Gagosian is pleased to announce the representation of Rick Lowe. Lowe’s numerous collaborative projects, undertaken in the spirit and tradition of “social sculpture,” are paired with an extensive body of work in painting, drawing, and installation. Working closely with individuals and communities, he has identified myriad ways to exercise creativity in the context of everyday activities, harnessing it to explore concerns around equity and justice. Influenced by Joseph Beuys’s formulation of “social sculpture,” he has moved from figurative “anti-painting” to the making and maintenance of projects aimed at the transformation of social structures and sites, and to symbolic abstract painting.
Lowe will inaugurate the third season of Gagosian’s Artist Spotlight series on September 29. His first solo exhibition at the gallery is scheduled for fall 2022 at Gagosian New York.
Rick Lowe. Photo: Brent Reaney
Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 12pm EDT
As part of Talking to Our Time program, an online series of artist talks organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, Rick Lowe will be joined by Gagosian director Antwaun Sargent to discuss how creativity can empower people and communities to spark economic, social, and political change. The pair will speak about Lowe’s community-based initiatives, such as Project Row Houses and Greenwood Art Project, as well as his paintings and drawings based on a visual language developed from aerial photographs of dominoes, a game he often plays with residents of his social projects. To join the online event, register at smithsonian.zoom.us.
Left: Rick Lowe. Photo: Brent Reaney. Right: Antwaun Sargent. Photo: Chase Hall
September 29–October 5, 2021
Rick Lowe’s extensive body of work in painting, drawing, and installation is paired with numerous collaborative projects, undertaken in the spirit and tradition of “social sculpture.” Working closely with individuals and communities, Lowe has identified myriad ways to exercise creativity in the context of everyday activities, harnessing it to explore concerns around equity and justice. In his paintings and drawings, he has developed a visual language based on aerial photographs of dominoes games that reveal their resemblance to maps of urban districts. By tracing and layering the patterns he discovers, he produces works that, while visually abstract, represent the reconfiguration and movement of communities over time.
Photo: Brent Reaney
Rick Lowe: G.A.P. Van
PBS American Portrait
Rick Lowe discusses his G.A.P. Van (2021), a mobile, multidisciplinary art production and performance space that aims to foster a sense of community and healing among the residents of the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Traveling through the neighborhood, the van serves as a mobile healing space where the community can—through a participatory process of making and exhibiting posters—archive and acknowledge the trauma of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 while celebrating the vibrant energy of “Black Wall Street.”
Rick Lowe, G.A.P. Van, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 2021 © Rick Lowe Studio
The Thinking Hand
Edmund de Waal speaks with Richard Calvocoressi about touch in relation to art and our understanding of the world, and discusses the new stone sculptures he created for the exhibition This Living Hand: Edmund de Waal Presents Henry Moore, at the Henry Moore Studios & Gardens. Their conversation took place at the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, in the context of the exhibition The Human Touch.
Gagosian Quarterly Fall 2021
The Fall 2021 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Damien Hirst’s Reclining Woman (2011) on its cover.
Behind the Art
Rick Lowe: In the Studio
Join Rick Lowe in his Houston studio as he speaks about his recent paintings, describing their connections to his long engagement with the activity of dominoes and to his community-based projects created in the tradition of social sculpture.
Georg Baselitz: Pulling Up the Image
In celebration of five recent projects related to Georg Baselitz, Richard Calvocoressi, Max Hollein, and Katy Siegel speak with the artist and look at his prolific career.
Social Works II: Kahlil Robert Irving
Antwaun Sargent speaks with Kahlil Robert Irving in advance of the opening of Social Works II and presents a portfolio of Irving’s sculptures.
The Destination Is Latinx
Susan Breyer surveys the dynamic state of contemporary Latinx art in the United States. Highlighting seven artists who are rewriting cultural narratives, Breyer calls for sustained attention to this growing group beyond National Hispanic Heritage Month.
Christopher Rudd’s pas de deux Touché, choreographed for American Ballet Theatre during the onset of the pandemic, follows dancers João Menegussi and Calvin Royal III through a charged, vulnerable, and ultimately tender love story. In conversation with scholar Clare Croft, the artists reflect on the politics, poetics, and process of bringing this groundbreaking duet to life.
Behind the Art
Tatiana Trouvé: In the Studio
Join the artist in her studio as she speaks about her new series of drawings, From March to May. Trouvé describes the genesis of the project and the essential role its creation played in keeping her connected with the outside world during the difficult months of pandemic-related lockdown.
Historian Victoria Phillips speaks with the artist about his new paintings, memory and its relationship to media, and the continuing impact of the Cold War.
Katy Hessel, Matthew Holman, and Eleanor Nairne on Helen Frankenthaler
Broadcaster and art historian Katy Hessel; Matthew Holman, associate lecturer in English at University College London; and Eleanor Nairne, curator at the Barbican Art Gallery, London, discuss Helen Frankenthaler’s early training, the development of her signature soak-stain technique and subsequent shifts in style, and her connections to the London art world.
Gagosian Quarterly Films
Katharina Grosse: Think Big!
From October 21 to 23, 2021, Gagosian Quarterly presented a special English-language online screening of Claudia Müller’s Katharina Grosse: Think Big!
The San Francisco Art Institute: Its History and Future
Constance Lewallen marks the 150th anniversary of the San Francisco Art Institute, exploring the school’s evolution and pioneering faculty, as well as current challenges and the innovations necessary for its preservation.