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A Rebours Venus Over Manhattan Cesar Gustave Moreau

Installation view of À Rebours, Venus Over Manhattan, 2012

A Rebours Venus Over Manhattan Gustave Moreau

Installation view of À Rebours, Venus Over Manhattan, 2012

A Rebours Venus Over Manhattan Cesar

Installation view of À Rebours, Venus Over Manhattan, 2012

A Rebours Venus Over Manhattan Jonathan Meese Odilon Redon

Installation view of À Rebours, Venus Over Manhattan, 2012

A Rebours Venus Over Manhattan Gustave Moreau

Installation view of À Rebours, Venus Over Manhattan, 2012

A Rebours Venus Over Manhattan Banks Violette

Installation view of À Rebours, Venus Over Manhattan, 2012

A Rebours Venus Over Manhattan Salvador Dali John Chamberlain Andra Ursuta

Installation view of À Rebours, Venus Over Manhattan, 2012

A Rebours Venus Over Manhattan Glenn Brown Henry Fuesli George Condo Walter Dahn John Chamberlain Andra Ursuta Franz von Stuck

Installation view of À Rebours, Venus Over Manhattan, 2012

A Rebours Venus Over Manhattan Glenn Brown Henry Fuesli George Condo

Installation view of À Rebours, Venus Over Manhattan, 2012

A Rebours Venus Over Manhattan Henry Fuesli George Condo Jeff Koons Walter Dahn John Chamberlain

Installation view of À Rebours, Venus Over Manhattan, 2012

A Rebours Venus Over Manhattan Henry Fuesli George Condo Jeff Koons

Installation view of À Rebours, Venus Over Manhattan, 2012

A Rebours Venus Over Manhattan Glenn Brown Henry Fuesli George Condo Lucas Samaras

Installation view of À Rebours, Venus Over Manhattan, 2012

A Rebours Venus Over Manhattan George Condo Jeff Koons Walter Dahn John Chamberlain

Installation view of À Rebours, Venus Over Manhattan, 2012

A Rebours Venus Over Manhattan Jeff Koons

Installation view of À Rebours, Venus Over Manhattan, 2012

À Rebours Venus Over Manhattan Jeff Koons

Installation view of À Rebours, Venus Over Manhattan, 2012

A Rebours Venus Over Manhattan John Chamberlain Jeff Koons Franz von Stuck

Installation view of À Rebours, Venus Over Manhattan, 2012

A Rebours Venus Over Manhattan Olivia Bruckemeyer Daniel Turner Andra Ursuta Pitor Uklanski Andy Warhol Andra Ursuta John Chamberlain Franz von Stuck Jonathan Meese Odilon Redon

Installation view of À Rebours, Venus Over Manhattan, 2012

A Rebours Venus Over Manhattan Olivia Bruckemeyer Daniel Turner Andra Ursuta Piotr Uklanski Andy Warhol John Chamberlain Franz von Stuck

Installation view of À Rebours, Venus Over Manhattan, 2012

A Rebours Venus Over Manhattan Franz von Stuck

Installation view of À Rebours, Venus Over Manhattan, 2012

A Rebours Venus Over Manhattan Franz Von Stuck Bjarne Melgaard David Hammons Jonathan Meese Odilon Redon

Installation view of À Rebours, Venus Over Manhattan, 2012

A Rebours Venus Over Manhattan David Hammons Odilon Redon

Installation view of À Rebours, Venus Over Manhattan, 2012

A Rebours Venus Over Manhattan David Hammons

Installation view of À Rebours, Venus Over Manhattan, 2012

A Rebours Venus Over Manhattan Hope Atherton Bjarne Melgaard David Hammons

Installation view of À Rebours, Venus Over Manhattan, 2012

A Rebours Venus Over Manhattan Hope Atherton Bjarne Melgaard David Hammons

Installation view of À Rebours, Venus Over Manhattan, 2012

A Rebours Venus Over Manhattan Andy Warhol Hope Atherton David Hammons

Installation view of À Rebours, Venus Over Manhattan, 2012

A Rebours Venus Over Manhattan Andy Warhol

Installation view of À Rebours, Venus Over Manhattan, 2012

A Rebours Venus Over Manhattan Andy Warhol

Installation view of À Rebours, Venus Over Manhattan, 2012

A Rebours Venus Over Manhattan Hope Atherton Bjarne Melgaard David Hammons Odilon Redon James Lee Byars

