TOWER at Ibid.


Artists: David Adamo, Vito Acconci, Makoto Aida, Harold Ancart, Archigram, Richard Artschwager, Jānis Avotiņš, YRBRB, Jean -Michel Basquiat, Becky Beasley, Răzvan Boar, Alighiero Boetti, Pablo Bronstein, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, Rafal Bujnowski, Olivier Castel, Ross Chisholm, Paolo Colombo, George Condo, Cyprien Gaillard, Louise Despont, Hreinn Fridfinnsson, Robert Gober, Sayre Gomez, Rachel Harrison, Flora Hauser, Alexander Heim, Gregor Hildebrandt, Roger Hilton, William Hunt, Justin Jaeckle, Ray Johnson, Him Lo, Niall Macdonald, Sara MacKillop, Aida Makoto, Rodrigo Matheus, Jack McConville, Amir Mogharabi, Boris Mrkonjic, Carsten Nicolai, Ben Wolf Noam, Christopher Orr, Raymond Pettibon, Jack Pierson, Olivia Plender, Sigmar Polke, William Pope.L, Fairfield Porter, Michael Portnoy, Josef Karl RŠdler, Mandla Reuter, Olivier Richon, Christian Rosa, Egon Schiele, Christian Schumann, Jim Shaw, James Siena, Nedko Solakov, Helmut Stallaerts, John Stezaker, Matthew Stone, Maria Taniguchi, Paul Thek, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rosemarie Trockel, Mauro Vignando, Andy Warhol, Unica Zurn

Exhibition title: TOWER

Venue: Ibid., London, UK

Date: July 7 – August 22, 2015

Photography: images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Ibid., London

TOWER incorporates 120 art works by 80 artists, designers, architects and other practitioners from several generations, and is hung from floor to ceiling covering the walls under the large skylight canopy of Ibid London’s main gallery. Covering the entire walls of the gallery, similar to the way a bookshelf spans the walls in a Borges library, TOWER attempts to bring together a wide array of materials that all start with a distinct line or linear composition. Each work will continue or contribute to the next in a staggering display aspiring upward, not unlike the idea of a structure of learning and of the growth of real and imagined spaces. The title implies an entity that is built up through many segments, layers, investments, enquiries, components or positions, each that has an individual role yet contributes to a whole, in an overall structure or impression. Buildings, as with art works, adhere to a hierarchy of decisions, that all commence from a single line. Lineage and art historical positions originate in this narrative from Schiele, whose drawings attempt to contort anatomy with a distinct rawness, whilst Flora HauserÕs mark making has been reduced to mere fragments originally drawn from texts from the artist’s personal notebooks. In-between, art works will be included from the gallery’s collection, its past, present and future program, as well as further works from several reputable private collections in London and ZŸrich.





Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled (Hair/Glue/Ebony), 1985


Christopher Orr, Untitled, 2011


Sigmar Polke, Hallo Shiva, 1974


Paul Thek, Untitled (Hand Drawing), 1972


Andy Warhol, Gun, 1981-82


Unica Zürn, Untitled, 1953