Per Kirkeby (*1938) is a Danish painter, sculptor and writer. He is also a geologist and natural scientist. As a student, he conducted geological fieldwork in the glacial northern frontier of Greenland where he studied rock formations and sketched the landscape during his free time. This empirical background has made a profound impact on Kirkeby’s artistic work and his pieces are often informed by his understanding of geological processes.
Kirkeby began creating sculpted plaster forms cast in bronze during the 1980s, mostly working outdoors during the summer on the remote Danish island of Laeso, which was once home to many major nineteenth century Danish landscape painters. Kirkeby’s bronzes appear to be chunks of hardened black lava, etched with seemingly endless valleys and creases. These rare pieces are highly expressive and possess a poetic, dramatic character.
Opening: July 3, 6-8pm
Exhibition: July 4 – September 27, 2014
Please note that the gallery is closed during the month of August
We are delighted to present an exhibition of rare sculptures, collages and drawings by Andy Warhol at Art Basel 2014.
Our exhibition includes one of Warhol’s largest cement sculptures – a cardboard box filled with cement in which the artist has left his handprint and signature.
We will also show Warhol’s sculpture “You’re In” – Coke bottles spray-painted silver. This was his contribution to the 1967 Museum of Merchandise exhibition in Philadelphia. The Coca Cola company soon forbid Warhol to sell the bottles as they were a Coca Cola product. So Warhol instead sold the “Silver Lining” perfume bottles and gave a silver Coke bottle to the purchaser for free. It is extremely rare to find Warhol’s silver Coke bottles and the original perfume bottles together. We will show three sets.
The exhibition will additionally feature a set of folding screens produced by Warhol after a visit to Asia in 1956, as well as a selection of recently discovered drawings and collages that offer us incredible insight into the early career of the one of the 20th century’s most important artists.
Art Basel 2014
Ground Floor, Booth D3
Opening: Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th June (by invitation)
Exhibition: Thursday 19th – Sunday 22nd June
Daniel Blau is pleased to announce the five winners of the gallery’s second annual Young Photographers’ Competition:
We are delighted to present a selection of work by these talented photographers in a group exhibition here in London this July.
Please join us for the opening on Friday 4th July from 6 – 8 pm!
A Collection of Vintage Prints
Robert Capa is the Twentieth Century’s most celebrated war photographer.
Reporting from five horrific theatres of war – the Spanish Civil War, the Second Sino-Japanese War, World War II in Europe, the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, and the First Indochina War – Capa’s enduring legacy is an extraordinary body of ‘concerned photography’ – deeply felt pictures documenting the human condition.
This exhibition comprises rare vintage Capa prints from the period 1943 to 1945. Many are exhibited here for the first time, and some are newly recognised as his.
In 1942, Capa was a war correspondent accompanying American forces on their push from North Africa into Italy. He was in Sicily in July – August 1943, and Naples in early October 1943, and went on to photograph the European Theatre more widely, including London, Normandy and the liberation of Paris.
He was part of the second wave of US troops to land on Omaha beach in 1944, where in the first couple of hours of the invasion he famously shot 106 pictures on the two Contax II cameras he carried, of which only 11 photographs survived.
Rooted in social documentary, Capa’s work was made at the heart of the matter. He was instinctive, audacious, brave, cavalier, even reckless, saying: “if your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough”.
Opening: Thursday, April 3, 6 – 8 pm
Exhibition: April 4 – May 10, 2014
At the 2014 Paris Photo art fair in Los Angeles, we will present Bailey’s new series “Uncharted”. This series of unique “torn” silver prints features some of Bailey’s most famous portraits of celebrities such as Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Mick Jagger and Jack Nicholson.
In the age of digital imaging, where the photograph is reduced to a series of pixels, Bailey’s tearing emphasises the tactile nature of his works, rendering them highly personal. Despite the prevalence and convenience of digital photography, where millions of photographs are taken, deleted, and altered every second, Bailey defends his continued preference for working with film:
“The problem with digital imaging is that there’s no accident. I don’t know what’s going to come back, it’s kind of if I make a mistake it’s part of the creation in a way because the only way you can get creative is by making mistakes. With digital there’s no mistake, everything’s perfect.”
