Spring 2016 Talks: Isa Genzken in conversation with Randy Kennedy, Daniel Buchholz and Nicholas Baume

About the Talk

Isa Genzken is considered one of the most influential artists of the past four decades, with her work exploring mediums ranging from painting, collage, photograph, drawing, film, and sculpture to an artist’s book. While recognized for the variance and multiplicity within her work, it is sculpture that has always remained at the heart of her practice. Combining seemingly disparate materials within her sculptures, Genzken investigates intersecting relationships, such as those found between the commercial and the urban or the architectural and the ideological, while also questioning contemporary socio-political structures. It remains no surprise, then, that recurrent in the artist’s practice has been an engagement with public space, reflecting her longstanding interest in scale, material, architecture and urbanism. Her most well known outdoor sculptures include Rose II, which was installed on the façade of the New Museum in 2007 and is currently on view in the Museum of Modern Art sculpture garden, and Two Orchids, a sculpture that will rise to 34 feet at the southeast entrance to Central Park beginning March 1, and which was originally shown at the 56th Venice Bienniale.

For the Public Art Fund Talk at the New School, Genzken will be in conversation with Randy Kennedy, art writer at The New York Times, whose extensive interview with the artist was published on the occasion of her 2013 Museum of Modern Art retrospective, her longtime dealer and friend Daniel Buchholz of Galerie Buchholz, and Nicholas Baume, Director and Chief Curator of Public Art Fund, who organized the New York City debut of Two Orchids.

***This event is now SOLD OUT. On the night of the 29th, we will be accepting walk-ups to fill empty seats on a first come, first served basis.***

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 in part by Con Edison and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, as well as by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.



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About the Artist

Isa Genzken (b. 1948, Bad Oldesloe, Germany) lives and works in Berlin. Over the course of forty years, she has shown extensively in international solo exhibitions including the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, in 2015; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London in 2015; Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Austria in 2014 (traveled to Museum für Moderne Kunst (MMK 1), Frankfurt in 2015); The Museum of Modern Art, New York in 2013 (traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Dallas Museum of Art, both in 2014); Whitechapel Gallery, London in 2009 (traveled to Museum Ludwig, Cologne); Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany in 2002 (traveled to Kunsthalle Zürich in 2003); The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago in 1992 (traveled to Portikus, Frankfurt; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels; Städtisches Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, both in 1993); and Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn, Germany in 1988 (traveled to Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, both in 1989). In November 2015, the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, will present the largest retrospective of her work in the Netherlands. In 2007, the artist represented Germany at the 52nd Venice Biennale. Her work has been prominently featured in international biennials and group exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale (2015, 2003, 1993, and 1982); Skulptur Projekte Münster (2007, 1997, and 1987); and Documenta (2002, 1992, and 1982). Her work is included in public and private collections across the globe including the Dallas Museum of Art; Gemeentemuseum, The Hague; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven. Genzken is represented by Galerie Buchholz and David Zwirner.