Double exposition at the Gagosian, the rolls of Parisien galleries
In America he represents some of the most important artists in the world such as Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Cy Twombly, and in addition to the most famous contemporary artists he also has Picasso or Warhol
(on the more modern art side). Futhermore he owns a gallery in Paris (since 2010),
in the Rolls style: 900m2, 350m2 of which is dedicated to exhibition spaces, in a very handsome building in the rue de Ponthieu, right around the corner from Hotel Beauchamps!
There are currently two fascinating exhibitions. On the ground floor is the ‘solo show’ by the Swiss artist Urs Fischer, whose influence on his fellow artists grows day by day. Furthermore, for the globe-trotters of this world, this artist is majestically exhibited in Venice in the Palazzo Grassi, owned by
François Pinault a leader and wealthy art collector.
‘Madame Fischer’ (the name of his exhibition in Venice) is simply fantastical. For those wanting a small taster, the Gagosian exhibits pieces of Fischer’s works which show how he constantly seeks
(generally with a dry humour) to push the boundaries of sculpture to the limit, using a wide range of materials, particularly materials that evolve.
Here, sculptures of hung fruit are the most spectacular, the most poetic, as: ‘real fruit is used
as a medium, and they make assumptions which aimed at the scientific concept of time scales of size
and infinity: an apple and a pear hanging together in front of a light source simulating an eclipse;
fruits of varying aspects, from the largest (pineapple) to the smallest (grapes), hung individually
in a regular line to form a larger planetary system.
The process of rotting fruit, accentuates the complexity of this light-hearted, yet profound installation, involving mysteries just a great, as unfathomable.
We also contemplate a delicate bicycle slightly enlarged relative to its size, cut in half and spread apart, each part painted in contrasting pastel tones, it miraculously balances on the tips of its wheels. And giant nails with their illustrated shadow…
Upstairs, the second exhibition, ‘Micro Mania’, brings together small-scale pieces by Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, John Giorno, Keith Haring, Paul Klee, Yves Klein, Pablo Picasso, Richard Prince, Ed Ruscha, to name a few…
Amongst the most moving exhibits is a small fragile dog by Giacometti and for those for are real
fans of Andy Warhol, there are a few of his signature dollars displayed.
A captivating exhibition, with a little bit of everything (some of which are magnificent) from icons
of modern art and the contemporary heirs to their throne.
Urs Fischer and Micromania Expositions until 26 May 2012.
Gagosian Gallery 4 Rue de Ponthieu, Paris 8ème – T: +33 (0)1 75 00 05 92.
Tue-Sat: 11.00 – 19.00.
Around the corner from Hôtel Beauchamps 24 Rue de Ponthieu, Paris 8ème - T: +33 (0)1-53-89-58-58.
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