Cosima von Bonin

CvB Singles Uptown Remix

September 16 - October 31, 2015

Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 16th, 6-8pm

35 E 67th Street

Petzel Gallery is pleased to announce CvB Singles Uptown Remix, a solo exhibition of works by Cologne-based artist Cosima von Bonin. This is her seventh solo exhibition with the gallery. The show will be on view from September 16 – October 31, 2015 with an opening reception on Wednesday, September 16th, from 6-8pm.

CvB Singles Uptown Remix, at Petzel’s uptown gallery, will present a survey of work created since 2000—rags, mushrooms, a 'soft' fence, an enormous octopus and other curious objects from Cosima's diverse oeuvre. Von Bonin is famous for her deep-seated distrust of the 'professional' artist—the assumed expert in matters of aesthetic self-importance. Instead her creative impulse could originate in some urban tale, possibly propelled further by a studio assistant, and perhaps completed by a museum guard or installer: all experts in their own arenas. Bonin's art happens somewhere in the process of translation, but if her career is filtered through a 25-year long apprenticeship in art-making, then a greatest hits show presents a conundrum: each title is formally complete and exquisite. Her soft sculpture of a St. Bernard (with scarfs) rests on an expensive treasure box camouflaged as a pedestal; three oversized birds dangle from the ceiling like a grotesque mobile; a quilt Rorschachtest image paraphrases Andy Warhol yet liberates his queer iconography from the tomb of his superstardom.

Cosima von Bonin was born in Mombasa, Kenya in 1962. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout the United States and internationally. Solo exhibitions include MUMOK, Vienna (2014); Artipelag, Sweden (2013); Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis (2011); Arnolfini, Bristol (2011); Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva (2011); Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2011); Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2010); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2008); documenta 12, Kassel (2007).

An illustrated catalogue with an essay by Jacob Proctor was produced for this show and is available at the gallery and at petzel.com.

Petzel Gallery is located at 456 West 18th Street New York, NY 10011 and 35 East 67th Street New York, NY 10065. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

For press inquiries, please contact Janine Latham at janine@petzel.com, or call (212) 680-9467.


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    TOTAL PRODUCE (MORALITY)
    2010
    Various fabrics, foam materials, polyfill, rubber, wood, and neon tubes
    86.61 x 86.61 x 23.62 inches
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    GEORGE
    2007
    Wool, cotton, loden, velvet
    109.45 x 120.08 inches
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    NON-ZERO ENTHUSIASM
    2009
    Cotton, silk, fleece
    90.55 x 79.92 inches
  • 4 / 22
    A LIFE COACH LESS ORDINARY
    2008
    Cotton, silk
    97.64 x 73.23 inches
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    RORSCHACHTEST #3
    2006
    Cotton, linen
    113.78 x 91.73 inches
  • 6 / 22
    SMOKE 2008/2011 (CVB & MICHEL WUERTHLE)
    2011
    Steel, lacquer, plate-glass, spruce; SMOKE: Perspex, steel, lacquer, neon lamp, light-emitting diode
    129.92 x 46 x 28 inches
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    UNTITLED (THE GREY SAINT BERNARD WITH BOX)
    2006
    Various materials
    55.91 x 27.56 x 37.4 inches
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    DANN AUS NEIGUNG
    2004
    Cotton, wool
    92.52 x 94.49 inches
  • 9 / 22
    Ohne Titel (Pilz #78)
    2004
    Loden
    70.87 x 29.53 inches
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    PESSIMISMUS DER REIFE
    2008
    Cotton, wool
    97.24 x 60.24 inches
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    THROWN OUT OF DRAMA SCHOOL
    2008
    Tweed, towelling, cotton, silk, polyfill, plastic
    76.77 x 70.87 x 39.37 inches
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    OHNE TITEL (fence)
    2000
    Wool, foam material
    46 x 55 x 8 inches
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