Ed Ruscha has created a limited-edition print and an accompanying poster, titled EE-NUF!, to support the People for the American Way’s (PFAW) campaign ENOUGH of Trump. The design features a “fast track” display at how Trump has worked to destroy our democracy. PFAW is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and build a democratic society that implements the ideals of freedom, equality, opportunity, and justice for all.
Ed Ruscha, EE-NUF!, 2020 © Ed Ruscha
Rudolf Polanszky: Translinear Structures
KA21/Cast Your Art
Rudolf Polanszky speaks about his art in this video from KA21, produced on the occasion of his retrospective exhibition presented by Zeit Kunst Niederösterreich in 2015. Installed in a historical church in Krems, Austria, the exhibition reflected the artist’s ongoing engagement with philosophy, mathematics, and epistemology, articulated through abstract and poetic visual forms.
Still from “Rudolf Polanszky: Translinear Structures”
Digital Catalogue Raisonné
The Wildenstein Plattner Institute (WPI), in partnership with the Estate of Tom Wesselmann, announces the preparation of a digital catalogue raisonné of the works of Tom Wesselmann. The first installment will be published on the Great American Nudes series. In advance of publication, a publicly available searchable database of all works recorded by the artist’s Estate, which incorporates ongoing research for the forthcoming catalogue raisonné, called the Tom Wesselmann Digital Corpus, has been launched.
Parallel with this effort, the Estate of Tom Wesselmann, Almine Rech, and Gagosian are also pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of Tom Wesselmann: The Great American Nudes. Edited by Susan Davidson, the monograph will be the first comprehensive publication dedicated to Wesselmann’s most famous body of work, made between 1961 and 1973. The book will include full color reproductions of each artwork, as well as related drawings, studies, and relevant works from associated series.
For collectors to confirm that a work in their possession will be included in the digital catalogue raisonné, please visit wpi.art to begin the submission process.
Tom Wesselmann, Great American Nude #1, 1961 © The Estate of Tom Wesselmann/Licensed by ARS/VAGA, New York
Philadelphia Museum of Art and Centre Pompidou
Giuseppe Penone has given the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Centre Pompidou in Paris major gifts of works on paper. Each institution received more than three hundred pieces spanning five decades of the artist’s career, beginning in the late 1960s. The work reflects the artist’s wide range of influences and the connections he draws between humans and nature in exploring the involuntary processes of breathing, growth, and aging through materials such as stones, branches, and leaves. Both institutions plan to have exhibitions by Penone in 2022.
Giuseppe Penone, Attorno alla scultura, attorno allo scultore (Around the Sculpture, Around the Sculptor), 1984, Centre Pompidou, Paris © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: © Archivio Penone
Virtual Studio Visit with Klaus Biesenbach
In the Virtual Studio Visit series from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, director Klaus Biesenbach digitally connects with artists around the world. Here, he speaks with Mary Weatherford at her working space in Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, South Africa. The pair discuss Weatherford’s show Canyon—Daisy—Eden, at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, and her practice in general.
Still from “Virtual Studio Visits: Mary Weatherford”
Nancy Rubins’s Monochrome II (2010–18) has been permanently installed in the North Forest of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. In this video Rubins speaks about her thought process around the work, which is composed of recycled aluminum canoes and small boats, anchored around a steel armature.
Nancy Rubins, Monochrome II, 2010–18, installation view, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansa © Nancy Rubins
Black Vessel for a Saint
The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis has permanently installed Theaster Gates’s Black Vessel for a Saint (2017) in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. In 2014, St. Laurence Church, located just a few blocks from Theaster Gates’s Chicago studio and considered an architectural beacon in the neighborhood for more than a century, was demolished. Among the objects and materials that Gates collected from the building was a life-size stone statue of St. Laurence, a venerated Roman martyr and the patron saint of librarians and archivists. Gates included the statue in several exhibitions in Europe, revealing new meanings in each location, before placing it in its permanent home in the Sculpture Garden in 2017, within a shrine built from custom-made black bricks.
Theaster Gates, Black Vessel for a Saint, 2017 © Theaster Gates. Photo: Gene Pittman
Nancy Rubins and art historian and critic Tyler Green were filmed live for an episode of the award-winning Modern Art Notes Podcast, hosted by Green. The pair discuss Rubins’s work in the exhibition Gray Matters at the Wexner Center for the Arts at the Ohio State University, Columbus.
Still of Nancy Rubins in conversation with Tyler Green
Visions of the City
Theaster Gates was selected as the second recipient of the Visions of the City artist grant in July 2019. Launched by the Obayashi Foundation in 2017, the program awards one research grant every two years to an artist with an abundance of creative ideas and a specific interest in urban development and renewal.
The June 15, 2020, issue of Time features Titus Kaphar’s Analogous Colors (2020) on its cover, as well as a written piece by the artist to accompany the work, titled “I cannot sell you this painting.” The painting depicts a Black mother holding her child, represented by an empty silhouette. “In her expression, I see the Black mothers who are unseen, and rendered helpless in this fury against their babies,” writes Kaphar.
The iconic red border of the cover includes the names of thirty-five Black men and women “whose deaths, in many cases by police, were the result of systemic racism and helped fuel the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement,” writes D. W. Pine, Time’s creative director. “Their names are merely a fraction of the many more who have lost their lives because of the racist violence that has been part of this nation from its start.”
The cover is available for purchase on the Time Cover Store. The proceeds from sales will benefit Black-led organizations that are committed to advancing justice.
