If you’re looking for an intriguing contemporary art exhibit in New York City right now, you need to see the Haim Steinbach exhibit at the Tanya Bonakdar Gallery. Steinbach is a truly one-of-a-kind artist whose works comment on commodity fetishism, a type of commentary originally made by artist Marcel Duchamp, in a way like you’ve never seen before.
Haim Steinbach was born in Israel in 1944 and has lived in the United States since 1957. He received a BFA from Pratt Institute in 1968 and an MFA from Yale in 1973. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. For over four decades, Haim Steinbach has been exploring the process of collecting and arranging objects.
Steinbach has had a significant influence on the concept of the object in art, and has contributed largely to the growth of post-modern artistic dialogue. He is one of the many artists associated with commodity fetishism. A popular art movement in the 1980s art world, commodity fetishism in art commented on the consumerism that was so rampant during the Reagan area. The movement is often thought to have come and gone, but Steinbach has kept it relevant to today’s world by continuously pushing those who view his art to think about the objects and the significance that each one holds.
Steinbach’s work has been exhibited in a number of major museums throughout the world. In 2013, the Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College presented his solo exhibition entitled once again the world is flat. This same exhibition traveled to Kunsthalle Zurich as well at the Serpentine Gallery in London. Some of Steinbach’s other notable recent solo presentations include The Menil Collection in Houston (2014), Statens Museum fur Kunst in Copenhagen (2013-14), and the Berkeley Art Museum at UC Berkeley (2005). He has also had solo presentations at Museum Moderner Kunst in Vienna, CAPC musée d’art contemporain in Bordeaux, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea in Turin, Italy, and Kunsthalle Ritter in Austria.
If you would like to see his permanent collections, you can check them out at the Tate Modern in London, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Museum Moderner Kunst in Vienna, Israel Museum in Jerusalem, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.
So what exactly should you expect if you’re headed to the Tanya Bonakdar Gallery for Steinbach’s incredible exhibit?
The objects that Steinbach selects range from artistic objects to ethnographic ones, and natural objects to ordinary ones. These works put emphasis on the meanings and associations that come along with each object used.
Steinbach’s works are highly visually stimulating, using juxtaposing colors and shapes, leaving the viewers to decode these works. Haim Steinbach’s work is consistently engaging with its elegance and its irony. Through his work, Steinbach deconstructs the mechanics of display to show us exactly what stimulates our desire for objects. Steinbach’s art is not only compelling, but also deeply thought provoking.
If you’re in the New York area, Haim Steinbach’s exhibit at the Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in Chelsea is more than worth the visit.