Carol Bove: The Plastic Unit


The Plastic Unit groups together large-scale sculptures made from natural and industrial materials, including slickly manufactured stainless steel “glyphs,” intricate metal curtains, I-beam structures, steel and concrete pedestals, shells, and peacock feathers. In line with Bove’s broader practice, they are placed in careful relation both to one another and to the gallery space, with four works assigned to each room.

Bove’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at prominent institutions that include The Museum of Modern Art, New York; High Line at the Rail Yards, New York; The Common Guild, Glasgow (all 2013); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2010); Horticultural Society of New York (2009); Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas (2006); Kunsthalle Zürich; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (both 2004); and Kunstverein Hamburg (2003). Major group exhibitions include Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany (2012); 54th Venice Biennale (2011); and the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2008).

Work by the artist is represented in permanent collections worldwide, including the Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain (FRAC) Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkerque, France; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey; Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut; and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Text and photos courtesy of David Zwirner.

The Plastic Unit, Carol Bove’s first exhibition at David Zwirner in London is up until May 30th.


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