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The Fletcher Family

A Lifetime in Surf

July 25–August 30, 2019
976 Madison Avenue, New York

Installation view Artwork © Herbie Fletcher. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Herbie Fletcher. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Herbie Fletcher. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Herbie Fletcher. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Herbie Fletcher. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Herbie Fletcher. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Herbie Fletcher. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Herbie Fletcher. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork, left and right: © Herbie Fletcher, center: © Greyson Fletcher. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork, left and right: © Herbie Fletcher, center: © Greyson Fletcher. Photo: Rob McKeever

Works Exhibited

Herbie Fletcher, Wrecktangle #12, 2014 Foam, fiberglass, acrylic paint, and steel, 90 × 264 × 24 inches (228.6 × 670.6 × 61 cm)© Herbie Fletcher

Herbie Fletcher, Wrecktangle #12, 2014

Foam, fiberglass, acrylic paint, and steel, 90 × 264 × 24 inches (228.6 × 670.6 × 61 cm)
© Herbie Fletcher

Walter Hoffman, c. 1948 Photo: courtesy Fletcher Family Archive

Walter Hoffman, c. 1948

Photo: courtesy Fletcher Family Archive

Herbie, Skating the Pool, 1963 Photo: Ron Stoner, courtesy Fletcher Family Archive

Herbie, Skating the Pool, 1963

Photo: Ron Stoner, courtesy Fletcher Family Archive

Herbie, North Shore, Hawaii, 1969 Photo: Art Brewer, courtesy Fletcher Family Archive

Herbie, North Shore, Hawaii, 1969

Photo: Art Brewer, courtesy Fletcher Family Archive

Dibi and Herbie, North Shore, Hawaii, 1970 Photo: courtesy Fletcher Family Archive

Dibi and Herbie, North Shore, Hawaii, 1970

Photo: courtesy Fletcher Family Archive

Herbie Fletcher, Gerry Lopez, and Barry Kanaiaupuni, Sunset Beach, Hawaii, 1971 Photo: Jeff Divine, courtesy Fletcher Family Archive

Herbie Fletcher, Gerry Lopez, and Barry Kanaiaupuni, Sunset Beach, Hawaii, 1971

Photo: Jeff Divine, courtesy Fletcher Family Archive

Herbie, Maalaea, Hawaii, 1976 Photo: Art Brewer, courtesy Fletcher Family Archive

Herbie, Maalaea, Hawaii, 1976

Photo: Art Brewer, courtesy Fletcher Family Archive

Herbie and Nathan, 1977 Photo: Art Brewer, courtesy Fletcher Family Archive

Herbie and Nathan, 1977

Photo: Art Brewer, courtesy Fletcher Family Archive

Herbie, Malibu, California, 1983 Photo: Jeff Divine, courtesy Fletcher Family Archive

Herbie, Malibu, California, 1983

Photo: Jeff Divine, courtesy Fletcher Family Archive

Herbie, Christian, and Nathan, Tahiti, French Polynesia, 1988 Photo: Don King, courtesy Fletcher Family Archive

Herbie, Christian, and Nathan, Tahiti, French Polynesia, 1988

Photo: Don King, courtesy Fletcher Family Archive

Nathan, North Shore, Hawaii, 1988 Photo: Tom Servais, courtesy Fletcher Family Archive

Nathan, North Shore, Hawaii, 1988

Photo: Tom Servais, courtesy Fletcher Family Archive

Christian, Stalefish, 1989 Photo: Herbie Fletcher, courtesy Fletcher Family Archive

Christian, Stalefish, 1989

Photo: Herbie Fletcher, courtesy Fletcher Family Archive

Herbie, Dibi, Christian, and Nathan, Cottons, San Onofre State Beach, California, 1989 Photo: Art Brewer, courtesy Fletcher Family Archive

Herbie, Dibi, Christian, and Nathan, Cottons, San Onofre State Beach, California, 1989

Photo: Art Brewer, courtesy Fletcher Family Archive

Christian and Nathan, North Shore, Hawaii, 1990 Photo: Tom Servais, courtesy Fletcher Family Archive

