Helen Frankenthaler’s Abstraction
Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 7–8pm edt
Join Elizabeth Smith, executive director of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, and Natalie Dupêcher, assistant curator of modern art at the Menil Collection, for a conversation about Helen Frankenthaler’s pivotal role in postwar American art. The pair will consider how the artist pioneered a highly original form of abstraction by looking at a selection of her works, including the monumental painting Hybrid Vigor (1973), which is currently on view at the Menil Collection. To watch the live conversation, visit the Menil’s YouTube channel.
Helen Frankenthaler, Hybrid Vigor, 1973, Menil Collection, Houston © 2020 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Paul Hester
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
June 29–July 12, 2020
Michael Craig-Martin has created a new digital work viewable around the clock on a three-story building on Oxford Street in London, presented by W1 Curates. The artist describes his work Cornucopia Galactica as “a celebration, a dynamic cornucopia, a galaxy of these great wonders of nature, constantly moving, turning, spinning through an intensely colored space like planets, satellites, and spaceships.” W1 Curates aims to bring art to the people by using state-of-the-art technology to transform the exterior of the Flannels London flagship store into a digital exhibition space.
Michael Craig-Martin, Cornucopia Galactica, 2020, installation view, Flannels, London © Michael Craig-Martin. Photo: courtesy W1 Curates
Adam McEwen, Bob Monk, and Lisa Turvey on Ed Ruscha
Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 5pm EDT
On the occasion of Artist Spotlight: Ed Ruscha, join artist Adam McEwen, Gagosian director Bob Monk, and Lisa Turvey, editor of the catalogue raisonné of Ed Ruscha’s works on paper, for an online conversation. The trio will discuss how Ruscha has experimented with the sound, appearance, and sense of language to imbue his works on paper with humor and pathos. To join, register at zoom.us.
Ed Ruscha, CERTAIN FACTS, 2020 © Ed Ruscha. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen
2020 Benefit Auction
September 15–29, 2020
The nonprofit visual art space LAXART is hosting a benefit auction, featuring works by Katharina Grosse, Jennifer Guidi, and Ed Ruscha. Proceeds will help the organization continue its mission to promote emerging and under-recognized talent and engage with key issues of our time through exhibitions, publications, and public programs. The live auction begins at 5pm edt on September 15 on Artsy. The works will also be available for viewing at LAXART by appointment beginning September 15. To register to bid, visit artsy.net.
Ed Ruscha, Street Cred, 2019 © Ed Ruscha
Monday, September 21, 2020, 1pm EDT (6pm BST)
Join Gagosian for a virtual tour of Casa Malaparte: Furniture, an exhibition on view at Gagosian, Davies Street, London, through September 19, 2020. Gagosian director Millicent Wilner and Tommaso Rositani Suckert, Curzio Malaparte’s youngest descendant, will discuss Casa Malaparte in Capri, Italy. Designed in its entirety by Malaparte, from floor plan to furniture, the house blends classical and modernist influences, united under one roof with inimitable poetic drama. Editions of the furniture are installed in the gallery to replicate the layout of the main room of the house, including a one-to-one scale image of the ocean vista. Rositani Suckert has produced the editions based on key pieces of furniture that grace the house to this day: a table, a bench, and a console. Manufactured in Italy, each piece comprises a simple, elegant solid walnut slab with supports in different materials. To join, register at zoom.us.
Original walnut and pine table conceived in 1941 by Curzio Malaparte in situ at Casa Malaparte, Capri © Malaparte. Photo: Dariusz Jasak
Custom-Built Intrigue: Drawings 1974–1984
Ed Ruscha: Custom-Built Intrigue: Drawings 1974–1984 is available for online reading from September 16 through October 15 as part of the From the Library series. Published on the occasion of the artist’s 2017 exhibition at Gagosian, 980 Madison Avenue, New York, this catalogue features over seventy-five text drawings by Ruscha, rendered in pastel, dry pigment, and various edible substances. An essay by Lisa Turvey, editor of the Ed Ruscha catalogue raisonné of works on paper, examines the artist’s use of humor in this body of work.
Ed Ruscha: Custom-Built Intrigue: Drawings 1974–1984 (New York: Gagosian, 2018)
Sunday, September 13, 2020, 7:30pm, 8:15pm, and 9pm
Hamburger Bahnhof–Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin
As part of Berlin Art Week, Katharina Grosse and musician Stefan Schneider will present three performances together in the exhibition Katharina Grosse: It Wasn’t Us at the Hamburger Bahnhof–Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin. The pair released their first album Tiergarten three years ago after a series of joint spontaneous musical dialogues incorporating analogue synthesizers. To attend the event, purchase tickets at www.berlinartweek.de.
