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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.

Created in response to the covid-19 pandemic, the Artist Spotlight series highlights individual artists, one week at a time, whose exhibitions have been affected by the health crisis. A single artwork by the artist is made available with pricing information for forty-eight hours only.

Artist Spotlight: Urs Fischer features a recent work by the artist. For more information, please contact the gallery at collecting@gagosian.com.

Photo: Chad Moore

Photo: Chad Moore

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Still from “Urs Fischer: RxART”

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Urs Fischer
RxART

In this video Urs Fischer and FIGS founder Heather Hasson discuss their collaboration with RxART on a project for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Fischer will create artwork to be applied to pajamas designed by FIGS for children to wear during their hospital stay.

Still from “Urs Fischer: RxART”

Urs Fischer: Paintings 1998–2017 (New York: Kiito-San, 2019)

Online Reading

Urs Fischer
Paintings 1998–2017

Urs Fischer: Paintings 1998–2017 is available for online reading from June 24 through June 30, 2020, as part of Artist Spotlight: Urs Fischer. Published by the artist’s imprint Kiito-San, the three-volume monograph is the first retrospective publication dedicated solely to Fischer’s paintings, organizing nearly two decades of work into a taxonomy conceptualized by the artist. The monograph is available for purchase at Gagosian Shop.

Urs Fischer: Paintings 1998–2017 (New York: Kiito-San, 2019)

Piero Manzoni devours an “edible sculpture,” Copenhagen, 1960. Artwork © 2020 Fondazione Piero Manzoni, Milan/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SIAE, Rome. Photo: courtesy Fondazione Piero Manzoni

In Conversation

Urs Fischer and Francesco Bonami on Piero Manzoni

Saturday, March 7, 2020, 5–7pm
The Greene Space, New York
www.thegreenespace.org

This event has been postponed. The new date will be announced shortly.

Gagosian will host a conversation on Piero Manzoni with Urs Fischer and curator Francesco Bonami to celebrate the English-language release of Flaminio Gualdoni’s biography of the iconic Italian Conceptual artist, published by the gallery. Manzoni’s brief career was one of the most radically inventive of the twentieth century, producing a body of work that continues to challenge definitions of artistic sovereignty and virtuosity. To attend the free event, RSVP to nytalks@gagosian.com. Space is limited.

Piero Manzoni devours an “edible sculpture,” Copenhagen, 1960. Artwork © 2020 Fondazione Piero Manzoni, Milan/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SIAE, Rome. Photo: courtesy Fondazione Piero Manzoni

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Museum Exhibitions

Urs Fischer, The Lovers #2, 2018, installation view, Museo Jumex, Mexico City © Urs Fischer

On View

Urs Fischer
Lovers

Through September 18, 2022
Museo Jumex, Mexico City
www.fundacionjumex.org

This twenty-year survey—the first major presentation of Urs Fischer’s work in Mexico—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. Together, they exhibit the wide-ranging creativity, humor, and depth of Fischer’s practice.

Urs Fischer, The Lovers #2, 2018, installation view, Museo Jumex, Mexico City © Urs Fischer

Installation view, Urs Fischer, Bourse de Commerce, Paris, May 22, 2021–January 29, 2022. Artwork © Urs Fischer

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Urs Fischer

May 22, 2021–January 29, 2022
Bourse de Commerce, Paris
www.pinaultcollection.com

Urs Fischer’s Untitled (2011) is being presented in the rotunda of the newly renovated Bourse de Commerce. Fischer has reconceived the sculpture to suit the scale of the space, whose Belle Epoque architecture has been redesigned by architect Tadao Ando. The work consists of a group of larger-than-life candles—replicas of Giambologna’s sixteenth-century Mannerist masterpiece The Rape of the Sabine Women; Fischer’s longtime friend, artist Rudolf Stingel; and an assortment of chairs—that are lit and melt down over the course of the exhibition.

Installation view, Urs Fischer, Bourse de Commerce, Paris, May 22, 2021–January 29, 2022. Artwork © Urs Fischer

Urs Fischer, Untitled, 2003 © Urs Fischer

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The Paradox of Stillness
Art, Object, and Performance

May 15–August 8, 2021
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
walkerart.org

Featuring works from the early twentieth century to today, The Paradox of Stillness examines the notion of stillness as both a performative and a visual gesture. More than sixty-five artists present object-based art, pictures, and actions staged by live performers to test the boundaries between stillness and motion, mortality and aliveness, and the still life and the living picture. Work by Urs Fischer, Piero Manzoni, Tom Wesselmann, and Franz West is included.

Urs Fischer, Untitled, 2003 © Urs Fischer

Urs Fischer, Leo (George & Irmelin), 2019 © Urs Fischer. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

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Urs Fischer in
Light Upon Light: Light Art Since the 1960s

March 18–June 12, 2021
Riyadh Art
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Part of Noor Riyadh, a new city-wide annual festival of public art installations across Saudi Arabia’s capital, the exhibition Light Upon Light includes thirty works of light art divided into four thematic “rays” that survey light as an artistic medium and aim to unite established artists of diverse geographic origin. From sculpture and video to immersive installation, visitors experience a richly illuminated exhibition. Work by Urs Fischer is included.

Urs Fischer, Leo (George & Irmelin), 2019 © Urs Fischer. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

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