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Artists Represented:
Rita Ackermann
Ida Applebroog
Hans Arp
Phyllida Barlow
Larry Bell
Max Bill
Louise Bourgeois
Frank Bowling
Mark Bradford
Geta Brătescu
Christoph Büchel
Stefan Brüggemann
Alexander Calder
John Chamberlain Estate
The Estate of Eduardo Chillida
Ed Clark
George Condo
Martin Creed
Roberto Cuoghi
Berlinde De Bruyckere
Nicole Eisenman
The Estate of Günther Förg
Charles Gaines
Ellen Gallagher
Isa Genzken
The Estate of Leon Golub
Arshile Gorky Estate
Rodney Graham
Subodh Gupta
The Estate of Philip Guston
Mary Heilmann
The Estate of Eva Hesse
Jenny Holzer
Roni Horn
Thomas Houseago
Luchita Hurtado
Pierre Huyghe
Matthew Day Jackson
Richard Jackson
Rashid Johnson
Josephsohn Estate
Allan Kaprow Estate
Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts
Rachel Khedoori
Bharti Kher
The Estate of Tetsumi Kudo
Guillermo Kuitca
Maria Lassnig
Annie Leibovitz
Simone Leigh
Zoe Leonard
Glenn Ligon
The Estate of Lee Lozano
Anna Maria Maiolino
Fondazione Piero Manzoni
Takesada Matsutani
Estate of Fabio Mauri
Paul McCarthy
Don McCullin
Estate of Fausto Melotti
Gustav Metzger
Henry Moore Family Collection
François Morellet 
Lygia Pape
Nicolas Party
The Estate of Jason Rhoades
Pipilotti Rist
Dieter Roth Estate
Mika Rottenberg
Anri Sala
August Sander Family Collection
Wilhelm Sasnal
Mira Schendel Estate
Christoph Schlingensief
Amy Sherald
Cindy Sherman
Roman Signer
Gary Simmons
Lorna Simpson
Avery Singer
Anj Smith
The Estate of David Smith
Monika Sosnowska
The Estate of Alina Szapocznikow
Sophie Taeuber-Arp
Henry Taylor
Diana Thater
Estate of André Thomkins
Keith Tyson
Estate Philippe Vandenberg
Georges Vantongerloo
Ian Wallace
Mark Wallinger
Jack Whitten Estate
Zeng Fanzhi
Zhang Enli
David Zink Yi
Jakub Julian Ziolkowski

 
Current Exhibitions

Erna Rosenstein

Erna Rosenstein. Once Upon a Time



September 30, 2021 - December 23, 2021
Beginning 30 September, Hauser & Wirth will debut ‘Erna Rosenstein: Once Upon a Time,’ the first monographic exhibition outside of Poland devoted to the artist (1913 – 2004) whose wartime survival, commitment to Surrealism, and lifelong adherence to leftist ideologies course through a remarkable array of paintings, drawings, and assemblage sculptures, as well as poems, diaristic writings, and deceptively whimsical children’s stories. Steeped in an extraordinary history and responding to the Nazi occupation of Poland, personal traumas suffered in the Holocaust, the postwar sociopolitical upheaval of her native country, and passionate engagement in the intellectual circles of her times, Erna Rosenstein’s work defies simple classification. Her six-decades long career was fueled by the formation of prewar artistic, intellectual, and political affiliations, and is expressed through her continued oscillation between autobiographical figuration and biomorphic abstraction. Grappling with themes of memory, trauma, longing, and loss, she used paint, ink, and found materials to suggest a world tinged with allegory, enchantment, and fairy tale. ‘Once Upon a Time’ has been organized by curator Alison M. Gingeras and brings together over forty works rarely seen outside of Poland, including institutional loans of landmark paintings and works from The Estate of Erna Rosenstein being exhibited publicly for the first time since the artist’s death in 2004. ‘Erna Rosenstein: Once Upon a Time’ is Hauser & Wirth’s first presentation of the artist’s work since undertaking representation of her estate in 2019, in collaboration with Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw. On the occasion of this exhibition, Hauser & Wirth Publishers will release a substantial catalogue offering new scholarship and research into Rosenstein’s work.

Lorna Simpson

Lorna Simpson. Everrrything



September 14, 2021 - January 9, 2022
Lorna Simpson’s first exhibition at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles will fill both North galleries and the open-air courtyard with new sculpture, painting, and collages. Building upon her acclaimed Ice series, Simpson’s new paintings will bewitch viewers with layers of paradoxes, threading dichotomies of figuration and abstraction, past and present, destruction and creation. Collages on view continue the artist’s ongoing investigation into the medium through her appropriation and reimagining of imagery from vintage issues of Ebony and Jet magazine, which have been integral sources for Simpson over the last decade. Her profound and multivalent new work will reveal the ways in which Simpson’s multidisciplinary practice uniquely deploys metaphor, metonymy, and formal prowess to offer a powerful response to American life today. The artist will also debut new sculptural works – both indoors and outdoors – that further immerse viewers in the intricacies of her practice. In 2019, Simpson was awarded the esteemed J. Paul Getty Medal, honoring her extraordinary contribution to practice, understanding, and support of the arts. Concurrent to the exhibition in Los Angeles, two video works, ‘Redhead’ and ‘Blue Love,’ will be projected on the façade of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis as part of their ‘Street Views’ series.

Günther Förg

Günther Förg. Appearance



September 14, 2021 - January 9, 2022
Hauser & Wirth is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of Günther Förg (1952 – 2013) in Los Angeles. On view from 14 September 2021 through 9 January 2022 in the South Gallery, the exhibition will focus on two generations of Förg’s ‘Gitterbilder’ (Grid Paintings) and mark the return of one of the most significant German artists of the post- war generation to California after nearly thirty years. The formal conversation at play in the exhibition will foreground Förg’s deep art historical roots while celebrating his distinctively sensuous approach to gestural abstraction – a hallmark of his multifaceted five-decade career. Having pioneered a visual language that simultaneously exemplifies and subverts the tenants of modernism, Förg’s prolific body of work ranges from painting and drawing to sculpture and photography, sidestepping easy catego- rization by candidly appropriating and re-imagining canonical art historical references, such as the work of Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko, Robert Ryman, Cy Twombly, Edvard Munch and many others.

