Crushed, Cast, Constructed
Sculpture by John Chamberlain, Urs Fischer, and Charles Ray
Thursday, July 23, 2020, 12pm EDT (5pm BST)
Join Gagosian for a virtual tour of Crushed, Cast, Constructed: Sculpture by John Chamberlain, Urs Fischer, and Charles Ray, an exhibition on view at Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London, through July 31. Gagosian’s Alice Godwin will discuss the three artists’ divergent sculptural processes, examining their individual approaches and identities with respect to materials and methods. To join, register at zoom.us.
Charles Ray, Tractor, 2003–04 © Charles Ray, courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery
Urs Fischer: Paintings 1998–2017 is available for online reading from June 24 through June 30, 2020, as part of Artist Spotlight: Urs Fischer. Published by the artist’s imprint Kiito-San, the three-volume monograph is the first retrospective publication dedicated solely to Fischer’s paintings, organizing nearly two decades of work into a taxonomy conceptualized by the artist. The monograph is available for purchase at Gagosian Shop.
Urs Fischer: Paintings 1998–2017 (New York: Kiito-San, 2019)
Visions of the Self
Rembrandt and Now
Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 6:30–8:30pm
Kenwood House, London
In the interest of public health, this event has been postponed until further notice.
Gagosian is pleased to host a drinks reception to celebrate the release of Visions of the Self: Rembrandt and Now, published on the occasion of the recent eponymous exhibition at Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London. Organized in partnership with English Heritage, the exhibition places Rembrandt’s masterpiece Self-Portrait with Two Circles (c. 1665) in dialogue with self-portraits by Francis Bacon, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lucian Freud, and Pablo Picasso, as well as leading contemporary artists such as Georg Baselitz, Glenn Brown, Urs Fischer, Damien Hirst, Howard Hodgkin, Giuseppe Penone, Richard Prince, Jenny Saville, Cindy Sherman, and Rudolf Stingel, among others. The catalogue includes an introduction by Wendy Monkhouse, senior curator at English Heritage, and a text by art historian David Freedberg. To attend the free event, RSVP to email@example.com. Space is limited.
Visions of the Self: Rembrandt and Now (London: Gagosian, 2020)
Urs Fischer and Francesco Bonami on Piero Manzoni
Saturday, March 7, 2020, 5–7pm
The Greene Space, New York
This event has been postponed. The new date will be announced shortly.
Gagosian will host a conversation on Piero Manzoni with Urs Fischer and curator Francesco Bonami to celebrate the English-language release of Flaminio Gualdoni’s biography of the iconic Italian Conceptual artist, published by the gallery. Manzoni’s brief career was one of the most radically inventive of the twentieth century, producing a body of work that continues to challenge definitions of artistic sovereignty and virtuosity. To attend the free event, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited.
Piero Manzoni devours an “edible sculpture,” Copenhagen, 1960. Artwork © 2020 Fondazione Piero Manzoni, Milan/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SIAE, Rome. Photo: courtesy Fondazione Piero Manzoni
Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 6:30pm
Journalist and curator Judith Benhamou-Huet will lead a tour of the exhibition Urs Fischer: Leo at Gagosian, Paris. In Fischer’s work, the processes of material creation and destruction are often explored through the use of impermanent materials. Fischer’s candle sculptures, which he began to make in the early 2000s, exemplify this relationship. The artist’s newest candle portrait, Leo (George & Irmelin) (2019), depicts Leonardo DiCaprio with his parents, George DiCaprio and Irmelin Indenbirken. As with all of Fischer’s candle sculptures, Leo (George & Irmelin) will melt slowly over the course of the exhibition, its original composition transmuted into a form dictated by the wayward laws of physics. To attend the free event, RSVP to email@example.com. Space is limited.
