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Retrospective

June 20–August 22, 2008
West 21st Street, New York

Chris Burden Retrospective installation view

Chris Burden

Retrospective installation view

Chris Burden Retrospective installation view

Chris Burden

Retrospective installation view

Retrospective Installation view

Retrospective

Installation view

Retrospective Installation view

Retrospective

Installation view

Retrospective Installation view

Retrospective

Installation view

Retrospective Installation view

Retrospective

Installation view

Retrospective Installation view

Retrospective

Installation view

Retrospective Installation view

Retrospective

Installation view

Retrospective Installation view

Retrospective

Installation view

Retrospective Installation view

Retrospective

Installation view

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Works Exhibited

Chris Burden, Chris Burden Deluxe Photo Book, 1974 (view 1) 75 photos framed with hand painted cover, 12 × 12 inches each (30.5 × 30.5 cm), edition of 50

Chris Burden, Chris Burden Deluxe Photo Book, 1974 (view 1)

75 photos framed with hand painted cover, 12 × 12 inches each (30.5 × 30.5 cm), edition of 50

Chris Burden, Chris Burden Deluxe Photo Book, 1974 (view 2) 75 photos framed with hand painted cover, 12 × 12 inches each (30.5 × 30.5 cm), edition of 50

Chris Burden, Chris Burden Deluxe Photo Book, 1974 (view 2)

75 photos framed with hand painted cover, 12 × 12 inches each (30.5 × 30.5 cm), edition of 50

Chris Burden, Chris Burden Deluxe Photo Book, 1974 (view 3) 75 photos framed with hand painted cover, 12 × 12 inches each (30.5 × 30.5 cm), edition of 50

Chris Burden, Chris Burden Deluxe Photo Book, 1974 (view 3)

75 photos framed with hand painted cover, 12 × 12 inches each (30.5 × 30.5 cm), edition of 50

Chris Burden, Chris Burden Deluxe Photo Book, 1974 (view 4) 75 photos framed with hand painted cover, 12 × 12 inches each (30.5 × 30.5 cm), edition of 50

Chris Burden, Chris Burden Deluxe Photo Book, 1974 (view 4)

75 photos framed with hand painted cover, 12 × 12 inches each (30.5 × 30.5 cm), edition of 50

Marcel Duchamp, Boîte en Valise, 1935–41 Leather valise containing miniature replicas, photographs and color reproductions of works by Duchamp, 16 × 15 × 4 inches (40.7 × 38.1 × 10.2 cm)

Marcel Duchamp, Boîte en Valise, 1935–41

Leather valise containing miniature replicas, photographs and color reproductions of works by Duchamp, 16 × 15 × 4 inches (40.7 × 38.1 × 10.2 cm)

Tom Friedman, Inside Out, 1991–2006 Mixed media, 26 ¼ × 186 × 55 inches (66.7 × 472.4 × 139.7 cm)

Tom Friedman, Inside Out, 1991–2006

Mixed media, 26 ¼ × 186 × 55 inches (66.7 × 472.4 × 139.7 cm)

Piero Golia, Retrospective, 2001 MDF, cardboard, paper, Plexiglas, paint and metal, 15 ¾ × 197 × 118 inches (40 × 500 × 300 cm)

Piero Golia, Retrospective, 2001

MDF, cardboard, paper, Plexiglas, paint and metal, 15 ¾ × 197 × 118 inches (40 × 500 × 300 cm)

Douglas Gordon, Pretty much every film and video work from about 1992 until now. To be seen on monitors, some with headphones, others run silently, and all simultaneously, 1992 50 DVDs, Dimensions variable

Douglas Gordon, Pretty much every film and video work from about 1992 until now. To be seen on monitors, some with headphones, others run silently, and all simultaneously, 1992

50 DVDs, Dimensions variable

Jasper Johns, The Seasons, 1987 Color etching and aquatints, 19 ⅜ × 12-13/16 inches (49.3 × 32.5 cm)

Jasper Johns, The Seasons, 1987

Color etching and aquatints, 19 ⅜ × 12-13/16 inches (49.3 × 32.5 cm)

Martin Kippenberger, Pop It Out, 1990–94 Portfolio of 30 posters, Dimensions variable

Martin Kippenberger, Pop It Out, 1990–94

Portfolio of 30 posters, Dimensions variable

Roy Lichtenstein, Collage Study for Reflections on Marvel Mural, 1993 Collage, 3 panels: 2 at 28 × 20 inches (71.1 × 50.8 cm); 1 at 28 × 22 inches (71.1 × 55.9 cm)

Roy Lichtenstein, Collage Study for Reflections on Marvel Mural, 1993

Collage, 3 panels: 2 at 28 × 20 inches (71.1 × 50.8 cm); 1 at 28 × 22 inches (71.1 × 55.9 cm)

Takashi Murakami, Superflat Museum (LA Edition), 2005 Ten plastic figures with figure assembly kits packaged with gum, brochures and certificates, Dimensions variable

Takashi Murakami, Superflat Museum (LA Edition), 2005

Ten plastic figures with figure assembly kits packaged with gum, brochures and certificates, Dimensions variable

Piotr Uklański, Untitled (Me), 1968–2007 Mixed media, Dimensions variable

Piotr Uklański, Untitled (Me), 1968–2007

Mixed media, Dimensions variable

Andy Warhol, Red, 1978 Synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen ink on canvas, 80 × 80 inches (203 × 203 cm)

Andy Warhol, Red, 1978

Synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen ink on canvas, 80 × 80 inches (203 × 203 cm)

About

For it is not possible to step twice into the same river, according to Heraclitus, nor to touch mortal substance twice in any condition: by the swiftness and speed of its change, it scatters and collects itself again—or rather, it is not again and later but simultaneously that comes together and departs, approaches and retires.
Plutarch

Gagosian is pleased to present Retrospective, including works by Chris Burden, Marcel Duchamp, Tom Friedman, Piero Golia, Douglas Gordon, Richard Hamilton, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Takashi Murakami, Piotr Uklański, and Andy Warhol. The retrospective exhibition, conceived and realized by a museum institution, is perceived as a watershed in any artist’s career. This exhibition looks at various ways in which contemporary artists mine their own histories to create their own defining moments—the retrospective gesture as a means of creating a perpetual present, as a process of physical recollection, as a strategy of circulation, or as a pure conceit.

The exhibition begins with a famous twentieth-century example, Duchamp’s Boîte-en-valise. Between 1935 and 1941, Duchamp created an edition of twenty boxes, each in a brown leather carrying case containing a myriad of miniature works of art, each with slight variations in design and content. Duchamp was already thinking about producing a box containing his works—or rather, texts and a few sketches—in the 1910s. These early musings led to the edition La Boîte verte (The Green Box) in 1934. Following this, he started planning another box containing all the works he had created since the beginning of his career, from Nude Descending a Staircase, Chocolate Grinder, and Nine Malic Moulds to three-dimensional replicas of sculptures and readymades, including the notorious Fountain. The painting reproductions were black-and-white photographs that he hand-colored, thereby creating “new originals,” which he then certified. Following his invention of the readymade, Boite-en-valise further underscores the interdependence of object and context so central to Duchamp’s circular definition of the work of art.

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