Ron Gorchov

Ron Gorchov

S|2 Sotheby's London

FEB 5 - MAR 27, 2015

GORR_0045

Untitled 

1974 

Oil on linen 

34 1/2 x 24 3/5 inches (87.63 x 62.48 cm)

GORR_0062

Abbé Faria 

2014 

Oil on linen 

16 x 14 x 5 inches (40.64 x 35.56 x 12.7 cm)

GORR_0069

Untitled 

1973 

Oil on canvas 

23 x 27 x 5 inches (58.42 x 68.58 x 12.7 cm)

GORR_0046

Tarzan 

1978 

Oil on canvas 

38 x 37 x 9 1/2 inches (96.52 x 93.98 x 24.13 cm)

GORR_0071

Morrigan 

2012 

Oil on linen 

45 x 35 x 8 inches (114.3 x 88.9 x 20.32 cm)

GORR_0061

Le Bateleur 

2013 

Oil on linen 

37 x 55 x 11 inches (93.98 x 139.7 x 27.94 cm)

GORR_0060

Agron 

2012 

Oil on linen 

65 x 55 x 13 inches (165.1 x 139.7 x 33.02 cm)

GORR_0066

Calypso 

2014 

Oil on linen 

63 x 55 x 13 inches (160.02 x 139.7 x 33.02 cm)

GORR_0067

Haydée 

2014 

Oil on linen 

64 x 55 x 13 inches (160.02 x 139.7 x 33.02 cm)

GORR_0072

Salome 

2012 

Oil on linen 

65 1/2 x 55 1/4 x 12 1/2inches (166.37 x 140.34wx 31.75 cm)

GORR_0070

Penthesilea 

2012 

Oil on linen 

83 x 69 x 13 inches (210.82 x 175.26 x 33.02 cm)

GORR_0038

Zenobia 

2006 

Painting on shaped canvas 

80 x 72 x 12 inches (203.2 x 182.88 x 30.48 cm)

GORR_0074

Palais Jamaï 

2013 

Oil on linen 

34 x 45 x 9 inches (86.36 x 114.3 x 22.86 cm)

GORR_0073

Phaethon 

2015 

Oil on linen 

38 x 55 x 12 inches (96.52 x 139.7 x 30.48 cm)

GORR_0022

Samba 

2005 

Oil on linen 

78 x 70 x 11.25 inches (198.12 x 177.8 cm)

Press Release

Sotheby's S|2 London
31 St. George Street
W1S 2FJ London, United Kingdom

“A revolutionary figure in Post-War American art, Ron Gorchov helped defy the New York School in the mid-1960s by pushing painting to its extreme.”  
-Ugo Rondinone  

Sotheby’s S|2, in collaboration with curator Vito Schnabel, will show paintings by the American artist Ron Gorchov (b. 1930, Chicago) to the UK public for the first time. For the artist’s inaugural London solo-show, Schnabel has selected works spanning the full scope of the artist’s career, from the 1970s to today.  Gorchov emerged in the 1960s and 70s as part of a group of Manhattan-based abstract artists, such as Frank Stella, Richard Tuttle, Blinky Palermo and Ellsworth Kelly, who rejected the ubiquitous rectangular canvas in favour of new shapes and configurations. Painting on linen or canvas stretched across bespoke curved wooden frames (which Gorchov calls saddle-stretchers), the concave and convex structures have often been described as a hybrid between painting and sculpture. By warping the edges, corners and straight lines of the traditional flat canvas, these three dimensional works become perceptually disorientating when viewed.  The unique experience of viewing a Ron Gorchov work was eloquently described by the renowned critic Robert Storr, Dean of the Yale School of Art: 
     
“near square but never square to near oval but never oval to near rectangular but never  rectangular and all always bowed – and in different sizes – very small to very big- and in different orientations – vertical and horizontal. The purpose… to subject the act of looking  to the subtle stresses and pressures of not knowing quite where to focus”  

Gorchov’s work is held in numerous major collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Detroit Institute of Art, and the Guggenheim. Gorchov’s painting, Comet, is on permanent view at MoMA having been part of the museum’s collection since 1979. In 2016, an exhibition of Gorchov’s work will be presented at the Hall Art Foundation in Vermont.  

It was Vito Schnabel who organised the first comprehensive survey of the artist’s work in 2005 and this was quickly followed by a solo-show at MoMA PS1 the following year. Since then, interest in Gorchov - whose break-through on the New York art scene came in 1960, as part of the Whitney Museum’s Young America 1960: Thirty American Painters Under Thirty-Six – has reached new heights. An independent spirit, who pushed at the boundaries of what a painting can be, his work continues to inspire a new generation of artists.  
 
About S|2  
S|2 gallery, with spaces in New York and London, has quickly earned a reputation for staging innovative exhibitions by both established and emerging contemporary artists. Exhibition programming has included shows dedicated to the work of individual artists such as: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Joseph Beuys, Keith Haring, Yayoi Kusama, Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne, Yoshitomo Nara, and Banksy, to shows curated by art world figures including Vito Schnabel, Jane Neal and Steve Lazarides. With dedicated gallery spaces in New York and London designed by leading architects  Richard Gluckman and David Kohn, the S|2 team has  also organized a number of pop-up exhibitions in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Paris and Hong Kong. In addition to gallery programming, the S|2 team also facilitates bespoke private acquisitions and sales. Learn more at http://www.sothebys.com/S2.  

Images are available upon request
All catalogues are available online at www.sothebys.com or through Sotheby’s Catalogue iPad App. The catalogue will include an essay by Robert Storr, Dean of the Yale School of Art.
 
The exhibition will be open February 5 - March 27.