Frank Gehry’s Fish Lamps at the Gagosian Gallery

Internationally celebrated architect Frank Gehry, whose monumental buildings include Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum, the Vitra Design Museum in Germany, and the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, is now going small. A duel exhibit of Gehry’s fish lamps is currently being shown at two of superdealer Larry Gagosian’s galleries, in Beverly Hills and Paris. The architect has a long-standing affinity for the sea creatures, describing them as having “a perfect form.” In 1986, his sculpture Standing Glass Fish became an icon of the collection at Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center; 20 years later, they became a motif for a jewelry series for Tiffany & Co. Now, Gehry’s fish lamps simulate motion by emitting a warm, incandescent light. He first conceived of the fish as an inspiration when he was commissioned to create objects from the then new plastic laminate ColorCore. After shattering a piece while working, the broken shards reminded him of fish scales. A couple of years later, he employed wire armatures and molded them into fish shapes while individually gluing shards of ColorCore, resulting in the creation of a life-like animal, twisting and turning. And he’s also working on something altogether larger for the City of Light: His latest design, the Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation in the Bois du Boulogne, will be completed this year.

“The Fish Is a Perfect Form” can be viewed at the Gagosian Gallery until February 14th in Beverly Hills and March 9th in Paris.

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