Exhibitor listing
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  • N/A - David Hockney


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Exhibitor's Artists:


Josef Albers

Carl Andre

Ruth Asawa

Jean-Michel Basquiat
Biography :
Born in 1960 in Brooklyn, Jean-Michel Basquiat was a pioneer of graffiti art who became world renowned through his association with Andy Warhol, and his patronage by the rich and famous in New York society. His early death, at the age of 27, rendered his work iconic. At the age of 16, having dropped out of school despite a prodigious intellect, Basquiat and a friend began a graffiti campaign in Lower Manhattan, working under the group pseudonym SAMO (“same old shit”). Spraying witty epithets, SAMOs work became notorious, and was the subject of an article in the Village Voice in 1978. After being introduced to, and impressing, Warhol in 1980, the two artists collaborated. Within a short space of time, Basquiat was represented by Annina Nosei, having his first solo exhibition in 1981. Soon, he would also work with dealers Larry Gagosian, Bruno Bischofberger, Tony Shafrazi and Mary Boone; musicians Blondie and David Bowie; and the artist Robert Rauschenberg, as well as having a relationship with Madonna. Basquiat’s work was often concerned with black culture, as well as commentary and observations on his own ambitions to create a place for himself in the predominantly white world of art and society. Text inevitably played a constant role in his work, and his paintings are typically scrawled with words, statements, lists and symbols. Child-like in execution, the surfaces of his works are dense, multi-layered and chaotic, often incorporating collage. In 2013, Christie’s sold his 1982 work ‘Dustheads’ for $48,843,750, and he is generally accepted to have been one of the most important artists working in America in the 1980s, not merely influencing the path of fine art, but laying the foundations for an entirely new hierarchy in art, music and contemporary culture.

Also represented by: Hazelton Galleries, Waterhouse & Dodd,
Biography :
Dadamaino was born Eduarda Emilia Maino in 1935 in Milan. Self-taught, Dada (a phonetic truncation of Eduarda) was drawn to art after studying at medical school, and by meeting Piero Manzoni in 1957, who would become a life-long friend. In 1958 she aligned herself with the Milanese avant-garde and created her first substantial body of work, the Volumi: pierced canvases which recall Fontana’s Buchi. This same year Dadamaino had her first solo show at the Galleria dei Bossi in Milan. In 1959 she joined the Milan-based experimental group Azimuth (founded by Bonalumi, Castellani and Manzoni) which had connections with the Zero Group in Germany, as well as Group Nul in the Netherlands, and Groupe Motus in France. In 1961 the artist took part in a show in the Netherlands, where her name was mistakenly spelt as one word: Dadamaino. Soon, charmed, she would adopt this name entirely. In 1962 her work was featured in the major Nul group exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. This same year she joined the newly founded Nouvelle Tendence movement whose members included Getulio Alviani, Bruno Munari, Jesús Raphael Soto and Enzo Mari. In the first half of the decade, particularly fascinated with the idea of movement she created a series of optical-dynamic objects, these were followed by the Ricerca del colore (1966-68) in which she undertook a scrupulous analysis of the solar spectrum’s chromatic combinations. Dadamaino's cycle I fatti della vita was shown in a solo room at the Venice Biennale in 1980. Three years later a large retrospective of her work was organized by the Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea (PAC) in Milan, and in 1990 she participated again in the Venice Biennale. A full retrospective of her work was mounted by the Bochum Museum in 2000.

Marcel Duchamp

Helen Frankenthaler
Biography :
Helen Frankenthaler was an American Abstract Expressionist painter and one of the founding artists of the Color Field group of painters. Frankenthaler studied at the Dalton School under Rufino Tamayo and also at Bennington College in Vermont. In 1950, she met Clement Greenberg and began a relationship with him. She became a contemporary and colleague of Jackson Pollock, Hans Hoffmann and Kenneth Noland and was married in 1958 to Robert Motherwell. They were known in New York society as 'The Golden Couple' on account of their fame and lavish entertaining. Frankenthaler pioneered the process of painting directly onto unprepared canvas, a technique that became known as 'soak stain'. This technique was adopted by Jackson Pollock and then by other Color Field painters, notably Morris Louis. She was hugely influential, the worst criticism she seemed to suffer in her career was for her work to be damned “merely beautiful”, and until her death in 2011 was regarded as one of America's most important living painters. Frankenthaler has been exhibited internationally since the early 1950s, and has had several retrospective exhibitions, including at MoMA in 1989. Her work is held in the following collections, and over forty others: Germany Sammlung Alison & Peter W. Klein, Eberdingen-Nussdorf Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach United Kingdom Ulster Museum, Belfast (Northern Ireland) Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire (England) Tate Britain, London (England) USA MFA - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA MFAH - Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX MOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL Los Angeles County Museum of Art - LACMA, Los Angeles, CA Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena, CA Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ Portland Museum o

