David Zwirner 2021

David Zwirner 2021

David Zwirner NY

Giorgio Morandi, Josef Albers

Never Finished

Image: Giorgio Morandi, Natura morta (Still Life), 1953

Exhibition: January 7–April 3, 2021

New York | 537 West 20th Street


Albers and Morandi

Never Finished

David Zwirner is pleased to present Albers and Morandi: Never Finished, an exhibition exploring the formal and visual affinities and contrasts between two of the twentieth century’s greatest painters: Josef Albers (1888–1976) and Giorgio Morandi (1890–1964). 

Both Albers and Morandi are best known for their decades-long elaborations of singular motifs: from 1950 until his death in 1976, Albers employed his nested square format to experiment with endless chromatic combinations and perceptual effects, while Morandi, in his intimate still lifes and occasional landscapes, engaged viewers’ perceptual understanding and memory of everyday objects and spaces.

Building on the connections established between the two artists in dual shows in 2005, Josef Albers, the first major exhibition of Albers’s work in Italy at the Museo Morandi, Bologna, and Giorgio Morandi: Landschaft (Giorgio Morandi: Landscape) at the Josef Albers Museum Quadrat Bottrop, Germany, Albers and Morandi: Never Finished will put each artist’s distinctive treatment of color, shape, form, morphology, and seriality in dialogue. Looking specifically at the stunning palettes of Morandi’s celebrated tabletop still lifes depicting humble vessels and vases and Albers’s seminal Homage to the Square series, the exhibition will elucidate how the two artists’ careful daily acts of duration and devotion allowed each to highlight the essence of color and the endless possibilities of their respective visual motifs.

David Zwirner NY

Pure Form

Artist: Ruth Asawa, Suzan Frecon, Ad Reinhardt, Fred Sandback

Image: Suzan Frecon, snaefellsjoekull (dark reddish brown violet earth) northern light, 2018

Exhibition: January 14–February 20, 2021

New York | 34 East 69th Street


Pure Form

David Zwirner is pleased to present Pure Form, an exhibition of works by gallery and non-gallery artists that explores the formal qualities of abstraction, on view at the gallery’s 69th Street location. 

Throughout the history of modern and contemporary art, artists have engaged with the visual, experiential, and conceptual dimensions of shape, color, texture, and materiality, positing these qualities as the subject of their work rather than any overt representational imagery. This exhibition highlights a variety of abstract, minimalist, and nonrepresentational approaches artists have pursued in their art over the past seventy years. Some works play with spatial representation, such as Fred Sandback’s use of the seemingly infinite vertical line to create a phenomenological experience of space, while others rely on gestural marks and patterns to create ordered compositions.

Featured works date from the 1950s—including the complex, interwoven looped-wire sculptures of Ruth Asawa and the perceptually demanding paintings of Ad Reinhardt—up to the present, represented by Suzan Frecon’s work that focuses on the process of painting itself. In this way, works by contemporary artists are shown to be in a continuous and ongoing dialogue with their predecessors, further revealing the wide range of expressions artists have pursued within a focused and restrained set of formal means.

David Zwirner Paris

Thomas Ruff – tableaux chinois

Image: Thomas Ruff, tableau chinois_06, 2019 (detail)

Exhibition: January 14—March 6, 2021

108, rue Vieille du Temple Paris


Thomas Ruff

tableaux chinois

David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of recent photographs by German artist Thomas Ruff at the gallery’s Paris location. The exhibition will feature works from the artist’s tableaux chinois series (2019–), which debuted this fall as part of his solo exhibition at K20 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf, on view through February 7, 2021.

To create these works, Ruff begins with imagery sourced from literature published by Mao Zedong’s Chinese Communist Party in China as well as from

the magazine La Chine, published in France amongst other countries, and subjects it to a process of digital manipulation in order to reveal the analog offset halftone construction of their original source, at once laying bare both twentieth- and twenty-first-century techniques for the creation of propaganda images.

David Zwirner Hong Kong

Raoul De Keyser

Image: Raoul De Keyser, Passage, 2010 (detail)

Exhibition: January 15—March 6, 2021

5-6/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong


David Zwirner London

Roy DeCarava

Image: Roy DeCarava, Bill and Son, 1962 (detail)

Exhibition: February 11—April 1, 2021

24 Grafton Street London


David Zwirner Gstaad

This is where I travelled

Exhibition: February 12—March 14, 2021

Image: Harold Ancart, Untitled, 2020 (detail)


Harold Ancart, Carol Bove, Marlene Dumas, Cy Gavin,

Isa Genzken, Dan Flavin, Paul Klee, Juan Muñoz,

Lisa Yuskavage, Portia Zvavahera

Offsite: Tarmak22 Gstaad


Seasons Greetings 20/21






Yves Hayat, Pieta eterna installation – Roma, San Silvestro al Quirinale Church © 2018



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