Tuesday, December 22, 2020, 2pm EST
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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Past Episodes & Trailers
Tuesday, June 8, 2021, 2pm EDT
Featuring Hans Ulrich Obrist, Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener, and Patti Smith
The seventh episode of Gagosian Premieres celebrates Gerhard Richter: Cage Paintings—an exhibition presented at Gagosian New York and Beverly Hills—with a musical performance and reading by Patti Smith, new choreography created and performed by Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener in response to the artist’s work, and commentaries by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Richard Calvocoressi.
Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 2pm EDT
Featuring Iwona Blazwick, Max Richter, and Mark Waldron
The sixth episode of Gagosian Premieres celebrates Rachel Whiteread’s exhibition Internal Objects at Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London, with a conversation between the artist and art critic and curator Iwona Blazwick, and performances by composer and pianist Max Richter and poet Mark Waldron.
Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 2pm EDT
Featuring James Cuno, Hugo Marchand, Florent Melac, and Hannah O’Neill
For the fifth episode of Gagosian Premieres, we celebrate Anselm Kiefer: Field of the Cloth of Gold—a new exhibition at Gagosian, Le Bourget—with a conversation between the artist and art historian James Cuno and a debut ballet performance by Hugo Marchand and Hannah O’Neill, choreographed by Florent Melac and set to music composed by Steve Reich.
Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 2pm EST
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.
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.