Photo by Timothy Schenck

Carol Bove


May 2013 – April 2014

High Line at the Rail Yards

May 16, 2013 – April 20, 2014

Saturdays 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM
Sundays 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM


Reservations are now available for walks taking place through April 20, 2014. 

Working mainly in the field of sculpture, Bove has been making sculptural installations that range from small-scale, intimate arrangements of objects to monumental outdoors artworks. In the early 2000s, Bove made a series of wall-mounted shelves, which contained disparate elements, such as used books, vintage magazines, vernacular sculptures, and found objects. Alongside these intimate installations, Bove has recently been working on larger compositions which often take over the entire exhibition space, turning the gallery into a landscape or a vitrine. By using platforms and plinths, the artist creates unique environments that combine the tradition of modernist abstract sculpture with the seductive atmospheres of shop windows and commercial displays.

For the High Line, Bove continues her research on the role and function of art in the public space, by creating seven new sculptures which are installed within the self-seeded landscape on the High Line at the Rail Yards. Bove’s site-specific installation highlights the uniqueness of its location and opens a magical environment for viewers. Installed along a 300-yard stretch of the untouched terrain of the High Line, Bove’s sculptures reveal themselves among the unruly vegetation, like mysteriously pristine ruins of a lost civilization or a contemporary version of a Zen garden. Abstract shapes and enigmatic forms are carefully placed along the High Line, creating a unique viewing experience surrounded by the wilderness of the High Line and the stunning views of the Hudson River.

Photos by Timothy Schenck.

Artist bio

Brooklyn-based artist Carol Bove (b. 1971, Switzerland) is known for her simple yet intricate assemblages of found and made objects. Recent solo exhibitions include The Common Guild, Glasgow (2013); the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2010); Horticultural Society of New York (2009); Blanton Museum of Art, Austin (2006); Kunsthalle Zürich (2004); Institute of Contemporary Art Boston (2004); and the Kunstverein Hamburg (2003). Major group exhibitions include In the Holocene, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2012); The Age of Aquarius, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago (2011);Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010);Unmonumental: The Object in the 21st Century, New Museum, New York (2007); and Greater New York 2005, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2005). Major biennales include dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany (2012), the 54th Venice Biennale (2011), and the Whitney Biennial, New York (2008). Bove is co-represented by Maccarone and David Zwirner, New York/London.


High Line Art is presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. High Line Art is made possible by Donald R. Mullen, Jr. and The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston, with additional support from David Zwirner Gallery and Vital Projects Fund, Inc. High Line Art is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.