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Thomas Houseago, L’homme Pressé, 2010–11, Pinault Collection © Thomas Houseago/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Martin Argyroglo

Public Installation

Thomas Houseago
L’homme Pressé

July 1–September 3, 2023
Cours Cambronne, Nantes, France
www.levoyageanantes.fr

Thomas Houseago’s 16-foot (5-meter) bronze sculpture L’homme Pressé (2010–11) is included in the twelfth edition of the Summer Journey, a display of contemporary sculpture presented annually to complement Le Voyage à Nantes, a permanent collection of more than 120 artworks in public spaces throughout the city of Nantes, France.

Thomas Houseago, L’homme Pressé, 2010–11, Pinault Collection © Thomas Houseago/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Martin Argyroglo

Left: Thomas Houseago. Photo: Ari Marcopoulos. Right: Amélie Simier. Photo: © Agence Photographique du Musée Rodin, J. Manoukian

In Conversation

Thomas Houseago
Amélie Simier

Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 1pm edt

Join Gagosian for a conversation between Thomas Houseago and Amélie Simier, director of the Musée Rodin, Paris, appointed in May 2021. Moderated by art historian and Gagosian director Richard Calvocoressi, the discussion will look at contemporary sculpture and its foundation in Auguste Rodin’s radical forms, Houseago’s ongoing exploration of both human representation and abstraction, and process in both artists’ practices, including their common use of classical materials such as bronze and plaster. The trio will also discuss a forthcoming exhibition pairing sculptures by both artists at Gagosian in London. To join the online event, register at eventbrite.com.

Left: Thomas Houseago. Photo: Ari Marcopoulos. Right: Amélie Simier. Photo: © Agence Photographique du Musée Rodin, J. Manoukian

Thomas Houseago's Annenberg Courtyard installation, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2019. Artwork © Thomas Houseago. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

In Conversation

Thomas Houseago
Edith Devaney

Friday, June 28, 2019, 6:30–7:30pm
Royal Academy of Arts, London
www.royalacademy.org.uk

Thomas Houseago will speak with Edith Devaney, contemporary curator at the Royal Academy of Arts. The pair will discuss Houseago’s installation as part of the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition along with the artist’s wider career as a contemporary sculptor. To attend the event, purchase tickets at royal academy.org.uk.

Thomas Houseago's Annenberg Courtyard installation, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2019. Artwork © Thomas Houseago. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Thomas Houseago, Hermaphrodite, 2011 © Thomas Houseago. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen

In Conversation

Thomas Houseago
James Gray

Thursday, January 31, 2019, 7pm
Getty Center, Los Angeles
www.getty.edu

Thomas Houseago’s vanguard approach to the human form combines traditional and unconventional materials to create imposing figures fraught with traces of their making that convey the power and vulnerability of the body. Writer-director James Gray joins Houseago to discuss the creation of his male figures and characters in particular. To attend the free event, reserve tickets at www.getty.edu.

Thomas Houseago, Hermaphrodite, 2011 © Thomas Houseago. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen

Thomas Houseago, Rainbow I (Psychedelic), 2017

Auction

2017 Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Gala Auction

Live auction: July 26
Online preview: July 27–August 9
Online bidding: August 10–23
www.2017ldfauction.org

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is dedicated to protecting the world’s last wild places. Since 2008 it has supported over 200 environmental projects across all five oceans and in over fifty countries. This auction helps make it possible for the Foundation to continue supporting pioneering individuals and organizations on the front lines of environmental conservation and climate advocacy, and will feature donated artworks by Urs Fischer, Frank Gehry, Damien Hirst, Thomas Houseago, Jeff Koons, Pablo Picasso, Sterling Ruby, Ed Ruscha, Rudolf Stingel, Lawrence Weiner, and Jonas Wood.

Thomas Houseago, Rainbow I (Psychedelic), 2017

Cover by Rudolf Stingel

New Release

Gagosian Quarterly

The new Gagosian Quarterly offers unprecedented behind-the-art access, and insightful editorials by leading art world professionals. The Spring 2017 launch issue features a cover by Rudolf Stingel, along with articles on Pablo Picasso, Jeff Koons, Cy Twombly, and Taryn Simon. Highlights include conversations with Katy Siegel and Christopher Wool, Nicolas Berggruen, Katharina Grosse, Thomas Houseago, Alex Israel and Bret Easton Ellis, among others.

Cover by Rudolf Stingel

Announcements

Left: Frank Gehry, Bear With Us, 2014 © Frank Gehry. Right: Thomas Houseago, Striding Figure (Rome I), 2013 © Thomas Houseago. Photos: Roman Alokhin

Permanent Installation

Frank Gehry
Thomas Houseago

Six additional acres have been added to the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art. The expansion features twenty-six new works including Frank Gehry’s Bear With Us (2014) and Thomas Houseago’s Striding Figure (Rome I) (2013).

