Art Basel Unlimited
June 14–17, 2018, hall 1
Douglas Gordon’s 2016 film I had nowhere to go: Portrait of a displaced person will be presented at Art Basel Unlimited (stand U28). The film is a portrait of Jonas Mekas, the legendary artist, filmmaker, poet, curator, and godfather of American avant-garde cinema. At ninety-five years old, Mekas is among the few remaining survivors of Nazi persecution. The film has been hailed by critics and viewers alike for its revelatory treatment of history and innovative approach to the biographical genre.
Gordon’s Feature Film (1999) will be screened at 9pm on Thursday, June 14, as part of the Art Basel Short Film Program. The film focuses intimately on the hands and facial gestures of conductor James Conlon while he conducts the orchestra of the Opéra National de Paris in performing the haunting soundtrack of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958). To reserve tickets, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit our Artsy page to preview Gordon’s work at Unlimited, and for an online-only presentation of his photographs and prints.
Douglas Gordon, I had nowhere to go: Portrait of a displaced person, 2016 (detail) © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018
Art Basel Unlimited
Edgar Cleijne and Ellen Gallagher, Duane Hanson, Steven Parrino, Giuseppe Penone, Tom Wesselmann
June 13–16, 2019, hall 1.1
Gagosian is pleased to announce that works by Edgar Cleijne and Ellen Gallagher, Duane Hanson, Steven Parrino, Giuseppe Penone, and Tom Wesselmann have been selected for Art Basel Unlimited 2019, curated by Gianni Jetzer. Launched in 2000, Unlimited is an exhibition platform for exciting large-scale works that transcend the limits of the standard art fair booth. The five artworks are:
Edgar Cleijne and Ellen Gallagher, Highway Gothic, 2017–19
Duane Hanson, Lunchbreak, 1989
Steven Parrino, 13 Shattered Panels (for Joey Ramone), 2001
Giuseppe Penone, Cedro di Versailles (Cedar of Versailles), 2000–03
Tom Wesselmann, Still Life #60, 1973
Art Basel Unlimited
June 15–18, 2017, hall 1
Chris Burden’s monumental performance sculpture, Ode to Santos-Dumont, will be presented at Art Basel Unlimited. The flying machine was inspired by Brazilian-born pioneer aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont, widely considered the father of aviation in France, and modeled after Santos-Dumont’s 1901 dirigible that flew around the Eiffel Tower. Completed after a decade of research and work by Burden, Ode to Santos-Dumont offers a palpable and emotional expression of the density of air, gravity, and energy required to move about in our earthly environment.
June 12: 4:30pm, 7pm
June 13–14: 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm
June 15–18: 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm, 6:30pm
Chris Burden, Ode to Santos-Dumont, 2015. Photo: Peter Brenner
Douglas Gordon, Michel Auder, Lolita Jablonskienė
Saturday, June 15, 2019, 5–6pm
Douglas Gordon will speak with photographer Michel Auder and art critic Lolita Jablonskienė on the life and legacy of Jonas Mekas, the “godfather of avant-garde film.” All three speakers were friends and admirers of Mekas. Gordon’s 2016 film I had nowhere to go: Portrait of a displaced person incorporates one minute of real-time footage per year of Mekas’s momentous life, covering his departure from his native Lithuania, to his time in forced-labor camps and a displaced persons’ center during World War II, to his eventual arrival in New York, and beyond. The discussion, moderated by Maxa Zoller, curator of Art Basel’s Film Sector, is titled “‘Reminiscence of a Journey’—The Legacy of Jonas Mekas.” The event is free to attend.
Douglas Gordon, I had nowhere to go: Portrait of a displaced person, 2016 (still) © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Nature and Inspiration: Henry Moore at Houghton Hall
Sebastiano Barassi reflects on the centrality of nature in the work of Henry Moore—as form, material, inspiration, and site.
Gagosian Quarterly Summer 2019
The Summer 2019 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring a detail from Afrylic by Ellen Gallagher on its cover.
Behind the Art
Setsuko: Into the Trees
Setsuko takes Jean-Olivier Després on a tour of her exhibition of terra-cotta and enameled ceramics in Paris, explaining her passion for trees and describing her approach to painting.
The Bigger Picture
Children’s Arts Guild
Founded in 2010, the Children’s Arts Guild is using creative expression to empower young people in defining who they are and who they want to be. Guild co-founder Alexander Kopelman talks to Jennifer Knox White about the organization’s mission and future plans.
Edmund de Waal: psalm
The artist speaks about his two-part exhibition psalm, on view in Venice. He describes its connection to the history of the city and to notions of exile, and the profound cultural wealth that comes from migration.
Jeff Wall: The Space of Photography
Jeff Wall leads a tour through his most recent exhibition in New York.
Text by Richard Hell.
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.
Marc Newson and Derek Blasberg
Marc Newson tells Derek Blasberg about his newest creations, explaining the backstory of these ornate works.
An exhibition at Gagosian, Paris, is raising funds to aid in the reconstruction of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris following the devastating fire of April 2019. Gagosian directors Serena Cattaneo Adorno and Jean-Olivier Després spoke to Jennifer Knox White about the generous response of artists and others, and what the restoration of this iconic structure means across the world.
Andy Warhol: Everything Is Good
Richard Hell writes about the “transcendentally camp” Pop artist, portraitist of daily life.
Frieze Sculpture New York: An Interview with Brett Littman
The inaugural presentation of Frieze Sculpture New York at Rockefeller Center opened on April 25, 2019. Before the opening, Brett Littman, the director of the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum and the curator of this exhibition, told Wyatt Allgeier about his vision for the project and detailed the artworks included.