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Richard Phillips at Gagosian Athens

Until 1 August 2015, Gagosian Gallery in Athens, Greece, is hosting a series of new paintings by American artist Richard Phillips. Through his paintings, Phillips engages the theme of human obsessions regarding sexuality, politics, power, and death, which are constantly exploited in mainstream media. Subjecting popular images to a range of classical painterly techniques, he imbues them with new meaning. Expanding upon postmodern appropriation strategies through new and historical painting techniques, Phillips manipulates, recombines, amplifies, and undermines canonical images, challenging their dominant influence in contemporary culture. Departing from the more photorealistic tendencies of recent years, in his newest works Phillips uses celebrity portraits, retro textbook illustrations, logos, and Op Art motifs to produce compressed images. In the Warholian portrait Jim Morrison (2015), the rock star’s face is mirrored flatly and mechanically against a bright green background, while in Chinchillas and Guinea Pigs (2015), animals are similarly reduced to graphic silhouettes adorned with neon red, orange, and yellow stripes reminiscent of 1980s surf wear. Richard Phillips was born in Massachusetts in 1962, and currently lives and works in New York. His works can be found in the public collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Denver Art Museum, Colorado; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; Tate Modern, London; and Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The...

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Richard Avedon celebrated at Gagosian Athens

Following a retrospective exhibition at the gallery’s Beverly Hills space at the end of last year, Gagosian Athens is presenting a forthcoming show on Richard Avedon, to run from 20 May to 25 July. The exhibition is to present some of Avedon’s most iconic photographs from his long career. One of the most influential fashion and portrait photographers of the 20th century, his work features in the permanent collections of institutions such as MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Centre Pompidou, and the Smithsonian. Whilst taking fashion-themed photos for publications such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, he also produced more intimate images of some of the era’s biggest artists, notably Francis Bacon and Henry Moore. In this way, the Gagosian exhibition is not only to provide an overview of Avedon’s work, but a representation of 20th-century culture as a...

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Paul Noble to exhibit at Gagosian Athens

Athens, 30 May 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA) Gagosian Athens is currently presenting an exhibition of works by British artist Paul Noble, to run until 19 July. Titled “The Gates”, the show is an extension of Noble’s 2011 immersive exhibition “Welcome to Nobson”, which was held at Gagosian’s Britannia Street space in London. Produced between 2008 and 2011, “Welcome to Nobson” presented the development of the artist’s imagined dystopian civilisation Nobson Newton. “The Gates” now places viewers at the entrances of this civilisation, with eight entrances simultaneously facilitating and denying access to the landscape beyond. Also included in the exhibition is Volume, a series of detailed drawings by Noble depicting works by sculptor Henry Moore. The artist’s works engage with themes of iconography, spirituality, and the fabrication of deities. Noble was born in Northumberland in 1963, and lives and works in East London. His work has been featured in exhibitions in London at Cubitt Gallery (1995), Chisenhale Gallery (1998), Tate Gallery (1999), and Whitechapel Art Gallery (2004). International exhibitions have been held at the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, New York (2003), Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2005), and Migros Museum, Zurich (2005). His 2011 exhibition “Welcome to Nobson” lead to the artist gaining a Turner Prize nomination in...

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