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The Figure In and Out of Space

June 4–July 29, 2005
555 West 24th Street, New York

Sigmar Polke, The Ride on the Eight of Infinity, II (The Motorcycle Bride), 1969–71 Mixed media, 12' 6" × 15' 1" (381 × 460 cm)

Sigmar Polke, The Ride on the Eight of Infinity, II (The Motorcycle Bride), 1969–71

Mixed media, 12' 6" × 15' 1" (381 × 460 cm)

Jenny Saville, Shift, 1996–97 Oil on canvas, 130 × 130 inches (330 × 330 cm)

Jenny Saville, Shift, 1996–97

Oil on canvas, 130 × 130 inches (330 × 330 cm)

Georg Baselitz, Bilddrei, 1991 Oil on canvas, 112 ½ × 180 inches (285.8 × 457.2 cm)

Georg Baselitz, Bilddrei, 1991

Oil on canvas, 112 ½ × 180 inches (285.8 × 457.2 cm)

About

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.