Jan 19 — Feb 18
I, too, wondered if I could sell something and succeed in life. For quite a while I had been good for nothing. I am forty years old... The idea of inventing something insincere nally crossed my mind and I set to work at once.
- Marcel Broodthaers
A fiction allows us to grasp reality and at the same time that which is veiled by reality.
- Marcel Broodthaers
Marlborough Chelsea is pleased to present Blind Cut, a group exhibition curated by Jonah Freeman and Vera Neykov. The works in Blind Cut address notions of fiction or deception and present objects and gestures that range from: depictions of fictional places, imagined personas, inaccurate histories, invented language, urban utopias and complex, and unrevealed material gestures. This diverse collection, spanning several generations from Dada to the present, poses questions regarding identity, authorship, originality and reality.
The tradition of art as trickery or deception is rich and varied. Whether it is the fantastical architecture imagined by Piranesi, the Surrealist’s use of trompe l’oeil or the Cottingley Fairies photographic series by Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths, much of the significant art over the last century has approached questions of authenticity through methods of appropriation, re-contextualization and critique. Examples in expanded culture are equally numerous, ranging from Luis Buñuel’s faux ethnographic film Land Without Bread (exhibited), and Orson Welles’ 1938 fake radio news presentation of H.G. Welles’ War of the Worlds, as well as in recent years: Clifford Irving’s fake biography of Howard Hughes, the false journalism of former New York Times writers Judith Miller and Jayson Blair and the late capitalist trends of credit default swaps and phantom wealth.
Anchoring the exhibition is the work of Marcel Broodthaers, whose short yet diverse artistic career employed action as its principle medium. In projects such as Musée d’Art Moderne, Department of Aigles (1968-74), and Décor (1974-75), Broodthaers presented a situation in which objects and environments framed as ‘fictions’ revealed the layered and often dubious conditions of our so-called ‘real’ institutions.
Accompanying the exhibition will be a fully illustrated catalogue that along with documentation of the work exhibited will also include interviews, writings and ephemera surrounding the themes of fiction and deception. A viewing schedule for the films will be released on the gallery website in conjunction with the show.
Artists include: Julieta Aranda, Fia Backström, Darren Bader, Sebastian Black, Marcel Broodthaers, Luis Buñuel, Guy de Cointet, Anne Collier, Der Dada, John Dogg, Mark Flood, Claire Fontaine, Phillip Gabriel, Ryan Gander, Mario Garcia Torres, Oto Gillen, George Grosz, Lothar Hempel, Pierre Huyghe, Alex Israel, Billy Jacobs, Matt Johnson, Asger Jorn, Craig Kalpakjian, Mike Kelley, Robert Lazzarini, Daniel Lefcourt, Gabriel Lester, Andrea Longacre-White, Adam McEwen, Francis Picabia, Phillip Pierce, Adina Popescu, Eileen Quinlan, Ed Ruscha, Kurt Schwitters, Cindy Sherman, Gibb Slife, Christof Spengemann, Superstudio, J. St. Bernard, Je rey Vallance, Annabel Vale Archive, Antek Walczak, and Bruce + Norman Yonemoto.
Contributor List: François Aubart, J.G. Ballard, Anna Blume, Elmyr de Hory, Roe Ethridge, John Fare, James Frey, Pierre Huyghe, Cli ord Irving, J.T. LeRoy, Raimundas Malasauskas, Philippe Parreno, Michael Phelan, Richard Prince, and Alex Waterman.