Art Basel Unlimited 2021
September 24–26, 2021, hall 1, U50
Art Basel Unlimited 2021, curated by Giovanni Carmine, will include a major work by Meleko Mokgosi, presented by Gagosian in collaboration with Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Launched in 2000, Unlimited is an exhibition platform for exciting large-scale projects that transcend the limits of the standard booth.
Bread, Butter, and Power (2018) is an epic twenty-one-panel painting that forms one of the eight chapters of Mokgosi’s ambitious project Democratic Intuition (2013–20). Examining the ideals and reciprocities of democracy in a southern African context, each panel depicts the gendered division of labor and its manifestations in daily life—namely, the work involved in maintaining land, families, and households. Combining strategies of history painting and cinematic montage, Mokgosi explores regional issues of class, ethnicity, and education. Bread, Butter, and Power abounds with overt references to recent social and postcolonial histories, together with diverse associations gathered imaginatively across time and space into a complex conceptual fiction.
Meleko Mokgosi, Bread, Butter, and Power, 2018 (detail), installation view, Art Basel Unlimited © Meleko Mokgosi. Photo: Sebastiano Pellion di Persano
Art Basel Unlimited 2021
September 24–26, 2021, hall 1, U32
Art Basel Unlimited 2021, curated by Giovanni Carmine, will include a major work by Albert Oehlen. A genre-defying work that exemplifies the artist’s interest in the evocative intersection between the audio and the visual, blech_betty (2017) pairs paintings by Oehlen with sound compositions by Norbert Möslang. The installation comprises ten oil-on-aluminum paintings, each featuring a different variation on Oehlen’s characteristic tree motif. Hidden amplifiers are placed behind each panel, producing shivering metallic vibrations that transform the gallery into a haunting and immersive soundscape.
Albert Oehlen, blech_betty, 2017 © Albert Oehlen. Photo: Simon Vogel
Saturday, August 14, 2021, 5:30pm
The Current, Stowe, Vermont
Join Meleko Mokgosi and Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi, curator at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, for a conversation about Mokgosi’s exhibition Scripto-visual, on view at the Current in Stowe, Vermont, through November 13, 2021. The pair will discuss the technical aspects of Mokgosi’s practice and the themes in the exhibition, including the artist’s investigations of representation and power. This in person event is free to attend.
Meleko Mokgosi, Woman Sitting, 2021 © Meleko Mokgosi. Photo: Paul Rogers Photography
FIAC Online 2021
March 2–12, 2021
Gagosian is pleased to present Printemps oublié for the first online edition of FIAC. This curated presentation reflects the dual character of springtime as a reminder of past trials and the harbinger of a vibrant new season to come.
All the artworks will appear on the Gagosian website and a rotating selection will appear in the inaugural FIAC Online Viewing Rooms, from March 4 to 7.
Jeff Koons, Bluebird Planter, 2010–16 © Jeff Koons
Friends and Relations: Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon, Frank Auerbach, Michael Andrews
Join Jake Auerbach, Richard Calvocoressi, Bella Freud, Martin Gayford, and Florence Hallett as they discuss the work and legacy of four era-defining artists. Friends and Relations: Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon, Frank Auerbach, Michael Andrews, on view at Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London, elucidates the connections between their respective practices, and also features some of the artists’ portraits of each other.
Gagosian Quarterly Winter 2022
The Winter 2022 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Anna Weyant’s Two Eileens (2022) on its cover.
Languorous undulations (in the temple of my familiar)
Alexandria Smith and Akwaeke Emezi take up themes of queerness, hybridity, and embodied memory in their respective visual and literary works. Here, Emezi responds to Smith’s painting Languorous undulations (in the temple of my familiar) (2022) with an eponymous piece of flash fiction.
Anselm Kiefer and Michael Govan
On the occasion of his exhibition Anselm Kiefer: Exodus at Gagosian at Marciano Art Foundation in Los Angeles, the artist spoke with Michael Govan about his works that elaborate on themes of loss, history, and redemption.
Sterling Ruby: TURBINES
Join Sterling Ruby in his Los Angeles studio as he works on new abstract paintings ahead of his exhibition TURBINES at Gagosian in New York.
Jenny Saville: Latent
In this video, Jenny Saville describes the evolution of her practice inside her latest exhibition, Latent, at Gagosian, Paris. She addresses the genesis of the title and reflects on the anatomy of a painting.
Glenn Brown: We’ll Keep On Dancing Till We Pay the Rent
In conjunction with his exhibition Glenn Brown: We’ll Keep On Dancing Till We Pay the Rent at Gagosian in New York, the artist sits down to discuss his new paintings, sculptures, and drawings.
Duane Hanson at Fondation Beyeler
To celebrate their twenty-fifth anniversary, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, Switzerland, staged an exhibition entitled Jubiläumsausstellung—Special Guest Duane Hanson. The presentation featured several sculptures by Duane Hanson alongside more than one hundred works from the foundation’s collection. Alice Godwin considers the fertile dialogues produced by these juxtapositions.
The Bigger Picture
Artists Against Mass Incarceration
Salomé Gómez-Upegui reports on cultural organizations and artists standing up against mass incarceration in the United States.
Artist to Artist: Spencer Sweeney and Peter Doig
Peter Doig visits Spencer Sweeney’s studio and the two discuss automatism, ambiguity, and anguish in the creative process.
Tyler Mitchell and Zoé Whitley
Tyler Mitchell sat down with Zoé Whitley, director at Chisenhale Gallery in London, for a conversation as part of Frieze Masters Talks and in partnership with Gagosian. The two discussed Mitchell’s first solo presentation in London and with the gallery, Chrysalis, on view earlier this fall at Gagosian, Davies Street, London, and a special commission for Frieze Masters 2022 that reflected on his conceptual and editorial photography practices. His work reinterprets the tropes employed in both the Western canon of portraiture and the contemporary fashion magazine.
Fashion and Art: Madonna’s Sex and Saint Laurent Rive Droite
This year’s edition of Art Basel Miami Beach brought Saint Laurent to America for a special exhibition curated by creative director Anthony Vaccarello celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of Madonna’s groundbreaking book, Sex (1992). Staged on the Miami beachfront, the ephemeral exhibition was presented on the occasion of the reissue of Sex by Rive Droite and Callaway, New York, and featured large-format prints of Steven Meisel’s iconic photographs from the book, as well as unpublished images from the original photo shoots. Rennie McDougall reflects on the momentous impact of the publication, tracing Madonna’s ongoing influence on and provocation of popular culture.