Gagosian New York is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent work by Tatiana Trouvé closely related to and concurrent with her major Public Art Fund commission Desire Lines, which opens to the public on March 3 at Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park. Notes, drawings, tracings, sculptural fragments, and a detailed model of the large-scale sculpture provide a fascinating insight into the artist at work.
Desire Lines speaks not only to Frederick Law Olmsted’s vision of planned wilderness for Central Park and its evolution—the term itself is used in urban design to describe the incidental tracks and alternative routes that emerge over time in relation to designated paths in a landscape—but also to the imagination of the thousands of people who enjoy the park daily.
Desire Lines is a physical inventory of 212 walkable routes in Central Park, which Trouvé mapped and measured. Consistent with her enigma-producing strategy of exposing only to conceal again—already evident in the Bureau of Implicit Activities (1997–present)—she transferred the measurements into a multitude of colored cords, wound on wooden spools and installed on huge metal racks to form an imposing sculptural environment.
As so many of the paths are unnamed, Trouvé then decided to invent an imaginative “atlas” of the history and culture of walking. And so began a second phase of research on the vast historical narrative to which Desire Lines is now dedicated: the social, political and cultural evolution of the march, from the mass activism of Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and the suffragette movement to the diverse artistic gestures of Richard Long, Janet Cardiff/George Bures Miller, Francis Alÿs, Frank Zappa, and Charles Baudelaire. Visitors to Desire Lines can choose a path by name then undertake the walk it describes, tracing the march of history in collective memory while discovering Central Park anew.
At 821 Park Avenue, Trouvé will present sculptures, drawings, and preparatory studies for Desire Lines. In addition to vellum tracings and cast part-objects, a magnificent maquette of the large-scale sculpture at Doris C. Freedman Plaza will be on view, as well as a suite of detailed graphite drawings inlaid with copper. Vertical maps of Central Park in raw canvas with paths hand-stitched in colored silks are perhaps a subtle nod to Alighiero Boetti's taxonomic embroideries for The 1000 Longest Rivers.
This unique presentation, which has been specially conceived by Trouvé for the 821 Park Avenue gallery, affords rare insight into her studio and creative process, resonating with the concurrent exhibitions “Henry Moore: Wunderkammer—Origin of Forms” at Gagosian London; and “In the Studio” at Gagosian Madison Avenue and Gagosian West 21st Street, curated by John Elderfield and Peter Galassi.
Desire Lines remains at Doris C. Freedman Plaza until August 30, 2015. A book documenting the entire project is planned.
Tatiana Trouvé was born in 1968 in Cosenza, Italy. She has participated in major international group exhibitions such as the Biennale di Venezia (2003 and 2007); the 29th São Paulo Biennale (2010); Punta della Dogana, François Pinault Foundation, Venice (2011); and Hayward Gallery, London (2010). Recent solo exhibitions include “Double Bind,” Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2007); “4 Between 3 and 2,” Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2008); “A Stay Between Enclosure and Space,” Migros Museum, Zurich (2009); “Tatiana Trouvé,” South London Gallery (2010); “Il grande ritratto,” a site-specific exhibition at Kunsthaus Graz (2010) inspired by Dino Buzzati's science fiction novel; and “I tempi doppi,” Kunstmuseum Bonn (2014, traveling to Museion Bolzano-Bozen and Kunsthalle Nürnberg). Also in 2014, MAMCO, Geneva presented Trouvé’s first retrospective exhibition “The Longest Echo/ L’écho le plus long.” Trouvé lives and works in Paris.
Tatiana Trouvé: Le grand atlas de la désorientation
In this video, Tatiana Trouvé provides an overview of her latest installation, presented at the Centre Pompidou, Paris. The exhibition, whose title translates to The Great Atlas of Disorientation, includes a selection of drawings and sculptures that create fantastical landscapes where reality engages in infinite exchanges with its doubles.
Tatiana Trouvé and Jean-Michel Geneste
Tatiana Trouvé speaks with Jean-Michel Geneste, archaeologist and curator, about the paradoxes of her practice: absence and presence, the ancient and the contemporary, the natural and the human-made.
Tatiana Trouvé: The Residents
Tatiana Trouvé discusses her installation The Residents (2021), commissioned by Artangel for the exhibition Afterness on Orford Ness, a former military testing site in Suffolk, England
Behind the Art
Tatiana Trouvé: In the Studio
Join the artist in her studio as she speaks about her new series of drawings, From March to May. Trouvé describes the genesis of the project and the essential role its creation played in keeping her connected with the outside world during the difficult months of pandemic-related lockdown.
Bourse de Commerce
William Middleton traces the development of the new institution, examining the collaboration between the collector François Pinault and the architect Tadao Ando in revitalizing the historic space. Middleton also speaks with artists Tatiana Trouvé and Albert Oehlen about Pinault’s passion as a collector, and with the Bouroullec brothers, who created design features for the interiors and exteriors of the museum.
Tatiana Trouvé: From March to May
A portfolio of the artist’s drawings made during lockdown. Text by Jesi Khadivi.
April 6–12, 2022
In her cast and carved sculptures, site-specific installations, and large-scale drawings, Tatiana Trouvé assesses the relationship between memory and material, pitting the ceaseless flow of time against the remarkable endurance of common objects. She invents, even inhabits, environments that straddle studio, street, landscape, and dream.
Photo: Roberta Valerio