Go See – New York: “Go Figure” group show at Gagosian Madison Avenue Through July 31, 2009

July 7th, 2009

Jeff Koons, Pam, 2001
Jeff Koons, “Pam” (2001) via Gagosian Gallery

An assortment of works, all centered on depictions of the human figure, is currently on display at Gagosian’s Madison Avenue gallery until July 31, 2009.  Gagosian has selected pieces from an all-male cast of seminal artists, each tackling the issue of bodily representation in a variety of media.  This relatively small exhibit constitutes an appealing means of considering how male artists have approached the portrayal of both men and women over the course of the twentieth century.

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Gerhard Richter, Deck Chair II, 1965
Gerhard Richter, “Deck Chair II” (1965) via Gagosian Gallery

Go Figure Installation View
Gagosian installation view of photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe via Gagosian Gallery.

Half of the works on display are photographs, which take the viewer from the end of the nineteenth century with Eadweard Muybridge’s famous sequential photographs diagramming the body’s movements, through Man Ray’s delicate solarized nudes and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy’s study of the play of shadows on a nude body.  Modern photographers such as Robert Mapplethorpe and Richard Prince complete the assortment.

Richard Prince, Spiritual America 4, 2005
Richard Prince, “Spiritual America 4″ (2005) via Gagosian Gallery

The selection of works on canvas is equally rich, including works from Pop artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, as well as Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, and the ultra-modern Jeff Koons.

Andy Wharhol, Walking Torso, 1977
Andy Warhol, “Walking Torso” (1977) via Gagosian Gallery

Roy Lichtenstein, Nude, 1997
Roy Lichtenstein, “Nude” (1997) via Gagosian Gallery