Artists Space

The Artist Selects Series:

September 16 – November 6, 1999

Artist and filmmaker Robert Longo, who first showed at Artists Space in 1976, returned to curate a group show of nine artists. Searchers included work by photographers Sue de Beer and Michelle Elzay, as well as drawings by Colin Hunt and Jeff Turek, a site-specific installation by Allison Smith, sculpture by Adam Putnam, Eric Schnell and Khanh Vo, and a three-part animated video by Alexander Ku.

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Sue de Beer's work spans the diverse disciplines of film and installation, sculpture and photography. Solo exhibitions include the Kunst Werke, Berlin, the Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, the MuHKA Museum in Antwerp, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions in Los Angeles, The Park Avenue Armory, and the High Line, New York, as well as Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York, where she is represented. Her work has been included in group exhibitions in such venues as the New Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, PS1/MOMA, the Brooklyn Museum, the Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Kunst Werke, the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Haus der Kunst, and the Kunsthalle Shirn in Germany, the Neue Gallerie am Landes Museum Joanneum in Austria, the Deste Foundation in Greece, and the Museum of Modern Art, Busan, in Busan, South Korea. De Beer’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New Museum for Contemporary Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Deste Foundation, the Goetz Collection, and others. De Beer is a recipient of an American Academy in Berlin Fellowship (2002), a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship (2016), and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2019).

Michelle Elzay is an American Postwar & Contemporary artist who was born in 1973. Numerous key galleries and museums such as Fitzroy Gallery have featured her work in the past.

Colin Hunt is a Brooklyn-based artist who received his MFA from Columbia University. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in numerous museums and galleries. Highlights include: the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, Texas; Teckningmuseet, Laholm, Sweden; The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; The National Academy of Design, New York, NY; Triumph Gallery, Moscow, Russia; ZieherSmith, NY; Artist Space, NY; White Columns, NY; Vox Populi, Philadelphia. In 2011, he was the inaugural resident at the Galveston Artist Residency in Galveston, Texas.

Jeff Turek is an artist living and working in Germany.

Allison Smith (Sunny, they/them) is a queer non-binary artist, time traveler, and practical animist based in Yelamu and Huchiun a.k.a. the San Francisco Bay Area, on unceded Ohlone territory.
Smith has presented their work at museums such as SFMOMA, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, The Arts Club of Chicago, and S!GNAL Center for Contemporary Art, P.S.1/MoMA, Palais de Tokyo, the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, MASS MoCA, and The Tang Museum. Smith has lectured at art schools and research universities internationally, as well as at MOMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, SculptureCenter and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics. Smith has been reviewed and featured in The New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, Sculpture, on NPR, KQED, Art:21, PBS The Art Assignment, and in many other media and scholarly publications. Smith has received support from Public Art Fund, United States Artists, Arts Council England, FOR-SITE Foundation, Creative Work Fund, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Artadia, the National Endowment for the Arts, and New York Foundation for the Arts. Notable residencies include IASPIS (Stockholm, Sweden), The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts), the Museum of Modern Art Artists Experiment initiative (New York, New York), the International Studio and Curatorial Program (Brooklyn, New York), Artpace (San Antonio, Texas), and Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, California). Smith's work is held in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Saatchi Gallery London, Linda Pace Foundation, and many other public and private collections.

Through photography, drawing, sculpture, and film, Adam Putnam (b. 1973) examines the social and aesthetic dimensions of human bodies, often by pushing the physical limits of his own. Wrestling with the body’s relationship to light and space, Putnam engages with live action as a means of investigating the intersection of our physical selves with the architectural spaces we inhabit. Putnam’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at P·P·O·W, New York, NY; Kunstverein Munchen, Munich, Germany; Locust Projects, Miami, FL; and Andrew Kreps, New York, NY, among others. His work has been featured in group exhibitions including Drawing 2020, Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY; Rockaway!, MoMA PS1, New York, NY; Paper, Artists Space, New York, NY; Whitney Biennial 2008, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Busan Biennale 2008, Busan, South Korea; 2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia; and The Plain of Heaven, curated by Peter Eleey, Creative Time & The Highline, New York, NY. In 2015, he curated Everything Must Go, a solo exhibition of works by Martin Wong at P·P·O·W and in 2007, he co-curated Blow Both of Us with Shannon Ebner at Participant Inc.

Eric Schnell was born in Bloomington, Indiana in 1968. In 1995 He graduated from the University of Houston with a B.F.A. in studio painting and a minor in English Literature. In 1998 he received a M.F.A. from Columbia University, with a concentration in studio arts. His artwork has been shown across the United States. He has built installations for Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, Momenta Art, Brooklyn, Artist Space, NYC, The Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC, Arthouse, Austin, TX and other non-profit art spaces. He has been awarded several grants in support of his artwork, the most recent was from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. In 2006 he was chosen to be the American representative at the International Studio and Critic Program in New York City.

Vo An Khanh was born in 1936, in Ninh Quoi village, Hong Dan district, Bac Lieu province, southwestern Vietnam. In the 1960s and early 1970s, he accompanied the guerrilla unit, capturing many images of the front lines of the anti-American resistance forces in Ca Mau. In addition, he runs the local resistance photography department and takes documentary photos at cultural events. Between 1962 and 1975, Vo An Khanh organized a photo exhibition in the particularly difficult conditions of mangroves.

Born in Philadelphia in 1966. Alexander Ku is a second generation Chinese
American artist who graduated at Cooper Union in 1989. Using humor bordering on the absurd, Mr. Ku's works stumble headlong into the limit of meaning, culture and identity.

A posterr with the silhouette of a man in the middle, dressed like a cowboy. Before him appear blue scan-lines, as if on a television set, which are boxed off into several rectangles.
[A posterr with the silhouette of a man in the middle, dressed like a cowboy. Before him appear blue scan-lines, as if on a television set, which are boxed off into several rectangles.]