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
New Social Environment
The Antepenultimate End: Kon Trubkovich and Jason Rosenfeld
Monday, October 18, 2021, 2pm edt
As part of the Brooklyn Rail’s online series New Social Environment, Kon Trubkovich joins the journal’s editor-at-large Jason Rosenfeld for a conversation about the artist’s current exhibition, The Antepenultimate End, at Gagosian, Park & 75, New York, as well as his practice in general. In these daily lunchtime Zoom conversations, invited artists, writers, filmmakers, and poets discuss creative life in the context of our new social reality with Brooklyn Rail staff. The talk will conclude with a poetry reading by imogen xtian smith. To attend the online event, register at brooklynrail.org.
Installation view, Kon Trubkovich: The Antepenultimate End, Gagosian, Park & 75, New York, September 9–October 23, 2021. Artwork © Kon Trubkovich. Photo: Rob McKeever
Madison Avenue Fall Gallery Walk
Saturday, October 23, 2021, 10am–6pm
Join Artnews and the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District on an autumn walk to visit over forty galleries that line Madison Avenue from East 57th to East 86th Streets. Gagosian, 976 Madison Avenue, has Tatiana Trouvé: From March to May on view. To attend the free event, register at madisonavenuebid.org.
Installation view, Tatiana Trouvé: From March to May, Gagosian, 976 Madison Avenue, New York, September 18–October 30, 2021. Artwork © Tatiana Trouvé. Photo: Rob McKeever
Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan
with Sebastian Smee
Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 6:30pm EDT
Authors Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan will discuss their new book, Francis Bacon: Revelations, with Washington Post art critic Sebastian Smee in a conversation presented by the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting & Sculpture. A decade in the making, the book offers the first comprehensive look at the life and art of Francis Bacon, who produced indelible images of humankind and played an outsized role in both twentieth-century art and life. Bacon was a witty free spirit and unabashed homosexual at a time when many others remained closeted, and his exploits were as unforgettable as his paintings. Revelations offers a more complete, nuanced, and international portrait than ever before of this singularly private, darkly funny, eruptive man and his equally extraordinary art. To join the online event, register at zoom.us.
Francis Bacon in his studio in Battersea, London, 1960. Photo: © The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby’s
Behind the Art
Rick Lowe: In the Studio
Join Rick Lowe in his Houston studio as he speaks about his recent paintings, describing their connections to his long engagement with the activity of dominoes and to his community-based projects created in the tradition of social sculpture.
Gagosian Quarterly Fall 2021
The Fall 2021 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Damien Hirst’s Reclining Woman (2011) on its cover.
Social Works II: Kahlil Robert Irving
Antwaun Sargent speaks with Kahlil Robert Irving in advance of the opening of Social Works II and presents a portfolio of Irving’s sculptures.
The Destination Is Latinx
Susan Breyer surveys the dynamic state of contemporary Latinx art in the United States. Highlighting seven artists who are rewriting cultural narratives, Breyer calls for sustained attention to this growing group beyond National Hispanic Heritage Month.
David Adjaye, Rick Lowe, and Thelma Golden
Rick Lowe and Sir David Adjaye join Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, for a conversation on the occasion of the exhibition Social Works at Gagosian, New York. The trio explore Adjaye and Lowe’s shared interests in architecture, community building, and the relationship between space and the Black body.
Christopher Rudd’s pas de deux Touché, choreographed for American Ballet Theatre during the onset of the pandemic, follows dancers João Menegussi and Calvin Royal III through a charged, vulnerable, and ultimately tender love story. In conversation with scholar Clare Croft, the artists reflect on the politics, poetics, and process of bringing this groundbreaking duet to life.
Behind the Art
Tatiana Trouvé: In the Studio
Join the artist in her studio as she speaks about her new series of drawings, From March to May. Trouvé describes the genesis of the project and the essential role its creation played in keeping her connected with the outside world during the difficult months of pandemic-related lockdown.
Fashion and Art: Sergio Zambon
Designer Sergio Zambon, head of menswear at Moncler, speaks to Wyatt Allgeier about his inspirations and visions for this season’s 2 Moncler 1952 M collection, a project under the Moncler Genius initiative, and his collaboration with artists Andrea Anastasio, Prem Sahib, and Erwin Wurm on a special exhibition of unique artworks—being sold for a good cause—presented in Milan on September 25, 2021, in conjunction with the live digital show “MONDOGENIUS.”
Historian Victoria Phillips speaks with the artist about his new paintings, memory and its relationship to media, and the continuing impact of the Cold War.
Bourse de Commerce
William Middleton traces the development of the new institution, examining the collaboration between the collector François Pinault and the architect Tadao Ando in revitalizing the historic space. Middleton also speaks with artists Tatiana Trouvé and Albert Oehlen about Pinault’s passion as a collector, and with the Bouroullec brothers, who created design features for the interiors and exteriors of the museum.
Jacquelynn Baas celebrates the choreographer, dancer, and teacher, tracing the profound influence she had on the worlds of dance and art.
On the occasion of the exhibition Sigurd Lewerentz: Architect of Death and Life at ArkDes, Stockholm, Mark Francis speaks with Kieran Long, Adam Caruso, and Anna Nittve about the enduring legacy of Lewerentz and the singular qualities of the revered architect and his work.