Prototypology, on view at Gagosian Rome until March 5, explores research and development in the work of thirty contemporary artists, tracing the evolution from idea to finished artwork through drawings, archives, maquettes and bricolage. The exhibition includes new works and archival material from Michael Heizer, Takashi Murakami, Albert Oehlen and Robert Therrien, among other artists. Studies for sculptures by Dan Graham, Claes Oldenburg, Tatiana Trouvé and Rachel Whiteread reveal moments of process that lead to epiphanies. Monumental, civic, everyday and otherworldly gestures are visible in a range of preparatory drawings and proposals. The forms on display represent important moments of mutation via trial and error – in essence, the risk of experimentation that typifies the artist’s quest. Through sketches both graphic and sculptural, the process behind each artist’s production finds form. Other artists on show include Richard Artschwager, Nina Beier, Chris Burden, Jason Dodge, Carsten Höller, Steven Parrino, Giuseppe Penone, Arcangelo Sassolino and Rudolf Stingel.
Prototypology: An Index of Process and Mutation
Gagosian Gallery, Rome
Through March 5
Photo by: Matteo D’Eletto M3 Studio
Image courtesy Gagosian Gallery.