MARK DION, Harbingers of the Fifth Season (detail), 2014, Mixed media, Dimensions variable, Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York

JACQUES DE LAJOÜE II (1687-1761) Le Palais de Soleil, ca. 1734 Oil on canvas 21 1/4 x 25 5/8 in. (54 x 65.1 cm)

MARTIN JOHN CALLANAN Departure of All, 2013 LCD monitor, computer, computer program 36 x 19 5/8 x 15 3/4 in. (91.4 x 49.9 x 40 cm) Edition of 3

SPENCER FINCH Peripheral Error (After Moritake), 2004 Watercolor on paper 11 sheets, each: 22 x 30 in. (55.9 x 76.2 cm)

NATALIE JEREMIJENKO FLOWERxFACADE, an xClinicFarmacy project to inflorescence the barren urban structures, 2011 Tyvek, soil, polyacrylamide gel; nasturtiums (Tropaeolum majus, T. polyphyllum), day lilies (Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus), visiting urban pollinators

ALEXIS ROCKMAN Ark, 2014 Oil and alkyd on wood panel 44 x 56 in. (111.8 x 142.2 cm) Courtesy of the artist and Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York

DAVID BROOKS Aluminum Blocks - 352 lbs - or Pygmy Hippopotamus (West Africa), 2014 Aluminum, stainless steel pins, wood slat crate, stencil paint, packing material, hardware, 39 x 60 x 34 in. (99.1 x 152.4 x 86.4 cm) Courtesy of the artist and American Contemporary, New York

DAVID BROOKS Marble Blocks - 280 lbs - or South China Tiger (China), 2014 Danby marble, stainless steel pins, MDO and wood crate, stencil paint, packing material, hardware, 30 x 54 x 25 in. (76.2 x 137.2 x 63.5 cm) Courtesy of the artist and American Contemporary, New York

DAVID BROOKS Marble Blocks - 218 lbs - or Sumatran Orangutan (Indonesia), 2014 Verde antique marble, stainless steel pins, wood crate, stencil paint, Tyvek, packing material, hardware 27 x 35 x 24 in. (68.6 x 88.9 x 61 cm) Courtesy of the artist and American Contemporary, New York

ERIN SHIRREFF Apple, 1921 2014 Video transferred to 16mm film

MATTHEW BRANDT Moose Falls Y1M1C1, 2013 Multi-layered duraclear prints processed with Moose Falls water, in LED lightbox frame 65 1/4 x 46 1/4 x 2 in. (165.7 x 117.5 x 5.1 cm) Courtesy of Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

MATTHEW BRANDT Moose Falls Y2M2C2, 2013 Multi layered duraclear prints processed with Moose Falls water, LED lightbox 65 1/4 x 46 1/4 x 2 in. (165.7 x 117.5 x 5.1 cm)

MATTHEW BRANDT Moose Falls Y3M3C3, 2013 Multi layered duraclear prints processed with Moose Falls water, LED lightbox 65 1/4 x 46 1/4 x 2 in. (165.7 x 117.5 x 5.1 cm)

ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR Kitchen, 2014 Wood veneer, oil, acrylic, shellac 92 x 116 in. (233.7 x 294.6 cm)

FUTUREFARMERS, AMY FRANCESCHINI The Sun Set in Type Using Matter Fallen from the Sky, 2014 Particulate matter and volcanic ash on paper 39 5/16 x 39 5/16 in. (100 x 100 cm)

FINGER POINTING WORKER Pointing at the Fukuichi Live Cam, 2011 Single channel video wtih audio, DVD, 24:40 minutes Edition of 10 Courtesy of the artist and SNOW Contemporary, Tokyo

KATIE PATERSON Future Library (certificate), 2014 Two-sided foil block print on paper
16 1/2 x 11 11/16 in. (41.9 x 29.7 cm) Edition of 1000

CLAUDE LOUIS CHÂTELET (1753-1795) View of Mount Etna Seen from Trecastagni, 1778
Wash and brown ink 8 1/4 x 15 3/8 in. (21 x 39 cm)

CHARLES BURCHFIELD (1893-1967) Summer, 1926 Watercolor, gouache, charcoal and pencil on joined paper mounted on board 24 1/2 x 29 1/2 in. (62.2 x 74.9 cm)

CARSTEN HÖLLER Reindeer, 2008 Green Biresin, blue glass eyes, horn 3 7/8 x 20 7/16 x 11 in. (10 x 52 x 28 cm) Courtesy Gagosian Gallery

FRED TOMASELLI Untitled, 2014 Photo-collage, leaves, acrylic, and resin on wood panel
30 x 24 in. (76.2 x 61 cm)

PIERRE HUYGHE La saison des fetes, 2010 Digital pigment print 16 1/4 x 16 1/4 in.
(41.3 x 41.3 cm) Edition of 12

ERIK WYSOCAN Untitled (iPhone Mine), 2014 Wood, halite, chalcopyrite, bauxite, colemanite, chromite, peridotite, quartz, sphalerite, crude oil, dolomite, graphite ore, limestone, magnesite, gold ore, silver ore, pyrolusite, celestite, hematite

NATALIE JEREMIJENKO EAT FLOWERS SUPPORT POLLINATORS: a phenological clock of local edible blossoms and the interdependent insects, birds and trees, 2014 Print on paper
56 x 56 in. (142.2 x 142.2 cm) Edition of 2

KOTA TAKEUCHI From the Moment of Recording it Became Peeping, 2011 Single channel video with sound Edition of 20

Press Release


JUNE 26 - AUGUST 8, 2014

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 26, 6 – 8 PM


James Cohan Gallery is pleased to present The Fifth Season, opening on June 26th and running through August 8th, 2014. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, June 26th from 6 – 8 PM. This group exhibition explores the seasonal rhythms of natural systems, the human disruptions of these once-balanced cycles, and the increasing alarms of global climate change.


The theme of the "four seasons" has inspired countless works of art throughout history. As a subject, the seasons are metaphors for life cycles and transitions. The calendar propels our existence on a regular emotional and physiological schedule. The rhythm of life is inextricably connected to the quartered year.


Ecological and technological changes have created a less defined cycle of life, one that is sped up by the velocity of communication and slowed down by unpredictable environmental behavior, calling into question our long-held notions of how time behaves. One is confronted on a daily basis by unprecedented connectivity and growing awareness of irregular natural patterns, and we as a species are struggling to understand this new reality.


Whether addressing the conventional notion of the four seasons or reflecting on today's intense technological hybridity and climate change, the exhibition presents an opportunity to situate ourselves in this fifth season—a highly nuanced, unfamiliar place. 


Participating artists: Matthew Brandt, David Brooks, Charles Burchfield, Martin John Callanan, Claude Louis Châtelet, Jacques de Lajoüe, Mark Dion, Spencer Finch, Finger Pointing Worker, Futurefarmers, Carsten Höller, Pierre Huyghe, Natalie Jeremijenko, Beatriz Milhazes + BUF, Katie Paterson, Alexis Rockman, Erin Shirreff, Kota Takeuchi, Alison Elizabeth Taylor, Fred Tomaselli, and Erik Wysocan. 


The exhibition will be accompanied by a free publication and guide containing complementary images and texts.


For press, contact Jane Cohan at  or by phone 212-714-9500.

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