Re-View: Onnasch Collection at Hauser & Wirth
18 November 2013 § 2 Comments
The must-see museum show of the winter season is a surprise. Not Klee at the Tate or another at a major institution but instead it is a show at a commercial gallery Hauser & Wirth – Re-View: Onnasch Collection.
Hauser & Wirth of course is not any old commercial gallery but an international powerhouse that represents many of the world’s leading artists. It has taken the unusual move to put aside all three of its London spaces to a non-profit show curated by their highly paid new partner Paul Schimmel, previously of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
The exhibition is that of the collection of former dealer Reinhard Onnasch, who owned galleries in Berlin, Cologne and New York. Seemingly a gallerist who preferred to keep rather than sell he gathered together an unmatched collection that has become a guide to major artists and movements of post-war art, particularly from America.
The Piccadilly gallery features early assemblages and combines, most noticeably by Ed Kienholz – a master of the creepy assemblage and unsettling juxtaposition.
Over at Savile Row the galleries are dedicated initially to pop art, with a group of Claes Oldenburg’s faamous soft sculptures, as well as Jim Dine and Claes Oldenburg. Other minimalist and conceptualist art includes Richard Serra and Dan Flavin.
It would take a book to do justice to all the works and their interlocking influences. This is a museum quality display, beautifully curated and comprising works that even the Tate would die for.
Naturally Hauser & Wirth are not exhibiting for the general benefit of the public at large but to boost their own standing. It oozes power, influence and money. It aims to place the gallery in an art historical context and looks to drag their own stable of artists along with it.
Take full advantage of the gallery’s attempt to inflate its standing and drop in whilst you are Christmas shopping in Bond Street (!) to see this wonderful show before it ends.
‘Re-View: Onnasch Collection’, Hauser & Wirth London until 14 December 2013
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