October 26, 2015 - Nasher Sculpture Center - Giuseppe Penone: Being the River, Repeating the Forest
October 26, 2015

Nasher Sculpture Center

Giuseppe Penone, Continuerà a crescere tranne che in quel punto (It Will Continue to Grow Except at That Point), 1968. Bronze, 15 3/4 x 3 7/8 x 5 1/8 inches. Photo: Kevin Todora for the Nasher Sculpture Center.
Giuseppe Penone
Being the River, Repeating the Forest
September 19, 2015–January 10, 2016

Nasher Sculpture Center
2001 Flora Street
Dallas, TX 75201
USA
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Giuseppe Penone
Being the River, Repeating the Forest
September 19, 2015–January 10, 2016

Nasher Sculpture Center
2001 Flora Street
Dallas, TX 75201
USA
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 11am–5pm

T +1 214 242 5100

www.nashersculpturecenter.org
Twitter / Facebook / Instagram

Currently on view at the Nasher Sculpture Center is a major exhibition of the work of the influential Italian artist, Giuseppe Penone, in an exhibition called Being the River, Repeating the Forest which runs through January 10, 2016.

Italian artist Giuseppe Penone has played an integral role in the development of art over the past five decades. From his conceptual and performative works of the 1960s and '70s to the large-scale sculptural installations of the past ten years, Penone has explored intimate, sensate, and metaphysical connections with nature. Working in a stunning variety of materials—including clay, wood, stone, metal, plaster, resin, acacia thorns—the artist makes palpable and present the analogous processes of nature and art: carving large trees along their growth patterns to reveal the sapling contained within; elaborating the interior space of his closed hand into a large-scale sculpture that both contains his hand and enlarges the space it contains; rendering the swirling mists of his breath in the cold in tactile clay forms that contain the impression of his body. The exhibition at the Nasher Sculpture Center features a selection of work in a variety of materials highlighting the development of Penone’s ideas over the course of his career.

“In his exceptionally various and nuanced work, Giuseppe Penone shows us that within the recognizable forms of trees, clay, and stone is housed an immense amount of information, both about specific materials and the human body’s relationship to them,” says Director Jeremy Strick. “In many ways, Penone’s work is a lesson in seeing, highlighting the history of a material’s experience and subsequently drawing connections to our own human one. Penone’s exhibition at the Nasher provides an intensive encounter with a wide range of the artist’s meaningful, process-rich work.”

The exhibition features close to 20 works from Penone’s long career, including Patate (Potatoes), 1977, for which the artist used molds of his face to shape the growth of the tuber, and Soffio di foglie (Breath of Leaves), 1979, wherein Penone uses his body and breath to carve and impress his form into a massive pile of leaves. The title of the exhibition comes from two series of works by Penone: Being the River, which documents the artist’s attempt to carve by hand a rock found at the source of a river to replicate a rock found at the mouth of the river carved by the ceaseless flow of the water; and Repeating the Forest, the aforementioned series of squared wooden beams carved along their growth lines to reveal the sapling at the core, a project that Penone began in 1969 and continues to this day. The two series are emblematic of Penone’s wider oeuvre, connecting the creative forces of the artist with those of nature and underlining the intimate, complex connection between humans and the world we inhabit.

About the Nasher Sculpture Center
Located in the heart of the Dallas Arts District, the Nasher Sculpture Center is home to the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary sculpture in the world. The longtime dream of the late Raymond and Patsy Nasher, the museum was designed by world-renowned architect Renzo Piano, in collaboration with landscape architect Peter Walker, to seamlessly integrate the indoor galleries with the outdoor garden spaces, creating a museum experience unlike any other in the world. 

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