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Josef Strau

September 21 – November 16, 2014

 
Josef Strau
J: Inside the Letter-Hole (Josef for Children), 2008
Cardboard, tape, inkjet prints, mp3 players, mixed media lamps
29 x 116 x 270 inches (73.66 x 294 x 685.8 cm)
Courtesy of Courtesy the artist and Greene Naftali, New York
 
Austrian artist Josef Strauís work mines the interplay between language, form, and environment, resulting in concise and highly symbolic sculptural installations. These are intimately related to, and often feature, his characteristic stream-of-consciousness writing, which merges the diaristic, the theoretical, and the fictional.

Central to Strauís multifaceted practice is an interrogation of authorship, and his presentation of new work at the Renaissance Society considers the literary motif of rewriting existing texts and the possibilities of ongoing, collective composition. This is Strauís first solo exhibition in an American museum, and it is accompanied by two related publications.

 

   
   
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