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Carte d'après Nature, an exhibition curated by Thomas Demand at Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

The exhibition ‘Carte d'après Nature’ presents three original paintings by René Magritte (two on loan from The Menil Collection, Houston). The title stems from a journal published by the artist between 1951 and 1965, in which he collected ideas from different times and places, relating them to one another.

For this exhibition, Thomas Demand similarly gathered works by artists whose concern with the environment connects them across temporal and spatial distances to his starting point, which is Magritte’s body of work.

The show presents sculptures, photographs, and films. This includes 60 photographs by Luigi Ghirri (GoSee reported), early works by August Kotzsch and sculptures by the young artists Saâdane Afif, Becky Beasley and Kudjoe Affutu.

There are also pieces that were made especially for the exhibition, such as Swedish artist Henrik Håkansson’s collage of birdsongs recorded in Central Park as a contribution to the show.

Thomas Demand explains: “I believe that concepts, forms, and incidents can produce relationships among artists.”

Continuing : “Looking beyond historical categorizations in this way shows why similar thoughts may go through the mind of a photographer from Dresden in 1871…and that of a young sculptor from Ghana in 2010 — and how these thoughts might change over the course of time.”

This exhibition is held in conjunction with the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, where it was originally presented last fall, and with the support of the René Magritte Foundation, Brussels.

A catalogue with essays by Thomas Demand, Christy Lange, Tacita Dean, Rodney Graham, Luigi Ghirri and René Magritte accompanies the exhibition.

La Carte D'Après Nature
An exhibition curated by Thomas Demand

until October 8, 2011
522 W 22 Street, New York, NY 10011