Established in 1984, the Chelsea-based gallery exhibits and represents publications of the Los Angeles artists' workshop, Gemini G.E.L. Today, the gallery serves as a cultural destination in New York City that pays homage to print's evolution by showcasing new Gemini editions as they are released, as well as mounting historical surveys. The gallery began in a by-appointment loft on Crosby Street in Soho and is now capable of exhibiting a remarkable range of prints and multiples, visible proof that over its nearly sixty-year history the Gemini workshop has offered artists the opportunity to create some of the most iconic and important editioned works imaginable.
Detail of Julie Mehretu's "This Manifestation of Historical Restlessness, (from Robin's Intimacy)
Detail of Julie Mehretu's "Treatises on the Executed, (from Robin's Intimacy)
Our booth features recent projects by Julie Mehretu and Richard Serra, with a focused presentation of lithographs by Ellsworth Kelly in celebration of the artist’s centennial.
On view are two monumental etchings by Julie Mehretu, each comprised of 10 panels measuring nearly 8 feet tall by 14 ½ feet wide. They are extraordinarily complex in their scale, in the arrangement of imagery, and in the printmaking techniques used. Mehretu’s focus on printmaking has always played a significant role in the creation of her paintings, and vice versa, as the process forces her to slow down and deeply consider how a mark is made and how it will look once other colors and forms are layered into the final work.
Richard Serra continues his 50 years of collaborations with Gemini with a series of massively impressive works titled “Casablanca.” Never going through a press, a mixture of oil stick, etching ink, and silica is blended in an industrial mixer and applied onto the surface of handmade Kozo paper using a small hand-held roller.
And finally, concurrent with the gallery’s exhibition “Ellsworth Kelly at Gemini: An Exploration of Color”, marking the artist’s centennial, we will showcase a selection of rare editions by Ellsworth Kelly.
Julie Mehretu, Richard Serra, Ellsworth Kelly, David Hockney, Jasper Johns, Brice Marden, Ed Ruscha