September 13, 2008 - July 26, 2009

Zhang Huan, Ash Army, 2008, Ash, steel and wood, 25 x 15 7/8 x 16in, Courtesy of PaceWildenstein Gallery

The artists in Origins approach the use of primal materials such as clay, fiber, wood, aluminum, stone, and soil, as mediums that have arrived in the present day with a tremendous amount of tradition attached to them. Handcrafted qualities and personal sensibilities are emphasized as well as work that addresses the value and beauty of our diverse ecology and its fragility. There is a reverential simplicity to the use of some materials as with artists such as Andre, Heizer, Long, Laib, and Schneider, where there is little or no embellishment of stone, wood etc. There is also a focus on the human figure as a locus of expressive possibilities: Bhabha, Bourgeois, Landau, Mendieta, Silver, Smith and others. Whether metaphorically presented or disfigured, shrouded, or animated, the body is offered as a spiritual totem, a monument to corporeal identity.

Participating Artists:
  • Magdalena Abakanowicz
  • Carl Andre
  • Huma Bhabha
  • Ashley Bickerton
  • Bruce Bickford
  • Louise Bourgeois
  • Berlinde de Bruyckere
  • Nathalie Djurberg
  • Ann Hamilton
  • Michael Heizer
  • Zhang Huan
  • Anselm Kiefer
  • Brian Knep
  • Danielle Kraay
  • Wolfgang Laib
  • Sigalit Landau
  • Richard Long
  • Ana Mendieta
  • Cady Noland
  • Giuseppe Penone
  • Rona Pondick
  • Martin Puryear
  • Ursula von Rydingsvard
  • Gregor Schneider
  • Daniel Silver
  • Kiki Smith
  • Mierle Laderman Ukeles
  • Rebecca Warren
  • Franz West
  • Daisy Youngblood
Louise Bourgeois
The Runaway, 1998
Glass, steel, mirrors and pink marble
84 x 79 x 54in
Courtesy of Private Collection, New York
Kiki Smith
Mother, 1991
Papiermache, collage
Courtesy of Private Collection, New York

This exhibition is in association with the Westchester Arts Council's county-wide fall exhibition, All Fired Up, celebrating clay-based artwork.

ORIGINS exhibition catalogue now on sale!
This limited edition 46 page full color catalogue accompanying the exhibition is now available for $20 plus shipping and handling. Featuring a forward by the exhibition’s curator and HVCCA founder Marc J. Straus and an essay by acclaimed American artist John Newsom. To place an order please call 914.788.0100 or email [email protected].

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PRESS: The New York Times: In Peekskill, 2 Shows of Raw Works by Benjamin Genocchio

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