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Crushed, Cast, Constructed

Sculpture by John Chamberlain, Urs Fischer, and Charles Ray

June 15–July 31, 2020
Grosvenor Hill, London

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Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Urs Fischer; © 2020 Fairweather & Fairweather LTD/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Artwork, left to right: © Urs Fischer; © 2020 Fairweather & Fairweather LTD/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Urs Fischer; © 2020 Fairweather & Fairweather LTD/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © Urs Fischer; © 2020 Fairweather & Fairweather LTD/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Installation view Artwork © Urs Fischer

Installation view

Artwork © Urs Fischer

Installation view Artwork © Urs Fischer

Installation view

Artwork © Urs Fischer

Installation view Artwork © Urs Fischer

Installation view

Artwork © Urs Fischer

Installation view Artwork © Urs Fischer

Installation view

Artwork © Urs Fischer

Installation view Artwork © Urs Fischer

Installation view

Artwork © Urs Fischer

Installation view Artwork © Urs Fischer

Installation view

Artwork © Urs Fischer

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Charles Ray, courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery; © Urs Fischer

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © Charles Ray, courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery; © Urs Fischer

Installation view with Charles Ray, Tractor (2004) Artwork © Charles Ray, courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery

Installation view with Charles Ray, Tractor (2004)

Artwork © Charles Ray, courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery

Works Exhibited

John Chamberlain, Untitled, c. 1967 Galvanized steel, 36 × 28 ½ × 27 ½ inches (91.4 × 72.4 × 69.9 cm), Cy Twombly Foundation© 2020 Fairweather & Fairweather LTD/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Peter Schälchli, Zürich

John Chamberlain, Untitled, c. 1967

Galvanized steel, 36 × 28 ½ × 27 ½ inches (91.4 × 72.4 × 69.9 cm), Cy Twombly Foundation
© 2020 Fairweather & Fairweather LTD/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Peter Schälchli, Zürich

Urs Fischer, Ix, 2006–08 Cast aluminum and steel, 118 ⅛ × 88 ⅝ × 61 ¾ inches (300 × 225 × 157 cm), edition of 2 + 1 AP© Urs Fischer

Urs Fischer, Ix, 2006–08

Cast aluminum and steel, 118 ⅛ × 88 ⅝ × 61 ¾ inches (300 × 225 × 157 cm), edition of 2 + 1 AP
© Urs Fischer

Urs Fischer, Miss Satin, 2006–08 Cast aluminum and steel, 133 ⅞ × 101 ⅛ × 86 ⅝ inches (340 × 257 × 220 cm), edition of 2 + 1 AP© Urs Fischer

Urs Fischer, Miss Satin, 2006–08

Cast aluminum and steel, 133 ⅞ × 101 ⅛ × 86 ⅝ inches (340 × 257 × 220 cm), edition of 2 + 1 AP
© Urs Fischer

Urs Fischer, Zizi, 2006–08 Cast aluminum and steel, 161 ⅜ × 90 ½ × 89 inches (410 × 230 × 226 cm), edition of 2 + 1 AP© Urs Fischer

Urs Fischer, Zizi, 2006–08

Cast aluminum and steel, 161 ⅜ × 90 ½ × 89 inches (410 × 230 × 226 cm), edition of 2 + 1 AP
© Urs Fischer

Charles Ray, Tractor, 2003–04 Aluminum, 62 ¼ × 109 ½ × 53 ¾ inches (158.1 × 278.1 × 136.5 cm), edition of 3 + 1 APArtwork © Charles Ray, courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery

Charles Ray, Tractor, 2003–04

Aluminum, 62 ¼ × 109 ½ × 53 ¾ inches (158.1 × 278.1 × 136.5 cm), edition of 3 + 1 AP
Artwork © Charles Ray, courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery

About

Gagosian is pleased to present Crushed, Cast, Constructed: Sculpture by John Chamberlain, Urs Fischer, and Charles Ray.

