2014 Nasher Sculpture Center Exhibitions

Published on : Friday, December 20, 2013

Dallas-logoHeld in conjunction with the museum’s 10th anniversary, the Nasher Sculpture Center presents Return to Earth: Ceramic Sculpture of Fontana, Melotti, Miro, Noguchi, and Picasso, 1943-1963, from September 21, 2013 – January 19, 2014. This is the first exhibition to explore the increase in interest ceramics received from artists of the avant-garde during this period.


Responding to a variety of personal impulses and historical circumstances, Lucio Fontana, Fausto Melotti, Joan Miro, Isamu Noguchi, and Pablo Picasso produced significant bodies of work in fired clay that engaged the material in novel, inventive, even radical ways, and often challenged the traditional boundaries between sculpture and ceramics. The Nasher’s exhibition offers an in-depth look at this subject through nearly eighty ceramic works, ranging in scale from the intimate to the monumental. In contrast to these artists’ work in other media, their pursuit of ceramics has for the most part received scant attention, particularly in the United States.


World War II imposed significant disruptions and displacements on each of these artists, and clay offered them a way to reground themselves while moving their art forward.





Fontana, who had sought refuge from the war in his native Argentina, returned to Italy and began a radically new path in ceramics and clay related to his burgeoning ideas about Spatialism. Melotti, who stayed in Milan, emerged from the conflagration to become one of the primary proponents of architect Gio Ponti’s populist agenda making high modernism an accessible part of everyday life. Miro, who had returned to France at the outset of the Spanish Civil War only to be forced back to Spain by German bombs, longed to establish roots and dreamed of a large studio in which to pursue his expanding artistic interests and efforts to move beyond painting. For Noguchi, who voluntarily spent seven months in a relocation camp for Japanese-Americans in Arizona after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, ceramics became a medium through which to explore the Japanese side of his cultural heritage. During the German occupation of Paris, Picasso decamped to the south of France where he enlivened a quiet industry of potters, reconnecting with his bohemian roots and pursuing a more seamless integration of art and life that offers an unexpected precedent for avant-garde modes prominent in the later 1960s and 1970s. Despite their disparate contexts and circumstances, the artists featured in Return to Earth were drawn to clay as much for its immediacy and tactile responsiveness as to its commonplace status, metaphorical associations, and broader cultural implications.


Organized by the Nasher Sculpture Center, Return to Earth is curated by Nasher Sculpture Center Chief Curator Jed Morse. It will be accompanied by a lavishly illustrated, scholarly catalogue, and plans are underway for a symposium to be held at the museum during the exhibition.





Through February 16, 2014
To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the Nasher Sculpture Center presents Nasher XChange, a dynamic art exhibition consisting of 10 newly-commissioned public sculptures by contemporary artists at sites throughout the city of Dallas from October 19, 2013 to February 16, 2014. Covering a diverse range of neighborhoods and approaches to sculpture, Nasher XChange represents the first citywide, museum-organized public art exhibition in the United States.


The Nasher has commissioned artists representing a range of practices in contemporary sculpture, including artists with years of experience working in the public realm as well as those for whom the Nasher commission would represent the first opportunity to present art outside the physical space of museum and gallery: Lara Almarcegui, Good/Bad Art Collective, Rachel Harrison, Alfredo Jaar, Liz Larner, Charles Long, Rick Lowe, Vicki Meek, Ruben Ochoa, and Ugo Rondinone. The Nasher’s curatorial team has hosted visits to Dallas for each of the artists, who have selected a variety of geographical, social, historical, environmental, and aesthetic settings around the city, and met with community partners to develop collaborations.


Nasher XChange celebrates the Nasher’s 10th anniversary by referencing the history of the Nasher Collection itself: from the time of its early formation, major works from it were displayed in an unconventional public space – NorthPark Center, an indoor shopping mall created in 1965 by Nasher Sculpture Center founder Raymond Nasher. In addition to commissioning these significant new projects throughout the city, the museum’s plans include a scholarly publication and educational programs for the public. Nasher XChange will also serve as a model for future commissions and collaborations with community partners, and establish a precedent for other museums and communities looking to engage in similar activities.





