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Gagosian Launches Art Advisory Venture, Announces Andrew Fabricant as Gagosian COO, and Establishes Global Advisory Board of Gagosian Directors

After a landmark year of exhibitions and sales, Gagosian Gallery, Inc., announces three initiatives: the launch of Gagosian Art Advisory, to be led by Laura Paulson; the appointment of Andrew Fabricant to the recently created position of Chief Operating Officer of the gallery; and the establishment of a global Advisory Board to the gallery, comprised of senior directors who oversee strategy and business development, artist relationships and exhibitions, information and technology, and infrastructure.

Édouard Baldus, Notre-Dame (façade), c. 1860s, albumen silver print from glass negative, 10 ⅞ × 8 ⅜ inches (27.6 × 21.1 cm), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Gagosian Exhibition to Benefit Reconstruction of Notre-Dame

Notre-Dame is one of the most widely recognized symbols of the city of Paris and the French nation. I wish to contribute to the reconstruction of this iconic cathedral after watching, with devastation, as it was engulfed in flames. Gagosian will mount an exhibition at the Paris gallery in June to support the rebuilding of this irreplaceable historical monument. 
—Larry Gagosian

Gagosian is pleased to announce an exhibition to benefit the reconstruction of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

The exhibition will include works by both modern and contemporary artists. In the spirit of the gallery’s ongoing commitment to artists and the arts, all proceeds will be directed to supporting the renovation and restoration of the medieval cathedral, an icon for the city and its people, France, and the world.

Édouard Baldus, Notre-Dame (façade), c. 1860s, albumen silver print from glass negative, 10 ⅞ × 8 ⅜ inches (27.6 × 21.1 cm), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Theaster Gates, america, america, 2019 (detail) © Theaster Gates

Commission

Theaster Gates
Chicago Transit Authority

In April 2019, the Chicago Transit Authority unveiled two new works by Theaster Gates, commissioned for the recently completed 95th/Dan Ryan station, located at the southernmost end of the city’s Red Line. With america, america (2019), a pair of large tapestries made from decommissioned fire hoses, on display in the station’s South Terminal, the artist aims to formally materialize the history of the civil rights struggle in the US and to acknowledge that the work of equity and equality is an ongoing effort carried on not by one person but by all.

Theaster Gates, america, america, 2019 (detail) © Theaster Gates

Nathaniel Mary Quinn. Photo: Kyle Dorosz

New Representation

Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Gagosian is pleased to announce the representation of Nathaniel Mary Quinn. Collecting imagery that he tears, cuts, and overlaps on the walls of his studio, Quinn uses oil paint, charcoal, gouache, oil stick, and pastels to render facial features and details from sources both personal and found, covering parts of the canvas as he goes. Fragments of images taken from online searches, fashion magazines, and family photographs come together to form hybrid faces and figures that are at once neo-Dada and adamantly realist, evoking the intimacy and intensity of a face-to-face encounter with an alien other. By adapting the medium of collage and translating it into cohesive two-dimensionality, Quinn suggests that multiplicity is a perennial rather than fleeting state.

Download the full press release (PDF)

Nathaniel Mary Quinn. Photo: Kyle Dorosz

Nathaniel Mary Quinn. Photo: Kyle Dorosz

Honor

Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Nathaniel Mary Quinn will be honored at the Drawing Center Annual Benefit Gala on April 24, 2019 in New York.

Nathaniel Mary Quinn. Photo: Kyle Dorosz

Photo: Sten Rosenlund

Award

Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha will be presented with the J. Paul Getty Medal in honor of his work as a painter, draftsman, photographer, and bookmaker.

Photo: Sten Rosenlund

Photo: Sara Polley

New Representation

Theaster Gates

Gagosian is pleased to announce the representation of Theaster Gates. In a single decade, Gates has incubated compelling new models for legacy building, social transformation, and making art. Encompassing sculpture, painting, ceramics, video, performance, and music, his art both derives from and sustains ambitious urban renewal projects—creating hubs and archives for Black culture, which serve as catalysts for discussions on race, equality, space, and history. Aspects of Gates’s oeuvre suggest the almost shamanic role of worker and artisan, where the power of the unseen is harnessed and manifested in the ordinary and everyday. In his abstract compositions made out of new and used roofing materials—tar, rubber, slate—working-class labor, ritual, and formalism intersect and are imbued with religious potency.

Download the press release in English (PDF) or French (PDF)

Photo: Sara Polley

Rachel Whiteread, Shack I, 2014, permanent installation near Joshua Tree National Park, California © Rachel Whiteread

Award

Rachel Whiteread

The annual Art Icon award, created in 2014 and supported by Swarovski in conjunction with Whitechapel Gallery, London, celebrates the work of an artist who has made a profound contribution to a particular medium, influencing his or her own generation of artists and those that follow. This year Rachel Whiteread, known for her large-scale works and use of everyday materials, has been accorded this distinction: she will be presented with the award at the Whitechapel Gallery gala on Tuesday, January 29, 2019.

