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James Lee Byars, “Early Works and ‘The Angel'” at Michael Werner London through March 16, 2013

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

James Lee Byars-installation view-Early Works and The Angel-Michael Werner London
James Lee Byars, Early Works and The Angel (Installation view) via Michael Werner Gallery, London

Early Works and “The Angel,” currently on view at Michael Werner Gallery in London, exhibits major works from the late sculptor and performance artist James Lee Byars.  Combining a selection of the artist’s early sculptural works, painted scrolls, and performative objects with the impressive glass sculpture “The Angel,” the show provides an interesting look into the artist’s formative influences and practices.  The gallery is an apt location for this collection, as Michael Werner, the German art dealer and gallery’s namesake, historically had close ties with Byars, as well as his contemporary, Joseph Beuys.


AO On-Site: The 2013 Armory Show in New York City – March 6th-10th, 2013

Friday, March 8th, 2013

The View from Outside The 2013 Armory Show
The View from Outside The 2013 Armory Show

The doors opened this morning on the 2013 edition of the Armory Art show, welcoming press and VIP’s into the massive exhibition halls of Piers 92 and 94 on the waterfront of New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood.  It was a special year for New York’s biggest annual art event, marking the 100 year anniversary of its namesake, the 1913 exhibition that welcomed the European avant-garde to American shores, and gave many their first glimpses of Marcel Duchamp, Matisse and Edvard Munch, among many others.

Mayor Bloomberg Makes the Opening Remarks at The Armory Show
Mayor Michael Bloomberg Makes the Opening Remarks at The 2013 Armory Show (more…)

New York City – “1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star” at the New Museum Through May 26th, 2013

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Art Club 2000, Untitled (Conran's I) (1992-3), Courtesy of The New Museum
Art Club 2000, Untitled (Conran’s I) (1993), Courtesy of The New Museum

Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star, on view now at The New Museum, is a look 20 years into the not-so-distant-past, using 1993 (and the works produced and shown within that calendar year) as a critical reflection point into recent art history and practice.


New York – Tacita Dean: “Fatigues” at Marian Goodman Gallery Through March 9, 2013

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

Tacita Dean, Fatigues (F) 2012, via Marian Goodman Gallery
Tacita Dean, Fatigues (F) (2012), via Marian Goodman Gallery

Marian Goodman Gallery is currently hosting the first showing of Tacita Dean’s, Fatigues, a recent series of drawings initially exhibited in Kassel at this past summer’s documenta (13).

Tacita Dean, Fatigues (Installation view), via Marian Goodman Gallery
Tacita Dean, Fatigues (Installation view), via Marian Goodman Gallery


Paris – Julie Mehretu “Mind Breath and Beat Drawings” at Marian Goodman Gallery, through March 16th 2013

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Julie Mehretu, Mind Breath and Beat Drawings (Installation View), via Marian Goodman
Julie Mehretu, Mind Breath and Beat Drawings (Installation View), via Marian Goodman

Marian Goodman Gallery in Paris is currently exhibiting a new series of works by painter and illustrator Julie Mehretu. in a show which Mehretu described as a ‘self-ethnographic project,’ involving a dissection of her identity as an artist through a free abstraction of her personal creative practice. The show is Mehretu’s first solo exhibition in France.


Beijing – Zhang Xiaogang: “Beijing Voice” at Pace Beijing Through February 28th, 2012

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013


Zhang Xiaogang, Beijing Voice (Installation View), Courtesy of PACE Beijing
Zhang Xiaogang, Beijing Voice (Installation View), Courtesy of PACE Beijing

PACE Beijing is currently exhibiting a selection new works by Chinese painter Zhang Xiaogang, showcasing the artist’s interpretations of Chinese identity, memory and relation.  The exhibition, part of PACE’s annual Beijing Voice’s event, is the first stop on the artist’s work in a global tour which will also include PACE exhibitions at their locations in New York and London. (more…)

London – Angus Fairhurst: “Un-titled” at Sadie Coles HQ, through March 26th 2013

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Angus Fairhurst, Un-titled (Installation View) via Sadie Coles HQ
Angus Fairhurst, Un-titled (Installation View) via Sadie Coles HQ

Sadie Coles HQ‘s current exhibition by the late Angus Fairhurst (1966-2008), Un-titled, explores notions of “doing and undoing, absence and presence, thinking and feeling.”  Culling from Fairhurst’s broad body of sculpture, painting, collage and photography, the show is a testament to the artist’s brief but impressive output.


