Gagosian is pleased to announce FIRSTbooks, a new exhibition series that focuses on the publishing debuts of a broad range of historic and contemporary artists.
The initial selection features twenty-four books spanning five centuries, from 1610 to 2013. This mini-survey introduces a wealth of first approaches by artists to the book form: from the classic livre illustré to diverse variations on the contemporary artist’s book, from book sculptures and pop-up books to conceptual and photo-documentary books. Highlights include books of etchings by the English Romanticist William Turner and French Surrealist Yves Tanguy; illustrated books by Amedeo Modigliani and Pablo Picasso; Robert Gober’s HEAT; and KINDERBUCH (Children’s Book), Dieter Roth’s first book featuring mesmerizing compositions of primary-colored geometric shapes.
FIRSTbooks is a tribute to the book as an art form, to the artists who have explored the book as a vehicle for new ideas, and to the publishers who have produced and distributed artist’s books.
FIRSTbooks is conceived and presented by Matthew Zucker, a New York–based art book dealer, collector, and curator.
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.
Michael Cary pays homage to the visionary dealer Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler (1884–1979).
Grace McCann Morley
Berit Potter pays homage to the ardent museum leader who transformed San Francisco’s relationship to modern art.
The New World of Charlotte Perriand
Inspired by a visit to the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s exhibition Charlotte Perriand: Inventing a New World, William Middleton explores the life of this modernist pioneer and her impact on the worlds of design, art, and architecture.
Picasso and Maya: An Interview with Diana Widmaier-Picasso
Diana Widmaier-Picasso curated a presentation at Gagosian, Paris, to celebrate the publication of Picasso and Maya: Father and Daughter at the end of 2019. This comprehensive reference publication explores the figure of Maya Ruiz-Picasso, Pablo Picasso’s beloved eldest daughter, throughout Picasso’s work and chronicles the loving relationship between the artist and his daughter. In this video, Widmaier-Picasso details her ongoing interest in the subject and reflects on the process of making the book.
Visions of the Self: Jenny Saville on Rembrandt
Jenny Saville reveals the process behind her new self-portrait, painted in response to Rembrandt’s masterpiece Self-Portrait with Two Circles.
Bustes de Femmes
Paris 10th Anniversary Exhibition
October 10–December 18, 2020
rue de Ponthieu, Paris
Extended through June 29, 2019
Picasso’s Women: Fernande to Jacqueline
A tribute to John Richardson
May 3–June 29, 2019
980 Madison Avenue, New York
Visions of the Self: Rembrandt and Now
In partnership with English Heritage
April 12–May 18, 2019
Grosvenor Hill, London