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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 by 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 by 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, Work in progress at studio, 2012 © Thomas Houseago

Thomas Houseago, Work in progress at studio, 2012

© 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, Scotland (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); The 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); and Masks (Pentagon), Rockefeller Center Plaza, New York (2015). 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 Los Angeles.

Thomas Houseago

Photo: Muna El Fituri

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Photo: Muna El Fituri © Thomas Houseago

Award

Thomas Houseago

Thomas Houseago will be honored at the De Ateliers Gala in Amsterdam on March 8, 2018. Founded in 1963 in Haarlem by artists, De Ateliers is an international institute that helps young artists to develop their talent through a two-year program. Houseago was a participant from 1994 to 1996.

Photo: Muna El Fituri © Thomas Houseago

Mark Grotjahn, Untitled (African II, Gated Front and Back Mask M44.e), 2015 © Mark Grotjahn. Photo: Douglas M. Parker Studio

Art Fair

Fog Design+Art

January 11–14, 2018, booth 209
Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
www.fogfair.com

Gagosian is pleased to participate in FOG Design+Art Fair 2018, presenting a selection of works by Davide Balula, Alexander Calder, Helen Frankenthaler, Piero Golia, Mark Grotjahn, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Houseago, Mike Kelley, Giuseppe Penone, Sterling Ruby, Ed Ruscha, Taryn Simon, Jeff Wall, and others.

Contact sanfrancisco@gagosian.com 
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Mark Grotjahn, Untitled (African II, Gated Front and Back Mask M44.e), 2015 © Mark Grotjahn. Photo: Douglas M. Parker Studio

Thomas Houseago, Rainbow I (Psychedelic), 2017

Live Auction

2017 Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Gala Auction

Live auction: July 26
Online preview: July 27–August 9
Online bidding: August 10–23
www.2017ldfauction.org

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is dedicated to protecting the world’s last wild places. Since 2008 it has supported over 200 environmental projects across all five oceans and in over fifty countries. This auction helps make it possible for the Foundation to continue supporting pioneering individuals and organizations on the front lines of environmental conservation and climate advocacy, and will feature donated artworks by Urs Fischer, Frank Gehry, Damien Hirst, Thomas Houseago, Jeff Koons, Pablo Picasso, Sterling Ruby, Ed Ruscha, Rudolf Stingel, Lawrence Weiner, and Jonas Wood.

Thomas Houseago, Rainbow I (Psychedelic), 2017

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Museum Exhibitions

Thomas Houseago, Baby, 2009–10 © Thomas Houseago

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“Debout!”
Collection François Pinault

June 23–September 9, 2018
Couvent des Jacobins and Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rennes, France
www.tourisme-rennes.com

The city of Rennes will host an exhibition of works from the Pinault collection under the title “Debout!”. More than sixty works by twenty renowned artists will be on display in locations and institutions around the city. Work by Duane Hanson, Thomas Houseago, and Tatiana Trouvé will be included.

Thomas Houseago, Baby, 2009–10 © Thomas Houseago

Thomas Houseago, Roman Masks II, 2013 © Thomas Houseago

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Thomas Houseago in
In Fact

December 5, 2017–April 30, 2018
Elgiz Museum, Istanbul
elgizmuseum.org

In Fact focuses on the concepts of representation and the act of referring. The exhibition includes works from different media and investigates the models of representation through the referred. Work by Thomas Houseago is included.

Thomas Houseago, Roman Masks II, 2013 © Thomas Houseago

Installation view, Proof of Life, Weserburg | Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen, Germany, May 19, 2017–February 25, 2018. Photo: Björn Behrens

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Proof of Life

May 19, 2017–February 25, 2018
Weserburg | Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen, Germany
www.weserburg.de

Proof of Life brings together one hundred paintings, sculptures, and photographic works that investigate existential questions in a manner both palpable and profound. Work by Damien Hirst, Thomas Houseago, Anselm Kiefer, Sterling Ruby, and Richard Serra is included.

Installation view, Proof of Life, Weserburg | Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen, Germany, May 19, 2017–February 25, 2018. Photo: Björn Behrens

Photo by Robert Wedemeyer

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Unpacking
The Marciano Collection

May 25–September 16, 2017
Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles
marcianoartfoundation.org

Unpacking: The Marciano Collection is the debut presentation of the collection’s holdings organized by Philipp Kaiser. The title and theme of the show are derived from Walter Benjamin’s essay “Unpacking My Library,” in which he discusses the chaotic potentiality inherent in unpacking and recontextualizing one’s collection. Work by Mark Grotjahn, Thomas Houseago, Alex Israel, Takashi Murakami, Albert Oehlen, Sterling Ruby, Cindy Sherman, Franz West, Jonas Wood, and Christopher Wool is included.

Photo by Robert Wedemeyer

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