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Works by Agnieszka Kurant. Photo by Wojciech Olech, courtesy of CoCA Torun.
Agnieszka Kurant

Sunday, November 10, 2013 - Monday, January 27, 2014

44-19 Purves Street, Long Island City, NY

Agnieszka Kurant's exhibition at the SculptureCenter continues the artist's investigation of the idea of non-knowledge and "unknown unknowns," as defined by the South African art historian, theorist, and curator Sarat Maharaj. He once said: "The artist has an unknowability, the ability to unknow" -- meaning that the visual arts can create "non-knowledge" that can produce new forms of understanding and thinking, resulting in new systems of perception. In relation to these "unknowns," Agnieszka Kurant's new sculpture series, Phantom Estate (Artworks without Authors), is based on unfinished, barely mentioned, and rumored works of deceased conceptual artists such as Marcel Broodthaers, Guy de Cointet, Edward Krasinski and Gino de Dominicis.

Kurant's practice quite often relates to the "economy of the invisible," and for the SculptureCenter, the artist is producing several new works that explore the process of editing as an aesthetic as well as a political act. The centerpiece of the show, Cutaways, is a film produced in collaboration with the renowned film editor Walter Murch (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now). The work, based on surplus content and labor, encompasses footage of characters edited out from various films, combined with newly shot material, creating a new narrative of a meeting of these phantom characters.

The show will be accompanied by a brochure with a text by Diedrich Diederichsen - Germany's most renowned critic of contemporary culture.

A special screening of Kurant's Cutaways will also be presented at NeueHouse on November 23 as part of Polish Pavilion Without Walls during Performa 13. For more information about the Polish Cultural Institute's involvement in Performa 13 biennial, go here.

The exhibition of Agnieszka Kurant continues the long relationship between the Polish Cultural Institute New York and the SculptureCenter, a not-for-profit arts institution dedicated to experimental and innovative developments in contemporary sculpture. The collaboration started in 2003 with the exhibition curated by Aneta Szylak, Architectures of Gender: Contemporary Women's Art in Poland, and continued in 2007 with Christian Tomaszewski's first major solo exhibition in New York, On Chapels, Caves and Erotic Misery.

Presented by the SculptureCenter and the Polish Cultural Institute New York.

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