Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Deitch Projects New York

Deitch Projects specializes in producing ambitious projects by contemporary artists. Since opening with a performance by Vanessa Beecroft in January 1996, the gallery has presented over one hundred and twenty solo exhibitions and projects, twelve thematic exhibitions, and numerous public events. The gallery has a global outlook and has presented projects by artists from thirty-three countries.
The gallery's best known projects include the Shopping exhibition in 1996 with installations by twenty-six artists in twenty-six shops in SoHo, I Bite America and America Bites Me, the notorious 1997 performance in which Oleg Kulik lived in the gallery for two weeks as a dog, Yoko Ono’s 1998 exhibition Ex It featuring trees growing out of one hundred wooden coffins, Street Market in 2000, a collaborative installation with Barry McGee, Todd James and Steve Powers that recreated an apocalyptic version of an urban street, six over the top live performances by Fischerspooner in May 2002, and a 2003 installation by assume vivid astro focus that covered every surface of the gallery including the facade, floors, walls and ceiling.
The gallery is active in exploring the new convergence of art, fashion, music, and performance. It has produced spectacular installations by AsFour in 2002 and Jeremy Scott in 2003 to coincide with the opening of fashion week. In December 2002 it presented Simparch’s Free Basin, a giant sculpture in the shape of a skate bowl and hosted a program of skateboarding demonstrations along with new music emerging from the skateboard subculture. In the spring of 2004, the gallery presented Adam Kalkin’s Suburban House Kit, for which a full-scale house made of shipping containers, with a carpet designed by Jim Isermann and an indoor front yard designed by Tobias Rehberger were constructed in the gallery.

1 Kurt Kauper Everybody Knew That Canadians Were The Best Hockey Players

2 Stefan Sagmeister, Things I Have Learned In My Life So Far

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