Gagosian Quarterly

April 20, 2020

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The Summer 2020 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Joan Jonas’s Mirror Piece 1 (1969) on its cover.

Joan Jonas’s Mirror Piece 1 (1969) on the cover of Gagosian Quarterly, Summer 2020

Joan Jonas’s Mirror Piece 1 (1969) on the cover of Gagosian Quarterly, Summer 2020

Our cover features a photograph from Joan Jonas’s Mirror Piece 1, a groundbreaking performance from the late 1960s. For Jonas the mirror was “a metaphor, a device to alter the image and to include the audience as a reflection, making them uneasy as they viewed themselves in public.” Reflection, the gaze, and discomfort: the present moment reveals the work’s prescience.

Inside the issue, we launch a new series, Leaders in the Arts, with a focus on Los Angeles. Joanne Heyler of the Broad invited Kristin Sakoda and Bettina Korek to discuss their personal journeys, the social responsibility of commissioning public art, the evolution of their city’s landscape, and more. Luc Sante writes on the enduring appeal of the cowboy and the resonance of that archetype in the work of Richard Prince. Carlos Valladares contemplates the history and evolution of gangster films. Jed Perl composes an abecedarium of Alexander Calder’s lifelong engagements with theater and dance. And Gillian Jakab reads the love poems of Frank O’Hara, revealing the inspiration behind some of his most celebrated poetry.

Our Building a Legacy article in this issue, featuring Glenn Wharton, focuses on the complexities involved in the preservation of time-based media. And Flavin Judd talks to Kara Vander Weg about the responsibility of maintaining the legacy of a great artist—in his case that of his father, Donald Judd—while passing along insights that only a son could have. Building on another legacy, Adriano Pedrosa speaks with Louise Neri about the radical history of the Museu de Arte de São Paulo and how it has influenced his vision for the museum’s future.

Elsewhere in the issue, Richard Calvocoressi writes on Georg Baselitz’s latest series of paintings; Christine Kondoleon and Kate Nesin speak with Mark Francis about an exhibition pairing artwork by Cy Twombly with works from the collection of ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian objects at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Anne Baldassari reflects on her time working with Simon Hantaï; Raymond Foye offers a window into his long-standing friendship with Graham Nash; Sarah Sze takes us into the studio to describe the making of an intricate collage as the seed for a new public art commission; and Anne Boyer continues “The Iconoclasts,” in the second installment of our 2020 fiction series.

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Artwork © Joan Jonas/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Cy Twombly, Untitled, 1990, acrylic, wax crayon, and pencil on handmade paper, 30 ⅝ × 21 ⅝ inches (77.8 × 54.8 cm)

Twombly and the Poets

Anne Boyer, the inaugural winner of the Cy Twombly Award in Poetry, composes a poem in response to TwomblyAristaeus Mourning the Loss of His Bees (1973) and introduces a portfolio of the painters works accompanied by the poems that inspired them.

Gerhard Richter’s Helen (1963) on the cover of Gagosian Quarterly, Spring 2021

Now available
Gagosian Quarterly Spring 2021

The Spring 2021 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Gerhard Richter’s Helen (1963) on its cover.

Alexander Calder poster for McGovern, 1972, lithograph

The Art History of Presidential Campaign Posters

Against the backdrop of the 2020 US presidential election, historian Hal Wert takes us through the artistic and political evolution of American campaign posters, from their origin in 1844 to the present. In an interview with Quarterly editor Gillian Jakab, Wert highlights an array of landmark posters and the artists who made them.

The cover of Richard Prince: Cowboy, edited by Robert M. Rubin and published by Fulton Ryder and DelMonico Books | Prestel, New York, in 2020.

Richard Prince: Cowboy

On the occasion of the publication of Richard Prince: Cowboy, a major monograph on the artist’s preoccupation with the mythic American West, Luc Sante tracks the archetype through mass media, advertising, and the art of Richard Prince to illuminate the cowboy’s enduring appeal.

Shorter Than the Day

Shorter Than the Day

Sarah Sze writes on a recent collage.

Black-and-white photograph of Alexander Calder and Margaret French dancing on a cobblestone street while Louisa Calder plays the accordion in front of a large window outside of James Thrall Soby’s house, Farmington, Connecticut, 1936

An Alphabetical Guide to Calder and Dance

Jed Perl takes a look at Alexander Calder’s lifelong fascination with dance and its relationship to his reimagining of sculpture.

Rainer Maria Rilke, 1928. Photo: Lou Andreas-Salomé

Rainer Maria Rilke: Duino Elegies

Bobbie Sheng explores the symbiotic relationship between the poet and visual artists of his time and tracks the enduring influence of his poetry on artists working today.

David Reed, #714, 2014–19, acrylic, oil, and alkyd on polyester.

David Reed

David Reed and Katharina Grosse met at Reed’s New York studio in the fall of 2019 to talk about his newest paintings, the temporal aspects of both artists’ practice, and some of their mutual inspirations.

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.

Georg Baselitz and Zeng Fanzhi. Portraits of both artists in black-and-white.

Artist to Artist: Georg Baselitz and Zeng Fanzhi

On the occasion of Georg Baselitz: Years later at Gagosian, Hong Kong, Zeng Fanzhi composed a written foreword for the exhibition’s catalogue and a video message to the German painter. Baselitz wrote a letter of thanks to the Chinese artist for his insightful thoughts.

Installation view, "Katharina Grosse: Is It You?," Baltimore Museum of Art, March 1–June 28, 2020.

Katharina Grosse: The Movement Comes from Outside

Katharina Grosse discusses her exhibition Is It You? at the Baltimore Museum of Art with Jona Lueddeckens. They consider what sets the Baltimore installation apart from its predecessors, and how Grosse sees the relationship of the human body to her immersive environments as opposed to her canvases.

Georg Baselitz, Da sind zwei Figuren im alten Stil (That’s two figures in the old style), 2019, oil and painter’s gold varnish on canvas

Georg Baselitz: Life, Love, Death

Richard Calvocoressi writes on the painter’s latest bodies of work, detailing the techniques employed and their historical precedents.