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Piero Golia at Gagosian: The Tragedy of Cabs and Cakes

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Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 2:17 PM

click to enlarge PHOTO BY DOUGLAS M. PARKER STUDIO, COURTESY GAGOSIAN GALLERY AND PIERO GOLIA
  • Photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio, courtesy Gagosian Gallery and Piero Golia

In this week's print edition, Andrew Berardini looks at Piero Golia's exhibit at the Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills. As he writes, "Writing about Golia typically requires a preamble, as the legend of the piece and its creator becomes almost as important as the piece itself." For instance:

During an edition of an art fair in Santa Monica, not getting the booth size he expected, he took a full-sized passenger bus and crushed it to fit the size of the booth he received.

In West Hollywood, Golia installed a public project atop the Standard Hotel, a large white globe light that is on when he's in town and off when he's not.

in August 2010, after two of Golia's friends disputed a cab fare, the taxi driver drove straight into Golia's house, destroying many of the artist's possessions, including furniture and art.

That crash begat some of the art in his latest exhibit. Read the full story here: Piero Golia at Gagosian Gallery

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