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Jay DeFeo’s Generation
Suzanne Hudson, Dana Miller, and Clifford Ross

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 2pm EST

Join Gagosian for a conversation on Jay DeFeo with Los Angeles–based art historian and critic Suzanne HudsonSeattle-based art historian and independent curator Dana Miller, and New York–based artist Clifford Ross. The trio will discuss the unique place DeFeo occupies in art history, shaped by a diverse body of work that defies categorization, a practice situated outside of the American art centers of New York and Los Angeles, and relationships with other artists of her generation. To join, register at zoom.us.

Jay DeFeo, Lotus Eater No. 1, 1974 © 2020 The Jay DeFeo Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Robert Divers Herrick

Jay DeFeo, Lotus Eater No. 1, 1974 © 2020 The Jay DeFeo Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Robert Divers Herrick

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Jay DeFeo, Untitled, 1973 © 2020 The Jay DeFeo Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Panel Discussion

Catching Ideas in Process
Jay DeFeo’s Photography

Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 8–9pm EST

The medium of photography enabled Jay DeFeo to further explore the themes and forms she continually returned to in her diverse practice, and to capture her own process, resulting in images that blur the line between documentation and art. Organized by the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco, this panel discussion brings together Corey Keller, curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, in conversation with artists Paul Mpagi Sepuya and Rayyane Tabet to discuss this lesser-known body of DeFeo’s oeuvre and the ways in which her highly experimental practice continues to resonate with photographers working today. The conversation will be moderated by Emily Markert, a curatorial fellow at the Wattis Institute. To register for the event, visit eventbrite.com.

Jay DeFeo, Untitled, 1973 © 2020 The Jay DeFeo Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Jay DeFeo on Mount Tamalpais, Marin County, California, 1973. Photo: John Bogdanoff

Launch

8-bridges

Gagosian will be participating in 8-bridges, a new online initiative created to highlight artists and galleries in the San Francisco Bay Area. Launching in October 2020, 8-bridges will present monthly exhibitions by Bay Area galleries, with a particular focus on artists and conversations relevant to the region. The platform will feature eight new presentations each month, and each cycle will also spotlight a local institution, starting with the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco. Gagosian is pleased to be a member of the 8-bridges founding committee. The gallery’s inaugural presentation will be devoted to the work of Jay DeFeo.

Jay DeFeo on Mount Tamalpais, Marin County, California, 1973. Photo: John Bogdanoff

Jay DeFeo, Figure V (Tripod series), 1976 © 2020 The Jay DeFeo Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Robert Divers Herrick

8-bridges

Jay DeFeo

October 1–31, 2020

I’ve always got to get down there and show what is underneath everything.
—Jay DeFeo

Gagosian is pleased to present works by Jay DeFeo on 8-bridges, a newly launched online platform created to highlight artists and galleries in the San Francisco Bay Area. Honoring the rich history of the Bay Area art scene, the inaugural presentation features selected works from the exhibition Transcending Definition: Jay DeFeo in the 1970s, on view at Gagosian, San Francisco, through December 11, 2020. DeFeo spent most of her life in the San Francisco Bay Area and remains an influential figure in the region. The 8-bridges presentation focuses on the artist’s output in the decade following the completion of her pivotal work The Rose (1958–66), when she was based in Marin County, just north of San Francisco. In her paintings, photographs, and works on paper of the 1970s, DeFeo fused the representational with the abstract, permeating her images of everyday objects—a camera tripod, a jewelry fragment, a shoe tree—with a sense of mystery. The artist described her works of this period as “beings suspended in space and time” that “transcend the definition of the literal objects from which they are derived.”

Jay DeFeo, Figure V (Tripod series), 1976 © 2020 The Jay DeFeo Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Robert Divers Herrick

Michael Govan and Anselm Kiefer

In Conversation
Anselm Kiefer and Michael Govan

On the occasion of his exhibition Anselm Kiefer: Exodus at Gagosian at Marciano Art Foundation in Los Angeles, the artist spoke with Michael Govan about his works that elaborate on themes of loss, history, and redemption.

