New Work by Tanya Marcuse - Woven

September 4, 2017

By Nancy Kuhl

The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Woven Nº 17, 2016, pigment print, 62 x 124”, edition of 3

New work by Beinecke Library photographer Tanya Marcuse now on view at the Julie Saul Gallery!

Tanya Marcuse - Woven
September 23 - November 18, 2017
Reception for the artist, Saturday, September 23, 6 to 8 p.m.

535 West 22ND Street New York NY – 10011 T: 212 - 627 - 2410 F: 212 - 627 - 2411

Tanya Marcuse’s work at Beinecke Library

Julie Saul Gallery is pleased to announce Woven, its fourth solo exhibition of work by Tanya Marcuse. Woven is conceptually linked to Marcuse’s Fallen, shown at the gallery in 2014, but takes
that project’s dense arrangements of flora and fauna to a newly immersive scale with color prints as large as 5 x 10 feet. These exquisitely detailed photographs, each the product of weeks of collection
and composition, are perched between the natural and the fantastic, evoking a Boschian world of allegory and fable.

The ancient Greeks imagined the machinery of fate as three women, weaving the lives of human and gods into an enormous tapestry, killing or giving life by snipping or knotting a thread. Through
the medium of photography, Marcuse imagines herself introducing time and thus mortality into the lush flora and fauna that make up the millefleurs backgrounds of medieval hunting and falconry
tapestries. “During the process of composition – of collecting, arranging, burning, painting, and transplanting – there is change,” Marcuse writes. “Flowers wither, spiders build webs, new shoots
emerge, and corpses decay.” Influenced both by the Dutch vanitas tradition and the allover paintings of Jackson Pollock, the photographs can be experienced as intricately detailed still lives when viewed from up close, but also become dynamic, more abstract compositions from further away.

Tanya Marcuse was born in NYC in 1964. She studied Art History and Studio Art at Oberlin and earned her MFA in Photography from Yale. She has been awarded a Guggenheim fellowship among
other honors, and her work is in the permanent collections of numerous museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the art galleries of Yale
University, Vassar College, and Wesleyan University. She has published three books with Nazraeli Press: Undergarments and Armor (2005), Fruitless (2007), and Wax Bodies (2012). She is currently
an Artist in Residence in the Photography program at Bard College in Annandale, N.Y.

Gallery hours:
Tuesday-Friday 10-6, Saturday 11-6
Woven Nº 308, 2017, pigment print, 12.5 x 16”
For further information please contact, 212-627-2410