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Sculpture of a life-size seated burlap and resin figure in an iron cage by Magdalena Abakanowicz

Magdalena Abakanowicz, Figure in Iron House, 1989-1990.

Marlborough Gallery was founded in 1946 following a turbulent period post World War II, and has endured many high times, and many challenging moments.  With the departure from its base of 50 years on 57th Street, this will be the first season its activities will be encompassed fully in our building located at 545 W. 25th Street.  This year, 2020, with the pandemic and dramatic shift in the presentation of art and the changes evident in the consumption of the story of art, this has been a confusing as well as highly challenging period.  Therefore, it is with great spirit and dedication that we present to you our new season featuring Magdalena Abakanowicz with whom we have enjoyed a fruitful and enduring relationship for over 30 years, in dialogue with Anselm Kiefer, her counterpart in the interpretation of the human struggles of the 20th Century.  We are grateful for the support of the Fundacja Marty Magdaleny Abakanowicz-Kosmowskiej.

Along with the Abakanowicz / Kiefer dialogue, we have revisited facets of the gallery’s legacy through a second-floor presentation of Ad Reinhardt (6 exhibitions beginning in 1970), Adolph Gottlieb (4 exhibitions beginning in 1966) and Larry Rivers. On the third floor, in homage to Pierre Levai’s deep committment to artists in the southern hemisphere, we have assembled an exhibition of works by Rufino Tamayo (7 exhibitions beginning in 1977), Claudio Bravo (21 exhibitions beginning in 1981), Tomás Sánchez and Fernando Botero.  

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