Artist Talk: Charles Gaines with Thelma Golden, Laura Owens, & Gary Simmons

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Artist Charles Gaines joins Thelma Golden, Laura Owens, and Gary Simmons for a discussion about his systematic approach to artmaking.

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Charles Gaines, noted American artist, educator, and recipient of the 2019 Edward MacDowell Medal, joins Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum, Laura Owens, and Gary Simmons, LA-based artists and former students of Gaines, for a discussion about his systematic approach to artmaking and his new works presented in ‘Palm Trees and Other Works.’

This event is free, however, reservations are recommended.

About Charles Gaines

A pivotal figure in the field of Conceptual Art, Charles Gaines’s body of work engages formulas and systems that interrogate relationships between the objective and the subjective realms. Using a generative approach to create a series of works in a variety of mediums, he has built a bridge between the early conceptual artists of the 1960s and 1970s and subsequent generations of artists pushing the limits of conceptualism today.

Gaines lives and works in Los Angeles, and has been a member of the CalArts School of Art faculty since 1990. He has been the subject of numerous exhibitions in the United States and internationally, and his work is in prominent public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York NY, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York NY, the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York NY and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles CA. Gaines’ work was presented at the Venice Biennale in 2007 and 2015.

About Thelma Golden

Thelma Golden is Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, the world’s leading institution devoted to visual art by artists of African descent. Her curatorial experience includes a decade at the Whitney Museum of American Art, during which time she organized numerous groundbreaking exhibitions, including ‘Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in American Art, in 1994.’

Under her leadership since 2000, the Studio Museum has gained increased renown as a global leader in the exhibition of contemporary art, a centre for innovative education, and a cultural anchor in the Harlem community. Golden is an authority on contemporary art by artists of African descent and an active lecturer and panelist speaking about contemporary art and culture at national and international institutions.

About Laura Owens

Laura Owens lives and works in Los Angeles. She studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the California Institute of Arts. For more than twenty years, Owens has pioneered an innovative approach to painting that challenges traditional assumptions about the nature of figuration and abstraction, the relationships among avant-garde art, craft, and pop culture, and the interplay between painting and contemporary technologies. Her work is characterized by a ranging, nuanced and often humorous approach to her medium, one that has seen her embrace and reinvent sources from inside and outside the canon – whether avant-garde, decorative, high-brow, popular or personal. Owens was recently the subject of a retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2017-19), Dallas Museum of Art and MOCA Los Angeles. Other recent solo exhibitions include those at CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco (2016) and Secession, Vienna (2015). In summer 2020, the artist will present an exhibition at Cleveland Museum of Art in collaboration with high school students participating in the CMA’s Arts Mastery program. Owens is represented by Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York / Rome; Sadie Coles HQ, London; and Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne.

About Gary Simmons

Gary Simmons, a LA based artist, utilizes icons of US pop culture, architecture, and film in his drawings and paintings, which address personal and societal issues of class and race. Racial identity and politics are essential to his work, ruminating on how perception of the past creates uncertainties in the formation of present and future American society. Simmons ​received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 1988, and his MFA from CalArts in 1990. Shortly thereafter he was awarded both the National Endowment for the Arts Interarts Grant and the Penny McCall Foundation Grant.

Photo: Charles Gaines, ‘Numbers and Trees: Palm Canyon, Palm Trees Series 2, Tree #10, Tübatulabal’, 2019 © Charles Gaines. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen

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