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Blair Thurman

Blair Thurman, And now, a bubble burst, And now, a world, 2017 Acrylic on canvas on wood, 72 ½ × 54 × 5 inches (184.2 × 137.2 × 12.7 cm)© Blair Thurman, photo by Rob McKeever

Blair Thurman, And now, a bubble burst, And now, a world, 2017

Acrylic on canvas on wood, 72 ½ × 54 × 5 inches (184.2 × 137.2 × 12.7 cm)
© Blair Thurman, photo by Rob McKeever

Blair Thurman, Mature Blonde, 2015 Acrylic on canvas on wood, 85 ½ × 46 ⅝ × 2 ½ inches (217.2 × 118.4 × 6.4 cm)© Blair Thurman, photo by Rob McKeever

Blair Thurman, Mature Blonde, 2015

Acrylic on canvas on wood, 85 ½ × 46 ⅝ × 2 ½ inches (217.2 × 118.4 × 6.4 cm)
© Blair Thurman, photo by Rob McKeever

Blair Thurman, God Barn (Temple of the Body), 2014 Acrylic on canvas on wood in 5 parts, Dimensions variable, Overall: 101 × 107 × 4 inches (256.5 × 271.8 × 10.2 cm)© Blair Thurman, photo by Rob McKeever

Blair Thurman, God Barn (Temple of the Body), 2014

Acrylic on canvas on wood in 5 parts, Dimensions variable, Overall: 101 × 107 × 4 inches (256.5 × 271.8 × 10.2 cm)
© Blair Thurman, photo by Rob McKeever

Blair Thurman, DEAD POOL, 2014 Acrylic on canvas on wood, 76 ½ × 46 × 4 inches (194.3 × 116.8 × 10.2 cm)© Blair Thurman, photo by Rob McKeever

Blair Thurman, DEAD POOL, 2014

Acrylic on canvas on wood, 76 ½ × 46 × 4 inches (194.3 × 116.8 × 10.2 cm)
© Blair Thurman, photo by Rob McKeever

Blair Thurman, Undertow, 2013 Acrylic on canvas on wood, 35 × 35 × 6 inches (88.9 × 88.9 × 15.2 cm)© Blair Thurman

Blair Thurman, Undertow, 2013

Acrylic on canvas on wood, 35 × 35 × 6 inches (88.9 × 88.9 × 15.2 cm)
© Blair Thurman

About

Blair Thurman’s influences range from Pop art and Minimalism to relics from childhood, popular music, and 1970s cinema. His standardized forms, pulled from slot-car racetracks, architectural frameworks, and found shapes from daily life, comprise a personal iconography—the fascinations of boyhood working to render the subliminal realm of abstract geometries more idiosyncratic and accessible. Thurman refers to the style and significance of his work as its “signature-content” as he investigates the intersection between our cultural environment and our imagined fantasies, examining the memory and poetry embedded in the very act of looking.

Blair Thurman was born in 1961 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He received his B.F.A. from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Canada, and his M.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Thurman’s work has been exhibited in several solo and group exhibitions. Recent solo museum exhibitions include Le Magasin—Centre National d’Art Contemporain, France (2014); and “Honeybadgers,” Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma (2015). Thurman’s work is featured in several permanent collections, including the Centre national des arts plastique, Paris; Le Consortium, Dijon; Fonds régional d’art contemporain, France; and the Syz Collection, Switzerland. Thurman’s work was included in the 46th Biennale di Venezia in 1995.

Thurman currently lives and works in New York.

Fairs, Events & Announcements

Blair Thurman, Spectre, 2018 © Blair Thurman

Installation

Blair Thurman

April 17–May 17, 2018
Garage Italia Milano
www.garageitaliamilano.it

Blair Thurman: Nell’Acqua Azzurra, presented by Gagosian and Garage Italia, showcases new work by Thurman in the iconic former petrol station Agip Supercortemaggiore in Milan. Featuring standardized forms pulled from slot-car racetracks, architectural frameworks, and found shapes from daily life, Thurman’s work transposes the formal details of everyday objects into the subliminal realm of abstraction. This unique collaboration continues the long tradition of exchange between fine art and the automobile industry that began with the Italian Futurist movement.

Blair Thurman, Spectre, 2018 © Blair Thurman

John Chamberlain, Untitled, 1993 © 2018 Fairweather & Fairweather LTD/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Art Fair

Zona Maco

February 7–11, 2018, booth F201
Centro Citibanamex, Mexico City
www.zsonamaco.com

Gagosian is pleased to participate in Zona Maco México Arte Contemporáneo 2018, presenting works by Chris Burden, John Chamberlain, Dan Colen, Frank Gehry, Piero Golia, Douglas Gordon, Katharina Grosse, Adam McEwen, Takashi Murakami, Albert Oehlen, Giuseppe Penone, Pablo Picasso, Richard Prince, Sterling Ruby, Ed Ruscha, Jenny Saville, Rudolf Stingel, Robert Therrien, Blair Thurman, Adriana Varejão, Jeff Wall, Andy Warhol, and Tom Wesselmann. If you wish to receive a PDF with detailed information on the works, please contact us at losangeles@gagosian.com. Tickets are available at www.zsonamaco.com.

John Chamberlain, Untitled, 1993 © 2018 Fairweather & Fairweather LTD/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Giuseppe Penone, Pelle di foglie—5 foglie a terra, 2011 © Giuseppe Penone

Art Fair

artgenève 2018

February 1–4, 2018, booth B19
Palexpo, Geneva
www.artgeneve.ch

Gagosian is pleased to participate in artgenève 2018, presenting a selection of works by Richard Artschwager, Georg Baselitz, John Currin, Dadamaino, Edmund de Waal, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Peter Lindbergh, Vera Lutter, Man Ray, Sally Mann, Brice Marden, Olivier Mosset, Albert Oehlen, Steven Parrino, Giuseppe Penone, Sigmar Polke, Ed Ruscha, Blair Thurman, Tatiana Trouvé, Tom Wesselmann, Franz West, Rachel Whiteread, and others. If you wish to receive a PDF with detailed information on the works, please contact us at geneva@gagosian.com. Tickets are available at www.artgeneve.ch.

Giuseppe Penone, Pelle di foglie—5 foglie a terra, 2011 © Giuseppe Penone