New York – Trevor Paglen at Metro Pictures, through March 9th 2013

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Trevor Paglen at Metro Pictures (Installation View), via Metro Pictures
Trevor Paglen at Metro Pictures (Installation View), via Metro Pictures

American artist, geographer, and author Trevor Paglen’s first solo exhibition at Metro Pictures has opened this month, a selection of large color prints and black-and-white diptychs related to his ongoing project, The Last Pictures.  Compiling a striking collection of photographs from across the wide spectrum of human experience, Paglen creates a static document of mankind, flung into the Earth’s orbit.

Trevor Paglen (Installation view), via Metro Pictures
Trevor Paglen opening at Metro Pictures (Installation View), via Daniel Creahan for ArtObserved


New York – Aki Sasamoto: “Talking in Circles Talking” at Soloway Gallery Through February 24th, 2013

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Aki Sasamoto, Talking in Circles Talking (Installation View), via Soloway Gallery
Aki Sasamoto, Talking in Circles Talking (Installation View), via Soloway Gallery

“My grandfather died when I was fourteen and became an abacus. In the way ice turns into water, he became this object he left behind.”  So begins the performance of Japanese artist Aki Sasamoto’s Talking in Circles Talking, an immersive performance and installation at Soloway Gallery in South Williamsburg.  Exploring the notions of value and vibrancy at play in the space between human relationships and physical objects, Sasamoto effectively fuses personal discourses with her surrounding environment.

Aki Sasamoto, Talking in Circles Talking (Installation View), via Soloway Gallery
Aki Sasamoto, Talking in Circles Talking (Installation View), via Soloway Gallery (more…)

London – Sarah Lucas: “Situation Classic Pervery” ongoing rotational exhibition at Sadie Coles

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Sarah Lucas, Sitation Classic Pervery (Installation View), via Sadie Coles

In February 2012, Sarah Lucas opened her first Situation exhibition in a project space above Sadie Coles headquarters in Burlington Place. This was the beginning of a project that Lucas has continued as curator and artist ever since.  Her most recent installation, Situation Classic Pervery, was a continuation of this project.


New York – Song Dong: “Doing Nothing” at PACE Gallery Through March 2nd, 2013

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Song Dong, Facing the Wall (1999), via PACE Gallery
Song Dong, Facing the Wall (1999), via PACE Gallery

On view at both of Pace Gallery’s New York exhibition spaces is an exhibition of work by Chinese artist Song Dong, compiling the artist’s recent work from dOCUMENTA 13 and the Kiev Biennial, as well as older work.

Song Dong, Doing Nothing Mountains (2011-2012), via PACE Gallery
Song Dong, Doing Nothing Mountains (2011-2012), via PACE Gallery (more…)

New York – “Keith Sonnier 68-70″ at Mary Boone through February 23, 2013

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Keith Sonnier, Lit Circle Blue with Etched Glass (1968), via Mary Boone Gallery

Mary Boone’s Chelsea gallery is currently glowing with Keith Sonnier’s early fluorescent works from 1968 – 1970, on view through February 23. Along with Bruce Nauman, Eva Hesse, and Donald Judd, Sonnier’s approach to spatial and aesthetic considerations  radically changed the conceptions of sculpture, embracing experimentation with unconventional materials and approaches to presentation.  The works on view at Mary Boone mark the period in which Sonnier first began working with neon light tubes, using them as a method to explore everyday materials, and to examine the impact that light makes on the surrounding environment.


