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Exhibition

New Work: Charles Gaines

March 6–September 12, 2021

Floor 4

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New Work: Charles Gaines presents Manifestos 4 (2020), an installation comprising four drawings, two videos, and a musical composition for sextet as well as Sky Box II (2020), an immersive experience of text and the unknown. The conceptual artist’s new works emerge from research into the Dred Scott Decision of 1857, which decreed that Black people were not U.S. citizens and therefore could not sue for their right to freedom. Many believe the ruling, one of the most controversial decisions of the Supreme Court, authorized racism and has left an indelible stain on the foundation of this country. In his charged return to this historical court ruling and its trial documents, Gaines disarms these texts by subjecting them to his rules-based methodologies, disrupting our understanding of rational information and the realm of the sublime.


Exhibition Preview

Charles Gaines, Sky Box II, 2020; courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Installation view in New Work: Charles Gaines, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2021. Photo: Katherine du Tiel
Charles Gaines, Manifestos 4 (installation detail), 2020; courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Installation view in New Work: Charles Gaines, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2021. Photo: Katherine du Tiel
Charles Gaines, Sky Box I, 2011; courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth; © Charles Gaines; photo: Robert Wedemeyer
Charles Gaines, Manifestos 3, 2018 (detail); courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth; © Charles Gaines; photo: Fredrik Nilsen

Watch

“Why is a bird a bird, and I’m not?” +  Sublime Systems

A maker of art for thought, artist Charles Gaines discusses the beauty in being the artist your vision requires you to be, challenging the binary between aesthetics and ideas, and using systems to produce works that exceed imagination.

 

 

Major support for New Work: Charles Gaines is provided by Randi and Bob Fisher.

Generous support is provided by Alka and Ravin Agrawal, Joachim and Nancy Hellman Bechtle, Charles and Ivette Esserman, Katie Hall and Tom Knutsen, Adriane Iann and Christian Stolz, Katie and Matt Paige, SFMOMA’s Contemporaries, Sheri and Paul Siegel Exhibition Fund, Mei and Allan Warburg, Robin Wright and Ian Reeves, and Sonya Yu and Zachary Lara.

Header image: Charles Gaines, Manifestos 3, 2018 (detail); courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth; © Charles Gaines; photo: Fredrik Nilsen