Go See: “Who’s Afraid of Jasper Johns?” at Tony Shafrazi Gallery, through July 12

June 2nd, 2008

Rob Pruitt, Viagra Falls (2008) via Tony Shafrazi Gallery

“Who’s Afraid of Jasper Johns?” runs from May 9 – July 12 at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery in New York. Gavin Brown and Swiss artist Urs Fischer organized this show, which has been garnering a strong amount of publicity. Be sure to click on Art Observed’s exclusive covering of the opening. The exhibition celebrates juxtapositions throughout art and pays homage to Shafrazi’s legendary defacing of Picasso in the seventies by irreverent displays of art work out of context with traditional presentation. Different mediums, spaces, and uses of objects are shown. There are works from a wide range of artists, including,  Jeff Koons, Francis Bacon, Keith Haring, Cindy Sherman, to Rirkrit Tiravanija.

Tony Shafrazi Gallery
When Artworks Collide [NY Times]
Tony Shafrazi Defaces ‘Guernica’ Again [NY Magazine]
Picks: Who’s Afraid of Jasper Johns?” [ArtForum]
Tony Shafrazi Defaces ‘Guernica’ Again [NYMag]
AO on site: Fischer & Brown at Tony Shafrazi Gallery [ArtObserved]

Rob Pruitt via Tony Shafrazi Gallery

Nothing in this exhibition is of the normal, typical gallery setting. “Viagra Falls” by Rob Pruitt takes over the gallery’s concrete staircase cascading water down. The photo of Tony Shafrazi being arrested 1974 after spray painting Picasso’s “Guernica” serves as a centerpiece and inspiration of the show.

Gilbert & George, Mental No. 4 (1976) via Tony Shafrazi Gallery

Lilly van der Stokker, Water Buh (2008) via Tony Shafrazi Gallery

Jeff Koons via Tony Shafrazi Gallery