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Hermann Nitsch at THE ARMORY SHOW, Pier 92 Booth F22


NEW YORK – MARC STRAUS is proud to announce a solo presentation of Hermann Nitsch at THE ARMORY SHOW 2018, at Pier 92, Booth F22, featuring seminal historic works as well as recent paintings.

Hermann Nitsch, 79, is among the most influential living artists. Co-founder of Viennese Actionism, his work is ubiquitously studied in academies, and he has had over 150 solo and group museum shows. A singular voice over 57 years, Nitsch’s Orgien Mysterien Theater performances, paintings and photographs are rooted in the art historical canon. His work is ceremonial with reference to religion and pagan ritual. His visceral paintings are intrinsically connected to his staged performances; for him life is connected to art through dramatic actions.

THE ARMORY SHOW (March 8-11, 2018) has chosen 34 artists to include in its Focus sector, organized this year by Gabriel Ritter, the head of contemporary art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia). The works in the curated section, dating from the 1970s to the present, all look at “the body’s position in contemporary art vis-à-vis technology…” Ritter says. Hermann Nitsch, who produces large-scale, often gory paintings using animal’s blood and stages ritualistic performances represents “this really visceral reminder of what we are at the end of the day, regardless of all these interesting ways to fanaticize and reimagine and rethink the body”, Ritter tells The Art Newspaper. “We are still stuck with these sacks of blood and bones that are incredibly fragile.”

MARC STRAUS has mounted two major exhibitions with Nitsch, the inaugural historical survey of 2015 and the second solo show in 2017 where Nitsch executed his 75th Painting Action, that garnered critical acclaim. This will be the first time Nitsch is presented at THE ARMORY SHOW New York.

There will also be an artist talk at Armory Live Theater on Pier 94, Thursday March 8, 5:00pm, where Robert C. Morgan will be in conversation with Hermann Nitsch.

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