Berlin – James Franco – “Gay Town” at Peres Projects, Through March 9, 2013

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

James Franco, Gay Town (2012), via Peres Projects

Peres Projects located in Berlin is presenting a month-long, solo exhibition by American actor, filmmaker, writer and artist James Franco from Saturday February 9th, titled GAY TOWN.


Paris – Anselm Kiefer: “Die Ungeborenen” at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Through February 23, 2013

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Anselm Kiefer, Die Ungeborenen (Installation View) via Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
Anselm Kiefer, Die Ungeborenen (Installation View) via Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

Exploring the origin and creation of life, Die Ungeborenen (“The Unborn”) is a new collection of canvases and sculptures by German artist Anselm Kiefer, currently on view at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac’s new Pantin location in Paris.


Rome – Tracey Emin – “You Saved Me” at Galleria Lorcan O’Neill through February 16th, 2013

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

Tracey Emin, Floating, (2012), via Galleria Lorcan O’Neill

Currently open in Rome, Galleria Lorcan O’Neill’s fourth presentation of Tracey Emin’s work is a mature, low-key, yet penetrating selection of the artist’s diverse practice, showcased in both of their spaces on Via Orti D’Aliberti.  Emin has recently been appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), as well as a professor of drawing at the Royal Academy (RA) along with Fiona Rae, making them the first two women to be elected into the academy.  Given her entrance into these exclusive circles as an official representative of British culture, the Italian location of this show offers an interesting reevaluation of Emin’s art.

New York – Paul Klee: “Late Klee” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Through March 31st, 2013

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

Paul Klee, Comedians' Handbill, 1938, via Metropolitan Museum of Art
Paul Klee, Comedians’ Handbill (1938), via Metropolitan Museum of Art

On view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through February 24, “Late Klee” presents a concentrated survey of the last fifteen years of Paul Klee’s life and career. The one-room exhibition consists largely of small-sized works on paper and cardboard, each representing a facet of the artist’s prolific oeuvre and wide-ranging interests. (more…)

Gateshead – Jim Shaw: “The Rinse Cycle” at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art through February 17, 2013

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Jim Shaw, Untitled (US Presidents), 2006, Courtesy of the artist and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead

The Baltic Centre in Gateshead is currently holding the first-ever retrospective of works by American Jim Shaw outside the United States. Including over one hundred works in a variety of media, from video and sculpture to paintings and installations, the show explores Shaw’s ongoing examination of American life, and his unique set of aesthetic signifiers at play throughout his career.


AO On Site – New York: Daniel Buren’s ”Electricity..Fabric..Paint..Vinyl” at Bortolami Gallery and Petzel Gallery Through February 16th,2013

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Daniel Buren, "Electricity" at Petzel Gallery (Installation View) Photo by Elene Damenia
Daniel Buren, “Electricity” at Petzel Gallery (Installation View) Photo by Elene Damenia

This January, Daniel Buren presents his third solo exhibition across two New York gallery venues; his work will be showcased at the Bortolami Gallery at 520 West Street and Petzel Gallery at 537 West 22nd Street. The galleries will simultaneously exhibit works from the series Electricity, Paper, Vinyl – WORKS IN SITU & SITUATED WORKS. Bortolami is showing Buren’s recent works from 2012, while pieces from 1968 – 2012 will be on view at Petzel through February 16th.

Daniel Buren, "Electricity" at Petzel Gallery (Installation View) Photo by Elene Damenia
Daniel Buren, Projection, travail in situ (2012) at Petzel Gallery, Photo by Elene Damenia


New York – Cyprien Gaillard: “The Crystal World” at MoMA PS1 Through March 18th, 2013

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Cyprien Gaillard, Artefacts (2011), via MoMA PS1
Cyprien Gaillard, Artefacts (2011), via MoMA PS1

