At the vanguard of contemporary art with Lisson Gallery’s director Claus Robenhagen

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FRIEZE NEW YORK, Booth 62 Ryan Gander, Group Portrait – Four lads from Chester and one lad from Swinton drinking Espresso Martini's, Gorilla, Manchester, 2nd of July 2014, following the opening of the exhibition Make every show like it's your last, Manchester Art Gallery (2016) at Lisson Gallery. Courtesy of Sarah Cascone.

FRIEZE NEW YORK, Booth 62
Ryan Gander, Group Portrait – Four lads from Chester and one lad from Swinton drinking Espresso Martini’s, Gorilla, Manchester, 2nd of July 2014, following the opening of the exhibition Make every show like it’s your last, Manchester Art Gallery (2016) at Lisson Gallery.
Courtesy of Sarah Cascone.

FRIEZE NEW YORK BRINGS TOGETHER AN INTERNATIONAL ROSTER OF FIRST TIER GALLERIES AND INNOVATIVE CURATED AREAS THAT INTRODUCE NEW AND EMERGING ARTISTS. THE BOOTH AT LISSON GALLERY (B62) EXEMPLIFIES THE FOUR DECADE HISTORY OF THE GALLERY’S FOCUS AND SUPPORT OF ARTISTS THAT STRETCH OUR IMAGINATIONS AND COMMAND AN IMPORTANT PLACE IN THE WIDE SPECTRUM OF PRACTICES CHARACTERISTIC OF TODAY’S BEST ARTISTS.

 

SPENCER FINCH: THE OPPOSITE OF BLINDNESS Lisson Gallery, London through May 7, 2016 Mars (Sunrise) Fluorescents, fixtures, filters Dimensions variable, size as installed at Lisson Gallery: 610 x 765 cm (240 1/8 x 301 3/16 in.)

SPENCER FINCH: THE OPPOSITE OF BLINDNESS
Lisson Gallery, London through May 7, 2016
Mars (Sunrise)
Fluorescents, fixtures, filters
Dimensions variable, size as installed at Lisson Gallery:
610 x 765 cm (240 1/8 x 301 3/16 in.)

LISSON GALLERY WAS FOUNDED BY NICHOLAS LOGSDAIL IN 1967 FOCUSING ON THE AVANT-GARDE OF THAT PERIOD, MINIMALIST AND CONCEPTUAL ARTISTS SUCH AS SOL LEWITT AND RICHARD LONG. IT HAS CONTINUED TO CHAMPION THESE ARTISTS AS WELL AS AN INFLUENTIAL GENERATION OF BRITISH SCULPTORS FROM ANISH KAPOOR AND RICHARD DEACON TO SHIRAZEH HOUSHIARY AND TONY CRAGG. EXPANDING ITS ROSTER TO INCLUDE EMERGING NEW TALENT, LISSON HAS INCREASED ITS GEOGRAPHICAL PRESENCE AS WELL. ORIGINALLY AND STILL ON BELL STREET IN LONDON, LISSON NOW HAS ADDED ELEGANT EXHIBITION SPACE IN MILAN AND, THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK, LAUNCHED AN EXTRAORDINARY GALLERY IN CHELSEA.

Richard Deacon Installation View March - April 2015 Lisson Gallery, Milan

Richard Deacon
Installation View
March – April 2015
Lisson Gallery, Milan

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CLAUS, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR EXPERT CONTRIBUTION TO THE LRFA BLOG. YOU’VE WRITTEN SOME WONDERFUL CATALOGUE INTRODUCTIONS AND ESSAYS ON CONTEMPORARY ART. IN WHAT WAYS DOES YOUR ACADEMIC AND ART HISTORICAL BACKGROUND CONTRIBUTE TO YOUR APPRECIATION AND CONNECTION TO THE GALLERY WORLD?

I think there is always this foundation of knowledge on which you build your work. Though a lot of my work is quite practical, certain exhibitions require a more research-based process.

