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“For nearly fifteen years, Gallery 2 has been a secret passion of mine to have the opportunity to mount one-off exhibitions,” Andrea Rosen said. “Over the past eight years, Cory and I have had a fantastic dialogue, and while we both overlap in a certain sensibilities and intentionality, it is always inspiring to see what Cory brings to the table. Cory’s presence at Gallery 2 not only means that we will continue to evolve the dialogue and that Cory will have the opportunity to bring in more programming, it also allows us to grow the collaborative nature of Gallery 2 from within, as well as with outside curators and artists.”
Most recently, Nomura organized the three-person exhibition featuring the work of Matt Connors, John Henderson and Lucas Knipscher. In 2008, Nomura curated the group exhibition Base: Object, which explored the role of the pedestal in the sculptural work of Sara Barker, Patrick Hill, Matthew Monahan, William J. O’Brien, and Sterling Ruby. He has also been deeply involved in the one-person exhibitions of Aaron Bobrow, Simon Fujiwara, and Erik Wysocan. Nomura will continue to maintain his close relationships with the gallery’s artists and estates in which he works, including Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Josiah McElheny, Josephine Meckseper, and Michael St. John.
Of his new role, Nomura said, “I look forward to deepening the dialogue I have with Andrea and my colleagues about the programming at Gallery 2. It is an exciting challenge to harmonize one’s own point of view with that of the gallery and its remarkable twenty-four year history. Gallery 2 embodies our fundamental idealism and sense of responsibility as a cultural agent, and I am honored to play a greater role in that.”
For more than two decades, Andrea Rosen Gallery’s central, ongoing focus has been its commitment to the long-term development of its artists’ careers; at the same time, a vital part of the gallery’s evolution has been the development of the Gallery 2 program, which serves to enhance the vocabulary, meaning, and impact of the gallery’s agenda. These singular projects allow Andrea Rosen Gallery to champion the work of both historical and emerging artists, many of whom are not represented by the gallery. When viewed within the larger context of its curatorial program, these projects create unique opportunities for audiences to make unexpected connections and to view contemporary art in new and challenging ways. Gallery 2 is also recognized for its focused presentations on one aspect of an artist’s career, often times in dialogue with that of another artist or artists. Two recent examples of such pairings include a show of Richard Prince’s car hoods juxtaposed with early shaped canvases by Robert Mangold in 2007, and a year earlier, in 2006, John Chamberlain’s wrapped foam sculptures were shown alongside a quintessential Bruce Nauman bronze work from 1970 entitled Henry Moore Bound to Fail.
Highlights at Gallery 2 include an exhibition dedicated to Carl Andre’s early works on paper, dating from 1958 – 1966 (2007); a series of exhibitions exploring Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ affinities with other artists, such as Agnes Martin (2006); a pairing of John Chamberlain and Bruce Nauman (2006); a contextualization of photographer Aaron Siskind’s work through the lens of Abstract Expressionist masterworks by Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning, Barnett Newman, and Hugo Weber (2003); the first comprehensive exhibition of Walker Evan’s Polaroids (2000), and a show of all of Richard Avedon’s portrait works from his last project, Democracy (2005).
Currently on view at Gallery 2 is a three-person exhibition by Aaron Bobrow, Daniel Lefcourt and Davina Semo, through March 8. A solo show of Sharon Hayes is forthcoming on March 14.