Three Art21 artists exchange roles at Sean Kelly

Marina Abramovic, “Role Exchange”,  2 black and white photographs with 1 letter press text panel, 1975. Courtesy of Sean Kelly Gallery .

Art21 featured artists Laurie Anderson (Season 1), Janine Antoni (Season 2) and Matthew Barney (Season 3) are all taking part in Role Exchange, a group show of twenty-seven artists at Sean Kelly Gallery through August 3, 2007.

These artists address the process through which identity is constructed by exploring different roles and characters. Though disparate in formal resolution, the artists in this exhibition share an impulse to transform traditional social roles. They require us to redefine our perceived categorizations of gender and identity, allowing for more nuanced systems of classification and a greater understanding of their abiding interest in role exchange.

Other artists in Role Exchange include: Marina Abramovic, Sophie Calle, Samuel Fosso, Robert Gober, Anthony Goicolea, Douglas Gordon, Fergus Greer / Leigh Bowery, Johan Grimonprez, Lyle Ashton Harris, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Michel Journiac, Nikki S. Lee, Kalup Linzy, Urs Lüthi, Robert Mapplethorpe, Duane Michals, Yasumasa Morimura, Robert Morris, Adrian Piper, Cindy Sherman, Yinka Shonibare, Gavin Turk, Andy Warhol, and Gillian Wearing.


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