Walton Ford Selects
November 17–22, 2023
Metrograph, New York
Walton Ford has curated a selection of films as part of a series copresented by Gagosian and Metrograph. The program features five films that explore extreme psychological states in their storylines and use pioneering and sometimes unconventional acting and cinematographic techniques to achieve the result. Ford explains, “These films dive deep into characters in ways that are sometimes harrowing and always completely surprising. None of these films are cliché or pat, and all share an unorthodox style or method. As a narrative painter, I seek to explore subjects and tell stories in this way.”
Featured films include
At Land (1944, directed by Maya Deren)
Heat Lightning (1934, directed by Mervyn LeRoy)
Meshes of the Afternoon (1943, directed by Maya Deren and Alexandr Hackenschmied)
Naked (1993, directed by Mike Leigh)
The Sword of Doom (1966, directed by Kihachi Okamoto)
Still from The Sword of Doom (1966), directed by Kihachi Okamoto
Tuesday, November 28, 2023, 7pm
IFC Center, New York
Join Gagosian and White Cube for a special screening of Anselm (2023), an immersive 3D documentary directed by Wim Wenders, which premiered at Festival de Cannes 2023. For over two years, Wenders traced Anselm Kiefer’s path from his native Germany to his former studio complex in southern France—now part of his foundation, Eschaton—weaving together pivotal moments in the artist’s life and decades-long career. This unique cinematic experience dives deep into Kiefer’s practice and reveals his inspiration and creative process, exploring his fascination with myth and history.
Still from Anselm (2023), directed by Wim Wenders
Jordan Wolfson and Russell Storer
Saturday, December 9, 2023, 2pm
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Jordan Wolfson will be in conversation with National Gallery of Australia’s head curator, Russell Storer, to celebrate the world premiere of Wolfson’s new robotic work, Body Sculpture (2017–23), a recent major acquisition by the gallery. Together they will trace the development of the work over the past six years, from the artist’s original vision to the various collaborations and cutting-edge technologies required to realize it. The event will also be livestreamed and is free to attend online with registration.
Jordan Wolfson at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2023. Photo: National Gallery of Australia
Talk and Book Signing
How Surrealism Became New Surrealism
Tuesday, December 12, 2023, 7pm
Gagosian, Beverly Hills
Join Gagosian and Phaidon for a talk by Robert Zeller inside Ewa Juszkiewicz’s exhibition In a Shady Valley, Near a Running Water at Gagosian, Beverly Hills, to celebrate the publication of New Surrealism: The Uncanny in Contemporary Painting, Zeller’s sweeping exposition of Surrealism and its legacy in contemporary art. Demonstrating the many ways in which the art movement that began in the early twentieth century continues to be relevant today, the book presents an international selection of contemporary artists whose works reveal Surrealism’s enduring influence, including Juszkiewicz, whose painting is featured on its cover. After the talk, Zeller will sign copies of the book, which will be available for purchase.
Robert Zeller, New Surrealism: The Uncanny in Contemporary Painting (London: Phaidon, 2023)
The Connaught Christmas Tree
November 16, 2023–January 7, 2024
The Connaught, London
Encouraging Londoners to celebrate a feeling of togetherness during the festive season, Rachel Whiteread has used 102 circular neon white hoops to decorate the Connaught hotel’s 31-foot (9.4 meters) Nordmann’s fir. Whiteread regularly uses circular motifs within her practice and here they illuminate the streets of Mayfair, acting as a symbol of hope this Christmas.
Rachel Whiteread’s 2023 Connaught Christmas tree, London. Artwork © Rachel Whiteread
Opening reception: Tuesday, December 5, 5–8pm
December 5–10, 2023
Miami Design District, 35 NE 40th Street, Miami
Gagosian is pleased to announce Forms, the eighth annual thematic group exhibition presented jointly by Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch during Art Basel Miami Beach. The dominant narrative of modern art has focused largely on a swing between the stylistic oppositions of figuration and abstraction. Forms explores alternatives to these paired categories through works that investigate how objects might function as surrogates for human reality, or that refer to objects indirectly through abstracted visual language. Playing on the ambiguities of its title, the art in Forms exists somewhere between a nonrepresentational formalism and a realism of forms, proposing different models for communicating the physical and symbolic complexities of the body.
