January 20, 2009 - Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis - Gedi Sibony, Bruce Nauman, and The Front Room
January 20, 2009

Gedi Sibony, Bruce Nauman, and The Front Room

Partly Me Manners
Door and paper, 88 x 24 x 4 inches
Vanmoerkerke Collection, Belgium
Courtesy of the artist and Greene Naftali Gallery,
New York

My Arms Are Tied Behind My Other Arms


Dead Shot Dan

alongside: THE FRONT ROOM

January 23 – April 19, 2009

3750 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108


Gedi Sibony: My Arms Are Tied Behind My Other Arms

Gedi Sibony is one of the most promising young artists working today. His unconventional sculptures propose a new way of looking at the world and thinking about art. For his first-ever solo museum exhibition, this New York-based artist presents a site-specific installation of new and recent works. Using materials such as carpet, cardboard, hollow doors, and metal pipes, he playfully evokes the effortless magic of the mundane. In today’s tumultuous context, these works quietly promote an economy of means, re-use, transparency, and the power and beauty of bare essentials. A monographic catalogue published with JRP-Ringier accompanies the exhibition.


Bruce Nauman: Dead Shot Dan
Taking its title from a misguided hero in a Buster Keaton film, Dead Shot Dan explores the element of humor embedded in the work of the highly influential American artist, Bruce Nauman. Both Nauman and Keaton share a comic take on the tragic: they tell tales of violent acts tinged with Sisyphean traps, bodily contortions, linguistic slip-ups, and misunderstandings. Like Keaton, Nauman’s sense of humor comes with a sour after-taste, and this selection of neons, drawings, prints, photographs, and videos underlines a sense of humor that is deadpan, painful, and relentlessly tongue-in-cheek.

Running alongside the Main Galleries, The Front Room exhibitions last anywhere from one day to a few weeks, with reactive, nimble, and experimental projects. The upcoming season features projects by: Fia Backström; Sean Snyder; Sung Hwan Kim & Clemens von Wedemeyer & Alix Pearlstein & Sven Augustijnen (with Auguste Orts) & Aurélien Froment; Evas Arche und der Feminist (carte blanche); Susanne Winterling; Hayley Tompkins & Sue Tompkins; Florian Pumhösl; Tris Vonna-Michell; William Gass (guest-curator); Tom Johnson; and Cezary Bodzianowski.

For The Front Room exhibition schedule, please visit www.camstl.org/frontroom.php

Support for Gedi Sibony: My Arms Are Tied Behind My Other Arms is generously provided by Charlotte and Bill Ford, Peter and Jill Kraus, and Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg. Special thanks to Greene Naftali Gallery, New York; Art: Concept, Paris; and Galleria Zero, Milan. General support for the Contemporary’s exhibitions program is generously provided by the Whitaker Foundation; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; William E. Weiss Foundation; Regional Arts Commission; Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; Arts and Education Council; Nancy Reynolds and Dwyer Brown; and members of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.

With an artist-centered exhibition program, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis presents the most relevant and experimental developments in contemporary art. The Main Galleries feature large-scale projects with two artists at a time, while The Front Room proposes short exhibitions by artists and others. The Contemporary makes the arts available to wide and diverse audiences throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area by developing successful community partnerships, education programs, and outreach initiatives.

For more information on the Contemporary, visit www.camstl.org.

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