Basel Online 2020
Gagosian is pleased to announce its most significant online sales presentation yet. Important works by modern and contemporary masters will be unveiled in mid-June through two separate online platforms—Gagosian Online and Art Basel Online. These individually curated selections will offer collectors direct access to artworks of the highest caliber. To experience the presentation in its entirety, viewers will need to visit both gagosian.com and artbasel.com. The works on gagosian.com will rotate every forty-eight hours, for a total of five cycles.
The presentations include a remarkable painting by Roy Lichtenstein that combines abstraction and still life, two genres that he reimagined through the prism of Pop art. From the studio of Georg Baselitz comes a key work that has remained in the artist’s possession since he made it in 1980. A robust example of his Strandbilder (Beach Pictures), the painting reflects the primitivist impulses of his large-scale sculptures, the first of which were exhibited at the Venice Biennale the same year. An epic Last Supper painting by Andy Warhol from 1986 is one of very few entirely hand-painted works in the artist’s oeuvre.A sublime “soak-stain” painting by Helen Frankenthaler exemplifies her 1960s shift from gestural, linear painting to “composing with color.” Untitled (Smalls Capri 52.71) (2020) is a dynamic new large-scale painting by Mark Grotjahn. The fragmented look of the Black woman in Nathaniel Mary Quinn’s painting Essential Worker (2020), made especially for this occasion, reflects the repressive double bind into which she has been forced.
Mark Tansey has also produced a new painting especially for this occasion. Recent works by John Currin, Urs Fischer, Theaster Gates, Katharina Grosse, Damien Hirst, Neil Jenney, Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Albert Oehlen, Giuseppe Penone, Sterling Ruby, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, Sarah Sze, Jeff Wall, Mary Weatherford, and others will also be unveiled.
Gagosian has exhibited annually at Art Basel in Switzerland since 1995 and is proud to have established a permanent gallery in the city of Basel in 2019. For more information about the works to be featured at gagosian.com and at artbasel.com, please contact email@example.com.
Andy Warhol, The Last Supper, 1986 © 2020 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
July 1–7, 2020
An important contributor to the artistic landscape of Vienna, Rudolf Polanszky makes cerebral multidisciplinary works that embrace chance occurrence. His fundamentally improvisational practice marries conceptual philosophies with varied modes of production, resulting in compositions that oscillate between dual identities as concrete objects and symbols of subjective perception.
Photo: Xandra M. Linsin
June 24–30, 2020
Urs Fischer mines the potential of materials—from clay, steel, and paint to bread, dirt, and produce—to create works that disorient and bewilder. Through scale distortions, illusion, and the juxtaposition of common objects, his paintings, sculptures, photographs, and large-scale installations explore themes of perception and representation while maintaining a witty irreverence and mordant humor.
Photo: Chad Moore
June 17–23, 2020
Mary Weatherford makes large paintings comprising grounds of spontaneously sponged paint on heavy linen canvases, often surmounted by one or more carefully shaped and placed colored neon tubes. The canvas—prepared with white gesso mixed with marble dust and worked on with Flashe paint, a highly pigmented but readily diluted emulsion—supports startlingly diverse applications of color, while the surface of the paint ranges from matte and velvety to transparent and translucent. Weatherford’s use of color and light is based on her direct experience of specific locations, as well as her memories of such experiences.
Photo: Antony Hoffman
Rudolf Polanszky: Reconstructions
Gagosian director Ealan Wingate describes his first visit to Rudolf Polansky’s studio outside Vienna and discusses the development of the artist’s practice—from his early works informed by the legacy of the Viennese Actionists to the Reconstructions, an ongoing body of assemblage-type wall works and sculptures.
Hans Ulrich Obrist visits the artist at his studio outside Vienna to discover more about the origins of his practice, his experiments in freedom, and the importance of drifting.
Urs Fischer: Lives of Forms
In his introduction to the catalogue for Urs Fischer’s exhibition The Lyrical and the Prosaic, at the Aïshti Foundation in Beirut, curator Massimiliano Gioni traces the material and conceptual tensions that reverberate throughout the artist’s paintings, sculptures, installations, and interventions.
Fruit and Vegetables: Francesco Bonami on Urs Fischer
Fruit and vegetables are a recurring motif in Urs Fischer’s visual vocabulary, introducing the dimension of time while elaborating on the art historical tradition of the vanitas. Here, curator Francesco Bonami traces this thread through the artist’s sculptures and paintings of the past two decades.
Gagosian Quarterly Summer 2020
The Summer 2020 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Joan Jonas’s Mirror Piece 1 (1969) on its cover.
Rainer Maria Rilke: Duino Elegies
Bobbie Sheng explores the symbiotic relationship between the poet and visual artists of his time and tracks the enduring influence of his poetry on artists working today.
Five Books: Urs Fischer
Urs Fischer talks about reading during the pandemic lockdown, sharing five books—both fiction and nonfiction—that he has turned to while in self-isolation.
Mary Weatherford: Train Yards
Mary Weatherford speaks to Laura Hoptman about her new paintings, the Train Yard series. Begun in 2016, this body of work evokes the sights and sounds of railroads and night skies. The series will be shown for the first time in late 2020, in an exhibition at Gagosian, London.
The Bigger Picture
Gagosian’s Sarah Hoover sat down with Allison Freedman Weisberg, founder and executive director of Recess, and Anaïs Duplan, Recess program manager, to discuss the community arts organization’s evolution, recent programs, and dreams for the future.
Uncanny Delights: Sculpture by John Chamberlain, Urs Fischer, and Charles Ray
Catalyzed by the exhibition Crushed, Cast, Constructed: Sculpture by John Chamberlain, Urs Fischer, and Charles Ray, Alice Godwin examines the legacy and development of a Surrealist ethos in selected works from three contemporary sculptors.
Theaster Gates: Black Vessel
Join Theaster Gates in his studio as he prepares for his upcoming exhibition at Gagosian, New York, this fall. In this video, shot entirely on location in Chicago during the recent tumultuous weeks, Gates reflects on the metaphorical power of materials and process, and on the redemptive potential of art.
How to Renew the Color of Bricks
Social historian Chris Dingwall reflects on Theaster Gates’s engagement with the history of quotidian materials, focusing on the symbolic qualities and function of his brick-based sculpture.