Jenny Saville: Oxyrhynchus is available for online reading from July 22 through August 21 as part of Artist Spotlight: Jenny Saville. This publication features more than a dozen works from 2006 to 2014 in which the artist references the layer upon layer of discoveries at Oxyrhynchus, a city in upper Egypt that was established in 332 bce and is considered one of the world’s most important archaeological sites. The final effect is a mysterious narrative of layered bodies and images, conveyed in a combination of oil, charcoal, and pastel. An essay by art historian John Elderfield, built around the observations of multiple past voices and the artist herself, captures the temporal culture of visual art to which the Oxyrhynchus canvases belong.
Jenny Saville: Oxyrhynchus (London: Gagosian, 2015)
Visions of the Self
Rembrandt and Now
Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 6:30–8:30pm
Kenwood House, London
In the interest of public health, this event has been postponed until further notice.
Gagosian is pleased to host a drinks reception to celebrate the release of Visions of the Self: Rembrandt and Now, published on the occasion of the recent eponymous exhibition at Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London. Organized in partnership with English Heritage, the exhibition places Rembrandt’s masterpiece Self-Portrait with Two Circles (c. 1665) in dialogue with self-portraits by Francis Bacon, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lucian Freud, and Pablo Picasso, as well as leading contemporary artists such as Georg Baselitz, Glenn Brown, Urs Fischer, Damien Hirst, Howard Hodgkin, Giuseppe Penone, Richard Prince, Jenny Saville, Cindy Sherman, and Rudolf Stingel, among others. The catalogue includes an introduction by Wendy Monkhouse, senior curator at English Heritage, and a text by art historian David Freedberg. To attend the free event, RSVP to email@example.com. Space is limited.
Visions of the Self: Rembrandt and Now (London: Gagosian, 2020)
Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 6:30–7:45pm
Royal Academy of Arts, London
On the occasion of the exhibition Lucian Freud: The Self-Portraits at London’s Royal Academy of Arts, Jenny Saville will speak with David Dawson, cocurator of the show. Saville will reflect on her relationship with self-portraiture and the effect it has had on her career, while Dawson will offer insight into Freud’s approach to the theme. The talk will be chaired by RA artistic director Tim Marlow. The event has reached capacity.
Jenny Saville, Self-Portrait (after Rembrandt), 2019 © Jenny Saville
Saturday, September 14, 2019, 2pm
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Jenny Saville will discuss her artistic practice and influences with Justin Paton, the head curator of international art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The talk takes place on the occasion of the museum’s exhibition Here We Are, which features new acquisitions by women artists whose work addresses the intricacy, pathos, and power of human relationships. To attend the event, purchase tickets at ticketing.artgallery.nsw.gov.au.
Jenny Saville, Vis and Ramin II, 2018, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney © Jenny Saville
Visions of the Self: Rembrandt and Now
In partnership with English Heritage
Thursday, April 25, 2019, 6pm
Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London
Gagosian director and art historian Richard Calvocoressi will lead a tour of the exhibition Visions of the Self: Rembrandt and Now at Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London. Calvocoressi will take a look at postwar and contemporary masters of self-representation, anchoring the conversation to an important Rembrandt masterpiece included in the exhibition, Self-Portrait with Two Circles (c. 1665). The event has reached capacity. To join the wait list, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-Portrait with Two Circles, c. 1665, English Heritage, The Iveagh Bequest (Kenwood, London). Photo: Historic England Photo Library
Saturday, February 9, 2019, 10am
San Francisco Art Institute
As part of the San Francisco Art Institute’s symposium Situational: The Body in Contemporary Painting, Jenny Saville will speak with the institute’s Claudia Schmuckli, curator in charge of contemporary art and programming. The pair will discuss what constitutes a contemporary body, how pressing issues are being translated rhetorically through the body, and the diverse artistic vantage points situated within figurative painting today. To attend the free event, register at www.sfai.edu.
Jenny Saville, Red Fates, 2018 © Jenny Saville
Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 7:30pm
The Broad, Los Angeles
Jenny Saville and Jennifer Doyle, author and professor of English at the University of California, Riverside, will be in conversation as part of the Broad’s talk series The Un-Private Collection. The pair will discuss Saville’s work in the museum’s collection as well as contemporary art history, gender studies, and critical theory. To attend the event, purchase tickets at www.thebroad.org.
Jenny Saville, Red Stare Collage, 2007–09 © Jenny Saville
Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 6:30–8pm
Tate Britain, London
To celebrate the launch of Jenny Saville’s new monograph, copublished by Rizzoli and Gagosian, the artist will speak with Elena Crippa, curator of modern and contemporary British art at Tate Britain. The pair will discuss Saville’s career, from her early days as one of the original members of the Young British Artists to more recent years, which have seen her lauded as a “feminist” artist who challenges accepted beauty ideals.
Jenny Saville, Chapter (for Linda Nochlin), 2016–18 © Jenny Saville
Thursday, October 4, 2018, 6–7:30pm
Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London
Join Jenny Saville at Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London, for a signing of her new self-titled monograph, copublished by Rizzoli and Gagosian. The much-anticipated volume unites new work with many of Saville’s paintings and drawings to date and includes essays by Richard Calvocoressi and Mark Stevens, a conversation between Saville and Sally Mann, and an illustrated chronology by Lauren Mahony. To attend the free event, RSVP to email@example.com.
Jenny Saville (New York: Rizzoli; New York: Gagosian, 2018)
Clare Waight Keller
Saturday, September 8, 2018, 1–1:30pm
Kenwood House, London
Under the title Women as Creators, Jenny Saville and Givenchy’s artistic director Clare Waight Keller will be in conversation at the FT Weekend Festival. Other speakers include Georgina Adam, Lionel Barber, Julian Barnes, Jan Dalley, and Simon Schama. To attend the event, purchase tickets at www.ftweekendfestival.com.
Jenny Saville (left). Photo: A. Saville. Clare Waight Keller (right). Photo: Steven Meisel