WHAT PROMPTED YOUR MOVE TO LONDON AND WHEN DID YOU JOIN LISSON GALLERY? WHAT DID YOUR EXPERIENCE IN COPENHAGEN OF THE DANISH ART SCENE BRING TO YOUR INITIAL WORKING RELATIONSHIP AT LISSON?

The great thing about starting out in a small gallery is that you get to know all the practicalities of operation. You have tried working as an installer, registrar, accountant while at the same time offering support to artists and clients.

Marina Abramović Looking at the Mountains, 2010 Colour pigment print 160 x 200 cm / 63 x 78 3/4 in.

Marina Abramović
Looking at the Mountains, 2010
Colour pigment print
160 x 200 cm / 63 x 78 3/4 in.

AS DIRECTOR OF LISSON GALLERY, DO YOU HAVE SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES IN THE GALLERY? DO YOU WORK WITH SPECIFIC ARTISTS TO DIRECT AND EXPAND THEIR PROFESSIONAL CAREERS?

Through my work at Lisson I connect with a number of artists of the gallery program. The artists I am working the closest with are Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, Marina Abramovic, and Cory Arcangel. I do have a strong affinity to time based art so these artists sit well with me. Beyond that I do a certain regional responsibility/ interest – working together with the different Scandinavian institutions in organizing exhibitions with Lisson Gallery artists.

 Cory Arcangel Misfits, 2015 Foam pool noodles, garter belt, ear warmer, leggings, socks, RCA 5CD changer stereo, Avenged Sevenfold "Hail to the King" Compact Disc.


Cory Arcangel
Misfits, 2015
Foam pool noodles, garter belt, ear warmer, leggings, socks, RCA 5CD changer stereo, Avenged Sevenfold “Hail to the King” Compact Disc.

LISSON IS A RENOWNED INTERNATIONAL GALLERY INITIALLY IDENTIFIED AS A STRONGHOLD FOR MINIMAL AND CONCEPTUAL ARTISTS. WHO ARE SOME OF THE ARTISTS THAT THE GALLERY REPRESENTS WITHIN THIS IMPORTANT AND INFLUENTIAL PERIOD THAT PARTICULARLY RESONATE WITH YOU AND WHY?

 Dan Graham Two-Way Mirror Cylinder Bisected By Perforated Stainless Steel, 2011-12 Stainless steel, perforated steel and two way mirror 230 x 520 cm / 90 1/2 x 205 in.


Dan Graham
Two-Way Mirror Cylinder Bisected By Perforated Stainless Steel, 2011-12
Stainless steel, perforated steel and two way mirror
230 x 520 cm / 90 1/2 x 205 in.

Sol Lewitt, Carl Andre, On Kawara, Dan Graham and the British artists Richard Long, Art & Language. More than anyone else Dan Graham has really shaped my understanding of art. I think this idea of art as a meeting point between artist and viewer or possibly multiple viewers is incredibly important and relevant – a concept that also expands into architecture, music, and design.

Richard Deacon Lisson Gallery Booth B62 FRIEZE NEW YORK 2016

Richard Deacon
Lisson Gallery Booth B62
FRIEZE NEW YORK 2016

WHILE WORKING TO SUPPORT ITS ARTISTS IN THE SCOPE OF INTERNATIONAL LOCATIONS OF THE GALLERY AND ART FAIRS AROUND THE WORLD, LISSON IS EXCEPTIONAL IN ITS FOCUS ON LARGE-SCALE PUBLIC COMMISSIONS FOR ITS ARTISTS.

IN OUR NEXT LRFA BLOG, WE WILL EXPLORE THE GALLERY’S SUPPORT OF ITS ARTISTS IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN, AN IMPRESSIVE ENDEAVOR AND  SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO OUR UNDERSTANDING AND APPRECIATION OF CONTEMPORARY ART.