76 Grand Street
Bearding The Lion In His Den, a re-creation of David Salle’s November 1977 installation at the Kitchen, was presented by Deitch Projects from March 3 – 24.
Some of the most important innovations in the painting, sculpture, and photography associated with the 1980s came out of the art performance and performative installations of the 1970s. David Salle was one of the first artists to apply the conceptual performance of the 1970s to painting. Performance continued to be an important element in Salle’s approach to his work. Revisiting his installation work of the 1970s gave us an insight into how Salle developed this interest in conceptual film and performance into a new vision of painting. Salle’s painting was characterized by a poetic juxtaposition of images that evoked memories and emotions. His 1977 installation was structured around the kind of unexpected, but evocative, juxtapositions of objects, words, sounds, and images that informed his paintings and his artistic vision.
The Kitchen was a vital center for the new art and performance in the 1970s. It was just as important for the artists of Salle’s generation as the major SoHo galleries. The artist Robert Longo was the Kitchen curator who had invited Salle to present his installation.
Deitch Projects presented David Salle’s 85-foot mural painting Songs for Sale from 1997 last September. The re-creation of Bearding The Lion In His Den was part of an ongoing program to exhibit major works and projects from Salle’s career, from the mid 1970s to the present.
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
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The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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