Serialities explores art's obsession with taxonomy and repetition

Hauser & Wirth's new group exhibition features August Sander, the Bechers and Cindy Sherman

When it comes to capturing an entire society at a particular time, it is unlikely any photographer equals August Sander. In People of the 20th Century, the New Objectivist photographer shot around 650 people of Weimar Germany, largely sorting them by their stations in life. By taxonomising his world into groups, he drew out both similarities and differences.

Sander's work stands as the Serialities, a new group exhibition at the 22nd Street branch of Hauser & Wirth New York. He will be joined by an enviable roster of artists and photographers who have maintained his habit of serialisation and cataloguing, including Bernd and Hilla Becher, Eva Hesse, On Kawara, Sherrie Levine, Sol LeWitt and Cindy Sherman. By gathering these diverse practitioners, Serialities will examine the ways in the which artists use such iteration to create meaning.

Other potential highlights include Roni Horn's Portrait of an Image (with Isabelle Huppert) (2005), which collects 50 photographs of Isabelle Huppert displaying a range of emotions, and Mira Schendel's 'Linear Drawings' and 'Little Graphic Objects', both of which use a series of lines and characters to create overwhelming images.

The show also contains a panel from Roman Opalka's famed OPALKA 1965/1 - Détails series (from 1965), in which the artist sequentially painted numbers starting from 1. By his death in 2011, he had reached 5,607,249, transforming his own lifetime into the simplest of serials. While Sander used sequences as a tool of comparison, Opalka turned his enumeration itself into the art. Though unlocking such tales, Serialities looks to be a compelling show.