Michael Werner Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of works by the German painter Richard Oelze (1900-1980). A reclusive and visionary artist who participated in major international exhibitions of his time, Oelze is now lost to the broader art historical consciousness.
Michael Werner Gallery, London, is pleased to announce an exhibition of Sigmar Polke’s Pour Paintings. Featuring over fifteen large-scale works on paper, this exhibition highlights the exuberant invention and uncommon beauty underlying Polke’s greatest work.
Michael Werner Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of works by the German painter Richard Oelze (1900-1980). A reclusive and visionary artist who participated in major international exhibitions of his time, Oelze is now lost to the broader art historical consciousness. This exhibition, with more than thirty paintings and drawings, is a rare opportunity to reconsider one of the forgotten masters of Surrealist painting.
Michael Werner Gallery in New York is pleased to present Foreign Body, an exhibition of new paintings by Hurvin Anderson. This is Anderson’s second solo show with the gallery.
Michael Werner Gallery, London, is pleased to present Some Terrible Problems, an exhibition of new paintings by American artist Peter Saul. This is the first London exhibition by Saul, who remains a vital presence in American painting through more than fifty years.
Michael Werner Gallery is pleased to announce Headspace, an exhibition of new paintings by Aaron Curry. This is the artist’s first exhibition devoted to paintings in New York.
For summer, Michael Werner Gallery, London is pleased to present Flora, Fauna and Other Forms of Life, a group exhibition which includes important works by Hans Arp, Georg Baselitz, Joseph Beuys, Enrico David, Willem de Kooning, Peter Doig, Jörg Immendorff, Per Kirkeby, Paul Klee, Eugène Leroy, Markus Lüpertz, Ernst Wilhelm Nay, A.R. Penck, Francis Picabia, Sigmar Polke, Friedrich Schröder-Sonnenstern, Kurt Schwitters and Don Van Vliet.
Michael Werner Gallery, New York is pleased to present an exhibition of early works by German artist A.R. Penck. Featuring important paintings and sculptures created in Dresden in the 1960s and early 1970s, the exhibition presents unique insights into the artist’s distinctive style and sensibility. This is the first comprehensive exhibition in the United States of Penck’s rarely seen early works in over two decades.
Michael Werner Gallery, London, is pleased to present two concurrent exhibitions by Jörg Immendorff. LIDL Works and Performances from the 60s and Late Paintings after Hogarth will provide viewers with an opportunity to see two distinct and rarely-exhibited bodies of work by one of the most important artists to emerge during the post-war period in Germany. These are the first major exhibitions dedicated to Immendorff in London in twenty years.
Michael Werner Gallery, New York is pleased to present an historical survey exhibition of works by Allen Jones. Organized by Sir Norman Rosenthal, the exhibition includes paintings and sculptures from the 1960s to the present day and is the first comprehensive showing in New York of this celebrated and controversial British artist. This special exhibition of works by Allen Jones is possible thanks to loans from major public institutions and private collections.
Michael Werner Gallery, London, is pleased to present Allen Jones: Maîtresse. The exhibition brings together for the first time the paintings that form Jones’ Maîtresse cycle. Begun as a commissioned movie poster in 1975, Maîtresse developed into a discrete group of several major works by 2015.
Michael Werner Gallery is pleased to present Marcel Broodthaers: Écriture, an exhibition of major works by one of the most influential artists of the post-war period. The exhibition brings particular consideration to the importance of writing within Broodthaers' complex and diverse oeuvre.
Michael Werner Gallery, London is pleased to present an exhibition of early works by German artist A.R. Penck. Featuring important paintings and sculptures created in Dresden in the 1960s and early 1970s, the exhibition presents unique insights into the artist’s distinctive style and sensibility.
Michael Werner Gallery, New York is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Peter Doig. This is the artist's first presentation of new works in the United States since 2009.
Michael Werner Gallery, London, is pleased to present Body Shop, a group exhibition exploring depictions of the human figure in painting and sculpture. Artists in the exhibition include Kai Althoff, Hans Arp, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Enrico David, Peter Doig, Allen Jones, Fredrick Kiesler, Henri Laurens, Wilhelm Lehmbruck, Markus Lüpertz, Francis Picabia, Félix Vallotton and Don Van Vliet.
Michael Werner Gallery, New York, is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Italian artist Gianni Piacentino. The exhibition will feature a consistent body of work, following the development of Piacentino’s artistic career over the last fifty years, from the minimal objects developed between 1965 and 1968 to the present day.
