Fact Paintings and Fact Sculptures
Opening April 12, 2021
Britannia Street, London
Daydreams and Nightmares
May 5–22, 2021
Frieze Viewing Room
May 5–14, 2021
Gagosian is pleased to present Daydreams and Nightmares, a virtual exhibition of modern and contemporary works that engage with the genre of Surrealism. Today, Surrealism continues to fascinate and evolve as contemporary artists revisit its disruptive ideas. Daydreams and Nightmares considers the legacy of the original movement, and the ways in which its spirit of adventure and subversion of reality have progressed over the past hundred years to foster an ongoing dialogue between art and society.
Some of the featured artists employ innovative techniques to harness the unconscious, while others explore the “dream image” in representational painting. Other artists investigate alternative realities, uncanny visions, and mythical (or imagined) narratives.
Adriana Varejão: For a Poetics of Difference
Curator Luisa Duarte considers the artist’s oeuvre, writing on Varejão’s active engagement with theories of difference, as well as the cultural specters of the past.
Gagosian Quarterly Summer 2021
The Summer 2021 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Carrie Mae Weems’s The Louvre (2006) on its cover.
Artist to Artist: Rachel Feinstein and Ewa Juszkiewicz
On the occasion of Frieze New York 2021, the two artists discuss remixing conventions, the allure of Rococo, and the importance of research and history within their respective practices.
Larry Gagosian reflects on the incredible life and career of his friend Doris Ammann.
Glenn Brown and Jacky Klein
Glenn Brown speaks with art historian Jacky Klein about working between mediums, his first finished painting of 2021, and the evolution of his artistic voice.
A Body in Fukushima
Ten years after Fukushima’s nuclear meltdown of 2011, movement-based artist Eiko Otake and historian/photographer William Johnston discuss their visits to that irradiated landscape. The forthcoming book A Body in Fukushima documents their ongoing performance project.
Albert Oehlen: In the Studio
This film by Albert Oehlen, with music by Tim Berresheim, takes us inside the artist’s studio in Switzerland as he works on a new painting.
Fashion and Art: Anthony Vaccarello and Jim Jarmusch
Director Jim Jarmusch and Anthony Vaccarello, the creative director for Saint Laurent, discuss French Water, a new short film collaboration—starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Indya Moore, Julianne Moore, Chloë Sevigny, and Leo Reilly—in this interview with the Quarterly’s Wyatt Allgeier.
Albert Oehlen and Mark Godfrey
Albert Oehlen speaks to Mark Godfrey about a recent group of abstract paintings, “academic” art, reversing habits, and questioning rules.
Hans Ulrich Obrist traces the history behind Richter’s Cage paintings and speaks with the artist about their creation.
The Grand Chalet: An interview with Setsuko
On the twentieth anniversary of Balthus’s death, Setsuko gives an intimate tour of the Grand Chalet and reflects on how the 1754 Swiss mountain home enriched their lives as artists.
Work in Progress
Adriana Varejão: In the Studio
Join Adriana Varejão at her studio in Rio de Janeiro as she prepares for her upcoming exhibition at Gagosian in New York. She speaks about the inspirations for her “tile” paintings, from Portuguese azulejos to the Brazilian Baroque to the Talavera ceramic tradition of Mexico, and reveals for the first time her unique process for creating these works.
Richard Calvocoressi, Max Hollein, and Katy Siegel on Georg Baselitz
Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 1pm edt
Join Gagosian for a conversation about Georg Baselitz with Max Hollein, Marina Kellen French Director at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Katy Siegel, Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Endowed Chair at Stony Brook University, New York, and senior curator at the Baltimore Museum of Art; and Richard Calvocoressi, art historian and director at Gagosian, London. In celebration of the forthcoming monograph on Baselitz written by Calvocoressi and published by Thames and Hudson, the trio will look at the artist’s prolific career. They will highlight the exhibitions Springtime at Gagosian, New York, and Archinto at the Museo di Palazzo Grimani, Venice, both opening in May 2021, and the recent gift by the artist and his wife, Elke Baselitz, of six landmark paintings to the Met, which are on view at the museum in Pivotal Turn through July 2021. Hollein curated the major traveling exhibition Georg Baselitz: The Heroes (2016–17) and authored the accompanying catalogue on this seminal body of work. Siegel wrote the insightful essay “Double Positive: Not for Not against Not Nein—Georg Baselitz,” published in the exhibition catalogue for Georg Baselitz: Back Then, in Between, and Today (2014–15) at Haus der Kunst, Munich. To join, register at eventbrite.com.
