Richard Forster: Notes on Architecture
The FLAG Art Foundation
545 West 25th Street
9th Floor, New York, NY 10001
6 June - 16 August 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday 6 June, 6 - 8pm
The FLAG Art Foundation will present an exhibition of thirty-five new drawings by Richard Forster. Notes on Architecture expands upon the artist's recurring themes of social change, nostalgia, and a fear of the future, with inspiration drawn from the increasingly confused geopolitical climate of Brexit Britain.
The drawings, which originated as an artist book, were created between 2016-2018 and collectively titled Notes on Architecture, with subject-matters including: preplanned suburban housing developments; ostalgia of the former German Democratic Republic; Hollywood starlet Jean Harlow in Griffith Park; Erich Mendelsohn-designed buildings on fire; Louis Sullivan decoration in Chicago; neon lights in Las Vegas; the labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral; an iconic sign outside the now-defunct Better Days nightclub in New York City; and Tatlin's Tower wheeled through the streets of St. Petersburg as agitprop. This sequence of drawings culminates with variations of the 1894 silent film Annabelle Butterfly Dance, imagined alongside a Ron Hardy set from the Music Box, a Chicago house music club.
This is the second comprehensive presentation of a new body of Forster's work at FLAG Art Foundation, which was previously shown in 2012.
Richard Forster: Notes on Architecture will travel to Timothy Taylor, London, from November 15-December 20, 2019.
A fully illustrated catalogue produced by the artist will accompany the exhibition.