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Extended through July 23, 2018

Jenny Saville

Ancestors

May 3–July 23, 2018
West 21st Street, New York

Installation view © Jenny Saville

Installation view

© Jenny Saville

Installation view © Jenny Saville

Installation view

© Jenny Saville

Installation view © Jenny Saville

Installation view

© Jenny Saville

Installation view © Jenny Saville

Installation view

© Jenny Saville

Installation view © Jenny Saville

Installation view

© Jenny Saville

Installation view © Jenny Saville

Installation view

© Jenny Saville

Works Exhibited

Jenny Saville, Fate I, 2018 Oil on canvas, 102 ⅜ × 94 ½ inches (260 × 240 cm)© Jenny Saville. Photo: Mike Bruce

Jenny Saville, Fate I, 2018

Oil on canvas, 102 ⅜ × 94 ½ inches (260 × 240 cm)
© Jenny Saville. Photo: Mike Bruce

Jenny Saville, Vis and Ramin, 2018 Oil on canvas, 98 ½ × 137 ⅞ inches (250 × 350 cm)© Jenny Saville

Jenny Saville, Vis and Ramin, 2018

Oil on canvas, 98 ½ × 137 ⅞ inches (250 × 350 cm)
© Jenny Saville

Jenny Saville, Vis and Ramin II, 2018 (detail) Oil on canvas, 76 ½ × 128 ½ inches (194.3 × 326.4 cm)© Jenny Saville

Jenny Saville, Vis and Ramin II, 2018 (detail)

Oil on canvas, 76 ½ × 128 ½ inches (194.3 × 326.4 cm)
© Jenny Saville

About

I’m trying to see if it’s possible to hold onto that moment of perception, or have several moments coexist. . . . Like looking at a memory.
—Jenny Saville

Gagosian is pleased to present Ancestors, new paintings by Jenny Saville.

In her drawings and paintings, Saville transcends the boundaries of both classical figuration and modern abstraction in her depiction of the human form. Her work reveals a deep awareness, both intellectual and sensory, of how the body has been represented over time and across cultures—from antique and Hindu sculpture to Renaissance drawing and painting to the work of modern artists such as Henri Matisse, Willem de Kooning, and Pablo Picasso.

In this exhibition, Saville depicts the body from the perspective of classical sculpture. The immense canvases recall archetypes from religion and mythology, such as the pietà, the Fates, and the Greek figure of Danaë, who was impregnated by Zeus in a shower of golden rain. The story of Danaë is a popular subject in Renaissance painting, its ethereal cloud and startling sexuality serving as a representational challenge. Titian, master colorist of the Venetian School, famously depicted the scene in the mid-sixteenth century; Saville’s figures, even when recognizable from historical narrative, are at the same time unmistakably of the present moment, merging allusion with immediate sensation.

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