Pairings: Sculpture in the Nasher & Rachofsky Collections

May 11, 2019 - August 18, 2019
Tandem exhibitions offer a rare presentation of sculpture from two of Dallas’s most renowned collections.
In celebration of the Nasher Sculpture Center opening in 2003, Howard and Cindy Rachofsky, Dallas-based patrons and collectors of art made after 1945, mounted an installation of sculpture at The Rachofsky House—a space that for many years served as both a private residence and a semi-public place to view works from their collection. The Rachofsky’s installation, titled Thinking About Sculpture, complemented the Nasher opening by exploring how definitions and methods of sculpture-making evolved in the postwar years.  Between the two spaces, the collections presented over 125 years of sculpture in all of its various forms, from works by such modern artists as Paul Gauguin, Auguste Rodin, or Medardo Rosso at the Nasher to those by contemporary living artists, including Janine Antoni, Maurizio Cattelan, and Marc Quinn, at The Rachofsky House. 

Reprising and expanding on that pivotal year for sculpture in Dallas, Pairings: Sculpture in the Nasher and Rachofsky Collections features two Dallas collections in dialogue throughout the Nasher galleries. Presented side-by-side, works in each collection illustrate how artists continually seek out new ways to interpret, investigate, and redefine traditional notions of sculpture. In the Entrance Gallery, Mario Merz’s haystack and neon sculpture faces Claes Oldenburg’s oversized stainless steel and aluminum typewriter eraser, juxtaposing Arte Povera and Pop art and the ways these two contemporaries approached similar ideas of outmoded technology and everyday objects through strikingly di ferent materials. Selections in Gallery I, the Foyer Gallery, and Corner Gallery emphasize formal, material, and conceptual relationships among works by such artists as Sol LeWitt and Lee Ufan, whose sculptures reveal a shared interest in the exploration and activation of space; Alexander Calder and Atsuko Tanaka, who each revolutionized how we think about line in space; and Martin Puryear and Anne Truitt, with their painted wood sculptures that mimic, and at the same time humanize, Minimalist sculpture. The pairing of these two Dallas collections offers a true celebration of the creative, energizing spirit of sculpture in its diverse formal and thematic investigations. 

Continuing the collaboration with The Rachofsky Collection, selections from the Nasher Collection are also on view at The Warehouse—the Rachofsky’s exhibition space located in North Dallas. The companion presentation, titled The Sensation of Space, expands upon ideas set forth here. Public tours of The Warehouse will occur on a monthly basis, providing visitors to the Nasher the opportunity to make connections and continue the dialogue between the Nasher and Rachofsky Collection works distributed between the two institutions. Information about this related exhibition is available at the Admission Desks. 


Pairings: Sculpture in the Nasher & Rachofsky Collections is co-organized by the Nasher Sculpture Center in partnership with The Warehouse Dallas. Major support for the exhibition is provided by Cindy and Howard Rachofsky.