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Jenny Saville

Elpis

November 12–December 22, 2020
980 Madison Avenue, New York

Installation view Artwork © Jenny Saville. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Jenny Saville. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Jenny Saville. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Jenny Saville. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Jenny Saville. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Jenny Saville. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Jenny Saville. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Jenny Saville. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Jenny Saville. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Jenny Saville. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Jenny Saville. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Jenny Saville. Photo: Rob McKeever

Works Exhibited

Jenny Saville, Second Nature, 2020 Oil on linen, 90 ⅝ × 82 ¾ inches (230 × 210 cm)© Jenny Saville. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Jenny Saville, Second Nature, 2020

Oil on linen, 90 ⅝ × 82 ¾ inches (230 × 210 cm)
© Jenny Saville. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Jenny Saville, Virtual, 2020 Oil on canvas, 78 ¾ × 63 inches (200 × 160 cm)© Jenny Saville. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Jenny Saville, Virtual, 2020

Oil on canvas, 78 ¾ × 63 inches (200 × 160 cm)
© Jenny Saville. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Jenny Saville, Prism, 2020 Pastel and charcoal on canvas, 78 ¾ × 63 inches (200 × 160 cm)© Jenny Saville. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Jenny Saville, Prism, 2020

Pastel and charcoal on canvas, 78 ¾ × 63 inches (200 × 160 cm)
© Jenny Saville. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Jenny Saville, Rupture, 2020 Acrylic and oil on linen, 78 ¾ × 63 inches (200 × 160 cm)© Jenny Saville. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Jenny Saville, Rupture, 2020

Acrylic and oil on linen, 78 ¾ × 63 inches (200 × 160 cm)
© Jenny Saville. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Jenny Saville, Arcadia, 2020 Acrylic and oil on linen, 78 ¾ × 63 inches (200 × 160 cm)© Jenny Saville. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Jenny Saville, Arcadia, 2020

Acrylic and oil on linen, 78 ¾ × 63 inches (200 × 160 cm)
© Jenny Saville. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

About

Only Elpis [Hope] was left within her unbreakable house,
she remained under the lip of the jar, and did not
fly away. Before [she could], Pandora replaced the
lid of the jar. This was the will of aegis-bearing
Zeus the Cloudgatherer.
—Hesiod, Works and Days

Gagosian is pleased to present Elpis, an exhibition of new paintings by Jenny Saville. This exhibition marks the reopening of the gallery at 980 Madison Avenue following the pandemic-related shutdown in March.

Saville’s monumental portraits explore the human body and its fascinating aesthetic potential. Her bold and sensuous impressions of surface, line, and mass oscillate between rational and irrational forms, capturing a unique kind of realism specific to the twenty-first century. Titled after the ancient Greek personification of hope left behind at the bottom of Pandora’s box—a spirit traditionally associated with the burdens of human suffering, rather than positivity—the paintings in Elpis are grounded in tangible realities while reaching toward their mythological dimensions.

Though resolutely of its time, Saville’s art speaks to a profound reckoning with the primordial lineage of humanity. The ancient world comprises one of her most enduring sources of inspiration. In the past, she has presented the human figure as classical sculpture, melding marble and flesh through a complex layering of body parts and transhistorical artistic tributes. In the massive canvases presented at her 2014 solo exhibition Oxyrhynchus at Gagosian, Britannia Street, London, Saville intertwined palimpsestic silhouettes and fleshly forms, alluding to the trove of documents and literature that lay dormant in the famed titular Egyptian archeological site for millennia.

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