NO JOKE
2 May - 27 June 2015
PREVIEW 1 May, 6-9pm
Gallery Weekend Berlin 2015

Richard Artschwager
Math Bass
Herluf Bidstrup
Nicole Eisenman
Laeh Glenn
George Grosz
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov
Allison Katz
Mike Kelley
Sean Landers
Charles Mayton
Pentti Monkkonen
Ebecho Muslimova
Chadwick Rantanen
Ad Reinhardt
Michael Smith
Frances Stark
Saul Steinberg

Curated by Sanya Kantarovsky

PRESS RELEASE

It takes a degree of solipsism to be an artist. We gallerists, critics, and audience members frequently talk about an artist's vision - as if looking at an artwork could somehow be tantamount to slipping on a pair of glasses that let us see through the artist's eyes. We talk about getting lost in paintings, enveloping ourselves in a version of the world imagined by our society's arbiters of vision. No Joke assembles artworks that stare back at their viewer, making light of their own conception and creation, and reminding the public of the ways in which they are consumed, fetishised, and traded. A tragicomic self-reflexivity is the unifying quality in all of the artworks on display.



It goes without saying that when we look at artworks we engage with them via a set of preconceptions that have been, whether knowingly or not, drummed into our minds. Art has languages that can be learned like any other. Luckily these can be punned around with, purposely misspoken and used for misdirection, creating humour through the incongruity between our expectations and what's actually being shown to us. Or said to us: here a landscape painting brims with nihilistic missives and abstract paintings pose existential questions to their audience.



No Joke brings together artworks that self-deprecate, that question the purpose of artists and art alike, but, simultaneously, they make sure not to spare any onlookers.



Featuring works by Richard Artschwager, Math Bass, Herluf Bidstrup, Nicole Eisenman, Laeh Glenn, George Grosz, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Allison Katz, Mike Kelley, Sean Landers, Charles Mayton, Pentti Monkkonen, Ebecho Muslimova, Chadwick Rantanen, Ad Reinhardt, Michael Smith, Frances Stark, and Saul Steinberg.



This exhibition would not be possible without generous help and support of Ann Artschwager, Amy Egerton-Wiley, George Grosz Estate, Ralph Jentsch, Emilia Kabakov, Jessica Lally, Philomene Magers, John Morace, Yana Peel, Ad Reinhardt Estate, Patterson Sims, Robert Snowden, Saul Steinberg Foundation, Scott Ponik, and Amelie von Wedel.
 
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Gallery Weekend Berlin

Friday, 1 May: 6-9pm

Saturday, 2 May: 11am-7pm

Sunday, 3 May: 11am-7pm


'No Joke'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin



'No Joke'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin



'No Joke'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin



'No Joke'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin



'No Joke'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin



'No Joke'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin



'No Joke'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin



'No Joke'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin



'No Joke'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin



'No Joke'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin



'No Joke'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin



'No Joke'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin



'No Joke'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin



'No Joke'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin



'No Joke'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin



'No Joke'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin



Math Bass
'Newz!', 2015
Gouache on canvas
96.5 x 91.5 cm
38 x 36 in
Unique
(BASS-2015-0001)



Math Bass
'Newz!', 2015
Gouache on canvas
101.5 x 96.5 cm
40 x 38 in
Unique
(BASS-2015-0002)



Herluf Bidstrup
'Masterpiece', 1967
Silkscreen on wall
120 x 85 cm
47 1/4 x 33 1/2 in
(BIDSTRUP-2015-0001)



Herluf Bidstrup
'Caricature', 1967
Silkscreen on wall
120 x 85 cm
47 1/4 x 33 1/2 in
(BIDSTRUP-2015-0002)



Herluf Bidstrup
'Minimalism', 1967
Silkscreen on wall
120 x 85 cm
(BIDSTRUP-2015-0003)



Herluf Bidstrup
'Mouth Vomit', 1967
Silkscreen on wall
120 x 85 cm
(BIDSTRUP-2015-0004)



Nicole Eisenman
'Driving', 2011
Oil and pencil on paper
63 x 49 cm
24 3/4 x 19 1/4 in
Unique
(EISENMAN-2015-0001)



Nicole Eisenman
'Artist Guy', 2011
Oil and pencil on paper
61.5 x 47.5 cm
24 1/4 x 18 3/4 in
Unique
(EISENMAN-2015-0002)



Nicole Eisenman
'Head with Crust', 2011
Oil and pencil on paper
69 x 47.5 cm
27 1/4 x 18 3/4 in
Unique
(EISENMAN-2015-0003)



Laeh Glenn
'Eyeballs', 2015
Oil on panel, wood frame
42 x 32.5 cm
16 1/2 x 12 3/4 in
Unique
(GLENN-2015-0001)



Laeh Glenn
':(', 2015
Oil on panel, wood frame
41.5 x 32.5 cm
16 1/4 x 12 3/4 in
Unique
(GLENN-2015-0002)



Laeh Glenn
'Little Painting', 2015
Oil on panel, wood frame
42 x 32.5 cm
16 1/2 x 12 3/4 in
Unique
(GLENN-2015-0003)



George Grosz
'My Shadow and I', 1956
Signed and annotated
Watercolor on paper
50 x 39 cm
19 3/4 x 15 1/4 in
Unique
(GROSZ-2015-0002)
Courtesy of the George Grosz Estate, Ralph Jentsch, Rome



