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Echoes

Artschwager, Chamberlain, Twombly, Varejão, Wall, Weatherford

July 19–August 31, 2018
San Francisco

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Mary Weatherford; © 2018 Fairweather & Fairweather LTD/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © Mary Weatherford; © 2018 Fairweather & Fairweather LTD/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Mary Weatherford; © 2018 Fairweather & Fairweather LTD/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © Mary Weatherford; © 2018 Fairweather & Fairweather LTD/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © 2018 Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © 2018 Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © 2018 Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © 2018 Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Adriana Varejão; © 2018 Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © Adriana Varejão; © 2018 Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Works Exhibited

Richard Artschwager, Mirror, 1964 Formica on wood, 60 × 43 × 7 inches (152.4 × 109.2 × 17.8 cm)© 2018 Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Richard Artschwager, Mirror, 1964

Formica on wood, 60 × 43 × 7 inches (152.4 × 109.2 × 17.8 cm)
© 2018 Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Richard Artschwager, Seat of Judgement, 2008 Formica on wood, 93 × 42 × 36 inches (236.2 × 106.7 × 94.1 cm)© 2018 Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Richard Artschwager, Seat of Judgement, 2008

Formica on wood, 93 × 42 × 36 inches (236.2 × 106.7 × 94.1 cm)
© 2018 Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

John Chamberlain, TASTEYLINGUS, 2010 Painted and chrome-plated steel, 69 ¼ × 59 ½ × 51 ¼ inches (175.9 × 151.1 × 130.2 cm)© 2018 Fairweather & Fairweather LTD/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

John Chamberlain, TASTEYLINGUS, 2010

Painted and chrome-plated steel, 69 ¼ × 59 ½ × 51 ¼ inches (175.9 × 151.1 × 130.2 cm)
© 2018 Fairweather & Fairweather LTD/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Adriana Varejão, Ruína de Charque – Nova Capela, 2003 Oil on wood and polyurethane, 47 ¼ × 104 ⅜ × 22 ⅛ inches (120 × 265 × 56 cm)© Adriana Varejão. Photo: Jeff McLane

Adriana Varejão, Ruína de Charque – Nova Capela, 2003

Oil on wood and polyurethane, 47 ¼ × 104 ⅜ × 22 ⅛ inches (120 × 265 × 56 cm)
© Adriana Varejão. Photo: Jeff McLane

Adriana Varejão, Bone White Song, 2017 Oil and plaster on canvas, 70 ⅞ × 70 ⅞ inches (180 × 180 cm)© Adriana Varejão. Photo: Jaime Acioli

Adriana Varejão, Bone White Song, 2017

Oil and plaster on canvas, 70 ⅞ × 70 ⅞ inches (180 × 180 cm)
© Adriana Varejão. Photo: Jaime Acioli

Jeff Wall, Boxing, 2011 Color photograph, 84 ⅝ × 116 ⅛ inches (215 × 295 cm), edition of 3 + 1 AP© Jeff Wall

Jeff Wall, Boxing, 2011

Color photograph, 84 ⅝ × 116 ⅛ inches (215 × 295 cm), edition of 3 + 1 AP
© Jeff Wall

Mary Weatherford, Silver Writing, 2018 Flashe on linen, 117 × 104 inches (297.2 × 264.2 cm)© Mary Weatherford. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio

Mary Weatherford, Silver Writing, 2018

Flashe on linen, 117 × 104 inches (297.2 × 264.2 cm)
© Mary Weatherford. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio

About

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.

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