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Nathaniel Mary Quinn

January 27–February 2, 2021

In his composite portraits derived from sources both personal and found, Nathaniel Mary Quinn probes the relationship between visual memory and perception. Fragments of images taken from online sources, fashion magazines, and family photographs come together to form hybrid faces and figures that are at once Dadaesque and adamantly realist, evoking the intimacy and intensity of a face-to-face encounter.

The Artist Spotlight series highlights the work of individual artists for one week each month. Launched in spring 2020 as a weekly platform, the series is now in its second season and is presented as a regular part of the gallery’s programming. Each Artist Spotlight features new online content, and artwork by the artist is made available with pricing information for forty-eight hours only.

Artist Spotlight: Nathaniel Mary Quinn features a new painting by the artist. For more information, please contact the gallery at collecting@gagosian.com.

Photo: Eddie Lee

Photo: Eddie Lee

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Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Breonna Taylor, 2020 © Nathaniel Mary Quinn

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Louise Bonnet, Piero Golia, Meleko Mokgosi, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, and Nancy Rubins in
Show Me the Signs

November 10–30, 2020

Show Me the Signs is an online benefit auction hosted by Artfizz to support the families of Black women killed by the police. Over 100 artists have created pieces in the form of protest signs for the auction, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the African American Policy Forum’s #SayHerName Mothers Network. Work by Louise Bonnet, Piero Golia, Meleko Mokgosi, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, and Nancy Rubins is included. To register to bid, visit artfizz.com.

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Breonna Taylor, 2020 © Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Treasure Hunt #2, 2020 © Nathaniel Mary Quinn

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Cecily Brown, Giuseppe Penone, and Nathaniel Mary Quinn in
100 Drawings from Now

October 7, 2020–January 17, 2021
Drawing Center, New York
drawingcenter.org

The benefit exhibition 100 Drawings from Now features drawings made by an international group of artists since early 2020, providing a snapshot of artistic production during the period of profound global unrest that has resulted from the ongoing health and economic crises, as well as the surge of activism in response to systemic racism, social injustice, and police brutality in the United States. Together, the donated works spotlight the urgency, intimacy, and universality of drawing during moments of upheaval and isolation. Proceeds from the sales will support the Drawing Center and the artists. Work by Cecily Brown, Giuseppe Penone, and Nathaniel Mary Quinn is included.

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Treasure Hunt #2, 2020 © Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Photo: Kyle Dorosz

Video

Nathaniel Mary Quinn
Dominique Clayton

Nathaniel Mary Quinn speaks with Dominique Clayton from the Broad, Los Angeles, about his approach to figuration and the central role that empathy and vulnerability play within his studio practice. He discusses how social distancing has reinforced his perspective on the important role of art and explains how the writings of Henry David Thoreau, which he has been reading while practicing social distancing, have inspired him.

Photo: Kyle Dorosz

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Museum Exhibitions

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Lil’ Barbara, 2017 © Nathaniel Mary Quinn

On View

Person of Interest

Through July 3, 2021
Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
sheldonartmuseum.org

Exploring nuances in portraiture from the late nineteenth century to today—and testing the very definition of the genre—Person of Interest presents depictions of the literal and abstracted body from Sheldon’s rich holdings and selected loans. This exhibition asks open-ended questions about self-fashioning, cultural memory, gender identity, and the performance of identity. In doing so, it prompts conversations about race and representation, institutional power, and lived experiences. Work by Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Jenny Saville, and Cindy Sherman is included.

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Lil’ Barbara, 2017 © Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Ms. Lykes, 2015 © Nathaniel Mary Quinn

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Duro Olowu
Seeing Chicago

February 29–September 13, 2020
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
mcachicago.org

Nigerian-born British designer Duro Olowu curates a show that reimagines relationships between artists and objects across time, media, and geography. Moving away from traditional exhibition formats, Olowu combines photographs, paintings, sculptures, and films in dense and textural scenes that incorporate his own work. Work by Brice Marden and Nathaniel Mary Quinn is included.

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Ms. Lykes, 2015 © Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Someday, 2018 © Nathaniel Mary Quinn. Photo: Jeff McLane, courtesy the artist and M+B, Los Angeles

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Dirty Protest
Selections from the Hammer Contemporary Collection

January 24–May 19, 2019
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
hammer.ucla.edu

This exhibition highlights a lively mix of painting, sculpture, and media installations by more than thirty international established and emerging artists, drawn from the Hammer Museum’s collection. Work by Chris Burden and Nathaniel Mary Quinn is included.

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Someday, 2018 © Nathaniel Mary Quinn. Photo: Jeff McLane, courtesy the artist and M+B, Los Angeles

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, You Ought to Be With Me, 2018 © Nathaniel Mary Quinn

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Nathaniel Mary Quinn in
Dreamweavers

February 13–April 13, 2019
UTA Artist Space, Beverly Hills, California
utaartistspace.com

Dreamweavers contemplates the surreal in society against a vigorously shifting twenty-first century. The group exhibition examines the paradox of fact and fantasy through the lens of artists who operate from a deeply imaginative, often provocative, psychological space. Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean has collaborated with UTA Artists Space and curator Nicola Vassell to present the show. Work by Nathaniel Mary Quinn is included.

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, You Ought to Be With Me, 2018 © Nathaniel Mary Quinn

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