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Adam Pendleton’s “LAB Document05 Star Magazine 10” is an extraordinary example of the artist’s conceptual approach to the medium of painting. In the work, we view the combination of image and text as found on the cover of the unmistakable tabloid ‘STAR Magazine.’ In his clever appropriation, the artist provides the viewer with a series of imagery and language, that, when distanced from the actual cover of the magazine, offers an entirely new reading. In the dark composition, we can perhaps view the corporeal observations of STAR in a more macabre light- one in which hastily composed figures invite both sympathy and criticism in their perceived joy and agony. In line with Pendleton’s fascination with the genre of history painting, he provides us with not just a snapshot of the magazine cover, but a document of a single moment in time collectively infused with expectation and obsession.

New York-based artist, writer, and performer Adam Pendleton works in a multi-disciplinary approach to explore the relations between history, knowledge, and artistic production. Fusing together diverse references to political, cultural, and art-historical movements, Pendleton’s paintings re-contextualize media and imagery, by focusing on alternative meaning hidden within appropriated elements. Often treating individual images as signs and signifiers, Pendleton’s work has a distinct vocabulary of representation. Pendleton has exhibited widely throughout the world, most recently in “Greater New York” at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center (New York, NY); “Afro-Modernism: Journeys through the Black Atlantic” at the Tate Liverpool (Liverpool, England); “From Then to Now” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (Cleveland, OH); “A Generational: Younger Than Jesus” at the New Museum (New York, NY); “Constellations: Paintings from the MCA Collection” at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, IL); “After 1968” at the High Museum of Art (Atlanta, GA); “Freeway Balconies” at the Deutsche Guggenheim, (Berlin, Germany); “Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll,” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (Chicago, IL); “Resistance Is” at the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY); and “Double Consciousness: Black Conceptual Art Since 1970” at the Contemporary Arts Museum (Houston, TX).

Pendleton’s works can be found in many prestigious public and private collections, such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, PA; the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Sol Lewitt Collection, and the University of Chicago collection.

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Provenance:
  • Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York Private Collection, West Coast
  • Pickup Location: California, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 62 x 47.75 in. (157.48 x 121.28 cm.)
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