“Hypothesis for an Exhibition”Exhibition

“Hypothesis for an Exhibition”

Dominique Lévy Gallery is pleased to present a collaborative artists’ project, curated by Begum Yasar. Inspired by the work of Giulio Paolini, the project is titled "Hypothesis for an Exhibition," and it is comprised of two components—an exhibition and an extensive publication dedicated to the work of the participating artists: Richard Aldrich, Harold Ancart, Sebastian Black, Kerstin Brätsch, GuytonWalker, KAYA, Charles Mayton, Giulio Paolini, Seth Price, Josh Smith, R. H. Quaytman, Antek Walczak, and Viola Yeşiltaç.

The project aims to explore the parallels in thought and aesthetic strategies between Paolini’s work, especially of the 1960s and the '70s, and the work of this younger generation of artists based in New York today. The main categories of investigation are: the relationship between the artist, the work, and the spectator; the phenomenon of vision; the becoming of art and the particular work of art; the moment of exhibition; the persona of the artist and the enigma of artistic creation. The project seeks to highlight Paolini's visionary status in this historical lineage as well as the various ways in which the practices under consideration have evolved and taken on additional layers with advancements in technology since Paolini’s first forays into these areas of investigation in the 1960s.

The publication, also titled "Hypothesis for an Exhibition," includes a selection of excerpts from the writings of Giulio Paolini, as well as new texts by Germano Celant, Seth Price, Begum Yasar, Antek Walczak, Sebastian Black, Kerstin Brätsch, Boško Blagojević, and Kari Rittenbach.

