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Art Basel Unlimited 2021
Meleko Mokgosi

September 24–26, 2021, hall 1, U50
Messe Basel

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

Meleko Mokgosi, Bread, Butter, and Power, 2018 (detail), installation view, Art Basel Unlimited © Meleko Mokgosi. Photo: Sebastiano Pellion di Persano

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September 24–26, 2021, hall 1, U32
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Meleko Mokgosi
Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi

Saturday, August 14, 2021, 5:30pm
The Current, Stowe, Vermont

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FIAC Online 2021
Printemps oublié

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

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