Guest Editor Tom Burr
Tom Burr's curatorial debut at Botolami Gallery is an exploration on the connections one makes in life and how they result in the formation of one's personality. For Tom Burr, identity becomes an indeterminate product of one's interaction with others. Dream The End is featuring works of art from the exhibition at Bortolami alongside other pieces including sculpture, poetry, video, and music selected by Tom Burr. This Live Online Exhibition Edition will continuously grow and expand throughout the month of October.
Featuring artist Hilary Lloyd on the cover.
Amanda Lear is a French singer, model, TV personality, actress, novelist, and painter. An enigmatic character, her birth sex is disputed, and the exact details of her birth are unknown; she was born sometime between 1939 and 1950 in either British Hong Kong or Saigon. She began her career as a muse for Salvador Dalí in the mid 1960s. In the 1970s and 80s she was a popular Disco singer, especially in Scandinavia and Continental Europe, with songs such as "Queen of Chinatown", "Blood and Honey", "Follow Me", and "Fashion Pack". Her first album, I Am a Photograph, was released in 1977. She began working in television in the mid 1980s. Lear released her most recent album, I Don't Like Disco in early 2012. She currently lives in Saint-Étienne-du-Grès in the south of France. Lear was a favorite of Ull Hohn and Tom Burr.
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Babette Mangoldte is an experimental film maker most closely associated with French New Wave and Structural Film. She was born and raised in France, and was the first woman to study at L’Ecole Nationale de la Photographie et de la Cinematographie before moving to New York City in 1970. Her films are both short and feature length and are often focused on dancers and theatric performances. She was featured in the 2010 Whitney Biennial as well as in museums around the world. Mangoldte is currently lives and works in New York City. Tom Burr selected these photographs by Mangoldte of Yvonne Rainer's choreography inside a box made by Robert Rauschenberg.
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Charline von Heyl was born in Germany in 1960. She studied painting with Jörg Immendorff in Hamburg and Fritz Schwegler in Düsseldorf. Von Heyl moved to New York City in 1994 and continues to resides there. She is interested in creating a "new image that stands for itself as a fact" rather than abstractions of objects or figures. Her work has been shown in multiple exhibitions in the United States and abroad. Von Heyl and Tom Burr currently share a dividing wall between their studios in Chelsea Market.
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Christian Francois Bouche-Villeneuve was born in France on July 29, 1921. He was an enigmatic writer, photographer, filmmaker and multimedia artist who pioneered the flexible hybrid form known as the essay film. He worked and traveled under the pseudonym Chris Marker, because it was pronounceable in all languages. His films are shocking, innovative and often autobiographical. During a 1985 exhibition, the artist Gordon Matta-Clark took Marker on a tour of his work, which resulted in the creation of the film Matta. He is best known for his films concerning time and memory, "La Jetée" and "Sans Soleil". "La Jetée"(1962) was the basis of the 1995 Hollywood movie "12 Monkeys" starring Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt. Mr. Marker continued traveling and producing well into his 80's. Little is known about the artist due to his refusal to take interviews or be photographed, inspiring an elusive character that is furthered by his work. He died July 29, 2012 at 91 years old.
J. St. Bernard is the artistic pseudonym for Colin De Land, one of New York’s most vibrant art dealers. He began his career with a gallery on East 6th St. during the height of the East Village art boom. His influence extended when he opened American Fine Arts in the relatively quiet SoHo. Mr. De Land’s carefree, inconsistent attitude fostered American Fine Arts into a safe-haven, breeding ground for artists and creative minds. De Land was one of the founders of the New York Armory Show. He died of cancer March 2, 2003. His legacy includes artists such as Richard Prince, Cady Noland and Jessica Stockholder. Tom Burr was represented by de Land at American Fine Arts.
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Dan Graham was born in 1942 in Urbana, Illinois. Since the 1960s, Graham has created work that questions the relationship between architecture and its psychological effects on us. Beginning his career as a writer, he founded and directed the John Daniels Gallery in New York in 1964 at the age of 22 and exhibited the work of Conceptual and Minimalist artists, such as Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Dan Flavin, and Robert Smithson. Smithson, in particular, was also a large influence on Tom Burr. He soon began to create his own conceptual pieces, considering himself both writer and artist, taking much influence from the written word and magazine page. His breakthrough work was a series of magazine-style photographs with text titled Homes for America (1966-67). The Whitney Museum of American Art hosted his first retrospective in the United States in 2009. His body of work includes photography, video and performance art as well as glass and mirror sculptures. Graham continues to live and work in New York City.
