L. Williams

The Formalist
Sasha Auerbakh, curated by Anastasia Tinari Karpova
October 8 - November 18, 2016


cornerstore is delighted to present the first US exhibition of Vienna-based artist Sasha Auerbakh, curated by Anastasia Karpova Tinari. In The Formalist Auerbakh disrupts and subverts established Contemporary Art hierarchies by re-mixing images from the blog “Contemporary Art Daily.” Auerbakh appropriated and formally categorized artworks from the image archive of the internationally-respected blog, which was founded in Chicago and until recently based just a few blocks from cornerstore. As a limited-edition zine designed like fashion and lifestyle magazines, The Formalist de-contextualizes and devalues photographs of artworks from leading contemporary art spaces, taking them from a highly regarded curated online platform into a cheeky game of formal comparison. Presented as an all-encompassing installation or Gesamtkunstwerk, The Formalist exemplifies Auerbakh’s playful criticality and art system referentiality, while also pointing to a Chicago-based institution and visual language.

Sasha Auerbakh (b. Moscow, 1985) is a MA candidate in textual sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, where she studies with Heimo Zobernig. Auerbakh received a BA from the Fine Arts Vienna and studied at the Moscow Rodchenko School of Photography and Multimedia Art. Group exhibitions include the 3rd Moscow Biennale; the Moscow House of Artists; Museum of Modern Art, Moscow; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy; Kunstraum Niederosterreiqch, Vienna, Austria; and Baril Gallery, Timisoara, Romania, among others. Sasha Auerbakh's work is in public collections including the Moscow House of Photography and Moscow Museum of Modern Art, and Auerbakh is represented by Baril Gallery in Romania.