Doppelgängers, look-alikes or doubles of living people – the word literally means “double-goer” in German – are recurring figures in literature. From Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories (“William Wilson” being the most remarkable example of the notion) to Jorge Luis Borges’ fictional labyrinths, passing through Oscar Wilde and Dostoyevsky, the act of creating parallel realities can be an effective (although sometimes haunting) tool to understand our own issues and conflicts.
“Doubles, dobros, pliegues, pares, twins, mitades”, curated by PIPA Prize 2010 Nominating Committee member Rodrigo Moura, takes the figure of the doppelgäger to another realm: that of the visual arts. Gathering works from The Rachofsky Collection, The Rose Collection, The Collection of Marguerite Steed Hoffman, and the Dallas Museum of Art, amongst others, The Warehouse Dallas exhibition creates an inventory of situations in which otherness and duplication/repetition are manifested, from replicas, shadowing, and mirroring to logical-formal exercises that are expressed by the use of halves and doubles.
In the introductory text to the show, Moura explains that “Doubles, dobros…” departs from works explicitly about the double, such as “Untitled” (Perfect Lovers), by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, in which two identical yet different clocks stand side-by-side, to arrive “at the idiom of abstraction, where virtual space and its relationship between exterior and interior constitute a bridge to the rapports between the self and the other create an inventory of situations in which otherness and duplication/repetition are manifested in works.”
“Doubles, dobros, pliegues, pares, twins, mitades”, featuring John Ahearn, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Kai Althoff, Laurie Anderson, Giovanni Anselmo, Janine Antoni, Jo Baer, Robert Barry, Georg Baselitz, Alighiero Boetti, Marcel Broodthaers, Vija Celmins, Chung Chang-Sup, Alice Channer, Lygia Clark, Bruce Conner, Alexandre da Cunha, Jessica Dickinson, Rineke Dijkstra, Marlene Dumas, Luciano Fabro, Saul Fletcher, Lucio Fontana, Gilbert & George, Robert Gober, Fernanda Gomes, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Mona Hatoum, Lee Kangso, Ellsworth Kelly, Mary Kelly, Lee Kun-Yong, Luisa Lambri, Glenn Ligon , Seung-Taek Lee, Jorge Macchi, Mangelos, Babette Mangolte, Piero Manzoni, Robert Mapplethorpe, Kris Martin, Allan McCollum, Gabriel Orozco, Damián Ortega, Giulio Paolini, Giuseppe Penone, Michelangelo Pistoletto, R.H. Quaytman, Charles Ray, Ad Reinhardt, Mauro Restiffe, Medardo Rosso, Salvatore Scarpitta, John Schabel, Richard Serra, Jiro Takamatsu, Richard Tuttle, Luc Tuymans, Lee Ufan, William Wegman, Rachel Whiteread, Steve Wolfe, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
Curated by Rodrigo Moura
On view from July 1oth through December 29th, 2017