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Nancy Rubins’s 5,000 lbs. of Sonny’s Airplane Parts, Linda’s Place, and 550 lbs. of Tire-Wire (1997) being installed at Ruby City in San Antonio, Texas, 2019

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Nancy Rubins
Installation at Ruby City

Watch as Nancy Rubins’s 5,000 lbs. of Sonny’s Airplane Parts, Linda’s Place, and 550 lbs. of Tire-Wire (1997) gets installed at Ruby City, a contemporary art center in San Antonio, Texas, opening October 13, 2019. Designed by Adjaye Associates in collaboration with Alamo Architects, Ruby City will provide a space for the city’s thriving creative community to experience works by both local and internationally acclaimed artists.

Nancy Rubins’s 5,000 lbs. of Sonny’s Airplane Parts, Linda’s Place, and 550 lbs. of Tire-Wire (1997) being installed at Ruby City in San Antonio, Texas, 2019

Giuseppe Penone, Idee di pietra (Ideas of Stone), 2004, installation view, Académie de France à Rome – Villa Médicis, 2008 © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Archivio Penone

Public Installation

Giuseppe Penone at Fort Mason

October 24, 2019–October 25, 2020
Fort Mason, San Francisco
parksconservancy.org

Gagosian presents a yearlong outdoor installation by Giuseppe Penone in San Francisco’s historic Fort Mason. Two sculptures by Penone—La logica del vegetale (The Logic of the Vegetal) (2012) and Idee di pietra (Ideas of Stone) (2004)—will be installed in Fort Mason’s Great Meadow, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, overlooking San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. This project is presented in partnership with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area through the Art in the Parks program. To attend the opening reception on Thursday, October 24, from 5:45 to 6:30pm, RSVP to rsvpsf@gagosian.com.

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Giuseppe Penone, Idee di pietra (Ideas of Stone), 2004, installation view, Académie de France à Rome – Villa Médicis, 2008 © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Archivio Penone

Simon Hantaï in his studio, Meun, France, 1967. Artwork © Archives Simon Hantaï/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Édouard Boubat

New Representation

Estate of Simon Hantaï

Gagosian is pleased to announce the representation of the Estate of Simon Hantaï. Born in Bia, Hungary, in 1922, Hantaï is best known for originating the technique of pliage (folding), in which a canvas is crumpled and knotted, uniformly painted over, and then spread out to reveal a matrix of abstract alternations between pigment and ground. Hantaï moved to Paris in 1948 and began creating pliage paintings in 1960, conceiving of the process as a marriage between Surrealist automatism and the allover gestures of Abstract Expressionism. The technique dominated the work he made during the rest of his career, re-emerging in diverse forms. To inaugurate Hantaï’s representation, LES NOIRS DU BLANC, LES BLANCS DU NOIR, an exhibition of black-and-white paintings and prints dating between 1969 and 1997, will be presented at Gagosian, Le Bourget.

Simon Hantaï in his studio, Meun, France, 1967. Artwork © Archives Simon Hantaï/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Édouard Boubat

Left: Frank Gehry, Bear With Us, 2014 © Frank Gehry. Right: Thomas Houseago, Striding Figure (Rome I), 2013 © Thomas Houseago. Photos: Roman Alokhin

Permanent Installation

Frank Gehry
Thomas Houseago

Six additional acres have been added to the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art. The expansion features twenty-six new works including Frank Gehry’s Bear With Us (2014) and Thomas Houseago’s Striding Figure (Rome I) (2013).

Left: Frank Gehry, Bear With Us, 2014 © Frank Gehry. Right: Thomas Houseago, Striding Figure (Rome I), 2013 © Thomas Houseago. Photos: Roman Alokhin

Adriana Varejão, Cores Polvo, 2019 © Adriana Varejão

Commission

Adriana Varejão
Cores Polvo

Adriana Varejão was commissioned by Sesc Guarulhos, Brazil, to create a mural for the building’s entranceway. Cores Polvo (2019) is comprised of seven giant abstract color wheels that address issues of race, colonialism, and self-identification. The skin-tone shades featured in the motifs were inspired by a 1976 Brazilian government survey in which ordinary citizens were invited to describe their own skin tones in terms meant to replace the existing five previously established characterizations.

Adriana Varejão, Cores Polvo, 2019 © Adriana Varejão

Glenn Brown with his painting In the end we all succumb to the pull of the molten core (2016). Photo: Edgar Laguinia

Honor

Glenn Brown

Glenn Brown was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in Queen Elizabeth II’s 2019 birthday honors list for his service to the arts. The title CBE is bestowed to individuals who have made distinct and innovative contributions to the United Kingdom. 

Glenn Brown with his painting In the end we all succumb to the pull of the molten core (2016). Photo: Edgar Laguinia

Rachel Whiteread with her sculpture Detached I (2012) at Gagosian, Britannia Street, London, 2013. Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Honor

Rachel Whiteread

Rachel Whiteread has been awarded a damehood in Queen Elizabeth II’s 2019 birthday honors list. The annual honors mark the reigning monarch’s official birthday by recognizing individuals whose outstanding and longterm achievements have contributed to the United Kingdom.

Rachel Whiteread with her sculpture Detached I (2012) at Gagosian, Britannia Street, London, 2013. Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Rachel Feinstein, Chuey, 2019 © Rachel Feinstein

Award

Rachel Feinstein

The British Friends of the Art Museums of Israel recognizes women who have made outstanding contributions to the contemporary art world at the organization’s yearly Women in Art lunch. Rachel Feinstein is the 2019 guest of honor at the London event on June 27, 2019. Feinstein will speak with English television executive and presenter Alan Yentob about her dual role of artist and muse. She has also donated her work Chuey (2019) to support BFAMI.

Rachel Feinstein, Chuey, 2019 © Rachel Feinstein

Gagosian Launches Independent 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., today announced three initiatives: the launch of Gagosian Art Advisory, an independent group distinct and separate from the gallery 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. The board reports directly to the gallery’s founder Larry Gagosian.

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.

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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

Albert Oehlen: The History

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Albert Oehlen: The History
Art Basel Hong Kong 2019 Online Viewing Room

We can now see that this painting marks the exact point where all of Oehlen’s influences—de Kooning, Rauschenberg, Richter, Polke—come to a head, and how it acts as a departure point for what he will do over the next thirty years.
—Sam Orlofsky

Learn more about Albert Oehlen and the history behind this monumental 1988 painting with Gagosian directors Andrew Fabricant and Sam Orlofsky.

Albert Oehlen: The Market

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Albert Oehlen: The Market
Art Basel Hong Kong 2019 Online Viewing Room

We have long followed Oehlen’s work and watched it develop over time. It’s clear that we are on the verge of an upward trajectory. It’s just a perfect moment for him and this painting.
—Andrew Fabricant

Gagosian directors Andrew Fabricant and Sam Orlofsky discuss the recent sales trends for Albert Oehlen and where they see his market heading.

Photo: Sten Rosenlund

Award

Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha will be presented with the 2019 J. Paul Getty Medal in honor of his work as a painter, draftsman, photographer, and bookmaker. The event will take place at the Getty Center in Los Angeles on September 16, 2019.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.