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In Summer 2022, Art Omi Presents

a Solo Exhibition of Portia Munson,

a Major Outdoor Commission by Alexandre Arrechea,

and Large-scale Installations by Iván Navarro

and Robert Grosvenor.

Portia Munson, Reflecting Pool, 2013. Found blue plastic and outdoor swimming pool. 36 x 180 in. (91.4 x 457.2 cm). Courtesy of the artist and P·P·O·W, New York. Photo: JSP Art Photography.

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GHENT, NY, May, 2022 — In its summer 2022 line-up, Art Omi announces an exhibition with Portia Munson in the Newmark Gallery from June 25 through September 25. On June 25, in the Sculpture and Architecture Park, Art Omi will unveil a major new sculptural commission by Cuban artist Alexandre Arrechea, a long-term installation by Chilean artist Iván Navarro, and the reinstallation of a newly-restored sculpture by Robert Grosvenor.

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Portia Munson: Flood
June 25–September 25, 2022

Newmark Gallery
 
Opening reception: June 25, 3-5pm
 
For over two decades, Portia Munson (b. 1961) has teased out cultural codes latent in the mass-produced items that surround us. Her monochromatic installations underscore the pleasures of looking at a dizzying array of items that are at once seductive and utterly disposable. Munson’s work offers an incisive study of the desires and terrors lurking just under the surface of commodities.
 
Portia Munson: Flood premieres new sculpture presented alongside installations and paintings from the last twenty years, tracing throughlines in Munson’s work across painting and sculpture.
 
Portia Munson (b. 1961) lives and works in Catskill, NY. She holds a BFA from Cooper Union, an MFA from Rutgers University, and studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Munson’s work has been shown internationally in major public and private exhibitions since the early 1990s. Munson’s most recent solo exhibitions include Portia Munson: Her Room/Her World at Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA, 2018; Flood at Disjecta, Portland, OR, 2018; The Garden, at P·P·O·W, New York, NY, 2017; and Earth Rites, NYU Langone Medical Center Art Gallery, New York, NY, 2017. Munson’s work has also been in numerous group exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad, including Dime-Store Alchemy at The Flag Art Foundation, New York, NY, 2018; Garden Dwellers at Regina Rex, New York, NY, 2017; Out of Site at Chesterwood, Stockbridge, MA, 2017; Pink Noise: Flexing the Frequency at Girls’ Club Collection, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 2016-17; Radical Kingdoms at Union College Schenectady, NY, 2017; Pink Project: Table with P·P·O·W at Frieze London, UK, 2016; Nature Pops at Wave Hill, Bronx, NY, 2016; Tie His Hands Gently at Romeo New York, NY, 2016; In Plain Air at Art Omi, Omi, NY, 2016; and The Female Gaze at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA, 2012.

Alexandre Arrechea, Orange Functional, 2022. 3D by Artmuse Interactive Inc. Courtesy of the artist.

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Alexandre Arrechea: Orange Functional
Opening June 25, 2022

Sculpture & Architecture Park
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Cuban-born artist Alexandre Arrechea (b. 1970) examines the politics of public gathering spaces, returning for more than twenty years to the symbol of the basketball court. In Orange Functional–a major new commission by Art Omi–orange branches blossom into functional basketball hoops. As viewers throw basketballs, they fall from hoop to grass, evoking orange fruit falling from a tree. By changing the design of a standard basketball hoop, Arrechea challenges the traditional rules of the game, inviting viewers to replace rules they know with new modes of play. The first functional basketball hoop produced by the artist, Arrechea invites visitors to bring their own basketballs and throw some hoops.