Friday, May 7, 2021, 1pm EDT
Join the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Contemporary Art Society for a virtual conversation between Katharina Grosse and the museum’s interim chief curator and curator of contemporary art, Margaret Andera. The pair will discuss Grosse’s Untitled (2019), which the museum recently acquired. The painting is the first work by the artist to enter the collection as well as the first by a female artist in the museum’s collection of contemporary German paintings. To attend the event, register at us02web.zoom.us.
Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2019 © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany 2021
Legacy Building in the Art World
Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 1pm edt
Art history is fickle. Why do some artists prevail while others falter? How can lesser-known artists build their reputations and legacies? Sound curatorial and art historical methods must be combined with a keen sense of the demands of the commercial marketplace. As part of Gagosian’s Building a Legacy program, writer, curator, editor, and publisher Raymond Foye and Gagosian director Rani Singh will discuss the general principles and methodology of archiving, editing, and presenting the work of overlooked artists and writers. They will share firsthand accounts and learning experiences working with artists such as Jordan Belson, Gregory Corso, Rene Ricard, and Harry Smith. To join, register at eventbrite.com.
Rene Ricard, So Who Left Who, 2007 © Estate of Rene Ricard
Art Basel Hong Kong 2021
May 21–23, 2021, booth 1d30
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Gagosian is pleased to participate in Art Basel Hong Kong 2021, alongside 104 leading galleries from twenty-three countries and territories.
Georg Baselitz, Noch ein Orangenesser, 2020 © Georg Baselitz
Sally Mann in
May 12–September 5, 2021
Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, Austria
This exhibition, whose title translates to Real Wild Child, presents works by 170 international artists from 1900 to the present day. Strong on critical acumen, empathy, irony, and humor, the artists document children’s happiness as well as their frustrations. Work by Sally Mann is included.
Sally Mann, Holding Virginia, 1989 © Sally Mann
Opening this Week
Sterling Ruby at Cycladic
May 14–June 21, 2021
Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens
In this exhibition, Sterling Ruby places a selection of his ceramic sculptures among the rare artifacts of the Museum of Cycladic Art’s permanent collection as well as in the museum’s temporary exhibition wing. Ruby’s works—which here include smaller utilitarian objects, larger basins, as well as figurative, floral, and totemic forms—converse with representative examples of figurines, tools, weapons, and pottery from the distinctive culture that flourished in the central Aegean during the Early Bronze Age.
Sterling Ruby, Basin Theology/BRAVAMAX, 2014 © Sterling Ruby
Opening this Week
Reflection, Resilience, and Resistance in the Art of Our Time
May 14, 2021–March 20, 2022
Brooklyn Museum, New York
The Slipstream draws examples from Brooklyn Museum’s contemporary art collection to contemplate the profound disruption that occurred in 2020. Borrowing its title from an aeronautical term that refers to the pull of the current that is left in the wake of a large and powerful object, the exhibition examines the placement and displacement of power that runs through American history and continues today. The show features more than sixty works by multiple generations of artists from the 1960s to the present day, including Titus Kaphar and Taryn Simon.
Taryn Simon, Press XL, from the series Paperwork and the Will of Capital, 2015, Brooklyn Museum, New York © Taryn Simon
Opening this Week
The Paradox of Stillness
Art, Object, and Performance
May 15–August 8, 2021
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Featuring works from the early twentieth century to today, The Paradox of Stillness examines the notion of stillness as both a performative and a visual gesture. More than sixty-five artists present object-based art, pictures, and actions staged by live performers to test the boundaries between stillness and motion, mortality and aliveness, and the still life and the living picture. Work by Urs Fischer, Piero Manzoni, Cindy Sherman, Tom Wesselmann, and Franz West is included.
Urs Fischer, Untitled, 2003 © Urs Fischer