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Adam McEwen

Adam McEwen, Michael III, 2014 Inkjet print on cellulose sponge, 32 ¾ × 129 ¼ inches (83.2 × 328.3 cm)

Adam McEwen, Michael III, 2014

Inkjet print on cellulose sponge, 32 ¾ × 129 ¼ inches (83.2 × 328.3 cm)

Adam McEwen, Untitled, 2012 Graphite mounted on aluminum panel, 96 × 48 inches (243.8 × 121.9 cm)

Adam McEwen, Untitled, 2012

Graphite mounted on aluminum panel, 96 × 48 inches (243.8 × 121.9 cm)

Adam McEwen, I'm So Tired, 2007 Chromogenic print, 71 ⅝ × 79 ½ inches (181.9 × 201.9 cm), edition of 3

Adam McEwen, I'm So Tired, 2007

Chromogenic print, 71 ⅝ × 79 ½ inches (181.9 × 201.9 cm), edition of 3

About

Adam McEwen’s work resides somewhere between the celebratory and funereal. After writing obituaries for the Daily Telegraph in London, he began producing obituaries of living subjects such as Bill Clinton and Jeff Koons, highlighting the blurred line between history and fiction. In a reverse Midas-effect, McEwen has answered to the shimmering claims of Minimalist art by creating contemporary work that is freighted with the leaden melancholy of modern history. As a meditation on the many lives and deaths of art, he has created a space that conflates a beleaguered present with the afterlife of a potent and contentious moment in art history, in much the same way as his obituaries narrate the future-perfect of the rich, the famous, the beautiful, and the notorious. McEwen’s dead zone of dark relics and faded memories confronts us, literally and metaphysically, with the filthy lucre of our past and present.

Adam McEwen was born in 1965 in London, England. He received his B.A. in 1987 from Christ Church, Oxford, and then received his B.F.A. in 1991 from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia. McEwen’s work has been shown in major exhibitions around the world, including “Axis of Praxis,” Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis (2006); “Into Me/Out of Me,” P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2006); “Beg, Borrow and Steal,” Rubell Family Collection, Miami (2009); “The Reach of Realism,” Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (2009); “Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance,” Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010, traveled to Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain); “The Last Newspaper,” New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2010); “America Is Hard to See,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2015); and “Progressive Praxis,” de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space, Miami (2016). McEwen’s work was included in the 2006 Whitney Biennial. Recent solo exhibitions include The McAllister Institute, New York (2003); The Goss Michael Foundation, Dallas (2012); The Modern Institute, Glasgow (2013); Museo Civico Diocesano di Santa Maria dei Servi, Città della Piene (2015); “Tinnitus,” The Modern Institute, Glasgow (2016); and “Adam McEwen: I Think I'm in Love,” Aspen Art Museum, Colorado (2017). McEwen’s works are in the public collections of the Rubell Family Collection, Miami; Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf; The Brant Foundation Art Study Center, Greenwich; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museum, Scotland; Jumex Collection, Mexico City; de la Cruz Collection, Miami; and Arts Council Collection, England.

McEwen has curated various projects and exhibitions, including “Power, Corruption and Lies,” (with Neville Wakefield; Roth Horowitz, New York, 2004); “Interstate” (Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, 2005); and “Beneath the Underdog” (with Nate Lowman; Gagosian Gallery, 2007). In 2010, he curated “Fresh Hell” at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, as the 2010 edition of the Carte Blanche series.

McEwen currently lives and works in New York City.

Fairs, Events & Announcements

Tom Wesselmann, Sunset Nude with Wesselmann Still Life, 2004 © The Estate of Tom Wesselmann/Licensed by ARS/VAGA, New York

Art Fair

Art Basel Miami Beach 2019

December 5–8, 2019, booth D7
Miami Beach Convention Center
www.artbasel.com

Gagosian is pleased to participate in Art Basel Miami Beach 2019 with modern and contemporary artworks by Richard Avedon, Georg Baselitz, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Joe Bradley, Cecily Brown, John Chamberlain, John Currin, Edmund de Waal, Rachel Feinstein, Urs Fischer, Helen Frankenthaler, Ellen Gallagher, Theaster Gates, Katharina Grosse, Mark Grotjahn, Jennifer Guidi, Simon Hantaï, Damien Hirst, Alex Israel and Bret Easton Ellis, Ellsworth Kelly, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Man Ray, Peter MarinoAdam McEwenJoan MitchellTakashi MurakamiAlbert OehlenSteven ParrinoPablo Picasso, Rudolf Polanszky, Richard PrinceSterling RubyEd RuschaRichard SerraRudolf StingelCy TwomblyAndy WarholMary WeatherfordTom WesselmannJonas WoodChristopher Wool, and Zao Wou-Ki, among others.

