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Gagosian Quarterly

June 3, 2020

nathaniel mary quinn

A statement from the artist.

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Preciate it, Unk!, 2018, oil paint, paint stick, oil pastel, gouache, and acrylic gold leaf on linen mounted on wood panel, 20 × 20 inches (50.8 × 50.8 cm) © Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Preciate it, Unk!, 2018, oil paint, paint stick, oil pastel, gouache, and acrylic gold leaf on linen mounted on wood panel, 20 × 20 inches (50.8 × 50.8 cm) © Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Biting the hand that feeds you requires tremendous courage, for it is terribly difficult to abandon your feast of privilege and unassailable opportunities for the pursuit of American equality—more accurately speaking, human equality. Yet, great moral and ethical discord is caused by your silence and willful ignorance, by your fantasies of a world that has never existed for all people. Such is now made undeniably evident in the protests sweeping our country, forcing us to reckon with truth and justice, by law and humanity. Prejudice is an emotional, sustained commitment to ignorance, speaking not to the inferiority of Black and Brown folk but to the ominous inhumanity of hate and racism: a senseless, baseless disease that plagues all people.

In response to the acute situation across America, Gagosian Quarterly encourages our readers to get involved with the following nonprofit organizations, and more, to show support for communities of color in crisis:

American Civil Liberties Union FoundationBlack Lives Matter, and National Bailout Fund

Gisele Castro and Nathaniel Mary Quinn at exalt’s annual gala, New York, 2017

The Bigger Picture
Exalt: Youth Justice Can’t Stop

As 2020 came to a close, Nathaniel Mary Quinn spoke with Gisele Castro, executive director of exalt, a New York City nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of court-involved youth by providing a path to success through effective educational engagement. Quinn is a former educator at exalt and now serves as a member of the organization’s board.

Nathaniel Mary Quinn in his studio

Nathaniel Mary Quinn: In the Studio

Hear the painter describe the creation of a new work in this time-lapse documentation of his process.

Nathaniel Mary Quinn and Troy Carter

In Conversation
Nathaniel Mary Quinn and Troy Carter

On the evening before the opening of his first exhibition with Gagosian, in Beverly Hills, Nathaniel Mary Quinn joined Troy Carter for a conversation at LA’s Hammer Museum. They spoke about deliverance, Quinn’s new work, and what drives him to make art.

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Brooklyn, New York, 2019.

Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Anderson Cooper spoke with the artist at his Brooklyn studio about his childhood and the visionary nature of his art.

The cover of the Fall 2019 Gagosian Quarterly magazine. Artwork by Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Now available
Gagosian Quarterly Fall 2019

The Fall 2019 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring a detail from Sinking (2019) by Nathaniel Mary Quinn on its cover.

Still from video Visions of the Self: Jenny Saville on Rembrandt

Visions of the Self: Jenny Saville on Rembrandt

Jenny Saville reveals the process behind her new self-portrait, painted in response to Rembrandt’s masterpiece Self-Portrait with Two Circles.

Installation view, Jubiläumsausstellung—Special Guest Duane Hanson, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, Switzerland, October 30, 2022–January 8, 2023. Artwork, front to back: © 2023 Estate of Duane Hanson/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Henri Rousseau. Photo: Lucia Hunziker/LL Productions

Duane Hanson at Fondation Beyeler

To celebrate their twenty-fifth anniversary, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, Switzerland, staged an exhibition entitled Jubiläumsausstellung—Special Guest Duane Hanson. The presentation featured several sculptures by Duane Hanson alongside more than one hundred works from the foundation’s collection. Alice Godwin considers the fertile dialogues produced by these juxtapositions.

Artists Against Mass Incarceration

The Bigger Picture
Artists Against Mass Incarceration

Salomé Gómez-Upegui reports on cultural organizations and artists standing up against mass incarceration in the United States.

Tony Ward and Madonna from Sex (1992)

Fashion and Art: Madonna’s Sex and Saint Laurent Rive Droite

This year’s edition of Art Basel Miami Beach brought Saint Laurent to America for a special exhibition curated by creative director Anthony Vaccarello celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of Madonna’s groundbreaking book, Sex (1992). Staged on the Miami beachfront, the ephemeral exhibition was presented on the occasion of the reissue of Sex by Rive Droite and Callaway, New York, and featured large-format prints of Steven Meisel’s iconic photographs from the book, as well as unpublished images from the original photo shoots. Rennie McDougall reflects on the momentous impact of the publication, tracing Madonna’s ongoing influence on and provocation of popular culture.

Screen Time: How Nadya Tolokonnikova and UnicornDAO are Warming the Web3 World

Screen Time: How Nadya Tolokonnikova and UnicornDAO are Warming the Web3 World

Ashley Overbeek profiles Pussy Riot member Nadya Tolokonnikova and the feminist collective UnicornDAO, highlighting their efforts to harness blockchain technology for art and activism.

Jim Shaw, The Master Mason (2020) is a large acrylic work painted on a section of found muslin backdrop. Donald Trump is dressed as a founding father—namely George Washington—complete with tricorne hat and Masonic ritual apron, an emblem of innocence, righteousness, and proper conduct.

“The Present Decline”: Jim Shaw’s Epic Parables

Catherine Taft examines Jim Shaw’s visionary work, which probes the American psyche through political, historical, and cultural allegory.

Virginia Dwan in her New York gallery during the exhibition Language III, May 24–June 18, 1969

Game Changer
Virginia Dwan

Charles Stuckey reflects on the unparalleled life and career of the gallerist, patron, and curator Virginia Dwan, enumerating key moments from a lifetime dedicated to artists and their visions.