Taryn Simon’s Cutaways (2012) is available online from June 23 through July 22 as part of Artist Spotlight: Taryn Simon. At the close of the taping of a video interview for Prime Time Russia in Moscow, Simon was asked to sit in silence and stare at the newscasters for several minutes so that the producers could gather additional footage for the editing process. Cutaways presents this footage as an autonomous work.
Taryn Simon, Cutaways, 2012 © Taryn Simon
Homi K. Bhabha
Simon’s case studies are meditations on the touching of opposites—order and disorder, civility and barbarism, violence and aspiration—in the inscription of the human condition.
—Homi K. Bhabha
In his essay “Beyond Photography,” Homi K. Bhabha elaborates on the themes, structures, and stories that comprise Taryn Simon’s A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I–XVIII (2008–11), a collection that is at once cohesive and arbitrary, mapping the relationships among chance, blood, and other components of fate. The essay is available for online reading from June 23 through August 31 as part of Artist Spotlight: Taryn Simon.
Taryn Simon: A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I–XVIII (2nd ed. New York: Gagosian Gallery; London: Wilson Center for Photography, 2012)
Foreword to “An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar”
Democracy needs visibility, accountability, light. It is in the unseen darkness that unsavoury things huddle and grow.
Salman Rushdie discusses Taryn Simon’s An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar, which depicts objects, sites, and spaces that are integral to America’s foundation, mythology, and daily operations but that remain inaccessible or unknown. His text is available for online reading from June 23 through August 31 as part of Artist Spotlight: Taryn Simon.
Taryn Simon: An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar (3rd ed. Ostfildern, Germany: Hatje Cantz, 2013)
Taryn Simon in China
In the end, what interests me most in this story is not the absoluteness of censorship but rather the way this particular system provides a set of constraints which, like most constraints, can be short-circuited to different effect. Certain panels may not have entered China, but the images and information they contain could not be kept out.
Philip Tinari, director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), describes a 2013–14 presentation of Taryn Simon’s A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I–XVIII at UCCA Beijing. This text is available for online reading from June 23 through August 31 as part of Artist Spotlight: Taryn Simon.
Taryn Simon: Rear Views, a Star-forming Nebula, and the Office of Foreign Propaganda (London: Tate Publishing, 2015)
Monday, March 29, 2021, 7pm EDT
Join Taryn Simon and writer and photographer Teju Cole as they reflect on Simon’s artistic practice and creative process. An award-winning novelist, Cole encountered Simon’s exhibition Paperwork and the Will of Capital in a Brussels gallery on the eve of the 2016 United States presidential election. When the results of that election left him shocked and in despair, Cole found himself temporarily unable to write. Simon’s art, however, continued to inform his thinking and writing process. He revisited her work with the essay “Capital, Diplomacy and Carnations” for the New York Times Magazine—a look at Simon’s masterful take on “powerful forces in the world that shape our day-to-day realities.” A live question-and-answer session will follow the talk, which is hosted by the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. To join the online event, register at osu.edu.
Left: Taryn Simon. Photo: © Taryn Simon. Right: Teju Cole. Photo: Maggie Janik
Ice and Fire: A Benefit Exhibition in Three Parts
October 15, 2020–March 23, 2021
The benefit exhibition Ice and Fire features works by more than forty artists who have enduring relationships with the Kitchen in New York. Installed within the organization’s three-story space in Chelsea, which is currently closed due to the global pandemic, the three-part exhibition is viewable online. Proceeds from sales will go toward a planned renovation on the occasion of the Kitchen’s fiftieth anniversary, ensuring that the nonprofit space will remain a platform for artistic experimentation in its historic and beloved building. Work by Cecily Brown, Roe Ethridge, Mark Grotjahn, Alex Israel, Ed Ruscha, Taryn Simon, Mary Weatherford, and Christopher Wool is included.
Mark Grotjahn, Untitled (Capri 53.57), 2020 © Mark Grotjahn
Duane Hanson, Taryn Simon, Jeff Wall
Thursday, August 20, 2020, 5pm EDT
Join Gagosian for a trio of online presentations to learn about the ways Duane Hanson, Taryn Simon, and Jeff Wall approach photography as a generative practice and notions of truth and reality. Andy Avini will explain how Hanson’s figures take on new meaning in a photographic context, Louise Neri will speak about the intersection of photography in Simon’s multidisciplinary practice, and Graham Dalik will discuss how Wall changes photography’s relationship to truth through influence from other art forms. To join, register at zoom.us.
