Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Featuring Flea, Missy Mazzoli, Vernon Reid, and Eddie Ruscha
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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Episodes & Trailers
Episodes of Gagosian Premieres are created in collaboration with an artist and shaped around his or her new gallery exhibition. The exclusively online series features the artists in conversation with the most widely respected figures from the worlds of contemporary literature, music, entertainment, film, and, of course, art, as well as studio visits and intimate performances inspired by and composed in response to the work on view.
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Nathaniel Mary Quinn
Featuring Ekow Eshun, Amanda Hunt, and Raphael Saadiq
The ninth episode of Gagosian Premieres celebrates Nathaniel Mary Quinn: NOT FAR FROM HOME; STILL FAR AWAY—an exhibition of new paintings and works on paper at Gagosian, New York—featuring a raw musical performance by Raphael Saadiq; an intimate conversation between Quinn and Amanda Hunt, director of public programs and creative practice at the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles; and insightful commentary from writer and curator Ekow Eshun.
Thursday, August 5, 2021
Featuring Gustavo Dudamel with YOLA, Julian Rose, and esperanza spalding
The eighth episode of Gagosian Premieres celebrates Frank Gehry: Spinning Tales—an exhibition of new work presented at Gagosian, Beverly Hills—featuring musical performances by esperanza spalding and Gustavo Dudamel and YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles), and a conversation between Frank Gehry and Julian Rose conducted in Gehry’s Los Angeles studio.