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Polaroids

  • Carlo Mollino
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    Carlo Mollino, Untitled, c. 1962-73

Press for Polaroids

Current Exhibitions at Gagosian


Gemini

  • Jennifer Guidi,
  • Opens: Feb. 28, 2020
  • Closes: Apr. 04, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Paintings

  • David Reed,
  • Opens: Jan. 10, 2020
  • Closes: Feb. 22, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Forged Rounds [Extended]

  • Richard Serra,
  • Opens: Sep. 17, 2019
  • Closes: Jan. 11, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Reverse Curve

  • Richard Serra,
  • Opens: Sep. 17, 2019
  • Closes: Jan. 31, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

It reminds me of something, and I don’t know what it is.

  • Brice Marden,
  • Opens: Nov. 09, 2019
  • Closes: Dec. 21, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Birth Machine Baby

  • H. R. Giger,
  • Mark Prent,
  • Opens: Nov. 05, 2019
  • Closes: Dec. 21, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Prints

  • Gerhard Richter,
  • Opens: Nov. 08, 2019
  • Closes: Dec. 21, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Zao Wou-Ki

  • Zao Wou-Ki,
  • Opens: Sep. 09, 2019
  • Closes: Oct. 26, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 09, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Domestic Horror

  • Natalie Ball,
  • Louise Bonnet,
  • Ginny Casey,
  • Genieve Figgis,
  • Ewa Juszkiewicz,
  • Tanya Merrill,
  • Cheikh Ndiaye,
  • Rene Ricard,
  • Pauline Shaw,
  • Lucien Smith,
  • Vaughn Spann,
  • Chloe Wise,
  • Opens: Sep. 05, 2019
  • Closes: Oct. 19, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 05, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Fletcher: A Lifetime in Surf

  • Herbie Fletcher,
  • Opens: Jul. 25, 2019
  • Closes: Aug. 30, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Flowers

  • Tom Wesselmann,
  • Opens: Jun. 14, 2019
  • Closes: Aug. 16, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Jeff Wall [Extended]

  • Jeff Wall,
  • Opens: Apr. 30, 2019
  • Closes: Jul. 26, 2019
  • Reception: Apr. 30, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Paintings & Works on Paper

  • Jonas Wood,
  • Opens: Apr. 24, 2019
  • Closes: Jul. 19, 2019
  • Reception: Apr. 24, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Combustion

  • Jia Aili,
  • Opens: Mar. 07, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 13, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Tivoli

  • Helen Marden,
  • Opens: Mar. 12, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 20, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Young Twitchy

  • Harmony Korine,
  • Opens: Mar. 14, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 20, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Diagrams for the Imagination

  • Arakawa,
  • Opens: Mar. 05, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 13, 2019
  • Reception: Mar. 05, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Devotion [Extended]

  • Georg Baselitz,
  • Opens: Jan. 24, 2019
  • Closes: Mar. 23, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Marc Newson

  • Marc Newson,
  • Opens: Jan. 17, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 20, 2019
  • Reception: Jan. 17, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Self-Portraits

  • Spencer Sweeney,
  • Opens: Nov. 09, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

High Times [Extended]

  • Richard Prince,
  • Opens: Nov. 01, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 19, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Capri, Capri, Free Capri

  • Mark Grotjahn,
  • Opens: Oct. 30, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Never Remember

  • Nate Lowman,
  • Opens: Oct. 19, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 15, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

PLAY

  • Urs Fischer,
  • Opens: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 13, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

BLOCKBUSTER

  • Harmony Korine,
  • Opens: Sep. 11, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 20, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Romuald Hazoumè

  • Romuald Hazoumè,
  • Opens: Sep. 05, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 13, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

I’ve Seen Gray Whales Go By

  • Mary Weatherford,
  • Opens: Sep. 13, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 13, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 13, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ancestors [EXTENDED]

  • Jenny Saville,
  • Opens: May. 03, 2018
  • Closes: Jul. 20, 2018
  • Reception: May. 03, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sōtatsu

  • Urs Fischer,
  • Opens: May. 03, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 23, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Gazing Ball

  • Jeff Koons,
  • Opens: May. 30, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 24, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

PRINTS

  • Jonas Wood,
  • Opens: Apr. 05, 2018
  • Closes: May. 25, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Colour Space Paintings [EXTENDED]

  • Damien Hirst,
  • Opens: May. 04, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 10, 2018
  • Reception: May. 11, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Easyfun-Ethereal

  • Jeff Koons,
  • Opens: Mar. 10, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 21, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 10, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

In Beauty it is finished: Drawings 1951–2008

  • Cy Twombly,
  • Opens: Mar. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 25, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 08, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Coronation of Sesostris

  • Cy Twombly,
  • Opens: Mar. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 28, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 08, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Standing Still Lifes

