• “Piotr Uklánski: ESL”

    The Bass
    2100 Collins Avenue
    December 5, 2013–March 16, 2014

    Curated by Silvia Karman Cubiñá

    Piotr Uklánski himself will be directly involved in organizing this extensive survey of his work from the past fifteen years, which will also incorporate items the artist has selected from the Bass Museum’s collection. Titled with a nod to Uklánski’s own ESL (English as a Second Language) status, the exhibition will investigate the valences of cross-cultural translation in the work of an artist who has long straddled American and Polish contexts, being based in both New York City and his hometown of Warsaw. The overlaying of avant-garde tactics and pop-cultural content in his work, and his surprising recent turn to crafts such as ceramics, embroidery, and tie-dye, will undoubtedly also be in evidence, while catalogue essays by Daniel Baumann, Adam Szymczyk, and Catherine Wood should shed new light on the idiosyncracies of Uklánski’s artistic dialect.