Founded by Christophe Guye in 2006, Christophe Guye Galerie acts as a platform for emerging, mid-career, and established contemporary artists from around the world. Directed by Guye and his associate Irène Rosset, the gallery specialises in contemporary photography, seeking out conceptual artists who engage with the past, present, and future of approaches to the medium.Read More
Further to their exhibition programme, the gallery also collaborates with other galleries, institutions, and museums; counsels both new and veteran collectors; and works with independent publishing houses to create limited-edition art publications. Originally based in Los Angeles, the gallery moved to Zurich in 2010 and remains there today.
Christophe Guye Galerie represents 24 artists, including influential names in contemporary photography such as Daido Moriyama, the recipient of the 2019 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography and a leading figure of post-war avantgarde photography practices in Japan and world-wide. Moriyama has described how he had ‘always felt that the world is an erotic place. As I walk through it my senses are reaching out, and I am drawn to all sorts of things’. This perspective seeps into the artist’s visceral, often sensual images of city streets, legs abstracted in fishnet stockings, and animals, among other subject matters.
Another of the many significant names on Christophe Guye Galerie’s roster is Michael Wolf. Born in Germany, raised in Canada, and educated in the United States and Europe, Wolf is best known for his depictions of Hong Kong’s urban landscape, including images of the land’s high-rise apartment buildings that loom so large as to appear infinite. In some of the artist’s images, such as Architecture of Density #120 (2008), traces of the structure’s inhabitants are visible in laundry hanging outside windows; while in other images, such as Transparent City #12 (2007), the interior life of the buildings depicted may only be guessed at by the viewer of the photograph.
From the breath-taking industrial landscapes of Edward Burtynsky to the pop-coloured staged portraits of Ina Jang, Christophe Guye Galerie’s artists push the boundaries of the photographic medium. Though all of the gallery’s artists work with photography, the medium is used with a range of approaches; Ola Kolehmainen discovers and captures geometric abstractions hidden within contemporary cityscapes, while Dominique Teufen’s photographs venture into total abstraction, seemingly akin to shimmering fractals, and Kosuke’s monochromatic multi-exposure photographs sit outside of time, appearing caught between past, present, and a semi-apocalyptic future.
Hosting between three and seven solo and group exhibitions every year, Christophe Guye Galerie presents the latest developments in contemporary photography through the work of both roster and guest artists. Recent exhibitions include Landed (2019), a solo exhibition of Emma Summerton’s enlarged versions of her Polaroid works, created during a long-distance relationship the artist was involved in. Earlier that year, the gallery presented Miles Aldridge’s solo exhibition titled Screenprints, Polaroids and Drawings (2019), which focused on the relatively recent addition of screenprinting to the artist’s oeuvre of bright yet sinister photographs informed by his skills and experience as a fashion photographer.
Christophe Guye Galerie also participates in a range of art fairs in Asia and Europe, including Paris Photo, Paris Photo New York, Photo London, and PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai.
Exhibition view: Erik Madigan Heck, The Garden, Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich (4 September 2020–30 January 2021). Courtesy Chrisophe Guye Galerie.
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