Artists’ Legacy Foundation Artist Award
Nancy Rubins has won the Artists’ Legacy Foundation (ALF) Artist Award for 2021. Since 2007, ALF has recognized and honored the accomplishments of an outstanding visual artist whose primary medium is painting or sculpture. Each year ten artists are nominated for the ALF Artist Award by five anonymous nominators selected by the board, and a jury of three peers makes the final selection. Juror Mary Ceruti, executive director of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, noted that Rubins “brings an expansive and experimental approach to monumental sculptures that inspire wonder while also being genuinely grounded in our lived experience and material world.”
Nancy Rubins, Mattresses and Cakes, 1993, installation view, 45th Biennale di Venezia © Nancy Rubins
Le Chiavi della Città di Firenze
Jenny Saville has been given the keys to Florence, Italy, by the city’s mayor, Dario Nardella, in a special ceremony on Wednesday, September 29, 2021. The prestigious honor was conferred on the occasion of Saville’s multipart exhibition at five museums in Florence, which places her paintings and drawings in dialogue with masterworks of the Italian Renaissance and is on view through February 20, 2022.
Jenny Saville being awarded le Chiavi della Città di Firenze (Keys of the City of Florence) by Mayor of Florence Dario Nardella, Salone dei Cinquecento, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, Italy, 2021
Michael Craig-Martin’s Fountain Pen (2019) has been installed outside the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford, England. The sculpture is a vivid magenta in color and balances strikingly on the single point of the pen’s nib. Commissioned by the Blavatnik School of Government to celebrate the university’s Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, the work alludes to the research and learning carried out in Oxford, as well as to the signing of important documents.
Michael Craig-Martin with his sculpture Fountain Pen (2019), Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, England. Artwork © Michael Craig-Martin. Photo: Matt Alexander/PA Wire
Kiesler Prize 2021
Theaster Gates has been awarded the twelfth Frederick Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts by a jury of his peers. The prize is awarded and endowed alternately every two years by the Republic of Austria and the City of Vienna and organized by the Vienna-based Austrian Frederick and Lillian Kiesler Private Foundation. Gates was recognized for his extraordinary achievements in effecting social change, spatial transformation, and empowerment through his creative practice, which spans a range of artistic genres connected with a social agenda and can be easily linked to the late artist/architect Frederick Kiesler’s belief in the unification of the arts with the built environment and the social notion of space.
Theaster Gates’s Dorchester Projects (2006–), Chicago. Artwork © Theaster Gates. Photo: Sara Pooley
Gagosian is pleased to announce the representation of Rick Lowe. Lowe’s numerous collaborative projects, undertaken in the spirit and tradition of “social sculpture,” are paired with an extensive body of work in painting, drawing, and installation. Working closely with individuals and communities, he has identified myriad ways to exercise creativity in the context of everyday activities, harnessing it to explore concerns around equity and justice. Influenced by Joseph Beuys’s formulation of “social sculpture,” he has moved from figurative “anti-painting” to the making and maintenance of projects aimed at the transformation of social structures and sites, and to symbolic abstract painting.
Lowe will inaugurate the third season of Gagosian’s Artist Spotlight series on September 29. His first solo exhibition at the gallery is scheduled for fall 2022 at Gagosian New York.
Rick Lowe. Photo: Brent Reaney
Donald Judd and Judd Foundation
It is impossible to consider the history of American art without Donald Judd. He played an essential role in the development of modernism and was as respected by his peers as he is revered by artists working today. We got to know each other in New York in the early 1980s and he was one of the first artists whose work I really admired. The use of color and proportion, together with a unique combination of rigor and elegance, was incredibly powerful and remains essential today. Being a partner in realizing his vision and presenting his work as he intended is a great honor for me and the gallery.
Gagosian is pleased to announce the representation of the work of Donald Judd and Judd Foundation. The partnership underscores the gallery’s more than forty-year commitment to critical artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Donald Judd in his architecture studio, Marfa, Texas, 1993. Artwork © 2021 Judd Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: © Laura Wilson
Gagosian Announces New Paris Gallery
Gagosian is pleased to announce the opening of a new location in Paris in October 2021. Situated at 9 rue de Castiglione, in the 1st arrondissement, the space is part of the historic Hotel Lotti development, built in 1910. The location is steps from Place Vendôme, where Leo Castelli and René Drouin opened the storied Drouin Gallery in 1939, and within walking distance of the Musée du Louvre, Musée de l’Orangerie, and Musée d’Orsay.
The exterior of Gagosian’s new gallery at 9 rue de Castiglione, Paris. Photo: Thomas Lannes
Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris
Georg Baselitz has donated six paintings to the Musee d’Art Moderne de Paris, which are now on view in the special exhibition Donation d’œuvres de Georg Baselitz, through January 9, 2022. The gift testifies to the museum’s ongoing relationship with the artist since his retrospective there in 1997, followed by his sculpture exhibition in 2011.
