October 1–31, 2020
I’ve always got to get down there and show what is underneath everything.
Gagosian is pleased to present works by Jay DeFeo on 8-bridges, a newly launched online platform created to highlight artists and galleries in the San Francisco Bay Area. Honoring the rich history of the Bay Area art scene, the inaugural presentation features selected works from the exhibition Transcending Definition: Jay DeFeo in the 1970s, on view at Gagosian, San Francisco, through December 11, 2020. DeFeo spent most of her life in the San Francisco Bay Area and remains an influential figure in the region. The 8-bridges presentation focuses on the artist’s output in the decade following the completion of her pivotal work The Rose (1958–66), when she was based in Marin County, just north of San Francisco. In her paintings, photographs, and works on paper of the 1970s, DeFeo fused the representational with the abstract, permeating her images of everyday objects—a camera tripod, a jewelry fragment, a shoe tree—with a sense of mystery. The artist described her works of this period as “beings suspended in space and time” that “transcend the definition of the literal objects from which they are derived.”
Jay DeFeo, Figure V (Tripod series), 1976 © 2020 The Jay DeFeo Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Robert Divers Herrick
Jay DeFeo’s Generation
Suzanne Hudson, Dana Miller, and Clifford Ross
Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 2pm EST
Join Gagosian for a conversation on Jay DeFeo with Los Angeles–based art historian and critic Suzanne Hudson, Seattle-based art historian and independent curator Dana Miller, and New York–based artist Clifford Ross. The trio will discuss the unique place DeFeo occupies in art history, shaped by a diverse body of work that defies categorization, a practice situated outside of the American art centers of New York and Los Angeles, and relationships with other artists of her generation. To join, register at zoom.us.
Jay DeFeo, Lotus Eater No. 1, 1974 © 2020 The Jay DeFeo Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Robert Divers Herrick
Discussing Jay DeFeo’s monumental painting The Rose (1958–66), now in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, are Dana Miller, curator of the Whitney’s permanent collection, David A. Ross, former director, and Lisa Phillips, former curator, with Leah Levy, director of the Jay DeFeo Trust (now the Jay DeFeo Foundation). They describe the significance of this pivotal work and detail the Whitney’s efforts to conserve it.
Still from “Jay DeFeo's The Rose”
Catching Ideas in Process
Jay DeFeo’s Photography
Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 8–9pm EST
The medium of photography enabled Jay DeFeo to further explore the themes and forms she continually returned to in her diverse practice, and to capture her own process, resulting in images that blur the line between documentation and art. Organized by the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco, this panel discussion brings together Corey Keller, curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, in conversation with artists Paul Mpagi Sepuya and Rayyane Tabet to discuss this lesser-known body of DeFeo’s oeuvre and the ways in which her highly experimental practice continues to resonate with photographers working today. The conversation will be moderated by Emily Markert, a curatorial fellow at the Wattis Institute. To register for the event, visit eventbrite.com.
Jay DeFeo, Untitled, 1973 © 2020 The Jay DeFeo Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Helen Frankenthaler: A Painter’s Sculptures
On the occasion of three exhibitions in London exploring different aspects of Helen Frankenthaler’s work, Lauren Mahony introduces texts by the sculptor Anthony Caro and by the artist herself on her relatively unfamiliar first body of sculpture, made in the summer of 1972 in Caro’s London studio.
Gagosian Quarterly Summer 2021
The Summer 2021 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Carrie Mae Weems’s The Louvre (2006) on its cover.
Vicomtesse Marie-Laure de Noailles
Ariella Wolens explores the patron’s role in fostering the legendary art world of early twentieth-century France.
Building a Legacy
Famously Unknown: Legacy Building in the Art World
In this video, Raymond Foye and Rani Singh discuss the general principles and methodologies of archiving, editing, and presenting the work of overlooked artists and writers. They share firsthand accounts and learning experiences from working with artists and poets such as Jordan Belson, Gregory Corso, Rene Ricard, and Harry Smith.
Work in Progress
Jia Aili: In the Studio
This video presents a behind-the-scenes look at Jia Aili’s studio in Beijing. He elaborates on his in-progress works, the complexity of his compositions, as well as his philosophies of and motivations for painting.
Adriana Varejão: For a Poetics of Difference
Curator Luisa Duarte considers the artist’s oeuvre, writing on Varejão’s active engagement with theories of difference, as well as the cultural specters of the past.
Dr. David Driskell
Taylor Aldridge reflects on the enduring legacy of the artist, educator, curator, and scholar.
Louise Bonnet: Sphinxes
Ali Subotnick investigates the artist’s surreal new series of drawings.
Albert Oehlen: Terrifying Sunset
The artist speaks with Mark Godfrey about his new paintings, touching on the works’ relationship to John Graham, the Rothko Chapel, and Leigh Bowery.
A Body in Fukushima
Ten years after Fukushima’s nuclear meltdown of 2011, movement-based artist Eiko Otake and historian/photographer William Johnston discuss their visits to that irradiated landscape. The forthcoming book A Body in Fukushima documents their ongoing performance project.
To Create a Vision: Jia Aili in Conversation with Philip Tinari
Jia Aili speaks with curator Philip Tinari about his arts education, his working process, and his desire to expand the talking points around painting.
Artist to Artist: Rachel Feinstein and Ewa Juszkiewicz
On the occasion of Frieze New York 2021, the two artists discuss remixing conventions, the allure of Rococo, and the importance of research and history within their respective practices.