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New York – Arturo Kameya: “En esa pulga se mezcla nuestra sangre / In that flea, our blood mixes” at GRIMM Through January 15th, 2022

Wednesday, January 12th, 2022
Arturo Kameya, Fleas dream of buying themselves a dog, but dogs just want to go to outer space (2021), via GRIMM

On view at GRIMM this month in New York, artist Arturo Kameya presents a body of works unified under the title En esa pulga se mezcla nuestra sangre / In that flea, our blood mixes. Featuring a range of new works that expand beyond the narratives explored in the artist’s multimedia presentation currently on view in Soft Water Hard Stone, the New Museum Triennial, the show continues Kameya’s investigation of the plasticity of history and time, revisiting events and narratives through perspectives that are at times contradictory, and through the lens of the personal memories of his upbringing in Lima, Peru.

The works in the exhibition reflect upon the ever-fluctuating margins within Lima’s urban middle class community: its aspirations and disappointments, debts and misfortunes, religions and superstitions, farewells and resignations. The exhibition includes works that depict memories of the artist’s childhood home that are recreated with superstitious undercurrents, taking inspiration from diverse sources of his personal archive: family photos, press images, e-commerce sites and more. Various paintings include domestic rituals that feature a Youtube tutorial of a cleansing practice, a tabletop set-up to assist the dead in “crossing over,” and reinterpretations of his family’s furniture topped with offerings of alcohol, souvenirs, medicine and flowers.

Arturo Kameya, Prosperity (2021), via GRIMM

Kameya debuts three paintings in a new series that explore local commercial products borne out of various superstitions. The products chosen for the works are based on cleansing formulas, available in small shops or online, and the images depicted are reinterpretations of Tarot iconography and cleansing bottle labels. Three works from this series are on view as a nod to the popular phrase Salud, dinero y amor.

Arturo Kameya, Afterparty (2021), via GRIMM

The varied motifs explored in the exhibition are encapsulated in the work Fleas dream of buying themselves a dog, but dogs just want to go to outer space (2021). The painting depicts a New Year’s lore, in which people set fire to their old belongings to bid farewell to the year that has just passed. The title refers to aspirational desires that differ in each stage of life, that die little by little throughout each year, only to be revived at the beginning of every new year.

Wrapping up a series of works that negotiate personal experience and intricate historical threads, Kameya’s work is on view through January 15th.

– D. Creahan

Read more:
Arturo Kameya: En esa pulga se mezcla nuestra sangre [Exhibition Site]

New York – Lutz Bacher: “The Lee Harvey Oswald Interview” at Buchholz Through February 5th, 2022

Tuesday, January 11th, 2022
Lutz Bacher, The Betty Center (2010), via Buchholz

In 1976, the artist Lutz Bacher was approached to be interviewed for a volume of artist interviews, a young artist who had adopted a masculine, German-sounding pseudonym that covered her work in an air of conceptual mystique. Accordingly, the interview proved to be something of a challenge, breaking apart the artist’s concepts and motives in a manner that would ultimately force some of her underlying concepts into the light of critical appraisal. This awareness led Bacher to try something different, interviewing herself around one of her long-running fascinations, the assassin of President Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald. Delving into the conspiracies around Oswald and his convenient murder, the interview was then printed over with a series of photostatic prints.

Lutz Bacher, The Lee Harvey Oswald Interview (Negative) (1976-78), via Buchholz

This work, which would ultimately be called The Lee Harvey Oswald Interview, delves into the collective memory of this formative national trauma, and whose story continues to vex skeptics of the official narrative to this day. In the following decades, Bacher would reiterate The Lee Harvey Oswald Interview in different formats, including not only the photostats, but also as live multimedia performances in the ‘80s. The work is presented this month at Galerie Buchholz in New York this month, gathering all versions of the Interview together for the first time, including the positive and negative photostats, the performance and video versions, materials from the 1984 performance, its appearances in her publications, and a series of pasteups.

Lutz Bacher, The Lee Harvey Oswald Interview (Positive), (1976-78), via Buchholz
Lutz Bacher, The Lee Harvey Oswald Interview (Positive) (1976-78), via Buchholz

Each iteration was considering a new, unique version of the work, with the artist introducing various threads and variations on the understanding of the interview and her interests in both Oswald and the obfuscation of her own identity in turn. In Oswald, Lutz would find something like a cypher for her own conspicuously displaced subjecthood, and an example of how unknowability can provoke desire, intrigue, and speculation. In the Interview, she focuses on theories of Oswald having body doubles, and much in the same way, her work ultimately takes on a series of those same body doubles, mirror images of the work that seem to function in unspecified variations.

