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).
May 9–31, 2017
Extended through September 17, 2016
A group exhibition of text-based works
June 1–September 17, 2016
Extended through April 2, 2016
An Index of Process and Mutation
January 14–April 2, 2016
Works from 1929 to 2015
June 11–August 1, 2015
Britannia Street, London
January 27–March 27, 2015
PLIAGE / FOLD
February 28–April 17, 2014
The Show is Over
October 15–November 30, 2013
Britannia Street, London
March 21–May 4, 2013
Fairs, Events & Announcements
February 1–4, 2018, booth B19
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are available at www.artgeneve.ch.
Giuseppe Penone, Pelle di foglie—5 foglie a terra, 2011 © Giuseppe Penone
Nocturne Rive Droite
Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 6–11pm
4 rue de Ponthieu, Paris
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
I Am a Problem
September 23, 2017–February 18, 2018
MMK 2, Frankfurt
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
Masterworks of Minimal Art
February 22–August 13, 2017
MMK2, Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main
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
Dancing on Graves
April 5–June 16, 2017
The Power Station, Dallas
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