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Piero Golia

Piero Golia, The Painter, 2016 Motion control robot, canvas, acrylic paint, tape, and plastic bins, overall dimensions variable© Piero Golia. Photo: Daniele Molajoli

Piero Golia, The Painter, 2016

Motion control robot, canvas, acrylic paint, tape, and plastic bins, overall dimensions variable
© Piero Golia. Photo: Daniele Molajoli

Piero Golia, Intermission painting #4 red to gold, 2014 EPS foam, hard coat and pigment, 48 × 38 × 8 ½ inches (121.9 × 96.5 × 21.6 cm)Photo by Josh White

Piero Golia, Intermission painting #4 red to gold, 2014

EPS foam, hard coat and pigment, 48 × 38 × 8 ½ inches (121.9 × 96.5 × 21.6 cm)
Photo by Josh White

Piero Golia, Intermission painting #5 red to gold, 2014 EPS foam, hard coat and pigment, 95 × 50 × 9 inches (241.3 × 127 × 22.9 cm)Photo by Josh White

Piero Golia, Intermission painting #5 red to gold, 2014

EPS foam, hard coat and pigment, 95 × 50 × 9 inches (241.3 × 127 × 22.9 cm)
Photo by Josh White

Installation view, Piero Golia: Models, Monuments, and Sculptures on Pedestals, Gagosian, Paris, 2014 Artwork © Piero Golia. Photo: Zarko Vijatovic

Installation view, Piero Golia: Models, Monuments, and Sculptures on Pedestals, Gagosian, Paris, 2014

Artwork © Piero Golia. Photo: Zarko Vijatovic

Installation view, Piero Golia: Models, Monuments, and Sculptures on Pedestals, Gagosian, Paris, 2014 Artwork © Piero Golia. Photo: Zarko Vijatovic

Installation view, Piero Golia: Models, Monuments, and Sculptures on Pedestals, Gagosian, Paris, 2014

Artwork © Piero Golia. Photo: Zarko Vijatovic

Piero Golia, The Dog and the Drop, 2013 Animatronic dog , solenoids and sync devicePhoto by Zarko Vijatovic

Piero Golia, The Dog and the Drop, 2013

Animatronic dog , solenoids and sync device
Photo by Zarko Vijatovic

Piero Golia, Studio (4/13/2013), 2013 Bronze, brass, aluminum, zinc alloy, copper, and stainless steel, 10 ½ × 38 ¾ × 39 inches (26.7 × 98.4 × 99.1 cm)

Piero Golia, Studio (4/13/2013), 2013

Bronze, brass, aluminum, zinc alloy, copper, and stainless steel, 10 ½ × 38 ¾ × 39 inches (26.7 × 98.4 × 99.1 cm)

Piero Golia, Upside down equestrian figure as public sculpture, 2013 Bronze and copper, 13 × 13 × 8 inches (33 × 33 × 20.3 cm)

Piero Golia, Upside down equestrian figure as public sculpture, 2013

Bronze and copper, 13 × 13 × 8 inches (33 × 33 × 20.3 cm)

Piero Golia, Untitled (My Gold is Yours), 2013 Gold and concrete, 98 3/16 × 98 3/16 × 98 3/16 inches (249.4 × 249.4 × 249.4 cm)

Piero Golia, Untitled (My Gold is Yours), 2013

Gold and concrete, 98 3/16 × 98 3/16 × 98 3/16 inches (249.4 × 249.4 × 249.4 cm)

Piero Golia, Gold and Concrete Cube at the Venice Biennale, 2013 Bronze, tin, and anodized aluminum, 30 × 30 × 8 inches (76.2 × 76.2 × 20.3 cm)

Piero Golia, Gold and Concrete Cube at the Venice Biennale, 2013

Bronze, tin, and anodized aluminum, 30 × 30 × 8 inches (76.2 × 76.2 × 20.3 cm)

Piero Golia, Clone, 2011 Stainless steel, glass, marble and light, 28 × 9 ⅞ × 9 ⅞ inches (71.1 × 25.1 × 25.1 cm), edition of 5Photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio

Piero Golia, Clone, 2011

Stainless steel, glass, marble and light, 28 × 9 ⅞ × 9 ⅞ inches (71.1 × 25.1 × 25.1 cm), edition of 5
Photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio

Piero Golia, Untitled #11, 2011 Cast concrete, 3 ¾ × 8 ¾ × 8 ¾ inches (9.5 × 22.2 × 22.2 cm)

