Isa Genzken, Rose III, Zuccotti Park, NYC, September 2018-
Isa Genzken is arguably one of the most important and influential female artists of the past 30 years. With a career spanning four decades, her works draw upon everyday material culture, including design, consumer goods, the media, architecture, and urban environments. In addition to sculpture and installation art, her prodigious oeuvre includes paintings, collages, drawings, films, and photographs, and frequently incorporates seemingly disparate materials and imagery to create characteristically complex, enigmatic works. Drawing loosely on the legacies of Constructivism and Minimalism and often involving a critical, open dialogue with Modernist architecture, her interest lies in the way in which common aesthetic styles come to illustrate and embody contemporary political and social ideology.
"The Rose is both an homage to a city that Genzken knows and loves, and a strong statement for unity and equality that every passerby in this city of millions can enjoy,” said Laura Hoptman, executive director of the Drawing Center, in a statement. “It is simultaneously a reflection of the empathy of the artist as well as the humanity of its spectators. Like all great art is.”
The installation is a collaborative effort between Galerie Buchholz, David Zwirner, Hauser & Wirth, and Genzken’s longtime collector and supporter Lonti Ebers, who generously donated the work to real estate company Brookfield Properties, which owns and operates the park.
From David Zwirner Gallery and Artnet