Joe Scanlan: Three Works
February 11 – March 12, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday February 11, 6-8pm


Wallspace is pleased to present three works by New York-based artist Joe Scanlan. Although Scanlan maintains a continual presence on the New York art scene as a writer, stage director, publisher, and teacher, this will be his first one-person gallery show here in ten years.

His exhibition at Wallspace will take the form of a “round robin.” A small arena will be carved out of the larger area of the main gallery in which a single work will be shown for a brief period of time before another work takes its place. Part audition, part slide show, and part lot sale, the works will proceed as the artist and gallery see fit.

All of the works chosen by the gallery to exhibit have never been seen in the United States. They are particularly representative of the artist’s ongoing public interrogation of issues related to craftsmanship, economics, consumption, and politics.

Joe Scanlan was born in Circleville, Ohio, in 1961. Since his last exhibition in New York in 2001, Scanlan has mounted sixteen one-person exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout Europe, including the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; K21, Düsseldorf; castillo/corrales, Paris; and Galerie Jan Mot, Brussels. Scanlan has participated in many significant international group exhibitions, including Documenta IX, Kassel; The Aperto, Venice; The Sydney Biennial; the Shanghai Biennial; and the Sharjah Biennial. He is a frequent contributor to Artforum, to his online forum,, and to his own imprint, Commerce Books. He currently lives in New York City and is director of the Visual Arts Program in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University.



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