Viewed against the backdrop of the contemporary digital age, these prints become symbolic of Bailey’s conscious re-assertion of control over the photographic medium. Their value ultimately lies in their uniqueness, for, unlike the endlessly duplicated digital image, no two torn photographs will ever be identical. Our exhibition will also include a number of rare large-format platinum prints.
Paris Photo Los Angeles Paramount Pictures Studios
5555 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Opening: April 24, 3–9 pm
Exhibition: April 25–27, 12–7 pm, 2014
The AIPAD Photography Show New York
At AIPAD 2014 we are pleased to present an exhibition of photographic sequences. These vintage photographs document momentous historical events as they unfold. Viewed sequentially, they create a sense of narrative which appeals to our innate love of stories.
Our wide-ranging exhibition includes an iconic four shot sequence by William Genaust depicting his fellow U.S. Marines raising the flag on Iwo Jima in February 1945, as well as Abraham Zapruder’s famous sequence of images illustrating the assassination of President Kennedy on 22 November 1963.
The exhibition also encompasses photographs of the nuclear weapons test conducted by the U.S. as part of Operation Upshot-Knothole, which took place in the Nevada desert in 1953. In this sequence of photographs we see the devastating effects of the blast wave on a building standing in its path.
We will also show an exceptional group of photos by Sandro Aurisicchio del Val. The undeveloped films were purchased by Robert Capa from the Italian Resistance fighter in Naples and sent to the U.S. They were prominently featured in LIFE magazine at the time.
Park Avenue Armory, 67th Street and Park Avenue, New York City
Opening: Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 5 – 9 pm
Exhibition: Thursday – Saturday, April 10 – 12, 11 – 7 pm
Sunday April 13, 11 – 6 pm
We are pleased to announce that we will present an exhibition of extraordinary Warhol drawings at TEFAF this year, including a new discovery that is bound to cause a sensation.
During Daniel’s research of Warhol’s drawings from the 1950s – for his book “From Silverpoint to Silver Screen” – he discovered the photographic sources for several of Warhol’s drawings. We are delighted to present a number of these drawings alongside the photographs that inspired them.
Of the works in our exhibition, one drawing is of particular relevance in the Maastricht setting. In 1951 Andries Zwart, a 9 year old from Egmond-aan-Zee, and Jan van den Heuvel, a 12 year old from Amsterdam, were chosen to grace the Dutch Kinderzegels (postage stamps which additionally support Dutch welfare institutions). LIFE Magazine reproduced these stamps alongside photographic portraits of the two boys in their January 1952 issue. Warhol used these illustrations for one of his drawings (featured in our press release below). We will be showing the original drawing at TEFAF along with the 1952 copy of LIFE Magazine.
Warhol’s exquisite drawings have never before been shown in this context. We look forward to welcoming you to stand 443.
A special exhibition at TEFAF, stand 443
Opening: March 13, 12–9 pm
Exhibition: March 14–23, 2014, 11–7 pm
TEFAF (The European Fine Art Fair) MECC, 6229 GV Maastricht, The Netherlands, Tel. +49 / 172 / 74 84 999
Planet of the Apes on TV, Papua New Guinea, Portraits
Bailey, Jan. 16, 2014
In the first of three exhibitions exploring the work of British artist David Bailey, we are delighted to present “Bailey: 70s Polaroids” at our Munich gallery.
In 1974, Bailey took his Polaroid SX70, which was at the time the most advanced camera in the world, to Papua New Guinea to photograph the lives of the people living there. Exhibiting the faces of indigenous people from the deepest jungles of the country, the images from this trip represent a close-up, nostalgic view of a civilisation seemingly untouched by modernity. We will be showing a selection of Papua Polaroids alongside a selection of portraits and Bailey’s Planet of the Apes Polaroids, taken during a television broadcast.
It was during a visit to Bailey’s London studio in 2012 that Daniel Blau discovered these unseen, long-lost contributions to his work. “To find the box of Polaroids from the 1970s adds a very special touch,” said Blau, “it’s a bit like archaeology. You get a peak into the past, and into a strange world as well”.
