Madison Avenue Fall Gallery Walk 2022
Saturday, October 22, 2022, 10am–6pm
Join Artnews and the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District on an autumn walk to visit over fifty galleries that line Madison Avenue from East 57th to East 86th Streets. The Gagosian Shop, which offers an exclusive and extensive selection of artist’s books, exhibition catalogues, posters, and prints, is featuring displays dedicated to Urs Fischer and Cy Twombly, including screenprinted T-shirts, limited-edition plates, and vintage posters.
Gagosian Shop, New York, 2022. Photo: Rob McKeever
Rob Pruitt × Urs Fischer
Sunday, October 16, 2022, 12–5pm
Gagosian at Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles
Artist Rob Pruitt is curating a “swap meet” in conjunction with the exhibition Urs Fischer: CHAOS #1–#500, presented by Gagosian at Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles. The gathering echoes the process of object pairing that plays out in Fischer’s digital sculptures by inviting visitors to bring an object and trade it for another. A banquet-length table will serve as a field of action for the exchange of items. This nomadic event has taken place all over the world, including at Frieze London; Tate, London; Karma, New York; NSU Art Museum, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Stony Island Arts Bank, Chicago; Palm Springs Art Museum, California; and the Yokohama Triennale, Japan. Musician Pete Drungle, who is in residence during the exhibition, will be joined by saxophonist Logan Richardson on the day of the event. The event is free to attend with an exhibition appointment.
“Swap Meet” drawing by Rob Pruitt © Rob Pruitt
Through October 29, 2022
Gagosian at Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles
Musician Pete Drungle will be in residence at Marciano Art Foundation in Los Angeles during the exhibition Urs Fischer: CHAOS #1–#500. Performing throughout the open hours, Drungle will play a solo piano improvisation that responds to Fischer’s constantly changing works, which are presented on a trio of colossal suspended screens. Through explorations of polyrhythm and polytonality, Drungle deconstructs existing musical modes and techniques in an attempt to expand the language of the piano. The performances are free to attend with an exhibition appointment.
Pete Drungle performing in the exhibition Urs Fischer: CHAOS #1–#500, Gagosian at Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles, August 20, 2022. Artwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Jeff McLane
Saturday, August 20, 2022, 12–6pm
Gagosian at Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles
Join Gagosian for a solo piano improvisation by Pete Drungle to celebrate the opening of Urs Fischer: CHAOS #1–#500 at Marciano Art Foundation in Los Angeles. Through explorations of polyrhythm and polytonality, Drungle deconstructs existing musical modes and techniques in an attempt to expand the language of the piano. Performing inside the exhibition throughout the opening day, Drungle will respond to the trio of colossal suspended screens displaying five hundred unique digital sculptures from Fischer’s series CHAOS #1–#501. The event is free to attend with exhibition appointment.
Artist Plate Project 2021
Coalition for the Homeless
Launching November 16, 2021, 10am est
Limited-edition bone china plates produced by Prospect and featuring artwork by more than forty artists—including Virgil Abloh, Urs Fischer, Helen Frankenthaler, Alex Israel, Ewa Juszkiewicz, Ed Ruscha, Sarah Sze, Tom Wesselmann, Jonas Wood, and Christopher Wool—will be sold through Artware Editions to raise funds for the Coalition’s lifesaving programs. The funds raised by the sale of the plates will provide food, crisis services, housing, and other critical aid to thousands of people experiencing homelessness and instability. The purchase of one plate can feed one hundred homeless and hungry New Yorkers.
Jonas Wood, Clipping Plate, 2021 © Jonas Wood
November 30, 2020–January 31, 2021
Gagosian is pleased to announce The Future, the sixth in a series of annual thematic exhibitions presented by Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch during Art Basel Miami Beach. Previously staged at the historic Moore Building in the Miami Design District, this year the collaborative project will be hosted on a new stand-alone website.
Ed Ruscha, The Future, 1999 © Ed Ruscha. Photo: Jeff McLane
Urs Fischer / UF
Urs Fischer is releasing UF, a new line of clothing and accessories, during Miami Art Week in the city’s Design District. An extension of the artist’s practice, the unique pieces—including T-shirts, upcycled garments, and domestic objects—are based on some of Fischer’s most recent works, such as the CHAOS #1–#501 series of digital sculptures.
First available for purchase through pop-up presentations, UF will debut at 100 Years, a group exhibition that features work by Fischer, presented by Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch at the Buick Building. Following Miami Art Week, the line will be available at Jeffrey Deitch on Grand Street in New York beginning December 8, 2022.
UF on display at 100 Years, Buick Building, Miami Design District. Photo: Sebastiano Pellion di Persano
As part of the retrospective URS FISCHER at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the artist staged the interactive artwork YES (2013) at the Geffen Contemporary at MoCA from April 21 to August 19, 2013. To create this large-scale installation, Fischer invited 1,500 California residents into the gallery space to make clay sculptures which then proceeded to harden and crumble over the duration of the show.
