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Roe Ethridge

Roe Ethridge, Double Teresa Oman, 2015 C-print, 54 ½ × 41 ½ inches framed (138.4 × 105.4 cm), edition of 5

Roe Ethridge, Double Teresa Oman, 2015

C-print, 54 ½ × 41 ½ inches framed (138.4 × 105.4 cm), edition of 5

Roe Ethridge, Thanksgiving 1984 (table), 2009 Chromogenic print, 33 × 42 inches (83.8 × 106.7cm), edition of 5

Roe Ethridge, Thanksgiving 1984 (table), 2009

Chromogenic print, 33 × 42 inches (83.8 × 106.7cm), edition of 5

Roe Ethridge, Trick or Treat, 2009 Ink jet print, 50 × 34 inches (127 × 86.4cm), edition of 5

Roe Ethridge, Trick or Treat, 2009

Ink jet print, 50 × 34 inches (127 × 86.4cm), edition of 5

Roe Ethridge, Sunset #6, 2008 Chromogenic print, 57 × 42 inches (144.8 × 106.7cm), edition of 5

Roe Ethridge, Sunset #6, 2008

Chromogenic print, 57 × 42 inches (144.8 × 106.7cm), edition of 5

Roe Ethridge, Self Portrait (Polaroid), 2008 Chromogenic print, 31 ½ × 25 ½ inches (80 × 64.8cm), edition of 5

Roe Ethridge, Self Portrait (Polaroid), 2008

Chromogenic print, 31 ½ × 25 ½ inches (80 × 64.8cm), edition of 5

Roe Ethridge, Aloha Jake, 2008 Chromogenic print, 60 × 40 inches (152.4 × 101.6cm), edition of 5

Roe Ethridge, Aloha Jake, 2008

Chromogenic print, 60 × 40 inches (152.4 × 101.6cm), edition of 5

Roe Ethridge, Teddy Bears, 2008 Chromogenic print, 54 × 42 inches (137.2 × 106.7cm), edition of 5

Roe Ethridge, Teddy Bears, 2008

Chromogenic print, 54 × 42 inches (137.2 × 106.7cm), edition of 5

Roe Ethridge, Studio Wall, 2005 Chromogenic print, 31 × 25 inches framed (78.7 × 63.5cm framed), edition of 5

Roe Ethridge, Studio Wall, 2005

Chromogenic print, 31 × 25 inches framed (78.7 × 63.5cm framed), edition of 5

About

A sequence has to sing. It’s not just something to decode and find the true meaning of. I have to feel its harmonies and disharmonies. It’s like a son.
—Roe Ethridge

In his photographs, Roe Ethridge uses the real to suggest—or disrupt—the ideal. Through commercial images of fashion models, products, and advertisements, as well as intimate moments from his own daily life, he reveals the fine line between the generic and the personal, merging art-historical genres such as the still life or portrait with the increasingly pervasive image culture of the present.

Born in Miami, Ethridge received a BFA from the Atlanta College of Art in 1995. He moved to New York City two years later and began working as a commercial photographer. During this time, he was producing a series that catalogued trees on highway medians, seeking to apply his interest in the typologies of German objective photography to the realities (and mythologies) of the American open road. While working on this project, which he looks back on as an attempt at “tough, smart, conceptual” photography, Ethridge realized that an outtake from a beauty editorial he did for Allure magazine was “as good or better than anything [he] intentionally made as an ‘artist.’” This realization would set in motion a continuous cross-pollination of fine art and applied practice that has come to be the hallmark of Ethridge’s work, and which he often traces back to his fascination with the artistic approaches of Andy Warhol and Lee Friedlander. The results of this hybrid approach were exhibited for the first time in MoMA PS1’s Greater New York in 2000, in which an outtake from the Allure shoot and a photograph of a UPS store that Ethridge were paired together.

