An Incomplete History of Incomplete Works of Art

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May 10 – July 14, 2012

Francesca Minini – via Massimiano, 25 – Milan

An Incomplete History of Incomplete Works of Art  brings  together  artworks  by   both  emerging  and established  art- ists that  are in  various  ways  and in  different  states  incomplete.

Through   painting, drawing, sculpture, video and  photography, the exhibition   looks   at   the   incom- plete,  and respectively  the  complete,  in  connection  with  the  visual  arts  as well  as life  at  large. it poses questions   in   regard to whether or not a work of art can ever be complete,   and  if so by whom,  in  examining  what  is to  be complete  or  incomplete.

Throughout  the  history of  art,  artwork  has commonly  been produced  and exhibited  as a stationary, fixed  object,   designed   with   the   goal of   being   preserved  for eternity   in this condition. Some of the  artworks  exhibited in  An Incomplete History of Incomplete Works of Art however  subvert  this  norm  by  requir- ing  additional input  from other  people  once they  have been exhibited.  they  request  the  role-play of  viewers,  particularly collectors,  in  a manner  that allows them to be assailants, participants and  direct   accomplices   in   the   making   and  construction  of  the work  itself, rather  than  assuming the  conventional  position  of  patron  or  viewer.  Considering  the  context  of  the  gallery, both gal- lery and exhibition will come to function as  a platform to allow this to ensue. While someof  the artworksincluded   in   the   exhibition are incomplete at present in this way, there are those that  remain  in  states  of  incompletion,  leading  one to  consider  that  which  will  always  be missing.

Rather than adding to a number   of   existing   explorations   of   the   unrealised   or   the   failed   in   the visual  arts,  the  focus  of  An Incomplete History of Incomplete Works of Art firmly  remains  on   the  dimension  of,  and the   creative   potential   in,   the   incomplete   and  the   complete, and  the precipice between the two. The exhibition presents the completed incomplete and the incomplete completed. It positions   the audience  to  reflect on and investigate,  how, why and where.

While  the  title of  the exhibition  describes  the  nature  of  the works on display,  it also  suggests that   the   exhibition   might   be incomplete   overall. In  this way, the title points  to the fact that the incomplete   is inherent   in   almost   any  exhibition   –   past,  present  and  future. It is perhaps impossible  to  present  a truly  complete  exhibition. One might  consider  numerous  other  works  perti- nent  for  a display,  which,  for a number of  reasons  –  budgetary,  politically and practically among them  –  cannot  be presented.

Image above:CAR-2012a_E, An Incomplete History of Incomplete Works of Art, 2012, Curated by Adam Carr,Exhibition view at Francesca Minini, Milan

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CAR-2012b_E

An Incomplete History of Incomplete Works of Art, 2012

Curated by Adam CarrExhibition view at Francesca Minini, Milan

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CAR-2012e_E

An Incomplete History of Incomplete Works of Art, 2012

Curated by Adam Carr

Exhibition view at Francesca Minini, Milan

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CAR-2012f_E

An Incomplete History of Incomplete Works of Art, 2012

Curated by Adam Carr

Exhibition view at Francesca Minini, Milan