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New York – Pope.L: “One Thing After Another (Part Two)” and “Circa” at Mitchell-Innes and Nash Through October 27th, 2018

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

PopeL, Rebuilding the Monument (chicago version:the vitrine problem:one of three) (2007), via Mitchell-Innes & Nash
Pope.L, Rebuilding the Monument (chicago version/the vitrine problem/one of three) (2007), via Mitchell-Innes & Nash

Currently on at both of Mitchell-Innes & Nash’s New York locations, artist Pope.L presents an exploration of various projects both current at historical at its Chelsea exhibition space and uptown gallery.  Pope.L’s practice often focuses on the uncertain but productive space between differences in language, class, race, and gender to create works that simultaneously enlist, mock and re-write convention. For Pope.L this gap is where ignorance, the unknown, or the unintended collides with human meaning and, even hubris to create fresh tensions around authenticity, self and icon. (more…)

London – Pierre Huyghe: “UUmwelt” at Serpentine Gallery Through February 10th, 2018

Sunday, October 21st, 2018

Pierre Huyghe, Uumwelt (Installation View), via Serpentine
Pierre Huyghe, UUmwelt (Installation View), Installation view, Serpentine Gallery, London, (3 October 2018 – 10 February 2019). Copyright Ola Rindal. Courtesy of the artist and Serpentine Galleries

Artist Pierre Huyghe is known for his complex immersive ecosystems, creating impressive arrangements of space and material that incorporate living organisms, active agents and forces that gradually transform or reactivate the gallery in which its placed.  For his new exhibition at The Serpentine Gallery in the UK, which opened during Frieze London this past month, the artist has turned the museum into a porous and contingent environment, housing different forms of cognition, emerging intelligence, biological reproduction and instinctual behaviors. (more…)

Los Angeles – Olafur Eliasson: The Speed of Your Attention at Tanya Bonakdar Through December 22nd, 2018

Friday, October 19th, 2018

Olafur Eliasson, Straight Back (2018), via Art Observed
Olafur Eliasson, Straight Back (2018), via Art Observed

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery is currently presenting Olafur Eliasson: The speed of your attention, the first solo exhibition dedicated to Eliasson at the gallery’s recently inaugurated Los Angeles location. The phrase “the speed of your attention” was introduced to Eliasson by Joe Dumit, an anthropologist at UC Davis who conducted a movement experiment during a workshop at Eliasson’s Berlin studio this summer. Dumit learned the phrase from Nita Little—one of the pioneers of contact improvisation, a contemporary dance technique in which movements arise through contact between two or more dancers—in the form of the instruction to “move at the speed of your attention.” (more…)

AO On-Site – Paris: FIAC Art Fair, October 18th – 21st, 2018

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Xavier Veilhan at Perrotin, via Andrea Nguyen for Art Observed
Xavier Veilhan at Perrotin, via Andrea Nguyen for Art Observed

Spread out along the spacious aisles and picturesque dome of the Grand Palais in Paris, the Foire internationale d’art contemporain, also known as FIAC, has returned once again for another year of sales in the French capital.  With Wednesday evening slowly dragging into the late hours, the fair’s VIP opening is now concluded, once again garnering strong praise and enthusiastic response from its attendees.  This year, the list of galleries brings together exhibitors from 25 countries, marking its 45th edition with a fitting reflection of its storied history, one echoed by the prestigious locale of the Grand Palais.  With an exacting selection of modern art, contemporary art, and design galleries, among the most emblematic of the international scene, the fair’s opening hours once again underscored its vitality in the modern fair circuit. 

Alicja Kwade at 303, via Andrea Nguyen for Art Observed
Alicja Kwade at 303, via Andrea Nguyen for Art Observed (more…)

New York – Ugo Rondinone: “drifting clouds” at Gladstone Gallery Through October 27th, 2018

Monday, October 15th, 2018

Ugo Rondinone, drifting clouds (Installation View), via Sam Covern for Art Observed.
Ugo Rondinone, drifting clouds (Installation View), via Sam Covern for Art Observed.

Currently on view at Gladstone Gallery, artist Ugo Rondinone has opened a show work that spans a broad range of his creative output over several years.  Mixing together his practice in installation, sculpture, drawing and performance, the show sees Rondinone reanimating commonplace objects—such as tree branches or window frames—in his signature approach towards the Neo-Romantic. (more…)

New York – Ivy Haldeman: “The Interesting Type” at Downs and Ross Through October 21st, 2018

Sunday, October 14th, 2018

Ivy Haldeman, Chartreuse Suit, 2018
Ivy Haldeman, Chartreuse Suit (2018), all images courtesy Downs and Ross

