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Scenes and Stages at The Box

Christoph von Weyhe, 7.3.2009, 2009, Acrylic on canvas, 55 1/8 x 78 3/4 in., 140 x 200 cm., photo by Laurence Godart

The Box presents the first US exhibition of European artists Pierre Guyotat and Christoph von Weyhe: Scenes and Stages, which will open on February 2, 2019 and will be on display until March 30, 2019.

Curated by French art critic Donatien Grau, this exhibition shares both artists’ bodies of work, which engage in experiences of time and theatricality, in ways that are consciously anti-theatrical.

To celebrate the exhibition, on February 3 from 1-4pm, Pierre Guyotat and Christoph von Weyhe will take part in a conversation with Donatien Grau, followed by a panel with Sylvère Lotringer, Paul McCarthy, Ariana Reines, and Noura Wedell.

Guyotat creates drawings that feature bawdy fragments from the extraordinary world. These drawings provide humorous and subtle figurations of what he calls “scenes,” where humans, semi-humans, and animals are presented to viewers in order to provoke them into questioning their own humanity.

Guyotat’s drawings are distinct from Von Weyhe’s paintings, which are entries into the overwhelming experience that the painter feels when confronted by what to him is the world’s greatest stage: the harbor, an ever-changing place of labor. Von Weyhe participates in this very labor by dedicating dozens of hours to every painting, layer after layer.

Over their sixty year-oeuvre, Pierre Guyotat and Christoph von Weyhe have experimented with new ways to make art: discovering the consistent series started forty years ago by Weyhe and the new drawings of Guyotat invites us to question what art is, what it can be, and what is our position as human beings.

Be sure to visit The Box this February to see these French artists’ works.

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