Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 6:30pm
Journalist and curator Judith Benhamou-Huet will lead a tour of the exhibition Urs Fischer: Leo at Gagosian, Paris. In Fischer’s work, the processes of material creation and destruction are often explored through the use of impermanent materials. Fischer’s candle sculptures, which he began to make in the early 2000s, exemplify this relationship. The artist’s newest candle portrait, Leo (George & Irmelin) (2019), depicts Leonardo DiCaprio with his parents, George DiCaprio and Irmelin Indenbirken. As with all of Fischer’s candle sculptures, Leo (George & Irmelin) will melt slowly over the course of the exhibition, its original composition transmuted into a form dictated by the wayward laws of physics. To attend the free event, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited.
Installation view, Urs Fischer: Leo, Gagosian, Paris, October 14–December 20, 2019. Artwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Stefan Altenburger
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.
The Extreme Present
December Dance 19
December 5–8, 2019
Concertgebouw, Bruges, Belgium
At the invitation of Needcompany, William Forsythe has created two new short works for December Dance 19, the international dance festival curated by the multidisciplinary dance company. To attend the event, purchase tickets at www.concertgebouw.be.
William Forsythe, Unsustainables, 2019 (detail), installation view, SESC Pompéia, São Paulo © William Forsythe. Photo: Ricardo Ferreira
Art in Action
Sunday, December 8, 2019, 1:30pm
Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
On select Sundays, visitors can explore the Water exhibition on view at QAGOMA through tours for kids, talks, hands-on workshops, and more. On Sunday, December 8, curatorial manager Geraldine Kirrihi Barlow will explore William Forsythe’s The Fact of Matter (2009), which is featured in the show. The event is free to attend with exhibition admission.
William Forsythe, The Fact of Matter, 2009 © William Forsythe. Photo: Liza Voll
Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 6:30–7:30pm
New York Studio School
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
Theaster Gates, Grace Wales Bonner, and Michael Ralph
Thursday, December 12, 2019, 4:30–6:30pm
Museum of Liverpool, England
On the occasion of Theaster Gates: Amalgam, opening on December 13 at Tate Liverpool, England, the artist will speak with fashion designer Grace Wales Bonner and Michael Ralph, associate professor and director of Africana studies at New York University. The trio will discuss how Gates’s art transforms places and aims to improve the lives of the people who live there. The artist will also share his thoughts about his ongoing artistic endeavors on questions of land ownership, displacement, and interracial relationships. The event has reached capacity.
Theaster Gates with his work So Bitter, This Curse of Darkness (2019) in the exhibition Theaster Gates: Amalgam at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2019. Artwork © Theaster Gates. Photo: © Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Thursday, December 12, 2019, 6–8pm
Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles
Jonas Wood will be signing copies of his new self-titled monograph, published by Phaidon. This monograph—the first on the artist’s work—brings together his most significant paintings and drawings and reveals the vast array of his sources. The book includes contributions by curators Helen Molesworth and Ian Alteveer, as well as a conversation between Wood and Mark Grotjahn. The event is free and open to the public.
Jonas Wood (New York: Phaidon, 2019)
November 11–December 14, 2019
Gagosian is pleased to celebrate the release of Urs Fischer: Sculptures 2013–2018, published by Kiito-San, with a special presentation of the book featuring a selection of recent sculptures, works from the Bandaids series, and other important publications made by the artist.
Featuring more than one hundred works as well as documentation of forty exhibitions and installations both public and private, Sculptures 2013–2018 presents six years of Fischer’s material explorations in a substantial volume. Arranged chronologically, the book allows the reader to follow his developments in form and his frequent adventure into whimsy. Fischer’s instinct for design is evident not only in individual works but also in his clarity of vision for a space. Encountering the immense and the minuscule, the ever-changing and the static, the viewer must reconcile with his or her own presence in time.
Urs Fischer: Sculptures 2013–2018 (New York: Kiito-San, LLC, 2019)
Music in Conversation with Reverse Curve
Saturday, December 14, 2019, 8pm
Gagosian, West 21st Street, New York
Join Gagosian for a concert featuring new music inspired by Richard Serra’s Reverse Curve (2005/19) and other works that engage with questions of weight, timbre, volume, and form. Some of the compositions will test the acoustical properties of the sculpture within the room, while others will produce sound masses in the shadow of the sculpture, creating dialogues between sound and space. The range of musical strategies will illustrate a historical path from the 1970s through the present day. Musicians Lea Bertucci, Miguel Frasconi, Joan La Barbara, Chris McIntyre, Chris Nappi, and Danny Tunick are all major players in the world of experimental music and collaborate in addition to their solo projects. As well as their own compositions they will perform a 1973 piece by Michael Byron. The event has reached capacity.
