Charles Gaines: Palm Trees and Other Works

Published alongside Charles Gaines’s 2019–20 exhibition at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, this monograph charts the evolution of the palm tree in Gaines’s work from the 1980s to the present. In a new text, David Platzker explores the cultural and art historical contexts of the series, particularly the recent ‘Numbers and Trees’ works, shown for the first time in Los Angeles, that take palm trees as their subject. Also featured is a conversation between Gaines and Cherise Smith, which delves into the conceptual underpinnings of the artist’s work. Additionally, this publication documents and discusses other works from Gaines’s decades-long career, including the ‘Manifestos’ series (2008–18), exploring the threads that unite various parts of his practice.

Publication Details

  • December 2019
  • Text by David Platzker and interview by Cherise Smith
  • Book design: Rita Jules, Miko McGinty Inc.
  • English
  • Hardcover
  • 144 pages
  • 305 x 225 mm
  • 978-3-906915-46-3
  • £40 / $50 / €45

Related Exhibition


Charles Gaines
Palm Trees and Other Works

Beginning 14 September, Hauser & Wirth will present ‘Palm Trees and Other Works,’ its first exhibition with Charles Gaines, noted American artist, educator, and recipient of the 2019 Edward MacDowell Medal. This exhibition will debut new works from his signature Gridworks series. Employing...


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