The Fine Arts Building: 105 Hudson Street, New York, NY
Aside from the John Weber Gallery Invitational, a group show he curated in the summer of 1975, Lives was Jeffrey Deitch's first curatorial project. The theme of Lives was artists who deal with peoples' lives (including their own) as the subject and/or medium of their work. In more simplified terms (the subtitle of the exhibition): artists who use life as their medium. Much of the most exciting new art in the mid-1970s was performative. Lives was one of the first exhibitions to bring together the new generation of artists who fused life and art with artists like Joseph Beuys and Andy Warhol who inspired this new direction.
The exhibition took place in an abandoned office building on the corner of Franklin and Hudson Streets in New York City (the current location of Nobu Restaurant). All of the artists were invited to create pages for the xeroxed catalogue which is now a collectors item. The following excerpt from the catalogue text amplifies the theme of the show:
For the "Post-Conceptual" artists in the "Lives" exhibition, the most fertile area of art activity has become the investigation of the artist and his environment, and as an extension, the study of people in general in their confrontation with the creative decision-making process. The forces in peoples' lives that cause art to be created, and the questions about the relationship between art and life have always been of great importance to artists, but now they have a special meaning in terms of the esthetic progression beyond Formalism and the Formalist bias of the Minimal and Conceptual movements. The most interesting recent work refers not to the object itself, but to the forces that shape creative activity. As Dennis Oppenheim sings in the song that accompanies the spastic dance of his self-portrait marionette in the "Lives" show, "It ain't what you make, it's what makes you do it!"
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
18 Wooster Street
76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
Monday – Friday
10 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 6 PM
The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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