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26.03.2012

 

Disco Angola by Stan Douglas , exhibition in New York, Infinity Award and David Zwirner at ART COLOGNE 2012

David Zwirner is currently exhibiting new works in New York by Stan Douglas. We are pleased to showcase the motifs featured in the exhibition with the great title 'Disco Angola' – a title that surely must be award-material.

Stan was once again on the road in the role of a fictional photography journalist – this time, he ended up in the disco underground in New York’s prime time in the 1970s. Funk-Soul-Gay-Disco-Fever! And finally we can enjoy glitter and glamour once more, following the political uprising with his way too serious look. As the song goes: ‘You can't always get what you want’.

Of the works shown in the exhibition, four are 'based' in Angola, four in New York. Impressive 'snapshots' were produced by means of archival photographs and vintage motifs.

"Angola and in New York disco clubs has only become clearer in retrospect. In both locations during these years, the introduction of foreign elements was drastically changing the landscape: commercial interests quickly transformed disco music from an underground phenomenon to a mainstream presence, alienating many of its original adherents, while the conflicting interests of world powers in the Angolan struggle tragically postponed the possibility of a peaceful solution, leading to a civil war that endured 28 years."goes the press release of the NY gallery.

Stan Douglas was born in 1960 in Vancouver, where he continues to live and work. He was one of the first artists to be represented by David Zwirner, where he had his first American solo exhibition in 1993. Stan Douglas: Disco Angola marks his eleventh solo show at the gallery.

Stan will be awarded the prestigious Infinity Award by the International Center of Photography, New York, in May 2012. His work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions at prominent institutions worldwide, including The Power Plant, Toronto (2011); Staatsgalerie Stuttgart and Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart (2007); The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2005); kestnergesellschaft, Hanover (2004); and the Serpentine Gallery, London (2002).

He has participated in a number of recent group exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; ZKM|Museum für Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe, Germany (both 2010); International Center of Photography, New York (2009 and 2008); Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. (2008); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2007); amongst others.

Major museum collections which hold works by the artist include the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Centren Georges Pompidou, Paris; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Tate Gallery, London; Vancouver Art Gallery; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota.


GoSee newsflash
: If you won't be able to make the trip to the big apple – you can meet the gallerist and the team at ART COLOGNE in Cologne.


Disco Angola by Stan Douglas
until the 28th of April, 2012
David Zwirner
525 West 19th Street
t: 212 727 2070
f: 212 727 2072
davidzwirner.com


ART COLOGNE 2012
Wednesday, 18th of April - Sunday, 22nd of April
Visitors: 12am - 8pm
artcologne.de

DISCO ANGOLA by Stan Douglas (David Zwirner)

DISCO ANGOLA by Stan Douglas (David Zwirner)

DISCO ANGOLA by Stan Douglas (David Zwirner)

DISCO ANGOLA by Stan Douglas (David Zwirner)

DISCO ANGOLA by Stan Douglas (David Zwirner)

DISCO ANGOLA by Stan Douglas (David Zwirner)

DISCO ANGOLA by Stan Douglas (David Zwirner)

DISCO ANGOLA by Stan Douglas (David Zwirner)

DISCO ANGOLA by Stan Douglas (David Zwirner)

DISCO ANGOLA by Stan Douglas (David Zwirner)

DISCO ANGOLA by Stan Douglas (David Zwirner)

DISCO ANGOLA by Stan Douglas (David Zwirner)

DISCO ANGOLA by Stan Douglas (David Zwirner)

DISCO ANGOLA by Stan Douglas (David Zwirner)

DISCO ANGOLA by Stan Douglas (David Zwirner)

DISCO ANGOLA by Stan Douglas (David Zwirner)