Gagosian is pleased to present an exhibition of major works by Georg Baselitz, Sigmar Polke, and Jenny Saville.
Three paintings are on display: Georg Baselitz’s Bilddrei (1991), Jenny Saville’s Shift (1996–97), and Sigmar Polke’s The Ride on the Eight of Infinity, II (The Motorcycle Bride) (1969–71). The juxtaposition of these works makes transparent the impact of space on the painted figure.
In Baselitz’s large-scale painting, outlines of genderless bodies levitate lifelessly, as forceful black blotches obliterate any unique characteristics. Saville’s Shift focuses on more realistic human flesh; despite the exposed skin, identities are clouded as bodies end at the neck and the two present faces are relegated to the edges of the canvas. In Polke’s work, a bright exploding tumbleweed of body parts and geometric shapes confounds the distinction between organic and inorganic.
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Gagosian Quarterly Summer 2020
The Summer 2020 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Joan Jonas’s Mirror Piece 1 (1969) on its cover.