For Immediate Release
September 14, 2022
CLARK ART INSTITUTE PRESENTS EVENING
WITH MEANDER EXHIBITION ARTIST YUJI AGEMATSU
Williamstown, Massachusetts—Artist Yuji Agematsu, one of two artists featured in the Clark Art Institute’s exhibition Tauba Auerbach and Yuji Agematsu: Meander, holds a conversation with Meander curator Robert Wiesenberger on the final day of the exhibition, Sunday, October 16. The free event takes place at 5 pm at the Lunder Center at Stone Hill. The discussion explores Agematsu’s long-running practice of walking, collecting, and archiving as part of his artistic practice. Yuji Agematsu (b. 1956, Kanagawa, Japan, lives and works in New York) has, since the 1980s, taken daily, wandering walks through New York City, collecting small objects from the street as he goes. The materials he collects on these walks form the contents of pocket-sized sculptures he creates inside cellophane cigarette packaging. He is interested in the metabolism of the city and the habits and desires of its residents. The artist, who refers to his finds as detritus—“trash,” he believes, is too disparaging—sees New York as a place of profound pluralism and extends this same courtesy to things. Agematsu’s practice is both rhythmic and improvisational, like that of his longtime mentor, the free jazz and visual and martial artist Milford Graves (1941–2021); his imperative is to keep moving.
Agematsu has presented solo exhibitions at the Secession, Vienna (2021), Contemporary Art Centre (Vilnius, 2019), Lulu (Mexico City, 2019), the Power Station (Dallas, 2018), Artspeak (Vancouver, 2014), and Real Fine Arts (Brooklyn, 2012 and 2014). He appeared prominently in the group exhibitions Greater New York at MoMA PS1 (New York, 2021) and in 57th Carnegie International (Pittsburgh, 2018). He has mounted projects or performances in New York at the Swiss Institute, Artists Space, and the Whitney Museum.
Tauba Auerbach and Yuji Agematsu: Meander pairs new work by Tauba Auerbach and Yuji Agematsu across parallel galleries under the rubric of the meander, as both noun and verb, motif and method. For Auerbach, this twisting, self-avoiding line traces global traditions of ornament as much as physical waveforms and space-filling curves in geometry. For Agematsu, meander implies drift—both his own paths through New York City and those of other people and things. In plainly different ways, both artists study the rules that govern flows of matter and energy in the universe, between chaos and order, intuition and analysis, the minute and the massive.
This exhibition is organized by the Clark Art Institute and curated by Robert Wiesenberger, curator of contemporary projects. Major funding for this exhibition is provided by Agnes Gund and Katherine and Frank Martucci, with additional support from Thomas and Lily Beischer, and Margaret and Richard Kronenberg.
Free; no registration is required. Refreshments and extended gallery hours offered. For more information, visit clarkart.edu/events.
ABOUT THE CLARK
The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 285,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.
The Clark, which has a three-star rating in the Michelin Green Guide, is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Its 140-acre campus includes miles of hiking and walking trails through woodlands and meadows, providing an exceptional experience of art in nature. Galleries are open 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Sunday, from September through June, and daily in July and August. Advance tickets are strongly recommended. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, all visitors age 21 and under, and students with a valid student ID. Free admission is available through several programs, including First Sundays Free; a local library pass program; and EBT Card to Culture. For information on these programs and more, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.
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