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New York – Olga Balema: “Brain Damage” at Bridget Donahue Through July 26th, 2019

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

Olga Balema, Brain Damage (Installation View), via Bridget Donahue
Olga Balema, Brain Damage (Installation View), via Bridget Donahue

Upon entering the gallery space at Bridget Donahue this month, one is greeted by a peculiar selection of objects.  Small-scale, think strips of elastic material are laid up against the walls of the space, or twisted out along the floor.  The pieces, with their slight impressions upon the viewer’s perception of space, seems to lend the already raw Chinatown space a look of material temporality, of objects held in momentary sway, as if left behind in between residents.  (more…)

New York – Piero Manzoni: “Lines” and “Materials of His Time” at Hauser & Wirth Through July 26th, 2019

Saturday, June 29th, 2019

Piero Manzoni, Achrome (1961-62), via Hauser & Wirth
Piero Manzoni, Achrome (1961-62), via Hauser & Wirth

In 1960, at the height of his artistic maturity and of his awareness on the gradual path and progression of his work, artist Piero Manzoni would branch out into a series of material experimentations and evolutions that would mark one of the most prolific stages in his career, and also one of the most conceptually fruitful. The artist, utilizing diverse natural and synthetic materials, such as cotton wool, canvas, polystyrene, phosphorescent paint, and even bread, stones, and straw, would ultimately create a broad range of his Achromes, arrangements of material that both draw on their compositional elements and on their sheer mass to create a new awareness of the object and the space around it, a new manner of seeing branching directly out from the piece itself. Simultaneously, the artist would explore a range of other practices and performative works, focusing in particular on the realization and execution of extensive “lines,” traced across papers, photos, and even across the gallery space. Delving into this important period in the artist’s career, Hauser & Wirth New York has brought together two concurrent exhibitions devoted to the artist’s work, unfolding over two floors and focusing on Manzoni’s most significant bodies of work.

Piero Manzoni, Linea m15,81 (1959), via Hauser & Wirth
Piero Manzoni, Linea lunga 7200 metri (1960), via Hauser & Wirth

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AO Auction Results – London: Phillips 20th Century and Contemporary Evening Sale, June 27th, 2019

Friday, June 28th, 2019

Roy Licthenstein, The Conductor (1975), Final Price: £4,977,000 via Phillips
Roy Lichtenstein, The Conductor (1975), Final Price: £4,977,000 via Phillips

With minimal fanfare and a steady hand, Phillips Auctions rounded out a well-managed evening sale of Contemporary and 20th Century works yesterday evening, closing a 36 lot sale to a final sales total of £35.9 million  with 5 lots going unsold.  The evening marks another strong and reliable outing for the auction house, making itself felt in the blue-chip market with increasingly strong results.  (more…)

New York – Julia Scher: “American Promises” at Ortuzar Projects Through July 26th, 2019

Thursday, June 27th, 2019

Julia Scher, Glückshaube (2006), via Ortuzar Projects
Julia Scher, Glückshaube (2006), via Ortuzar Projects

For over three decades, artist Julia Scher has explored the relationship between surveillance, authority, and exhibitionism, orchestrating complex and intimate explorations of the way human and non-human parts of the modern technological apparatus function, both in the creation of and the limitations of personal expression and individual freedom in the modern world. Delving into how technology creates new and divergent relationships to the existing structures of power, Scher investigates just how these relationships bound and inform our place in the world. (more…)

AO Auction Results – London: Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale, June 26th, 2019

Wednesday, June 26th, 2019

Francis Bacon, Self-Portrait (1975), via Sotheby's
Francis Bacon, Self-Portrait (1975), Final Price: £16,542,650 via Sotheby’s

Following up on a steady, reliable auction last night at Christie’s, Sotheby’s came out swinging this evening, marking a £69,720,050 sale in London that showcased a relatively strong market and ample interest for works at the highest levels of the blue-chip market.  The evening’s sale, which saw 4 of the 43 lots on offer go unsold, marked a strong closing for the first half of the year at Sotheby’s, and brings the season one step closer to conclusion. (more…)

New York – Joan Mitchell: “I carry my landscapes around with me”

Wednesday, June 26th, 2019

Joan Mitchell, La Seine (1967), via David Zwirner
Joan Mitchell, La Seine (1967), via David Zwirner

