Pavel Zoubok Gallery is proud to present a solo exhibition of important sculptural works by German multi-media artist Mary Bauermeister (b. 1934). During the early 1960s, Bauermeister burst onto the New York scene with a series of gallery and museum exhibitions that quickly established her as one the few women to achieve mainstream success during this fertile period in American art. Her routinely sold-out exhibitions at Galeria Bonino both delighted and confused audiences and critics. Like many mixed-media artists of her generation, her oeuvre defies easy classification, reflecting aspects of Dada and Surrealism, Fluxus, Concrete Poetry and Pop in its complex fusion of verbal and pictorial strategies. Her place in the narrative of post-war art is further complicated by a multi-disciplinary practice that embraces both the lessons of European modernism and the cross-cultural avant-gardes of Europe and America. The decidedly hybrid nature of her work drew her into formative relationships with John Cage, Nam-June Paik and most importantly Karlheinz Stockhausen, who was her partner from 1962-1972.
Bauermeister is best known for her signature lens boxes, multi-layered constructions that combine dense expanses of pen and ink drawing and text, objects and optical lenses to create hypnotic constellations of language, form and subtly articulated color. Also central to her practice are intricately wrought accumulations of smooth, rounded beach stones that, in their meticulous arrangement, form an alternative language rooted in nature, ritual and poetry. Our installation will feature several major works from each of these series, including the widely exhibited No More Bosoms, 1967, a major wall construction that combines several lens boxes with large pencil forms, stones and geometric constellations, representing the core of Bauermeister’s practice.
Mary Bauermeister’s work is in numerous public collections including The Museum of Modern Art, The Solomon R. Guggenheim, The Whitney Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, The Hirshorn Museum and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others. She has been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions in museums around the world including the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Museum Ludwig in her native Cologne. A recent survey of her New York period at Smith College Art Museum was the first monographic exhibition in an American museum and marked the beginning of a serious reevaluation and reemergence for Bauermeister, who will have a solo exhibition at Pavel Zoubok Gallery in April of 2016, the artist’s first gallery exhibition in this country since 1972.