Also represented by: Hollis Taggart Galleries, Contessa Gallery,
Lucian Freud
Biography :
In the mid-1940s Graham Sutherland, an influential British artist, gave his friend Lucian Freud a set of his own etching tools as a gift. Freud had made two linocuts in 1936, and a single pen lithograph in 1944: they were not notable successes. Sutherland, who was a keen sponsor of the young Freud’s work, thought Freud’s draughtsman-like, direct, almost miniaturist style was much more suited to the etching plate. Freud began tentatively, his first etching was produced in the modest edition size of only 3 copies, his second only 4. By 1948, he had executed just 6 etchings, a mere 30 prints in total. Surprisingly, that would remain the case for another 34 years. By the early 1950s, Freud had arrived at the conclusion that his advancement as an artist was being hampered by his overtly linear style, which was also the defining manner of his paintings. Freud blamed his drawing, and as an extension of that, his etching. From that time, until 1982, Freud worked solely as a painter. The inducement to restart his etching career came from Lawrence Gowing, who had written a monograph on Freud. The deluxe edition of 100 copies of the book, Gowing requested, should contain one of four etchings printed in an edition of 25. Upon returning to etching, having spent so many years in which he had only painted, Freud found his line was looser and more gestural. Thus encouraged, printmaking almost replaced the role of drawings in his work for a period. By the end of 1982, Freud had added 15 etchings to his total. Not all were published, as some were the exploratory works of an artist seeking to regain his confidence in the medium. These efforts helped assuage Freud’s concerns over the effect of the graphic arts upon his painting, although by this time his doubts could have retained little foundation: Freud’s now familiar, heavily impastoed style of painting must have been unassailable. If anything Freud’s etchings had become closer to his paintings, especially

David Hockney
Biography :
David Hockney is considered one of the most influential British artists of the twentieth century, and was a key member of the Pop art movement of the 1960s. Born in Bradford, Yorkshire, he studied at the Royal College of Art. He was featured in the exhibition Young Contemporaries with Peter Blake, and was almost instantly successful as an artist. In 1963 Hockney visited New York where he met Andy Warhol. He subsequently settled in California, and was inspired to make a series of paintings of swimming pools in Los Angeles, in the comparatively new medium of acrylic. A Bigger Splash, from this series is in the permanent collection of the Tate Gallery. In 1967 his painting, Peter Getting Out Of Nick's Pool, won the John Moores Painting Prize at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool. Hockney has also worked with photography, or, more precisely, photocollage. Using varying numbers of Polaroid snaps or photolab-prints of a single subject he combined them to make a composite image. Hockney created these photomontage works mostly between 1970 and 1986. He referred to them as "joiners". These works show the movements of the subject seen from the photographer's perspective. In later works Hockney changed his technique and moved the camera around the subject instead. Hockney has always embraced new media and technology, using xerox machines and more recently iPhones and iPads to create works. In October 2006 the National Portrait Gallery in London held one of the largest ever displays of Hockney's portraiture work, including 150 of his paintings, drawings, prints, sketchbooks and photocollages from over five decades. Hockney himself assisted in displaying the works, and the exhibition proved to be one of the most successful in the gallery's history. In June 2007, Hockney's largest painting Bigger Trees Near Warter which measures 15x40' and was painted on 50 individual canvases, was included in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. In 2008, he donated this work to the Tate Gall

David Hockney - N/A
Also represented by: Vertu Fine Art, Waterhouse & Dodd,
Julije Knifer

