May 22–25, 2019
Barbican Theatre, London
Brice Marden is collaborating with choreographer Pam Tanowitz and composer Kaija Saariaho to present Four Quartets, a titular dance performance based on T. S. Eliot’s modernist masterpiece from 1943. The evocative stage design centers on paintings by Marden, their exquisite colors and strokes making connections to the geographical locations of the masterpiece’s four individual parts. Containing piercing and unforgettable literary passages, this unprecedented collaborative performance of the work is the first to be authorized by the T. S. Eliot Estate. To attend the event, purchase tickets at barbican.org.uk.
Premiere of Four Quartets at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, July 6–8, 2018. Photo: Maria Baranova
Sunday, May 26, 2019, 6:30pm
Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel
On the occasion of the opening of Rudolf Stingel’s exhibition at the Fondation Beyeler, the artist will speak with curator Udo Kittelmann about his work. To view a live-stream of the event, visit the Fondation Beyeler’s Facebook page. To attend the event, purchase tickets at fondationbeyeler.ch.
Rudolf Stingel. Photo: Lina Bertucci
Picasso Scholar and Art World Luminary
Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 6–8:30pm
The Players, New York
As a scholarly tribute to the late art historian and Picasso biographer John Richardson, art historian and curator Diana Widmaier Picasso; Pepe Karmel, associate professor at New York University; and Ross Finocchio, editorial assistant to Richardson, will each discuss the art world giant’s extraordinary life and myriad accomplishments. After the talks, Delphine Huisinga, Richardson’s researcher for volume 4 of his A Life of Picasso, and Michael Cary, director of research at Gagosian, will join the speakers for a conversation and question-and-answer session.
The event is organized by the International Foundation for Art Research. Richardson was a member of IFAR’s board of directors and art advisory council from 1981 until his passing in 2019. To attend the event, purchase tickets at www.ifar.org.
Picasso and John Richardson, Vauvenargues, France, 1959. Photo: Jacqueline Picasso, courtesy John Richardson Archive
Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Eric N. Mack, Lorraine O’Grady
Thursday, May 30, 2019, 7–9pm
Brooklyn Museum, New York
In a series of rapid-fire talks with Brooklyn Museum curators, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Eric N. Mack, and Lorraine O’Grady will discuss their unique artistic practices, historical inspirations, and how their work expands the Western art-historical canon. The discussion is titled “Breaking the Canon.” To attend the event, purchase tickets at www.brooklynmuseum.org.
Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Big Rabbit, Little Rabbit, 2017 © Nathaniel Mary Quinn
Saturday, June 1, 2019, 3pm
Gagosian, San Francisco
Join us for an in-depth look at Richard Prince’s new High Times paintings at Gagosian, San Francisco. Engaging with the city’s historic counterculture and the tradition of American painting, these large-scale works are laden with colorful figures layered upon the canvas. Gagosian’s Graham Dalik will discuss the origins and evolution of these paintings, their connection to Prince’s earlier Hippie Drawings, and the artist’s long-standing interest in many of the literary and cultural figures associated with the Bay Area. To attend this free event, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited.
Richard Prince, Untitled, 2017–18 © Richard Prince
A line (a)round an idea
Selected Works on Paper
Saturday, June 22, 2019, 11am
Join us for a tour of A line (a)round an idea at Gagosian, Geneva. The exhibition, which presents black-and-white works on paper spanning a period of seventy years, includes work by Richard Artschwager, Georg Baselitz, Bruce Conner, Willem de Kooning, Günther Förg, Sam Francis, Keith Haring, Christine Hiebert, Hans Hofmann, Franz Kline, Brice Marden, Henri Matisse, Robert Motherwell, Ad Reinhardt, Richard Serra, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann, and others. Gagosian’s Johan Nauckhoff will give an overview of the exhibition, focusing on ways in which modern and contemporary artists have explored the clarity and activating power of the simple line, mark, splatter, or stroke. To attend the free event, RSVP to email@example.com. Space is limited.
Installation view, A line (a)round an idea: Selected Works on Paper, Gagosian, Geneva, May 2–July 27, 2019. Artwork, left to right: © Cy Twombly Foundation; © 2019 Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; © 2019 The Franz Kline Estate/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; © Richard Serra; © 2019 Dedalus Foundation, Inc./Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Monday, June 3, 2019, 5:30–6:30pm
Gagosian Shop, New York
Rachel Feinstein will be signing copies of her new book, Secrets, at the Gagosian Shop in New York. Secrets documents Feinstein’s 2018 exhibition at Gagosian, Beverly Hills, which included a series of oversize, flamboyantly colored sculptures of women inspired by the Victoria’s Secret “Angels,” as well as mirror paintings, majolica sculptures, and a panoramic wallpaper that allude to both the European decorative arts and West Coast modernist luxury. A sculptural object in its own right, the book unites these distinct bodies of work—along with an essay by curator Pamela Golbin and a conversation between Feinstein and designer Tom Ford—within a single Z-fold cover, which features a cutout doorway that embodies the dichotomies present in the artist’s work. To attend the free event, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rachel Feinstein: Secrets (New York: Gagosian, 2019)
Tuesday, May 28, 2019, 6–7pm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
Taryn Simon will speak 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. To attend the free event, register at www.ngv.vic.gov.au.
