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Micro Mania

April 18–May 31, 2012
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

The cover of the Fall 2019 Gagosian Quarterly magazine. Artwork by Nathaniel Mary Quinn

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Left: Sally Mann, Self-Portrait, 1974; right: Jenny Saville in her studio, c. 1990s.

Sally Mann and Jenny Saville

The two artists discuss being drawn to difficult subjects, the effects of motherhood on their practice, embracing chance, and their shared adoration of Cy Twombly.

Glenstone Museum.

Intimate Grandeur: Glenstone Museum

Paul Goldberger tracks the evolution of Mitchell and Emily Rales’s Glenstone Museum in Potomac, Maryland. Set amid 230 acres of pristine landscape and housing a world-class collection of modern and contemporary art, this graceful complex of pavilions, designed by architects Thomas Phifer and Partners, opened to the public in the fall of 2018.

Rachel Whiteread, Nissen Hut, 2018.

Shy Sculpture: Nissen Hut

Rachel Whiteread’s public sculpture Nissen Hut was unveiled in October 2018 in Yorkshire’s Dalby Forest. Curator Tamsin Dillon explores the dynamic history of these structures and provides a firsthand account of the steps leading up to the work’s premiere.

The artist Ed Ruscha discussing his work.

Ed Ruscha: A Long Way from Oklahoma

In conjunction with his exhibition VERY at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, Denmark, Ed Ruscha sat down with Kasper Bech Dyg to discuss his work.

Rachel Whiteread, Untitled (Notre-Dame), 2019.

For Notre-Dame

An exhibition at Gagosian, Paris, is raising funds to aid in the reconstruction of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris following the devastating fire of April 2019. Gagosian directors Serena Cattaneo Adorno and Jean-Olivier Després spoke to Jennifer Knox White about the generous response of artists and others, and what the restoration of this iconic structure means across the world.