Individual Works

Untitled (WE ARE NOT), 2020, silkscreen ink on canvas, 120 x 144 x 2 inches (304.8 x 365.8 x 5.1 cm)

Press Release

David Kordansky Gallery is pleased to announce Begin Again, Adam Pendleton's first exhibition at the gallery. The show of new work will be on view November 7 through December 19, 2020 at the gallery's Edgewood Place location. David Kordansky Gallery is currently open by appointment. Timed reservations and virtual visits are available here.

Begin Again includes paintings from the Untitled (WE ARE NOT) series, works on Mylar, and a video portrait, unfolding across three exhibition spaces in the gallery.

Pendleton's montages, from painting to collage to video, engage in a kind of nonlinear iteration: never oriented toward any determinate position, they are constantly beginning and always resisting visual and semantic closure. This activity occurs at the level of language and syntax (the unfinished and unresolved statement) as well as at the level of artistic form (the suggestion that even finished works are still open to further transformation), thereby putting a stake in the experience of a continuous present. Drawing from a vast array of archives, he cycles through sets of sentences, fragments, images, artifacts, histories, and other propositions, developing what Gertrude Stein once discussed in Composition and Explanation (1926) as a "troubling time-sense." This mode of working does not redistribute or equilibrate time, but rather troubles it, generating a renewed form of history-telling, and participatory vision of both past and future.

In 2021, Adam Pendleton will present Who Is Queen, a major installation in the atrium of The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Other recent solo exhibitions include shows at Le Consortium, Dijon (2020); Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston (2020); MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2018); Baltimore Museum of Art (2017); KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2017); Baltic Center for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, United Kingdom (2017); Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (2017); Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (2016); and Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (2016). Recent group exhibitions include Manifesto: Art x Agency, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. (2019); Public Movement: On Art, Politics and Dance, Moderna Museet Malmö, Sweden (2017); The Eighth Climate (What does art do?), 11th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2016); and Personne et les autres, Belgian Pavilion, 56th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice (2015). Pendleton’s work is included in the collections of the Dallas Museum of Art; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and Tate, London, among other institutions. He lives and works in New York.