Legacy Building in the Art World
Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 1pm edt
Art history is fickle. Why do some artists prevail while others falter? How can lesser-known artists build their reputations and legacies? Sound curatorial and art historical methods must be combined with a keen sense of the demands of the commercial marketplace. As part of Gagosian’s Building a Legacy program, writer, curator, editor, and publisher Raymond Foye and Gagosian director Rani Singh will discuss the general principles and methodology of archiving, editing, and presenting the work of overlooked artists and writers. They will share firsthand accounts and learning experiences working with artists such as Jordan Belson, Gregory Corso, Rene Ricard, and Harry Smith. To join, register at eventbrite.com.
Rene Ricard, So Who Left Who, 2007 © Estate of Rene Ricard
Friday, May 7, 2021, 1pm EDT
Join the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Contemporary Art Society for a virtual conversation between Katharina Grosse and the museum’s interim chief curator and curator of contemporary art, Margaret Andera. The pair will discuss Grosse’s Untitled (2019), which the museum recently acquired. The painting is the first work by the artist to enter the collection as well as the first by a female artist in the museum’s collection of contemporary German paintings. To attend the event, register at us02web.zoom.us.
Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2019 © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany 2021
Richard Calvocoressi, Max Hollein, and Katy Siegel on Georg Baselitz
Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 1pm edt
Join Gagosian for a conversation about Georg Baselitz with Max Hollein, Marina Kellen French Director at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Katy Siegel, Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Endowed Chair at Stony Brook University, New York, and senior curator at the Baltimore Museum of Art; and Richard Calvocoressi, art historian and director at Gagosian, London. In celebration of the forthcoming monograph on Baselitz written by Calvocoressi and published by Thames and Hudson, the trio will look at the artist’s prolific career. They will highlight the exhibitions Springtime at Gagosian, New York, and Archinto at the Museo di Palazzo Grimani, Venice, both opening in May 2021, and the recent gift by the artist and his wife, Elke Baselitz, of six landmark paintings to the Met, which are on view at the museum in Pivotal Turn through July 2021. Hollein curated the major traveling exhibition Georg Baselitz: The Heroes (2016–17) and authored the accompanying catalogue on this seminal body of work. Siegel wrote the insightful essay “Double Positive: Not for Not against Not Nein—Georg Baselitz,” published in the exhibition catalogue for Georg Baselitz: Back Then, in Between, and Today (2014–15) at Haus der Kunst, Munich. To join, register at eventbrite.com.
Left: Richard Calvocoressi. Photo: Miriam Perez. Middle: Max Hollein. Photo: courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art/Eileen Travell. Right: Katy Siegel. Photo: Christopher Myers
Chris Burden at South London Gallery
Launching May 10, 2021
As part of the first season of theVOV, the South London Gallery will digitally re-present the exhibition Chris Burden: 14 Magnolia Double Lamps, fifteen years after it was originally shown at the institution. This important work would go on to become the iconic sculpture Urban Light (2008), which is permanently installed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Created in collaboration with fifteen of the United Kingdom’s leading arts organizations, including the Tate, Hayward Gallery, and Turner Contemporary, theVOV is a new online platform that digitally revives major exhibitions, presenting them in a new light to wider audiences.
Installation view, Chris Burden: 14 Magnolia Double Lamps, South London Gallery, September 15–November 5, 2006. Artwork © Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: VIEW Pictures Ltd./Alamy Stock Photo
Venice Family Clinic Art Walk
Benefit Auction 2021
April 28–May 12, 2021
Venice Family Clinic presents its annual benefit auction, a fundraising event whose proceeds will provide essential health care services to people in the community regardless of their income, immigration, or insurance status. Since its inception forty years ago, this charity event has raised more than $23 million. This year’s auction, hosted on Artsy, is honoring Mary Weatherford as the “signature artist” and features more than two hundred works by nationally recognized contemporary artists, including Piero Golia, Ed Ruscha, Robert Therrien, as well as Weatherford. To register to bid, visit artsy.net.
Mary Weatherford, Sunset, Western Cape, 2020 © Mary Weatherford. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio
Madison Avenue Spring Gallery Walk
Saturday, May 15, 2021, 11am–6pm EDT
Join Artnews and the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District on a springtime walk to visit thirty-five galleries that line Madison Avenue from East 57th to East 86th Streets. Gagosian, 980 Madison Avenue, has a new painting by Rudolf Stingel on view. Gagosian Shop has Family Tweets, a new book by Richard Prince, on display alongside works from the publication. To attend the free event, register at site.booxi.com.
