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In collaboration with Edition Schellmann, a group of 38 wall installations and editions:

Artschwager
Burden
Diamond
Flavin
Fleury
Förg
Gilbert and George
Grünfeld
Halley
Hirst
Judd
Knoebel
Kosuth
Kounellis
Levine
LeWitt
Merz
Mullican
Oursler
Paik
Paolini
Pistoletto
Schnabel
Sherman
Steinbach
Stingel
Trockel
Walker
Warhol

The Paula Cooper Gallery, in collaboration with Edition Schellmann, is pleased to present the first exhibition of the Wall Works series. The show will be on view from the 20th of February to the 20th of March, 1999.

In these pieces of and about the wall, leading contemporary artists have created site-specific installations available in a limited edition. Similar to the principle of prints and multiples, each work is conceived as an edition (of 5 to 20) and accompanied by drawings, directions, and a certificate of authenticity. Each Wall Work relates directly to its architectural setting, be it a corner, stairwell, or flat wall.

A five-year long project, Wall Works refers to a conceptual tradition dating back to Sol LeWitt’s first wall drawing executed at Paula Cooper Gallery in 1968. The ideology behind this production traces the artist’s conception as origin, eliminating the need for the artist to participate in the work’s physical realization.

Artists featured in the Paula Cooper Gallery show include LeWitt, Richard Artschwager, Daniel Buren, Dan Flavin, Peter Halley, Joseph Kosuth, Sherrie Levine, Gerhard Merz, Nam June Paik, Giulio Paolini, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Rudolf Stingel, Rosemarie Trockel, and Andy Warhol.

These works incorporate elements such as fluorescent light, industrial lamps, plaster casts, wallpaper, mirrors, video monitors, carpet, and painting. In Untitled (1997), Rudolf Stingel attaches a colored carpet to the wall. Sherrie Levine’s Pharmacie (1996) features red and green industrial lamps on a mauve-painted wall, referencing Marcel Duchamp’s rectified readymade from 1914. Joseph Kosuth juxtaposes warm white neon lights in the shape of different symbols on to a black painted wall to effect the “starry night” in Sigla, Finnegans Wake (1998). Giulio Paolini integrates two halves of a plaster cast on pedestals on to the surface of a white wall in his 1992 Vis-à-vis (Hera).

The show will travel to the Museum Villa Stuck in Munich, Germany in the fall of 1999.

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