Anselm Kiefer à La Tourette
Anselm Kiefer à La Tourette is available for online reading from June 22 through July 20 as part of Artist Spotlight: Anselm Kiefer. This book was published on the occasion of the artist’s 2019 exhibition Anselm Kiefer à La Tourette at the Couvent Sainte-Marie de La Tourette, Éveux, France. In 1966 Kiefer spent a few weeks at La Tourette, the monastery designed by Le Corbusier, where he was inspired by the materiality of the architecture. Fifty-two years later he was invited to return to exhibit his work in dialogue with the spiritual place. Anselm Kiefer à La Tourette documents the installations, paintings, sculptures, and artist’s books that were on view, and includes a series of photographs of the monastery taken by the artist. The publication also features a foreword by Larry Gagosian, an essay by Brother Marc Chauveau, and a text by Kiefer originally written in 1966 following his stay.
Anselm Kiefer à La Tourette (New York: Gagosian, in association with Le Couvent Sainte-Marie de La Tourette, Bernard Chauveau Édition, and Atelier Anselm Kiefer, 2020)
June 22–28, 2022
Anselm Kiefer’s monumental body of work represents a microcosm of collective memory, visually encapsulating a broad range of cultural, literary, and philosophical allusions. Drawing from sources that range from the Old and New Testaments, Kabbalah mysticism, Norse mythology, and Wagner’s Ring Cycle to the poetry of Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan, Kiefer makes palpable the complexities of human history.
Photo: Georges Poncet
Artist Spotlight: Anselm Kiefer
La Ribaute Private Tour and Lunch
Over the course of three decades, Anselm Kiefer has transformed La Ribaute—a 40-hectare site located in the south of France near Barjac, northwest of Avignon—into a uniquely immersive artistic environment.
Enter for a chance to join an exclusive tour of the grounds on Saturday, September 10, 2022, for you and a guest. The visit includes a guided walk-through led by Gagosian director Georges Armaos, featuring a talk with Kiefer studio director Waltraud Forelli, and a private lunch amid the artist’s monumental installations.
Anselm Kiefer, Die Frauen der Antike, 1999–2002, installation view, La Ribaute, Barjac, France © Anselm Kiefer. Photo: Charles Duprat
Over the course of several decades, Anselm Kiefer has transformed La Ribaute—his vast studio complex in the South of France, near Barjac, northwest of Avignon—into a uniquely immersive artistic environment, filling the 40-hectare site with more than seventy installations, often at a monumental scale. All are connected through an intricate network of paths, tunnels, and underground crypts. Beginning in May 2022, La Ribaute is open to the public for guided tours, enabling visitors to encounter an extensive representation of Kiefer’s work in various mediums, as well as site-specific installations by Laurie Anderson, Giovanni Anselmo, VALIE EXPORT, and Wolfgang Laib. To visit the site, purchase tickets at eschaton-foundation.com.
Anselm Kiefer, Die Himmelspaläste, 2003–18, installation view, La Ribaute, Barjac, France © Anselm Kiefer. Photo: Charles Duprat
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.