Gagosian Gallery

976 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10075

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Larry Gagosian graduated from UCLA in 1969 with a degree in English literature. In 1980 he opened a gallery in Los Angeles for modern and contemporary art. Five years later, he expanded his activities to New York, inaugurating his first Chelsea gallery with an exhibition of works from the Pop art collection of Emily and Burton Tremaine. From 1989 to 1996 he owned a gallery at 65 Thompson Street in SoHo with the renowned dealer Leo Castelli, where they showed Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Bruce Nauman, and other preeminent artists of the postwar generation.

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  • Exhibitions
    New Gagosian Gallery in Athens opens with exhibition featuring Brice Marden

    Brice Marden, Years 3, 2011. Oil on marble, 17 3/8 x 31 1/2 x 7/8 in. 44.1 x 80 x 2.2 cm © 2020 Brice Marden/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever. Courtesy Gagosian. ATHENS.-Gagosian is presenting Marbles and Drawings, an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Brice Marden. This will be Marden’s first solo exhibition in Greece in four decades and it inaugurates the new location of the Athens gallery, an elegant stand-alone building in the center of the city. In 1981, while summering on the island of Hydra, Marden began painting on small fragments of marble from local quarries. These compositions marked a transitional moment in his career. Continuing his long-standing engagement with classical Greek themes—exemplified by earlier monumental oil-and-beeswax paintings such as Thira (1979–80), which feature rich tones and columnar blocks inspired by ancient temples—the marble imparts Marden’s elemental motifs and geometric shapes with a certain luminosity. Since that time, Marden has continued to make marble paintings, describing his strategy as “taking an accident and turning it into a form.” He partially tints the stone ground with thin, translucent layers of oil paint, producing serenely colored rectangles alongside bars of black and gray. These compositions work in harmony with each stone’s inherent texture and veining pattern; some even preserve traces of ruled graphite markers. To complement the marbles, Marden has selected a small group of ink drawings on paper. In Extended Eagles Mere Drawing (1990), a grid of black lines is interwoven with linear strands and patches of deep yellows, greens, and reds. In Untitled (1990), Marden looks to the traditional methods of Chinese calligraphy; working from top to bottom and right to left, he fills the paper with columns of glyphic marks that loosen the strictures of the grid with a gestural freedom. Also on view for the first time is Free Painting 3 (2017), a six-panel painting. Marden builds up the surface of each monochromatic square panel with thinly applied layers of deep reds, blues, greens, and yellows. He allows the residue from each square to run downward, transforming the open space…

  • Auction Industry
    Stair Brings the Collection of Art Historian Sir John Richardson to Auction

    Sir John Richardson at the Gagosian Gallery in 2014. Photo by The New York Times. Sir John Richardson's decades-long friendship with Pablo Picasso grew with visits to the artist's Vallauris home. “We were regularly going to see Picasso,” the late Richardson recalled. “He was very generous to me. He sensed somehow that I was going to write about him.” His close relationship with Picasso allowed Richardson to produce a definitive four-volume biography about the artist. But Richardson’s impact on the art world went beyond Picasso. He wrote about artists, critics, and the social circles surrounding them in such books as The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (1999) and Sacred Monsters, Sacred Masters (2001). He gave a eulogy at Andy Warhol's funeral and rented an apartment to Greta Garbo in the 1960s. W Magazine called him “the man all New York wants to sit beside at dinner.” From the personal collection of Sir John Richardson. Photo courtesy of Stair. On September 16th and 17th, 2020, Stair will offer over 500 pieces from the personal collection of Sir John Richardson. Categories across the spectrum will be represented in this two-day sale, including both fine and decorative art, as well as collectibles. Stair notes that the lots also range "from the serious and academic, to the lighthearted and whimsical." Among the lots representing the serious and academic on day one is a model of the Temple of Castor and Pollux (estimate: USD 3,000 - $5,000). The Roman temple served many functions over the centuries, including as a meeting place for the Senate of the Roman Republic and a chamber of Caligula's palace. Now, most of what remains of the temple are the three columns that this model depicts. Model of The Temple of Castor and Pollux. Photo courtesy of Stair. Day one of the event will also make available portraits by Thomas Frye (estimate: $6,000 - $9,000), including one of George III of Great Britain. George III was the King of Great Britain and Ireland during both the American Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. Richardson purchased this and 17 other Frye portraits from Christie's during World…

