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Allen Ruppersberg
You & Me

February 1 – 28, 2013
Billboard next to the High Line at 18th Street and 10th Avenue

An American pioneer of Conceptual Art, Allen Ruppersberg began exhibiting in Los Angeles in the late 1960s, along with fellow artists John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha, and William Leavitt. This was a generation of artists whose practice attempted to bridge the distance between art and life through artistic languages which employed everyday objects such as magazines, commercial ads, postcards, and records. Since the beginning, Ruppersberg’s work displays an affinity for the written word and printed materials, and explores consumer society and mass media in a manner that is both playful and critical.

For High Line Art, Ruppersberg presents You & Me, a collection of colorful posters never before shown in this configuration or scale. Similar posters have been featured in his work since the 1980s, and are typically seen on the streets of Los Angeles, where they promote neighborhood events such as wrestling matches, carnivals, and religious gatherings. Ruppersberg appropriates the distinctive background onto which he lays his peculiar form of spontaneous poetry. Arranged side by side on a grid to cover the entire surface of the 25-by-75-foot billboard, the posters display the many combinations of the words “you” and “me” with verses and absurd linguistic associations that can be read in different orders, allowing for unexpected connections between words and ideas.

Photos by Timothy Schenck.

Allen Ruppersberg

Allen Ruppersberg (b. 1944, Ohio) lives and works in New York City and Santa Monica, California. Recent solo exhibitions include The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago (2012); Greene Naftali Gallery, New York (2010); Camden Arts Center, London (2008); Studio Guenzani, Milan (2009); IAC Institute d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne, France (2007); and Centro Andaluz de Arts Contemporáneo, Seville (2006). Select recent group exhibitions include Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2011); The Jewish Museum, New York (2011); New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2011); Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2010 – 2011); and the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2009). Select biennials include La Biennale de Lyon, Lyon (2005 and 1997); Whitney Biennial, New York (1991, 1975); and Documenta V, Kassel, Germany (1972).

Support

High Line Art is presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. High Line Art is made possible by Donald R. Mullen, Jr. and The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston, and Vital Projects Fund, Inc. High Line Art is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Special thanks to Greene Naftali Gallery. In-kind support provided by Maharam.

Space for High Line Billboard is donated by ParkFast.com.

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