Left: Frank Gehry, Bear With Us, 2014 © Frank Gehry. Right: Thomas Houseago, Striding Figure (Rome I), 2013 © Thomas Houseago. Photos: Roman Alokhin

Photo: Muna El Fituri © Thomas Houseago

Award

Thomas Houseago

Thomas Houseago will be honored at the De Ateliers Gala in Amsterdam on March 8, 2018. Founded in 1963 in Haarlem by artists, De Ateliers is an international institute that helps young artists to develop their talent through a two-year program. Houseago was a participant from 1994 to 1996.

Photo: Muna El Fituri © Thomas Houseago

Museum Exhibitions

Helen Frankenthaler, Star Gazing, 1989, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, New York © 2024 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Opening this Week

Van Gogh et les Étoiles

June 1–September 8, 2024
Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles, France
www.fondation-vincentvangogh-arles.org

This exhibition, whose title translates to Van Gogh and the Stars, is centered around Vincent van Gogh’s painting Starry Night (1888), which was painted in Arles and is loaned by the Museé d’Orsay in Paris. Through 165 works by more than seventy-eight artists, the exhibition aims to shed new light on van Gogh’s practice, highlighting its legacy and the erudite work and research carried out by the artist throughout his life. Work by Helen Frankenthaler, Thomas Houseago, and Anselm Kiefer is included.

Helen Frankenthaler, Star Gazing, 1989, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, New York © 2024 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Sterling Ruby, Big Yellow Mama, 2013, installation view, Museum Beelden aan Zee, The Hague, Netherlands © Sterling Ruby

On View

If not now, when?
Collection Max Vorst

Through September 8, 2024
Museum Beelden aan Zee, The Hague, Netherlands
www.beeldenaanzee.nl

If not now, when? features over seventy sculptures and installations in a diverse range of materials from the collection of Max Vorst. The exhibition offers an overview of developments in contemporary sculpture in the twenty-first century. Larger themes such as abstraction and contemporary representations of the human form, among other concepts, are also considered. Work by Theaster Gates, Thomas Houseago, Donald Judd, Adam McEwen, Sterling Ruby, Rudolf Stingel, Jordan Wolfson, and Christopher Wool is included.

Sterling Ruby, Big Yellow Mama, 2013, installation view, Museum Beelden aan Zee, The Hague, Netherlands © Sterling Ruby

Installation view, El eco de Picasso, Museo Picasso Málaga, Spain, October 2, 2023–March 30, 2024. Artwork, left to right: © Rebecca Warren, © Richard Prince. Photo: Pablo Asenjo, courtesy Museo Picasso Málaga

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El eco de Picasso

October 2, 2023–March 30, 2024
Museo Picasso Málaga, Spain
museopicassomalaga.org

Organized as part of Picasso Celebration 1973–2023, a series of international exhibitions and events commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of Pablo Picasso’s death, The Echo of Picasso focuses on his influence on twentieth-century art. The exhibition places Picasso’s practice in dialogue with work by more than fifty artists, including Francis Bacon, Georg Baselitz, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Willem de Kooning, Thomas Houseago, Ewa Juszkiewicz, Richard Prince, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Cy Twombly, Tom Wesselmann, and Franz West.

Installation view, El eco de Picasso, Museo Picasso Málaga, Spain, October 2, 2023–March 30, 2024. Artwork, left to right: © Rebecca Warren, © Richard Prince. Photo: Pablo Asenjo, courtesy Museo Picasso Málaga

Tatiana Trouvé, The Guardian, 2022 © Tatiana Trouvé

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Togetherness
For Better or Worse

October 7, 2023–January 21, 2024
Green Family Art Foundation, Dallas
www.greenfamilyartfoundation.org

Togetherness: For Better or Worse explores the intricate and multifaceted dynamics of personhood and connection in thirty-eight works by thirty-five artists. The exhibition examines humanity at its foundations, considering beauty and pain and the moments they unite. Work by Thomas Houseago, Tatiana Trouvé, and Jonas Wood is included.

Tatiana Trouvé, The Guardian, 2022 © Tatiana Trouvé

Installation view, Thomas Houseago: Sculptures pour amoureux, Centre Pompidou-Metz, France, May 7, 2022–April 24, 2023. Artwork © Thomas Houseago/ADAGP, Paris

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Thomas Houseago
Sculptures pour amoureux

May 7, 2022–April 24, 2023
Centre Pompidou-Metz, France
www.centrepompidou-metz.fr

For this exhibition, whose title translates to Sculptures for Lovers, Thomas Houseago has designed two installations specifically for the museum, which will be shown in two stages. In the first, three monumental unstretched paintings hung from the ceiling aim to express the restorative power of art and its visceral relationship with life. Visitors are invited to walk freely among the works, which are in dialogue with both nature and the architecture of the building, to view them from different vantage points. For the second phase of the exhibition, the artist adds in new paintings and sculptures created in the South of France.

