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Artist Spotlight

Rudolf Polanszky

July 1–7, 2020

An important contributor to the artistic landscape of Vienna, Rudolf Polanszky makes cerebral multidisciplinary works that embrace chance occurrence. His fundamentally improvisational practice marries conceptual philosophies with varied modes of production, resulting in compositions that oscillate between dual identities as concrete objects and symbols of subjective perception.

Created in response to the covid-19 pandemic, the Artist Spotlight series highlights individual artists, one week at a time, whose exhibitions have been affected by the health crisis. A single artwork by the artist is made available with pricing information for forty-eight hours only.

Artist Spotlight: Rudolf Polanszky features a work from his first exhibition with Gagosian, which opened briefly in New York prior to the current shutdown. For more information, please contact the gallery at collecting@gagosian.com.

Photo: Xandra M. Linsin

Photo: Xandra M. Linsin

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Still from “Rudolf Polanszky: Translinear Structures”

Video

Rudolf Polanszky: Translinear Structures
KA21/Cast Your Art

Rudolf Polanszky speaks about his art in this video from KA21, produced on the occasion of his retrospective exhibition presented by Zeit Kunst Niederösterreich in 2015. Installed in a historical church in Krems, Austria, the exhibition reflected the artist’s ongoing engagement with philosophy, mathematics, and epistemology, articulated through abstract and poetic visual forms.

Still from “Rudolf Polanszky: Translinear Structures”

Rudolf Polanszky (New York: Gagosian, 2020)

Online Reading

Rudolf Polanszky

Rudolf Polanszky is available for online reading from July 1 through July 30 as part of Artist Spotlight: Rudolf Polanszky. Published on the occasion of his first exhibition with Gagosian, the book highlights recent paintings and sculptures by the Viennese artist dating from 2014 to 2019. To make his richly textured assemblages, Polanszky uses salvaged industrial materials such as acrylic glass, aluminum, mirrored foil, silicone, and wire, recombining them into purely aesthetic forms divorced from their original contexts. An essay by Francesco Stocchi considers the artist’s work in relation to the concept of the void, while an illuminating conversation with the artist by Hans Ulrich Obrist offers an overview of Polanszky’s career.

Rudolf Polanszky (New York: Gagosian, 2020)

Clockwise from top left: Sarah Sze, photo: courtesy MacArthur Foundation; Urs Fischer, photo: Chad Moore; Jennifer Guidi, photo: Brica Wilcox; Titus Kaphar, photo: John Lucas; and Jenny Saville, photo: Pal Hansen/Getty Images

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Artist Spotlight
One Artist, One Work, One Week

Launching April 8, 2020

As arts institutions worldwide temporarily close their doors to support efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, exhibitions everywhere are being canceled, postponed, or curtailed. For artists who have invested time, energy, and resources preparing shows now directly affected by the health crisis, Gagosian is launching Artist Spotlighta new, multifaceted program that invites individual artists to use the gallery’s online channels as an open platform, to present their work to the world and continue generating support for their studios.

Clockwise from top left: Sarah Sze, photo: courtesy MacArthur Foundation; Urs Fischer, photo: Chad Moore; Jennifer Guidi, photo: Brica Wilcox; Titus Kaphar, photo: John Lucas; and Jenny Saville, photo: Pal Hansen/Getty Images

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Museum Exhibitions

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Rudolf Polanszky in
Discrete Austrian Secrets

November 17, 2019–March 31, 2020
Galaxy Museum of Contemporary Art, Chongqing, China
www.artlinkart.com

Discrete Austrian Secrets presents thirty-two contemporary Austrian artists exhibiting spatial interventions, sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, and sound and video art. Work by Rudolf Polanszky is included.

Installation view, Rudolf Polanszky: Eidola, Secession, Vienna, February 9–April 22, 2018. Artwork © Rudolf Polanszky. Photo: Peter Mochi

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Rudolf Polanszky
Eidola

February 9–April 22, 2018
Secession, Vienna
www.secession.at

Rudolf Polanszky’s solo exhibition brings together sculptures and pictorial reliefs from various ensembles the artist has worked on during the last decade. Providing insight into his world of ideas, these works exemplify the artist’s nonlinear, improvised process of piecing together found materials and accidental forms, which he describes as “ad hoc synthesis.”

Installation view, Rudolf Polanszky: Eidola, Secession, Vienna, February 9–April 22, 2018. Artwork © Rudolf Polanszky. Photo: Peter Mochi

Rudolf Polanszky, Rohrschach Transformations, 2010 © Rudolf Polanszky. Photo: Stefan Lux

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Rudolf Polanszky
Paradox Transformations

December 15, 2015–February 20, 2016
Museo Madre, Naples, Italy
www.madrenapoli.it

This exhibition presents more than twenty works on canvas and sculptures produced by Rudolf Polanszky between the 1990s and 2015 that explore the relationship between abstraction and the space of human action. Since the 1990s Polanszky has created canvas-mounted and freestanding assemblages by combining salvaged industrial materials into new aesthetic forms, freeing them from their original contexts and uses. The works in this exhibition reflect his enduring interest in creating structure and form from repurposed materials.

Rudolf Polanszky, Rohrschach Transformations, 2010 © Rudolf Polanszky. Photo: Stefan Lux

Installation view, Rudolf Polanszky: Translineare Strukturen, Zeit Kunst Niederösterreich, Dominikanerkirche Krems, Austria, May 30–October 18, 2015. Artwork © Rudolf Polanszky. Photo: Christoph Fuchs 

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Rudolf Polanszky
Translineare Strukturen

May 30–October 18, 2015
Zeit Kunst Niederösterreich, Dominikanerkirche Krems, Austria
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Installed in the historic Dominikanerkirche Krems, this retrospective exhibition, whose title translates to “Translinear Structures,” surveys Rudolf Polanszky’s body of work, from his conceptual film and photography documenting actions in the 1980s to his more recent paintings and sculpture, which reflect the artist’s ongoing engagement with philosophy, mathematics, and epistemology, articulated through abstract and poetic visual forms.

Installation view, Rudolf Polanszky: Translineare Strukturen, Zeit Kunst Niederösterreich, Dominikanerkirche Krems, Austria, May 30–October 18, 2015. Artwork © Rudolf Polanszky. Photo: Christoph Fuchs 

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