This is the first monographic exhibition of Cathy Wilkes as well as the largest exhibition of the artist’s work to date, offering a wide overview on the artist’s work since 2004. The show brings together 50 works from public and private collections.
Wilkes is one of the most important artists of her generation, having emerged in the late 1990s and exhibited with greater frequently over the past fifteen years. Her individual installations and larger exhibitions are marked by arrangements of objects that appear both precarious and precise, vulnerable and brutal. She often recomposes older pieces into new variations, and has more recently applied a similar approach to the design of her solo exhibitions. Repurposing select elements of extant works and combining them into new installations, Wilkes passes by the “retrospective” structure of a mid-career exhibition, confounding our experiences of past and present and challenging conventions of art history that would seek to interpret her work in a clear progression.
- Installation view of Cathy Wilkes, Courtesy of MoMA. Photo by Pablo Enriquez.