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Haunted Realism

June 9–August 26, 2022
Grosvenor Hill, London

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Meleko Mokgosi, © Urs Fischer, © Neil Jenney. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © Meleko Mokgosi, © Urs Fischer, © Neil Jenney. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Neil Jenney, © Urs Fischer, © Colin Crumplin, © Jim Shaw. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © Neil Jenney, © Urs Fischer, © Colin Crumplin, © Jim Shaw. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris, 2022; © John Murphy; © ADAGP, Paris, and DACS, London, 2022. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris, 2022; © John Murphy; © ADAGP, Paris, and DACS, London, 2022. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. All Rights Reserved/Licensed by VAGA, New York; © Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris, 2022; © John Murphy. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. All Rights Reserved/Licensed by VAGA, New York; © Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris, 2022; © John Murphy. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Glenn Brown; © 2022 Romuald Hazoumè and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris; © Llyn Foulkes; © Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. All rights reserved/Licensed by VAGA, New York; © Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris, 2022; © John Murphy. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © Glenn Brown; © 2022 Romuald Hazoumè and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris; © Llyn Foulkes; © Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. All rights reserved/Licensed by VAGA, New York; © Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris, 2022; © John Murphy. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Urs Fischer, © John Currin. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © Urs Fischer, © John Currin. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Dan Colen, © Louise Bonnet. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © Dan Colen, © Louise Bonnet. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Glenn Brown. By kind permission of the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, Spain; © 2022 Romuald Hazoumè and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © Glenn Brown. By kind permission of the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, Spain; © 2022 Romuald Hazoumè and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Llyn Folkes, © Ewa Juszkiewicz. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © Llyn Folkes, © Ewa Juszkiewicz. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Ewa Juszkiewicz; © Jenny Saville. All rights reserved, DACS, 2022; © Tetsuya Ishida, courtesy Estate of Tetsuya Ishida; © Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. All rights reserved/Licensed by VAGA, New York. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © Ewa Juszkiewicz; © Jenny Saville. All rights reserved, DACS, 2022; © Tetsuya Ishida, courtesy Estate of Tetsuya Ishida; © Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. All rights reserved/Licensed by VAGA, New York. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Dan Colen; © Louise Bonnet; © Glenn Brown. By kind permission of the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, Spain; © Richard Prince; © Rachel Whiteread; © Jim Shaw. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © Dan Colen; © Louise Bonnet; © Glenn Brown. By kind permission of the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, Spain; © Richard Prince; © Rachel Whiteread; © Jim Shaw. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Ed Ruscha; © 2022 The Estate of Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; © Rachel Whiteread; © Richard Prince. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © Ed Ruscha; © 2022 The Estate of Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; © Rachel Whiteread; © Richard Prince. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Tatiana Trouvé; © Jenny Saville. All rights reserved, DACS, 2022; © Tetsuya Ishida, courtesy Estate of Tetsuya Ishida. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © Tatiana Trouvé; © Jenny Saville. All rights reserved, DACS, 2022; © Tetsuya Ishida, courtesy Estate of Tetsuya Ishida. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Tatiana Trouvé; © Jenny Saville. All rights reserved, DACS, 2022. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © Tatiana Trouvé; © Jenny Saville. All rights reserved, DACS, 2022. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Jenny Saville. All rights reserved, DACS, 2022; © Tetsuya Ishida, courtesy Estate of Tetsuya Ishida; © Albert Oehlen. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © Jenny Saville. All rights reserved, DACS, 2022; © Tetsuya Ishida, courtesy Estate of Tetsuya Ishida; © Albert Oehlen. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Tetsuya Ishida, courtesy Estate of Tetsuya Ishida; © Tony Oursler; © Urs Fischer; © Ed Ruscha. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © Tetsuya Ishida, courtesy Estate of Tetsuya Ishida; © Tony Oursler; © Urs Fischer; © Ed Ruscha. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Tetsuya Ishida, courtesy Estate of Tetsuya Ishida; © Albert Oehlen; © Tony Oursler. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © Tetsuya Ishida, courtesy Estate of Tetsuya Ishida; © Albert Oehlen; © Tony Oursler. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Adam McEwen, © Gerhard Richter 2022 (22062022). Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © Adam McEwen, © Gerhard Richter 2022 (22062022). Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Meleko Mokgosi; © Neil Jenney; © Colin Crumplin; © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany, 2022. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork, left to right: © Meleko Mokgosi; © Neil Jenney; © Colin Crumplin; © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany, 2022. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Works Exhibited

