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Roni Horn aka Roni Horn

Nov 6, 2009–Jan 24, 2010

Roni Horn, detail of You are the Weather, 1994–1995. Thirty-six gelatin silver prints and sixty-four chromogenic prints. 10 ½ x 8 ½ inches each. Exhibition copy 
© Roni Horn
Roni Horn, detail of You are the Weather, 1994–1995. Thirty-six gelatin silver prints and sixty-four chromogenic prints. 10 ½ x 8 ½ inches each.  Exhibition copy 
© Roni Horn

For more than thirty years, Roni Horn (b. 1955) has been developing work of concentrated visual power and intellectual rigor, often exploring issues of gender, identity, androgyny, and the complex relationship between object and subject. Because the artist chooses not to privilege any one medium, Horn’s art defies easy categorization. Materials--often used with remarkable virtuosity and sensitivity--take on metaphorical qualities and relate key themes with great visual power. Horn’s interest in doubling and identity, for example, is central to understanding her approach to the genres of portraiture and landscape. Image-specific photographic portraits and ethereally beautiful abstract cast glass sculpture relay aspects of both. Similarly, Horn’s intricately cut and pigmented drawings suggest something of the elemental nature of the earth that relates in turn to how the landscape of Iceland, where Horn has traveled and made work since 1975, has informed her practice.

Throughout the exhibition’s installation at the Whitney, the integration and cross relationships among the mediums in which the artist works will be fluid, and the presentation on two floors will explore structurally the crucial concept of doubling in Horn’s work. Included in the exhibition are approximately seventy works, varying in scale from small drawings to room-sized photographic installations to sculptures weighing several tons. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated two-volume publication: a catalogue with an introduction by the three curators, and an essay by Briony Fer, and a subject index, a second volume in the form of a glossary that is devoted to important ideas in Horn's practice or that relate to individual works.

Jointly organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art and Tate Modern, Roni Horn aka Roni Horn is the most comprehensive overview of Roni Horn’s work to date. The curators, who are working in close collaboration with Horn, are the Whitney’s chief curator and associate director for programs Donna De Salvo and curator of drawings Carter E. Foster, and Mark Godfrey, curator at Tate Modern. Following the Whitney’s presentation, it travels to The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, where it will be on view February 19–June 13, 2010.

Major support for this exhibition is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Generous support is provided by the Lannan Foundation, The James R. Hedges, IV Family Foundation, the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, and Donald R. Mullen, Jr.

Additional support is provided by Louise Bourgeois, Agnes Gund, Jennifer Stockman, Nina and Michael Zilkha, The Fifth Floor Foundation, and Elizabeth A. Sackler—JCF, Museum Educational Trust.

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Roni Horn (b. 1955), _Still Water (The River Thames, for Example)_, 1999 (detail). Fifteen offset lithographs on uncoated paper (photographs and text), 30 1/2 x 41 1/2 in. (76.2 x 104.1 cm) each. Tate, London; presented by the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, courtesy of the American Acquisitions Committee 2005, accessioned 2008
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Family sitting and drawing together in the exhibition, _Claes Oldenburg: Early Sculpture, Drawings, and Happenings Films_, 2009. Photograph by Paula Santos
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Family working together to make a soft sculpture inspired by the exhibition, Claes Oldenburg: Early Sculpture, Drawings, and Happenings Films, 2009. Photograph by Lauren Hobby
 
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Roni Horn (b. 1955), _Still Water (The River Thames, for Example)_, 1999 (detail). Fifteen offset lithographs on uncoated paper (photographs and text), 30 1/2 x 41 1/2 in. (76.2 x 104.1 cm) each. Tate, London; presented by the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, courtesy of the American Acquisitions Committee 2005, accessioned 2008 © Roni Horn
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Roni Horn (b. 1955), _Still Water (The River Thames, for Example)_, 1999 (detail). Fifteen offset lithographs on uncoated paper (photographs and text), 30 1/2 x 41 1/2 in. (76.2 x 104.1 cm) each. Tate, London; presented by the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, courtesy of the American Acquisitions Committee 2005, accessioned 2008
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Roni Horn (b. 1955), _Still Water (The River Thames, for Example)_, 1999 (detail). Fifteen offset lithographs on uncoated paper (photographs and text), 30 1/2 x 41 1/2 in. (76.2 x 104.1 cm) each. Tate, London; presented by the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, courtesy of the American Acquisitions Committee 2005, accessioned 2008
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Roni Horn (b. 1955), _Still Water (The River Thames, for Example)_, 1999 (detail). Fifteen offset lithographs on uncoated paper (photographs and text), 30 1/2 x 41 1/2 in. (76.2 x 104.1 cm) each. Tate, London; presented by the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, courtesy of the American Acquisitions Committee 2005, accessioned 2008
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2:30 PM
Roni Horn (b. 1955), _Still Water (The River Thames, for Example)_, 1999 (detail). Fifteen offset lithographs on uncoated paper (photographs and text), 30 1/2 x 41 1/2 in. (76.2 x 104.1 cm) each. Tate, London; presented by the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, courtesy of the American Acquisitions Committee 2005, accessioned 2008
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Roni Horn (b. 1955), _Becoming a Landscape_, 1999–2001 (detail). Twenty chromogenic prints, six prints 20 1/2 x 20 1/2 in. (52.1 x 52.1 cm) each, fourteen prints 30 1/2 x 23 in. (77.5 x 58.4 cm) each. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Photography Committee, Director`s Discretionary Fund, Steven Ames, Kathryn Fleck, William True, and the Henry Nias Foundation, 2002.294a-t. © Roni Horn
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This catalogue has been produced to accompany the most comprehensive overview of Horns work to date. Horn has developed the structure of this two-volume publication. The catalogue volume includes an insightful essay by Briony Fer as well as a plate section of works in the exhibition. The other volume, the subject index, is fully illustrated and includes texts on a variety of topics related to Horns work by a variety of prominent artists, critics, curators, and cultural figures. In addition, the subject index also includes Horns own writing, which is illuminating and engaging for those with a longstanding interest in her work, as well as for people encountering it for the first time.

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