Unveiling November 11, 2017
Louvre Abu Dhabi
Giuseppe Penone’s Germination, a permanent site-specific commission for the Louvre Abu Dhabi, will be unveiled in the museum’s courtyard on November 11. The four-part installation reveals the artist’s fascination with the use of organic materials, such as trees, to highlight the connection between man, nature, and art. The central element of the installation is Leaves of Light, a vast bronze tree which interacts with Jean Nouvel’s architectural design through mirrors placed on its branches.
Rendering of Giuseppe Penone’s Leaves of Light (2017) © Giuseppe Penone
Albero di 3 metri
In conjunction with Paris+ par Art Basel, Giuseppe Penone’s sculpture Albero di 3 metri (1995) has been installed in a vitrine viewable from outside Gagosian, rue de Ponthieu, Paris.
In 1969, Penone created the first of his Alberi (Trees): “stripped” trees made by carving into mature timbers and removing the wood along the outer growth rings to reveal the memory of a sapling at the core of the trunk. Over time, the Alberi series attests to Penone’s steady refinement of technique and experimentation with different sizes and installations. Albero di 3 metri, carved from a larch tree, captures the formal subtlety of Penone’s artistic practice while reminding viewers of the majesty and modesty of natural and cultural materials.
Giuseppe Penone, Albero di 3 metri, 1995, installation view, Gagosian, rue de Ponthieu, Paris. Artwork © Giuseppe Penone/2022 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Thomas Lannes
Sèvres and the Art of Giuseppe Penone
Tuesday, June 7, 2022, 5pm EDT
On the occasion of the exhibition Propagazioni: Giuseppe Penone at Sèvres, on view at Frick Madison, New York, through August 28, 2022, members of the museum’s curatorial team have organized an online seminar about the Sèvres porcelain manufactory in France and the distinguished career of Giuseppe Penone. Assistant curator of decorative arts Marie-Laure Buku Pongo will discuss the manufactory’s technical and artistic achievements, in particular its collaborations with contemporary artists. Assistant curator of sculpture Giulio Dalvit will explore Penone’s practice and the ways it challenges distinctions between art and nature, sculpture and painting, seeing and touching. To attend the event, purchase tickets at tickets.frick.org.
Giuseppe Penone holding a Propagazione di Sévres work, 2022. Artwork © Giuseppe Penone/2022 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Archivio Penone
Giuseppe Penone Website
Giuseppe Penone has launched a website, giuseppepenone.com, offering an in-depth overview of his career to audiences everywhere. The bilingual (English/Italian) site features hundreds of works made over five decades—including many in major public collections and from the artist’s personal collection—which are searchable both chronologically and thematically. Designed and developed by Wiedner Studio, the site also contains extensive biographical information, writings by the artist, and a news section.
View of Giuseppe Penone’s website, giuseppepenone.com
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.
Gagosian Quarterly Winter 2022
The Winter 2022 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Anna Weyant’s Two Eileens (2022) on its cover.
Louise Bonnet: On “Red Study” and Supporting Reproductive Rights
Louise Bonnet speaks with Freja Harrell about her new painting, her donation to Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, and the role of art in the fight for reproductive justice.
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.
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.
On Centering Latinx Video Art
In late 2022, Gagosian, in collaboration with Anthology Film Archives, presented a selection of videos by Latinx artists curated by Susan Breyer. Here, Quarterly film writer Carlos Valladares responds to each work in prose or with a poem.
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.
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.
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.