will present an exhibition of new work by Berlin-based artist, Kirstine Roepstorff. Featuring the artist’s signature use of the medium of collage to confront the tension between political identity and individual desire, the exhibition will consist of twelve works ranging in size from 8 x 10 inches to a labor-intensive 12-foot installation mounted directly on the gallery wall. It's Not the Eye of the Needle that Changed--The Time will be the artist's first solo museum exhibition in North America .

Through a working method that Roepstorff calls “approprio-arranging,” the artist sews, glues, pins, and weaves together photocopies, fabrics, glitter, paper, and images appropriated from magazines and newspapers to construct a poetic, post-feminist narrative. Roepstorff's work addresses issues such as the failure of collective social projects, consumerism, and contemporary gender politics.


The exhibition will be accompanied by Drawing Papers 74 featuring an essay by art critic Daniel Kunitz and images of the new series of works.

On Saturday, November 10 at 4:00 pm, there will be a gallery talk with the artist in the Drawing Room. Admission is free.