Left: Paola Pivi, ? (detail), 2013. Urethane foam, plastic, feathers, 115 x 148 x 111 cm. Photo: Guillaume Ziccarelli. Right: Facade of Galerie Perrotin, New York. Photo: Genvieve Hanson.
Ok, you are better than me, so what?
18 September–26 October 2013
Opening: Wednesday 18 September, 5–8pm
Galerie Perrotin, New York
909 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10021
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 10am–6pm
T +1 212 812 2902
Galerie Perrotin will inaugurate its New York space with the exhibition by the audacious and playful Italian artist Paola Pivi, Ok, you are better than me, so what?, from 18 September to 26 October.
Pivi creates artworks that are disorienting and simultaneously poetic. Though formally different, her work pushed the limit of what can be done in this world as an artwork. Her first comprehensive solo exhibition in the United States will take over both floors of the gallery and feature exclusive new works. On the ground floor, Pivi will present an installation of eight fantastic creatures. The polar bears will return in Paola’s art!
Nomadic by nature, Paola Pivi has lived all over the world, including Shanghai, the remote island of Alicudi in southern Italy, and Anchorage, Alaska. She is presently in India. Pivi first exhibited at Viafarini in Milan in 1995, the same year she enrolled in the Brera Academy of Art in Milan. In 1999, she was co-awarded the Golden Lion for the best national pavilion (Italy) at Harald Szeemann’s Venice Biennale. For this venue, which featured five Italian artists, Pivi presented Untitled (airplane), an inverted Fiat G-91 airplane resting on its cockpit.
Last year, the artist was commissioned two original public artworks in New York City: How I roll, a project by Public Art Fund, a Piper Seneca airplane rotated on its wingtips, installed near Central Park at Doris C. Freedman Plaza, and Untitled (zebras), a striking image of zebras on a snow-covered mountaintop on the 25-by-75-foot High Line Billboard at West 18th Street.
Like all of her photographs, this image is a live-action still, presented without digital intervention. Another of her iconic photographs, Untitled (donkey), shows a lonely donkey on a boat floating in the Mediterranean Sea.
This solo show in New York will be Paola Pivi’s seventh exhibition with the gallery.
On this occasion, a monograph on Paola Pivi will be published by the gallery and Damiani featuring texts by Massimiliano Gioni and Jens Hoffmann.
Her current touring exhibition: tulkus1880to2018.net
Upcoming exhibitions at Galerie Perrotin, New York :
2 November 2013–4 January 2014