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Fit to Print

Printed Media in Recent Collage

November 12, 2007–January 26, 2008
980 Madison Avenue, New York

Fit to Print Installation view

Fit to Print

Installation view

Fit to Print Installation view

Fit to Print

Installation view

Fit to Print Installation view

Fit to Print

Installation view

Works Exhibited

Rita Ackermann, blind/nofretete/cry, 2007 Acrylic, tape, paper and pencil on Plexiglas, 93 × 41 inches (236.2 × 104.1 cm)

Rita Ackermann, blind/nofretete/cry, 2007

Acrylic, tape, paper and pencil on Plexiglas, 93 × 41 inches (236.2 × 104.1 cm)

Andisheh Avini, Untitled, 2007 Ripped book pages on board, 21 ½ × 19 ½ inches (53.3 × 48.3 cm)

Andisheh Avini, Untitled, 2007

Ripped book pages on board, 21 ½ × 19 ½ inches (53.3 × 48.3 cm)

Alex Bag, Think Wall for Coven Services for Consumer Mesmerism, Product Sorcery, and the Necromatic Reimagination, 2004 Mixed media, dimensions variable© Alex Bag

Alex Bag, Think Wall for Coven Services for Consumer Mesmerism, Product Sorcery, and the Necromatic Reimagination, 2004

Mixed media, dimensions variable
© Alex Bag

Tobias Buche, Bangladesh, 2005 Photographs, xerox copies and computer prints on board, 40 × 27 ½ inches (101.6 × 69.8cm)

Tobias Buche, Bangladesh, 2005

Photographs, xerox copies and computer prints on board, 40 × 27 ½ inches (101.6 × 69.8cm)

Bjorn Copeland, Untitled, 2007 Collage on paper, 19 ½ × 26 ¼ inches (49.5 × 66.7 cm)

Bjorn Copeland, Untitled, 2007

Collage on paper, 19 ½ × 26 ¼ inches (49.5 × 66.7 cm)

Dexter Dalwood, Reservoir, 2007 Collage, inkjet print, oil paint, acrylic paint and cloth, 11 ⅜ × 17-11/16 inches (29 × 45 cm)

Dexter Dalwood, Reservoir, 2007

Collage, inkjet print, oil paint, acrylic paint and cloth, 11 ⅜ × 17-11/16 inches (29 × 45 cm)

Jim Drain, Untitled, 2007 Mixed media on paper, 11 × 8 ½ inches (27.9 × 21.6cm)

Jim Drain, Untitled, 2007

Mixed media on paper, 11 × 8 ½ inches (27.9 × 21.6cm)

Fay Ray, Thing Inside Myself #8, 2007 Collage on paper, 26 × 19 ⅞ inches (66 × 50.5 cm)

Fay Ray, Thing Inside Myself #8, 2007

Collage on paper, 26 × 19 ⅞ inches (66 × 50.5 cm)

Tatiana Echeverri Fernandez, In Strictest Measures Even (III), 2007 Paper collage, 12 ⅝ × 9 ⅞ inches (32 × 25 cm)

Tatiana Echeverri Fernandez, In Strictest Measures Even (III), 2007

Paper collage, 12 ⅝ × 9 ⅞ inches (32 × 25 cm)

Tom Friedman, Triple Bacon Cheeseburgers, 2007 Magazine cut-outs collaged on paper, 37 ½ × 45 ½ inches (95.2 × 115 cm)

Tom Friedman, Triple Bacon Cheeseburgers, 2007

Magazine cut-outs collaged on paper, 37 ½ × 45 ½ inches (95.2 × 115 cm)

Mark Grotjahn, Untitled, 2007 Magazine cut-out and masking tape on paper, 9 ½ × 6 ½ inches (24.1 × 16.5 cm)

Mark Grotjahn, Untitled, 2007

Magazine cut-out and masking tape on paper, 9 ½ × 6 ½ inches (24.1 × 16.5 cm)

Rachel Harrison, Untitled, 2007 Magazine page on inkjet print, 19 × 13 inches (48.3 × 33 cm)

Rachel Harrison, Untitled, 2007

Magazine page on inkjet print, 19 × 13 inches (48.3 × 33 cm)

Jonathan Hernández, Rongwrong XIII, 2007 Newspaper collage on cardboard, 52 × 81 ⅞ inches (132.1 × 208cm)

Jonathan Hernández, Rongwrong XIII, 2007

Newspaper collage on cardboard, 52 × 81 ⅞ inches (132.1 × 208cm)

Christian Holstad, Volcanic Men in Pajamas with Snakes and Swords, 2004 Collage on posterboard, 27 ½ × 39 inches (69.8 × 99.1 cm)