Richard Serra, Reverse Curve, 2005/19 © 2019 Richard Serra/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Cristiano Mascaro
Picasso and Maya
Father and Daughter
November 29–December 19, 2019
Gagosian, 4 rue de Ponthieu, Paris
Gagosian and Diana Widmaier-Picasso are presenting a small exhibition to celebrate the publication of Picasso and Maya: Father and Daughter. This comprehensive reference publication explores the figure of Maya Ruiz-Picasso, Pablo Picasso’s beloved eldest daughter, throughout Picasso’s work and chronicles the loving relationship between the artist and his daughter. On view will be a painting by Picasso, photographs of work by Picasso taken by Roe Ethridge, and a selection of the original archival materials featured in the book.
Picasso and Maya: Father and Daughter (New York: Gagosian, 2019)
November 27–30, 2019
Gagosian, Britannia Street, London
Join Gagosian for a special screening of Sterling Ruby’s Dihedral (2006) on the occasion of the exhibition ACTS + TABLE, on view through December 14. In the short video, a voice-over intones a modified quote from sociologist Roger Caillois’s surrealist etymological text, “Mimicry and Legendary Psychasthenia,” as waves of color encounter a clear liquid. Dihedral illustrates the process that is captured in Ruby’s ACTS series, in which liquid dye is fixed inside clear urethane blocks. The film will be screened during gallery opening hours, from 10am to 6pm. The event is free and open to the public.
Sterling Ruby, Dihedral, 2006 (still) © Sterling Ruby
Monday, November 25, 2019, 6:30–8pm
Tate Modern, London
On the occasion of Helen Frankenthaler, a yearlong display of the artist’s work at Tate Modern, London, Clifford Ross, chairman of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, and art historian Briony Fer will discuss Frankenthaler’s life, work, and legacy. The talk will be chaired by Mark Godfrey, senior curator of international art at Tate Modern. The event has reached capacity.
Helen Frankenthaler, Vessel, 1961 © 2019 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
2019 Benefit Art Auction
Live auction: Saturday, November 16, 2019, 8:30pm
Silent auction: November 1–16, 2019
Preview: November 12–16, 2019
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago presents its annual Benefit Art Auction on Saturday, November 16, with a cocktail reception and viewing of the available works, followed by a seated dinner and live auction. Works by leading artists, including Virgil Abloh, Theaster Gates, Takashi Murakami, Richard Prince, Sarah Sze, and Christopher Wool, have been donated. All proceeds support MCA programs and exhibitions. For information on works in the live or silent auctions, visit artsy.net. To attend the event, purchase tickets at mcachicago.org.
Richard Prince, Untitled, 2018 © Richard Prince
Videocittà VideoArt Week
November 19–27, 2019
Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome
Videocittà, a festival celebrating moving images, presents VideoArt Week. The contemporary art program will show the work of eighty artists, including Chris Burden, over the course of nine days and includes screenings, as well as meetings with artists, curators, and art critics. Burden’s Documentation of Selected Works 1971–74 will be screened on Tuesday, November 19, from 11am to 8pm. The event is free to attend.
Chris Burden, Documentation of Selected Works 1971–74, 1971–75 (still) © 2019 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York
Brian Wallis on Richard Prince
Thursday, November 7, 2019, 7–9pm
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
Brian Wallis, a longtime scholar of Richard Prince’s work, will present a public lecture on the artist’s Portraits series, currently on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, and its contemporary significance in the digital era of photography. The event is free to attend with museum admission.
Talk and Book Signing
John Currin, Naomi Fry, Alison Gingeras, and Jamieson Webster
Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 6–8pm
National Arts Club, New York
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 email@example.com.
John Currin: Men (New York: Gagosian, 2019)
Thursday, November 7, 2019, 6:30pm
Libreria Bocca, Milan
Y.Z. Kami will sign copies of his new monograph, Y.Z. Kami: Works 1985–2018, at an event hosted by Skira. Copublished by Skira and Gagosian, this comprehensive monograph collects over three hundred of Kami’s works in color along with essays by curator and critic Robert Storr, Guardian art critic Laura Cumming, and curator Elena Geuna. The event is free and open to the public.
