Catherine Opie: Wall Street
30 November 2001 - 19 January 2002Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present 'Wall Street', a new series of photographs by American artist Catherine Opie. The 'Wall Street' series denotes a geographical shift for Catherine Opie's work, from her West Coast background to Manhattan, and these images continue a central theme in her photographs. Taken at dawn on weekends, these photographs reveal the bustling financial heart of New York at its most architecturally bare, for once caught without its financiers, food vendors, cars and other daily distractions.
Jap in a Box
26 October 2001 - 26 November 2001Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present Jap in a Box, recent paintings and drawings by Masahiko Kuwahara, Mr., Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, Tam Ochiai and Hiroshi Sugito. These six artists have been selected because their artistic practices signify a break with previous tendencies in Japanese painting. Rather than conforming to institutional versions of Post-Painterly Abstraction, or following the latest fashion trend, their work incorporates elements of their cultural past with Western influences that characterise Japan's postmodern consumer society.
Thomas Hirschhorn: Laundrette
5 June 2001 - 21 July 2001Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present 'Laundrette', a major new work by Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn. This project, conceived specifically for the front space of the gallery, takes on the visual qualities of a laundrette. It evokes a similar atmosphere to that of a bright-lit, often uncomfortable space where a routine activity is carried out at regular intervals. The work is constructed from Hirschhorn's trademark materials: hand-made furniture, tape, mirrors, plastic, fake floor tiles, fake wooden walls, vintage television monitors and a wealth of text.
9 March 2001 - 11 April 2001Witty, prolific and darkly humorous, Shrigley's drawings pinpoint moments in a disjointed stream of consciousness and reveal an offbeat world. Eccentric moral dilemmas must be faced at every turn. Every situation is simultaneously bizarre and vaguely familiar. Unusual habits, dreams, facial features, school playgrounds and bodily functions are all fair game. Shrigley's photographs record discreet interventions that the artist has orchestrated in various landscapes and interiors. Often extremely funny, these are the sort of things you never come across in real life, but wish you did.
24 January 2001 - 28 February 2001Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present new work by New York based artist Rudolf Stingel. Stingel's ironic take on the painting process combines the heritages of the Abstract Expressionists with the industrial, mechanical procedures of the Minimalist tradition. Stingel confounds his role as a creator of unique art work by revelling in the anonymity of mass production. He also uses unlikely materials and colours that play with the accepted rigours of the Minimalist tradition.