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Richard Serra, Transmitter, 2020 © 2022 Richard Serra/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Thomas Lannes

Performance

Quartet for the End of Time
in Richard Serra’s “Transmitter”

Sunday, May 8, 2022, 4pm
Gagosian, Le Bourget

Join Gagosian and Bold Tendencies, a nonprofit organization that commissions artists to produce site-specific projects and present performances, for a live concert of Olivier Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time). Written in 1941 during the French composer’s imprisonment in a German labor camp, the powerful piece comprises eight movements for clarinet, violin, cello and piano. It will be performed by musicians Nicolas Baldeyrou, Mario Brunello, Alina Ibragimova, and Samson Tsoy both within and beside Richard Serra’s sculpture Transmitter (2020), creating a dialogue between sound, material, and space. To attend the event, register at eventbrite.com.

Richard Serra, Transmitter, 2020 © 2022 Richard Serra/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Thomas Lannes

Richard Serra, Hand Catching Lead, 1968 (still), Museum of Modern Art, New York © 2022 Richard Serra/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Screening

The Films and Videos of Richard Serra

January 5, 7, 8, and 9, 2022
Centre Pompidou, Paris
www.centrepompidou.fr

In conjunction with the installation of Richard Serra’s sculpture Transmitter (2020) at Gagosian, Le Bourget, the gallery and Centre Pompidou, Paris, will present a four-day retrospective of the artist’s films and videos, drawn from the collections of the Centre Pompidou; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Anthology Film Archives, New York. This is the first time that all of Serra’s film and video work will be shown together in Europe. Each of the six screenings will be introduced by an esteemed curator or scholar, including Eric de Bruyn, Enrico Camporesi, Søren Grammel, Marcella Lista, Philippe-Alain Michaud, and Marie Muracciole. The event is free and open to the public.

Richard Serra, Hand Catching Lead, 1968 (still), Museum of Modern Art, New York © 2022 Richard Serra/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Richard Serra, Hangar Drawing #13, 2021 © 2021 Richard Serra/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

In Conversation

New Social Environment
Richard Serra Drawings: James Lawrence and Phong H. Bui

Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 1pm est

As part of the Brooklyn Rail’s online series New Social Environment, James Lawrence joins the journal’s publisher and artistic director Phong H. Bui for a conversation about Richard Serra’s drawing practice, as well as his exhibition Transmitter, currently on view at Gagosian, Le Bourget. In these daily lunchtime Zoom conversations, invited artists, writers, filmmakers, and poets discuss creative life in the context of our new social reality with Brooklyn Rail staff. The talk will conclude with a reading by Micah Ballard from the fiftieth-anniversary expanded edition of Diane di Prima’s Revolutionary Letters. To join the online event, register at brooklynrail.org.

Richard Serra, Hangar Drawing #13, 2021 © 2021 Richard Serra/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Sarah Sze, Afterimage, Silver, 2018 © Sarah Sze

Support

Artists for Biden

October 2–8, 2020

Artists for Biden is an online-only sale of works by leading contemporary artists to support the Biden Victory Fund—a joint fundraising committee authorized by Biden for President, the Democratic National Committee, and forty-seven state Democratic parties. All proceeds from the sale will provide resources needed to elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and support other Democratic candidates across the country in the lead up to Election Day. Work by Cecily Brown, Michael Heizer, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Brice Marden, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, Cindy Sherman, Sarah Sze, Stanley Whitney, and Christopher Wool will be available. To register for early access on October 1, visit secure.joebiden.com.

Sarah Sze, Afterimage, Silver, 2018 © Sarah Sze

Richard Serra: Triptychs and Diptychs, Forged Rounds, Reverse Curve (New York: Gagosian, 2020)

Online Reading

Richard Serra
Triptychs and Diptychs, Forged Rounds, Reverse Curve

Richard Serra: Triptychs and Diptychs, Forged Rounds, Reverse Curve is available for online reading from June 14 through July 13 as part of the From the Library series. Housed in a slipcase, this two-volume set documents Serra’s three concurrent 2019 New York exhibitions, which presented five new sculptures and more than twenty drawings by the artist. An essay by Julian Rose provides an in-depth examination of the monolithic nature of Serra’s work, and its engagement with architecture on its own terms.