Michael Werner Gallery, New York, is pleased to present The Figure of Death and The Moon Column, an exhibition of sculptures by James Lee Byars. This exhibition is one of three James Lee Byars shows simultaneously on view this summer, alongside The Diamond Floor at Michael Werner Gallery, London and The Poetic Conceit and Other Works at VW (VeneKlasen/Werner), Berlin.
For summer, VW (VeneKlasen/Werner) is pleased to present James Lee Byars: The Poetic Conceit and Other Works.Throughout his prolific career Byars pursued with tireless curiosity his life-long obsessions with ideal form and a personalized notion of “perfect”. On view in the gallery's cinema is the 16mm film “Autobiography” (1970), a rare example of James Lee Byars’ use of film in which the artist appears on screen for a fraction of a second. Together, these four pieces form a distinct body of work that explores and questions the ethereal nature of language and communication.
Michael Werner Gallery, London is pleased to present James Lee Byars: The Diamond Floor. This is the first time the work has been shown in the UK. Originally created for Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain, Paris in 1995, “The Diamond Floor” (1995) is a sculptural incarnation of “Five Points Make a Man”, a conceptual motif that appears in many of the artist’s drawings, sculptures and performances.
Michael Werner Gallery, London is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Italian artist Gianni Piacentino, curated by Centre d’Art Contemporain Geneva’s director Andrea Bellini. The exhibition will feature a consistent body of work, following the development of Piacentino’s artistic career over the last fifty years, from the minimal objects developed between 1965 and 1968 to the present day.
Michael Werner Gallery, New York, is pleased to announce an exhibition of Sigmar Polke's Silver Paintings. This presentation is the first time since their debut, in 1990, that the Silver Paintings have been exhibited. The exhibition offers the opportunity to experience a rarely-seen body of experimental works by one of the most important artists of the post-war period.
Michael Werner Gallery, London, is pleased to present an exhibition of early works on paper by Sigmar Polke. This is the largest and most comprehensive exhibition in London of Polke's works on paper in just over a decade. The exhibition features nearly 100 works, many of which are being exhibited for the first time.
© The Estate of Sigmar Polke, Cologne / ARS, New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.
© The Estate of Sigmar Polke, Cologne / ARS, New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.
Michael Werner Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of paintings by A.R. Penck. Between Light and Shadow brings together an entirely new group of works by one of the preeminent German artists of the Post-War period.
Michael Werner Gallery is pleased to present Morning Zoo, the first solo exhibition in London of paintings and works on paper by Michael Williams. Rendered with an inventive combination of traditional and contemporary painterly techniques, Williams' work has a highly tactile, disorienting opticality.
Michael Werner Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by Enrico David. With a primary focus on sculpture, this is the artist’s second exhibition at the New York gallery.
Kai Althoff, born 1966 in Cologne, currently lives and works in New York. For his first show with Michael Werner, Althoff will present a new body of work comprised mostly of paintings and drawings.
Michael Werner Gallery, New York, is pleased to announce an exhibition of Café Deutschland paintings by Jörg Immendorff. This is a major exhibition of important works by the artist and is the first substantial showing of Café Deutschland paintings to be presented in the United States in over three decades.
For summer, Michael Werner Gallery, New York is pleased to present Is Is and Other Works, an exhibition of sculpture by James Lee Byars. Is Is and Other Works presents three late sculptures which exemplify the artist's "interrogative philosophy" and the artist's obsession with "question" as an aesthetic precept.
Michael Werner Gallery, London, is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Los Angeles-based artist Aaron Curry. This is the artist’s first exhibition devoted to paintings, representing a new direction in his work.
Michael Werner Gallery, London is pleased to present an exhibition of early works by Peter Doig. The exhibition presents a comprehensive overview of Doig’s formative works from the 1980s and includes several paintings and drawings shown for the first time.
Michael Werner Gallery, New York, is pleased to present an exhibition of early drawings by Sigmar Polke. This is the largest and most comprehensive exhibition in the United States of Polke’s works on paper in nearly two decades. The exhibition features nearly 100 works, many of which are being exhibited for the first time. © The Estate of Sigmar Polke, Cologne / ARS, New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.
© The Estate of Sigmar Polke, Cologne / ARS, New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.