Georg Baselitz, La tête d’Abgar, 1984, Musee d’Art Moderne de Paris © Georg Baselitz. Photo: Jochen Littkemann
Frankenthaler Climate Initiative
Building on the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation’s social impact philanthropy, the Frankenthaler Climate Initiative is a multiyear grant-making program designed to advance the goal of carbon neutrality in the visual arts. In its inaugural cycle, the Foundation conferred its full initial commitment of more than $5 million to assist nearly eighty collecting institutions across more than twenty-five states in improving their energy efficiency. It has also dedicated an additional $5 million to be awarded over the next two years. For more information and a full list of 2021 grantees, visit frankenthalerclimateinitiative.org.
Helen Frankenthaler, Cool Summer, 1962 © 2021 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever
Seven Sliding Doors Corridor (Outdoor Version)
Carsten Höller’s installation Seven Sliding Doors Corridor (Outdoor Version), recently installed at Luma Arles, France, consists of electronic sliding doors with mirrored surfaces on both sides, through which a viewer can walk in an apparently endless passage. The doors are installed inside a corridor that traverses a pond in a garden. Motion sensors cause them to slide open when someone approaches and close when the person moves away. As a result, the movements of viewers alternately break and bind the visual limits of the space, which can be entered from either end of the corridor, increasing the likelihood of unexpected encounters.
Carsten Höller, Seven Sliding Doors Corridor (Outdoor Version), 2021, installation view, Luma Arles, France © Carsten Höller. Photo: Adrian Deweerdt
Carsten Höller has developed a site-specific slide for the Tower at Luma Arles, France, designed by Frank Gehry. According to Höller, “a slide is a sculpture that you can travel inside” and experience a unique emotional state situated between pleasure and madness. However, the artist emphasizes that it is not necessary to use the slide to make sense of it—observing other visitors travel between levels of the building is an equally stimulating experience.
Carsten Höller, Isometric Slides, 2021 (detail), installation view, The Tower, Luma Arles, France © Carsten Höller. Photo: Mark Domage
Aspen Award for Art
Mary Weatherford is the recipient of the 2021 Aspen Award for Art, which will be presented on Friday, August 6. The award was established in 2005 by the Aspen Art Museum in Colorado to recognize individual artists making exemplary contributions to contemporary art.
On the occasion of the award, Weatherford will be in conversation with Nicola Lees, director of the Aspen Art Museum; Simone Krug, assistant curator; and Luis Yllanes, chief operating officer. The group will discuss Weatherford’s recent exhibition Neon Paintings, which was recently on view at the museum.
Photo: Antony Hoffman
L’Atelier de Balthus, in partnership with Steidl and Gagosian, announces the preparation of a two-volume catalogue raisonné of Balthus’s work to be published in the fall of 2022. Edited under the direction of Yves Guignard, this updated edition of the inaugural catalogue raisonné first issued in 1999 by Jean Clair and Virginie Monnier will incorporate in-depth archival research about Balthus’s artistic legacy. The newly designed publication will unveil recently discovered artworks as well as include comprehensive provenance and exhibition histories accompanied by full-color reproductions of Balthus’s painting oeuvre, related drawings, and studies.
Collectors with a previously unauthenticated or unknown work by Balthus in their possession are invited to contact the editorial team at firstname.lastname@example.org to submit the work for potential inclusion in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné.
Those whose works were featured in the 1999 catalogue raisonné are requested to submit updated provenance and exhibition history details as well as high-resolution digital images for inclusion in the new publication before December 1, 2021.
Balthus, Passage du Commerce-Saint-André, 1952–54 © Balthus, 2021
Sally Mann is the 2021 recipient of the annual OPUS Award. Presented by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, the award is bestowed to individuals who have made and continue to make significant contributions to the vibrant and complex fabric of American Southern art. Mann, who was born in Lexington, Virginia, began her photographic practice in the 1960s and has remained connected to her Southern roots, documenting the people and places of the region in various critically acclaimed bodies of work. The award will be presented in January 2022, at the museum’s annual “O What a Night” gala.
Sally Mann, Georgia, Untitled (Allee), 1996 © Sally Mann
On July 14, 2021, Damien Hirst released The Currency—a collection of ten thousand NFTs that correspond to ten thousand unique physical artworks—with HENI on Palm, a new, more environmentally friendly NFT ecosystem. Collectors are invited to apply to buy an NFT through July 21, 2021. Successful applicants will all initially receive NFTs. Ultimately, each collector has one year to decide between keeping the NFT or trading it for the physical artwork; whichever is not selected will be destroyed. The Currency is an experiment in belief in which every participant is confronted with their perception of value, testing the boundaries of the digital and physical worlds and our role in both.
