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January 23 - March 13, 2004

Press Release

Barbara Mathes Gallery is pleased to present Paper, a group exhibition of selected works from the 1920s to 2003. Providing examples from various stylistic movements, Paper features fifteen artists from Europe, Asia, and the Americas, whose twenty-one works range from preliminary studies to finished compositions - from collage to photography.

In order to explore the large variety of materials used for works on paper, the exhibition focuses on traditional techniques as much as on the recent involvement of new media. Here, Elie Nadelman's delicate pencil drawing of a classical head or Henri Matisse's timeless ink study of a female nude are juxtaposed with abstract, complexly layered watercolors by Gerhard Richter and a rich gouache by David Smith. Other contrast are seen between an exceptional collage work by Robert Motherwell, a fluent charcoal drawing by Willem de Kooning, and a minimal ink study by Agnes Martin. Utilizing the growing influence of modern technology, the exhibition concludes with recent works by Shazia Sikander and Thomas Ruff, which involve digitally manipulated imagery and in Ruff's case, the use of the web as a direct source.

Paper will include works by Jean Arp, Oscar Bluemner, Los Carpinteros, Joseph Cornell, Karl Hubbuch, Willem de Kooning, Yayoi Kusama, Agnes Martin, Henri Matisse, Robert Motherwell, Elie Nadelman, Gerhard Richter, Serse, Shazia Sikander, David Smith, and others.