Installation view, Katharina Grosse: It Wasn’t Us, Hamburger Bahnhof–Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, June 1, 2020–January 10, 2021. Artwork © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020. Photo: Jens Ziehe
FT Weekend Digital Festival 2020
Titus Kaphar and Jan Dalley
Friday, September 4, 2020, 8:42am edt (1:42pm BST)
As part of this year’s FT Weekend Digital Festival, Titus Kaphar will speak with Jan Dalley about the driving forces behind his work, as well as his nonprofit arts incubator, NXTHVN, which harnesses the power of creativity and education to change lives. During the conversation, a Gagosian Quarterly video about NXTHVN will premiere.
Gagosian is partnering to host the arts program throughout the three-day virtual event. Recent Gagosian Quarterly films on Dan Colen, Theaster Gates, Jenny Saville, Sarah Sze, and Stanley Whitney, will be screened between the sessions. To join, purchase tickets at ftweekend.live.ft.com.
Titus Kaphar at NXTHVN, New Haven, Connecticut, 2020. Photo: John Dennis
Howard Hodgkin: Last Paintings is available for online reading from September 6 through October 5 as part of the From the Library series. Published on the occasion of his 2018 exhibition at Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London, the catalogue celebrates Hodgkin’s final works, many of which had never been previously published. His brushstrokes, set against wooden supports, often continue beyond the picture plane and onto the frame, breaking from traditional confines. Embracing time as a compositional element, his work is testament to his immersion in the intangibility of thoughts, feelings, and fleeting private moments. A new essay by Paul Hills is included along with a biography by Antony Peattie and poem by Stevie Smith.
Howard Hodgkin: Last Paintings (New York: Gagosian, 2018)
On Brice Marden’s Drawings
Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 7–8pm EDT
Join Lilly Wei, independent curator and critic, and Kelly Montana, assistant curator at the Menil Drawing Institute in Houston, for a conversation on the arc of Brice Marden’s drawing practice and the critical influence that site has played in his work. The artist’s work is currently displayed in the Menil’s exhibition Think of Them as Spaces: Brice Marden’s Drawings. To watch the live conversation, visit the Menil’s YouTube channel.
Installation view, Think of Them as Spaces: Brice Marden’s Drawings, Menil Collection, Houston, February 21–October 11, 2020. Artwork © 2020 Brice Marden/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Paul Hester
Through Jay DeFeo’s Lens
Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 7–8pm EDT
Join Leah Levy, executive director of the Jay DeFeo Foundation, and Natalie Dupêcher, assistant curator of modern art at the Menil Collection in Houston, for a conversation about the photo-based work of Jay DeFeo. The pair will discuss the works on view in the Menil’s exhibition Photography and the Surreal Imagination and those in the Menil’s permanent collection, and will consider how the artist adopted and transformed Surrealist strategies throughout her boldly imaginative career. To watch the live conversation, visit the Menil’s YouTube channel.
Jay DeFeo, Self-Portrait with Camera, Larkspur Studio, CA, 1972 © 2020 The Jay DeFeo Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Regenerative Farming and Food Justice
Dan Colen and Jon Gray
Thursday, August 20, 2020, 8pm EDT
Join Dan Colen, artist and founder of Sky High Farm, and Jon Gray, cofounder of Ghetto Gastro, for a conversation on regenerative farming and food justice. Moderated by Patagonia environmental coordinator Rebecca Goodstein, the pair will discuss the intersections between regenerative organic agriculture farming, food justice, art, and the COVID-19 pandemic. To watch the live conversation, register at patagonia.com.
Sky High Farm, Columbia County, New York
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
Jeff Wall is available for online reading from August 16 through September 14 as part of the From the Library series. From his pioneering use in the 1970s of backlit color transparencies to his intricately constructed scenes of enigmatic incidents from daily life, literature, and film, Jeff Wall has expanded the definition of the photograph, both as object and illusion. Published on the occasion of his 2019 exhibition at Gagosian, West 21st Street, New York, the catalogue includes an illuminating new essay by Russell Ferguson, along with full-page reproductions of the nine works in the exhibition, all of which were made over the last ten years, and several of which have never previously been exhibited or published. The two cover options illustrate alternate panels from a diptych, Pair of interiors (2018).
Jeff Wall (New York: Gagosian, 2019)
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
ACTS + TABLES
Sterling Ruby: ACTS + TABLES is available for online reading from August 23 through September 21 as part of the From the Library series. Comprising two books housed in a slipcase, ACTS + TABLES was produced on the occasion of the Ruby’s 2019 exhibition at Gagosian, Britannia Street, London. One volume is dedicated to the ACTS series and the other to the TABLES series. In ACTS—whose title is short for “Absolute Contempt for Total Serenity”—Ruby captures liquid dye inside clear urethane and balances these pure prisms atop scuffed, inscribed, and spray-painted laminate-clad bases. The exhibition also includes TABLE (DOUBLE LAST SUPPER) (2019), the culminating work of Ruby’s TABLES, a series that explores the concept of personal and cultural archaeology. The book features a two-part essay by curator and critic Jenelle Porter and is designed by Purtill Family Business.