Philip Guston

Philip Guston, 1969-1979



September 9, 2021 - October 30, 2021
Beginning 9 September 2021, Hauser & Wirth New York will present ‘Philip Guston, 1969-1979’, an exhibition focused on the breakthrough figuration that emerged in the final decade of the 20th century master’s career. Including paintings never before exhibited, this show brings together masterworks after Guston had turned his back on abstraction to assert an unprecedented new figuration. While the critics denounced his dramatic shift toward dark, cartoon-like imagery, the paintings of Guston’s last years are today considered milestones of modern art. These works display not only an exquisite technical mastery, but uncompromising courage in addressing directly the injustices of American society that he’d witnessed since boyhood. Made at the height of his artistic powers, the paintings on view attest to Guston’s enduring influence and astonishing relevance to artists and the general public now. Including masterworks on loan from museums and private collections, ‘Philip Guston, 1969-1979’ will remain on view through 30 October at Hauser & Wirth’s West 22nd Street building in the Chelsea Arts district. ‘Philip Guston, 1969-1979’ spotlights the confessional intimacy and self-revelation of Guston’s late paintings, with their universal human themes. The exhibition traces the evolution of his representational iconography from 1969, the year of such works as the Tower of Babel-evoking ‘City’ and the appearance of his distinctive hooded figures, avatars of our complicity in the everyday evil of racism and bigotry. The increasing urgency of Guston’s imagery during the next ten years is evidenced in a richly rendered and unsettling iconography. This distinctive visual language includes disembodied legs, arms bearing shields and pointing fingers, and piles of shoes that summon the horrors of the Holocaust and presage later genocides and racial killings. The brilliance of Guston lies in his ability to convey the persistence – albeit delicate – of hope, with his iconic lightbulb suggesting an eternal potential for illumination. ‘Philip Guston, 1969-1979’ is the latest in an ongoing series of thematic curated exhibitions that Hauser & Wirth has presented internationally since undertaking representation of The Philip Guston Estate in 2015. Yielding new scholarship and bringing attention to specific imperatives and achievements in the artist’s career, these exhibitions began with ‘Philip Guston: Painter 1957-1967’, a 2016 presentation focused upon the last ten years of the artist’s engagement with abstraction. Guston’s searing satirical drawings of Richard Nixon were shown at the gallery in New York in fall 2016, in conjunction with the apocryphal US general election; they were shown again in London in 2017. In 2019, ‘Resilience: Philip Guston in 1971’ was presented at the gallery’s complex in Los Angeles, in a show focused entirely upon the single year following overwhelming critical rejection of the artist’s now legendary 1970 exhibition at Marlborough Gallery. In late 2020, ‘Philip Guston: Transformation’ opened at the gallery’s St. Moritz space, centered on deeply personal works referencing the artist’s wife and the poetry he loved.

Avery Singer

Avery Singer. Reality Ender



September 9, 2021 - October 30, 2021
On 9 September, groundbreaking American artist Avery Singer will present two new series of large-scale paintings in her first solo exhibition with Hauser & Wirth. Occupying both the second and fifth floors of the 22nd Street space, the exhibition invites us to consider form as a state of encounter – an encounter that does not take place with a singular object, reference, or context, but as a conflation of narratives, spaces, histories, and ideas. In her new paintings, Singer explores themes – 19th-century European painting motifs, romantic notions of intoxication, stereotypes sur- rounding the bohemian artist, and icons of contemporary digital culture – that amalgamate past and present, clarity and ambiguity, and propose an escape from our quotidian reality. Shifting seamlessly between digital and analog, Singer’s new work expands her unique visual vocabulary through a nuanced use of industrial automation, three-dimensional computer modeling software, and traditional painting techniques. The artist’s complex process of layering begins with finely primed, gessoed canvas, onto which images are projected before being methodically developed with airbrushed acrylic paint and liquid rubber. The rubber – first applied and subsequently peeled away – effectively unveils the elements and varying dimensionality that constitute the numerous layers of each work. Through these diverse methods, Singer continues to challenge the limits of the medium and develop her own way of seeing. 
China Chalet, 2021, Acrylic on canvas stretched over wood panel, 254.6 x 305.4 x 5.4 cm / 100 1/4 x 120 1/4 x 2 1/8 in © Avery Singer. Photo: Lance Brewer

 
Upcoming Exhibition

Glenn Ligon



November 10, 2021 - December 23, 2021
This November, renowned American conceptual artist Glenn Ligon will debut all new works in an exhibition that spans Hauser & Wirth’s entire 22nd Street building. Continuing his four-decade exploration of American history, literature, and society, Ligon will present works that extend his brilliant series of neon sculptures, debris field paintings, and text-based works drawing from the influential words of leading 20th century cultural figures. The exhibition will also feature a monumental new triptych from Ligon’s ongoing ‘Stranger in the Village’ series, begun in 1997. In the series, Ligon renders excerpts from novelist James Baldwin’s 1953 essay of the same name, that describes his experience of being an African American in a small town in Switzerland. Measuring 45 feet long, this landmark work will mark the first time Ligon has used the entire text from Baldwin’s essay in a single work.

 
Past Exhibitions

Larry Bell, Mark Bradford, Charles Gaines, Richard Jackson, Paul McCarthy, Christina Quarles, Gary Simmons, Henry Taylor, Diana Thater, and the late artists Luchita Hurtado, Mike Kelley, and Jason Rhoades.