An exploration of three divergent approaches to sculptural process, Crushed, Cast, Constructed juxtaposes works in metal by Chamberlain, Fischer, and Ray, orchestrating a rich conversation around material and method.

Chamberlain, who died in 2011, made sculptures out of used automotive parts and other premanufactured metal components, expanding the rhythmic impulses of Abstract Expressionist painting into three dimensions. In his works, these forms retain the aura of their industrial origins while simultaneously conveying a baroque mannerism. In the late 1960s, Chamberlain began using galvanized steel boxes to create “crushed” sculptures such as Untitled (1967), which juxtaposes pliant curves and sharp angles in an interplay of shadow, contour, and space.

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Installation view, Crushed, Cast, Constructed: Sculpture by John Chamberlain, Urs Fischer, and Charles Ray, Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London, June 15–July 31, 2020

Uncanny Delights: Sculpture by John Chamberlain, Urs Fischer, and Charles Ray

Catalyzed by the exhibition Crushed, Cast, Constructed: Sculpture by John Chamberlain, Urs Fischer, and Charles Ray, Alice Godwin examines the legacy and development of a Surrealist ethos in selected works from three contemporary sculptors.

Installation view, Urs Fischer: The Lyrical and the Prosaic, Aïshti Foundation, Beirut, October 20, 2019–October 31, 2020.

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In his introduction to the catalogue for Urs Fischer’s exhibition The Lyrical and the Prosaic, at the Aïshti Foundation in Beirut, curator Massimiliano Gioni traces the material and conceptual tensions that reverberate throughout the artist’s paintings, sculptures, installations, and interventions.

Urs Fischer, A–Z, 2019, a sculpture of a pear and an apple.

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Fruit and vegetables are a recurring motif in Urs Fischer’s visual vocabulary, introducing the dimension of time while elaborating on the art historical tradition of the vanitas. Here, curator Francesco Bonami traces this thread through the artist’s sculptures and paintings of the past two decades.

Five Books: Urs Fischer

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Five Books: Urs Fischer

Urs Fischer talks about reading during the pandemic lockdown, sharing five books—both fiction and nonfiction—that he has turned to while in self-isolation.

Installation video of Urs Fischer's exhibition, Leo. A painting of an eye and a sculpture of three humans.

Urs Fischer: Leo

Journalist and curator Judith Benhamou-Huet leads a tour of the exhibition Urs Fischer: Leo at Gagosian, Paris.

Installation view, Urs Fischer: PLAY with choreography by Madeline Hollander, Gagosian, West 21st Street, New York, September 6–October 13, 2018.

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Urs Fischer and choreographer Madeline Hollander speak with novelist Natasha Stagg about the ways in which choreographic experimentation and an interest in our ability to project emotion onto objects led to the one-of-a-kind project PLAY.

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Charles Ray, Tractor, 2003–04 © Charles Ray, courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery

Tour

Crushed, Cast, Constructed
Sculpture by John Chamberlain, Urs Fischer, and Charles Ray

Thursday, July 23, 2020, 12pm EDT (5pm BST)

Join Gagosian for a virtual tour of Crushed, Cast, Constructed: Sculpture by John Chamberlain, Urs Fischer, and Charles Ray, an exhibition on view at Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London, through July 31. Gagosian’s Alice Godwin will discuss the three artists’ divergent sculptural processes, examining their individual approaches and identities with respect to materials and methods. To join, register at zoom.us.

Charles Ray, Tractor, 2003–04 © Charles Ray, courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery

Photo: Chad Moore

Artist Spotlight

Urs Fischer

June 24–30, 2020

Urs Fischer mines the potential of materials—from clay, steel, and paint to bread, dirt, and produce—to create works that disorient and bewilder. Through scale distortions, illusion, and the juxtaposition of common objects, his paintings, sculptures, photographs, and large-scale installations explore themes of perception and representation while maintaining a witty irreverence and mordant humor.

Photo: Chad Moore