To receive a PDF with detailed information on the works, please contact the gallery at inquire@gagosian.com. To attend the fair, purchase tickets at www.artbasel.com.

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Tom Wesselmann, Sunset Nude with Wesselmann Still Life, 2004 © The Estate of Tom Wesselmann/Licensed by ARS/VAGA, New York

The Extreme Present

Exhibition

The Extreme Present

Opening reception: Tuesday, December 3, 5–8pm
December 4–8, 2019
Moore Building, Miami

Gagosian is pleased to announce The Extreme Present, the fifth in a series of annual exhibitions at the Moore Building in the Miami Design District during Art Basel Miami Beach, presented by Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch. The Extreme Present will explore artists’ reactions to the conditions of our accelerating and increasingly complex world. The title is inspired by The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present, a book by Shumon Basar, Douglas Coupland, and Hans Ulrich Obrist, published in 2015. Their provocative thesis addresses the rapidly evolving digital era, half a century after Marshall McLuhan’s groundbreaking study on technology’s influence on culture, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man, in which he coined the phrase “the medium is the message.” Works in this exhibition explore concepts of media, communication, togetherness, and isolation.

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The Extreme Present

Adam McEwen, Chocked Rim, 2019 © Adam McEwen

Benefit

Adam McEwen
Summer Party

Saturday, June 8, 2019, 12–4pm
Glass House, New Canaan, Connecticut
theglasshouse.org

Adam McEwen has been selected as the guest artist for the Glass House’s seventieth-anniversary Summer Party, which benefits the iconic Philip Johnson–designed house and site. McEwen’s artwork Chocked Rim (2019) is on display in the Glass House, and the artist has created a limited-edition sculpture for the occasion. The work, entitled Hubcap, is a machined graphite version of the hubcap of a late-1950s Mercedes “Gullwing” coupe, a car Johnson drove. To attend the event, purchase tickets at theglasshouse.org.

Adam McEwen, Chocked Rim, 2019 © Adam McEwen

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Museum Exhibitions

Urs Fischer, Untitled, 2015. Photo by Mats Nordman

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The Transported Man

April 29–October 22, 2017
Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing
broadmuseum.msu.edu

The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University is pleased to announce its debut exhibition curated by director Marc-Olivier Wahler. The Transported Man spans the entire museum and features more than fifty renowned and emerging artists whose work relies on the notion of belief. Work by Walter De Maria, Urs Fischer, and Adam McEwen is included.

Urs Fischer, Untitled, 2015. Photo by Mats Nordman

Sterling Ruby, 99/MK, 2017. Photo by Robert Wedemeyer

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99 Cents or Less

May 19–August 6, 2017
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
mocadetroit.org

A major group exhibition of ninety-nine artists based in the United States addresses Detroit’s ongoing economic crisis and its 2013 bankruptcy. Four years after a federal judge approved Detroit’s bankruptcy-exit plan, the city’s financial present and future are still in flux. This exhibition is a reflection on the realities of a city that was once one of the country’s wealthiest and most diverse. Work by Piero Golia, Alex Israel, Adam McEwen, Josephine Meckseper, and Sterling Ruby is included.

Sterling Ruby, 99/MK, 2017. Photo by Robert Wedemeyer

Photo by Tony Prikryl

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Adam McEwen
I Think I’m in Love

January 13–June 4, 2017
Aspen Art Museum, Colorado
www.aspenartmuseum.org

Adam McEwen is known for works that engage viewers with a dark yet poignant sense of humor. His recent sculptural works include a life-size coffin-carrier fabricated from solid graphite and deployed air bags cast in concrete. This exhibition marks the artist’s first solo museum show in the United States. He was the Aspen Art Museum’s 2016–17 Distinguished Artist in Residence.

Photo by Tony Prikryl