Richard Serra: Triptychs and Diptychs, Forged Rounds, Reverse Curve (New York: Gagosian, 2020)

Adam McEwen, Escape from New York, 2014 (still from “Battery Tunnel”) © Adam McEwen

Exhibition

Broadcast
Alternate Meanings in Film and Video

You’re only as young as the last time you changed your mind.
—Timothy Leary

Gagosian is pleased to present Broadcast: Alternate Meanings in Film and Video, an online exhibition of artists’ films and videos viewable exclusively on gagosian.com. The exhibition will be organized into a series of “chapters,” each lasting two weeks. The first chapter begins on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.

Broadcast: Alternate Meanings in Film and Video employs the innate immediacy of time-based art to spark reflection on the here and now, taking the words of famed psychologist and countercultural icon Timothy Leary as its starting point. 

Adam McEwen, Escape from New York, 2014 (still from “Battery Tunnel”) © Adam McEwen

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Announcements

Ed Ruscha, Boom Town, 2021 © Ed Ruscha

Support

The Met 150
Limited-Edition Print Portfolio

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, has released The Met 150, a limited-edition print portfolio featuring works by twelve contemporary artists from around the world who have a strong history and connection with the museum, including Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, and Sarah Sze. Commissioned in celebration of the museum’s 150th anniversary in 2020, the portfolios are produced in an edition of sixty by the renowned artists’ workshop Gemini G.E.L in Los Angeles. The twelve signed prints are housed together in a red linen clamshell box and are accompanied by essays written by the Met director Max Hollein and Sharon Coplan Hurowitz, co-publisher. Proceeds from sales support the museum. To purchase a portfolio, contact the Mezzanine Gallery at the Met Store at + 1 212 650 2908.

Ed Ruscha, Boom Town, 2021 © Ed Ruscha

Photo: Jason Andrew/Getty Images

Award

Richard Serra

Richard Serra will be presented with the 2018 J. Paul Getty Medal to honor his creation of artwork that transforms our ideas about sculpture. The event will take place at the Getty Center in Los Angeles on September 24, 2018.

Photo: Jason Andrew/Getty Images

Richard Serra

Video

Richard Serra
Sculpture in Qatar Desert

Richard Serra and Jean-Paul Engelen, director of public art programs for the Qatar Museums Authority, talk about Serra’s sculpture East-West/West-East installed in the Qatar desert in 2014.

Richard Serra

Video

Richard Serra
New Sculpture

Richard Serra speaks about his work on view in Richard Serra: New Sculpture at Gagosian, West 21st and West 24th Street, New York, in 2013–14.

Gagosian App for iPad

New Release

Gagosian App for iPad
Issue 3

Gagosian announces the release of issue 3 of the Gagosian App for iPad on January 22, 2012. Artists featured in this issue include Damien Hirst, Howard Hodgkin, Mike Kelley, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Paul Noble, Richard Prince, Jenny Saville, Richard Serra, Andy Warhol, and Zeng Fanzhi.

In issue 3 we feature a Damien Hirst “art board” that explores more than ninety spot paintings, offer a 360˚ full-motion interactive experience of Richard Serra sculptures Junction (2011) and Cycle (2010), and display a worldwide map of the Jeff Koons’s Celebration series exhibition history. We also explore a recent essay by Olivier Zahm on the exhibition Warhol: Bardot with interactive “pop-up” images, audio, and video content, show you an exclusive video of Richard Prince: Bel-Air installed at a private residence in 2011, and give you an in-depth look at Roy Lichtenstein’s working process and his series Landscapes in the Chinese Style.

