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Micro Mania

April 18–May 31, 2012
rue de Ponthieu, Paris

Installation view Photo: Zarko Vijatovic

Installation view

Photo: Zarko Vijatovic

Installation view  Photo: Zarko Vijatovic

Installation view

Photo: Zarko Vijatovic

Works Exhibited

Carl Andre, Untitled, 1965 Concrete, 5 ⅞ × 5 ⅞ × 3 ⅞ inches (15 × 15 × 10 cm)

Carl Andre, Untitled, 1965

Concrete, 5 ⅞ × 5 ⅞ × 3 ⅞ inches (15 × 15 × 10 cm)

Lucio Fontana, Concetto spaziale, 1959 Pens on perforated silver foil mounted on gold foil backing, 4 ½ × 3 ⅝ inches (11.4 × 9.2 cm)© Fondazione Lucio Fontana/ADAGP, Paris 2012

Lucio Fontana, Concetto spaziale, 1959

Pens on perforated silver foil mounted on gold foil backing, 4 ½ × 3 ⅝ inches (11.4 × 9.2 cm)
© Fondazione Lucio Fontana/ADAGP, Paris 2012

Alberto Giacometti, Dog, 1965 Bronze, 3 ½ × 9 × 1 ½ inches (9 × 22 × 3.8 cm)© Alberto Giacometti Estate/Licensed by VAGA and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Alberto Giacometti, Dog, 1965

Bronze, 3 ½ × 9 × 1 ½ inches (9 × 22 × 3.8 cm)
© Alberto Giacometti Estate/Licensed by VAGA and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

René Magritte, Sheherazade, 1947 Tempera on paper mounted on mat board, 7 × 5 inches (17.8 × 12.7 cm)© ADAGP, Paris 2012

René Magritte, Sheherazade, 1947

Tempera on paper mounted on mat board, 7 × 5 inches (17.8 × 12.7 cm)
© ADAGP, Paris 2012

About

Where the telescope ends the microscope begins, and who can say which has the wider vision?
—Victor Hugo

Gagosian is pleased to present Micro Mania, an exhibition of the miniature in art featuring nearly sixty small masterpieces by a panorama of modern and contemporary artists including Alexander Calder, Joseph Cornell, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Yves Klein, Jasper Johns, René Magritte, Francis Picabia, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Cecily Brown and Rachel Whiteread.

Accordingly, the Project Space has been transformed into a modern day cabinet de curiosités. A glass vitrine in the center of the gallery contains diminutive sculptures such as Claes Oldenberg’s Pancakes and Sausages (1962), Alexander Calder’s Untitled (Standing Mobile) (1955), Lucio Fontana’s Concetto Spaziale (1959) and Joseph Cornell’s Untitled (1933) which measures less than 3 centimeters in diameter. Among the intimate works that line the walls are Jasper Johns Map (1960), René Magritte’s Schéhérazade (1947), Marcel Duchamp’s Peasant’s Leg (1904–05), and Richard Prince’s Untitled (Fireman Joke) (1987).

These small-scale works seem to belong to a separate, otherworldly realm where the rules of the physical world may no longer hold. With proportions akin to those of a children’s toy, they may function as the starting point to a private narrative and act as an agent for nostalgia and fantasy. Taking inspiration from artist and poet Joe Brainard’s 1975 exhibition Think Tiny, as well as Voltaire’s science-fiction novella Micromegas—which strives to demonstrate that importance is not equitably reduced with size—Micro Mania explores the aesthetic and imaginative qualities unique to the craft of the miniature and creates a dialogue between artists working in very different time periods, mediums and agendas.

Artists included: Carl Andre, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Hans Bellmer, Dike Blair, Cecily Brown, Alexander Calder, Joseph Cornell, Marcel Duchamp, Hubert Duprat, Max Ernst, Hans Peter Feldmann, Urs Fischer, Lucio Fontana, Alberto Giacometti, John Giorno, Piero Golia, Douglas Gordon, Keith Haring, Jasper Johns, Paul Klee, Yves Klein, Franz Kline, René Magritte, Man Ray, Claes Oldenburg, Steven Parrino, Francis Picabia, Pablo Picasso, Richard Prince, Ed Ruscha, Kurt Schwitters, Charles Simonds, Elaine Sturtevant, Blair Thurman, Cy Twombly, Piotr Uklański, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann, Rachel Whiteread

Où finit le télescope, le microscope commence. Lequel des deux a la vue la plus grande?
—Victor Hugo

Gagosian est heureuse de présenter une exposition d’œuvres miniatures intitulée Micro Mania rassemblant près de soixante petits chefs d’œuvre issus d’un panorama d’artistes modernes et contemporains: Alexander Calder, Joseph Cornell, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Yves Klein, Jasper Johns, René Magritte, Francis Picabia, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Cecily Brown, et Rachel Whiteread.

