Pier 94 - Booth 912 Mar 07 – Mar 10 2019
From 7 – 10 March 2019, von Bartha participates for the third time in The Armory Show, New York. The gallery presents a dynamic exchange between three modern artists: Jesús Rafael Soto (Venezuela, 1923 – 2005) László Moholy-Nagy (Hungary, 1895 – 1946) and Antonio Calderara (Italy, 1903 – 1978), and five contemporary artists: Imi Knoebel (Germany, b. 1940), Landon Metz (US, b. 1985), Terry Haggerty (UK, b. 1970), Karim Noureldin (Switzerland, b. 1967) and Anna Dickinson (UK, b. 1961).
Commissioned specifically for the fair, a unique textile work by Noureldin serves as both artwork and decorative object on the floor of the booth. Handwoven in the increasingly rare ‘Panza style’ – a technique unique to a small village community about 40 minutes’ drive from Jaipur, in western India – the work was created in collaboration with Stefan von Bartha.
Glass sculptures by Anna Dickinson indicate the artist’s dedication to craftsmanship, creating exquisite vessels in a range of colours and shapes, often combined with metal or other materials. Highly skilled and attuned to the properties of glass, she perceives and pushes the limitations of the material, blurring the boundaries between glassware, ceramics and sculpture.
A specially curated section of the booth displays works on paper exploring works by artists including Calderara and Moholy-Nagy – a key member of the Bauhaus movement, which marks its centenary year in 2019. These are shown alongside contemporary pieces from artists such as Noureldin, whose design, geometric compositions and fine textures also reflect Calderara’s geometric vocabulary, refined colour palette and precise measurements.
In turn, Haggerty’s recent works oscillate between flat and two dimensional space, as well as positive and negative elements, to convey a dynamic and sculptural appearance – shown here alongside site-specific paintings by Metz, the works similarly explore theoretical approaches to colour, form and surface.
Finally a highlight of the booth is a large work by the leading German artist Imi Knoebel. Known for his theoretical approach to colour, form and surface, Knoebel’s powerful use of colour combinations work to reveal the physical potentialities behind often rudimentary materials. Through a career spanning over 50 years, he has revisited these themes and materials in various pioneering ways.