George Grosz
'Self Portrait with Bird of Prey and Rat', 1940
Signed and dated verso
Oil on canvas
118 x 83.5 cm
46 1/2 x 33 in
Unique
(GROSZ-2015-0003)
Courtesy of the George Grosz Estate, Ralph Jentsch, Rome



Ilya Kabakov
'The Looking-Out-of-the-Window Archipov', 1997
Portfolio of 50 offset facsimile prints, mounted on cardboard
51 x 35 cm
20 x 13 3/4 in
Edition of 200 + 80 AP
(KABAKOV-2015-0001)



Allison Katz
'Noses (2)', 2014
Oil on canvas
75 x 70 cm
29 1/2 x 27 1/2 in
Unique
(KATZ-2015-0001)



Allison Katz
'Janus', 2011
Acrylic on linen
43 x 35 cm
17 x 13 3/4 in
Unique
(KATZ-2015-0002)



Mike Kelley
'Untitled (COLLETOR! BUY ME....)', 2009
Paper, pen and colored pencil on paper, UV Plexiglass frame
74 x 58 x 5 cm (frame)
29 1/4 x 23 x 2 in (frame)
Unique
(KELLEY-2015-0001)



Sean Landers
'Dark Trees (Hello!)', 2014
Oil on linen
127 x 165 cm
50 x 65 in
Unique
(LANDERS-2015-0001)



Charles Mayton
'Lame Word for Same Eye', 2015
Acrylic on canvas, painted wooden spoon
183 x 76 cm
72 x 30 in
Unique
(MAYTON-2015-0001)



Charles Mayton
'Same Word for Lame Eye', 2015
Acrylic on canvas, painted wooden spoon
183 x 76 cm
72 x 30 in
Unique
(MAYTON-2015-0002)



Ebecho Muslimova
'Untitled', 2014-2015
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin



Ebecho Muslimova
'Untitled', 2014
Ink on paper
30.5 x 23 cm
12 x 9 in
Unique
(MUSLIMOVA-2015-0005)



Pentti Monkkonen
'Box Truck Painting (RIP Pokey)', 2015
Fiberglass, aluminium, enamel
102 x 147 x 8 cm
40 1/8 x 57 7/8 x 3 1/8 in
Unique
(PENTTI-2015-0001)



Pentti Monkkonen
'Box Truck Painting', 2015
Fiberglass, aluminium, enamel
103 x 160 x 8 cm
40 1/2 x 63 x 3 1/8 in
Unique
(PENTTI-2015-0002)



Chadwick Rantanen
'Fluorescent Fittings [Fish Pair/White]', 2015 (detail)
Cast urethane, screws, wire, copper, sticker; 10 pieces
43 x 12 x 3 cm (each)
Unique
(RANTANEN-2015-0001)



Chadwick Rantanen
'Fluorescent Fittings [Worm/Red]', 2015 (detail)
Cast urethane, screws, wire, copper, sticker; 6 pieces
43 x 12 x 3 cm (each)
Unique
(RANTANEN-2015-0002)



Chadwick Rantanen
'Fluorescent Fittings [Owl/Black and White]', 2015 (detail)
Cast urethane, screws, wire, copper, sticker; 6 pieces
43 x 12 x 3 cm (each)
Unique
(RANTANEN-2015-0003)



Chadwick Rantanen
'Fluorescent Fittings [Owl/Black and White]', 2015 (detail)
Cast urethane, screws, wire, copper, sticker; 6 pieces
43 x 12 x 3 cm (each)
Unique
(RANTANEN-2015-0003)



Chadwick Rantanen
'Fluorescent Fitting [Polar Bear/White]', 2015 (detail)
Cast urethane, screws, wire, copper, sticker
43 x 12 x 3 cm
Unique
(RANTANEN-2015-0004)



Ad Reinhardt
'Selected Comics (1946-61)', 2015
Comics published in PM, Art News, and Transformations between 1946-61
73 x 244 x 84 cm
28 3/4 x 96 x 33 in
(REINHARDT-2015-0001)
Courtesy of the Ad Reinhardt Foundation



Ad Reinhardt
'Selected Comics (1946-61)', 2015 (detail)
Comics published in PM, Art News, and Transformations between 1946-61
73 x 244 x 84 cm
28 3/4 x 96 x 33 in
(REINHARDT-2015-0001)
Courtesy of the Ad Reinhardt Foundation



Frances Stark
'Untitled', 1993
Carbon on paper
58.5 x 28 cm
23 x 11 in
Unique
(STARK-2015-0001)



Saul Steinberg
'Untitled', 1950
Silver gelatin print
35.5 x 28 cm (print); 44 x 37.5 cm (frame)
14 x 11 in (print); 17 1/2 x 14 3/4 cm (frame)
Unique
(STEINBERG-2015-0001)
Courtesy of the Saul Steinberg Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York



Saul Steinberg
'Untitled', 1950
Silver gelatin print with hand-applied ink
11.5 x 7 cm (print); 29 x 24 cm (frame)
4 1/2 x 2 3/4 in (print); 11 1/2 x 9 1/5 in (frame)
Unique
(STEINBERG-2015-0002)
Courtesy of the Saul Steinberg Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York