"Unmonumental: The Object in the 21st Century"
is the first exhibition in the "Unmonumental
" cycle, and explores the reinvention of sculptural assemblage. Using found, fragmented, and discarded materials, the works of the artists on view make a case for modesty, informality, and improvisation. The exhibition includes more than one hundred objects by thirty artists who represent a wide range of backgrounds and artistic strategies.
Participating artists are: Alexandra Bircken
Marc André Robinson
"Unmonumental: The Object in the 21st Century" is organized by the New Museum's curatorial team of Richard Flood, Chief Curator; Laura Hoptman, Kraus Family Senior Curator; and Massimiliano Gioni, Director of Special Exhibitions
"Unmonumental: The Object in the 21st Century" is accompanied by a 264-page catalogue
co-published by the New Museum and Phaidon. It includes essays by Richard Flood, Massimiliano Gioni, Laura Hoptman, and Trevor Smith, an independent curator, as well as illustrated sections on each of the thirty artists in the exhibition. The book also includes a chronology of unmonumental moments in the 21st century, organized by Benjamin Godsill, New Museum Curatorial Associate, and artists' biographies by Sara Reisman, Program Director at the International Studio and Curatorial Program. The volume also includes a glossary of sculptural terms by Eva Diaz, former Joanne Leonhard Cassullo Curatorial Fellow.