Christian Holstad, Volcanic Men in Pajamas with Snakes and Swords, 2004

Collage on posterboard, 27 ½ × 39 inches (69.8 × 99.1 cm)

Christian Holstad, Three Sacrifices, 2007 Collage on paper, 60 × 40 inches (152.4 × 101.6 cm)

Christian Holstad, Three Sacrifices, 2007

Collage on paper, 60 × 40 inches (152.4 × 101.6 cm)

Josephine Meckseper, Untitled (Blackwater), 2007 Mirror glass, mixed paper, fabric on wood, 30 × 24 inches each (76.2 × 61cm each)

Josephine Meckseper, Untitled (Blackwater), 2007

Mirror glass, mixed paper, fabric on wood, 30 × 24 inches each (76.2 × 61cm each)

Steven Parrino, Untitled (Study), 2000 Magazine clipping and Scotch tape on vellum, 9 × 12 inches (22.9 × 30.5 cm)

Steven Parrino, Untitled (Study), 2000

Magazine clipping and Scotch tape on vellum, 9 × 12 inches (22.9 × 30.5 cm)

Pablo Picasso, Bottle and Glass, 1912 Charcoal and newspaper collage, 23-13/16 × 19 inches (60.5 × 48.3 cm)

Pablo Picasso, Bottle and Glass, 1912

Charcoal and newspaper collage, 23-13/16 × 19 inches (60.5 × 48.3 cm)

Richard Prince, Surgeon's Nurse, 2007 Book cover and collage on paper, 16 ⅞ × 13 ⅞ inches (42.9 × 35.2 cm)

Richard Prince, Surgeon's Nurse, 2007

Book cover and collage on paper, 16 ⅞ × 13 ⅞ inches (42.9 × 35.2 cm)

Kirstine Roepstorff, Where the World Wander - The Road to Excelsior, 2006 Silverfoil, magazine clippings, photocopies on Herald Tribune newspaper, 12 part work - individually framed 30 × 22 ½ inches each (76.2 × 57.2cm)

Kirstine Roepstorff, Where the World Wander - The Road to Excelsior, 2006

Silverfoil, magazine clippings, photocopies on Herald Tribune newspaper, 12 part work - individually framed 30 × 22 ½ inches each (76.2 × 57.2cm)

Gabriel Vormstein, Untitled, 2006 Watercolor and gouache on newspaper, 64 × 44 inches (162.6 × 111.8cm)

Gabriel Vormstein, Untitled, 2006

Watercolor and gouache on newspaper, 64 × 44 inches (162.6 × 111.8cm)

Franz West, Poster Design (SALE, Gagosian Beverly Hills) IV, 2005 Collage mounted on board, 25 ⅜ × 23-13/16 inches (64.5 × 60.4 cm)

Franz West, Poster Design (SALE, Gagosian Beverly Hills) IV, 2005

Collage mounted on board, 25 ⅜ × 23-13/16 inches (64.5 × 60.4 cm)

Franz West, Poster Design (SALE, Gagosian Beverly Hills) V, 2005 Collage mounted on board, 29 ⅝ × 21-11/16 inches (75.2 × 55.1 cm)

Franz West, Poster Design (SALE, Gagosian Beverly Hills) V, 2005

Collage mounted on board, 29 ⅝ × 21-11/16 inches (75.2 × 55.1 cm)

About

Gagosian is pleased to present an exhibition of recent collage by more than fifty artists, many of whom have created works specifically for this occasion. Fit to Print exposes the artist’s compulsion to react to the steady stream of information that the print media delivers on a daily basis. The works on view range from meditations on formal composition to personal perspectives on current events.

All works included in this exhibition have been made since January 2000, illuminating the vast extent to which contemporary artists around the globe share an interest in the myriad forms of printed media while working within the traditional definition of collage. A thoroughly modernist invention, collage first appeared in the work of Picasso and Braque and was embraced by the international Dada movement as a mode of political critique. Whether referring to autobiography, disposable pop culture, or actualities of global politics, the artists in this exhibition acknowledge the legacy of past practice by immediately utilizing mass-distributed, readymade print materials, and incorporating them directly into their work.

Picasso’s ability to unite formal and political concerns on the eve of World War I resonates in today’s moment of global turmoil and is acknowledged at the onset of the exhibition by the inclusion of a single, rare Picasso, Bottle and Glass (1912). As one of the first examples of collage ever made, the work, with its simple yet radical gesture of incorporating primary physical objects rather than painted representations, continues to inspire.

Today, images of vilified political figures juxtaposed with provocative text fragments critique contemporary events in real time and evoke the structures engineered by Hannah Hoch and her contemporaries.

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