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Ferus

September 12–October 19, 2002
555 West 24th Street, New York

FERUS Installation view

FERUS

Installation view

FERUS Installation view

FERUS

Installation view

FERUS Installation view

FERUS

Installation view

Works Exhibited

Billy Al Bengston, Buster, 1962 Oil and sprayed lacquer on Masonite, 60 × 60 inches (152.4 × 152.4 cm)

Billy Al Bengston, Buster, 1962

Oil and sprayed lacquer on Masonite, 60 × 60 inches (152.4 × 152.4 cm)

Bruce Conner, September 13, 1959, 1959 Mixed media assemblage, 22 × 15 ½ inches (56 × 39 cm)

Bruce Conner, September 13, 1959, 1959

Mixed media assemblage, 22 × 15 ½ inches (56 × 39 cm)

Joseph Cornell, Hotel de L'Etoile, 1950 Wood, glass, oil and paper box construction, 22 ½ × 12 ¾ × 7 inches (57.2 × 32.4 × 17.8 cm)

Joseph Cornell, Hotel de L'Etoile, 1950

Wood, glass, oil and paper box construction, 22 ½ × 12 ¾ × 7 inches (57.2 × 32.4 × 17.8 cm)

Craig Kauffman, Untitled (Bubble), 1968 Acrylic and lacquer on vacuum-formed plastic, 43 × 89 × 15 inches (109.2 × 226.1 × 38.1 cm)

Craig Kauffman, Untitled (Bubble), 1968

Acrylic and lacquer on vacuum-formed plastic, 43 × 89 × 15 inches (109.2 × 226.1 × 38.1 cm)

Ed Ruscha, Los Angeles County Museum on Fire, 1968 Oil on canvas, 52 ½ × 133 ½ inches (135.9 × 339.1 cm)

Ed Ruscha, Los Angeles County Museum on Fire, 1968

Oil on canvas, 52 ½ × 133 ½ inches (135.9 × 339.1 cm)

Frank Stella, Firuzabad III, 1970 Polymer and fluorescent polymer paint on canvas, 120 × 241 inches (304.8 × 612.1 cm)

Frank Stella, Firuzabad III, 1970

Polymer and fluorescent polymer paint on canvas, 120 × 241 inches (304.8 × 612.1 cm)

About

Gagosian is pleased to present an exhibition celebrating the years of the pioneering Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles (1957–67). Organized by Irving Blum, the exhibition brings together historical examples of the artists fostered and represented by Ferus during this decade.

During the 1960s, under the direction of Irving Blum, Ferus became one of the most significant galleries on the West Coast. This exhibition will feature twenty-two of the Ferus artists, with many works on loan from international museums and private collections. Some of the highlights of the exhibition will include Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans from the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York; Ed Ruscha’s Los Angeles County Museum on Fire from the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC; and Ed Kienholz’s Walter Hopps, Hopps, Hopps from the Menil Collection in Houston.

Artists included in this exhibition: John Altoon, Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, Wallace Berman, Bruce Conner, Joseph Cornell, Jay DeFeo, Richard Diebenkorn, Robert Irwin, Jasper Johns, Donald Judd, Craig Kauffman, Ellsworth Kelly, Ed Kienholz, Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Moses, Kenneth Price, Ed Ruscha, Kurt Schwitters, Hassel Smith, Frank Stella, Andy Warhol

A fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by Kirk Varnedoe and an interview with Irving Blum by Roberta Bernstein will accompany the exhibition.

Alexander Calder poster for McGovern, 1972, lithograph

The Art History of Presidential Campaign Posters

Against the backdrop of the 2020 US presidential election, historian Hal Wert takes us through the artistic and political evolution of American campaign posters, from their origin in 1844 to the present. In an interview with Quarterly editor Gillian Jakab, Wert highlights an array of landmark posters and the artists who made them.

Jasper Johns, Untitled, 2011, acrylic over intaglio on paper mounted on Fred Siegenthaler “confetti” paper, 11 ¾ × 7 ¾ inches (29.8 × 19.7 cm)

The Generative Surface

Eileen Costello explores the oft-overlooked importance of paper choice to the mediums of drawing and printmaking, from the Renaissance through the present day.

Allen Midgette in front of the Chelsea Hotel, New York, 2000. Photo: Rita Barros

I’ll Be Your Mirror: Allen Midgette

Raymond Foye speaks with the actor who impersonated Andy Warhol during the great Warhol lecture hoax in the late 1960s. The two also discuss Midgette’s earlier film career in Italy and the difficulty of performing in a Warhol film.

Ed Ruscha, At That, 2020, dry pigment and acrylic on paper.

“Things Fall Apart”: Ed Ruscha’s Swiped Words

Lisa Turvey examines the range of effects conveyed by the blurred phrases in recent drawings by the artist, detailing the ways these words in motion evoke the experience of the current moment.

Dorothy Lichtenstein in Roy Lichtenstein’s Southampton studio. Photo by Kasia Wandycz/Paris Match via Getty Images

In Conversation
Dorothy Lichtenstein

Dorothy Lichtenstein sits down with Derek Blasberg to discuss the changes underway at the Lichtenstein Foundation, life in the 1960s, and what brought her to—and kept her in—the Hamptons.

Andy Warhol catalogue. Philadelphia: Institute of Contemporary Art, 1965.

Book Corner
On Collecting with Norman Diekman

Rare-book expert Douglas Flamm speaks with designer Norman Diekman about his unique collection of books on art and architecture. Diekman describes his first plunge into book collecting, the history behind it, and the way his passion for collecting grew.