Gagosian is pleased to participate in Art Cologne 2018, presenting works by artists including Richard Artschwager, Joe Bradley, Chris Burden, John Chamberlain, Urs Fischer, Alberto Giacometti, Piero Golia, Mark Grotjahn, Duane Hanson, Carsten Höller, Adam McEwen, Tatiana Trouvé, Franz West, and Rachel Whiteread.
Gagosian’s booth, Untitled (Skulptur), confronts the viewer with a group of artificial bodies: human and animal, hyperreal and abstract. Cued by Alberto Giacometti’s spare bronze figure, the sculptures are all arranged to face forward. At the center of the booth is Duane Hanson’s startling Window Washer (1984), a hyperrealistic male figure in contrapposto, flannel shirt open, holding a long-handled window squeegee. At his feet, a plastic bucket sits on a tiled linoleum floor, which extends beyond the sculpture itself to cover the floor of the entire booth, giving the entire display a sense of unity and immediacy.
Weaving through the figures, the viewer encounters creatures and objects both familiar and strange. An animatronic dog by Piero Golia slowly nods its head, watching water drop from the ceiling, and John Chamberlain’s ILLUSTRIOUSCONFUSION (2010) compresses automobile parts into multicolored, organic folds. Chris Burden’s Sex Tower (Architectural Model of 125 foot high Sex Tower) (1986) proposes an erect gilded monument to coital union, while Marsupiale (2017), a wax candle by Urs Fischer, depicts a life-size man in a suit emerging from a huge bust of San Leonardo.
Untitled (Skulptur) also considers the uncanny relationship between humans and the everyday objects with which they interact. Rachel Whiteread’s SIT (2007–08) is made of cast plaster chair parts, stacked atop four metal legs; Tatiana Trouvé renders patterned fabric cushions in obdurate bronze, seemingly squashed into the space between wall and column; and Adam McEwen’s graphite Trash Can (2014) raises questions of use, value, and materiality.