Damien Hirst with works from The Currency (2016). Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd
Prix Pictet Shortlist
Sally Mann has been shortlisted for the ninth cycle of the Prix Pictet, which aims to harness the power of photography to draw global attention to issues of sustainability, especially those concerning the environment. Founded in 2008 by the Pictet Group, the prize is awarded to the photographer who, in the opinion of the independent jury, has produced a series of work that is both artistically outstanding and presents a compelling narrative related to the selected theme, which is “Fire” this year. The winner will be announced in December 2021 at an exhibition of the shortlisted artists’ work at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Sally Mann, Blackwater 3, 2008–12 © Sally Mann
In this time-lapse video, Damien Hirst’s Hylonome (2011) is installed at Gagosian, Rome, for the exhibition Forgiving and Forgetting, on view from July 6 through October 23, 2021. Rendered in Carrara marble, the female centaur, whose statuesque form conjures both Baroque corporeality and the stately symmetry of French Neoclassical sculpture, sparks an unexpected interplay between ancient and modern. The work is from the artist’s Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable, a project that presented sculptural relics from a fictional shipwreck off the coast of East Africa, playing fast and loose with linear time, cultural origin, and perceptions of relative status and value.
Still from “Damien Hirst: Hylonome”
Gagosian is pleased to announce the representation of Jim Shaw. Since the 1970s, Shaw has mined the dreams and conflicted realities of American culture, finding inspiration in comic books, pulp novels, rock albums, protest posters, and thrift store paintings. Blending the personal, the commonplace, and the uncanny, Shaw’s works frequently place in dialogue images of friends and family with world events, pop culture, and alternate realities, often unfolding in long-term narrative cycles.
Jim Shaw. Photo: LeeAnn Nickels
Artists Support: London
Michael Craig-Martin is participating in the first iteration of Artists Support: London, launching June 17, 2021. Craig-Martin will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of his artwork Untitled (steering wheel fragment) (2016) to Centrepoint, the United Kingdom’s leading charity dedicated to fighting youth homelessness. The work will be available through November 20, 2021. Artists Support is a nonprofit initiative powered by artists, who donate a work for sale whose proceeds directly support a local charity of their choice. For more information, visit artists-support.com.
Michael Craig-Martin, Untitled (steering wheel fragment), 2016 © Michael Craig-Martin. Photo: Mike Bruce
Edmund de Waal
Edmund de Waal was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in Queen Elizabeth II’s 2021 birthday honors list for his service to the arts as a potter and a writer. The title CBE is bestowed to individuals who have made distinct and innovative contributions to the United Kingdom.
Edmund de Waal. Photo: Tom Jamieson
Tatiana Trouvé × Parley for the Oceans
Tatiana Trouvé has partnered with Parley for the Oceans, a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to promoting ocean sustainability, in creating a limited-edition print based on her original drawing August (2019), with 100 percent of the proceeds funding Parley’s plastic interception and cleanups, education programs, and eco-innovation projects that help protect the oceans. The work, which began with an image of the Amazon rain forest burning in August 2019, alludes to political violence against Indigenous populations and the biodiversity of the rain forest. To inquire about purchasing a print, contact email@example.com.
Tatiana Trouvé, August, 2021 © Tatiana Trouvé
International Photography Hall of Fame
Sally Mann has been inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame, which recognizes those who have advanced the field of photography. Throughout her career, Mann has investigated the visual and metaphorical potential of employing nineteenth-century technologies. She has long used an 8 × 10 bellows camera and has explored platinum, bromoil, and wet-plate collodion processes to make prints that capture the complexities of familial relationships, social realities, and the passage of time. The induction ceremony will take place on October 29, 2021, in St. Louis and online.
Sally Mann, Battlefields, Cold Harbor (Battle), 2003 © Sally Mann
Taryn Simon’s large-scale outdoor sculpture The Pipes (2016–21) will be on long-term view at MASS MoCA, in North Adams, Massachusetts, starting on June 26, 2021. What began as an oversize concrete instrument for a cacophony of global mourning in Simon’s work An Occupation of Loss (2016) will be populated by the sounds, collective call-and-response, and movements of a living public. The eleven structures that make up the installation—which Simon designed in collaboration with Shohei Shigematsu of the architecture firm OMA—offer the public an immersive experience and a sacred space for reflection, impromptu performance, and stargazing.
View of Taryn Simon’s The Pipes (2016–21) prior to installation at MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts. Artwork © Taryn Simon. Photo: Will McLaughlin, courtesy MASS MoCA
Night Into Day
Sarah Sze’s exhibition Night Into Day opened at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, during the COVID-19 pandemic but was later closed due to lockdown restrictions in France. Produced on the occasion of the Fondation’s reopening, this video explores the various programming conceived to allow viewers to experience the exhibition while it was closed to the public, including a conversation between Sze, Anselm Kiefer, and philosopher Emanuele Coccia; a walk-through of the exhibition with the artist and philosopher Bruno Latour; and a livestreamed performance staged within the installation by Sze’s longtime friend, choreographer and dancer Trajal Harrell.
Still from “Sarah Sze: Night Into Day”