Bortolami is pleased to present an exhibition of new and recent works by Anna Ostoya. A book launch will accompany the exhibition, celebrating the release of The Polish Rider; a collaboration of the artist with poet and writer Ben Lerner. Ostoya and Lerner will be in conversation, moderated by Mónica de la Torre, at the gallery on October 26 at 6pm. Anna Ostoya, the catalogue for the artist’s recent survey exhibition at the Zacheta National Gallery in Warsaw will be released concurrently.
At Bortolami, Ostoya’s paintings and collages are installed distinctively in the gallery's two front rooms. While originating from different series, they all converge in the new publications. Originally shown in the artist’s survey exhibition at Zacheta, (UN)MADE (After Frenhofer) (2017) is a largescale composition of overlapping figures that she made by directly tracing the outlines of her own body on canvas. Ostoya composed her new series of collages, Views (1-9), by abstracting snapshots she took of fences and buildings during walks in the Lower East Side. The Alte Sachlichkeit series consists of collages derived from the book The American Heritage Picture History of World War II, a book she found in the lobby of her apartment building, as well as found objects and images. Ostoya’s paintings from the series Slaying are derived from the Gentileschi masterpiece Judith Slaying Holofernes (1643), and were not only the thesis of her last exhibition at the gallery but also the impetus for Lerner’s piece of fiction.