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Spencer Sweeney
Faces

September 24–30, 2020

Sometimes you find a convergent expression of joy and pain, almost in the same breath. This is what interests me.
—Spencer Sweeney

Gagosian is pleased to present paintings and works on paper by Spencer Sweeney online for galleryplatform.la. Curated from several existing bodies of work, the selection centers on the human face as a bearer of expression and a site for visual experimentation.

Sweeney’s paintings, drawings, and collages are alive with the same infectious energy as his multimedia environments, musical performances, and collaborative experiments. In the eight works on view, which were made between 2011 and 2020, the New York–based artist presents a vital and accessible take on the elemental formats of portrait and figure study, viewing them afresh through the mercurial lenses of popular culture and subjective experience. Inspired by the improvisational spirit of jazz, he produces intensely colored, boldly gestural images that reverberate with the amplified and distorted voices of art historical exemplars.

Spencer Sweeney in his studio, New York, 2020. Artwork © Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Pete Sieper

Spencer Sweeney in his studio, New York, 2020. Artwork © Spencer Sweeney. Photo: Pete Sieper

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To receive a PDF with detailed information on the works, please contact the gallery at inquire@gagosian.com. To attend the fair, purchase tickets at artgeneve.ch.

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Helen Frankenthaler, Omen, 1980 © 2020 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Spencer Sweeney, Melodia, 2019 © Spencer Sweeney

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Spencer Sweeney

April 12–14, 2019, booth J
Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles
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Gagosian will present a project space exploring the multifaceted work and influences of painter and performance artist Spencer Sweeney. The musical group I.U.D. (Lizzi Bougatsos, Sadie Laska, and Sweeney) will release a new single created for the fair, which will be made available with accompanying sleeves designed by the artists. Alongside this and other editioned works, a library of books and ephemera curated by Sweeney will reflect and expand upon how the sonic, the visual, and the mystical are inextricable within the artist’s practice.

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Spencer Sweeney, Melodia, 2019 © Spencer Sweeney

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