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Dream Monuments
Drawing in the 1960s and 1970s

May 21–September 19, 2021
Menil Collection, Houston
www.menil.org

This exhibition presents drawings that challenge the conventional idea of the monument as a permanent, grand, or commemorative form. The provisional character of drawing helped artists envision forms in improbable scales and for impossible conditions, radically transforming the monument to reflect a new set of sensibilities. Scaled to the size of the page but enormous in ambition, these works rethink history while rendering environments as at turns absurd, surreal, or subjective. Work by Walter De Maria and Michael Heizer is included.

Walter De Maria, Untitled [Desert Walk], c. 1961, Menil Collection, Houston © Estate of Walter De Maria. Photo: Paul Hester

Walter De Maria, Untitled [Desert Walk], c. 1961, Menil Collection, Houston © Estate of Walter De Maria. Photo: Paul Hester

Screen Time: How Nadya Tolokonnikova and UnicornDAO are Warming the Web3 World

Screen Time: How Nadya Tolokonnikova and UnicornDAO are Warming the Web3 World

Ashley Overbeek profiles Pussy Riot member Nadya Tolokonnikova and the feminist collective UnicornDAO, highlighting their efforts to harness blockchain technology for art and activism.

Anna Weyant’s Two Eileens (2022) on the cover of Gagosian Quarterly, Winter 2022

Now available
Gagosian Quarterly Winter 2022

The Winter 2022 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Anna Weyant’s Two Eileens (2022) on its cover.

Image of Gio Swaby, Love Letter 2, 2018, thread and fabric sewn on canvas

The Root of Black Joy: The Work of Bahamian Artist Gio Swaby

For Roxane Gay’s guest-edited section in the Winter 2022 Gagosian Quarterly, “Black to Black,” Brooke C. Obie addresses the mixed-media work of Gio Swaby, exploring the ways that Black joy, ancestry, and her home country inform her developing practice.

Leaps of Faith: A Conversation with Jordan Casteel and Calida Rawles

Leaps of Faith: A Conversation with Jordan Casteel and Calida Rawles

For her guest-edited section in the Winter 2022 Gagosian Quarterly, “Black to Black,” Roxane Gay speaks with Jordan Casteel and Calida Rawles about the nature of success, the intricacies of care, and how they each envision their practice.

Timothy Behrens, Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon, Frank Auerbach, andMichael Andrews (left to right) at Wheeler's restaurant in Soho,London, 1963. Photo: © John Deakin/John Deakin Archive/BridgemanImages

Frank Auerbach: Artist Friends

In this candid interview with Richard Calvocoressi, the painter Frank Auerbach reminisces on his friendships with Michael Andrews, Francis Bacon, and Lucian Freud. The two spoke during the planning of the exhibition Friends and Relations, a show that examines the interconnected lives and art practices of this group of London painters.

Anna Weyant in her studio, New York, 2022

Anna Weyant: Baby, It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over

Novelist Emma Cline traces the boundaries between terror and hilarity in Anna Weyant’s new paintings.

Jim Shaw, The Master Mason (2020) is a large acrylic work painted on a section of found muslin backdrop. Donald Trump is dressed as a founding father—namely George Washington—complete with tricorne hat and Masonic ritual apron, an emblem of innocence, righteousness, and proper conduct.

“The Present Decline”: Jim Shaw’s Epic Parables

Catherine Taft examines Jim Shaw’s visionary work, which probes the American psyche through political, historical, and cultural allegory.

Jim Shaw performing in the exhibition LEFT BEHIND at CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, France, 2010

Shortlist
Shaw Studio Sing-along Songs

In this Shortlist series we invite artists and writers to tell us about works of art, literature, film, or music that have influenced their work or are at the forefront of their minds today. Here Jim Shaw shares a selection of songs he listens to while working, from new discoveries to childhood staples. Shaw writes of the balance between delight and regret, hope and gloom in his playlist.

A Body of Work: Firelei Báez and Tschabalala Self

A Body of Work: Firelei Báez and Tschabalala Self

Amber J. Phillips examines the works of Firelei Báez and Tschabalala Self as part of “Black to Black,” a supplement guest-edited by Roxane Gay for the Winter 2022 issue of the Quarterly.

Commemorative Acts: Ladi’Sasha Jones

Commemorative Acts: Ladi’Sasha Jones

As part of “Black to Black,” a special supplement guest-edited by Roxane Gay for the Winter 2022 issue of the Quarterly, Ladi’Sasha Jones looks at the work of Black women artists who utilize archives.

Visual Abundance in the Work of Kezia Harrell

Visual Abundance in the Work of Kezia Harrell

As part of “Black to Black,” a supplement guest-edited by Roxane Gay for the Winter 2022 issue of the Quarterly, Randa Jarrar explores the work of Kezia Harrell.

Black and white image of Bruce Bernard, Lucian Freud Standing on His Head, with Daughter Bella, 1983

Bruce Bernard: Portraits Of Friends

Virginia Verran details the photographer’s friendships with the London painters.