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Andreas Gursky

Andreas Gursky, Amazon, 2016 Inkjet print, 81 ½ × 160 ¼ × 2 7/16 inches, framed (207 × 407 × 6.2 cm)© Andreas Gursky/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Andreas Gursky, Amazon, 2016

Inkjet print, 81 ½ × 160 ¼ × 2 7/16 inches, framed (207 × 407 × 6.2 cm)
© Andreas Gursky/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Andreas Gursky, Bangkok II, 2011 Inkjet print, 120 ⅞ × 93 ⅜ × 2 ½ inches framed (307 × 237 × 6.4 cm), edition 5/6© Andreas Gursky/SIAE, Italy

Andreas Gursky, Bangkok II, 2011

Inkjet print, 120 ⅞ × 93 ⅜ × 2 ½ inches framed (307 × 237 × 6.4 cm), edition 5/6
© Andreas Gursky/SIAE, Italy

Andreas Gursky, Bangkok VI, 2011 Inkjet print, 120 ⅞ × 89 ⅜ × 2 ⅜ inches framed (307 × 227 × 6.2 cm), edition of 6© Andreas Gursky / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2011

Andreas Gursky, Bangkok VI, 2011

Inkjet print, 120 ⅞ × 89 ⅜ × 2 ⅜ inches framed (307 × 227 × 6.2 cm), edition of 6
© Andreas Gursky / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2011

Andreas Gursky, Ocean IV, 2010 Inkjet print, 134 ¼ × 98 ¼ × 2 ½ inches framed (341 × 249.6 × 6.4 cm), edition of 6© Andreas Gursky / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

Andreas Gursky, Ocean IV, 2010

Inkjet print, 134 ¼ × 98 ¼ × 2 ½ inches framed (341 × 249.6 × 6.4 cm), edition of 6
© Andreas Gursky / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

Andreas Gursky, Untitled XVI, 2008 Chromogenic print, 93 5/16 × 199 3/16 inches framed (237 × 506 cm), edition of 6© Andreas Gursky / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2010

Andreas Gursky, Untitled XVI, 2008

Chromogenic print, 93 5/16 × 199 3/16 inches framed (237 × 506 cm), edition of 6
© Andreas Gursky / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2010

About

You never notice arbitrary details in my work. On a formal level, countless interrelated micro and macrostructures are woven together, determined by an overall organizational principle.
Andreas Gursky

From images of nature to photographs of cities, crowds, and commercial products, Andreas Gursky invents new worlds from existing elements, constructing tableaux based on his methodical observations. In his large-format, high-definition photographs, he presents hyperfocused scenes that privilege neither foreground nor background.

Gursky studied visual communication at the Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen, Germany, from 1977 to 1980. He then continued his studies at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, where he was a master-class student of Bernd and Hilla Becher, the artist duo known for their series of photographs of selected types of industrial structures, or “typologies.” While the Bechers used a standardized, documentary style to underscore the commonality inherent in variation, Gursky’s studies propelled him to expand the idea of the photographic document by using digital manipulation and montage to record specific scenes, moments, and events. His works from the early 1990s depict factories, stock exchanges, airports, golf courses, highways, and buildings, often from aerial viewpoints that reveal the patterns of crowds and infrastructure. In 1996 he moved away from this perspective in favor of deadpan frontal views, as in the Prada series (1996–98), depicting the minimalist altars of luxury fashion, or, as in Prada II (1997), showing the empty shelves lit with fluorescent lights.

In the early 2000s Gursky began arranging his photographic montages according to classical patterns of representation. The Pyongyang photographs (2007), in particular—which show colorful, kaleidoscopic crowds of performers in North Korea—recall compositional methods used during the Renaissance. Gursky followed this series with photographs of more informal crowds, such as those at Cocoon, a famous German nightclub designed by his friend DJ Sven Väth. The club, with its perforated metallic walls, resembles a futuristic hive, and Gursky used its cavernous scale to produce hypnotic scenes that envelop the viewer in their repeated patterns.

In addition to his work focusing on social phenomena, entertainment, and urban planning, Gursky is interested in capturing the realities of the planet, often narrowing in on bodies of water, from the Rhine in Germany to the Chao Phraya in Thailand. The Bangkok series (2011) depicts the flickering, often littered, surface of this fast-flowing river at close range. For the Ocean works (2010), Gursky sourced high-definition satellite photography to generate his own interpretations of sea and land, constructing scenes of oceanic expanses with coastlines visible at the images’ outermost edges. From environmental threats to growing crowds and infrastructural development, Gursky’s photographs capture the extremes of the present moment.