Rudolf Stingel, Kirchner Amselfluh 1922, 2020 © Rudolf Stingel. Photo: courtesy the artist
Come to Dust
Glenn Brown: Come to Dust is available for online reading from April 28 through May 27 as part of Artist Spotlight: Glenn Brown. The book documents a 2018 exhibition at Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London, which featured oil paintings, drawings in period frames, grisaille panel works, etchings, and sculptures that attest to the ever-intensifying dexterity with which Brown employs paint, content, and form. A text by author Hari Kunzru and a conversation between Brown and curator Xavier Bray offer insight into the artist’s work.
Glenn Brown: Come to Dust (London: Gagosian, 2018)
Dan Colen, Aimee Meredith Cox, Hank Willis Thomas
Moderated by Ora Wise
Thursday, May 6, 2021, 5pm edt
In partnership with Dover Street Market, Gagosian will host an online conversation between Dan Colen, artist and founder of Sky High Farm, Aimee Meredith Cox, associate professor of Anthropology and African American Studies at Yale University and author of the award-winning monograph Shapeshifters: Black Girls and the Choreography of Citizenship, and Hank Willis Thomas, Conceptual artist and cofounder of For Freedoms. Moderated by Ora Wise, executive director of Sky High Farm, the group will explore the transformative power of art making, the politics of collaboration, and the role of creative expression within social justice movements. To join, register at eventbrite.com.
This talk is part of a tribute, organized by Frieze New York, honoring the Vision & Justice Project and its founder Sarah Elizabeth Lewis. The Vision & Justice Project is dedicated to examining art’s central role in understanding the relationship between race and citizenship in the United States.
Left to right: Dan Colen. Photo: Andrew Zuckerman. Aimee Meredith Cox. Photo: Frederick Williams. Hank Willis Thomas. Photo: Andrea Blanch. Ora Wise. Photo: Stephen Vixjo
Vision & Justice Project and Sarah Elizabeth Lewis
Ava DuVernay, Theaster Gates, Franklin Leonard, Wynton Marsalis, Carrie Mae Weems
Thursday, May 6, 2021, 2:30pm EDT
As a central strand of its 2021 programming, Frieze New York will honor the exemplary work of the Vision & Justice Project, which is dedicated to examining the role of art in constructions of citizenship, race, and justice in the United States. Its founder Sarah Elizabeth Lewis, associate professor at Harvard University, will moderate a panel discussion on Black cultural production between musician Wynton Marsalis, director Ava DuVernay, the Black List founder Franklin Leonard, and artists Theaster Gates and Carrie Mae Weems. To attend the event, register at frieze.zoom.us.
Left to right, top to bottom: Sarah Elizabeth Lewis, Ava DuVernay, Franklin Leonard, Theaster Gates, Wynton Marsalis, Carrie Mae Weems
Edmund de Waal
Thursday, May 20, 2021, 6:30pm EDT
Join the Jewish Museum, New York, for a conversation between Edmund de Waal and author Adam Gopnik to celebrate the US launch of de Waal’s new book Letters to Camondo. The pair will discuss the book’s themes, including assimilation, art, and the essence of memory. Letters to Camondo consists of a series of haunting letters de Waal wrote to Count Moïse de Camondo—the owner of a Parisian palace turned into a memorial for his son lost in the First World War, now known as the Musée Nissim de Camondo. The Camondo family lived in Paris a few doors away from de Waal’s forebears, the Ephrussis. Both families were collectors and part of belle epoque society; both were also targets of anti-Semitism. To attend the event, register at thejewishmuseum.org.
Edmund de Waal: Letters to Camondo (London: Penguin Random House, 2021)
Poetry & the Creative Mind
Thursday, April 29, 2021, 7:30pm EDT
Each year during National Poetry Month in April, the Academy of American Poets presents Poetry & the Creative Mind, featuring leading and legendary actors, dancers, musicians, public figures, and artists, including Sarah Sze, sharing their favorite poems. The annual celebration, typically held in person in New York City, will be presented virtually for the first time ever, making it available to poetry lovers everywhere. To attend the event, register at eventbrite.com.