In Focus: LA Artists



July 8, 2021 - August 22, 2021
Starting 8 July, Hauser & Wirth will spotlight its Los Angeles artists with a multimedia group presentation of nearly 30 artworks. ‘In Focus: LA Artists’ will showcase the groundbreaking techniques, diverse viewpoints, and intergenerational relationships of the gallery artists who call one of the world’s most creative cities home: Larry Bell, Mark Bradford, Charles Gaines, Richard Jackson, Paul McCarthy, Christina Quarles, Gary Simmons, Henry Taylor, Diana Thater, and the late artists Luchita Hurtado, Mike Kelley, and Jason Rhoades. On the occasion of Hauser & Wirth’s 5-year anniversary in the Arts District and in celebration of the community that has been integral to its vision for nearly 30 years, the presentation will highlight the lasting contributions of the artists and foreground their influential practices, which have been instrumental in making Los Angeles an international capital of artistic innovation and arts education. Highlights will include the West Coast debut of Mark Bradford’s ‘Untitled’ (2020), recently exhibited in the powerful group exhibition ‘Grief and Grievance’ at the New Museum in New York, as well as Bradford’s video work ‘Dancing in the Street’ (2019), which was included in artist’s solo exhibition ‘End Papers’ at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Other highlights will include Mike Kelley’s multimedia sculpture ‘Party Girl’ (1998), Jason Rhoades’ irreverent sculptures from the ‘90s, a visually opulent video work by Diana Thater, a recent Numbers and Trees gridwork by Charles Gaines, and paintings by Luchita Hurtado, Paul McCarthy, and Henry Taylor. The presentation will also shine a light on the intergenerational, mentor-mentee relationships between the gallery’s LA artists, most of whom have studied and taught at the city’s esteemed art schools, including ArtCenter, CalArts, and UCLA. Both Paul McCarthy and Richard Jackson taught Jason Rhoades at UCLA. Charles Gaines, among CalArts’ most influential educators for over 30 years, taught Mark Bradford, Henry Taylor, and Gary Simmons, who was also mentored by Mike Kelley at CalArts in the 1990s. While at ArtsCenter, Kelley also was a teacher for Diana Thater, who has in turn taught legions of up-and-coming artists at the revered Pasadena-based school. Selections from the group presentation will be featured in the gallery’s digital offering as part of the Frieze Viewing Room, online from 27 July – 1 August 2021. ‘In Focus: LA Artists’ will also be on view during the inaugural Gallery Weekend Los Angeles, a weekend organized by Gallery Association Los Angeles to encourage visitors to return to physical gallery spaces throughout the city in the new post-pandemic summer 2021 season.

Mickey Aloisio, Qais Assali, Charles Atlas, My Barbarian, Morgan Bassichis & Sasha Wortzel, Meriem Bennani & Orian Barki, The Divine David, Zackary Drucker, Miguel Gutierrez, K8 Hardy, Young Joon Kwak, Regina José Galindo, Kyli Kleven, Lily Marotta, Ryan McNamara, Tabita Rezaire, Jacolby Satterwhite, and Paul Mpagi Sepuya

Ridykes’ Cavern of Fine Gay Wine and Videos: Hauser & Werk Bitch: Don’t Be Mad At Us!



July 2, 2021 - July 30, 2021
In keeping with Hauser & Wirth’s lez-sez-faire approach to culture, the multinational corpseoration - in an exemplum of cool - has lovingly invited Ridykeulous to curehate it’s first confetti filled gay pride celezbration ever! And we, in turn, invite you to pull up a bean bag and relax into this bold, brash stream of brilliance/high-risk initiative, for which H+W is suspiciously and thankfully enthusiastic! Ridykes Cavern of Fine Gay Wine and Videos: Hauser & Werk Bitch: Don’t Be Mad At Us! will take place in the new Hauser & Wirth/Toys“R”Us merger space in Chelsea, and will provide a steady stream of looped videos from the most renowned LGBTQQUIPCNBAK2SAAAD+* -identified video artists in the world: Mickey Aloisio, Qais Assali, Charles Atlas, My Barbarian, Morgan Bassichis & Sasha Wortzel, Meriem Bennani & Orian Barki, The Divine David, Zackary Drucker, Miguel Gutierrez, K8 Hardy, Young Joon Kwak, Regina José Galindo, Kyli Kleven, Lily Marotta, Ryan McNamara, Tabita Rezaire, Jacolby Satterwhite, and Paul Mpagi Sepuya. The screenings will run throughout the day from 2 July - 30 July. Each of the artists will be paid generous artist fees of $666 by Hauser & Wirth for their contribution. This is real. This ‘Queer initiative’ collaborative dream-child is brought to you by Our Love of Queer Video in collaboration with the Director of Non-Heteropatriarchal Concerns @ Hauser & Wirth International Space Station Incorporated’s Multi-Media Sector of Conglamorous Oscillating Global Steakholders, Shareholders, and CEOrls. Queerdités and Love, Ridykeulous PS. “If anyone can have their cake and eat it too, it’s artists” - Lesbian Recruit #1 *LesbianGayBiTransQueerQuestioningUnsureIntersexPansexualCuriousNonbinaryAndrogynou sKinkTwoSpiritAsexualAromaticDead+ About Ridykeulous Artists Nicole Eisenman and A.L. Steiner form the curatorial initiative Ridykeulous (joined here by guest-dyke Sam Roeck). Founded in 2005, Ridykeulous mounts exhibitions and events primarily concerned with queer and feminist art. Using humor to critique the art world as well as culture at large, Ridykeulous often reinvents language to reflect their sensibilities and concerns as well as writes angry letters and diatribes across various media.

