With this project, as part of its inaugural year, The Contemporary brings to Austin a group of works by exceptional artists not exhibited previously at the museum. Consisting primarily of sculpture, the objects in the exhibition revolve around the theme of the body and its absence, from the hyperreal to the abstract, tinged with a range of complex, playful, and dark psychological undertones. The exhibition takes its name from Secret Affair (Gold), 2007, a steel sculpture by the Scottish artist Jim Lambie, comprising a near-life-size outline of a keyhole placed incongruously in the landscape. Here, a simple framing device becomes an Alice in Wonderland portal to the secret garden behind it, a scintillating invitation to what lies beyond and a metaphor for the myriad pairings between the corporeal and the abstract.
The exhibition is curated by executive director Louis Grachos with Danielle Nieciag.
A Secret Affair: Selections from the Fuhrman Family Collection runs from 3 May until 31 August 2014.