Rachel Whiteread, Shack I, 2014, permanent installation near Joshua Tree National Park, California © Rachel Whiteread

Theaster Gates, Bono, and David Adjaye. Photo: Rankin

Auction

(RED) Auction

Live auction: Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Online auction: November 12–December 7, 2018
Exhibition: December 1–7, 2018
Moore Building, Miami

Gagosian is pleased to announce the third (RED) Auction to support the fight against AIDS, organized in partnership with (RED) and Sotheby’s.

Bono, the driving force behind (RED), invited artist Theaster Gates and architect Sir David Adjaye to cocurate a selection of contemporary art and design that will be auctioned by Sotheby’s on December 5, 2018, during Art Basel in Miami Beach and Design Miami/ 2018. Gagosian will present a preview exhibition of the works at the famed Moore Building in Miami, which will open on World AIDS Day, December 1.

Artists donating works include Ai Weiwei, Christo, Rachel Feinstein, Teresita Fernández, Frank Gehry, Jennifer Guidi, Sir Jony Ive and Marc Newson, Jeff Koons, Guillermo Kuitca, Marilyn Minter, Wangechi Mutu, Jenny Saville, and Sean Scully; Adjaye and Gates will also contribute unique pieces.

Proceeds from this year’s auction will support community-based programs in Africa through the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, while also providing assistance to fight HIV through community-strengthening programs in Chicago with Theaster Gates’s Rebuild Foundation. For additional information, please contact Lidia Andich at redauction@gagosian.com.

View the auction catalogue (PDF)

Theaster Gates, Bono, and David Adjaye. Photo: Rankin

The Making of the (RED) Auction

Video

The Making of the (RED) Auction
The Art

In the final episode of The Making of the (RED) Auction video series, learn about the artworks that have been donated by prominent artists and designers including the curators Sir David Adjaye and Theaster Gates. 

The (RED) Auction, organized by Gagosian in partnership with (RED) and Sotheby’s, will be held in the Miami Design District during Art Basel in Miami Beach and Design Miami 2018. Find out more about the auction, lots, and preview exhibition.

Helen Frankenthaler, Untitled, 1967 © 2018 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/Chiron Press, New York. Photo: Steven Sloman

Arts Funding and Donation

Helen Frankenthaler Foundation
New Education Initiatives

On November 30, 2018, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation announced two new initiatives for arts funding: the Frankenthaler Scholarships, which will support graduate students of painting and of art history, and the Frankenthaler Prints Initiative, comprising gifts of selected prints by the artist to ten university-affiliated museums and grants to develop related programs. For more information, visit www.frankenthalerfoundation.org.

Helen Frankenthaler, Untitled, 1967 © 2018 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/Chiron Press, New York. Photo: Steven Sloman

The Making of the (RED) Auction

Video

The Making of the (RED) Auction
The Theme

In the third episode of The Making of the (RED) Auction video series, Bono, Sir David Adjaye and Theaster Gates discuss light, the theme of the auction this year.

The (RED) Auction, organized by Gagosian in partnership with (RED) and Sotheby’s, will be held in the Miami Design District during Art Basel in Miami Beach and Design Miami 2018. Find out more about the auction, lots, and preview exhibition.

The Making of the (RED) Auction

Video

The Making of the (RED) Auction
Meet the Curators

In the second episode of The Making of the (RED) Auction video series, Theaster Gates and Sir David Adjaye discuss why they decided to join (RED)’s fight to end AIDS. 

The (RED) Auction, organized by Gagosian in partnership with (RED) and Sotheby’s, will be held in the Miami Design District during Art Basel in Miami Beach and Design Miami 2018. Find out more about the auction, lots, and preview exhibition.

The Making of the (RED) Auction

Video

The Making of the (RED) Auction
The History

In the first episode of The Making of the (RED) Auction video series, musician and activist Bono describes (RED)’s mission to end AIDS, and recalls the successes of the first auctions.

Organized by Gagosian in partnership with (RED) and Sotheby’s, the (RED) Auction will take place on December 5, 2018, during Art Basel in Miami Beach and Design Miami/ 2018. Find out more about the auction, lots, and preview exhibition.

Jennifer Guidi, By the Sea (Black-Red Mountain, Purple-Pink Sky), 2017 © Jennifer Guidi

Auction

Baby2Baby

Jennifer Guidi has donated an artwork to the 2018 Baby2Baby Gala silent auction, taking place November 10. Baby2Baby provides low-income children ages 0–12 years with diapers, clothing, and all the basic necessities that every child deserves. The organization will serve more than 180,000 children in Los Angeles this year and hundreds of thousands more across the country through the Baby2Baby National Network.

