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The Hamptons – “Resilience” at The Eastville Museum through Sept 30th, 2022

Wednesday, September 21st, 2022

Renee Cox, Springs WinterWonderland, 2021, Image courtesy of Superposition Gallery
Renee Cox, Springs WinterWonderland (2021), Image courtesy of Superposition Gallery

On view at Eastville Museum (Eastville Community Historical Society) is a group exhibition titled “Resilience,” honoring the Eastville Museum in Sag Harbor—an institution founded in the 1980s to preserve the history of Black and Indigenous people in the community. Curated by Storm Ascher, the exhibit brings together 21 contemporary artists who have been called to respond visually to the curatorial theme of resilience. The Eastville Museum is situated within the Sag Harbor Hills, Azurest, and Nineveh Subdivisions, (a.k.a SANS) region of Sag Harbor, one of the oldest Black communities of the Hamptons, established in the 1940s. The tight-knit coastline community of SANS, written about at length in Pulitzer Prize winning author Colson Whitehead’s autobiographical novel, Sag Harbor, was officially added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2019.
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New York – Christian Boltanski: “Départ – Arrivée” at Marian Goodman Through October 15th, 2022

Wednesday, September 14th, 2022

Christian Boltanski, Animitas (Mères Mortes) (2017), via Marian Goodman
Christian Boltanski, Animitas (Mères Mortes) (2017), via Marian Goodman

On view this fall in New York City, Marian Goodman will present Départ – Arrivée, a solo presentation by Christian Boltanski that marks the first exhibition in the United States of a number of recent works by the iconic French artist. Mostly conceived by Boltanski himself before his passing in July 2021, the show is an homage to his life and work, offering a lens into the metaphysical preoccupations that drove his artistic practice for over fifty years. The exhibition reflects Boltanski’s ability to suggest the passage of time and the precariousness of our existence as well as his powerful skill as a universal storyteller. Bringing together works from two different time periods, the exhibition demonstrates how the artist, throughout the years, had become more and more interested in creating parabolas beyond the materiality of his works. (more…)

AO Interview: From Allegory to Artificial Intelligence, Zhivago Duncan’s Mythical World

Tuesday, September 13th, 2022

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(Portrait of the artist by Aleph Molinari for Art Observed)

Painter, sculptor, and multi-disciplinary artist Zhivago Duncan reinterprets the myths and archetypes of antiquity to construct an overarching story of the development of human consciousness. Blending mythology and elements of science fiction, he creates elaborate allegorical paintings, kinetic machines, and large-scale raku sculptures that together form his own cosmogony. Zhivago’s multi-ethnic background could be a clue to his desire to hybridize elements of different cultures: his mother escaped Syria to settle in the United States, and his father is of Danish descent. Zhivago’s upbringing was nomadic, taking him from Terre Haute, Indiana to Malta, Saudi Arabia, Berlin, and finally Mexico City, where he currently works and resides. Art Observed met Zhivago at his studio, where he walked us through the inner workings of his mythical worlds and landscapes. (more…)

AO On-Site – Independent 20th Century at Battery Maritime Building Through September 11th, 2022

Friday, September 9th, 2022

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Francesco Clemente at Vito Schnabel, all images via Art Observed

Over the last several years, the Independent Art Fair has built a name for itself as a dynamic and focused exhibition project, culling together small selections of exhibitors that emphasize curation and focus over the sprawling aisles of mega fairs and blue-chip magnets. This year, the fair has launched a new offering for the run of The Armory Show further uptown, titled Independent 20th Century. The show, focusing in on historically-resonant works, makes for a striking new offering during Armory Week, and a fitting continuation of the fair’s well-established focus. (more…)

AO On-Site – SPRING/BREAK Art Show at Atlantic Production Center, 625 Madison Avenue Through September 12th, 2022

Thursday, September 8th, 2022

Macon Reed, via Art Observed
Macon Reed, via Art Observed

The first chills of September are in the air in New York, temperatures are cooling again, and, like clockwork, another art season is now underway, kicked off once again by the opening of the Armory Show and its satellite fairs in New York City. That means that, once again, the night before the fair is the domain of Spring/Break Art Show, the curator-first, project oriented fair that brings together a range of expressive and imaginative works under a broad curatorial banner. Leaving ample space for exploration and investigation, the fair is a perennial highlight, and, now in its 10th year, seems to have hit its stride.

