October 17–November 26, 2016

Rita Ackermann, Tauba Auerbach, Nathaniel Axel, Will Boone, Louise Bourgeois, Carol Bove, Joe Bradley, Mathew Cerletty, Matt Connors, William Copley, William Crawford, Robert Crumb, John Currin, Jay DeFeo, Willem de Kooning, Carroll Dunham, Mark Grotjahn, Wade Guyton, Peter Halley, Nolan Hendrickson, Dorothy Iannone, Ray Johnson, Allen Jones, Caitlin Keogh, Martin Kippenberger, Aidan Koch, Mike Kuchar, Lee Lozano, Sarah Lucas, Édouard Manet, Calvin Marcus, Jackson Mac Low, Jim Nutt, Steven Parrino, Nicolas Party, Pablo Picasso, Sigmar Polke, Ken Price, Seth Price, Walter Price, Richard Prince, Christina Ramberg, Ed Ruscha, Borna Sammak, Joan Semmel, Spencer Sweeney, Tom of Finland, Torey Thornton, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Andy Warhol, Andro Wekua, Stanley Whitney, Michael Williams, Jimmy Wright, Duane Zaloudek

Galerie Patrick Seguin
5 Rue des Taillandiers
75011 Paris, France

The title of the exhibition refers to the Paris based publisher Olympia Press, started in 1953 by Maurice Girordias which famously was the first publisher of Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. While the publisher was also interested in publishing modern classics, his primary interests were in the illicit and obscene. Due to the time of their publishing and the laws against obscenity, the books were often secretly sold and collected and even smuggled across borders.

The publisher named his press Olympia after the Manet painting from 1863 depicting a prostitute, nude and reclining on a bed as a servant presents her with a gift of flowers, possibly from a lover. The painting confronted viewers with a hidden, yet well known, reality and was received with outrage. It is popularly thought that Olympia is a pictorial depiction of passages from Baudelaire’s famous collection of poems called Les Fleurs du Mal (1857).