November 30, 2020–January 31, 2021
Gagosian is pleased to announce The Future, the sixth in a series of annual thematic exhibitions presented by Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch during Art Basel Miami Beach. Previously staged at the historic Moore Building in the Miami Design District, this year the collaborative project will be hosted on a new stand-alone website.
In his 1909 Manifesto of Futurism, Italian poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti outlined the movement’s desire to abandon the past and accelerate toward a new aesthetic and societal model. Today, contemporary artists continue to imagine what may be coming next, their approaches ranging from earnest to tongue-in-cheek, from ardently utopian to grimly apocalyptic. Following The Extreme Present—last year’s collaborative exhibition, which focused on artists’ responses to then-contemporary conditions around the world—The Future dares to speculate on what the coming years may have in store. Given the heightened political, economic, and environmental uncertainties of our current moment, this undertaking could hardly be more complex.
Ed Ruscha, The Future, 1999 © Ed Ruscha. Photo: Jeff McLane
February 19–March 20, 2022
Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
Frank Gehry’s immersive installation Wishful Thinking (2021) will be installed in BP Hall at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, following its debut at Gagosian, Beverly Hills, last year. Based on a scene from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the work depicts the Mad Hatter’s tea party as a group of ten surreal figures, twice life-size. Fashioned from brilliantly painted metal, Gehry’s abstracted interpretations of Lewis Carroll’s characters surround an internally lit table, the glowing heart of the scene. Three overlapping woven steel “tapestries” of trees evoke the episode’s forest setting, while a mirror on the opposite wall implicates the viewer. The crumpled surfaces of Wishful Thinking’s figures establish a new visual connection with some of Gehry’s best-known designs. The installation will be free and open to the public.
Frank Gehry, Wishful Thinking, 2021, installation view, Gagosian, Beverly Hills © Frank O. Gehry. Photo: Joshua White
Arakawa and Arakawa + Gins
Art and Architecture
Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 12pm est
Tiffany Lambert, curator at the Japan Society in New York, will discuss the relationship between Arakawa’s art and his collaborative architecture practice with Madeline Gins. Taking Arakawa’s conceptual works from the 1960s and the 1980s—including paintings and drawings on view in the exhibition Arakawa: Waiting Voices at Gagosian, Basel, through January 22—as a starting point, this online talk examines the compelling connections between these works and the pair’s idea of using the built form as a way to investigate and transform the relationship between body and environment. To join the online event, register at zoom.us.
Installation view, Arakawa: Waiting Voices, Gagosian, Basel, November 25, 2021–January 22, 2022. Artwork © 2021 Estate of Madeline Gins. Reproduced with permission of the Estate of Madeline Gins. Photo: Annik Wetter
Emma Cline Selects
January 21–February 5, 2022
Metrograph, New York
Emma Cline has curated a selection of films on the theme of “source material,” as part of a series copresented by Gagosian and Metrograph in the theater and online. The program will feature cinema inspired by the ethos of Picture Books, Gagosian’s new imprint conceived by Cline and dedicated to publishing fiction by leading authors alongside contributions by celebrated contemporary artists. The selected films—including Robert Altman’s 3 Women (1977), Spike Jonze’s Adaptation (2002), Miranda July’s The Future (2011), and Marielle Heller’s The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015)—respond to existing cinema or the work of other artists, originate in writing, or reconsider historical events.
Still from 3 Women (1977), directed by Robert Altman
Behind the Art
Alexander Calder: Flying Dragon
In this video, Gagosian director Serena Cattaneo Adorno celebrates the installation of Alexander Calder’s monumental sculpture Flying Dragon (1975) in Paris at Place Vendôme, detailing the process and importance of this ambitious project.
Gagosian Quarterly Winter 2021
The Winter 2021 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Jasper Johns’s Target with Four Faces (1955) on its cover.
Kon Trubkovich Selects: The Russians Love Their Children Too
Kon Trubkovich has curated a selection of films under the title The Russians Love Their Children Too, as part of a series copresented by Gagosian and Metrograph. The program, comprising ten films presented at Metrograph’s New York theater and online in December 2021, explores Russian and Eastern European cinema from various angles. From the documentaries of Sergei Loznitsa to quintessential masterpieces such as Andrei Tarkovsky’s Mirror (1975), the selected films contain elements key to Trubkovich’s life and art practice. Here, Trubkovich speaks on their importance.
Eileen Costello, Marta Kuzma, and Caitlin Murray on Donald Judd: Paintings
Art historian Eileen Costello and Yale School of Art professor Marta Kuzma discuss Donald Judd’s two-dimensional work and how the lessons he learned from the innovations of Abstract Expressionist and Color Field paintings permeate his entire body of work. Their conversation is moderated by Caitlin Murray, director of archives and programs at Judd Foundation.
Sally Mann: Vinculum
Join Sally Mann at her studio in Lexington, Virginia. Filmed at work in her darkroom and within the surrounding landscape, she discusses her exploratory approach to making and printing pictures, what draws her to the landscape of the American South, and her newest body of work, Vinculum.
Peter Lindbergh: Untold Stories
The traveling retrospective gathering the work of legendary photographer Peter Lindbergh will be on view in A Coruña, Spain, from December 4, 2021, through February 28, 2022. Featuring work created over four decades of his expansive career, the exhibition was curated by Lindbergh before his death in 2019. Here, the artist’s son Benjamin Lindbergh speaks with Derek Blasberg about the project.
Asmaa Walton: Black Art Library
Asmaa Walton, independent curator and founder of the Black Art Library—a mobile living archive of global Black creativity—speaks with Gagosian director Antwaun Sargent about the origins of her book-based project. Walton tells Sargent about a recent collaboration with Bottega Veneta in a former Detroit firehouse and shares her hopes for the future of this endeavor, in terms of community and curation.
Social Works II: Manuel Mathieu | The Delusion of Power
Artist Manuel Mathieu reflects on Haiti, Francisco Goya, and conceptualizations of power, examining their roles in his practice.
Behind the Art
Jonas Wood in Hong Kong
Join Jonas Wood on a virtual tour through the creation of his first solo exhibition in Hong Kong. Wood narrates the genesis and development of the new paintings, drawings, and wallpaper.
River Girl, Outer World
A short story by t. jahan, published here on the occasion of the Quarterly’s collaboration with PEN America.
Out of the Darkness
A short story by Mathapelo Mofokeng, published here on the occasion of the Quarterly’s collaboration with PEN America.
Lee “Scratch” Perry
Connor Garel celebrates the outsized impact of this legendary musician on the world of music and beyond.