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John Currin. Photo: Roe Ethridge

Lecture

ArtCenter Spring 2024 Graduate Seminar Lecture Series
John Currin

Tuesday, February 13, 2024, 7:15pm
Los Angeles Times Media Center, Pasadena, California
www.artcentermfa.net

John Currin will be a guest lecturer at the Los Angeles Times Media Center, as part of the ArtCenter College of Design Graduate Art MFA Spring 2024 Lecture Series. Artist Logan Criley will introduce Currin, who will discuss Memorial, his 2021 exhibition at Gagosian, New York, as well as his practice in general. The talk will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the artist. The event is free and open to the public.

John Currin. Photo: Roe Ethridge

John Currin: Men (New York: Gagosian, 2019)

Book Signing

John Currin
Men

Thursday, March 5, 2020, 6–8pm
Bookmarc, New York
www.marcjacobs.com

John Currin will be signing copies of his book Men, which accompanied his exhibition John Currin: My Life as a Man, recently on view at Dallas Contemporary. Curated by Alison M. Gingeras, the survey marks the first ever attempt to track the evolution of male iconography in the artist’s oeuvre. Offering a unique opportunity to view Currin’s career through a new lens, the catalogue includes a selection of previously unpublished paintings, works on paper, and drawings, as well as new essays by Gingeras, cultural critic Naomi Fry, and psychoanalyst Jamieson Webster. A champagne reception will follow the signing. The event is free and open to the public.

John Currin: Men (New York: Gagosian, 2019)

John Currin, Shelley, 2019 © John Currin. Photo: Rob McKeever

Tour

John Currin

Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 6pm
Gagosian, Hong Kong

In the interest of public health, this event has been canceled.

Join Gagosian for a tour of John Currin’s first solo exhibition in Asia, currently on view at Gagosian, Hong Kong. The exhibition presents a new series of portraits by Currin featuring his most beloved subject: women. Gagosian director Nick Simunovic will examine the genre of female portraiture in Currin’s oeuvre and explore how the artist channels his prodigious painterly skills into idealized yet perverse images that both charm and challenge. To attend the free event, RSVP to hktours@gagosian.com. Space is limited.

John Currin, Shelley, 2019 © John Currin. Photo: Rob McKeever

John Currin, Untitled, 1995 © John Currin

In Conversation

John Currin
Brett Littman

Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 6:30–7:30pm
New York Studio School
nyss.org

John Currin will be in conversation with Brett Littman, director of the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum in New York. The pair will discuss Currin’s practice as well as his exhibition, Life as a Man, on view at Dallas Contemporary through December 22. The event is free and open to the public.

John Currin, Untitled, 1995 © John Currin

John Currin: Men (New York: Gagosian, 2019)

Talk and Book Signing

John Currin, Naomi Fry, Alison Gingeras, and Jamieson Webster

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 6–8pm
National Arts Club, New York
www.nationalartsclub.org

Join us to celebrate John Currin: My Life as a Man, currently on view at Dallas Contemporary, and the accompanying catalogue, Men, published by Gagosian. To mark the occasion, Currin will speak with the book’s contributors—cultural critic Naomi Fry, exhibition curator Alison Gingeras, and psychoanalyst Jamieson Webster—and will sign copies following the talk. Both the exhibition and catalogue include several paintings, works on paper, and drawings that have never previously been exhibited or published, offering a unique opportunity to view Currin’s career through a new lens. The event has reached capacity. To join the wait list, contact nytalks@gagosian.com

John Currin: Men (New York: Gagosian, 2019)

John Currin, Hot Pants, 2010 © John Currin

Artist Talk

John Currin
Chatsworth Arts Festival

Saturday, September 21, 2019, 4:15–5:15pm
Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, England
www.chatsworth.org.uk

John Currin is participating in the Chatsworth Arts Festival, a weekend of culture and performance. He will discuss his practice, including his depictions of his own gender, which are the focus of a new solo exhibition currently on view at Dallas Contemporary. To attend the event, purchase tickets at chatsworth.seetickets.com.

