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American Pastoral

January 23–March 14, 2020
Britannia Street, London

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © 2020 Cindy Sherman, © Banks Violette, © Taryn Simon. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © 2020 Cindy Sherman, © Banks Violette, © Taryn Simon. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Estate of Jack Goldstein, © Mark Tansey, © Jeff Koons, © Richard Prince, Thomas Moran. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © Estate of Jack Goldstein, © Mark Tansey, © Jeff Koons, © Richard Prince, Thomas Moran. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Richard Prince; Albert Bierstadt; © Joe Bradley; © 2020 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © Richard Prince; Albert Bierstadt; © Joe Bradley; © 2020 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Joe Bradley; © 2020 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; © John Currin; Winslow Homer. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © Joe Bradley; © 2020 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; © John Currin; Winslow Homer. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © John Currin, Winslow Homer, © John Currin, © The Estate of Diane Arbus, Joseph DeCamp. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © John Currin, Winslow Homer, © John Currin, © The Estate of Diane Arbus, Joseph DeCamp. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Ed Ruscha, Thomas Cole. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © Ed Ruscha, Thomas Cole. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © 2020 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; © Sally Mann; © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein/DACS 2020. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © 2020 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; © Sally Mann; © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein/DACS 2020. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Theaster Gates, © Adam McEwen, © Richard Prince, © Banks Violette, © Ed Ruscha. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © Theaster Gates, © Adam McEwen, © Richard Prince, © Banks Violette, © Ed Ruscha. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Sally Mann, © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein/DACS 2020. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © Sally Mann, © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein/DACS 2020. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork, left to right: Thomas Moran, © Richard Prince. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: Thomas Moran, © Richard Prince. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Banks Violette, © Richard Prince, © Adam McEwen. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © Banks Violette, © Richard Prince, © Adam McEwen. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Roe Ethridge, © Cady Noland. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © Roe Ethridge, © Cady Noland. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Richard Prince, © Jeff Wall. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © Richard Prince, © Jeff Wall. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Works Exhibited

Jeff Koons, Toy Cannon, 2006–12 Bronze and live flowering plants, 72 × 121 ¼ × 59 ⅜ inches (182.9 × 307.8 × 150.7 cm), edition of 3 + 1 AP© Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons, Toy Cannon, 2006–12

Bronze and live flowering plants, 72 × 121 ¼ × 59 ⅜ inches (182.9 × 307.8 × 150.7 cm), edition of 3 + 1 AP
© Jeff Koons

About

Gagosian is pleased to present American Pastoral.

From nineteenth-century industrialization to contemporary patterns of immigration, the pursuit of the American Dream has long been a rich topic of inquiry for artists in the United States. For many, this notion is encapsulated by the imagined tranquility and comfort of rural life—an aspiration arising from the Western tradition of landscape painting, with its picturesque, arcadian lands and idyllic communities.

Titled after Philip Roth’s 1997 novel about the social discord that undermines the life of an outwardly untroubled New Jersey family, American Pastoral is a group exhibition that seeks to challenge this idealized vision by delving into the cultural, political, and economic tensions that lie beneath its surface. In this exhibition, modern and contemporary works are juxtaposed with historical American landscapes, ranging from Albert Bierstadt’s depiction of the sublime in Sunset over the River (1877) to Edward Hopper’s tranquil seaside scene, Gloucester Harbor (1926).

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Installation view, American Pastoral, Gagosian, Britannia Street, London, January 23–March 14, 2020. Artwork, left to right: © Theaster Gates, © Adam McEwen, Thomas Moran, © Richard Prince, © Banks Violette, © Ed Ruscha. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Tour

American Pastoral

Thursday, March 5, 2020, 6:30pm
Gagosian, Britannia Street, London

Join Gagosian for a tour of the group exhibition American Pastoral. The show juxtaposes modern and contemporary works with historical American landscapes ranging from Albert Bierstadt’s depiction of the sublime in Sunset over the River (1877) to Edward Hopper’s tranquil seaside scene, Gloucester Harbor (1926). Gagosian’s Alice Godwin will focus on a select grouping of exhibited works that seek to challenge the idealized vision of the American Dream that has long been a rich topic of inquiry for artists in the United States. To attend the free event, RSVP to londontours@gagosian.com. Space is limited.

Installation view, American Pastoral, Gagosian, Britannia Street, London, January 23–March 14, 2020. Artwork, left to right: © Theaster Gates, © Adam McEwen, Thomas Moran, © Richard Prince, © Banks Violette, © Ed Ruscha. Photo: Lucy Dawkins