Michael Werner Gallery is pleased to present Players Ball, an exhibition of works by Markus Lüpertz selected by renowned painter Peter Doig. Player's Ball is Lüpertz's first solo exhibition in London in over twenty-five years and explores the artist's fifty-year pursuit of painting with a focus on works of the 1960s and 1970s juxtaposed with a group of new paintings and sculptures.
Michael Werner Gallery is pleased to present A.R. Penck: Felt Works 1972 - 1995. This exhibition of the artist's felt sculptures is the first to be presented outside of Europe, offering a rare opportunity to examine a significant, though little-known, body of work by one of the most important artists of the post-war generation.
Michael Werner Gallery is pleased to present two major concurrent exhibitions by Marcel Broodthaers. Décor: A Conquest and Bricks: 1966-1975 will provide viewers with an opportunity to see two distinct and rarely-exhibited bodies of work by one of the most important artists of the last century. This is the first showing of Décor: A Conquest in the UK since its debut in London in 1975.
Michael Werner Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of early works by Peter Doig. The exhibition presents a comprehensive overview of Doig’s works from the 1980s and features several paintings and drawings shown for the first time.
Michael Werner Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Melt to Earth, fourteen monumental, site-specific sculptures by Los Angeles-based artist Aaron Curry that were commissioned by Lincoln Center. This major, public exhibition will be the first on the newly redeveloped Josie Robertson Plaza since Lincoln Center’s campus-wide revitalization.
Michael Werner Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Enrico David. This the artist's second exhibition with Michael Werner Gallery and his first in London since his nomination for the Turner Prize in 2009.
Michael Werner Gallery is pleased to present Tumescence, a group exhibition featuring works by Peter Doig, Sigmar Polke, Peter Saul and Michael Williams. Typically defined as an exaggerated physical condition of enlargement or swelling, tumescence here describes a feeling in painting. The featured works largely discard conventional notions of formal restraint and classical refinement in favor of a tactile and often sexual exploration of painted imagery.
Image © The Estate of Sigmar Polke, Cologne / ARS, New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.
Michael Werner Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of recent paintings by Danish artist Per Kirkeby. With a career spanning five decades, Kirkeby has developed a unique approach to painting, gradually refining a personal palette and vocabulary of images derived primarily from observations of the natural world. This is the first exhibition in London of new works by the artist since his 2009 retrospective exhibition at Tate Modern.
Michael Werner Gallery is pleased to present Klara 13 Pictures, an exhibition of works by Elizabeth Peyton. Depictions of the artist Klara Liden have appeared with some frequency in the artist's oeuvre in recent years. This exhibition brings many of these works together for the first time. Klara 13 Pictures is comprised of related paintings, drawings and prints created in the past four years.
Michael Werner Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of works by Wilhelm Lehmbruck (1881-1919). Wilhelm Lehmbruck is a seminal figure in the development of modernism and the first German sculptor of the twentieth century to significantly impact art on an international scale. Featuring a large selection of sculptures as well as related etchings and works on paper, this is the first major Lehmbruck exhibition in Great Britain since a 1957 exhibition at Tate Gallery.
Michael Werner Gallery is pleased to present Bozzetti for Hercules, an exhibition of sculpture and drawings made around the artist’s sixty-foot sculpture “Hercules”, installed in 2010 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The exhibition was originally exhibited from 2010-2011 at the LehmbruckMuseum in Duisburg.
Michael Werner Gallery in London is pleased to announce an exhibition of major works by the late American artist James Lee Byars, opening 17 January. Early Works & The Angel includes sculptures, scrolls and performative objects dating from the artist’s time in Japan, where he lived and worked for nearly ten years beginning in 1958. Also exhibited is the 1989 sculpture “The Angel”, a work made of 125 hand-blown glass globes created in Venice over a period of one year. This pairing charts the origin of Byars’s aesthetic and examines the artist’s obsession with figuration and his lifelong quest for perfect form.
Michael Werner Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by A.R. Penck. This is the gallery’s first exhibition of works by the artist since his “New System Paintings” were shown here in 2009.
Michael Werner Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of paintings of nudes by Eugène Leroy (1910-2000). Emerging radiant from thick layers of paint or lurking, barely discernible amidst peaks and crevices of color, Leroy's nudes appear to be sculpted from the paint itself.
Michael Werner is pleased to announce the opening of its London gallery with an exhibition of new works by Peter Doig. The gallery is located at 22 Upper Brook Street in Mayfair and open Tuesday through Saturday, 10AM-6PM.