Cover of June 15, 2020, issue of Time, featuring Analogous Colors (2020) by Titus Kaphar. Artwork © Titus Kaphar
United in Solidarity
As witnesses to the events and protests unfolding across America, we stand on the side of social justice.
Among the many organizations raising awareness and providing relief across the nation at this time, we have pledged our support to those listed below. We encourage our followers to consider doing the same.
As conscious members of the global arts community, we must continue working to educate ourselves about the legacy of racial injustice and to collectively seek and remedy it in our thoughts and actions within the unified space of art.
We look to living artists whose voices call for change—as artists throughout history have underscored and protested inequities—and who inspire us to move towards a positive future, together.
Life through a Microscope
In this video produced by the National Galleries of Scotland, Jenny Saville speaks about her practice on the occasion of her major survey at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, in 2018. She discusses her identity as a “picture maker,” the artistic freedom that having children has given her, and the importance of Titian.
Still from “Jenny Saville: Life through a Microscope”
Virtual Studio Visit
Klaus Biesenbach in Conversation with Mark Grotjahn
In the Virtual Studio Visit series from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, director Klaus Biesenbach digitally connects with artists around the world. Here, he speaks with Mark Grotjahn in his Los Angeles studio during a visit recorded in late April 2020. Together they discuss life under lockdown and Grotjahn’s work, from his student days to the present.
Still from “Virtual Studio Visit: Klaus Biesenbach in Conversation with Mark Grotjahn”
Artists on Art
Mark Grotjahn on John McLaughlin
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Artists on Art video series features contemporary artists speaking on objects of their choice from the museum’s collection. In this video, Mark Grotjahn explains what draws him to #26 (1961) by the American abstract painter John McLaughlin (1898–1976). Describing McLaughlin’s practice of setting up parameters and finding possibilities within them, Grotjahn also discusses his own experience of making geometric abstractions and the joy of “losing yourself into that void.”
Still from “Artists on Art: Mark Grotjahn on John McLaughlin”
Damien Hirst has created two limited-edition prints, each available in two different sizes, to support NHS Charities Together and the Felix Project. The prints, respectively titled Butterfly Rainbow and Butterfly Heart, both feature rainbow-colored bands of photographed butterfly wings, and will be available for purchase until midnight BST on Monday, May 25. The edition size will be determined by demand within the time limit of sale, and 100 percent of the profits will be donated to the charities. To purchase the prints, visit rainbow.henieditions.com.
Damien Hirst, Butterfly Rainbow, 2020 © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2020
Takashi Murakami and Supreme
COVID-19 Relief Fund T-shirt
Takashi Murakami has collaborated with the fashion brand Supreme to create an original T-shirt to raise funds for HELP USA. Over a million dollars in proceeds from the sale of the shirt have been donated to the nonprofit to support youth and families facing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Takashi Murakami and Supreme T-shirt
Cecily Brown: The History
Frieze New York 2020 Online Viewing Room
Overall, we have a sense of a surface alive with impressions of marks and traces held momentarily in equilibrium.
John Elderfield reflects on the relationship between Cecily Brown’s monumental painting and art history, including the work of Nicolas Poussin, Willem de Kooning, and others.
Still from “Cecily Brown: The History”
Cecily Brown: The Market
Frieze New York 2020 Online Viewing Room
It’s an iconic masterpiece that looks back in dialogue with our history and will hold up for generations to come, a masterpiece for the twenty-first century.
Gagosian director Deborah McLeod discusses Cecily Brown’s market ascent and just what makes Figures in a Landscape 1 (2001) so desirable.
Still from “Cecily Brown: The Market”
In 2016, MoMA PS1 invited Katharina Grosse to transform an abandoned building at Fort Tilden in the Rockaways, New York, into an artwork using her technique of spraying brightly colored paint directly onto the structure. In this video, produced by the museum and featuring footage of the work being made, Grosse explains the concepts and process behind the project, and her interest in color and scale.
Still from “Katharina Grosse: Rockaway!”
2020 Pulitzer Prize
Anne Boyer, Gagosian Quarterly’s 2020 fiction writer, won a Pulitzer Prize for her nonfiction book The Undying: Pain, Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Time, Dreams, Data, Exhaustion, Cancer, and Care (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). The Pulitzer Prizes have been awarded by Columbia University in recognition of excellence in journalism and the arts for over a century. The board describes her winning title as “an elegant and unforgettable narrative about the brutality of illness and the capitalism of cancer care in America.” You can read the first two installments of Boyer’s serial story “The Iconoclasts” in the Quarterly’s Spring and Summer issues.
Photo: Cassandra Gillig
Museum in the Artist’s Camera Obscura
This short film, produced by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), features rare behind-the-scenes footage of Vera Lutter, her assistants, and the LACMA staff, filmed during the artist’s residency at the institution. Lutter and museum curator Jennifer King offer their insights into the artistic process and discuss the meanings they find in these dreamlike photographs.
Still from “Vera Lutter”
Tri-State Relief Fund
The Willem de Kooning Foundation, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Teiger Foundation, and the Cy Twombly Foundation, as part of their respective COVID-19 relief efforts, have established an emergency relief grant program that will provide $1,250,000 in aid to non-salaried visual arts workers in the tristate area who have experienced financial hardship from lack of income or opportunity as a direct result of the COVID-19 crisis. The program will be administered in partnership with nonprofit arts service organization New York Foundation for the Arts.
Tri-state area of the United States