OSCAR BONY ESTATE – EXCLUSIVE REPRESENTATION
waldengallery announces the exclusive representation of The Estate of Argentinian artist Oscar Bony (1941-2002).
Painter, photographer, filmmaker and conceptual artist, Bony was ahead of video art with his short films series Fuera de las formas del cine (Outside film shapes), presented in 1966 at the Di Tella Institute, Buenos Aires, where he studied the passing of time. During his time at the Di Tella Institute, he produced two of the most iconic works of Argentinian conceptual art (today, both part of the MoMA collection): 60 metros cuadrados y su información (60 Square Meters and its Information), 1967, and La familia obrera (The Working Class Family), 1968, a performance that broke every rule and limit of visual arts at the time. For La familia obrera, Bony hired a man, with his wife and son, and payed him double of his daily wage to sit on a plinth in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition Experiencias '68 (Experiences 68’), censored by the police and then closed by the participating artists who decided to remove their works in solidarity with Roberto Plate.
In the 1990s, Bony revisits photography, installation and controversy with a series of framed photographs shot with his semi-automatic pistol. Self-portraits, landscapes and ghostly figures appear pierced by the gesture of extreme and permanent violence.
waldengallery will begin the collaboration with The Estate of Oscar Bony by presenting the artist's work at the 2020 edition of arteBA fair. In November 2020, the first solo exhibition since Oscar Bony: El mago (MALBA, 2007) will take place at the Buenos Aires gallery, focusing on an unpublished erotic photographic series from the 1970s, curated by Marcelo Pacheco