Imi Knoebel

Pablo Picasso
Biography :
In 1946 Picasso visited a pottery exhibition in Vallauris, close to Golfe Juan, as he had recently become interested in ceramics, and wanted to investigate the medium further. The Madoura workshop was exhibiting at the show, and their work caught the artist's eye. He asked to be introduced to the owners, Suzanne and Georges Ramié, who were delighted to meet the great man. Picasso asked a few questions about method and technicality but, as the actual workshop was very close by, Mons. & Mme. Ramié invited Picasso to go with them to see for himself. An excited & curious Picasso enthusiastically accepted and, immediately upon arriving at the workshop, made three pieces which he left to dry and bake. It was a year before Picasso returned to Vallauris to examine the ceramics, but he was very happy with the way things had turned out. Soon, Picasso had his own area within the Madoura workshop where he began to work and where over the next quarter-century he would produce 633 pieces. Aside from artistic diversity and his natural enthusiasm for a new medium, one of the driving forces behind his prolific work at Madoura was the desire to create ceramics as multiples, that Madoura should produce and sell inexpensively so that everyone could own a Picasso. Suzanne Ramié shared her vast experience with Picasso, teaching him all she knew of ceramics. Picasso being Picasso, however, it was not very long before he took the medium in new directions, creating some of his most memorable and popular images.

Also represented by: Imaginart Gallery, Hazelton Galleries, Masterworks Fine Art Gallery, Contessa Gallery, Waterhouse & Dodd,
Arnaldo Pomodoro

Bridget Riley
Biography :
After a period of quasi-impressionism in her formative years, by 1960 and approaching her late-twenties, Riley settled into a dynamic style of hard-edged abstraction with, often, wild optical properties. She came to international attention in 1965 when her work was included in MoMA’s famous exhibition The Responsive Eye, presenting her pictures with other artists of the Op Art movement, and illustrating her painting Current on the cover. She worked almost exclusively in a black, white and grey palette until 1967, when colour was allowed into her work and the first of the famous stripe paintings was produced. In the following year she represented Great Britain at the Venice Biennale. Bridget Riley is generally considered to be the most important woman artist living in Britain. Several rare catalogues and books about Bridget Riley are available for sale in our bookshop.

Ed Ruscha
Biography :
Ed Ruscha is an American painter, printmaker and photographer, living and working in Los Angeles. Ruscha first came to prominence there in the late 1950s with small collages that he made which were influenced by those of Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. Soon he began to refine his collages, isolating and recombining words and images in increasingly subtle and unique ways. Words, in paintings, are often very awkward things to incorporate harmoniously and there are very few artists, notably Picasso in his cubist works, who have succeeded happily. By making single words and phrases the subject of his work, Ruscha mastered his intentions. Because he drew upon sources from the real world and the imagery of commercial culture, Ruscha's work is associated with Pop art. In 1962 Ruscha's work was included, along with Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Robert Dowd, Phillip Hefferton, Joe Goode, Jim Dine, and Wayne Thiebaud, in the historically important and ground-breaking New Painting of Common Objects, curated by Walter Hopps at the Pasadena Art Museum. This exhibition is historically considered one of the first Pop art exhibitions in America. Ruscha had his first solo exhibition in 1963 at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles. In 1966, Ruscha was included in Los Angeles Now at the Robert Fraser Gallery in London, his first European exhibition. Ruscha joined the influential Leo Castelli Gallery in New York in 1970 and had his first solo exhibition there in 1973. Also in 1970 Ruscha represented the United States at the Venice Biennale as part of a survey of American printmaking with an on-site workshop. He constructed Chocolate Room, a visual and sensory experience where the visitor saw 360 pieces of paper permeated with chocolate and hung on the gallery walls. The pavilion in Venice smelled like a chocolate factory. He had begun to use unconventional materials in his graphic work of that period: he drew with gunpowder and painted and printed with foodstuffs and with

