Are you looking for the craziest of art openings with the most fashionable of people in attendance this side of the Mississippi? Well, look no further. Gagosian unveils their newly expanded digs in Beverly Hills with an opening of Andreas Gursky's newest body of work (that was funny to say, having thought of his pieces as one-off's with a theme up until the F1 cars) alongside a selection of past work from the last 20 years. The new series seems to be a series of stitched together satellite images.
In the new Ocean series, Gursky has for the first time relinquished his position behind the camera to work with satellite images of the world as his raw material, creating contemporary mappe del mondo on a scale befitting the cosmic grandeur of the subject. In their darkly nuanced surfaces, he has worked to reconcile the division between the machine eye and the human eye, continuing the debates and practices begun in the nineteenth century regarding photography and the issue of artistic expression versus objective science.
Andreas Gursky: Long Shot Close Up (2009), a documentary directed by Jan Schmidt-Garre (German with English subtitles), will be screened continuously in the rear gallery for the duration of the exhibition.
Opening - Thursday, March 4, 6-8pm
456 North Camden Drive
Gagosian Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Click on each image for a larger view, as usual.