Rendered courtesy of the artist.
The commission is Beier’s first solo public artwork in New York.
High Line Art announces a new commission from artist Nina Beier, entitled Women & Children. The installation, a fountain made up of found bronze figures, will be on view from May 2022 to April 2023 on the High Line near Little West 12th Street. The commission, originally conceived as a proposal for the High Line plinth, is Beier’s first solo public artwork in New York. Women & Children is curated by Cecilia Alemani, Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Director and Chief Curator of High Line Art and Melanie Kress, Associate Curator of High Line Art.
For the High Line, Beier made Women & Children, a fountain composed of found bronze sculptures of women and children. The statues vary in style from classical to contemporary, and all depict nude women and children, as has been the historical convention of Western art. Water drips from the eyes of the sculptures, creating cartoonish tears that underline the fragility projected onto the women and children as subjects. The artist’s weeping statues reference the materialized gaze of the Fountain of Vision at the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte in Portugal as well as pop culture icons, such as cartoons dramatically expelling tears or even crying emoji.
The title of the book echoes the phrase “women and children first”, a Victorian maritime code of conduct according to which women and children, thought to be the weakest on board, should to be the first to be saved from a perilous situation.
Nina Beier creates still lifes in the form of performative sculptures and static assemblages. Her works unravel a wide variety of cultural references to provide a window into the strange ways our worlds are put together. For example, Beier installed his work Men (2018), a collection of bronze statues of male war heroes, jockeys and mounted polo players, in the crashing waves along the coast of Nieuwpoort, Belgium. In another work titled Housebroken (2016), Beier exhibited five massive sculptures of marble guardian lions in the bathrooms, corridors and courtyard garden of Kunsthal Ghent, Belgium.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Nina Beier (born 1975 in Aarhus, Denmark) lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark and Berlin, Germany. Beier has had solo exhibitions in Rønnebæksholm, Denmark (2020); Spike Island, Bristol, England (2018); Kunstverein in Hamburg, Germany (2015); Contemporary Art Center (CAC), Vilnius, Lithuania (2015); and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California (2010). His work has been included in group exhibitions at institutions such as the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2022); the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia (2019); YUZ Museum, Shanghai, China (2018); Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland (2018 and 2009); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota (2016); KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany (2015); Center Pompidou, Paris, France (2014 and 2013); and Tate Modern, London, England (2012 and 2007). His work has been featured in major international exhibitions, including the Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil (2021); Glasgow International, Scotland (2021); the International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Riga, Latvia (2020); 20th Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2016); 13th Biennial of Lyon, France (2015); and 6th Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art, Russia (2015).
ABOUT HIGH LINE ART
Founded in 2009, High Line Art commissions and produces a wide range of artwork on the High Line, including site-specific commissions, exhibitions, performances, video programs and a series of panel interventions. display. Led by Cecilia Alemani, Director and Chief Curator of Donald R. Mullen, Jr. of High Line Art, and presented by High Line, the arts program invites artists to think about creative ways to engage with architecture, unique history and design. of the park and to foster a productive dialogue with the surrounding neighborhood and urban landscape.
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ABOUT THE HIGH LINE
The High Line is both a non-profit organization and a public park located on the West Side of Manhattan. Through our work with communities on and off the High Line, we are dedicated to reinventing public spaces to create connected and healthy neighborhoods and cities.
Built on an elevated historic rail line, the High Line was always meant to be more than a park. You can stroll through the gardens, view artwork, catch a performance, enjoy food or drink, or connect with friends and neighbors, all while enjoying a unique perspective of New York City.
Nearly 100% of our annual budget comes from donations. The High Line is owned by the City of New York and we operate under a license agreement with NYC Parks.
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Main support for High Line Art comes from Amanda and Don Mullen. Major support is provided by Shelley Fox Aarons and Philip E. Aarons, the Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston, and the Charina Endowment Fund. Project support is provided by Charlotte Feng Ford and Vivian and James Zelter. Additional support is provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. High Line Art is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council, under the direction of President Adrienne Adams.
Nina Beier, Women & Children, is made possible, in part, by the New Carlsberg Foundation.