Also represented by: Hollis Taggart Galleries, Vertu Fine Art, Waterhouse & Dodd,
Pierre Soulages
Biography :
Pierre Soulages is the last, great, living painter to have been involved at the beginning of Art Informel, the post-war movement which encompassed Tachisme, Abstraction Lyrique, Gutai and CoBrA, that was the European concurrent of Abstract Expressionism and which favoured abandonment of any premeditated approach. Born in 1919, in Rodez, France, where a museum devoted to his work will open this year, Soulages became known as “the painter of black”. By 1946, having rejected formal art training before the war, Soulages established a studio in Paris and exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants in 1947, having his first solo exhibition at the Galerie Lydia Conti in 1949. The paucity of colour in his work set him apart from his contemporaries and established him quickly as an intellectual leader of the Jeune École de Paris, but his rejection of a total abandonment of formality soon set him at odds with the principles of the Informelistes and since the early 1950s, Soulages has defied classification. A looser style of brushwork increasingly defined his method throughout the 1950s, and a fascination with the surface reflection of, and contrasts within, pure tones of black began to steer his exploration as an artist. A visit to Japan in 1958 cemented his interest in painted large-scale calligraphy, and this influence is clearly visible for prolonged periods throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Soulages was regularly included in the influential Documenta exhibitions and his first major travelling retrospective took place in Hanover, Essen and The Hague during 1960 and 1961. Soulages’ fascination with black, the tone with which he had come almost exclusively to mark his canvases, became a practical obsession in 1979 with the creation of his first outrenoir (beyond black) paintings. With outrenoir, black became the starting point of a painting, the canvas itself, upon which he would perform dynamic actions with the brush or palette-knife. In this way, through scoring

DeWain Valentine

Bernar Venet

Andy Warhol
Biography :
Andy Warhol was an American artist and a leading figure in the pop art movement, responsible for creating many of its most memorable images. Initially a commercial illustrator, Warhol's work appropriated commercial advertising images and celebrity portraits in his paintings and, with Robert Rauschenberg, he was almost singly responsible for the re-establishment of silkscreen printing in contemporary art of the post-war period. Notable as a gay man who lived openly long before before the safety of general liberalism, his studio, The Factory, became a gathering place for intellectuals, drag queens, playwrights, bohemians, celebrities, and patrons. Initially criticised as vacuous, Warhol's art, superficiality and commercialism has since been described as 'the most perfect mirror of our times'. His instantly recognisable takes on Marilyn Monroe, the Brillo Box, Elvis, the Dollar Sign, the Campbell's soup can and Coca-Cola are now arguably as familiar as the origins of each icon itself. Warhol had this observation about Coca-Cola: "What's great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you know that the President drinks Coca-Cola, Liz Taylor drinks Coca-Cola, and just think, you can drink Coca-Cola, too. A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the Cokes are the same and all the Cokes are good. Liz Taylor knows it, the President knows it, the bum knows it, and you know it." Surviving a near-fatal gunshot wound in 1968 inflicted by Valerie Solaris, feminist author of the S.C.U.M Manifesto, the wild Factory days were declared to be over and Warhol became more insular and entrepreneurial, socialising only in the most exclusive circles of Studio 54 and in Hollywood. Before his premature death in 1987, he worked with Jean-Michael Basquiat and many of th

Also represented by: Hollis Taggart Galleries, Hazelton Galleries, Masterworks Fine Art Gallery, Contessa Gallery, Vertu Fine Art, Waterhouse & Dodd,
Ai Weiwei

Emerson Woelffer

Jonas Wood

Christopher Wool

Other Artists represented by the Gallery:

Mark Bradford

Eduardo Chillida

Sam Francis
Biography : Sam Francis was an American painter and printmaker, celebrated for his colourful abstract works. Encouraged to paint by David Park, Francis had already developed an abstract style before his formal training at Berkeley at the end of the 1940s. In school, he developed at an early stage the measuredly frenetic use of vivid blots of color and splashes of thinned pigments that is his trademark. Although drawn to the work of abstract expressionists Mark Rothko, Arshile Gorky and Clyfford Still, he remained quite independent from any one defining influence from that revolutionary group. His paintings in the 1956 "Twelve Americans" exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York earned him a condsiderable international reputation. Francis spent the 1950s in Paris, having his first exhibition there in 1952, although he travelled extensively. In Paris he began executing entirely monochromatic works, which are greatly revered, but that short-lived period soon made way for a return to a profusion of brilliant colours, overlapping and dripping. In the early 1960s, Francis began his "Edge" series in which paint is sometimes confined to the margins of the work, with the centre left empty and white. It is often thought that influences from Japanese painting led to this period of the artist's work. Francis returned to California and continued painting, mainly in Los Angeles, but also in Tokyo where he lived primarily in 1973-4. Paintings by Sam Francis can be found in international museum collections including those of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Kunstmuseum Basel, and the Centre Pompidou-Musee National d'Art Moderne, Paris.
Hollis Taggart Galleries, Hazelton Galleries, Masterworks Fine Art Gallery, Waterhouse & Dodd,


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