Past Exhibitions / Sculpture Loans

August 13, 2015 - August 7, 2016

Important contemporary sculptures are on view in the Nasher Museum’s Great Hall and on the front lawn, on loan from the Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Collection.

A 12-foot-long sculpture created by Katharina Grosse in 2013 rises up from the front lawn of the museum. The work is made of acrylic on fiberglass reinforced plastic. Grosse, who was born in Germany in 1961, has been pushing the envelope of what constitutes an abstract “painting” for many years. She works in conventional mediums, such as acrylic and canvas, but also with installations such as dirt, Styrofoam and other types of non-traditional materials.

“Her work comes from a long lineage of gestural abstraction that goes back to the abstract expressionists but also includes Earth art, graffiti and street art,” said Marshall Price, Nancy Hanks Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. “This work is just as much of an ‘intervention’ in the landscape as it is a sculpture installed in front of the museum. Like all of her work, it is active and engaging and in no way passive.”

 

Navarro

Three 15-foot sculptures by Chilean artist Iván Navarro anchor the Great Hall. Navarro’s work crosses many disciplines: sculpture, installation, performance. This Land is Your Land is comprised of three discrete works, each with its own title.

“The project’s overall title was taken from the well-known Woody Guthrie folk song of the same name and speaks to issues of immigration, migration and the transcultural experience,” Price said. “When the artist first came to New York from Chile, the water towers that are a common sight in the city made an impression on him. Not only do these water towers have a personal meaning for the artist, but as containers with neon words projecting downward, they serve as a visual metaphor for notions of freedom, democracy and the immigrant experience. As the Woody Guthrie song states in the refrain: ‘This land was made for you and me.’ ”

 

The Grosse and Navarro sculptures are part of the upcoming exhibition A Material Legacy: The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Collection of Contemporary Art, curated by Marshall Price and opening February 18, 2016.

TOP: Katharina Grosse, Untitled (detail), 2013. Acrylic on fiberglass reinforced plastic. Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Collection. © Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst Bonn.

ABOVE: Iván Navarro, BED (Water Tower) from This Land is Your Land, 2014. Neon, wood, painted steel, galvanized steel, aluminum, mirror, one-way mirror and electric energy,  189 x 105 1/8 x 105 1/8 inches (480.1 x 267 x 267 cm). Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Collection.

Iván Navarro, Ladder (Water Tower) from This Land is Your Land, 2014. Neon, wood, painted steel, galvanized steel, aluminum, mirror, one-way mirror and electric energy, 189 x 105 1/8 x 105 1/8 inches (480.1 x 267 x 267 cm). Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Collection.

Iván Navarro, ME/WE (Water Tower) from This Land is Your Land, 2014. Neon, wood, painted steel, galvanized steel, aluminum, mirror, one-way mirror and electric energy, 189 x 105 1/8 x 105 1/8 inches (480.1 x 267 x 267 cm). Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Collection.