The Space Between Reference and Regret

September 9 - October 23, 2010

537 W 22nd Street

Matthew Brannon
Daniel Buren
Wade Guyton
Allan McCollum
Philippe Parreno
Stephen Prina
Karin Sander
Cheyney Thompson
Heimo Zobernig

Opening reception: Thursday, September 9th from 6-8 PM

In 1951 Robert Rauschenberg made his white paintings which were called by his friend and contemporary John Cage "airports of the lights, shadow and particles" referencing the white surface's sensitivity to its surroundings. Through Cage's observation, the white painting acts much like a screen on to which a shadow, for example, could suddenly alter the perception of the art. Within that frame, the artwork's surface can only seemingly refer to itself and becomes transitory in meaning, letting both the environment and the viewer's perception dictate its reference point.

This exhibition brings together a group of contemporary artists whose practices are aligned with a keen sense of how a work of art both simultaneously contains and references information. The exhibition explores the point where the object and concept converge within a sparse or minimal field. With each artwork's bare aesthetics, meaning shifts depending upon the artist's intentions, the viewer's perception and participation, or the physical space's layout.

The gallery space itself parallels Cage's observation in that the seemingly austere placement diverges into multiple individual conceptual strategies. Attention is drawn to the question of site specificity by Daniel Buren's work and Stephen Prina 'system specific' practices that engage traditional concepts of site specificity together with institutional criticism. The object itself becomes the center of focus in Heimo Zobernig's primed white canvas, while Allan McCollum's multiple pieced 'surrogates' explore ideas of the unique object and that of the division of labor, and Wade Guyton's "Untitled" paintings of large X's printed upon white canvases act as empty ciphers and signifiers upon an already vanquished visual plane. Hovering just below the ceiling, Philippe Parreno's "Speech Bubbles" provide a proverbial empty depository for the individual voice of the viewer. The balloons create an idealistic installation for social dialogue, each object containing an individual voice in a group of shared interests. For these artists, reduction to the bare elements is not bound to the aesthetics of nothingness but rather becomes a vehicle to expand concept infinitely.

Friedrich Petzel Gallery is located at 537 West 22nd Street New York, NY 10011. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. For further information, please call (212) 680 – 9467 or email info@petzel.com.




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  • Stephen Prina
<i>Exquisite Corpse: The Complete Paintings of Manet</i>
80 of 556 (Portrait of Zacharie Astruc), 1864
1990
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    Stephen Prina
    Exquisite Corpse: The Complete Paintings of Manet
    80 of 556 (Portrait of Zacharie Astruc), 1864
    1990
  • Heimo Zobernig
<i>Untitled</i>
1993
Preprimed canvas and wood
96 x 214 x 1 5/8 inches (overall)
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    Heimo Zobernig
    Untitled
    1993
    Preprimed canvas and wood
    96 x 214 x 1 5/8 inches (overall)
  • Matthew Brannon
<i>Useful—Useless—Used</i>
2010
Collage and acrylic on canvas
32 x 28 inches
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    Matthew Brannon
    Useful—Useless—Used
    2010
    Collage and acrylic on canvas
    32 x 28 inches
  • Matthew Brannon
<i>Psychological</i>
2010
Collage and acrylic on canvas
32 x 26 inches
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    Matthew Brannon
    Psychological
    2010
    Collage and acrylic on canvas
    32 x 26 inches
  • Allan McCollum
<i>Collection of  480 Plaster Surrogates</i>
1982/1989 Gray Frames
Enamel on cast Hydrostone
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    Allan McCollum
    Collection of 480 Plaster Surrogates
    1982/1989 Gray Frames
    Enamel on cast Hydrostone
  • Philippe Parreno
<i>Speech Bubbles (Red)</i>
2010
2000 red mylar balloons and balloon gas
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    Philippe Parreno
    Speech Bubbles (Red)
    2010
    2000 red mylar balloons and balloon gas
  • Karin Sander
<i>Mailed Painting
Bonn-Gmuden-New York</i>
2007
White primed canvas
Diameter 59.06 inches
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    Karin Sander
    Mailed Painting
    Bonn-Gmuden-New York

    2007
    White primed canvas
    Diameter 59.06 inches
  • Karin Sander
<i>Gebrauschsbilder</i>
2010
White primed canvas
48 x 36 inches
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    Karin Sander
    Gebrauschsbilder
    2010
    White primed canvas
    48 x 36 inches
  • Karin Sander
<i>Gebrauschsbilder</i>
2010
White primed canvas
48 x 36 inches
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    Karin Sander
    Gebrauschsbilder
    2010
    White primed canvas
    48 x 36 inches
  • Cheyney Thompson
<i>Untitled (Magenta-Green)</i>
2009
Oil on canvas
55 1/2 x 44 inches
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    Cheyney Thompson
    Untitled (Magenta-Green)
    2009
    Oil on canvas
    55 1/2 x 44 inches