Installation view of À Rebours, Venus Over Manhattan, 2012

A Rebours Venus Over Manhattan James Lee Byars Dan Colen

Installation view of À Rebours, Venus Over Manhattan, 2012

A Rebours Venus Over Manhattan Salvador Dali Glenn Brown Henry Fuesli George Condo Jeff Koons James Lee Byars Dan Colen

Installation view of À Rebours, Venus Over Manhattan, 2012

A Rebours Venus Over Manhattan Dan Colen Andra Ursuta Piotr Uklanski Oliva Berckemeyer Daniel Turner

Installation view of À Rebours, Venus Over Manhattan, 2012

A Rebours Venus Over Manhattan Olivia Bruckemeyer Daniel Turner

Installation view of À Rebours, Venus Over Manhattan, 2012

A Rebours Venus Over Manhattan Dan Colen Walter Dahn Piotr Uklanski Bernard Buffet Olivia Bruckemeyer

Installation view of À Rebours, Venus Over Manhattan, 2012

A Rebours Venus Over Manhattan Piotr Uklanski Bernard Buffet

Installation view of À Rebours, Venus Over Manhattan, 2012

A Rebours Venus Over Manhattan Walter Dahn John Chamberlain Andra Ursuta Bernard Buffet

Installation view of À Rebours, Venus Over Manhattan, 2012

A Rebours Venus Over Manhattan John Chamberlain

Installation view of À Rebours, Venus Over Manhattan, 2012

A Rebours Venus Over Manhattan John Chamberlain

Installation view of À Rebours, Venus Over Manhattan, 2012

A Rebours Venus Over Manhattan John Chamberlain Andra Ursuta

Installation view of À Rebours, Venus Over Manhattan, 2012

A Rebours Venus Over Manhattan Olivia Bruckemeyer Daniel Turner Andra Ursuta

Installation view of À Rebours, Venus Over Manhattan, 2012

A Rebours Venus Over Manhattan Andra Ursuta

Installation view of À Rebours, Venus Over Manhattan, 2012

A Rebours Venus Over Manhattan Andra Ursuta

Installation view of À Rebours, Venus Over Manhattan, 2012

A Rebours Venus Over Manhattan Damien Hirst Carlo Mollino Lucas Samaras Steven Shearer Odilon Redon Jeni Spota Llyn Foulkes Pitor Uklanski Francesca Woodman Felicien Rops Dash Snow

Installation view of À Rebours, Venus Over Manhattan, 2012

A Rebours Venus Over Manhattan Damien Hirst Carlo Mollino Lucas Samaras Steven Shearer Odilon Redon Jeni Spota Llyn Foulkes Pitor Uklanski Francesca Woodman Felicien Rops Dash Snow Banks Violette Gavin Kenyon

Installation view of À Rebours, Venus Over Manhattan, 2012

Press Release

À Rebours – Press Release

Odilon Redon, Des Esseintes, 1888

À Rebours
May 9 - June 30, 2012
Opening: Wednesday, May 9th, 10:00 pm - 2:00 am

Venus Over Manhattan
980 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10075

(New York, NY) – Venus Over Manhattan, a new exhibition space created by art collector and writer Adam Lindemann, will open to the public in New York City on May 9, 2012 with the inaugural exhibition À rebours. Including several dozen works of art spanning the 19th century to the present, this show will remain on view through June 30th.

The exhibition takes its title from Joris-Karl Huysmans' 1884 anti-novel À Rebours, known in English either as "against the grain" or “against nature.” This tale of fin-de-siècle decadence tells the story of the Duc Jean des Esseintes, an eccentric aristocrat who recoils from the manners and values of conservative Parisian society and flees to the countryside to immerse himself in art collecting and exotic fetishism.

À Rebours at Venus over Manhattan explores the notion of “against the grain” through a selection of more than 50 works including African fetishes and an 18th century Hawaiian chief's feather cape. The artists represented range from Odilon Redon – the favorite of the book’s protagonist - to Henri Fuseli, Gustave Moreau, Felicien Rops, Franz von Stuck, Lucas Samaras, William N. Copley, Jeff Koons, Glenn Brown, Salvador Dali, Walter Dahn, David Hammons, and Bernard Buffet, as well as Jeni Spota, Andra Ursuta and Gavin Kenyon.

The exhibition is accompanied by a free zine, available in print at the gallery, or for download online at www.venusovermanhattan.com.

