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"To enter Nick Mauss’s exhibition at 303 Gallery, you must push through not one but two doors, painted with loose outlines of figures amidst swathes of lavender and teal, like the entrance to a closet or a tomb. The doors choreograph how visitors move through a show that – like so much of Mauss’s work – is itself about choreography. The bodies of dancers are rendered in acrylic, ink and charcoal with the fast yet sure hand of a balletomane, their arms raised or extended against screen-printed spangles and silver paint – hallmarks of Andy Warhol. If Mauss’s paintings seem to merge the pop-art icon’s later style with his early years as a fashion illustrator, they also trace a lineage of the queer image from the figurative to the abstract. Decorative patterns are both inscribed onto and stand in for human skin (Compilation, 2020); chequers cascade down the ponytail of a woman as she looks in a vanity mirror (Untitled, 2016); while scalloped shells and drapery folds evoke the bodies that may have once resided or moved in them (As Companions, 2020). "

 

Evan Moffitt, "The Best Shows in New York During Armory Week," Frieze, March 4, 2020.

NM 814

Nick Mauss

Constant Double Function

2020

Acrylic and enamel on wood

Single door: 90 x 44 inches (228.6 x 111.8 cm)

Double doors: 90 x 22 inches (228.6 x 55.9 cm) each

NM 814

$85,000

 

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Nick Mauss

Constant Double Function

2020

Acrylic and enamel on wood

Single door: 90 x 44 inches (228.6 x 111.8 cm)

Double doors: 90 x 22 inches (228.6 x 55.9 cm) each

NM 814

$85,000

 

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Nick Mauss

Constant Double Function

2020

Acrylic and enamel on wood

Single door: 90 x 44 inches (228.6 x 111.8 cm)

Double doors: 90 x 22 inches (228.6 x 55.9 cm) each

NM 814

$85,000

 

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Nick Mauss

Constant Double Function

2020

Acrylic and enamel on wood

Single door: 90 x 44 inches (228.6 x 111.8 cm)

Double doors: 90 x 22 inches (228.6 x 55.9 cm) each

NM 814

$85,000

 

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Nick Mauss

Constant Double Function

2020

Acrylic and enamel on wood

Single door: 90 x 44 inches (228.6 x 111.8 cm)

Double doors: 90 x 22 inches (228.6 x 55.9 cm) each

NM 814

$85,000

 

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Nick Mauss

Constant Double Function

2020

Acrylic and enamel on wood

Single door: 90 x 44 inches (228.6 x 111.8 cm)

Double doors: 90 x 22 inches (228.6 x 55.9 cm) each

NM 814

$85,000

 

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NM 778

Nick Mauss
Untitled
2016
Ink, charcoal, enamel on paper
67 1/4 x 48 1/4 inches (170.8 x 122.6 cm)
74 1/4 x 54 3/4 inches (188.6 x 139.1 cm) framed
NM 778
$48,000

 

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NM 807

Nick Mauss
Openwork
2020
Watercolor, acrylic and charcoal on board
22 x 29 inches (55.9 x 73.7 cm)
Signed, dated verso
NM 807
$36,000

 

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NM 808

Nick Mauss
Measure
2020
Watercolor, acrylic and pencil on board
22 x 29 inches (55.9 x 73.7 cm)
Signed, dated verso
NM 808
$36,000

 

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788

Nick Mauss

Untitled

2020

Ink, charcoal and acrylic on paper mounted on canvas

83 x 57 1/8 inches (210.8 x 145.1 cm)

NM 788

$65,000

 

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Text (PR paragraph 1) + Image Right

For his fourth solo exhibition at 303 Gallery, Nick Mauss has brought together works from the past several years that have never been exhibited, underscoring the primacy of drawing and its temporalities within the continuum of his work in other dimensions and mediums. Mauss also reimagines the threshold to the exhibition itself as an image plane on the scale of the body, inserting a set of painted doors that dramatize the viewer’s passage through the space, even implicating the viewer among the shifting frames, recurring figures, and points of contact set off in Mauss’s work.  As art historian Gloria Sutton has written, Mauss’s work is “not simply about the movement of bodies but, rather, movement itself as a historiographic condition—a set of narrative frameworks used to interpret both proximity and distance and the transitions that occur in between. The ways bodies come together (as multitudes, constellations), as objects (collections), as fields of knowledge (disciplines), and commensurately, the ways bodies move apart, separate, retreat, and withdraw via diverse pressures (including acts of erasure and disavowal) within the current moment and throughout history remain of equal and pressing import.”

Text (PR paragraph 2) + Image Left

Mauss’s exhibition Bizarre Silks, Private Imaginings and Narrative Facts, etc. opened February 7th, 2020 at Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland, and his 2018 work “Images in Mind” is installed at the Whitney Museum as part of The Whitney’s Collection: Selections from 1900-1965, and will be on view until 2021.  His multi-part ceramic murals “Dispersed Events” were recently permanently installed in the I.M. Pei-designed Building 66 at M.I.T.  Mauss’s book “Transmissions”, which expands on his 2018 exhibition at the Whitney, is now available from Dancing Foxes Press and Yale University Press.

