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Thomas Houseago, Striding Figure (Rome I), 2013 Tuf-Cal, hemp, and iron rebar, 141 × 67 × 93 inches (358.1 × 170.2 × 236.2 cm)Installation view, Thomas Houseago: Striding Figure/Standing Figure, Galleria Borghese, Rome, May 15–July 7, 2013© Thomas Houseago

Thomas Houseago, Striding Figure (Rome I), 2013

Tuf-Cal, hemp, and iron rebar, 141 × 67 × 93 inches (358.1 × 170.2 × 236.2 cm)
Installation view, Thomas Houseago: Striding Figure/Standing Figure, Galleria Borghese, Rome, May 15–July 7, 2013
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Thomas Houseago, Standing Figure (Roman Figure I), 2013 Tuf-Cal, hemp, and iron rebar, 141 × 63 × 52 inches (358.1 × 160 × 132.1 cm)Installation view, Thomas Houseago: Striding Figure/Standing Figure, Galleria Borghese, Rome, May 15–July 7, 2013© Thomas Houseago

Thomas Houseago, Standing Figure (Roman Figure I), 2013

Tuf-Cal, hemp, and iron rebar, 141 × 63 × 52 inches (358.1 × 160 × 132.1 cm)
Installation view, Thomas Houseago: Striding Figure/Standing Figure, Galleria Borghese, Rome, May 15–July 7, 2013
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Thomas Houseago, Masks (Pentagon), 2015 Tuf-Cal, hemp, iron rebar, steel, and redwood, 216 ¾ × 277 ⅛ × 291 ½ inches (550.5 × 703.9 × 740.4 cm)Installation view, Rockefeller Center, New York, April 28, 2015–June 24, 2015, organized by Public Art Fund and Tishman Speyer© Thomas Houseago

Thomas Houseago, Masks (Pentagon), 2015

Tuf-Cal, hemp, iron rebar, steel, and redwood, 216 ¾ × 277 ⅛ × 291 ½ inches (550.5 × 703.9 × 740.4 cm)
Installation view, Rockefeller Center, New York, April 28, 2015–June 24, 2015, organized by Public Art Fund and Tishman Speyer
© Thomas Houseago

Thomas Houseago, Black Painting 3, 2016 Oil on canvas mounted on board, 108 × 72 inches (274.3 × 182.9 cm)© Thomas Houseago, photo by Fredrik Nilson

Thomas Houseago, Black Painting 3, 2016

Oil on canvas mounted on board, 108 × 72 inches (274.3 × 182.9 cm)
© Thomas Houseago, photo by Fredrik Nilson

Thomas Houseago, Psychedelic Brother III – Blue, 2016 Acrylic paint, pencil, colored pastel, charcoal on canvas mounted on board, 60 × 48 inches (152.4 × 121.9 cm)© Thomas Houseago. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen

Thomas Houseago, Psychedelic Brother III – Blue, 2016

Acrylic paint, pencil, colored pastel, charcoal on canvas mounted on board, 60 × 48 inches (152.4 × 121.9 cm)
© Thomas Houseago. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen

Thomas Houseago, Untitled (abstract I), 2015 Tuf-Cal, hemp, and iron rebar, 103 × 78 ½ × 86 inches (261.6 × 199.4 × 218.4 cm)© Thomas Houseago, photo by Fredrik Nilson

Thomas Houseago, Untitled (abstract I), 2015

Tuf-Cal, hemp, and iron rebar, 103 × 78 ½ × 86 inches (261.6 × 199.4 × 218.4 cm)
© Thomas Houseago, photo by Fredrik Nilson

Thomas Houseago Carved Head - Medusa I, 2015 Tuf-Cal, graphite, plywood, and redwood 69 × 24 × 23 1/2 inches (175.3 × 61 × 59.7 cm) Plaster original, edition of 3 + 2 APs, photo by Fredrik Nilsen

Thomas Houseago Carved Head - Medusa I, 2015

Tuf-Cal, graphite, plywood, and redwood 69 × 24 × 23 1/2 inches (175.3 × 61 × 59.7 cm) Plaster original, edition of 3 + 2 APs, photo by Fredrik Nilsen

