Adriana Varejão was commissioned by Sesc Guarulhos, Brazil, to create a mural for the building’s entranceway. Cores Polvo (2019) is comprised of seven giant abstract color wheels that address issues of race, colonialism, and self-identification. The skin-tone shades featured in the motifs were inspired by a 1976 Brazilian government survey in which ordinary citizens were invited to describe their own skin tones in terms meant to replace the existing five previously established characterizations.
Adriana Varejão, Cores Polvo, 2019 © Adriana Varejão
Adriana Varejão, Luisa Duarte, Ayrson Heráclito, Lilia Moritz Schwarcz
Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 4pm
Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia, Salvador, Brazil
On the occasion of the opening of Adriana Varejão–Por uma retórica cannibal at the Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia, Adriana Varejão will speak with curator Luisa Duarte, artist Ayrson Heráclito, and anthropologist Lilia Moritz Schwarcz about Afro-Brazilian history and culture. The event is free and open to the public.
Adriana Varejão, Azulejão (Neo-concrete), 2016 © Adriana Varejão
Adriana Varejão, Lilia Moritz Schwarcz, João Biehl
Friday, March 8, 2019, 12–1:30pm
Louis A. Simpson Building, Princeton University, New Jersey
Adriana Varejão has been invited to be the first artist-in-residence at Brazil LAB at Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies. The multidisciplinary research and teaching hub explores Brazil’s history, politics, and culture. To mark the start of the residency, Varejão will speak with anthropologists Lilia Moritz Schwarcz and João Biehl in a discussion titled “Decolonizing Art.” The event is free and open to the public.
Photo: Matteo D’Eletto
October 19–21, 2017, 7–9pm
The Sowden House, Los Angeles
Adriana Varejão’s four-channel video installation Transbarroco (2014) will play across the facade and in the central courtyard of this extraordinary heritage building. This US premiere coincides with her first-ever West Coast exhibition, Interiors, at Gagosian Beverly Hills. To attend the free event, reserve tickets at www.gagosian.com. Space is limited and will be granted on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Adriana Varejão, Transbarroco, 2014 (detail)
© Adriana Varejão. Photo: Mauro Pinheiro
Pittura/Panorama: Paintings by Helen Frankenthaler, 1952–1992
Pittura/Panorama: Paintings by Helen Frankenthaler, 1952–1992 marks the first time that Frankenthaler’s paintings have been exhibited in Venice since her inclusion in the 1966 Biennale as part of the US Pavilion. This video, including interviews with the show’s curator, John Elderfield; the chairman of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Clifford Ross; and the Foundation’s executive director, Elizabeth Smith, provides viewers with an in-depth look at the fourteen paintings included in the exhibition.
Gagosian Quarterly Summer 2019
The Summer 2019 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring a detail from Afrylic by Ellen Gallagher on its cover.
Nature and Inspiration: Henry Moore at Houghton Hall
Sebastiano Barassi reflects on the centrality of nature in the work of Henry Moore—as form, material, inspiration, and site.
Behind the Art
Setsuko: Into the Trees
Setsuko takes Jean-Olivier Després on a tour of her exhibition of terra-cotta and enameled ceramics in Paris, explaining her passion for trees and describing her approach to painting.
The Bigger Picture
Children’s Arts Guild
Founded in 2010, the Children’s Arts Guild is using creative expression to empower young people in defining who they are and who they want to be. Guild co-founder Alexander Kopelman talks to Jennifer Knox White about the organization’s mission and future plans.
Edmund de Waal: psalm
The artist speaks about his two-part exhibition psalm, on view in Venice. He describes its connection to the history of the city and to notions of exile, and the profound cultural wealth that comes from migration.
Jeff Wall: The Space of Photography
Jeff Wall leads a tour through his most recent exhibition in New York.
Text by Richard Hell.
Visions of the Self: Jenny Saville on Rembrandt
Jenny Saville reveals the process behind her new self-portrait, painted in response to Rembrandt’s masterpiece Self-Portrait with Two Circles.
Marc Newson and Derek Blasberg
Marc Newson tells Derek Blasberg about his newest creations, explaining the backstory of these ornate works.
An exhibition at Gagosian, Paris, is raising funds to aid in the reconstruction of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris following the devastating fire of April 2019. Gagosian directors Serena Cattaneo Adorno and Jean-Olivier Després spoke to Jennifer Knox White about the generous response of artists and others, and what the restoration of this iconic structure means across the world.
Andy Warhol: Everything Is Good
Richard Hell writes about the “transcendentally camp” Pop artist, portraitist of daily life.