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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)

Black and white image of the interior of Cy Twombly’s apartment in Rome

Cy Twombly: Making Past Present

In 2020, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, announced their plan for a survey of Cy Twombly’s artwork alongside selections from their permanent ancient Greek and Roman collection. The survey was postponed due to the lockdowns necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic, but was revived in 2022 with a presentation at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles from August 2 through October 30. In 2023, the exhibition will arrive at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The curator for the exhibition, Christine Kondoleon, and Kate Nesin, author of Cy Twombly’s Things (2014) and advisor for the show, speak with Gagosian director Mark Francis about the origin of the exhibition and the aesthetic and poetic resonances that give the show its title: Making Past Present.

Image of Francis Bacon's ‘Landscape with Pope/Dictator’ painting, c. 1946

Francis Bacon: The First Pope

Richard Calvocoressi tells the story of Francis Bacon’s first image of the pope, ‘Landscape with Pope/Dictator’, c. 1946.

Takashi Murakami cover and Andreas Gursky cover for Gagosian Quarterly, Summer 2022 magazine

Now available
Gagosian Quarterly Summer 2022

The Summer 2022 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, with two different covers—featuring Takashi Murakami’s 108 Bonnō MURAKAMI.FLOWERS (2022) and Andreas Gursky’s V & R II (2022).

Cy Twombly, Untitled (Say Goodbye, Catallus, to the Shores of Asia Minor), 1994, oil, acrylic, oil stick, crayon, and graphite on three canvases,

Say Goodbye, Catullus, to the Shores of Asia Minor

Thierry Greub tracks the literary references in Cy Twomblys epic painting of 1994.

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.

Carrie Mae Weems’s The Louvre (2006), on the cover of Gagosian Quarterly, Summer 2021

Now available
Gagosian Quarterly Summer 2021

The Summer 2021 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Carrie Mae Weems’s The Louvre (2006) on its cover.

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.