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Olaf Breuning : Clouds

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Olaf Breuning

Clouds

About the Exhibition

Olaf Breuning’s installation, Clouds, towers nearly 35 feet above this plaza. Held aloft among the trees of Central Park by rudimentary steel supports, the six bright blue clouds are made of polished and painted aluminum and were cut to match a hand drawing by the artist. Calling to mind the set design of a school play or child-like drawings of the sky, the idea for this work is inspired by one of the artist’s staged photographs. For this earlier work, Breuning used cranes and cherry pickers to raise large blue drawings of clouds high in the air, creating a momentary scene to be captured by the camera.

Interested in situations that bend reality to the whims of his imagination, Breuning’s forays into film, sculpture, drawing, and photography often propel viewers into a world that borders on the surreal and underscores the humor of everyday life. Clouds dramatically transforms the skyline of the park into a playful fictional tableau, inviting us to experience the stage-like quality of a New York City street with a new sense of wonder and possibility.

This exhibition is curated by Andria Hickey.

This exhibition is generously supported by Elizabeth Fearon Pepperman & Richard C. Pepperman II and Wendy Fisher. Additional support is provided by Linda Lennon & Stuart Baskin; Holly & Jonathan Lipton; the Ringier Collection, Switzerland; and Linda & Andrew Safran.

Public Art Fund exhibitions are supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Special thanks to the Office of the Mayor, Office of the Manhattan Borough President, Department of Cultural Affairs, Department of Parks & Recreation, and Central Park Conservancy.

Clouds is courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures.

Location

Doris C. Freedman Plaza

Central Park, 60th Street & 5th Avenue

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About the Artist

Olaf Breuning (b. 1970, Schaffhausen, Switzerland) lives and works in New York. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at institutions including the Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland (2013); Swiss Institute Contemporary Art, New York (2012); Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland (2010); Migros Musuem für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich (2007); Centre d’Art Contemporain Georges Pompidou, Paris (2006); Chisenhale Gallery, London (2005); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2004); and Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg, France (2003). Breuning has also been included in numerous group exhibitions such as: The Circus as a Parallel Universe, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2012); Liverpool Biennial, United Kingdom (2012); 54th Venice Biennale, Venice (2011); Whitney Biennial 2008, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2008); Looking At Music, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2008); Destroy Athens, 1st Athens Bienniale, Athens (2007); All About Laughter, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2005); Let’s Entertain, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2000), among others. Breuning is represented by Metro Pictures in New York.

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