Between Bridges

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Exhibition Archive






Greer Lankton

11.04.2015 – 20.06.2015 (extended until june)

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Between Bridges is proud to present the first European solo exhibition of Greer Lankton’s work. The show is a continuation of her recent retrospective, Love Me, at Participant Inc, NYC, organized in cooperation with the Greer Lankton Archives Museum (G.L.A.M.). The original exhibition showed numerous of Lankton’s legendary dolls, photographs, and works on paper from various collections across the United States—and calls for an afterlife. A broad selection of those works will be on display in the rooms at Between Bridges, which in 2006 made its inaugural exhibition of showing the work of David Wojnarowicz, a long time friend and collaborator of Lankton.

During her lifetime, Lankton exhibited at Civilian Warfare, Gracie Mansion, the 1995 Whitney Biennial and Venice Biennale, and is fondly remembered by many for her displays in the windows of the East 7th Street boutique, Einsteins. Lankton remains an important figure in the history of the East Village art scene of the eighties and early nineties, best known for her meticulously constructed and, in many instances, constantly evolving doll sculptures. Often discussed in terms of their autobiographical nature, her figures reflect a lifelong obsession with her own body and the simultaneous glamour and gravity she embodied as a transgendered artist living within the culture of the East Village of that period.

Greer Lankton is an artist's artist. This is evidenced by the sheer number of artists who collaborated with her and considered her a muse, including Nan Goldin, Peter Hujar, David Wojnarowicz, David Armstrong, among others. Her influence can be felt in the work of her contemporaries, but Lankton's work is unlike anything else. She was ahead of her time, or, more specifically, outside of time. She methodically created her own world, whose occupants were like herself—transgendered and powerful women, extremely fat or extremely thin, circus people and icons—those who manifest the outer edges of the social order. She was a fearless artist, and her life as a gender innovator informs all of her work, making her an important forebear to those who have now become more visible in contemporary art and the culture at large.

Like so many artists of her generation, Greer Lankton died young. Although she was recognized as a part of this scene, her work does not neatly fit in with the prevailing image of the East Village art of the 1980s— privileging an aggressive aesthetic in painting and sculpture, easily marketed as a direct product of generational lifestyle. Lankton was a transgendered woman, whose work was, in many ways, considered ‘craft’ because she chose to make ‘dolls;’ still a difficult category to be properly inscribed into official art histories. Lankton’s resurgence now poses not only a correction to an incomplete art historical canon, but also testament to the work’s ability to resonate beyond her immediate context, crossing intergenerational lines and constituencies spanning art, fashion, and gender politics. Her poignant, intricate sculptures, flooded with autobiographical detail, prove even more affecting today.

There are numerous private collections and institutions participating in this exhibition, including Greer Lankton Archives Museum (G.L.A.M.); The Estate of David Wojnarowicz, P.P.O.W.; David Wojnarowicz Papers, Redtape Archive, and Nick Zedd Papers, Fales Library and Special Collections at NYU; Jean Foos, Keith Davis Estate; Robert Appleton; Jojo Baby, Keith Edmier; Douglas Ferguson; Nan Goldin; Lynn Hamilton; Jay Johnson and Tom Cashin; John Kelly; Gracie Mansion; Beau Rutland; Meg and Rachel Siegel; Linda Simpson; Geoff Spear; Tabboo! (Stephen Tashjian); Sikkema Jenkins & Co.; and Sunny Suits..

This exhibition was made possible by the help of Lia Gangitano of Participant Inc, Paul Monroe of Greer Lankton Archives Museum (G.L.A.M.), and Regen Projects, Los Angeles.

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Installation views :

Greer Lankton, Between Bridges

Between Bridges Greer Lankton, overview front room

 

Greer Lankton, Between Bridges

Jackie O (1985), Fabric, wire, glass, human hair, acrylic paint, matte medium, Collection of Meg and Rachel Siegel

 

Greer Lankton, Between Bridges

Detail :
Stacy the Model (ca.1985)
, Fabric, wire, glass, human hair, acrylic paint, matte medium, Collection of Meg and Rachel Siegel

 

Greer Lankton, Between Bridges

Peggy (Moffitt) (1986), Fabric, wire, glass, acrylic paint, matte medium, Courtesy of Greer Lankton Archives Museum (G.L.A.M.)

