ART021 Shanghai 2020
November 14–15, 2020, booth C02
Shanghai Exhibition Center
I want my mountains to exude a sense of freedom that is open to pluralistic interpretations. They should be something that viewers can relate to on a personal level. I don’t want them to be either “Eastern” or “Western”; nor should they be historical or literary. I want to rid my paintings of the sense of history or even the sense of time—to remove all external references.
Gagosian is pleased to participate in ART021 Shanghai 2020 with a solo booth of new paintings by Jia Aili. Along with the gallery’s booth at West Bund Art & Design 2020, on view between November 12 and 15, this will be Gagosian’s first in-person art fair since the COVID-19 lockdown in March.
Moving between genre painting, portraiture, fantasy, and abstraction, Jia creates epic tableaux that both emerge from and challenge art historical assumptions in the context of a rapidly changing world. In this new series, Jia depicts mountain ranges from around the globe, including sites in China and Switzerland. One of these mountain paintings will be presented as a special installation in the gallery’s booth.
On the occasion of the presentation of Jia’s new body of work at ART021, Gagosian Quarterly online will publish an interview with the artist by critic and curator Dr. Shen Qilan.
Jia’s work is currently on view through April 25, 2021, in Duration: Chinese Art in Transformation, a group exhibition at Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing.
Jia Aili, Take You to the Mountains, 2020 © Jia Aili Studio. Photo: Yang Chao Studio
May 26–June 1, 2021
A pioneering member of a new generation of Chinese artists, Jia Aili creates dynamic paintings that at once emerge from and challenge art historical conventions in the context of a rapidly changing world. In his wide-ranging practice, which incorporates abstraction, portraiture, fantastic imagery, and scenes from daily life, he reflects on the dramatic modernization of society while probing the vulnerabilities of the existential human condition. For Jia, new meaning emerges out of both this interweaving of disparate narratives and the reconsideration of complex knowledge systems.
Art Basel Hong Kong Online
March 20–25, 2020
Works by Georg Baselitz, Jennifer Guidi, Tetsuya Ishida, Jia Aili, Takashi Murakami, Mary Weatherford, Tom Wesselmann, and Zeng Fanzhi were available exclusively online. The selection was also on view in the Art Basel Hong Kong Online Viewing Rooms, accessible through artbasel.com and the Art Basel app.
Takashi Murakami, Kiki, 2018–20 © 2020 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All rights reserved
ART021 Shanghai 2019
November 9–10, 2019, booth C02
Shanghai Exhibition Center
Gagosian is pleased to participate in ART021 Shanghai 2019, presenting works by Urs Fischer, Helen Frankenthaler, Ellen Gallagher, Theaster Gates, Katharina Grosse, Simon Hantaï, Damien Hirst, Thomas Houseago, Robert Indiana, Jia Aili, Jeff Koons, Grant Levy-Lucero, Takashi Murakami, Nam June Paik, Ed Ruscha, Taryn Simon, Pierre Soulages, Rudolf Stingel, Sarah Sze, Mary Weatherford, and Tom Wesselmann, among others.
To receive a PDF with detailed information on the works, please contact the gallery at email@example.com.
Helen Frankenthaler, Eight in a Square, 1961 © 2019 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Vicomtesse Marie-Laure de Noailles
Ariella Wolens explores the patron’s role in fostering the legendary art world of early twentieth-century France.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.