Philadelphia

Jason Rhoades, The Creation Myth, 1998, mixed media. Installation view, Hauser & Wirth, Zurich.

Jason Rhoades, The Creation Myth, 1998, mixed media. Installation view, Hauser & Wirth, Zurich.

Philadelphia

“Jason Rhoades, Four Roads”

Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania 118 South 36th Street
September 18–December 29, 2013

Curated by Ingrid Schaffner

Curator and critic Daniel Birnbaum once described Jason Rhoades as “perhaps the most American of contemporary American artists.” So it is somewhat surprising that the Los Angeles–based master of sprawling sculptural surplus should only now receive his first major US museum exhibition, some seven years after his untimely death at the age of forty-one. The title of the show—a wink at Rhoades’s relentless punning—corresponds to four thematic “roads” (Americana, biography, systems, and taboo) to be manifested in the four huge installations set to fill the museum and expanded upon in catalogue essays by Schaffner, Martha Buskirk, Chris Kraus, Linda Norden, and Paul Schimmel. While a complete retrospective seems practically impossible, given the superabundance of each work, this reconsideration should offer more than plenty to consume in our “austere” moment.

Travels to the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA, Apr. 13–July 20, 2014.