Fall 2012 Talks: Carol Bove

About the Talk

Incorporating artifacts, images, and objects, Carol Bove’s sculptural compositions subtly evoke a range of cultural references that often center on the atmosphere of the 1960’s and 70’s. Her room-sized installations and intricate assemblages suggest an anachronistic archaeology of objects and utilize such diverse materials as books, prisms, driftwood, peacock feathers, metal, concrete, foam, and loans from other artists; more recently, bronze and petrified wood have also been included. The close relationship between the built environment and Bove’s working process is evident in both her materials and forms. In recent years, the industrial landscape of her studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn, has been an inspired source for found materials and forms in her work. Likewise, Bove has drawn on architectural frameworks such as Brutalism, corporate lobbies–more specifically the work of Phillip Johnson–and the museum designs of Italian architect Carlo Scarpa. For her Public Art Fund Talk, Bove will discuss these influences and their specific relationships to her new body of work for public space.

Image: Carol Bove Flora’s Garden (2012) at dOCUMENTA 13
Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London and Maccarone, NY

Public Art Fund Talks at The New School are organized by the Public Art Fund in collaboration with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School.

This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.



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About The Artist

Carol Bove (b. 1971, Geneva, Switzerland) lives and works in New York. Bove was raised in Berkeley, California, and studied at New York University. Her work has been the subject of several solo exhibitions, including the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2010); the Tate St. Ives (2009); Horticultural Society of New York (2009); Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas (2006); Kunsthalle Zürich; Institute of Contemporary Art Boston (both 2004); and the Kunstverein Hamburg (2003). Her work has been prominently featured in major group exhibitions, most recently in 2011 with her installation The Foamy Saliva of a Horse (2011) at the Arsenale as part of the 54th Venice Biennale. Other group exhibitions include The Age of Aquarius, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago (2011); Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010); Whitney Biennial 2008, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2008); Unmonumental: The Object in the 21st Century, New Museum, New York (2007); and Greater New York 2005, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York (2005). New public art works by Bove were included as part of this year’s documenta 13. Another major public work will be presented later this year at a New York City location that is yet to be announced.