Exhibitions Gagosian NYC Damien Hirst Simon Hantaï

Gagosian is set to launch two new exhibits at its locations at 541 West 24th Street and 980 Madison Avenue. The former recalls a long collaboration with acclaimed British artist Damien Hirst, while the latter focuses on the kaleidoscopic compositions of Hungarian artist Simon Hantaï.

In the first, Gagosian revisits Hirst’s “Forgiving and Forgetting” series which recently concluded at the gallery’s site in Rome in October. Produced in collaboration with archeology now, the paintings and sculptures come from a fictional shipwreck off the coast of East Africa, where Hirst tinkers with the notion of cultural origin and perceptions of relative status and value.

Like his contemporary in Daniel Arsham, Hirst shows particular foresight in presenting normal pop cultural figures, such as Mickey Mouse and Goofy, in weathered Carrara marble – as if they were to be seen in the same precious way in years like the statues of ancient Rome.

In collaboration with the Simon Hantaï Estate, the Gagosian will also highlight the Hungarian artist’s series “The whites of color, the color of white”. Hantaï was best known for a process known as “folding”, where he crumpled and knotted the canvas, then proceeded to evenly paint over it to create a matrix of abstract alternations between pigment and ground.

“Forgiving and Forgetting” will be presented at 541 West 24th Street from January 20 to February 26. While “The whites of color, the color of white” exhibits at 980 Madison Avenue from January 27 to March 5.

Also on the bill, Gosha Levochkin performs “Last Element” at The Hole NYC.

541 West 24th Street,
New York

980 Madison Avenue,
New York

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