Gagosian is pleased to present Echoes, a cross-generational exhibition that pairs works by gallery artists based on generative resonance: Adriana Varejão with Richard Artschwager, Mary Weatherford with John Chamberlain, and Jeff Wall with Cy Twombly.
Two relief paintings by Varejão, made more than a decade apart, are shown with a painting and sculpture by Artschwager, both artists underscoring the agonistic nature of painterly discourse. The intricate surfaces of Varejão’s Ruína de Charque – Nova Capela (2003) and Bone-White Song (2017), which simulate broken or cracked ceramic tiles, reveal illusionistic flesh and blood within, suggesting a rather more turbulent sequel to the totalizing abstractions of modernism, while Artschwager’s Mirror (1964) and Seat of Judgment (2008) parody hard-edge modernism in surreal domestic readymades made from mimetically patterned Formica.
In a second pairing, Weatherford’s Silver Writing (2018), the first in a series of new paintings, dialogues with Chamberlain’s crumpled metal assemblage TASTEYLINGUS (2010). While Weatherford literally electrifies her gestural abstract canvases with the cool light of neon, Chamberlain employs the found properties of automotive scrap metal in his sculptural assemblages, embracing contingency while bridging Abstract Expressionism and Pop.
Finally, Jeff Wall’s large-scale color photograph Boxing (2011) finds both coincidence and counterpoint with Cy Twombly’s painting, Death of Pompey (Rome) (1962). In Wall’s cinematically composed frame, two youths spar in the close confines of a modern living room, while Twombly’s epic work transposes an epochal assassination in Egypt into schematic notation. Both artists—one rooted in the vernacular present, the other in the classical past—stage the human drama and its histories in unique and inventive forms of narrative, myth, and apologue.
From the Quarterly
Cy Twombly: In Beauty it is finished
Mark Francis, director of the exhibition Cy Twombly: In Beauty it is finished, Drawings 1951–2008, describes the impetus for this expansive presentation, the source for its title, and details the stories of some of the works on view.
Cy Twombly: Coronation of Sesostris
Cy Twombly’s Coronation of Sesostris (2000) receives a closer look by Gagosian Director, Mark Francis. In this video, he discusses the history of the work, the myths and poetry embedded within it, and considers its lasting impact.
Adriana Varejão: Transbarroco
From October 19–21, 2017, Adriana Varejão’s video installation Transbarroco (2014) played across the façade and in the central courtyard of the historic John Sowden House, designed by Lloyd Wright in 1926.
In Foil Adventures: John Chamberlain’s Late Works in Aluminum, Corinna Thierolf discusses how, starting in the mid-1960s, the artist investigated and perfected working with this material.
Adriana Varejão: Interiors
Lilia Moritz Schwarcz explores themes that are central to the artist’s oeuvre.
Katharina Grosse reflects on the work of Cy Twombly.
Edmund de Waal
the poems of our climate
September 20–December 8, 2018
Extended through June 30, 2018
April 24–June 30, 2018
Close at Hand
Modern and Contemporary Sculpture
January 9–February 24, 2018
November 2–December 16, 2017