Thomas Houseago Algol Head, 2015 Tuf-Cal, hemp, iron rebar, and redwood 77 × 20 × 19 1/2 inches (195.6 × 50.8 × 49.5 cm) Plaster original, edition of 3 + 2 APs, photo by Fredrik Nilsen

Thomas Houseago Algol Head, 2015

Tuf-Cal, hemp, iron rebar, and redwood 77 × 20 × 19 1/2 inches (195.6 × 50.8 × 49.5 cm) Plaster original, edition of 3 + 2 APs, photo by Fredrik Nilsen

Thomas Houseago, Roman Masks III, 2013 Tuf-Cal, hemp, iron rebar, 25 ½ × 22 1/16 × 6 11/16 inches (64.8 × 56 × 17 cm)© Thomas Houseago

Thomas Houseago, Roman Masks III, 2013

Tuf-Cal, hemp, iron rebar, 25 ½ × 22 1/16 × 6 11/16 inches (64.8 × 56 × 17 cm)
© Thomas Houseago

Thomas Houseago Reclining Figure (For Rome), 2013 Tuf-Cal, hemp, iron rebar, wood 66 × 148 × 68 inches (167.6 × 375.9 × 172.7 cm) Installation at Gagosian Gallery Rome © Thomas Houseago

Thomas Houseago Reclining Figure (For Rome), 2013

Tuf-Cal, hemp, iron rebar, wood 66 × 148 × 68 inches (167.6 × 375.9 × 172.7 cm) Installation at Gagosian Gallery Rome © Thomas Houseago

Thomas Houseago, Untitled, 2019 Oil, charcoal, graphite on canvas, 108 × 72 inches (274.3 × 182.9 cm)© Thomas Houseago

Thomas Houseago, Untitled, 2019

Oil, charcoal, graphite on canvas, 108 × 72 inches (274.3 × 182.9 cm)
© Thomas Houseago

Thomas Houseago, Blue Owl, 2019 Aluminum, 95 ¾ × 30 × 29 ½ inches (243.2 × 76.2 × 74.9 cm), edition of 3 + 2 APInstallation view, RA Summer Exhibition 2019, Royal Academy of Arts, London, June 10–August 12, 2019© Thomas Houseago

Thomas Houseago, Blue Owl, 2019

Aluminum, 95 ¾ × 30 × 29 ½ inches (243.2 × 76.2 × 74.9 cm), edition of 3 + 2 AP
Installation view, RA Summer Exhibition 2019, Royal Academy of Arts, London, June 10–August 12, 2019
© Thomas Houseago

Thomas Houseago, Beautiful Boy, 2019 Tuf-Cal, hemp, and iron rebar, 122 ½ × 47 × 42 inches (311.2 × 119.4 × 106.7 cm)© Thomas Houseago

Thomas Houseago, Beautiful Boy, 2019

Tuf-Cal, hemp, and iron rebar, 122 ½ × 47 × 42 inches (311.2 × 119.4 × 106.7 cm)
© Thomas Houseago

About

Thomas Houseago brings a vanguard approach to sculpture’s original subject, the human body. Utilizing mediums associated with classical and modernist sculpture—such as carved wood, clay, plaster, and bronze—as well as less traditional materials like rebar and hemp, Houseago builds monumental figures rife with the traces of their making. Body parts rendered from flat portions of wood adjoin others sculpted in the round to create an interplay between two- and three-dimensional elements. His bulky-shouldered figures replace the grace of their serpentine contrapposto stance with awkward contortions of piecemeal appendages. Crouched and stilted on thick limbs, these reductive interpretations convey a striking sense of weight and anatomical structure. By tapping into the nuanced legibility of the human form, Houseago’s figures oscillate between states of power and of vulnerability.

