January 1–31, 2021, 8:21pm GMT daily
Piccadilly Lights, London
Patti Smith will take over the Piccadilly Lights advertising screen in London’s Piccadilly Circus for two and half minutes every day at 20:21 gmt (8:21pm), transforming the 4k screen into a digital canvas. Her monthlong presentation A New Year will combine musical performance and poetry, and feature two live prerecorded events at midnight on New Year’s Eve and January 20, the date of the US presidential inauguration. The project is presented by Circa, a new platform presenting digital art in the public space established in 2020. Circa commissions a different artist each month to present new ideas that consider our present-day world. To watch the events online, visit circa.art.
Patti Smith, A New Year, 2021, Piccadilly Lights, London
2020 WSJ Magazine Innovator Award
Patti Smith was named the Literature Innovator at the 2020 WSJ Magazine Innovator Awards on November 11, 2020. This year marked the tenth anniversary of the awards, which recognize inspiring talents from a variety of cultural pursuits. The poet, artist, and award-winning memoirist and musician was honored for the indelible mark she has made on American letters and for her decades of revelatory work. Actor Ethan Hawke presented the award during the ceremony, which was filmed this year due to covid-19 restrictions. To watch the ceremony, visit the WSJ Magazine’s YouTube channel.
Patti Smith. Photo: Steven Sebring for WSJ Magazine
Plan Your Vote
Created in 2020, Plan Your Vote is an initiative of Vote.org that harnesses the power of the visual arts to promote and empower citizens to exercise their right to vote. The organization has collaborated with artists, including Davide Balula, Sally Mann, and Patti Smith, to create a public library of voting advocacy images, available for anyone to download and share, in order to help ensure everyone has a voting strategy and is vote ready. To check if you are registered to vote, or learn more about your voting rights, visit vote.org.
Artwork © Sally Mann
Friday, October 11, 2019, 7pm
New York Society for Ethical Culture
Patti Smith will speak with New Yorker editor David Remnick as part of the New Yorker Festival. The annual event brings together key figures in politics, books, film, music, art, and popular culture for three days of programming, including panel discussions, live performances, intimate conversations, and exclusive screenings. A copy of Smith’s new memoir, Year of the Monkey, is included with each ticket. The event has reached capacity.
Patti Smith: Year of the Monkey (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2019)
The Iconoclasts: Part 1
The first installment of a four-part story cycle by Anne Boyer.
Gagosian Quarterly Winter 2020
The Winter 2020 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Jenny Saville’s Prism (2020) on its cover.
Ewa Juszkiewicz: In vain her feet in sparkling laces glow
The artist elaborates on the creation of her first solo exhibition in New York.
Miranda July on Nichols Canyon
A new short film and essay by Miranda July, inspired by David Hockney’s painting Nichols Canyon (1980).
As part of “New Interiorities,” a supplement guest edited by Alison M. Gingeras and Jamieson Webster for the Winter 2020 issue of the Quarterly, Jacqueline Rose writes powerfully and soberly on the future of feminism in the time of covid.
Alison M. Gingeras and Jamieson Webster consider the paradigm shifts brought on by 2020’s biological, psychological, and social crises. The essay serves as an introduction to “New Interiorities,” a supplement they guest edited for the Winter 2020 issue of the Quarterly.
Edmund de Waal: some winter pots
Join the artist in his ceramics studio as he describes the impetus behind his exhibition in London and the importance of touch in the creation of these new works.
Murakami on Ceramics
Takashi Murakami writes about his commitment to the work of Japanese ceramic artists associated with the seikatsu kōgei, or lifestyle crafts, movement.
Takashi Murakami and Hans Ulrich Obrist
Hans Ulrich Obrist interviews the artist on the occasion of his 2012 exhibition Takashi Murakami: Flowers & Skulls at Gagosian, Hong Kong.
Jenny Saville: Painting the Self
Jenny Saville speaks with Nicholas Cullinan, the director of the National Portrait Gallery, London, about her latest self-portrait, her studio practice, and the historical painters to whom she continually returns.
NXTHVN is a new national arts model that empowers emerging artists and curators of color through education and access. Through intergenerational mentorship, professional development, and cross-sector collaboration, NXTHVN accelerates professional careers in the arts. Join Titus Kaphar and Jason Price on a tour of the organization’s headquarters in New Haven, Connecticut. They discuss the founding and vision for this singular arts space.
The Iconoclasts: Part 4
The final installment of a four-part story cycle by Anne Boyer.