February 9 – May 11, 2014
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, present a joint exhibition of the work of artist David Bates. The exhibition is a retrospective of Bates’s work installed in both locations with an emphasis on painting in Fort Worth and sculpture and works on paper in Dallas. This is the first collaboration between the two museums. The exhibition is organized by Dr. Marla Price, director of the Modern, and Jeremy Strick, director of the Nasher.


In a career spanning more than forty years, Bates has combined exquisite technique with a deep understanding of American modernist traditions, resulting in a body of work that is at once sophisticated, soulful, and accessible. From his lush early paintings of the Arkansas nature conservancy Grassy Lake and the Texas Gulf Coast, to his figural reliefs and sculptures created at a bronze-casting foundry in Washington, to his most recent paintings depicting survivors of Hurricane Katrina, self-portraits and a return to still life, this exhibition provides an in-depth look at the work of a unique and significant American artist.


David Bates was born in 1952 in Dallas, Texas, where he lives and works today. He studied art at Southern Methodist University and participated in the Independent Study Program sponsored by the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, where he experimented with a wide range of styles. Bates was influenced early on by his favorite pastime and passion, fishing, and the natural setting of the Texas coast and lakes, as well as the vibrant people (and all forms of life) that inhabit these worlds. Many of his works bear imagery that relates back to his relationships with and memories of his parents-his mother can be recognized in the still life paintings and his father is suggested in the portraits of fishermen.
In the early nineties, Bates moved on from the paintings and painted found-object sculptures and reliefs of his earlier period and began to experiment with larger, more refined, and ambitious sculptures in plaster, wood, and bronze at foundries in Walla Walla, Washington and Houston, Texas. He has continued to work in the two media of sculpture and painting exploring figure and still life subjects. In 2005, reeling from his experience and feelings about the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, Bates began painting detailed scenes of the destruction caused by the storm. These emotional images capture the suffering of the survivors in a stark and powerful way. The exhibition concludes with recent work, including Bates’ self-portraits and still lifes.


April 12 – July 13, 2014
For the past fifteen years, Bettina Pousttchi has created artworks in a variety of media including photography, video, and sculpture. These works often examine the constructed nature and tenuousness of memory. Two recent projects, Echo (2009-10) at the Temporäre Kunsthalle in Berlin and Framework (2011) at Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, presented photography at the scale of architecture, lending it a sense of monumentality and presence normally associated with large-scale sculpture. In the Spring of 2014, Pousttchi continues her exploration of these issues with a site-specific installation at the Nasher Sculpture Center.


Mark Grotjahn Sculpture [working title]


May 31 – August 17, 2014
Los Angeles-based artist Mark Grotjahn came to prominence for large, richly worked paintings that evoke aspects of contemporary discourse. In two different series-the Face and the Butterfly paintings-Grotjahn used essential subjects to explore textures, colors, and form with refreshing boldness and almost hallucinogenic intensity. Alongside his paintings, Grotjahn has been working privately on sculpture for over a decade. The Nasher’s exhibition, the first presentation of Grotjahn’s sculpture in a museum, will consider this important element of his practice and highlight many new, never-before-seen, three-dimensional works.


Thomas Heatherwick [working title]
September 13, 2014 – January 4, 2015


The extraordinary British architect and designer Thomas Heatherwick has been hailed as a genius, even being called by Paul Goldberger in The New Yorker “the next Leonardo da Vinci” for the uniquely inventive nature of his work. The Nasher’s exhibition, the first in North America to present the work of Heatherwick and his studio, examines the astonishing range of his practice and traces the development of the studio’s work from the design of small-scale objects and structures to complex, sophisticated buildings and master plans. The exhibition illuminates the studio’s unique iterative “problem-solving” approach to design, and the hands-on making that is such an important element of the studio’s identity, highlighting the design concepts behind small, personal products as well as on large public and private architectural projects in the U.K, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and China. Organized by the Nasher Sculpture Center, the exhibition will travel to several venues in North America after its presentation in Dallas.


Sightings: Pierre Huyghe


October 25, 2014 – January 18, 2015
French artist Pierre Huyghe creates artworks that are both playful and challenging, questioning conventional differences between fiction and real life. His films, installations, and public events have included a small-town parade, a puppet theater, a model amusement park, and a re-creation of the bank robbery featured in the movie, “Dog Day Afternoon.” For Sightings, the Nasher will exhibit one of Huyghe’s aquariums, a living ecosystem that presents an intimate private world.


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