Polish sculptor and multimedia artist Pawel Althamer – a sensation at this year’s Venice Biennale – has his first American solo museum exhibition later this month at the New Museum, including a new version of Draftsmen’s Congress (above & below).
The Congress is a paint-the-walls segment launched at Berlin in 2012 that invites visitors and invited participants to fill the provided white space with paintings and drawings. But the main event is the U.S. debut of “Venetians,” Althamer’s huge sculptural installation from the 2013 Venice Biennale. I posted a bit about it earlier last year.
The hands and faces of these surreal, life-size works were cast in plastic from local Venetians, with bodies formed of plastic ribbons. (Credit: My Modern Met)
A plastics firm owned by Althamer’s father helped in the production of the works, with faces cast from real people set onto elongated bodies – a style he is renowned for. (For photo credits, click through the image to see the original)
See more about the exhibition at New Museum in New York, here.