Dash Snow was born in New York in July 27, 1981. He was born into a life of privilege and the arts, as his great-grandparents were French aristocrats and founders of the Menil Collection in Houston. He was a rebellious child and artist and achieved fame in the art world at quite a young age. At the age of 18, he married the artist Agathe Snow, but they later divorced. In 2006, Snow was feature in the Wall Street Journal article "The-23 Year Old Masters", which profiled 10 emerging US artists. In 2007, his girlfriend, Jade Berreau, gave birth to their daughter, Secret Midnight Magic Nico. He exhibited in the Whitney Museum's 2006 Biennale as well as many other galleries internationally. On July 13, 2009, Snow overdosed at Lafayette House in the East Village. One of the letters on view was sent on Layfayette House stock stationary.
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El Lissitzky was born in Pochinok, Russia in 1890. His edict, "das zielbewußte Schaffen" (goal-oriented creation), influenced his work in political ways as he designed many exhibitions and propaganda for the Soviet Union in the early 20th century. His work in the Suprematist art movement greatly influenced the development of the Bauhaus and Constuctivist movements, and later the field of graphic design. El Lissitzky illustrated Vladimir Mayakovsky's 1923 book of poems, "For the Voice". He died in Moscow in 1941.
Elizabeth Peyton was born in 1965 in Danbury, Connecticut. She received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 1987 and was a classmate of Tom Burr. She is most well known for her painted and drawn portraits of famous figures and personal friends, many of which take on an androgynous identity. Peyton and Tom Burr were both represented by Colin de Land at American Fine Arts. Her work is in many museum collections across the globe. Peyton has also made portraits of the Berlin gallerist, Alexander Schroeder, who represents Tom Burr, Josephine Pryde, Ull Hohn, Nick Mauss, and Hilary Lloyd and also owns Gordon Matta-Clark's Sauna, and she currently lives and works in Berlin.
Elizabeth Peyton was published by Rizzoli New York in November 2005. It was compiled by the artist and chronicles ten years of her work, exhibitions, and inspirations. It features contributions from Steve Lafreniere, Dave Hickey, and Roberta Smith and an introduction by Matthew Higgs.
Emily Wardill was born in 1977 in Rugby, England and currently lives and works in London. She is a Senior Lecturer at Central Saint Martins College of Art. Working primarily in film, Wardill explores how social meanings are projected onto objects and then proceeds to deconstruct and reverse them. Some of her most recent work includes, "Full Firearms", "Game Keepers without Game", and "Sick Serena and Dregs and Wreck and Wreck". Tom Burr was introduced to her work through Florence Derieux at FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, and finds associations between Wardill's art and Yvonne Rainer's choreography.
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Frank O’Hara was born in 1926 in Baltimore, Maryland. He attended Harvard after serving as a sonarman in World War II, initially pursuing a degree in music. While he remained a devoted and talented pianist throughout his life, influences such as Edward Gorey and John Ashbery shifted his focus to English. After receiving his MA in English Literature, he moved to New York City and began writing seriously. His light-hearted poetry was spontaneous, conversational and often paid homage to his dearest New York and beloved friends. O'Hara was a curator at MoMA, and on his lunch breaks, he would write poetry. Many of his poems reference people, from Mayakovsky to Lana Turner. He died in 1966 after being struck by a dune buggy on Fire Island. His friend Larry Rivers delivered his eulogy. The title of Tom Burr's exhibition is taken from a O'Hara's poem Mayakovsky.
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Lithuanian-born American artist George Maciunas was the founding member and central coordinator of the Fluxus movement, an international community of artists, architects, composers, and designers. Members include Yoko Ono, Joseph Beus, George Brecht, and Dick Higgins. Maciunas was born in 1931, and trained as an architect and graphic artist before he began buying and repurposing SoHo building space in his 30s. He deemed the dilapidated spaces "fluxhouses" and established them as locations where artists could live and work, dividing resources and producing. Through fluxhouses, he single-handedly put SoHo on the map with 16 developed buildings and a creative new model for real estate development, which is still the standard practice for current artist lofts and coops around the world. He died in Boston in May 1978. Included are scores made in homage of other fluxus artists.