Jeff Wall, Pawnshop, 2009 © Jeff Wall
All for the Hall
August 8–December 31, 2020
Guild Hall, East Hampton, New York
Renowned American artist Robert Longo has mobilized sixty artists to donate artworks for a special benefit exhibition with all proceeds supporting Guild Hall, the historic multidisciplinary center that has for decades served the artist community of Long Island’s East End. In response to the ongoing impact of the covid-19 pandemic, All for the Hall includes painting, sculpture, photography, and new site-responsive installations. Work by Cindy Sherman and Taryn Simon is included
Taryn Simon, Brazil, from the series Birds of the West Indies, 2014 © Taryn Simon
MoMA PS1 Benefit
Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 8:30–10pm EDT
MoMA PS1 is hosting an internet variety show to honor Nicole R. Fleetwood and Taryn Simon for their support of the museum. Fleetwood curated the exhibition Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration, and Simon recently joined the museum’s board of directors. The online party will feature live performances, music, and more. The event is free, but donations are encouraged. To join, register at moma.org.
Creative direction: Sable Elyse Smith. Graphic: Nicole Killian
Alternate Meanings in Film and Video
You’re only as young as the last time you changed your mind.
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
Thursday, March 5, 2020, 6:30pm
Gagosian, Britannia Street, London
Join Gagosian for a tour of the group exhibition American Pastoral. The show juxtaposes modern and contemporary works with historical American landscapes ranging from Albert Bierstadt’s depiction of the sublime in Sunset over the River (1877) to Edward Hopper’s tranquil seaside scene, Gloucester Harbor (1926). Gagosian’s Alice Godwin will focus on a select grouping of exhibited works that seek to challenge the idealized vision of the American Dream that has long been a rich topic of inquiry for artists in the United States. To attend the free event, RSVP to email@example.com. Space is limited.
Installation view, American Pastoral, Gagosian, Britannia Street, London, January 23–March 14, 2020. Artwork, left to right: © Theaster Gates, © Adam McEwen, Thomas Moran, © Richard Prince, © Banks Violette, © Ed Ruscha. Photo: Lucy Dawkins
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
Thursday, July 25, 2019, 12:30pm
Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, Colorado
Taryn Simon will discuss the way she directs our attention to familiar systems of organization—bloodlines, criminal investigations, mourning, flower arrangements—and makes visible the hidden contours of power and authority with curator Kate Fowle. To attend the event, register at www.andersonranch.org.
Taryn Simon, A Cold Hole, 2018, installation view, MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts, May 26, 2018–March 24, 2019. Artwork © Taryn Simon
Tuesday, May 28, 2019, 6–7pm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
Taryn Simon will be in conversation with Gagosian director Louise Neri at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. The evening will include reflections on key bodies of work including An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar, Contraband, A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I–XVIII, A Polite Fiction, Paperwork and the Will of Capital, and her recent performance works An Occupation of Loss and A Cold Hole. The pair will be introduced by Simon Maidment, senior curator of contemporary art at NGV. The free event has reached capacity. To join the wait list, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Taryn Simon, Bird corpse, labeled as home décor, Indonesia to Miami, Florida (prohibited) from Animal Corpses (Prohibited), Animal Parts (Prohibited), Animal Skeletons (Prohibited), Animal Specimens (Prohibited), Snails (Prohibited), Butterflies (Prohibited) from the series Contraband, 2010 © Taryn Simon
Taryn Simon will speak with Shannon Simon as part of the 2019 National Geographic Storytellers Summit. This multiday event in Washington, DC, celebrates written and visual storytellers whose craft changes people’s understanding of the world. Watch the Storytelling Symposium (January 16, 2019, 1–5pm) and Photography Seminar (January 17, 2019, 9am–5pm) live on YouTube.