Currently on view at David Zwirner’s 537 West 20th Street location in New York, the gallery is presenting  a selection of multi-paneled paintings by American master Joan Mitchell, the first exhibition to look specifically at Mitchell’s work in this format, and the possibilities for her work brought forth through the use of expansive amounts of space. (more…)

AO Auction Results – London: Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sale, June 25th, 2019

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sabado por la Noche (Saturday Night) (1984), via Christie's
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sabado por la Noche (Saturday Night) (1984), via Christie’s

Marking the first of the week’s trio of Contemporary and Post-War Auctions in London this week, Christie’s has capped a 35-lot offering to a final of $45,346,950, a strong figure that saw only three works go unsold with ample interest from buyers to keep the evening moving quickly and relatively smoothly.  The sale marks something of a snap back into form for the auction house following a dire struggle last week during its Impressionist/Modern offering, and seemed to signal emerging blue-chip markets for several younger artists. (more…)

Berlin – Adam Pendleton: ‘Who We Are’ at Galerie Max Hetzler Through June 29th, 2019

Monday, June 24th, 2019

Adam Pendleton, Ishmael in the Garden A Portrait of Ishmael Houston-Jones (2018), via Max Hetzler
Adam Pendleton, Ishmael in the Garden: A Portrait of Ishmael Houston-Jones (still) (2018), via Max Hetzler

On view at Berlin’s Galerie Max Hetzler, artist Adam Pendleton is presenting a body of new works under the title Who We Are, spread between both locations in the German capital: Bleibtreustraße 45 and Goethestraße 2/3, and marking Pendleton’s first show with the gallery.  The show, drawing on a range of cultural and aesthetic touchstones, presents itself as a sort multi-layered cultural history, intersecting music and film, dance and personal narrative through a series of video and wall-mounted works. (more…)

New York – Yuji Agematsu: ‘1995 & 2003′ at Miguel Abreu Through June 21st, 2019

Friday, June 21st, 2019

Yuji Agematsu, Zip 10.01.03 ... 10.31.03 (2003), via Miguel Abreu
Yuji Agematsu, zip: 10.01.03 … 10.31.03 (2003), via Miguel Abreu

Currently on view at Miguel Abreu, Japanese-born, Brooklyn-based artist Yuji Agematsu has brought forth a diverse and expressive body of works to the galleries’ 88 Eldridge space, a selection of works delving into notions of urban space and the dense material fusions that it is capable of producing. Connecting the various processes and movements of the New York City streets into a productive engine of its own, the Agematsu’s work chains together disparate spaces and perceptions of reality. (more…)

RIP – Artist Robert Therrien Has Passed Away at 71

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

Robert Therrien (Installation View), via Art Observed
Robert Therrien (Installation View), via Art Observed

Robert Therrien, an artist whose impressively-scaled sculptures of banal objects and everyday scenes was capable of twisting a viewer’s sense of time and space, has passed away at the age of 71 .  The news was broken by Gagosian, which represents him.   (more…)

AO Auction Recap – London: Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Evening Sale, June 19th, 2019

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

Amedeo Modigliani, Jeune homme assis, les mains croisées sur les geno (1918), via Sotheby's
Amedeo Modigliani, Jeune homme assis, les mains croisées sur les geno (1918), Final Price: £18,422,000 via Sotheby’s

The first batch of Summer auctions are in the books in London tonight, as Sotheby’s capped off its Impressionist and Modern Evening Sale with results that seemed to emphasize a steadied ship following the announcement of the auction house’s sale to Patrick Drahi earlier this week.  The auction house, capitalizing on a strong offering of works, moved methodically through the evening, selling 23 of the 25 works on offer for a final tally of £98,875,924. (more…)

New York – Tarek Atoui: “Organ Within” at kurimanzutto Through June 25th, 2019

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

Tarek Atoui, Organ Within (Installation View), via kurimanzutto
Tarek Atoui, Organ Within (Installation View), via kurimanzutto

Walking into Kurimanzutto’s cabinet space on New York’s Upper East Side, one is greeted with a slow, droning sonic atmosphere, a series of prickly overtones and delicate aural structures that emanate from a series of plastic tubes, fabric resonators and other materials spread across the floor in a seemingly haphazard fashion. This is artist Tarek Atoui’s ‘Organ Within,’ an installation of the artist’s “open sound laboratory” project. (more…)

