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On Bruce Bernard and Lucian Freud with Bella Freud, Celia Paul, and Virginia Verran
Moderated by Richard Calvocoressi

Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 6:30pm
Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London

Join Gagosian for a conversation between Bella Freud, Celia Paul, and Virginia Verran, moderated by Gagosian director and art historian Richard Calvocoressi, on the occasion of the exhibitions Bruce Bernard: Portraits of Friends and Friends and Relations: Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon, Frank Auerbach, Michael Andrews, both at Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London, from November 17, 2022, to January 28, 2023. Virginia Verran, who represents Bruce Bernard’s estate, will discuss his photographs of the four artists from Friends and Relations in their studios, while fashion designer Bella Freud, Lucian Freud’s daughter, and artist Celia Paul—subjects of some of the painter’s most significant and intimate portraits—will recount their experiences of sitting for Lucian Freud’s paintings and in front of Bruce Bernard’s camera. 

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Bruce Bernard, 4: Bella Freud, Celia Paul and Lucian Freud in his studio, 1983 © Estate of Bruce Bernard (courtesy Virginia Verran)

Bruce Bernard, 4: Bella Freud, Celia Paul and Lucian Freud in his studio, 1983 © Estate of Bruce Bernard (courtesy Virginia Verran)

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Screening and Talk

Centering Latinx Video Art
Disrupting and Rewriting Colonial Narratives

Wednesday, November 30, 2022, 7pm
Anthology Film Archives, New York
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Gagosian, in collaboration with Anthology Film Archives, presents a selection of videos by Latinx artists who engage in destabilizing, disrupting, and rewriting colonial narratives. The creators of the featured works—María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Carolina Caycedo, Lizania Cruz, Michael Menchaca, and Juan Sánchez—launch their interrogations into the effects of colonialism from a place of solidarity with their diverse communities. Using personalized symbologies, historic documentation, architecture and landscape, dance, and sound, they reveal and memorialize suppressed histories while offering alternate understandings of the present. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Campos-Pons, Cruz, and Sánchez, moderated by Marcela Guerrero, associate curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

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Photo: courtesy International Catalogue Raisonné Association

Talk

ICRA Annual Conference 2022
Legacy: The Artist’s View

Thursday, December 1, 2022, 9:30am
Cromwell Place, London
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The International Catalogue Raisonné Association conference will give artists, their families, and catalogue raisonné authors space to articulate their thoughts on the theme of legacy. Engaging with the question of posterity, the conference asks how a family’s closeness to the artist can be both a blessing and a challenge, and thinks about ways in which later generations as well as nonfamily members can address issues surrounding an artist’s continued relevance. Edmund de Waal will be the keynote speaker and Michael Craig-Martin and Rachel Whiteread will contribute to the conference as well. The in-person and online event will include a question-and-answer session.

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Performance

Isabella Summers
To Neptune, Ruler of the Seas Profound

Monday, December 5, 2022, 6:30pm
Gagosian, Beverly Hills

Join Gagosian for a live performance inside the exhibition Cy Twombly at Gagosian, Beverly Hills, by musician, producer, and film and television composer Isabella Summers, a founding member of Florence and the Machine. Titled To Neptune, Ruler of the Seas Profound, the piece is inspired by Twombly’s life and work. The music is interwoven with quotations from poems and literary texts by authors who have served as muses or subjects for Twombly, including Homer, Stéphane Mallarmé, and William Butler Yeats. The performance expands on a composition Summers performed in Rome in May 2022 at the Fondazione Nicola Del Roscio.

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