Michael Werner and Mary Boone Galleries are pleased to announce their collaborative exhibition surveying the work of German artist Ernst Wilhelm Nay (1902-1968). Presented simultaneously in three Manhattan galleries, this special exhibition is the first significant presentation of Nay's work in the United States since his death and offers a rare opportunity to consider the work of this unique artist.
For summer, Michael Werner Gallery presents The Monument to Cleopatra, an exhibition of works by James Lee Byars. The exhibition features Byars's gilded marble and wood sculpture, 'The Monument to Cleopatra' shown here for the first time in New York.
Michael Werner Gallery is pleased to present Buzz Kill, an exhibition of new works by Aaron Curry. Buzz Kill is Aaron Curry's second exhibition at Michael Werner Gallery, New York, and his most ambitious exhibition to date. A monumental sculpture forms the centerpiece of Buzz Kill: extending from the four corners of the gallery, and reaching from the floor to the ceiling, this massive painted aluminum sculpture divides the exhibition space into individual 'rooms'through which viewers can move. Buzz Kill is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.
Michael Werner Gallery is pleased to present Nerve Ending, an exhibition of new works by Enrico David. Nerve Ending is the artist's first solo exhibition in a New York gallery and coincides with his solo exhibition, Head Gas, at the New Museum. A fully illustrated catalogue, with text by Dieter Roelstraete, accompanies the exhibition.
Michael Werner gallery presents the first major Lehmbruck exhibition in the United States in more than two decades. This exhibition features more than a dozen sculptures by the artist, including several rare lifetime bronze and stone casts as well as unique plaster and terracotta figures.
Michael Werner gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of late paintings by Francis Picabia. The exhibition will focus on the mid-1930s through the 1940s and beyond, a time when Picabia experimented not only with a range of imagery but with the methods and materials of painting itself.
Michael Werner Gallery is pleased to present new works by Danish artist Per Kirkeby. The artist's recent paintings explore relationships between nature and abstraction, returning to landscape motifs as a source for painterly invention.
For summer Michael Werner Gallery presents an exhibition of painting and sculpture on the theme of flowers. Artists include:
Hurvin Anderson, Georg Baselitz, James Lee Byars, Lovis Corinth, Aaron Curry, Enrico David, Peter Doig, Thomas Houseago, Jörg Immendorff, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Per Kirkeby, Jean Fautrier, Lucio Fontana, Fernand Léger, Eugène Leroy, Markus Lüpertz, A.R. Penck, Francis Picabia, Pablo Picasso, Sigmar Polke, Kurt Schwitters, Félix Vallotton, and Don Van Vliet
An exhibition of major paintings and drawings from a pivotal moment in the artist's early development, including works from Baselitz's first solo exhibition in 1963. Georg Baselitz: The Early Sixties will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.
Michael Werner Gallery presents the first major exhibition in the United States of works by Friedrich Schröder-Sonnenstern (1892-1982). The exhibition includes over 30 works by the German artist, many of which are exhibited for the first time anywhere. This exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog featuring a text by Dr. Pamela Kort.
This is the first exhibition at Michael Werner Gallery of London-based artist Hurvin Anderson. In 2009 Tate Modern presented the artist's first solo museum exhibition, Peter's Series, which later traveled to Studio Museum Harlem in New York. A full-color catalogue including an interview with the artist by Matthew Higgs will accompany the exhibition.
New works by the celebrated and controversial German artist explore themes of history and abstraction in paintings derived from landscape motifs. "Pastoral Thoughts" is the artist's first major New York showing since 2005. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.
MMNKTLPLKT is an environment of total optical immersion and confusion. Aaron Curry's latest project with the gallery raises to a new level of complexity the artist's exploration of relationships between drawing and form, abstraction and figuration, and spaces both real and virtual. The exhibition continues outside the gallery with two monumental sculptures installed in Hoxton Square Park. A fully illustrated catalogue of the installation is forthcoming.
A selection of important works works by one of the most influential artists of our time. The exhibition includes Broodthaers' installation, Dites Partout Que Je L'Ai Dit, a major mussel panel and one of the only paintings of the artist.
A survey of artists' books and rare editioned works by Georg Baselitz, George Brecht, Marcel Broodthaers, James Lee Byars, Per Kirkeby and Markus Lüpertz published by Michael Werner.
Thomas Houseago presents new works in plaster, wood and bronze for his first New York gallery exhibition.
