• May 24, 2006
  • Posted by Marc

Swoon Now at New York’s Museum of Modern Art

How fucking cool is this - Swoon’s work can now be seen inside the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Three of Swoon’s pieces that MOMA bought from her show at Deitch last summer are part of the current show, “Since 2000:  Printmaking Now” (through Sept. 18)

From the press release:

The Museum of Modern Art presents Since 2000: Printmaking Now,  the first exhibition at MoMA to be composed entirely of works created and acquired in the twentyfirst century.  The majority of the 89 works in this exhibition are on view at MoMA for the first time.  Since 2000 highlights contemporary printmaking and the various ways in which artists have recently engaged and expanded upon the medium.  Included are prints by young artists new to the medium, such as Sarah Morris, Andrea Zittel, John Currin, and Matthew Barney, all of whom have found in printmaking a fresh lens through which to filter their subjects.  Also included are works by more established printmakers―William Kentridge, Richard Tuttle, and Elizabeth Peyton―who frequently return to the medium seeking new creative challenges.  Highlights include digital prints by Paul Chan and Kelley Walker, an experimental lithographic portfolio by John Armleder, three large-scale woodcuts and linoleum cuts by Swoon, and an expansive installation by Nicola López.  Since 2000 is on view from May 3 through September 18, 2006….

Oversized cut-out figurative prints by Swoon (American, b. 1977) appear on three walls of the Paul J. Sachs Prints and Illustrated Books Galleries. Printmaking is essential to Swoon’s practice: the linoleum cut and woodcut techniques provide the bold lines needed for visibility as well as the capacity to replicate her large compositions with greater ease. Swoon’s work, which is often installed both indoors and on the street, combines figurative and narrative elements based on photographs of the communities and neighborhoods in which she lives and travels.  For these three untitled works, made between 2003 and 2005, she depicts an adolescent riding a bike in Berlin, a New York construction worker, and a girl in Buenos Aires.