Julio Grinblatt, Untitled, #9909.13, 1999
From the Corridors / Pasillos Series
Gelatin silver print
Paper size 10 x 8 inches, Image size 1 1/8 x 1 3/4 inches
Edition of 7, plus 3 artist proofs
May 6 – July 1, 2017
Opening: Saturday, May 6, 6-8pm
MINUS SPACE is pleased to present the solo exhibition Julio Grinblatt: Pasillos. This is the Brooklyn-based artist’s second solo exhibition at the gallery and it will feature a single, horizontal frieze of 40 photographs from his Pasillos series.
Since the mid-1990s, Julio Grinblatt has pursued his ongoing project entitled Uses of Photography. The overall project is guided by the logic of taxonomies. The artist’s Pasillos (corridors) photographs were the first series in the project and they established many of its conceptual parameters. Artist and writer Nicolás Guagnini describes Grinblatt’s pursuit as a “catalog of catalogs…a passionate and enthralling bureaucracy.”
The Pasillos photographs are minute, gelatin silver prints, with the image measuring only 1 1/8 inches high by 1 3/4 inches wide, and centered on a 10 x 8 inch paper mounted on aluminum. They depict stark, vacant hallways devoid of any people in flawless one point perspective. The photographs illuminate the idea of perspective itself, where the receding architectural elements function solely as spatial markers in the mind of the viewer.
Grinblatt’s Pasillos series has been exhibited more than twenty times in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States, South America, Europe, and Australia. The photographs have been published in several significant anthologies, including 100 Artistas Latinoamericanos and Mapas abiertos: Fotografia Latinoamericana 1991-2002. This exhibition is the first time this seminal series will be presented in New York City.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Julio Grinblatt (b. 1960 in Buenos Aires, Argentina; lives Brooklyn, NY) has exhibited his work in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally for the past two decades, including in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Spain, Belgium, Finland, Belgium, Italy, and the United States.
In 2001, Grinblatt mounted the solo exhibition Uses of Photography at the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (MAMBA) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has participated in group exhibitions at museums, such as MoMA PS1, El Museo del Barrio (both New York); Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia, PA); Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art (Gainesville, FL); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid, Spain); Museum of Fine Arts (Brussels, Belgium); Amos Anderson Art Museum (Helsinki, Finland); and Museo de Arte Zapopan (Guadalajara, Mexico), among others.
Grinblatt’s work is represented in collections worldwide, including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (Houston, TX); Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR); Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art (Gainesville, FL); Light Work Permanent Collection (Syracuse, NY); Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (both Buenos Aires, Argentina), and Museum of Modern Art (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).
In 2012, Grinblatt co-curated the survey exhibition Notations: The John Cage Effect Today at Hunter College Times Square Gallery together with Joachim Pissarro, Bibi Calderaro, and Michelle Yun. The exhibition was discussed in- depth by writer Thomas Crow in Artforum’s Best of 2012 issue. Grinblatt is Adjunct Assistant Professor at Hunter College in New York, and he holds an MFA from Hunter College and BS from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.