Artistic License: Six Takes on the Guggenheim Collection at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, May 24, 2019 – January 12, 2020

“The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum presents Artistic License: Six Takes on the Guggenheim Collection, the first artist-curated exhibition ever mounted at the museum. This full-rotunda presentation celebrates the Guggenheim’s extensive collection of twentieth-century modern and contemporary artworks, with an exhibition selected by six contemporary artists, all of whom have contributed to shaping the Guggenheim’s history with their own pivotal solo shows. Curated by Cai Guo-Qiang, Paul Chan, Jenny Holzer, Julie Mehretu, Richard Prince, and Carrie Mae Weems, the presentation brings together collection highlights and rarely seen works from the turn of the century to 1980. On view during the 60th anniversary of the Guggenheim’s iconic Frank Lloyd Wright–designed building, Artistic License honors the museum’s artist-centric ethos and commitment to art as a force for upending expectations and expanding perspectives. This exhibition offers a critical examination of the Guggenheim’s collection on the occasion of a significant milestone in its history.” — Guggenheim Museum

ROTUNDA LEVEL 1: CAI GUO-QIANG

Joan Miró. Prades, the Village (Prades, el poble), summer 1917. Oil on canvas, 65 x 72.6 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York 69.1894 © 2019 Successió Miró / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Hilla Rebay. The Dog (Le chien), n.d. Paper collage, 34.9 x 43.7 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection, By gift 41.576 © 2019 The Hilla von Rebay Foundation

ROTUNDA LEVEL 2: PAUL CHAN

Lawrence Weiner. TO THE SEA ON THE SEA FROM THE SEA AT THE SEA BORDERING THE SEA, 1970. Language + the materials referred to, dimensions variable. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Panza Collection, Gift 92.4189 © 2019 Lawrence Weiner / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Laurie Simmons. First Bathroom/Woman Kneeling, 1978. Silver dye bleach print, 8.9 x 12.7 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Purchased with funds contributed by the International Director’s Council 2015.37 © Laurie Simmons

ROTUNDA LEVEL 3: RICHARD PRINCE

Georges Mathieu. Untitled, 1959. Oil on canvas, 96.5 x 161.3 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Gift, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel A. Seaver 79.2628 © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Maria Helena Vieira da Silva. Untitled, 1953. Oil on burlap, 76.5 x 125.1 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York 53.1375 © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

ROTUNDA LEVEL 4: JULIE MEHRETU

Francis Bacon. Three Studies for a Crucifixion, March 1962. Oil with sand on canvas, three panels, 198.1 x 144.8 cm each. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York 64.1700 © 2019 The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/DACS, London

Romare Bearden. Evening 9:10, 461 Lenox Avenue, 1964. Gelatin silver print (photostat) on fiberboard, 68.9 x 90.3 cm. Edition 2/6 (full edition unrealized). Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Purchased through prior gift of Julian J. Aberbach and Joachim J. Aberbach, Dr. and Mrs. Samuel S. Mandel, and Mr. and Mrs. Nathan L. Halpern, with additional funds contributed by the Photography Council 2017.76 © Romare Bearden Foundation. Courtesy of DC Moore Gallery, New York

ROTUNDA LEVEL 5: CARRIE MAE WEEMS

Joseph Beuys. Virgin (Jungfrau), April 4, 1979. Chalk on blackboard, chalk and soap bar on wood table, wood chair, electrical cable, socket, and lightbulb, dimensions variable. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York 94.4265 © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Franz Kline. Painting No. 7, 1952. Oil on canvas, 146 x 207.6 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York 54.1403 © 2019 The Franz Kline Estate / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

ROTUNDA LEVEL 6: JENNY HOLZER

Louise Nevelson. Luminous Zag: Night, 1971. Painted wood, 304.8 x 490.2 x 27.3 cm overall. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Gift, Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Singer 77.2325 © 2019 Estate of Louise Nevelson/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Adrian Piper. The Mythic Being: Smoke, 1974. Gelatin silver print, 20.3 x 25.4 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Purchased with funds contributed by the Photography Council and the International Director’s Council 2017.38 © Adrian Piper

INSTALLATION VIEW OF COLLECTION IN STORAGE

Works from the Guggenheim Museum’s collection in storage, by (clockwise from top left) Jean Dubuffet, Martin Barré, Wifredo Lam, Willem de Kooning, David Hammons, Paul Wonner, Cecilia Vicuña, and Maria Helena Vieira da Silva. Barré, Dubuffet, Lam, and Vieira da Silva © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris; De Kooning © 2019 The Willem de Kooning Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Hammons © David Hammons; Vicuña © Cecilia Vicuña; Wonner © Estate of Paul Wonner and William Theophilius Brown, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento. Photo: David M. Heald

Artistic License is organized with the artists by Nancy Spector, Artistic Director and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator, supported by Ylinka Barotto, Assistant Curator, with Tracey Bashkoff, Director of Collections and Senior Curator, and Joan Young, Director, Curatorial Affairs.

Images courtesy Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.