Taryn Simon, The Central Intelligence Agency, Displayed Art CIA Original Headquarters Building, Langley, Virginia, 2006–07, from the series An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar, 2007 © Taryn Simon
Artists for Artangel
Live auction: June 28, 2018
Banqueting House, London
Online auction: June 7–28, 2018
Exhibition: June 8–27, 2018
Cork Street Galleries, London
Artists for Artangel is a special auction to benefit Artangel’s ambitious projects in contemporary art. For over thirty years, Artangel has worked with artists to produce extraordinary artworks of public import in unexpected places. Commissions by gallery artists include Rachel Whiteread’s House (1993), a negative concrete cast of a condemned terrace house in Bow, London; Douglas Gordon’s Feature Film (1998); and most recently, Taryn Simon’s highly acclaimed performance on the culture of mourning, An Occupation of Loss (2016 and 2018), presented in an astonishing underground location in Islington, London. For information on works in the auction or how to bid, go to www.artangel.org.uk.
Taryn Simon, Professional Mourners, 2018 © Taryn Simon
An Occupation of Loss
April 17–28, 2018
Entrance on Essex Road at the corner
of Islington Green, London
Following the critically acclaimed debut of An Occupation of Loss in New York in 2016, Taryn Simon will present a new iteration of her first major performance work in London next month. An Occupation of Loss, co-commissioned by Artangel and New York’s Park Avenue Armory, will be presented in a cavernous undiscovered space beneath Islington Green, opening April 17, 2018. To attend the event, purchase tickets at www.artangel.org.uk.
Aníbal González (top), Marisol Montiel and
Ana Luisa Montiel (bottom), An Occupation of Loss,
Park Avenue Armory, New York, 2016. Photos
© Taryn Simon
Thursday, April 26, 2018, 6:30pm
Anatomy Theatre, King’s College, London
Taryn Simon will discuss the ideas and research that inform her performance work, An Occupation of Loss, with Frances Morris, director of Tate Modern. Following the conversation the artist will sign copies of her new book, published by Hatje Cantz, to coincide with the London installation. To attend the event, purchase tickets at www.artangel.org.uk.
© Taryn Simon
Talk and Book Signing
Thursday, January 25, 2018, 7–8:15pm
Pérez Art Museum Miami
Taryn Simon will discuss her multidisciplinary practice with Pérez Art Museum Miami Chief Curator Tobias Ostrander. After the talk, there will be a book signing with the artist. The event is free with museum admission. RSVP at www.pamm.org.
© Taryn Simon
Friday, September 8, 2017, 12pm
Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
As part of 2017 MOMENTA: Biennale de l’image, Taryn Simon, a participant in the biennale, will speak with the Ami Barak, the guest curator. The event is free with admission to the biennale and no reservations are required.
© Taryn Simon
Honors Women Artists
Each year at their annual gala, the Hirshhorn celebrates incredible artists from around the world who throughout their careers continue to challenge and inspire. This year Hirshhorn director Melissa Chiu is proud to honor thirty-one outstanding female artists—from pioneers of performance and video art to emerging painters and sculptors—whose collective contributions to the field have transformed the way we look at art and set the stage for generations of creative talents yet to come. Artists to be honored include Rachel Feinstein, Katharina Grosse, Taryn Simon, and Tatiana Trouvé. The gala will take place on November 6 at Lincoln Center in New York.
Peter Neufeld, Barry Scheck, and Taryn Simon
Sunday, June 25, 2017, 3pm
Guild Hall, East Hampton, New York
On the occasion of her exhibition The Innocents at Guild Hall, Taryn Simon will introduce a panel discussion with Innocence Project Co-Directors Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck and individuals who have been exonerated. This exhibition coincides with the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Innocence Project, a nonprofit legal organization that works to reform the criminal justice system. To attend the free event, RSVP at give.guildhall.org.
Film stills from Taryn Simon, The Innocents, 2002
Nocturne Rive Droite
Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 6–11pm
4 rue de Ponthieu, Paris
Galleries located in the triangle d’or will be open to visitors after hours. A group exhibition including work by John Chamberlain, Walter De Maria, Edmund de Waal, Carsten Höller, Olivier Mosset, Steven Parrino, Sterling Ruby, Richard Serra, Taryn Simon, and Tatiana Trouvé will be on view at our Paris gallery.
Photo: Zarko Vijatovic
The new Gagosian Quarterly offers unprecedented behind-the-art access, and insightful editorials by leading art world professionals. The Spring 2017 launch issue features a cover by Rudolf Stingel, along with articles on Pablo Picasso, Jeff Koons, Cy Twombly, and Taryn Simon. Highlights include conversations with Katy Siegel and Christopher Wool, Nicolas Berggruen, Katharina Grosse, Thomas Houseago, Alex Israel and Bret Easton Ellis, among others.
Cover by Rudolf Stingel