Gagosian Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition featuring the work of Edgar Cleijne and Ellen Gallagher, Aaron Curry, Carsten Höller, Pierre Huyghe, Yayoi Kusama, Andy Warhol, and Richard Wright.
Using the strategies of accumulation, saturation, and the repetitive mark, these artists explore their fascination with image-saturated space and “alloverness,” from the delicate controlled lines of Richard Wright’s untitled drawing (2005) to the jostling interaction of Andy Warhol’s Silver Clouds (1994); from Carsten Höller’s Wonderful (2008), which charges its surroundings and assaults the senses with nerve-shattering flashing lights to Pierre Huyghe’s more meditative video installation Les Grands Ensembles (The Housing Project, 2001), in which the exterior view of an apartment pulses with light, building to a patterned visual crescendo that envelops the screen.
Works by Edgar Cleijne and Ellen Gallagher, Yayoi Kusama, and Aaron Curry are immersive environments, Chinese-box style: Cleijne/Gallagher’s latest installation Osedax (2011)—referring to a type of deep-sea bone-eating worm—is a free-standing room containing a continuous projection of 16mm film footage alongside slide projections of fragmented accumulations. A set of intricate photogravures with the same title feature hand-stamping as well as cut-and-collaged bas relief on Japanese paper. Kusama’s Reach Up to the Universe, Dotted Pumpkin (2011) conflates two of her favorite motifs, the mirror and the pumpkin, which she has described as a sort of alter-ego. A hollow form cast in aluminum, highly polished, and perforated with holes to reveal a violet interior, Reach Up… is installed in a matched monochrome environment dotted with convex mirrors of varying sizes, so that sculpture and environment endlessly reflect and multiply each other and the viewers moving between them. In Aaron Curry’s untitled installation, free-standing figures made of silkscreened plywood advance and recede against whimsical graphic backgrounds.
Behind the Art
In an interview with Kay Pallister, the artist explains his relationship to drawing and the importance of time in his site-specific works.
Cast of Characters
James Lawrence explores how contemporary artists have grappled with the subject of the library.
Gagosian Quarterly Winter 2019
The Winter 2019 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring a selection from Christopher Wool’s Westtexaspsychosculpture series on its cover.
Nina Simone, Our National Treasure
Text by Salamishah Tillet.
Visions of the Self: Jenny Saville on Rembrandt
Jenny Saville reveals the process behind her new self-portrait, painted in response to Rembrandt’s masterpiece Self-Portrait with Two Circles.
Andy Warhol: Everything Is Good
Richard Hell writes about the “transcendentally camp” Pop artist, portraitist of daily life.
Extended through June 27, 2020
February 6–June 27, 2020
On the Eve of Never Leaving
November 1, 2019–January 11, 2020
Nathaniel Mary Quinn
Hollow and Cut
September 11–October 19, 2019
Desert Painters of Australia Part II
With Works from the Collection of Steve Martin and Anne Stringfield
July 26–September 6, 2019