Tuesday, December 22, 2020
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.
In her new series of monumental portraits, Saville explores the human face and body, producing bold and sensuous impressions of surface, line, and mass. Painting from photographs, she magnifies individual features, employing expressive brushstrokes to create dramatic juxtapositions of color and light that recall Byzantine icons and mosaics. Titled after the ancient Greek personification of hope left behind in Pandora’s box, the paintings in Elpis are grounded in tangible reality while reaching toward myth.
In this episode of Gagosian Premieres, Quinn takes viewers on a walkthrough of Saville’s exhibition, sharing his enthusiasm for the craft of painting and the power of the artist’s vision. With Schama, Saville explores the broader cultural context of her work. And the Aaron Diehl Trio performs the composer’s Études nos. 2 and 16—compositions selected by Saville as communicating a vitality and uplift that resonates with her own practice—as well as “Prism,” a new piece written by Diehl in response to Saville’s paintings.
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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.