Henry Taylor

Henry Taylor. Disappeared, but a tiger showed up, later



July 1, 2021 - August 1, 2021
This summer, Los Angeles-based artist Henry Taylor will present a focused selection of recent paintings and sculptures at Hauser & Wirth Southampton. The exhibition includes a group of rarely seen works known as the Jockeys and Caddies, which Taylor began in 2018, based on archival photography of country clubs and horse races dating back to the 1920s. Together, these poignant paintings narrate the history of Black jockeys, caddies, and professional golfers, who navigated these predominantly white and racially exclusionary games. In discussing the series, Taylor shares, ‘I remember when there were a lot of Black caddies. My mom cleaned houses for a living and now the maids are Hispanic. Different people disappear. Jockeys disappeared. The caddies disappeared. That was enough reason for me to paint them.’ Henry Taylor Untitled 2018 Acrylic on canvas 167.6 x 317.5 x 3.8 cm / 66 x 125 x 1 1/2 in © Henry Taylor Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth Photo: Ken Adlard

Jennifer Bartlett, Vija Celmins, Willie Cole, Rob Davis, Alteronce Gumby, David Hammons, Mary Heilmann, Leslie Hewitt, Sheree Hovsepian, Wolfgang Laib, Robert Longo, Richard Mayhew, Joel Shapiro, Xaviera Simmons, and John Smith

There's There There



May 29, 2021 - June 27, 2021
Beginning 29 May, Hauser & Wirth Southampton will present ‘There’s There There,’ a group exhibition organized by Rashid Johnson showcasing a diverse group of contemporary and late 20th century artists exploring the power of simple forms and gestures. Together, the works reveal the rewards of considering more closely the mundane: the routine gestures, daily detritus, and ebbs and flows of time that fill the backdrop of our lives. The exhibition invites visitors to reflect upon the pleasures and complex histories of the shapes, movements, and objects that permeate the everyday. Artists included in ‘There’s There There,’ are Jennifer Bartlett, Vija Celmins, Willie Cole, Rob Davis, Alteronce Gumby, David Hammons, Mary Heilmann, Leslie Hewitt, Sheree Hovsepian, Wolfgang Laib, Robert Longo, Richard Mayhew, Joel Shapiro, Xaviera Simmons, and John Smith. ‘The idea for this show is rooted in trying to find simplicity in a complicated time. This doesn't omit that the work has the ability to be rigorous and complicated in the way that it lives, but it does allow for a space of simple contemplation. In some respect, the things that you look at are what they are. But you also have opportunity to unpack them. The simplicity of the forms and methods divorce the objects from their inherent complexity.’ – Rashid Johnson About the Exhibition ‘The most interesting thing is what it is itself...’ – Vija Cemins Rashid Johnson often incorporates objects taken from his home, studio, and childhood into his work. For his exhibition at Hauser & Wirth Southampton, he has extended that tendency, gathering artworks that engage the quotidian as a powerful aesthetic conceit. The earliest work on view is John Smith’s film ‘The Girl Chewing Gum’ (1976), a playful depiction of an everyday street scene, coupled with the artist’s voice-over. The slow humdrum of people walking and cars driving past, layered with the artist’s seemingly simple narration, yields a work at the intersection of documentary and art, engaged with the complexities of language-image relationships. Willie Cole’s ‘Domestic Shields’ (1992) appropriate an electric steam iron to sear a pattern of distinct markings onto an ironing board, evoking the domestic labor of many African American women throughout history, and questioning African identity and selfhood. Also on view will be a series of works that employ repetitive mark making, including Vija Celmins’ 2010 meditative mezzotint print depicting the expansiveness of space through clusters of stars in a dark night sky. Celmins evokes the sublime while denying it, by drawing attention back to the painstaking process through which she achieved the image. Repetitive impressions also figure centrally in a basketball drawing made by David Hammons dated from 1995 – 2010. Here, the artist uses a ball covered in dirt and charcoal as his drawing tool, subverting the language of abstraction. Both Celmins and Hammons display in these works their remarkable skills in construction and assembly, and an uncanny knack for representing both process and outcome. Works on view by Jennifer Bartlett, Wolfgang Laib and Mary Heilmann investigate primary shapes and forms. Bartlett’s ‘Untitled (House)’ (2014) and Laib’s ‘Untitled (Stairs)’ (2002) make up the architectural elements of domestic spaces and immediate surroundings, following in the art historical tradition of Minimalism. Heilmann, a Hamptons local, will present painting and furniture that transcend the seemingly opaque structures of geometric abstraction, weaving the artist’s ideology into the everyday form of a chair. Southampton Summer Outdoor Sculpture Beginning this summer, Hauser & Wirth artists will present a number of significant outdoor sculptures in and around the Village of Southampton. Martin Creed’s multicolored neon work ‘EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT’ (2010) will be on view at the Parrish Art Museum beginning 28 May, while the gallery’s space will host several works by Spanish sculptor Eduardo Chillida and French-American master Louise Bourgeois, whose large hanging sculptures, both 'Untitled' (2004) will hang amid the verdant branches of trees in the garden of the Southampton Arts Center. Later in the summer, Hauser & Wirth will also present outdoor sculptural works by Nicole Eisenman and Henry Taylor. Executed in cast bronze and aluminum, Eisenman’s outdoor works are considered landmarks of her esteemed artistic practice. Henry Taylor’s monumental work ‘Untitled,’ (2020) – the artist’s first outdoor bronze sculpture – will have its US debut in conjunction with the artist’s solo exhibition at the gallery’s Southampton location, opening 1 July. Wolfgang Laib Untitled (Stairs) 2002 Burmese red lacquer and wood 125 x 41 x 84 cm / 49 1/4 x 16 1/8 x 33 in © Wolfgang Laib Courtesy Sperone Westwater, New York Photo: Thomas Barratt

Christina Barrera Chris Berntsen Dahlia Bloomstone Noémie Jennifer Bonnet Lele Dai Whit Harris Dusty Miller-Peter Macaulay Jeremy Lawson sgp Xinan (Helen) Ran Carrie Rudd Sydney Shavers Shauna Steinbach Alina Yakirevitch Areum Yang

