2020 Pulitzer Prize
Anne Boyer, Gagosian Quarterly’s 2020 fiction writer, won a Pulitzer Prize for her nonfiction book The Undying: Pain, Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Time, Dreams, Data, Exhaustion, Cancer, and Care (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). The Pulitzer Prizes have been awarded by Columbia University in recognition of excellence in journalism and the arts for over a century. The board describes her winning title as “an elegant and unforgettable narrative about the brutality of illness and the capitalism of cancer care in America.” You can read the first two installments of Boyer’s serial story “The Iconoclasts” in the Quarterly’s Spring and Summer issues.
Photo: Cassandra Gillig
Virtual Studio Visit
Klaus Biesenbach in Conversation with Mark Grotjahn
In the Virtual Studio Visit series from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, director Klaus Biesenbach digitally connects with artists around the world. Here, he speaks with Mark Grotjahn in his Los Angeles studio during a visit recorded in late April 2020. Together they discuss life under lockdown and Grotjahn’s work, from his student days to the present.
Still from “Virtual Studio Visit: Klaus Biesenbach in Conversation with Mark Grotjahn”
Artists on Art
Mark Grotjahn on John McLaughlin
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Artists on Art video series features contemporary artists speaking on objects of their choice from the museum’s collection. In this video, Mark Grotjahn explains what draws him to #26 (1961) by the American abstract painter John McLaughlin (1898–1976). Describing McLaughlin’s practice of setting up parameters and finding possibilities within them, Grotjahn also discusses his own experience of making geometric abstractions and the joy of “losing yourself into that void.”
Still from “Artists on Art: Mark Grotjahn on John McLaughlin”
Damien Hirst has created two limited-edition prints, each available in two different sizes, to support NHS Charities Together and the Felix Project. The prints, respectively titled Butterfly Rainbow and Butterfly Heart, both feature rainbow-colored bands of photographed butterfly wings, and will be available for purchase until midnight BST on Monday, May 25. The edition size will be determined by demand within the time limit of sale, and 100 percent of the profits will be donated to the charities. To purchase the prints, visit rainbow.henieditions.com.
Damien Hirst, Butterfly Rainbow, 2020 © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2020
The Nature of Mark Grotjahn
Michael Auping writes about the origins of Mark Grotjahn’s Capri paintings and their relationship with nature and landscape.
Gagosian Quarterly Summer 2020
The Summer 2020 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Joan Jonas’s Mirror Piece 1 (1969) on its cover.
Mark Grotjahn: Capri
Mark Grotjahn speaks to Sam Orlofsky about the stories and processes behind his Capri series, on the occasion of his exhibition New Capri, Capri, Free Capri in New York.
The Bigger Picture
Sky High Farm × Project EATS
Dan Colen and Linda Goode Bryant are both artists who have founded nonprofits devoted to food justice. Here they speak about art, food, and life, including how they arrived at farming and the urgency of their projects’ missions during the current health crisis.
A Single Moment: Dan Colen and Francesco Bonami
Dan Colen joins Francesco Bonami in a conversation about absence and nostalgia, decadence and decay, progress and failure—and about help, the theme of his most recent body of paintings.
Dan Colen with Hans Ulrich Obrist
Against the backdrop of his survey exhibition Sweet Liberty, Dan Colen speaks about his work with Hans Ulrich Obrist, starting with his earliest interest in art and continuing up to the recent Desert paintings (2015–19).
Artist to Artist: Georg Baselitz and Zeng Fanzhi
On the occasion of Georg Baselitz: Years later at Gagosian, Hong Kong, Zeng Fanzhi composed a written foreword for the exhibition’s catalogue and a video message to the German painter. Baselitz wrote a letter of thanks to the Chinese artist for his insightful thoughts.
There is Woman in the Landscapes: Willem de Kooning from 1959 to 1963
Lauren Mahony considers a critical four-year period in the painter’s career, examining the technical changes that occurred between his “abstract parkway landscapes” of the late 1950s and the “pastoral landscapes” that succeeded them, as well as the impact on his work of his impending move to Springs, New York.
Georg Baselitz: What if...
Richard Calvocoressi narrates a tour of an exhibition of new paintings by Georg Baselitz in San Francisco, describing the visual effect of these luminous compositions and explaining their relationship to earlier works by the artist.
Katharina Grosse: The Movement Comes from Outside
Katharina Grosse discusses her exhibition Is It You? at the Baltimore Museum of Art with Gagosian’s Jona Lueddeckens. They consider what sets the Baltimore installation apart from its predecessors, and how Grosse sees the relationship of the human body to her immersive environments as opposed to her canvases.
Katharina Grosse: I see what she did there
On the occasion of the artist’s exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Terry R. Myers muses on the manipulations of time in Grosse’s work.
Women Artists: Katharina Grosse
In this film by Claudia Müller, Katharina Grosse curates a virtual exhibition of works by ten female artists, including Valie Export, Isa Genzken, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Wangechi Mutu, and others. Speaking about each artist’s practice, she explains what draws her to the selected works, which range from painting and sculpture to performance video and installation.