Houseago was born in 1972 in Leeds, England. He studied at Jacob Kramer College, Leeds, England from 1990 to 1991, received a BA in 1994 from Saint Martin’s School of Art, London, and studied at De Ateliers, Amsterdam, from 1994 to 1996. Recent exhibitions of Houseago’s work include Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam (1996); Thomas Houseago, I Am Here, Selected Sculptures 1995–2003, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium (2003); A Million Miles Away, Modern Institute, Glasgow (2007); There’s a Crack in Everything, That’s How the Light Gets In, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin (2009); The Artist’s Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2010); What Went Down, Modern Art Oxford, England (2010, traveled to Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, England; Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany; and Centre International d’Art et du Paysage de l’Ile de Vassivière, Beaumont-du-Lac, France, through 2011); Amy Bessone and Thomas Houseago, Rennie Museum, Vancouver, Canada (2010); Beat of the Show, Inverleith House, Edinburgh, Scotland (2011); The World Belongs to You, Palazzo Grassi, Venice (2011); Where the Wild Things Are and Hermaphrodite, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, England (2012); Striding Figure/Standing Figure, Galleria Borghese, Rome (2013); As I Went Out One Morning, Storm King Art Center, Cornwall, New York (2013); Studies ’98–’14, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Netherlands (2014); Lovers, Académie Conti, Vosne-Romanée, France (2015); Royal Academy, London (2019); Almost Human, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2019); Vision Paintings, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels (2021). His work was included in the 2010 Whitney Biennial. Houseago has collaborated with the New York Public Art Fund on two public sculptures: Statuesque (2010) and Masks (Pentagon) (2015).

Houseago lives and works in Malibu, California.

Fairs, Events & Announcements

Gagosian’s booth at Art Basel Hong Kong 2022. Artwork, left to right: © Georg Baselitz; © Louise Bonnet; © Zeng Fanzhi; © 2019 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All rights reserved; © Rudolf Stingel. Photo: Martin Wong

Art Fair

Art Basel Hong Kong 2022

May 27–29, 2022, booth 1C15
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
www.artbasel.com

Gagosian is pleased to participate in Art Basel Hong Kong 2022 with an ensemble of contemporary works by international artists. The gallery’s presentation will feature works by artists including Georg BaselitzLouise BonnetEdmund de WaalUrs FischerKatharina GrosseMark GrotjahnJennifer GuidiSimon HantaïHao LiangDamien HirstThomas HouseagoTetsuya IshidaAlex IsraelEwa JuszkiewiczRick LoweTakashi MurakamiAlbert OehlenNam June PaikGiuseppe PenoneRudolf PolanszkySterling RubyEd RuschaJenny SavilleJim ShawRudolf StingelSpencer SweeneyRachel Whiteread, and Zeng Fanzhi.

Gagosian’s booth at Art Basel Hong Kong 2022. Artwork, left to right: © Georg Baselitz; © Louise Bonnet; © Zeng Fanzhi; © 2019 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All rights reserved; © Rudolf Stingel. Photo: Martin Wong

Tetsuya Ishida, Untitled (Planting Trees), 2000 © Estate of Tetsuya Ishida

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West Bund Art & Design 2021

November 12–14, 2021, booth A102
West Bund Art Center, Shanghai
westbundshanghai.com

Gagosian is pleased to participate in the eighth edition of West Bund Art & Design. The gallery will present works by Balthus, Georg Baselitz, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Glenn Brown, Helen Frankenthaler, Katharina Grosse, Mark Grotjahn, Damien Hirst, Thomas Houseago, Tetsuya Ishida, Alex Israel, Takashi Murakami, Albert Oehlen, Nam June Paik, Sterling Ruby, Ed Ruscha, Rudolf Stingel, Spencer Sweeney, Zao Wou-Ki, and Zeng Fanzhi, among others.

To receive a pdf with detailed information on the works, please contact the gallery at inquire@gagosian.com.

