Curated by Dieter Schwarz
Beginning September 8, LGDR will present Head On, an exhibition curated by Dieter Schwarz that explores sculptural representations of the human face - a place where intellect, power, and soul are simultaneously brought to life.
Representations of the face are the foundation of visual culture, from ancient Mesoamerican sculpture to Renaissance portraiture to contemporary social media. Throughout the 20th century, modernist artists abstracted, distorted, and exaggerated the face in sculptural ways, revealing its relationship to external social and technological forces. For LGDR's exhibition, Schwarz - former director of the Kunstmuseum Winterthur in Switzerland and curator of the Skulpturenhalle at the Thomas Schütte Foundation in Düsseldorf, which has organized exhibitions by Gerhard Richter, Schütte, Jean Fautrier, Joel Shapiro and Bruce Nauman, among others - brings together sculptures spanning nearly a century: André Derain's Chinless Figure from the 1930s to Fautrier's Hostage Head from 1943-44, Anthony Caro's Cigarette Smoker I from 1957, Asger Jorn's Contemplazione faticata from 1972, and William Tucker's Masks from 2022. Together, these works trace a surprising and evocative history of approaches to expression.
Working in different styles and schools, the artists on view have challenged the traditional boundaries of representation, as Schwarz describes it, "building and destroying, caressing and attacking the figure, transgressing formal conventions and inventing faces never before seen."
909 MADISON AVENUE
September 8 - October 15, 2022