A Monumental Move

December 5, 2008

The Nancy Hoffman Gallery has just opened the doors of a new space in Manhattan’s Chelsea art district, and is inaugurating the new location with “Intimate Monuments,” a show of sculpture and drawing by alumnus Ilan Averbuch (BFA 1982 Fine Arts). The exhibition is comprised of large-scale works of wood, lead, steel, glass and stone that Averbuch has created over the past three years, spread out in the gallery’s high-ceilinged main space and courtyard sculpture garden. Reaching as far up as 13 feet high, the monument-like works are contrasted with the artist’s smaller-scale works on paper, many of which are studies for later sculpture pieces. “Intimate Monuments” is on view at Nancy Hoffman, 520 West 27th Street, through Wednesday, December 31.
Also on view this month is “Picturing the Poems of Cesare Pavese,” a collection of drawings by alumnus Frances Middendorf (MFA 1986 Illustration as Visual Essay) at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, through Saturday, December 20. The show features works inspired by the 20th-century Italian writer and political activist Cesare Pavese, who published two collections of poems along with several novels, short stories and essays.
Image: Ilan Averbuch, Self Portrait, 2007; courtesy Nancy Hoffman Gallery.

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