Sterling Ruby: ACTS + TABLES (London: Gagosian, 2019)
Joe Bradley: Eric’s Hair is available for online reading from August 12 through September 10 as part of the From the Library series. The catalogue was published for an exhibition at Gagosian, Beverly Hills, in 2017 and features new paintings and sculpture by Joe Bradley. Weaving together both ironic and earnest cultural references and engagements with the tradition and aesthetics of paint on canvas, Bradley’s maverick oeuvre is built on a diverse and deadpan visual language that defies easy categorization. In these works, Bradley tempers the use of color in bold primary swaths with approaches to form and surface that remain resolutely contingent. The publication includes a text by Laura Hoptman.
Joe Bradley: Eric’s Hair (Beverly Hills: Gagosian, 2019)
Standing Still Lifes
Tom Wesselmann: Standing Still Lifes is available for online reading from August 30 through September 28 as part of the From the Library series. The publication features nine monumental works made by Wesselmann between 1967 and 1981, shown together for the first time as a complete series in 2018 at Gagosian, 555 West 24th Street, New York. Each large-scale work comprises multiple canvases, both hanging and standing, shaped according to the outlines of the commonplace objects that they depict. The catalogue features a text by Ara H. Merjian, a conversation between Michael Craig-Martin and Jeffrey Sturges, and a chronology by Lauren Mahony.
Tom Wesselmann: Standing Still Lifes (New York: Gagosian, 2018)
Chris Burden: Streetlamps is available for online reading from August 9 through September 7 as part of the From the Library series. The comprehensive book explores Chris Burden’s iconic work with antique streetlamps. Five major streetlamp sculptures are highlighted, all of which are lavishly documented from conception through installation. The works are further illuminated with texts by Russell Ferguson, Christopher Bedford, and George Roberts; a conversation between Michael Govan and Chris Burden; and a photo essay by Ari Marcopoulos. This was the 500th book the gallery published, which was an exciting and fitting publication to mark the achievement as Burden was among the first artists to work with Larry Gagosian, starting in 1976.
Chris Burden: Streetlamps (New York: Gagosian, 2017)
Gray Sound Sessions
Friday, July 31, 2020, 7–8pm edt
Theaster Gates and special guests will perform Gates’s sound piece Whoa de Whoa as part of Gray Sound Sessions, a free streaming weekly music-and-sound series featuring concerts, happenings, and experiments with form and platform. The event is put on by the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry at the University of Chicago. To watch the live performance, visit Theaster Gates’s Instagram.
Photo: courtesy Theaster Gates Studio
Jonas Wood is available for online reading from August 2 through August 31 as part of the From the Library series. Published on the occasion of his 2019 exhibition at Gagosian, 555 West 24th Street, New York, the softcover catalogue features full-color reproductions of thirty new paintings and works on paper that range from his familiar and beloved pots to his most recent series of architectural interiors and exteriors.
Jonas Wood (New York: Gagosian, 2019)
Food Justice and Security
Dan Colen, Linda Goode Bryant, and Qiana Mickie in Conversation with Sonia Chopra
Thursday, August 6, 2020, 5pm EDT
Join Gagosian and 92nd Street Y for a conversation on contemporary food justice and community food security. The presentation will feature three speakers working in the field: Dan Colen, artist and founder of Sky High Farm, a nonprofit working to improve access to nutritious food for New Yorkers in underserved communities; gallerist and filmmaker Linda Goode Bryant, founder of Project EATS, an urban farming initiative aimed at sustainable food production in low income communities in New York City; and Qiana Mickie, special projects consultant for Just Food, a pioneer in food justice and an advocate for sustainable agriculture with an emphasis on community-driven solutions to inequities in our food system. The discussion will be moderated by writer Sonia Chopra, executive editor of Bon Appétit, and co-executive producer of No Passport Required on PBS. To attend the event, purchase tickets at 92y.org. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to Just Food, Project EATS, and Sky High Farm.
Vegetables from Sky High Farm being prepared for distribution in New York
Michael Craig-Martin, Man Ray, Giuseppe Penone
Thursday, July 30, 2020, 12pm edt
Join Gagosian for a trio of online presentations to learn about the ways Michael Craig-Martin, Man Ray, and Giuseppe Penone approach three-dimensional form and its potential to change the way we engage with the world. Craig-Martin will speak about his own practice, while Max Teicher and Pepi Marchetti Franchi will each discuss the works of Man Ray and Penone respectively. To join, register at zoom.us.
Installation view, Michael Craig-Martin: Sculpture, Gagosian, Britannia Street, London, May 31–August 23, 2019. Artwork © Michael Craig-Martin. Photo: Mike Bruce