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Anton Kern Gallery: Manfred Pernice - 17 May 2012 to 30 June 2012

Current Exhibition

17 May 2012 to 30 June 2012
Hours : Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 6 pm
Anton Kern Gallery
532 West 20th Street
New York, NY
New York
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T: 1 212.367.9663
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Manfred Pernice
May 17 — June 30, 2012

Artists in this exhibition: Manfred Pernice

Manfred Pernice

May 17 — June 30, 2012
Opening reception: Thursday, May 17 from 6 - 8pm

German sculptor Manfred Pernice connects aspects of architecture, urban planning, and everyday esthetics with questions of time, place and politics to create an oeuvre that is held together by a complex web of formal and thematic threads. Appropriately described as a “liquid narrative,” the building blocks of Pernice’s language feel immediately familiar. His sculptures present themselves as existing within an everyday context recognizable to the viewer as, say, containers, displays, tables, platforms, stages or entire living rooms. Sculptural elements are cut from plywood and similar composite materials, painted or raw, allowing insight into their own physical construction, and in combination with found objects, such as books, photographs, brochures and particularly ceramics, constitute Pernice’s distinctly recognizable language.

In his fifth solo show at Anton Kern Gallery, Pernice presents ten related sculptures. They are built as freestanding tables or wall-boxes; curtains and colored Plexi glass reveal a variety of objects culled from the artist’s place of work in Berlin and from recently visited Cuba. Some of the archival materials relate to German painters August Macke and Konrad Klapheck, or to Treptower Park, an area of Berlin that features a Soviet war memorial built to the design of the Soviet architect Yakov Belopolsky to commemorate the 50,000 Red Army soldiers who fell in the Battle in Berlin in April–May 1945. It served as the central war memorial of East Germany. Pernice recomposes materials of various origins for a new aesthetic value and returns them into the context of art. Anyone working with sculpture today, according to Pernice, also faces "questions of the day before yesterday." Today’s expanded concept of sculpture with its simultaneously available materials, forms and histories always leads back to classic questions of sculpture: How is something built or formed, and which decisions were made?

The exhibition opens on Thursday, May 17th and will run through Saturday, June 30th, 2012. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm. For further information and images, please contact the gallery at

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