Over the past several years, French artist Cyprien Gaillard has created a body of work that negotiates the complex spatio-political, geographical and cultural maps of contemporary culture.  Continuously revisiting themes of decay, flux, erosion and conflict, his work picks through the saturated visual landscape of modernity, and exposes the interlocking mechanisms of destruction and creation at work, as well as the grey area between these polar states. (more…)

London: Fred Sandback at David Zwirner Through February 16th 2013

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Fred Sandback, Untitled (1977-2008), via David Zwirner
Fred Sandback, Untitled, (1977-2008), via David Zwirner

Currently on display at David Zwirner’s London Gallery is a matrix of acrylic yarn evoking an eerie experience that heightens the spectator’s spatial awareness. Across the gallery, colored and blackened fibre is stretched into 3D geometrical forms that carry an uncanny resemblance to a two-dimensional line drawing in mid air. The viewer is literally immersed into the surreal world of Fred Sandback as he challenges our perceptions of dimension and reality.

Fred Sandback, Untitled (four part vertical construction) (1988), via David Zwirner
Fred Sandback, Untitled (four part vertical construction) (1988)via David Zwirner


New York – Sol Lewitt: “Torn Cut Folded Ripped” at James Cohan Through February 9th, 2013

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

Sol LeWitt, Cut Torn Folded Ripped (Installation View), via James Cohan
Sol LeWitt, Cut Torn Folded Ripped (Installation View), via James Cohan

A pioneering force in post-war American art, Sol LeWitt’s geometric explorations of space, image and meaning was foundational in the development of both the conceptual and minimalist schools of artistic practice.  Perhaps most famous for his “wall drawings,” the artist also explored a range of paper and sculptural techniques over the course of his career.

Sol LeWitt, A Square of Chicago without a Circle and Triangle (1979), via James Cohan
Sol LeWitt, A Square of Chicago without a Circle and Triangle (1979), via James Cohan


New York – Lisa Cooley: “Air de Pied-à-terre” at Lisa Cooley Through February 3rd 2013

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Air de Pied-à-terre (Installation View), via Lisa Cooley

Walking into  Air de Pied-à-terre, the newest show on display at artist Lisa Cooley’s gallery, one is reminded of an otherworldly hotel lobby. With the help of fellow artist and curator Alan Reid, Cooley has created an “Air de-Pied-à-Terre” (an alternative living space, located away from one’s home). The gallery has numerous articles that evoke a nostalgic atmosphere within the show – mobiles that dance around the room, paintings that mimic children’s creations, and homely looking text juxtaposed against more classical looking portraiture. The entirety of the show is punctuated by stereotypically domestic constituents such as chairs and potted plants that engulf the viewer and invite them to make themselves at home. (more…)

AO Onsite – New York: ‘Dieter Roth. Björn Roth’ at Hauser & Wirth’s New Chelsea Location

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Entrance to Hauser and Wirth’s second gallery in New York, where Martin Creed’s ‘Work No. 1461′ greets visitors

At 511 West 18th Street, in the 24,700 square feet that formerly housed the roller disco known as “The Roxy,” Hauser & Wirth have found their second home in New York. Maintaining their other location on the Upper East Side, the expansion to Chelsea is their fifth location worldwide, and celebrates an important landmark: the gallery’s twentieth anniversary. A hefty book of over 1,000 pages, edited by Hatje Cantz, accompanies the event: Hauser & Wirth 20 Years. The exhibition inaugurating the space could not be more fitting: a father-and-son collaboration which took place over that same twenty year period: Dieter and Björn Roth.

Artist Dieter Roth smokes a cigarette in Roth New York Bar.


Paris – Maxwell Snow – “The Lady of Shalott” through February 2, 2013 at Colette Paris

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Maxwell Snow, Shroud V (2012), via Colette

Paris’s iconic Colette concept store is currently exhibiting new photographic works from artist Maxwell Snow, brother of the late Dash Snow. Monochromatic images feature French actress Rebecca Dayan and model Arizona Muse in a homage to 19th century Romanticism, fittingly titled after Lord Alfred Tennyson’s poem “The Lady of Shalott”. (more…)