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FIRSTbooks

May 20–June 15, 2015
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Installation view Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Photo: Rob McKeever

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Gagosian is pleased to announce FIRSTbooks, a new exhibition series that focuses on the publishing debuts of a broad range of historic and contemporary artists.

The initial selection features twenty-four books spanning five centuries, from 1610 to 2013. This mini-survey introduces a wealth of first approaches by artists to the book form: from the classic livre illustré to diverse variations on the contemporary artist’s book, from book sculptures and pop-up books to conceptual and photo-documentary books. Highlights include books of etchings by the English Romanticist William Turner and French Surrealist Yves Tanguy; illustrated books by Amedeo Modigliani and Pablo Picasso; Robert Gober’s HEAT; and KINDERBUCH (Children’s Book), Dieter Roth’s first book featuring mesmerizing compositions of primary-colored geometric shapes.

FIRSTbooks is a tribute to the book as an art form, to the artists who have explored the book as a vehicle for new ideas, and to the publishers who have produced and distributed artist’s books.

FIRSTbooks is conceived and presented by Matthew Zucker, a New York–based art book dealer, collector, and curator.

A black-and-white portrait of Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler seated at a desk in front of a painting by Pablo Picasso.

Game Changer
Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler

Michael Cary pays homage to the visionary dealer Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler (1884–1979).

Grace McCann Morley, c. 1950s.

Game Changer
Grace McCann Morley

Berit Potter pays homage to the ardent museum leader who transformed San Francisco’s relationship to modern art.

Charlotte Perriand in her studio on place Saint-Sulpice, Paris, 1928. The hands holding a plate halolike behind her head are Le Corbusier’s.

The New World of Charlotte Perriand

Inspired by a visit to the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s exhibition Charlotte Perriand: Inventing a New World, William Middleton explores the life of this modernist pioneer and her impact on the worlds of design, art, and architecture.

Diana Widmaier-Picasso standing in front of a bookcase

Picasso and Maya: An Interview with Diana Widmaier-Picasso

Diana Widmaier-Picasso curated a presentation at Gagosian, Paris, to celebrate the publication of Picasso and Maya: Father and Daughter at the end of 2019. This comprehensive reference publication explores the figure of Maya Ruiz-Picasso, Pablo Picasso’s beloved eldest daughter, throughout Picasso’s work and chronicles the loving relationship between the artist and his daughter. In this video, Widmaier-Picasso details her ongoing interest in the subject and reflects on the process of making the book.

Still from video Visions of the Self: Jenny Saville on Rembrandt

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.

Claude Picasso and John Richardson

In Conversation
Claude Picasso and John Richardson

Picasso biographer Sir John Richardson sits down with Claude Picasso to discuss Claude’s photography, his enjoyment of vintage car racing, and the future of scholarship related to his father, Pablo Picasso.