Jennifer Guidi, By the Sea (Black-Red Mountain, Purple-Pink Sky), 2017 © Jennifer Guidi

Sarah Sze, Split Stone (7:34), 2018, installation view, Museo Nazionale Romano, Crypta Balbi, Rome © Sarah Sze. Photo: Matteo D’Eletto, M3 Studio

Installation

Sarah Sze
at Crypta Balbi

November 21, 2018–January 27, 2019
Museo Nazionale Romano, Crypta Balbi, Rome
www.museonazionaleromano.beniculturali.it

Sarah Sze’s Split Stone (7:34) (2018) appears amidst the historic ruins of Crypta Balbi. Opened like a geode, each half of the natural boulder reveals a sunset sky embedded in its flat surface, alluding to gongshi (scholar’s rocks) and the heavenly firmaments of Renaissance paintings. While her current exhibition at Gagosian Rome underscores and amplifies the materiality of digital images, in Split Stone (7:34), Sze takes a reverse approach by imbuing a granite boulder with a pixelated ephemerality. 

Sarah Sze, Split Stone (7:34), 2018, installation view, Museo Nazionale Romano, Crypta Balbi, Rome © Sarah Sze. Photo: Matteo D’Eletto, M3 Studio

Photo: Ben McKee

Award

Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal will receive the Max and Trude Berger Award from the Jewish Museum Vienna on November 6, 2018. De Waal generously supported the museum by donating the Ephrussi family archive and netsuke collection to the institution earlier this year.

Photo: Ben McKee

Honor

Rachel Feinstein and John Currin
Shio Kusaka and Jonas Wood

Rachel Feinstein and John Currin and Shio Kusaka and Jonas Wood will be honored at the 2018 Hirshhorn New York Gala at Lincoln Center on November 5, 2018. This year the annual event celebrates twenty-five duos whose achievements—both individually and collectively—have played a formative role in shaping the next generation of art history.

Photo: Brian Guido

Honor

Nancy Rubins

The Museum of Arts and Design will honor Nancy Rubins at the MAD Ball 2018 on November 6, 2018, in New York. Recipients of this distinction exemplify the museum’s mission to celebrate leadership and the creative process of art making that enhance contemporary life.

Photo: Brian Guido

Rachel Whiteread, Nissen Hut, 2018 © Rachel Whiteread

Public Installation

Rachel Whiteread
Nissen Hut

Opening Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Dalby Forest, Yorkshire, England
www.forestryengland.uk

This sculpture by Rachel Whiteread is a concrete cast of a Nissen hut—a military structure invented during World War I—set in the middle of Dalby Forest in Yorkshire, England. Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and the British Forestry Commission, the sculpture is part of a series of events marking the centenary of the end of World War I.

Rachel Whiteread, Nissen Hut, 2018 © Rachel Whiteread

Artwork © Carsten Höller. Photo: Laurin Schmid

Installation

Carsten Höller
Bonner slide

Opened May 31, 2018
Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany
www.bundeskunsthalle.de

Carsten Höller has developed a site-specific slide connecting the roof of the Bundeskunsthalle to the museum’s grounds. Bonner slide (2018) aims to create a symbiotic relationship with the museum’s architecture. The slide has been inaugurated as part of the exhibition The Playground Project—Outdoor, but will remain in place for several years to be enjoyed during the outdoor season.

Artwork © Carsten Höller. Photo: Laurin Schmid

Photo: Jason Andrew/Getty Images

Award

Richard Serra

Richard Serra will be presented with the J. Paul Getty Medal to honor his creation of artwork that transforms our ideas about sculpture. The event will take place at the Getty Center in Los Angeles on September 24, 2018.

Photo: Jason Andrew/Getty Images

Photo © Succession Alberto Giacometti (Fondation Giacometti, Paris + ADAGP, Paris) 2018

Opening

Giacometti Institute

Opening June 22, 2018
Montparnasse, Paris
www.institut-giacometti.fr

The Giacometti Foundation, Paris, is pleased to announce the opening of the Giacometti Institute, a new permanent space dedicated to exhibitions on the artist, and to art historical research and pedagogy. The institute aims to provide new perspectives on Giacometti’s work and the creative period in which it emerged. It will also include a re-creation of the artist’s studio as the artist left it on his death, in 1966.

Photo © Succession Alberto Giacometti (Fondation Giacometti, Paris + ADAGP, Paris) 2018

Roy Lichtenstein, Shipboard Girl, 1965 © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

Donation

Roy Lichtenstein Foundation

The Lichtenstein Foundation has announced it will give four hundred artworks—about half its holdings—to the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, one of the biggest single-artist gifts the Whitney has ever received. The Foundation will also give historical material comprising approximately half a million documents to the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art in Washington, DC.

Roy Lichtenstein, Shipboard Girl, 1965 © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein