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.
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.
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.
Andy Warhol: From the Polaroid and Back Again
Jessica Beck, the Milton Fine Curator of Art at the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, considers the artist’s career-spanning use of Polaroid photography as part of his more expansive practice.
On Collecting with Norman Diekman
Rare-book expert Douglas Flamm speaks with designer Norman Diekman about his unique collection of books on art and architecture. Diekman describes his first plunge into book collecting, the history behind it, and the way his passion for collecting grew.
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.
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.