GRAY at 60 draws together sixty historical and contemporary artists whose impactful works have been represented and exhibited since the gallery’s founding in 1963 by Richard Gray (1928–2018). The exhibition presents a group of artists who have used the surface, volume, and immediacy of paper to express their practices. The project pays homage to the gallery’s founder, who, with his wife, art historian Mary L. Gray built an expansive collection of masterworks spanning eight centuries of art history while honing in on a single medium—works on paper.
Reflecting on this history, GRAY at 60 makes space for Modernist, Abstract Expressionist, Pop, Contemporary, and other expansive practices to be shown together. As gallery Principal Valerie Carberry notes, “The artists featured in GRAY at 60 represent who we are now. Our long history of presenting major artists of the 20th century is also an ever-renewing history of art in our own time. For instance, when we showed de Kooning, he was a contemporary artist. The anniversary exhibition expresses our enthusiasm for supporting artists’ careers over time and for always building for the future.”
Featuring Magdalena Abakanowicz, McArthur Binion, Louise Bourgeois, Bethany Collins, Joseph Cornell, Willem de Kooning, Jim Dine, Jean Dubuffet, Torkwase Dyson, Helen Frankenthaler, Theaster Gates, Alberto Giacometti, Ewan Gibbs, Arshile Gorky, Philip Guston, Grace Hartigan, Mary Heilmann, Al Held, Eva Hesse, David Hockney, Rashid Johnson, Alex Katz, Ellsworth Kelly, David Klamen, Franz Kline, Lee Krasner, Yayoi Kusama, Claes Oldenburg, Ellen Lanyon, Fernand Léger, Tony Lewis, Roy Lichtenstein, Jim Lutes, Henri Matisse, Agnes Martin, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, Carrie Moyer, Elizabeth Murray, Alice Neel, Louise Nevelson, Barnett Newman, Pablo Picasso, Jaume Plensa, Jackson Pollock, Susan Rothenberg, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, Leon Polk Smith, Evelyn Statsinger, Saul Steinberg, John Stezaker, John Storrs, Bob Thompson, Cy Twombly, jina valentine... and others
GRAY Chicago: January 26 - March 11, 2023
GRAY New York: March 31 - May 26, 2023
Image: Rashid Johnson, Untitled Anxious Red Drawing, 2022