Noah Kloster, via Art Observed
Noah Kloster, via Art Observed

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New York – Matthew Wong: “Paintings from Los Angeles 2016″ at Cheim & Read Through September 10th, 2022

Wednesday, September 7th, 2022

Matthew Wong, The Thinker (2106), via Cheim & Read
Matthew Wong,  (2106), via Cheim & Read

On view this month at Cheim & Read, the late Matthew Wong is the subject of a targeted, curatorially minded show dwelling on a body of bright, colorful works the artist produced during a 2016 stay in Los Angeles. This is Wong’s second solo exhibition at the gallery, which follows Matthew Wong: Footprints in the Wind, Ink Drawings 2013–2017 (May 5–September 3, 2021), a suite of works that charted the artist’s exploration of ink wash on rice paper, materials traditional to Chinese landscape painting, some of which he began while living in Hong Kong and working in Zhongshan, China.  (more…)

AO On-Site: Frieze Seoul at Coex, September 2nd – 5th, 2022

Friday, September 2nd, 2022

Hans Josephson at Max Hetzler, all photos by Art Observed
Hans Josephsohn at Max Hetzler, all photos by Art Observed

With the first notes of fall drifting into the air, and August fading into September, attention turns this week to the South Korean capital of Seoul, where Frieze has opened the latest expansion of its burgeoning art fair franchise, running this weekend. The new fair, led by Frieze Seoul Director Patrick Lee, features over 110 galleries, with a strong focus on Asia alongside a range of galleries from 20 countries. The fair marks the continuation of several years of growth for Frieze, which has added expansions in LA, New York and now Seoul in several years of quick development.

Park Seo-Bo at White Cube
Park Seo-Bo at White Cube

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New York – “Photographic Pictures,” Curated by Anne Collier at Anton Kern Through August 26th, 2022

Friday, August 26th, 2022

Leslie Hewitt, Riffs on Real Time with Ground (Deep Reflection) (2021), via Anton Kern
Leslie Hewitt, Riffs on Real Time with Ground (Deep Reflection) (2021), via Anton Kern

On view this summer at Anton Kern Gallery in New York, Photographic Pictures arranges a body of work drawing on photography and the possibility for expanded senses of perception and representation through the medium. Curated by artist Anne Collier, the show culls together a range of works including pieces by the artist, Luigi Ghirri, Jack Pierson, and Jiro Takamatsu, whose 1972-73 series provides the central inspiration for the show. (more…)

New York – Sabine Moritz at Marian Goodman Through August 19th, 2022

Monday, August 15th, 2022

Sabine Moritz, Lair I (2022), via Marian Goodman
Sabine Moritz, Lair I (2022), via Marian Goodman

On view this summer at Marian Goodman, a solo exhibition by Sabine Moritz brings forth a suite of new large-scale paintings and works on paper. The exhibition, the artist’s first presentation in the New York gallery, follows three previous exhibitions held at Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris. The presentation will be comprised of a new series of abstract paintings and new intimately scaled workson paper, all from 2021-2022. This vibrant, abstract terrain is presented in conjunction with four select representational works. This new body of work can be seen as the next chapter in Moritz’s phenomenological practice –– acts of deep looking that seek to understand the world.

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New York – “SUMMER Nights” at Canada Through August 12th, 2022

Friday, August 12th, 2022

Samantha Vernon, Vacant Lots (2015-2022), via Canada
Samantha Vernon, Vacant Lots (2015-2022), via Canada

This month at Canada, the gallery presents a group show titled SUMMER Nights, featuring work by Addoley Dzegede, Julia Haft-Candell, Gi (Ginny) Huo, Abigail Lucien, Carly Mandel, Mary Manning, Lee Relvas, Beverly Semmes, Fin Simonetti, Hanae Utamura, Sam Vernon, Rachel Eulena Williams, and Kristine Woods. Exploring a range of works that oscillate between various fragments of architecture, the show draws on artists using memory and experience to create works meditating on world building, family, and the abstractions of daily life. (more…)

New York – “Eyes of the Skin” at Lehmann Maupin Through August 12th, 2022

Thursday, August 11th, 2022

Francheska Alcantara, Tiger Jaw IV (2022), via Lehmann Maupin
Francheska Alcantara, Tiger Jaw IV (2022), via Lehmann Maupin

On view this month at Lehmann Maupin in New York, the gallery welcomes New York City-based artist Teresita Fernández to curate a group show for the summer season, bringing together works by Francheska Alcántara, Carolina Caycedo, Adriana Corral, David Antonio Cruz, Kira Dominguez Hultgren, Leslie Martinez, Glendalys Medina, Jeffrey Meris, and Esteban Ramón Pérez. Engaging various degrees of abstraction, the works in the show are united by each artist’s focus on materiality, process, and tactility.  (more…)

