Bustes de Femmes: Gagosian’s one decade in Paris.

Bustes de Femmes, Installation view, 2020 © Musée Rodin ; © Cecily Brown Photo: Thomas Lannes Courtesy Gagosian
In these turbulent times when the art fair calendar is so disrupted, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the gallery’s inauguration in France, Gagosian pays homage to its historic first booth at FIAC — ‘A body of women’s portraits’ — by displaying a selection of 30 female portraits and sculptural compositions by 28 modern and contemporary artists both online and at the gallery’s central Paris location.

The scenography of the exhibition, celebrating the femininity and the artistic representation of female body throughout world art history, was prepared once again in close collaboration with the French-Iranian interior designer India Mahdavi under the direction of Serena Cattaneo Adorno, ten years after Gagosian's installation in Paris on October 2, 2010. A master of the polychrome colour, Mahdavi is reimagining the format of the gallery’s traditional white space by highlighting the artworks on view and emphasizing the features of the colour palette of each piece through the usage of particular colour shades. 


Roe Ethridge, Awar, 2018 - Dye sublimation print on aluminum 54 x 40 inches 137.2 x 101.6 cm © Roe Ethridge Courtesy Gagosian


Such a presentation is a tremendous opportunity to reflect on and look back at 10 years of the gallery’s activity in Paris. Year by year Gagosian was pleased to present to its Parisian audience and international public a selection of masterfully curated exhibitions of new or previously unseen museum-quality pieces. To name a few: Camino Real by Cy Twombly; Writers by Richard Avedon; Group exhibition Brazil. Reinvention of the Modern (Scenography by India Mahdavi); the first major exhibition of Helen Frankenthaler’s artistic heritage in more than half a century; the first exhibition devoted to Balthus in Paris in thirty years; the first exhibition of Picasso’s portraits of his eldest daughter Picasso and Maya: Father and Daughter; and the first solo exhibitions in Paris by various contemporary artists. 


Bustes de Femmes, Installation view , 2020 - Bustes de Femmes, Installation view , 2020 © Huma Bhabha ; © Glenn Brown Photo: Thomas Lannes Courtesy Gagosian


Spencer Sweeney, Moving In, 2020 © Spencer Sweeney Photo: Rob McKeever Courtesy Gagosian


Tom Wesselmann, Torso Drawing, 1984 © Adagp, Paris, 2020 Photo: Jeffrey Sturges Courtesy Gagosian


The gallery’s archive of past exhibitions is available here.



Paris 10th Anniversary Exhibition

October 10–December 19, 2020

4 Rue de Ponthieu

75008 Paris


Opening times: Tuesday–Saturday, 11am–6pm and by appointment


Artists included: Richard Avedon, Balthus, Georg Baselitz, Huma Bhabha, Cecily Brown, Glenn Brown, John Currin, Roe Ethridge, Urs Fischer, Alberto Giacometti, Romuald Hazoumè, Jia Aili, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Man Ray, Adam McEwen, Joan Miro, Meleko Mokgosi, Henry Moore, Francis Picabia, Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, Jenny Saville, Cindy Sherman, Spencer Sweeney, Cy Twombly, Adriana Varejão, and Tom Wesselmann.