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Gifts, 2015 - Barbara Bloom

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Gifts, 2015

Barbara Bloom  

56 x 100 cm / 22.05 x 39.37 inch
Edition of 40 copies, signed and numbered by the artist.

  • Medium: 4-Color Offset
  • This edition consists of 16 prints, each measuring 56 x 100 cm (eight motives of which two copies each)
  • This work is unframed.
  • Ships in 5 to 10 business days from Belgium.

about this work

A true gift is intimate. It is a carrier of meaning that involves the capacity to amuse, delight, and identify empathically with our recipient’s desires. This exceptional artwork by New York-based conceptual artist Barbara Bloom, entitled Gifts, explores the nature of gifts in relation to aspects such as wrapping, covering and uncovering, pleasure, and generosity. Gifts consists of a unique linen box containing eight different giftwrap papers, designed by Bloom. It also includes a special edition of the book Gifts, with text by Susan Tallman.

A passionate collector of ornamental paper from all over the world, Bloom has studied the history and aesthetics of gift-wrapping in detail. In Gifts, she tries to blur the conventional distinction between art and life, whilst offering new insights on notions of concealment and revelation. ‘Can the box be an artwork? Can the wrapping be the gift?’ – she questions her readers. 

about Barbara Bloom

Since the 1970s, Barbara Bloom has produced works in a wide range of media. Though enthusiastically visual, her artworks seem to stem more from the traditions of literature or film than from the fields of painting or sculpture. Bloom has developed a working method of zeroing in on subjects of interest, and slowly researching - several subjects at a time - savoring all kinds of detours, until a work comes into being.
Bloom has an ongoing interest in the value and meaning we collectively and individually bestow upon objects and images. She has not been concerned with showing single objects or images, rather with highlighting the relationships between them, and the meanings implicit in their placement and combination. The objects are placeholders for thoughts, and when they are situated in proximity to one another, meanings can reverberate and ricochet off of each other.

Courtesy Ludion

Barbara Bloom’s work has been shown widely including exhibitions at Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Venice Biennale; Kunstverein München, Munich; The Serpentine Gallery, London; Kunsthalle Zürich; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Leo Castelli Gallery, New York; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; Museum Friedricianum, Kassel; Wexner Center for the Arts, Colombus; Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin; and The Jewish Museum, New York.

Barbara Bloom is represented by the following galleries;
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Galleria Rafaella Cortese, Milan

Galerie Isabella Czarnowska, Berlin

Tracy Willians ltd, New York


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