Hauser & Wirth Presents the Two-Venue Project, ‘RETROaction’





Installation view, ‘The Whitney Biennial’, The Whitney Museum, New York, NY, 1993 © Ida Applebroog, Courtesy Hauser & Wirth.

In the early 1990s, a new generation of artists in the United States were using exhibitions to share their outlooks on the social and political turbulence of the time. Two of those exhibitions—which opened in the same year—were the 1993 Biennial Exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and ‘Theater of Refusal: Black Art and Mainstream Criticism,’ curated by artist Charles Gaines at the University Art Gallery (UAG), University of California, Irvine.

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of these landmark shows, Hauser & Wirth is pleased to present ‘RETROaction,’ a two-venue project that will begin at its Upper East Side location in 2023 and continue at its Downtown Los Angeles gallery in 2024. Many of the artists who participated in the seminal exhibitions that inspired ‘RETROaction’ are today recognized as having established the terms of critical cultural debates in the early 1990s. Eight of these artists also now work with Hauser & Wirth.

Artists include Ida Applebroog, Charles Gaines, Mike Kelley, Zoe Leonard, Glenn Ligon, Cindy Sherman, Gary Simmons and Lorna Simpson with Kevin Beasley, Torkwase Dyson,, Leslie Hewitt and Rashid Johnson.

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The Municipal Art Society awards 2023 Brendan Gill Prize To Charles Gaines for ‘The American Manifest: Chapter 1’




Installation view, ‘Charles Gaines: Roots,’ 2022, Times Square, New York NY © Charles Gaines. Presented by Creative Time and Times Square Arts. Photo: Timothy Schenck

The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) has named conceptual artist, Charles Gaines as the winner of the 2023 Brendan Gill Prize for his public art project The American Manifest: Chapter 1.

The award will be presented at The View at The Battery on the evening of Tuesday, September 26. As part of the festivities, Gaines and members of the Brendan Gill Prize Jury will participate in an engaging conversation about the project, his process, and influences. Refreshments and light bites will be served.

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Hauser & Wirth Kicks-Off its Summer Season in Southampton





Angel Otero, Splintered, 2019. Oil skins on fabric. 269.2 x 315 x 12.7 cm/106 x 124 x 5 in. © Angel Otero Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Matthew Hermann

Hauser & Wirth will kick off its summer season in Southampton with a special exhibition celebrating its diverse family of artists.

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Hauser & Wirth presents ‘Charles Gaines.Southern Trees’




Charles Gaines, Numbers and Trees: Charleston Series 1, Tree #8, Sage Way, 2022; Acrylic sheet, acrylic paint, lacquer, wood, 3 parts Unique; Overall: 241.3 x 337.8 x 14.6 cm/95 x 133 x 5 3/4 inches © Charles Gaines. courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen

Hauser & Wirth presents ‘Southern Trees,’ the gallery’s first New York exhibition with distinguished American artist Charles Gaines and his first in the city since 2018. One of the most important conceptual artists working today, the show explores the evolution of Gaines’s complex practice, demonstrating how he has continued to forge new paths within the innovative framework of two of his most acclaimed series, Numbers and Trees and Walnut Tree Orchard. The exhibition’s title, ‘Southern Trees,’ alludes directly to the 150-year-old pecan trees pictured in the new works, and symbolically to the opening lyrics of ‘Strange Fruit,’ Billie Holiday’s haunting protest anthem from the 1930s. Charles Gaines.Southern Trees opening January 26th.

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Charles Gaines: The American Manifest, Chapter 1 Unveiling in Times Square July 13th




Presented by Creative Time, Governors Island, and Times Square Arts, The American Manifest is Charles Gaines’s first public art project, unfolding in three parts over the course of two years across three sites — Times Square, Governors Island, and the banks of the Ohio river in Cincinnati. Featuring both performance and large-scale sculptural works, The American Manifest tells the complicated story of the over 400-year settlement of the United States, focusing on the country’s foundations of colonialism, racial capitalism, democracy, and the legacy of Manifest Destiny. Staged in three chapters, The American Manifest begins in Times Square with a performance-based installation and sculptural series of seven Sweetgum trees.

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