Lutz Bacher, The Lee Harvey Oswald Interview (Negative) (1976-78), via Buchholz

Taking the artist’s work as a jumping off point to explore her formative ventures into identities and bodies, generative projects and the hazy, nuanced understanding of the artist as operator and creator, the show is a fascinating look into Bacher’s work. This is perhaps best seen in The Betty Center, the preserved collection of her writings, sketches, and collected materials, assembled in a series of binders the artist has designated a work in its own right. Musing on the full scope of her work, the show seems to look at Bacher from both her early works, and her final pieces.

The show closes February 5th.

– D. Creahan

Read more:
Lutz Bacher at Galerie Buchholz [Exhibition Site]

New York – Etel Adnan: “Light’s New Measure” at The Guggenheim Through January 10th, 2022

Thursday, January 6th, 2022
Etel Adnan, Untitled (1985), via Art Observed

Over the course of a lifetime that spanned almost a century, Etel Adnan expressed her prodigious creative and intellectual vision in many forms. In addition to being a visual artist, she is a renowned poet, a prominent journalist, and the author of one of the defining novels of the modern Arab world. Adnan’s biography is notable for its rich convergence of cultural influences. She was born in Lebanon to a Greek mother and Syrian father; grew up speaking French, Arabic, and Greek; and as an adult lived for extended periods in Lebanon, the United States, and France. She began to paint in the late 1950s, while working as a professor of philosophy in Northern California. It was a period when, in protest of France’s colonial rule in Algeria, she renounced writing in French and declared that she would begin “painting in Arabic.”

This winter, the Guggenheim celebrates the late artist with an expansive exhibition of her work, centering in particular around her voluminous body of paintings. Created sitting at a desk with her small canvases laid flat, she would apply pigments directly from the tube, using a palette knife to render compositions of radiant immediacy. Flat planes of color and gentle hues made for striking interpretations of landscape, drawn often from her time gazing out her Sausalito, CA window to view Mount Tamalpais. Long considering herself a painter most intimately tied to the history and culture of California’s landscape and abstract painters, despite her international background and time spent living across a range of cities and nations, Adnan fills her canvases with a lush color and careful balance.

Etel Adnan, Untitled (2012), via Art Observed

Simple geometries recur throughout her work: a red square anchoring abstract forms, a bright circle for the sun, horizontal bands that suggest the sky over the ocean. Despite their modest scale and formal economy, her paintings and drawings are potent visualizations of the sensations of memory and momentary perception that shape inner life. It’s a striking note, considering the history of the artist’s life, and the political realities of her work and experience, to see works that exude an almost confrontational calm and repose, as if the artist ‘s work speaks most loudly in its belief in peace.

The exhibition closes January 10th.

Etel Adnan, Untitled (1965), via Art Observed

– D. Creahan

Read more:
Etel Adnan: Light’s New Measure [Exhibition Site]

New York – Darren Bader: “The American Express Holiday Show” at Harkawik Through January 6th, 2022

Tuesday, January 4th, 2022
Darren Bader, AES-PoPRS5 (2021), via Harkawik

On view this month in New York, the ever-enigmatic Darren Bader has put on a new show of work at Harkawik, continuing his playful repositions and deconstructions of his materials and their cultural assumptions. Continuing his plundering and extraction of the meanings and understandings of the objects he selects and suspends in a constellation of signs and symbols, the show offers a new set of works by the artist.

Darren Bader, AES-PoPRS7 (2021), via Harkawik

The result are a series of slippages between the object and the complex series of assembled cultural meanings and backdrops to leave the viewer to negotiate. Equal parts absurd and cryptic, the works force a delving into the artist’s own logic of assemblage, without ever implying that this might even be a workable course of action. Rather than work against this logic, one can allow themselves to float in and out of the artist’s works, allowing the cultural signifiers and constructions to take on their own meanings, or to slowly fade into the ether, a fascinating point that underscores Bader’s ability to pose questions and leave them hanging.

The show closes January 6th.

