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Fifty years after Edwin Schlossberg first exhibited work at New York’s Jewish Museum in 1968, a career-spanning show opening in New York City on January 12, 2019 will put a fresh spotlight on how Schlossberg continues to invent new ways of combining poetry, images and unconventional materials to create original visual and linguistic worlds. Taking place at Ronald Feldman Gallery, which has represented Schlossberg since 1978, “Assignments and Earlier Works” marks Schlossberg’s first solo gallery show since “Beneath Suddenly” in 2012.
“By bringing Edwin’s latest work together with highlights from his long career,” says Ronald Feldman, “audiences now have an opportunity to fully appreciate Edwin’s artistry and innovation in pushing the boundaries and connections between art, poetry, and materials.” The exhibition accompanies the launch of Edwin Schlossberg Art, the online collection of 400 artworks from Schlossberg’s influential five-decade artistic career. The works include collaborations with friends from the 1960s New York art scene, like Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and James Rosenquist, and pieces in the collections of public institutions, such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art (New York).
Schlossberg is well-known for the work of his experience design studio, ESI Design. Under his leadership, ESI Design has created large-scale interactive environments and exhibits for the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate, eBay, Comcast and the Statue of Liberty Museum, opening in 2019.