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Giuseppe Penone
The Inner Life of Forms

An excerpt of Giuseppe Penone: The Inner Life of Forms is available for online reading from July 1 through July 30 as part of the From the Library series. The selected essay, Sculpting Time by archaeologist and art historian Salvatore Settis, draws Penone’s work into dialogue with classical and preclassical history. The full monograph, edited by Carlos Basualdo of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is the most comprehensive survey of the artist’s oeuvre to date. The book consists of two components: a three-part, in-depth dialogue between Basualdo and Penone and essays by Emily Braun, Tim Ingold, Rémi Labrusse, and Settis; and twelve individual booklets containing eleven new texts by longtime Penone scholar and collaborator Daniela Lancioni that explore the core themes and interests embodied in the artist’s work.

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Giuseppe Penone: The Inner Life of Forms (New York: Gagosian, 2018)

Giuseppe Penone: The Inner Life of Forms (New York: Gagosian, 2018)

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Giuseppe Penone, Attorno alla scultura, attorno allo scultore (Around the Sculpture, Around the Sculptor), 1984, Centre Pompidou, Paris © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: © Archivio Penone

Donation

Giuseppe Penone
Philadelphia Museum of Art and Centre Pompidou

Giuseppe Penone has given the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Centre Pompidou in Paris major gifts of works on paper. Each institution received more than three hundred pieces spanning five decades of the artist’s career, beginning in the late 1960s. The work reflects the artist’s wide range of influences and the connections he draws between humans and nature in exploring the involuntary processes of breathing, growth, and aging through materials such as stones, branches, and leaves. Both institutions plan to have exhibitions by Penone in 2022.

Giuseppe Penone, Attorno alla scultura, attorno allo scultore (Around the Sculpture, Around the Sculptor), 1984, Centre Pompidou, Paris © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: © Archivio Penone

Giuseppe Penone in his studio, Turin, Italy, 2016. Photo: Angela Moore

In Conversation

Giuseppe Penone
Germano Celant

Thursday, October 17, 2019, 5:30pm
Palais d’Iéna, Paris
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Giuseppe Penone will speak with Germano Celant about his exhibition Matrice di linfa, opening at the Palais d’Iéna, Paris, on October 15, on the occasion of FIAC 2019. The event is free to attend.

Giuseppe Penone in his studio, Turin, Italy, 2016. Photo: Angela Moore

Giuseppe Penone, Idee di pietra (Ideas of Stone), 2004, installation view, Fort Mason, San Francisco, 2019 © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Matthew Millman

Public Installation

Giuseppe Penone at Fort Mason

October 24, 2019–October 25, 2020
Fort Mason, San Francisco
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Gagosian presents a yearlong outdoor installation by Giuseppe Penone in San Francisco’s historic Fort Mason. Two sculptures by Penone—La logica del vegetale (The Logic of the Vegetal) (2012) and Idee di pietra (Ideas of Stone) (2004)—will be installed in Fort Mason’s Great Meadow, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, overlooking San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. This project is presented in partnership with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area through the Art in the Parks program. To attend the opening reception on Thursday, October 24, from 5 to 6:30pm, RSVP to rsvpsf@gagosian.com.

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Giuseppe Penone, Idee di pietra (Ideas of Stone), 2004, installation view, Fort Mason, San Francisco, 2019 © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Matthew Millman

Installation view of work by Rudolf Polanszky at Gagosian, 541 West 24th Street, New York, March 3–April 11, 2020.

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.

Rudolf Polanszky in front of his country studio outside Vienna, 2019.

Rudolf Polanszky

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.

Installation view, Urs Fischer: The Lyrical and the Prosaic, Aïshti Foundation, Beirut, October 20, 2019–October 31, 2020.

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.

Urs Fischer, A–Z, 2019, a sculpture of a pear and an apple.

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.

Featuring Joan Jonas’s Mirror Piece 1 (1969) on its cover.

Now available
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, 1928. Photo: Lou Andreas-Salomé

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

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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, Orion’s Belt, 2016, Flashe and neon on linen.

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.

young people inside a tent structure within a purple-lit room

The Bigger Picture
Recess

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.

Installation view, Crushed, Cast, Constructed: Sculpture by John Chamberlain, Urs Fischer, and Charles Ray, Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London, June 15–July 31, 2020

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 in his studio

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.

The inside of Theaster Gates’s Black Vessel for a Saint sculpture

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.