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Extended through June 30, 2018

About Photography

April 24–June 30, 2018
San Francisco

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Piero Golia, © Adam McEwen, © Florian Maier-Aichen. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © Piero Golia, © Adam McEwen, © Florian Maier-Aichen. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Ed Ruscha, © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © Ed Ruscha, © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Dike Blair, © Sally Mann, © Nicola Del Roscio Foundation. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © Dike Blair, © Sally Mann, © Nicola Del Roscio Foundation. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © 2018 Cindy Sherman, © Taryn Simon. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © 2018 Cindy Sherman, © Taryn Simon. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view Artwork © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view

Artwork © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view Artwork © 2018 Chris Burden/Licensed by The Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view

Artwork © 2018 Chris Burden/Licensed by The Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view with Andy Warhol, Screen Tests, 1964–66 (1964–66) Artwork © 2018 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view with Andy Warhol, Screen Tests, 1964–66 (1964–66)

Artwork © 2018 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view with Andy Warhol, Screen Tests, 1964–66 (1964–66) Artwork © 2018 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view with Andy Warhol, Screen Tests, 1964–66 (1964–66)

Artwork © 2018 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view with Andy Warhol, Screen Tests, 1964–66 (1964–66) Artwork © 2018 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view with Andy Warhol, Screen Tests, 1964–66 (1964–66)

Artwork © 2018 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Works Exhibited

Douglas Gordon, Monster Reborn, 2002 Transmounted chromogenic print, 32 × 48 inches (81.3 × 121.9 cm), edition of 11 + 3 AP© Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

Douglas Gordon, Monster Reborn, 2002

Transmounted chromogenic print, 32 × 48 inches (81.3 × 121.9 cm), edition of 11 + 3 AP
© Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

Duane Hanson, Man with Camera, 1991–92 Polychromed bronze and mixed media, 49 × 38 × 34 inches (124.5 × 96.5 × 86.4 cm), 1 of 3 unique versions© Duane Hanson. Photo: Rob McKeever

Duane Hanson, Man with Camera, 1991–92

Polychromed bronze and mixed media, 49 × 38 × 34 inches (124.5 × 96.5 × 86.4 cm), 1 of 3 unique versions
© Duane Hanson. Photo: Rob McKeever

Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #60, 1980 Gelatin silver print, 40 × 30 inches (101.6 × 76.2 cm)© 2018 Cindy Sherman. Photo: courtesy the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #60, 1980

Gelatin silver print, 40 × 30 inches (101.6 × 76.2 cm)
© 2018 Cindy Sherman. Photo: courtesy the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

Chris Burden, Deluxe Photo Book 1971–73, 1974 Gelatin silver prints, chromogenic prints, and typewritten note in loose-leaf binder with hand-painted cover, 12 x 12 x 3 inches (30.5 x 30.5 x 7.6 cm), edition of 50© Chris Burden/Licensed by The Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Chris Burden, Deluxe Photo Book 1971–73, 1974

Gelatin silver prints, chromogenic prints, and typewritten note in loose-leaf binder with hand-painted cover, 12 x 12 x 3 inches (30.5 x 30.5 x 7.6 cm), edition of 50
© Chris Burden/Licensed by The Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Adam McEwen, Untitled (Bret), 2011 Chromogenic print, 40 × 28 inches (101.6 × 71.1 cm), edition of 3 + 2 AP© Adam McEwen

Adam McEwen, Untitled (Bret), 2011

Chromogenic print, 40 × 28 inches (101.6 × 71.1 cm), edition of 3 + 2 AP
© Adam McEwen

About

Gagosian is pleased to present About Photography, an exhibition by artists, modern and contemporary, who have exhibited with the gallery over the past four decades.

About Photography explores the ways in which artists use photography as a medium, a means to an end, and a catalyst for other art forms. From Andy Warhol to Richard Prince, these artists open up the question of what it means to utilize the photographic medium for representation, as well as in the creation of form. As intellectual challenges continue to unfold, photography pervades not only all other artistic genres, but our every moment as well, a phenomenon that has irrevocably changed the nature of art itself.

The exhibition’s only sculpture, Duane Hanson’s Man with Camera (1991–92), takes center stage: a figure perched on a folding chair poises his camera to take a photograph. Celebrated for their startling realism, Hanson’s figures and the “snapshot of America” that they constitute take on new meaning in a photographic context. Nearby, Andy Warhol’s Screen Test of Edie Sedgwick (1965) is projected on the entrance wall. Richard Avedon’s portraits of Louis Armstrong (1955), Bob Dylan (1963), Malcolm X (1963), and members of Warhol’s Factory (1969–75) create an interlocking narrative about photography and society, contrasting with both the aesthetics and implications of Hanson’s figure.

Fifty years after Diane Arbus began shooting her unsettling black-and-white portraits of ordinary Americans on a medium-format Rolleiflex, producing distinctive, square photographs, Richard Prince’s Untitled (portrait) (2015) borrows the characteristic text and cropping of an Instagram post. An avid documenter and collector of American subcultures, Prince uses mass-media images to redefine concepts of ownership and authorship. Here, his examination of the contemporary channels and distribution of the photograph stands in stark contrast to Arbus’s iconic portraits, including Identical Twins, Roselle, N.J. (1966).

While Ed Ruscha’s deadpan series Vacant Lots (1970–2003) memorializes Los Angeles’s vernacular architecture, now largely overbuilt, the dissonance between nature and the incursion of commerce and popular culture is made evident in Andreas Gursky’s SH II (2014), in which a superhero sits alone in a desolate landscape.

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Deluxe Photo Book

Deluxe Photo Book

Sydney Stutterheim discusses Chris Burden’s Deluxe Photo Book 1971–73 on the occasion of its inclusion in About Photography at Gagosian San Francisco.

Anna Weyant’s Two Eileens (2022) on the cover of Gagosian Quarterly, Winter 2022

Now available
Gagosian Quarterly Winter 2022

The Winter 2022 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Anna Weyant’s Two Eileens (2022) on its cover.

Urs Fischer: Denominator

Urs Fischer: Denominator

Urs Fischer sits down with his friend the author and artist Eric Sanders to address the perfect viewer, the effects of marketing, and the limits of human understanding.

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.

Image of Cy Twombly's Treatise on the Veil (Second Version), 1970

Cy Twombly: Imperfect Paradise

Eleonora Di Erasmo, cocurator of Un/veiled: Cy Twombly, Music, Inspirations, a program of concerts, video screenings, and works by Cy Twombly at the Fondazione Nicola Del Roscio, Rome, reflects on the resonances and networks of inspiration between the artist and music. The program was the result of an extensive three-year study, done at the behest of Nicola Del Roscio in the Rome and Gaeta offices of the Cy Twombly Foundation, intended to collect, document, and preserve compositions by musicians around the world who have been inspired by Twombly’s work, or to establish an artistic dialogue with them.

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.