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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.

Anna Weyant’s Two Eileens (2022) on the cover of Gagosian Quarterly, Winter 2022

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Gagosian Quarterly Winter 2022

The Winter 2022 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Anna Weyant’s Two Eileens (2022) on its cover.

Urs Fischer: Denominator

Urs Fischer: Denominator

Urs Fischer sits down with his friend the author and artist Eric Sanders to address the perfect viewer, the effects of marketing, and the limits of human understanding.

Urs Fischer and Francesco Bonami speaking amidst the installation of "Urs Fischer: Lovers" at Museo Jumex, Mexico City

Urs Fischer: Lovers

The exhibition Urs Fischer: Lovers at Museo Jumex, Mexico City, brings together works from international public and private collections as well as from the artist’s own archive, alongside new pieces made especially for the exhibition. To mark this momentous twenty-year survey, the artist sits down with the exhibition’s curator, Francesco Bonami, to discuss the installation.

Awol Erizku, Lion (Body) I, 2022, Duratrans on lightbox, 49 ⅜ × 65 ⅝ × 3 ¾ inches (125.4 × 166.7 × 9.5 cm) © Awol Erizku

Awol Erizku and Urs Fischer: To Make That Next Move

On the eve of Awol Erizku’s exhibition in New York, he and Urs Fischer discuss what it means to be an image maker, the beauty of blurring genres, the fetishization of authorship, and their shared love for Los Angeles.

Installation view of Urs Fischer’s Untitled (2011) in Ouverture, Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection, Paris, 2021. Artwork © Urs Fischer, courtesy Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich; Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection © Tadao Ando Architect & Associates, Niney et Marca Architectes, Agence Pierre-Antoine Gatier. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Bourse de Commerce

William Middleton traces the development of the new institution, examining the collaboration between the collector François Pinault and the architect Tadao Ando in revitalizing the historic space. Middleton also speaks with artists Tatiana Trouvé and Albert Oehlen about Pinault’s passion as a collector, and with the Bouroullec brothers, who created design features for the interiors and exteriors of the museum.

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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