David Reed was born in 1946 in San Diego, California, and currently lives and works in New York. His work is featured in institutional collections worldwide, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Art Institute of Chicago; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; FRAC – Auverge, Clermont Ferrand; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main; Kunstmuseum St. Gallen; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach; Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond; Roswell Museum and Art Center, NM; Sammlung Goetz, Munich; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS, among others. Recent solo institutional exhibitions include David Reed - You look good in blue, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland (2001, traveled to Kunstverein Hannover, Germany); Leave Yourself Behind. Paintings and Special Projects 1967–2005, Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, KS (2005, traveled to Roswell Museum and Art Center, NM; Luckman Gallery, California State University, Los Angeles); David Reed: Lives of Paintings, Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College, Portland, OR (2008); David Reed – Heart of Glass, Paintings and Drawings 1967–2012, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany (2012); The Mirror and The Pool, Kunstmuseum Krefeld, Museum Haus Lange, Germany (2015); Two by Two: Mary Heilmann & David Reed, Museum für Gegenwart, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany (2015), and David Reed: Vice and Reflection – An Old Painting, New Paintings and Animations, Pérez Art Museum, Miami, FL (2016).
Lauren Mahony and Michael Tcheyan pay homage to the founder of the New York Studio School.
David Reed and Katharina Grosse met at Reed’s New York studio in the fall of 2019 to talk about his newest paintings, the temporal aspects of both artists’ practice, and some of their mutual inspirations.
Painting Paintings (David Reed) 1975
In this video, Christopher Wool, Katy Siegel, and David Reed discuss Reed’s paintings and memories of the New York arts scene in 1975.
New York, 1975
Katy Siegel and Christopher Wool discuss David Reed’s paintings and the New York art scene in 1975.
Online Viewing Room
Frieze Los Angeles 2020
February 10–19, 2020
Gagosian will launch its latest Online Viewing Room on the occasion of Frieze Los Angeles, with available works by Chris Burden, Alex Israel & Bret Easton Ellis, Neil Jenney, Albert Oehlen, Chris Ofili, David Reed, Ed Ruscha, Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri, Tatiana Trouvé, and Jonas Wood. Many of the artworks included in this virtual presentation consider the political, geographical, and social landscapes of Los Angeles.
The Frieze Los Angeles 2020 Online Viewing Room will open at 12:00am on Monday, February 10, in Hong Kong, and close at 11:59pm on Wednesday, February 19, in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
For more information about the Online Viewing Room or the work to be featured, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chris Burden, L.A.P.D. Uniform, 1993 © 2020 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Thursday, February 20, 2020, 6pm
Gagosian, 980 Madison Avenue, New York
David Reed and curator Jeffrey Weiss will give a tour of the exhibition David Reed: New Paintings, on view at Gagosian, 980 Madison Avenue, New York, through February 22. The pair will discuss the outsize works in the show, some over a decade in the making, and how they respond to the galleries at 980 Madison Avenue, testing and maximizing their spatial boundaries. Indexically numbered rather than titled, the works are painted in either intense, otherworldly colors or primarily blacks and grays, as if contrasting the delirious possibilities of the full-color moving image with the austerity of grayscale. To attend the free event, RSVP to email@example.com. Space is limited.
Installation view, David Reed: New Paintings, Gagosian, 980 Madison Avenue, New York, January 10–February 22, 2020. Artwork © 2020 David Reed/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever
January 30–February 2, 2020, booth B25
Gagosian is pleased to participate in artgenève 2020, with modern and contemporary works by Davide Balula, Georg Baselitz, Helen Frankenthaler, Simon Hantaï, Damien Hirst, Grant Levy-Lucero, Henri Matisse, Olivier Mosset, Giuseppe Penone, Pablo Picasso, David Reed, Sterling Ruby, Spencer Sweeney, and Tom Wesselmann, among others.
Helen Frankenthaler, Omen, 1980 © 2020 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Process in Minimal Abstraction
December 18, 2019–August 2, 2020
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
During the 1960s and 1970s, many artists working with abstraction rid their styles of compositional, chromatic, and virtuosic flourishes. As some turned toward such minimal approaches, a singular emphasis on their interaction with materials emerged. The resulting pieces invite viewers to imaginatively reenact aspects of the creative process. Featuring paintings and works on paper, Marking Time explores how drawing attention to the creative process fosters a distinctively empathetic mode of engagement. Work by Brice Marden and David Reed is included.
Installation view, Marking Time: Process in Minimal Abstraction, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, December 18, 2019–August 2, 2020. Artwork, left to right: © 2020 David Reed/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; © Park Seo-Bo; © Chryssa; © 2020 Jacob El Hanani; © 2020 Brice Marden/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Vice and Reflection #2
July 12–October 6, 2019
Neues Museum, Nuremberg, Germany
This exhibition offers insight into David Reed’s current painting practice by bringing five important works together with corresponding drawings.
David Reed, #660-2 (Vice and Reflection), 2016/19 (detail) © David Reed
Gesten in der Malerei
May 18–August 18, 2019
Kunst Museum Winterthur, Switzerland
In 1965 Roy Lichtenstein created his famous Brushstrokes and in doing so highlighted the fundamental elements of the image, such as the appearance of the colors and the pigment, the color fields and their limits, and not least the application of paint in the form of a gesture. This exhibition aims to explore the sheer range of gestures in contemporary painting. Work by Katharina Grosse, Roy Lichtenstein, and David Reed is included.
Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2011 © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2019
May 18–August 18, 2019
Kunst Museum Winterthur, Switzerland
This exhibition includes seven working drawings (comprising forty-four sheets in total) by David Reed, and has been organized in conjunction with the group show Frozen Gesture, which features work by Reed, concurrently on view at the museum. These fascinating works on paper provide unparalleled insight into Reed’s processes in creating large-scale abstract paintings. The drawings serve as a visual diary for each new work: they feature meticulous notes on the experiences and visual cues that inform the works, record decisions made in the painting process, and are illustrated with sketches, diagrams, and color tests.
David Reed, Working Drawing for #653, 2016 (page 7) © 2019 David Reed/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York