Ivy Haldeman’s body of new paintings, on view currently at Downs and Ross, have a distinctly playful quality, poetic and energetic while referencing surrealist twists on the everyday.  The current show, on now through October 21st, presents itself as a playful update on prior work, filling the canvas with the same colorful, enthusiastic energy.  (more…)

New York – Daniel Buren: ‘Tondi, situated works’ at Bortolami Through October 13th, 2018

Friday, October 12th, 2018

Daniel Buren Photo-souvenir Tondo n°10, situated work, September 2015 (2015), via Art Observed
Daniel Buren, Photo-souvenir Tondo n°10, situated work, September 2015 (2015), via Art Observed

Currently on view at Bortolami Gallery in New York, the renowned French conceptualist Daniel Buren has brought his Tondi to bear on the gallery, offering striking continuation and renewal of his interest in place, space and perception that he has continually refined and occasionally redefined over the course of 50 years of practice.  The Tondi were initially exhibited at Le Centquatre-Paris in France in 2015, and subsequently at the Museo de Arte Moderno in Bogota, Colombia, in 2017. In their new, third configuration at Bortolami, they are situated within the specific architecture of the gallery, allowing the well-lit, spacious TriBeCa room to participate expressively in their presentation and form.  They are patterned arrangements of colored glass, filtering light into patterns of expressive color that underscore the work’s position and relationship to the gallery.   (more…)

New York – Lygia Pape at Hauser & Wirth Through October 20th, 2018

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Lygia Pape, Tecelar (1955), All images via Hauser & Wirth.
Lygia Pape, Tecelar (1955), All images via Hauser & Wirth

On view through October 20th, Hauser & Wirth in New York is presenting a comprehensive solo exhibition of the work of Lygia Pape, the gallery’s first United States solo exhibition of the artist since announcing its worldwide representation of Projeto Lygia Pape in 2016.  Pape, a founding member of Brazil’s Neo-Concrete movement, created work that foregrounded the sensorial experience of the viewer and spanned a range of media from sculpture to drawing, engraving to filmmaking, and even large-scale installation. Her expansive body of work, and the elaborate series of themes and concepts demonstrated throughout make for a thrilling exhibition, as the gallery seeks to explore Pape’s work in all of its breadth and depth. (more…)

New York-Liza Lou: “Classification and Nomenclature of Clouds” at Lehmann Maupin Through October 27th, 2018

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Pyrocumulus, 2018
Liza Lou, Pyrocumulus (2018), All images via Lehmann Maupin.

Now through October 27th, Lehmann Maupin will host Liza Lou: Classification and Nomenclature of Clouds as its inaugural exhibition of the gallery’s new West 24th Street location. The show continues at the gallery’s West 22nd Street location, in which a room is dedicated to works from Lou’s Terra series. This is the artist’s first exhibition in New York City in over a decade, and includes works of painting, sculpture, drawing, and video. (more…)

New York – Zhang Xiaogang: “Recent Works” at Pace Gallery Through October 20th, 2018

Sunday, October 7th, 2018

Zhang Xiaogang at Pace, via Art Observed
Zhang Xiaogang at Pace, via Art Observed

Pace Gallery in New York is currently exhibiting a selection of new works by the renowned Chinese painter Zhang Xiaogang, a body of works that sees him continuing to explore and interpret his unique painterly language.  Mixing together domestic scenes and surrealist iconographies, then populating them with a mixture of shared cultural symbols and figures from his own childhood memories. Xiaogang’s work is a remarkable window into complex psychological states and cultural moorings.  (more…)

AO On-Site – London: Sunday Art Fair, October 4th – 7th

Saturday, October 6th, 2018

Josep Maynou, Rugs (2018) Bombon _Projects
Josep Maynou, Rugs (2018) Bombon _Projects

Located at the University of Westminster, the Sunday Art Fair is a decidedly mellow counterpoint to the expansive aisles and big-ticket sales of the proceedings at Regent’s Park. Capped at just 30 international galleries exhibiting solo projects or curated group presentations, the exhibition welcomes galleries dedicated to emerging artists, new concepts and new contexts for showing work.  (more…)

AO On-Site – London: Frieze Art Fair at Regent’s Park, October 4th – 7th, 2018

Friday, October 5th, 2018

Calvin Marcus, Blue Devil (2018) at David Kordansky
Calvin Marcus, Blue Devil (2018) at David Kordansky, all images by Diletta Fenicia and Quincy Childs for Art Observed

Opening its doors this week for its 16th edition, Frieze London 2018 has once again turned the art world’s collective eye towards the British capital for the next week, as sales and installations across its spacious halls make for a fitting center to one of the city’s busiest art events. With 160 galleries from around the globe showing at the Regent’s Park exhibition space, the rest of the world seems to have come along for the ride.

