Yayoi Kusama

When 23 Sep 2017 - 9 Dec 2017
Where Judd Foundation
101 Spring Street
New York, NY 10012
United States

Public Opening: Friday, September 22, 6-8pm

Judd Foundation is pleased to present an exhibition of four paintings by Yayoi Kusama on the ground floor of 101 Spring Street in New York. The ground floor installation will be free and open to the public on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday afternoons from September 23 through December 9, 2017.

Donald Judd was a friend and advocate of Kusama’s early work in the Infinity Net series, writing as a critic for ARTnews, “Yayoi Kusama is an original painter. The five white, very large paintings [presented at the artist-run Brata Gallery in 1959] are strong, advanced in concept and realized.” The artists lived in the same building in the early 1960s, where Kusama constructed her first sculptural installations at the same time that Judd constructed his. The two artists maintained continued correspondence over the next two decades with Judd to visit Kusama while in Japan for an exhibition at Galerie Watari in February of 1978. Judd later installed an early ceramic work by Kusama, a gift from the artist, in his library at La Mansana de Chinati/The Block in Marfa, Texas. An exhibition of Kusama’s work at 101 Spring Street was discussed in letters between the artist’s studios in the 1980s, though not realized until now.

Curated by Flavin Judd, the exhibition at 101 Spring Street includes recent and new works from the artist’s ongoing Infinity Netseries.

Yayoi Kusama is made possible with support from David Zwirner, New York and Ota Fine Arts.

Public Programs

The exhibit will be accompanied by a series of public programs that explore Judd’s relationship with his contemporaries in New York from the 1960s through the 1980s. All events are free and open to the public. Tickets will be released in late September.

Matthew Levy and David Novros
Monday, October 16
Open viewing of floor two beginning at 6:00pm
101 Spring Street, New York, NY

Matthew L. Levy is Assistant Professor of Art History at Penn State Erie, the Behrend College. His writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail and Journal of Contemporary Painting, as well as in exhibition catalogues for the National Gallery of Canada and Museum Wiesbaden. He is presently working on a book manuscript about the status of abstract painting within the discourses of Minimalism, with a particular focus on the work of Robert Mangold, David Novros, and Jo Baer. His essay, “Specific Painting: David Novros, Donald Judd, and 101 Spring Street,” was recently published in the anthology, In Terms of Painting, published by Revolver Publishing.

David Novros was born in 1941 in Los Angeles, CA, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California in 1963. His work was first exhibited in a two-person show with Mark di Suvero in 1965 at the Park Place Gallery in New York. Novros had his first one-person shows at Park Place Gallery and Dwan Gallery the following year. His work has been exhibited in prominent venues, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Dallas Museum of Fine Art, Dallas; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Bremen Museum of Modern Art, Bremen, Germany. The artist currently lives and works in New York City.

Jack Flam and Judith Stein
Monday, October 23
101 Spring Street, New York, NY

Jack Flam is President and CEO of the Dedalus Foundation, and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Art and Art History at Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Dr. Flam is the author of numerous books, catalogues, and articles on various aspects of nineteenth and twentieth-century art, and on African art, and is most recently co-author of the catalogue raisonné of Robert Motherwell’s paintings and collages and of Robert Motherwell: 100 Years. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors and is the series editor of The Documents of Twentieth Century Art, published by the University of California Press, as well as an advisory board member of Source: Notes in the History of Art. He has served on the board of directors of the United States section of the International Association of Art Critics and was for several years the art critic of the Wall Street Journal. His articles and reviews have appeared in numerous journals, including ApolloArt BulletinArtforumArt in AmericaArt JournalArtNewsAmerican HeritageConnaissance des ArtsConnoisseur, and The New York Review of Books.

Judith E. Stein, a writer and curator, studied at Barnard College, and has a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of the cultural biography Eye of the Sixties, Richard Bellamy and the Transformation of Modern Art, (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2016).  Her curatorial projects include Red Grooms, A Retrospective, for the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and The Figurative Fifties, New York School Figurative Expressionism, co-curated with Paul Schimmel. Her exhibition, I Tell My Heart: The Art of Horace Pippin, traveled to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1995, and earned an award for that year’s best catalogue from AICA/USA. She also curated Deadeye Dick: Richard Bellamy and His Circle, open at Peter Freeman, Inc. from September 12 – October 28, 2017. Her articles, interviews and reviews have appeared in Art in AmericaArt News, and The New York Times Book Review, as well as on National Public Radio’s Fresh Air and Morning Edition. Among her honors is a Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant; a Pew Fellowship for literary non-fiction; and a Lannan Foundation writing residency in Marfa, Texas.

Julie Finch and Robert Hammond
Artists Against the Expressway
October 25
101 Spring Street, New York, NY

Robert Hammond is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Friends of the High Line, a nonprofit conservancy that he co-founded with Joshua David in 1999 to support the annual operating budget to maintain, operate, and program the park. Before the High Line, Hammond supported the launch of online businesses in the public health and travel commerce industries, and worked as a consultant for an array of organizations, including the Times Square Alliance, and Alliance for the Arts. He has been awarded the Vincent Scully Prize (2013), the Rome Prize by the American Academy in Rome (2010), the Rockefeller Foundation’s Jane Jacobs Medal, along with David (2010), and an honorary doctorate from The New School (2012). Hammond is also a self-taught artist and served as an ex-officio member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees. Hammond is a co-producer of the film Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, which chronicles a clash between mid-20th-century urban planning methods, and chronicles how they relate to today’s urban renaissance. Hammond is a graduate of Princeton University.

Lynn Zelevansky
Monday, October 30
101 Spring Street, New York, NY

Lynn Zelevansky is the Henry J. Heinz II Director of Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA). There, since 2009, she has instituted a variety of new participatory and experimental programs, some under the auspices of the new Hillman Photography Initiative, and overseen the successful 2013 Carnegie International. Previously, she was the Terri and Michael Smooke curator and department head, contemporary art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Among the many exhibitions she organized there was Love Forever: Yayoi Kusama, 1958-68 (1998). Prior to arriving in Los Angeles in 1995, Zelevansky was a curatorial assistant in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York where she organized Projects shows for artists such as Gabriel Orozco (1993) and Cildo Meireles (1990), and curated Sense and Sensibility: Women Artists and Minimalism in the Nineties (1994).  Zelevansky, who has published widely on modern and contemporary art, writes an irregularly appearing post, Inside the Museum,for the CMOA Web site. She holds a BFA from Pratt Institute, and an MA from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.

Susan Rosenberg
November 6
101 Spring Street, New York, NY

Susan Rosenberg, Consulting Historical Scholar at the Trisha Brown Dance Company, directs the M.A. Program in Museum Administration at St. John’s University, New York, where she is also Associate Professor of Art History. A former curator of modern and contemporary art (Philadelphia Museum of Art; Seattle Art Museum), she has published widely on Trisha Brown in international museum catalogs and academic journals. Her book Trisha Brown: Choreography as Visual Art appeared from Wesleyan University Press in 2016.

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