Working in both two and three dimensions, Robert Therrien transforms elements from the culture of everyday life into works of art that evoke classical archetypes. His deceptively simple oeuvre lends itself to psychological interpretation, given its evident fascination with the narratives of childhood, while remaining firmly objective due to its literal proximity to the real and its relationship to the minimal.
Therrien was born in 1947 in Chicago. His work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including Inverleith House, Edinburgh, Scotland (2004); Table and Six Chairs, Public Art Fund, New York (2005); A New Installation by Robert Therrien, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York (2006); Tables and Chairs, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (2007); Works on Paper, Kunstmuseum Basel (2008); Artist Rooms: Robert Therrien, Tate Modern, London (2009, traveled to Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; Tate Liverpool, England; Metropolitan Arts Center, Belfast; and Paxton House, Scotland, through 2015); Drawings, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2010); De Pont Museum, Tilburg, Netherlands (2011); Selections from the Broad Collection and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2011); Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York (2013); The Contemporary Austin, Texas (2015); The Power of the Image, Denver Art Museum (2016); and Works 1975–1995, Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, London (2016).
Therrien lives and works in Los Angeles.
March 21–May 11, 2019
April 6–May 26, 2017
West 24th Street, New York
April 14–May 30, 2015
Davies Street, London
January 11–February 15, 2014
September 23–October 29, 2011
May 9–June 14, 2008
West 24th Street, New York
June 4–July 29, 2005
West 24th Street, New York
June 24–September 10, 2004
Saturday, March 30, 2019, 3pm
Gagosian, San Francisco
Join Gagosian for a private tour and in-depth look at Robert Therrien’s first solo exhibition in San Francisco in twenty years. In this exhibition of new paintings and sculptures, the artist pares down familiar forms such as smoke signals, stacked plates, and a witch hat to the point that they become symbols and silhouettes, underscoring the simple beauty and infinite meaning inherent in common objects. The tour, led by Graham Dalik, will consider Therrien’s continual reinvention of these motifs through shifts in medium, perspective, and scale. To attend the free event, RSVP to email@example.com.
Robert Therrien, No title (witch hat), 2018 © Robert Therrien/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Josh White
Seattle Art Fair
August 2–5, 2018, booth A09
CenturyLink Field Event Center, Seattle
Gagosian is pleased to present Out of This World: Artists Explore Space, a booth curated by Larry Gagosian for the 2018 Seattle Art Fair. The presentation gathers works that reveal artistic and scientific explorations of the cosmos. Featured artists include Richard Avedon, Andisheh Avini, Chris Burden, Alexander Calder, Vija Celmins, Ellen Gallagher, Andreas Gursky, Damien Hirst, Neil Jenney, Mike Kelley, Yves Klein, Vera Lutter, Brice Marden, Marc Newson, Nam June Paik, Thomas Ruff, Ed Ruscha, Tom Sachs, Taryn Simon, Yves Tanguy, and Andy Warhol, among others.
Ed Ruscha, Even Though He’s Light Years Away, His Heart Belongs to Me, 1963 © Ed Ruscha
Frieze New York
May 3–6, 2018, booth D14
Randall’s Island Park, New York
Gagosian is pleased to participate in Frieze New York 2018 with a solo presentation of works by Robert Therrien. In his investigations of form, perception, and subjectivity, Therrien isolates recognizable elements and objects from everyday life, imbuing the ordinary with an otherworldly air. His work demonstrates the transformative power of scale and viewpoint, from giant tables and chairs and towering stacks of oversize plates, to drawings of familiar shapes and forms, which he distills and refines to create a lexicon of symbols, both ambiguous and charged with memory. To receive a PDF with detailed information on the works, please contact the gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org.To preview our booth go to www.artsy.net. To purchase tickets to attend the fair go to www.frieze.com/fairs.
Robert Therrien, No title (folding table and chairs, green), 2008 © Robert Therrien/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
ON BOARD THE SHIPS
AT SEA ARE WE
February 23–May 18, 2019
FLAG Art Foundation, New York
This exhibition features four works in poetic dialogue: Robert Therrien’s monumental No title (table and six chairs) (2003); Rachel Whiteread’s Untitled (Pair) (1999); and two text-based works by Lawrence Weiner, including a newly created aphorism from which the show takes its title.
Robert Therrien, No title (table and six chairs), 2003 © Robert Therrien/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
August 18–October 7, 2018
Tate Modern, London
Robert Therrien reconstructs our sense of reality by enlarging the most commonplace objects with stunning accuracy. Tables and chairs and stacks of plates, all familiar objects that were designed for mass use and appeal, universally and instantly recognizable, enter the realm of the symbolic once Therrien reimagines and reinvents their scale. The objects’ original form and function evanesce, and something more than what you see emerges.
No Place Like Home
March 1–June 3, 2018
Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal
In celebration of Dada’s one hundredth anniversary in 2016 and the centennial of Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain in 2017, this exhibition examines how artists have incorporated commonplace household items into their work, removing these objects from the context of the home in ways that subvert the experiences of daily life. This exhibit has traveled from the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Work by Duchamp, Duane Hanson, Damien Hirst, Man Ray, Takashi Murakami, Nam June Paik, Robert Therrien, and Andy Warhol is included.
Robert Therrien, No title (table leg), 2010 © Robert Therrien/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Peter Cox
Out of Sight! Art of the Senses
November 4, 2017–February 4, 2018
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
Out of Sight! Art of the Senses brings together contemporary works of art that actively engage with how our bodies meet the wider world through the
five basic senses. The artists in this exhibition have created experiences that incorporate viewers into the creative process, inviting them to become fully immersed in art that must be smelled, tasted, heard, and felt. Work by Nam June Paik and Robert Therrien is included.
Robert Therrien, No title (folding table and chairs, beige), 2006, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York © Robert Therrien/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York