Wade Guyton

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Allan McCollum

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Stephen Prina

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Heimo Zobernig

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Catalogues
Allan McCollum

Allan McCollum

Allan McCollum: Obras 1980 - 2008 Uma Selecao / Works 1980 - 2008 A Selection

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Introducao / Introduction By Jacopo Crivelli Visconti

Com Textos De / With Texts By Andrea Fraser, Craig Owens, Dietmar Elger, Hal Foster, Helen Molesworth, Jill Gasparina, Lynne Cooke, Rhea Anastas, Rosalind Krauss e / and Allan McCollum - entrevistado por / interviewed by D.A. Robbins, Robert Enright, Thomas Lawson.

agosto a outubro de 2009 / August through October, 2009
Luciana Brito Galeria.

Allan McCollum

Allan McCollum

Allan McCollum

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Interview by Thomas Lawson.

Published By A.R.T. Press, Los Angeles, 1996.

© 1995 Art Resources Transfer, Inc.

ISBN: 0-923183-14-0

Heimo Zobernig

Heimo Zobernig

Kunstverein Braunschweig

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Preface by Karola Grässlin.

Essays by Vitus Weh, The Crystal Soul of the Modern Museum.
David Pestorius, Due Process. Some Notes on Heimo Zobenig's Grid Paintings and their Antecedents.

Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln

© 2006 Heimo Zobering, Kunstverein Braunschweig, David Pestorius, Vitus Weh, Karola Grässlin und/and Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln.

ISBN: 3-86560-111-1

Heimo Zobernig

Heimo Zobernig

Austelung Katerlog

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Preface by Eva Badura-Triska, Who or What Is Heimo Zobernig?

Essays by:
Eva Badura-Triska, Heimo Zobernig-A Monograph.
Klemins Gruber, Monika Meister, Éducation géometrique The Young Zobernig Sized Up the Theater.
Christian Höller, Around 1982. Visual Negation in the Early Work of Heimo Zobernig.

Verlag der Buchhandlung Walter König, Köln.

© MUMOK, Museum Moderner Kunst Wien.

ISBN: 3-88375-646-6

ISBN: 3-88375-646-6

Philippe Parreno

Philippe Parreno

Suicide in Vermillion Sands

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New York City, October 2008.

Maxime Barbier, Marion Bayot, Esther Berelowitsh, Marc Borneo, Maxime Buechi, Roch Deniau, Stéphanie Dupont, Nicolas Gallet, Aline Girard, Thibault Gleize, James Goggin, Charlotte Jankowski, Masha Karpushina, Aude Lehmann, Urs Lehni, Marie Lusa, Gaël le Maitre, Pierre Marie, Véronique Marques,  Claire le Roy, Guy Meldem, Laurent Meszaros, Peter Maybury, Aurélie Morassut, Chris Neal, Andreas Och Fredrika, Clément Rodzielski, Tomoë Sugiura, Régis Tosetti, Sylvia Tournerie, with Philippe Parreno

OCLC Number: 465475009

Stephen Prina

Stephen Prina

We Represent Ourselves to the World

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Stephen Prina, We Represent Ourselves to the World, Galerie Max Hetzler.

Edited by Michelle Piranio.
Essays by Janelle Porter, James Mayer, Wilhelm Schürmann.

2004, UCLA Hammer Museum, UCLA Department of Art, Critical and Curatorial Studies.

© The Regents of the University of California.

ISBN: 0-943739-26-8

Wade Guyton

Wade Guyton

Color, Power & Style

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This catalogue was published on the occasion of the exhibition Wade Guyton. Color, Power & Style at Kunstverein in Hamburg.
October 29, 2005 - January 8, 2006.

Published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln.

© 2006 Wade Guyton, Kunstverein in Hamburg, authors, and Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln.

ISBN: 3-86560-089-1

Wade Guyton

Wade Guyton

Zeichnungen für ein großes Bild

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This catalogue was published on the occasion of the exhibition Wade Guyton at Museum Ludwig Köln.
April 23 - August 22, 2010.

Published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln.

2010 © Wade Guyton, Museum Ludwig Köln und / and Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln.

ISBN: 978-3-86560-814-7

Wade Guyton

Wade Guyton

Wade Guyton, 1er avril - 28 mai 2006, La Salle de bains, 56, rue Saint-Jean, Lyon

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This catalogue was published on the occasion of the exhibtion Wade Guyton at Le Salle de bains.
April 1 - May 28, 2006.

The American Action Printer by Vincent Pécoil.

© Wade Guyton, Vincent Pécoil, La Salle de bains.

ISBN: 978-2-84066-199-3