Museum Exhibitions

Richard Serra, Zoo Cage III, 1966 (detail) © Richard Serra/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Galleria La Salita, Rome

Closing this Week

Richard Serra
Animal habitats live and stuffed. . . Roma, La Salita, 1966

Through October 9, 2022
MACRO–Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma, Rome
www.museomacro.it

This installation aims to reconstruct—through photographic and archival documents and a video drawn from a vintage newsreel—Richard Serra’s first solo exhibition, which opened on May 24, 1966, at Galleria La Salita in Rome. The year before, after attending the Yale School of Art, Serra moved to Florence. While in Italy, he embarked on a series of artistic experiments that equally questioned both an illusionistic approach to pictorial space and the use of the modernist grid. At the original exhibition Serra presented nineteen works—including cages containing live and stuffed animals—and a variety of assemblages. In the presentation at MACRO, images of and written testimonies about this legendary, yet largely unknown show are shown in parallel to conjure a pivotal moment in the history of art and of the exhibition as a medium.

Richard Serra, Zoo Cage III, 1966 (detail) © Richard Serra/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Galleria La Salita, Rome

Sally Mann, The Bath, 1989 © Sally Mann

On View

Monochrome Multitudes

Through January 8, 2023
Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago
smartmuseum.uchicago.edu

Revisiting classic modernist ideas about flatness, idealized form, and colors, this exhibition opens up the seemingly reductive format of the monochrome to reveal its global resonance and creative possibilities while working toward a more expansive narrative of twentieth and twenty-first century art. Work by Alexander Calder, Walter De Maria, Helen Frankenthaler, Theaster Gates, Frank Gehry, Sally Mann, and Richard Serra is included.

Sally Mann, The Bath, 1989 © Sally Mann

Richard Serra, Ramble 4-26, 2015 © Richard Serra/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever  

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Serra/Seurat
Dibujos

June 9–September 6, 2022
Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain
www.guggenheim-bilbao.eus

This exhibition, whose subtitle translates to Drawings, places in dialogue drawings by Georges Seurat (1859–1891) and Richard Serra. Though both artists are better known for their work in other mediums (painting and sculpture, respectively), for both the practice of drawing constitutes an end in itself, and an arena in which to explore materiality—working in tones ranging from the opaquest black to the most transparent light.

Richard Serra, Ramble 4-26, 2015 © Richard Serra/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever  

Pablo Picasso, Buste de femme de profil (Femme écrivant), 1932, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel © Succession Picasso/2020, ProLitteris, Zurich

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Stilles Sehen
Bilder der Ruhe

February 12–November 15, 2020
Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel
www.fondationbeyeler.ch

This exhibition, whose title translates to Silent Vision: Images of Calm and Quiet, features works of modern and contemporary art that deal with the subject of tranquility. Each room is dedicated to a specific aspect of calmness, inviting visitors to see and contemplate, as it were, stillness. Work by Alberto Giacometti, Roy Lichtenstein, Pablo Picasso, Gerhard Richter, Richard Serra, and Andy Warhol is included.

Pablo Picasso, Buste de femme de profil (Femme écrivant), 1932, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel © Succession Picasso/2020, ProLitteris, Zurich

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled (Plaid), 1982, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York

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Around Day’s End
Downtown New York, 1970–1986

September 3–November 1, 2020
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
whitney.org

This exhibition pays homage to Gordon Matta-Clark’s legendary Day’s End (1975) and features works by twenty-two artists who engaged with the Meatpacking District and West Side piers, among other downtown Manhattan locations, in the 1970s and early 1980s. The show also anticipates David Hammons’s monumental public artwork Day’s End, to be completed in December 2020 and located directly across from the Whitney in Hudson River Park. Work by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Richard Serra is included.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled (Plaid), 1982, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York

Andreas Gursky, Amazon, 2016 © Andreas Gursky/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

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The Supermarket of Images

February 11–June 7, 2020
Jeu de Paume, Paris
www.jeudepaume.org

In an age that is oversaturated with images, this exhibition asks questions about their economy—their storage, management, circulation, and fluctuating values. Work by Andreas Gursky and Richard Serra is included.

