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Gagosian in Paris, 10 years of women

For the tenth anniversary of its Parisian gallery, Gagosian is putting women in the spotlight with a group exhibition bringing together major artists. The exhibition, which is scheduled to run until December 19, can be seen online during confinement.  

Founded in Los Angeles in 1979 by Larry Gagosian and Leo Castelli, the Gagosian gallery has since established itself as a major institution in contemporary art and has opened its own spaces in Paris. For his first decade on Paris’ artistic and cultural scene, Larry Gagosian chose to celebrate women through a series of portraits as an ode to its first presentation that the gallery held at the FIAC in 2010.

Bringing together paintings, sculptures, and photographs by culturally diverse artists, this exhibition, entitled “Busts of Women,” presents a view of femininity by major artists from a variety of backgrounds. Through a wide range of conceptual and stylistic approaches, the exhibition is a true ode to the female gender, questioning the history of humanity, the problems of racism and exploring the links between past and present. Among the pieces on display are four paintings by Adriana Varejão from her “Kindred Spirits” series, in which she superimposes modernist paintings on delicate monochrome renderings of her own face; a sculpture by Rodin representing Medea; and John Currin’s painting “Gazing Ball” (Rembrandt Lucretia), which transports today’s viewers into an illusory world inhabited by Rembrandt and the Roman heroine of antiquity. Alberto Giacometti, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Man Ray, Meleko Mokgosi, Henry Moore, Francis Picabia, Pablo Picasso, and Cindy Sherman are some of the other major artists whose creations have been brought together for this journey in digital format, due to COVID. A vast and inspiring panorama whose scenography was designed by architect India Mahdavi, associates each of the works with one of the shades of her “Flowers” color collection, in order to make them stand out and give them another visual dimension. The exhibition is now on view.


From October 10th to December 19th 2020

4, rue de Ponthieu, Paris 8