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Marc Newson

Marc Newson Aquariva by Marc Newson, 2010 Phenolic textile composite, anodized aluminum, glass reinforced plastic, multilayered tempered glass, and Vipla 33 feet (10.1 m) Edition of 22

Marc Newson Aquariva by Marc Newson, 2010

Phenolic textile composite, anodized aluminum, glass reinforced plastic, multilayered tempered glass, and Vipla 33 feet (10.1 m) Edition of 22

Marc Newson, Extruded Table 3, 2008 Striato Olimpico marble, 31 ½ × 70 ⅞ × 35 ⅜ inches (80 × 180 × 90 cm), edition of 10

Marc Newson, Extruded Table 3, 2008

Striato Olimpico marble, 31 ½ × 70 ⅞ × 35 ⅜ inches (80 × 180 × 90 cm), edition of 10

Marc Newson Wingless Micarta Chair, 2007 Linen phenolic composite 29 × 25 × 31 3/8 inches (73.7 × 63.5 × 79.7 cm) Ediiton of 10

Marc Newson Wingless Micarta Chair, 2007

Linen phenolic composite 29 × 25 × 31 3/8 inches (73.7 × 63.5 × 79.7 cm) Ediiton of 10

Marc Newson, Extruded Chair (white), 2006 White Carrara marble, 27 ½ × 23 ½ × 28 ¼ inches (69.8 × 59.7 × 71.8 cm), edition of 8

Marc Newson, Extruded Chair (white), 2006

White Carrara marble, 27 ½ × 23 ½ × 28 ¼ inches (69.8 × 59.7 × 71.8 cm), edition of 8

Marc Newson, Voronoi Shelf (white), 2006 White Carrara marble, 70 ⅞ × 110 3/16 × 15 11/16 inches (180.1 × 279.9 × 39.9 cm), edition of 8

Marc Newson, Voronoi Shelf (white), 2006

White Carrara marble, 70 ⅞ × 110 3/16 × 15 11/16 inches (180.1 × 279.9 × 39.9 cm), edition of 8

Marc Newson, Lockheed Lounge, 1985 Aluminum and fiberglass, 35 × 25 × 60 inches (89 × 63.5 × 152.5 cm), edition of 10

Marc Newson, Lockheed Lounge, 1985

Aluminum and fiberglass, 35 × 25 × 60 inches (89 × 63.5 × 152.5 cm), edition of 10

About

Marc Newson approaches design as an experimental exercise in structure and advanced technology, combined with a tactile and exacting exploration of materials, processes, and skills. As an industrial designer—the only one represented by Gagosian—his reach is broad and diverse, incorporating watches, footwear, luggage, and aircraft interiors. Since the outset of his career, he has also produced limited-edition furniture, including the iconic Lockheed Lounge (1988). As distinctions between art and design become increasingly blurred, Newson remains a trailblazer, having pursued parallel activities in exclusive and mass production for more than thirty years.

Born in Sydney in 1963, Newson graduated from Sydney College of the Arts in 1986. Receiving a grant from the Australian Crafts Council, he staged his first solo exhibition, Seating for Six, at Roslyn Oxley9 in Sydney, when he was just twenty-three. By the age of twenty-five, he had produced the hand-built Lockheed Lounge, a chaise lounge named after its riveted aluminum panels’ resemblance to the aircraft engineered by Lockheed Martin. After living and working in Sydney, Tokyo, and Paris, he relocated to London, where his company, Marc Newson Limited, has been based since 1997. Newson has also concomitantly held senior positions at clients’ companies: he was creative director of Qantas Airways from 2005 to 2015, and he has been a designer for special projects at Apple since 2014. In 2019, Marc and Sir Jonathan Ive founded the creative collective LoveFrom.

Newson is perhaps best known for applying his aesthetic vision and technical mastery to innovative items of furniture, such as Extruded Tables and Voronoi Shelf (both 2007), both carved from single blocks of Carrara and Bardiglio marble respectively. He has also produced pieces using the Chinese cloisonné technique, revealing in the process his training as a silversmith and watchmaker. Crafted by hand in Beijing, these works feature an intricate type of enameling typically used for figurines and vases yet here applied at a larger scale in all-over patterns to copper chairs, lounges, and desks.

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Fairs, Events & Announcements

Marc Newson takeover at the Gagosian Shop, London, 2022. Artwork © Marc Newson. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Shop Takeover

Marc Newson

July 5–September 10, 2022
Gagosian Shop, London

Marc Newson is taking over the Gagosian Shop in London’s historic Burlington Arcade. Newson will showcase large-scale cloisonné furniture alongside pieces in various forms of glass that push the boundaries of the medium. Included are his Magnolia chair (2019) and cloisonné lounge, which adapt the ancient craft of Chinese enamel, aluminum surfboards, a cast glass chair, and a table from the Murrina series. The presentation coincides with the launch of a recently published catalogue that documents Newson’s intensive manufacturing process.

Also available are personalized iPhone cases from the artist’s collaboration with cult brand Chaos. The Marc Newson × Chaos collection is inspired by Newson’s enameling techniques and features motifs such as his signature amoebic “orgone” pattern.

For the first month, Gagosian Shop will present dresses by Alaïa—the fashion house founded by designer Azzedine Alaïa (1935–2017)—inspired by Picasso’s Tanagra ceramics. Alaïa was a longtime friend and collaborator of Newson’s.

Marc Newson takeover at the Gagosian Shop, London, 2022. Artwork © Marc Newson. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Jeff Koons, Bluebird Planter, 2010–16 © Jeff Koons

Art Fair

FIAC Online 2021
Printemps oublié

March 2–12, 2021

Gagosian is pleased to present Printemps oublié for the first online edition of FIAC. This curated presentation reflects the dual character of springtime as a reminder of past trials and the harbinger of a vibrant new season to come.

All the artworks will appear on the Gagosian website and a rotating selection will appear in the inaugural FIAC Online Viewing Rooms, from March 4 to 7.

Jeff Koons, Bluebird Planter, 2010–16 © Jeff Koons

Marc Newson, Cloisonné Yellow Chair, 2017 © Marc Newson

Tour

Marc Newson

Saturday, June 29, 2019, 4pm
Gagosian, Hong Kong

Gagosian Senior Director Han-I Wang will lead a tour of Marc Newson’s first exhibition of limited-edition furniture in China. This presentation explores Newson’s use of increasingly rare decorative processes at an unconventionally large, even unprecedented, scale, as well as his curiosity with the streamlined, simple beauty of Asian art and design. From cloisonné to cast glass chairs to Aikuchi swords, Wang will take a closer look at how the artist blurs the boundaries between sculpture, furniture, and the decorative arts. To attend the free event, RSVP to hktours@gagosian.com. Space is limited.

Marc Newson, Cloisonné Yellow Chair, 2017 © Marc Newson

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Museum Exhibitions

Taryn Simon, Research Marijuana Crop Grow Room, National Center for Natural Products Research, Oxford, Mississippi, 2007 © Taryn Simon

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Tubology
Our Lives in Tubes

April 21–December 30, 2018
FRAC Grand Large—Hauts-de-France, Dunkirk, France
www.fracnpdc.fr

Tubology: Our Lives in Tubes offers a totally new reading of the FRAC Grand Large collection from the 1960s up to the present day, and speculates about the prerequisites for rendering art and design relevant to a society mutating at high speed. Work by Marc Newson and Taryn Simon is included.

Taryn Simon, Research Marijuana Crop Grow Room, National Center for Natural Products Research, Oxford, Mississippi, 2007 © Taryn Simon

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