Tetsuya Ishida, Untitled (Planting Trees), 2000 © Estate of Tetsuya Ishida

Left: Thomas Houseago. Photo: Ari Marcopoulos. Right: Amélie Simier. Photo: © Agence Photographique du Musée Rodin, J. Manoukian

In Conversation

Thomas Houseago
Amélie Simier

Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 1pm edt

Join Gagosian for a conversation between Thomas Houseago and Amélie Simier, director of the Musée Rodin, Paris, appointed in May 2021. Moderated by art historian and Gagosian director Richard Calvocoressi, the discussion will look at contemporary sculpture and its foundation in Auguste Rodin’s radical forms, Houseago’s ongoing exploration of both human representation and abstraction, and process in both artists’ practices, including their common use of classical materials such as bronze and plaster. The trio will also discuss a forthcoming exhibition pairing sculptures by both artists at Gagosian in London. To join the online event, register at eventbrite.com.

Left: Thomas Houseago. Photo: Ari Marcopoulos. Right: Amélie Simier. Photo: © Agence Photographique du Musée Rodin, J. Manoukian

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Museum Exhibitions

Thomas Houseago, Weekend at El Cap, 2022 © Thomas Houseago

On View

Thomas Houseago with Nick Cave and Brad Pitt
WE

Through January 15, 2023
Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere, Finland
www.sarahildenintaidemuseo.fi

WE celebrates Thomas Houseago’s belief that creativity is fundamental, common to all people and flowing in all of us. The exhibition presents new paintings from the artist’s Visions series as well as sculptures in redwood and plaster, some created in response to works in the museum collection. These are shown alongside a series of ceramic figures by Nick Cave and sculptures by Brad Pitt, both of which were created during an ongoing dialogue with HouseagoBy including artworks by his creative associates, Houseago recontextualizes the concept of original creation to challenge the idea of the artist as a solitary individual and celebrate a more collectivist approach. 

Thomas Houseago, Weekend at El Cap, 2022 © Thomas Houseago

Thomas Houseago, Machine Wall, 2019 © Thomas Houseago/ADAGP, Paris

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Thomas Houseago
Sculptures pour amoureux

Through April 24, 2023
Centre Pompidou-Metz, France
www.centrepompidou-metz.fr

For this exhibition, whose title translates to Sculptures for Lovers, Thomas Houseago has designed two installations specifically for the museum, which will be shown in two parts. First, three monumental unstretched paintings, hung on the roof aim to express the restorative power of art and its visceral relationship with life. Visitors are invited to walk freely among the paintings, which are in dialogue with both nature and the building’s architecture, to view them from different vantage points. In the fall, the paintings will be replaced by a set of three sculptures.

Thomas Houseago, Machine Wall, 2019 © Thomas Houseago/ADAGP, Paris

Installation view, Aesthetics: Collection of Qiao Zhibing, Tank Shanghai, March 19–December 19, 2021. Artwork, left: © Thomas Houseago; center and right: © Theaster Gates. Photo: courtesy Tank Shanghai

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Aesthetics
Collection of Qiao Zhibing

March 19–December 19, 2021
Tank Shanghai
www.tankshanghai.com

Qiao Zhibing, contemporary art collector and founder of Tank Shanghai, has selected works from his private collection by twelve Chinese and international contemporary artists for this exhibition, which explores the inspiration art brings to the public from a visual perspective. Work by Theaster Gates and Thomas Houseago is included.

Installation view, Aesthetics: Collection of Qiao Zhibing, Tank Shanghai, March 19–December 19, 2021. Artwork, left: © Thomas Houseago; center and right: © Theaster Gates. Photo: courtesy Tank Shanghai

Installation view, Thomas Houseago: Vision Paintings, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, April 22–August 1, 2021. Artwork © Thomas Houseago

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Thomas Houseago
Vision Paintings

April 22–August 1, 2021
Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels
www.fine-arts-museum.be

Vision Paintings comprises large-scale paintings, drawings, and previously unexhibited journals by Thomas Houseago. The works occupy two first-floor galleries of the museum in a parallel display to selected works from the permanent collection, including Jacques-Louis David’s painting Marat assassiné (The Death of Marat) (1793). The exhibition invites viewers to contemplate the emotional tenor of both the neoclassical and contemporary works, as well as their formal differences and shared points of connection.

Installation view, Thomas Houseago: Vision Paintings, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, April 22–August 1, 2021. Artwork © Thomas Houseago

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