In 2005 the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, presented Ethridge’s first solo museum exhibition, Momentum 4: Roe Ethridge, which included close-up photographs of ordinary things—from a young pine tree to a pink ribbon that Ethridge found in his mother’s basement. Identified with what was being called “the new school of synthetic photography,” his work was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial, and two years later he was one of four artists selected for the exhibition New Photography 2010 at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Ethridge’s photograph Old Fruit (2010)—a deadpan shot of a bowl of rotting produce, its grimy banality contrasting with the airbrushed, hyperbolized glamour of his editorial images. The breadth of Ethridge’s subject matter and style would be showcased further in 2012, in a solo exhibition at Le Consortium, Dijon, France. The show, which subsequently traveled to Museum Leuven, Belgium, included photographs of overflowing ashtrays juxtaposed with outtakes from fashion photo shoots, close-ups of the surfaces of a suburban backyard, a large snake slithering through dry grasses, and other images that refuse to settle into a single narrative.

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Roe Ethridge, Oslo Grace at Willets Point, 2019, dye sublimation print on aluminum.

In Conversation
Roe Ethridge and Antwaun Sargent

From his early work for magazines in the 1990s to recent projects with the designer Telfar Clemens, Roe Ethridge has consistently challenged the distinctions between commercial and conceptual photography that long defined the medium. Antwaun Sargent recently caught up with him to discuss the moment that confirmed the artist’s understanding of the photographic image’s potential for boundary-hopping ubiquity in the contemporary era.

Twelve Tracks: Roe Ethridge

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Twelve Tracks: Roe Ethridge

Roe Ethridge shares the transportive powers of his playlist “Teenage Chemicals in 1985,” a soundtrack that began playing in those formative years and hasn’t stopped since.

Photograph of pink satin bow by Roe Ethridge

Roe Ethridge

During a conversation with David Rimanelli, Roe Ethridge reflected on photographs that he made during the late 1990s and early 2000s after moving to New York. They spoke as Ethridge was preparing for his exhibition Old Fruit.

The cover of the Spring 2020 edition of the Gagosian Quarterly magazine. A Cindy Sherman photograph of herself dressed as a clown against a rainbow background.

Now available
Gagosian Quarterly Spring 2020

The Spring 2020 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Cindy Sherman’s Untitled #412 (2003) on its cover.

Diana Widmaier-Picasso standing in front of a bookcase

Picasso and Maya: An Interview with Diana Widmaier-Picasso

Diana Widmaier-Picasso curated a presentation at Gagosian, Paris, to celebrate the publication of Picasso and Maya: Father and Daughter at the end of 2019. This comprehensive reference publication explores the figure of Maya Ruiz-Picasso, Pablo Picasso’s beloved eldest daughter, throughout Picasso’s work and chronicles the loving relationship between the artist and his daughter. In this video, Widmaier-Picasso details her ongoing interest in the subject and reflects on the process of making the book.

Self-Reflections: Roe Ethridge Innocence II

Self-Reflections: Roe Ethridge Innocence II

Angela Brown considers the wide-ranging photographs included in Roe Ethridge: Innocence II.  

Innocence II

Innocence II

A photography portfolio by Roe Ethridge, accompanied by Saul Anton’s The Story of L.

Fairs, Events & Announcements

Mark Grotjahn, Untitled (Capri 53.57), 2020 © Mark Grotjahn

Support

The Kitchen
Ice and Fire: A Benefit Exhibition in Three Parts

October 15, 2020–January 31, 2021

The benefit exhibition Ice and Fire features works by more than forty artists who have enduring relationships with the Kitchen in New York. Installed within the organization’s three-story space in Chelsea, which is currently closed due to the global pandemic, the three-part exhibition is viewable online. Proceeds from sales will go toward a planned renovation on the occasion of the Kitchen’s fiftieth anniversary, ensuring that the nonprofit space will remain a platform for artistic experimentation in its historic and beloved building. Work by Cecily Brown, Roe Ethridge, Mark Grotjahn, Alex Israel, Ed Ruscha, Taryn Simon, Mary Weatherford, and Christopher Wool is included.

