b. 1963, Australia

Marc Newson Biography

Marc Newson approaches design as an experimental exercise in extreme structure and advanced technologies, combined with a highly tactile and exacting exploration of materials, processes, and skills. As an industrial designer, his reach is broad and diverse, from concept jets and cars to watches, footwear, luggage, and aircraft interiors. Since the outset of his career, he has also produced beautifully crafted, limited-edition furniture, including the now-iconic Lockheed Lounge (1986). In a world where the distinctions between art and design are becoming increasingly blurred, Newson is a trailblazer, having pursued parallel activities in exclusive and mass production for more than twenty years.

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Newson was born in 1963 in Sydney. He graduated in 1984 from Sydney College of the Arts. Newson’s work has been exhibited in numerous group exhibitions, including 150 Years of International Design, Vitra Design Museum, Berlin (1993); Sièges en Vedette, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Lausanne, Switzerland (1994); 13 After Memphis, Museum für Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt, Germany (1995); Blend Collection, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris (1996, travelled to Design Museum, London); Marc Newson, Jasper Morrison and Michael Young: Design, Reykjavík Art Museum—Kjarvalsstadir (1999); Aluminum by Design: Jewelry to Jets, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (2001); Design Museums of the World, Neues Museum, Berlin (2003); The Incredible Elastic Chairs of Samuel Gragg, Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, Delaware (2004); Big Bang: Destruction et création dans l’art du XXe siècle, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2005); Collection of the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2006); Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital, Museum of Arts and Design, New York (2013); and Make Yourself Comfortable, Chatsworth House, England (2015). Recent solo shows include Bucky: De la chimie au design, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris (1995); Design Works, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney (2001); Kelvin 40, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris (2004); Groninger Museum, Groningen, Netherlands (2004); Design Museum, London (2004); and At Home, Philadelphia Museum of Art (2013).

Newson lives and works in London.

Text courtesy Gagosian.

Marc Newson Featured Artworks

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Chair by Marc Newson contemporary artwork sculpture
Marc Newson Chair, 2017 Cast glass
29.12 x 27.25 x 21.62 inches
Gagosian Contact Gallery
Aikuchi by Marc Newson contemporary artwork sculpture
Marc Newson Aikuchi, 2017 Urushi, wood, brass, steel, and ray skin
Gagosian Contact Gallery
Gold Surfboard by Marc Newson contemporary artwork mixed media
Marc Newson Gold Surfboard, 2017 Aluminium
72 7/8 x 16 3/8 x 5 3/4 inches
Gagosian Contact Gallery
Cloisonné Blue Desk by Marc Newson contemporary artwork mixed media
Marc Newson Cloisonné Blue Desk, 2017 Cloisonné enamel, copper
29 1/2 x 76 3/8 x 31 1/2 inches
Gagosian Contact Gallery
Murrina Low Table Yellow by Marc Newson contemporary artwork mixed media
Marc Newson Murrina Low Table Yellow, 2017 Murrina glass
13 3/8 x 47 1/4 x 27 1/2 inches
Gagosian Contact Gallery
Cloisonné White Lounge by Marc Newson contemporary artwork mixed media
Marc Newson Cloisonné White Lounge, 2017 Cloisonné enamel, copper
30 x 69 11/16 x 30 11/16 inches
Gagosian Contact Gallery
Cloisonné White Magnolia Chair by Marc Newson contemporary artwork mixed media
Marc Newson Cloisonné White Magnolia Chair, 2017 Cloisonné enamel, copper
26 1/16 x 40 3/16 x 37 1/4 inches
Gagosian Contact Gallery
Cloisonné Black Blossom Lounge by Marc Newson contemporary artwork mixed media
Marc Newson Cloisonné Black Blossom Lounge, 2017 Cloisonne enamel, copper
30 x 69 11/16 x 30 11/16 inches
Gagosian Contact Gallery

Marc Newson Recent Exhibitions

Marc Newson Represented By

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