Geneva-For our inaugural exhibition at Art Genève, Lévy Gorvy will present works of art that are thematically united by the monochrome. With its focus on a black-and-white palette, our booth features leading postwar and contemporary artists who are exemplary in their innovative experimentation with form and concept. Exploring the subtlety of white and the sublimity of black, these masters have abjured colour to focus on the essence of their materials and composition.
With last year's opening of Lévy Gorvy with Rumbler in Zürich, our participation in Art Genève furthers the gallery's dedication to presenting the best of modern and contemporary art in the region. Revealing the networks of cross-cultural exchange that have animated the European, American, and Asian avant-gardes in the 20th and 21st century, our presentation in Geneva will feature a remarkable range of media, including sculptures, paintings, photographs, and mixed media works.
Highlights of our booth include a painting from circa 1960 by Frank Stella that displays his distinctly rigorous approach to artmaking, with systematic bands of black acrylic on a square canvas-establishing what he called a 'visual imprint' on the viewer. Zero Garden (1966) is a seminal work by Günther Uecker, in which he used nails to create a dramatic spiralling composition. Pat Steir's Black with Red in the Middle (2019) emphasises her unique gestural process, in which she poured and brushed thinned oil paint onto canvas, allowing gravity, time, and the fluidity of her medium to form the work. Peter Regli's sculptures in black and white marble press us to revise our expectations through his unorthodox pairings of subjects: the Buddha, Quan Yin, and snowmen.
Additional works include an enigmatic figure in bronze by Germaine Richier and iconic black and white photographs by Diane Arbus, together with important early paintings and sculptures by Enrico Castellani, Jannis Kounellis, Roman Opałka, Carol Rama, and Andy Warhol. Recent works by Chung Sang-Hwa, Yves Dana, Johannes Girardoni, Martina Frankenberger, Karin Schneider, and Joel Shapiro carry explorations of black and white into new media and contemporary approaches, revealing the perennial interest in the monochrome as an aesthetic strategy.