Photo: Deborah Feingold
Corinne Bailey Rae
Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 3pm EDT
Join the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art for a conversation between Theaster Gates and Grammy Award-winning musician Corinne Bailey Rae. The London-based singer appears as a key performer in Gates’s two-channel video installation Do you hear me calling? Mama Mamama or What Is Black Power? (2018), one of the featured works in the exhibition Future Histories: Theaster Gates and Cauleen Smith, on view at the museum through May 23. The pair will discuss their collaboration and Gates will screen an excerpt from this piece during the program. To attend the event, register at sfmoma-or.zoom.us.
Theaster Gates, Do you hear me calling? Mama Mamama or What Is Black Power?, 2018 (still) © Theaster Gates
Richard Artschwager is available for online reading from April 19 through May 18 as part of the From the Library series. This book was published on the occasion of Richard Artschwager at Gagosian, Rome. It focuses on seventeen works from a key period in the artist’s varied career, 1964 to 1987, which demonstrate his ability to rearrange the structures of perception, bringing the deceptive pictorial world of images into direct confrontation with the concretely human world of objects. The bilingual publication (English/Italian) features a new essay by curator Dieter Schwarz.
Richard Artschwager (New York: Gagosian, 2021)
Theaster Gates, Adrienne Brown, Jacqueline Stewart
Thursday, April 22, 2021, 8pm EDT
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Arts + Public Life, program directors Theaster Gates, Adrienne Brown, and Jacqueline Stewart will reflect on a decade of neighborhood-based arts production that has catalyzed ambitious physical transformations and intentional programmatic expansion on Chicago’s South Side. The conversation will be moderated by Tracie Hall, executive director of the American Library Association. Arts + Public Life is an initiative of University of Chicago Arts that provides platforms for artists and arts programming through residencies, arts education, creative entrepreneurship, artist-led programs, and exhibitions to promote a robust, collaborative, and evolving relationship between the University of Chicago and the South Side’s vibrant civic, cultural, and artistic communities. To attend the event, register at uchicago.zoom.us.
Theaster Gates, Public Notice, 2019 (still) © Theaster Gates. Photo: Chris Strong, courtesy Theaster Gates
Race to Justice
Thursday, April 29, 2021, 8pm EDT
Theaster Gates will speak as part of the University of California Santa Barbara’s lecture series Race to Justice, in which leading activists, creatives, and thinkers confront racism in America with the aim of guiding the country toward racial equality. Gates will draw on his work as an artist, musician, and urban planner to guide the discussion. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session moderated by UCSB professor of Black studies Jeffrey Stewart. To attend the event, purchase tickets at artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.
Horace D. Ballard
Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 1pm EDT
Join the American Folk Art Museum for a conversation between Gagosian director Antwaun Sargent and curator and art historian Horace D. Ballard about the rich histories and contemporary practices of emerging and established self-taught Black photographers. Looking in particular at the genre of portrait photography, Sargent and Ballard will examine notions of gender, power, position, gaze, and representation, as well as questions of legacy and influence. This talk is organized in conjunction with the museum’s exhibition PHOTO | BRUT: Collection Bruno Decharme & Compagnie. To attend the event, register at eventbrite.com.
Left: Antwaun Sargent. Photo: Darius Garvin. Right: Horace D. Ballard. Photo: Jessica Smolinski
Richard Armstrong and John Torreano on Richard Artschwager
Thursday, April 22, 2021, 1:30pm edt
On the occasion of Richard Artschwager at Gagosian in Rome, join us for a conversation about the artist with Richard Armstrong, director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, and artist John Torreano, longtime friends of Artschwager’s. Alongside contemporaries such as Robert Rauschenberg and Cy Twombly, Artschwager was a key figure in twentieth-century American art, forging a maverick path by confounding the traditional limits of art and reconfiguring the visual comprehension of space. The pair will discuss the genre-defying and often cerebral work of the late artist, whose varied career demonstrates his ability to rearrange the structures of perception. To join, register at eventbrite.com.
Richard Artschwager, Tract Home, 1964 © 2021 The Estate of Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Julien Grémaud
with Anselm Kiefer and Emanuele Coccia
Thursday, April 15, 2021, 2pm edt
Sarah Sze will discuss her recent exhibition catalogue De nuit en jour/Night into Day—featuring contributions by Bruno Latour, Jean Nouvel, and Leanne Sacramone—with Anselm Kiefer and philosopher Emanuele Coccia, as part of the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain’s Art Book Series. Sze will join from her studio in New York, while Kiefer and Coccia will speak from inside the exhibition Night into Day at Foundation Cartier. The trio will talk about Twice Twilight and Tracing Fallen Sky (both 2020), two works Sze created specifically for the Paris exhibition, and about Kiefer’s recently installed work at the Panthéon in Paris. To attend the online event, visit www.fondationcartier.com.
