Corbett vs. Dempsey & Thomas Dane Gallery presentRumble in the Jungle 1974

For their fifth collaboration, the third at Frieze Masters, Corbett vs. Dempsey and Thomas Dane Gallery propose to set their shared booth in October, 1974, exactly forty years ago.

The two galleries will imagine, or dream-up, what their program would/could/should have been at that precise moment, drawing upon the particularities of both Chicago and London art scenes of the mid-seventies and which artists from the two generations prior would have influenced their stable of young artists.  At the forefront of the curatorial experiment is the defining influence of a series of seminal exhibitions leading to 1974, including the tumultuous 1968 Venice Biennale; 1969’sWhen Attitudes Become Form; the string of Imagist exhibitions at the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, 1966-1970; Peter Selz’s Funk exhibition in Berkeley in 1967; documenta 5 of 1972; and the 12th Sao Paulo Biennial of 1973.  CvsD and Dane would have found these events highly generative, taking keen interest in the work of Los Angeles African-American artists and Cool School, Chicago Imagists, Bay Area Funk, British Post-Pop and conceptual, and eccentric figures like the Belgian text artist Ferdinand Kriwet.  In 1974, the galleries would have been generally uninterested in work from the 1950s, but might have kept an eye on wondrous oddballs from the ’20s and ’30s.

Rumble in the Jungle takes its name from the infamous heavyweight fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Kinshasa, Congo, in September, 1974. An event which would have been fresh in our memory at Frieze Masters 1974, it sets the tone and flavor of the booth presentation as a chaotic, stylish and dynamic exhibition, which features Robert Arneson, Richard Artschwager, Lynda Benglis, Billy Al Bengston, Roger Brown, Dominick Di Meo, Mel Edwards, David Hammons, Dick Higgins, Phillip King, Ferdinand Kriwet, Bob Law, Robert Lostutter, Gary Molitor, Jim Nutt, John Outterbridge, Christina Ramberg, William Wiley, and Karl Wirsum.

Stand G2

Open to the public:

Wednesday, October 15, 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Thursday, October 16, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday, October 17, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday, October 18, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday, October 19, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Tickets available here

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Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, is pleased to collaborate with David Nolan Gallery, New York, at Expo Chicago 2014.  Entitled “Grits Ain’t Groceries,” the joint booth presents a panoply of paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture from each gallery’s roster and inventory, all focused on the question of facture.  The exhibition considers abstraction from the simple standpoint of the smooth and the textured.  Works with an utterly flat topography will co-mingle with those whose surfaces are rough, bumpy, striated, and otherwise uneven.

Featured artists include: Richard Artschwager, Morris Barazani, Margot Bergman, James Bishop, Sarah Canright, Steve DiBenedetto, Caroll Dunham, Hedwig Eberle, Julia Fish, Neil Gall, David Hartt, Thomas H. Kapsalis, Mel Kendrick, Martin Kippenberger, Richard Koppe, Rebecca Morris, Barry Le Va, Kenneth Nack, Jim Nutt, Albert Oehlen, Claes Oldenburg, Gabriel Orozco, Alexander Ross,  Barbara Rossi, Jackie Saccoccio, Rebecca Shore, Diane Simpson, John Sparagana, Rudolph Staffel, Al Taylor, Rosmarie Trockel, Richard Tuttle, Jorinde Voigt, Charline von Heyl, Christopher Wool, and Molly Zuckerman-Hartung.

Booth 406 & 407

Open to the public:

Friday, September 19, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday, September 20, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday, September 21, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Tickets available here

Image: Rebecca Morris, Untitled (#12-13), 2013, oil on canvas, 87 x 80 inches.
REGENTS PARK, LONDON – From 16 – 19th October Corbett vs. Dempsey & Thomas Dane Gallery present Rumble in the Jungle 1974. For their fifth collaboration, the third at Frieze Masters, Corbett vs. Dempsey and Thomas Dane Gallery propose to set their shared booth in October, 1974, exactly forty years ago.

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