Daniel Arsham, Patch 5 (2018) at Perrotin
Daniel Arsham, Patch 5 (2018) at Perrotin

Antony Gormley, FRONT, (2016) and Alvaro Barrington, A Straight Face, (2018) at Thaddaeus Ropac.jpg
Antony Gormley, FRONT (2016) and Alvaro Barrington, A Straight Face (2018) at Thaddaeus Ropac


AO Auction Recap – London: Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sales, October 4th – 5th, 2018

Friday, October 5th, 2018

Jenny Saville, Propped (1992), via Sotheby's
Jenny Saville, Propped (1992), via Sotheby’s

With the conclusion of the week in London, a trio of auctions have painted an unclear picture of the Post-War and Contemporary Market in Britain, as a series of sales at the major houses saw particularly mixed results over the past two evenings.  With a number of high-profile works going unsold, and a somewhat unsteady level of interest among paintings as a running theme, the sales at Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips saw several strong outings as well as a few notable disappointments, summarized below.

Jeff Koons, Cracked Egg (Blue) (1994-2006), via Christie's
Jeff Koons, Cracked Egg (Blue) (1994-2006), via Christie’s (more…)

AO Fair Preview – London: Frieze London Art Week, October 4th – 7th, 2018

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

Frieze London, via Art Observed
Frieze London, via Art Observed

Frieze London returns to Regent’s Park this week, bringing with it its reputation for presenting the best of international contemporary art by emerging and established artists, and its signature program of dynamic commissions, talks and films, all unified under the fair’s bespoke tent design at the heart of the British capital.  Opening Wednesday, the fair will offer a unique look at the state of the British art market, and that of the EU more broadly, while providing a platform for artists in Europe and abroad to explore and express new concepts and ideas in art practice. (more…)

AO Auction Preview – London: Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sales, October 4-5, 2018

Monday, October 1st, 2018

Jeff Koons, Cracked Egg (Blue) (1994-2006), via Christie's
Jeff Koons, Cracked Egg (Blue) (1994-2006), via Christie’s

With the opening of the doors for this year’s edition of Frieze London, the opening notes of the fall auction season can’t be far behind.  This week, the major auction houses will get their chance to make a mark on the fall calendar, launching a series of Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sales that will see a number of marquee works trade hands, and offer a first perspective on just how the auction houses are responding to a particularly turbulent global political picture.  As London braces for an increasingly cloudy Brexit outlook, the market conditions in the capital could definitely be better, but tricky economics have been bucked by eager buyers in the past, and the series of works on hand this year could in fact do well to staunch the bleeding caused by a border between the UK and EU that seems to be getting harder by the minute.   (more…)

New York – Danny Lyon: “Wanderer” at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise Through October 21, 2018

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

Danny Lyon, Wanderer (still) (2017), via GAvin Brown's
Danny Lyon, Wanderer (still) (2017), via Gavin Brown’s

In 1970, photographer and filmmaker Danny Lyon left his home in New York City, and moved out to the small village of Llanito, New Mexico, in the Rio Grande Valley, north of Albuquerque. Shortly after arriving, he began making photographs and films of his neighbors, their children, and the local labor force, all undocumented workers from Mexico. Years later, Lyon is still working in the regions of New Mexico and Arizona, exploring the tightly-knit communities of migrant laborers and their families from a directly engaged perspective.   (more…)

London – Antoine Catala: “Everything is Okay: Season 2″ at Marlborough Contemporary Through October 13th, 2018

Saturday, September 29th, 2018

Antoine Catala, Don't Be Puzzle Piece 1 (2017), via Marlborough Contemporary
Antoine Catala, Puzzle Piece 1 (2017), via Marlborough Contemporary

Currently on at Marlborough Contemporary’s newest location in London, artist Antoine Catala’s new work  brings together both new and existing works to form a kinetic installation, exploring emojis and text messages and the effects of new communication technologies on society.  Catala, whose work is invested in the intriguing cultural effects and aesthetic possibilities of the new language and modes of meaning that have emerged from widespread digital communication technologies, here orchestrates an ever-evolving, uniquely arranged body of works that change and move in the same way that language itself seems to online.

Antoine Catala, I Am Here For You (Sock Orange) (2018), via Marlborough Contemporary
Antoine Catala, I Am Here For You (Sock Orange) (2018), via Marlborough Contemporary


New York – B. Wurtz: “Domestic Space” at Metro Pictures Through October 20th, 2018

Friday, September 28th, 2018

B. Wurtz, Octave (2018), via Metro Pictures
B. Wurtz, Octave (2018), via Metro Pictures

Over the past few decades, B. Wurtz’s work has mined a striking juxtaposition of materials and symbols, mixing together domestic objects, quotidian references and various spatial interruptions designed to work at the fabric of the object itself.  This month, the artist has returned to Metro Pictures for a show of new works, continuing this mode of practice on an engaging scale. (more…)

London – Urs Fischer: “Dasha” at Gagosian Gallery Through November 3rd, 2018

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

Installation view. All images via Gagosian Gallery.

