THE BIG PICTURE
Desiderio, Fischl, Rauch, Saville, Tansey
There are artists who are comfortable contributing to the art world by making their work and hoping that it finds a place in art history, and then there are the artists who make the big picture. It is these artists who seize the moment by making a statement through their work that is at once grand in scale, conceptually ambitious and specific to their era. Not satisfied waiting for their moment to arrive, big picture artists insist that what they have to say deserves an outsized scale and the world’s attention.
Desiderio, Fischl, Rauch, Saville, and Tansey are among the most compelling figurative artists working today. They work on both large and small scale paintings, but their best work and the work that we will be most likely to remember is wrought on a large scale. It is on this scale that they demand the audience’s attention and challenge contemporary art making, and on this scale that they become a part of the big picture of art history itself.
Curated by Peter Drake and organized by Elizabeth Hobson. Generous support provided by Cadogan Tate Fine Art.
For further information please contact Elizabeth Hobson: 212.842.5966 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Quixote, 2008, oil on canvas, left panel:107.75 x 79 inches, center panel: 107.75 x 300 inches, right panel: 107.75 x 79 inches, overall: 107.75 x 458 inches, courtesy of the artist and Marlborough Gallery
Krefeld Project: Living Room, Scene 1, 2002, oil on linen, 64 x 89 inches
Corrida In Ronda #4, 2008, oil on linen, 78 x 120 inches
Hausmeister, 2002, oil on canvas, 94 x 78.5 inches, courtesy of the artist and Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin and David Zwirner, New York/London, private collection
Bleach, 2008, oil on canvas, 99.25 x 73.5 inches, from the collection of Lisa and Steven Tananbaum
Coastline Measure, 1987, oil on canvas, 87 x 122 inches, private collection
Duet, 2004, oil on canvas, 84 x 84 inches, courtesy of the artist and Gagosian Gallery