Andra Ursuța and Jeremy Deller  | Frieze Masters Podcast

The artists discuss Ursuţa’s new exhibition, embracing spirituality and the influence of the ancient on her work. Presented in partnership with David Zwirner Gallery 

in Frieze Masters , Interviews , Podcasts | 29 NOV 22

Andra Ursuţa, 2020. Photo by Jason Schmidt.
Andra Ursuţa, 2020. Photograph: Jason Schmidt

Frieze Masters presents this conversation with Andra UrsuţaJeremy Deller in partnership with David Zwirner Gallery (@davidzwirner). Their conversation explores Ursuţa’s new exhibition at David Zwirner as well as her inclination towards using clichés and the ‘lowest’ regarded forms of artistry, her embrace of spirituality and the influence of the ancient on her work. 

You can also find this episode on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

Photo: Jeremy Deller

I look at a lot of ancient sculpture. I think, at least in my opinion, that if you try to make something that answers too perfectly to the sort of visual demands of today, your work will look very dated, very quicklyAndra Ursuţa 

Andra Ursuţa has gained recognition for her inventive sculptural work that mines the darker undercurrents of contemporary society. Drawing from memory, nostalgia, art history, and popular culture and employing a variety of media, the artist merges traditional sculptural processes and new technologies to transform commonplace objects and materials into viscerally evocative sculptures and installations that give new, redemptive form to subjective experience. Jeremy Deller (@jeremydeller) is an English conceptual, video and installation artist.

Image: Installation view, Andra Ursuţa: Joy Revision, David Zwirner, London, 2022
Andra Ursuţa, 'Joy Revision', 2022, installation view. Courtesy: David Zwirner, London

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Andra Ursuţa was born in 1979 in Salonta, Romania, a town on the Romanian-Hungarian border, and left for the United States in 1997. She moved to New York in 1999, and received a BA in art history and visual arts in 2002 from Columbia University, New York. The artist has been represented by David Zwirner since 2020, and her first exhibition, Void Fill, was on view at the gallery’s Paris location in 2021. 

Ursuţa’s work is currently on view in the group exhibition ARS22: Living Encounters, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland. Her work has also been included in important group exhibitions worldwide, such as the 59th Venice Biennale (2022); Souffle de son souffle, Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles, France (2021–2022); 58th Venice Biennale (2019); The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement, The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC (2019); The Trick Brain, Aïshti Foundation, Beirut (2017–2018); 15th Istanbul Biennial (2017); High Anxiety: New Acquisitions, Rubell Family Collection, Miami (2016–2017); 13th Lyon Biennale (2015–2016); Artists and Poets, Secession, Vienna (2015); Busted, The High Line, New York (2013–2014); 55th Venice Biennale (2013); Expo 1: New York, MoMA PS1, New York (2013); and Ostalgia, New Museum, New York (2011). 


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Main image: Andra Ursuţa, 'Joy Revision', 2022, installation view. Courtesy: David Zwirner, London