Installation view, Urs Fischer: Leo, Gagosian, Paris, October 14–December 20, 2019. Artwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Stefan Altenburger
November 11–December 14, 2019
Gagosian is pleased to celebrate the release of Urs Fischer: Sculptures 2013–2018, published by Kiito-San, with a special presentation of the book featuring a selection of recent sculptures, works from the Bandaids series, and other important publications made by the artist.
Featuring more than one hundred works as well as documentation of forty exhibitions and installations both public and private, Sculptures 2013–2018 presents six years of Fischer’s material explorations in a substantial volume. Arranged chronologically, the book allows the reader to follow his developments in form and his frequent adventure into whimsy. Fischer’s instinct for design is evident not only in individual works but also in his clarity of vision for a space. Encountering the immense and the minuscule, the ever-changing and the static, the viewer must reconcile with his or her own presence in time.
Urs Fischer: Sculptures 2013–2018 (New York: Kiito-San, LLC, 2019)
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.
Closing this Week
Urs Fischer in
Nature of Robotics: An Expanded Field
Through 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
Through June 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
Urs Fischer in
Light Upon Light: Light Art Since the 1960s
Through 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
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, Cindy Sherman, Tom Wesselmann, and Franz West is included.
Urs Fischer, Untitled, 2003 © Urs Fischer
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
How to See [What Isn’t There]
September 9, 2018–March 17, 2019
Langen Foundation, Neuss, Germany
How to See [What Isn’t There] brings together works from the Burger Collection Hong Kong by thirty-two artists from around the world. The exhibition features forty-five works including sculpture, installation, painting, photography, video, VR, and performance. The artists and works that have been selected for this exhibition highlight and blur the lines between presence and absence. Work by Urs Fischer and Douglas Gordon is included.
Urs Fischer, Mr. Flosky, 2001–02 © Urs Fischer
August 18, 2018–January 14, 2019
Marciano Foundation, Los Angeles
Mad World brought together works from the Marciano collection reflecting the rampant absurdities of contemporary life. Many of the exhibited works address the overwhelming accumulation of information, images, and ideas emanating from our phones, computers, billboards, televisions, and radios. Work by Roe Ethridge, Urs Fischer, and Nate Lowman was included.
Urs Fischer, Green Solace, 16 Handles, Red Solace, 2017 © Urs Fischer. Photo: Mats Nordman
Arte e matericità tra informe et invisibile
October 4, 2018–January 6, 2019
GAMeC—Galleria d’Arte Moderna et Contemporanea di Bergamo, Italy
Black Hole: Arte e matericità tra informe et invisibile is the first exhibition in an ambitious three-year research program dedicated to the theme of matter. Activating a dialogue with the history of scientific and technological discoveries, and investigating the development of aesthetics theories, Black Hole showcases the work of artists who have explored the material element’s most intrinsic significance, where the actual concept of matter shatters to open up a more profound idea of matter as an original element, as the primordial substance that constitutes everything. Work by Urs Fischer, Lucio Fontana, Alberto Giacometti, Anselm Kiefer, and Piero Manzoni is included.
Installation view, Black Hole: Arte e matericità tra informe et invisibile, GAMeC—Galleria d’Arte Moderna et Contemporanea di Bergamo, Italy, October 4, 2018–January 6, 2019. Artwork, left to right: Fondazione Palazzo Albizzini-Collezione Burri, Città di Castello © 2018 SIAE; © Piero Manzoni/2018 SIAE. Photo: Antonio Maniscalco
Dancing with Myself
April 8–December 16, 2018
Punta della Dogana, Venice
Dancing with Myself explores the importance of the artist’s role as an actor in and subject of his own creations, from the 1970s to today. The exhibition brings together a great range of artistic practices, languages, cultures, geographic origins, generations, and experiences, establishing a tension between different artistic approaches. Work by Urs Fischer, Cindy Sherman, and Rudolf Stingel is included.
Rudolf Stingel, Untitled (Alpino, 1976), 2006, Pinault Collection © Rudolf Stingel. Photo by Stefan Altenburger