Darren Bader, AES-RS1 (2021), via Harkawik

– D. Creahan

Read more:
Darren Bader: The American Express Holiday Show [Exhibition Site]

New York – Keith Mayerson: “My American Dream: This Land is Your Land” at Karma Through January 8th, 2022

Thursday, December 30th, 2021
Keith Mayerson, Dr. Martin Luther King and Family (2021), via Karma

On view this month at Karma in New York, painter Keith Mayerson introduces his most recent entry in his ongoing series This Land is Your Land, a body of work that sees the artist reflecting on American history and culture as a way to look for new horizons and possibilities.

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RIP – Painter Wayne Thiebaud Has Passed Away at the Age of 101

Tuesday, December 28th, 2021

Wayne Thiebaud, Hot Dog with Mustard (1964), via Acquavella
Wayne Thiebaud, Hot Dog with Mustard (1964), via Acquavella

Painter Wayne Thiebaud, for his colorful works depicting commonplace objects—pies, lipsticks, paint cans, ice cream cones, pastries, and hot dogs—as well as for his landscapes and figure paintings–all of which served as early salvos in the development of modern pop art, has passed away at the age of 101.   (more…)

London — Anicka Yi: “In Love With the World” at the Tate Modern Turbine Hall Through January 16, 2022

Monday, December 27th, 2021

Anicka Yi-Turbine Hall-Tate Modern
Anicka Yi, In Love With the World (2021) All images by Aidan Chisholm for Art Observed.

Setting forth her floating biomorphic machines, artist Anicka Yi has reinvigorated Turbine Hall as visitors return to the iconic London site after a two-year pandemic-induced pause. The latest Tate Modern Hyundai Commission, In Love With the World explores the nexus between nature and technology, integrating the biological and the algorithmic. (more…)

New York – Robert Janitz: “Library of a Dream” at Canada Through January 22nd, 2022

Tuesday, December 21st, 2021

Robert Janitz, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg 2 (2021), via Canada
Robert Janitz, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg 2 (2021), via Canada

Currently on at Canada Gallery in New York, artist Robert Janitz returns to his particular style of abstraction, utilizing unique tools and techniques to create geometrically-inspired, colorful compositions. The artist, who has long used loping, gestural forms in his work, here draws new inspiration from the confines of the canvas as a defining element in the production of the pieces. (more…)

London – David Shrigley: ”Mayfair Tennis Ball Exchange” at Stephen Friedman through January 8th, 2022

Monday, December 20th, 2021

David Shrigley, Mayfair Tennis Ball Exchange (Installation View), via Stephen Friedman
David Shrigley, Mayfair Tennis Ball Exchange (Installation View), via Stephen Friedman

Approaching Stephen Friedman’s Mayfair gallery, one is greeted with a large glowing green neon reading “Mayfair Tennis Ball Exchange.” Just beyond the glass, row upon row of gentle green orbs peer back at the viewer, making up artist David Shrigley’s newest exhibition at the gallery. The show, which shares the title with that neon work, makes for a fascinating look at relational work and simple, comical iterations, long a hallmark of the artist’s work. (more…)

New York – Alex Katz at Gladstone Through December 18th, 2021

Thursday, December 16th, 2021

Alex Katz, Yellow House (2020), via Gladstone
Alex Katz, Yellow House (2020), via Gladstone

At the age of 94, Alex Katz is still painting, creating more works in his signature style of elevated coolness. The artist, who continues to paint between Pennsylvania, Maine and New York, marks his first exhibition this month with Gladstone Gallery, where he opens a show of 7 new landscapes that underscore his continued exploration and misery of light, space and balance. (more…)

New York – Caitlin Keogh: “Waxing Year” at Bortolami Through December 18th, 2021

Tuesday, December 14th, 2021

Caitlin Keogh, Waxing Year 2 (2020), via Bortolami
Caitlin Keogh, Waxing Year 2 (2020), via Bortolami

Currently on at Bortolami’s Tribeca exhibition space, Caitlin Keogh marks her third exhibition with the gallery with ‘The Waxing Year,’ a continuation of the artist’s investigations of space, materiality and time. Rendered through a series of intricate acrylics on canvas, the works speak to her ability to fuse imagined states and historical epochs with a deft sense of lyrical dialogue. (more…)

Paris – Claire Tabouret: “Paysages d’Intérieurs” at Perrotin Through December 18th, 2021

Monday, December 13th, 2021

Claire Tabouret, Offrande (pink and brown) (2021), via Perrotin
Claire Tabouret, Offrande (pink and brown) (2021), via Perrotin

