|David Zwirner 2021|
David Zwirner NY
Giorgio Morandi, Josef Albers
Exhibition: January 7–April 3, 2021
New York | 537 West 20th Street
Albers and Morandi
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
Artist: Ruth Asawa, Suzan Frecon, Ad Reinhardt, Fred Sandback
Exhibition: January 14–February 20, 2021
New York | 34 East 69th Street
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
Exhibition: January 14—March 6, 2021
108, rue Vieille du Temple Paris
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
Exhibition: January 15—March 6, 2021
5-6/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
David Zwirner London
Exhibition: February 11—April 1, 2021
24 Grafton Street London
David Zwirner Gstaad
This is where I travelled
Exhibition: February 12—March 14, 2021
Harold Ancart, Carol Bove, Marlene Dumas, Cy Gavin,
Isa Genzken, Dan Flavin, Paul Klee, Juan Muñoz,
Lisa Yuskavage, Portia Zvavahera
Offsite: Tarmak22 Gstaad