July 15, 2016 — August 15, 2016

Mount Analogue

Leading Contemporary Artists Explore Cultural History of Mountains in exhibition sited in Aspen Ski Shop

Curated by Neville Wakefield

Aspen (July 2016) —Darrow Contemporary is pleased to announce Mount Analogue, a group exhibition curated by Neville Wakefield, opening to the public July 16, 2016 at Performance Ski in Aspen. Housed in the resort town’s premier ski shop that has been specifically redesigned for the exhibition, Mount Analogue brings together a wide range of contemporary artists who examine the cultural history of the mountains—be they spiritual, sublime, or the sites of luxury vacation.

Mount Analogue includes works by a wide range of contemporary artists, illustrating how mountains, one of the oldest tropes in art history, continue to inspire artists. The exhibition includes works by Doug Aitken, Theodora Allen, Dan Attoe, Wallace Berman, Walead Beshty, Will Boone, Mathew Cerletty, Dan Colen, Paula Crown, Zipora Fried, Piero Golia, Damien Hirst, Matthew Day Jackson, Jac Leirner, Robert Longo, Friedrich Kunath, Scott King, Gabriel Kuri, Nate Lowman, Florian Maier-Aichen, Richard Prince, Rob Pruitt, Gerhard Richter, Ugo Rondinone, Sterling Ruby, David Benjamin Sherry, Fred Tomaselli, and Wendy White.

Taking its title and subtitle from a 1952 French novel that went on to inspire Alejandro Jodorowsky’s cult film The Holy Mountain, this exhibition is a “testament to the psycho-visual experience of the inaccessible,” says Wakefield. The work, which fades in and out of representation, presenting mountainous geography as something both internal and external to human psychology, and both central and liminal to social and creative endeavors.

Mount Analogue’s setting in a converted Aspen ski shop is fitting, as mountaineering has always been equal parts physical and psychological—testing the limits of body and mind. Moreover, the show’s location in Aspen is also apt. The town, once an outpost, has now become a cultural destination. The works, which range from the surreal to the traditional, suggest that a mountain is more a state of mind than point on a map.


Neville Wakefield is a curator, creative director, and writer based in New York City. Neville has served as the senior curatorial advisor for MoMA PS1 and curator of Frieze Projects. Curatorial projects include Somos Libres in collaboration with Mario Testino, with iterations in Italy and Peru; Elevation1049, a site-specific biennial in Gstaad, Switzerland; Matthew Barney: Prayer Sheet with the Wound and the Nail at the Schaulager. He is the co-founder of Destricted, a series of films that address the issue of sexuality in art, and recently served as the creative director for Tar magazine, as well as Creative Director of Playboy Enterprises. He was recently appointed Artistic Director of Desert X, a site-specific show taking place in the Palm Springs area in 2017