April 5–May 28, 2022
Gagosian, rue de Ponthieu, Paris
Gagosian, Paris, is pleased to present a selection of paintings by Simon Hantaï (1922–2008). In anticipation of his forthcoming retrospective at Fondation Louis Vuitton, curated by Anne Baldassari and opening on May 18, 2022, these works will be installed on the ground floor of the gallery at 4 rue de Ponthieu.
The grouping, which is dominated by bold, vibrant colors evocative of spring blossoms, features several paintings made by Hantaï using variations on his iconic pliage (folding) technique. By crumpling and knotting the canvas before painting it uniformly and then spreading it out to reveal a pattern of alternations between pigment and ground, Hantaï arrived at a process that synthesized Surrealist automatism and the allover gestures of Abstract Expressionism. Here, several paintings from the Tabulas series (1972–76 and 1980–82), including large gridded compositions in yellow, blue, pink, and green, find him regulating the abstract shapes generated by the pliage process through a repeating pattern of folds and the use of single tints that also reflect his study of Paul Cezanne, Henri Matisse, and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Theory of Colors (1810).
Gagosian announced the exclusive representation of Hantaï’s estate in 2019. LES NOIRS DU BLANC, LES BLANCS DU NOIR, the artist’s first exhibition at the gallery, featured black-and-white paintings and prints made between 1969 and 1997 and opened at Gagosian, Le Bourget, that October. This January, in the centenary year of the artist’s birth, the gallery presented a second solo exhibition, Les blancs de la couleur, la couleur du blanc, on both floors of the gallery at 980 Madison Avenue, New York. This exhibition was accompanied by a multipart publication, housed in a special box that contains a booklet with an essay and chronology by Anne Baldassari, individual cards devoted to each artwork, and a folded poster. Hantaï is also the subject of an essay by Baldassari in the Spring 2022 issue of Gagosian Quarterly.
Installation view, Simon Hantaï: Accrochage, Gagosian, rue de Ponthieu, Paris, April 5–May 28, 2022. Artwork © Archives Simon Hantaï/ADAGP, Paris
Estate of Simon Hantaï
Gagosian is pleased to announce the representation of the Estate of Simon Hantaï. Born in Bia, Hungary, in 1922, Hantaï is best known for originating the technique of pliage (folding), in which a canvas is crumpled and knotted, uniformly painted over, and then spread out to reveal a matrix of abstract alternations between pigment and ground. Hantaï moved to Paris in 1948 and began creating pliage paintings in 1960, conceiving of the process as a marriage between Surrealist automatism and the allover gestures of Abstract Expressionism. The technique dominated the work he made during the rest of his career, re-emerging in diverse forms. To inaugurate Hantaï’s representation, LES NOIRS DU BLANC, LES BLANCS DU NOIR, an exhibition of black-and-white paintings and prints dating between 1969 and 1997, will be presented at Gagosian, Le Bourget.
Simon Hantaï in his studio, Meun, France, 1967. Artwork © Archives Simon Hantaï/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Édouard Boubat
Art Basel Hong Kong 2022
May 27–29, 2022, booth 1C15
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Gagosian is pleased to participate in Art Basel Hong Kong 2022 with an ensemble of contemporary works by international artists. The gallery’s presentation will feature works by artists including Georg Baselitz, Louise Bonnet, Edmund de Waal, Urs Fischer, Katharina Grosse, Mark Grotjahn, Jennifer Guidi, Simon Hantaï, Hao Liang, Damien Hirst, Thomas Houseago, Tetsuya Ishida, Alex Israel, Ewa Juszkiewicz, Rick Lowe, Takashi Murakami, Albert Oehlen, Nam June Paik, Giuseppe Penone, Rudolf Polanszky, Sterling Ruby, Ed Ruscha, Jenny Saville, Jim Shaw, Rudolf Stingel, Spencer Sweeney, Rachel Whiteread, and Zeng Fanzhi.
Gagosian’s booth at Art Basel Hong Kong 2022. Artwork, left to right: © Georg Baselitz; © Louise Bonnet; © Zeng Fanzhi; © 2019 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All rights reserved; © Rudolf Stingel. Photo: Martin Wong
ART021 Shanghai 2021
November 13–14, 2021, booth C02
Shanghai Exhibition Center
Gagosian is pleased to participate in ART021 Shanghai 2021. The gallery will feature works by artists including Georg Baselitz, Dan Colen, Edmund de Waal, Roe Ethridge, Urs Fischer, Katharina Grosse, Simon Hantaï, Damien Hirst, Jia Aili, Harmony Korine, Takashi Murakami (as an individual artist and in collaboration with Virgil Abloh), Rudolf Stingel, Spencer Sweeney, and Tatiana Trouvé.
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Georg Baselitz, No, ja, 2020 © Georg Baselitz. Photo: Jochen Littkemann
Tetsuya Ishida’s Nihilist Realism
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Alexandria Smith Selects
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Tetsuya Ishida: Painter of Modern Life
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Louise Bonnet and Dodie Bellamy
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Receptacles of Memory
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Urs Fischer: Lovers
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Takashi Murakami and RTFKT: An Arrow through History
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Artist to Artist: Pat Steir and Sarah Sze
On the occasion of her exhibition of recent paintings, presented at Gagosian in Rome, Pat Steir met with fellow artist Sarah Sze for a wide-ranging discussion—from shared inspirations and influences to the role of chance, contingency, place, and time in painting.
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Behind the Art
Louise Bonnet: Onslaught
Join Louise Bonnet in her Los Angeles studio as she works on new paintings ahead of her exhibition Onslaught, at Gagosian, Hong Kong.
The artist speaks with author Nalo Hopkinson about what it means to depict the body, the struggles to embark on new projects, and the contours of space and place in the creation of fiction and art.