cart, horse, cart

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Open: Tue-Sat 10am-6pm

501 W 24th Street, NY 10011, New York, USA
Open: Tue-Sat 10am-6pm


cart, horse, cart

New York

cart, horse, cart
to Fri 16 Aug 2019
Tue-Sat 10am-6pm

Lehmann Maupin presents cart, horse, cart, a group exhibition that spans both of the gallery’s Chelsea locations.


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Lehmann Maupin W 24 St cart horse cart 1

Lehmann Maupin W 24 St cart horse cart 2

Lehmann Maupin W 24 St cart horse cart 3

The exhibition brings together the work of 13 artists, three of whom—McArthur Binion, Angel Otero, and Lari Pittman—are part of the Lehmann Maupin program. Taken together, the works in cart, horse, cart reveal the deliberate structures embedded in abstraction. Organized by Curatorial Director Anna Stothart, the works presented emerge from more traditional formal, material, and spatial concerns, while also explicitly engaging with social, political, and psychological areas of influence to expand the established narrative traditionally used to answer the question, “Where does abstraction come from?”

Zachary Armstrong
Jennifer Bartlett
McArthur Binion
Cecily Brown
Sarah Cain
Beverly Fishman
Joanne Greenbaum
Tomashi Jackson
Donald Moffett
Angel Otero
Lari Pittman
Terry Winters
Molly Zuckerman-Hartung

Comprised of an accomplished and diverse group of artists, this exhibition explores the intrinsic, rigorous, hybrid, and systematic qualities these artists pursue within their individual practices. The viewer is thus encouraged to consider a more expansive view of abstraction that includes, but is not limited to, personal and shared histories, cultural specificity, modes of identify, and of course, process.

cart, horse, cart was inspired by an exhibition Michael Goodson curated at the Wexner Center for the Arts in 2018, titled Inherent Structure. That exhibition, which featured 60 multigenerational artists from Sam Gilliam, to Laura Owens, to Angel Otero, reinterpreted abstraction’s historical associations with chance, gesture, and aesthetic purity, sparking a dialogue between Stothart and Goodson. This presentation is the outcome of that exchange, intending to illustrate how contemporary practices emerge not only from formal conventions of painting, but also from empirical conditions unique to each artist and their process. The title of the exhibition alludes to the non-linear and often intuitive nature of creating a work of art, particularly relevant as it speaks to the process, form, content, and installation associated with abstraction.

While artists like Angel Otero, Tomashi Jackson, and Molly Zuckerman-Hartung push against the confines of the shape of the standard canvas and stretcher bar to create paintings that activate the space they occupy, others such as Sarah Cain, Beverly Fishman, and Donald Moffet explore materiality as a way to deal with the rigorous content of each work. Together, the artists featured in cart, horse, cart, explore the myriad styles and underlying systems artists continue to consider by reexamining the complex foundations and assumptions embedded in abstraction.

Installation view: cart, horse cart, 2019. Lehmann Maupin, W 24 Street. June 20 – August 16, 2019. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul. Photo: Matthew Herrmann.

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