Ellen Gallagher: Don't Axe Me

New Museum
Jul 30, 2013 10:09PM

"Ellen Gallagher: Don't Axe Me" is the first major New York museum exhibition of the artist's work. The exhibition traces the transformations, excavations, and accumulations of Gallagher’s practice through a number of her iconic paintings, drawings, prints, and film installations. A major new series of paintings is be presented alongside some of the artist’s most celebrated works. These include several of her early paintings, comprised of intricate drawings rendered on penmanship paper and collaged onto the surface of the canvas, as well as a selection of works on paper using watercolor, ink, cut paper, and other diverse materials. “Don’t Axe Me” also features the first New York presentation of Osedax (2010; made in collaboration with Edgar Cleijne)—an immersive environment consisting of 16mm film and painted slide projections inspired by a species of undersea worm that buries into the bones of whale carcasses.

On view through September 15, 2013.

Images: Installation views. Courtesy New Museum, New York. Photo: Benoit Pailley

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