New York – “On the Nature of Things” at Andrew Kreps Through August 12th, 2022

Wednesday, August 10th, 2022

On the Nature of Things (Installation View), via Andrew Kreps
On the Nature of Things (Installation View), via Andrew Kreps

On view this month at Andrew Kreps Gallery, the gallery presents a meditation and exploration of the history of Assemblage, culling together a range of works that span over eighty years and drawing from the work of more than forty artists who explored and shaped that mode of practice.  (more…)

London – Kathleen Ryan: “Red Rose” at Josh Lilley Through August 13th, 2022

Tuesday, August 9th, 2022

Kathleen Ryan, Bad Peach (Bite) (2022), via Josh Lilley
Kathleen Ryan, Bad Peach (Bite) (2022), via Josh Lilley

On view this month at Josh Lilley’s London exhibition space, artist Kathleen Ryan presents a new body of works, presenting a series of intriguing topographies and structures that mix together engaging mechanical and organic symbolisms to create peculiar, surreal objects. Walking a line between cityscapes, cells and circuit boards, Ryan’s work mines an engaging and resonant set of commentaries on modern life, suspending her images and objects in a space between technology and bodies.

Kathleen Ryan, Bad Melon (Double Rainbow) (2022), via Josh Lilley
Kathleen Ryan, Bad Melon (Double Rainbow) (2022), via Josh Lilley

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New York – “The Patriot” at O’Flaherty’s Through August 10th, 2022

Monday, August 8th, 2022

The Patriot (Installation View), via O'Flaherty's
The Patriot (Installation View), via O’Flaherty’s

O’Flaherty’s, the gallery project of painter Jamian Juliano-Villani, has, in its short time, has built a reputation for challenging and engaging shows, operating a program that has made the small gallery a central voice in the representation of young artists and historically resonant projects overlooked by larger galleries. It should be no surprise then, that the pioneering space would take an equally iconoclastic and engaged approach to the summer groups show, lampooning the format with The Patriot, an open call exhibition that has packed the gallery to the gills with art for the past month.

The Patriot (Installation View), via O'Flaherty's
The Patriot (Installation View), via O’Flaherty’s

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Hong Kong – Raoul de Keyser: “Replay Again” at David Zwirner Through August 6th, 2022

Thursday, August 4th, 2022

Raoul de Keyser, Come on, play it again nr. 2 (2001), via David Zwirner
Raoul de Keyser, Come on, play it again nr. 2 (2001), via David Zwirner

On view through the end of this week at David Zwirner’s Hong Kong location, artist Raoul de Keyser presents a selection of works the continues and elaborates on a previous show at the gallery in 2021. Among the notable works that will be on view are representative paintings from the Belgian artist’s seminal Come on, play it again; Hal, and Hayward series, made during the height of his career, from the middle of the 1980s to the 2000s. (more…)

New York – “Commonwealth and Council” at Petzel Gallery Through August 5th, 2022

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022

Cayetano Ferrer, Surrogate Pylon Display Unit (replica) (2015-22), via Petzel
Cayetano Ferrer, Surrogate Pylon Display Unit (replica) (2015-22), via Petzel

Marking its entry in a summer of group shows, Petzel Gallery’s uptown space hosts Commonwealth and Council, a show dedicated to the Los Angeles gallery of the same name, celebrating over ten years of work supporting young artists and the growth the gallery has seen in recent years. Founded in 2010, Commonwealth and Council has committed itself to a dynamic program building counter-narratives that reflect individual and collective realities. On view here, artists Cayetano Ferrer, Gala Porras-Kim, Nikita Gale, rafa esparza, and Suki Seokyeong Kang, showcase interests and focuses on the underrepresented, acknowledging that meaning occurs at a host of myriad idiosyncratic registers—and propose alternative modalities of knowledge, speech, and value systems. (more…)

New York – “The odds are good, the goods are odd” at Lisson Through August 5th, 2022

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2022

Hugh Hayden
Hugh Hayden, all images via Art Observed

Lisson Gallery wades into summer group show month with The odds are good, the goods are odd this year, a group exhibition that highlights a new generation of New York-based sculptors. Bringing together artworks across a range of mediums, the presentation showcases the divergent ethoses behind sculpture-making today. The featured artists favor the handmade, creating a spectrum of artworks that range from the polished and conceptual, to the raw and visceral. (more…)

New York – Barbara Kruger at David Zwirner Through August 5th, 2022

Monday, August 1st, 2022

Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Your body is a battlefield) (1989 2020), via David Zwirner
Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Your body is a battlefield) (1989/2020), via David Zwirner

