Composing with Color: Paintings 1962–1963
Helen Frankenthaler: Composing with Color: Paintings 1962–1963 is available for online reading from June 20 through July 19 as part of the From the Library series. This catalogue records a 2014 exhibition of eleven paintings made in a brief but critical period in Frankenthaler’s career when she “composed with color” rather than with line, producing for the first time the freer compositions that would come to exemplify her long and prolific career. An essay by Elizabeth A. T. Smith provides an in-depth examination of Frankenthaler’s development during this period, including her transition from oil to acrylic paint, and places these works within the context of American art in the early 1960s.
Helen Frankenthaler: Composing with Color: Paintings 1962–1963 (New York: Gagosian, 2014)
Helen Frankenthaler Foundation
COVID-19 Relief Effort
In response to the catastrophic situation artists and art organizations face in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation has announced a $5 million commitment to relief funding over the next three years. Building on its commitment to supporting artists and art institutions, this multiyear initiative marks the Foundation’s largest commitment of funding to date in support of a single cause since it became active in 2013.
Helen Frankenthaler, M, 1977, collection of Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, New York © 2020 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Steven Sloman
Monday, November 25, 2019, 6:30–8pm
Tate Modern, London
On the occasion of Helen Frankenthaler, a yearlong display of the artist’s work at Tate Modern, London, Clifford Ross, chairman of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, and art historian Briony Fer will discuss Frankenthaler’s life, work, and legacy. The talk will be chaired by Mark Godfrey, senior curator of international art at Tate Modern. The event has reached capacity.
Helen Frankenthaler, Vessel, 1961 © 2019 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Alexander Nemerov and Clifford Ross on Helen Frankenthaler
Friday, August 23, 2019, 6–8pm
Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York
Art historian Alexander Nemerov, who is currently working on a new book about Helen Frankenthaler, will speak with Clifford Ross, chairman of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation. The pair will discuss Nemerov’s forthcoming publication as well as the exhibition currently on view at the Parrish Art Museum, Abstract Climates: Helen Frankenthaler in Provincetown. To attend the event, purchase tickets at parrishart.org.
Helen Frankenthaler, Summer Picture, 1959, collection of Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, New York © 2019 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Tim Pyle
Rudolf Polanszky: Reconstructions
Gagosian director Ealan Wingate describes his first visit to Rudolf Polansky’s studio outside Vienna and discusses the development of the artist’s practice—from his early works informed by the legacy of the Viennese Actionists to the Reconstructions, an ongoing body of assemblage-type wall works and sculptures.
Hans Ulrich Obrist visits the artist at his studio outside Vienna to discover more about the origins of his practice, his experiments in freedom, and the importance of drifting.
Urs Fischer: Lives of Forms
In his introduction to the catalogue for Urs Fischer’s exhibition The Lyrical and the Prosaic, at the Aïshti Foundation in Beirut, curator Massimiliano Gioni traces the material and conceptual tensions that reverberate throughout the artist’s paintings, sculptures, installations, and interventions.
Fruit and Vegetables: Francesco Bonami on Urs Fischer
Fruit and vegetables are a recurring motif in Urs Fischer’s visual vocabulary, introducing the dimension of time while elaborating on the art historical tradition of the vanitas. Here, curator Francesco Bonami traces this thread through the artist’s sculptures and paintings of the past two decades.
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.
Rainer Maria Rilke: Duino Elegies
Bobbie Sheng explores the symbiotic relationship between the poet and visual artists of his time and tracks the enduring influence of his poetry on artists working today.
Five Books: Urs Fischer
Urs Fischer talks about reading during the pandemic lockdown, sharing five books—both fiction and nonfiction—that he has turned to while in self-isolation.
Mary Weatherford: Train Yards
Mary Weatherford speaks to Laura Hoptman about her new paintings, the Train Yard series. Begun in 2016, this body of work evokes the sights and sounds of railroads and night skies. The series will be shown for the first time in late 2020, in an exhibition at Gagosian, London.
The Bigger Picture
Gagosian’s Sarah Hoover sat down with Allison Freedman Weisberg, founder and executive director of Recess, and Anaïs Duplan, Recess program manager, to discuss the community arts organization’s evolution, recent programs, and dreams for the future.
Uncanny Delights: Sculpture by John Chamberlain, Urs Fischer, and Charles Ray
Catalyzed by the exhibition Crushed, Cast, Constructed: Sculpture by John Chamberlain, Urs Fischer, and Charles Ray, Alice Godwin examines the legacy and development of a Surrealist ethos in selected works from three contemporary sculptors.
Theaster Gates: Black Vessel
Join Theaster Gates in his studio as he prepares for his upcoming exhibition at Gagosian, New York, this fall. In this video, shot entirely on location in Chicago during the recent tumultuous weeks, Gates reflects on the metaphorical power of materials and process, and on the redemptive potential of art.
How to Renew the Color of Bricks
Social historian Chris Dingwall reflects on Theaster Gates’s engagement with the history of quotidian materials, focusing on the symbolic qualities and function of his brick-based sculpture.