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Installation view of FÉTICHE, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2016

Installation view of FÉTICHE, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2016

Installation view of FÉTICHE, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2016

Installation view of FÉTICHE, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2016

Installation view of FÉTICHE, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2016

Installation view of FÉTICHE, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2016

Installation view of FÉTICHE, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2016

Installation view of FÉTICHE, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2016

Installation view of FÉTICHE, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2016

Installation view of FÉTICHE, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2016

Installation view of FÉTICHE, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2016

Installation view of FÉTICHE, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2016

Installation view of FÉTICHE, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2016

Installation view of FÉTICHE, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2016

Installation view of FÉTICHE, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2016

Installation view of FÉTICHE, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2016

Installation view of FÉTICHE, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2016

Installation view of FÉTICHE, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2016

Installation view of FÉTICHE, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2016

Installation view of FÉTICHE, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2016

Installation view of FÉTICHE, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2016

Installation view of FÉTICHE, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2016

Installation view of FÉTICHE, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2016

Installation view of FÉTICHE, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2016

Installation view of FÉTICHE, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2016

Installation view of FÉTICHE, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2016

Installation view of FÉTICHE, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2016

Installation view of FÉTICHE, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2016

Installation view of FÉTICHE, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2016

Installation view of FÉTICHE, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2016

Installation view of FÉTICHE, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2016

Installation view of FÉTICHE, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2016

Installation view of FÉTICHE, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2016

Installation view of FÉTICHE, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2016

Installation view of FÉTICHE, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2016

Installation view of FÉTICHE, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2016

Press Release

Press Release

Fétiche
February 26 - April 16, 2016
Opening: Friday, February 26th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

VENUS
980 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10075

Fétiche (n.): Objet culturel auquel sont attribuées des propriétés surnaturelles bénéfiques pour son possesseur. (“An object of cultural significance whose supernatural powers are beneficial to its owner.”)

(New York, NY) – VENUS is pleased to present Fétiche, a group show juxtaposing contemporary Western art with historic African and Oceanic works to examine the literal power that art objects confer. In the early Twentieth Century, African and Oceanic objects were popular collectibles and a source of inspiration for many European artists. Picasso references African aesthetics in several Cubist masterpieces, most notably Les Desmoiselles d’Avignon. Oceanic works from New Guinea and the Pacific Islands are frequently referenced in Surrealist art, and were collected by artists and poets such as Alexander Calder and André Breton. African and Oceanic works often exist in a mystical or religious context, though in most instances their exact function remains unknown. Collectors have historically stripped them of their native contexts, instead focusing on their aesthetic “otherness.” Today, these objects exist as curios or spoils of colonialism—rare and exotic souvenirs of cultures forever disrupted by the advance of Western civilization.

The modern and contemporary works included in the show have no overt spiritual or mystical purpose. Though not religious in a traditional sense, there is significant financial and metaphysical value placed on contemporary art, and its ownership grants power via social status and prestige. The various motivations to possess art are seldom explored, though the entire art market relies upon a system of beliefs that highlights issues of relevancy, timeliness, and critical consensus. Fétiche explores the ways in which contemporary and indigenous works bestow authority and power within significantly different social structures.

Fétiche will include a broad array of significant African and Oceanic works alongside important post-war and contemporary art by artists including Andisheh Avini, Huma Bhabha, Will Boone, Bernard Buffet, Alexander Calder, Elaine Cameron-Weir, Maurizio Cattelan, Walter Dahn, Jean Dubuffet, Jimmie Durham, Llyn Foulkes, Mark Grotjahn, David Hammons, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, David Medalla, Francis Picabia, Richard Prince, Lucas Samaras, and Andra Ursuta.

For further information about the exhibition and availability, please contact the gallery at info@venusovermanhattan.com

 

For all press inquiries related to the exhibition, please contact Prentice Cultural Communications by e-mail at bettina@prenticeart.com, or nicole@prenticeart.com; or by telephone at + 1 (212) 228-4048

Andisheh Avini Untitled, 2015
Bamana Hyena Mask, Mali
Bamana Kono Mask, Mali
Baule Goli Mask, Ivory Coast
Huma Bhabha Legs, and Arms, and Heads, 2008
Will Boone Booger Mask, 2014
Bernard Buffet La Mort 8, 1999
Alexander Calder Untitled, 1953
Alexander Calder Untitled, 1972
Elaine Cameron-Weir Venus Anadyomene 3, 2014
Maurizio Cattelan Untitled, 2007
Walter Dahn Untitled (Don Quixote), 1985
Jean Dubuffet Site aléatoire avec un personnage, 1982
Jimmie Durham A Staff To Mark The Center Of The World, Gwangju Biennale, 2004
Jimmie Durham Home At Last, Home At Last, Home At Last, 2012
Llyn Foulkes Who’s on Third, 1971-73
Mark Grotjahn Untitled (Three Sided with X Out of Shell Standing Flat SF4.a), 2013
David Hammons Untitled (Dung), 1983-85
Damien Hirst Doubt, 1994
Ivory Initiation Figurine, Lega, Democratic Republic of Congo
Jeff Koons Ushering in Banality, 1988
Late Classic Dayak Figure
David Medalla Sand Machine, 1963/2015
Nok Head, Terracotta Head Nok Culture Nigeria
Francis Picabia Pa, c. 1934
Richard Prince It’s All Over, 2008
Reliquary Figure from KOTA/Obamba, Gabon
Lucas Samaras Untitled, 1977
Lucas Samaras Untitled (Table), 1984
Songye Community Figure (Turned Head), Republic of Congo
Songye Community Power Figure, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Songye Community Power Figure by the Master of the Rubinstein Songye, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Songye Kifweb Mask, Congo
Songye Power Figure, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Songye Power Figure, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Superbe Divinite (Superb Divinity) from Niger, Mali
Terracotta Head, IFE Nigeria
Andra Ursuta Summer Kampf, 2015
Vanuatu Fern Figure
Vanuatu Fern Figure
Wooden Statue, Ngbaka Tribe, Congo
Wooden Statue, Sawos People, Sepik River, Papau New Guinea
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