(Michele Abeles (B. 1977 )Baby Carriage On Bike Or Riot Shield as Carriage 518.2cm by 883.9cm-Collection of the artist courtesy of 47 Canal, New York)
MICHELE ABELES IS FEATURED IN OUTDOOR ART INSTALLATION PROJECT IN NEW YORK
In partnership with TF Cornerstone and High Line Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art has unveiled a new commission, heralding the opening of its Renzo Piano–designed building on Gansevoort Street on May 1. Baby Carriage on Bike or Riot Shield as Carriage (2015) by New York–based artist Michele Abeles will become the second in a series of projects by key American artists to be displayed on the facade of TF Cornerstone’s building at 95 Horatio Street, directly across Gansevoort Street from the southern end of the High Line and the Whitney. Alex Katz inaugurated the five-year series last September with his work Katherine and Elizabeth (2014).
The new 19-foot-by-29-foot piece includes a number of Abeles’s earlier photographs digitally composited in order to consider the billboard as a site of collapsed time. Abeles’s recycling of her own artworks, a common practice for the artist, here takes on an additional reference to the historical look of billboards, which sometimes weather and erode to peel away layers of advertisements, exposing hidden images from the past. The artist’s use of her own preexisting artworks in this space is also a witty reflection on branding and self-promotion as the contemporary norm in art and life.
This installation is organized by senior curatorial assistants Laura Phipps and Elisabeth Sherman.
ABOUT MICHELE ABELES
Michele Abeles (b. 1977, New York) is an artist based in Brooklyn. She received her MFA from Yale University. Abeles has had solo exhibitions at galleries in New York, London, and Athens, Greece. Her work has also been included in numerous group exhibitions at institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art; Dallas Museum of Art; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome; and SculptureCenter, New York. Abeles’s work is in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and Dallas Museum of Art.
ABOUT THE WHITNEY
The Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by the artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1875−1942), houses the foremost collection of American art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Mrs. Whitney, an early and ardent supporter of modern American art, nurtured groundbreaking artists at a time when audiences were still largely preoccupied with the Old Masters. From her vision arose the Whitney Museum of American Art, which has been championing the most innovative art of the United States for more than eighty years. The core of the Whitney’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit American art of our time and serve a wide variety of audiences in celebration of the complexity and diversity of art and culture in the United States. Through this mission and a steadfast commitment to artists themselves, the Whitney has long been a powerful force in support of modern and contemporary art and continues to help define what is new and influential in American art today.
ABOUT TF CORNERSTONE
TF Cornerstone was an early pioneer in the residential development of Greenwich Village’s Meat Market and converted the Manhattan Refrigerating Company building, now 95 Horatio Street, to apartments in 1986. The High Line originally ran through the building at the point where the Whitney installations will hang. TF Cornerstone has been a major presence in the Village for more than forty years and today is one of the largest apartment owners and managers in New York City. In addition, the company pioneered the transformation of Long Island City’s waterfront into an amenity-rich thoroughfare, played a major role in residential development on the West Side of Manhattan, and has developed other notable properties in the Financial District and Upper East Side, among others. The company is owned and directed by K. Thomas and Frederick Elghanayan.
ABOUT HIGH LINE ART
Presented by Friends of the High Line, High Line Art commissions and produces public art projects on and around the High Line. Founded in 2009, High Line Art presents a wide array of artwork including site-specific commissions, exhibitions, performances, video programs, and a series of billboard interventions. Curated by Cecilia Alemani, the Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Curator & Director of High Line Art, and produced by Friends of the High Line, High Line Art invites artists to think of creative ways to engage with the uniqueness of the architecture, history, and design of the High Line and to foster a productive dialogue with the surrounding neighborhood and urban landscape.
For more information go to: http://whitney.org/