Art News: La Carte D’Après Nature Exhibition at Matthew Marks Gallery

18 Aug

Currently running through October 8, 2011 is La Carte D’Après Nature at the Matthew Marks Gallery in New York City.

Curated by Thomas Demand, the exhibition features three rarely seen paintings by René Magritte (two of which are on loan from The Menil Collection, Houston). It takes its name from a journal published by Magritte between 1951 and 1965, in which he collected ideas from different times and places, relating them to one another by way of shared threads of thought.

René Magritte, Parmi les bosquets légers (In the Airy Glades), 1965

In La Carte D’Après Nature, works by artists were gathered by whose concern with the natural world connects them across spatial and temporal distances to his starting point, which is Magritte’s work.

A wide variety of sculptures, photographs, and films were selected for the exhibit, which will be installed in intimate spaces defined by labyrinthine walls based on a drawing by the artist Martin Boyce. Among the included works are 60 vintage color photographs by the Italian photographer Luigi Ghirri, early photographic works by August Kotzsch, sculptures by the young artists Saâdane Afif, Becky Beasley, and Kudjoe Affutu, an architectural model from Montreal’s Expo 67 designed by William Kissiloff, and a pair of Cubist “trees” made by Jan and Joël Martel for the 1925 Exposition International des Arts Decoratifs, as well as films by Tacita Dean, Ger van Elk, and Rodney Graham.

Luigi Ghirri, Alpe di Suisi, 1979

Luigi Ghirri, Francia, 1978

Jan and Joël Martel / Robert Mallet-Stevens

Exposition internationale des arts décoratifs et industriels modernes

Mallet-Stevens’ Garden of Modern Housing with the famous cubist trees by Jan and Joël Martel, 1925

William Kissiloff, Model of William Kissiloff’s Pulp and Paper Pavilion Expo’67, 2011

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