April 2–September 18, 2022
Museo Jumex, Mexico City
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
Urs Fischer in
Before—Between—Beyond: The Collection in Transition
May 15–August 7, 2022
Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland
Before—Between—Beyond stages a selection of the Aargauer Kunsthaus’s latest acquisitions alongside other key contemporary works. The exhibition describes new narrative arcs in three chapters, reflecting the past, questioning the present, and venturing a glimpse of the future—sometimes gleefully departing from chronological order in the process. Combining photography, sculpture, painting, video, printed graphics, and drawing with large-scale installations and site-specific works that were created especially for this show, the presentation offers glimpses into the holdings of this public collection of Swiss art. Work by Urs Fischer is included.
Installation view, Before—Between—Beyond: The Collection in Transition, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland, May 15–August 7, 2022. Artwork, front to back: © Urs Fischer, © Christian Philipp Müller. Photo: Philipp Hitz
May 22, 2021–January 29, 2022
Bourse de Commerce, Paris
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
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
The Paradox of Stillness
Art, Object, and Performance
May 15–August 8, 2021
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
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 in
Light Upon Light: Light Art Since the 1960s
March 18–June 12, 2021
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
Urs Fischer in
Nature of Robotics: An Expanded Field
November 6, 2020–April 25, 2021
ArtLab, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Offering an unconventional look at the rapidly expanding field of robotics, Nature of Robotics aims to instigate a thought process on the emerging perspectives and scenarios situated at the frontier between science and the visual arts. By presenting speculative creatures, drawings, diagrams, and videos made by contemporary artists alongside scientific projects, the exhibition invites reflection on the place of artificial agents in our natural and social ecosystems. Work by Urs Fischer is included.
Urs Fischer, Maybe, 2019 © Urs Fischer. Photo: Stefan Altenburger
La rivoluzione siamo noi
Collezionismo italiano contemporaneo
September 26, 2020–January 10, 2021
XNL Piacenza Contemporanea, Italy
XNL Piacenza Contemporanea, a new cultural center dedicated to contemporary art, presents its inaugural exhibition, whose title translates to We Are the Revolution: Contemporary Italian Collecting. The show features more than 150 works from eighteen of the most important art collections in Italy. Giuseppe Penone is creating a site-specific piece for the exhibition, and work by Urs Fischer, Ellen Gallagher, Piero Manzoni, and Andy Warhol is also included.
Giuseppe Penone, Propagazione (Propagation), 2020 © Giuseppe Penone/2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Mauro Del Papa
The Lyrical and the Prosaic
Through October 31, 2020
Aïshti Foundation, Beirut
This exhibition brings together a selection of recent works by Urs Fischer, which are shown alongside works by the artist from the Aïshti Collection and a series of new installations, paintings, and interventions. Evident everywhere in the exhibition is Fischer’s fascination with subversions of scale and with shifts from the monumental to the minuscule, and, as the show’s title suggests, from the sublime to the prosaic.
Installation view, Urs Fischer: The Lyrical and the Prosaic, Aïshti Foundation, Beirut, October 20, 2019–October 31, 2020. Artwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Stefan Altenburger
Works from the Brant Foundation
November 13, 2019–September 3, 2020
Brant Foundation, New York
Bringing together more than twenty artists integral to the Brant Foundation’s collection, this exhibition offers a glimpse into the multifaceted practices of artists whose work Peter M. Brant has collected over the past fifty years. Work by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Urs Fischer, Mike Kelley, Adam McEwen, Richard Prince, Andy Warhol, and Franz West is included.
Installation view, Third Dimension: Works from the Brant Foundation, Brant Foundation, New York, November 13, 2019–September 3, 2020. Artwork, front to back: © Urs Fischer, © Dan Flavin
The Taste of Art
February 19–July 26, 2020
Museum Tinguely, Basel
Amuse-Bouche: The Taste of Art presents works—some with a participatory element—by more than forty-five international artists from the Baroque period to the present that explore taste as a dimension of aesthetic perception. Breaking with the usual museum practice of appealing primarily to the sense of sight, works in the exhibition offer art historical and phenomenological encounters with the sense of taste. Work by Urs Fischer, Damien Hirst, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, and Tom Wesselmann is included.
Installation view, Amuse-Bouche: The Taste of Art, Museum Tinguely, Basel, February 19–July 26, 2020. Artwork, left to right: © Opavivará!; © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2020. Photo: Gina Folly © 2020 Museum Tinguely, Basel
May 13–September 13, 2019
Brant Foundation, Greenwich, Connecticut
The Brant Foundation celebrates its tenth anniversary at its Greenwich, Connecticut, space with an exhibition by Urs Fischer, the first artist to have had a solo show at the center in 2010. This exhibition features some of the artist’s most notable large-scale sculptures alongside paintings and other highlights from the Brant Collections.
Installation view, Urs Fischer: Error, Brant Foundation, Greenwich, Connecticut, May 13–September 13, 2019. Artwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Stefan Altenburger