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Imageless Icons: Abstract Thoughts

February 3–March 26, 2005
Britannia Street, London

Richard Artschwager, Swivel, 1964 Formica on wood, 53 ⅜ × 25 ½ × 30 ¾ inches (135.6 × 64.8 × 78.1 cm)

Richard Artschwager, Swivel, 1964

Formica on wood, 53 ⅜ × 25 ½ × 30 ¾ inches (135.6 × 64.8 × 78.1 cm)

Willem de Kooning, Untitled XXVIII, 1983 Oil on canvas, 88 × 77 inches (223.5 × 195.6 cm)

Willem de Kooning, Untitled XXVIII, 1983

Oil on canvas, 88 × 77 inches (223.5 × 195.6 cm)

Donald Judd, Untitled, 1976 Copper, 6 × 29 × 24 inches (15.2 × 73.7 × 61 cm)

Donald Judd, Untitled, 1976

Copper, 6 × 29 × 24 inches (15.2 × 73.7 × 61 cm)

Gerhard Richter, Untitled, 1970 Oil on canvas, 39 ½ × 38 ¾ inches (100.3 × 98.4 cm)

Gerhard Richter, Untitled, 1970

Oil on canvas, 39 ½ × 38 ¾ inches (100.3 × 98.4 cm)

Cy Twombly, Untitled (Rome), 1977 Painted resin, 66 × 8 ½ × 6 ⅜ inches (167.6 × 21.6 × 16.2 cm), edition of 6

Cy Twombly, Untitled (Rome), 1977

Painted resin, 66 × 8 ½ × 6 ⅜ inches (167.6 × 21.6 × 16.2 cm), edition of 6

About

Gagosian is pleased to present an exhibition of rarely seen masterpieces of international abstract art at the new space on Britannia Street. The show will offer an opportunity to view exceptional works from throughout the twentieth century, on loan from private collections in Europe and America.

The idea of abstract painting and sculpture is to create an object without reference to the world outside, or with a strictly vestigial image or form. The artists in this exhibition have each pursued abstraction of a unique and individual character within the twentieth-century tradition of modernism, paying particular attention to material and color, to scale and handling. This exhibition aims to show these exceptional works in sympathetic relationships to each other, in spaces with ideal light and proportions, without imposing a theme or arbitrary construct to link them.

Artists included in this exhibition: Carl Andre, Richard Artschwager, Francis Bacon, Willem de Kooning, Walter De Maria, Damien Hirst, Donald Judd, Franz Kline, Roy Lichtenstein, Kazimir Malevich, Brice Marden, Agnes Martin, Blinky Palermo, Liubov Popova, Ad Reinhardt, Gerhard Richter, Mark Rothko, Robert Ryman, Richard Serra, Frank Stella, Clyfford Still, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol

A fully illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition.