September 11 – November 18, 2017 | Contemporary artist, Rirkrit Tiravanija, is perhaps best known for creating installations and events that emphasize social engagement, though he creates traditional material-based art as well.
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Untitled (Billy Wilder doesn’t drink green tea) 2019, Rirkrit Tiravanija
Untitled (Billy Wilder doesn’t drink green tea) 2019
Opening Reception | Friday, February 22, 2019 | 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Exhibition on view through March 22, 2019
The Jane Hartsook Gallery is pleased to present new work by Rirkrit Tiravanija. Tiravanija has transformed the gallery into a familiar environment that invites visitors to take a minute to sit, relax, have a drink and contemplate pottery. Tiravanija is known for creating similar installations and events that emphasize social engagement, as well as his traditional material-based art. He made a name for himself in the early ’90s by eschewing typical visual arts practices and engaging audiences by cooking for them. He has continued this practice throughout the decades in nearly all subsequent installations and exhibitions, including during his 2017 residency at Greenwich House Pottery—cooking 3-inch thick porterhouse steak in his thrown custom-formulated flameware to make lunch for the Pottery’s community. In Untitled (Billy Wilder doesn’t like green tea) 2019, Tiravanija once again brings his material-based artwork together with his social practice.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tiravanija is a Thai artist widely recognized as one of the most influential artists of his generation. His work defies media-based description, as his practice combines traditional object making, public and private performances, teaching, and other forms of public service and social action. Tiravanija is on the faculty of the School of the Arts at Columbia University, and is a founding member and curator of Utopia Station, a collective project of artists, art historians and curators. Tiravanija also helped establish an educational-ecological project known as The Land Foundation, located in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
He has had individual exhibitions at the following institutions: Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (Moscow, Russia; 2015); Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (TX; 2014); Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco, CA; 2013); Tate Modern (London, United Kingdom; 2013); Singapore Art Museum (Singapore; 2012); Centre Pompidou (Paris, France; 2012); Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY; 2012); Bonniers Konsthall (Stockholm, Sweden; 2011); Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum (St. Louis, MO; 2009); The Drawing Center (New York, NY; 2008); among others. He has also participated in group exhibitions at the Sharjah Biennial (Sharjah, United Arab Emirates; 2015); Venice Biennale (Venice, Italy; 2015); the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles, CA; 2014); the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design (Oslo, Norway; 2014); the New Museum (New York, NY; 2013); the Palais de Tokyo (Paris, France; 2012); among many others.