Andreas Gursky, Amazon, 2016 © Andreas Gursky/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Ellen Gallagher, Untitled (10), 2000 © Ellen Gallagher

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Praying for Time

March 2–July 8, 2018
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
www.brandeis.edu

Marked by the fall of the Berlin Wall, the attacks of September 11, and civil war, the end of the twentieth century can also be viewed as a time that presaged immense global revolutions, both social and digital, that have transformed our world. Praying for Time reflects the diversity of voices and concerns in art produced during that pivotal period from 1980 through the early 2000s. Work by Gregory Crewdson, Ellen Gallagher, Richard Prince, Richard Serra, and Andy Warhol is included. 

Ellen Gallagher, Untitled (10), 2000 © Ellen Gallagher

Jeff Koons, Rabbit, 1986 © Jeff Koons.Photo by Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago

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We Are Here

August 19, 2017–April 1, 2018
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
mcachicago.org

In honor of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s fiftieth anniversary, the museum presents We Are Here, a three-part exhibition drawn from its collection. I Am You gathers works that question how we relate to and shape our environments; You Are Here examines how the role of the viewer has changed over time; and We Are Everywhere showcases artists who borrow from popular culture. Work by Richard Artschwager, Francis Bacon, Chris Burden, Ellen Gallagher, Andreas Gursky, Michael Heizer, Jasper Johns, Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Bruce Nauman, Richard Serra, Cindy Sherman, Rudolf Stingel, Andy Warhol, and Franz West is included.

Jeff Koons, Rabbit, 1986 © Jeff Koons.
Photo by Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago

Installation view, Proof of Life, Weserburg | Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen, Germany, May 19, 2017–February 25, 2018. Photo: Björn Behrens

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Proof of Life

May 19, 2017–February 25, 2018
Weserburg | Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen, Germany
www.weserburg.de

Proof of Life brings together one hundred paintings, sculptures, and photographic works that investigate existential questions in a manner both palpable and profound. Work by Damien Hirst, Thomas Houseago, Anselm Kiefer, Sterling Ruby, and Richard Serra is included.

Installation view, Proof of Life, Weserburg | Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen, Germany, May 19, 2017–February 25, 2018. Photo: Björn Behrens

Film still from Richard Serra, Robert Bell, and Carlota Schoolman’s Prisoner’s Dilemma (1974)

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Richard Serra
Films and Videotapes

May 20–October 15, 2017
Kunstmuseum Basel
kunstmuseumbasel.ch

The exhibition turns the focus on Serra’s films and videotapes. Between 1968 and 1979, the artist produced fifteen films and videos. This is the first exhibition to present almost all that material, which runs to just over five hours, in the original formats.

Film still from Richard Serra, Robert Bell, and Carlota Schoolman’s Prisoner’s Dilemma (1974)

Richard Serra, Composite 1-1, 2016 © 2017 Richard Serra/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Richard Serra
Drawings 2015–2017

June 24–September 24, 2017
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
www.boijmans.nl

This exhibition encompasses more than 110 works from five different series, many of which have never been seen before publicly, as well as a selection of notebooks.

Richard Serra, Composite 1-1, 2016 © 2017 Richard Serra/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Photo by Axel Schneider

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Primary Structures
Masterworks of Minimal Art

February 22–August 13, 2017
MMK2, Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main
mmk-frankfurt.de

The Minimal art current emerged in the US in the early 1960s, its exponents striving in their works for objectiveness, logic, and industrial production without artistic signature. The exhibition investigates the international impact of the influential Minimal art movement from the ’60s to the present. This show includes works by Richard Artschwager, Walter De Maria, Bruce Nauman, Steven Parrino, and Richard Serra.

Photo by Axel Schneider

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