Synergetica Art-Science Salons 2016
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19:30  Friday November 4th, 2016
at The Merchant House 

Herengracht 254, Amsterdam

Synergetica Lab is delighted to present an evening with the legendary William Anastasi at the Merchant House.

In 1964, Philip Guston recommended that Betty Parsons view the work of a new artist named William Anastasi who had recently arrived in Manhattan from Philadelphia. He exhibited publicly for the first time in her space and later that year in a solo show at the Washington Square Gallery where he displayed cardboard collages (predating Rauschenberg’s Cardbirds) his acclaimed floor sculpture Sink (predating Carl Andre’s floor sculptures). From 1966 to 1970, Anastasi was at the forefront of conceptual art in New York with four landmark exhibitions at the Dwan Gallery. It was during these critical years that his blind drawings, pioneering Sound Art and in situ paintings of the wall as their subject and displacements debuted. The scope of his influence – whether in spirit or directly – is hard to understate: Urs Fischer, Richard Serra, Matthew Barney, Eva Hesse, Lawrence Weiner, Andy Warhol among other contemporary artists whose works have echoed elements that Anastasi initiated. He traces his first exposure as a teenager to works by Marcel Duchamp encountered in the Arensberg collection. 

His most recent retrospective, at Hunter College, New York, was Sound Works 1963-2013. Photographs, paintings, sculptures and abstract drawings of William Anastasi are in many museums' permanent collections including that of The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Walker Art Center, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Guggenheim, The Whitney, the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. European museums include the British Museum, Kolumba Museum, Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Kunstmuseum, Düsseldorf, and the Statens Museum, Copenhagen. He received the John Cage Award in 2010 and served as Co-Artistic Advisor along with Dove Bradshaw for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 1984-2011, at its closing, creating décor and costumes for stage and film. His two books, William Anastasi’s Pataphysical Society: Jarry Joyce Duchamp  and Cage Dialogues: A Memoir, edited by Aaron Levy and Jean–Michel Rabaté, were published in 2005 and 2011 respectively. His article Duchamp on the Jarry Road was published in ARTForum.

William Anastasi is in Amsterdam in conjunction with Dove Bradshaw's exhibition SPENT at Zone2Source, opening on November 6th, 2016. Please, consider a contribution to the SPENT crowd-funding campaign, running for its final days.

The event is free, but seats are limited.
Please, make a reservation with your name at
Cover image: William Anastasi, Maintenance (Self-portrait) 1968-1998 
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