Krakow Witkin Gallery is honored to present a survey of Tara Donovan’s editioned works made between 2004 and 2016.
Known for her rigorous process of experimentation, Tara Donovan has earned acclaim for her ability to harness the usually overlooked physical properties of modest, mass-produced goods and transform them, through mass accumulation, into ethereal works that challenge a viewer’s assumptions and perception. Donovan has done this in large-scale installations, discrete sculptures and various works on paper that utilize print processes, often in experimental ways. The results, whether with rubber bands, Slinkys®, styrene cards, or pins, are always open to interpretation and often suggest organic forms. Donovan states, “it is not like I’m trying to simulate nature. It’s more of a mimicking of the way of nature, the way things actually grow.”
Donovan’s many accolades include the prestigious MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Award (2008); and first annual Calder Prize (2005), among others. For over a decade, numerous museums have mounted solo exhibitions of Donovan’s work including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver (2018), Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York (2015), Milwaukee Art Museum (2012), Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2008), Metropolitan Museum of Art (2007-2008), UCLA Hammer Museum (2004), and Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (1999-2000). Donovan’s work appears in numerous public collections including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.