New York

New York

Paweł Althamer

New Museum
235 Bowery
February 12–April 20, 2014

Curated by Massimiliano Gioni and Gary Carrion-Murayari

Over his roughly twenty-year career, Polish artist Paweł Althamer has fashioned a singularly thoughtful and intuitive body of work, body being the operative word. Despite the varying mediums he has adopted—sculpture, video, installation, and diffuse forms of social praxis (from leading ceramics workshops to flying more than 150 of his Warsaw neighbors, clad in gold space suits, to Brussels)—the corporeal remains at the heart of Althamer’s endeavor. In addition, his first US retrospective includes a new iteration of The Draftsman’s Congress, an expansive drawing with an open call for participants, originally realized at the Seventh Berlin Biennale in 2012 (organized by Althamer’s sometimes collaborator Artur Żmijewski, who contributes an essay to the New Museum catalogue, as does Joanna Mytkowska, director of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw). This survey of Althamer’s works in all mediums should at last allow us to perceive the nuances of his multifarious project.