One of London’s hottest contemporary art galleries, visitors flock to this vast space, part of US super-dealer Larry Gagosian’s ever-expanding empire. Located off the usual gallery circuit in King’s Cross, it attracts a select crowd of art buffs, students and the odd scenester. The layout is very visitor-friendly with one main room and two smaller ones. Despite its small size Gagosian has hosted shows by seriously big names such as Howard Hodgkin and Francesco Clemente, plus a second tier of fashionable US and European artists including Carsten Höller and Cecily Brown.
"Ryan McGinley: The Kids Were Alright" at MCA Denver closes this Sunday, August 20.
Featured in this survey of Ryan McGinley’s early work is Dan Colen’s "Secrets and Cymbals, Smoke and Scissors (My Friend Dash’s Wall in the Future)" (2004–06/2016). This massive sculpture—the artist’s first—is also a monumental painting. Spanning almost ten feet, the freestanding work is comprised of hundreds of small oil paintings on paper or foam, each a 1:1 trompe l’oeil representation of a corresponding photograph, newspaper clipping, or object that hung in an identical position on Dash Snow’s apartment wall in the early 2000s. The apartment was a gathering place for friends and artists, among them Colen’s childhood friend Ryan McGinley.
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Image: Dan Colen, "Secrets and Cymbals, Smoke and Scissors (My Friend Dash’s Wall in the Future)," 2004–06/2016.