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Gagosian Quarterly

February 18, 2021

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GAGOSIANQUARTERLYSpring 2021

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

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

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

The early painting by Gerhard Richter that appears on the cover of this issue, now in the collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, was part of a gift from UBS to the museum that was championed by Donald B. Marron. The financier’s lifelong support of artists, cultural institutions, and philanthropic causes prepared a foundation for future generations to build upon and made him one of the best-known collectors of his time. A profile of Marron by Jacoba Urist appears in this issue. A beautifully illustrated article on Richter’s celebrated Cage paintings, and their presentation at Gagosian in Beverly Hills, includes a perceptive conversation between curator Hans Ulrich Obrist and the artist.

For our 2021 fiction series, the Quarterly is collaborating with PEN America to publish short stories by authors in its advocacy and literary programs. We kick off the series with Writing for Justice Fellow Cleyvis Natera’s work of autofiction “Compass.” In it, we witness the women of an immigrant family struggle to define themselves within and against the confines of language, motherhood, and domestic violence.

Also inside the issue, we are inaugurating a new interview series, “An Eye on the Market.” For our first installment, market expert Laura Paulson brings clarity to the state of the art market in the wake of the pandemic and helps us to navigate next steps.

Elsewhere in the issue, Nathaniel Mary Quinn and Gisele Castro speak about exalt, a New York nonprofit working with and advocating for court-involved youth; Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan talk to Michael Cary about their research into the life of Francis Bacon and the art of biography; Annette Leddy and Rani Singh dig into the diaries, photo archives, and research papers of art critics; Nicola Vassell interviews Ming Smith; John Elderfield describes his experience of The Lightning Field (1977), Walter De Maria’s legendary installation in New Mexico; readers will find a poem by Jonathan Galassi inspired by the photography of Cy Twombly; Raymond Foye writes on the mutual influence and enduring legacy of Jordan Belson and Harry Smith; and we present what might be the last interview with the late and beloved choreographer Aileen Passloff.

For all of this and more, contact the Gagosian Shop to order your copy and subscribe, or read the issue online.

Artwork © Gerhard Richter 2021 (0001)

Walter De Maria, The Lightning Field, 1977, long-term installation, western New Mexico. Artwork © Estate of Walter De Maria. Photo: John Cliett, courtesy Dia Art Foundation, New York, and © Estate of Walter De Maria

Light and Lightning: Wonder-Reactions at Walter De Maria’s The Lightning Field

In this second installment of a two-part essay, John Elderfield resumes his investigation of Walter De Maria’s The Lightning Field (1977), focusing this time on how the hope to see lightning there has led to the work’s association with the Romantic conception of the sublime.

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.

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.

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.

Gerhard Richter working on one of his Cage paintings, Cologne, Germany, 2006. Artwork © Gerhard Richter 2020 (05102020). Photo: © Hubert Becker

Gerhard Richter

Hans Ulrich Obrist traces the history behind Richter’s Cage paintings and speaks with the artist about their creation.

Gerhard Richter, Uncle Rudi, 1965, oil on canvas, 34 ¼ × 19 ¾ inches (87 × 50 cm), CR: 85

Gerhard Richter: Young Gerd

Richard Calvocoressi reflects on the monochrome world of Gerhard Richter’s early photo paintings.

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.

Featuring Joan Jonas’s Mirror Piece 1 (1969) on its cover.

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Gagosian Quarterly Summer 2020

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

The cover of the Spring 2020 edition of the Gagosian Quarterly magazine. A Cindy Sherman photograph of herself dressed as a clown against a rainbow background.

Now available
Gagosian Quarterly Spring 2020

The Spring 2020 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Cindy Sherman’s Untitled #412 (2003) on its cover.

River Café menu with illustration by Ed Ruscha.

The River Café Cookbook

London’s River Café, a culinary mecca perched on a bend in the River Thames, celebrated its thirtieth anniversary in 2018. To celebrate this milestone and the publication of her cookbook River Café London, cofounder Ruth Rogers sat down with Derek Blasberg to discuss the famed restaurant’s allure.

Francis Bacon: Couplings video still.

Francis Bacon: Couplings

Richard Calvocoressi provides an in-depth view of the exhibition Francis Bacon: Couplings at Gagosian, London, examining a theme that preoccupied the artist throughout his career: the relationship between two people, both physical and psychological.