Gagosian is pleased to present Prefab, an exhibition of works by Richard Artschwager, Alighiero Boetti, Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger, Jeff Koons, Sherrie Levine, Richard Prince, Rudolf Stingel, and Rosemarie Trockel. These conceptually rooted artists have all used industrial, prefabricated, or found materials to achieve a range of new strategies within, and alluding to, painting—demonstrating an attitude toward the abstract sublime that is wholly ambivalent.
While all of these wall-based works “behave” as paintings, paradoxically this is achieved through an embrace of assemblagist strategies that abandon illusory representation for a more immediate and readymade reality.
Artschwager’s prescient use of Formica and Celotex transformed the classical idea of how a painting could function, renewing emphasis on the intrinsic structure of the work while taking into account the sculptural and structural aspects of a painting’s composition. Beginning with one of his seminal Formica paintings, the exhibition charts a trajectory through a myriad of provocative approaches including Boetti’s embroideries, Trockel’s machine-knitted wool paintings, Kelley’s Carpet paintings and Memory Ware Flats, Stingel’s Styrofoam and Celotex paintings, Prince’s Hoods, and Koons’s alluring advertisement from the Luxury and Degradation series. Whether using “soft” household carpet, embroidery, and wool, or “hard” industrial substances such as Styrofoam and automotive components, these artists embrace the eternal dialogue on the nature of abstraction and representation by challenging the traditional use and meaning of painting with a range of substances and textures that invoke associations with daily experience.
Richard Prince: Cowboy
On the occasion of the publication of Richard Prince: Cowboy, a major monograph on the artist’s preoccupation with the mythic American West, Luc Sante tracks the archetype through mass media, advertising, and the art of Richard Prince to illuminate the cowboy’s enduring appeal.
Gwen Allen recounts her discovery of cutting-edge artists’ magazines from the 1960s and 1970s and explores the roots and implications of these singular publications.
Laws of Motion
Catalyzed by Laws of Motion—a group exhibition pairing artworks from the 1980s on by Jeff Koons, Cady Noland, Rosemarie Trockel, and Jeff Wall with contemporary sculptures by Josh Kline and Anicka Yi—Wyatt Allgeier discusses the convergences and divergences in these artists’ practices with an eye to the economic worlds from which they spring.
On the occasion of the exhibition Richard Artschwager: Primary Sources, recently on view at Gagosian, New York, Bob Monk and Maggie Dougherty explore the artist’s use of reference materials as the impetus for his paintings.
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.
The Right Time
Natasha Stagg on influencers, the loss of the it-girl, and the “promotional life.”