“Roni Horn”

Minimalism at the George Economou Collection, Athens

The George Economou Collection, Athens is holding a collective exhibition entitled “Opening the Box: Unpacking Minimalism” which will open on 22 October 2015 and run until April 2016. The exhibition will be curated by Mark Godfrey and will feature works by Dan Flavin, Isa Genzken, Robert Gober, Roni Horn, Rashid Johnson, Donald Judd, Agnes Martin, John McCracken, and Nikolai Mikhailovich Suetin. The exhibition is showing ten works that will expose a more nuanced side to Minimalism by exploring different debates, places and times. It will provide a journey for the viewer through the museum, beginning with an impressive brushed aluminium channel (1978) and early relief (1961) by Donald Judd, a plank (1988) by John McCracken and a painting (1966) by Agnes Martin. It will also feature Dan Flavin’s monument 4 for those who have been killed in ambush (to P. K. who reminded me about death) (1966), a work made from red fluorescent lamps and explicitly evoking the violence of the Vietnam War. Other works on the second floor will also reflect the relationship between Minimalism and history, such as Nikolai Suetin’s Suprematist Composition (1921) and Isa Genzken’s Gelbes Ellipsoid (Yellow Ellipsoid) (1976). The top floor of the exhibition explores the ideological implications of Minimalism as a new artistic discourse addressing loss, desire and identity, with works such as Robert Gober’s The Silent Sink (1984) evoking notions of loss and disease and Roni Horn’s Untitled (Billie), Untitled (Holiday) (2012) conveying the tragic romance of Billie Holiday’s music. The exhibition shows that Minimalism is not merely a blank canvas, but a kaleidoscopic mood board, as it is not quite so universally cool and clean as it supposes to...

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Roni Horn awarded 4th edition of Joan Miró Prize for her “endlessly open” work

Barcelona, 24 January 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). Artist Roni Horn (born in 1955) was just awarded the fourth edition of the Joan Miró Prize – a very generous cash award which she will receive on occasion of a ceremony due to take place on 30 January at the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona. The artist was acclaimed by the jury for her ability to “explore new dimensions and horizons”, a quality which she “shares with Joan Miró”. The jury favoured innovation and freedom of creation above all, which they believe are values that characterised the life and work of Miró. According to the jury, Roni Horn “has not ceased to impress international audiences with a multifaceted artistic practice (…). Horn is an artist that has authored an elusive work that, like Miró’s, is endlessly open, does not discriminate between media, and has a special focus on place and placement, as well as on drawing as a process and a compass.” As well as a € 70,000-cash prize, Horn will be offered the possibility to exhibit her work in the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona and in CaixaForum in Madrid in 2014. She will also receive an award conceived by designer André Ricard. The Joan Miró Prize is awarded every other year by an international jury in recognition of present-day artistic work. It is awarded by the Fundació Joan Miró and sponsored by the Obra Social “la Caixa”, with the aim of promoting the visual arts. Roni Horn explores very different media and techniques, in turns sculpture, design, photography, writing; but always with a conceptual and minimalist twist. Horn has always been determined to address questions of strong social significance such as gender issues, identity, androgyny and the relationship between subject and object. She is also a keen portrait...

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