The Best Is Yet to Come
July 30–August 6, 2020
Sometimes you want to look back at what you did, and then you realize that you only care about the future.
Gagosian is pleased to present recent work by Piero Golia online for galleryplatform.la. Golia transforms everyday objects and commonplace events into exceptional works of art that defy established conventions and build narratives. His diverse practice includes both artworks that take physical form, often at an architectural scale, and others that are immaterial or conceptual. For his most recent project, Golia hired a painter to illustrate a set of eight porcelain plates with images from his past artistic output. Each is unique in terms of content, size, and shape; together, they become a self-portrait of the places, objects, and interventions constituting his life and work. From his celebrated sculpture Untitled (My Gold Is Yours), exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2013, to a 2019 intervention involving the hiring of a landscape painter and an airplane, the set comprises a narrative retrospective of the artist’s career.
Piero Golia with his set of eight porcelain plates The Best Is Yet to Come (2020), Los Angeles, 2020. Artwork © Piero Golia. Photo: Joshua White/JWPictures.com
February 11–March 18, 2021
Dries Van Noten, Los Angeles
Piero Golia’s animatronic sculpture The Dog and the Drop (2013) is on view at the Little House, an exhibition space in the recently opened Dries Van Noten store in Los Angeles. Golia’s practice is heterogeneous and unpredictable, employing diverse mediums and methods to spark chain reactions that, even when they leave no objects or images behind, have the capacity to alter our perception.
Piero Golia, The Dog and the Drop, 2013 © Piero Golia
Pier Paolo Pancotto
Thursday, December 10, 2020, 12pm est (6pm cet)
Piero Golia will speak with curator Pier Paolo Pancotto in conjunction with the publication of a new book about the artist’s recent work at La Fondazione, Rome. On January 18, 2020, a team of construction workers with jackhammers appeared at the institution and rather than conducting maintenance work, as might be expected, were directed by Golia to engrave the phrase “The End” into the floor as the third and final performance of his Roman Trilogy. Over the course of the work’s production, the unrelenting drilling disrupted the surrounding commercial gallery spaces—both literally and conceptually—causing the paintings hanging on the walls to shake uncontrollably. To watch the live conversation conducted in Italian, visit www.youtube.com.
Piero Golia’s performance “The End” from Roman Trilogy at La Fondazione, Rome, 2020 © Piero Golia. Photo: Daniele Molajoli
Monday, July 6, 2020, 12pm EDT
Join Gagosian for a virtual tour of Piero Golia: Still Life, an exhibition on view at Gagosian, Britannia Street, London, through July 31. The Los Angeles–based artist will speak online with Berlin-based artist Jonathan Monk about the surreal “sculptural happening” Golia has engineered but will never see in person due to restrictions on international travel during the pandemic. To watch the live conversation, register at zoom.us.
Piero Golia, Still Life (Rotating device), 2019 © Piero Golia
Albert Oehlen: In the Studio
This film by Albert Oehlen, with music by Tim Berresheim, takes us inside the artist’s studio in Switzerland as he works on a new painting.
Gagosian Quarterly Spring 2021
The Spring 2021 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Gerhard Richter’s Helen (1963) on its cover.
Albert Oehlen and Mark Godfrey
Albert Oehlen speaks to Mark Godfrey about a recent group of abstract paintings, “academic” art, reversing habits, and questioning rules.
Hans Ulrich Obrist traces the history behind Richter’s Cage paintings and speaks with the artist about their creation.
The Grand Chalet: An interview with Setsuko
On the twentieth anniversary of Balthus’s death, Setsuko gives an intimate tour of the Grand Chalet and reflects on how the 1754 Swiss mountain home enriched their lives as artists.
Work in Progress
Adriana Varejão: In the Studio
Join Adriana Varejão at her studio in Rio de Janeiro as she prepares for her upcoming exhibition at Gagosian in New York. She speaks about the inspirations for her “tile” paintings, from Portuguese azulejos to the Brazilian Baroque to the Talavera ceramic tradition of Mexico, and reveals for the first time her unique process for creating these works.
A short story by Cleyvis Natera, published here on the occasion of the Quarterly’s collaboration with pen America.
The Art of Biography: Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan
Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan, coauthors of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize–winning biography of Willem de Kooning, speak with Michael Cary about the research and revelations that went into their forthcoming biography of Francis Bacon.
On Ming Smith: A Life of Magical Thinking
An interview by Nicola Vassell.
Sir David Adjaye OBE and Zoë Ryan
Architect David Adjaye discusses his archival project Adjaye Africa Architecture: A Photographic Survey of Metropolitan Architecture with Zoë Ryan, Daniel W. Dietrich, II Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania. For this decade-long project, published in seven volumes, Adjaye traveled to the capital city of every major African country to photograph the continent’s built environment.
Twombly and the Poets
Anne Boyer, the inaugural winner of the Cy Twombly Award in Poetry, composes a poem in response to Twombly’s Aristaeus Mourning the Loss of His Bees (1973) and introduces a portfolio of the painter’s works accompanied by the poems that inspired them.
Jacoba Urist profiles the legendary collector.