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What’s Modern?

November 6–December 18, 2004
980 Madison Avenue, New York

Richard Artschwager, Geo. W. Bush, 2002 Acrylic, fiber panel on celotex in artist's frame, 26 × 20 inches (66 × 50.8 cm)

Richard Artschwager, Geo. W. Bush, 2002

Acrylic, fiber panel on celotex in artist's frame, 26 × 20 inches (66 × 50.8 cm)

Francis Bacon, Study of Gerard Schürmann, 1969 Oil on canvas, 13 ⅝ × 11 ⅝ inches (34.6 × 29.5 cm)

Francis Bacon, Study of Gerard Schürmann, 1969

Oil on canvas, 13 ⅝ × 11 ⅝ inches (34.6 × 29.5 cm)

John Baldessari, A 1968 Painting, 1968 Acrylic and photo-emulsion on canvas, 59 × 45 inches (149.9 × 114.3 cm)

John Baldessari, A 1968 Painting, 1968

Acrylic and photo-emulsion on canvas, 59 × 45 inches (149.9 × 114.3 cm)

Alexander Calder, Fish, 1952 Hanging mobile of painted steel rod, wire, string, colored glass and metal objects, 15 ½ × 45 ½ inches (39.4 × 115.6 cm)

Alexander Calder, Fish, 1952

Hanging mobile of painted steel rod, wire, string, colored glass and metal objects, 15 ½ × 45 ½ inches (39.4 × 115.6 cm)

Paul Cézanne, Femme Assise, 1893–94 Oil on canvas, 22 × 18 inches (55 × 46 cm)

Paul Cézanne, Femme Assise, 1893–94

Oil on canvas, 22 × 18 inches (55 × 46 cm)

Willem de Kooning, Seated Woman on a Bench, 1972 Bronze, 37 ¾ × 36 × 34 ⅜ inches (95.9 × 91.4 × 87.3 cm), edition of 7

Willem de Kooning, Seated Woman on a Bench, 1972

Bronze, 37 ¾ × 36 × 34 ⅜ inches (95.9 × 91.4 × 87.3 cm), edition of 7

Alberto Giacometti, Man Crossing a Square (Homme traversant une place), 1949 Bronze, 26 ¾ × 31 ½ × 20 ½ inches (67.9 × 80 × 52.1 cm)

Alberto Giacometti, Man Crossing a Square (Homme traversant une place), 1949

Bronze, 26 ¾ × 31 ½ × 20 ½ inches (67.9 × 80 × 52.1 cm)

Damien Hirst, Love Affair, 2001 Household gloss paint and butterflies on canvas, 100 ⅜ × 69 ⅜ inches (254.9 × 176.2 cm)

Damien Hirst, Love Affair, 2001

Household gloss paint and butterflies on canvas, 100 ⅜ × 69 ⅜ inches (254.9 × 176.2 cm)

Jasper Johns, Untitled, 1980 Oil on vellum on canvas, 30 ⅜ × 54 ⅜ inches (77.2 × 138.1 cm)

Jasper Johns, Untitled, 1980

Oil on vellum on canvas, 30 ⅜ × 54 ⅜ inches (77.2 × 138.1 cm)

Jeff Koons, Winter Bears, 1988 Polychromed wood, 48 × 44 × 15 ½ inches (121.9 × 111.8 × 39.4 cm), edition of 3

Jeff Koons, Winter Bears, 1988

Polychromed wood, 48 × 44 × 15 ½ inches (121.9 × 111.8 × 39.4 cm), edition of 3

Roy Lichtenstein, Nude with Abstract Painting, 1994 Oil and Magna on canvas, 60 × 82 inches (152.4 × 208.3 cm)

Roy Lichtenstein, Nude with Abstract Painting, 1994

Oil and Magna on canvas, 60 × 82 inches (152.4 × 208.3 cm)

Pablo Picasso, La Femme Enciente, 1950 Bronze, 41 ¼ × 7 ⅝ × 6 ¼ inches (104.8 × 19.4 × 15.9 cm), edition of 6

Pablo Picasso, La Femme Enciente, 1950

Bronze, 41 ¼ × 7 ⅝ × 6 ¼ inches (104.8 × 19.4 × 15.9 cm), edition of 6

Richard Prince, All I've Heard, 1989 Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas, 96 × 75 inches (243.8 × 190.5 cm)

