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exhibition: Nothing and Everything

date: 7 September - 28 October 2006

Peter Freeman, Inc., in collaboration with Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, presents Nothing and Everything, an exhibition of sculpture, painting, photography and drawings from 1896 to 2006. The exhibition includes work by Carl Andre, Mel Bochner, Jean Dubuffet, Walker Evans, Robert Gober, Alex Hay, Peter Hujar, Donald Judd, Ellsworth Kelly, Piero Manzoni, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Robert Rauschenberg, and Hiroshi Sugimoto, among others. In addition, Richard Tuttle has recreated a site-specific installation never before exhibited in the United States.

The thirty-eight works from many periods and in many mediums navigate the intersections between nothing and everything in several ways. From Dust Breeding (1920), Man Ray's canonic photograph of Duchamp's Large Glass, to Robert Ryman's untitled painting (ca. 1967), in which dust, too, covers and has changed the work's surface, the artworks in this exhibition reflect both the convergences between two seemingly opposed terms, as well as all of the implications of each word on its own.

Several works, including Peter Hujar's 1975 photograph of the Hudson River and Ellsworth Kelly's drawing Light Reflecting on Water (1950), express the connections between the banal and the sublime, particularly in nature. Diane Arbus's photograph Clouds on a Screen at a Drive-in, N.J. (1960), for example, blurs the line between the mundane and the transcendent with its image of a billowing cloud on the movie screen against a cloudless evening sky. More than a statement of modern man's distance from nature, the photograph captures a moment of the sublime bounded by the everyday. It is not so much critical as awe-inspiring.

Other works manage to express the hyperbolic relationship between zero and infinity. Piero Manzoni's Achrome (1963), made of kaolin and polystyrene beads on canvas, Vija Celmin's 1994-95 drawing of a starry expanse, and Nicholas Nixon's photograph of dog fur from 2004 each conflate infinite expansion with close cropping. A 1960 Dubuffet painting uses an unusual paint medium to materially echo the barren landscape it depicts, while a rarely seen 1953 Rauschenberg painting is actually made of mud.

Nothing and Everything opens on Thursday, 7 September and runs through Saturday, 28 October 2006. It will travel to San Francisco where it will be shown at Fraenkel Gallery from 30 November 2006 through 27 January 2007.

A fully-illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition.