Under the Night Sky

October 25 – December 15, 2018

albertz benda & Friedman Benda, New York, NY

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Alex Katz, Wendell Castle, Ettore Sottsass, Philip Guston, Yoichi Ohira, Baluch & related tribes, David Wiseman, Thaddeus Wolfe, Andile Dyalvane

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Baluch & related tribes, Byung Hoon Choi, Ena Swansea, Misha Kahn

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Alex Katz, Wendell Castle, Philip Guston, Chris Schanck, Baluch & related tribes

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Misha Kahn, Rob Reynolds, Nan Goldin, Cindy Sherman, Baluch & related tribes, Tom Hammick

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David Wiseman, Baluch & related tribes, Chris Schanck, Christopher Le Brun, Anders Ruhwald, Ettore Sottsass, Thaddeus Wolfe, Byung Hoon Choi, Albert Blakelock, Ena Swansea, Misha Kahn, Rob Reynolds, Nan Goldin, Cindy Sherman, Tom Hammick

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Brie Ruais, Lee Mullican

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Yayoi Kusama, Kathleen Jacobs, Christopher Wool, Baluch & related tribes

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Baluch & related tribes, Bo Joseph, Billy Al Bengston, Friedrich Kunath

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George Baselitz, Baluch & related tribes, Alfonso Ossorio, Piero Dorazio

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Billy Al Bengston, Friedrich Kunath, Baluch & related tribes, Mark Tobey, Mario Schifano 

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Wendell Castle [American, 1932-2018]
Hopeful Morning, 2015
Stained Ash
57.5 x 54 x 79.5 inches
146.1 x 137.2 x 201.9 cm
Unique
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Misha Kahn [American, b. 1989]

The Part of the Morning I'm Never Awake for, 2018

Patinated steel, mixed media

72 x 41 x 21 inches

183 x 104 x 53 cm

Unique

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Faye Toogood [British, b. 1977]
Pew Bench / Moon, 2016
Sand-cast bronze, silver nitrate
17 x 49.25 x 17.75 inches
43 x 125 x 45 cm
Edition of 8
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Ettore Sottsass [Italian, 1917-2007]
Yantra no. 29 (FF no. 777), 1969
Ceramic
15 x 15.25 x 4.75 inches
38 x 39 x 12 cm
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Byung Hoon Choi [Korean, b. 1952]
afterimage of beginning 016-472, 2016
Basalt
25.25 x 51.25 x 31.5 inches
64 x 130 x 80 cm
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Anders Ruhwald [Danish, b. 1974]
East Pole Before the Lights, 2018
Glazed earthenware
57.5 x 20 x 18 inches
146.1 x 50.8 x 45.7 cm
Unique
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Chris Schanck [American, b. 1975]

Invasion, 2018

Resin, steel, glass, polystyrene, nylon fiber, aluminum foil 

45 x 44 x 24 inches

114 x 112 x 61 cm

Unique

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Andile Dyalvane [South African, b. 1978]

Nkcokocha (Mountain Peak), 2016

Black Clay and wengé wood

59 x 39.5 x 31.5 inches

150 x 100 x 80 cm

Unique

“Be clearly aware of the stars and infinity on high. Then life seems enchanted after all.”

—Vincent Van Gogh

 

 

The night sky remains an enduring source of inspiration. For millennia, this universal cover of darkness at once symbolizes life and death, fascination, fear, immorality, regeneration, and a blank slate for our projected dreams and desires.

 

Under the Night Sky explores the numerous ways in which the frontier of the night sky influences the human psyche and continues to hold artists in its grip. Spanning the spaces of Friedman Benda and albertz benda, the exhibition brings together significant works by modern, post-war, and contemporary artists and designers with a selection of seminal Central Asian rugs. The works in the exhibition engage with the night sky on both conscious and unconscious levels, featuring the interplay between literal homages to the night sky and works with looser interpretations of the theme, whose makers innately channel the emotive presence of night.

 

The centerpiece of this exhibition is a rare collection of 19th century Baluch and related tribes’ Mina Khani rugs. Palettes of midnight blues, coral and cherry reds, and emerald greens are often punctuated by white floral and geometric motifs, which symbolize prosperity and fertility. These textiles on an unconscious level evoke the visual effect of luminescent stars amidst the night sky.

 

On view at Friedman Benda: Wendell Castle, Byung Hoon Choi, Andile Dyalvane, Misha Kahn, Faye Toogood, Yoichi Ohira, Anders Ruhwald, Chris Schanck, Ettore Sottsass, David Wiseman and Thaddeus Wolfe.

 

On view at albertz benda: Georg Baselitz, Billy Al Bengston, Ralph Albert Blakelock, Peter Doig, Piero Dorazio, Nan Goldin, Philip Guston, Tom Hammick, Kathleen Jacobs, Bo Joseph, Alex Katz, Friedrich Kunath, Yayoi Kusama, Christopher Le Brun, Lee Mullican, Alfonso Ossorio, Rob Reynolds, Brie Ruais, Mario Schifano, Cindy Sherman, Ena Swansea, Mark Tobey, and Christopher Wool.

 

 

For more information on albertz benda, please visit www.albertzbenda.com.

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‘Under the Night Sky’, Albertz Benda & Friedman Benda, New York
Hali Magazine
October 31, 2018