Andy Warhol, Eddie Peake, Wade Guyton, Sterling Ruby, Damien Hirst, Anselm Kiefer, Mark Flood, Josh Smith

Summer In Gstaad

December 27th –
February 9th, 2014
  • Josh Smith
    Oil on canvas
    101.6 x 152.4 cm
  • Mark Flood
    SHARE (…Pornographic content),2013
    Acrylic on canvas
    177.8 x 264.2 cm
  • Damien Hirst
    Sexy love,2007
    Butterflies and household gloss on canvas
    121.9 x 76.2 cm
  • Anselm Kiefer
    Dried tulips on lead
    102 x 212 cm
  • Damien Hirst
    Butterflies and household gloss on canvas
    243.8 x 152.4 cm
  • Sterling Ruby
    SP 153,2010
    Spray paint on canvas
    228.6 x 365.8 cm
  • Wade Guyton
    Epson ink printed on skull pre-primed linen
    214 x 175 x 3.8 cm
  • Andy Warhol
    Synthetic polymer paint, silkscreen ink on canvas
    180 x 160 x 25 cm
  • Eddie Peake
    Oil on canvas
    167.6 x 198.1 cm
  • Andy Warhol
    Ladies and gentlemen,1975
    Synthetic polymer paint, silkscreen ink on canvas
    127 x 101.6 cm

Dan Colen, George Condo, Tracey Emin, Mark Flood, Wade Guyton, Rachel Harrison, Mary Heilmann, Damien Hirst, Anselm Kiefer, Nate Lowman, Eddie Peake, Richard Prince, Sterling Ruby, Josh Smith, Oscar Tuazon, Andy Warhol, Bruce High Quality Foundation

A group exhibition inspired by the Film Score Composed and Conducted by Henry Mancini

Henry Mancini composed the song ‘Summer in Gstaad’ for the 1975 film The Return of the Pink Panther, the fourth in the series. Why not celebrate the height of the winter season along the same lines as you might enjoy a straw-hatted stroll on a hot sunny day?

The Panther movies depicted a heightened sense of the absurd coupled with demonic, at times moronic, slapstick humor in the name of lighthearted enjoyment. Though art is typically associated with concepts beyond those of the clambake, let’s embrace the notion of summer holidays – serendipity, nostalgia, joy – and combine it with the love of all things creative.


Such an open-ended group exhibition presents an opportunity for accidental encounters and seemingly random juxtapositions of disparate works covering a span of nearly 40 years. The wide-ranging pieces don’t adhere to any preconceived parameters, save for providing the occasion to reveal and revel in representations with transcendent and medicinal values beyond calculation (sometimes for no other reason than that I like these things).

Despite widespread sentiment that we live in a hyper-inflated world of passion investments driven by art, cars, gems and property, a long way from the seemingly simpler, carefree days of former Gstaad resident Peter Sellers and the Pink Panther movies, I couldn’t think of safer and sounder place to park. Yes, the world was smaller, perhaps a little more fun and funny then, but art is the perfect synthesis of learning and entertainment. Besides, galleries offer the last free lunch in town.

Henry Mancini’s ‘Summer in Gstaad’ is a tune characterized by a prevailing feeling of innocence, and though the works in this show are not entirely merry – in fact some downright dark and melancholy– they are still delightful to dwell amongst. When surrounded by art, just about every day is like Christmas and the summer holidays combined. And, in a worst-case scenario, here is the ideal chance for those who don’t like to ski as much as me to pursue something halfway productive.

Kenny Schachter

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