Gordon Matta-Clark was born in New York on June 22, 1943 and grew up in New York, Paris, and Chile. He studied architecture at Cornell University, where he met Robert Smithson and Dennis Oppenheim; however, he did not practice as a conventional architect. In the 1970s, he helped organize 112 Greene Street, an exhibition space showing new art. He also collaborated on Food, a combined restaurant and performance piece; made Garbage Wall, a prototype shelter for the homeless; and was active in building SoHo as an artists' community. He addressed popular culture in the 1973 Photoglyphs, hand-colored black-and-white photographs depicting New York's burgeoning graffiti. Matta-Clark is best known for his 'anarchitecture' of the 1970s, which were temporary works created by sawing or carving out sections of abandoned buildings and then documented in photography or film. One of the most famous examples is his 1974 piece, Splitting, in which a wooden house in Englewood, New Jersey was sliced through. Matta-Clark passed away from cancer on August 27, 1978. The original Sauna, located in an apartment on East 4th Street and featured in the film Sauna View, was Matta-Clark's first cut work. After Matta-Clark moved out, this sauna was removed by Alexander Schröder, the founder of Galerie Neu, which represents Tom Burr, Ull Hohn, Hilary Lloyd, and Josephine Pryde.
Henrik Olesen was born in Esbjerg, Denmark in 1967. His body of work investigates structures of power and systems of knowledge to reveal inherent logics and rules of social and political normalization. He researches various topics for his projects, such as art history, legal codes, and the natural sciences. One of his most recent projects is the creation of a historical and imagined portrait of the British mathematician Alan Turing. Olesen currently lives and works in Berlin.
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Born in 1964 in Halifax, England, Hilary Lloyd currently lives and works in London. Her work is characterized by presentations of sequential images in either video or slide installations. Her work has been shown in many international exhibitions such as Artists Space- New York, Raven Row- London, Tramway- Glasgow, Venice Bienniale, and the Tate Triennial- London. She was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2011. Galerie Neu represents Lloyd along with Tom Burr, Ull Hohn, Nick Mauss, and Josephine Pryde.
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Jean Cocteau was born to a wealthy family on July 5, 1889 in Maison-Laffitte, a small village near Paris. His father committed suicide when he was 9 years old, and in 1900, he entered a private school but was expelled in 1904. After expulsion, he ran away to Marseilles. He published his first volume of poems, Aladdin's Lamp at the age of 19. In the early 1910s, Cocteau became associated with members of the Parisian avant-garde and collaborated with Léon Bakst and the Ballets Russes. Cocteau is known for his poetry, books, plays, art, and films. Some of his films include, Le Sang d'un poète, La Belle et la Bête, and Les Parents terrible. His writing includes the novel Les Enfants terrible and many poetry collections. In 1955, he was made a member of the Académie français and The Royal Academy of Belgium. He died in France on October 11, 1963 from a heart attack. His influence can be observed across the arts, including Les Six, John Cage, and Erik Satie.
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John Cage is one of the most important avant-garde composers of the twentieth century. He was born in Los Angeles in 1912 and studied at Pamona College and UCLA with the classical composer Arthur Schoenberg. Two of Cage's earliest and most important collaborators were Merce Cunningham and Robert Rauschenberg. At Black Mountain College, Cage, inspired by Marcel Duchamp, began to create sound for performances and to investigate the ways music composed through chance procedures would become something beautiful. Cage is probably most well known for his 1952 composition 4'33", which requires the performer to remain silent for the duration of the piece. The influences of his study Zen Buddhism, I Ching, and Indian philosophy can be observed throughout his career. Other notable compositions include Imaginary Landscape No 4 (1951), Water Music (1952), Cartridge Music (1960), and Roratorio, an Irish Circus on Finnegan's Wake (1979). Cage passed away in 1992 in New York City. He is the subject of Tom Burr's 2009 work, American Master.
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Josephine Pryde was boron in 1967 in Alnwick, England. She attended Wimbledon School of Art from 1985-86 and then Central St. Martins from 1986-89. She has been Professor for Contemporary Photography at the University of the Arts, Berlin since 2008. She is represented by Galerie Neu, along with Tom Burr, Ull Hohn, Nick Mauss, and Hilary Lloyd.
