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.
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)
The Extreme Present
Opening reception: Tuesday, December 3, 5–8pm
December 4–8, 2019
Moore Building, Miami
Gagosian is pleased to announce The Extreme Present, the fifth in a series of annual exhibitions at the Moore Building in the Miami Design District during Art Basel Miami Beach, presented by Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch. The Extreme Present will explore artists’ reactions to the conditions of our accelerating and increasingly complex world. The title is inspired by The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present, a book by Shumon Basar, Douglas Coupland, and Hans Ulrich Obrist, published in 2015. Their provocative thesis addresses the rapidly evolving digital era, half a century after Marshall McLuhan’s groundbreaking study on technology’s influence on culture, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man, in which he coined the phrase “the medium is the message.” Works in this exhibition explore concepts of media, communication, togetherness, and isolation.
The Extreme Present
Shop Takeover and Book Signing
November 7–30, 2019
Book signing: Thursday, November 7, 6–7pm
Gagosian Shop, New York
Urs Fischer will take over the Gagosian Shop in New York, creating an immersive environment to celebrate the publication of Urs Fischer: Paintings 1998–2017. This three-volume monograph includes every painting produced by the artist from the beginning of his career through 2017.
Fischer will be signing copies of the new book on Thursday, November 7, from 6 to 7pm, in the shop. To attend the free event, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Urs Fischer: Paintings 1998–2017 (New York: Kiito-San, LLC, 2019)
Louis Vuitton X
June 28–November 10, 2019
Louis Vuitton X, Beverly Hills
Louis Vuitton X celebrates the fashion house’s 160-year history of artistic collaborations and marks the world premiere of the Artycapucines Collection. The line includes limited-edition reinterpretations of the label’s iconic Capucines bag by six artists including Urs Fischer, Alex Israel, and Jonas Wood. The exhibition also brings together a collection of early twentieth-century special-order trunks, art deco perfume bottles, iconic Monogram bags reworked by artists such as Frank Gehry and Cindy Sherman, and original collaborations by artists such as Richard Prince.
Jonas Wood’s limited-edition Louis Vuitton Artycapucines bag
Visions of the Self: Rembrandt and Now
In partnership with English Heritage
Thursday, April 25, 2019, 6pm
Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London
Gagosian director and art historian Richard Calvocoressi will lead a tour of the exhibition Visions of the Self: Rembrandt and Now at Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London. Calvocoressi will take a look at postwar and contemporary masters of self-representation, anchoring the conversation to an important Rembrandt masterpiece included in the exhibition, Self-Portrait with Two Circles (c. 1665). The event has reached capacity. To join the wait list, contact email@example.com.
Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-Portrait with Two Circles, c. 1665, English Heritage, The Iveagh Bequest (Kenwood, London). Photo: Historic England Photo Library
December 6–10, 2017
Moore Building, Miami
On the occasion of Art Basel Miami Beach 2017, Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch are pleased to present Abstract/Not Abstract, their third collaboration at the Moore Building in the Miami Design District. One of the great innovations of modernism, abstract painting continues to inspire and challenge artists. To make a fresh abstraction today following all the remarkable achievements of the School of Paris and the New York School is a daunting proposition. Yet through the use of innovative approaches, techniques, and technologies, this generation of artists is creating complex and astonishing new work that revitalizes the abstract tradition. Abstract/Not Abstract will include work by contemporary artists who redefine abstraction for our time.
Steven Parrino, Untitled, 1988 © Steven Parrino
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.
The Lyrical and the Prosaic
Aïshti Foundation, Jal el Dib, Lebanon
Aïshti Foundation presents a solo exhibition by Urs Fischer.
Artwork © Urs Fischer
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: Errors, Brant Foundation, Greenwich, Connecticut, May 13–October 1, 2019 © 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 brings together works from the Marciano collection that reflect the rampant absurdities of contemporary life. Many 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 is 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
Urs Fischer in
April 20–May 7, 2018
Modern Institute, Glasgow
Glasgow International draws on the city’s strengths as a vibrant and distinctive center of artistic production and display. The festival combines commissions and exhibitions by artists living both locally and internationally, in large-scale and familiar public venues as well as smaller, less conventional sites. Work by Urs Fischer will be included.
Artwork © Urs Fischer. Photo courtesy the artist
September 19, 2017–January 22, 2018
Austrian Cultural Forum, New York
Wild West is a group exhibition commemorating the dynamic legacy of the late Austrian artist Franz West. Curated by former West collaborator Andreas Reiter Raabe, the show consists of works by Franz West, his New York–based contemporaries, including Urs Fischer and Rudolf Stingel, and commissioned works by emerging artists from both New York and Austria.
Installation view, Wild West, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York, September 20, 2017–January 22, 2018. Artwork © Urs Fischer and © Rudolf Stingel. Photo by David Plakke/ACFNY
September 22, 2017–January 21, 2018
Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Italy
Urs Fischer’s monumental sculpture Big Clay #4 (2013–14) and two new candle sculptures have been installed in the Piazza della Signoria and the Arengario in Florence.
Urs Fischer’s Big Clay #4 (2013–14) installed in Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Italy, September 22, 2017–January 21, 2018
June 17, 2017–January 7, 2018
Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev, Ukraine
This exhibition’s title and theme, Fragile State, has a double meaning. It refers to a delicate moment of vulnerability both in a physical and psychological sense and, at the same time, it refers to political terminology. Work by Urs Fischer, Douglas Gordon, and Damien Hirst will be included.
Urs Fischer, Untitled, 2011 © Urs Fischer. Photo by Stefan Altenburger
Urs Fischer × Katy Perry
November 17–December 31, 2017
39 Spring Steet, New York
Bliss (2017), a larger-than-life sculpture of Katy Perry by Urs Fischer, is the result of a collaboration between the two artists, after Perry asked Fischer to create an artwork for her most recent album release. The sculpture will be in continual flux over the coming weeks, subject to reconfiguration through the intervention of visitors, who are free to add and subtract from the work as they wish.
Urs Fischer, Bliss, 2017 © Urs Fischer
The Transported Man
April 29–October 22, 2017
Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing
The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University is pleased to announce its debut exhibition curated by director Marc-Olivier Wahler. The Transported Man spans the entire museum and features more than fifty renowned and emerging artists whose work relies on the notion of belief. Work by Walter De Maria, Urs Fischer, and Adam McEwen is included.
Urs Fischer, Untitled, 2015. Photo by Mats Nordman