ADAM DANT

BIBLIOTHEQUES AND BROTHELS

OCTOBER 28 - NOVEMBER 27, 2010

60 East 66th Street

 


Invitation, 2010, Ink on paper, 13 13/16" x 10 5/8"

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ADAM DANT

BIBLIOTHEQUES AND BROTHELS

October 28 - November 27, 2010

 

.......Adam Baumgold Gallery presents an exhibition of drawings by Adam Dant, "Bibliotheques and Brothels" from October 28 through November 27. Passions inflamed by the library and the bedchamber come together in this new series of intriguing, perverse and enlightening works. In these drawings, Adam Dant depicts bibliophilia as a form of physical lust: hallowed and ordered chambers of learning such as the New York Public Library, The Library of Alexandria and the library of Dant's local mosque transform into repositories of desire. Scenes in which licentiousness and culture collide are rendered in detailed sepia ink and wash, and heightened with elaborate gouache decorative borders and gold leaf embellishments.

.......The large drawing "The Dissolution of the Call Centres," 2009 depicts an alternative realm where scholarly virility is celebrated and worshipped. Dant imagines the scriptorium of St Michael's monastery infested by the modern industry of 'outsourced telephony': call centre workers replace medieval monks, while a large group of stern and violent Victorian gangmasters supplants Henry Vlll's zealous reformers. The drawing's intricately patterned edge is illuminated with photographic roundels that assist in the creation of a convincing faux icon or bogus historical document. The result is a theatrical tableau which parodies the banal stereotyping of the media and advertising.

.......This is Adam Dant's fourth solo exhibition at the gallery. His works are included in the permanent collections of MoMA, New York, Tate Britain, The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Government Art Collection, HRH The Prince of Wales, Musée d'art Contemporain Lyon, and the San Diego Museum of Art. He has had solo exhibitions at The Drawing Room, London, and The New Art Gallery, Walsall, as well as group exhibitions at the Hayward Gallery, London, and MOMA, New York, among others. He was the winner of the Jerwood Prize for drawing in 2002, and created Donald Parsnips Daily Journal from 1995 -1998. He lives and works in London.

.......The gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 - 5:30 P.M. For additional information, please contact Adam Baumgold at (212)861-7338 or at abaumgold@aol.com. A preview of the exhibition can be viewed at www.adambaumgoldgallery.com.

 

Grand Central, 2011
Ink, watercolor on paper
60" x 48"

Grand Central, 2011, detail
Ink, watercolor on paper
60" x 48"

Grand Central, 2011, detail
Ink, watercolor on paper
60" x 48"

Grand Central, 2011, detail
Ink, watercolor on paper
60" x 48"

Grand Central, 2011, detail
Ink, watercolor on paper
60" x 48"

 

'The Dissolution of the Call Centre' 2009
Ink and gold leaf on paper
57 " x 68"

The Dissolution of the Call Centre' 2009 (detail)
Ink and gold leaf on paper
57 " x 68"

The Dissolution of the Call Centre' 2009 (detail)
Ink and gold leaf on paper
57 " x 68"

'The Library of Congress/ Globe' 2010
Ink and gold leaf on paper
57 " x 68"

'The Library of Congress/ Globe' 2010 (detail)
Ink and gold leaf on paper
57 " x 68"

'The Library of Congress/ Globe' 2010 (detail)
Ink and gold leaf on paper
57 " x 68"

 

'The Bodleian library, Oxford / sheltering circus' 2010
Ink and gold leaf on paper
44" x 35 1/8"

 

The Bibliotheque National, Paris / The Fall of Rome' 2010
Ink and gold leaf on paper
44" x 35 1/8"

 

'New York Public Library/ Arcadia' 2010
Ink and gold leaf on paper
44" x 35 1/8"

 

'The Vatican Library/ VIA APPIA ANTICA' 2010
Ink and gold leaf on paper
44" x 35 1/8"

"The British Library Reading Room (Weather)," 2010
Ink and gold leaf on paper
44" x 35 1/8"

"The New York Public Library (The Tempest)," 2010
Ink and gold leaf on paper
44" x 35 1/8"

"The New York Public Library (The Tempest)," 2010 (detail)
Ink and gold leaf on paper
44" x 35 1/8"

 

 

 


Bio:
Adam Dant
Press:
The New York Times
ArtNet
Art in America January 2004
The New Yorker September 2005
The New York Sun September 2005
The New York Times September 2005
Flash Art December 2005
The Village Voice September 2005
The New Yorker September 2003
The New York Times September 2003
New York Magazine September 2003
The New York Sun September 3003
Tema Celeste 2002
The New Yorker February 2002
The New York Times March2002
New York Magazine April 2002