In Urs Fischer’s latest exhibition at Gagosian’s Davies street gallery in London, the artist has created a life-sized wax model of Russian collector Dasha Zhukova. This is the next installment in a series made by the artist in which art-world figures are converted into giant candles and then burned slowly, until they are reduced to wax drippings. Previously making works of artists Julian Schnabel and Rudolf Stingel, and dealer Bruno Bischofsberger. Though Zhukova requested she be the next art figure turned wax candle, Fischer hesitated because, up until this point, he has only portrayed men. Ultimately, however, on Monday, September 10th, the wick at the top of the wax figure of Dasha Zhukova’s head was lit, and will continue to burn until the sculpture is reduced to a puddle of melted wax, coinciding with the show’s closing on November 3rd. (more…)

New York – Urs Fischer: “PLAY” with choreography by Madeline Hollander at Gagosian Gallery Through October 13th, 2018

Monday, September 24th, 2018

Urs Fischer, PLAY with Choreography by Madeline Hollander (Installation View), via Art Observed
Urs Fischer, PLAY with Choreography by Madeline Hollander (Installation View), via Art Observed

Over the past several years, few artists have moved so effortlessly across media and concepts like Urs Fischer.  From kaleidoscopic, cartoonish abstractions to surreal sculptural assemblages on to patient, gradual evolutions of form and space on canvas, his work perhaps best characterized by its willingness to never stay in one place for too long.  This relentless invention finds a new outlet in PLAY, a new sculptural work at Gagosian Gallery in New York, created in collaboration with Madeline Hollander. (more…)

AO On-Site – New York: New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1, September 21 – 23, 2018

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

NY Art Book Fair, via At Observed
NY Art Book Fair, via At Observed

As the fall equinox comes and goes, the New York Art Book Fair has once again come to New York City, opening its doors at MoMA PS1 for the thirteenth annual edition of what has become one of the city’s most unique and energetic exhibitions of young artists, publishers, writers and thinkers, each representing a small part of the national and international art publishing community.  Free and open to the public, the event draws more than 35,000 individuals including book lovers, collectors, artists, and art world professionals each year.  (more…)

New York – Ellen Berkenblit: The Clock Unlocked at Anton Kern Through October 20th, 2018

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

Ellen Berkenblit, Untitled (2018), via Anton Kern
Ellen Berkenblit, Untitled (2018), via Anton Kern

The Clock Unlocked is the first exhibition to spanning over four decades in the life and work of New York painter Ellen Berkenblit, on now at Anton Kern.  Running through a range of expressive and often enigmatic arrangements, the exhibition presents a roving and exploratory walk through Berkenblit’s practice, tracing evolutions and ongoing interests through any number of touchstones and points of entry.  Arranged instinctually and without chronology, The Clock Unlocked is just that, a diary of paintings and drawings reveals the artist’s idiosyncratic ‘alphabet’— the core of her visual language presented in the same idiosyncratic attitude towards time and space. (more…)

New York – Intimate Infinite: “Imagine A Journey” Curated by Brett Gorvy at Lévy Gorvy Through October 24th, 2018

Friday, September 14th, 2018

Cy Twombly, Untitled (1967), via Levy Gorvy
Cy Twombly, Untitled (1967), via Levy Gorvy

If you follow Brett Gorvy on Instagram, it’s immediately apparent that the Lévy Gorvy partner is a master of narrative, spinning long, anecdotal tomes around the images and artworks that he posts in his feed.  Gorvy’s vision and passion for art, and for the stories that surround each of the works that passes through his lens, is almost unparalleled anywhere in the art world, and his move in the past few years towards a gallery position should come as no surprise.  Yet Gorvy has plenty more tricks up his sleeve, and his most recent venture, a curated exhibition at his gallery, showcases just how deep his care and skill towards his profession go. (more…)

New York – Anthony Pearson at Marianne Boesky Through October 20th, 2018

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

Anthony Pearson, Untitled (Embedment) (2018), via Marianne Boesky
Anthony Pearson, Untitled (Embedment) (2018), via Marianne Boesky

Marking the first show of the fall season at Marianne Boesky’s Chelsea exhibition space, artist Anthony Pearson returns to his long-running experimentations with hydrocal for a new selection of  works.  The artist’s work as a lingering, enigmatic engagement with this material functions as an explicit practice in deep intellectual and physical engagement with a few materials, exploring the behaviors, reactions, and open possibilities of his intentionally limited material vocabulary. 

Anthony Pearson, Untitled (Embedment) (2018), via Marianne Boesky
Anthony Pearson, Untitled (Embedment) (2018), via Marianne Boesky