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Suzan Frecon at David Zwirner Gallery

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Suzan Frecon’s first exhibition at David Zwirner in New York will be shown from September 10 to October 23, 2010.

Frecon, an American abstract painter, critically acclaimed for her distinguished arrangements of color and form, is known for her monumental and balanced nonrepresentational works. She is included in the 2010 Whitney Biennial.

Radius Books is pleased to have the opportunity to publish a companion book to this exhibition.  This monograph features her most recent work.

Pre-order this monograph from our online store.

John McCracken at David Zwirner Gallery

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John McCracken will be celebrating his fifth show at David Zwirner in New York this fall. Since the mid-1960s, Southern California artist John McCracken—a contemporary of Donald Judd—has been a leading voice of Minimalist sculpture. His monochromatic fiberglass and resin sculptures (that are worked to a high and nearly translucent polish) are iconic pieces of this genre. The show will run from September 10 to October 23, 2010.

2010 is shaping up to be a year of many show for McCracken. His works will be shown this fall in Europe as well, starting with a group show titled Take Me To Your Leader: The Great Escape into Space, from October 16, 2010 to January 30, 2011. The show, an international group exhibition featuring artists who have drawn inspiration from works of science fiction, will be held at the National Museum of Art, Architecture, and Design, in Oslo, Norway. The Castello di Rivoli, in Turin, Italy, will be hosting a solo exhibition of McCracken’s work, scheduled to open on November 3, 2010.

In 2008, Radius Books published John McCracken’s Sketchbook,  on the occasion of his exhibition at David Zwirner. Sketchbook presents volume one of two treasured sketchbooks that McCracken kept for a few brief years in the mid- to late-60s. The format, paper and reproduction quality of the book have been designed to faithfully reproduce in facsimile the original pages from this fascinating document; a supplemental booklet of color photographs shows the sketches in their realized form and features an interview with the artist by Neville Wakefield.

Sketchbook is available for purchase through our online store.

Chris Ofili at the Tate Britain and the New Museum

A major survey of more than 45 of Chris Ofili’s paintings, watercolors, and pencil drawings from the 1990’s to the present are on exhibit at the Tate, London, until May 16th. One of Britain’s most acclaimed and controversial artists working today, Ofili was a winner of the Turner Prize in 1998 and represented Great Britain at the 2003 Venice Biennale.

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The Razing of Lazarus (L) and Dance in Shadow. Photograph: Tim Ireland/PA

Radius Books had the pleasure of working with Ofili to create the catalogue for his 2009 exhibition Afro Margin, a suite of eight pencil drawings, made from 2004 to 2007 at David Zwirner Gallery in New York in 2009. The limited edition catalogue consists of 500 copies, numbered and signed by the artist.

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Ofili’s international reputation was built on his lush and intricate, but infamously divisive, paintings. Current cultural acceptance of his work has come a long way from the controversial 1997 show “Sensation”, in which his painting, The Holy Virgin Mary, was publicly damned by Mayor Giuliani and defaced by an elderly retired school teacher. In contrast, the Tate show has been widely praised by the British media since it opened January 27th, such as this excerpt from The Independent:

“Chris Ofili has his famous signature, of course: the ball of African elephant dung. But don’t let that distract you from his achievement. The paintings in his retrospective at Tate Britain are among the most marvellous of the last 20 years. It’s a public art, an art of luminous colour, an art of wild imagination. If that sounds a peculiar combination, then look at it this way: William Blake’s influence on modern art has taken many forms, but none so strange or true.”

On this side of the pond, Ofili’s work can be currently seen as a part of the exhibit “Skin Fruit: Selections from the Dakis Joannou Collection” curated by Jeff Koons. The exhibit is at the New Museum in New York until June 6th. In a review of the show for the New Yorker, Peter Schjeldahl singled out Ofili’s pieces as, “the occasion’s nearest approach to beauty.”

The Afro Margin catalogue is available in our online store.

John McCracken and Christopher Williams at ADAA: The Art Show

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David Zwirner will present the work of two American artists, featuring sculptures by John McCracken and photographs by Christopher Williams at ADAA: The Art Show.

John McCracken belongs to a group of pioneering, California-based artists who produced their own breed of Minimalism of the 60s and 70s, that became known as the “Light and Space”movement. McCracken’s sculptures—meticulously crafted and polished by hand—have the appearance of factory-made perfection. His work is currently on view as part of David Zwirner Gallery’s highly-acclaimed exhibition, Primary Atmospheres. On view at ADAA are small-scale pedestal works by the artist.

The ADAA show is taking place this March 3–7 at the Park Avenue Armory, Park Avenue at 67th Street, New York City.

In the Fall of 2008, Radius Books in association with Zwirner Gallery published a beautiful facsimile edition of McCracken’s talisman-like sketchbook from the mid-60s, available in the online store.