Albert Oehlen, Ömega Man 2, 2021 © Albert Oehlen. Photo: Stefan Rohner
The Lucie Awards 2023
“Avedon 100” and Antwaun Sargent
Avedon 100, a recent exhibition at Gagosian, New York, organized in commemoration of the centenary of Richard Avedon’s birth, has won the Lucie Awards Gallery Exhibition of the Year for 2023. The landmark exhibition featured photographs selected by more than 150 cultural figures who elaborated on the impact of the photographer’s work today.
Gagosian director Antwaun Sargent received the Lucie Awards Spotlight/Visionary Award. He is the author of The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion (Aperture) and curator of an accompanying exhibition of the same name, which is currently traveling. In 2023, he organized exhibitions by Derrick Adams, Cy Gavin, Rick Lowe, and Honor Titus at the gallery, among other accomplishments.
Installation view, Avedon 100, Gagosian, 522 West 21st Street, New York, May 4–July 7, 2023. Artwork © The Richard Avedon Foundation. Photo: Rob McKeever
Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize 2023
Cy Gavin has been named the winner of the Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize, awarded by the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. Presented each year at the museum’s fall gala, the prize recognizes and honors the artistic achievements of an African-American artist who demonstrates great innovation, promise, and creativity. It was established in 2006 by philanthropist George Wein to honor his late wife, Joyce Alexander Wein (1928–2005), a longtime trustee of the Studio Museum and a woman whose life embodied a commitment to the power and possibilities of art and culture.
Cy Gavin, Untitled (Crossroads/meadow), 2022 © Cy Gavin. Photo: Rob McKeever
Digital Catalogue Raisonné
The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation has launched Roy Lichtenstein: A Catalogue Raisonné—a digital publication documenting the Pop artist’s decades-long career. The online resource allows users to browse more than 5,500 works by the artist, including all known paintings, sculptures, drawings, collages, prints, and commissions, as well as a comprehensive exhibition history, bibliography, and biographical chronology.
Roy Lichtenstein, Sunrise, c. 1964 (fabricated c. 1964–65) © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein
Gagosian is pleased to announce the global representation of Lauren Halsey. Based in South Central Los Angeles, where her family has lived for generations, Halsey creates immersive installations that bridge sculpture and architecture, and collages that blend fantastic geographies with real ones. Her practice draws on local vernacular sources such as flyers, murals, signs, and tags—icons of pride, autonomy, initiative, and resilience that she recontextualizes and reinterprets. Both celebratory and archival, Halsey’s work offers a form of creative resistance to the forces of gentrification.
Halsey’s debut exhibition with the gallery will be held in 2024 in Europe, with her first institutional exhibition in the United Kingdom to open at Serpentine, London, in October 2024.
Photo: Russell Hamilton
Posey Leader-In-Residence and Posey Leadership Award 2024
Rick Lowe has been named the Posey Leader-In-Residence and winner of the Posey Leadership Award. As the Posey Leader-In-Residence, Lowe will offer four sessions for students throughout the year touching on different aspects of his work. Formally launched in 2005 and made possible through the generosity of Sally and Lee Posey of Dallas, the Austin College award honors an outstanding individual who has shown great leadership with regard to a humanitarian or educational issue, worked to improve the quality of health, educational, or community services for young people, or created opportunities for the youth within education and social advancement.
Rick Lowe, Project Row Houses: If Artists Are Creative Why Can’t They Create Solutions, 2021 © Rick Lowe Studio
Académie des Beaux-Arts Foreign Associate Member
Giuseppe Penone has been elected a foreign associate member of the prestigious Académie des beaux-arts, one of five institutions comprising the Institut de France. Penone joins ten other foreign members, taking the seat previously held by the late Senegalese sculptor Ousmane Sow. The artist’s induction ceremony took place on October 18, 2023.
