Urs Fischer: Shovel in a Hole : "Marguerite de Ponty", New Museum, New York, 10/28/09-1/24/10

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Urs Fischer, Alex Zachary, Massimiliano Gioni
New Museum, 2009 - Art - 480 pages
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In a move that now seems prescient, Swiss artist Urs Fischer--who was born in 1973--literally pulled the floor out from under viewers for a 2007 exhibition at Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York, by digging through the gallery foundations and exposing the dirt and rubble beneath. Best known for this kind of dramatic transfiguration of the exhibition space, as well as for his unexpected transformations of quotidian objects and his lack of allegiance to any one style, Fischer consistently projects a sense of transience and existential uncertainty. This volume--which includes newly commissioned essays by Massimiliano Gioni and Jessica Morgan, as well as over 200 images of Fischer's work, including installation views and studio shots--functions like a search engine, cross-referencing Fischer's thought processes. Published concurrently with his solo exhibition at New York's New Museum, it was conceived by designer Scipio Schneider in close collaboration with the artist.

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About the author (2009)

Urs Fischer was born in Zurich in 1973. He began training in photography but switched to sculpture, drawing, and painting at De Ateliers studio in Amsterdam. In recent years he has participated in numerous major international exhibitions, such as the Venice Biennale in 2003, and he had a solo show that year at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. He is represented by Gavin Brown gallery in New York and Sadie Coles in London.

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