John Currin, Hot Pants, 2010 © John Currin

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Announcements

Ed Ruscha. Photo: Sten Rosenlund

Online Exclusive

Artist Spotlight
Ed Ruscha to kick off new season of Gagosian’s online series

Launching September 16, 2020

Gagosian is unveiling a new vision for the Artist Spotlight series that will operate independently of our exhibition program. This will cement the platform’s status as a vibrant aspect of the gallery’s programming that allows artists to operate imaginatively beyond the physical exhibition format.

The second season of Artist Spotlight—a series that focuses on an individual artist for one week each month—premieres on September 16, 2020, with a new project by legendary artist Ed Ruscha. A selection of works by preeminent artists—including John Currin, Takashi Murakami, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, and Rachel Whiteread—will debut this fall. For updates, please contact the gallery at collecting@gagosian.com.

Ed Ruscha. Photo: Sten Rosenlund

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.

Gagosian App for iPad

New Release

Gagosian App for iPad
Issue 1

Gagosian announces the launch of a free iPad app, designed by award-winning firm RadicalMedia, which offers unprecedented access and takes users on an in-depth journey with Gagosian’s artists and exhibitions, presented through visually stunning, richly informative and innovative features on June 12, 2011.

Artists featured in this issue include Richard Avedon, Cecily Brown, John Chamberlain, John Currin, Vera Lutter, Kazimir Malevich, Elizabeth Peyton, Pablo Picasso, Richard Prince, Robert Rauschenberg, and Rudolf Stingel.

Museum Exhibitions

Jeff Wall, A Sudden Gust of Wind (after Hokusai), 1993, Tate Modern, London © Jeff Wall

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Capturing the Moment

Through April 28, 2024
Tate Modern, London
www.tate.org.uk

Capturing the Moment explores the relationship between photography and painting through iconic artworks from the modern era. The exhibition examines how the two distinct mediums have shaped each other and how artists have blurred the boundaries to capture moments in time. Work by Francis Bacon, Georg Baselitz, John Currin, Andreas Gursky, Pablo Picasso, Jeff Wall, and Andy Warhol is included.

Jeff Wall, A Sudden Gust of Wind (after Hokusai), 1993, Tate Modern, London © Jeff Wall

Glenn Brown, The Holy Bible, 2022 © Glenn Brown

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Dix und die Gegenwart

September 30, 2023–April 1, 2024
Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany
www.deichtorhallen.de

This exhibition, whose title translates to Dix and the Present, explores the work of Otto Dix (1891–1969) and the artist’s enduring influence. It focuses on the ostensibly apolitical work Dix created beginning in 1933, which was less aggressive than his radical and provocative paintings of the 1920s. His Nazi-era landscapes, commissioned portraits, and Christian allegories were instead subtle and subversive forms of contemporary social critique. The exhibition aims to reveal the shifting cultural and social parameters in the reception of Dix’s art, while also demonstrating how his oeuvre continues to fascinate more than forty contemporary artists. Work by Georg Baselitz, Glenn Brown, John Currin, Nan Goldin, and Anselm Kiefer is included.

Glenn Brown, The Holy Bible, 2022 © Glenn Brown

Installation view, Friends & Lovers, FLAG Art Foundation, New York, October 6, 2023–January 20, 2024. Artwork, left to right: © Paul Mpagi Sepuya, © Anna Weyant, © Alessandro Teoldi, © Sung Jik Yang. Photo: Steven Probert

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Friends & Lovers

October 6, 2023–January 20, 2024
FLAG Art Foundation, New York
www.flagartfoundation.org

Friends & Lovers is an expansive group exhibition that centers on the relationships between fifty artists and their subjects and explores the infinite ways in which we are influenced by our inner circles. Just as a studio visit opens a window onto an artist’s creative process, whom the artists choose to immortalize through their work—be that a lover, partner, family member, friend, celebrity crush, or a fleeting encounter—provides a similarly fascinating insight into their practice. Work by John Currin, Nan Goldin, Rudolf Stingel, and Anna Weyant is included.