Richard Prince, All I've Heard, 1989

Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas, 96 × 75 inches (243.8 × 190.5 cm)

Cy Twombly, Untitled (Rome), 1961 Oil, crayon and graphite on canvas, 51 ¼ × 59 ¼ inches (130.2 × 150.5 cm)

Cy Twombly, Untitled (Rome), 1961

Oil, crayon and graphite on canvas, 51 ¼ × 59 ¼ inches (130.2 × 150.5 cm)

Andy Warhol, Mao, 1973 Synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen ink on canvas, 50 × 42 inches (127 × 106.7 cm)

Andy Warhol, Mao, 1973

Synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen ink on canvas, 50 × 42 inches (127 × 106.7 cm)

About

Gagosian is pleased to present the exhibition What’s Modern?, a survey of historic and contemporary works that extensively explores the modernist movement. Scheduled to coincide with the reopening of the Museum of Modern Art’s Manhattan location, this show examines the scope and influence of modernism beginning with the nineteenth century, following its transitions through the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

What’s Modern? highlights the work of thirty major artists, celebrating almost two centuries of art created since the explosion of modernism. From its genesis with Cézanne and Picasso, to the postwar abstraction of de Kooning and Pollock, to the contemporary bearers of modernism’s long-lasting influence, this exhibition seeks to investigate the extent to which the notion of modernism has persisted in the history of art. What’s Modern? traces the timeline of modernism and will explore the means by which artists since the nineteenth century have challenged convention and become “modern” through abstraction, expression, and appropriation.

Artists included in this exhibition: Richard Artschwager, Francis Bacon, John Baldessari, Constantin Brancusi, Alexander Calder, Maurizio Cattelan, Paul Cézanne, Salvador Dalí, Willem de Kooning, Marcel Duchamp, Alberto Giacometti, Damien Hirst, Neil Jenney, Jasper Johns, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Richard Prince, Robert Rauschenberg, Gerhard Richter, Mark Rothko, Ed Ruscha, David Salle, Julian Schnabel, Georges Seurat, Frank Stella, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol

A fully illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition.

Jordan Wolfson’s House with Face (2017) on the cover of Gagosian Quarterly, Fall 2022

Now available
Gagosian Quarterly Fall 2022

The Fall 2022 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Jordan Wolfson’s House with Face (2017) on its cover.

Black and white image of the interior of Cy Twombly’s apartment in Rome

Cy Twombly: Making Past Present

In 2020, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, announced their plan for a survey of Cy Twombly’s artwork alongside selections from their permanent ancient Greek and Roman collection. The survey was postponed due to the lockdowns necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic, but was revived in 2022 with a presentation at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles from August 2 through October 30. In 2023, the exhibition will arrive at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The curator for the exhibition, Christine Kondoleon, and Kate Nesin, author of Cy Twombly’s Things (2014) and advisor for the show, speak with Gagosian director Mark Francis about the origin of the exhibition and the aesthetic and poetic resonances that give the show its title: Making Past Present.

Black and white image of  Pieter Mulier. Photo: © Paolo Roversi, courtesy Alaïa

Fashion and Art: Pieter Mulier

Pieter Mulier, creative director of Alaïa, presented his second collection for the legendary house in Paris in January 2022. After the presentation, Mulier spoke with Derek Blasberg about the show’s inspirations, including a series of ceramics by Pablo Picasso, and about his profound reverence for the intimacy and artistry of the atelier.

Image of Francis Bacon's ‘Landscape with Pope/Dictator’ painting, c. 1946

Francis Bacon: The First Pope

Richard Calvocoressi tells the story of Francis Bacon’s first image of the pope, ‘Landscape with Pope/Dictator’, c. 1946.

Takashi Murakami cover and Andreas Gursky cover for Gagosian Quarterly, Summer 2022 magazine

Now available
Gagosian Quarterly Summer 2022

The Summer 2022 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, with two different covers—featuring Takashi Murakami’s 108 Bonnō MURAKAMI.FLOWERS (2022) and Andreas Gursky’s V & R II (2022).

Michael Cary and Neil Jenney

In Conversation
Neil Jenney and Michael Cary

On the occasion of Neil Jenney: AMERICAN REALISM TODAY, the artist sat down with Gagosian curator Michael Cary to discuss paintings from Jenney’s recent series Modern Africa (2015–)—a subseries of the New Good Paintings (2015–)—and the preceding series, Good Paintings (1971–2015).