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Piotr Uklanski

Born 1968 in Warsaw, Poland
Lives and works in New York, New York and Warsaw, Poland

Suspended in front of Untitled (The Year We Made Contact) — a textile painting made of woven layers of natural fibers — is Untitled (Red Dwarf) — a round painting composed of thick resin impasto. This installation’s dramatic effect recalls the visually expressive stage designs created by Polish artists of the 1950s and 1960s, such as Tadeusz Kantor and Josef Szajna. The rough textures of the sweeping jute and hemp textile also deliberately draw attention to similar aspects of the Brutalist architecture of the Whitney’s Marcel Breuer’s building. Yet while certain modernist art and architecture traditions figure heavily in Uklański’s practice, this work manifests the ever-changing formal and material parameters of Uklański’s art.

Read about the artist

Piotr Uklański at Gagosian
Art in America (June-July 2008; via findarticles.com)

Dear Gallery: It was Fun, but I’m Moving Up  
New York Times (April 2008)

Dead Man’s Bounty
New York Times (October 2007)

Piotr Uklański at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise
Frieze (May 2001)

Picks: Piotr Uklański
Artforum (July 2005; note: registration required)

Review: Piotr Uklański
Frieze (November-December 1998)