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Artists Space: Marc Camille Chaimowicz
“Enough Tiranny Recalled, 1972 – 2009“
- 29 Sept 2009 to 14 Nov 2009

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29 Sept 2009 to 14 Nov 2009
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Artists in this exhibition: Marc Camille Chaimowicz

“Enough Tiranny Recalled, 1972 - 2009”
by Marc Camille Chaimowicz
Curator: Stefan Kalmár
September 29 - November 14, 2009
Artists Space Reopening September 26, 7 - 9 pm

Artists Space reopens on September 26, 2009 with “Enough Tiranny Recalled, 1972 – 2009,” by Marc Camille Chaimowicz, his first institutional exhibition in the United States of America.

During the 1960s, Marc Camille Chaimowicz (born in postwar Paris) was one of the first artists in the UK to merge the realms of performance and installation art. In the early 1970s, Chaimowicz commented on an era predominantly defined by stark minimalism with an unabashed pursuit of the beautiful, establishing an art that was both playful and subtly seductive. Informed by French literary figures (Gide, Cocteau, Proust, and Gênet) as well as contemporary Marxist and early gender theory, Chaimowicz’s beautiful and terrorizing post-pop scatter environments owe as much to glam rock, as it was a direct response to the political, and artistic dogmatism of its time.

“Enough Tiranny,” conceived in 1972 (the founding year of Artists Space), was a proposal that aimed to bring about new models of collaboration and sociability, attempting to question the alienation between viewer, artist, and institution. Not unlike installations by his contemporaries, such as the Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica, Chaimowicz’s works require a level of participation on behalf of the audience as well as the institution.

In the otherwise monochromatic environment of the early 1970’s, Chaimowicz developed an artistic language that responded to the dogmatism of its time by taking both political and emotional dimensions into account. His work speaks to the basic units by which we trade private desires with social hopes: building the texture of a communal existence.

The remembering, the revisiting, and the recalling of works from different periods of Chaimowicz’s life is integral to his way of working. “Enough Tiranny Recalled, 1972 -2009” demonstrates that “the future will, in all probability, fold itself into the past to better accommodate itself in the present.” (Marc Camille Chaimowicz)

Artists Space is pleased to announce the appointment of Stefan Kalmár as executive director and curator as of June 2009. Over the past two months, the organization has seen rapid and fundamental change on all levels.

Marc Camille Chaimowicz lives and works in London and Burgundy. Recent one person exhibitions include: Vienna Secession (forthcoming); De Appel, Amsterdam; FRAC, Bordaux; Ann Zee, Ostende, Centre D’art Contemporain La Synagogue, Delme; Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich, Norwich Gallery. Selected group exhibitions include the 5th Berlin Biennale and the Tate Triennial, London.

Stefan Kalmár (*1970) has held positions as Director of Kunstverein München (2005-2009), Director of Institute of Visual Culture, Cambridge UK (2000-2005), and Curator of Cubitt Gallery, London (1996-1999). He has curated numerous exhibitions, including “The Secret Public, The last days of the British Underground 1978-1988” co-curated with Michael Bracewell and “Oh Girl It is a Boy,” co-curated with Henrik Oleson and The Archive of Stephan Willats co-curated with Emily Pethick. He has also worked with numerous artists on a range of projects including: a survey exhibition of the work of Allora & Calzadilla, the exhibition project “Beugung” with Wolfgang Tillmans, and the first European survey exhibitions of Hilary Lloyd and Duncan Campbell. Stefan Kalmár is the editor, together with Daniel Pies, of the forthcoming publication “Be Nice Share Everything Have Fun” (400 p; 4c Walther Koenig), which will discuss the curatorial approach during his directorship in Munich.

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