Sarah Sze, Tracing Fallen Sky, 2020 (detail), installation view, Sarah Sze: Night into Day, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris © Sarah Sze
Albert Oehlen: New Paintings is available for online reading from April 7 through June 5 as part of Artist Spotlight: Albert Oehlen. Published on the occasion of the artist’s first exhibition in Asia, in 2019, this volume presents a series of new paintings in watercolor on canvas. Emphasizing the importance of spontaneity within his artistic method, Oehlen’s decision to use watercolor marks a stylistic return to his hazy, blended, almost impressionistic oil paintings dating from 2016 and earlier. The catalogue features a text by Christian Malycha, as well as photographs of the works in process, and is bilingual, in English and Chinese.
Albert Oehlen: New Paintings (Hong Kong: Gagosian, 2019)
Elevator Paintings: Trees
Albert Oehlen: Elevator Paintings: Trees is available for online reading from April 7 through June 5 as part of Artist Spotlight: Albert Oehlen. Published on the occasion of the artist’s 2017 exhibition Elevator Paintings: Trees at Gagosian, West 21st Street, New York, this catalogue brings together two groups of works. The Tree Paintings are permutations of an ongoing series that Oehlen began more than thirty years ago. For this iteration, he limited his palette to predominantly black and red. Using a new technical approach, the Elevator Paintings are allover polychromatic oil paintings in which the artist stages oppositions between clear contours and amorphous blurs. The book features an essay by Andreas van Dühren.
Albert Oehlen: Elevator Paintings: Trees (New York: Gagosian, 2017)
Albert Oehlen: Ö is available for online reading from April 7 through June 5 as part of Artist Spotlight: Albert Oehlen. This book documents the artist’s first exhibition in Cuba at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, in 2017, which brought together new large-scale paintings and earlier paintings and collages. It includes an introduction by Christian Domínguez, a conversation between the artist and Jorge Fernández Torres, and a series of photographs capturing Oehlen’s travels in Cuba.
Albert Oehlen: Ö (Havana: Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes; New York: Gagosian; Berlin: Galerie Max Hetzler, 2017)
Edmund de Waal
Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 2pm EDT
Edmund de Waal will speak with Olivier Gabet, director of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs and the Musée Nissim de Camondo, Paris, about the themes explored in his new book, Letters to Camondo—to be released in the United Kingdom on April 22—including assimilation, art, and the essence of memory. The book consists of a series of haunting letters de Waal wrote to Count Moïse de Camondo—the owner of a Parisian palace turned into a memorial for his son lost in the First World War, now known as the Musée Nissim de Camondo. The Camondo family lived in Paris a few doors away from de Waal’s forebears, the Ephrussis. Both families were collectors and part of belle epoque society; both were also targets of anti-Semitism. To attend the event, purchase tickets at www.vam.ac.uk.
Edmund de Waal. Photo: Tom Jamieson
Carsten Höller has developed a site-specific 40-meter slide for the Danish Architecture Center, Copenhagen. The spiral slide takes visitors from the Exhibition Forum four stories down to the ground floor. Of these playful structures Höller says, “Why are slides not used in architecture, to complement stairs, elevators, and escalators?” DAC Slide was donated by the Ny Carlsbergfondet.
Carsten Höller, DAC Slide, 2020 (detail), installation view, Danish Architecture Center, Copenhagen © Carsten Höller. Photo: courtesy the artist and Ny Carlsbergfondet
2021 Yale Photo Pop Up Lecture Series
The Yale Photo Pop Up Lecture Series has returned for a second year. The series was started in 2020 by Gregory Crewdson, director of graduate studies in photography at the Yale School of Art, as a response to the shift to online learning. The biweekly talks feature a wide range of guest speakers, including leading figures of contemporary film and photography, announced twenty-four hours in advance of the event. In each half-hour session, Crewdson asks the guest questions about artistic practice and the anticipation of an end to the pandemic crisis. The series is free and open to the public. Space is limited and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Still from “Yale Photo Pop Up Lecture Series presents Jeff Wall”