Installation Views

John Armleder, Two Strictions, 2021, mixed media on canvas, 49 1/4 x 49 1/4 x 1 1/2 inches (125 x 125 x 4 cm), Photo: Annik Wetter


David Kordansky Gallery is pleased to present a selection of new Pour and Puddle Paintings by John Armleder at Art Basel OVR: Pioneers. Recognized as one of the leading Swiss artists of his generation, Armleder brings together an unlikely range of disciplines to produce works that are as visually engaging as they are conceptually provocative. Like his Dada and Fluxus predecessors, Armleder employs chance as a primary engine for creating surprising combinations of forms, materials, and ideas. Painting constitutes a major area of his experimentation, and the Pour and Puddle Paintings featured in this presentation have been important areas of focus over the last decade.

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The paintings on view demonstrate that Armleder’s intentions are an open quantity through which the materials enact their own improvised dance. The results strike a balance between the lightness of spirit, conceptual precision, and radical generosity that define Armleder’s approach, and that make his work so impactful and generative for other artists, seasoned art audiences, and newcomers alike.

Later this year, John Armleder (b. 1948, Geneva) will be the subject of a solo show at the Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai; It Never Ends, a major exhibition curated by the artist and also featuring his work, is on view at KANAL-Centre Pompidou, Brussels through April 25. Over the last decade alone, he has presented solo exhibitions at the Aspen Art Museum, Colorado (2019); Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany (2019); MUSEION, Bolzano, Italy (2018); Museo Madre, Naples, Italy (2018); Istituto Svizzero, Rome (2017); Le Consortium, Dijon, France (2014); Fernand Léger National Museum, Biot, France (2014); Dairy Art Centre, London (2013); Swiss Institute, New York (2012); and Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy (2011). His work is part of the permanent collections of many museums, including the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles; Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark. Armleder lives and works in Geneva.