Art Basel Online Viewing Room

17 - 28 June 2020
  • Luhring Augustine is pleased to present works by 

    Glenn Ligon, Jason Moran, Richard Rezac, and Zarina. 

     

  • Glenn Ligon This selection of Glenn Ligon’s work highlights his hallmark use of text, which is often drawn from the...

    Glenn Ligon

     

    This selection of Glenn Ligon’s work highlights his hallmark use of text, which is often drawn from the writings and speech of diverse figures such as Zora Neale Hurston, Gertrude Stein, and Richard Pryor. Both politically provocative and formally rigorous, Ligon’s work explores issues of history, language, and identity.

     

    Photo by Paul Mpagi Sepuya

  • Jason Moran The composer and musician Jason Moran investigates modes of expression in his practice, often complicating the relationship between...

    Jason Moran

     

    The composer and musician Jason Moran investigates modes of expression in his practice, often complicating the relationship between music and language. In this group of new works on paper, Moran places a sheet of delicate Gampi paper on the keyboard of his piano and covers his fingers in charcoal pigment. Playing familiar Jazz songs or moving his hands in improvisation across the keys, he builds vibrant abstract compositions.

     

    Photo by Clay Patrick McBride

  • Richard Rezac Richard Rezac’s abstract sculptures are rooted in a studious consideration of the history of art, architecture, and design....

    Richard Rezac

     

    Richard Rezac’s abstract sculptures are rooted in a studious consideration of the history of art, architecture, and design. The four sculptures featured in our booth are exemplary of Rezac’s exceptionally precise execution, involving varied materials such as painted cast bronze, wood, aluminum, and cotton. Taciturn, earnest, and magnetic, they toggle between congruence and dissonance, space and form, lightness and solidity.

  • Zarina Zarina’s work is influenced by an interest in mathematics and architecture, reflected in her use of geometry and her...

    Zarina

     

    Zarina’s work is influenced by an interest in mathematics and architecture, reflected in her use of geometry and her emphasis on structural purity. While her work has a minimalist aesthetic, its starkness is tempered by its texture and materiality. Her later collages involving luminous flakes of gold and pewter leaf showcase a relationship with light that moves beyond purely optical concerns and into a more symbolic and spiritual contemplation.

     

    Photo by Ram Rahman

  • Artist Bios

    Glenn Ligon (b. 1960) lives and works in New York. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University in 1982, and attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in 1985.  A mid-career retrospective of Ligon’s work, Glenn Ligon: America, organized by Scott Rothkopf, opened at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2011 and traveled nationally. Ligon has been the subject of solo museum exhibitions at Camden Arts Center in London, the Power Plant in Toronto, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, and the Kunstverein Munich.  He has also participated in major group exhibitions such as the Berlin Biennal (2014), Istanbul Biennal (2011), Documenta XI (2002), Gwangju Biennale (2000), and Venice Biennale (1997) and the Whitney Biennial (1991 and 1993).  Important recent shows include Glenn Ligon: Encounters and Collisions, a curatorial project organized with Nottingham Contemporary and Tate Liverpool, Blue Black, an exhibition Ligon curated at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis, and Glenn Ligon: To be a Negro in this country is really never to be looked at., at the Maria & Alberto De La Cruz Art Gallery at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.  

     

    Jason Moran (b. 1975) lives and works in New York. The acclaimed jazz pianist, composer, and performance artist was born in Houston, TX and earned a degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Jaki Byard. He was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2010 and is the Artistic Director for Jazz at The Kennedy Center. Moran currently teaches at the New England Conservatory. In 2018, Moran had his first solo museum exhibition at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, which traveled to the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.  A monographic publication accompanied the exhibition.

     

    Richard Rezac (b. 1952) lives and works in Chicago. In 2018, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, IL presented Address, an exhibition of Rezac’s work from three decades that garnered enormous critical attention; the exhibition traveled to the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston, TX. Rezac’s work is presently on view in a solo exhibition at Luhring Augustine Chelsea. His work is also currently featured in The Making of Husbands: Christina Ramberg in Dialogue at 49 Nord 6 Est, Lorraine, France; the show originated at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, and will travel to the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK. His work is in the permanent collections of The Art Institute of Chicago, IL; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Dallas Museum of Art, TX; Portland Art Museum, OR; Detroit Institute of Art, MI; and Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; among several others. He has received the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, the Rome Prize Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, among others.

     

    Zarina (1937–2020) was born in Aligarh, India, and after years of itinerant moving, she settled in New York where she lived and worked for over four decades. After receiving a degree in mathematics, she went on to study woodblock printing in Bangkok and Tokyo, and intaglio with S. W. Hayter at Atelier-17 in Paris. She exhibited at numerous venues internationally including representing India at the 2011 Venice Biennale, and her retrospective exhibition entitled Zarina: Paper Like Skin was presented at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles in 2012, followed by the Guggenheim, New York and the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013. Her work is in the permanent collections of Tate Modern, London; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and The Menil Collection, Houston. Most recently, she was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis, MO (2019-2020).