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
Saturday, June 29, 2019, 4pm
Gagosian, Hong Kong
Gagosian Senior Director Han-I Wang will lead a tour of Marc Newson’s first exhibition of limited-edition furniture in China. This presentation explores Newson’s use of increasingly rare decorative processes at an unconventionally large, even unprecedented, scale, as well his curiosity with the streamlined, simple beauty of Asian art and design. From cloisonné to cast glass chairs to Aikuchi swords, Wang will take a closer look at how the artist blurs the boundaries between sculpture, furniture, and the decorative arts. To attend the free event, RSVP to email@example.com. Space is limited.
Marc Newson, Cloisonné Yellow Chair, 2017 © Marc Newson
Into the Trees
Thursday, May 23, 2019, 6pm
Setsuko will lead a tour of her exhibition Into the Trees at Gagosian, Paris, with gallery director Jean-Olivier Després. The artist will discuss what led her to ceramics and the infinite malleability and expressiveness of clay, as well as the imagery in her paintings. To attend the free event, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited.
Installation view, Setsuko: Into the Trees, Gagosian, Paris, April 11–June 1, 2019. Artwork © Setsuko. Photo: Thomas Lannes
Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 6pm
Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea
On the occasion of Helen Frankenthaler’s first exhibition of paintings in Rome, and first exhibition in Venice since 1966, when she, along with Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jules Olitski, represented the United States in the 33rd Venice Biennale, curator John Elderfield and artist Clifford Ross will discuss her work and legacy. The talk will be moderated by art historian and curator Flavia Frigeri. The event is free and open to the public.
Helen Frankenthaler in her studio at East 83rd Street and Third Avenue, New York, 1969. Photo: Ernst Haas/Masters/Getty Images
Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 6–7pm
Gagosian, 976 Madison Avenue, New York
To coincide with Desert Painters of Australia, an exhibition of contemporary Indigenous Australian art at Gagosian, 976 Madison Avenue, New York, the gallery will host a conversation between leading authorities Fred Myers, Silver Professor of Anthropology at New York University, and Henry Skerritt, Curator of Indigenous Arts of Australia at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia. Their conversation will be introduced and moderated by Margo Smith, director of the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection. The event has reached capacity. To view a live-stream of the event, visit Gagosian’s Instagram.
Fred Myers (left) and Henry Skerritt (right)
Sunday, May 12, 2019, 4pm
Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy
Giuseppe Penone will speak with Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, director of the Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea in Turin, Italy, about his fifty-year career and his recent monograph The Inner Life of Forms, edited by Carlos Basualdo and published by Gagosian. The event is free with museum admission.
Giuseppe Penone with Spazio di luce (Space of Light) (2008) in his studio, Turin, Italy, 2016. Photo: Angela Moore
Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 6–7:15pm
Sheldonian Theatre, University of Oxford, England
Jeff Koons will speak with Martin Kemp, emeritus professor of art history at the University of Oxford, England, about the inspiration behind the artist’s bold and provocative works, and what role they play in the world of contemporary art more broadly.
Jeff Koons. Photo: David Fisher
Thursday, May 9, 2019, 12–3pm
Bar Foscarini, Venice
To celebrate the release of his new monograph and his participation in The Spark Is You: Parasol unit in Venice, Y.Z. Kami will sign copies of the book, titled Y.Z. Kami: Works 1985–2018. Copublished by Skira and Gagosian, this comprehensive monograph collects over three hundred of Kami’s works in color along with essays by curator, critic, and writer Robert Storr, Guardian art critic Laura Cumming, and curator of the Pinault Collection at Palazzo Grassi Elena Geuna. To attend the free event, RSVP to email@example.com. Space is limited.
Y.Z. Kami: Works 1985–2018 (Milan: Skira; New York: Gagosian, 2019)
Talk and Book Signing
Monday, May 20, 2019, 6–7:30pm
Gagosian Shop, New York
Avis Berman, author of Roy Lichtenstein: The Impossible Collection, will be in conversation with Dorothy Lichtenstein to celebrate the release of the book. In this new Assouline Ultimate Collection volume, one hundred of Roy Lichtenstein’s most memorable works are lavishly reproduced, from the iconic Whaam! (1963) and Drowning Girl (1963) to later reinterpretations of paintings by Picasso, Matisse, and van Gogh and public commissions such as his 1994 mural for the Times Square – 42nd Street New York City subway station. Berman will sign copies of the book after the talk. To attend the free event, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Roy Lichtenstein: The Impossible Collection (New York: Assouline, 2019)
Screening and Talk
Dance of Malaga
Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 7–8:30pm
Getty Center, Los Angeles
To conclude the Getty Scholar Year Symposium on the theme of monumentality, keynote presenter Theaster Gates—current artist-in-residence at the Getty Research Institute—will screen his recent film Dance of Malaga (2019). The film is a monument to the people of Malaga Island, Maine, and a meditation on love and race in America. The screening will be followed by a conversation with the Research Institute’s deputy director, Andrew Perchuk. To attend the free event, reserve tickets at tickets.getty.edu.
