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Two works in "Grisaille" at Luxembourg & Dayan: at left, Pablo Picasso, Nu debout et femme assise, 1939, courtesy ARS, and at right, Workshop of Albrecht Durer, Two Wing Panels with Grisaille Painting Exterior of altarpiece wing panels depicting the Saints John the Evangelist and Erasmus (left) as well as Saints Lawrence and Thomas (right), ca. 1510-15, collection Dr. Bernhard Decker Kunsthandel


Oct. 7, 2011

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Luxembourg Dayan, the Manhattan-based dealership headed by the femme power duo of Daniela Luxembourg and Amalia Dayan, is opening a branch in London at 2 Savile Row. The pair is coming in with restraint, or so it seems from the debut exhibition “Grisaille,” Oct. 9-Dec. 23, 2011, an exhibition of gray works by both historical and contemporary artists. After the opening in London, a second part of the show opens in New York on Nov. 7, 2011, in an installation designed by architect David Adjaye, who promises to "playfully" interpret the theme.

"Grisaille" is organized by curator Alison Gingeras (who previously oversaw the gallery's show of Jeff Koons' "Made in Heaven" pictures), who points out that the color gray evokes “estrangement, gloom, neutrality, rigor, seriousness, objectivity, gravitas, elegance, neutrality, depression, practicality and calm.”

The exhibition includes everything from a pair of 16th-century altarpiece panels from the Workshop of Albrecht Dürer to more up-to-date works by Lucio Fontana, Jasper Johns, Bjarne Melgaard, Pablo Picasso, Richard Prince, Rob Pruitt, Gerhard Richter and Rudolf Stingel. Some 40 works are included in all.

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Two works in "Grisaille" at Luxembourg & Dayan: on left, Gerhard Richter, Stadbild (M.4), 1968, private collection, photo Nicholas Moss, and on right, Frank Stella, Slieve More, 1964, private collection, photo Adam Reich