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Piero Golia
The Best Is Yet to Come

July 30–August 6, 2020

Sometimes you want to look back at what you did, and then you realize that you only care about the future. 
—Piero Golia

Gagosian is pleased to present recent work by Piero Golia online for galleryplatform.la. Golia transforms everyday objects and commonplace events into exceptional works of art that defy established conventions and build narratives. His diverse practice includes both artworks that take physical form, often at an architectural scale, and others that are immaterial or conceptual. For his most recent project, Golia hired a painter to illustrate a set of eight porcelain plates with images from his past artistic output. Each is unique in terms of content, size, and shape; together, they become a self-portrait of the places, objects, and interventions constituting his life and work. From his celebrated sculpture Untitled (My Gold Is Yours), exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2013, to a 2019 intervention involving the hiring of a landscape painter and an airplane, the set comprises a narrative retrospective of the artist’s career.

Piero Golia with his set of eight porcelain plates The Best Is Yet to Come (2020), Los Angeles, 2020. Artwork © Piero Golia. Photo: Joshua White/JWPictures.com

Piero Golia with his set of eight porcelain plates The Best Is Yet to Come (2020), Los Angeles, 2020. Artwork © Piero Golia. Photo: Joshua White/JWPictures.com

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Piero Golia, The Dog and the Drop, 2013 © Piero Golia

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Piero Golia, The Dog and the Drop, 2013 © Piero Golia

Piero Golia’s performance “The End” from Roman Trilogy at La Fondazione, Rome, 2020 © Piero Golia. Photo: Daniele Molajoli

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Pier Paolo Pancotto

Thursday, December 10, 2020, 12pm est (6pm cet)

Piero Golia will speak with curator Pier Paolo Pancotto in conjunction with the publication of a new book about the artist’s recent work at La Fondazione, Rome. On January 18, 2020, a team of construction workers with jackhammers appeared at the institution and rather than conducting maintenance work, as might be expected, were directed by Golia to engrave the phrase “The End” into the floor as the third and final performance of his Roman Trilogy. Over the course of the work’s production, the unrelenting drilling disrupted the surrounding commercial gallery spaces—both literally and conceptually—causing the paintings hanging on the walls to shake uncontrollably. To watch the live conversation conducted in Italian, visit www.youtube.com.

Piero Golia’s performance “The End” from Roman Trilogy at La Fondazione, Rome, 2020 © Piero Golia. Photo: Daniele Molajoli

Piero Golia, Still Life (Rotating device), 2019 © Piero Golia

Tour

Piero Golia
Still Life

Monday, July 6, 2020, 12pm EDT

Join Gagosian for a virtual tour of Piero Golia: Still Life, an exhibition on view at Gagosian, Britannia Street, London, through July 31. The Los Angeles–based artist will speak online with Berlin-based artist Jonathan Monk about the surreal “sculptural happening” Golia has engineered but will never see in person due to restrictions on international travel during the pandemic. To watch the live conversation, register at zoom.us.

Piero Golia, Still Life (Rotating device), 2019 © Piero Golia

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