Alexandre Arrechea (b. 1970) is internationally renowned as one of the founding members of the Cuban collective, Los Carpinteros [The Carpenters], active between 1991 and 2003. Embarking on his solo career in the same year, Arrechea is widely recognized for Nolimits (2013), a monumental project composed of ten sculptures inspired by iconic buildings in New York City and erected along Park Avenue, and Katrina Chairs (2016), erected at the Coachella Music Festival, Palm Springs, California, USA. Last December, he created “Dreaming with Lions,” an immersive rotunda resembling an enormous forum-cum-library installed at Faena Miami Beach.

 

 

Iván Navarro, This Land is Your Land, 2014. Me/We, 2014 (detail). Neon light, wood, painted steel, galvanized steel, aluminum, mirror, one-way mirror and electric energy. Each: 189 x 105 1/8 x 105 1/8 in. (480.1 x 267 x 267 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Templon, Paris – Brussels. Photo: Elisabeth Bernstein.

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Iván Navarro: This Land Is Your Land
Opening May 28, 2022

Sculpture & Architecture Park
 
This Land Is Your Land, an installation by Chilean artist Iván Navarro (b. 1972), points to connections between two countries–Chile and the United States. The work takes its title from a folk song by American musician Woody Guthrie that was a source of inspiration for Chilean folk singers and banned in Chile under the violent dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, who came to power through a CIA-supported coup. Navarro’s work underscores America’s role in fomenting unrest in Chile, and the waves of migration that resulted afterward.

Here, Navarro invokes the iconic form of water towers, closely associated with the skyline of New York City, where immigrants from around the world gather in search of a better life. Guthrie’s 1940 song criticized the privatization of resources in the United States that he believed all should have access to, including water. Notably absent from Guthrie’s song is reference to Indigenous Nations’ right to this land and critical role in protecting clean water. Ultimately, Navarro’s installation raises questions about how nations linked by colonial histories might reshape their futures.
 
Iván Navarro (b. 1972) has exhibited widely, including at MoMA PS1, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Buenos Aires, and Nasher Museum of Art. In 2009, Navarro represented Chile at the Venice Biennale. His works are represented in numerous institutional collections including Fonds National d’Art Contemporain Paris, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Inhotim, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Korea (MMCA).

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Robert Grosvenor, Untitled, 1968. Aluminum over steel and enamel paint. Photo: Alon Koppel.

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Robert Grosvenor: Untitled
Opening May 28, 2022

Sculpture & Architecture Park
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This summer, Art Omi presents a newly restored installation of Robert Grosvenor (b. 1937). Untitled is one in a series of yellow line sculptures Grosvenor created in the late 1960s. The industrial form, created in aluminum over steel with enamel paint stretches across the hilltop, its edge just touching the ground just before reaching heroically upwards. Slicing through the landscape in both color and scale, Untitled creates a sense of vertical movement, and leads the viewer’s gaze into the sky. 
 
Robert Grosvenor (b. 1937, New York), known primarily as a sculptor, has eluded artistic categorization during his more than fifty-year career, producing diverse, singular works that explore the spatial dynamics between object, architecture, and viewer. His work was included in the seminally important group exhibitions Primary Structures (Jewish Museum, 1966) and Minimal Art (Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, 1968), which helped define minimalism. He soon diverged from this movement to create challenging works that resist assimilation to any of the prevailing art movements. 
 
One-person exhibitions of Grosvenor’s work have been presented at the Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland (1992); the Fundação de Serralves, Porto, Portugal (2005); the Renaissance Society, Chicago, IL (2017); and the ICA Miami (2019). Grosvenor’s work is in the collections of the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Storm King Art Center, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Serralves Museum, Porto; and the Centre Pompidou, Paris. Grosvenor lives and works in Long Island, New York.
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Art Omi Sculpture & Architecture Park

Art Omi presents large-scale works in nature, as well as indoor exhibitions in a 1,500 square foot gallery. The Sculpture & Architecture Park currently offers more than 60 works by artists and architects on view. Art Omi has five distinct residency programs, and a thriving education program which serves people of all ages and abilities with contemporary art and ideas in a stimulating and dynamic community.

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Art Omi’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

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