Liliana Porter: The Enemy & Other Oblique Gazes
The Enemy e Outros Olhares Oblíquos (The Enemy & Other Oblique Gazes) is a solo exhibition of the Argentinian artist Liliana Porter, currently living in New York. Curated by Adolfo Montejo Navas, the show brings together more than forty artworks, covering a broad range of the artists’ production. This includes painting, installation, video, prints, works on paper, and photographs, and some new works that exemplify the visual strategies currently employed by the artist.
The show presents forty-five works throughout the entire gallery. As an introduction, historical photographs and photo etchings will be shown, including Untitled – Hands and Triangle (1973, 8 x 8 cm), Untitled – Wrinkle III (1968/69, 41,28 x 33,66 cm), and La Lune, (The Moon) (1977, 38,48 x 25,4 cm). More recent important works will also be on view, including the exhibition’s namesake - The Enemy (2007, 100 x 86 cm), - as well as installations To Fix it III (2010, 16,5 x 110,5 x 26,7 cm), Forced Labor – Hay (2011, 20 cm/diameter), Black Drip – Dutch Girl (2008, 17,8 x 110 x 26 cm), and Dancers (2010, 15,5 x 61 cm).
Some works on view have never been shown before in Brazil – including rare digitally embroidered works on fabric, such as Knot (2006, 54 x 47 cm) and The Garden (2006, 60 x 48 cm), as well as recent photographs - Black Drips I and Black Drips II (2008, 56 x 75 cm e 56 x 84 cm, respectively), Magritte (2008, 11 x 15 cm), and Brancusi (2008, 11 x 16cm). The exhibit also includes new works on paper, and the entire portfolio of twelve prints from Disguise. (2009, 14,5 x 13,5 cm, each). Porter’s latest video Matiné (2009, 20 min.) will be on view in the projection room and a new edition of 2011 lithographs with sound will be displayed: Elvis (74,5 x 54 cm) and Oh (74 x 54 cm).
Through her multifaceted work Liliana Porter has always tried to express an unique way of perceiving reality. As a result, it is possible to identify significant elements in her work, such as synthesis, concision, and polysemy, as well as time simultaneity and lack of linearity in her aesthetic narratives. According to the curator, Adolfo Montejo Navas, “For this exhibition, the idea is to emphasize the most important issues of Liliana Porter´s poetical approach, as the reflection on the portrayal - the laterality of the meaning of things; humor and consciousness as demystifying tools of totalities and monumentality; the contiguous and biding relationship of various multicultural imaginary; the exploration of the paradox of our existence; and the image enigma exaltation and its aesthetic fable”.
Liliana Porter was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she attended the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes, before later moving to New York in 1964. Starting out as a printmaker, Porter’s work in the 1970s became conceptual and minimalist and established the poetics that continue to be prevalent in her work today The artist’s recent group and solo exhibitions include those at The New Museum (New York, USA, 2011), Museo Tamayo (Mexico City, 2009), Museum of Modern Art (New York, USA, 2008-09), Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art (Japan, 2008), and MALBA (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2008). In Brazil the artist participated in the VI Bienal of Mercosul (Porto Alegre, 2007) and exhibited at Instituto Tomie Ohtake (Sao Paulo, 2007). Her work is part of major collections including the Tate Modern (London), Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (Madrid), Daros Collection (Zurich), Museo de Arte Moderno (Buenos Aires), Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Museum of Modern Art (New York), Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (Lisbon), El Museo del Barrio (New York), and many others.