City Life Org – High Line Art presents the women and children of Nina Beier

Rendering courtesy of the artist.

The order is Beier’s first solo public artwork in New York City

High Line Art announces a new order from artist Nina Beier called Women and Children. The installation, a fountain made up of found bronze figures, will be on display from May 2022 to April 2023 at 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 City. Women and Children organized by Cecilia Alemani, Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Director and Chief Curator of High Line Art and Melanie Kress, High Line Art Associate Curator.

For High Line, Beier realizes Women & Children, a fountain made up of found bronze sculptures of women and children. The statues range in style from classical to contemporary, and all depict naked women and children, such as the Western Art History Convention. Water flows from the eyes of the sculptures, creating cartoonish tears that indicate the fragility projected on women and children as subjects. The artist’s weeping statues point to a materialized view of the Fountain of Vision at the Bom Jesus do Monte Shrine in Portugal, as well as pop culture icons, such as cartoons that dramatically shed tears or even weeping emojis.

The title of the work echoes the phrase “women and children first”, a Victorian maritime code of conduct according to which women and children, presumed to be the weakest on board, should be the first to be rescued in a dangerous situation.

Nina Beier creates still lifes in the form of performative sculptures and static assemblies. Her work separates a wide range of cultural references to offer a window into the strange ways in which our worlds are connected. For example, Beier set up his work Men (2018), a collection of bronze statues of male war heroes, jockeys and polo players on horseback, in fragile surfing along the coast of Nieuwport, Belgium. In another work called Housebroken (2016), Beier exhibited five massive marble sculptures of guard lions in bathrooms, hallways, and a courtyard garden in Kunsthal Ghent, Belgium.

Nina Beier (b. 1975, Aarhus, Denmark) lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark and Berlin, Germany. Beier presented solo exhibitions in Rønnebæksholm, Denmark (2020); Spike Island, Bristol, England (2018); Kunstverein in Hamburg, Germany (2015); Center for Contemporary Art (CAC), Vilnius, Lithuania (2015); and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California (2010). Her work has been included in group exhibitions at institutions including the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California (2022); 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 of Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany (2015); Pompidou Center, Paris, France (2014 and 2013); and Tate Modern, London, England (2012 and 2007). Her work has been presented at major international exhibitions, including the Biennial in São Paulo, Brazil (2021); Glasgow International, Scotland (2021); Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Latvia (2020); 20th Sydney Biennale, Australia (2016); 13. Biennale de Lyon, France (2015); and the 6th Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art, Russia (2015).

Founded in 2009, High Line Art commissions and produces a wide range of artwork on High Line, including orders for specific locations, exhibitions, performances, video programs and a range of billboard interventions. Led by Cecilia Alemani, Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Director and Chief Curator of High Line Art, introduced by High Line, the art program invites artists to consider creative ways to engage with the park’s unique architecture, history and design, and to encourage productive dialogue with the surrounding neighborhood and urban landscape.

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Leading support for High Line Art comes from Amanda and Don Mullen. Great support is provided by Shelley Fox Aarons and Philip E. Aarons, The Brown Foundation, Inc. from the Houston and Charina Endowment Fund. The project is supported 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 funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council, led by President Adrienne Adams.

Nina Beier, Women & Children, is partly made possible by the New Carlsberg Foundation.

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