To mark the twentieth anniversary of Gagosian Beverly Hills on North Camden Drive, founder Larry Gagosian has selected a special exhibition of works by more than thirty artists spanning three generations.
Born in Los Angeles, Gagosian opened his first galleries on Almont Drive and Robertson Boulevard in the early 1980s. Chris Burden and Jean-Michel Basquiat were among the first artists to be exhibited. Drawing on the city’s abundance of talented artists, Gagosian was at the forefront of developing a bicoastal model for contemporary art galleries—the beginning of a global expansion that now numbers fifteen galleries in three continents—when he moved to New York in 1985 and opened his first gallery there, in collaboration with Leo Castelli.
Los Angeles provided both artists and galleries with an ideal infrastructure for creating and exhibiting diverse bodies of work, sometimes on a very large scale, and in 1995 Gagosian Beverly Hills, designed by acclaimed American architect Richard Meier, opened with new sculptures by Frank Stella. A major exhibition in homage to Castelli’s legendary gallery followed, which brought together works by artists including Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, and Bruce Nauman. The program continued to evolve with a survey of Basquiat’s paintings and drawings (1998), Lichtenstein’s Nudes (1998), Andy Warhol’s iconic Camouflage Paintings (1999), and Alexander Calder’s Mobiles (2003), among many other exhibitions.
In 2010, the expansion of the Beverly Hills gallery into the next-door building to create a second light-filled space of equal scale—again designed by Meier—enabled even more ambitious programming, with major exhibitions by Urs Fischer, Andreas Gursky, Jeff Koons, Giuseppe Penone, Richard Prince, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, and Taryn Simon, among others. The career-spanning survey Avedon: Women (2013) was the first exhibition of Richard Avedon’s photography in Los Angeles since 1976.
At Gagosian’s much-anticipated “Oscar shows,” an annual fixture in the Los Angeles cultural calendar, the art, film, and celebrity communities rub shoulders prior to the Academy Awards ceremony. To date, these include Cindy Sherman’s photographic self-portraits (2000); Richard Prince’s Check Paintings (2005); Andreas Gursky’s Ocean photographs (2010); Ed Ruscha’s Psycho Spaghetti Western still-life landscape paintings (2011); Urs Fischer’s dramatic and droll sculptural installations (2012); and, most recently, John Currin’s oil paintings of perverse libertine fantasies (2015).
With Damien Hirst’s black-sheep vitrine (2009), Robert Therrien’s enigmatic No title (blue bow) (2015), and Nancy Rubins’s sculptural graphite Drawing (2015), as well as new works by Thomas Houseago, Sterling Ruby, and Rudolf Stingel, among the more than thirty participating artists, the twentieth-anniversary exhibition celebrates the gallery’s richly diverse international program in the city where it all began.
Gagosian Quarterly Winter 2022
The Winter 2022 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Anna Weyant’s Two Eileens (2022) on its cover.
Sky High Farm Symposium at Judd Foundation: The Community Panel
In this video, Thelma Golden, Chief Curator and Director of the Studio Museum in Harlem; Tremaine Emory, Founder of Denim Tears and Creative Director of Supreme; Father Mike Lopez, Founder of the Hungry Monk Rescue Truck; and artist Anicka Yi sit down to explore how the concept of community has shaped their work, and the power in seeing the places we live, our histories, and even our bodies as porous, interdependent, and alive.
Truth Revealed: Damien Hirst and James Fox on Ashley Bickerton
In conversation with James Fox, Damien Hirst reflects on the artwork of his longtime friend.
Urs Fischer: Denominator
Urs Fischer sits down with his friend the author and artist Eric Sanders to address the perfect viewer, the effects of marketing, and the limits of human understanding.
Sky High Farm Symposium at Judd Foundation: The Art Panel
In this video, Deana Haggag, Program Officer, Arts and Culture at Mellon Foundation; Dan Colen, artist and Founder of Sky High Farm; Linda Goode Bryant, artist and Founder of Project EATS; and Diya Vij, Associate Curator at Creative Time sit down together to explore the roles of artist and audience, place and accessibility, legacy, capital influence, and individual vs. collective agency as they relate to artmaking today.
Sky High Farm Symposium at Judd Foundation: The Land Panel
In this video, Veronica Davidov, visual and environmental anthropologist; Karen Washington, activist, farmer and Co-founder of Black Urban Growers (BUGS) and Co-owner of Rise & Root Farm; Candice Hopkins, curator, writer and Executive Director of Forge Project; and Haley Mellin, artist, conservationist and Founder of Art to Acres sit down to explore the tensions and overlaps between different efforts to define, use, and protect land.
Extended through June 11, 2022
Curated by Francesco Bonami
April 23–June 11, 2022