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Archetypes and Icons

June 24–July 17, 2008
Beverly Hills

Installation view Photo: Douglas M. Parker Studio

Installation view

Photo: Douglas M. Parker Studio

Installation view Photo: Douglas M. Parker Studio

Installation view

Photo: Douglas M. Parker Studio

Installation view Photo: Douglas M. Parker Studio

Installation view

Photo: Douglas M. Parker Studio

Works Exhibited

Richard Avedon, Andy Warhol and Members of the Factory, 1969/75 Gelatin silver print, 8 × 30 inches (20.3 × 76.2 cm)© The Richard Avedon Foundation

Richard Avedon, Andy Warhol and Members of the Factory, 1969/75

Gelatin silver print, 8 × 30 inches (20.3 × 76.2 cm)
© The Richard Avedon Foundation

François-Marie Banier, Louise, Bourgeois, New York, April 2001, 2003 B & W photograph, 15 11/16 × 11 13/16 inches (40 × 30 cm), edition of 7

François-Marie Banier, Louise, Bourgeois, New York, April 2001, 2003

B & W photograph, 15 11/16 × 11 13/16 inches (40 × 30 cm), edition of 7

François-Marie Banier, Samuel Beckett, Paris, septembre 1989, 2006 B & W photograph, 15 11/16 × 11 13/16 inches (40 × 30 cm), edition of 7

François-Marie Banier, Samuel Beckett, Paris, septembre 1989, 2006

B & W photograph, 15 11/16 × 11 13/16 inches (40 × 30 cm), edition of 7

François-Marie Banier, Andy Warhol, Paris, décembre 1981, 2006 B & W photograph, 15 11/16 × 11 13/16 inches (40 × 30 cm), edition of 7

François-Marie Banier, Andy Warhol, Paris, décembre 1981, 2006

B & W photograph, 15 11/16 × 11 13/16 inches (40 × 30 cm), edition of 7

Chris Burden, Big Pointy #1, 2006 Polaroid print on paper, 35 × 23 inches (88.9 × 58.4 cm)

Chris Burden, Big Pointy #1, 2006

Polaroid print on paper, 35 × 23 inches (88.9 × 58.4 cm)

Todd Eberle, Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse Monument, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida, April 28, 2005 Chromogenic print, 60 × 50 inches (152.4 × 127 cm), edition of 3© Todd Eberle

Todd Eberle, Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse Monument, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida, April 28, 2005

Chromogenic print, 60 × 50 inches (152.4 × 127 cm), edition of 3
© Todd Eberle

Todd Eberle, Robert Smithson's "Spiral Jetty," Great Salt Lake, Utah, April 11, 2005 Chromogenic print, 50 × 60 inches (127 × 152.4 cm), edition of 3© Todd Eberle

Todd Eberle, Robert Smithson's "Spiral Jetty," Great Salt Lake, Utah, April 11, 2005

Chromogenic print, 50 × 60 inches (127 × 152.4 cm), edition of 3
© Todd Eberle

Douglas Gordon, Self-Portrait of You + Me (The Beatles), 2007 Smoke and mirror, 20 ⅞ × 24 ⅞ inches (53 × 63.2 cm)

Douglas Gordon, Self-Portrait of You + Me (The Beatles), 2007

Smoke and mirror, 20 ⅞ × 24 ⅞ inches (53 × 63.2 cm)

Robert Mapplethorpe, Patti Smith, 1978 B & W photograph, 15 ¼ × 15 ¼ inches (38.7 × 38.7 cm)

Robert Mapplethorpe, Patti Smith, 1978

B & W photograph, 15 ¼ × 15 ¼ inches (38.7 × 38.7 cm)

Robert Mapplethorpe, Philip Johnson, 1978 B & W photograph, 14 × 14 inches (35.6 × 35.6 cm)

Robert Mapplethorpe, Philip Johnson, 1978

B & W photograph, 14 × 14 inches (35.6 × 35.6 cm)

Hans Namuth, J. Pollock with His Work No. 22, 1951, 1951 B & W photograph, 11 × 14 inches (27.9 × 35.6 cm), edition of 90

Hans Namuth, J. Pollock with His Work No. 22, 1951, 1951

B & W photograph, 11 × 14 inches (27.9 × 35.6 cm), edition of 90

Richard Prince, Live Free or Die 3, 1987 Ektacolor print, 86 × 47 inches (218.4 × 119.4 cm), edition of 2

Richard Prince, Live Free or Die 3, 1987

Ektacolor print, 86 × 47 inches (218.4 × 119.4 cm), edition of 2

Richard Prince, Untitled (Cowboy), 1999 Ektacolor print, 23 ½ × 19 ½ inches (59.7 × 49.5 cm), edition of 2

Richard Prince, Untitled (Cowboy), 1999

Ektacolor print, 23 ½ × 19 ½ inches (59.7 × 49.5 cm), edition of 2

Ed Ruscha, Manhattan as Seen from Staten Island Ferry, 1961/97 Gelatin silver print, Paper: 14 × 11 inches (35.6 × 27.9 cm)

