Gagosian is pleased to announce the gallery’s representation of Ashley Bickerton. The artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery is scheduled for 2023 at Gagosian New York.
Originally identified with the Neo-Geo tendency of the late-1980s scene in New York, Bickerton made his name with ironic, abstracted constructions focused on ideas of consumerism, identity, and value. When Bickerton relocated permanently to the Indonesian island of Bali in 1993, his work took a self-consciously “exotic” turn. Its tongue-in-cheek feel and ornate, crafted look contrast sharply with the conceptual detachment of his previous output, though a slippage between mediums, genres, and subjects remained. Over the past few years, Bickerton has brought his practice full circle, synthesizing its heterogeneous modes and gestures into an all-encompassing visual language.
Photo: courtesy Bickerton Studio
Bali Studio Tour
Leading a virtual tour of his oceanside studio in Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia, in March 2021, Ashley Bickerton offers a peek at his studio space, recent works, and the tropical grounds of the property.
Still from “Ashley Bickerton: Bali Studio Tour”
The Greek Gift
June 22–October 31, 2021
DESTE Foundation Project Space, Slaughterhouse, Hydra, Greece
Coordinated by Massimiliano Gioni, this exhibition brings together a series of new and existing works alongside found objects and impromptu responses from a variety of artists who have maintained decades-long relationships with Dakis Joannou and the DESTE Foundation. Part divertissement and part collaborative project, the exhibition borrows its title from a chess tactic—the “Greek gift sacrifice.” Installed in the small, cavernous spaces of the Slaughterhouse, the works sit side by side like toys in a dollhouse. Work by Ashley Bickerton, Urs Fischer, and Christopher Wool is included.
Ashley Bickerton, Ocean Chunk: Indian Ocean/Aegean Sea, 2021, installation view, DESTE Foundation Project Space, Slaughterhouse, Hydra, Greece © Ashley Bickerton. Photo: Paris Tavitian
Ashley Bickerton in
March 28–May 31, 2018
chi art space and K11 Art Foundation Pop-up Space, Hong Kong
Beginning with basic geometric concepts that represent spatial relations, Emerald City examines the structures and meanings of the cosmos, land, and sea, architectural environments, the human body, and other physical and abstract spaces to shed light on the stories of cultural coexistence amid globalization. Bringing together works of contemporary art including paintings, videos, sculptures, and site-specific installations, the exhibition demonstrates how geometry shapes our conception of the world, while also inspiring us to look at the world outside the confines of geometric thinking. Work by Ashley Bickerton is included.
Installation view, Emerald City, K11 Art Foundation Pop-up Space, Hong Kong, March 28–April 22, 2018. Artwork, front: © Carl F. Cheng; back left and back right: © Ashley Bickerton; back middle: © Nik Kosmas. Photo: courtesy K11 Art Foundation
Art and Commodity in the 1980s
February 14–May 13, 2018
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
Brand New focuses on the 1980s as the iconic decade when artwork became a commodity and the artist, a brand. This exhibition of nearly 150 works examines the origins and rise of a new generation of artists in New York who blurred the lines between art, entertainment, and commerce—a shift that continues to define contemporary art today. Work by Ashley Bickerton, Richard Prince, and Andy Warhol is included.
Ashley Bickerton, Tormented Self-Portrait (Susie at Arles) #2, 1988 © Ashley Bickerton
September 23–December 16, 2017
FLAG Art Foundation, New York
Ashley Bickerton’s vibrant and often dystopic vision of contemporary culture has been at the center of his four-decade-long practice, which includes painting, photography, sculpture, and every possible combination therein. This survey, the artist’s first in the United States, demonstrates the visual range of Bickerton’s oeuvre, which oscillates between playfulness and brutality, extreme beauty and the grotesque. Works from the artist’s signature series from the 1980s to the present, including Susie, Logos, Blue Man, Water Vector, and Wall-Wall, highlight his subversive and self-aware critique of identity, consumerism, and cultural artifice.
Installation view, Ashley Bickerton, FLAG Art Foundation, New York, September 23–December 16, 2017. Artwork © Ashley Bickerton. Photo: Steven Probert
April 21–August 20, 2017
Newport Street Gallery, London
Ornamental Hysteria spans more than three decades of Ashley Bickerton’s career and features almost fifty works, including both new and previously unexhibited pieces. The exhibition presents examples of the artist’s earlier consumerist work as well as his tropically colored mixed-media paintings, which explore themes including fantastic eroticism, nightmares, and “the end of the world.”
Ashley Bickerton, Orange Shark, 2008 © Ashley Bickerton