AO Auction Recap – London: Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Evening Sale, June 18th, 2019

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

Pablo Picasso, Homme et femme nus (1968), via Christie's
Pablo Picasso, Homme et femme nus (1968), final price: £12,464,250, via Christie’s

With several strong auctions behind them in the past months, the last Impressionist/Modern Evening Sale of the first half of 2019 looked to be a victory lap for Christie’s, a last shot at European collectors after a bustling spring season capped off by Basel and the Biennale. But a last burst of buyer interest wasn’t in the cards this evening, as the London auction house struggled royally over the course of a 34 lot sale that saw 10 of the works go unsold, including several major trophies that drove the sale to an anemic final of £36,413,750. (more…)

AO Auction Preview – London Auction Week: June 18th – 27th, 2019

Monday, June 17th, 2019

Fernand Léger, Femme dans un fauteuil (1913), via Christie's
Fernand Léger, Femme dans un fauteuil (1913), via Christie’s

With the hottest months of the year settling in across the US and Europe, the secondary market will get one last chance to catch some heat of its own. Over the course of the next two weeks, the major auction houses will present a final look at the strength of the secondary market before the summer recess, capping off what has been something of a rebound after a few sluggish years of growth from 2017 to late last year. With two weeks of sales lined up in London this month, interested parties should get a look at just how the auction houses will look to keep that momentum going. (more…)

New York – David Shrigley: ‘FLUFF WAR’ at Anton Kern Through June 15th, 2019

Saturday, June 15th, 2019

David Shrigley, FLUFF WAR (2019), via Anton Kern
David Shrigley, FLUFF WAR (2019), via Anton Kern

In his seventh solo exhibition at Anton Kern Gallery, entitled FLUFF WAR, British artist David Shrigley continues his particular style of wry, surrealist humor through a selection of works, including a large-scale kinetic sculpture, two neon sculptures, and 100 new drawings. (more…)

Basel: Continuing Abstraction, June 10th – 16th at the Soon to Open Gagosian Basel, Rheinsprung 1

Friday, June 14th, 2019

Jackson Pollock, Moon Vibrations (1953-55), via Art Observed
Jackson Pollock, Moon Vibrations (1953-55), all images via Andrea Nguyen for Art Observed

Continuing Abstraction is a fitting title for the exhibition just opened at Rheinsprung 1, another pop-up fair exhibition by the mighty Gagosian Gallery that simultaneously serves as the inauguration for its 17th permanent exhibition space worldwide. Marking both an exploration and elaboration on the language of abstraction, both in the past and through today, the show seems to look back at Gagosian’s impact on contemporary art, intertwined with the languages of abstraction that have changed and evolved over the past century. (more…)

RIP – Painter Joyce Pensato Has Passed Away at the Age of 78

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Joyce Pensato, Liza at Berlin (2009), via Petzel
Joyce Pensato, Liza at Berlin (2009), via Petzel

American painter Joyce Pensato, whose recurring cast of American pop icons and slurred, often disturbing renditions of familiar cartoon characters made her a standout of the late 20th Century New York downtown scene, has passed away at the age of 78. (more…)

AO On-Site – Basel, Switzerland: Liste Art Fair, June 10th – 16th, 2019

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

B.DONAHUE @ LISTE 2019

Bridget Donahue at Liste, via gallery

Liste Art Fair has returned to Warteck, a former brewery on the banks of the Rhine now serving as an exhibition and performance space, for another year of exhibitions showcasing adventurous and exploratory projects from a range of galleries around the globe. Liste continues to build on its position as one of the central hubs for the week of Art Basel, priding itself on a careful curation of young galleries, dynamic, forward-thinking works, and a roster of performances that remains one of the week’s main draws.

Adan Vallecillo, Saturacion Doble (2019), via Livia Benavides
Adan Vallecillo, Saturacion Doble (2019), via Livia Benavides

Adan Vallecillo, Saturacion Doble (detail) (2019), via Livia Benavides
Adan Vallecillo, Saturacion Doble (detail) (2019), via Livia Benavides

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AO On-Site – Basel, Switzerland: Art Basel Art Fair, June 13th – 16th, 2019

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019


Olaf Nicolai, Big Sneaker (2001), all photos via Art Observed

The first day is in the books as Art Basel has closed its doors tonight on its VIP opening, kicking off a marathon week of sales and shows in style in the Swiss city, and marking another year for the landmark giant of contemporary and modern art selling. Marking the terminus for the first half of the year’s primary market activity, the fair was a strong illustration of just how its impressive scale and appointments has turned the city into a hub for Europe’s network of dealers, galleries, artists and curators. Sightings of arts professionals from Europe and further afield were in ample showing, with Carroll Dunham, Leon Black, and many more wandering across the aisles of the fair, often pausing to greet a familiar face or to consider the pieces hung across the walls of the spaces.

