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Gagosian Quarterly

January 6, 2015

julian schnabel and john richardson

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Julian Schnabel approached painting as an act as susceptible to chance and circumstance as life itself. In this short film directed by Porfirio Munoz, Schnabel and John Richardson reflect on his early paintings and the 2014 exhibition View of Dawn in the Tropics: Paintings 1989–1990.

He’s got no methods. It depends on the day, the circumstances, the puddle on the floor, what trash is found on the way... He has this extraordinary ability... to sort of seize it out of the air, literally, and make it work as a painting.

John Richardson

Julian Schnabel: View of Dawn in the Tropics: Paintings, 1989–1990 at Gagosian West 24th Street, New York, April 17–May 31, 2014.

Albert Oehlen’s studio, Ispaster, Spain, 2019–20. Photos © Esther Freund

Albert Oehlen: Terrifying Sunset

The artist speaks with Mark Godfrey about his new paintings, touching on the works’ relationship to John Graham, the Rothko Chapel, and Leigh Bowery.

Left: Rachel Feinstein, Corine, 2018 © Rachel Feinstein. Photo: Jeff McLane. Right: Ewa Juszkiewicz, Untitled (after Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun), 2021 © Ewa Juszkiewicz

Artist to Artist: Rachel Feinstein and Ewa Juszkiewicz

On the occasion of Frieze New York 2021, the two artists discuss remixing conventions, the allure of Rococo, and the importance of research and history within their respective practices.

Helen Frankenthaler, Heart of London Map, steel sculpture

Helen Frankenthaler: A Painter’s Sculptures

On the occasion of three exhibitions in London exploring different aspects of Helen Frankenthaler’s work, Lauren Mahony introduces texts by the sculptor Anthony Caro and by the artist herself on her relatively unfamiliar first body of sculpture, made in the summer of 1972 in Caro’s London studio.

Thomas McEvilley, Ulay (hiding behind a slab of wood), Eric Orr, and James Lee Byars, c. 1995 © Ulay, courtesy ULAY Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Game Changer
Thomas McEvilley

David Frankel celebrates the art-historical contributions made by the scholar, poet, and critic Thomas McEvilley.

Delphine Arnault. Photo: Jean-François Robert

Fashion and Art: Delphine Arnault

Derek Blasberg speaks to Delphine Arnault, executive vice president of Louis Vuitton, about the company’s connection to the art world and what she’s looking for in collecting contemporary art and accessories.

Left: Jordan Belson, Berkeley, California, c. 1946. Photo: courtesy Estate of Jordan Belson. Right: Harry Smith (front) and Lionel Ziprin, New York City, c. 1952. Photo: Joanne Ziprin, courtesy Lionel Ziprin Archives

Delineators: Jordan Belson and Harry Smith

Raymond Foye tracks the relationship between the two mavericks, investigating their influence on one another and their enduring legacies.

Bill Gunn, 1982. Photo: © Marshall “Tres” Johnson

Cosmic Freeze Frames: A Poetics of Bill Gunn

Carlos Valladares discusses the films of the pioneering director.

Black-and-white photograph of Aileen Passloff dancing in 1964. She is arched in a backbend, arm over her head

Aileen Passloff

In honor of this luminous dance artists life and work, we share a conversation with the late Aileen Passloff from early 2020.

Black-and-white photograph: Donald Marron, c. 1984.

Donald Marron

Jacoba Urist profiles the legendary collector.

Walter De Maria, The Lightning Field, 1977. Entire field from northwest exterior looking southeast, summer 1979

A Day in the Life of The Lightning Field

In the first of a two-part feature, John Elderfield recounts his experiences at The Lightning Field (1977), Walter De Maria’s legendary installation in New Mexico. Elderfield considers how this work requires our constantly finding and losing a sense of symmetry and order in shifting perceptions of space, scale, and distance, as the light changes throughout the day.

Francis Bacon in his studio in Battersea, London. Photo: © The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby’s

The Art of Biography: Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan

Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan, coauthors of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize–winning biography of Willem de Kooning, speak with Michael Cary about the research and revelations that went into their biography of Francis Bacon.

Installation view, Albert Oehlen, Serpentine Galleries, London, October 2, 2019–February 2, 2020.

In Conversation
Albert Oehlen and Hans Ulrich Obrist

Hans Ulrich Obrist interviews the artist on the occasion of his recent exhibition at the Serpentine Galleries, London.