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Gagosian Quarterly

March 21, 2018

adriana varejãoTransbarroco

From October 19–21, 2017, Adriana Varejão’s video installation Transbarroco (2014) played across the façade and in the central courtyard of the historic John Sowden House, designed by Lloyd Wright in 1926. This US premiere coincided with her first-ever West Coast exhibition, Interiors, at Gagosian Beverly Hills.

The four churches that appear in Transbarroco are among the most significant examples of Brazilian religious architecture of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries: the Church of San Francisco in Salvador, Bahia; the Third Order of Saint Francis in Rio de Janeiro; the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi in Ouro Preto; and the Cathedral of Mariana in Mariana, Minas Gerais. The film work unfolds across four screens in scenes entitled Gold, The Blue, Sky and Earth, and China.

The soundscape for the installation is a collage of text, voices, ambience, and contrasting rhythms. Within the mix that combines the drumming of the Bahia-based collective Olodum, the music of the Mariana Church organ, and sounds captured during the filming—voices of church guides, children playing, bells, and samba music—the Angolan writer José Eduardo Agualusa reads an excerpt from Gilberto Freyre’s Casa—Grande & Senzala (The Masters and the Slaves), which addresses the influence of the vernacular language of endearment used by black nannies towards the children in their care on the evolution of the Portuguese language in Brazil.

Artwork © Adriana Varejão. Co-direction by Adriano Pedrosa; Production by Lula Buarque de Hollanda; Soundtrack by Berna Ceppas; Installation footage by Clarice De Veyra; Special thanks to Louise Neri, Kelso Wyeth, Miriam Perez, PerryDuke, Deborah McLeod, Ronnie Gunter, Courtney Raterman, and Amanda Stoffel.

Andrea Domenico Remps, Cabinet of Curiosities, c. 1690, oil on canvas, 39 × 54 inches (99 × 137 cm), Opificio delle Pietre Dure, Florence, Italy.

For Sale: Baby Shoes. Never Worn.

Sydney Stutterheim meditates on the power and possibilities of small-format artworks throughout time.

Adriana Varejão: Interiors

Adriana Varejão: Interiors

Lilia Moritz Schwarcz explores themes that are central to the artist’s oeuvre.

Adriana Varejão: Azulejão

Adriana Varejão: Azulejão

Gagosian director Louise Neri discusses the evolution of the Azulejão series with Adriana Varejão.

Exterior of Museu de Arte de São Paulo. Photo: Eduardo Ortega

Multiplo–Diverso–Plural: Museu de Arte de São Paulo

Louise Neri speaks with Adriano Pedrosa, artistic director of the Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP), about the history of this unique Brazilian museum and his vision for its future.

Jenny Saville in her studio.

In Conversation
Jenny Saville and Nicholas Cullinan

Jenny Saville speaks with Nicholas Cullinan, the director of the National Portrait Gallery, London, from her studio. They discuss portraiture, her latest work, and her art historical influences, as well as the shifting nature of perception in the age of digital communication.

Original walnut and pine table conceived in 1941 by Curzio Malaparte in situ at Casa Malaparte, Capri

Casa Malaparte: Furniture

Featuring interviews with Tommaso Rositani Suckert and Serena Cattaneo Adorno, this video presents a unique look at the history of Casa Malaparte in Capri and documents the fabrication of new editions of the iconic furniture pieces from the house, designed in the late 1930s by avant-garde writer Curzio Malaparte.

Titus Kaphar: Can Beauty Open Our Hearts to Difficult Conversations?

Titus Kaphar: Can Beauty Open Our Hearts to Difficult Conversations?

In this TED talk, presented during the sweeping protests against racism and police violence following the killing of George Floyd, Titus Kaphar describes how the beauty of a painting can draw the viewer in and allow difficult conversations to emerge. Kaphar discusses his own work and shares the idea behind NXTHVN, a new national arts model he founded to empower artists of color through education and access.

Installation view of work by Rudolf Polanszky at Gagosian, 541 West 24th Street, New York, March 3–April 11, 2020.

Rudolf Polanszky: Reconstructions

Gagosian director Ealan Wingate describes his first visit to Rudolf Polansky’s studio outside Vienna and discusses the development of the artist’s practice—from his early works informed by the legacy of the Viennese Actionists to the Reconstructions, an ongoing body of assemblage-type wall works and sculptures.

Theaster Gates in his studio

Theaster Gates: Black Vessel

Join Theaster Gates in his studio as he prepares for his upcoming exhibition at Gagosian, New York, this fall. In this video, shot entirely on location in Chicago during the recent tumultuous weeks, Gates reflects on the metaphorical power of materials and process, and on the redemptive potential of art.

Black square

From Richard Serra: Trevor Noah’s Message Against Racial Injustice

In response to enduring racial injustices and the recent widespread civil unrest, Richard Serra urges people to watch this video commentary by Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show.

Urs Fischer, A–Z, 2019, a sculpture of a pear and an apple.

Fruit and Vegetables: Francesco Bonami on Urs Fischer

Fruit and vegetables are a recurring motif in Urs Fischer’s visual vocabulary, introducing the dimension of time while elaborating on the art historical tradition of the vanitas. Here, curator Francesco Bonami traces this thread through the artist’s sculptures and paintings of the past two decades.

Georg Baselitz working on a painting in his studio.

Georg Baselitz: What if...

Richard Calvocoressi narrates a tour of an exhibition of new paintings by Georg Baselitz in San Francisco, describing the visual effect of these luminous compositions and explaining their relationship to earlier works by the artist.