We Were Already Gone



May 14, 2021 - June 5, 2021
Beginning 14 May, Hauser & Wirth New York will present ‘We Were Already Gone’, an exhibition at its West 22nd Street location in the Chelsea Arts District, organized in collaboration with Hunter College. Curated by graduate students in Hunter’s Department of Art & Art History, this exhibition will showcase the work of artists currently enrolled in the school’s MFA Program in Studio Art. ‘We Were Already Gone’ spotlights the diversity and holistic approach that have situated Hunter uniquely among American institutions devoted to higher education in the arts. The show will present an array of works across mediums, with sculpture, painting, and videos that confront the global cultural and political reckoning underway. Hunter College’s acclaimed MFA Program in Studio Art is deeply rooted in and nourished by its engagement with the cultural ecology of New York City. For decades, its alumni and faculty have helped to shape the landscape of contemporary art, making significant contributions to the field as artists, critics, curators, and educators. Hauser & Wirth’s ongoing collaboration with Hunter College reflects the gallery’s longstanding commitment to arts education and community building. Artist Firelei Báez, Hunter College MFA ‘10 says, ‘When I went to Hunter, it was this wild thunder dome of possibilities. It was a place for unlearning all the things I mastered before, of really examining and recontextualizing my place in the Western canon. And I’m very grateful to professors like Susan Crile, Paul Ramirez Jonas, and Nari Ward, for teaching me to expand beyond and acknowledge and revel in the stories in the places I grew up in, and to give room and open new doorways for people after me, just like they did. Following in their footsteps. I’m very grateful and proud to be an alum.’ About ‘We Were Already Gone’ ‘We Were Already Gone’ was conceived and curated by the students of Hunter’s graduate class, ‘Curate, Create, Critique,’ taught by curator and professor Joachim Pissarro. For the exhibition, the participating students – who come from both the Art History and Studio Art departments – chose to focus upon the effects of the year 2020, with its global pandemic accompanied by political unrest, learning through a virtual sphere, and lack of human touch and connection. Impacted individually and collectively by the turmoil of last year, the students found their organizing principle in Jacques Derrida’s term ‘hauntology,’ which refers to the persistent presence of the past in our current moment. The works on view in ‘We Were Already Gone’ form an invitation to assemble remnants of the past into a new foundation for a hopeful future. At Hauser & Wirth’s building on West 22nd Street, the exhibition will unfold across the gallery’s clerestoried fifth floor space. The paintings, sculptures, drawings, and video works on view explore questions of memory and notions of the avatar or virtual self, and survey the effects of absence and isolation. Some of the participating artists are contemplating the past, using their work to define the ways memory shapes life in the present day. Others are questioning how – and if – we can individually and collectively dismantle outdated, inherited systems in order to rebuild anew. ‘We Were Already Gone’ was curated by Hunter MA and MFA students Dana Notine, Jonas Albro, Daniel Berman, Dante Cannatella, Anna Cone, Sarah Heinemann, Mercedes Llanos, Amorelle Jacox, Liza Lacroix, Kimberly Nam, Joseph Parra, Lorraine Robinson, and Sigourney Schultz. Hunter College 2021 MFA Thesis Online Spotlight In addition to the physical exhibition, Hauser & Wirth will feature the graduating students from the Hunter College’s MFA program in Studio Art, in a follow-up to digital spotlight presented in Fall 2020. This new online showcase for Spring 2021 will include texts from each artist, as well as photographs and videos that further illuminate the working processes and vision behind their practice. In addition to this digital exhibition that launches on 14 May, Hunter College will continue to host physical presentations of the MFA Thesis candidates this spring. For more information on the Thesis Exhibitions and the MFA Program in Studio Art at Hunter College visit: www.mfa205hudson.org.

