Philadelphia-based artist Alex Da Corte (b. 1980, Camden, NJ) will create a new work for the inaugural installation in the storefront window of the New Museum’s 231 Bowery building. Da Corte’s project will be the first in a new series paying homage to the window installations that the New Museum mounted in the 1980s, which included now-legendary projects by Jeff Koons (“The New,” 1980), David Hammons (“Rented Earth,” 1980), Linda Montano (“Seven Years of Living Art,” 1984–91), and Bruce Nauman (“No, No, No, No!,” 1987).
Alex Da Corte, Fall 2020. Digital image, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Maccarone Gallery, New York and Los Angeles
The Window, 231 Bowery Get Directions
Da Corte’s vibrant paintings, sculptures, videos, and installations infuse everyday artifacts with symbolic power. Drawing from the visual iconography of his outer-Philadelphia upbringing, Da Corte creates theatrical assemblages that combine personal narratives and remixed references with the glossy aesthetics of commercial culture. Through subtle manipulation, repurposing, and juxtaposition of objects and icons, he unearths the eerie and absurd qualities that underlie the seemingly familiar. At once dazzling and ominous, his surreal amalgams chart the psychological complexities, desires, and illusions that haunt late-capitalist culture.
Alex Da Corte was born in Camden, NJ, and lives and works in Philadelphia. Recent solo exhibitions include “Slow Graffiti,” Secession, Vienna, Austria (2017); “50 Wigs,” Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning, Denmark (2016–17); “A Season in He’ll,” Art + Practice, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2016); “Free Roses,” MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA (2016–17); and “Easternsports” (with Jayson Musson), Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2014). Da Corte’s work has also been in group exhibitions including “Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2016–17); “Illumination,” Louisiana Museum of Art, Humlebaek, Denmark (2016); “The 5th of July,” Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (2016); and the 13th Biennale de Lyon (2015).