Theaster Gates: Amalgam, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, February 20–May 12, 2019; artwork © Theaster Gates; music © Theaster Gates and the Black Monks, 2019; video: PMG Productions
March 8, 2019
Behind the Art
theaster gates: slate wall drawing
Theaster Gates’s exhibition Amalgam at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, features some of the artist’s slate wall drawings. Watch as Gates creates one of these works in this time-lapse video, featuring music by Theaster Gates and the Black Monks. The drawing forms an improvised timeline that brings together divergent colonial histories, juxtaposing the local history of Malaga Island in Maine with broader networks across Europe, Africa, and the United States. Punctuated by key moments from the history of anti-miscegenation laws in the US, Gates’s diagrams allow multiple narratives to resonate across time and space.
Gagosian Quarterly Summer 2019
The Summer 2019 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring a detail from Afrylic by Ellen Gallagher on its cover.
(RED) Auction 2018
Theaster Gates and Sir David Adjaye join Bono to spearhead (RED)’s third auction of contemporary art and design, raising funds for the global fight against AIDS. As Gagosian prepares the preview exhibition, Gillian Pistell looks at the urgency of this vital cause.
Marc Newson & Derek Blasberg
Marc Newson tells Derek Blasberg about his newest creations, explaining the backstory of these ornate works.
Andy Warhol: Everything Is Good
Richard Hell writes about the “transcendentally camp” Pop artist, portraitist of daily life.
Jeff Wall: The World as It Appears
The artist speaks with David Rimanelli about his newest works, the physicality of photography, and the persistence of certain motifs throughout his career.
Time by Dance by Paik
Gillian Jakab considers the role of choreography in Nam June Paik’s 1989 video installation Fin de Siècle II.
Anna Eavis, the curatorial director of English Heritage, traces the history of Kenwood House and details the remarkable collection of paintings that reside there.
Romuald Hazoumè’s masks are deeply rooted in the cultural, social, and political context of Benin. His masks, which use salvaged materials and bidons, or plastic jerry cans, comment on pan-African politics and culture. Text by André Magnin.
Before and After the Fall
Richard Calvocoressi examines the trajectory of pre- and postwar German and Austrian art from the 1930s through the mid-1950s, revealing how the events leading up to and following World War II affected this generation of artists.
Sterling Ruby: Bloody Pots
Ceramics expert Garth Clark explores Sterling Ruby’s practice in the medium, addressing the work’s allegiances and divergences from tradition.
From Mortal Bodies to Immortal Crowds
Two immersive installations by Taryn Simon presented at MASS MoCA in 2018–19 examined the rituals of cold-water plunges and applause. Text by Angela Brown.
The Lives of the Artists: Muse x Two
A short story by Francine Prose.