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Denise Green, FF Alumn, exhibtion opens January 9, 2002

Exhibition: GIFT Denise Green, David Headley, Jeffrey Maro
January 9-25, 2002
OPENING: Wednesday, January 9th, 6-8pm

TriBeCa Temporary was created as a response to the World Trade Center catastrophe in an effort to re-assert the importance of art in the midst of the destruction. The space and the show are symbolic of how some downtown artists who witnessed the event are responding to the disaster and its aftermath. We are proud to present the work of Denise Green, David Headley and Jeffrey Maron in our third exhibition, entitled Gift.

Denise Green has had 70 solo exhibitions since 1972. Her work has been shown at the Whitney and Guggenheim Museums and is in 43 public collections including the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna. Currently her work is the subject of a nine-venue traveling retrospective that was inaugurated at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center/MoMA, with additional venues in Australia and Europe. Laura Murray Cree writes in Art & Australia that "the seamlessness of Green's work and its process implies the fusion of an inner spiritual and outer material world."

Jeffrey Maron is currently showing 17 sculptures and 10 paintings at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey. A two-year Fulbright Hayes Grant for Sculpture allowed the artist to live and work in Japan. Maron wants to create art that will remind people of their spiritual existence. "I feel that if I can create an artwork that communicates this without words, then this expression will be part of a transformative process beyond myself."

David Headley has had 32 exhibitions since 1964 including shows at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York; Creative Time Inc., New York and Max Protetch Gallery, Washington D.C. He participated in the 35th Biennal, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. In a recent catalogue Richard Waller, Director of University of Richmond Museums says "Headley's cycle of large paintings befit the extreme wonder we experience when contemplating the small seashell."

Johhny Appleseed's epitaph reads, "The past is a mystery. The future is also a mystery, but the present is a gift. That's why it's called present." What is a gift? A gift is a blessing, an endowment, perhaps an entitlement. But with every gift comes a burden: a responsibility. An artist is gifted with talent, but also burdened with an extraordinary sensitivity to the world. Nothing but dedicated responsibility to the gift can free the artist from this innate gnawing burden. Since September 11th, we as Americans have been through a harrowing ordeal: horrible loss, outrageous destruction, grief and remorse. We who survived have undoubtedly looked at our lives anew, reflected on our priorities and aspirations. We all have been given an opportunity to dedicate ourselves to a new responsibility towards our abundant gifts, so that what led up to this tragedy may be ameliorated. Green, Headley and Maron all witnessed the attacks from their homes in lower Manhattan and will be exhibiting new work created in response to our new present. Makoto Fujimura and Hiroshi Senju, TriBeCa Temporary 443 Greenwich Street 3C, N.Y., N.Y. 10013 646-261-2859.