Frieze Masters 2021
October 13–17, 2021, booth C02
Regent’s Park, London
Gagosian is pleased to participate in Frieze Masters 2021 with Material Process. Conceived, carved, cast, or constructed—sculpture remained a continuously strong tradition throughout the twentieth century in Britain. Artists such as Henry Moore, Anthony Caro, Michael Craig-Martin, Rachel Whiteread, Damien Hirst, and Douglas Gordon have extended this lineage, often focusing on human figures or body parts, transforming materials and techniques, including language, into a widely diverse practice that is internationally recognized.
Henry Moore pushed the historic materials of bronze and stone to new levels of innovation as he explored the bond between body and nature in his undulating figurative forms. Anthony Caro created his own sculptural language in response to Moore, experimenting with the effects of modeling and the sensations of the body from within, and later moving into constructed and collaged works. Realism and abstraction are reimagined in works that have subtle relationships with each other, and with the viewer. Both Moore and Caro used drawing to further their sculptural oeuvres and develop their own notions of space, movement, and volume. While Moore represented natural forms of shells, rocks, bones, and bark, Caro’s drawings echoed his own works in three dimensions, which inscribe the air with curves of steel, like pencil to paper.
Damien Hirst harnesses the liquid substance of formaldehyde in his sculpture to preserve the remains of animal carcasses. For Hirst, formaldehyde conjures associations with memory and humankind’s futile efforts to avoid the certainty of death. Rachel Whiteread’s casts of the spaces within domestic objects similarly give solid form to the soft edges of memory as she makes tangible the very absence of material. Within this uncertain space between presence and absence, Douglas Gordon’s text-based works toy with the resonance of language to foster a dialogue between artist and viewer. The concept of transformation between negative and positive equally resonates with Michael Craig-Martin’s momentous work An Oak Tree (1973). Evoking the belief in transubstantiation and the metamorphosis of materials, Craig-Martin invites faith in the notion that a simple glass of water may actually be an oak tree.
Through the work of these British artists, sculptural languages of experimentation come into focus, defined by a preoccupation with the materials and processes of art making.
October 21–24, 2021, booth B23
Grand Palais Éphémère, Paris
Gagosian is pleased to participate in FIAC 2021 with a presentation of painting, sculpture, and works on paper by gallery artists. The booth will feature works by Georg Baselitz, Edmund de Waal, Helen Frankenthaler, Theaster Gates, Katharina Grosse, Simon Hantaï, Takashi Murakami, Albert Oehlen, Steven Parrino, Auguste Rodin, Sterling Ruby, Setsuko, Jim Shaw, and Cy Twombly, among others. A selection of the works will also appear on gagosian.com and in FIAC’s Online Viewing Room.
Gagosian’s booth at FIAC 2021. Artwork, left to right: © Giuseppe Penone/2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris; © Michael Heizer; © Georg Baselitz, 2021; © Pier Paolo Calzolari. Photo: Thomas Lannes
Frieze London 2021
October 13–17, 2021, booth E3
Regent’s Park, London
Gagosian is pleased to announce a solo presentation of new works by Jennifer Guidi at Frieze London 2021. Titled Infinite Waves, it brings together nine paintings and nine works on paper that take inspiration from nature and the essential role it has played during the pandemic. Infinite Waves will be on view at the fair, and a selection of the works will be available online in the Frieze Viewing Room and on the Gagosian website.
Gagosian’s booth at Frieze London 2021, featuring Jennifer Guidi: Infinite Waves. Artwork © Jennifer Guidi. Photo: Lucy Dawkins
Paris Photo 2021
November 11–14, 2021
Grand Palais Ephémère, Paris
Gagosian is pleased to participate in Paris Photo 2021 with a presentation of photographs by Cy Twombly, featuring fruit, flower, and landscape imagery. These shots are permeated with images of organic growth, depicting heirloom lemons cultivated in Gaeta, Italy; the petals of tulips and roses; and verdant landscapes captured near the artist’s Lexington, Virginia, birthplace. The evocation of vision and memory and the joyful embrace of life embodied by these photographs extend to the pictures that Twombly took in 2011 of crosses and flowers in a cemetery on the Caribbean island of Saint Barthélemy—his final series of photographs.
Cy Twombly, Roses, Gaeta, 2004 © Fondazione Nicola Del Roscio
Behind the Art
Rick Lowe: In the Studio
Join Rick Lowe in his Houston studio as he speaks about his recent paintings, describing their connections to his long engagement with the activity of dominoes and to his community-based projects created in the tradition of social sculpture.
Gagosian Quarterly Fall 2021
The Fall 2021 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Damien Hirst’s Reclining Woman (2011) on its cover.
Georg Baselitz: Pulling Up the Image
In celebration of five recent projects related to Georg Baselitz, Richard Calvocoressi, Max Hollein, and Katy Siegel speak with the artist and look at his prolific career.
Social Works II: Kahlil Robert Irving
Antwaun Sargent speaks with Kahlil Robert Irving in advance of the opening of Social Works II and presents a portfolio of Irving’s sculptures.
The Destination Is Latinx
Susan Breyer surveys the dynamic state of contemporary Latinx art in the United States. Highlighting seven artists who are rewriting cultural narratives, Breyer calls for sustained attention to this growing group beyond National Hispanic Heritage Month.
Christopher Rudd’s pas de deux Touché, choreographed for American Ballet Theatre during the onset of the pandemic, follows dancers João Menegussi and Calvin Royal III through a charged, vulnerable, and ultimately tender love story. In conversation with scholar Clare Croft, the artists reflect on the politics, poetics, and process of bringing this groundbreaking duet to life.
Behind the Art
Tatiana Trouvé: In the Studio
Join the artist in her studio as she speaks about her new series of drawings, From March to May. Trouvé describes the genesis of the project and the essential role its creation played in keeping her connected with the outside world during the difficult months of pandemic-related lockdown.
Historian Victoria Phillips speaks with the artist about his new paintings, memory and its relationship to media, and the continuing impact of the Cold War.
Bourse de Commerce
William Middleton traces the development of the new institution, examining the collaboration between the collector François Pinault and the architect Tadao Ando in revitalizing the historic space. Middleton also speaks with artists Tatiana Trouvé and Albert Oehlen about Pinault’s passion as a collector, and with the Bouroullec brothers, who created design features for the interiors and exteriors of the museum.
Jacquelynn Baas celebrates the choreographer, dancer, and teacher, tracing the profound influence she had on the worlds of dance and art.
Katy Hessel, Matthew Holman, and Eleanor Nairne on Helen Frankenthaler
Broadcaster and art historian Katy Hessel; Matthew Holman, associate lecturer in English at University College London; and Eleanor Nairne, curator at the Barbican Art Gallery, London, discuss Helen Frankenthaler’s early training, the development of her signature soak-stain technique and subsequent shifts in style, and her connections to the London art world.
Gagosian Quarterly Films
Katharina Grosse: Think Big!
From October 21 to 23, 2021, Gagosian Quarterly presented a special English-language online screening of Claudia Müller’s Katharina Grosse: Think Big!