with Weedie Braimah, Jeremiah Edwards, Craig Harris, Jehbreal Jackson, and Samora Pinderhughes
Saturday, March 18, 2023, 4pm
Gagosian, 980 Madison Avenue, New York
Join Gagosian for a live performance by blues poet, musician, and organizer aja monet inside the exhibition Amoako Boafo: what could possibly go wrong, if we tell it like it is at Gagosian, 980 Madison Avenue, New York. Through an immersive interchange of spoken word and song, monet will share new poetry composed in response to the large-scale portraits on view, which blend themes of Black love, resistance, joy, and community building. Supporting monet will be pianist and composer Samora Pinderhughes and percussionist Weedie Braimah—both collaborators on monet’s forthcoming album, when the poems do what they do—as well as trombonist Craig Harris and bassist Jeremiah Edwards, with vocals from Jehbreal Jackson.
aja monet. Photo: Fanny Chu
Talk and Book Signing
Omar Kholeif and Hans Ulrich Obrist
on “Internet_Art: From the Birth of the Web to the Rise of NFTs”
Friday, March 24, 2023, 7pm
Burlington Arcade, London
Join Gagosian and Phaidon to celebrate the publication of Omar Kholeif’s book, Internet_Art: From the Birth of the Web to the Rise of NFTs, in advance of its release by Phaidon in April 2023. In this survey, the author recounts the artists and events that have defined this mass medium from the inception of the World Wide Web in 1989 through today, tracing the key innovators from the emergence of browser-based art to the dawn of NFTs. Kholeif will speak with their friend Hans Ulrich Obrist, artistic director of the Serpentine Galleries, London, about the publication and how the internet has fostered new possibilities for artists, both analog and digital. After the talk, Kholeif will sign copies of the book, which is available for preorder and pickup at the shop, or for purchase at the event.
Omar Kholeif, Internet_Art: From the Birth of the Web to the Rise of NFTs (London: Phaidon, 2023)
Thomas Crow, Susan Rosenberg, Yayoi Shionoiri
Monday, March 27, 2023, 6:30pm
Gagosian, Park & 75, New York
Join Gagosian for a conversation inside the exhibition Chris Burden: Cross Communication at Gagosian, Park & 75, New York, between Yayoi Shionoiri, executive director of the Estate of Chris Burden, and art historians and professors Thomas Crow and Susan Rosenberg. The trio will discuss Burden’s performances and audio/video works of the 1970s and ’80s on view in the gallery; the Los Angeles art ecosystem of those years; and the challenges artists face in documenting and archiving their performances and experimental works. Exploring the construction of agency and intent, Burden’s early works confront the dominance of consumer culture and the increasing violence and complexity of American society.
Chris Burden, Velvet Water, 1974 (still) © 2023 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
March 29–May 20, 2023
Gagosian Shop, London
Giuseppe Penone is taking over the Gagosian Shop in London’s historic Burlington Arcade with Somersault. Posters, books, and catalogues, including historical items, are presented alongside selected works on paper by the artist to coincide with his exhibition at Galleria Borghese, Rome, on view through May 28, 2023.
In a diverse body of sculpture, performance, photography, and works on paper spanning more than fifty years, Penone, a practitioner of Arte Povera, explores growth, respiration, and other involuntary natural processes, drawing attention to the relationship between man and nature. The works on view in the Shop include Somersault (2020), a suite of twenty-one drypoint etchings; the print Identity (2018); and the iconic photograph Rovesciare i propri occhi (Reversing One’s Eyes) (1970), in which Penone was photographed wearing custom-made mirrored contact lenses.
Highlights of the presentation also include two rare 1970s exhibition posters and numerous catalogues and monographs on the artist, including The Inner Life of Forms, published by Gagosian in 2018, and Le Bois Sacré du Couvent de la Tourette (2022), an artist’s book inspired by the recent installation at the monastery designed by Le Corbusier in Éveux, France.
Giuseppe Penone, Rovesciare i propri occhi (Reversing One’s Eyes), 1970 © Giuseppe Penone
Sally Mann and Benjamin Moser
During the 2022 edition of Paris Photo, Sally Mann and Benjamin Moser sat down for an intimate conversation as the first event in Gagosian’s Paris Salon series, initiated by Jessie Fortune Ryan. In light of Moser’s Pulitzer Prize–winning biography of Susan Sontag, Sontag: Her Life and Work (2019), recently translated into French, the two discussed the power and responsibility tied up in their respective practices of photography and writing.
Gagosian Quarterly Spring 2023
The Spring 2023 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Roe Ethridge’s Two Kittens with Yarn Ball (2017–22) on its cover.
Sterling Ruby: The Frenetic Beat
Ester Coen meditates on the dynamism of Sterling Ruby’s recent projects, tracing parallels between these works and the histories of Futurism, Constructivism, and the avant-garde.
Glenn Brown: From the Inside Out
Novelist Andrew Winer reports on the formal, conceptual, historical, and philosophical perspectives embedded in Glenn Brown’s latest paintings and drawings. The two talked after the opening of the artist’s recent New York exhibition Glenn Brown: We’ll Keep On Dancing Till We Pay the Rent.
In an excerpt from his forthcoming monograph, Richard Wright pens a personal and philosophical text about painting.
Hao Liang: Emaciation Now: Paintings of My Contemporaries
Travis Diehl pens an essay on Hao Liang’s latest paintings.
Adam McEwen: An Act of Love
Contemporary artists Adam McEwen and Jeremy Deller met up online over the holiday season to discuss McEwen’s upcoming exhibitions in London and Rome. McEwen delves into the motivations and criteria behind his work, as well as the challenges and complexities of memorializing the living.
Michael Slenske pays tribute to the life and work of artist Ashley Bickerton.
Red, White, Yellow, and Black: 1972–73
In December 1972 and April 1973, Shigeko Kubota, Mary Lucier, Cecilia Sandoval, and Charlotte Warren conceived of “multimedia concerts” at The Kitchen, New York, under the name Red, White, Yellow, and Black. Here, Lumi Tan, former senior curator at The Kitchen, and Lia Robinson, director of programs and research at the Shigeko Kubota Video Art Foundation, speak with the Quarterly’s Wyatt Allgeier about the project.
The Art of Biography: Paradise Now: The Extraordinary Life of Karl Lagerfeld
William Middleton’s forthcoming biography of Karl Lagerfeld, Paradise Now, comes as a major follow-up to his lauded history of Dominique and John de Menil, Double Vision, from 2018. Here, curator Michael Cary speaks with Middleton about the challenges, strategies, and revelations that went into telling the story of this larger-than-life visionary in the world of fashion and the culture at large.
Harold Ancart and Andrew Winer
Harold Ancart speaks with novelist Andrew Winer about being present, finding freedom in tension, and pathological escapism.
Fashion and Art: Pierpaolo Piccioli
The creative director for Valentino speaks with Derek Blasberg about this year’s Met Gala, the duty of all creatives to honor their moment while dreaming for the future, and his recent collaboration with seventeen contemporary artists for Valentino Des Ateliers.