NM 794

Nick Mauss
Untitled
2020
Pencil, ink and watercolor on paper
18 1/4 x 24 1/4 inches (46.4 x 61.6 cm)
20 5/8 x 26 5/8 inches (52.4 x 67.6 cm) framed
Signed verso
NM 794
$20,000

 

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NM 804

Nick Mauss
Ending
2020
Watercolor on board
29 x 22 inches (73.7 x 55.9 cm)
Signed, dated verso
NM 804
$36,000

 

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NM 802

Nick Mauss
As Companions
2020
Watercolor and gesso on board
29 x 22 inches (73.7 x 55.9 cm)
Signed, dated verso
NM 802
$36,000

 

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NM 809

Nick Mauss
Head
2020
Acrylic and charcoal on board
22 x 29 inches (55.9 x 73.7 cm)
Signed, dated verso
NM 809
$36,000

 

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NM 795

Nick Mauss
Untitled
2020
Watercolor and ink on paper
24 x 18 inches (61 x 45.7 cm)
26 5/8 x 20 5/8 inches (67.6 x 52.4 cm) framed
Signed verso
NM 795
$20,000

 

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NM 790

Nick Mauss
Untitled
2020
Watercolor, ink and acrylic on paper
22 1/4 x 30 inches (56.5 x 76.2 cm)
25 x 32 5/8 inches (63.5 x 82.9 cm) framed
Signed verso
NM 790
$24,000

 

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Installation Views

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Installation view: Nick Mauss, 303 Gallery, New York, 2020. Photo: John Berens

Installation view: Nick Mauss, 303 Gallery, New York, 2020. Photo: John Berens

Installation view: Nick Mauss, 303 Gallery, New York, 2020. Photo: John Berens


Installation walkthrough: Nick Mauss, 303 Gallery, New York, 2020

 

"I can’t really think of an art viewing experience that is not theatrical. But a particular relationship to theater in my work comes through in my focus on the frame. In making exhibitions, I put a great deal of emphasis on the presence of people looking at my work, apprehending it but also becoming the figures in the work. Protocols of spectatorship are warped or rerouted by structures such as the ones you’ve described, this banister-like sculpture that is a drawing of the movement of the eye through the space, or hanging, collapsible rooms made of ribbons that impose themselves on a space while delimiting another kind of possibility. I think of the way one might move through the space, and what can be encountered along the way, or how this experience can be frustrated."

 

Nick Mauss, excerpted from "Point of Undoing: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Nick Mauss, Heimo Zobernig and Catherine Wood In Conversation," Mousse Magazine, October 2017.

NM 797

Nick Mauss
Untitled
2020
Watercolor, ink and acrylic on paper
24 x 18 inches (61 x 45.7 cm)
26 5/8 x 20 5/8 inches (67.6 x 52.4 cm) framed
Signed verso
NM 797
$20,000

 

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Video by Nick Mauss

 

NM 780

Nick Mauss
Banderole
2019
Pencil, ink and paper on canvas
75 1/2 x 38 1/2 inches (191.8 x 97.8 cm)
NM 780
$50,000

 

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NM 791

Nick Mauss
Untitled
2020
Ink and colored pencil on paper
30 x 22 1/2 inches (76.2 x 57.2 cm)
32 5/8 x 25 inches (82.9 x 63.5 cm) framed
Signed verso
NM 791
$24,000

 

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NM 798

Nick Mauss
Untitled
2020
Watercolor, encaustic, acrylic, and pencil on paper
18 x 24 inches (45.7 x 61 cm)
20 5/8 x 26 5/8 inches (52.4 x 67.6 cm) framed
Signed verso
NM 798
$20,000

 

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"In a new collection of sketches and paintings, as in his other work, Mauss pays homage to the mid-century aesthetic. His architectural compositions recall the neoclassicism of Balanchine and Stravinsky. And his tender representations of the male body evoke the poetry and portraiture of Frank O’Hara and Fairfield Porter, respectively. Upon entering through a painted door, the viewer is immediately disarmed by a sketch of nearly life-size nudes in foreshortened perspective. These figures, rendered in ink on enamel paper, appear unfinished. Like others in the gallery, the work seems as if it has been torn from an oversize sketchbook. Neighboring pieces are even stained with coffee and ring-shaped marks where cups of paint once rested. The art, seemingly a record of Mauss’s own dynamic process, brings to mind dance notation."

 

Elinor Hitt, "Staff Picks: Cinema, Sebald, and Small Surprises," The Paris Review, March 2020.

NM 785

Nick Mauss

Untitled

2019

Ink and enamel on paper mounted on canvas

69 1/2 x 57 1/2 inches (176.5 x 146.1 cm)

NM 785

$55,000

 

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NM 805

Nick Mauss
The Next Room
2020
Watercolor and acrylic on board
22 x 29 inches (55.9 x 73.7 cm)
Signed, dated verso
NM 805
$36,000

 

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Nick Mauss (German/American, born 1980, New York, NY) is known for an expanded use of drawing that traces unexpected arcs into a multidisciplinary practice. Working in multiple mediums and scales — including reverse-painted mirrored glass, paper, ceramic, fabric, performance, and writing — Mauss practices a form of drawing that simultaneously folds together and expands the intimate space of the page with its spatial and performative implications.  His work points to connections and ruptures between contemporary artistic practice and other forms and genealogies — in the performing arts as well as the decorative arts — which he often critically confronts with museum collections or archives in the form of experimental exhibitions that activate counter-histories in which both artist and viewer are re-positioned.