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Steven Parrino

Steven Parrino, 13 Shattered Panels (for Joey Ramone), 2001 13 standard panels of gypsum plaster board painted with black industrial lacquer, Dimensions variable

Steven Parrino, 13 Shattered Panels (for Joey Ramone), 2001

13 standard panels of gypsum plaster board painted with black industrial lacquer, Dimensions variable

Steven Parrino, Spinout Vortex, 2000 Vellum in matt board, 13 ¾ × 13 ½ inches (34.9 × 34.3 cm)

Steven Parrino, Spinout Vortex, 2000

Vellum in matt board, 13 ¾ × 13 ½ inches (34.9 × 34.3 cm)

Steven Parrino, Untitled, 1997 Enamel on canvas, 60 × 60 inches (152.4 × 152.4 cm)

Steven Parrino, Untitled, 1997

Enamel on canvas, 60 × 60 inches (152.4 × 152.4 cm)

Steven Parrino, Untitled, 1992 Sprayed engine enamel on vellum, 11 ½ × 10 inches (29.2 × 25.4 cm)

Steven Parrino, Untitled, 1992

Sprayed engine enamel on vellum, 11 ½ × 10 inches (29.2 × 25.4 cm)

Steven Parrino, Untitled, 1991 Sprayed enamel and pencil on vellum, 9 × 12 inches (22.9 × 30.5 cm)

Steven Parrino, Untitled, 1991

Sprayed enamel and pencil on vellum, 9 × 12 inches (22.9 × 30.5 cm)

Steven Parrino, Untitled, 1991 Sprayed enamel, pencil on vellum, 9 × 12 inches (22.9 × 30.5 cm)

Steven Parrino, Untitled, 1991

Sprayed enamel, pencil on vellum, 9 × 12 inches (22.9 × 30.5 cm)

About

Steven Parrino is best known for his signature “misshaped” monochromes with slashed, torn, or twisted canvases. An established pioneer in performance and video art, his radicalism was born out of a deep understanding of the history of painting and the avant-garde. The vibe of his work derives from his other loves: Pop iconography and the subversive counterculture of the Hell’s Angels, the occult, and the No Wave and punk rock movements. His commitment to the belief that “radicalism comes from content and not necessarily form” radiates throughout his artistic practice, where he utilizes disciplines ranging from painting, photo collage, and drawing to film, video, and performance. At the end of the 1980s Parrino’s work began to diverge aesthetically. Never completely comfortable with the “Neo-Geo” label, his work took on a darker, more monumental character. The iconic monochrome paintings took shape as radical, nihilistic, pop sculptural objects—a transformation that fused historical tradition with the defunct notion of the avant-garde.

Parrino was born in 1958 in New York, and died in 2005 in New York. He received an AAS in 1979 from SUNY Farmingdale, New York, and a BFA in 1982 from Parsons School of Design, New York. Parrino’s work has been exhibited in major exhibitions worldwide, including Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland (2000); Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany (2000); Contemporanea, Milan (2001); Nuremberg Museum, Germany (2002); Swiss Institute, New York (2002); Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2003); Le Consortium, Dijon, France (2004); Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany (2005); PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2005); and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2006). Solo exhibitions include Massimo De Carlo Arte Contemporanea, Milan (2000); Exit/Dark Matter, FriArt, Fribourg, Switzerland (2002); Steven Parrino Videos 1979–Present, Circuit, Lausanne, Switzerland (2002); Massimo De Carlo Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy; Galerie Jean Brolly, Paris (2003);  Steven Parrino: Retrospective, 1977–2004, Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva (2005–07); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2007); Born to Be Wild: Hommage an Steven Parrino, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland (2009); and Dancing on Graves, Power Station, Dallas (2017).

Fairs, Events & Announcements

Giuseppe Penone, Pelle di foglie—5 foglie a terra, 2011 © Giuseppe Penone

Art Fair

artgenève

February 1–4, 2018, booth B19
Palexpo, Geneva
www.artgeneve.ch

Gagosian is pleased to participate in artgenève 2018, presenting a selection of works by Richard Artschwager, Georg Baselitz, John Currin, Dadamaino, Edmund de Waal, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Peter Lindbergh, Vera Lutter, Man Ray, Sally Mann, Brice Marden, Olivier Mosset, Albert Oehlen, Steven Parrino, Giuseppe Penone, Sigmar Polke, Ed Ruscha, Blair Thurman, Tatiana Trouvé, Tom Wesselmann, Franz West, Rachel Whiteread, and others. If you wish to receive a PDF with detailed information on the works, please contact us at geneva@gagosian.com. Tickets are available at www.artgeneve.ch.

Giuseppe Penone, Pelle di foglie—5 foglie a terra, 2011 © Giuseppe Penone

Photo: Zarko Vijatovic

Visit

Nocturne Rive Droite

Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 6–11pm
4 rue de Ponthieu, Paris
www.art-rivedroite.com

Galleries located in the triangle d’or will be open to visitors after hours. A group exhibition including work by John Chamberlain, Walter De Maria, Edmund de Waal, Carsten Höller, Olivier Mosset, Steven Parrino, Sterling Ruby, Richard Serra, Taryn Simon, and Tatiana Trouvé will be on view at our Paris gallery.

Photo: Zarko Vijatovic

Museum Exhibitions

Douglas Gordon, going out, 2005 © Studio lost but found and VG Bild-Kunst 2018. Photo by Axel Schneider

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I Am a Problem

September 23, 2017–February 18, 2018
MMK 2, Frankfurt
mmk-frankfurt.de

A gloomy and at the same time provoking parallel world unfolds in the exhibition space, in which works from the Museum für Moderne Kunst’s collection become protagonists of a narrative and enter into a dialogue with one another. The starting point for the staging is a myth about Maria Callas (1923–1977). Work by Douglas Gordon, Bruce Nauman, Steven Parrino, Taryn Simon, and Andy Warhol is included.

Douglas Gordon, going out, 2005 © Studio lost but found and VG Bild-Kunst 2018. Photo by Axel Schneider

Photo by Axel Schneider

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Primary Structures
Masterworks of Minimal Art

February 22–August 13, 2017
MMK2, Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main
mmk-frankfurt.de

The Minimal art current emerged in the US in the early 1960s, its exponents striving in their works for objectiveness, logic, and industrial production without artistic signature. The exhibition investigates the international impact of the influential Minimal art movement from the ’60s to the present. This show includes works by Richard Artschwager, Walter De Maria, Bruce Nauman, Steven Parrino, and Richard Serra.

Photo by Axel Schneider

Steven Parrino, Dancing on Graves, 1999. Photo by Zarko Vijatovic

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Steven Parrino
Dancing on Graves

April 5–June 16, 2017
The Power Station, Dallas
powerstationdallas.com

Engaging in post-punk abstraction, the physicality of Parrino’s work highlights iconoclasts and anti-culture, deviants and superheroes alongside the trajectory of Minimalism. Dancing on Graves is Parrino’s first institutional show in the US. The museum is presenting painting, sculpture, video, and works on paper.

Steven Parrino, Dancing on Graves, 1999. Photo by Zarko Vijatovic