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Houseago | Rodin

September 9–December 18, 2021
Davies Street, London

Installation view Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Works Exhibited

Thomas Houseago, Rock Demon III (Ocean Gift), 2021 Bronze, 15 ⅞ × 8 ¾ × 7 ⅞ inches (40.3 × 22.2 × 20 cm), edition 1/3 + 2 AP© Thomas Houseago. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Thomas Houseago, Rock Demon III (Ocean Gift), 2021

Bronze, 15 ⅞ × 8 ¾ × 7 ⅞ inches (40.3 × 22.2 × 20 cm), edition 1/3 + 2 AP
© Thomas Houseago. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Thomas Houseago, Owl Demon (Lechuza), 2021 Bronze, 9 × 4 ½ × 4 inches (22.9 × 11.4 × 10.2 cm), edition 1/3 + 2 AP© Thomas Houseago. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Thomas Houseago, Owl Demon (Lechuza), 2021

Bronze, 9 × 4 ½ × 4 inches (22.9 × 11.4 × 10.2 cm), edition 1/3 + 2 AP
© Thomas Houseago. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Auguste Rodin, Aphrodite, grand modèle, 1914 Bronze, 86 ⅝ × 18 ½ × 28 ⅜ inches (220 × 47 × 72 cm), edition 2/8 + 4 AP, cast: Fonte Coubertin (2015)Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Auguste Rodin, Aphrodite, grand modèle, 1914

Bronze, 86 ⅝ × 18 ½ × 28 ⅜ inches (220 × 47 × 72 cm), edition 2/8 + 4 AP, cast: Fonte Coubertin (2015)
Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Auguste Rodin, La Création, c. 1890–1900 Bronze, 8 ½ × 10 ¼ × 4 ½ inches (21.5 × 26 × 11.5 cm), edition 5/8 + 4 AP, cast: E. Godard Fondr (2006)Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Auguste Rodin, La Création, c. 1890–1900

Bronze, 8 ½ × 10 ¼ × 4 ½ inches (21.5 × 26 × 11.5 cm), edition 5/8 + 4 AP, cast: E. Godard Fondr (2006)
Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Auguste Rodin, Femme qui se peigne, c. 1900 Bronze, 9 ½ × 5 ¾ × 5 ⅜ inches (24 × 14.5 × 13.7 cm), AP 2/4 + edition of 8, cast: Fonte Coubertin (2019)Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Auguste Rodin, Femme qui se peigne, c. 1900

Bronze, 9 ½ × 5 ¾ × 5 ⅜ inches (24 × 14.5 × 13.7 cm), AP 2/4 + edition of 8, cast: Fonte Coubertin (2019)
Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Auguste Rodin, Fils d’Ugolin, sans tête, grand modèle, 1904 Bronze, 65 ¾ × 34 ⅞ × 27 ¾ inches (167 × 88.5 × 70.5 cm), edition 1/8 + 4 AP, cast: Fonte Coubertin (2021)Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Auguste Rodin, Fils d’Ugolin, sans tête, grand modèle, 1904

Bronze, 65 ¾ × 34 ⅞ × 27 ¾ inches (167 × 88.5 × 70.5 cm), edition 1/8 + 4 AP, cast: Fonte Coubertin (2021)
Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Auguste Rodin, Pierre de Wissant, nu monumental sans tête ni mains, 1886 Bronze, 74 ⅞ × 43 ¼ × 31 ⅛ inches (190 × 110 × 79 cm), edition 2/8 + 4 AP, cast: Fonte Susse (2015)Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Auguste Rodin, Pierre de Wissant, nu monumental sans tête ni mains, 1886

Bronze, 74 ⅞ × 43 ¼ × 31 ⅛ inches (190 × 110 × 79 cm), edition 2/8 + 4 AP, cast: Fonte Susse (2015)
Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Thomas Houseago, Lava Mask, 2021 Bronze, 15 ⅞ × 12 ⅝ × 4 ⅞ inches (40.5 × 32 × 12.6 cm), edition 1/3 + 2 AP© Thomas Houseago. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Thomas Houseago, Lava Mask, 2021

