On Bruce Bernard and Lucian Freud with Bella Freud, Celia Paul, and Virginia Verran
Moderated by Richard Calvocoressi
Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 6:30pm
Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London
Join Gagosian for a conversation between Bella Freud, Celia Paul, and Virginia Verran, moderated by Gagosian director and art historian Richard Calvocoressi, on the occasion of the exhibitions Bruce Bernard: Portraits of Friends and Friends and Relations: Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon, Frank Auerbach, Michael Andrews, both at Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London, from November 17, 2022, to January 28, 2023. Virginia Verran, who represents Bruce Bernard’s estate, will discuss his photographs of the four artists from Friends and Relations in their studios, while fashion designer Bella Freud, Lucian Freud’s daughter, and artist Celia Paul—subjects of some of the painter’s most significant and intimate portraits—will recount their experiences of sitting for Lucian Freud’s paintings and in front of Bruce Bernard’s camera.
Urs Fischer and Spencer Sweeney
The first volume of Urs Fischer and Spencer Sweeney: Headz is available for online reading from December 7 through January 5 as part of Artist Spotlight: Spencer Sweeney. Housed in a screenprinted box, this eighteen-volume collection brings together the vibrant and varied drawings made during HEADZ NYC—a weekly gathering of food, music, and creativity hosted by Urs Fischer, Spencer Sweeney, and Brendan Dugan between October 2017 and July 2018 in New York’s Chinatown. Interspersed among the artworks are photos of the participants and the space of creative collaboration they activated.
Urs Fischer and Spencer Sweeney: Headz (New York: Kiito-San, 2019)
Spencer Sweeney is available for online reading from December 7 to January 5 as part of Artist Spotlight: Spencer Sweeney. At over five hundred pages, this large volume showcases the multifaceted artist’s role as an indelible and essential part of New York City’s cultural landscape for over two decades. In addition to reproductions of hundreds of Sweeney’s colorful paintings, the book features conversations between the artist and some of his friends with long-standing roots in the city’s music and art scenes, including Larry Clark, Natasha Lyonne, Glenn O’Brien, and Kembra Pfahler, as well as archival photographs that capture both legendary and obscure moments from throughout his career.
Spencer Sweeney (New York: Kiito-San, 2015)
if when why what
December 6–31, 2022, 8:22pm daily
Piccadilly Lights, London
Beginning Tuesday, December 6, Douglas Gordon will take over the Piccadilly Lights advertising screen in London’s Piccadilly Circus, as well as a global network of screens in cities including Berlin, Melbourne, Milan, New York, and Seoul, nightly for three minutes at 20:22 (8:22pm) local time throughout December, with his new film, if when why what (2018–22). The never-before-seen work examines the history of the surrounding area, in particular Soho’s relationship with the erotic entertainment industry, focusing on the neighborhood’s iconic neon signage. The project is presented by the Cultural Institute of Radical Contemporary Art (CIRCA) in conjunction with the exhibition Douglas Gordon: Neon Ark at Gagosian, Davies Street, London, and will also be viewable online on the CIRCA website.
Rendering of Douglas Gordon’s if when why what (2018–22) on Piccadilly Lights, London
Reading and Book Signing
Edmund de Waal
Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 7pm
Burlington Arcade, London
Join Gagosian for an evening with Edmund de Waal in celebration of de Waal +, his takeover of the Gagosian Shop in Burlington Arcade. The artist will give a short reading and then sign copies of his books, which will be available to purchase at the event. Composer Simon Fisher Turner, de Waal’s friend and collaborator, will be signing a limited number of copies of A Quiet Corner in Time, the 2020 album that marked the first time de Waal worked closely with a musician.
Edmund de Waal. Photo: Tom Jamieson
ICRA Annual Conference 2022
Legacy: The Artist’s View
Thursday, December 1, 2022, 9:30am
Cromwell Place, London
The International Catalogue Raisonné Association conference will give artists, their families, and catalogue raisonné authors space to articulate their thoughts on the theme of legacy. Engaging with the question of posterity, the conference asks how a family’s closeness to the artist can be both a blessing and a challenge, and thinks about ways in which later generations as well as nonfamily members can address issues surrounding an artist’s continued relevance. Edmund de Waal will be the keynote speaker and Michael Craig-Martin and Rachel Whiteread will contribute to the conference as well. The in-person and online event will include a question-and-answer session.
Photo: courtesy International Catalogue Raisonné Association
To Neptune, Ruler of the Seas Profound
Monday, December 5, 2022, 6:30pm
Gagosian, Beverly Hills
Join Gagosian for a live performance inside the exhibition Cy Twombly at Gagosian, Beverly Hills, by musician, producer, and film and television composer Isabella Summers, a founding member of Florence and the Machine. Titled To Neptune, Ruler of the Seas Profound, the piece is inspired by Twombly’s life and work. The music is interwoven with quotations from poems and literary texts by authors who have served as muses or subjects for Twombly, including Homer, Stéphane Mallarmé, and William Butler Yeats. The performance expands on a composition Summers performed in Rome in May 2022 at the Fondazione Nicola Del Roscio.
