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Elad Lassry to 303

A still from Elad Lassry's film 'Untitled (Ghost),' 2011. (Courtesy the artist and 303)

303 Gallery announced this morning that it is working with the Tel Aviv-born, Los Angeles-based artist Elad Lassry, who had been without New York representation. His last show at a commercial gallery in New York was in 2010 at Luhring Augustine. Read More


Elad Lassry Takes His Genre-Bending Antics to the Kitchen’s Black Box Theater

Elad Lassry, 'Untitled (Presence 2005),' 2012. Performance views from the presentation at The Hayworth, Los Angeles, March 2, 2012. (Photo: Fredrik Nilson courtesy David Kordansky Gallery.)

“He’s always used Jerome Robbins as a reference,” said art dealer David Kordansky to a small gathering of people gathered outside the entrance to the Kitchen in Chelsea last night. Mr. Kordansky was giving this impromptu sidewalk chat after the performance that occurred in conjunction with artist Elad Lassry’s solo exhibition “Untitled (Presence).” “His first film was based on Balanchine’s Agon.”

The performance last night, which involved 10 dancers from the New York City Ballet and the American Ballet Theater, was the third and last to be staged at the Kitchen with the exhibition. And while the show involved dancers doing dance-like gestures that sometimes felt familiar, it wasn’t exactly a dance. And not everyone knew what to expect. Read More


Women on the Big Screen: Elad Lassry Takes on the High Line Billboard

Elad Lassry, Women (065, 055), 2012. (Courtesy the artist and High Line Art)

When the artist Elad Lassry was asked to design an image for the billboard that overlooks the High Line park, he had to put aside some of his usual working methods. “I don’t normally do commissions,” he told The Observer over the phone from his Los Angeles studio, “or make work for a specific occasion.” But the invitation also presented an issue of scale. Normally, Mr. Lassry’s photographs are roughly 11 x 14 inches, proportions derived from a conventional headshot. Even when he presents his short films, as he did for his solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum in 2009, he projects them at roughly the same headshot size. The High Line billboard, on the other hand, is 75 x 25 feet, wider than the average IMAX screen. Read More


From the Top! Photographer Elad Lassry Plans Debut as Choreographer

Detail of Elad Lassry's 35-mm film "Untitled (Ghost)" (2011). (David Kordansky Gallery)

A quick glance over Israeli artist Elad Lassry’s work of the past few years suggests that dance has become more than a passing fascination for him. In a short film included in the Museum of Modern Art’s 2010 “New Photography” show, Mr. Lassry cast actor Eric Stoltz as a choreographer, and his contribution to the Venice Biennale this summer was a mysterious, haunting film of dancers, including a translucent woman, silently, steadfastly performing. Read More