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In the presence of these tableaux we are denied both the privacy of contemplating a representation and the intimacy of participating in a real encounter. As a consequence we find Beecroft’s women, at once more present to us and less accessible than we would wish – as unavailable to our understanding as they are available to our gaze. Our anxiety, then, does not arise from the fact that naked women are near to us, but from the unbridgeable, yet ill-defined distance between ourselves and them. It is not the anxiety of desire, but the anxiety of displacement.
—Dave Hickey, Vanessa Beecroft’s Painted Ladies, VB08-36 (published by Hatje Cantz, 2000)

Gagosian Gallery is pleased to announce VB46 a new performance by Vanessa Beecroft. VB46 will be Beecroft’s first performance in Los Angeles. VB46 is the second performance with Gagosian Gallery; the first, VB43 inaugurated the London Gagosian Gallery space in May 2000.

The primary material in Vanessa Beecroft’s work is the live figure, which remains ephemeral, separate and unmediated by any device we normally accept as artform, such as painting or sculpture. Beecroft’s concepts often germinate from classical painting. The composition, light and color dictate the form of the live event. The selected group of figures denotes a hyper-real type; their installation in the space creates an image that moves very slowly and gradually over time. The performances are documented using film and photographs, which serve to translate fragments from the real time event.

Vanessa Beecroft, born in Italy and residing in New York City, has earned an international reputation as one of contemporary art’s most innovative young artists. Her work has been exhibited at international venues including the Kunsthalle Wien, (2001), Whitney Biennale, New York (2000), Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (1999), Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (1999), Spiral Wacoal Art Center, Tokyo (1999), Guggenheim Museum, New York (1998) and the Venice Biennale (1997). Upcoming performances include VB48, which will be held at the Royal Botanic Gardens during the 2001 Edinburgh Festival, and next year, a project in collaboration with NASA in Sweden. Beecroft currently has an exhibition of drawings made prior to her first performance works (between 1992 and 1994). The exhibition is touring European museums and will open at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo on March 23, 2001.

On Anselm Kiefer’s Photography

On Anselm Kiefer’s Photography

Sébastien Delot is director of conservation and collections at the Musée national Picasso–Paris and the organizer of the first retrospective to focus on Anselm Kiefer’s use of photography, which was held at Lille Métropole Musée d’art moderne, d’art contemporain et d’art brut (Musée LaM) in Villeneuve-d’Ascq, France. He recently sat down with Gagosian director of photography Joshua Chuang to discuss the exhibition Anselm Kiefer: Punctum at Gagosian, New York. Their conversation touched on Kiefer’s exploration of photography’s materials, processes, and expressive potentials, and on the alchemy of his art.

Gagosian Quarterly Summer 2024

Now available
Gagosian Quarterly Summer 2024

The Summer 2024 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring a detail of Roy Lichtenstein’s Bauhaus Stairway Mural (1989) on the cover.

The Art of the Olympics: An Interview with Yasmin Meichtry

The Art of the Olympics: An Interview with Yasmin Meichtry

The Olympic and Paralympic Games arrive in Paris on July 26. Ahead of this momentous occasion, Yasmin Meichtry, associate director at the Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage, Lausanne, Switzerland, meets with Gagosian senior director Serena Cattaneo Adorno to discuss the Olympic Games’ long engagement with artists and culture, including the Olympic Museum, commissions, and the collaborative two-part exhibition, The Art of the Olympics, being staged this summer at Gagosian, Paris.

Brooke Holmes, Katarina Jerinic, and Lissa McClure on Francesca Woodman

In Conversation
Brooke Holmes, Katarina Jerinic, and Lissa McClure on Francesca Woodman

Join Brooke Holmes, professor of Classics at Princeton University, and Lissa McClure and Katarina Jerinic, executive director and collections curator, respectively, at the Woodman Family Foundation, as they discuss Francesca Woodman’s preoccupation with classical themes and archetypes, her exploration of the body as sculpture, and her engagement with allegory and metaphor in photography.

David Cronenberg: The Shrouds

David Cronenberg: The Shrouds

David Cronenberg’s film The Shrouds made its debut at the 77th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in France. Film writer Miriam Bale reports on the motifs and questions that make up this latest addition to the auteur’s singular body of work.

Christo: Wrapped 1961 Volkswagen Beetle Saloon (1963–2014)

Christo: Wrapped 1961 Volkswagen Beetle Saloon (1963–2014)

Join Vladimir Yavachev, director of operations for the Christo and Jeanne-Claude Foundation, as he discusses the genesis of the artist’s work Wrapped 1961 Volkswagen Beetle Saloon (1963–2014), which Gagosian presented at Art Basel Unlimited 2024.

Oscar Murillo and Alessandro Rabottini

In Conversation
Oscar Murillo and Alessandro Rabottini

In conjunction with Marks and Whispers, at Gagosian, Rome, Oscar Murillo and Alessandro Rabottini sit down to discuss the artist’s paintings and works on paper in the exhibition, as well as how the show emphasizes the formal, political, and social dimensions of the color red in Murillo’s work of the last decade.

BRONX BODEGA Basel

BRONX BODEGA Basel

On the occasion of Art Basel 2024, creative agency Villa Nomad joins forces with Ghetto Gastro, the Bronx-born culinary collective by Jon Gray, Pierre Serrao, and Lester Walker, to stage the interdisciplinary pop-up BRONX BODEGA Basel. The initiative brings together food, art, design, and a series of live events at the Novartis Campus, Basel, during the course of the fair. Here, Jon Gray from Ghetto Gastro and Sarah Quan from Villa Nomad tell the Quarterly’s Wyatt Allgeier about the project.

Donald Judd: Untitled: 1970

Donald Judd: Untitled: 1970

In this video, Flavin Judd, the artist’s son and artistic director of Judd Foundation, discusses a historic large-scale work by his father from 1970, ahead of its presentation at Art Basel Unlimited 2024.

A-POC ABLE ISSEY MIYAKE: An interview with Yoshiyuki Miyamae

A-POC ABLE ISSEY MIYAKE: An interview with Yoshiyuki Miyamae

Founded in 1998 by Issey Miyake, A-POC (“A Piece of Cloth”) set out to bring the development and production of fabric and garments into the future. Over the subsequent decades, A-POC has worked at the forefront of technology to realize its goals, and under the leadership of Yoshiyuki Miyamae—who has been with Miyake Design Studio since 2001—A-POC ABLE has engaged in a dynamic series of collaborations with artists, architects, craftspeople, and new technologies to rethink how clothing is designed and made. On the occasion of the line being made available in the United States for the first time, the Quarterly’s Wyatt Allgeier visited the brand’s flagship in New York to speak with Yoshiyuki about the A-POC process, as well as the latest collaboration with the artist Sohei Nishino.

Jordan Wolfson and Johanna Burton

In Conversation
Jordan Wolfson and Johanna Burton

In this video, Gagosian presents a conversation between Jordan Wolfson and Johanna Burton, Maurice Marciano Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. The pair discuss Wolfson’s animatronic work of art Body Sculpture (2023).

Bauhaus Stairway Mural

Bauhaus Stairway Mural

Alice Godwin and Alison McDonald explore the history of Roy Lichtenstein’s mural of 1989, contextualizing the work among the artist’s other mural projects and reaching back to its inspiration: the Bauhaus Stairway painting of 1932 by the German artist Oskar Schlemmer.