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Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years (Works)

Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years - Image captions in order of appearance: 

<p style='margin-right:0in;margin-left:.3in;font-size:15px;font-family:1. Lorraine O’Grady Sisters IV, 1980/1994 - 2. Senga Nengudi Wet Night, Early Dawn, Scat-Chant, Pilgrims Song (exhibition portrait), 1996 - 3. Lyle Asthon-Harris Man and Woman #2, 1987-88 - 4. Adrian Piper Food for the Spirit, 1971 - 5. Adrian Piper The Mythic Being, Cycle I, 1974 - 6. Oladélé Ajiboyé Bamgboyé Arise, 1991 - 7. Helena Almeida Pintura Habitada, 1975 - 8. Adrian Piper Vanilla Nightmares #9, 1986 - 9. Preston Scott Cohen Eyebeam (Floor 0 – roof), 2001 - 10. Tom Wood Untitled (Looking for Love), 1982-85 - 11. Senga Nengudi Répondez s’il vous plaît, 2003 - 12. Fang Lijun 2001.11.22, 2001 - 13. Bharti Kher Angel, 2004 - 14. Jutta Koether I Is Had Gone, 2005 - 15. Senga Nengudi Asp-Rx, 2005 - 16. Tejal Shah What are You? (installation view), 2006 - 17. Dona Nelson Brain Stain, 2006 - 18. Chitra Ganesh The Mystery (from Tales of Amnesia), 2002 - 19. Huma Mulji Still Life, 2004 - 20. Ashok Sukumaran Glow Positioning System (video still), 2005 - 21. Krishna Reddy The Great Clown, 1975-82 - 22. Sheela Gowda Private Gallery, 1999 - 23. Looped and Layered: A Selection of Contemporary Art from Tehran, 2009 - 24. Rose Wylie Plastic Bride Profile & Cat, 1998 - 25. Yamini Nayar Cascading Attica, 2011 - 26. Yve Laris Cohen Cross Hesitation, 2012 - 27. Newsha Tavakolian Look, 2012-13 - 28. Gauri Gill Sunita, Sita and Nirmala, 2003 - 29. Dona Nelson Phigor, 2014 30. Barbad Golshiri Tombstone of Beckett, 2000-13 31. Mike Cloud Removed Individual, 2013 - 32. Rose Wylie Girl and Spiders, 2015 - 33. Dona Nelson models stand close to the paintings, 2017 34. Kathrin Sonntag Problems and Solutions, 2017 - 35. Harriet Korman Untitled, 2017 36. Mike Cloud Tears in abstraction (studio portrait), 2019 - 37. ecofeminism(s) 2020 - 38. Harriet Korman Notes on Painting: 1969 – 2019, 2020 - 39. Dona Nelson Stretchers Strung Out on Space (studio portrait), 2021 - 40. Stefan Sagmeister Beautiful Numbers, 2021.