Dedicated to the fine arts, the Académie des beaux-arts encourages artistic creation and ensures the defense of France’s cultural heritage by awarding prizes to both emerging and recognized artists, organizing competitions, funding artist residencies, and granting aid to artistic projects, events, and associations. As an advisory body to the French public authorities, it is organized around the notion of multidisciplinarity, bringing together members within eight different artistic sections, foreign associate members, and corresponding members.
Giuseppe Penone during his induction into the Académie des beaux-arts, Paris, 2023. Photo: Edouard Brane
Opening this Week
December 2, 2023–April 28, 2024
Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
Fairy Tales explores centuries of beloved folk stories through contemporary art, costumes, immersive installations, and cinema from visual storytellers around the world. The exhibition aims to untangle themes of bravery and justice, loyalty and humility, cunning and aspiration. Work by Rachel Feinstein, Urs Fischer, and Carsten Höller is included.
Rachel Feinstein, Mr. Time, 2015 © Rachel Feinstein
Opening this Week
All of No Man’s Land Is Ours
December 2, 2023–March 10, 2024
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
All of No Man’s Land Is Ours is Ellen Gallagher’s first solo exhibition in Amsterdam. The installation reflects the diversity of the artist’s practice in which painting, cut and carved rubber, crumpled notebook papers, and metal beaten to an airy thinness intertwine in a dynamic relationship.
Ellen Gallagher, Ecstatic Draught of Fishes, 2022 © Ellen Gallagher. Photo: Tony Nathan.
Sterling Ruby in
Un patrimoine méconnu. Tableaux du diocèse de Paris du XVe au XXe siècle
Through December 16, 2023
Collège des Bernardins, Paris
This exhibition, whose title translates to A Little-Known Heritage: Paintings from the Diocese of Paris from the Fifteenth to the Twentieth Centuries, places fourteen rarely seen paintings from the collection of the diocese in dialogue with a work by Sterling Ruby. Ruby’s ceramic sculpture Basin Theology/BRAVAMAX (2014) alludes to the rich Christian symbolism of the basin as a purifying vessel. Made by fusing discarded clay shards into a new form, the work engages the paintings’ sacred themes.
Sterling Ruby, Basin Theology/BRAVAMAX, 2014 © Sterling Ruby
A Decade of Collecting, 2012–2022
Through December 21, 2023
Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
X: A Decade of Collecting, 2012–2022 is a survey of artworks acquired for the Sheldon Museum of Art’s collection over the past decade. The chosen works demonstrate the breadth of collecting efforts and are a modest representation of the approximately 1,875 pieces that have entered the museum’s holdings since 2012. The exhibition seeks to present a snapshot of how the collection continues to evolve. Work by Richard Avedon, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Andy Warhol, and Stanley Whitney is included.
Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Big Bertha, 2015 © Nathaniel Mary Quinn
The Whitney’s Collection
Selections from 1900 to 1965
Opened June 28, 2019
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
This exhibition of more than 120 works, drawn entirely from the Whitney’s collection, is inspired by the founding history of the museum. The Whitney was established in 1930 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney to champion the work of living American artists. A sculptor and a patron, Whitney recognized both the importance of contemporary American art and the need to support the artists who made it. The collection she assembled foregrounds how artists uniquely reveal the complexity and beauty of American life. Work by Jay DeFeo, Willem de Kooning, Roy Lichtenstein, Man Ray, Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol, and Tom Wesselmann is included.
Installation view, The Whitney’s Collection: Selections from 1900 to 1965, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, June 28, 2019–May 2022. Artwork, left to right: © 2020 The Jay DeFeo Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; © Norman Lewis; © 2020 The Franz Kline Estate/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Ron Amstutz
Blackness in Contemporary American Collage
Through December 31, 2023
Frist Art Museum, Nashville, Tennessee
Multiplicity presents over eighty major collage and collage-informed works by fifty-two living artists. The works reflect the breadth and complexity of Black identity, exploring diverse conceptual concerns such as cultural hybridity, notions of beauty, gender fluidity, and historical memory. From paper, photographs, fabric, and salvaged or repurposed materials, these artists create unified compositions that express the endless possibilities of Black-constructed narratives within our fragmented society. Work by Derrick Adams, Lauren Halsey, and Rick Lowe is included.
