Nan Goldin, Ann Veronica Janssens, Alex Jovanovich, Elisabeth Kley, Jack Pierson, Richard Prince, James Siena, Kiki Smith
Going Home: 43 Fifth Avenue
15 Nov – 18 Dec 2016
43 Fifth Avenue, New York

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Going Home: 43 Fifth Avenue, Installation view, 43 Fifth Avenue, Bortolami Gallery, New York, NY, 2016

This exhibition takes it title from that of one of the artworks included, Jack Pierson’s Goin’ Home. The language of Pierson’s title is vernacular, folksy, reassuring; the work itself is an assemblage of shiny brown metal shards, bit of found signage, very familiar elements within the artist’s oeuvre but here abstract, without semantic sense—language dismembered. One goes home to a place severed from familiarity, one that is uncanny and psychically homeless. Displacement within the ordinary is itself paradoxically a normative aesthetic experience, yet one which remains invaluable. All the artworks here work individually and in concert to sustain this sense of permanent displacement.

Works

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Empty rooms, Berlin / Hamburg

Empty rooms, Berlin / Hamburg, 1983