Installation view, Friends & Lovers, FLAG Art Foundation, New York, October 6, 2023–January 20, 2024. Artwork, left to right: © Paul Mpagi Sepuya, © Anna Weyant, © Alessandro Teoldi, © Sung Jik Yang. Photo: Steven Probert

John Currin, Sunflower, 2021 © John Currin

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John Currin in
Pictus Porrectus: Reconsidering the Full Length Portrait

July 1–October 2, 2022
Isaac Bell House, Newport, Rhode Island
www.artandnewport.org

After more than a century of falling out of fashion, the full-length, life-size portrait—which originally served as an ostentatious display of power and wealth that reinforced aristocratic and ecclesiastical hierarchies—has undergone a radical paradigm shift in recent decades. Contemporary artists have breathed new life into this old-fashioned genre by reinvigorating it with new subjects outside of passé Anglo-European power structures. This exhibition of full-length portraiture, curated by Alison Gingeras and Dodie Kazanjian, is a collaboration between Art & Newport and the Preservation Society of Newport County. Work by John Currin is included.

John Currin, Sunflower, 2021 © John Currin

McKim, Mead & White Stair Hall staged by Sofia Coppola in collaboration with Rachel Feinstein and John Currin, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2022. Photo: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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In America
An Anthology of Fashion

May 7–September 5, 2022
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
www.metmuseum.org

In America: An Anthology of Fashion is the second portion of a two-part exhibition exploring fashion in the United States. Men’s and women’s clothing dating from the nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century is featured in vignettes installed in select period rooms in the museum’s American Wing, surveying more than two centuries of American domestic life. The exhibition reflects these narratives through a series of three-dimensional cinematic “freeze frames” produced in collaboration with notable American film directors, including Sofia Coppola, who enlisted Rachel Feinstein and John Currin to sculpt and paint the faces of her mannequins. These mise-en-scènes explore the role of dress in shaping American identity and address the complex and layered histories of the museum’s period rooms.

McKim, Mead & White Stair Hall staged by Sofia Coppola in collaboration with Rachel Feinstein and John Currin, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2022. Photo: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Jennifer Guidi, Seeking Hearts (Black MT, Pink Sand, Pink CS, Pink Ground), 2021 © Jennifer Guidi. Photo: Brica Wilcox

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Artists Inspired by Music
Interscope Reimagined

January 30–February 13, 2022
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
www.lacma.org

To mark the thirtieth anniversary of Interscope Records, the company invited artists to select albums and songs from Interscope’s groundbreaking catalogue and fostered exchanges between artists and musicians to generate resonant pairings. The exhibition, which includes more than fifty works, brings an intergenerational group of visual artists into dialogue with iconic musicians from the last three decades, providing a fresh perspective on influential music for the present moment. Work by John Currin, Jennifer Guidi, Damien Hirst, Titus Kaphar, Takashi Murakami, Richard Prince, Ed Ruscha, and Anna Weyant is included.

Jennifer Guidi, Seeking Hearts (Black MT, Pink Sand, Pink CS, Pink Ground), 2021 © Jennifer Guidi. Photo: Brica Wilcox

Installation view, and I will wear you in my heart of heart, FLAG Art Foundation, New York, May 1–August 31, 2021. Artwork, left to right: © John Currin, © Anna Weyant. Photo: Steven Probert

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and I will wear you in my heart of heart

May 1–August 13, 2021
FLAG Art Foundation, New York
www.flagartfoundation.org

Centering on a gesture of care, the exhibition and I will wear you in my heart of heart explores the myriad ways in which thirty-five artists evoke tenderness through depictions of lovers and friends, familial exchanges, moments of solitude, and even a cowboy and his pastel pink unicorn. The exhibition includes recent and new works created for the exhibition that embody the cross-generational resurgence in figuration as a mode of exploring identity, cultural histories, and personal experiences. Work by John Currin and Anna Weyant is included.