The exhibition features portraits of women, primarily nudes, by Swiss artist Félix Vallotton (Lausanne, 1865 - Paris, 1925). This is the first New York gallery exhibition devoted to the artist's paintings. A fully illustrated catalog, including a text by Peter Doig, accompanies the exhibition.
Disillusioned by the outcome of European political events of the late nineteen sixties, and dissatisfied with his role as an artist, in 1970 Immendorff joined the League Against Imperialism. Having pledged to produce art in the service of the German Maoist party, Immendorff proceeded to create a unique body of work in stark contrast to the his playfully anarchic paintings and happenings of the previous decade. For Immendorff, the early seventies were a period of intense exploration into the possibilities of melding of art and politics.
New System Paintings presents new works that explore the artist's ongoing fascination with visual systems and social structures. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.
For summer, Michael Werner Gallery presents GOLDDUST IS MY EX-LIBRIS. This exhibition of works by James Lee Byars includes a major gilded work, as well as works on paper, in which gold is the medium for an aesthetic experience rooted in an ideal of luminous, inaccessible perfection.
Michael Werner Gallery presents Sigmar Polke: Lens Paintings, an exhibition of extraordinary new works from an artist whose career is characterized by over 40 years of radical innovation in painting. The exhibition is accompanied by a full-color catalogue produced by The Arts Club of Chicago, with images of all works exhibited during the tour, and a text by art historian Chrissie Iles.
Image © The Estate of Sigmar Polke, Cologne / ARS, New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.
The Colour Out of Space is Aaron Curry's first New York solo exhibition, and his third project with Michael Werner. This exhibition is on view at our main gallery at 4 East 77th St as well as our project space located at 30 East 74th St.
Gavin Brown's enterprise and Michael Werner Gallery are pleased to announce a joint exhibition of new works by Peter Doig. This is the artist's first solo exhibition of new paintings in the United States in nearly 10 years and runs concurrently in both galleries.
This exhibition presents a group of works painted in the years immediately following the artist's emigration to the West. The works in A.R. Penck: Paintings from the Eighties show the artist's continued search for a contemporary visual expression of the social contradictions present in German society during this time.
Artists Aaron Curry and Thomas Houseago organize an exhibition of major sculpture by Joseph Beuys, Frederick Kiesler, Antonius Höckelmann, Jörg Immendorff, Markus Lüpertz, Per Kirkeby and A.R. Penck, and featuring new works of their own created in response to their selections. BLACK SWAN can be viewed in Michael Werner's London project space, by appointment.
Series Drawings juxtaposes historic and contemporary drawings by artists including Georg Baselitz, Joseph Beuys, Marcel Broodthaers, Aaron Curry, André Derain, Peter Doig, Jean Fautrier, Jörg Immendorff, Per Kirkeby, Markus Lüpertz, Henri Michaux, A.R. Penck, Francis Picabia, Sigmar Polke, Eugen Schönebeck, Louis Soutter and Don Van Vliet.
For summer, Michael Werner Gallery presents an exhibition of sculpture by Frederick Kiesler. Kiesler's most important sculpture, "David", 1965, forms the core of this exhibition, making it a rare opportunity to view major works by the visionary Austro-American artist. Please contact the gallery for more information.
For its third project in London's West End, Michael Werner Gallery presents an exhibition of paintings by Francis Picabia. This exhibition is focused on late paintings, including "kitsch" portraits and nudes. This exhibition can be seen by appointment. Please contact the gallery for more information.
This exhibition highlights Kirchner’s paintings made in Davos, Switzerland, beginning in the early 1920s, a period rarely examined in-depth in exhibitions devoted to Kirchner’s work. The Unexpected New is a rare opportunity to view little-known works by an important twentieth century artist.
A two-part exhibition that featured the presentation of "Five Points Make A Man", a daily performance with water drops, from 29 February through 8 March; and currently on view, "The Diamond Floor", a sculpture created in 1995 and originally shown at the Cartier Foundation, through 12 April.
On February 1 Michael Werner opened an exhibition of paintings by the French artist Eugène Leroy (1910-2000) in London's West End. These densely impastoed paintings ranging from 1958 to 1999 most often depict heads and figures emerging from thick layers of paint. This is the gallery’s second project in London and this exhibition is available for viewing by appointment. For more information please contact the gallery.
Per Kirkeby's first New York exhibition since 2001 of new and recent paintings features modestly scaled paintings exploring the artist's continued interest in relationships between nature and architecture, matter and light, abstraction and metaphysics. A full-color catalogue with text by Chris Ofili accompanies the exhibition.
