Isa Genzken, Two Orchids

The German artist who stuck a giant rose on the facade of the New Museum reaches back into her floral bag of tricks with this pair of gargantuan orchids measuring 34 and 28 feet high, respectively. Last installed at the 2015 Venice Biennale, these meditations on nature versus artifice bloom outside Central Park just in time for spring.

Doris C. Freedman Plaza , Upper East Side, Tuesday March 1 2016 – Sunday August 21 2016


Spring 2016 Talks  Isa Genzken in conversation with Randy Kennedy, Daniel Buchholz and Nicholas Baume

Isa Genzken is considered one of the most influential artists of the past four decades, with her work exploring mediums ranging from painting, collage, photograph, drawing, film, and sculpture to an artist’s book. While recognized for the variance and multiplicity within her work, it is sculpture that has always remained at the heart of her practice.

Combining seemingly disparate materials within her sculptures, Genzken investigates intersecting relationships, such as those found between the commercial and the urban or the architectural and the ideological, while also questioning contemporary socio-political structures. It remains no surprise, then, that recurrent in the artist’s practice has been an engagement with public space, reflecting her longstanding interest in scale, material, architecture and urbanism. Her most well known outdoor sculptures include Rose II, which was installed on the façade of the New Museum in 2007 and is currently on view in the Museum of Modern Art sculpture garden, and Two Orchids, a sculpture that will rise to 34 feet at the southeast entrance to Central Park beginning March 1, and which was originally shown at the 56th Venice Bienniale.

For the Public Art Fund Talk at the New School, Genzken will be in conversation with Randy Kennedy, art writer at The New York Times, whose extensive interview with the artist was published on the occasion of her 2013 Museum of Modern Art retrospective, her longtime dealer and friend Daniel Buchholz of Galerie Buchholz, and Nicholas Baume, Director and Chief Curator of Public Art Fund, who organized the New York City debut of Two Orchids. / Public Fund


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