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Mary Weatherford: I’ve Seen Gray Whales Go By (New York: Gagosian, 2020)

Online Reading

Mary Weatherford
I’ve Seen Gray Whales Go By

Mary Weatherford: I’ve Seen Gray Whales Go By is available for online reading from June 17 through July 16 as part of Artist Spotlight: Mary Weatherford. Documenting Weatherford’s 2018 exhibition at Gagosian in New York, her first with the gallery, it features a new essay by curator and art historian John Elderfield that examines how this body of work evokes not just landscapes, but specific events and narratives. The plate section is interspersed with examples of Weatherford’s varied source material, including a nursery rhyme, a page of sheet music, and an entry from artist Agnes Pelton’s journal.

Mary Weatherford: I’ve Seen Gray Whales Go By (New York: Gagosian, 2020)

Mary Weatherford (London: Lund Humphries, 2019)

Book Signing

Mary Weatherford

Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 5:30–6:30pm
Gagosian Shop, New York

Gagosian Shop will host a book signing with Mary Weatherford to coincide with the exhibition Mary Weatherford: Canyon—Daisy—Eden at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York, on view from February 1 through July 12. Weatherford will be signing copies of her new monograph, Mary Weatherford, which features a new text by art historian Suzanne Hudson. Published by Lund Humphries, the book presents an overview of her work from the mid-1980s until today. The artist will also be signing copies of her 2016 book, Mary Weatherford: The Neon Paintings.

Both titles are available for purchase at Gagosian Shop. To attend the free event, RSVP to weatherfordrsvp@gagosian.com.

Mary Weatherford (London: Lund Humphries, 2019)

Mary Weatherford, canyon, 2014, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts © Mary Weatherford

In Conversation

Mary Weatherford, Bill Arning, Ian Berry

Saturday, February 1, 2020, 4pm
Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York
tang.skidmore.edu

On the occasion of Mary Weatherford: Canyon—Daisy—Eden, opening on February 1 at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York, the artist will speak with co-curators Bill Arning and Ian Berry. The trio will discuss Weatherford’s rich and diverse painting practice. A reception celebrating all of the Tang’s 2020 spring exhibitions will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

Mary Weatherford, canyon, 2014, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts © Mary Weatherford

John Currin, Untitled, 2015 © John Currin

Fundraiser

Drawing Center
Benefit Auction + Party 2019

Thursday, September 19, 2019, 6:30–9:30pm
Drawing Center, New York
drawingcenter.org

The Drawing Center’s annual Benefit Auction + Party takes place on Thursday, September 19, with an evening of music and cocktails, and a silent auction featuring works generously donated by over forty leading artists, including Joe Bradley, John Currin, Rudolf Stingel, and Mary Weatherford. Funds raised through this event provide crucial support for the Drawing Center’s ambitious roster of exhibitions, publications, education initiatives, and public programs. To attend the event, purchase tickets at www.drawingcenter.org.

John Currin, Untitled, 2015 © John Currin

Photo: Lee Jaffe

In Conversation

Mary Weatherford
Suzanne Hudson

Sunday, February 17, 2019, 3:30pm
Sherry Lansing Theatre, Paramount Studios, Los Angeles
frieze.com

Mary Weatherford will speak with art historian Suzanne Hudson as a part of Frieze Talks, a program where artists, writers, and scholars partake in informal, wide-ranging conversation with a peer. The event is free with fair admission.

Photo: Lee Jaffe

Mary Weatherford, 2018, 2018 © Mary Weatherford. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio

Panel Discussion

Gender Equality and Art
within the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Monday, September 24, 2018, 6–8pm
Gagosian, West 24th Street, New York

Gagosian, together with ART 2030 and BOTTLETOP, is pleased to present a panel discussion on gender representation, disparity, and equality in the arts, moderated by Johanna Burton, with the participation of Mary Weatherford, Ulla Tørnæs, Cameron Saul, and Hadeel Ibrahim. Coinciding with the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, the panel discussion is the kickoff event of ART 2030 New York, a new, annual citywide initiative uniting the contemporary art world in support of the United Nations’ 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Attendance at this event is by invitation only. Watch live on Gagosian’s Instagram.

Mary Weatherford, 2018, 2018 © Mary Weatherford. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio

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Announcements

Still from “Virtual Studio Visits: Mary Weatherford”

Video

Mary Weatherford
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”

Helen Frankenthaler, Mountains and Sea, 1952, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, New York, on extended loan to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC © 2019 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Podcast

Recording Artists
Radical Women

This new podcast, produced by the Getty, explores the lives and work of six women artists spanning multiple generations. Hosted by curator Helen Molesworth, the podcast draws on rare audio interviews from the 1960s and ’70s from the archives of the Getty Research Institute and includes an episode on Helen Frankenthaler and another on Eva Hesse, including commentary by Mary Weatherford.