This month in Paris, Galerie Perrotin presents a series of new landscape paintings and interiors by the artist Claire Tabouret, continuing a practice of careful historical study and taut, expressive compositions. Painted on colored synthetic fur, the show sees Tabouret continue a practice rooted in dialogue between historical modes and a distinct line of conceptual practice that challenges and reframes the act of painting. (more…)

New York – Pop-Up Exhibition at Bungalow Through December 19th, 2021

Thursday, December 9th, 2021

Luke O'Halloran, Ace of Clubs (2021), via Art Observed
Luke O’Halloran, Ace of Clubs (2021), via Art Observed

Bungalow’s inaugural pop-up space on Orchard Street presents a show of young artists that is equal bits fest and flesh. As you enter the gallery, a re-CAPTCHA inspired work by Mira Dayal cryptically sets the tone. Imbibe, it reads, as if a catechism for absorbing the bounty that awaits. A vertiginous work nearby, presented by Thomas Blair (2021) seems to wink at you with its illusory moiré hatchings. Adjusting your eyes beyond the painting’s edge reveals a beguiling charade of subversion and submission. This is nowhere more apparent than in an untitled work of Justine Neuberger’s where blushing pastels attempt to soften the taut brawn of a BDSM tussle. The deftness in draughtsmanship is something to marvel at, as equally are the brawling scenes of domination on display. Shards of pink and yellow by Kiyoshi Kaneshiro (2021) resound with unexpected harmony as the porcelain shrapnel inheres a composition that is at once fragile and fraught.  (more…)

New York – Nicolas Party: “Watercolors” at Karma Through January 8th, 2022

Tuesday, December 7th, 2021

Nicolas Party, Trees (2020), via Karma
Nicolas Party, Trees (2020), via Karma

Currently on view at Karma’s New York exhibition space, artist Nicolas Party is presenting Watercolor, a solo exhibition of around fifty recent watercolor paintings by the artist that underscores his commitment to the medium and his interest in expanding its grammar and possibilities. The show, which marks a specific focus in the artist’s broader output, offers a fascinating look into Party’s more subtle and small-scale compositions. (more…)

Mexico City – “Vivarium” at JO-HS Gallery Through December 4th, 2021

Monday, December 6th, 2021

Vivarium (Installation View), via Anfisa Vrubel for Art Observed
Vivarium (Installation View), via Anfisa Vrubel for Art Observed

Tucked away on a quiet side street in the heart of Mexico City’s San Miguel Chapultepec neighborhood, the new JO-HS Gallery is a stone’s throw away from the frenetic energy of the city, and yet a world apart. Draped by a cascade of ivy, the two-story modernist building that houses the gallery was designed by the architect Carlos Herrera in 1981, and served as his studio and workspace for several decades. It was recently taken over and renovated by Elisabeth Johs, curator and owner of the eponymous gallery. Inspired by the vibrant art and culture scene in Mexico City, Johs set out to create a new type of cultural space that would be a hybrid between a gallery, studio space, and artist residency. (more…)

AO On-Site – Miami: NADA Miami at Ice Palace Studios, December 1st – 4th, 2021

Thursday, December 2nd, 2021

Jenny Morgan at Mother Gallery
Jenny Morgan at Mother Gallery

With the proceedings of Art Week Miami winding on, the halls at the Miami Beach Convention Center continue to draw massive crowds of both buyers and visitors, its luxe appointments and impressive stock of established blue chip works commanding big headlines and even bigger price tags. But across Biscayne Bay, the New Art Dealers Alliance had kicked off its annual take on the Miami Fair Week. NADA Miami, set up inside the Ice Palace Film Studios, puts itself forward as showcasing new art and to celebrating the rising talents from around the globe, exploring new or underexposed art that is not typical of the “art establishment,” by their words. NADA Miami is also the one of the only major American art fairs to be produced by a non-profit organization, and is recognized as a much needed alternative assembly of the world’s youngest and strongest art galleries dealing with emerging contemporary art.

Hou Zichao at Downs & Ross
Hou Zichao at Downs & Ross

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AO On-Site – Miami Beach: Untitled Art Fair, November 29th – December 4th, 2021

Tuesday, November 30th, 2021

Andy Dixon at Over The Influence, via Art Observed
Andy Dixon at Over The Influence, via Art Observed

Located just off the beachside drag of Ocean Drive, amid the sandy hills of Miami Beach and the Atlantic Ocean, Untitled Art Fair has once again raised its posts and opened its doors for its annual show during Miami Art Week. Place amid meandering beachgoers and booming soundsystems, as well as the annual throng of Art Basel Miami Beach visitors, the fair has one of the more unique positions in a week full of unique offerings, one that balances some of the most familiar sights of the city with the impressive work on view inside.