En conséquence, le Project Space a été transformé en un «cabinet de curiosités», au centre de la galerie une vitrine en verre contient ces toutes petites sculptures Pancakes and Sausages de Claes Oldenburg (1962), Untitled (Standing Mobile) d’Alexander Calder (1955), Concetto Spaziale de Lucio Fontana (1959) et Untitled de Joseph Cornell (1933)—qui mesure moins de 3 centimètres de diamètre-produisent un effet intégral. Parmi les œuvres intimes qui tapissent le mur, on peut admirer le Map de Jasper Johns (1960), Shéhérazade de René Magritte (1947), Peasant’s Leg de Marcel Duchamp (1904–05) et Untitled (Fireman Joke) de Richard Prince (1987).

Ces petites œuvres d’art semblent appartenir à un royaume à part, séparé, dans lequel les règles du monde physique n’ont plus lieu d’être. Leurs proportions sont semblables à celles d’un jouet d’enfant ou d’un bibelot—l’œuvre pouvant fonctionner comme le point de départ d’un récit confidentiel, et agir comme le représentant de la nostalgie et de la fantaisie. Puisant son inspiration dans l’exposition Think Tiny de l’artiste et poète Joe Brainard en 1975, ainsi que dans la nouvelle de science-fiction de Voltaire Micromegas—qui s’efforce de démontrer que l’importance ne doit pas se réduire à la taille—Micro Mania célèbre les qualités esthétiques et imaginatives inhérentes à l’art de la miniature dessinant des parallèles et des dialogues entre des artistes présentant des intérêts, des moyens d’expressions et des époques très différents.

Artistes inclus : Carl Andre, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Hans Bellmer, Dike Blair, Cecily Brown, Alexander Calder, Joseph Cornell, Marcel Duchamp, Hubert Duprat, Max Ernst, Hans Peter Feldmann, Urs Fischer, Lucio Fontana, Alberto Giacometti, John Giorno, Piero Golia, Douglas Gordon, Keith Haring, Jasper Johns, Paul Klee, Yves Klein, Franz Kline, René Magritte, Man Ray, Claes Oldenburg, Steven Parrino, Francis Picabia, Pablo Picasso, Richard Prince, Ed Ruscha, Kurt Schwitters, Charles Simonds, Elaine Sturtevant, Blair Thurman, Cy Twombly, Piotr Uklański, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann, Rachel Whiteread

Jordan Wolfson’s House with Face (2017) on the cover of Gagosian Quarterly, Fall 2022

Now available
Gagosian Quarterly Fall 2022

The Fall 2022 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Jordan Wolfson’s House with Face (2017) on its cover.

Black and white image of the interior of Cy Twombly’s apartment in Rome

Cy Twombly: Making Past Present

In 2020, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, announced their plan for a survey of Cy Twombly’s artwork alongside selections from their permanent ancient Greek and Roman collection. The survey was postponed due to the lockdowns necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic, but was revived in 2022 with a presentation at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles from August 2 through October 30. In 2023, the exhibition will arrive at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The curator for the exhibition, Christine Kondoleon, and Kate Nesin, author of Cy Twombly’s Things (2014) and advisor for the show, speak with Gagosian director Mark Francis about the origin of the exhibition and the aesthetic and poetic resonances that give the show its title: Making Past Present.

Black and white image of  Pieter Mulier. Photo: © Paolo Roversi, courtesy Alaïa

Fashion and Art: Pieter Mulier

Pieter Mulier, creative director of Alaïa, presented his second collection for the legendary house in Paris in January 2022. After the presentation, Mulier spoke with Derek Blasberg about the show’s inspirations, including a series of ceramics by Pablo Picasso, and about his profound reverence for the intimacy and artistry of the atelier.

Urs Fischer and Francesco Bonami speaking amidst the installation of "Urs Fischer: Lovers" at Museo Jumex, Mexico City

Urs Fischer: Lovers

The exhibition Urs Fischer: Lovers at Museo Jumex, Mexico City, brings together works from international public and private collections as well as from the artist’s own archive, alongside new pieces made especially for the exhibition. To mark this momentous twenty-year survey, the artist sits down with the exhibition’s curator, Francesco Bonami, to discuss the installation.

Richard Prince, Untitled (Original Cowboy), 2013, chromogenic print, in frame, 70 ⅛ × 100 ⅛ × 2 inches (178.1 × 254.3 × 5.1 cm) © Richard Prince, courtesy Richard Prince Studio

Picture Books: Percival Everett and Brandon Taylor

The second installment of Picture Books, an imprint organized by Emma Cline and Gagosian, presents author Percival Everett’s novella Grand Canyon, Inc. alongside Untitled (Original Cowboy), a photograph by Richard Prince. In celebration of the publication, Everett met with author Brandon Taylor to discuss the novella, the role of history in the writing process, and the similarity in methodologies for science and literature.

Awol Erizku, Lion (Body) I, 2022, Duratrans on lightbox, 49 ⅜ × 65 ⅝ × 3 ¾ inches (125.4 × 166.7 × 9.5 cm) © Awol Erizku

Awol Erizku and Urs Fischer: To Make That Next Move

On the eve of Awol Erizku’s exhibition in New York, he and Urs Fischer discuss what it means to be an image maker, the beauty of blurring genres, the fetishization of authorship, and their shared love for Los Angeles.