Tetsumi Kudo

Tetsumi Kudo. Metamorphosis



May 5, 2021 - July 30, 2021
In a wide-ranging practice spanning four decades, postwar Japanese artist Tetsumi Kudo (1935 – 1990) explored the effects of mass consumerism, the rise of technology, and ecological degradation on post-war society through satirical, critical, elaborately detailed and meticulously constructed environments that continue to exert a powerful influence on artists today. Opening 5 May, ‘Tetsumi Kudo. Metamorphosis,’ the artist’s first exhibition at Hauser & Wirth New York, focuses upon the late artist’s idea of metamorphosis which emphasizes the need for personal and collective spiritual evolution beyond the values of Western Humanism, which he believed caused war, racism, and colonialism, and alienated people from the natural environment. ‘Tetsumi Kudo: Metamorphosis,’ brings together 20 significant works created in the decade following Kudo’s move from Japan to Paris in 1962. The selection includes highlights from the artist’s signature container works – cubes, cages, buckets, and terrariums – comprising meticulously constructed tableaux; a monumental canvas made with a computer, and examples of his drawings and conceptual sketches related to these series. Kudo intended his seemingly grotesque yet playful scenes as both models of contemporary life and provocations meant to encourage viewers to confront and put aside the confines of ego and the values of consumerism and to understand themselves instead as part of an integrated and intricate cosmos in which nature, technology, and humanity influenced each other in a system he dubbed the New Ecology. Kudo understood metamorphosis on several levels – as a biological process, a social phenomenon and as a metaphor for the spiritual evolution he believed was necessary. Kudo’s aesthetics and philosophical considerations were influenced by his early interests in biology, set theory, astrophysics, quantum mechanics, and popular culture, and were inflected by post war debates in Japan and Europe about societal evolution after World War II. Kudo’s micro-worlds cultivate an uncanny fusing of imagery derived from the artist’s highly personal visual lexicon that includes eyeballs, crawling penises, cacti, plastic flowers, pills, transistors and thermometers. His ‘visual maquettes’ draw viewers into a world of mutations and self-organizing biological systems that reflect the desolation and decay mankind has wreaked upon the macroscopic world. ‘Testsumi Kudo: Metamorphosis’ is organized in cooperation with Hiroko Kudo and the Estate of the Artist as well as in collaboration with Joshua Mack. About the exhibition The exhibition at Hauser & Wirth opens with examples from Kudo’s cubes and dice. Using found and purchased objects – the detritus and stuff of European material culture – he filled small boxes with among other things, plastic dolls, kitchenware, clocks, cocoons (or objects wrapped in cocoons), and a proliferation of fragmented body parts that he constructed in paper mâché and cotton. The dice serve as metaphors for the randomness of fate, and Kudo uses their interiors to present viewers with a portrait of themselves as they are. Kudo arrived in Paris in 1962, and thought of himself as an ‘observer’ of the West, compelled to disrupt the political, economic, and anthropocentric climate of European humanism and its influence on 20th century art and culture. Two large-scale stacked die comprise ‘Bonjour et Bonne Nuit (Good Day and Good Night)’ (1963). A swollen head with deteriorating-colored flesh occupies the upper cube. In the lower cube, metal cooking steamers hang like celestial bodies. On the door, Kudo has compiled an assemblage of vials, pills, a picture of the Mona Lisa, a miniature chessboard, and a gun. In ‘Your Portrait – F’ (1963), a painted blue box is filled with cocoons and an alarm clock. One chrysalis has hatched, revealing the contents of the pupa: a jumble of wires and small incandescent lightbulbs. In these microcosms of unnatural but inevitable processes of synthetic mutations, Kudo presents a portrait of our position in modern culture, hinting that our free will and individual agency is fiction and that life is controlled by a variety of larger societal mechanisms and forces of chance. From 1965 to 1981, Kudo made works with small animal cages, his longest sustained engagement with a form. These works are significant for their inclusion of an everyday object like the birdcage, which contextualizes his assemblages within the realm of the domestic. In ‘For Your Living Room – For Nostalgic Purpose’ (1966), forms that resemble both pupae and phalluses crawl up and along the sides of a cage, while others sit perched on swings like canaries. Kudo fills their food and water trays with pills rather than sustenance like bird seed. In these environments, Kudo perpetuates the idea that humans, like pets, are being ‘fed’ or controlled by a larger organizing system. In 1967, Kudo began a series of works he called ‘cultivations.’ These artificially colored spatial assemblages include the artist’s buckets, terrariums, and cages. In a series of works individually titled ‘Cultivation of Nature & People Who Are Looking at it’ (1970-71), Kudo utilizes blue plastic buckets to create contained ecosystems. One bucket is filled with artificial soil and four penises, another contains gooey glistening eyeballs and snails, as if just gathered from the ocean. A mirror placed in the bottom of the bucket engages the viewer, allowing us to catch our reflection and see ourselves as part of this biological cultivation. Kudo summarized his evolving concepts in the hand written manifesto ‘Pollution – Cultivation – New Ecology,’ which was published in the catalog for his solo exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam in 1971. Here he posited a new ecology in which humanity, nature, and technology were fusing into a continuous circuit of mutual influence and dependence that rendered Western philosophies emphasis on individuality and human dignity moot. Works such as ‘Cultivation’ (1972) and ‘La liberté de l’ étalon’ (1972-77), on view in the exhibition, suggest this ongoing metamorphosis. In the latter, phallic snails surround a crucifix within a neon orange cage. The sculpture riffs on Renaissance depictions of the Crucifixion. Entangled in electrical wires, Kudo’s mutating figures suggest that art, religion and history are organized systems like electricity and technology, and that they too must metamorphosize in the New Ecology. Tetsumi Kudo’s legacy gains new cogency and relevance today. The ‘pollution’ he references not only impacts our environmental landscape but infiltrates our social, economic, political, technological and psychological systems. His work brings environmental destruction and the effect of technology, industry, and mass consumption on our lives to center-frame. In the present moment, Kudo’s regenerative artistic philosophy can be looked to for guidance. Kudo allows us to see that out of historical crisis, a period of change can arise.

Frank Bowling

Frank Bowling – London / New York



May 5, 2021 - July 30, 2021
Reflecting the scale and scope of a prodigious six-decade career that has unfolded while criss-crossing the Atlantic Ocean, Sir Frank Bowling’s inaugural exhibition with Hauser & Wirth will be presented in both the gallery’s London and New York locations simultaneously. With works on view spanning over 50 years of the British icon’s career from 1967 to the present day, ‘Frank Bowling – London / New York’ celebrates the ways in which one artist’s inventive approach to the materiality of paint has expanded the boundaries of abstraction. The exhibition charts Bowling’s life and work between the UK and the United States. Born in Guyana (then British Guiana) in 1934, Bowling arrived in London in 1953, graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1962. He later divided his time between the art scenes in London and New York, maintaining studios in both cities. London is the city where Bowling trained as a painter and achieved early acclaim. New York is the city that drew him to itself at the height of the Civil Rights movement, where he became involved in discussions of Black Art – New York was a place of fresh energy and ideas for an artist in search of new ways to make paintings.

David Smith

David Smith. Follow My Path



April 27, 2021 - July 30, 2021
‘David Smith. Follow My Path’ explores Smith’s world through nine distinct groups of works related by theme or form. The presentation offers a fresh perspective upon Smith’s 35-year career by allowing the visitor to travel through his cumulative aesthetic – the various styles, methods, mediums, and subjects that accrued across his practice – and formal conceits, which range from dancers, to billiards players, to letters of the alphabet, among others.

