All U.S. Gagosians (including Gagosian SHOP) will be closed on Monday, September 1 for the #LaborDay holiday. We’ll resume normal business hours Tuesday, September 2, and we’ll be back on our Tuesday–Saturday schedule._____Image: #JohnCurrin, Healthcare Worker, 2003, ink and gouache on prepared paper, 30 x 22 1/2 inches (76.2 x 57.2 cm)

All U.S. Gagosians (including Gagosian SHOP) will be closed on Monday, September 1 for the #LaborDay holiday. We’ll resume normal business hours Tuesday, September 2, and we’ll be back on our Tuesday–Saturday schedule.
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Image: #JohnCurrin, Healthcare Worker, 2003, ink and gouache on prepared paper, 30 x 22 1/2 inches (76.2 x 57.2 cm)




On view through Sunday, August 31, 2014


Featuring over 90 extraordinary drawings and prints, this exhibition explores how six key post-war artists redefined art in Germany on both sides of the Iron Curtain.

All the artists in this exhibition came originally from eastern Germany and migrated to the West, the majority before the borders were sealed in 1961. Some had trained in East Germany, but it was in the West that their careers were established. As a generation, they came out of the experience of growing up in the aftermath of a Germany defeated in the Second World War, and its subsequent partition in 1949.

Much of their work is informed by the sense of collective guilt experienced by the German people over its recent past, the country’s physical and psychological destruction, and the division of the country by two opposing ideologies—the democracies of the free West and the Communist system of the Soviet bloc.

Press Release - Dan Colen at Gagosian West 24th Street, NYC

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DAN COLEN: Miracle Paintings

Tuesday, September 2–Saturday, October 18, 2014
Opening reception: Tuesday, September 16th, from 6:00 to 8:00pm



I wanted these paintings to reveal themselves during the making, similar to how the trash paintings came to be. I was thinking about alchemy. So there’s this juggling act; I’m starting and often ending with an image, but the oil paint and the process of using that oil paint will open up the possibility for the artwork to take a new direction.
—Dan Colen

Gagosian is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Dan Colen.

The Miracle paintings continue an investigation that has been central to Colen’s practice from the outset: to what extent does art come from the artist, and to what extent does it arise from forces independent of the artist? In his earliest paintings, Colen labored over precise oil renderings of banal interiors—a sloppy apartment bathroom, an adolescent bedroom, a camping tent—into which he introduced the presence of the supernatural—the Blue Fairy, Jesus Christ, twinkling cherubs, his deceased grandfather. He describes the subsequent series of Candle paintings as “portraits of God.” In these works, the space of the canvas contains the space of Geppetto’s worktable—where Pinocchio transcends his materiality to become real—and a message appears in the smoke left by a just-extinguished candle flame.

In 2006, Colen started to make paintings with chewing gum instead of paint, ushering in a long period during which he traded representational subject matter for an exploration of the medium itself. Using flowers, dirt, grass, tar and feathers, Mylar confetti, street trash, and readymade metal studs, he relinquished his controlling approach to painting, instead allowing the final result to be guided in large part by the behavior of the given material. He commented that he found the loss of control exciting, as if the paintings were taking on “inevitable forms—almost like destined forms.”


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Playing off of materiality as both texture and looking glass for New Age transcendentalism, CLEAR expands the scope of the California Light and Space Movement to encompass an ethereal and science-fictional dimension. Exploring the parallel worlds found in the mirror or imagined in the outer limits of space, each of the 23 artists in CLEAR creates a dialogue between the physical and astral self. This prose, found on an open source news site dedicated to current events, conspiracies, and esoteric realms; is an enthusiastic companion to the ideas at work in the exhibition.

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