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Pipilotti Rist: Heroes Of Birth

Luhring Augustine Gallery
531 West 24th Street, 212-206-9100
September 11 - October 16, 2010
Reception: Friday, September 10, 6 - 8 PM
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Luhring Augustine is pleased to present Heroes Of Birth, an exhibition of new work by Pipilotti Rist. This will be Rist’s third solo exhibition at the gallery, and will feature the debut of two video installations as well as a more intimately-scaled video sculpture.

Rist is best known for sensual and provocative video works which explore the human body and its relationship to environments, both private and public, personal and political. Layers Mama Layers (2010) extends and amplifies the experiential nature of her work. The main gallery will be filled with translucent fabric descending from the ceiling amid a multitude of shifting projections. The cascading cloth serves as a canvas for the projections, as do the viewers themselves as they wind through the otherworldly space. Layers Mama Layers demonstrates an evolution in Rist’s practice, with elements not often seen in her past work such as the use of text.

The rear gallery will be covered in wallpaper designed by Rist and will feature Massachusetts Chandelier (2010), a tiered structure suspended from the ceiling. Comprised of a metal skeleton draped in second-hand underpants, the installation will be illuminated by warm light and two projections. All or Nothing (2010) consists of a triptych of screens featuring imagery of body parts rippling in rhythmic motion, their perpetual search for synchronicity veering between the erotic and the spiritual.

Pipilotti Rist (b. 1962, Grabs, Switzerland) has exhibited extensively in major international institutions and has received numerous awards including, most recently, the prestigious Joan Miró Prize from the Fundació Caixa Girona in Spain. Current solo exhibitions are Friendly Game – Electronic Feelings, at Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona and Schliessen Sie mir das Kleid, Danke! (Close My Dress, Thank You) at Museum Langmatt, Baden, Switzerland. Recent exhibitions include Elixir – The video organism of Pipilotti Rist, which travelled last year from Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands to KIASMA Museum for Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland and Pour Your Body Out (7534 Cubic Meters) at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Her work can be seen in numerous publications and in the collections of museums and institutions worldwide, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Kunsthaus Zurich, the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent, Belgium; and the Montreal Museum of Fine Art. Rist currently lives and works in Zürich, Switzerland.
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