Gagosian is pleased to present a group exhibition featuring over seventy drawings by some of the preeminent artists of the last century. Drawing has always figured prominently in art making, often serving as the study or sketch for a final painting or sculpture. However, as the twentieth century saw a focus on artistic process, so drawing came to often serve as the finished product, with its technique and materials intrinsic to the artist’s project.
Dating from 1906 (with a Pablo Picasso nude in pastel) to the present, and executed in a range of scales and media, the featured works highlight the numerous stylistic impulses manifest in drawing during the last one hundred years. Included are Arshile Gorky’s chalk and ink Study for Nightime, Enigma, Nostalgia (1931–32), a dreamlike musing inspired by Surrealism, as well as Willem de Kooning’s boldly expressive pencil drawings related to his renowned Women paintings from the 1950s. Also exhibited are several of Andy Warhol’s early drawn portraits, such as Woman (1962), which reveal traces of the graphic style that would figure prominently in the artist’s iconic Pop works. More contemporary examples on view are Richard Serra’s paintstick line drawings, a drawing collage by Jeff Koons, and large-scale new pastels by Francesco Clemente. Recent works by Georg Baselitz, Cecily Brown, Jenny Saville, and Cy Twombly—artists whose work is rarely seen in London—will also be featured.
Artists include: Richard Artschwager, Georg Baselitz, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Joseph Beuys, Alighiero Boetti, Cecily Brown, Francesco Clemente, Michael Craig-Martin, Willem de Kooning, Walter De Maria, Ellen Gallagher, Douglas Gordon, Arshile Gorky, Richard Hamilton, Damien Hirst, Howard Hodgkin, Jasper Johns, Anselm Kiefer, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Ed Ruscha, Jenny Saville, Richard Serra, David Smith, Frank Stella, Mark Tansey, Robert Therrien, Wayne Thiebaud, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Franz West, Rachel Whiteread, Richard Wright, among others.
Georg Baselitz: Archinto
On the occasion of Georg Baselitz: Archinto at Museo di Palazzo Grimani, Venice, Artcore Films produced a short documentary featuring the artist. In the video, Baselitz details the origins of the project, how he approached the unique space, and his experiments in process and technique.
Baselitz: La rétrospective
Richard Calvocoressi visits Georg Baselitz’s retrospective exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and reflects on both the historical specificity and timeless themes of the artist’s sixty-year career.
Say Goodbye, Catullus, to the Shores of Asia Minor
Thierry Greub tracks the literary references in Cy Twombly’s epic painting of 1994.
The Art of Biography: Sir John Richardson’s “The Minotaur Years”
Pepe Karmel celebrates the release of A Life of Picasso IV: The Minotaur Years, 1933–1943, the final installment of Sir John Richardson’s magisterial biography.
Jenny Saville: A cyclical rhythm of emergent forms
An exhibition curated by Sergio Risaliti, director of the Museo Novecento, Florence, pairs artworks by Jenny Saville with artists of the Italian Renaissance. On view across that city at the Museo Novecento, the Museo di Palazzo Vecchio, the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, the Museo degli Innocenti, and the Museo di Casa Buonarroti through February 20, 2022, the presentation features paintings and drawings by Saville from the 1990s through to work made especially for the occasion. Here, Risaliti reflects on the resonances and reverberations brought about by these pairings.
Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror
Carlos Basualdo, the Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Scott Rothkopf, Senior Deputy Director and Nancy and Steve Crown Family Chief Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, spoke with the Quarterly’s Alison McDonald ahead of the opening of the unprecedented collaborative retrospective Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror to discuss the goals, revelations, and unique structure of the project.