Ed Ruscha, Manhattan as Seen from Staten Island Ferry, 1961/97

Gelatin silver print, Paper: 14 × 11 inches (35.6 × 27.9 cm)

Ed Ruscha, Venice, Italy from the Air, 1961/2003 Gelatin silver print, Image: 10 × 10 inches (25.4 × 25.4 cm), edition of 8

Ed Ruscha, Venice, Italy from the Air, 1961/2003

Gelatin silver print, Image: 10 × 10 inches (25.4 × 25.4 cm), edition of 8

Taryn Simon, Fatah Headquarters, 2005 Chromogenic print, 48 × 60 inches (121.9 × 152.4 cm), edition of 7

Taryn Simon, Fatah Headquarters, 2005

Chromogenic print, 48 × 60 inches (121.9 × 152.4 cm), edition of 7

Taryn Simon, The Separation Wall, 2005 Chromogenic print, 48 × 60 inches (121.9 × 152.4 cm), edition of 7

Taryn Simon, The Separation Wall, 2005

Chromogenic print, 48 × 60 inches (121.9 × 152.4 cm), edition of 7

Alec Soth, Danielle, Liverpool, United Kingdom, 2004 Chromogenic print, 20 × 16 inches (50.8 × 40.6 cm), edition of 10

Alec Soth, Danielle, Liverpool, United Kingdom, 2004

Chromogenic print, 20 × 16 inches (50.8 × 40.6 cm), edition of 10

Alec Soth, Michael, Liverpool, United Kingdom, 2004 Chromogenic print, 20 × 16 inches (50.8 × 40.6 cm), edition of 10

Alec Soth, Michael, Liverpool, United Kingdom, 2004

Chromogenic print, 20 × 16 inches (50.8 × 40.6 cm), edition of 10

Andy Warhol, Empire State Building, 1982 Gelatin silver print, 10 × 8 inches (25.4 × 20.3 cm)

Andy Warhol, Empire State Building, 1982

Gelatin silver print, 10 × 8 inches (25.4 × 20.3 cm)

About

Gagosian is pleased to present Archetypes and Icons, a group exhibition of photographs by Richard Avedon, François-Marie Banier, Chris Burden, Todd Eberle, Douglas Gordon, Sally Mann, Robert Mapplethorpe, Hans Namuth, Richard Prince, Ed Ruscha, Taryn Simon, Alec Soth, and Andy Warhol.

The diverse body of works includes Richard Prince’s Untitled (Cowboy) (1999), Todd Eberle’s Robert Smithson’s “Spiral Jetty,” Great Salt Lake, Utah, April 11, 2005 (2005), and Taryn Simon’s Fatah Headquarters (2005). All are images of people, places, and things that refer to the icons and archetypes that shape our cultural realities.

Taryn Simon, details from An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar, 2007; A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I–XVIII, 2008–11; A Cold Hole, 2018; An Occupation of Loss, 2016; and Paperwork and the Will of Capital, 2015

In Conversation
Taryn Simon and Teju Cole

This spring, as part of the Lambert Family Lecture Series at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Taryn Simon joined Teju Cole for an online conversation about her artistic practice and creative process.

Still from video documentation of a 2018 performance of Taryn Simon's An Occupation of Loss.

Taryn Simon: An Occupation of Loss

In Taryn Simon’s performance work An Occupation of Loss  (2016), professional mourners enact rituals of grief, simultaneously broadcasting their lamentations from within a sculptural installation. This video by filmmaker Boris B. Bertram documents the April 2018 performance of this work with Artangel in Islington, London.

Taryn Simon, “Folder: Broken Objects” (detail), from the series The Picture Collection, 2012, framed archival inkjet print, 47 × 62 inches (119.4 × 157.5 cm) © Taryn Simon

The New York Public Library’s Picture Collection

Joshua Chuang, the Robert B. Menschel Senior Curator of Photography at the New York Public Library, discusses the institution’s singular Picture Collection, the artist Taryn Simon’s rigorous engagement with it, and four instances of its little-known role in the history of art making.

Black-and-white photograph: Donald Marron, c. 1984.

Donald Marron

Jacoba Urist profiles the legendary collector.

Alexander Calder poster for McGovern, 1972, lithograph

The Art History of Presidential Campaign Posters

Against the backdrop of the 2020 US presidential election, historian Hal Wert takes us through the artistic and political evolution of American campaign posters, from their origin in 1844 to the present. In an interview with Quarterly editor Gillian Jakab, Wert highlights an array of landmark posters and the artists who made them.

Allen Midgette in front of the Chelsea Hotel, New York, 2000. Photo: Rita Barros

I’ll Be Your Mirror: Allen Midgette

Raymond Foye speaks with the actor who impersonated Andy Warhol during the great Warhol lecture hoax in the late 1960s. The two also discuss Midgette’s earlier film career in Italy and the difficulty of performing in a Warhol film.