Thursday, November 19, 2020, 1pm est
To mark the publication of Meleko Mokgosi: Democratic Intuition, Gagosian and Jack Shainman Gallery will host a dialogue between the artist and critic Antwaun Sargent. Published by Pacific with Jack Shainman Gallery, the book documents Mokgosi’s epic painting project Democratic Intuition (2013–20), which explores the internal contradictions of the theory that the function of democracy is dependent upon accessible education. Compelling genre scenes, often involving prominent figures from African public life, jump-cut between the confines of manual work, the freedoms of intellectual enterprise, and their ties to gender and race. In a conversation introduced by Gagosian director Louise Neri and moderated by Jack Shainman Gallery director Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels, Mokgosi and Sargent will discuss the artist’s interdisciplinary investigation of postcolonial nationhood and the democratic process. To join, register at zoom.us.
This is the first of a season of weekly online dialogues with Mokgosi and other partners running through December 12, in conjunction with the artist’s first solo exhibition in the United Kingdom and Europe at Gagosian, Britannia Street, London.
Meleko Mokgosi: Democratic Intuition (New York: Pacific Publishing, 2020). Photo: Dan Bradica © Pacific
2020 Soros Arts Fellowship
Meleko Mokgosi has been selected to receive the 2020 Soros Arts Fellowship, alongside nine other cultural practitioners working at the intersection of migration, public space, and the arts. He will receive a stipend to realize an ambitious project titled Pan-African Pulp over the next eighteen months. Through publications, murals, posters, and a digital archive, Mokgosi will explore histories of Pan-Africanism in southern African pulp photo-novels of the 1960s and 1970s, with the aim of reviving ideas of Pan-Africanism and Black consciousness to build transcontinental alliances between groups fighting systems of oppression today.
Show Me the Signs
November 10–30, 2020
Show Me the Signs is an online benefit auction hosted by Artfizz to support the families of Black women killed by the police. Over 100 artists have created pieces in the form of protest signs for the auction, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the African American Policy Forum’s #SayHerName Mothers Network. Work by Louise Bonnet, Piero Golia, Meleko Mokgosi, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, and Nancy Rubins is included. To register to bid, visit artfizz.com.
Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Breonna Taylor, 2020 © Nathaniel Mary Quinn
October 1–18, 2020
Meleko Mokgosi has created a new digital work viewable around the clock on a three-story building on Oxford Street in London, presented by W1 Curates. The project comprises an algorithmic sequence of image fragments and text panels from Mokgosi’s narrative paintings, digitally adapted to the full scale on a ten-minute loop across the building’s facade. W1 Curates aims to bring art to the people by using state-of-the-art technology to transform the exterior of the Flannels London flagship store into a digital exhibition space.
Meleko Mokgosi’s digital art installation for the facade of Flannels, London, 2020. Artwork © Meleko Mokgosi. Photo: courtesy W1 Curates
Jeff Wall and Gary Dufour
Jeff Wall speaks to Gary Dufour about his new photographs, made on the beachfront of English Bay in Vancouver, Canada, that record the endlessly varied and shifting patterns created in seaweed by the ebb and flow of the tide.
Gagosian Quarterly Winter 2020
The Winter 2020 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Jenny Saville’s Prism (2020) on its cover.
Foray Forêt: Trisha Brown’s Choreographed Landscapes
On the occasion of the Trisha Brown Dance Company’s fiftieth anniversary, Hendel Teicher examines the legendary choreographer’s work through a biographical lens.
The Kitchen: Fifty-Year Anniversary
To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the trailblazing New York institution The Kitchen, we present an oral history that includes contributions from Laurie Anderson, Charles Atlas, Wade Guyton, Jacqueline Humphries, Joan Jonas, Ralph Lemon, and Anicka Yi. Statements organized by Christopher Bollen and Tim Griffin.
Death Valley ’89: Jeff Wall vs. Photography
Daniel Spaulding considers formal and technical developments in the photographer’s work against the background of global shifts of power and politics, specifically the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
Lisa Small, senior curator of European art at the Brooklyn Museum, considers the historical precedents for Ewa Juszkiewicz’s painting practice.
Fashion and Art: Gaia Repossi
The creative director of the Parisian jewelry house Repossi speaks with the Quarterly’s Wyatt Allgeier about her enduring love of Donald Judd, her use of photography and drawing in the design process, and the innovative collaborations, with visionaries like Rem Koolhaas and Flavin Judd, behind their retail spaces.
Leaders in the Arts: Italy Edition
We invited Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev to select two outstanding arts professionals to join her in a conversation about their career trajectories, current projects, and goals for the future.
Meleko Mokgosi: Democratic Intuition
Meleko Mokgosi writes about his eight-chapter painting cycle Democratic Intuition (2013–20), an epic of southern African life and folklore, on view at Gagosian in London in his first solo exhibition in the United Kingdom and Europe. Introduction by Louise Neri.
Prouvé in Tijuana
Architect Teddy Cruz and political theorist Fonna Forman speak about a new social-housing project on the outskirts of Tijuana, and its connections to the modernist designer Jean Prouvé, with cultural historian Robert M. Rubin and critic Alastair Gordon.
Gerhard Richter: Young Gerd
Richard Calvocoressi reflects on the monochrome world of Gerhard Richter’s early photo paintings.
Jay DeFeo’s Transcendent Objects
Alice Godwin explores the shifts in Jay DeFeo’s practice in the 1970s, considering the familiar objects that became recurrent subjects in her work during these years and their relationship to the human body.