Untitled Art Fair, via Art Observed
Untitled Art Fair, via Art Observed

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New York – Maria Lassnig: “The Paris Years, 1960–68” at Petzel Through December 17th, 2021

Monday, November 29th, 2021

Maria Lassnig, Napoleon und Brigitte Bardot (1961), via Petzel
Maria Lassnig, Napoleon und Brigitte Bardot (1961), via Petzel

On view this month at Petzel Gallery in New York, the gallery presents a meticulously curated look at the work of Maria Lassnig during her time in Paris. Maria Lassnig: The Paris Years, 1960–68, showcases a range of pieces rarely seen in the U.S., a formative set of works that show her exploring and honing what would become her iconic mode of portraiture and abstraction.  (more…)

Greenwich, CT – David Salle at The Brant Foundation Art Study Center Through April 1st, 2022

Thursday, November 18th, 2021

David Salle, Sky King (1998), via Art Observed
David Salle, Sky King (1998), via Art Observed

Open now at the Brant Foundation Art Study Center, painter David Salle is the subject of comprehensive survey of the the artist’s work, exploring a selection of works culled from both the Brant Collections and from a series of international loans. Underscoring the artist’s continued investigation and elaboration on a range of visual languages and histories of painterly craft, particularly in his exploration and visual mash-ups and shifting perceptual frames, the show showcases Salle’s evolution, over 40 years across a broad, yet a tightly controlled visual syntax.

David Salle, Ice Flow (2001), via Art Observed
David Salle, Ice Flow (2001), via Art Observed

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New York – Mark Tansey: “Recent Paintings and Graphite Drawings” at Gagosian Through December 18th, 2021

Wednesday, November 17th, 2021

Mark Tansey, Resight (2019), via Art Observed
Mark Tansey, Resight (2019), via Art Observed

Currently on at Gagosian Gallery in New York, the dealer has compiled a body of new and recent work by painter Mark Tansey, spanning the past six years of work and running through a range of both paintings and graphite drawings mixed with oil and water. (more…)

RIP – Artist Etel Adnan Has Passed Away at the Age of 96

Monday, November 15th, 2021

 

 

 

Etel Adnan, Untitled (2015), via White Cube
Etel Adnan, Untitled (2015), via White Cube

Artist Etel Adnan, the artist and writer whose colorful, minimalist landscapes and incisive writing about political conflict, trauma, and the Middle East made her a diverse and expressive voice in the Contemporary Arts landscape, has passed away at the age of 96. Adnan, raised in Lebanon but based in California for the past several decades, was an international literary figure, and a powerful fixture in the exploration and criticism of violence and war.

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Paris – Danh Vo at Chantal Crousel Through November 20th, 2021

Monday, November 15th, 2021

Danh Vo (Installation View), via Chantal Crousel
Danh Vo (Installation View), via Chantal Crousel

Currently on view at Galerie Chantal Crousel in Paris, artist Danh Vo continues a body of work mining disparate historical and biographical threads to realize densely layered environments that challenge and complicate shared understandings of history and meaning. (more…)

New York – Diane Simpson: “Point of View” at JTT Gallery Through November 13th, 2021

Friday, November 12th, 2021

Diane Simpson, Roof Shape (Ise), (2019), via JTT
Diane Simpson, Roof Shape (Ise), (2019), via JTT

Currently on at JTT Gallery in New York, Chicago-based artist Diane Simpson marks her second show at the gallery with Point of View, a show drawing on a range of architectural sources, as well as her own personal archive of drawings from the early 1980s to render a series of unique objects mixing a fanciful exploration of reality alongside conceptual operations.  (more…)

New York – Neo Rauch: “The Signpost” at David Zwirner Through December 18th, 2021

Friday, November 12th, 2021

Neo Rauch, Die Pumpe (2021), via Art Observed
Neo Rauch, Die Pumpe (2021), via Art Observed

Currently on at David Zwirner’s New York exhibition space, artist Neo Rauch has brought forth a body of new works unified under the title The Signpost, a set of new paintings that mark his first show in New York since 2014. Known for his rich color palette and dreamy, surreal motifs, the artist’s work makes a striking return to the city.

Neo Rauch, Wegweiser (2021), via Art Observed
Neo Rauch, Wegweiser (2021), via Art Observed

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