Lygia Pape

Tupinambá



April 24, 2021 - August 1, 2021
A significant Brazilian artist of her generation and a founding member of Brazil’s Neo-Concrete movement, Lygia Pape (1927 – 2004) favored the primacy of the viewer’s sensorial experience and its role in everyday life. Examining the artist’s unique reframing of geometry, abstraction and poetry, ‘Tupinambá’ is the first solo exhibition in Los Angeles dedicated to Pape’s work and is organized with Projeto Lygia Pape and Olivier Renaud-Clément. Central to the show will be the Tupinambá series, one of the artist’s final bodies of work, revealing her desire to create more immersive experiences beyond the conventional boundaries of life and art. Exhibited for the first time in the US, the works on view from the Tupinambá series – distinctive in their use of artificial red feathers – illuminate Pape’s sense of connection to Brazil’s indigenous populations and certain characteristics of their history. Unfolding across two galleries, the exhibition will feature the monumental spatial work ‘Manto Tupinambá’ (2000), comprising a series of related sculptures entitled ‘Memórias Tupinambá’ and works on paper, as well as an emblematic Ttéia. This exhibition follows the artist’s critically acclaimed retrospective at the Met Breuer, New York, and inclusion in the Hammer Museum’s 2017 exhibition ‘Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960 – 1985.’ About the Exhibition Featuring one of the most commanding and rarely seen bodies of work by Lygia Pape, the exhibition introduces her deeply Brazilian Tupinambá series to a North American audience for the first time. Pape devised a wholly original language during her career to investigate the physical and experiential life of the body, and with this series achieves an unprecedented union of the geometric and the figurative within the wider context of her oeuvre. Here, Pape proposes a refreshingly divergent understanding of Brazil’s modernist history, suggesting that the aesthetic prerogatives of the present are firmly rooted in the nation’s indigenous past. The Tupinambá series thus reflects Pape’s longtime interest in indigenous Brazilian peoples and cultural practices—most notably that of anthropophagy, a ceremonial variant of cannibalism practiced by the Tupinambá people. She describes it as follows: ‘The Tupinambá devoured their prisoners, their enemy, not from hunger as in cannibalism, but to swallow and assimilate the spiritual capacities of the other.’ Anthropophagy thus possesses a dual valence, in one sense it is literal and ritualistic, and in another, cultural and metaphorical. Illuminated by spotlights in an otherwise darkened room and accompanied by the projection of the artist’s seminal and quasi-manifesto film ‘Catiti-Catiti’ (1974), these sculptures come to life. They embody Pape’s belief that, despite their population’s veritable extinction, ‘the Tupinambá spirit endures in the Brazilian person.’ By employing a host of powerful symbols that evoke the ancient Tupinambá ritual, Pape poetically reimagines and reclaims her nation’s fraught past in these distinctive forms. Defined by a bold use of red plumage—alluding to feather capes originally made with the red feathers of the Guará bird and worn by the Tupinambá when performing their anthropophagic ritual—the works on view are also adorned with cockroaches and protruding body parts, cohering in a totalizing vision of ghostly sensuality. ‘Memória Tupinambá’ (2000) and ‘Trono Tupinambá’ (2000), for example, display a synthesis of these elements, as spheres and thrones adorned with red feathers sport disembodied hands, feet, and breasts, dripping with what appears to be blood rendered with red paint. As an abstract sculptural representation of anthropophagy’s dual nature, ‘Mala Tupinambá’ (2000) hauntingly evokes the diffusion and ingestion of culture: two breasts of a white woman protrude from an open feather-clad suitcase. Here, the uncanny beauty, violence, and objectification of the body are viscerally felt by the viewer. ‘Manto Tupinambá’ (2000) serves as a sort of apex of the series and, by extension, the exhibition, dwarfing the viewer in its profound impact and effect of surprise. A large square piece of sailcloth hangs just above the floor, supported and pulled taught by metal poles positioned around its edges. Countless red feather spheres rest atop it, some harboring cockroaches just below the feathers, while others feature protruding bones: specs of white in a sea of red. The artist has further suggested that the cockroaches, resilient insects capable of living in difficult environments, featured in the remarkable work ‘Caixa das Baratas’ (1967), symbolize indigenous peoples—extinguished and yet somehow eternally present within Brazilian art and culture—and that the sailcloth refers to the arrival of the European, who, one could say, ‘devoured,’ via eradication, and was ‘devoured’ by the Tupinambá. Pape described her conception of this work, saying ‘I wanted to make my ‘Manto Tupinambá’ an extremely beautiful thing, like original Tupinambá feather art, and at the same time seize the terror of death. Because both are present all the time.’ Punctuating the exhibition is a selection of Pape’s ‘Desenhos’ (Drawings) from the 1980s, which serve to anchor her later work in the historic lineage of Neo-Concretism and highlight her artistic trajectory toward an increasingly political and environmentally-minded practice, exemplified by the Tupinambá series. The early ‘Desenhos’ possess a rhythm and cadence evocative of both music and geometrical abstraction. By uniting these two modalities, Pape manifested the very tenets of the Neo-Concrete movement that she, along with Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica, defined years prior—those which seek to break barriers between the intuitive and the intellectual, the spirit and the body—in the construction of a rebellious, unprecedented, and uniquely Brazilian avant-garde. The exhibition culminates in one of Pape’s most emblematic installations, ‘Ttéia 1, C’ (2000/2021), part of the artist’s eponymously titled series first developed in 1978. The word ‘Ttéia,’ which Pape coined, is an elision of the Portuguese word for ‘web’ and ‘teteia,’ a colloquial term for something graceful and delicate. Much like her fellow Neo-Concretists, Pape was driven by experimentation and a desire to unite the space of the artwork with that of the viewer. The Ttéia series enabled her to do just that. These large-scale installations exist within an ethereal space, comprising practically invisible silver or gold thread stretched by hand from floor to ceiling (Ttéia 1, C) or across the corner of two walls (Ttéia 1, A and Ttéia 1, B). Manifesting an illusion of geometric shapes and planes, ‘Ttéia 1, C’ beckons viewers ever closer, enthralling them in an elusive game of light and shadow. One of these ‘Ttéia 1, C’ installations was shown at the 2009 Venice Biennale and was awarded the Special Mention ‘Fare Mondi // Making Worlds.’

Richard Jackson

Richard Jackson: Works with Books



March 20, 2021 - June 6, 2021
Beginning in the early 1970s, lifelong Californian Richard Jackson’s Wall Paintings, Stacks, and Room-themed installations gave rise to a series of landmark innovations in painting, sculpture, performance, installation, and the relations between them. Jackson’s interest in the larger possibilities of artmaking and how it can be done extends to books, as well. Organized by Dagny Corcoran, a longtime friend of Jackson’s and author of the expansive chronology in Hauser & Wirth Publishers’ 2020 monograph on the artist, this Book & Printed Matter Lab presentation highlights Jackson’s artist’s books and supporting archival material, displaying the artist’s preoccupation with the ambiguous requirements of codex, content, format, and purpose of a publication.

