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Launching April 8, 2020

As arts institutions worldwide temporarily close their doors to support efforts to contain the covid-19 pandemic, exhibitions everywhere are being canceled, postponed, or curtailed. For artists who have invested time, energy, and resources preparing shows now directly affected by the health crisis, Gagosian is launching Artist Spotlighta new, multifaceted program that invites individual artists to use the gallery’s online channels as an open platform, to present their work to the world and continue generating support for their studios.

Starting on April 8, Gagosian will highlight a single artist each week, unveiling a rich weave of editorial features every Wednesday—including videos, interviews, essays, artists’ playlists, and more—providing insights into artistic practice and process, inspirations and influences. Each Friday at 6am edt, the gallery will present a single artwork exclusively on this page, making it available with pricing information for forty-eight hours only.

The featured artists include Sarah Sze, Stanley Whitney, Jennifer Guidi, Roe Ethridge, Titus Kaphar, Katharina Grosse, Theaster Gates, Dan Colen, Urs Fischer, Mark Grotjahn, Mary Weatherford, Rudolf Polanszky, Damien Hirst, and Jenny Saville.

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Clockwise from top left: Sarah Sze, photo: courtesy MacArthur Foundation; Urs Fischer, photo: Chad Moore; Jennifer Guidi, photo: Brica Wilcox; Titus Kaphar, photo: John Lucas; and Jenny Saville, photo: Pal Hansen/Getty Images

Clockwise from top left: Sarah Sze, photo: courtesy MacArthur Foundation; Urs Fischer, photo: Chad Moore; Jennifer Guidi, photo: Brica Wilcox; Titus Kaphar, photo: John Lucas; and Jenny Saville, photo: Pal Hansen/Getty Images

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Mark Grotjahn

May 27–June 2, 2020

In his paintings, drawings, and sculptures, Mark Grotjahn interweaves and revitalizes various historical modes of abstraction, probing the limits between gesture and geometry, impulse and exactitude. His works unfold according to precise yet mutating rubrics, resulting in an expansive vocabulary of visual motifs that migrate from one series to the next in almost obsessive permutations. By finding variations within his immediately identifiable style, Grotjahn reveals the complexities of authorial gesture.

Photo: Olivier Zahm

Installation view, Ed Ruscha: Drum Skins, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas, January 11–July 12, 2020. Artwork © Ed Ruscha

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Ed Ruscha
Drum Skins

May 28–June 3, 2020

Gagosian is pleased to present recent paintings by Ed Ruscha online for galleryplatform.la. Fifty years ago, Ruscha purchased a set of vellum drum skins from a leather shop in Los Angeles. He has continued to collect these vintage objects, and since 2011 he has used them as canvases for the works on view in his solo exhibition Drum Skins at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas. Due to the ongoing health crisis, the museum is currently closed.

Installation view, Ed Ruscha: Drum Skins, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas, January 11–July 12, 2020. Artwork © Ed Ruscha

Photo: Eric Piasecki

Artist Spotlight

Dan Colen

May 20–26, 2020

Moving between diverse styles and subjects, Dan Colen investigates the conceptual stakes of materiality and mark making. Alongside explorations in unconventional mediums including chewing gum, flowers, and metal studs, he continually returns to oil painting and representation, conducting an ever-evolving inquiry into the objecthood and authority of painting as a medium.

Photo: Eric Piasecki

The Nature of Mark Grotjahn

The Nature of Mark Grotjahn

Michael Auping writes about the origins of Mark Grotjahn’s Capri paintings and their relationship with nature and landscape.

Featuring Joan Jonas’s Mirror Piece 1 (1969) on its cover.

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Mark Grotjahn: Capri

Mark Grotjahn: Capri

Mark Grotjahn speaks to Sam Orlofsky about the stories and processes behind his Capri series, on the occasion of his exhibition New Capri, Capri, Free Capri in New York.

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Dan Colen and Linda Goode Bryant are both artists who have founded nonprofits devoted to food justice. Here they speak about art, food, and life, including how they arrived at farming and the urgency of their projects’ missions during the current health crisis.

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A Single Moment: Dan Colen and Francesco Bonami

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Dan Colen with Hans Ulrich Obrist

Against the backdrop of his survey exhibition Sweet Liberty, Dan Colen speaks about his work with Hans Ulrich Obrist, starting with his earliest interest in art and continuing up to the recent Desert paintings (2015–19).

Georg Baselitz and Zeng Fanzhi. Portraits of both artists in black-and-white.

Artist to Artist: Georg Baselitz and Zeng Fanzhi

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There is Woman in the Landscapes: Willem de Kooning from 1959 to 1963

Lauren Mahony considers a critical four-year period in the painter’s career, examining the technical changes that occurred between his “abstract parkway landscapes” of the late 1950s and the “pastoral landscapes” that succeeded them, as well as the impact on his work of his impending move to Springs, New York.

Georg Baselitz working on a painting in his studio.

Georg Baselitz: What if...

Richard Calvocoressi narrates a tour of an exhibition of new paintings by Georg Baselitz in San Francisco, describing the visual effect of these luminous compositions and explaining their relationship to earlier works by the artist.

Installation view, "Katharina Grosse: Is It You?," Baltimore Museum of Art, March 1–June 28, 2020.

Katharina Grosse: The Movement Comes from Outside

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Installation view, Katharina Grosse: Is It You?, Baltimore Museum of Art, March 1–June 28, 2020

Katharina Grosse: I see what she did there

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Still from the film "Women Artists: Katharina Grosse" by Claudia Müller.

Women Artists: Katharina Grosse

In this film by Claudia Müller, Katharina Grosse curates a virtual exhibition of works by ten female artists, including Valie Export, Isa Genzken, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Wangechi Mutu, and others. Speaking about each artist’s practice, she explains what draws her to the selected works, which range from painting and sculpture to performance video and installation.