Una lotta per collezionare

La sede newyochese di Hauser & Wirth presenta, con la curatela di David Rosenberg, una grande selezione delle opere dalla Collezione Sylvio Perlstein, più di 350, sotto il titolo "Una lotta continua". Sviluppata su tre piani un esempio di collezionismo articolato e ben strutturato nei collegamenti fra opere ed estetica. Si attraversano praticamente tutte le tendenze del novecento artistico, Dada, Surrealismo, Astrazione, Land Art, Arte concettuale, Arte minimal, Pop Art, Op Art, Arte Povera, Nouveau Réalisme fino all'arte più contemporanea. Particolarmente ricca è anche la sezione fotografica con  150 scatti tra cui quelli di Eugène Atget, Brassaï, Claude Cahun, André Kertész, Henri Cartier-Bresson e Man Ray.

Unfolding across all three floors of Hauser & Wirth’s 22nd Street location, ‘A Luta Continua’ is the first United States presentation of the Sylvio Perlstein Collection. Over the course of more than five decades, Perlstein has assembled an intensely personal collection rooted in a passion for the work of groundbreaking artists; a commitment to self-education; and an affinity for a wide range of mediums. Remarkably diverse, the Collection traces the course of twentieth-century art, from Dada and Surrealism to Abstraction, Land Art, Conceptual Art, Minimal Art, Pop Art, Op Art, Arte Povera, Nouveau Réalisme, and Contemporary Art. But above all, ‘A Luta Continua’ testifies to the power of connoisseurship and to collecting as a talent    an art in itself    that must be honed through sustained, sometimes courageous, and often joyful personal effort.

Curated by David Rosenberg, ‘A Luta Continua’ takes its title from South African artist Thomas Mulcaire’s eponymous neon sculpture, which translates from Portuguese as ‘the struggle continues’ and hangs on the façade of Perlstein’s home. The exhibition presents more than 360 works by some 250 artists. Among these are Josef Albers, Carl Andre, Diane Arbus, Hans Bellmer, André Breton, Marcel Broodthaers, Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Hannah Höch, Jenny Holzer, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, René Magritte, Man Ray, Bruce Nauman, Brice Marden, Robert Morris, Edward Ruscha, Robert Ryman, Fred Sandback, Robert Smithson, Jean Tinguely, and Andy Warhol.

In addition to significant concentrations in the areas of Minimalism and Pop Art, a highlight of the Perlstein Collection, featured prominently in this exhibition, is an exceptional ‘collection within the collection’ of twentieth-century photography. On view will be over 150 works by such pioneers of the medium as Eugène Atget, Brassaï, Claude Cahun, André Kertész, Germaine Krull, and László Moholy-Nagy, as well as revered figures Diane Arbus, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau, Walker Evans, Dora Maar, and Man Ray, with whom Perlstein maintained a close friendship until the artist’s death in 1976. The exhibition presents more than a dozen works by Man Ray that span the photographer’s career, including his Rayographs ‘Untitled’ (1923) and ‘La Colifichet’ (1923), as well as his startling portraits of early twentieth-century French luminaries such as ‘Antonin Artaud’ (1929) and Marcel Duchamp, ‘La Tonsure’ (1919).

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