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Richard Misrach

페이스갤러리 서울

2024.05.11(토) - 06.15(토)

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Pace is pleased to present an exhibition of work by photographer Richard Misrach at its Seoul gallery.
On view from May 11 to June 15, this presentation, which marks the artist’s first-ever solo show in Asia, will spotlight photographs from his On the Beach, Shorebreak and Icarus Suite series along with his never-before-exhibited Elephant Parable body of work. Together, these mesmeric images—exhibited across two floors of Pace’s Seoul gallery—meditate on humans’ relationships to the natural world and one another.

A champion of color photography since the 1970s, Misrach is known for his poignant, large-scale images that lean into social, political, and environmental issues of the present while also engaging with the history of photography. Subjects for his work have included desert fires, nuclear test sites, and animal burial pits in the American West; San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge; and the landscape of the US-Mexico border. In his radiant, contemplative works, Misrach—who lives and works in Berkeley, California—often examines the destructive effects of human intervention in the natural world. Recent solo exhibitions by the artist include his 2022 presentation At the still point of the turning world, 2002–2022 at Pace Gallery in New York and Border Cantos, which opened at the San José Museum of Art in California in 2016 and later traveled to the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. His works can be found the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California; the Centre Pompidou in Paris; the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra; and many other institutions around the world.
In his upcoming exhibition at Pace in Seoul, Misrach will present works created between the early 1990s and 2019 on the gallery’s ground floor. Among these photographs is Outdoor Dining, Bonneville Salt Flats (1992), an image from the series Desert Canto XV: The Salt Flats depicting a surreal scene of dining tables and chairs situated, inexplicably, in the middle of a vast salt desert. Meanwhile, in Cloud, Roden Crater (2016), Misrach investigates plays of light and color in the sky at sunset. Photographs from the artist’s On the Beach series, comprising aerial images of figures in the sea, will also figure in the show. With these works—which Misrach has captured from the same vantage point on a hotel balcony in Hawaii for some 20 years—he bears witness to individuals’ interactions with and relationship to the natural world. The first floor will also feature one work from the artist’s Icarus Suite, a series informed by Pieter Bruegel’s take on the Greek myth in Landscape with the Fall of Icarus (ca. 1560)—in these photographs, figures are overpowered and engulfed by towering, swelling ocean waves.

The second floor of the gallery will spotlight Misrach’s Elephant Parable body of work, which the artist produced during the COVID-19 pandemic and will be exhibited publicly for the first time in this presentation. Inspired by the fable of the blind men and the elephant, the varied works in this series are all derived from a single image of a bamboo forest in Hawaii to signify the unique perspectives and understandings we each bring to our experience of the world. For Misrach, a negative image is not merely a technical tool but also a vehicle for exploring different aesthetics. Originally commissioned for the UCSF Nancy Friend Pritzker Psychiatric Building, these semi-abstract works explore perceptual nuance through color, composition, and scale.


작가Richard Misrach
전시장페이스갤러리 서울 (Pace Gallery Seoul, ペース・ギャラリー・ソウル)
서울 용산구 이태원로 267 페이스갤러리
오시는 길지하철 6호선 한강진역 1번 출구에서 185m
기간2024.05.11(토) - 06.15(토)
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