Nancy Holt and Sprüth Magers

We are delighted to announce representation of Nancy Holt by Sprüth Magers, expanding our on-going gallery representation with Parafin.

Our partnership with Sprüth Magers launches this month at Art Basel’s Online Viewing Room: Pioneers in a pairing of Nancy Holt with Hanne Darboven, followed by solo exhibitions in the Berlin and Los Angles galleries this Fall.  Berlin will present Holt’s room-sized installation Mirrors of Light II, while Los Angeles will take a journey through three decades of Holt’s works on paper, photography, and sculpture.

The Art Basel presentation is on show from March 24 to 27, 2021. It centers on a work by Hanne Darboven in Nancy Holt’s private collection. One week after the passing Robert Smithson on July 20 1973, Darboven sent Holt a hand-bound artist book composed of seven parts, filled with Darboven’s characteristic u-lines and the cursive dedication: “Dear Nancy, this is my writing to you, you and Bob in my mind - wordless. Nancy, love, Hanne.” 

Little is known about Holt and Darboven’s relationship, other than that they moved in the same artistic circles in New York City during the late 1960s. In distinctive ways both artists paid attention to the systems we use to attempt to understand the imponderables of time and space. The title of this focused presentation is Time goes on and remains, echoing Holt’s own words from 1978, while pointing to Holt and Darboven’s shared interest in seriality and duration. The selection spans large-scale installations, photographic series, and works on paper.

Read more about this partnership in an article by Melanie Gerlis in Financial Times.

Nancy Holt framed by the Holes of Light installation at LoGiudice Gallery, New York, 1973

Photograph: Richard Landry
© Holt/Smithson Foundation, Licensed by VAGA at ARS, New York

Archived News

Upcoming Exhibition: Nancy Holt "Mirrors of Light" at Sprüth Magers, Berlin

Holt/Smithson Foundation, Monika Sprüth, and Philomene Magers are delighted to announce Nancy Holt’s (1938– 2014) first solo exhibition at the Berlin gallery. Mirrors of Light presents the room-scale installation with the same title, a work from 1973/74 that is crucial to understanding Holt’s notion of perceptual experience. Holt’s practice navigates the complexities of light as artistic medium, physical reality, and aesthetic concept. It is an architectonic structure that channels projected light into a complex spatial experience.

"Nancy Holt: Trail Markers" at Frieze Masters with Parafin

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