Jonas Wood’s paintings and works on paper display overlapping textures and disorienting compressions of space. The intimate settings invoke the work of forebears such as Henri Matisse and David Hockney, yet his distorted verdant rooms possess an affectless cut-out appearance all his own. In drawings, collages, watercolors, and paintings, outlines of pots and vases frame landscape and interior imagery. Drawn and painted vessels set against neutral backgrounds contain a sprawling green golf course, a coral reef with exotic fish, a lush garden, a painter’s studio—all scenes that end abruptly at the parameters of the object.
Wood was born in 1977 in Boston. He graduated in 1999 from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, New York, and received an MFA in 2002 from the University of Washington, Seattle. Murals and solo exhibitions include Primitives: Chris Caccamise and Jonas Wood, Cerealart, Philadelphia (2007); Hammer Projects: Jonas Wood, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2010); Clippings, Lever House Art Collection, New York (2013–14); Shelf Still Life, High Line Art, New York (2014); LA><ART Facade, Los Angeles (2014); and Still Life with Two Owls, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2016). Wood’s work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; The Broad, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
Wood lives and works in Los Angeles.
April 5–May 25, 2018
976 Madison Avenue, New York
October 26–December 16, 2017
West 24th Street, New York
Ed Ruscha | Jonas Wood
Notepads, Holograms and Books
March 30–June 17, 2017
December 28, 2015–January 31, 2016
Eden Rock—St. Barths
Beverly Hills 20-Year Anniversary Invitational Exhibition, 1995–2015
October 30–December 19, 2015
October 13–December 19, 2015
Britannia Street, London
Theories on Forgetting
July 9–August 21, 2015
Artists for MOCA
March 19–21, 2015
From the Quarterly
Fairs, Events & Announcements
The Sexy Beast Gala
Saturday, October 20, 2018, 6:30pm
Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles
The Sexy Beast Gala is an evening of art and activism benefitting Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. The event will include performances, a silent auction, a pop-up shop, and more. To attend the event, purchase tickets at www.sexybeast.org.
Ed Ruscha, Startup Text, 2015 © Ed Ruscha
Visit and Talk
Madison Avenue Gallery Walk
Jonas Wood: Prints
Saturday, April 28, 2018, 10am–6pm
Visit more than fifty galleries that span Madison Avenue from East Fifty-Seventh to East Eighty-Sixth Streets the Saturday preceding Frieze New York, TEFAF, and Art New York. Throughout the day, curators at participating galleries will present discussions about their respective exhibitions. The Gagosian Shop will host a talk on the current exhibition Jonas Wood: Prints. To attend this free event, reserve tickets at www.artnews.com. Space is limited and will be granted on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Artwork © Jonas Wood
Art Basel Hong Kong
March 29–31, 2018, booth ICI8
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center
Gagosian is pleased to participate in Art Basel Hong Kong. To view highlights from the booth in advance of the fair visit www.artsy.com. Our presentation will include works by Georg Baselitz, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Joe Bradley, Cecily Brown, Glenn Brown, Alexander Calder, John Currin, Willem de Kooning, Edmund De Waal, Jean Dubuffet, Urs Fischer, Lucio Fontana, Walton Ford, Katharina Grosse, Mark Grotjahn, Andreas Gursky, Damien Hirst, Jia Aili, Anish Kapoor, Yves Klein, Karen Kneffel, Jeff Koons, Harmony Korine, Roy Lichtenstein, Takashi Murakami, Takashi Murakami & Virgil Abloh, Albert Oehlen, Nam June Paik, Francis Picabia, Pablo Picasso, Sterling Ruby, Ed Ruscha, Jenny Saville, Richard Serra, Rudolf Stingel, Mark Tansey, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Jonas Wood, Christopher Wool, and Zeng Fanzhi. Tickets are available at www.artbasel.com.
Zeng Fanzhi, 8, 2018 © Zeng Fanzhi 2018
One Day at a Time
Manny Farber and Termite Art
October 14, 2018–March 11, 2019
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
This exhibition is inspired by American painter and film critic Manny Farber and his legendary underground essay “White Elephant Art vs. Termite Art” (1962). One Day at a Time: Manny Farber and Termite Art features approximately thirty artists and more than one hundred works of painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, and sound dating from the 1950s to the present. Work by Jennifer Guidi and Jonas Wood is included.
Jennifer Guidi, Eclipse (Painted Mandala Mountain SF #1A, Black Sand, Blue, Yellow, Purple, Red), 2017 © Jennifer Guidi
Shio Kusaka and Jonas Wood
September 30, 2017–January 7, 2018
Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, Netherlands
This exhibition brings together works by both artists as a way to highlight the symbiosis and distinctive nature of their practices, in terms of combining the disciplines of painting and ceramics, but also emphasizing the echoes within and between their work.
Installation view, Shio Kusaka and Jonas Wood, Musuem Voorlinden, Wassenaar, Netherlands, September 30, 2017–January 7, 2018. Photo by Antoine van Kaam
The Marciano Collection
May 25–September 16, 2017
Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles
Unpacking: The Marciano Collection is the debut presentation of the collection’s holdings organized by Philipp Kaiser. The title and theme of the show are derived from Walter Benjamin’s essay “Unpacking My Library,” in which he discusses the chaotic potentiality inherent in unpacking and recontextualizing one’s collection. Work by Mark Grotjahn, Thomas Houseago, Alex Israel, Takashi Murakami, Albert Oehlen, Sterling Ruby, Cindy Sherman, Franz West, Jonas Wood, and Christopher Wool is included.
Photo by Robert Wedemeyer
March 8–July 9, 2017
Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, France
This exhibition presents works that have become synonymous with the image of Los Angeles. Pioneers like Ed Ruscha are included alongside younger artists such as Alex Israel and Jonas Wood.
Jonas Wood, Landscape Pot with Flower Chair, 2016