Isabella Summers. Photo: Kasia Wozniak
Opened in November 2022, Space Z is a long-term experimental project created by Zeng Fanzhi within his studio in Beijing. The space showcases artwork in a range of different media by Zeng as well as by other artists. Through the selection, placement, and examination of work in the space—which is open by appointment and presented online through WeChat and Instagram—Zeng seeks to explore new modes of creation, viewing, and thinking.
Artwork by Zeng Fanzhi on view at Space Z, Beijing. Artwork © Zeng Fanzhi
Urs Fischer / UF
Urs Fischer is releasing UF, a new line of clothing and accessories, during Miami Art Week in the city’s Design District. An extension of the artist’s practice, the unique pieces—including T-shirts, upcycled garments, and domestic objects—are based on some of Fischer’s most recent works, such as the CHAOS #1–#501 series of digital sculptures.
First available for purchase through pop-up presentations, UF will debut at 100 Years, a group exhibition that features work by Fischer, presented by Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch at the Buick Building. Following Miami Art Week, the line will be available at Jeffrey Deitch on Grand Street in New York beginning December 8, 2022.
UF on display at 100 Years, Buick Building, Miami Design District. Photo: Sebastiano Pellion di Persano
Musée & École Giacometti
The Fondation Giacometti is creating the Musée & École Giacometti in the historic building of the former Invalides train station and the basement of the esplanade in Paris, due to open in 2026. Envisioned as a new type of institution, the site will include a museum showcasing works by Alberto Giacometti, multidisciplinary exhibition spaces, and an art school. The site will be dedicated to fostering dialogues between the public, artists, and different modes of creative expression.
Invalides train station, Paris, to be converted into the Musée & École Giacometti. Photo: © Luc Castel, courtesy Fondation Giacometti
Larry Gagosian Announces the Formation of a Board of Directors
On November 16, 2022, Larry Gagosian announced the formation of a Board of Directors at Gagosian that brings together leading figures from across industries and the global art community. Comprised of twelve external members and eight internal members, including Mr. Gagosian, the Board meets twice annually and provides strategic insight and guidance for the gallery. The Board was established in late 2021 and the first meeting was held last May.
Gagosian is pleased to announce the representation of Deana Lawson in New York, Europe, and Asia. To inaugurate the relationship, the gallery will exhibit her photographs in a joint presentation with Sally Mann at Paris Photo, from November 11 to 13, 2022. A major survey of Lawson’s work is on view at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, through February 19, 2023.
A leading photo-based artist of her generation, Lawson is renowned for images that explore how communities and individuals hold space within shifting terrains of social, capital, and ecological orders. Lawson projects her own contemporary Black experience onto an expanded view of human history and cosmologies. Her gaze is both local and global, focusing on Brooklyn, the Americas, and countries connected to the African diaspora.
Photo: © Deana Lawson
Lucie Award 2022
Sally Mann will receive a Lucie Award for achievement in fine art at the gala ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York on October 25, 2022. The Lucie Awards were launched in 2003 as part of the Lucie Foundation’s mission to honor master photographers, discover and cultivate emerging talent, and promote the appreciation of photography worldwide.
Sally Mann, Lexington, Virginia, 2015. Photo: © Annie Leibovitz
Opening this Week
Meisterwerke Der Sammlung Frieder Burda Im Dialog Mit Künstlichen Wesen
December 10, 2022–April 30, 2023
Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, Germany
This exhibition, whose subtitle translates to Masterpieces of the Frieder Burda Collection in Dialogue with Artificial Beings, offers visitors the opportunity to meet artist-made avatars—human machines that are able to move, talk, and learn—and observe the richness of their movements, language, and responses. By juxtaposing these beings with key works from the museum’s collection, Transformers aims to create multidimensional experiences that reflect our increasingly artificially transformed world. Work by Willem de Kooning, Pablo Picasso, Gerhard Richter, and Jordan Wolfson is included.
Jordan Wolfson, Female Figure, 2014 © Jordan Wolfson. Photo: Markus Tretter, Kunsthaus Bregenz
Closing this Week
Deana Lawson in
Hold Me Closer
Through December 11, 2022
Des Moines Art Center, Iowa
Hold Me Closer showcases prints and photographs from the Des Moines Art Center’s permanent collection and explores the theme of intimacy in its myriad forms, including romantic, platonic, and familial. Coming off the heels of social distancing and isolation, the exhibition addresses different emotional tones associated with close interpersonal contact, including jubilation, bittersweetness, melancholy, and discomfort. Work by Deana Lawson is included.
Deana Lawson, Wanda and Daughters, 2009 © Deana Lawson
Closing this Week
23a Esposizione Internazionale
Through December 11, 2022
Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy
Mondo Reale—organized by the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, as part of the 23rd International Exhibition at the Triennale di Milano—includes films, paintings, photography, installations, and sculptures by seventeen international artists. The exhibition aims to explore reality as a reverie, proposing an aesthetic experience around knowledge and its erasure, and a direct, emotional encounter with multiple visions of the unknown through the lenses of art and science. Work by Patti Smith and Sarah Sze is included.