  • Auction Industry
    Artist to Know: Christopher Wool

    Phillips’ Evening & Day Editions Auction to Feature Works by Postmodern Artist In Christopher Wool’s early career, he spotted a white truck vandalized by the spray-painted words “sex” and “luv.” The stark simplicity of the image stuck with him for the next 15 years. Wool began creating black-and-white paintings covered in stenciled phrases, seeking to reflect the stress and unrest of the 1980s and 90s.  Wool’s name is now listed alongside other Pop and Postmodern artists who shifted the New York art world. He remains active today, contributing his ominous paintings to conversations around current events. Phillips’ upcoming Evening & Day Auctions sale, held in London on September 10th, 2020, will highlight several works by the artist. Live bidding in the auction house’s digital saleroom will start at 1:00 PM WEST (8:00 AM EDT), with an evening session at 7:00 PM WEST (2:00 PM EDT). Get to know Christopher Wool before the auction starts. Christopher Wool with his paintings. Image from Interview Magazine. Wool received his education at Sarah Lawrence College and the New York Studio School. It was not until he began creating the stenciled word paintings, however, that he found a real window into the contemporary art world. Still his best-known works, the hard-to-read words, short phrases, and full sentences were spray-painted on sheets of aluminum. Phrases such as “RUN DOG RUN” and “CATS IN BAG BAGS IN RIVER” appeared frequently during this period. “When I first saw his word paintings, I thought: I can’t believe what they’re getting away with these days,” says Richard Hell, a punk musician, writer, and now friend to the artist. This attitude is echoed by many of Wool’s critics. However, his craft is intentional, designed to evoke thought and emotional responses in the viewer. The arrangement of the letters is intended to subvert everyday comprehension and perception. The vocabulary is deliberately confrontational. One of Wool’s most notable pieces from this period is Apocalypse Now, a 1988 painting on aluminum inspired by the Francis Ford Coppola film of the same name. It reads “SELL THE HOUSE SELL THE CAR SELL THE KIDS,” a…

  • Art Fairs
    Pace, Gagosian, David Zwirner Among Top Galleries at Inaugural Seattle Art Fair This Weekend

    Art Market Productions and Paul Allen's Vulcan Inc., co-producers of the Seattle Art Fair, wil launch the inaugural event from July 30 – August 2, 2015 at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle, Washington. Julie Blackmon, Airstream, 2011. Archival pigment print, 24 x 31 inches. Courtesy of G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle. The Seattle Art Fair will feature 50 leading local, regional, and international art galleries presenting top-tier modern and contemporary art. Site-specific art installations created for the fair by artists from around the world will be placed in select locations throughout the city. The fair will also highlight the Pacific Rim, with Asian galleries presenting the best of the region’s contemporary artwork. 2015 EXHIBITORS * Adelson Galleries (New York), Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe (New York), Catharine Clark Gallery (San Francisco), Charlie James Gallery (Los Angeles) Danese/Corey (New York), Donald Ellis Gallery (New York), Elizabeth Leach Gallery (Portland), G. Gibson Gallery (Seattle), Gallery 16 (San Francisco), Gallery Jones (Vancouver), Gana Art (Seoul), Greg Kucera Gallery (Seattle), James Cohan Gallery (New York), James Harris Gallery (Seattle), Jonathan Ferrara Gallery (New Orleans), Kaikai Kiki (Tokyo), Mariane Ibrahim Gallery (Seattle), Maxwell Davidson Gallery (New York), Mindy Solomon Gallery (Miami), Monte Clark Gallery (Vancouver), Nancy Hoffman Gallery (New York), PACE (New York), Paul Kasmin Gallery (New York), PDX Contemporary (Portland), Platform Gallery (Seattle), PUNCH Gallery (Seattle), Ryan Lee Gallery (New York), Sasha Wolf Gallery (New York), SEASON (Seattle), Tyler Rollins Fine Art (New York), Upfor (Portland), Winston Wächter Fine Art (Seattle/New York), Woodside/Braseth Gallery (Seattle), Zurcher Gallery (New York/Paris). *List in formation. The Dealer Committee includes Catharine Clark, James Cohan, Mariane IbrahimLenhardt, Greg Kucera, and Eric Gleason, director of Paul Kasmin Gallery. ON-SITE AND CITYWIDE INSTALLATIONS In addition to installations on-site, The Seattle Art Fair will extend beyond the walls of CenturyLink Field Event Center, with installations, talks, and special exhibitions throughout the city produced by the fair’s Curatorial Committee – Greg Bell, senior curator for Vulcan Inc.; Scott Lawrimore, director of the University of Washington’s Jacob Lawrence Gallery; and Eli Ridgway, an independent curator. • Leeza Ahmady, director of New York's Asian…