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Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry, Bear with Us, 2014 316L stainless steel, 45 ½ × 84 ¾ × 43 ¾ inches (115.6 × 215.3 × 111.1 cm), edition of 4Photo by Josh White

Frank Gehry, Bear with Us, 2014

316L stainless steel, 45 ½ × 84 ¾ × 43 ¾ inches (115.6 × 215.3 × 111.1 cm), edition of 4
Photo by Josh White

Frank Gehry, Untitled (Paris II), 2012 ColorCore over steel frame and wooden base, 60 × 54 ¾ × 30 ¾ inches (15.2 × 139.1 × 78.1 cm)Photo by Josh White/JWPictures.com

Frank Gehry, Untitled (Paris II), 2012

ColorCore over steel frame and wooden base, 60 × 54 ¾ × 30 ¾ inches (15.2 × 139.1 × 78.1 cm)
Photo by Josh White/JWPictures.com

Frank Gehry, A Study, 1999 Maple wood and lead, 20 × 40 × 25 feetPhoto by Douglas M. Parker Studio

Frank Gehry, A Study, 1999

Maple wood and lead, 20 × 40 × 25 feet
Photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio

About

The designs of Frank Gehry—one of the most innovative architects working today—grace numerous metropolitan skylines around the world. Known for their deconstructivist approach and creative use of materials, his buildings incorporate a wealth of textures that lend a sense of movement to his dynamic structures. Early in his career, Gehry created both sculpture and furniture, which similarly reflected his concern with inventive forms made from unexpected materials. The Easy Edges (1969–73) and Experimental Edges (1979–82) series of chairs and tables were made of industrial corrugated cardboard, while a later Knoll furniture series (1989–92) was made from pliable bentwood. Gehry was commissioned by the Formica Corporation to use a translucent plastic laminate, ColorCore, in a series of lamps consisting of radiant snake and fish forms (1983–86). The fish has been a recurring motif in Gehry’s work, recognizable in the undulating, curvilinear forms of his architecture as well as various sculpture projects, including his Fish Sculpture at Vila Olímpica in Barcelona, Spain (1989–92), and his Standing Glass Fish for the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden (1986). The first Fish Lamps were shown in Frank Gehry: Unique Lamps in 1984 at the former Robertson Boulevard location of Gagosian in Los Angeles.

Gehry was born in 1929 in Toronto. He received a BA in 1954 from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and an MA in 1956 from Harvard University, Massachusetts. Gehry’s drawings, models, designs, and sculptures have been exhibited in major museums throughout the world. Recent solo exhibitions include Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2001); Frank Gehry, Architect: Designs for Museums, Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis (2003, traveled to Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC); Frank O. Gehry since 1997, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany (2010); Voyage of Creation, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (2014); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2014); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2015); Architect Frank Gehry: I Have an Idea, 21_21 Design Sight, Tokyo (2015); and Building in Paris, Espace Louis Vuitton, Venice (2016). Among Gehry’s most celebrated buildings are the Vitra International Manufacturing Facility and Design Museum, Germany (1989); Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain (1997); Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles (2003); University of Technology Sydney Business School (2015); and Facebook HQ, Menlo Park, California (2015).

Gehry has received numerous awards and honors, including the Pritzker Architecture Prize (1989); Wolf Prize in Arts (1992); Praemium Imperiale in Architecture, Japan Art Association (1992); Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize (1994); Chrysler Design Award (1995); US National Medal of Arts (1998); Gold Medal, American Institute of Architects (1999); Royal Gold Medal, Royal Institute of British Architects (2000); Lifetime Achievement Award, Americans for the Arts (2000); Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction Technology (2007); and US Presidential Medal of Freedom (2016).

Gehry lives and works in Los Angeles.

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Fairs, Events & Announcements

Frank Gehry, Wishful Thinking, 2021, installation view, Frank Gehry: Spinning Tales, Gagosian, Beverly Hills, 2021 © Frank O. Gehry. Photo: Joshua White

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Gallery Weekend LA
Frank Gehry, Albert Oehlen, Nancy Rubins

July 28–August 1, 2021
Los Angeles
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Gagosian is participating in the inaugural Gallery Weekend LA with three exhibitions. Frank Gehry: Spinning Tales and Nancy Rubins: Fluid Space, both on view at Gagosian’s Beverly Hills location, will be open for extended hours during Gallery Weekend LA (July 28: 10am–7pm; July 29–30: 10am–5:30pm; July 31–August 1: 12–6pm). Visitors can also see Albert Oehlen: Tramonto Spaventoso with an appointment, on view at the Marciano Art Foundation (July 28–31: 11am–5pm). The event is organized through Gallery Association Los Angeles and galleryplatform.la and includes nearly eighty-five of the city’s leading contemporary art galleries and museums.

Frank Gehry, Wishful Thinking, 2021, installation view, Frank Gehry: Spinning Tales, Gagosian, Beverly Hills, 2021 © Frank O. Gehry. Photo: Joshua White

Frank Gehry’s The Tower, Luma Arles, France. Artwork © Frank Gehry. Photo: Adrian Deweerdt

Design

Frank Gehry
The Tower

Designed by Frank Gehry, The Tower, a twisting building covered with 11,000 stainless-steel panels, that serves as the centerpiece for Luma Arles, is set to open on June 26, 2021. Dedicated to providing artists with opportunities to experiment in the production and presentation of new work, the campus encompasses six historic, large-scale industrial buildings for installations, exhibitions, and artists’ residencies. The Luma Foundation was established by Maja Hoffmann in Switzerland in 2004 and focuses on the direct relations between art, culture, human rights, environmental topics, education, and research.

Frank Gehry’s The Tower, Luma Arles, France. Artwork © Frank Gehry. Photo: Adrian Deweerdt

Left: Frank Gehry, Bear With Us, 2014 © Frank Gehry. Right: Thomas Houseago, Striding Figure (Rome I), 2013 © Thomas Houseago. Photos: Roman Alokhin

Permanent Installation

Frank Gehry
Thomas Houseago

Six additional acres have been added to the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art. The expansion features twenty-six new works including Frank Gehry’s Bear With Us (2014) and Thomas Houseago’s Striding Figure (Rome I) (2013).

Left: Frank Gehry, Bear With Us, 2014 © Frank Gehry. Right: Thomas Houseago, Striding Figure (Rome I), 2013 © Thomas Houseago. Photos: Roman Alokhin

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Museum Exhibitions

Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith

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Frank Gehry in
Berlin and Los Angeles: Space for Music

April 25, 2018–July 30, 2017
The Getty Center, Los Angeles
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This exhibition celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the sister-city partnership between Berlin and Los Angeles by exploring two iconic buildings: the Berlin Philharmonic (1963), designed by Hans Scharoun, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall (2003), designed by Frank Gehry. Focusing on the buildings’ extraordinary interiors, the exhibition brings together original drawings, sketches, prints, photographs, and models to convey each architect’s design process.

Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith

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