Blind Cut

Jan 19 — Feb 18, 2012
New York, Downtown

Marlborough is pleased to present Blind Cut, a group exhibition curated by Jonah Freeman and Vera Neykov. The works in Blind Cut address notions of fiction or deception and present objects and gestures that range from: depictions of fictional places, imagined personas, inaccurate histories, invented language, urban utopias and complex, unrevealed material gestures. This diverse collection, spanning several generations from Dada to the present, poses questions regarding identity, authorship, originality and reality.

The tradition of art as trickery or deception is rich and varied. Whether it is the fantastical architecture imagined by Piranesi, the Surrealist’s use of trompe l’oeil or the Cottingley Fairies photographic series by Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths, much of the significant art over the last century has approached questions of authenticity through methods of appropriation, re-contextualization and critique. Examples in expanded culture are equally numerous, ranging from Luis Buñuel’s faux ethnographic film Land Without Bread (exhibited), and Orson Welles’ 1938 fake radio news presentation of H.G. Welles’ War of the Worlds, as well as in recent years: Clifford Irving’s fake biography of Howard Hughes, the false journalism of former New York Times writers Judith Miller and Jayson Blair and the late capitalist trends of credit default swaps and phantom wealth. 

Artists include:
Julieta Aranda, Fia Backström, Darren Bader, Sebastian Black, Marcel Broodthaers, Luis Buñuel, Guy de Cointet, Anne Collier, Der Dada, John Dogg, Mark Flood, Claire Fontaine, Phillip Gabriel, Ryan Gander, Mario Garcia Torres, Oto Gillen, George Grosz, Lothar Hempel, Pierre Huyghe, Alex Israel, Billy Jacobs, Matt Johnson, Asger Jorn, Craig Kalpakjian, Mike Kelley, Robert Lazzarini, Daniel Lefcourt, Gabriel Lester, Andrea Longacre-White, Adam McEwen, Francis Picabia, Phillip Pierce, Adina Popescu, Eileen Quinlan, Ed Ruscha, Kurt Schwitters, Cindy Sherman, Gibb Slife, Christof Spengemann, Superstudio, J. St. Bernard, Jeffrey Vallance, Annabel Vale Archive, Antek Walczak, and Bruce + Norman Yonemoto.

Contributor List:
François Aubart, J.G. Ballard, Anna Blume, Elmyr de Hory, Roe Ethridge, John Fare, James Frey, Pierre Huyghe, Clifford Irving, J.T. LeRoy, Raimundas Malasauskas, Philippe Parreno, Michael Phelan, Richard Prince, and Alex Waterman

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Mark Flood, Painting with Ads, 1989, acrylic on canvas, 60 × 60 in., 152.4 × 152.4 cm
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Fia Backstrom, Post-vulnerable Rhetorics, 2011, dye-sublimation on aluminum, 12 × 2 in., 30.5 × 5.1 cm
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