February 17th, 2015

“Looking Back” at White Columns

Greg Parma Smith

Artists: Dennis Adams, Etel Adnan, Sam Anderson, Polly Apfelbaum, BFFA3AE, Sarah Charlesworth, Mike Cloud, Anne Doran, Koji Enokura, Peter Fend, Magdalena Suarez Frimkess, Charles Gaines, Guy Goodwin, Sheila Hicks, Gordon Hall, Van Hanos, David Hartt, Stanya Kahn, Annette Kelm, Josh Kline, Justine Kurland, Maria Lassnig, Louise Lawler, Robert Longo, Jeanette Mundt, Sigmar Polke, Mira Schendel, Trevor Shimizu, Greg Parma Smith, Frances Stark, Keiichi Tanaami, Malick Sidibé, Lily van der Stokker, Orlando Tirado – FLEX, Alex Waterman, Carrie Mae Weems, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein

Venue: White Columns, New York

Exhibition Title: Looking Back

Date: January 13 – February 21, 2015

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"Looking Back" at White Columns

"Looking Back" at White Columns

Full gallery of video, images, press release and link available after the jump.


Maria Lassnig, Self Portrait, 1971, 35mm film animation transferred to video, 8 min. Courtesy of Maria Lassnig Foundation and Petzel, New York.


Maria Lassnig, Kantate, 1992, 35mm film animation transferred to video, 8 min. Courtesy of Maria Lassnig Foundation and Petzel, New York.


Keiichi Tanaami, Sweet Friday, 1975, 16mm film animation transferred to video, 3.21 min. Courtesy the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co, New York.


Keiichi Tanaami, Good-bye Elvis and USA, 1971, 16mm film animation transferred to video, 7 min. Courtesy the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co, New York.


Keiichi Tanaami, Crayon Angel, 1975, 16mm film animation transferred to video, 2.55 min. Courtesy the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co, New York.


BFFA3AE (Daniel Chew and Micaela Durand), Live [EXPLICIT], 2014, HD Video, 29.07 min. Courtesy of the artists.


David Hartt, The Republic, 2014, HD video, score by Sam Prekop, 16.08 min. Courtesy of David Nolan Gallery, New York.


Images courtesy of White Columns, New York

Press Release: 

“Looking Back” is the ninth installment of the White Columns Annual. The exhibition is now a fixture on White Columns’ calendar. Each year, an individual or a collaborative team (e.g. an artist, a curator, a writer, etc.) is invited to make an exhibition at White Columns based on their personal experience of looking at art in New York in the previous year. For the ninth ‘Annual’ exhibition, White Columns has invited the New York-based collective Cleopatra’s (Bridget Donahue, Bridget Finn, Colleen Grennan, Erin Somerville), to make the selection.

In a very straightforward sense, the ‘Annual’ exhibition hopes to reveal something of the complexities involved in trying to negotiate – and engage with – New York’s constantly shifting cultural landscape. The format of the exhibition inevitably encourages highly subjective and deeply personal responses to the realities of viewing art in New York. The ‘Annual’ exhibition series hopes to illuminate aspects of the specific, yet highly idiosyncratic  routes –geographical, intellectual, historical, social, etc. – that individuals follow in an increasingly expansive and fragmented cultural environment.

Through the re-contextualization of artworks encountered in other circumstances and contexts, the exhibition hopes to establish – albeit temporarily – a new ‘narrative’, a conversation, of sorts, amongst artists and artworks, that seeks to illuminate and/or explore certain underlying tendencies, conditions, or connections that perhaps might otherwise have remained elusive or obscured. In re-thinking the (fairly) recent past the exhibition hopes to provoke something akin to a sense of deja-vu, establishing a scenario that is at once both reflective and forward thinking.

There are no restrictions as to what type of work can be included. “Looking Back” seeks to eliminate any categorical or hierarchical distinctions we might place upon artworks (e.g. based upon the circumstances in which they were originally seen, or the seniority of an individual artist, etc.) These works might have been originally encountered in exhibitions at institutions, galleries, and not-for-profit spaces, or during visits to artists’ studios etc.

Link: “Looking Back” at White Columns

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