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Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years - Installation view
Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years - Rose Wylie, <i>Italien Hats</i>, 2003. Oil on canvas, 72 x 68 in.
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We presented Rose Wylie’s 2003 painting <i>Italien Hats</i> at the 2010 edition of NADA Miami Beach. Wylie's work made its first appearance at the gallery in <i>Animate Matter</i>, a group show in February/March 2010, which was then followed by her first, Roberta Smith reviewed - and almost sold out - US solo exhibition in October/November. In the July 9, 2010 issue of <i>The Guardian</i>, Germaine Greer introduced Wylie's work to a wider audience asking, Italien Hats are Wylie’s references to sculpture (both Henry Moore and the early David Smith come to mind); the sexual innuendo of her forms; and the spatial tension generated by the two floating figures, which - ostensibly splayed out on a purple lawn - simultaneously form a circle with the figures in the foreground (evoking Matisse’s celebrated Dancers).
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Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years - Installation view
Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years - Yamini Nayar, <i>Cleo</i>, 2009.
C-print, 30 x 40 in. Edition of 5 plus II AP
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Yamini Nayar's exemplary, early photograph <i>Cleo</i> (30 x 40 in, ed. of 5 +2AP) was included in <i>Arrested Views</i> (2009), a two-person show with Sheela Gowda which was reviewed by Holland Cotter in <i>The New York Times</i> and by Abhay Sardesai in <i>Art India</i>, as well as being listed in <i>The New Yorker</i>.
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Pairing Nayar's work with the more established South Asian Gowda, <i>Arrested Views</i> served as an excellent introduction to the artist’s practice:
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Nayar wryly builds transitional architectural spaces and objects out of found and readily available materials such as plaster, paperboard or wooden scraps. Her process-oriented practice not only fuses sculpture with photography but also incorporates painting, lighting as well as historical photographic color techniques — and, most importantly, time. Material traces of earlier stages of the constructions — or in her more recent work, the merging of multiple exposures taken from different phases of the same model— all point towards the temporary aspects of her work, creating multidimensional, transtemporal visual spaces.
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Serving as the photograph's “punctum,
Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years - Installation view
Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years - Senga Nengudi, <i>Performance Piece (Triptych)</i>, 1978.
Gelatin silver print, edition of 5 (+1 AP), 40 x 31.5 or 31.5 x 40 in. ea.
Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years - Installation view
Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years - Barbad Golshiri, excerpt from <i>Jxalq [(d3ælgh) v.t. & i. act of creating a masturpiece]</i>, 2006.
Video endless loop, edition of 5 (+1 AP).
Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years - Newsha Tavakolian, <i>Look (portrait)</i>, 2012/13. Inkjet print, edition of 7 (+2 AP), 41 x 55 in.
Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years - Installation view
Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years - Dona Nelson, <i>Night Studio</i>, 2008. Acrylic mediums and dyed cheesecloth on canvas, 83.5 x 84 in.
Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years - Harriet Korman, <i>Untitled</i>, 2016. Oil on canvas, 48 × 60 in.
Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years - Installation view
Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years - Janice Nowinski, <i>Woman Looking Back</i>, 2017. Oil on canvas, 14 x 11 in.
Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years - Installation view
Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years - Adrian Piper, <i>Food for the Spirit</i>, 1971/1996. B/W silver print, selenium toned, 18 x 16 in. ea.
Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years - Lyle Ashton Harris, <i>Constructs #12</i>, 1989. B/W silver gelatin print, edition of 3, 72 x 48 in.
Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years - Installation view
Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years - Installation view from <i>Nicola Durvasula, Chitra Ganesh, Tejal Shah</i> (2006)
Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years - Tejal Shah, still from <i>Chingari Chumma (Stinging Kiss)</i>, 2000. Single channel video on DVD, edition of 5.
Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years - Installation view
Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years - <i>Godzilla</i>, (Panel 3from <i>Tales of Amnesia</i>), 2002/07.
Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years - Chitra Ganesh, <i>Roxanne</i>, (Panel 21 from <i>Tales of Amnesia</i>), 2002/07. Digital C-print, edition of 5 (+1 AP), 19.5 x 22 in.
Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years - Installation view

Selected Works

Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 Years

Barbad Golshiri, excerpt from Jxalq [(d3ælgh) v.t. & i. act of creating a masturpiece], 2006.
Video endless loop, edition of 5 (+1 AP).

Image captions in order of appearance:

1. Lorraine O’Grady Sisters IV, 1980/1994 - 2. Senga Nengudi Wet Night, Early Dawn, Scat-Chant, Pilgrims Song (exhibition portrait), 1996 - 3. Lyle Asthon-Harris Man and Woman #2, 1987-88 - 4. Adrian Piper Food for the Spirit, 1971 - 5. Adrian Piper The Mythic Being, Cycle I, 1974 - 6. Oladélé Ajiboyé Bamgboyé Arise, 1991 - 7. Helena Almeida Pintura Habitada, 1975 - 8. Adrian Piper Vanilla Nightmares #9, 1986 - 9. Preston Scott Cohen Eyebeam (Floor 0 – roof), 2001 - 10. Tom Wood Untitled (Looking for Love), 1982-85 - 11. Senga Nengudi Répondez s’il vous plaît, 2003 - 12. Fang Lijun 2001.11.22, 2001 - 13. Bharti Kher Angel, 2004 - 14. Jutta Koether I Is Had Gone, 2005 - 15. Senga Nengudi Asp-Rx, 2005 - 16. Tejal Shah What are You? (installation view), 2006 - 17. Dona Nelson Brain Stain, 2006 - 18. Chitra Ganesh The Mystery (from Tales of Amnesia), 2002 - 19. Huma Mulji Still Life, 2004 - 20. Ashok Sukumaran Glow Positioning System (video still), 2005 - 21. Krishna Reddy The Great Clown, 1975-82 - 22. Sheela Gowda Private Gallery, 1999 - 23. Looped and Layered: A Selection of Contemporary Art from Tehran, 2009 - 24. Rose Wylie Plastic Bride Profile & Cat, 1998 - 25. Yamini Nayar Cascading Attica, 2011 - 26. Yve Laris Cohen Cross Hesitation, 2012 - 27. Newsha Tavakolian Look, 2012-13 - 28. Gauri Gill Sunita, Sita and Nirmala, 2003 - 29. Dona Nelson Phigor, 2014 30. Barbad Golshiri Tombstone of Beckett, 2000-13 31. Mike Cloud Removed Individual, 2013 - 32. Rose Wylie Girl and Spiders, 2015 - 33. Dona Nelson models stand close to the paintings, 2017 34. Kathrin Sonntag Problems and Solutions, 2017 - 35. Harriet Korman Untitled, 2017 36. Mike Cloud Tears in abstraction (studio portrait), 2019 - 37. ecofeminism(s) 2020 - 38. Harriet Korman Notes on Painting: 1969 – 2019, 2020 - 39. Dona Nelson Stretchers Strung Out on Space (studio portrait), 2021 - 40. Stefan Sagmeister Beautiful Numbers, 2021.

Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years
Installation view Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years
Rose Wylie, Italien Hats, 2003. Oil on canvas, 72 x 68 in.

We presented Rose Wylie’s 2003 painting Italien Hats at the 2010 edition of NADA Miami Beach. Wylie's work made its first appearance at the gallery in Animate Matter, a group show in February/March 2010, which was then followed by her first, Roberta Smith reviewed - and almost sold out - US solo exhibition in October/November. In the July 9, 2010 issue of The Guardian, Germaine Greer introduced Wylie's work to a wider audience asking, "Who is Britain's hottest new artist?" Her answer: "A 76-year-old called Rose Wylie." How prescient this assessment has proven! Particularly interesting in Italien Hats are Wylie’s references to sculpture (both Henry Moore and the early David Smith come to mind); the sexual innuendo of her forms; and the spatial tension generated by the two floating figures, which - ostensibly splayed out on a purple lawn - simultaneously form a circle with the figures in the foreground (evoking Matisse’s celebrated Dancers).
Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years
Installation view Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years
Yamini Nayar, Cleo, 2009. C-print, 30 x 40 in. Edition of 5 plus II AP

Yamini Nayar's exemplary, early photograph Cleo (30 x 40 in, ed. of 5 +2AP) was included in Arrested Views (2009), a two-person show with Sheela Gowda which was reviewed by Holland Cotter in The New York Times and by Abhay Sardesai in Art India, as well as being listed in The New Yorker.
Pairing Nayar's work with the more established South Asian Gowda, Arrested Views served as an excellent introduction to the artist’s practice:
Nayar wryly builds transitional architectural spaces and objects out of found and readily available materials such as plaster, paperboard or wooden scraps. Her process-oriented practice not only fuses sculpture with photography but also incorporates painting, lighting as well as historical photographic color techniques — and, most importantly, time. Material traces of earlier stages of the constructions — or in her more recent work, the merging of multiple exposures taken from different phases of the same model— all point towards the temporary aspects of her work, creating multidimensional, transtemporal visual spaces.
Serving as the photograph's “punctum," you see the eye collaged onto the construction's background reflected in the glass sphere resting on the floor. Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years
Installation view Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years
Senga Nengudi, Performance Piece (Triptych), 1978. Gelatin silver print, edition of 5 (+1 AP), 40 x 31.5 or 31.5 x 40 in. ea. Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years
Installation view Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years
Barbad Golshiri, excerpt from Jxalq [(d3ælgh) v.t. & i. act of creating a masturpiece], 2006. Video endless loop, edition of 5 (+1 AP). Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years
Newsha Tavakolian, Look (portrait), 2012/13. Inkjet print, edition of 7 (+2 AP), 41 x 55 in. Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years
Installation view Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years
Dona Nelson, Night Studio, 2008. Acrylic mediums and dyed cheesecloth on canvas, 83.5 x 84 in. Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years
Harriet Korman, Untitled, 2016. Oil on canvas, 48 × 60 in. Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years
Installation view Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years
Janice Nowinski, Woman Looking Back, 2017. Oil on canvas, 14 x 11 in. Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years
Installation view Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years
Adrian Piper, Food for the Spirit, 1971/1996. B/W silver print, selenium toned, 18 x 16 in. ea. Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years
Lyle Ashton Harris, Constructs #12, 1989. B/W silver gelatin print, edition of 3, 72 x 48 in. Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years
Installation view Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years
Installation view from Nicola Durvasula, Chitra Ganesh, Tejal Shah (2006) Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years
Tejal Shah, still from Chingari Chumma (Stinging Kiss), 2000. Single channel video on DVD, edition of 5. Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years
Installation view Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years
Godzilla, (Panel 3from Tales of Amnesia), 2002/07. Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years
Chitra Ganesh, Roxanne, (Panel 21 from Tales of Amnesia), 2002/07. Digital C-print, edition of 5 (+1 AP), 19.5 x 22 in. Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years
Installation view Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years
Thomas Erben Gallery – 25 years
July 8 - July 30, 2021 (summer hours: Mo - Fr, 10 - 6pm)