Andreas Gursky

Photo: Joerg Koch/DDP/Getty Images

Fairs, Events & Announcements

Still from Andreas Gursky: Long Shot Close Up (2009) by Jan Schmidt-Garre

Screening

“Cinema” Film Festival
Andreas Gursky, Piero Manzoni, Cy Twombly

January 28–February 1, 2020
La Fondazione, Rome
www.lafondazione.info

Over the course of five days, La Fondazione will be hosting a film festival showcasing films by and about artists, including Andreas Gursky: Long Shot Close Up (2009), Piero Manzoni Artista (2014), and Cy Dear (2018)To attend the free event, RSVP to lafondazione.info@gmail.com. Space is limited and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Still from Andreas Gursky: Long Shot Close Up (2009) by Jan Schmidt-Garre

Zeng Fanzhi, Rooster, 2019 © 2019 Zeng Fanzhi

Art Fair

Art Basel Hong Kong 2019

March 29–31, 2019, booth 1C18
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
www.artbasel.com

Gagosian is pleased to participate in Art Basel Hong Kong 2019, with works by Georg Baselitz, Edmund de Waal, Urs Fischer, Katharina Grosse, Andreas Gursky, Duane Hanson, Damien Hirst, Thomas Houseago, Yayoi Kusama, René Magritte, Giorgio Morandi, Takashi Murakami, Albert Oehlen, Nam June Paik, Richard Prince, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann, Rachel Whiteread, Jonas Wood, Christopher Wool, Zao Wou-Ki, Zeng Fanzhi, and 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 artbasel.com.

Download the full press release in English (PDF), Simplified Chinese (PDF), or Traditional Chinese (PDF)

Zeng Fanzhi, Rooster, 2019 © 2019 Zeng Fanzhi

Jeff Koons, Ode to Love, 2010–17 © Jeff Koons

Art Fair

Art Basel Miami Beach 2018

December 6–9, 2018, booth D7
Miami Beach Convention Center
www.artbasel.com

Gagosian is pleased to participate in Art Basel Miami Beach 2018 with modern and contemporary artworks by Georg Baselitz, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Joe Bradley, Glenn Brown, John Chamberlain, Dan Colen, John Currin, Urs Fischer, Katharina Grosse, Mark Grotjahn, Andreas Gursky, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Howard Hodgkin, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Vera Lutter, Man Ray, Peter Marino, Takashi Murakami, Pablo Picasso, Richard Prince, Sterling Ruby, Ed Ruscha, Jenny Saville, Rudolf Stingel, Tatiana Trouvé, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann, and Jonas Wood, 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 artbasel.com.

Jeff Koons, Ode to Love, 2010–17 © Jeff Koons

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Museum Exhibitions

Gregory Crewdson, Untitled, 2005 © Gregory Crewdson

On View

Photography’s Last Century
The Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Collection

Through November 30, 2020
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
www.metmuseum.org

This exhibition celebrates the remarkable ascendancy of photography in the last century, and Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee’s promised gift of over sixty photographs in honor of the Met’s 150th anniversary in 2020. The collection is particularly notable for its breadth and depth of works by women artists, its sustained interest in the nude, and its focus on artists’ beginnings. Work by Gregory Crewdson, Andreas Gursky, Man Ray, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, and Rachel Whiteread is included.

Gregory Crewdson, Untitled, 2005 © Gregory Crewdson

Roe Ethridge, Annabella for SEPP, 2012 © Roe Ethridge

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Pictures from Another Wall
The Collection of Huis Marseille at De Pont

February 15–August 30, 2020
De Pont Museum, Tilburg, Netherlands
depont.nl

On view in the De Pont Museum’s new wing are roughly one hundred contemporary photographic works from the collection of its sister institution, Huis Marseille in Amsterdam, with an emphasis on acquisitions of the past five years. Work by Roe Ethridge and Andreas Gursky is included.

Roe Ethridge, Annabella for SEPP, 2012 © Roe Ethridge

Andreas Gursky, Amazon, 2016 © Andreas Gursky/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

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The Supermarket of Images

February 11–June 7, 2020
Jeu de Paume, Paris
www.jeudepaume.org

In an age that is oversaturated with images, this exhibition asks questions about their economy—their storage, management, circulation, and fluctuating values. Work by Andreas Gursky and Richard Serra is included.

Andreas Gursky, Amazon, 2016 © Andreas Gursky/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Damien Hirst, Liberation, 2019, installation view, Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2020

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Ikonen
Was wir Menschen anbeten

October 19, 2019–March 1, 2020
Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany
www.kunsthalle-bremen.de

This exhibition, whose title translates to Icons: Worship and Adoration, presents a single masterpiece in each of the museum’s sixty galleries complemented by everyday icons—from consumer brands to icons of popular culture, offering an interpretation of the traditional notion of the icon in art juxtaposed with the proliferation of icons in everyday life. The presentation examines various aspects of spirituality, devotion, and adoration. Work by Francis Bacon, Andreas Gursky, Damien Hirst, Yves Klein, Jeff Koons, Bruce Nauman, and Andy Warhol is included.

Damien Hirst, Liberation, 2019, installation view, Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2020

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