Piero Golia, Untitled #11, 2011

Cast concrete, 3 ¾ × 8 ¾ × 8 ¾ inches (9.5 × 22.2 × 22.2 cm)

Piero Golia, Constellation Painting #8, 2011 Resin and debris, 60 × 48 × 10 inches (152.4 × 121.9 × 25.4cm)Photo by Joshua White

Piero Golia, Constellation Painting #8, 2011

Resin and debris, 60 × 48 × 10 inches (152.4 × 121.9 × 25.4cm)
Photo by Joshua White

Installation view, Piero Golia: Concrete Cakes and Constellation Paintings, Gagosian, Beverly Hills, 2011 Artwork © Piero Golia. Photo: © Douglas M. Parker Studio

Installation view, Piero Golia: Concrete Cakes and Constellation Paintings, Gagosian, Beverly Hills, 2011

Artwork © Piero Golia. Photo: © Douglas M. Parker Studio

Piero Golia, Piero Golia: Posters 2003–2010, 2010 24 posters in artist's frame, Dimensions variable

Piero Golia, Piero Golia: Posters 2003–2010, 2010

24 posters in artist's frame, Dimensions variable

About

I’ve always had a problem with the abstract model. I’m more interested in the interstices between poetry and reality. And with art, in a way, I’m trying to do the same thing by pushing reality to become abstraction and poetry. 
—Piero Golia

Italian-born, Los Angeles–based artist Piero Golia is a sculptor of situations. His works—which at times take physical form, often at an architectural scale, and at others are immaterial—are statements aimed at expanding the possibilities of art. His practice is heterogeneous and unpredictable, employing diverse mediums and methods to spark chain reactions that, even when they leave no objects or images behind, have the capacity to alter our perception.

As a young man in Naples, Golia studied chemical engineering, learning about the transformation of raw materials into powerful energy sources. Such a concept captures a crucial aspect of his artistic approach, in which he takes preexisting objects from lived reality as the starting point for a set of actions that unfold, displacing initial meanings and functions.

Drawn to the varied cultural associations of Los Angeles, where he has lived and worked since 2002, Golia has produced a vast number of artworks inspired by or situated in the city itself. For example, Luminous Sphere (2010), a five-foot-tall orb installed on the roof of West Hollywood’s Standard Hotel, is only illuminated when the artist is in town; like a sacred presence expressed in LA vernacular, the mysterious cipher awaits projection of meaning from the casual passerby unaware of what drives its pattern of illumination. “It’s a form open to urban legend,” the artist muses. In 2008 Golia was invited to take over a booth at the Art LA fair; his contribution was to completely fill the space with a full-sized passenger bus that had been dramatically crushed by bulldozers to fit the dimensions of the exhibition space.

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Fairs, Events & Announcements

Piero Golia with his set of eight porcelain plates The Best Is Yet to Come (2020), Los Angeles, 2020. Artwork © Piero Golia. Photo: Joshua White/JWPictures.com

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Piero Golia
The Best Is Yet to Come

July 30–August 6, 2020

Sometimes you want to look back at what you did, and then you realize that you only care about the future. 
—Piero Golia

Gagosian is pleased to present recent work by Piero Golia online for galleryplatform.la. Golia transforms everyday objects and commonplace events into exceptional works of art that defy established conventions and build narratives. His diverse practice includes both artworks that take physical form, often at an architectural scale, and others that are immaterial or conceptual. For his most recent project, Golia hired a painter to illustrate a set of eight porcelain plates with images from his past artistic output. Each is unique in terms of content, size, and shape; together, they become a self-portrait of the places, objects, and interventions constituting his life and work. From his celebrated sculpture Untitled (My Gold Is Yours), exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2013, to a 2019 intervention involving the hiring of a landscape painter and an airplane, the set comprises a narrative retrospective of the artist’s career.

Piero Golia with his set of eight porcelain plates The Best Is Yet to Come (2020), Los Angeles, 2020. Artwork © Piero Golia. Photo: Joshua White/JWPictures.com

Piero Golia, Still Life (Rotating device), 2019 © Piero Golia

Tour

Piero Golia
Still Life

Monday, July 6, 2020, 12pm EDT

Join Gagosian for a virtual tour of Piero Golia: Still Life, an exhibition on view at Gagosian, Britannia Street, London, through July 31. The Los Angeles–based artist will speak online with Berlin-based artist Jonathan Monk about the surreal “sculptural happening” Golia has engineered but will never see in person due to restrictions on international travel during the pandemic. To watch the live conversation, register at zoom.us.

