Walid Raad & David Diao Exhibition

Paula Cooper Gallery "521 W 21 St."

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The Paula Cooper Gallery presents recent work by Walid Raad and David Diao, opening on September 22 at 521 West 21st Street. The exhibition is conceived as an encounter in visual form between two artists who have known each other for the last 17 years and have had wide-ranging conversations about architecture, color, modernism, temporality and the archive, subjects that have been at the core of their respective art in varied ways.

Walid Raad will present recent works from an ongoing project entitled “Scratching on Things I Could Disavow: A History of Art in the Arab World”. Since 2007, the artist has been exploring how recent historical events in the Middle East have affected the creation, exhibition and experience of art in the region and abroad. “Scratching…” takes as its point of departure the vertiginous expansion of the infrastructure for the arts in the Arab world to produce works that register, in their very fabric, the effect of material and immaterial pressures.

Raad lives in New York and has been Associate Professor of Art at The Cooper Union, New York, since 2002. A version of “Scratching on Things I Could Disavow” was presented this summer in Documenta 13, Kassel. Among the international exhibitions he has participated in are Documenta 11 (2002), the 2000 and 2002 Whitney Biennials, the 2003 Venice Biennale, and the 2011 Sharjah Biennial. He has had one-person exhibitions at the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2006), the Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid (2009), the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2010) and Museo Tamayo (2011), among other venues. His work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Walker Art Center, the Kunsthaus Zürich, the Centre Pompidou, and numerous other institutions. He is the recipient of the 2011 Hasselblad Award.

David Diao is known for paintings and collages that examine the legacy of artists such as Kasimir Malevich, Barnett Newman and Gerhard Richter, and architects Mies van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer and Philip Johnson. Using catalogue pages, documentary photographs and other ephemera, and through a combination of text and abstracted iconography, Diao creates works that comment on the history of Modernism in art and architecture. For this exhibition, Diao uses a photograph of the Russian architect Konstantin Melnikov’s studio in Moscow. Built in 1927 and until very recently left in a sad state of disrepair, the cylindrical space and its array of hexagonal windows serve as a point of departure for a group of paintings that consider Melnikov’s life and the varying fortunes of his career.



from September 22, 2012 to October 27, 2012

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