For information about the exhibition, please contact info@venusovermanhattan.com

For press inquiries, please contact press@venusovermanhattan.com

Hope Atherton Untitled (Sphinx)

Hope Atherton
Untitled (Sphinx), 2011
bronze
24 x 23 1⁄2 x 16 inches
61 x 59.6 x 40.6 cm

Big Fat Black Cock, Inc. Untitled

Big Fat Black Cock, Inc.
Untitled, 2011
oil on canvas
39 x 47 x 2 in
100 x 120 x 5 cm

Glenn Brown Little Death

Glenn Brown
Little Death, 2000
oil on panel
26 3⁄4 x 21 1⁄4 in
68 x 54 cm

Olivia Berckemeyer Frozen Endurance

Olivia Berckemeyer
Frozen Endurance, 2010
unique cast bronze
27 1⁄2 13 3⁄4 x 19 3⁄4 in
70 x 35 x 50 cm

Bernard Buffet Les clowns musiciens, le tuba

Bernard Buffet
Les clowns musiciens, le tuba, 1991
oil on canvas
88 1⁄2 x 78 3⁄4 in
225 x 200 cm

James Lee Byars The Golden Scroll

James Lee Byars
The Golden Scroll, 1969
pencil on paper
116 x 14 in
294.5 x 35.5 cm

Rafael de Cardenas Console (from Black meets White series)

Rafael de Cardenas
Console (from Black meets White series)
painted MDF
30 x 66 x 15 in
76 x 167.6 x 38 cm

César Candelarbres

César
Candelarbres (Pair), 1997
bronze
27 1/2 x 26 x 8 in
69.8 x 66 x 22.8 cm
edition 3 of 8

John Chamberlain Murmurous Moto, Maestro

John Chamberlain
Murmurous Moto, Maestro, 1991
painted and chromium plated steel
73 1⁄4 x 45 x 57 1⁄4 in
186 x 114.3 x 145.4 cm

Dan Colen To Be Titled

Dan Colen
To be titled, 2011
tar and feathers on canvas
59 x 73 in
149.9 x 185.4 cm

George Condo Des Esseintes Contemplating Artifice

George Condo
Des Esseintes Contemplating Artifice, 2012
oil on canvas
10 x 8 in
25.4 x 20.3 cm

Walter Dahn Les premiers jours du Printemps

Walter Dahn
Les premiers jours du Printemps, 1986
acrylic on canvas
98 3/8 x 74 7/8 in
250 x 190 cm

Salvador Dali Cartel des Don Juan Tenorio

Salvador Dalí
Cartel des Don Juan Tenorio, 1949
gouache and watercolor on card
11 x 14 in
27.9 x 35.5 cm

Salvador Dali Peineta

Salvador Dali
Peineta, c. 1949
gouache and pencil on paper
5 1/8 x 6 1/4 in
13 x 16 cm

Llyn Foulkes For Stan the Man

Llyn Foulkes
For Stan the Man, 2011
mixed media
12 1⁄4 x 9 1⁄4 in
31.1 x 23.5 cm

Llyn Foulkes I Left My Heart at Wounded Knee

Llyn Foulkes
I Left My Heart at Wounded Knee, 1975
mixed media on board
21 1/4 x 17 3/8 in
54 x 44.1 cm

Henry Fuseli Fairy Mab

Henry Fuseli
Fairy Mab, 1793
oil on canvas
27 15/16 x 36 in
70.8 x 9.14 cm

David Hammons Untitled

David Hammons
Untitled, 1996
mixed media with African masks
56 x 9 in
142.2 x 22.8 cm

Damien Hirst With Dead Head

Damien Hirst
With Dead Head, 1981/1991
photographic print on aluminum
22 1⁄2 x 30 in
57.2 x 76.2 cm

Jivaro Shrunken Head

Jivaro Shrunken Head, c. 1890
16 x 5 x 5 1⁄2 in
40.8 x 12.4 x 13.5 cm

Gavin Kenyon Crumpled

Gavin Kenyon
Crumpled, 2010
wood, iron, tin
16 x 40 x 24 in
40 x 102 x 61 cm

Jeff Koons Violet-Ice (Kama Sutra)

Jeff Koons
Violet-Ice (Kama Sutra), 1991
colored Murano glass
13 x 27 1⁄4 x 16 1⁄2 in
33 x 69 x 42 cm

Figure de reliquaire Mbulu Ngulu (Kota)

Figure de reliquaire Mbulu Ngulu (Kota)
c. late 18th- early 19th century
wood, iron, copper, brass, dried plant material
17 1⁄4 in (h)
43.5 cm (h)