Installation view, Thomas Houseago: Sculptures pour amoureux, Centre Pompidou-Metz, France, May 7, 2022–April 24, 2023. Artwork © Thomas Houseago/ADAGP, Paris

Thomas Houseago, Weekend at El Cap, 2022 © Thomas Houseago

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Thomas Houseago with Nick Cave and Brad Pitt
WE

September 18, 2022–January 15, 2023
Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere, Finland
www.sarahildenintaidemuseo.fi

WE celebrates Thomas Houseago’s belief that creativity is fundamental, common to all people and flowing in all of us. The exhibition presents new paintings from the artist’s Visions series as well as sculptures in redwood and plaster, some created in response to works in the museum collection. These are shown alongside a series of ceramic figures by Nick Cave and sculptures by Brad Pitt, both of which were created during an ongoing dialogue with HouseagoBy including artworks by his creative associates, Houseago recontextualizes the concept of original creation to challenge the idea of the artist as a solitary individual and celebrate a more collectivist approach. 

Thomas Houseago, Weekend at El Cap, 2022 © Thomas Houseago

Installation view, Aesthetics: Collection of Qiao Zhibing, Tank Shanghai, March 19–December 19, 2021. Artwork, left: © Thomas Houseago; center and right: © Theaster Gates. Photo: courtesy Tank Shanghai

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Aesthetics
Collection of Qiao Zhibing

March 19–December 19, 2021
Tank Shanghai
www.tankshanghai.com

Qiao Zhibing, contemporary art collector and founder of Tank Shanghai, has selected works from his private collection by twelve Chinese and international contemporary artists for this exhibition, which explores the inspiration art brings to the public from a visual perspective. Work by Theaster Gates and Thomas Houseago is included.

Installation view, Aesthetics: Collection of Qiao Zhibing, Tank Shanghai, March 19–December 19, 2021. Artwork, left: © Thomas Houseago; center and right: © Theaster Gates. Photo: courtesy Tank Shanghai

Installation view, Thomas Houseago: Vision Paintings, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, April 22–August 1, 2021. Artwork © Thomas Houseago

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Thomas Houseago
Vision Paintings

April 22–August 1, 2021
Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels
www.fine-arts-museum.be

Vision Paintings comprises large-scale paintings, drawings, and previously unexhibited journals by Thomas Houseago. The works occupy two first-floor galleries of the museum in a parallel display to selected works from the permanent collection, including Jacques-Louis David’s painting Marat assassiné (The Death of Marat) (1793). The exhibition invites viewers to contemplate the emotional tenor of both the neoclassical and contemporary works, as well as their formal differences and shared points of connection.

Installation view, Thomas Houseago: Vision Paintings, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, April 22–August 1, 2021. Artwork © Thomas Houseago

Installation view, Untitled, 2020, Punta della Dogana, Venice, March 22–December 13, 2020. Artwork © Thomas Houseago. Photo: Marco Cappelletti/DSL Studio

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Untitled, 2020

March 22–November 4, 2020
Punta della Dogana, Venice
www.palazzograssi.it

Conceived and curated by Thomas Houseago, Muna El Fituri, and Caroline Bourgeois, Untitled, 2020 places into dialogue works in a broad range of media by more than sixty artists held by the Pinault Collection, international museums, and private collections. The exhibition centers around a re-creation of Houseago’s studio in Tadao Ando’s cube room, in the heart of Punta della Dogana. Work by Ellen Gallagher, Duane Hanson, Mike Kelley, Henry Moore, and Nam June Paik is included.

Installation view, Untitled, 2020, Punta della Dogana, Venice, March 22–December 13, 2020. Artwork © Thomas Houseago. Photo: Marco Cappelletti/DSL Studio

Jenny Saville, Portrait of Lola, 2019 © Jenny Saville

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The Aerodrome
An exhibition dedicated to the memory of Michael Stanley

June 12–September 8, 2019
Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England
www.ikon-gallery.org

This exhibition, dedicated to the memory of former Ikon director Michael Stanley, is structured loosely on Rex Warner’s 1941 wartime novel The Aerodrome, a book that made a great impression on Stanley. The show features many of the artists he worked with, including Michael Craig-Martin, Thomas Houseago, and Jenny Saville.

Jenny Saville, Portrait of Lola, 2019 © Jenny Saville

Installation view, RA Summer Exhibition 2019, Royal Academy of Arts, London, June 10–August 12, 2019. Artwork © Thomas Houseago

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RA Summer Exhibition 2019

June 10–August 12, 2019
Royal Academy of Arts, London
www.royalacademy.org.uk

Running annually since 1769, the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open-submission art show. It brings together art in all mediums—prints, paintings, film, photography, sculpture, architectural works and more—with some 1,200 works on display, many of them for the first time. Work by Michael Craig-Martin, Thomas Houseago, and Anselm Kiefer is included.

Installation view, RA Summer Exhibition 2019, Royal Academy of Arts, London, June 10–August 12, 2019. Artwork © Thomas Houseago

Installation view, Thomas Houseago: Almost Human, Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, March 15–July 14, 2019. Artwork © Thomas Houseago. Photo: Thomas Lannes

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Thomas Houseago
Almost Human

March 15–July 14, 2019
Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris
www.mam.paris.fr

This exhibition traces the different phases of Thomas Houseago’s development as an artist, from his work in the 1990s to his latest creations, which include a completely new installation produced specifically for the occasion.

Installation view, Thomas Houseago: Almost Human, Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, March 15–July 14, 2019. Artwork © Thomas Houseago. Photo: Thomas Lannes

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