Yoshitomo Nara at Pace
Yoshitomo Nara at Pace

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AO Preview – Basel: The Art Basel Art Fair, June 13th – 16th, 2019

Saturday, June 8th, 2019

Tom Wesselmann, Smoker #23 (1976), via Almine Rech
Tom Wesselmann, Smoker #23 (1976), via Almine Rech

As the days of summer swing into focus, and the weather grows ever warmer in Europe, the art world once again returns to the home of the Art Basel fair, which opens next week in the Swiss city, held in conjunction with a number of various exhibitions and shows across the city.  Closing out the first half of the year’s major market activities (save a major auction coming the following week in London), the fair offers a last look at the European art market’s health, especially as turmoil and political crisis continues to roil the continent.

Zoe Barcza, Love, Positivity, and DON’T Forget to Take Care of your Health! (2018), via Bianca D'Alessandro
Zoe Barcza, Love, Positivity, and DON’T Forget to Take Care of your Health! (2018), via Bianca D’Alessandro

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New York – Matthew Ronay: “Betrayals of and by the Body” at Casey Kaplan Through June 15th, 2019

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

Matthew Ronay, Engorged Follicle (Corazonin) (2018), via Casey Kaplan
Matthew Ronay, Engorged Follicle (Corazonin) (2018), via Casey Kaplan

Sculptor Matthew Ronay kicks off his first show with Casey Kaplan this month in New York, Betrayals of and by the Body, a fitting intro to the artist’s expressive sculptural language and his vivid sense of space and form. An adventurous and inventive voice in modern American sculpture, Ronay’s work conjures a range of links and ties between biological processes and transcendent spiritual elements, cells, mandalas, limbs and devotionals are transformed into a fluid structural language. (more…)

New York – Alex Israel: “As It Lays 2″ at Greene Naftali Through

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

Alex Israel, As It Lays 2, 2019 (Production still with Tom Hanks and Alex Israel), via Greene Naftali
Alex Israel, As It Lays 2, 2019 (Production still with Tom Hanks and Alex Israel) (2019), via Greene Naftali

On view at Greene Naftali’s exhibition space in Chelsea, the Los Angeles-based artist Alex Israel has put forth a selection of new works and a collection of videos that reflect on his practice idolizing and reflecting the dizzying landscape of the Californian metropolis. Trafficking in the seductive, aspirational imagery that characterizes his hometown, Israel’s practice regularly draws on the aesthetics and iconographies so often reserved for commerce and Hollywood, and turns them towards a sort of suspended sense of both propduction and self-mythologization. (more…)

New York – Josh Smith: “Emo Jungle” at David Zwirner Through July 19th, 2019

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

Josh Smith, Emo Jungle (Installation View), via Art Observed
Josh Smith, Emo Jungle (Installation View), via David Zwirner

Marking his first solo presentation with David Zwirner Gallery this month in New York, painter Josh Smith has unfurled a sprawling body of new work at the gallery’s Chelsea exhibition space, bringing together a range of new graphical gestures and classic explorations in pursuit of an ever-evolving visual language. (more…)

Paris – Seth Price: “Self as Tube” at Galerie Chantal Crousel Through June 20th, 2019

Friday, May 31st, 2019

Seth Price, Self as Tube (Installation View), via Galerie Chantal Crousel
Seth Price, Self as Tube (Installation View), via Galerie Chantal Crousel

Marking an ongoing continuation and elaboration on his recent works dwelling on the body, shared and public space, production and the self, Seth Price has launched a show of new works on view at Galerie Chantal Crousel in Paris this month. Featuring a recent series of mixed media paintings and back-lit photographs, as well as a series of light-boxes and light tubes, the show continues Price’s recent work wrapping digital imagery around the bodies and the spaces they share, then translating those images to specific art contexts, forms, and functions.

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