Liam Gillick, 199A TO 199B
Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, New York
23 June 2012 - 21 December 2012
This exhibition, curated by Tom Eccles, will engage CCS Bard graduate and current students in various ways, brings together one of the most influential bodies of work of the past 20 years, and includes many pieces which will be on view for the first time in the United States.
Liam Gillick: From 199A-199B revisits a formative period of the artist’s career in France, Germany, Italy and England, prior to his move to New York in 1998. This period took place during the recessionary years of the early 1990s – a dynamic period of artistic change, during which artists from the United States were exposing the workings of the gallery and institution while challenging the traditional status of artistic persona.
In Europe, artists were turning their attention to the matrix of cultural production within the context of fading public funding and a new freedom to travel following the fall of the Berlin Wall. Considering the relationship between the artist, the institution, and the audience to be mutually co-dependent in the creation of meaning, Gillick created situations where the outcome of the work was incomplete without involving the institution and the exhibition visitor.