Sarah Sze, Tracing Fallen Sky, 2020 (detail) © Sarah Sze. Photo: Thibaul Voisin
Through March 5, 2023
Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
This exhibition, whose title translates to Painterly Constellations, is the first monographic show of Helen Frankenthaler’s work in Germany in more than twenty years. It features seventy-five works on paper alongside a selection of paintings from distinct phases in Frankenthaler’s career. These range in size from intimate to monumental; some reference landscape, while others are resolutely abstract. This exhibition has traveled from Kunsthalle Krems, Krems an der Donau, Austria.
Helen Frankenthaler, Untitled, 1994 © 2022 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Rick Lowe in
Urban Impressions: Experiencing the Global Contemporary Metropolis
Through December 17, 2022
Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University, Houston
Urban Impressions considers the complexities of the modern metropole through a broad and diverse selection of artists from around the globe. Starting with the question “What makes the metropolis?” the exhibition examines our sensorial and physical engagement with urban landscapes and the experiential impact of the built environment. Ranging from sculpture and painting to video and installation, the works on view question defining features of a city—from population density to sensory overload—and thus foreground the central role that the arts and humanities play in the critical conversation about how urban centers affect the mind and bodies of its inhabitants. Work by Rick Lowe is included.
Rick Lowe, Project Row Houses: Hindsight, 2022 (detail) © Rick Lowe Studio
Objects of Desire
Photography and the Language of Advertising
Through December 18, 2022
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Objects of Desire traces the artistic manipulation of advertising through the works of photo-based artists. Since the 1970s, creative innovations have led to dramatic shifts in the possibilities for photography as artistic expression, and these artists have reworked and exploited the vocabulary and strategies of advertising to challenge the increased commodification of daily life. Through re-photography, appropriation, and simulation, these artists challenge the viewer to determine what exactly these pictures are asking of us. Work by Chris Burden and Roe Ethridge is included.
Chris Burden, The TV Commercials 1973–1977, 1973–77/2000 (still) © 2022 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York
Giuseppe Penone à La Tourette
Through December 24, 2022
Couvent de La Tourette, Éveux, France
Invited to show at Couvent de La Tourette, the monastery designed by Le Corbusier in Éveux, France, Giuseppe Penone executed in situ a series of rubbings of the building’s walls, creating a group of frottages and a limited-edition book. Included in the exhibition as well are older and recent works that explore a dialogue between architecture and nature.
Giuseppe Penone creating Le Bois Sacré-Cimes/Clocher (The Sacred Forest—Treetops and Bell Tower) (2022) at Couvent de La Tourette, Éveux, France, 2022. Artwork © Giuseppe Penone/2022 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: © Marc Chauveau/FLC 2022
Opening April 9, 2022
Starrett-Lehigh Building, New York
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. With an exhibition design by Adjaye Associates, 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.
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jailbirds, 1983 © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York
Maya Ruiz-Picasso, fille de Pablo
Through December 31, 2022
Musée national Picasso–Paris
Pablo Picasso’s first daughter, María de la Concepción, known as Maya, was born on September 5, 1935. As a child she was a constant subject of her father’s drawings and paintings, especially between January 1938 and October 1939, a period in which he painted fourteen portraits of her. This exhibition, curated by Diana Widmaier-Ruiz-Picasso and Emilia Philippot, brings together a significant ensemble of Picasso’s portraits of Maya, reexamining his career through the prism of the close bond between father and daughter, and showing how Maya’s presence nourished and amplified the artist’s fascination with childhood.
Pablo Picasso, La fille de l’artiste à deux ans et demi avec un bateau, February 5, 1938 © Succession Picasso 2022
Taryn Simon in
16th Biennale de Lyon: Manifesto of Fragility
Through December 31, 2022
Various locations in Lyon, France
Manifesto of Fragility, curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath for the 16th Biennale de Lyon in France, explores fragility as one of few universally felt truths in our divided world. Ten photographs from Taryn Simon’s series, Paperwork and the Will of Capital (2015), are included in the exhibition, among the work of more than two hundred artists. In the series, Simon addresses the instability of executive decision-making and the precarious nature of survival by examining accords, treaties, and decrees drafted to influence systems of governance and economics. All involve the countries present at the 1944 United Nations Monetary and Financial Conference, which addressed the globalization of economies after World War II.
Taryn Simon, Memorandum on Security Assurances in Connection with Ukraine’s Accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (Budapest Memorandum). Budapest, Hungary, December 5, 1994, from the series Paperwork and the Will of Capital, 2015 © Taryn Simon
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
Neil Jenney in
American Realism Today
Through January 1, 2023
New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut
American Realism Today, curated by Neil Jenney, celebrates the rich tradition of realist art in America while reflecting the innovative spirit of our contemporary times. Capturing landscapes and scenes of everyday life, the exhibition includes more than fifty paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by twenty-one artists working across generations. Work by Jenney is included.
Neil Jenney, North America Divided, 2001–06 © Neil Jenney