Barbara Kruger makes her first outing with David Zwirner Gallery this summer, marking her inaugural show with the exhibitor three years after announcing she was joining the mega-gallery. Spanning the gallery’s three locations on West 19th Street in New York, the show is a monumental review of her work, and quite a timely one. Kruger powerfully and directly engages with viewers through a distinctive visual language, utilizing images, text, and technology as tools of communication to reveal and question established power structures and social constructs, challenging power structures through their direct address. (more…)

New York – Andreas Gursky at Gagosian Through July 29th, 2022

Friday, July 29th, 2022

Andreas Gurksy, Bauhaus (2020), via Art Observed
Andreas Gurksy, Bauhaus (2020), via Art Observed

On view this summer at Gagosian New York, photographer Andreas Gursky compiles a selection of both new and recent images, continuing his documentation and exploration of the landscape of modernity. Gursky’s large-scale photographs evoke the global flow of information, the chaos of contemporary life competing with the classical desire for order. He portrays the visual extremes of the present moment with an objective eye, capturing built and natural environments on a grand scale in richly detailed images of autobahns and cruise ships, mountains and waterfalls. While comparable in their scope to early nineteenth-century landscape paintings, Gursky’s works retain the precision of photography. Many have been digitally manipulated, and often reveal a sensitivity to the damaging effects of human systems on the natural world. (more…)

New York – “Catechism” at Bridget Donahue Through July 29th, 2022

Thursday, July 28th, 2022

Catechism (Installation View), via Bridget Donahue
Catechism (Installation View), via Bridget Donahue

Throughout the layout of the current group exhibition at Bridget Donahue, one can’t help but trace the works as a series of pointing arrows. Bright colors and strange, lumpen arrangements seem to trade barbs with each other, while other works create a series of conversations on typography and text, design and craft. In each case, the show seems to tug at a series of half-ideas, as if allowing the show to breathe anew in each moment of encounter.

Evelyn Reyes Four Carrots, Pink (2004-2009), via Bridget Donahue
Evelyn Reyes, Four Carrots, Pink (2004-2009), via Bridget Donahue

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New York – Rob Pruitt: “New Faces” at 303 Gallery Through July 29th, 2022

Wednesday, July 27th, 2022

Robb Pruitt, Avery (2022), via 303 Gallery
Robb Pruitt, Avery (2022), via 303 Gallery

On view this month at 303 Gallery, a body of new work by Rob Pruitt marks a continuation of the artist’s mining of the tension between comic renditions, heightened emotional states, and deep, rich engagements with the history of pop art, all centered around his latest series of Face paintings. (more…)

New York – Sarah Ortmeyer: “SPORTS CLUB NEW YORK” at Galerie Eva Presenhuber Through July 29th, 2022

Tuesday, July 26th, 2022

Sarah Ortmeyer, DAVID (2022), via Galerie Eva Presenhuber
Sarah Ortmeyer, DAVID (2022), via Galerie Eva Presenhuber

Combining together a series of works and a range of different approaches and series from her practice, artist Sarah Ortmeyer presents a selection of pieces at Galerie Eva Presenhuber this month, united under the title SPORTS CLUB NEW YORK. 

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New York – Oli Epp: “Don’t You Want Somebody to Love” at Galerie Perrotin Through July 29th, 2022

Monday, July 25th, 2022

Oli Epp, Surrogate (2022), via Perrotin
Oli Epp, Surrogate (2022), via Perrotin

On view this month at Galerie Perrotin, artist Oli Epp collects a range of works that mine a strange and otherworldly relationship with the language of painterly figuration and abstraction. Presenting a series of tightly constructed images that twist and warp bodies into playful new iterations, his works on view moving from human figures to animals to objects, always returning to the same deconstructive approach.

Oli Epp, Dead Center (2022), via Perrotin
Oli Epp, Dead Center (2022), via Perrotin

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New York – B. Wurtz: “Monuments” at Garth Greenan Through July 29th, 2022

Friday, July 22nd, 2022

B. Wurtz, Untitled (2017), via Garth Greenan
B. Wurtz, Untitled (2017), via Garth Greenan

On this month at Garth Greenan Gallery in New York, artist B. Wurtz presents Monuments, featuring a number of the artist’s playful sculptures and mixed media works deconstructing elements of scale and monumentality and marking the artist’s first show at the gallery. Known for his repurposing of everyday flotsam into joyous, humorous, and beautiful sculptural objects. The works in the presentation, spanning the past four decades of Wurtz’s career, take the language of the everyday, and transpose it, creating strange tensions and relationships between materials. (more…)