Installation view, and I will wear you in my heart of heart, FLAG Art Foundation, New York, May 1–August 31, 2021. Artwork, left to right: © John Currin, © Anna Weyant. Photo: Steven Probert

John Currin, Fishermen, 2002 © John Currin

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John Currin
My Life as a Man

September 15–December 22, 2019
Dallas Contemporary
www.dallascontemporary.org

Curated by Alison M. Gingeras, My Life as a Man focuses exclusively on John Currin’s depictions of his own gender, examining provocative depictions of a range of masculine identities over the course of his career. Beginning with works made in 1990, the exhibition aims to critically analyze Currin’s male gaze when it is trained on the identity politics of manhood. The show also features more than fifty works on paper and sketchbook drawings of male figures that have never been publicly exhibited.

John Currin, Fishermen, 2002 © John Currin

Glenn Brown, Nostalgia, 2016 © Glenn Brown

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Contemporary Dialogues with Tintoretto

October 20, 2018–February 24, 2019
Zuecca Project Space, Venice
www.zueccaprojects.org

Marking the five hundredth anniversary of the birth of artist Jacopo Tintoretto, this exhibition underscores the modernity and innovative power of his paintings. Conceived as part of an itinerary that includes Tintoretto’s masterpieces preserved at the Palazzo Ducale and Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’ d’Oro in Venice, the exhibition features a constellation of portraits—both traditional and irreverent—by leading contemporary artists that create a stimulating and surprising dialogue with the old master’s paintings. Work by Glenn Brown and John Currin is included.

Glenn Brown, Nostalgia, 2016 © Glenn Brown

John Currin, Honeymoon Nude, 1998, Tate, London © Joyn Currin    

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Nude
Art from the Tate Collection

March 24–June 24, 2018
Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan
yokohama.art.museum

Journeying through time, from the nineteenth century to the present, this exhibition brings together masterpieces by renowned artists including Francis Bacon, John Currin, Alberto Giacometti, Man Ray, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Cindy Sherman. More than one hundred artworks tell the story of the nude and trace artists’ captivation with the human form over the past two centuries. The exhibition has most recently traveled from the Seoul Olympic Museum of Art.

John Currin, Honeymoon Nude, 1998, Tate, London © Joyn Currin    

Pablo Picasso, Nude Woman in a Red Armchair, 1932, Tate © 2017 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo © Tate, London 2017

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NUDE
Masterpieces from the Tate

August 11–December 25, 2017
Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, South Korea
www.britishcouncil.kr

This traveling exhibition brings together masterpieces by renowned artists including Francis Bacon, John Currin, Alberto Giacometti, Man Ray, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Cindy Sherman. Beautiful, sensual, and at times provocative, more than one hundred artworks tell the story of the nude and trace artists’ captivation with the human form over the past two centuries.

Pablo Picasso, Nude Woman in a Red Armchair, 1932, Tate © 2017 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo © Tate, London 2017

Cindy Sherman, Untitled #97, 1982, Tate © Cindy Sherman. Photo © Tate, London 2017

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The Body Laid Bare
Masterpieces from the Tate

March 18–July 16, 2017
Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand
www.aucklandartgallery.com

Journeying through time, from the classical, biblical, and literary subjects of the nineteenth century to the body politics of contemporary art, this exhibition brings together masterpieces by renowned artists including Francis Bacon, John Currin, Alberto Giacometti, Man Ray, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Cindy Sherman. Beautiful, sensual, and at times provocative, more than one hundred artworks tell the story of the nude and trace artists’ captivation with the human form over the past two centuries. The exhibition travels to the Seoul Olympic Museum of Art in South Korea, opening August 11, 2017.

Cindy Sherman, Untitled #97, 1982, Tate © Cindy Sherman. Photo © Tate, London 2017

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