  • Tom Wesselmann,
  • Opens: Jan. 18, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 24, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 18, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

back and forth and forth and back [Extended]

  • Douglas Gordon,
  • Opens: Nov. 14, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 03, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 14, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Rudolf Stingel

  • Rudolf Stingel,
  • Opens: Nov. 10, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2017
  • Reception: Nov. 10, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

LA Invitational

  • Chris Burden,
  • Frank Gehry,
  • Piero Golia,
  • Mark Grotjahn,
  • Thomas Houseago,
  • Alex Israel,
  • Mike Kelley,
  • Nancy Rubins,
  • Sterling Ruby,
  • Ed Ruscha,
  • Robert Therrien,
  • Jeff Wall,
  • Mary Weatherford,
  • Jonas Wood,
  • Opens: Oct. 26, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 16, 2017
  • Reception: Oct. 26, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

16-Sided Open Polygon

  • Walter De Maria,
  • Opens: Sep. 16, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Masks

  • John Chamberlain,
  • Opens: Sep. 19, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 28, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 27, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Picasso and the Camera

  • Pablo Picasso,
  • Opens: Oct. 28, 2014
  • Closes: Jan. 03, 2015
  • Reception: Oct. 28, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Johnny's Pool

  • Jean Pigozzi,
  • Opens: Apr. 12, 2016
  • Closes: May. 28, 2016
  • Reception: Apr. 12, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Security Guard

  • Duane Hanson,
  • Opens: Oct. 30, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 03, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

In The Land Of The Dead, Stepping On The Tail Of A Rainbow

  • Takashi Murakami,
  • Opens: Nov. 10, 2014
  • Closes: Jan. 17, 2015
  • Reception: Nov. 10, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Blair Thurman

  • Blair Thurman,
  • Opens: Nov. 01, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Polaroids

  • Carlo Mollino
  • Opens: Nov. 08, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2014
  • Reception: Nov. 08, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Walter De Maria

  • Walter De Maria,
  • Opens: Nov. 08, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2014
  • Reception: Nov. 08, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Vera Lutter

  • Vera Lutter,
  • Opens: Jan. 29, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 07, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 29, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Möbelskulpturen/Furniture Works

  • Franz West,
  • Opens: Sep. 11, 2015
  • Closes: Nov. 07, 2015
  • Reception: Sep. 11, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Altars

  • Michael Heizer,
  • Opens: May. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Jul. 02, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Urs Fischer

  • Urs Fischer,
  • Opens: Oct. 28, 2014
  • Closes: Jan. 17, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Phantom

  • Douglas Gordon,
  • Opens: Dec. 11, 2014
  • Closes: Jan. 17, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Cy Twombly

  • Cy Twombly,
  • Opens: Apr. 23, 2015
  • Closes: Jul. 02, 2015
  • Reception: Apr. 23, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Original

  • Richard Prince,
  • Opens: Apr. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 20, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Studies for Desire Lines

  • Tatiana Trouvé,
  • Opens: Mar. 03, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 25, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Home & Garden (Annex)

  • Albert Oehlen,
  • Opens: Jun. 17, 2015
  • Closes: Sep. 04, 2015
  • Reception: Jun. 17, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Painting Paintings (David Reed) 1975

  • David Reed,
  • Opens: Jan. 17, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 25, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Green Street Mural

  • Roy Lichtenstein,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 17, 2015
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Robert Therrien

  • Robert Therrien,
  • Opens: Apr. 06, 2017
  • Closes: May. 26, 2017
  • Reception: Apr. 06, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Gazing Ball

  • Jeff Koons,
  • Opens: Nov. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 23, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Buddha's Fingers

  • Chris Burden,
  • Opens: Jan. 19, 2016
  • Closes: Mar. 12, 2016
  • Reception: Jan. 19, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Mother Daughter

  • Linda McCartney,
  • Mary McCartney,
  • Opens: Nov. 20, 2015
  • Closes: Jan. 30, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Remembered Light: Cy Twombly in Lexington

  • Sally Mann,
  • Opens: Sep. 22, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 29, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 22, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Nude: From Modigliani to Currin [Extended]

  • Francis Bacon,
  • David Hockney,
  • Edvard Munch,
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat,
  • Mike Kelley,
  • Takashi Murakami,
  • Louise Bourgeois,
  • Martink Kippenberger,
  • Francis Picabia,
  • Glenn Brown,
  • Yves Klein,
  • Pablo Picasso,
  • Paul Cézanne,
  • Jeff Koons,
  • Richard Prince,
  • John Currin,
  • Roy Lichtenstein,
  • Charles Ray,
  • Willem de Kooning,
  • René Magritte,
  • Jenny Saville,
  • Marcel Duchamp,
  • Aristide Maillol,
  • Egon Schiele,
  • Lucian Freud,
  • Henri Matisse,
  • Andy Warhol,
  • Alberto Giacometti,
  • Amedeo Modigliani,
  • Tom Wesselmann,
  • Opens: Sep. 20, 2016
  • Closes: Nov. 19, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 22, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Paperwork and the Will of Capital

