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NEW YORK—The Paula Cooper Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent work by Robert Grosvenor.

Grosvenor will show Quadrum (2005-2006), a four-part sculptural work composed of discrete painted elements. A low-slung brown base supports a flat blue bubble shape. Two sets of freestanding welded steel elements are placed a few feet apart from the base-and bubble composition. The sculpture recalls Albatrun (2002), another Grosvenor sculpture previously shown at Paula Cooper Gallery, in which heterogeneous but conspicuously ordinary and even cartoonish elements are put in relation with each other to create a multi-part work.

Robert Grosvenor’s art has variously been termed “enigmatic,” “eccentric,” “elliptical,” and “inexplicably compelling,” without a doubt in large part because it so gracefully eludes the received notions of what contemporary sculpture should look like. Interested since the 1960s in the articulation of space, in creating or marking spaces and interspaces through simple, abstract forms, Grosvenor is often indeed included in the exhibitions that defined the Minimalist movement, such as Primary Structures (Jewish Museum, 1966) and Minimal Art (Den Haag Gementemuseum, 1968). His work, however, demonstrates such a degree of independence and idiosyncrasy as to make this label (or any label) hardly appropriate.

Quadrum was previously shown at the recent SITE Santa Fe Biennial.

Born in New York City in 1937, Robert Grosvenor studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and the Ecole Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in France and the Universitá di Perugia in Italy. He lives and works in Long Island, NY.

For more information, please contact the gallery: (212) 255-1105 or
info@paulacoopergallery.com