From the beginning of his career as an artist A.R. Penck has pursued an intense interest in systems, structures and the forces that govern them. Information theories, cybernetics, science fiction, behavioral science, political and social philosophies—these are among the many subjects that both fascinate him and drive his prolific work in painting, drawing and sculpture, even today. A.R. Penck: Paintings from the Sixties illustrates the first mature manifestations of the artist’s wide-ranging interests and sheds light on the development of his unique style and sensibility.
On October 1 Michael Werner opened an exhibition of new works by Aaron Curry in an historic Robert Adam house in London's West End. This is Aaron Curry’s first project for Michael Werner and is available for viewing by appointment. For more information please contact the gallery.
Décor: A Conquest is a groundbreaking work of art and one of the most important artistic manifestations of the twentieth century. It anticipates “installation” as a conspicuous mode of expression and is daring in its use of objects to relate a narrative. With Décor: A Conquest, Marcel Broodthaers moved beyond ideas about the resonance of objects to focus instead on the stories those objects can tell. Décor: A Conquest is accompanied by a full-color catalogue.
American artist Don Van Vliet is a legendary figure in both music and the visual arts. This exhibition presents paintings made since the mid-1980s and is shown concurrently with an exhibition of paintings and drawings by the artist at Anton kern Gallery. Don Van Vliet: Paintings is accompnaied by a full-color catalogue with writings by the artist and PJ Harvey.
In 1963 Markus Lüpertz embarked on the series of “dithyrambic” paintings, his first independent and mature works. The earliest “dithyrambic” pictures were pictorial inventions of sculptural forms in planar space that lie somewhere between abstract and representational imagery: forms evocative of architecture or figuration, though not always overtly so. The artist later augmented his practice of inventing forms by seeking fresh inspiration and new motifs from a variety of unlikely and banal sources, and in 1965 began this series of paintings depicting tents and tent-like forms.
Jörg Immendorff's newest paintings continue to explore the artist's deep interest in an evolving, personal iconography, re-contextualizing symbols and characters of earlier series alongside images from contemporary and historical events. New imagery appears, shifting the focus to themes of violence, death and the passing of time: scenes from Goya's "Disasters of War", for example, commingle with imagery from current conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere, allowing the artist to simultaneously explore themes of personal and global significance.
The first gallery exhibition of Sigmar Polke since 1998, Polke – Bernstein – Amber is a rare opportunity to see new works by this important artist. Organized in cooperation with Kunstkammer Georg Laue Munich, this special exhibition pairs new paintings by Sigmar Polke with exquisite Renaissance and Baroque amber objects to transform the gallery into a modern Wunderkammer. The installation of Sigmar Polke’s paintings together with historical amber objects provides a modern interpretation of the Wunderkammer, and charts the artist’s long enchantment with the traditional arts and sciences associated with amber.
Image © The Estate of Sigmar Polke, Cologne / ARS, New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.
Penck and Baselitz from Beyeler is a unique opportunity to view masterworks by A.R. Penck and Georg Baselitz from the collection of the Beyeler Foundation. Located in Riehen, near Basel, the Beyeler Foundation is home to an exceptional collection of over 200 paintings and sculptures by modern and contemporary masters. The collection, which was transferred to the Beyeler Foundation in 1982, represents Mr. Beyeler’s personal view of modern art and reflects the in-depth relationships he developed with many of the leading artists of the past century. Many of the works in this exhibition have not previously been seen outside of Switzerland.
For summer, a group exhibition of works on paper by gallery artists, including Georg Baselitz, James Lee Byars, Peter Doig, Jörg Immendorff, Per Kirkeby, Eugène Leroy, Markus Lüpertz, A.R. Penck, Sigmar Polke, and Don Van Vliet.
Mary Boone, Perry Rubenstein, and Michael Werner Galleries announce their collaborative survey of the career of James Lee Byars (1932–1997). This unique project filling six individual galleries will span more than forty years of artistic production, by one of the most influential artists of the second half of the twentieth century. It is the largest and most comprehensive presentation of Byars’s works in the United States, providing a rare opportunity to view a unique selection of late, monumental-scale installations, and early paper and cloth objects. The exhibition is curated by independent curator and scholar Klaus Ottmann, who organized the important Byars retrospective for the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt.