  • Taryn Simon,
  • Opens: Feb. 18, 2016
  • Closes: Mar. 26, 2016
  • Reception: Feb. 18, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Custom-Built Intrigue: Drawings 1974–1984

  • Ed Ruscha,
  • Opens: May. 06, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 30, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Misunderstandings in the Quest for the Universal

  • Urs Fischer,
  • Opens: Mar. 01, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 23, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Joe Bradley

  • Joe Bradley,
  • Opens: Apr. 02, 2016
  • Closes: May. 03, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Reverb

  • Mark Tansey,
  • Opens: Feb. 08, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 25, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Richard Serra

  • Richard Serra,
  • Opens: May. 07, 2016
  • Closes: Jul. 29, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Richard Serra [extended]

  • Richard Serra,
  • Opens: May. 07, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 22, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Jumping Over My Shadow

  • Georg Baselitz,
  • Opens: Sep. 20, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 29, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 20, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Six Paintings

  • Arakawa,
  • Opens: May. 02, 2017
  • Closes: May. 26, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

[EXTENDED] Picasso's Picassos: : A Selection from the Collection of Maya Ruiz-Picasso

  • Pablo Picasso,
  • Opens: Nov. 10, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 18, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Not Abstract II

  • Andreas Gursky,
  • Opens: Nov. 10, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 23, 2016
  • Reception: Nov. 10, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Elevator Paintings: Trees

  • Albert Oehlen,
  • Opens: Feb. 28, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 15, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Katharina Grosse

  • Katharina Grosse,
  • Opens: Jan. 19, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 19, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

EXTENDED: Transition From Cool To Warm

  • Anselm Kiefer,
  • Opens: May. 05, 2017
  • Closes: Sep. 01, 2017
  • Reception: May. 05, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

EXTENDED: Reason

  • Carsten Höller,
  • Opens: Jun. 20, 2017
  • Closes: Sep. 01, 2017
  • Reception: Jun. 19, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Nov 08 - Dec 20, 2014

  • Reception: Nov 08, 6 - 8pm

Where

Gagosian

  • 976 Madison Ave, New York NY 10075 Map
  • 212.744.2313

About

Everything is permissible as long as it is fantastic.
—Carlo Mollino

Gagosian New York, in collaboration with Museo Casa Mollino, Turin, is pleased to present Polaroids by Carlo Mollino.

Over the course of four decades, the architect Mollino (1905–1973) merged elements of Surrealism, Art Nouveau, Futurism, ancient mythology, and a passion for the female form to create what designer George Nelson described as an individual “Turinese baroque.” His extraordinarily diverse oeuvre included architecture, furniture, automobiles, aircraft, writings on topics from photography to skiing, and the Polaroids that remained a secret until his death. In his architectural works which include the Turin Equestrian Association (1937), Slittovia del Lago Nero, Susa Valley (1946), and Teatro Regio, Turin (1973), he reconciled the vernacular architecture of the Italian Alps with Modernist influences to produce new and radical geometries sustained by engineering pragmatism. His whimsical yet functional furniture, including the Arabesque Table (1950), Lattes Chair and Copenhagen Chair (both 1951), inspired by organic, anatomical, and feminine forms, has profoundly influenced designers to this day.

Mollino produced photographic works throughout his career, and defined art photography in the critical study he published in 1949, Message from the Darkroom (1943). In 1962, he purchased and began to redesign Villa Zaira, a secluded house in the hills above Turin, as a refuge and photographic set. There, he abandoned his use of conventional cameras and darkroom techniques and began a prolonged series of Polaroid portraits of female models. The images of models’ bodies, naked or “furnished” with lace and clothing chosen by Mollino, presented a refined photographic documentation of feminine complexity and seduction, sometimes skillfully and imperceptibly retouched.

Controlling the uncertainty of the instant Polaroid medium (first using a model 800, then later models 900 and J66), Mollino carefully directed each shot, then mounted the Polaroids onto cardboard and treated them with an anti-UV protective varnish. Over eleven years, many models styled in various states presented themselves to Mollino for the composition of a unique photographic portrait—each a meticulously built architectural project. These images were kept secret, never exhibited by their creator. They were discovered and published for the first time by Fulvio Ferrari in 1985.

Many questions have been raised about the meaning of this vast, inexplicable body of work by Mollino. Through symbols that he used, the Polaroids can be interpreted as an imaginary yet tangible apparatus similar to the ushabtis prepared by the Egyptian pharaohs or Chinese terracotta warriors—but rather than a symbol of power and richness, they function as an image of immortal beauty.


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