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Kathy Acker was born in April 18, 1947 in New York. She first attended Brandeis University and studied classics but transferred to the University of California and graduated in 1968. Her first published writings emerged in the New York literary scene in the 1970s and are said to of been influenced by her experiences as a stripper. Other influences include, William S. Burroughs, Fluxus, the Black Mountain College, Gilles Deleuze, and French philosophy and feminism. In 1972, she published her first book, Politics; her first novels, The Childlike Life of the Black Tarantula: Some Lives of Murderesses and I Dreamt I Was a Nymphomaniac: Imagining, followed in 1973 and 1974. She received a Pushcart Prize in 1979 for her short story "New York City in 1979". Acker moved to London in the early 1980s, and published her most well known work, Blood and Guts in High School, in 1982. Her writing is characterized by controversial topics such as sex, violence, rape, abortion, incest, and feminism and a tendency to adapt or borrow from older literature, such as The Scarlet Letter, Don Quixote, and Great Expectations. Upon her return to the US, Acker taught at multiple colleges. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in the spring of 1996 and passed away in in alternative cancer clinic in Tijuana, Mexico in 1997. Her clothing was photographed by Kaucyila Brooke from 1999-2004.
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Born in 1952, Kaucyila Brooke is a Los Angeles based artist and professor at CalArts. Brooke works primarily in video and photography. Her ongoing project, The Boy Mechanic documents the history of lesbian bars in locations across the United States and Europe. By cataloguing Kathy Acker's wardrobe, she documents a fetishization of someone's personal objects. This idea of fetishization can be observed throughout the exhibition.
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Ken Okiishi was born in 1978 in Ames, Iowa. He received his BFA from Cooper Union in 2001. His work has been shown in multiple solo and group exhibitions in the United States and internationally. He currently divides his time between New York City and Berlin. Okiishi also frequently collaborates with his partner, Nick Mauss.
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Lucy McKenzie was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1977. McKenzie's art often crosses from fine art into other fields, combining painting with the conceptual concerns of craft, heritage, and commercial art. Her portrait has been taken by the photographer Richard Kern. She currently lives and works in Brussels, Belgium.
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Born in Anchorage, Alaska in 1978, Mary Simpson received her BA in Creative Writing in 2000. In 2007 she attended the Skowhegan School of painting and Sculpture in Maine. She received her MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia in 2009 and attended the Whitney Independent Study Program in 2010. Simpson was in residence in Croatia in 2011 as part of Art in General's Eastern European Exchange Program. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Simpson's work shows the stove of Robert Rauschenberg, fetishizing the everyday objects of an individual. Also included are films made with her husband, curator Fionn Meade.
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Nick Mauss was born in 1980 and received his BFA from Cooper Union in 2003. In addition to showing in many US and international exhibitions, his work was recently included in the 2012 Whitney Biennial. MoMA acquired a selection of his drawings for its permanent collection in 2005. Mauss currently lives and works in New York City and frequently collaborates with his partner, Ken Okiishi. He is represented by Galerie Neu in Berlin along with Tom Burr, Ull Hohn, Josephine Pryde, and Hilary Lloyd.www.galerieneu.net/artists/show/id/29
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Born in 1954 in North Carolina, Richard Kern is a photographer and filmmaker working out of New York City. He focuses his work on portraiture and attempts to illuminate the darker sides of human nature and make the psychological space between the sitter, photographer, and audience his subject. He has photographed fellow artist Lucy McKenzie. Kern is also a regular contributor to Vice and Purple and has published 11 books. His work has been exhibited internationally and at MoMA and The Whitney.
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Robert Rauschenberg was born in Port Arthur, Texas in 1925. He began to study pharmacology at the University of Texas, Austin but was drafted into the U.S. Navy. In late 1948, began to study under Josef Albers at Black Mountain College. While there, he met future collaborative partners, John Cage and Merce Cunningham. Choreographer and dancer, Yvonne Rainer was photographed by Babette Mangoldte inside a box he constructed. His first solo exhibition was held in New York at the Betty Parsons Gallery in 1951. He travelled Europe with fellow artist Cy Twombly in 1952-53, and upon his return to New York met Jasper Johns, who would become his artistic and romantic partner. Rauschenberg worked in a variety of mediums throughout his career and is associated with the reaction against Abstract Expressionism. By 1970, he had set up a permanent residence and studio in Captiva Island, Florida, where he would spend the rest of his life until his death in 2008.