Christian and Nathan, North Shore, Hawaii, 1990

Photo: Tom Servais, courtesy Fletcher Family Archive

Greyson, Surfboard Ollie, 1992 Photo: Herbie Fletcher, courtesy Fletcher Family Archive

Greyson, Surfboard Ollie, 1992

Photo: Herbie Fletcher, courtesy Fletcher Family Archive

Christian and Greyson, 2009 Photo: Herbie Fletcher, courtesy Fletcher Family Archive

Christian and Greyson, 2009

Photo: Herbie Fletcher, courtesy Fletcher Family Archive

Nathan, Teahupo’o, French Polynesia, 2011 Photo: Brian Bielmann, courtesy Fletcher Family Archive

Nathan, Teahupo’o, French Polynesia, 2011

Photo: Brian Bielmann, courtesy Fletcher Family Archive

Herbie, Wave Warriors, North Shore, Hawaii, 2015 Photo: Tom Servais, courtesy Fletcher Family Archive

Herbie, Wave Warriors, North Shore, Hawaii, 2015

Photo: Tom Servais, courtesy Fletcher Family Archive

Greyson, Jacksonville, Florida, 2015 Photo: John Bradford, courtesy Fletcher Family Archive

Greyson, Jacksonville, Florida, 2015

Photo: John Bradford, courtesy Fletcher Family Archive

Nathan, North Shore, Hawaii, 2017 Photo: Brian Bielmann, courtesy Fletcher Family Archive

Nathan, North Shore, Hawaii, 2017

Photo: Brian Bielmann, courtesy Fletcher Family Archive

The Fletcher Family, Astrodeck, San Clemente, California, 2015 Photo: Rafael Pulido, courtesy Fletcher Family Archive

The Fletcher Family, Astrodeck, San Clemente, California, 2015

Photo: Rafael Pulido, courtesy Fletcher Family Archive

About

The practice of the artist . . . is no different than that of the surfer, who inscribes his or her self in the oceana bigger canvas could not be engaged, defining their humanity in the most personal way, using themselves to draw their lifelines through the massive fleeting freedom of that power. The power and majesty of the sea—Herbie shared that with me and with my family as well as his own.
—Julian Schnabel

Gagosian is pleased to present an exhibition celebrating the publication of Fletcher: A Lifetime in Surf by Rizzoli in 2019.

The legendary Fletcher family has been an institution and guiding presence in surf and skate culture for decades, with an influence that extends to the worlds of fashion, music, streetwear, and art. Now, Fletcher: A Lifetime in Surf, written by Dibi Fletcher—wife of Herbie and matriarch of what Esquire has called “surfing’s first family”—simultaneously traces the evolution of the Fletcher family’s life and offers an oral history of surfing’s counterculture from the 1950s to today.

Throughout the volume, the family’s intimate storyline is augmented with anecdotes from luminaries including surfing legend Gerry Lopez, Mike Diamond of the Beastie Boys, artist Julian Schnabel, eleven-time world champion pro surfer Kelly Slater, and Steve Van Doren, of the Vans skate shoe company. Dibi’s recollections begin with her childhood memories of her father, big-wave surfing pioneer Walter Hoffman. She then goes on to narrate her union with Herbie, as well as the lives of their sons Christian and Nathan, both surfers, and their grandson, Greyson, a renowned skateboarder, all of whom have erased the boundaries between surfing and skateboarding.

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Nathan, Teahupo’o, French Polynesia, 2011. Photo: Brian Bielmann

Screening

Heavy Water

Monday, July 29, 2019, 7pm
Guild Hall, East Hampton, New York
www.guildhall.org

Join Gagosian and the Fletcher family for a screening of Heavy Water (2019), directed by Michael Oblowitz and produced by Red Bull Media House and All Edge Entertainment, in conjunction with the exhibition The Fletcher Family: A Lifetime in Surf at Gagosian, 976 Madison Avenue, New York. The film follows big-wave surfer Nathan Fletcher through the evolution of his career, tracing his lineage back to his grandfather, Walter Hoffman, a surfing pioneer on Oahu’s North Shore. Fletcher and fellow surf and skate legends share stories of the pursuit of their passion for the big wave. To attend the free event, RSVP to nyfilms@gagosian.com.

Nathan, Teahupo’o, French Polynesia, 2011. Photo: Brian Bielmann