Bronze, 15 ⅞ × 12 ⅝ × 4 ⅞ inches (40.5 × 32 × 12.6 cm), edition 1/3 + 2 AP
© Thomas Houseago. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Thomas Houseago, Sphinx, 2021 Bronze, 18 ¾ × 12 × 12 inches (47.6 × 30.5 × 30.5 cm), edition 1/3 + 2 AP© Thomas Houseago. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Thomas Houseago, Sphinx, 2021

Bronze, 18 ¾ × 12 × 12 inches (47.6 × 30.5 × 30.5 cm), edition 1/3 + 2 AP
© Thomas Houseago. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Thomas Houseago, Gold Walking Man, 2021 Bronze, 77 × 40 ⅞ × 84 ⅝ inches (195.6 × 104 × 215 cm), edition 1/3 + 2 AP© Thomas Houseago. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Thomas Houseago, Gold Walking Man, 2021

Bronze, 77 × 40 ⅞ × 84 ⅝ inches (195.6 × 104 × 215 cm), edition 1/3 + 2 AP
© Thomas Houseago. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Thomas Houseago, Gold Walking Man, 2021 Bronze, 77 × 40 ⅞ × 84 ⅝ inches (195.6 × 104 × 215 cm), edition 1/3 + 2 AP© Thomas Houseago. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Thomas Houseago, Gold Walking Man, 2021

Bronze, 77 × 40 ⅞ × 84 ⅝ inches (195.6 × 104 × 215 cm), edition 1/3 + 2 AP
© Thomas Houseago. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

About

There is in Rodin a very pagan concern for the life-death continuum: clay as a manifestation of life and death. . . . It is a way of reminding us about the complexity of being in a body, of being alive.
—Thomas Houseago

We like to associate or confront Rodin’s works with the work of his own contemporaries, his own collection, and with the work of contemporary artists. . . . When we put two works that come from two different places together, they show us intimate truths.
—Amélie Simier, director of the Musée Rodin, Paris

Gagosian is pleased to present new sculptures by Thomas Houseago and posthumously cast bronze sculptures by Auguste Rodin, selected in collaboration with the Musée Rodin in Paris. This is the gallery’s second joint project with the museum, the first being Rodin - Sugimoto at Gagosian Paris in 2011. On the occasion of the exhibition, Rodin’s sculpture Monument à Whistler – Muse nue, bras coupés (Monument to Whistler – Nude Muse, without Arms, 1908) will be unveiled in Berkeley Square on September 7, 2021, and will remain on view until March 2022.

Houseago | Rodin juxtaposes two artists separated by more than a century who share a fascination with the human body’s physical and emotional dynamism. A suite of bronzes by Rodin is set in dialogue with Houseago’s sculptures cast in bronze, zinc, and brass. Rodin’s ability to suggest warmth, movement, and pathos in sculpture has long captivated Houseago, whose own rugged, visceral creations situate the historical medium within a distinctly contemporary view of the eternal human struggle. His Gold Walking Man (2021) strides across the gallery, its looming headless form burnished to a golden patina, while the Rock Demons (2021–)—a new series of small sculptures that are tactile, talismanic, and archaic in appearance—possess a material heft that embodies the weight of psychological revelation.

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Auguste Rodin, Monument à Whistler – Muse nue, bras coupés (Monument to Whistler – Nude Muse, without Arms), 1908, installation view, Berkeley Square, London

Public Installation

Auguste Rodin
Monument à Whistler – Muse nue, bras coupés

September 7, 2021–March 2022
Berkeley Square, London

Auguste Rodin’s Monument à Whistler – Muse nue, bras coupés (Monument to Whistler – Nude Muse, without Arms) (1908) has been installed in Berkeley Square, London, in conjunction with the exhibition Houseago | Rodin, on view at Gagosian, Davies Street, London, through December 18. Rodin was commissioned to make a monument dedicated to the artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler. Though it was never realized publicly, the monument marks a watershed moment in civic sculpture due to its representation not of the artist himself but of a female muse. The sculpture, in the form of a female figure shown climbing the “mountain of fame,” references the difficulties Whistler overcame in his life.

Auguste Rodin, Monument à Whistler – Muse nue, bras coupés (Monument to Whistler – Nude Muse, without Arms), 1908, installation view, Berkeley Square, London