February 11–April 3, 2004
curated by Anthony d'Offay
Sprüth Magers Lee is proud to present an exhibition of recent work by Robert Therrien. Therrien was born in Chicago in 1947, but grew up in the San Francisco area of California. In 1971 he moved to Los Angeles, where he lives today. His work has been widely shown and can be found in many leading museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney and the Tate Gallery. This, however is the artist’s first sculpture show in London.
This exhibition, which has been curated and installed by Anthony d’Offay, includes a number of major sculptures and a selection of drawings from the last ten years. It is part of a larger exhibition which involves two further venues in Europe. Also opening this week is an exhibition at Monika Sprüth Philomene Magers in Munich, which includes, among other works, Therrien’s oversized furniture. Both the London and the Munich exhibitions will subsequently be brought together into a single comprehensive show at Monika Sprüth Philomene Magers in Cologne later this year.
In London an oil-can, which has swelled to a size that would need a crane to make it workable, stands at one end of the exhibition. At the other a ladder of steel rungs set into the wall leads to an escape hatch in the ceiling. In one corner of the room a heap of ancient scrubbing brushes, some vast some tiny, plays monument to lives of past labour. One of the artist’s Dutch Door sculptures is present – as mysterious as when Therrien first encountered the construction at his grandfather’s house as a child. A kitchen table, with a huge pile of heavy-duty plates balanced precariously on one corner, stands against the longest wall. Opposite is parked a metal trolley, on top of which stands a group of models of noses, both animal and human, attached by wires to little wooden stands. The title No Title (Nose Cart) speaks for itself.