Y.Z. Kami signing a copy of his monograph at the Gagosian Shop, New York, 2019
Cécile B. Evans, Haroon Mirza, and Stephen Vitiello on Nam June Paik
Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 6:30–8pm
Tate Modern, London
In conjunction with the exhibition Nam June Paik at Tate Modern, London, there will be a panel discussion to reflect on Paik’s continuing influence on art and culture today. Artists Cécile B. Evans, Haroon Mirza, and Stephen Vitiello will lead the discussion, and Sook-Kyung Lee, senior curator of international art at Tate, will moderate.
Nam June Paik, Nixon, 1965–2002 © Nam June Paik Estate
Screening and Talk
Sunday, November 3, 2019, 7:15–9:45pm
Metrograph, New York
The gallery will present Jerry Schatzberg’s 1973 feature film Scarecrow, starring Gene Hackman and Al Pacino, at Metrograph, New York. Following the screening, Schatzberg and Harmony Korine will discuss the film, their influences, and the role of humor in their varied practices, in a conversation moderated by Carlos Valladares. Valladares recently wrote on Schatzberg’s prolific career in the Winter 2019 issue of the Gagosian Quarterly and Korine is curating an exhibition of works by H. R. Giger and Mark Prent opening at Gagosian, Park & 75, New York, on November 5. The event has reached capacity.
Jerry Schatzberg, Scarecrow, 1973 (still). Photo: courtesy Jerry Schatzberg Archive
Edmund de Waal
Friday, November 8, 2019, 6:30–7:30pm
Frick Collection, New York
In conjunction with the exhibition Elective Affinities: Edmund de Waal at the Frick Collection, artist and writer Edmund de Waal will speak with Sally Mann about art and writing, and about the pair’s individual practices. The event has reached capacity. To join the wait list, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Installation view, Elective Affinities: Edmund de Waal at the Frick Collection, Frick Collection, New York, May 30–November 17, 2019. Artwork © Edmund de Waal
Shop Takeover and Book Signing
November 7–30, 2019
Book signing: Thursday, November 7, 6–7pm
Gagosian Shop, New York
Urs Fischer will take over the Gagosian Shop in New York, creating an immersive environment to celebrate the publication of Urs Fischer: Paintings 1998–2017. This three-volume monograph includes every painting produced by the artist from the beginning of his career through 2017.
Fischer will be signing copies of the new book on Thursday, November 7, from 6 to 7pm, in the shop. To attend the free event, RSVP to email@example.com.
Urs Fischer: Paintings 1998–2017 (New York: Kiito-San, LLC, 2019)
November 29–December 1, 2019
PACT Zollverein, Essen, Germany
To mark a new piece of choreography by Rauf “RubberLegz” Yasit and Brigel Gjoka, William Forsythe is staging a film and installation program that celebrates his long-standing relationship with the duo, featuring the presentation of a new choreographic object (as Forsythe terms his works), called Heaven and Hell. The event is free and open to the public.
William Forsythe, Alignigung II, 2017 (still) © William Forsythe
On the Eve of Never Leaving
Saturday, November 2, 2019, 1pm
Gagosian, Beverly Hills
Gagosian’s Kelso Wyeth will lead a tour of the exhibition Tatiana Trouvé: On the Eve of Never Leaving at Gagosian, Beverly Hills, featuring new drawings and site-specific sculpture. Join us in exploring hauntingly familiar realms in which forest, street, studio, and dream coalesce, which the artist creates by combining fragments from both natural and constructed ecosystems. To attend the free event, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited.
Tatiana Trouvé, Untitled, 2019, from the series Les dessouvenus, 2013– © Tatiana Trouvé
Thursday, October 24, 2019, 3pm
Gagosian’s Manuela Cuccuru will lead a tour of the exhibition Huma Bhabha: The Company at Gagosian, Rome, on the occasion of Rome Art Week. This show features new expressive drawings on photographs as well as figurative sculptures carved from cork and Styrofoam, assembled from refuse and clay, or cast in bronze. Probing the tensions between time, memory, and displacement, Bhabha combines references to science fiction, archeological ruins, Roman antiquities, and postwar abstraction as she transforms the human figure into grimacing totems that are both unsettling and darkly humorous. To attend the free event, register at romeartweek.com.
Installation view, Huma Bhabha: The Company, Gagosian, Rome, September 19–December 14, 2019. Artwork © Huma Bhabha