Helen Frankenthaler, Mountains and Sea, 1952, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, New York, on extended loan to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC © 2019 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Photo: Lee Jaffe

Honor

Mary Weatherford

On July 1, 2018, Mary Weatherford will join the Lewis Center for the Arts Advisory Council.

Photo: Lee Jaffe

Museum Exhibitions

Installation view, Mary Weatherford: Canyon—Daisy—Eden, Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York, February 1–July 12, 2020. Artwork © Mary Weatherford. Photo: Jeremy Lawson

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Mary Weatherford
Canyon—Daisy—Eden

February 1–July 12, 2020
Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York
tang.skidmore.edu

Over the past three decades, Mary Weatherford has developed a rich and diverse painting practice, from her early-1990s target paintings based on operatic heroines to her expansive, gestural canvases overlaid with neon glass tubing. This exhibition presents a survey of Weatherford’s career, drawing from several distinct bodies of work made between 1989 and 2017. Showing the artist experimenting with color, scale, and materials, these works together reveal the continuity of Weatherford’s interest in human experience, both personal and historical.

Installation view, Mary Weatherford: Canyon—Daisy—Eden, Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York, February 1–July 12, 2020. Artwork © Mary Weatherford. Photo: Jeremy Lawson

Mary Weatherford, Engine, 2014, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC © Mary Weatherford

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Feel the Sun in Your Mouth
Recent Acquisitions

August 24, 2019–February 2, 2020
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
hirshhorn.si.edu

This exhibition brings together artworks acquired by the museum over the past five years with a focus on art that incites sensation and demonstrates a renewed interest in sublime encounters with the world. Spanning a period of extreme technological growth that has led us from the first steps on the moon to the development of the Internet, this exhibition illuminates a return to the poetic, the intuitive, and the cosmic in current artistic practice. Work by Alex Israel, Tatiana Trouvé, and Mary Weatherford is included.

Mary Weatherford, Engine, 2014, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC © Mary Weatherford

Installation view, No Man’s Land: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, September 30, 2016–January 8, 2017. Artwork, left to right: © Mary Weatherford, © Kerstin Brätsch, © Sonia Gomes

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No Man’s Land
Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection

September 30, 2016–January 8, 2017
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
nmwa.org

Drawing from the Rubell Family Collection, the paintings and sculptural hybrids in N0 Man’s Land demonstrate the expressive and technical range of work by a generationally, aesthetically, and politically diverse group of contemporary women artists. Collectively, they populate “no man’s land”—an open, liberated, and adaptable creative space. The presentation focuses on the traditional mediums of painting and sculpture as a way to highlight how women artists have pushed and redefined the boundaries of such categories. Work by Cecily Brown, Jennifer Guidi, and Mary Weatherford is included.

Installation view, No Man’s Land: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, September 30, 2016–January 8, 2017. Artwork, left to right: © Mary Weatherford, © Kerstin Brätsch, © Sonia Gomes

Mary Weatherford, Olive Downtown, 2014 © Mary Weatherford. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio

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Pretty Raw
After and Around Helen Frankenthaler

February 11–June 7, 2015
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
www.brandeis.edu

Pretty Raw takes the artist Helen Frankenthaler as a lens through which to refocus our vision of modernist art over the past fifty years. In this version, decoration, humor, femininity and masculinity, the everyday, pleasure, and authorial control take center stage. The exhibition, curated by Katy Siegel, features works by artists from the 1950s through the present who have found personal, social, and political meaning in materiality. Work by Helen Frankenthaler, Mike Kelley, Sterling Ruby, Andy Warhol, Mary Weatherford, and Christopher Wool is included.

Mary Weatherford, Olive Downtown, 2014 © Mary Weatherford. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio

Mary Weatherford, la noche, 2014 © Mary Weatherford. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio

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The Forever Now
Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World

December 14, 2014–April 5, 2015
Museum of Modern Art, New York
www.moma.org

Forever Now presents the work of seventeen artists whose paintings reflect a singular approach that characterizes our cultural moment at the beginning of the new millennium: they refuse to allow us to define or even meter our time by them. They represent a wide variety of styles and impulses, but all use the painted surface as a platform, map, or metaphoric screen on which genres intermingle, morph, and collide. Work by Joe Bradley, Mark Grotjahn, and Mary Weatherford is included.

Mary Weatherford, la noche, 2014 © Mary Weatherford. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio

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