Gallery Met: Something about Mary

Something about Mary
On the occasion of the new production of Puccini’s Tosca
Hugh Bush, Paul Chan, Francesco Clemente, George Condo, John Currin, Marlene Dumas, Rachel Feinstein, Barnaby Furnas, Elizabeth Peyton, James Rosenquist, Julian Schnabel, Dana Schutz, Shahzia Sikander, Kiki Smith, Rudolf Stingel, Francesco Vezzoli
September 22, 2009 – January 31, 2010

Sixteen contemporary artists were featured in Something about Mary, inspired by the company’s new production of Puccini’s Tosca, which opened the 2009–10 season. In the first scene of the opera, the painter Mario Cavaradossi is returning to work on a portrait of Mary Magdalene when his lover, the singer Tosca, enters and realizes he’s chosen another woman as his model—his Magdalene’s eyes are blue and Tosca’s are brown. With this in mind, 14 of the artists created their own visions of one of the Bible’s most famous figures, while Marlene Dumas and Kiki Smith lent previously created works on the same subject.

  • Marlene Dumas
    Magdalena from the Back, 1996-1999
    ink and chalk on paper
    49 1/4 x 25 5/8 inches
    Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, NY 

  • Francesco Vezzoli
    Silvana Mangano as Mary Magdalene, 1999-2009
    laserprint on canvas, metal needles
    15 1/3 x 11 1/2 inches
    Courtesy the artist and Gagosian Gallery, NY 

  • Julian Schnabel
    Mary, 2009
    oil and resin on canvas
    28 3/4 x 22 inches
    Copyright Julian Schnabel, Julian Schnabel Studio

  • Julian Schnabel
    Portrait of a Woman from Jerusalem, 2009
    oil and resin on canvas
    77 5/8 x 52 1/8 inches
    Copyright Julian Schnabel, Julian Schnabel Studio

  • Shahzia Sikander
    Mary Magdalene, 2009
    ink and gouache on prepared paper
    15 x 11.5 inches
    Courtesy the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., NY 

  • Francesco Clemente
    Self portrait as Maria Magdalen, 2009
    pencil on paper
    50 x 38 inches
    Courtesy the artist and Deitch Projects, NY 

  • Kiki Smith
    Mary Magdalene, 1994
    cast silicon bronze and forged steel
    60 x 20 1/2 x 21 1/2 inches
    Collection the artist, courtesy PaceWildenstein 

  • Rachel Feinstein
    Mary (me), 2009
    enamel on mirror
    41 1/2 x 30 3/4 inches
    Courtesy the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, NY 

  • George Condo
    Mary Magdalene, 2009
    oil on linen
    27 x 26 inches
    Courtesy the artist and Luhring Augustine, NY 

  • John Currin
    Mademoiselle, 2009
    oil on canvas
    42 x 34 inches
    Copyright John Currin, courtesy Gagosian Gallery, collection Peter Morton 

  • Rudolf Stingel
    Untitled (Mary Magdalene), 2009
    oil on linen
    16 x 13 inches
    Courtesy the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery, NY 

  • Elizabeth Peyton
    Mary Magdalene after El Greco, 2009
    pastel pencil on paper
    8 5/8 x 6 inches
    Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown's enterprise 

  • Paul Chan
    Amateur Magdalene, 2009
    oil on canvas on portable projection screen
    84 x 53 x 29 inches
    Courtesy the artist and Greene Naftali Gallery, NY 

  • Dana Schutz
    Surrogate, 2009
    oil on canvas
    48 x 47 inches
    Courtesy the artist and Zach Feuer Gallery, NY 

  • Hugh Bush
    Wrapped, 2009
    beechwood, archival quality photographs, neutral ph adhesive, acrylic paint, varnish
    14 x 11 inches
    Courtesy the artist 

  • Barnaby Furnas
    Mary Magdalene, 2009
    acrylic on canvas
    41 x 33 inches
    Courtesy the artist, Marianne Boesky Gallery, NY, Modern Art, London, and Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco 

  • James Rosenquist
    Tosca 2009
    oil on canvas with lace collage
    72 x 72 inches
    Copyright James Rosenquist, Acquavella Galleries 

  • Installation view of Something about Mary.

  • Installation view of Something about Mary.

  • Installation view of Something about Mary.

  • Installation view of Something about Mary.

  • Installation view of Something about Mary.

  • Installation view of James Rosenquist's Tosca 2009 on the Grand Tier.

  • Installation view of James Rosenquist's Tosca 2009 on the Grand Tier.