Artist’s Institute Will Focus Season on Haim Steinbach

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Steinbach’s ‘the roots’ (2011). (Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery)

The Artist’s Institute, CUNY’s idiosyncratic downtown exhibition space, which centers its program around one artist each semester, announced today that its fall season will be devoted to Haim Steinbach, who is famed for triangular shelves that he uses to hold various objects, from dog-chew toys to action figures.

Each month of the semester a different work by Mr. Steinbach will be shown at the Institute’s home at 163 Eldridge Street on the Lower East Side. Meanwhile, students will organize shows in relation to his work. Things kick off on Sunday, Sept. 9, with an opening reception from 6–8 p.m., where his 2012 Display #7A work will be on view.

In a brochure on Mr. Steinbach’s work, the Institute offered a succinct synopsis of his career:

Steinbach immigrated to New York from Israel in 1957, at the age of thirteen. By 1973, his grid-based paintings involved a mathematical system that determined the size and placement of bright bars of color. In 1976, he replaced canvas with particleboard and paint with linoleum. In 1980, he began making bricolage shelves, with one object usually placed on top. The triangulated wedge shelf first appeared in 1984.

After showing for years with Sonnabend, Mr. Steinbach joined Tanya Bonakdar, and had his first show there last September. (He’s still co-represented in New York by Sonnabend.) As he prepared for that show, I visited him at his Greenpoint studio and profiled him for The New York Observer.

Mr. Steinbach’s comprehensive website may be helpful for those looking to brush up on his practice in advance of the coming season.