Francis Picabia: Works on Paper is a major exhibition of important and rarely seen drawings by the artist. A seminal figure in the twentieth century, Francis Picabia (1879-1953) consistently embraced diversity and change in a career that spanned over seven decades. Drawing from a variety of sources throughout his life, including early Dada movement inspirations, to his kitsch portraits of women in the 1930s and 1940s, Francis Picabia intentionally escaped being identified as part of any one artistic trend of his time. A full-color catalogue of the exhibition, with essay by Dave Hickey, is available.
Although well-known for his monochromes, Yves Klein’s use of fire in his final series of works emphasizes the artist’s lifelong pre-occupation with the elemental forces of nature and the creative process. It links him to other artists and philosophers who also worked with or wrote about fire and influenced him such as Albergo Burri, Otto Piene, Gaston Bachelard and Carl Jung. This exhibition offers an in-depth look at a group of works that were seminal in Klein’s oeuvre but have rarely been seen before.
For summer. Michael Werner Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of works on paper by gallery artists Georg Baselitz, Peter Doig, Jörg Immendorff, Per Kirkeby, Eugène Leroy, Markus Lüpertz, A.R. Penck, and Sigmar Polke.
One of the most important German painters of his generation, Markus Lüpertz focuses in this series on painting pictorial motifs. Drawing from his imagination, each individual canvas reveals a general investigation by the artist into the opposition between abstraction and figuration. This approach is at the core of Lüpertz’s creative process, one that continues to influence and inspire a younger generation of German painters today.
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938) was one of the most prolific and creative artists of the German Expressionist movement of the early twentieth century. Educated at the Technische Hochschule in Dresden, he and his colleagues Fritz Bleyl, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff and the contemporary literary mind Emil Nolde founded the Die Brücke group (the Bridge) in 1906 as a means to integrate more expressive work into the art scene. They were strongly influenced by a variety of sources: Albrecht Dürer, Edward Munch, Vasilij Kandisnsky, and even primitive African sculpture. As a leader of this group, Kirchner developed his personal style, producing an extensive amount of work and exhibiting it regularly. He went on to have major exhibitions at the Nationalgalerie Berlin (1921), Kunsthalle Basel (1923), and Kunsthalle Berne (1933). But from 1926 he suffered from depression, which worsened in 1937 when works were confiscated from public collections by the Nazi regime; thirty-two were included in Hitler's Entartete Kunst (Degenerate Art) exhibition held in Munich. This exhibition is accompanied by a full-color catalogue.
This exhibition continues to highlight Jörg Immendorff's impressive and broad-ranging new works, emphasizing his importance at the forefront of contemporary art. Incorporating disparate iconographies including anthropomorphic images, human and animal figures, and Classical subjects, these new paintings are part of a continuum of Jörg Immendorff’s remarkable artistic vision.
While a student at the Düsseldorf Academy in the mid-Sixties, Jörg Immendorff interacted extensively with his professor, Joseph Beuys. Impressed by Beuys’ ideas of artistic freedom, Jörg Immendorff began his own “academy” which parodied and denounced the activities of social institutions. The social and political commentary of these early works created a visual and theoretical thread which continues to inform his work. This exhibition of new sculptures is the first time the artist's sculptures have been shown in New York.
Michael Werner, New York and Colnaghi, London have collaborated to present a unique exhibition pairing old master drawings with modern and contemporary works on paper. The selection of drawings illustrates the timelessness of documenting the conceptual process, from the looser, unconstrained studies to the more fully realized. Artists include Markus Lüpertz and Federico Barocci, A.R. Penck and Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Georg Baselitz and Taddeao Zuccaro, Francis Picabia and Tanzio di Varallo and Jörg Immendorff and Alessandro Casolani, among others.
Recurring forms, symbols and totems that are found in both his paintings and sculptures, are first presented in these early pieces. A.R. Penck was limited by the scarcity of precious materials in East Germany. Never the less, these "constructions", made of common materials and found objects, look as contemporary today as they did over thirty years ago.
Bronze sculpture has formed a significant part of Markus Lüpertz's oeuvre, and this exhibition is comprised of painted bronzes and works on paper depicting subject from Greek mythology.
Exploring icons of the Saxonian landscape and the eagle, Georg Baselitz combines personal history with historical sources. This exhibition features ten recent works with an unexpected lightness of touch and a surprisingly delicate palette.