Selections from the Private Collection of Robert Rauschenberg was published by Rizzoli New York in September 2012 to accompany an exhibition of his personal collection at the Gagosian Gallery - New York in 2011. It features works by over 65 artists, including Jim Dine, Henri Matisse, and Cy Twombly. It was written by Robert Storr.
Robert Smithson was born January 2, 1938. Smithson’s first works were Pop Art-esque collages inspired by beefcake magazines. After reevaluating his position and platform, Smithson reemerged as a minimalism enthusiast. He began exploring industrial sites and installing “non-sites,” collected sediment mixed with mirror or glass, in galleries throughout New York. Smithson remained fascinated by landscapes and their minute pieces, publishing an Artforum article in 1968 promoting the initial land artists. The following year he began producing land-art pieces, to push-the-limits and explore concepts of the medium. He died July 20, 1973 in a plane crash surveying sites for his work in Amarillo, Texas. Photographs of Smithson by Dan Graham are included in Tom Burr's guest edit.
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Sarah Lucas, an English sculptor, installation artist, and photographer was born in London in 1962. She studied in London at the Working Men's College, London College of Printing, and Goldsmith's College from 1982-87. In the early 1990s, she emerged as one of the major Young British Artists. Her work is provocative and morbid. She was the subject of a BBC documentary, Two Melons and a Stinking Fish, in 1996.
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Minimalist and conceptual artist Tom Burr was born in 1963 in New Haven, Connecticut. His work includes installation, sculpture, drawing and photography. Often, his art comments on gender-specific stigmas and social, psychological effects of public spaces. He currently lives and works in New York. Tom Burr is also a guest editor of Dream The End in conjunction with his cuatorial debut at the Bortolami Gallery, now I am quietly waiting for the catastrophe of my personality to seem beautiful again, and interesting, and modern.
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Ull Hohn was born in Trier, Germany in 1960. He studied painting under Gerhard Richter in Düsseldorf from 1984-86 and then left Germany for New York City. He began the Whitney Independent Study Program in 1987 where he shared a studio wall and become close with Tom Burr. The freedom of New York and independent study allowed Hohn's work to mature into the two series Untitled (9 Landscape Paintings) and 9 Relief Paintings. Hohn is associated with the rise of institutional critique. He sadly passed away at the age of 35 due to AIDS, and is represented by Galerie Neu in Berlin, which also represents Burr, Nick Mauss, Josephine Pryde, and Hilary Lloyd.
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Vladimir Mayakovsky was one of the most compelling Soviet literaries. He was born in 1893 in Bagdadi, Georgia, then a part of the Russian Empire, and moved to Moscow with his mother as a child. At the age of 15 he joined the Russian-Social Democratic Workers’ Party. Mayakovsky started writing poetry in 1909 while in solitary confinement for politically subversive activity. Upon release he was influenced by noteworthy Russian Futurists and began writing prolifically. Openly Communist, fervently political, and a driving force behind the Russian Futurist movement, his poems were prosaic, daring and meant to reach and incite a mass audience. El Lissitzky illustrated his 1923 book of poems, "For the Voice". He died April 14, 1930 and is remembered as the leading poet of the Russian Revolution and early Soviet period. Mayakovsky can be said to have influenced many artists, poets, and musicians. Tom Burr created an entire series of works thinking about Mayakovsky's poem, "Cloud in Trousers".
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Yvonne Rainer was born in San Francisco, California in 1934. She attended acting school in San Francisco but soon moved to New York and became involved with the visual arts scene. At the age of 25 she began training full-time at the Martha Graham School of Dance and later moved on to the Merce Cunningham studios. Rainer began choreographing in 1961 and soon became a central figure in the American postmodern dance movement, especially at the Judson Dance Theatre. Her dances are known for their tension between content material and performance. These themes are carried into her work in film, which she began in 1967. Issues of performer/spectator relationships were also carried from her dance performances into film work. She completed her first full length film in 1972, Lives of Performers. Rainer has continued to make feminist, queer, and experimental films throughout her career. She has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Wexner Prize, and a MacArthur Fellowship. She currently teaches at the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum in New York. Her memoir Feelings Are Facts: A Life was published in 2006. Rainer was photographed by Babette Mangoldte inside a Robert Rauschenberg box, and Tom Burr finds traces of her influence in Emily Wardill's work.
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