Sharon Hayes
'Yard (Sign)', 2009
Installation of 152 lawn signs
Dimensions variable
Unique
(HAYES-2009-0024)

For the exhibition ‘Allan Kaprow YARD’, curated by Helen Molesworth for the opening of Hauser & Wirth’s New York gallery space, Sharon Hayes presented her reinvention of Allen Kaprow’s seminal Environment ‘Yard’ - a veritable mountain of black rubber auto tires and tarpaper-wrapped forms through which visitors jumped and crawled — first made by the artist in 1961 and radically reinterpreted in other locations ten times before his death in 2006.

Hayes’ reinvention, ‘Yard (Sign)’ was exhibited in the New York Marble Cemetery at 41 ½ Second Avenue on the Lower East Side, where she filled the historic site with hand-painted signs – some small, some quite large. Hayes has been influenced in this piece by the various written statements Kaprow produced over the years for his own different reinventions of ‘Yard,’ as well as the poster he made in 1961 - his first version of the project, a large ink drawing of a classic yard sale sign. At the same time, Hayes’ work at the Marble Cemetery evoked the American archetype of the suburban yard, a private domain that is nevertheless often filled with public signs, notably for political campaigns and real estate sales.



Sharon Hayes
'Yard (Sign)', 2009
Installation of 152 lawn signs
Dimensions variable
Unique
(HAYES-2009-0024)
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, abc - Art Berlin Contemporary, 2013



Sharon Hayes
'Yard (Sign)', 2009
Installation of 152 lawn signs
Dimensions variable
Unique
(HAYES-2009-0024)
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, abc - Art Berlin Contemporary, 2013



Sharon Hayes
'Yard (Sign)', 2009
Installation of 152 lawn signs
Dimensions variable
Unique
(HAYES-2009-0024)
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, abc - Art Berlin Contemporary, 2013



Sharon Hayes
'Yard (Sign)', 2009
Installation of 152 lawn signs
Dimensions variable
Unique
(HAYES-2009-0024)
Installation view, ‘Habla’, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, 2012



Sharon Hayes
'Yard (Sign)', 2009
Installation of 152 lawn signs
Dimensions variable
Unique
(HAYES-2009-0024)
Installation view, ‘Habla’, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, 2012



Sharon Hayes
'Yard (Sign)', 2009
Installation of 152 lawn signs
Dimensions variable
Unique
(HAYES-2009-0024)
Installation view, ‘Habla’, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, 2012



Sharon Hayes
'Yard (Sign)', 2009
Installation of 152 lawn signs
Dimensions variable
Unique
(HAYES-2009-0024)
Installation view, ‘Habla’, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, 2012



Sharon Hayes
'Yard (Sign)', 2009
Installation of 152 lawn signs
Dimensions variable
Unique
(HAYES-2009-0024)
Installation view, New York Marble Cemetery, ‘Allan Kaprow YARD’ (curated by Helen Molesworth), Hauser & Wirth New York, 2009



Sharon Hayes
'Yard (Sign)', 2009
Installation of 152 lawn signs
Dimensions variable
Unique
(HAYES-2009-0024)
Installation view, New York Marble Cemetery, ‘Allan Kaprow YARD’ (curated by Helen Molesworth), Hauser & Wirth New York, 2009



Sharon Hayes
'Yard (Sign)', 2009
Installation of 152 lawn signs
Dimensions variable
Unique
(HAYES-2009-0024)
Installation view, New York Marble Cemetery, ‘Allan Kaprow YARD’ (curated by Helen Molesworth), Hauser & Wirth New York, 2009



Sharon Hayes
'Yard (Sign)', 2009
Installation of 152 lawn signs
Dimensions variable
Unique
(HAYES-2009-0024)
Installation view, New York Marble Cemetery, ‘Allan Kaprow YARD’ (curated by Helen Molesworth), Hauser & Wirth New York, 2009



Sharon Hayes
'Yard (Sign)', 2009
Installation of 152 lawn signs
Dimensions variable
Unique
(HAYES-2009-0024)
Installation view, New York Marble Cemetery, ‘Allan Kaprow YARD’ (curated by Helen Molesworth), Hauser & Wirth New York, 2009



Sharon Hayes
'Yard (Sign)', 2009
Installation of 152 lawn signs
Dimensions variable
Unique
(HAYES-2009-0024)
Installation view, New York Marble Cemetery, ‘Allan Kaprow YARD’ (curated by Helen Molesworth), Hauser & Wirth New York, 2009



Sharon Hayes
'Yard (Sign)', 2009
Installation of 152 lawn signs
Dimensions variable
Unique
(HAYES-2009-0024)
Installation view, New York Marble Cemetery, ‘Allan Kaprow YARD’ (curated by Helen Molesworth), Hauser & Wirth New York, 2009



Sharon Hayes
'Yard (Sign)', 2009
Installation of 152 lawn signs
Dimensions variable
Unique
(HAYES-2009-0024)
Installation view, New York Marble Cemetery, ‘Allan Kaprow YARD’ (curated by Helen Molesworth), Hauser & Wirth New York, 2009