Gagosian is pleased to present its second major exhibition in Moscow, for what you are about to receive. Following the first presentation of Gagosian artists in the capital last year, the exhibition continues to build upon Gagosian’s presence in Russia, with its previous support of the Cy Twombly and Willem de Kooning exhibitions at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg in 2003 and 2006.
The upcoming exhibition contrasts ways in which contemporary artists continue to investigate the twin pillars of twentieth-century art: the readymade and pure abstraction, reflecting on the sublime through a self-conscious engagement with material and process. To underscore these concerns, the site for the exhibition is a nineteenth-century former chocolate factory called Red October, a powerfully suggestive and highly atmospheric architectural landmark named in the spirit of the Bolshevik Revolution. Red October has been inaccessible to the public for many years; the Gagosian exhibition will open its doors once again and inaugurate an ambitious new arts program for the city of Moscow. For many of the artists involved, this will be their first exposure in Moscow.
Guests at the opening on September 17, 2008, will witness the performance of Arc Light by New York–based artist Aaron Young, who has choreographed a team of motorcycle riders to weave dangerously on a specially prepared platform or support. The resulting tire-burns and skid marks create an amplified expansion of Jackson Pollock’s famous “action paintings.”
The title and invitations for the exhibition have been conceived as an artwork by renowned Scottish artist Douglas Gordon, a Turner Prize winner known for his work in a variety of media, including film and video as well as text.
The exhibition is presented in collaboration with Prime Concept, Guta Group, Red October, and the National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow. Gagosian would like to thank our contributors for helping to bring this exhibition to Moscow.
Willem de Kooning
Gagosian Quarterly Fall 2019
The Fall 2019 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring a detail from Sinking (2019) by Nathaniel Mary Quinn on its cover.
The Art of Perception: Richard Serra’s Films
For eleven years, from 1968 to 1979, Richard Serra created a collection of films and videos that felt out the uncharted phenomenological boundaries of the medium. Carlos Valladares explores a selection of these works.
Nina Simone, Our National Treasure
Text by Salamishah Tillet.
Sally Mann and Jenny Saville
The two artists discuss being drawn to difficult subjects, the effects of motherhood on their practice, embracing chance, and their shared adoration of Cy Twombly.
Francis Bacon: Couplings
Richard Calvocoressi provides an in-depth view of the exhibition Francis Bacon: Couplings at Gagosian, London, examining a theme that preoccupied the artist throughout his career: the relationship between two people, both physical and psychological.
Intimate Grandeur: Glenstone Museum
Paul Goldberger tracks the evolution of Mitchell and Emily Rales’s Glenstone Museum in Potomac, Maryland. Set amid 230 acres of pristine landscape and housing a world-class collection of modern and contemporary art, this graceful complex of pavilions, designed by architects Thomas Phifer and Partners, opened to the public in the fall of 2018.