 

Greer Lankton, Between Bridges

Headless Torso (ca. 1983), Paper, acrylic paint, matte medium, wire, Collection of Douglas Ferguson

 

Greer Lankton, Between Bridges

Coming Out of Surgery (1979), Watercolor on paper, Private Collection

 

Greer Lankton, Between Bridges

Detail :
Coming Out of Surgery (1979)
, Watercolor on paper, Private Collection

 

Greer Lankton, Between Bridges

Detail :
Coming Out of Surgery (1979)
, Watercolor on paper, Private Collection

 

Greer Lankton, Between Bridges

Albino Hermaphrodite in a Baby Carriage (ca.1984), Paper, wire, glass, acrylic paint, Courtesy of Greer Lankton Archives Museum (G.L.A.M.), Gift of Marianne Butler

 

Greer Lankton, Between Bridges

Chessie (1992), Red (1992), Raegen (1992), Wire, fabric, glass, human hair, acrylic paint, matte medium, all Collection of Tom Cashin and Jay Johnson

 

Greer Lankton, Between Bridges

Detail (vitrine):
Untitled (1984)
, 16 Polaroids from Civilian Warfare exhibition, Courtesy of Douglas Ferguson

 

Greer Lankton, Between Bridges

Detail (vitrine) :
i-D Magazine (1985), Interview with Dylan Jones,
September 1984 Artforum ad, Photography by Peter Hujar
Artforum ad for Civilian Warfare Exhibition (1984), Proof print, Courtesy of Jean Foos / Keith Davis Estate
Civillian Warfare Catalogue (May 1983), Catalogue, Collection of Tabboo! (Stephen Tashjian)
Sissy at Prince Street Station (1982), Magazine reprint, Courtesy of Greer Lankton Archives Museum (G.L.A.M.)

 

Greer Lankton, Between Bridges

Between Bridges Greer Lankton, overviews back room

 

Greer Lankton, Between Bridges

Detail (vitrine) :
Ephemera, From the Collection of Douglas Ferguson
It's all about ME, Not You (1986), Exhibition catalogue, Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh
Nick Zedd - The Bogus Man (1980), 3 vintage film stills and contact sheet (from the Nick Zedd Papers, 1963-2010), Courtesy of the Fales Library and Special Collections, NYU

 

Greer Lankton, Between Bridges

Detail (vitrine) :
Nick Zedd - The Bogus Man (1980), 3 vintage film stills and contact sheet (from the Nick Zedd Papers, 1963-2010), Courtesy of the Fales Library and Special Collections, NYU
Double Jackie (1985), Polaroid, Collection of Keith Edmier
Eric Kroll - Greer Lankton surrounded by her sculpture (1984), Photographed by Wolfgang Tillmans (2014), Original image copyright : Eric Kroll

 

Greer Lankton, Between Bridges

Detail (vitrine) :
My Comrade, ads drawn by G. Lankton (ca.1985), 3 Magazines, Courtesy of Linda Simpson
Monkey (ca.1987), Paper, fabric, paint, Private Collection
Window display with mirror and wig (1988), Photographed by Wolfgang Tillmans (2014)

 

Greer Lankton, Between Bridges

Detail (vitrine) :
Put on a Pretty Face (1988), Paper, acrylic paint, Courtesy of G.L.A.M., Gift of Charles Mattson
Witnesses: against our vanishing (1989), Exhibition catalogue, Curated by Nan Goldin for Artists Space
From The four elements (1987), Collaboration by Greer Lankton & David Wojnarowicz, Photographed by Wolfgang Tillmans (2014)
Peter Hujar (1983), Dianne B. Christmas catalogue postcards, set of 12, Collection of Gracie Mansion
Peter Hujar: A Retrospective (1994), Monograph

 

Greer Lankton, Between Bridges

Detail (vitrine) :
HERSTORY (ca.1984)
, Hand made book with watercolor and graphite illustrations on hand made paper, Collection of Lynn Friedman Hamilton

 

Greer Lankton, Between Bridges

Detail :
Valentine's Day (ca.1983)
, Chromogenic print, Courtesy of Greer Lankton Archives Museum (G.L.A.M.)

 

Greer Lankton, Between Bridges

Neon Woman (Divine) (1985), Paper, metal, glass, wood, Courtesy of Greer Lankton Archives Museum (G.L.A.M.)

 

Greer Lankton, Between Bridges

Twins (1986), Wire, fabric, glass, human hair, acrylic paint, matte medium, Collection of John Kelly, from the Estate of Huck Snyder

 

Greer Lankton, Between Bridges

The Junkies (1987), Wire, paper, acrylic, Collection of Jojo Baby

 

Greer Lankton, Between Bridges

Lori (1981), Plaster, wood, acrylic pain, Collection of Gracie Mansion
Angel (1981), Plaster, wood, acrylic pain, Collection of Gracie Mansion
Untitled Bellybutton (1981), Plaster, wood, acrylic pain, Collection of Robert Appleton

 

Greer Lankton, Between Bridges

Sissy's Bedroom (Installation at Area, New York) (1985), Chromogenic print, Courtesy of Greer Lankton Archives Museum (G.L.A.M.)

 

Greer Lankton, Between Bridges

Pratt Thesis Show Flyer (1981), Xerox, Collection of Douglas Ferguson

 

Untitled (ca.1986), 2 of 6 Vintage gelatin silver prints (from the Redtape Archive), Courtesy of the Fales Library and Special Collections, NYU

Greer Lankton, Between Bridges

Greer Lankton, Between Bridges

Detail (vitrine) :

Ballerina (ca.1983), Wire, paper, acrylic paint, hair (from the David Wojnarowicz Papers), Courtesy of the Fales Library and Special Collections, NYU
Black doll and chair (ca.1980), Wire, tape, metal, acrylic paint, Collection of Douglas Ferguson
Raggs (1979), Canvas, acrylic paint, thread, Courtesy of Greer Lankton Archives Museum (G.L.A.M.)

All images  © Between Bridges

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Exhibition Archive:

Berlin:
Bring Your Own (Playback Room pt. III), 04.02.2015 – 28.02.2015
American Producers (Playback Room pt.II), 15.11.2014 – 31.01.2015
Edgewise: A Picture of Cookie Mueller by Chloé Griffin (book launch), 6.11.14
Colourbox - Music of the group (1982 - 1987), 13.09.14 – 25.10.14
Scott King, Totem Motif, 17.05.14 – 12.07.14
And Life Goes On… (curated by Karl Holmqvist), 22.03.14 – 04.05.14
Patrick Caulfield, 09.01.14 - 08.03.14

London:
Marte Eknæs, Escalate, 24.09.11 - 30.10.11

Len Lye, 'Free Radicals', 19.3.11 - 21.4.11
Gerd Arntz (1900 - 1988) and Isotype, 13.10.10 - 28.11.10
Jenny Holzer, Truisms (1977 - 79) and Essays (1979 - 82), 22.05.09 - 05.07.09
Ull Hohn, 13.02.09 - 29.03.09
25/34 Photographes (Ralf Marsault / Heino Muller), Fin de Siècle, 07.11.08 - 21.12.08
Wilhelm Leibl (1844 - 1900), 19.09.08 - 02.11.08
The Center for Land Use Interpretation, 05.06.08 - 27.07.08
Isa Genzken, Ground Zero (2), 4.04.08 - 25.05.08
Art Club 2000, Selected Works 1992 - 1994, 27.11.07 - 20.1.08
Charles Henri Ford, The Garden of Disorder, 10.10.07 - 25.11.07
Charlotte Posenenske - Series DW (corrugated cardboard) 1967, 19.4.07 - 24.6.07
Josef Kramhöller, 25.01.07 - 11.03.07
Sister Corita; works from the 1960s, 05.10.06 - 26.11.06
Wolfgang Breuer; Umbel, 30.06.06 - 24.09.06
David Wojnarowicz, 20.04.06 - 4.06.06
Jochen Klein

Between Bridges is a non-profit exhibition space organised by Wolfgang Tillmans
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