Galerie Lelong & Co., New York is pleased to hold an exhibition walkthrough of Alfredo Jaar's solo exhibition THE TEMPTATION TO EXIST, with the artist and Carlos Basualdo, the Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The exhibition is constructed in two moments with two major installations, both presented in the U.S. for the first time. In the gallery’s main space, an immersive experience is created with a large, red neon work. The words of the stoic philosopher Seneca take center stage—"WHAT NEED IS THERE TO WEEP OVER PARTS OF LIFE? THE WHOLE OF IT CALLS FOR TEARS.” Jaar’s second installation in the exhibition fills the second, smaller gallery space with more than 100 works from a diverse group of artists as well as a small selection of his own works. Here, the artist has tried to create what he calls “a space of resistance, a space of hope.” A newly commissioned video work by the artist, 06.01.2020 18.39 (2022), is concurrently on view in the Whitney Biennial.
The exhibition walkthrough will be streamed on Instagram "LIVE" and recorded. The video will be made available on our website at a later date.
THE TEMPTATION TO EXIST will be on view in the gallery from May 13 to June 25, 2022.