Theaster Gates. Photo: Rankin
Vision and Justice: A Convening
April 25–26, 2019
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Theaster Gates is participating in “Vision and Justice,” a two-day creative gathering that will consider the role of the arts in understanding the nexus of art, race, and justice. The program will emphasize short presentations, with the goal of outlining and catalyzing ideas for future work in art and justice around the country and the world. To attend the free event, register at www.boxoffice.harvard.edu. To live-stream the event, visit www.radcliffe.harvard.edu.
Theaster Gates. Photo: Julian Salinas
Friday, April 26, 2019, 6–7pm
Gagosian, West 24th Street, New York
Join Jonas Wood for a signing of his latest book, published on the occasion of his exhibition at Gagosian, 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, Young Architect, 2019 © Jonas Wood
Frieze Sculpture New York
April 25–June 28, 2019
Rockefeller Center, New York
Frieze, in partnership with Tishman Speyer, is launching Frieze Sculpture at Rockefeller Center, New York, to be held annually in conjunction with Frieze New York. Brett Littman, director of the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum in Long Island City, New York, is curating the immersive presentation, including works by Walter De Maria and Sarah Sze.
Three of the fourteen sculptures from De Maria’s Truth / Beauty series (1993–2016), which expands upon the artist’s use of permutations of rods, polygons, and numerical sequences, will be shown indoors.
Sze’s Split Stone (7:34) (2018), a natural granite boulder divided like a geode into two halves, in each of which the artist has embedded the image of a generic sunset, captured on her iPhone, will be outdoors.
Top: Walter De Maria, Truth / Beauty, 1993–2016 (detail) © Estate of Walter De Maria. Bottom: Sarah Sze, Split Stone (7:34), 2018 © Sarah Sze
Adriana Varejão, Luisa Duarte, Ayrson Heráclito, Lilia Moritz Schwarcz
Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 4pm
Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia, Salvador, Brazil
On the occasion of the opening of Adriana Varejão–Por uma retórica cannibal at the Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia, Adriana Varejão will speak with curator Luisa Duarte, artist Ayrson Heráclito, and anthropologist Lilia Moritz Schwarcz about Afro-Brazilian history and culture. The event is free and open to the public.
Adriana Varejão, Azulejão (Neo-concrete), 2016 © Adriana Varejão
Sea Change: A Decade of Paintings, 1974–1983
Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 6pm
Gagosian senior curator John Elderfield and director Jason Ysenburg will lead a tour of the exhibition Helen Frankenthaler: Sea Change: A Decade of Paintings, 1974–1983 at Gagosian, Rome. Elderfield and Ysenburg will explore the important period in Helen Frankenthaler’s work that began in the summer of 1974, which was sparked by the changing appearance of the wide vistas and moving tides of the Long Island Sound. The show coincides with an exhibition of her work at the Museo di Palazzo Grimani in Venice on the occasion of the 58th Venice Biennale. To attend the free event, RSVP to email@example.com. Space is limited.
Installation view, Helen Frankenthaler: Sea Change: A Decade of Paintings, 1974–1983, Gagosian, Rome, March 13–July 19, 2019. Artwork © 2019 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Matteo D’Eletto, M3 Studio
Thursday, April 11, 2019, 6–9pm, booth H13
Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles
During the opening night of the LA Art Book Fair, Alex Israel will sign copies of his new book, SPF-18, at Westreich Wagner’s booth. This publication accompanies the artist’s 2017 feature film of the same name and includes on-set photography, behind-the-scenes imagery, and the full script. It is a beautifully illustrated artist book that visually narrates the film’s storyline and documents the filmmaking process, co-published by Gagosian and Westreich Wagner. To attend the event, purchase tickets at www.printedmatter.org.
Alex Israel: SPF-18 (New York: Gagosian; New York: Westreich Wagner, 2019)
Frieze Chelsea Night
Friday, May 3, 2019, 6–8pm
Gagosian, West 24th Street and West 21st Street, New York
Galleries and non-profits located in Chelsea will remain open to Frieze audiences after hours. New paintings by Jonas Wood will be on view at Gagosian, West 24th Street, New York, and Jeff Wall’s first exhibition with the gallery will be on view at Gagosian, West 21st Street, New York.
Jeff Wall, Weightlifter, 2015 © Jeff Wall