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Bourgeois x Förg:  To Unravel A Torment

28 February - April 7 2018


Press Release



Burning in Water - New York is pleased to present To Unravel A Torment - a two-artist exhibition of works by Louise Bourgeois and Günther Förg. Both artists are represented by series depicting shifting, enigmatic psychological milieu into which the viewer is afforded only intermittent coups d' oeil of insight. Louise Bourgeois' What Is The Shape Of This Problem? (1999) suite of works is presented in its entirety. Composed of nine diptychs pairing individual abstract images with corresponding text works, the complete series is exhibited in accordance with Bourgeois' original plan for installation. Each diptych illustrates themes from Bourgeois' life or her intimate reflections, which strike the viewer as profoundly familiar yet ultimately ineffable. The series is complemented by additional works featuring Bourgeois' psychologically-charged, self-referential caryatid portraits.

Rendered in black pigment, Günther Förg's monumental WWM (1989) prints evoke the artist's seminal lead paintings of the 1980s in both color and form. Unlike the vast majority of Förg's non-photographic works, however, the WWMprints feature an array of figurative elements, including heads, masks, hands and other anatomical features. Visual allusions are present to the figurative artists whom Förg considered to be primary influences, such as Philip Guston, Georg Baselitz and Edvard Munch. However, the literal features in the WWMprints are elusive - alternatively emerging from and receding into an enshrouded black background like hypnagogic hallucinations.


Louise Bourgeois, What Is The Shape Of This Problem? (detail), 1999.




Eric LoPresti:   An Ocean of Light

12 April  - 26 May 2018

Eric LoPresti, Trinity with Blue Line, 2017.




Elizabeth Catlett: Wake Up in Glory

28 November 2017 - 3 February 2018

Burning in Water is proud to present sculptures and prints by Elizabeth Catlett in her first solo show in New York City since her passing in 2012. 


Borinquen Gallo:  Like a Jungle Orchid for a Lovestruck Bee

7 September 2017 - 18 November 2017

Borinquen Gallo's first solo exhibition traverses timely topics (i.e., immigration, community, recycling) through her dedication to creating art with overlooked and mundane materials. 


Frédéric Bruly Bouabré & Serge Attukwei Clottey

2 May 2017 - 15 July 2017

The exhibition pairs drawings by the late Ivorian artist Frédéric Bruly Bouabré (1923 —2014) with recent sculptures by the Ghanian artist Serge Attukwei Clottey (b.1985).

Although separated in age by over 60 years, both artists employ prosaic materials to develop distinct visual languages. In the works on view, traditional and regionally-specific West African motifs are harmoniously juxtaposed with symbols and texts that represent both the global and the the universal.

The unique lexicons developed by both Bouabré and Clottey reveal dually systemic methodologies of materiality and language to investigate a broad array of subjects including the historical, spiritual and political.



10 March 2017 - 22 April 2017

"The conceptual basis for the exhibition was further inspired by Leiby’s engagement with the genre-defying 2009 volume Bluets by Maggie Nelson. In the course of 240 short entries, Nelson weaves autobiographical, poetic and theoretical elements into a book-length meditation on the color blue. Nelson’s often frank remembrances are filtered, refracted and mediated through the perspectives of an array of writers, including Ludwig Wittgenstein, Susan Sontag, Gertrude Stein, Goethe and Proust.

In this context, the works in Bluets address the enigmatic, perhaps ineffable, means by which individual identities and personality characteristics are transmuted into color and form."

  Valerie Hegarty,  Watermelon with Banana Smile , 2016, glazed ceramics.

Valerie Hegarty, Watermelon with Banana Smile, 2016, glazed ceramics.


VALERIE HEGARTY: American Berserk

6 October 2016 - 28 January 2017

"The show features a series of recent watercolor paintings and four groups of ceramic sculptures. The suite of watercolors suggests a fevered, hallucinatory vision of America examined through the prism of its visual artistic traditions. Hegarty's anarchic, revisionist take on American history as manifested in the nation's artistic legacy is further embodied in her fantastical ceramic works. The sculptures, which seem imported from a parallel universe, include watermelons that become animated, explode and then decay, sly depictions of George Washington as a series of topiaries, spectral clipper ships erected from bones and an assortment of "fruit face" personae that survey the surreal proceedings.”

  Jesse Krimes,    Purgatory  (detail), 2009, ink, image transfer, prison-issued soap, toothpaste, paper, playing cards.

Jesse Krimes, Purgatory (detail), 2009, ink, image transfer, prison-issued soap, toothpaste, paper, playing cards.

JESSE KRIMES: Marking Time in America

4 August 2016 - 1 October 2016

"Marking Time in America features two comprehensive bodies of work that Krimes completed during a six-year period of incarceration for a non-violent drug offense: Purgatory and Apokaluptein. Krimes produced Purgatory, which includes 292 separate portraits rendered on prison-issued bars of soap, during his first year of incarceration prior to sentencing while being held in a maximum security 23-hr "lock-down" environment. Apokaluptein resulted from three years of sustained artistic labor, during which time Krimes produced a large-scale tapestry using 39 individual federal prison bedsheets."

   Sam Falls,  Untitled (Orange 1, Topanga, CA) , 2012, dyed cotton and polyester with metal grommets.

 Sam Falls, Untitled (Orange 1, Topanga, CA), 2012, dyed cotton and polyester with metal grommets.

a certain kind of Eden

16 April 2016 - 4 June 2016

a certain kind of Eden holds us thrall...

"Focussing on both the fragility and resiliency of the natural environment amidst the threats of global warming and pollution, a certain kind of Eden features works in diverse media by Matthew Brandt, Sam Falls, Valerie Hegarty, Kadar Brock, Christina Lei Rodriguez and Philip Taaffe."