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Selected Works

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  • RICHARD ALDRICH
    Birthmark, 2012
    Paper and Polaroid on linen
    84 x 58 inches (213.4 x 147.3 cm)
    Courtesy the artist and Bortolami Gallery, New York.
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  • HAROLD ANCART
    Perfect Idea (1) (After You Have No Idea), 2014
    Oilstick on paper
    47 ¼ × 37 ¼ inches (120 x 94.6 cm)
    Photo Elisabeth Bernstein. Courtesy Dominique Lévy Gallery, New York.
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  • SEBASTIAN BLACK
    New Yorker Piece (Plinth), 2014
    Cut-out ads from The New Yorker magazine, paper, plinth, plexiglas
    41 1/2 x 45 1/4 x 3 15/16 inches (105.4 x 114.9 x 10 cm)
    Photo Elisabeth Bernstein. Courtesy Dominique Lévy Gallery, New York.
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  • SEBASTIAN BLACK
    New Yorker Piece, 2014
    Cut-out ads from The New Yorker magazine, paper, artist’s wood frame
    41 1/2 x 45 1/4 x 3 15/16 inches (105.4 x 114.9 x 10 cm)
    Photo Elisabeth Bernstein. Courtesy Dominique Lévy Gallery, New York.
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  • SEBASTIAN BLACK
    Period Piece, 2014
    Enamel on engraved dibond
    21 ⅞ × 12 inches (55.6 x 30.5 cm)
    Photo Elisabeth Bernstein. Courtesy Dominique Lévy Gallery, New York.
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  • SEBASTIAN BLACK
    Untitled, 2014
    Wood, gouache on paper drawing in artist’s wood frame, plastic painted figurine, felt
    4 x 30 1/2 x 18 inches (10.2 x 77.5 x 45.7 cm)
    Photo Elisabeth Bernstein. Courtesy Dominique Lévy Gallery, New York.
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  • KERSTIN BRÄTSCH
    Single brushstrokes in lead from “Glow rod tanning with ....” series, 2012
    Baked and sandblasted Artista glass, lead and antique glass
    9 x 17 1/4 x 1/2 inches (22.9 x 43.8 x 1.3 cm) each
    Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.
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  • GUYTONWALKER
    Untitled, 2009
    Inkjet print on drywall and paint can with inkjet print
    48 x 96 x 1/2 inches (121.9 x 243.8 x 1.3 cm)
    Edition 8 of 10
    Photo Martha Fleming-Ives. Courtesy the artists and Greene Naftali, New York.
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  • KAYA (Kerstin Brätsch and Debo Eilers) KAYA IV
    S is for Sex (Chamberbag Clubhand), 2014
    Grommets, mylar, vinyl, oil, digital print, epoxy, vinyl wire, speaker wire, meat hooks
    65 x 48 inches (165.1 x 121.9 cm)
    Photo Elisabeth Bernstein. Courtesy Dominique Lévy Gallery, New York.
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  • CHARLES MAYTON
    Indentation for space between ____, 2011– 2014
    Photographic print on canvas
    Two panels, 33 × 26 inches (83.8 x 66 cm) each
    Photo Elisabeth Bernstein. Courtesy Dominique Lévy Gallery, New York.
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  • GIULIO PAOLINI
    174, 1965
    Photograph mounted on panel
    9 1/2 x 7 1/8 inches (24.1 x 18.1 cm)
    Edition 1 of 3
    Titled, signed and dated 174 Giulio Paolini 1965 (on the reverse)
    © Giulio Paolini. Courtesy Archivio Giulio Paolini, Turin.
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    GIULIO PAOLINI
    Autoritratto (Self-Portrait), 1968
    Photo emulsion on canvas
    59 ½ × 49 ¾ inches (151.1 x 126.4 cm)
    Unique
    © Giulio Paolini. Courtesy Archivio Giulio Paolini, Turin.
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  • GIULIO PAOLINI
    Diapason, 1979– 80
    Graphite on canvas, canvas, wood, bronze
    42 × 39 ¼ inches (106.7 x 99.7 cm)
    © Giulio Paolini. Photo Elisabeth Bernstein. Courtesy Dominique Lévy Gallery, New York.
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  • GIULIO PAOLINI
    Mimesi (Mimesis), 1975
    Resin casts with marble bases
    Cast height 12 ⅞ inches (32.7 cm) each
    © Giulio Paolini. Photo Elisabeth Bernstein. Courtesy Dominique Lévy Gallery, New York.
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  • GIULIO PAOLINI
    Un quadro – Ahmed Barka (A Painting – Ahmed Barka), 1970
    Photo emulsion on canvas
    15 3/4 x 23 1/2 inches (40 x 59.7 cm)
    One of fourteen elements
    © Giulio Paolini. Photo Elisabeth Bernstein. Courtesy Dominique Lévy Gallery, New York.
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  • SETH PRICE
    Untitled, 2008
    Diptych: pencil and charcoal on paper
    17 1/2 x 23 1/4 inches (44.5 x 59.1 cm)
    27 1/4 x 21 1/4 inches (69.2 x 54 cm)
    © Seth Price 2014. Courtesy the artist and Petzel Gallery, New York.
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  • SETH PRICE
    Standard Household Set, 2011
    UV-cured inkjet on aluminum composite
    6 x 9 1/2 inches (15.2 x 24.1 cm) each
    Collection of 10 panels
    © Seth Price 2014. Courtesy the artist and Petzel Gallery, New York.
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  • R. H. QUAYTMAN
    Spine, Chapter 20 (iamb) (380), 2010
    Oil, silkscreen ink, gesso on wood
    32 ⅜ × 52 ⅜ inches (82.2 x 133 cm)
    © 2014 R. H. Quaytman. Private Collection. Photo Jeffrey Sturges. Courtesy the artist and Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York.
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  • JOSH SMITH
    Untitled, 2008
    Mixed media on panel
    60 x 48 inches (152.4 x 121.9 cm)
    Signed and dated Josh Smith 2008 (on the reverse)
    © 2008 Josh Smith. Courtesy the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York.
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  • VIOLA YEŞILTAÇ
    Untitled, 2011
    Silver gelatin print
    28 x 24 inches (71.1 x 61 cm)
    Edition 1 of 2
    Courtesy the artist and David Lewis Gallery, New York.
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  • VIOLA YEŞILTAÇ
    Untitled, 2011
    C-type print
    28 x 24 inches (71.1 x 61 cm)
    Edition 1 of 2
    Courtesy the artist and David Lewis Gallery, New York.
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  • VIOLA YEŞILTAÇ
    Untitled, 2011
    C-type print
    28 x 24 inches (71.1 x 61 cm)
    Edition 1 of 2
    Courtesy the artist and David Lewis Gallery, New York.
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  • ANTEK WALCAZAK
    haha still pretty cute, 2014
    Urethane enamel, pigment, oil paint, paint marker on canvas
    60 x 56 inches (152.4 x 142.2 cm)
    Courtesy the artist and Dominique Lévy Gallery, New York.
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  • CHARLES MAYTON
    Untitled, 2014
    Oil on canvas
    66 x 51 inches (167.6 x 129.5 cm)
    Signed and dated Charles Mayton 2014 (on the reverse)
    Courtesy David Lewis Gallery, New York.
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  • KERSTIN BRÄTSCH
    Interchangeable Painting (3 parts) from “Glow rod tanning with ....” series, 2014
    Mylar, oil, fluorescent light bulbs, museum wall
    Courtesy the artist and Dominique Lévy Gallery, New York.
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  • ANTEK WALCZAK
    Mona Lisa v. Furniture v. Instagram, 2014
    Acrylic paint, oil paint, wax crayon, paint marker on canvas
    60 x 56 inches (152.4 x 142.2 cm)
    Courtesy the artist and Dominique Lévy Gallery, New York.
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  • ANTEK WALCZAK
    Simple Frog (Ideal Artist MK II), 2014
    Oil paint, pigment, wax crayon, chalk, paint marker on canvas
    60 x 56 inches (152.4 x 142.2 cm)
    Courtesy the artist and Dominique Lévy Gallery, New York.
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Selected Press

Flash Art | Hypothesis for an Exhibition

September 30, 2014

Self-reflexivity, when reflected in a mirror becomes...what exactly? I always feel cautious with the …

Art Observerd | New York - "Hypothesis for an Exhibition" at Dominique Levy through August 15th, 2014

August 13, 2014

Hypothesis for an Exhibition, a survey show paying homage to the work of conceptual artist Giulio …

Cincala Art Advisory | Group Show "Hypothesis for an Exhibition" at Dominique Lévy, New York

August 10, 2014

The impressive group show “Hypothesis for an Exhibition,” curated by Begum Yasar and held at Dominique …

Blake Gopnik | The Daily Pic

August 8, 2014

THE DAILY PIC: This is “A Painting – Ahmed Barka”, painted (or rather, not!) in 1970 by the …

Glass Magazine | Hypothesis for an Exhibition. Giulio Paolini at Dominique Lévy, New York

July 28, 2014

The title Hypothesis for an Exhibition is a clear reference to Paolini’s 1963 work Ipotesi Per Una …

Mousse Magazine | “Hypothesis for an Exhibition” at Dominique Lévy, New York

July 24, 2014

Dominique Lévy gallery presents a collaborative artists’ project inspired by the work of Italian …

The New Yorker | "Hypothesis for an Exhibition"

July 20, 2014

This ambitious group show orbits around Giulio Paolini, the slippery Italian Conceptualist whose art …

W Magazine | Begum Yasar’s Hypothesis

July 16, 2014

In 1968, the Italian artist Giulio Paolini created a self-portrait in which he never appears. Instead, …

Blackbook | What's an Exhibition Anyways? Hypothesizing at Dominique Lévy Gallery

July 7, 2014

“Hypothesis for an Exhibition” opens Tuesday July 8th at Dominique Lévy Gallery, bringing a promising …

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