New York’s Andrea Rosen Gallery announced today that it now represents the estate of Alina Szapocznikow. On October 30, the Chelsea gallery will open its first solo show of the Polish-born artist, who died in 1973 at age 47. Szapocznikow’s estate had previously been represented solely by Galerie Loevenbruck, in Paris, making Andrea Rosen Gallery the first to represent Szapocznikow’s estate in the U.S.
Though Szapocznikow worked in a variety of media, from drawing to photography, she is perhaps most famous for casts of her body, which she made out of resin and which sometimes feature electric lightbulbs.
Szapocznikow’s last solo show in New York was in 2012, when a traveling retrospective came to the Museum of Modern Art. The Rosen show will focus on a group of drawings and sculptures from her “Souvenirs” series, made in the late ’60s, for which Szapocznikow photographed her friends and layered their images on semi-translucent polyester forms.
“As minimalism became the default visual language of contemporary art, there was a shift where all things scatological became almost suppressed,” Andrea Rosen, the president of the eponymous gallery, said in a statement. “With the help of artists like Paul McCarthy and Mike Kelley, we now live in a more pluralistic aesthetic time, within which we can again see Szapocznikow’s incredible significance.”