New York

HOWARD WISE GALLERY: EXPLORING THE NEW

February 21 – April 26, 2013

Otto Piene (b. 1928)
Licht Ballett, 1969
Chrome, glass and electric light bulbs

Press Release

Moeller Fine Art New York is pleased to announce "Howard Wise Gallery: Exploring the New" to take place from 22 February to 27 April. The exhibition is an homage to pioneering gallerist Howard Wise and features works by Group Zero, kinetic, and video artists he championed, including Billy Apple, Christo, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Piero Dorazio, Edward Dugmore, Heinz Mack, Charlotte Moorman, Nam June Paik, Otto Piene, George Rickey, Peter Sedgley, Eric Siegel, and Takis. An illustrated catalogue with an essay by Peter Selz (Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley) will accompany the exhibition.

Howard Wise (1903-1989) opened the Howard Wise Gallery of Present Day Painting and Sculpture in Cleveland, Ohio in 1957. In 1960, he moved his gallery to 50 West 57th Street in New York, and inaugurated the new premises by exhibiting European and American New Tendency artists. Wise was a trailblazing proponent of kinetic sculpture and video art in the US, and foresaw the future of art to be an alliance between artistic and technological concerns. He was also the only gallerist in Europe or America to embrace artists from both continents working in new media, and presented landmark exhibitions such as “On the Move” (1964), the first US exhibition of kinetic art; “Lights in Orbit” (1967), a major US survey of art using moving light; and “TV as a Creative Medium” (1969), the first-ever gallery exhibition devoted to video as an art form. In 1971, at the height of its success, Wise closed his gallery and established Electronic Arts Intermix, a foundation assisting artists and organizations working within the emerging video art movement.

Highlights of Moeller Fine Art's exhibition include Otto Piene’s Licht Ballett (1969), a chrome round table and hanging globe containing revolving lamps that project light on the walls, ceiling and floor; Heinz Mack’s Veil of Light (1964), a large sheet of aluminum hex cells that reflect light; and Billy Apple’s Unidentified Fluorescent Object [UFO] (1967), a neon light sculpture.

All works are for sale, subject to availability. For further details, please contact Moeller Fine Art at +1 212 644 2133 or mail@moellerfineart.com.