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Anna Weyant

Anna Weyant, Godzilla, 2022 Oil on canvas, 48 ⅛ × 60 ¼ inches (122.2 × 153 cm)© Anna Weyant. Photo: Rob McKeever

Anna Weyant, Godzilla, 2022

Oil on canvas, 48 ⅛ × 60 ¼ inches (122.2 × 153 cm)
© Anna Weyant. Photo: Rob McKeever

Anna Weyant, Cheerleaders, 2021 Oil on canvas, 60 ¼ × 48 inches (153 × 121.9 cm)© Anna Weyant. Photo: Rob McKeever

Anna Weyant, Cheerleaders, 2021

Oil on canvas, 60 ¼ × 48 inches (153 × 121.9 cm)
© Anna Weyant. Photo: Rob McKeever

Anna Weyant, Wit of the staircase, 2020 Oil on canvas, 48 × 36 ⅛ inches (121.9 × 91.8 cm)© Anna Weyant. Photo: Rob McKeever

Anna Weyant, Wit of the staircase, 2020

Oil on canvas, 48 × 36 ⅛ inches (121.9 × 91.8 cm)
© Anna Weyant. Photo: Rob McKeever

Anna Weyant, Loose Screw, 2020 Oil on canvas, 48 × 36 inches (121.9 × 91.4 cm)© Anna Weyant

Anna Weyant, Loose Screw, 2020

Oil on canvas, 48 × 36 inches (121.9 × 91.4 cm)
© Anna Weyant

Anna Weyant, Feted, 2020 Oil on canvas, 60 × 48 inches (152.4 × 121.9 cm)© Anna Weyant

Anna Weyant, Feted, 2020

Oil on canvas, 60 × 48 inches (152.4 × 121.9 cm)
© Anna Weyant

Anna Weyant, Buffet, 2020 Oil on canvas, 36 × 48 inches (91.4 × 121.9 cm)© Anna Weyant

Anna Weyant, Buffet, 2020

Oil on canvas, 36 × 48 inches (91.4 × 121.9 cm)
© Anna Weyant

About

The hapless subjects of Anna Weyant’s indelible paintings and drawings are recurrently tested by everyday circumstances, weathering what the artist has described as “low-stakes trauma.” In these precisely rendered scenes, figures—most often young and female—find themselves embroiled in tragicomic narratives with an ironic twinge, offering a dreamlike insight into the capacity of popular culture and social convention to manufacture and distort gestures, rituals, and signifiers of femininity. But far from presenting her protagonists as merely symbolic, Weyant remains sensitive to their human idiosyncrasies and contradictions, picturing characters who are endearing, mysterious, and wholly themselves. In her crystalline still-life compositions, meanwhile, everyday objects adopt an uncanny, portentous air.

Weyant was born in Calgary, Canada, in 1995. After earning a BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design, she relocated to New York, then studied painting at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou. Moving back to New York, she worked as a studio assistant while pursuing her own practice. Among her first exhibited works is a sequence of darkly cinematic canvases depicting a dollhouse—modeled after one that she owned as a child—and its young female inhabitants. A later series deconstructs the appearance of American suburbia in Lifetime’s made-for-television movies, casting it as a surreal realm in which violence and disaster lurk just beneath the surface. In her still lifes, Weyant depicts fruit, flowers, and other items in a similarly unsettling light; Lily (2021), for example, juxtaposes the titular bloom with a revolver bound in gold ribbon.

In these and other works, Weyant employs a somber, muted palette of deep greens, dusty pinks, and deep black. She also draws on art historical and present-day influences, from seventeenth-century Dutch masters such as Frans Hals and Judith Leyster to twentieth-century mavericks like Balthus to contemporary painters Jennifer Packer and Ellen Berkenblit. As revealed in her contributions to group exhibitions including and I will wear you in my heart of heart at FLAG Art Foundation, New York (2021); Artists Inspired by Music: Interscope Reimagined at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2022); and Women of Now: Dialogues of Memory, Place & Identity at the Green Family Art Foundation, Dallas (2022), Weyant displays a deep understanding and appreciation of her work’s roots and parallels while eliciting an immediate and emotional response.

Anna Weyant

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New Representation

Anna Weyant

Gagosian is pleased to announce the gallery’s global representation of painter Anna Weyant. The artist will be the subject of a solo exhibition at the gallery in New York this fall. Weyant’s precisely rendered paintings depict figures embroiled in tragicomic narratives, and still-life compositions in which everyday objects adopt an uncanny, portentous air. 

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Museum Exhibitions

Anna Weyant, Maggie, 2019 © Anna Weyant

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Anna Weyant in
Women of Now: Dialogues of Memory, Place & Identity

February 12–May 15, 2022
Green Family Art Foundation, Dallas
www.greenfamilyartfoundation.org

Celebrating the unique voices of some of the most compelling rising female artists working today, Women of Now features twenty-eight artists who synthesize memory and a sense of place as artistic tools to impart their unique identities to the world, generating a conversation about what it means to be a woman in our time. Work by Anna Weyant is included.

Anna Weyant, Maggie, 2019 © Anna Weyant

Jennifer Guidi, Seeking Hearts (Black MT, Pink Sand, Pink CS, Pink Ground), 2021 © Jennifer Guidi. Photo: Brica Wilcox

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Artists Inspired by Music
Interscope Reimagined

January 30–February 13, 2022
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
www.lacma.org

To mark the thirtieth anniversary of Interscope Records, the company invited artists to select albums and songs from Interscope’s groundbreaking catalogue and fostered exchanges between artists and musicians to generate resonant pairings. The exhibition, which includes more than fifty works, brings an intergenerational group of visual artists into dialogue with iconic musicians from the last three decades, providing a fresh perspective on influential music for the present moment. Work by John Currin, Jennifer Guidi, Damien Hirst, Titus Kaphar, Takashi Murakami, Richard Prince, Ed Ruscha, and Anna Weyant is included.

Jennifer Guidi, Seeking Hearts (Black MT, Pink Sand, Pink CS, Pink Ground), 2021 © Jennifer Guidi. Photo: Brica Wilcox

Installation view, and I will wear you in my heart of heart, FLAG Art Foundation, New York, May 1–August 31, 2021. Artwork, left to right: © John Currin, © Anna Weyant. Photo: Steven Probert

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and I will wear you in my heart of heart

May 1–August 13, 2021
FLAG Art Foundation, New York
www.flagartfoundation.org

Centering on a gesture of care, the exhibition and I will wear you in my heart of heart explores the myriad ways in which thirty-five artists evoke tenderness through depictions of lovers and friends, familial exchanges, moments of solitude, and even a cowboy and his pastel pink unicorn. The exhibition includes recent and new works created for the exhibition that embody the cross-generational resurgence in figuration as a mode of exploring identity, cultural histories, and personal experiences. Work by John Currin and Anna Weyant is included.

Installation view, and I will wear you in my heart of heart, FLAG Art Foundation, New York, May 1–August 31, 2021. Artwork, left to right: © John Currin, © Anna Weyant. Photo: Steven Probert