Mark Grotjahn, Untitled (Capri 53.57), 2020 © Mark Grotjahn

Installation view, Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2011: Roe Ethridge, Ampica P3, London, 2011. Artwork © Roe Ethridge

Video

Interview with Roe Ethridge
The Photographers’ Gallery, London

In this video, produced on the occasion of an exhibition of work by artists shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2011, Roe Ethridge speaks about his photographs of the of the 2000s. Describing his work as “American by default,” he discusses his subject matter and playing with the idea of the visual fugue, or devising sequences of pictures with multiple voices and counterpoints, as in a score or song.

Installation view, Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2011: Roe Ethridge, Ampica P3, London, 2011. Artwork © Roe Ethridge

Photo: Darius Garvin

Partnership

Antwaun Sargent

Gagosian is pleased to announce a new partnership with independent critic Antwaun Sargent. Sargent will collaborate with the gallery on a number of upcoming editorial and curatorial projects, including a series of four gallery exhibitions, as well as related features for the Gagosian Quarterly magazine. He will also be contributing to Gagosian’s online initiatives; his forthcoming interview with Roe Ethridge, focusing on conceptual and aesthetic crossovers between fashion and art photography, will be published in conjunction with Ethridge’s Artist Spotlight feature.

Photo: Darius Garvin

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Museum Exhibitions

Roe Ethridge, Cat with Yarn Ball, 2017 © Roe Ethridge

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Roe Ethridge in
New Visions: The Henie Onstad Triennial for Photography and New Media

February 21–September 13, 2020
Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, Norway
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Bringing together recent work by thirty-one international artists, the inaugural edition of the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter’s triennial foregrounds practices that acknowledge the fluctuating and networked condition of contemporary photography and society. Work by Roe Ethridge is included.

Roe Ethridge, Cat with Yarn Ball, 2017 © Roe Ethridge

Roe Ethridge, Annabella for SEPP, 2012 © Roe Ethridge

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Pictures from Another Wall
The Collection of Huis Marseille at De Pont

February 15–August 30, 2020
De Pont Museum, Tilburg, Netherlands
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On view in the De Pont Museum’s new wing are roughly one hundred contemporary photographic works from the collection of its sister institution, Huis Marseille in Amsterdam, with an emphasis on acquisitions of the past five years. Work by Roe Ethridge and Andreas Gursky is included.

Roe Ethridge, Annabella for SEPP, 2012 © Roe Ethridge

Urs Fischer, Green Solace, 16 Handles, Red Solace, 2017 © Urs Fischer. Photo: Mats Nordman

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Mad World

August 18, 2018–January 14, 2019
Marciano Foundation, Los Angeles
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Mad World brought together works from the Marciano collection reflecting the rampant absurdities of contemporary life. Many of the exhibited works address the overwhelming accumulation of information, images, and ideas emanating from our phones, computers, billboards, televisions, and radios. Work by Roe Ethridge, Urs Fischer, and Nate Lowman was included.

Urs Fischer, Green Solace, 16 Handles, Red Solace, 2017 © Urs Fischer. Photo: Mats Nordman

Roe Ethridge, Beach Scene (Louis Feraud), 2008, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago © Roe Ethridge

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Picture Fiction
Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography

April 28–December 30, 2018
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
mcachicago.org

Picture Fiction considered the conceptual photography of Kenneth Josephson. In addition to presenting four major series made by the Chicago-based artist roughly between 1960 and 1980, the exhibition highlighted links between Josephson and other contemporary artists working in photography, film, and sculpture, including Roe Ethridge, Ed Ruscha, and Jeff Wall.

Roe Ethridge, Beach Scene (Louis Feraud), 2008, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago © Roe Ethridge

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