Houston

“Reykjavik series,” 2003.

“Reykjavik series,” 2003.

Houston

Olafur Eliasson

The Menil Collection
1533 Sul Ross Street
May 26–September 5, 2004

Curated by Matthew Drutt

Olafur Eliasson’s radiant Weather Project, which transformed Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall last year, rightly landed on more than one of Artforum’s “Best of 2003” lists and prompted Daniel Birnbaum to declare the rebirth of the sublime. Meteorological elements—light, heat, moisture—have long been Eliasson’s tools and inspiration. From his emergence in the late ’80s to his inclusion in the 2003 Venice Biennale, the artist has introduced everything from rainbows to lava into the insulated space of the gallery. The first museum survey of his photographic work displays serial images of glaciers, rivers, and islands originally produced as studies for some thirty-one installations from the past decade. The catalogue features an interview with the artist and essays by, among others, Menil curator Matthew Drutt.