Jonathan Meese Generalissimoz-Monte-Christo

Jonathan Meese
Generalissimoz-Monte-Christo, 2007
bronze
17 1⁄4 x 15 3⁄4 x11 3⁄4 in
44 x 40 x 30 cm

Carlo Mollino Untitled Polaroid

Carlo Mollino
Untitled, early 1960s
polaroid
4 1⁄4 x 3 1⁄4 in
10.8 x 8.3 cm

Gustave Moreau Apollon recevant les offrandes des bergers

Gustave Moreau
Apollon recevant les offrandes des bergers, c. 1885
oil on panel
10 1/8 x 8 5/8 in
27.5 x 21.5 cm

Papuan Bone Daggers

Papuan Bone Daggers
19th century
human and animal bone
various dimensions

Odilon Redon Head of Cyclops

Odilon Redon
Head of Cyclops, 1880
graphite pencil
4 9/16 x 6 1⁄4 in
11.5 x 15.9 cm

Odilon Redon Des Esseintes

Odilon Redon
Des Esseintes, 1888
lithograph on chine applique
edition of 50
image: 5 x 3 1⁄2 in (12.7 x 8.9 cm)
sheet: 17 1⁄2 x 12 1⁄4 in (44.5 x 31.1 cm)

Odilon Redon Le Chevalier Mystique

Odilon Redon
Le Chevalier Mystique, 1892
charcoal, pastel, and chalk on buff paper
45 3/8 x 35 in
115.3 x 89 cm

Odilon Redon Mercury

Odilon Redon
Mercury, n.d.
charcoal and graphite on buff paper laid down at the edges on board
16 3/8 x 14 5/8 in
41.7 x 37.2 cm

Felicien Rops L’Homme à la femme sauvage

Felicien Rops
L’Homme à la femme sauvage, c. 1878-1881
pastel on paper
9 x 6 1/8 in
22.8 x 15.5 cm

Lucas Samaras Fowl III iMovie No. 463

Lucas Samaras
Fowl III iMovie No. 463, 2006
MOV video file with sound
5:00 minutes

Lucas Samaras Head Chest Liquid

Lucas Samaras
Head Chest Liquid, 2002
iris print
28 1⁄4 x 22 1⁄4 in
71.8 cm x 56.5 cm

Steven Shearer Davos

Steven Shearer
Davos, 2007
oil on linen
34 x 30 in
86.4 x 76.2 cm

Dash Snow A Means to an End

Dash Snow
A Means to an End, 2002
table with mixed media
37 x 18 1⁄2 x 20 1⁄4 in
94 x 47 x 51.4 cm

Jeni Spota Portrait of a Nineteenth Century Frenchman

Jeni Spota
Portrait of a Nineteenth Century Frenchman, 2012
19th Century French playing card, lace and textiles; oil on canvas, paper, cardboard, dominoes, dice, string and oil sealant
18 1/2 x 21 1/2 in
47 x 54.6 cm

Daniel Turner Untitled 5150 (1/1/12)

Daniel Turner
Untitled 5150 (1/1/12), 2012
bitumen emulsion, vinyl and wood
16 1⁄2 x 14 x 1 1⁄2 in
41.9 x 35.5 x 3.8 cm

Piotr Uklanski Untitled

Piotr Uklanski
Untitled, 2012
mixed media
124 x 82 1⁄2 36 in
315 x 209.6 x 91.4 cm

Piotr Uklanski Untitled (Shemale)

Piotr Uklanski
Untitled (Shemale), 2009
platinum print
30 3/8 x 29 5/8 in
77.1 x 75.2 cm

Andra Ursuta Breath Hold (Discipline and Vanish)

Andra Ursuta
Breath Hold (Discipline and Vanish), 2010
cast urethane and poly rope
dimensions variable

Banks Violette Bergen Chair

Banks Violette
Bergen Chair, 2006-07
bronze, steel, propane tank
24 x 36 x 28 in
61 x 91.4 x 71.1 cm

Franz Von Stuck Inferno

Franz Von Stuck
Inferno, 1908
oil on canvas
50 1⁄2 x 88 1⁄4 in
128.3 x 224.1 cm

Andy Warhol An American Indian (Russell Means)

Andy Warhol
An American Indian (Russell Means), 1976
acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas
42 x 50 in
106.7 x 127 cm

Francesca Woodman I. 135, Untitled, Rome, Italy

Francesca Woodman
I. 135, Untitled, Rome, Italy, 1977-78
gelatin silver print
8 x 10 in
20.3 x 25.4 cm

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