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Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld Opens All-Star Text Art Show at 980 Madison

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Curator and fashion scion Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld tends to prefer the popup gallery to more traditional venues, but for his latest show he’s going straight for the hallowed halls of 980 Madison Avenue, the old-guard gallery building that’s home to Adam Lindemann’s new venture, Venus Over Manhattan and a Gagosian Gallery. Collaborating with Bortolami director Christine Messineo, the three-week exhibition brings together work from an all-star roster of artists who deal with themes of language and text.

The show takes its title, “Merci, Mercy,” from an inscribed Louise Bourgeois wall panel. Among the dozens of participating artists are Sophie Calle, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Tracey Emin, Gilbert & George, Robert Gober, Jenny Holzer, Ed Ruscha, Tom Sachs, and Dash Snow.

The show runs from January 24-February 17.

— Rachel Corbett

(Photos: Jack Pierson, “Abstract # 10,” 2008, top; Louise Bourgeois, “Merci, Mercy,” 1999)

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