Roy Lichtenstein

Study for Studio Internationl Cover, 1967

Pencil, colored pencil and pasted paper

22 1/2 x 22 3/8 inches

Ellsworth Kelly

Easter Lily, 1984

Graphite on paper

21 1/2 x 29 1/2 inches

Peter Doig

High-Way 2, c.1998-99

Watercolor, oil on cardboard

16 1/2 x 23 1/4 inches

Ed Ruscha

Report, 2007

Acrylic on museum board paper

30 x 40 1/8 inches

Julie Mehretu

Untitled, 2007

Watercolor on paper

22 x 15 inches

Philip Guston

Interior, 1972

Ink on paper

18 7/8 x 24 1/4 inches

Diana Al-Hadid

Untitled, 2013

Conte, charcoal, pastel, acrylic on mylar

77 7/8 x 60 inches

Spencer Finch

3350 Shades of Blue, 2012

Watercolor on paper

50 3/4 x 68 inches


George Condo

The Fisherman, 2014

Ink on paper

30 1/8 x 22 3/4 inches

Christopher Brown

Wheat Cutter, 2006

Pastel on paper

33 x 24 inches

William Cordova

untitled (this fragile sky), 2011-13

Mixed media, set of 10

Sizes vary

Christopher Brown

Double Duck, 2012

Graphite on paper

26 1/4 x 19 inches

Simon Evans

Rhyming Opportunities, 2011

Hand-woven paper

45 1/4 x 29 3/8 inches

Roxy Paine

Untitled, 2012

Ink on paper

22 x 30 inches

Sigmar Polke

Untitled, 1999

Mixed media on paper

40 x 27 inches

Christopher Brown

Owl, 2010

Graphite on paper

26 1/4 x 19 inches

Spencer Finch

Stone Wall, CT, 2013

Pencil on paper

26 1/4 x 40 inches

Vija Celmins

Strata, 1983

1 color mezzotint

Edition of 37

29 1/2 x 35 1/4 inches

Chuck Close

Leslie, 1977

Pastel, graphite, and watercolor on watercolor-washed paper

30 x 22 inches

Mark di Suvero

Untitled, 2011

Marker, ink and acrylic paint on paper

30 x 22 inches


Robert Longo

Untitled (Black Clouds No.2), 2013

Charcoal on mounted paper

50 x 57 inches

Mark di Suvero

Untitled, 2012

Marker, ink and silver marker on paper

Spencer Finch

Stone Wall, CT, 2013

Pencil on paper

26 1/4 x 40 inches

Anselm Kiefer

Erdzeitalter, 2009

Gouache on photography

60 13/16 x 50 3/4 inches

Tom Friedman

NYtimes on Xmas, 2007

The front page of the New York Times on Christmas

23 x 26 inches

Julie Mehretu

Runway, 2010

Graphite on Rives paper

22 x 30 inches

Spencer Finch

Wind (Barcelona), 2013

Pastel on paper

Diptych, each: 26 1/4 x 26 1/4 inches

Sam Messenger

Veil from Anapos, 2014

Ink, pigment, and rain water on paper

18 x 18 inches

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen

Boules with Eventails - Sculptures for a Stair, 2003

Pencil, colored pencil, pastel on paper

32 1/4 x 30 inches

Roxy Paine

Study for Line, 2012

Ink on paper

41 1/8 x 30 1/8 inches

Martin Puryear

Drawing for Sanctuary, 1982

Pencil on paper

16 3/4 x 13 3/4 inches

Ed Ruscha

Drivers with Two Streets, 1998

Acrylic and ink on paper

30 x 40 inches

Rudolf Stingel

Untitled, 1996

Oil on Rives BFK paper

44 1/4 x 30 inches

Martin Puryear

Phrygian, 2012

Color softground, spitbite, drypoint and aquatint

Edition of 50 

35 x 28 inches

Fred Tomaselli

Bloom #6, 2011

Gouache and photo collage on photogram

Press Release




Four Decades:  Drawings and Works on Paper

May 1 – June 28, 2014


John Berggruen Gallery is pleased to present Four Decades: Drawings and Works on Paper, a group exhibition that invites a new perspective on a history of drawing and painting by integrating works from both well known and emerging artists. This exhibition will open on Thursday, May 1st, and will run through Saturday, June 28th.  An opening reception will be held on May 1st, from 5:30-7:30 pm.

From Willem de Kooning’s playful oil jitney to Sam Messenger’s meticulously rendered “veils”, Four Decades: Drawings and Works on Paper jumps around the various inspirations of the artists included to present a group of works in a fresh context.  This exhibition incorporates the work of monumental and historical artists such as Chuck Close, Willem de Kooning, Mark di Suvero, Roy Lichtenstein, and Robert Longo with dynamic new work from emerging artists such as Diana Al-Hadid and William Cordova, both New York City artists who have received major exhibitions in 2013.

Mid career artists such as Peter Doig, Spencer Finch and Julie Mehretu balance out this topographical collection of works; their inclusion points to the range of various surfaces and textures an artist can explore within the expanse of their career. Mehretu’s careful drawings and di Suvero’s ink tinkerings contrast in each artist’s interpretation of an architectural perspectivism. Roxy Paine’s light hearted drawings work to inspire simplicity of style: his drawing Study for Line, 2014 is a study for his upcoming commission for the new Central Subway Yerba Buena/Moscone Station at 4th and Clementina streets in San Francisco. Ellsworth Kelly’s perennially loved flower drawings round out the show to underscore for the viewer a focus and appreciation for the artist’s touch inherent in a single line. Every work in Four Decades: Drawings and Works on Paper is inflected but not weighed down by each different artist’s past and procedures.

For further information and photographs, please contact the gallery at 415.781.4629 or

The gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 9:30-5:30, and Saturday, 10:30-5:00.