Pivotal exhibitions at the gallery include:

Stefan Sagmeister Beautiful Numbers, 2021 | Dona Nelson Stretchers Strung Out On Space, 2021 | Harriet Korman Notes on Painting: 1969 – 2019, 2020 | ecofeminism(s), 2020 | Mike Cloud Tears in abstraction, 2019 | Harriet Korman Permeable/Resistant: Recent Drawings and Paintings, 2018 | Aditi Singh So much the less complete, 2018 | Mike Cloud Quilt painting, 2018 | Kathrin Sonntag Problems and Solutions, 2017 | Photography Out of Germany, 2017 | Dona Nelson models stand close to the paintings, 2017 | Painting Forward, 2016 | Soft Haze, 2016 | Aditi Singh All that is left behind, 2016 | Dona Nelson New Paintings, 2015 | Rose Wylie Girl and Spiders, 2015 | Mike Cloud Bad Faith and Universal Technique, 2014 | Gauri Gill ‘Balika Mela’ and ‘Jannat’, 2014 | Dona Nelson Phigor, 2014 | Yamini Nayar an axe for a wing-bone, 2013 | Barbad Golshiri Curriculum Mortis, 2013 | Newsha Tavakolian Look, 2013 | Senga Nengudi Performances 1976 – 81, 2013 | Yve Laris Cohen Waltz, 2012 | Iran Via Video Current, 2011 | Yamini Nayar Head Space, 2011 | Focus Shanghai, 2010 | Rose Wylie What with What, 2010 | Barbad Golshiri Nothing Is Left To Tell, 2010 | Thomas Erben at Travancore Palace, 2009 | Looped and Layered – A Selection of Contemporary Art from Tehran, 2009 | Sheela Gowda, Yamini Nayar Arrested Views, 2009 | Thomas Erben at Chatterjee & Lal, 2008 | Krishna Reddy A Life's Movement, 2008 | Dona Nelson in situ, 2008 | Ashok Sukumaran Glow Positioning System and Other Forms of Address, 2008 | Contemporary Art from Pakistan, 2007 | Chitra Ganesh Upon Her Precipice, 2007 | Tejal Shah What are You?, 2006 | Dona Nelson Brain Stain, 2006 | Senga Nengudi Asp-rx, 2005 | Jutta Koether I Is Had Gone, 2005 | Contemporary Art from India, 2004 | Fang Lijun Woodcuts, 2004 | Senga Nengudi Répondez s’il vous plaît, Nylon Mesh Pieces, 1975-77, 2003 | Tom Wood Looking for Love, 2002 | Adrian Piper Early Drawings and Other Works, 2001 | Preston Scott Cohen Toroidal Architecture, 2001 | Helena Almeida Pintura Habitada, 2001 | Tom Wood The Bus Project, 2000 | Oladélé Ajiboyé Bamgboyé The Unmasking, Part II, 2000 | Adrian Piper The Mythic Being, 1999 | Lorraine O'Grady Studies, 1998 | Adrian Piper Food for the Spirit, 1997/98 | Lyle Ashton Harris Early Works 1987-88, 1997 | Senga Nengudi Wet Night – Early Dawn – Scat-Chant – Pilgrim’s Song, 1996 | Lorraine O’Grady Photo Images 1980-91, 1993

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