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The Extreme Present

Exhibition

The Extreme Present

Opening reception: Tuesday, December 3, 5–8pm
December 4–8, 2019
Moore Building, Miami

Gagosian is pleased to announce The Extreme Present, the fifth in a series of annual exhibitions at the Moore Building in the Miami Design District during Art Basel Miami Beach, presented by Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch. The Extreme Present will explore artists’ reactions to the conditions of our accelerating and increasingly complex world. The title is inspired by The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present, a book by Shumon Basar, Douglas Coupland, and Hans Ulrich Obrist, published in 2015. Their provocative thesis addresses the rapidly evolving digital era, half a century after Marshall McLuhan’s groundbreaking study on technology’s influence on culture, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man, in which he coined the phrase “the medium is the message.” Works in this exhibition explore concepts of media, communication, togetherness, and isolation.

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The Extreme Present

Gagosian at Galeries Lafayette Champs-Élysées, Paris, 2019

Visit

Gagosian at Galeries Lafayette Champs-Élysées

Opening reception: Saturday, October 12, 6:30–8pm
October 12–20, 2019
Galeries Lafayette Champs-Élysées, Paris
galerieslafayettechampselysees.com

In celebration of FIAC in Paris, Gagosian is pleased to collaborate with Galeries Lafayette Champs-Élysées on a two-floor pop-up takeover featuring products related to Gagosian artists. On the first floor, the Coin Culture section will feature catalogues, posters, apparel, and audio productions. The second floor, the Library, will house an additional selection of limited-edition books, publications, and catalogues raisonnés.

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Gagosian at Galeries Lafayette Champs-Élysées, Paris, 2019

Tom Sachs, Paradox Bullets, 2018 (still) © Tom Sachs

Screening and Talk

Tom Sachs
Paradox Bullets

Friday, February 15, 2019, 6:30–8pm
Paramount Theatre, Los Angeles
frieze.com

As part of the curated film program for Frieze Los Angeles, Tom Sachs’s Paradox Bullets (2018), directed by Van Neistat and narrated by Werner Herzog, will be screened in the historic Paramount Theatre. The short film follows a man, played by Ed Ruscha, who loses his keys in the Mojave Desert and has to use nine bullets, or rules, to get home. The screening will be followed by a conversation between Sachs, Herzog, and Neistat, moderated by Frieze editorial director, Jennifer Higgie. The event is free with fair admission.

Tom Sachs, Paradox Bullets, 2018 (still) © Tom Sachs

Ed Ruscha, Miracle, 1975 (still) © Ed Ruscha

Screening

Ed Ruscha
Films

January 14–18, 2019, 10am–6pm
USC School of Architecture, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
arch.usc.edu

The five-day pop-up screening showcases Premium (1971) and Miracle (1975), two rare films made by Ed Ruscha. Both films, featuring Ruscha’s signature deadpan humor and keen translation of the contemporary American condition, offer an exploration of storytelling and the conventional narrative codes of Hollywood. The event is free and open to the public.

Ed Ruscha, Miracle, 1975 (still) © Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha, Startup Text, 2015 © Ed Ruscha

Fundraiser

The Sexy Beast Gala

Saturday, October 20, 2018, 6:30pm
Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles
www.sexybeast.org

The Sexy Beast Gala is an evening of art and activism benefitting Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. The event will include performances, a silent auction, a pop-up shop, and more. To attend the event, purchase tickets at www.sexybeast.org.

Ed Ruscha, Startup Text, 2015 © Ed Ruscha

Photo: Manfredi Gioacchini

In Conversation

Ed Ruscha
Christopher Riopelle

Friday, June 8, 2018, 6:30–7:30pm
National Gallery, London
www.nationalgallery.org.uk

Ed Ruscha has shaped the way we see the American landscape over the span of his influential six-decade career. Hear him discuss his upcoming exhibition, Ed Ruscha: Course of Empire, opening at the National Gallery on June 11, with Christopher Riopelle, the museum’s Neil Westreich curator of post-1800 paintings. To attend the event, purchase tickets at www.nationalgallery.org.uk.

Photo: Manfredi Gioacchini

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Announcements

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

Ed Ruscha

Video

Ed Ruscha
Words Have No Size

In this January 2016 interview for the Louisiana Channel, Ed Ruscha speaks about how his interests led him away from Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism to work with common objects and words.

Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha

Video

Ed Ruscha
Buildings and Words

Commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and narrated by the actor Owen Wilson, this mini documentary chronicles the trajectory of Ed Ruscha’s oeuvre.

John Baldessari and Ed Ruscha on Richard Artschwager

Video

John Baldessari and Ed Ruscha on Richard Artschwager

John Baldessari and Ed Ruscha sit down to discuss the work of Richard Artschwager on the occasion of his 2013 retrospective at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Gagosian director Bob Monk moderates this conversation.

TateShots

Video

TateShots
Ed Ruscha

In this episode of weekly web series TateShots, Ed Ruscha discusses his interest in words and letters, and his use of backgrounds as “stage settings.”

Anthony Kiedis Celebrates Ed Ruscha

Video

Anthony Kiedis Celebrates Ed Ruscha

Anthony Kiedis, the lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, drives through Los Angeles with Ed Ruscha. The pair discuss their love and appreciation of LA, words being art, and how they both feel connected to words. Produced by Pacific Standard Time, a Los Angeles art initiative.

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Museum Exhibitions

Chris Burden, Exposing the Foundation of the Museum, 1986 © 2019 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Squidds and Nunns

On View

The Foundation of the Museum
MOCA’s Collection

Through January 20, 2020
Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles
www.moca.org

To mark the museum’s fortieth anniversary, this exhibition presents a selected topography of artworks that speak to the diversity of MOCA’s collecting over the past four decades. With special emphasis on works associated with the museum’s remarkable history of exhibitions, The Foundation of the Museum: MOCA’s Collection shows the institution’s holdings as shaped by a changing landscape of developments in contemporary art and curatorial focus, as well by as the social and cultural backdrops that inform them. Work by Chris Burden, Mike Kelley, Bruce Nauman, Albert Oehlen, Nancy Rubins, and Ed Ruscha is included.

Chris Burden, Exposing the Foundation of the Museum, 1986 © 2019 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Squidds and Nunns

Ed Ruscha, Hotel, 1962 © Ed Ruscha

On View

Edward Hopper and the American Hotel

Through February 23, 2020
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond
www.vmfa.museum

Edward Hopper and the American Hotel explores the artist’s images of hospitality settings showcasing more than sixty of the artist’s paintings, drawings, watercolors, and illustrations. Also included are thirty-five works by American artists that similarly explore the visual culture of hotels, travel, and mobility from the early twentieth century to the present, including work by Gregory Crewdson, Ed Ruscha, and Cindy Sherman.

Ed Ruscha, Hotel, 1962 © Ed Ruscha

Installation view, Ed Ruscha: Artist Rooms, Tate Modern, London, July 26, 2019–April 19, 2020. Artwork © Ed Ruscha. Photo © Tate (Oliver Cowling)

On View

Ed Ruscha
Artist Rooms

Through April 19, 2020
Tate Modern, London
www.tate.org.uk

This display reflects the range of Ed Ruscha’s practice, including paintings, prints, and photographic books, through artworks spanning sixty years of the artist’s career. Full of irony and humor, his works can often be interpreted as commentaries on American society.

Installation view, Ed Ruscha: Artist Rooms, Tate Modern, London, July 26, 2019–April 19, 2020. Artwork © Ed Ruscha. Photo © Tate (Oliver Cowling)

Ed Ruscha, Angry Because It’s Plaster, Not Milk, 1965 © Ed Ruscha

On View

Ed Ruscha

Opened November 1, 2018
The Broad, Los Angeles
www.thebroad.org

An installation of sixteen works by Ed Ruscha is on view at the Broad.

Ed Ruscha, Angry Because It’s Plaster, Not Milk, 1965 © Ed Ruscha

Production still for Ed Ruscha, Miracle, 1975 © Ed Ruscha

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Ed Ruscha in
Life Is a Highway: Art and American Car Culture

June 15–September 15, 2019
Toledo Museum, Ohio
www.toledomuseum.org

Life Is a Highway brings together a diverse selection of artists to showcase how the automobile reshaped the twentieth-century American landscape and cultural attitudes of self-expression. Work by Ed Ruscha is included.

