Opening reception: Friday, February 18, 2 - 7 pm
Andrew Kreps Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent works by Bracha L. Ettinger, the inaugural exhibition at 394 Broadaway.
“To paint is to self-fragilize myself, to make myself vulnerable in accessing the other and the cosmos, to join as I differ, to withness what I give witness to. In my process, the abstract universe encounters the one we live in—a world absorbed by pain and violence—and offers itself up to it in a kind of trust after the end of trust. In the past ten years, my methods of abstraction have engaged the quivering moves of the butterfly and the jellyfish, its hovering tendrils in the water—ocean, spring, and womb.
I don’t start oil paintings with blankness. The first brush touch is already an encounter with traces. I work with tiny color lines toward light and translucency, to give witness—in the feminine—to the spectral ashen traces of catastrophe, imprinted, transmitted, transformed, and cross-inscribed.”
- Bracha L. Ettinger as told to Annie Godfrey Larmon, originally published on Artforum.com, July 2018.
Bracha L. Ettinger (b. 1948, Tel Aviv) lives and works in Tel Aviv and Paris. Bracha’s work is currently the subject of the exhibition Bracha’s Notebooks at the Castello di Rivoli, Turin, on view through July 17, 2022, and additionally included in Espressioni. The Proposition, on view simultaneously at the Castello di Rivoli. Her work was recently included in the exhibition Psychic Wounds: On Art & Trauma, at The Warehouse, Dallas, 2021. Past solo exhibitions of Bracha’s work include UB Anderson Gallery, University of Buffalo, New York, 2018, Silesian Museum, Katowice, 2017, the Museum of the City of St. Petersburg, Russia, 2013, the Musée des Beaux-Arts d’Angers, France, 2011, the Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona, 2010, Freud Museum, London, 2009, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, 2006, and The Drawing Center, New York, 2001, among others. Additionally, Bracha participated in the 2019 Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India, and the 14th Istanbul Biennial, SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms, 2015. Her works are held in the permanent collections of Centre Pompidou, Paris, Castello di Rivoli, Turin, GAM, Turin, Museum of Angers, France, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv Museum of Art and Haifa Museum of Art, Israel, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland, among others. Bracha L. Ettinger is the author of numerous articles and books on art, psychoanalysis, aesthetics, and ethics including Regard et Espace-de-bord matrixiels, La lettre volee, 1999, The Matrixial Borderspace (essays from 1994-1999), University of Minnesota Press, 2006, Proto-Ética Matricial, Gedisa, 2019, And My Heart Wound-Space, 14 Istanbul Biennial / Wild Pansy Press, University of Leeds. 2015, Matrixial Subjectivity, Aesthetics, Ethics, Vol 1:1990-2000, edited by Griselda Pollock, Palgrave Macmillan 2020.