The Natural World

On the occasion of Alexander Berggruen’s two-part exhibition The Natural World, we are delighted to share a new editorial feature in which Kirsten Cave connects the works in both exhibitions and discusses the emergent themes. Driven by statements from the artists about their work, Cave acknowledges the historical condition of climate change and explores how “attitudes and approaches to The Natural World range from studies of subject matter, line, color, and form, to meditations on symbolism, history, and projection.”

Installation view of The Natural World: Part II (March 9-April 13, 2022), Alexander Berggruen, NY. Photo: Dario Lasagni

Anna Kunz: With Rays

We are pleased to share with you a new essay, “Anna Kunz: With Rays,” written by Nell Andrew. Following the artist’s gesture and her inspirations from modernism, Andrew dives into the life Kunz imbues into her paintings via color.

This essay was published on the occasion of the exhibition Anna Kunz: With Rays (October 20-November 20, 2021) at Alexander Berggruen, NY.

Installation view of Anna Kunz: With Rays (October 20-November 20, 2021) at Alexander Berggruen, NY. Photo: Dario Lasagni
Emma Webster A Setting Scene, 2021 oil on canvas 40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm.)

“You Cannot Stand in the Middle of This” | Chris Rurik

Narration of the catalogue essay “You Cannot Stand in the Middle of This” by Chris Rurik for the exhibition Emma Webster: Green Iscariot is available on Apple Podcasts and YouTube.

Essay and narration by Chris Rurik. Sound by Jonathan Apgar.

Angie Jennings: Guides from the night fields | Mini Interview

Angie Jennings explores the limits and structures of our visible spectrums in relation to identity and the unknown through her emanant drawings on black paper and her sculptures. On the occasion of our exhibition Angie Jennings: Guides from the night fields (July 21–August 31, 2021), we spoke with the artist about her work.

Installation view of Angie Jennings: Guides from the night fields (July 21–August 31, 2021) at Alexander Berggruen, NY. Photo: Bryan Toro
Installation view of Yuri Yuan: River Flows in You (July 21–August 31, 2021) at Alexander Berggruen, NY.

Yuri Yuan: River Flows in You | Mini Interview

Yuri Yuan’s paintings capture fleeting illuminations of loneliness, rendered in enigmatic abstracted elements and environments of disconnect. On the occasion of our exhibition Yuri Yuan: River Flows in You (July 21–August 31, 2021), we spoke with New York-based artist Yuri Yuan about her work.

Shapes (April 21-May 27, 2021) at Alexander Berggruen, New York

Shapes | Mini Interviews

On the occasion of our exhibition Shapes (April 21-May 27, 2021), we spoke with artists Rana Begum, Ethan Cook, Marie Hazard, Sheree Hovsepian, Paul Kremer, Anna Kunz, and Joel Shapiro about their work.

Brittney Leeanne Williams: Black Women at/in the Bend

We are pleased to share with you a new essay, “Brittney Leeanne Williams: Black Women at/in the Bend,” written by New York-based curator, producer, and multidisciplinary artist Niama Safia Sandy. Through historical, societal, and spiritual lenses, Sandy explores Williams’s portrayal of the Black female experience and the portals Williams’s paintings open for Black women.

This essay was published on the occasion of Brittney Leeanne Williams: The Arch Is a Portal Is a Belly Is a Back (March 5-April 14, 2021) at Alexander Berggruen, NY.

Danny Fox Langley in the Garden, 2020 acrylic on canvas 60 x 72 in. (152.4 x 182.9 cm.)

Danny Fox: Feedback Loop of Visual Reference

We are pleased to share with you a new essay, “Danny Fox: Feedback Loop of Visual Reference,” written by Kirsten Cave. This essay explores Fox’s collaboration with photographer Kingsley Ifill, the basis for the paintings included in Danny Fox: The Sweet and Burning Hills (Alexander Berggruen, New York, January 12-February 26, 2021).

From the first group of related photographs and drawings in the 19th century to early pornographic postcards to contemporary pop culture, Fox’s new body of work exists in conversation with the rich history of photography’s influence on drawing and painting.

Virtual Panel with Minku Kim and Ted Gahl

Virtual Panel with Minku Kim and Ted Gahl at Alexander Berggruen

We are pleased to share with you a recording of the Virtual Panel we held on Thursday, October 1 with the artists in our two concurrent exhibitions Minku Kim: Foundation and Ted Gahl: Paintings (September 1-October 14, 2020), moderated by independent curator Francesca Altamura.

Emma Webster Fawn, 2020 oil on linen 96 x 78 in. (245 x 200 cm.)

Animal Kingdom – Mini Interviews

Alexander Berggruen is pleased to share mini interviews with select artists included in our exhibition Animal Kingdom (June 26-August 29, 2020).

Alexander Berggruen Quarters Install

Quarters: Anne Buckwalter, Dustin Hodges, JJ Manford, Brittney Leeanne Williams – Small-Format Interviews

Alexander Berggruen conducted Small-Format Interviews with each of the artists in our exhibition Quarters: Anne Buckwalter, Dustin Hodges, JJ Manford, Brittney Leeanne Williams (March 18-May 27, 2020).

Still of Quarters: Anne Buckwatler, Dustin Hodges, JJ Manford, Brittney Leeanne Williams Panel

Quarters: Anne Buckwalter, Dustin Hodges, JJ Manford, Brittney Leeanne Williams – Live Virtual Panel

On Saturday, May 2, at 5 pm Eastern, Alexander Berggruen hosted a Live Virtual Panel with the artists in our past exhibition, Quarters: Anne Buckwalter, Dustin Hodges, JJ Manford, Brittney Leeanne Williams, moderated by art writer and curator Osman Can Yerebakan.

Emily Mae Smith The Studio, Pieta, 2019 oil on linen 11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm.)

Emily Mae Smith on Her Painting The Studio, Pieta

In speaking about the present painting, Emily Mae Smith noted: “I see the cherry as a symbol of feminine sexuality, here performing a cartoon of masculine gender. The Studio is meant to conjure all of our historical feelings of who artists are.”

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