Aventura Slide Tower
Aventura Mall, Florida
Commissioned as part of the Aventura Mall’s expansion, Carsten Höller’s new, site-specific Aventura Slide Tower is now open. Guests visiting will be awed by the towering 93-foot slides, which can be enjoyed from a distance, or while actually sliding down the sculpture—an experience producing what Höller likens to “an emotional state . . . somewhere between delight and madness.”
Carsten Höller, Aventura Slide Tower, 2018 © Carsten Höller. Photo: Leo Diaz, courtesy Cultural Counsel/Aventura Mall
Monday, December 30, 2019
Palm Beach, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
Realized together with the Swedish film director Måns Månsson, Carsten Höller’s film Fara Fara (2014) documents the music scene in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In Congolese tradition, the fara fara, which means “face-to-face” in Lingala, is a musical competition in which two musicians perform concurrently on different stages, playing for as long as they possibly can. The musician who is able to engage their audience the longest wins. The film examines the individual psychology of the people who spearhead Kinshasa’s music scene, offering insightful observations on the context, history, and political impact of this specific subculture.
Carsten Höller, Fara Fara, 2014 (still) © Carsten Höller
Opened May 31, 2018
Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany
Carsten Höller has developed a site-specific slide connecting the roof of the Bundeskunsthalle to the museum’s grounds. Bonner slide (2018) aims to create a symbiotic relationship with the museum’s architecture. The slide has been inaugurated as part of the exhibition The Playground Project—Outdoor, but will remain in place for several years to be enjoyed during the outdoor season.
Artwork © Carsten Höller. Photo: Laurin Schmid
May 26, 2018–January 1, 2019
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Carsten Höller, who has a history of working with Congolese artists, is collaborating in the exhibition design for Bodys Isek Kingelez: City Dreams at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Bodys Isek Kingelez, who died in 2015 and was based in what was then Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo), made sculptures of imagined buildings and cities that reflected his dreams for his country, his continent, and the world.
Bodys Isek Kingelez, Kimbembele Ihunga, 1994, CAAC – The Pigozzi Collection, Geneva © Bodys Isek Kingelez
Jeff Wall and Gary Dufour
Jeff Wall speaks to Gary Dufour about his new photographs, made on the beachfront of English Bay in Vancouver, Canada, that record the endlessly varied and shifting patterns created in seaweed by the ebb and flow of the tide.
Gagosian Quarterly Winter 2020
The Winter 2020 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Jenny Saville’s Prism (2020) on its cover.
Foray Forêt: Trisha Brown’s Choreographed Landscapes
On the occasion of the Trisha Brown Dance Company’s fiftieth anniversary, Hendel Teicher examines the legendary choreographer’s work through a biographical lens.
Death Valley ’89: Jeff Wall vs. Photography
Daniel Spaulding considers formal and technical developments in the photographer’s work against the background of global shifts of power and politics, specifically the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
Lisa Small, senior curator of European art at the Brooklyn Museum, considers the historical precedents for Ewa Juszkiewicz’s painting practice.
Fashion and Art: Gaia Repossi
The creative director of the Parisian jewelry house Repossi speaks with the Quarterly’s Wyatt Allgeier about her enduring love of Donald Judd, her use of photography and drawing in the design process, and the innovative collaborations, with visionaries like Rem Koolhaas and Flavin Judd, behind their retail spaces.
Leaders in the Arts: Italy Edition
We invited Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev to select two outstanding arts professionals to join her in a conversation about their career trajectories, current projects, and goals for the future.
Meleko Mokgosi: Democratic Intuition
Meleko Mokgosi writes about his eight-chapter painting cycle Democratic Intuition (2013–20), an epic of southern African life and folklore, on view at Gagosian in London in his first solo exhibition in the United Kingdom and Europe. Introduction by Louise Neri.
Prouvé in Tijuana
Architect Teddy Cruz and political theorist Fonna Forman speak about a new social-housing project on the outskirts of Tijuana, and its connections to the modernist designer Jean Prouvé, with cultural historian Robert M. Rubin and critic Alastair Gordon.
Jia Aili: Before the Images Are Formed
Curator Shen Qilan speaks with the artist about his latest works.
Tom Eccles and Kiki Smith on Rachel Whiteread
On the occasion of Artist Spotlight: Rachel Whiteread, curator Tom Eccles and artist Kiki Smith speak about the work of Rachel Whiteread through the lens of their personal friendships with her. They discuss her public projects from the early 1990s to the present, the relationship between drawing and sculpture in her practice, and the way her works reveal the memories embedded in familiar everyday objects.
Gerhard Richter: Young Gerd
Richard Calvocoressi reflects on the monochrome world of Gerhard Richter’s early photo paintings.