Absence and Trace: The Dematerialized Image in Contemporary Art

Marsha Goldberg, "Smoke Rises After a Saudi-led Airstrike," 2015
Sep 05, 2017 - Jan 07, 2018
Machaver Gallery

This exhibition of work drawn from the Zimmerli’s collection explores the ideas of absence and trace as a process and image in the late twentieth century. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a recent acquisition, Josiah McElheny’s From Verzelini's Acts of Faith: The Last Supper According to Bonifacio Pitati and Beato Angelico (1996), a construction that includes a handmade glassware set on a museological display case. McElheny questions history, artifact, and image through interventions of distance, dematerialization, and removal. Similarly, Lynton Wells uses a photographic process to delineate, then paint out a central image in an untitled 1972 work. In addition to these two large scale works, the exhibition includes prints from Ed Ruscha’s portfolio News, Mews, Pews, Brews, Stews & Dues, photographs of empty Paris by Eugène Atget, and other works that indicate absence through their purposeful voids and erasures. 

Organized by Donna Gustafson, Curator of American Art and Mellon Director for Academic Programs, and Hannah Shaw, Graduate Curatorial Assistant

Marsha Goldberg

...Assad's Forces Rained Rockets and Bombs, 2012

Graphite on paper

11 x 14 in.

Courtesy of the artist