Louise Bourgeois. MERCI MERCY. 1999. Courtesy of the artist and Cheim & Read
Curated by Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld & Christine Messineo
980 Madison Avenue, 3rd Floor in New York City
JANUARY 24 – FEBRUARY 17, 2013
This group exhibition examines the many ways that language and text imbue narrative and meaning in contemporary art. A central focus of the exhibition, Louise Bourgeouis’ eponymous wall panel Merci Mercy is a plain and simple plaque inscribed with the title. It encourages viewers to examine the varied and evocative meanings that the two words convey.
While each of the artists included in Merci Mercy uses different approaches, their universal medium of text reveals the strength and vitality of language.
Darren Almond, Dirk Bell, Mark Bradford, Mel Bochner, Louise Bourgeois, Sophie Calle, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Peter Davies, Sam Durant, Tracey Emin, Nikolas Gambaroff, Gilbert & George, Robert Gober, Nan Goldin, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Jenny Holzer, Rashid Johnson, Scott King, Christopher Knowles, Michael Krebber, Sean Landers, Jason Loebs, Charles Mayton, Harland Miller, Philippe Parreno, Jack Pierson, Ry Rocklen, Ed Ruscha, Tom Sachs, Ben Schumacher, Gary Simmons, Lucien Smith, Dash Snow, Kon Trubkovich and Aaron Young