Chris Burden, Project for Warsaw Ujazdowski Castle (Capitalism and Communism), 1992 Ink on paper, 8 × 11 inches (20.3 × 27.9 cm)© 2022 Chris Burden/licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Brian Guido

Chris Burden, Project for Warsaw Ujazdowski Castle (Capitalism and Communism), 1992

Ink on paper, 8 × 11 inches (20.3 × 27.9 cm)
© 2022 Chris Burden/licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Brian Guido

Tetsuya Ishida, Untitled, 2003 Acrylic and oil on canvas, 35 ⅞ × 28 ⅝ inches (91 × 72.7 cm)© Tetsuya Ishida

Tetsuya Ishida, Untitled, 2003

Acrylic and oil on canvas, 35 ⅞ × 28 ⅝ inches (91 × 72.7 cm)
© Tetsuya Ishida

Ewa Juszkiewicz, Untitled (after Jan Adam Kruseman), 2020 Oil on canvas, 86 ⅝ × 63 inches (220 × 160 cm)© Ewa Juszkiewicz. Photo: Rob McKeever

Ewa Juszkiewicz, Untitled (after Jan Adam Kruseman), 2020

Oil on canvas, 86 ⅝ × 63 inches (220 × 160 cm)
© Ewa Juszkiewicz. Photo: Rob McKeever

Adam McEwen, Untitled, 2020 Flashe and spray paint on paper, 11 ¼ × 15 ¾ inches (28.6 × 40 cm)© Adam McEwen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Adam McEwen, Untitled, 2020

Flashe and spray paint on paper, 11 ¼ × 15 ¾ inches (28.6 × 40 cm)
© Adam McEwen. Photo: Rob McKeever

Ed Ruscha, Spied Upon Scene, 2019 Acrylic on museum board, 40 ⅛ × 60 inches (101.9 × 152.4 cm)© Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha, Spied Upon Scene, 2019

Acrylic on museum board, 40 ⅛ × 60 inches (101.9 × 152.4 cm)
© Ed Ruscha

Jim Shaw, The Birth of Melpomene, 2022 Acrylic and oil on muslin with mixed media, 60 × 60 × 10 ¾ inches (152.4 × 152.4 × 27.3 cm)© Jim Shaw. Photo: Jeff McLane

Jim Shaw, The Birth of Melpomene, 2022

Acrylic and oil on muslin with mixed media, 60 × 60 × 10 ¾ inches (152.4 × 152.4 × 27.3 cm)
© Jim Shaw. Photo: Jeff McLane

About

What haunts the digital cul-de-sacs of the twenty-first century is not so much the past as all the lost futures that the twentieth century taught us to anticipate.
—Mark Fisher

Gagosian is pleased to present Haunted Realism, a group exhibition featuring the work of more than thirty artists including Meleko Mokgosi, Ed Ruscha, Jenny Saville, and Tatiana Trouvé. Haunted Realism takes its title in part from hauntology, a term coined by Jacques Derrida in his 1993 book Specters of Marx to characterize what he considered the tendency of Marxism to “haunt Western society from beyond the grave.” Derrida’s concept has been explored in a broader cultural context, denoting a state of historical overlap and disjunction—“the past inside the present”—that resonates through fields ranging from anthropology and philosophy to film, electronic music, and visual art. The idea is notably explored by cultural critic Mark Fisher in his books Capitalist Realism (2009) and The Weird and the Eerie (2016).

Haunted Realism’s specific focus is a sense that the aspirations of modernity are now “lost futures”—perceptible only as ghostlike traces of their original formulations. It examines some of the ways in which artists have approached this condition by confronting the accelerated flow of images in contemporary media culture, and the proliferation of “non-places” that we increasingly inhabit. These artists’ work also conveys a feeling that the apparent documentary “truths” of realism can no longer be believed, even as wild conspiracy theories gain influential traction. Our conception of the future is now haunted, even revoked, by a volatile present. Haunted Realism situates these visions within a historical context, showing how our strange present was anticipated by earlier projects.

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