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  • John Armleder, Untitled, 1982, collage on paper, 26 x 19".

    John Armleder, Untitled, 1982, collage on paper, 26 x 19".

    John Armleder

    Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania
    University of Pennsylvania 118 South 36th Street
    September 8–December 17, 2006

    Curated by Beatrix Ruf

    This retrospective of works on paper by Swiss artist John Armleder originated at the Kunsthalle Zürich, but the ICA will hold the only US presentation, providing his first major exhibition in the country. Positing the confusion of different spheres of cultural production as a form of liberation, Armleder’s compositions are an amalgam of references, from abstract art (Russian Constructivism; Francis Picabia’s “mechanist” period) to chance procedures (automatic drawings; John Cage and Fluxus). A comprehensive examination of Armleder’s working methods and his vast storehouse of forms, the show features nearly five hundred drawings, collages, and books made between 1964 and 2004, as well as an edition of wallpaper created specially for this showing. Installed by the artist, the exhibition will be its own temporary, site-specific work—a challenge to the very idea of a retrospective.