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12/10/2021 - 04/12/2021

Collaborative Show - Mixed Medium


Jeff Koons & Cy Twombly - Primal Gestures

BASTIAN present Jeff Koons & Cy Twombly: Primal Gestures – an exhibition which brings together a highly unusual pairing of two giants of post-war art. Highlighting two seemingly opposing practices, the exhibition exposes Twombly’s rich visual lexicon of mark-making and gestural abstraction, pairing it with the reductive nature of Koons’ machine-made fabrications.

The title of the exhibition has its genesis in Koons’ monumental painting, Primal Swish which will be on display in this landmark show. Executed between 2008-11 this rich tapestry showcases a multi-layered explosion of energetic swirls whose energy is jarred against the serenity and three-dimensional lure of a rose. Two further Koons works from the Gazing Ball series in which the artist makes direct reference to canonical works art will also feature in the exhibition.

Exhibited alongside is Cy Twombly’s Untitled set of six lithographs executed in 1971. A series born out of the artist’s desire to achieve a more expressive form of gesture. Working directly onto the litho stones, Twombly was able to indulge in a more visceral process of mark-making, developing a new script that spoke directly to the relationship between crayon and stone, ink and paper.


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