Production still for Ed Ruscha, Miracle, 1975 © Ed Ruscha

Chris Burden, All the Submarines of the United States of America, 1987 © 2019 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Benoit Pailley

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Unsettled

October 27, 2018–April 30, 2019
Palm Springs Art Museum, California
www.psmuseum.org

Unsettled, cocurated by JoAnne Northrup and Ed Ruscha, amasses two hundred artworks by eighty artists spanning two thousand years to explore the geography of frontiers characterized by vast expanses of open land, rich natural resources, diverse indigenous peoples, colonialism, and the ongoing conflicts that inevitably arise when these factors coexist. This exhibition originated at the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno. Work by Chris Burden and Ed Ruscha is included.

Chris Burden, All the Submarines of the United States of America, 1987 © 2019 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Benoit Pailley

Helen Frankenthaler, Star Gazing, 1989, collection of Helen Frankenthaler Foundation © 2019 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Peindre la nuit

October 13, 2018–April 15, 2019
Centre Pompidou-Metz, France
www.centrepompidou-metz.fr

This exhibition explores the night in modern and contemporary painting, music, literature, photography, and video. With a focus on the perception of night rather than its iconography, the exhibition intends to be a nocturnal experience. Work by Francis Bacon, Helen Frankenthaler, Roy Lichtenstein, Man Ray, Pablo Picasso, and Ed Ruscha is included. 

Helen Frankenthaler, Star Gazing, 1989, collection of Helen Frankenthaler Foundation © 2019 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Ed Ruscha, Azteca/Azteca In Decline, 2007, Broad Art Foundation © Ed Ruscha

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A Journey That Wasn’t

June 30, 2018–February 10, 2019
The Broad, Los Angeles
www.thebroad.org

This exhibition explores complex representations of time and its passage. The show includes more than fifty works drawn from the museum’s collection of postwar and contemporary art and features more than twenty artists, including Richard Artschwager, Gregory Crewdson, Andreas Gursky, Anselm Kiefer, and Ed Ruscha.

Ed Ruscha, Azteca/Azteca In Decline, 2007, Broad Art Foundation © Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha and Billy Al Bengston, Business Cards, 1968, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago © Ed Ruscha and Billy Al Bengston. Photo: Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago

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West by Midwest

November 17, 2018–January 27, 2019
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
mcachicago.org

West by Midwest tells a story that illuminates the ways that contemporary art practices spread and develop by tracing the intersecting lives of artists who have migrated from the American Midwest to the West Coast since the mid-twentieth century. Lured by career opportunities, warmer weather, and the prospect of a better life promised by the postwar boom, those artists who were able to migrate attended art schools together, shared studios, exhibited work in the same galleries, collaborated on projects, engaged in activism, and dated one another. Work by Mike Kelley, Bruce Nauman, Sterling Ruby, and Ed Ruscha is included.

Ed Ruscha and Billy Al Bengston, Business Cards, 1968, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago © Ed Ruscha and Billy Al Bengston. Photo: Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago

Ed Ruscha, Nobody Denied Nothing, 2018 © Ed Ruscha

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Ed Ruscha
Double Americanisms

November 16, 2018–January 20, 2019
Secession, Vienna
www.secession.at

An installation of works by Ed Ruscha that source visual iconography and language from the American vernacular is on view at the Secession in Vienna.

Ed Ruscha, Nobody Denied Nothing, 2018 © Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha, Pool #2, 1968 (printed 1997), Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin © Ed Ruscha

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Ed Ruscha
Archaeology and Romance

August 11, 2018–January 6, 2019
Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
www.hrc.utexas.edu

This exhibition features more than 150 objects and presents Ed Ruscha’s celebrated books, photographs, drawings, and prints alongside unpublished archival production materials, layout sketches, and studio notebooks. The exhibition also examines the stages of conception, design, and production leading to the publication of his groundbreaking artist’s books, and provides audiences with an unprecedented look into Ruscha’s creative process.

Ed Ruscha, Pool #2, 1968 (printed 1997), Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin © Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha, Year after Year, 1973, UBS Art Collection © Ed Ruscha

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Ed Ruscha
Very

September 14, 2018–January 6, 2019
Kode Art Museums and Composer Homes, Bergen, Norway
kodebergen.no

With works from the UBS Art Collection as a basis, this exhibition covers the artist’s production from the 1960s onward, focusing on the technically and graphically innovative approaches that Ed Ruscha has made use of over the years. Studies from his most iconic paintings and artist’s books are also on display. This show has traveled from the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark.

Ed Ruscha, Year after Year, 1973, UBS Art Collection © Ed Ruscha

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