Alternate Meanings in Film and Video
You’re only as young as the last time you changed your mind.
Gagosian is pleased to present Broadcast: Alternate Meanings in Film and Video, an online exhibition of artists’ films and videos viewable exclusively on gagosian.com. The exhibition will be organized into a series of “chapters,” each lasting two weeks. The first chapter begins on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.
Broadcast: Alternate Meanings in Film and Video employs the innate immediacy of time-based art to spark reflection on the here and now, taking the words of famed psychologist and countercultural icon Timothy Leary as its starting point. In the midst of the political tumult of the late 1960s, Leary’s phrase “turn on, tune in, drop out” became a mantra for a generation defined by its upending of convention. In this exhibition, the slogan transcends its original link with the psychedelic experience to address the impulse to find alternative models for life and thought during times of crisis and uncertainty.
The featured works consider alternate meanings of Leary’s words under three distinct headings: “turn on” features films and videos that explore levels of self-awareness; “tune in” comprises works that investigate or dramatize interactions with the external world; and “drop out” describes artistic efforts to enact groundbreaking change.
Some of the featured video works present artistic ruminations on alternative forms of introspection. In Cutaways (2012), Taryn Simon appears to be a wayward test subject, staring silently at her interviewers on the Prime Time Russia news show when, in fact, the sequence was recorded as extra footage to finesse postproduction. Richard Serra’s Hand Catching Lead (1968) records the artist attempting to grasp—and thus modify—pieces of the metal dropped from above.
Other works in the exhibition approach their ostensible subjects through meditations on the moving image as document. To film Domestic (as long as it lasts) (2002), Douglas Gordon kicked a camera around his New York apartment. The resultant kinetic footage, in which the artist’s boot comes in and out of view, deteriorates gradually over the course of fourteen minutes until the camera fails. In Adam McEwen’s four-channel loop Escape from New York (2014) (named for the 1981 John Carpenter film), journeys through the city’s Lincoln, Holland, Battery, and Midtown Tunnels end abruptly as each car resurfaces beyond the island of Manhattan. And hinging on the contextual possibilities and oddities of television is Chris Burden’s The TV Commercials 1973–77 (1973–77): in the mid-1970s, Burden aimed to break the medium’s “omnipotent stranglehold of the airwaves” by purchasing commercial spots, which he used to air footage ranging from recordings of his own performance works to sequences that toy with the platform’s characteristic qualities.
Adam McEwen’s Escape from New York is currently installed in the storefront windows of Gagosian Park & 75 in New York.
The exhibition will include works by Chris Burden, Rachel Feinstein, William Forsythe, Theaster Gates, Piero Golia, Douglas Gordon, Damien Hirst and Angus Fairhurst, Carsten Höller, Harmony Korine, Vera Lutter, Man Ray, Adam McEwen, Nam June Paik, Steven Parrino, Sterling Ruby, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, Taryn Simon, and others.
Adam McEwen, Escape from New York, 2014 (still from “Battery Tunnel”) © Adam McEwen
MoMA PS1 Benefit
Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 8:30–10pm EDT
MoMA PS1 is hosting an internet variety show to honor Dr. Nicole R. Fleetwood and Taryn Simon for their support of the museum. Fleetwood curated the exhibition Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration, and Simon recently joined the museum’s board of directors. The online party will feature live performances, music, and more. The event is free, but donations are encouraged. To join, register at moma.org.
Creative direction: Sable Elyse Smith. Graphic: Nicole Killian
Mark Grotjahn: Casa Malaparte is available for online reading from May 27 through June 26 as part of Artist Spotlight: Mark Grotjahn. The book documents a presentation of paintings and sculptures by the artist at the landmark modernist house designed by writer Curzio Malaparte on the Italian island of Capri. The exhibition marked the first presentation of Grotjahn’s Capri paintings.
Mark Grotjahn: Casa Malaparte (New York: Gagosian, 2017)
Dan Colen: High Noon is available for online reading from May 20 through June 19 as part of Artist Spotlight: Dan Colen. The book documents two performance pieces by the artist, Carry On Cowboy and At Least They Died Together (both 2018), and a related exhibition of Desert paintings (2015–19), presented at Gagosian, Beverly Hills. The volume features an essay by Douglas Fogle, as well as a conversation between Colen, Fogle, and choreographer Dimitri Chamblas.
Dan Colen: High Noon (New York: Gagosian, 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.