In addition to our exhibition of rare Polaroids we are pleased to present two further exhibitions of Bailey’s photographs at our London gallery and at Paris Photo Los Angeles this spring.
Opening: Thursday, March 6, 5 – 8pm
Exhibition: March 7 – May 3, 2014
It does not feel, it does not die, space is neither truth nor lie
Into the void we have to travel, to find the clue which will unravel
Is this the reason deep in our minds
This exhibition sees the collective imagination of LE GUN venture into new territory as the group’s collaborative artwork moves from black and white into technicolor. LE GUN work together on each drawing they make, creating idiosyncratic imagery which blends a punk, occult, pop and surrealist aesthetic. Established in 2004, LE GUN is a group consisting of five artist illustrators (Bill Bragg, Chris Bianchi, Neal Fox, Robert Rubbish, and Steph von Reiswitz) and two designers (Alex Wright and Matt Appleton) who met at London’s Royal College of Art.
As well as being the producers of their cult self-titled magazine, the group are internationally recognised for their enigmatic installations, design projects and art shows. Most recently they built a shamanic ambulance pulled by urban foxes for the exhibition Memory Palace at the Victoria and Albert museum. The particular style they have developed, in which the sum is greater than the parts, is what makes LE GUN’s group aesthetic so distinctive.
Their independent graphic art publication provides a common ground for both emerging and established artists, illustrators, writers and poets, and this show also features a group of artists who have regularly featured in its pages, alongside the work of the LE GUN collective.
Exhibition opening: Thursday December 12th, 6-8pm
Daniel Blau is pleased to present two exceptional collections on the occasion of Paris Photo 2013:
Robert Capa (1913 – 1954)
Robert Capa, renowned war photographer and co-founder of Magnum Photos, died a violent death while covering the first Indochina War in 1954. Had he lived, he would have turned 100 on October 22, 2013. As a centennial celebration of Capa’s life and work we present a collection of rare vintage pictures documenting WWII in Europe from 1943-45, primarily in Sicily and France.
Misled / Verführt German Youth 1933-1945
An exhibition of photographs of German adolescents during Hitler’s regime. This collection of images depicts a misled generation – children raised as soldiers, eager to become heroes but ultimately used as cannon fodder. This group of dramatic photographs has been carefully assembled over five years and is available as a set.
We are thrilled to announce our exclusive collaboration with the estate of renowned photographer J. R. Eyerman (1906-1985). This November we will present two exhibitions, one in London and one in Paris, which take us back to the glamour and excitement of Hollywood and pay tribute to one of America’s celebrated 20th century photojournalists.
For Photo Saint-Germain-des-Prés in Paris we present “J. R. Eyerman Rediscovered, Part One: Kim Novak”: a series of 1950s photographs of Kim Novak as a young starlet. We will simultaneously show “Part Two: Beauties, Brutes and Other Characters” in our London gallery.
The photographs in these exhibitions come from the personal collection of Life Magazine photographer J. R. Eyerman. Most of these images have never been published and are now being revealed to the public for the first time.
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In this exhibition, we are thrilled to present a selection of new works on paper by the inimitable Neal Fox, co-founder of London art collective Le Gun. Hierarchies are reversed in a show that embodies the spirit of the Ancient Roman festival Saturnalia: slaves became rulers, sitting at banquet tables, exempt from punishment on festival days. The carnivalesque atmosphere of the feast of fools, brimming with libations, gambling and debauchery, of liberation through absurdity and chaos, becomes formal and symbolic material for Fox’s psychedelic and transgressive drawings. Citing a range of influences from cartoonist Robert Crumb to painter Hieronymus Bosch to novelist William S. Burroughs, anachronisms become a signifying feature of the artist’s work.
“In Munich this week, the Pinakothek der Moderne has just reopened after renovation with a show of almost 180 Andy Warhol drawings from the 1950s.”
Read the full article by Georgina Adam in the Financial Times “Life and Arts” here.