Manzoni's first mature works, the "Achromes", were comprised of layers of thick gesso and kaolin over pleated and creased canvas, as well as unpainted canvas, felt, and wads of white cotton wool. Though historically important as investigations into the nature and possibilities of the painted surface, these works are notable also for their surprising beauty, despite the artist's minimal and often humble means. This exhibition includes the largest and most ambitious "Achrome", created in 1961 and comprised of polystyrene soaked with flourescent phosphorous.
Two important Byars works, never before exhibited in the United States, symbolize the artist's unending search for beauty and simplicity in materials and form. "The Moon Books" made of carved marble objects on a gilded table correspond to the phases of the moon. And "Eros (15 Moons)" made of cut black tissue is installed on the ceiling, echoing the sculpture below.
Works on paper play an important role in Doig's oeuvre, from his adept maneuvering through drawing, etching, and watercolor, to the various commercial and personal source materials found in his studio. Drawn from personal snapshots, popular films, art history and advertising, Doig's urban-pastoral landscapes, explore the psychological and physical spaces between fiction and truth, depiction and invention, representation and abstraction.
A.R. Penck's recent paintings address the relations between individuals and society, and the political and social structures that control them. Comprised of brusquely rendered abstract and representational pictographs, the expressive, even primitive appearance of A.R. Penck's pictorial language belies the paintings' deeply conceptual underpinnings.
This twenty-five year overview focuses on the female form as Leroy's inspiration and obsession. The nudes appear to be sculpted from the paint, encapsulating the sensuality of the body and potential of light.
In an interview with the German art historian Siegfried Gohr, Baselitz states that "painters' sculptures are more interesting than sculptors' sculptures". To that end the gallery presents an exhibition of two sculptures, both from 1994, covered with patterned cloth and a group of watercolors emphasizing the gestural line and centrality of color in Baselitz's oeurve.
With these recent paintings, Danish artist Per Kirkeby continues to create elusive surfaces of depth and flatness, of shadows and light. Kirkeby has worked in a variety of media throughout his career and is widely acclaimed as a painter, sculptor, filmmaker, and writer. His ongoing dialogue between painting and architecture, between color, structure and nature, is fully present in these works.
While Fautrier has often been recognized in the Untied States for his abstract paintings, little of his earlier work is exhibited. On view is a large bronze sculpture of a standing female nude, one of only twenty-two sculptures produced by Fautirer, along with a group of over forty figurative ink and charcoal works on paper. The expressionistic strokes on paper and the striking form of the figure reveal the artist's breadth and diversity of talent as a draftsman and a sculptor.
Dubuffet had a capacity for self-renewal and his paintings continued to evolve, but it was only in his later years that they became less constructed and more fluid, every surface covered with dense colors, shapes, and images. This exhibition presents a group of 18 works from 1981-1984, highlighting the spontaneous nature and frenetic pace of Dubuffet's work as he neared the end of his career.
Michael Werner Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of woodblock prints from the 1960s by the German artist, Georg Baselitz. During the mid-Sixties, Baselitz worked on his seminal series of paintings which depict a regenerated man or “hero” whom he called “the new type.” In these paintings, images of large, oddly proportioned figures, such as hunters, rebels and shepherds, are often portrayed in ruined, barren landscapes. Concurrently, Baselitz worked on a series of woodblock prints featuring the “hero” figures of the mid-Sixties, and subsequently, the fractured figures of the late Sixties.
Michael Werner Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of two sculptures by the late American artist James Lee Byars (b.1932 - d.1997). This exhibition will feature works which have never before been shown in the United States. The focal point of the exhibition, “The Rose Table of Perfect” from 1989, is a large sphere of 3,333 long-stem red roses, which are fresh at the outset and die slowly while the piece is on view. The second work, “Slit Moon” from 1994, is a small, exquisite marble crescent conceived during Byars’ travels to Greece.
Michael Werner Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of two major sculptures and works on paper by the pre-eminent German artist, Joseph Beuys (b.1921 - d.1986).
This exhibition will feature two important sculptures in bronze, “Doppelaggregat” 1958-1969 and “Bergkönig” 1958-1961. Major bronzes from this period are rarely seen, and these two are supreme examples of Beuys’s sculptural work.
Michael Werner Gallery is pleased to present two exhibitions of works on paper by the seminal German artist, Sigmar Polke. Knoedler and Company, in cooperation with Michael Werner, will exhibit new large-format drawings and Michael Werner Gallery will show a series of unusual and little-known early works. The works on paper at Michael Werner Gallery will be selected from sketch books and portfolios from the late Sixties through the late Eighties, many of which have never been exhibited before.