Thursday, February 25, 2021, 1pm est
Join Gagosian for a conversation with Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels, founder of We Buy Gold and director at Jack Shainman Gallery, and Azikiwe Mohammed, arts worker and founder of Black Painters Academy. The pair will discuss their models for exhibition and educational spaces in comparison to more traditional structures, why such alternatives are necessary, and how these spaces mirror the mental spaces Black people have had to create for themselves since time immemorial. To join, register at eventbrite.com.
This talk is part of an ongoing program of conversations and presentations with leading artists and cultural figures, as well as a curated selection of interviews, essays, and videos from the gallery’s extensive publishing archive, that explores how Black histories animate contemporary aesthetics.
Azikiwe Mohammed (left). Photo: Azikiwe Mohammed. Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels (right). Photo: Sean Donnola
Adriana Varejão: Interiors is available for online reading from February 24 through March 25 as part of Artist Spotlight: Adriana Varejão. Published on the occasion of the artist’s 2017 exhibition Interiors at Gagosian, Beverly Hills, and her 2016–17 exhibition Azulejão at Gagosian, Rome, this catalogue brings together images of the paintings and sculptures presented in these shows, as well as views of her multichannel video installation Transbarroco (2014), shown in both cities at the time of these consecutive exhibitions. The book features a preface by Gagosian director Louise Neri, an essay by scholar Luiz Camillo Osorio, and texts by Adriano Pedrosa, artistic director of the Museu de Arte de São Paulo.
Adriana Varejão: Interiors (New York: Gagosian, 2017)
Thursday, February 25, 2021, 4pm EST
Theaster Gates will be in dialogue with Massimiliano Gioni, artistic director of the New Museum, New York, on the occasion of Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America, an exhibition originally conceived by curator Okwui Enwezor (1963–2019). The show brings together thirty-seven artists who have addressed the concept of mourning, commemoration, and loss as a direct response to the national emergency of racist violence experienced by Black communities across America. This is the first program in a series of conversations highlighting the practices of artists participating in the New Museum exhibition. To attend the online event, register at www.tfaforms.com.
Theaster Gates, Gone Are the Days of Shelter and Martyr, 2014 (still) © Theaster Gates
Grief and Grievance at the New Museum
Thursday, February 18, 2021, 5pm est
Join Artforum and Sotheby’s for a conversation between professor Malik Gaines, curators Naomi Beckwith and Massimiliano Gioni, and artists Theaster Gates and Julie Mehretu. The group will discuss Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America, originally conceived by curator Okwui Enwezor (1963–2019), and presented at the New Museum, New York, with curatorial support from advisors Beckwith, Gioni, Glenn Ligon, and Mark Nash. The exhibition brings together thirty-seven artists working in a variety of mediums who have addressed the concept of mourning, commemoration, and loss as a direct response to the national emergency of racist violence experienced by Black communities across America. To join, register at www.theworldsbest.events.
Massimiliano Gioni. Photo: Scott Rudd, courtesy New Museum. Theaster Gates. Photo: Sara Pooley. Julie Mehretu. Photo: Jessica Rankin. Naomi Beckwith. Photo: Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago
Work in Progress
Adriana Varejão: In the Studio
Join Adriana Varejão at her studio in Rio de Janeiro as she prepares for her upcoming exhibition at Gagosian in New York. She speaks about the inspirations for her “tile” paintings, from Portuguese azulejos to the Brazilian Baroque to the Talavera ceramic tradition of Mexico, and reveals for the first time her unique process for creating these works.
Gagosian Quarterly Spring 2021
The Spring 2021 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Gerhard Richter’s Helen (1963) on its cover.
Sir David Adjaye OBE and Zoë Ryan
Architect David Adjaye discusses his archival project Adjaye Africa Architecture: A Photographic Survey of Metropolitan Architecture with Zoë Ryan, Daniel W. Dietrich, II Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania. For this decade-long project, published in seven volumes, Adjaye traveled to the capital city of every major African country to photograph the continent’s built environment.
Artist to Artist: Isaac Julien and Meleko Mokgosi
This video features a dialogue between artists Isaac Julien and Meleko Mokgosi, moderated by Zoé Whitley, director of Chisenhale Gallery, London, and presented by Gagosian in partnership with the Decolonising Arts Institute of the University of the Arts London (UAL). The two artists discuss narrative and montage strategies in their respective practices as filmmaker and painter.
The Bigger Picture
Exalt: Youth Justice Can’t Stop
As 2020 came to a close, Nathaniel Mary Quinn spoke with Gisele Castro, executive director of exalt, a New York City nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of court-involved youth by providing a path to success through effective educational engagement. Quinn is a former educator at exalt and now serves as a member of the organization’s board.
Artist to Artist: Edmund de Waal and Theaster Gates
Join the artists for an extended conversation about their most recent exhibitions, their forebears in the world of ceramics, and the key role that history plays in their practices.
Meleko Mokgosi and Louise Neri
On the occasion of Meleko Mokgosi’s recent exhibition Democratic Intuition, the artist speaks with Louise Neri about notions of pedagogy, the nation state, and value systems wrapped up in his visual epic.
The Iconoclasts: Part 1
The first installment of a four-part story cycle by Anne Boyer.
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.
Fashion and Art: Hank Willis Thomas and Chitose Abe
Artist Hank Willis Thomas and Chitose Abe, the creative director and founder of Sacai, speak with the Quarterly’s Wyatt Allgeier about their recent collaboration.
Venetian Heritage, a philanthropic organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of Venice’s cultural treasures, has pursued its mission for two decades. Here, the architect Peter Marino, the organization’s chairman, joins Toto Bergamo Rossi, director of the Venice office, to tell Gagosian director Jason Ysenburg about the history and future of the organization and its program for the 2019 Venice Biennale.
Art historian and curator Sergio Risaliti speaks with Roberto Peregalli and Laura Sartori Rimini, the duo behind the interior design firm Studio Peregalli, about their philosophical approach to design, the cinematic quality of their rooms, and the publication of their latest monograph, Grand Tour: The Worldly Projects of Studio Peregalli.