Piero Golia, Still Life (Rotating device), 2019 © Piero Golia

Adam McEwen, Escape from New York, 2014 (still from “Battery Tunnel”) © Adam McEwen

Online Exhibition

Broadcast
Alternate Meanings in Film and Video

You’re only as young as the last time you changed your mind.
—Timothy Leary

Gagosian is pleased to present Broadcast: Alternate Meanings in Film and Video, an online exhibition of artists’ films and videos viewable exclusively on gagosian.com. The exhibition will be organized into a series of “chapters,” each lasting two weeks. The first chapter begins on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.

Broadcast: Alternate Meanings in Film and Video employs the innate immediacy of time-based art to spark reflection on the here and now, taking the words of famed psychologist and countercultural icon Timothy Leary as its starting point. 

Adam McEwen, Escape from New York, 2014 (still from “Battery Tunnel”) © Adam McEwen

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Museum Exhibitions

On View

None of the Above
2004–2020

Through November 15, 2020
Kanal–Centre Pompidou, Brussels
www.kanal.brussels

For None of the Above, John Armleder invited artists to present a work of art that is either no bigger than a postage stamp or immaterial. Originally presented at the Swiss Institute in New York in 2004, this new staging of the exhibition forces visitors to search for the artworks in the form of a conceptual treasure hunt conceived by Armleder. Work by Piero Golia, Olivier Mosset, and Blair Thurman is included.

Piero Golia’s performance of Roman Trilogy at Villa Medici–Académie de France à Rome, 2016. Artwork © Piero Golia. Photo: Sebastiano Luciano

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Piero Golia

January 18–March 21, 2020
La Fondazione, Rome
www.lafondazione.info

This is the third and final performance of the Roman Trilogy, which premiered at Villa Medici–Académie de France à Rome in 2002, and was performed there again in 2016. In this work Piero Golia uses language, performers, music, fire, and more to expose the public to a “total work of art,” or Gesamtkunstwerk, an unforgettable experience. During the event, Golia will leave a “sign” on the floor of La Fondazione, which visitors can view through March 21, 2020.

Piero Golia’s performance of Roman Trilogy at Villa Medici–Académie de France à Rome, 2016. Artwork © Piero Golia. Photo: Sebastiano Luciano

Douglas Gordon, Déjà-Vu, 2000
, installation view, Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles. Artwork © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020
. D.O.A., 1950, USA. Directed by Rudolph Maté. Produced by Joseph H. Nadel, Harry M. Popkin, and Leo C. Popkin. Distributed by United Artists © Cardinal Pictures. Photo: Brian Forrest
 

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In Production
Art and the Studio System

November 7, 2019–March 1, 2020
Yuz Museum, Shanghai
www.yuzmshanghai.org

In Production: Art and the Studio System emphasizes the overlapping histories of visual art and film, with a particular focus on how the site of the studio, both in visual arts and in cinematic production, has radically shifted in the last twenty years. The exhibition highlights the exceptional gifts and acquisitions related to film and video that have entered the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s permanent collection in recent years including work by Piero Golia, Douglas Gordon, Alex Israel, and Mike Kelley.

Douglas Gordon, Déjà-Vu, 2000
, installation view, Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles. Artwork © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020
. D.O.A., 1950, USA. Directed by Rudolph Maté. Produced by Joseph H. Nadel, Harry M. Popkin, and Leo C. Popkin. Distributed by United Artists © Cardinal Pictures. Photo: Brian Forrest
 

Piero Golia, Solutions to Mortality (George Washington Nose), 2018. Photo by Manfredi Gioacchini

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Piero Golia
Solutions to Mortality

January 20–April 1, 2018
Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, Kansas
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Solutions to Mortality is the result of Piero Golia’s Grafly commission at the Ulrich Museum. This commission invites artists to respond to the museum’s large collection of artwork by Charles M. Grafly. For his exhibition Golia has placed three works in the sculpture park of the museum: a cast of George Washington’s nose copied from Mount Rushmore, an upside-down statue of Garibaldi, and a section of the wall that separates Los Angeles from Orange County.

Piero Golia, Solutions to Mortality (George Washington Nose), 2018. Photo by Manfredi Gioacchini

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