Amy Sherald

The Great American Fact



March 20, 2021 - June 6, 2021
On 20 March, Amy Sherald, one of America’s defining contemporary portraitists, will unveil new paintings in her first West Coast solo exhibition. On view at Hauser & Wirth’s Downtown Arts District complex in Los Angeles, ‘The Great American Fact’ presents five works produced in 2020 that extend the artist’s technical innovations and distinctive visual language. Sherald is acclaimed for paintings of Black Americans at leisure that achieve the authority of landmarks in the grand tradition of social portraiture – a tradition that for too long excluded the Black men, women, and families whose lives have been inextricable from the narrative of the American experience. Subverting the genre of portraiture and challenging accepted notions of American identity, Sherald attempts to restore a broader, fuller picture of humanity. She positions her subjects as ‘symbolic tools that shift perceptions of who we are as Americans, while transforming the walls of museum galleries and the canon of art history – American art history, to be more specific.’ Sherald routinely draws upon literary references in her exhibition and the titles for her paintings. With ‘The Great American Fact’ she is referencing an 1892 book by educator Anna Julia Cooper, who wrote that Black people are ‘‘the great American fact’; the one objective reality on which scholars sharpened their wits, and at which orators and statesmen fired their eloquence.’ Sherald here employs Cooper’s statement as a framework for considering ‘public Blackness’ – the way Black American identity is shaped in the public realm. Her paintings celebrate the Black body at leisure, thereby revealing her subjects’ whole humanity. Sherald’s work thus foregrounds the idea that Black life and identity are not solely tethered to grappling publicly with social issues, and that resistance lies equally in a full interior life and an expansive vision of selfhood in the world. With the new paintings on view at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, Amy Sherald continues her effort to ‘paint the things I wish to see’ by depicting Black Americans in scenes of leisure and centered in stillness. Employing techniques long central to the art of portraiture, Sherald underscores the identity of her subjects through visual cues and objects familiar from contemporary Americana – the Barbie logo, fashion denim, surfboards, a picket fence, a convertible – to reinforce their inseparable connection to the nation’s historical and cultural fabric, and to reconstruct conceived notions and reinforce the multiplicities of Black American life. At the heart of Sherald’s practice is her ability to push the boundaries of the medium of paint itself. Three works in the exhibition build upon her technical advancements through the use of monumental scale, figure groupings, and iconographic imagery to hint at unseen narratives. ‘As American as apple pie’ (2020) depicts a couple standing in front of a yellow house in a composition that conjures Grant Wood’s ‘American Gothic’ (1930). But instead of a pitchfork, a cameo, and a wary expression, Sherald’s couple is depicted with the accoutrement of contemporary pleasure. In a pose evocative of James Dean, the man in this painting directs his gaze at the viewer while leaning confidently against a retro convertible. Beside him, a woman wearing oversized sunglasses and a pink T-shirt emblazoned with the Barbie logo, grasps a plastic cup in the shape of a flamingo. Similarly, ‘An Ocean Away’ (2020) depicts two figures together. Set in the dunes of a beach, this painting presents a young boy wearing a surfer’s wetsuit and regarding the viewer directly. The adult man beside him casts his eyes toward the horizon from the spot where they stand. The exhibition also includes portraits of single subjects. ‘A Midsummer Afternoon Dream’ (2020) centers a woman resting on a bicycle in front of a white picket fence and a plot of sunflowers. By contrast, other single subjects in the exhibition are surrounded by monochrome swaths of vibrant color. Among these are ‘A bucket full of treasures (Papa gave me sunshine to put in my pockets…)’ (2020), depicting a man in a zippered pullover emblazoned with its own printed micro-scene, conjuring the memory of a recent beach vacation with its shining sun and lobster tucked within the pocket.

Jenny Holzer Earth Day



April 22, 2020 - May 31, 2020

Rashid Johnson

Untitled Anxious Red Drawings



April 20, 2020 - May 31, 2020

George Condo

Drawings for Distanced Figures



April 1, 2020 - April 30, 2020

Zoe Leonard

The ties that bind



April 1, 2020 - April 30, 2020

Louise Bourgeois

Drawings 1947-2007



April 1, 2020 - April 30, 2020

Larry Bell

Larry Bell. Still Standing



February 20, 2020 - April 11, 2020

Rita Ackermann

Rita Ackermann. Mama ‘19



February 20, 2020 - April 11, 2020

Rita Ackermann

Works on Paper



February 10, 2020 - February 23, 2020

Jack Whitten

Jack Whitten. Transitional Space. A Drawing Survey



January 28, 2020 - April 4, 2020

Rashid Johnson Ceramics



November 22, 2019 - December 8, 2019

Rashid Johnson



November 12, 2019 - January 25, 2020

Mike Kelley



November 12, 2019 - January 25, 2020

Alina Szapocznikow

To Exalt the Ephemeral: Alina Szapocznikow, 1962–1972



October 29, 2019 - December 21, 2019

Thomas Joshua Cooper

Thomas Joshua Cooper: Capes of California



October 24, 2019 - January 19, 2020

Philip Guston

Resilience: Philip Guston in 1971



September 14, 2019 - January 5, 2020

Charles Gaines

Palm Trees and Other Works



September 14, 2019 - January 5, 2020

Amy Sherald

the heart of the matter...



September 10, 2019 - October 26, 2019

Ed Clark



September 10, 2019 - October 26, 2019

Personal Private Public



September 10, 2019 - October 26, 2019

John Chamberlain

Baby Tycoons



September 5, 2019 - October 19, 2019

Forms Larger and Bolder: EVA HESSE DRAWINGS



September 5, 2019 - October 19, 2019