Rick Lowe, Black Wall Street Journey #2, 2020, installation view, Frist Art Museum, Nashville, Tennessee © Rick Lowe Studio. Photo: John Schweikert
Through January 1, 2024
Grand LA, Los Angeles
Organized and curated by the family of Jean-Michel Basquiat, this exhibition of more than two hundred never-before-seen and rarely shown paintings, drawings, and artifacts tells Basquiat’s story from an intimate perspective, intertwining his artistic endeavors with his personal life, influences, and the times in which he lived. Immersive environments showcase Basquiat’s contributions to the history of art and his explorations of multifaceted cultural phenomena—including music, pop culture, and the Black experience—providing insight into his creative life and his singular voice. This exhibition has traveled from the Starrett-Lehigh Building, New York.
Installation view, Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure©, Grand LA, Los Angeles, March 31–October 15, 2023. Artwork © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York
Through January 7, 2024
Serpentine Galleries, London
Featuring works selected with Georg Baselitz and taken directly from his studio, this exhibition presents never-before-seen towering wood sculptures alongside loose, inky drawings. The sculptures were not originally intended for public view; they were made as maquettes in preparation for bronze works. Each sculpture originated as a single tree trunk, which Baselitz carved down using power saws, axes, and chisels. The exhibition provides new insights into the artist’s process, and how his works inform one another across different mediums.
Georg Baselitz, Sing Sang Zero, 2011 © Georg Baselitz 2023. Photo: Jochen Littkemann
Through January 7, 2024
Institut Giacometti, Paris
This exhibition brings together all versions of Alberto Giacometti’s Le Nez (The Nose), a subject the artist revisited several times between 1947 and 1964. One iteration, which is too fragile to move, is presented virtually, introducing experimental media to the exhibition. The show also includes additional sculptures, drawings, and archival material, as well as works by four contemporary artists—Rui Chafes, Ange Leccia, Annette Messager, and Hiroshi Sugimoto—that respond to Giacometti’s practice.
Alberto Giacometti, Le Nez, 1947, Fondation Giacometti © Succession Alberto Giacometti/ADAGP, Paris, 2023
Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno
Zidane, un portrait du XXIe siècle
Through January 7, 2024
Philharmonie de Paris
Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait (2006), a film collaboration by Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno, is screening at the Philharmonie de Paris. Shot on seventeen synchronized cameras, Zidane frames the movements of footballer Zinédine Zidane in real time over the course of a single match between Real Madrid and Villarreal at Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu Stadium on April 23, 2005. The seventeen large screens suspended around key parts of the exhibition play specific sounds and create a spatial effect, inviting visitors to stroll through both image and audio.
Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno, Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, 2006 (still) © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany 2023 and © Philippe Parreno
And so it is.
Through January 7, 2024
Orange County Museum of Art, Costa Mesa, California
And so it is.—Jennifer Guidi’s first solo institutional exhibition in the United States—surveys the artist’s work over the last ten years and features a number of new paintings. Using a methodical system in which sand is applied directly to the surface of the canvas while wet, Guidi creates a ritualistic, repetitive choreography—one entirely her own. Focusing on the importance of place, especially evident within Guidi’s embrace of the colors of California—the fleeting pink and red of its sunrises and sunsets, the hazy light of Los Angeles—the show reveals an intricate body of work that operates as its own energy source.
Installation view, Jennifer Guidi: And so it is., Orange County Museum of Art, Costa Mesa, California, September 15, 2023–January 7, 2024. Artwork © Jennifer Guidi. Photo: Yubo Dong, studio
Visual Spaces of Today
Through January 7, 2024
Fondazione MAST, Bologna, Italy
Andreas Gursky: Visual Spaces of Today features forty works by Gursky selected by the artist and Fondazione MAST curator Urs Stahel and spanning his career. Drawing inspiration from the foundation’s name—the acronym stands for “Manifattura di Arti, Sperimentazione, e Tecnologia”—and its focus on art, innovation, and technology, the works aim to reflect these themes.
Installation view, Andreas Gursky: Visual Spaces of Today, Fondazione MAST, Bologna, Italy. Artwork © Andreas Gursky, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany. Photo: courtesy Fondazione MAST, Bologna, Italy