Wet Labyrinth (with Spontaneous Landscape)
June 21–August 21, 2022
Royal Academy of Arts, London
Cristina Iglesias’s most recent large-scale immersive work, Wet Labyrinth (with Spontaneous Landscape) (2022), is a temporary site-specific commission for the Annenberg Courtyard of the Royal Academy of Arts, London, realized two years after she was awarded the Academy’s Architecture Prize in 2020. With this latest iteration in an ongoing series since 2005, Iglesias considers the history of labyrinths and mazes, combining the artificial with the natural in a single built environment. In bustling Piccadilly, the humid labyrinth provides a welcome sanctuary for visitors this summer in which to wander, wonder, and reflect.
Cristina Iglesias, Wet Labyrinth (with Spontaneous Landscape), 2022, installation view, Royal Academy of Arts, London, June 21–August 21, 2022 © Cristina Iglesias. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd.
Friday, June 10, 2022, 7:30pm
Burlington Arcade, London
Join Gagosian for a conversation between Cristina Iglesias and Iwona Blazwick, former director of Whitechapel Gallery in London, on the occasion of the artist’s exhibition at Gagosian, Davies Street, London, and concurrent outdoor commissions for the Annenberg Courtyard of the Royal Academy of Arts in London and Madison Square Park in New York. Blazwick, a prominent advocate of pioneering women artists, curated an exhibition of Iglesias’s work in 2003 and recently edited Liquid Sculpture, an extensive new monograph on the artist’s public commissions. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event. To attend the event, register at eventbrite.com.
Left: Cristina Iglesias. Photo: Javier Salas. Right: Iwona Blazwick. Photo: Christa Holka
Landscape and Memory
June 1–December 4, 2022
Madison Square Park, New York
Cristina Iglesias unearths the forgotten geological history of Madison Square Park in a newly commissioned public art installation, Landscape and Memory. On the park’s Oval Lawn, Iglesias has created a parcours of five cast-bronze pools, embedded in the ground through which water flows in orchestrated sequences, tracing the ancient course of Cedar Creek—now submerged—to remind us of what lies beneath our feet in the cities that we construct.
Cristina Iglesias, Landscape and Memory, 2022, installation view, Madison Square Park, New York © Cristina Iglesias. Photo: Rashmi Gill/Madison Square Park Conservancy
London Gallery Weekend
Damien Hirst, Cristina Iglesias, Titus Kaphar, Richard Prince
May 13–15, 2022
As part of London Gallery Weekend, Gagosian will have extended hours at all London locations, including the Gagosian Shop in Burlington Arcade, where visitors can browse Richard Prince artist’s books, posters, and other merchandise as part of his Shop takeover. Visitors can view the exhibitions Cristina Iglesias at Davies Street, which opens on Saturday, May 14; Titus Kaphar: New Alte̲rs: Reworking Devotion at Grosvenor Hill, before it closes on May 15; and Damien Hirst: Natural History at Britannia Street.
A range of activities will be offered, including exhibition tours and drop-in drawing hours for visitors of all ages, in addition to treats from Connaught Patisserie and Treats Club. In its second year, London Gallery Weekend is a free annual event featuring over 150 of the city’s leading contemporary art galleries coming together to celebrate culture and creativity.
Installation view, Titus Kaphar: New Alte̲rs: Reworking Devotion, Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London, March 17–May 15, 2022. Artwork © Titus Kaphar. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd
Brutalisten: An Interview with Carsten Höller
This spring, Carsten Höller launched Brutalisten, a new restaurant concept in Stockholm and the latest embodiment of his long-term culinary and artistic project called the Brutalist Kitchen. The twenty-eight-seat restaurant features a menu overseen by chef Stefan Eriksson that adheres to three classifications: “semi-brutalist” dishes (using oil or minimal ingredients), “brutalist” dishes (using salt and water), and “orthodox-brutalist” dishes (no additional ingredients). For the Quarterly, Höller speaks with Gagosian directors Serena Cattaneo Adorno and Mark Francis about this terminology, the importance of experimentation, and the fortuitous side effects of brutalist cuisine.
Gagosian Quarterly Summer 2022
The Summer 2022 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, with two different covers—featuring Takashi Murakami’s 108 Bonnō MURAKAMI.FLOWERS (2022) and Andreas Gursky’s V & R II (2022).
La Ribaute: Transitive, It Transforms
Camille Morineau writes of the triumph of the feminine at Anselm Kiefer’s former studio-estate in Barjac, France, describing the site and its installations as a demonstration of women’s power, a meditation on inversion and permeability, and a reversal of the long invisibility of women in history and myth.
Anselm Kiefer: Architect of Landscape and Cosmology
Jérôme Sans visits La Ribaute in Barjac, France, the vast studio-estate transformed by Anselm Kiefer over the course of decades. The labyrinthine site, now open to the public, stands as a total work of art, reflecting through its grounds, pavilions, and passageways major themes in Kiefer’s oeuvre: regeneration, mythology, memory, and more.
Hans Ulrich Obrist’s Questionnaire: Theaster Gates
In this ongoing series, curator Hans Ulrich Obrist has devised a set of thirty-seven questions that invite artists, authors, musicians, and other visionaries to address key elements of their lives and creative practices. Respondents are invited to make a selection from the larger questionnaire and to reply in as many or as few words as they desire. For this installment, we are honored to present the artist Theaster Gates, whose Serpentine Pavilion 2022 Black Chapel opened in London on June 10.
Toyo Ito, Marc Newson, and Koji Yanai
The Tokyo Toilet project has added twelve new public restrooms by renowned architects and designers to the city’s map since 2020, with five more scheduled to open in 2022. To learn more about the initiative, the Quarterly spoke with founder Koji Yanai and two of the participating designers, Toyo Ito and Marc Newson.
Story of the Editor
Fiona Alison Duncan profiles six literary editors who are changing the standards of publishing.
Memoirs of a Poltergeist: Part 1
The first installment of a short story by Venita Blackburn.
At the Edge
Chris Burden: Prelude to a Lost Performance
Michael Auping tells the Quarterly’s Alison McDonald about the preparations for a performance by Chris Burden at the Newport Harbor Art Museum in Southern California in 1974—and the event’s abrupt cancellation—providing a glimpse into the mindset of a young, aggressive, and ambitious artist in the early stages of his career.
Jeff Wall: An Exhibition Tour
Join Jeff Wall as he leads a tour through his latest exhibition in Beverly Hills. The artist speaks about the genesis and creation of each photograph, addressing the aesthetic decisions involved.
American Artist, Yayoi Shionoiri, and Sydney Stutterheim on Poetic Practical: The Unrealized Work of Chris Burden
Join Gagosian to celebrate the publication of Poetic Practical: The Unrealized Work of Chris Burden with a conversation between American Artist, Yayoi Shionoiri, and Sydney Stutterheim presented at the Kitchen, New York. Considering the book’s sustained examination of sixty-seven projects that remained incomplete at the time of Burden’s death in 2015, the trio discuss the various ways that an artist’s work and legacy live on beyond their lifetime.
A Perfect Storm: Jim Shaw and Conspiratorial Film
In the fall of 2021, in partnership with New York’s Metrograph cinema and Gagosian, artist Jim Shaw organized a series of six conspiracy-minded films revolving around thorny questions of truth, guilt, fantasy, and innocence, and leading Shaw to revelations about the fringe notion of “frazzledrip.” Here, Natasha Stagg reflects on the movies he chose and on the wider implications of what it means to go down the rabbit hole.