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Seen/Unseen launch

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Editions Kavi Gupta is proud to announce Tavares Strachan Seen/Unseen


Tavares Strachan: Seen/Unseen represents the latest contribution to the now legendary tradition of closed exhibitions, including Robert Barry’s now infamous 1969 Closed Gallery Piece and Yoko Ono’s 1971 advertisement for her nonexistent Museum of Modern Art exhibition. Unlike these empty or fictitious exhibitions, Tavares Strachan: Seen/Unseen features draings, photographs, video works, sculpture, and installations as well as a series of new works in a massive 20,000-square-foot industrial space, converted just for this exhibition.

Strachan began emphasizing presence and absence in his art as early as 2003, when he installed a light meter outside his mother’s house on the outskirts of Nassau and connected it via satellite to a computer-activated light box in his RISD dorm room to create an interactive work, enabling him to enjoy in real time and around the clock simulated Bahamian light and darkness.

Tavares Strachan: Seen/Unseen includes a series of new works especially created for this exhibition, beginning with a new version of the artist’s internationally celebrated 2005 piece The Distance Between What We Have and What We Want, consisting of a 4.5-ton block of ice, harvested from a frozen river about 400 miles under the Arctic Circle. New York Times critic Roberta Smith commended Strachan for his “pioneering courage” and characterized this piece as “spectacularly ambitious.”

Published by Art Asia Pacific | Text by Robert Hobbs, Gregory Volk, Franklin Sirmans, and Mimi Sheller | Design by Stefan Sagmister | 2014

Hardcover | Dimensions: 11 3/4” x 8 1/2” x 3/4” | ISBN: 9780984562565 | $48

Multiple, 2014 | 22 x 19 x 9.5 inches | Wooded crate, frosted acrylic, Seen/Unseen publication, white gloves, signed artwork on mylar. Multiple 1/40 (red) | Price upon request