Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 2pm EST
The fourth episode of Gagosian Premieres celebrates Ed Ruscha’s exhibition at Gagosian New York with musicians Flea, Missy Mazzoli, Vernon Reid, and Eddie Ruscha and new music created in response to the work.
Since the 1960s, Ruscha has created a distinctive and ever-expanding lexicon of symbols, images, and words drawn from American vernacular culture. In his new paintings, rendered with great delicacy and detail in eccentric formats, he revisits the leitmotifs of the flag, the tire, and the mountain. The banner in RIPPLING FLAG (2020) unfurls past the frame in a form that creates twisted shapes and shadows over its red and white stripes. Hardscrabble (2020) depicts a “gator,” or shredded tire tread, hovering enigmatically over a barren landscape. And in Mountains (2020) archetypal snowy ranges are meticulously rendered but with one peak inverted so that it appears to descend from the sky.
In this episode of Gagosian Premieres, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea meets with Ruscha’s son Eddie in the artist’s Los Angeles studio to discuss this new body of work, exploring its emotional resonance and the power of its familiar symbolism to affect viewers in vastly different ways at different points in time. Tim Griffin, director of the Kitchen, describes the challenges faced by avant-garde artists and creative institutions under the current global health crisis, and introduces two musical performances staged within the space of the New York exhibition. Composer and pianist Missy Mazzoli plays “The Night Ahead and No Real Fate”—a composition she wrote for piano four hands and, poignantly, adapted here for a solo performer in light of current social distancing. Living Colour guitarist and songwriter Vernon Reid performs the blues standard “Trouble in Mind” and “Entanglement One,” a loop-based improvisation responding to Ruscha’s paintings during a shared moment of crisis and hope.
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Past Episodes & Trailers
Tuesday, December 22, 2020, 2pm EST
Featuring Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Simon Schama, and the Aaron Diehl Trio
For the third episode of the online event series Gagosian Premieres, Jenny Saville will celebrate her exhibition Elpis at Gagosian New York with painter Nathaniel Mary Quinn and historian Simon Schama, with a performance by the Aaron Diehl Trio, who will play music by Philip Glass as well as a new composition inspired by the work on view.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 2pm EDT
Featuring Malcolm Gladwell, Elvis Mitchell, and Jeff Tweedy
For the second episode of Gagosian Premieres, we celebrate Gregory Crewdson: An Eclipse of Moths—a new exhibition at Gagosian, Los Angeles—with author Malcolm Gladwell, film critic Elvis Mitchell, musician and author Jeff Tweedy, and the artist.
While the episode is airing, Crewdson will answer questions on YouTube LiveChat and present a signed and numbered limited-edition book, published by Aperture, with a personal inscription to one viewer who participates in the conversation.
Friday, October 9, 2020, 5pm EDT
Featuring Thurston Moore and Hunter Drohojowska-Philp
For the first episode of Gagosian Premieres, we celebrate Mary Weatherford: Train Yards—a new exhibition at Gagosian, London—with an exclusive performance by Thurston Moore inside the gallery and a conversation between Mary Weatherford and Hunter Drohojowska-Philp in the artist’s Los Angeles studio.