Baroque Egg with Bow (2006), Jeff Koons via Gagosian
New York art magnate Larry Gagosian brings an eclectic mix of avant-garde art to Moscow in his new show, For What You Are about to Receive. Entitled in spirit of the Bolshevik revolution, “Red October” is the name given to the former chocolate factory in which Gagosian Gallery will showcase over 100 works by approximately 50 post-war artists. Never-seen works by Jeff Koons, Anish Kapoor, Cy Twombly, Richard Serra, and Edward Ruscha will be included in addition to works by Roy Lichtenstein, Alexander Calder, Alberto Giacometti, Takashi Murakami, Aaron Young, and Yayoi Kusama. A statement by the gallery maintains that the exhibition, “investigates the twin pillars of twentieth century art: the readymade and pure abstraction, reflecting on the sublime through a self-conscious engagement with material and process.” For What You Are about to Receive is Gagosian’s second showing in Moscow, following an auspicious exhibit at Barvikha Luxury Village one year earlier. The show also inaugurates “Red October” as a new contemporary arts center in Moscow, however, Gagosian denies inquiries about opening a permanent establishment in the city.
Gagosian Plans Moscow Show in Former Chocolate Factory [Artinfo]
For What Your Are About to Receive [Gagosian]
Gagosian To Host Second Moscow Exhibit [NYSun]
Gagosian Gallery in Moscow [Artnet]
Want to be splashed by a cellular shower (2008), Takashi Murakami via Gagosian
The opening featured new york-based artist Aaron Young’s choreography of a dangerous motorcycle-based performance piece entitled Arc Light. Viewers observed a team of motorcyclists maneuver on a specially installed platform. The resulting skid-marks and tire-burns created, “an amplified expansion of Jackson Pollock’s famous action paintings” said Gagosian (AO has exclusive video of Aaron Young’s motorcycle performance in New York here). Insight?, Gagosian’s first show in Russia’s capital city, was able to sell 70% of the pieces on display which included works by Richard Serra, Cy Twombly, Glenn Brown, John Currin, Philip Taaffe, Willem de Kooning, and Mark Rothko.
Arc Light Performance (September 17, 2008), Aaron Young via Gagosian
Eclipse of the Sun (1975), Roy Lichtenstein via Gagosian
Double Headed (1973), Alexander Calder via Gagosian
Passing Winter (2005), Yayoi Kusama via Gagosian
Figurine de Londers I (1965-1966), Alberto Giacometti via Gagosian