Alberto Giacometti: Paris sans fin & Shepard Fairey: Fact or Fiction, August 31 – September 27, 2012

The New Gallery of Modern Art is proud to announce our newest show Alberto Giacometti: Paris sans fin. The exhibit will display a portion of the 150 original lithographs created between1957 and 1962 by Giacometti as well as other unique works by the great Swiss modern master.

Best known for his achievements in sculpture and painting, Alberto Giacometti (1901–1966) was also an accomplished printmaker. In 1957 he began an epic series of 150 lithographs of his beloved Paris, where he had lived since 1922. The lithographs were intended for a deluxe artist’s book Paris sans fin (Paris Forever) that would be published by Tériade, one of the great innovators of the artist book in the modern era.

Giacometti roamed the city with great freedom, making sketches wherever he went on specially prepared papers that were later transferred to lithographic stones for printing. Prior to his death in 1966, he arranged the prints by theme, including cafes, boulevards, and his own atelier. He was to provide a text but lived only long enough to supply a few passages. A selection of the large, unbound pages of the book Paris sans Fin, which was published posthumously in 1969, will be exhibited that features Paris as a modern city of parked cars and expressways, but also as an iconic city with its signature cafés, bridges and monuments.

For Teriade it (Paris Sans Fin) would be a milestone, the last great publication he would see through the press. The two men (Teriade and Giacometti) had maintained a close friendship ever since the Surrealist Years.The one hundred and fifty lithographs are a profoundly interpenetrating view of Giacometti’s experience of Paris. He selected the plates to be printed and determined the order of their relationship, numbering each one. The frontispiece shows a nude figure of a woman plunging forward, as though diving into space, and is immediately followed by a quantity of views of city streets, then of interiors familiar to the artist. We come upon views of his studio, of the cafes he frequented, of Annette’s apartment in the rue Mazarine and Caroline’s in the Avenue du Maine.strangers at cafe tables, passersby, parked automobiles, the towers of Saint-Suplice, bridges across the Seine, The Eiffel Tower. To accompany the hundred and fifty plates, a text of twenty pages was planned, but the artist never got further than a few rough drafts.

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The New Gallery of Modern Art is proud to announce an exhibition of new works by L.A. based artist Shepard Fairey. The works will be on view August 31st-September 27th 2012.

Shepard Fairey’s work references the global dichotomy of politics; what forces it creates on the grand scale and how that reflects on the actions and awareness of the individual. The artist’s work references political corruption, global warming, and personal empowerment and responsibility. On view at the gallery will be a number of silkscreens done with collage and spray-paint, as well as handmade paper, embossment and relief prints, and large metal plates with screenprint.

Fairey is deeply connected to his art and finds it most important that art is accessible to everyone. “To me the idea of street art, screen printing, and stencil-making—the methods I use—is all about showing you can connect with people through very basic methods,” he says. “You don’t have to paint like Michelangelo to connect with people. It’s more about your spirit and your tenacity than your technical ability.”

Shepard Fairey is the artist behind OBEY GIANT, the graphics that have changed the way people see art and the urban landscape. Fairey’s work reached a new level of recognition in 2008, when his HOPE portrait of Barack Obama became the iconic image of the presidential campaign and helped inspire an unprecedented political movement. As Fairey’s body of work reached its 20-year mark in 2009, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston honored him with a full-scale solo retrospective, which drew a record number of visitors for the museum. Entitled Supply and Demand, the exhibit shares its name with Fairey’s career-chronicling book. After its time in Boston, the Supply and Demand exhibition made additional runs at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA, and the Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati, OH, also breaking attendance records in both museums. In May 2010, Fairey unveiled a new collection of work, entitled MAY DAY, through Deitch Projects as the world-renowned gallery’s final project. In 2011 Fairey was featured in the Art in the Streets exhibition at the MOCA Geffen in Los Angeles. Fairey’s Protester image was the cover of Time magazine’s Person of the Year 2011 issue.