September 5, 2002-June 15, 2003

Aug 21, 2002

Gerhard Richter and Jorge Pardo: Refraction

"Refraction," an exhibition of selected works by Gerhard Richter, installed in Project, Jorge Pardo's 2000 renovation of Dia's first floor lobby, exhibition space, and bookshop, will open on September 5 with Dia's 2002-2003 season. A reception for the exhibition will be held Wednesday, September 4, from 6 to 8 pm. "Refraction" runs through June 15, 2003.

For "Refraction," the second exhibition to be installed in Project, a focused selection of works by Gerhard Richter will be inserted into Pardo's vibrant environment. The basis for the exhibition is the artists' shared concern for issues of framing and representation and for the interplay of the work of art with its spatial context. Together, Richter's pieces and Pardo's environment will mutually question and reflect upon each other.

Richter's works include a new glass sculpture, created especially for this exhibition, in which seven parallel panes of glass refract light and the world beyond, offering altered visions of the exhibition space; Spiegel I (Mirror I) and Spiegel II (Mirror II), a two-part mirror piece from 1989 that measures seven feet tall and eighteen feet long, which alters the boundaries of the environment and again changes one's visual experience of the gallery; and Kugel (Sphere), 1992, a stainless steel sphere that acts as a mirror, reflecting the space. Related works in other media, including painting and photography, address conventions of pictorial representation. A vitrine designed by Pardo will house twelve pencil drawings by Richter from 1969, comprising a series of glass "windows" in which he explored the conventional trope of painting as a window onto a world beyond.

For Project, which opened in September 2000, Pardo created a new lobby/ticketing area, bookshop, and exhibition space on Dia's 9000-square-foot first floor, infusing the environment with natural and refracted light by means of a lively palette of ceramic tiles. In 2001-02, a collaborative exhibition between Pardo and Italian artist Gilberto Zorio, titled "Reverb," was exhibited in the space. For "Reverb," Microfoni, a sound work first created by Zorio in 1969, was interwoven into Project and partially enveloped by a monumental curtain designed by Pardo.

Jorge Pardo
Pardo was born in 1963 in Havana, Cuba, and moved to the United States in 1969. He earned his BFA at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and has exhibited widely since his first solo show in 1988. Throughout his career, Pardo has mixed work devised for traditional museum spaces with artistic pursuits sited in other venues. In 1997, he held a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. This followed a substantial commission to create a café for the Leipzig Messe, in Germany, in 1996. Pardo's large-scale work ranges from a temporary pier for Sculptur Projekte Münster in 1997, which subsequently became permanent, to a house, 4166 Sea View Lane, which he presented in 1998 in the context of a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Pardo lives and works in Los Angeles and on Long Island.

Gerhard Richter
Born in Dresden in 1932, Richter studied at the Kunstakademie there between 1951 and 1956 and from 1961 to 1963 at the Düsseldorf Kunstakademie, where he has been a professor since 1971. Since his first solo show at the furniture store Möbelhaus Berges, Düsseldorf, in 1963, Richter has exhibited internationally, including at Documenta 5 (1972), 7 (1982), 8 (1987), 9 (1992), and 10 (1997). In 1998 the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, co-organized Richter's first North American retrospective. In 1995-96, Dia exhibited Atlas, Richter's ongoing, encyclopedic work composed of photographs, reproductions, and illustrations. In early 2002 the Museum of Modern Art in New York presented a major retrospective of Richter's paintings, which is traveling throughout the United States.

Public Programming
Jorge Pardo will lecture on the art of Andy Warhol as part of the Artists on Artists lectures. The lecture will take place at Dia's exhibition facility at 545 West 22nd Street on Thursday, September 5, 2002, at 6:30 pm.

Critic and scholar Benjamin H. D. Buchloh will lecture on Gerhard Richter this fall as part of Dia's Robert Lehman Lectures on Contemporary Art. The lecture will take place at Dia. The date will be announced in mid-September. For more information the public should call Dia at 212 989 5566.

Exhibition Support
This exhibition is sponsored by Bloomberg, an information services, news, and media company.

Dia Art Foundation
Dia Art Foundation-of which Dia Center for the Arts is a part- was founded in 1974. Dia plays a vital role among visual arts institutions nationally and internationally by initiating, supporting, presenting, and preserving art projects, and by serving as a primary locus for interdisciplinary art and criticism. In addition to presenting exhibitions and public programming at Dia Center for the Arts, Dia maintains long-term, site-specific projects in the western United States, in New York City, and on Long Island. In May 2003, Dia will open Dia:Beacon, a new museum in Beacon, New York, to house its renowned collection of American and European art of the 1960s and 1970s.

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Press Department, Dia Art Foundation, or 212 293 5518

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