Anna Weyant’s Two Eileens (2022) on the cover of Gagosian Quarterly, Winter 2022

Now available
Gagosian Quarterly Winter 2022

The Winter 2022 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Anna Weyant’s Two Eileens (2022) on its cover.

Installation view of the exhibition "Friends and Relations: Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon, Frank Auerbach, Michael Andrews"

Friends and Relations: Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon, Frank Auerbach, Michael Andrews

Join Jake Auerbach, Richard Calvocoressi, Bella Freud, Martin Gayford, and Florence Hallett as they discuss the work and legacy of four era-defining artists. Friends and Relations: Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon, Frank Auerbach, Michael Andrews, on view at Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London, elucidates the connections between their respective practices, and also features some of the artists’ portraits of each other.

Alexandria Smith's painting, Languorous undulations (in the temple of my familiar), 2022, mixed media on three-dimensional wood assemblage, depicting a purple figure with a cloud-shaped head and one eye standing on a road and dipping a toe into a river. There is a bricked-up doorway in the background.

Languorous undulations (in the temple of my familiar)

Alexandria Smith and Akwaeke Emezi take up themes of queerness, hybridity, and embodied memory in their respective visual and literary works. Here, Emezi responds to Smith’s painting Languorous undulations (in the temple of my familiar) (2022) with an eponymous piece of flash fiction.

Still from Juan Sánchez, Unknown Boricua Streaming: A Nuyorican State of Mind, 2011 (still), video, picturing a cartoon in a superhero pose against a backdrop of a Puerto Rican flag collage in muted colors

On Centering Latinx Video Art

In late 2022, Gagosian, in collaboration with Anthology Film Archives, presented a selection of videos by Latinx artists curated by Susan Breyer. Here, Quarterly film writer Carlos Valladares responds to each work in prose or with a poem. 

Sterling Ruby studio

Sterling Ruby: TURBINES

Join Sterling Ruby in his Los Angeles studio as he works on new abstract paintings ahead of his exhibition TURBINES at Gagosian in New York.

Image of Jenny Saville standing in front of her artworks

Jenny Saville: Latent

In this video, Jenny Saville describes the evolution of her practice inside her latest exhibition, Latent, at Gagosian, Paris. She addresses the genesis of the title and reflects on the anatomy of a painting.

Glenn Brown in his studio

Glenn Brown: We’ll Keep On Dancing Till We Pay the Rent

In conjunction with his exhibition Glenn Brown: We’ll Keep On Dancing Till We Pay the Rent at Gagosian in New York, the artist sits down to discuss his new paintings, sculptures, and drawings.

Installation view, Jubiläumsausstellung—Special Guest Duane Hanson, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, Switzerland, October 30, 2022–January 8, 2023. Artwork, front to back: © 2023 Estate of Duane Hanson/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Henri Rousseau. Photo: Lucia Hunziker/LL Productions

Duane Hanson at Fondation Beyeler

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Artists Against Mass Incarceration

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Spencer Sweeney and Peter Doig sitting on chairs in Sweeney’s studio

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Peter Doig visits Spencer Sweeney’s studio and the two discuss automatism, ambiguity, and anguish in the creative process.

Tony Ward and Madonna from Sex (1992)

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This year’s edition of Art Basel Miami Beach brought Saint Laurent to America for a special exhibition curated by creative director Anthony Vaccarello celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of Madonna’s groundbreaking book, Sex (1992). Staged on the Miami beachfront, the ephemeral exhibition was presented on the occasion of the reissue of Sex by Rive Droite and Callaway, New York, and featured large-format prints of Steven Meisel’s iconic photographs from the book, as well as unpublished images from the original photo shoots. Rennie McDougall reflects on the momentous impact of the publication, tracing Madonna’s ongoing influence on and provocation of popular culture.