Light and color pervade every aspect of Jennifer Guidi’s work. The Los Angeles artist’s radiant, mandala-like paintings are marked by tonal and chromatic shifts that operate in concert with richly textured surfaces. The effect echoes natural phenomena and undergirds a powerful archetypal symbolism. Guidi mixes sand into her paints—she uses both oils and acrylics—to produce immersive abstract compositions that borrow from the pared-down structures of Minimalism while evoking ancient theories of energy and perception.
Created in response to the covid-19 pandemic, the Artist Spotlight series highlights individual artists, one week at a time, whose exhibitions have been affected by the health crisis. A single artwork by the artist is made available with pricing information for forty-eight hours only.
Artist Spotlight: Jennifer Guidi features a new work directly from the artist’s studio. The work will be unveiled below on Friday, April 24, at 6am edt. For updates, please contact the gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please contact the gallery at email@example.com.
Photo: Brica Wilcox
Twelve Tracks: Jennifer Guidi
Jennifer Guidi shares a selection of the music she listens to in the studio and speaks about its connection to her meditative painting process.
The artist speaks with Laura Fried about her most recent paintings, the symbol of the serpent, and her evolving relationship to color.
Gagosian Quarterly Spring 2020
The Spring 2020 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Cindy Sherman’s Untitled #412 (2003) on its cover.
(RED) Auction 2018
Theaster Gates and Sir David Adjaye join Bono to spearhead (RED)’s third auction of contemporary art and design, raising funds for the global fight against AIDS. As Gagosian prepares the preview exhibition, Gillian Pistell looks at the urgency of this vital cause.
Jennifer Guidi: Heliocentric is available for online reading from April 22 through May 21 as part of Artist Spotlight: Jennifer Guidi. Her first exhibition with Gagosian, Heliocentric featured fourteen luminous paintings with surfaces that oscillate between color and texture. Images of these works, as well as installation views of the exhibition, are accompanied by an essay by Stuart Krimko in this accompanying publication.
Jennifer Guidi: Heliocentric (Hong Kong: Gagosian, 2018)
The Afghan Carpet Project
Lisa Anne Auerbach, Liz Craft, Meg Cranston, Francesca Gabbiani, Jennifer Guidi, Toba Khedoori
For The Afghan Carpet Project, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles invited six artists, including Jennifer Guidi, to travel to Afghanistan to learn about the history and process of hand-weaving carpets and then to create designs to be produced by Afghan weavers. The project was initiated by the nonprofit organization AfghanMade, along with carpet producer Christopher Farr, Inc., with proceeds benefiting Arzu Studio Hope. This video provides an account of the project, including interviews with the participating artists and footage from their trip to Kabul and Bamiyan in March 2014, as well as views of the resulting carpets displayed at the Hammer Museum.
Still from “The Afghan Carpet Project”
One Artist, One Work, One Week
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 Spotlight—a 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.
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
One Day at a Time
Manny Farber and Termite Art
October 14, 2018–March 11, 2019
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Inspired by American painter and film critic Manny Farber and his legendary underground essay “White Elephant Art vs. Termite Art” (1962), One Day at a Time: Manny Farber and Termite Art featured approximately thirty artists and more than one hundred works of painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, and sound dating from the 1950s to the present. Work by Jennifer Guidi and Jonas Wood was included.
Jennifer Guidi, Eclipse (Painted Mandala Mountain SF #1A, Black Sand, Blue, Yellow, Purple, Red), 2017 © Jennifer Guidi
Generations Part 1
Female Artists in Dialogue
February 22–June 30, 2018
Sammlung Goetz, Munich
Sammlung Goetz celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary in 2018 with a three-part exhibition dedicated to artistic creations by women. On display were nearly two hundred works by more than forty artists in an intergenerational dialogue. Generations Part 1 focused on the appropriation of ordinary materials and practices rooted in advertising and design. Work by Ellen Gallagher, Katharina Grosse, and Jennifer Guidi was included.
Jennifer Guidi, Becoming the Mountain (Painted White Sand SF #1F, White and Yellow), 2016 © Jennifer Guidi
Visible Light/Luce Visibile
July 1–September 24, 2017
Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce, Genoa, Italy
Visible Light/Luce Visibile, at Villa Croce, was the first solo museum exhibition by Jennifer Guidi. Painted in spectral tones evoking the colors of the rainbow, the new body of work on view continued the artist’s investigation of light, color, and energy. To create these paintings, Guidi used a system of underpainting in which she first applied a thick layer of sand to the surface of the canvas; while this was still wet, she made marks with a dowel in controlled and repetitive movements, often adding sand and paint along the edges of the divots.
Installation view, Jennifer Guidi: Visible Light/Luce Visibile, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce, Genoa, Italy, July 1–September 24, 2017. Artwork © Jennifer Guidi
The Marciano Collection
May 25–September 16, 2017
Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles
Unpacking: The Marciano Collection was the debut presentation of the collection’s holdings organized by Philipp Kaiser. The title and theme of the show were derived from Walter Benjamin’s essay “Unpacking My Library,” in which he discusses the chaotic potentiality inherent in unpacking and recontextualizing one’s collection. Work by Mark Grotjahn, Jennifer Guidi, Thomas Houseago, Alex Israel, Takashi Murakami, Albert Oehlen, Sterling Ruby, Cindy Sherman, Franz West, Jonas Wood, and Christopher Wool was included.
Installation view, Unpacking: The Marciano Collection, Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles, May 25–September 16, 2017. Artwork, left to right: © Albert Oehlen, © Christopher Wool