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AO Review: Jamie Martinez’ ‘The Shadow Of Colonialism’

Monday, June 10th, 2024


Jamie Martinez, The Shadow Of Colonialism (Installation View)

Jamie Martinez, The Shadow Of Colonialism (Installation View)

The GHOSTMACHINE gallery, tucked away on the Lower East Side at 23 Monroe St., is currently hosting a politically charged exhibition by Jamie Martinez. Curated by Emireth Herrera Valdés, this show runs from May 10th to June 15th, 2024, and presents a stark critique of colonialism through a blend of performance art and sculptural installations.


AO REVIEW: Maria Kreyn’s Chronos in Venice, Italy

Monday, May 20th, 2024

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Chronos, the latest solo exhibition of works by the painter Maria Kreyn opened during the inaugural week of the 60th Venice Biennale, showcasing a series of ten new large-scale paintings. Set against the backdrop of the historic St. George’s Anglican Church in Venice, the paintings depict brooding tempests – the proverbial meeting of sky and sea at once turbulent and serene. Influenced by mythology and the sublime, Kreyn’s works are meditations on the fantastic forces of the natural world, as well as humanity’s inextricable entwinement with it. The storied church setting heightens the sense of the mystical and transcendent, turning each painting into a kind of altarpiece that invites prolonged contemplation.


SAATCHI GALLERY: Eward Burtynsky, through May 6, 2024

Monday, May 6th, 2024


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“BURTYNSKY: Extraction/Abstraction” will occupy Saatchi’s Kings Road Gallery from February 14, 2024 – May 6, 2024. The expansive exhibition, curated by Marc Mayers – former Director of the National Gallery of Canada and Musée 
d’art contemporain de Montréal – features a striking collection of 13 murals, 92 60×80 images, AI installation and a presentation of the immersive film: In the Wake of Progress (2022). Heralded as one of the most significant shows of this year, it delves into themes of ecology and the Anthropocene, marking the most extensive showcases of Burtynsky’s career. Over the last four decades, Edward Burtynsky has documented the environmental impacts of large-scale industry, working from cranes, planes and more recently with the use of drones he has captured the scenes of a planet altered by industry. The captivating images prompt viewers to ponder the beauty amidst environmental degradation.


A Farewell to Frank Stella (1936-2024)

Monday, May 6th, 2024
Frank Stella, Gobba, zoppa e collorto (1985), from "Frank Stella: A Retrospective" (2015-2016) at the Whitney Museum.

Frank Stella, Gobba, zoppa e collorto (1985), from “Frank Stella: A Retrospective” (2015-2016) at the Whitney Museum.

The art world mourns the loss of pioneering artist, Frank Stella (1936-2024), who was known for working with a myriad of mediums, including painting, sculpture and printmaking. He was, and continues to be, one of the most influential figures of contemporary art. His way of reinventing and reinterpreting artistic mediums defined him as a visionary, unable to be easily corralled or categorized by his chosen industry. 


AO ON SITE: Frieze NY 2024 at The Shed, May 1st – 5th

Thursday, May 2nd, 2024
Wide shot of David Zwirner booth at Frieze NY 2024, featuring a dual show of various works by Nate Lowman and Franz West.

Wide shot of David Zwirner booth at Frieze NY 2024,  featuring a dual show of various works by Nate Lowman and Franz West.

After selling out in 2023, Frieze returns to The Shed in Manhattan for the 2024 installment of their annual Art Fair, spanning May 1 – 5, 2024. Bringing together the world’s leading galleries to showcase ambitious solo, group and themed presentations by pioneering artists, Frieze NY offers the opportunity to not only discover up-and-coming talent, but to also engage with the who’s who of the art world.


AO ON SITE: 60th Venice Biennale “Foreigners Everywhere”

Tuesday, April 30th, 2024

Movimento dos Artistas Huni Kuin at Venice Biennale 2024

Movimento dos Artistas Huni Kuin at Venice Biennale 2024

The 60th International Art Exhibition, known as the Venice Biennale, is set to run from April 20 to November 24, 2024. This year’s theme, “Stranieri Ovunque” or “Foreigners Everywhere,” is curated by Adriano Pedrosa, marking a significant milestone as the first South American curator of the Biennale Arte. The event is hosted at Venice’s historic Giardini and Arsenale venues, which have been central to the Biennale since its earliest editions. The theme explores the concepts of intersectionality, displacement, and the reevaluation of geographical margins in the art world.  (more…)

Mexico City — Gabriel Orozco at kurimanzutto through April 27, 2024

Saturday, April 27th, 2024

IMG_6469Gabriel Orozco at kurimanzutto, Mexico City, 2024

The Vitruvian Man (c. 1487) is a study of the proportions of the human body inscribed within the absolute forms of a circle and a square, using metalpoint, pen and ink, with touches of watercolour on paper. One of Leonardo Da Vinci’s best-known works, the drawing is stored in the Gallerie dell’Accademia di Venezia in Italy, and only rarely exhibited due to its fragility as a work on paper.

Influenced by the theories of Roman architect Vitruvius in his treaty “De Architectura” (1st century BC), Da Vinci drew a male figure with his hands and feet touching the perimeter of a circle, his navel at its precise center. Another position is superimposed with his feet standing on the base of a square while his arms extend outwards, the area directly below the navel as the center of the square, per Da Vinci’s own findings.


London- Yoko Ono at Tate Modern

Thursday, March 28th, 2024

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Yoko Ono at Tate Modern

“Yoko Ono: Music of the Mind” exhibition at Tate Modern, is on until September 1st and is an expansive journey through Yoko Ono’s artistic legacy, blending music, installations, photography, and interactive performance art. This landmark showcase, the UK’s most extensive collection of Ono’s work, spans her groundbreaking contributions from the early 1950s to today, highlighting her role as a pioneer in avant-garde art circles worldwide.

Skarstedt London: Jeff Koons

Tuesday, March 12th, 2024

Koons at Skarstedt

Koons at Skarstedt

From 1st March to 25th May 2024, Skarstedt’s London Gallery presents a solo exhibition featuring the work of American artist Jeff Koons. The show includes five mural-sized paintings crafted between 2001 and 2013 drawn from Koons’ series: Easyfun-Ethereal, Antiquity, and Popeye. (more…)

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery LA: Tomas Saraceno

Thursday, March 7th, 2024

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Tomas Saraceno at Tanya Bonakdar

At Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in Los Angeles, “Live(s) on Air” is on from February 24 to May 4, 2024, featuring new works by Tomás Saraceno. This exhibit explores the theme of eco-social interdependence with a collection that includes sculpture, works on paper, and film. It aims to engage viewers in thinking about the impact of humans on the environment and paths toward coexistence on Earth. (more…)


Monday, March 4th, 2024

Frieze LA

Frieze LA 2024 at Santa Monica Airport

AO was on the ground at the fifth edition of Frieze Los Angeles, held from February 29th to March 3rd, 2024, at Santa Monica Airport, which brought together over 95 galleries exhibiting contemporary art from various regions, showcasing the city’s role in the global art landscape.  (more…)

Perrotin LA: Izumi Kato

Thursday, February 29th, 2024

Perrotin: IzumI KatoIzumi Kato at Perrotin

AO is on-site at Perrotin, which inaugurated its new Los Angeles gallery with an exhibition featuring Japanese artist Izumi Kato, running from February 28 to March 23, 2024. Kato’s work, known for incorporating elements of both ancient traditions and modern themes, aligns with Los Angeles’s landscape, which includes both natural and urban environments. The artist’s figures, created in his Tokyo studio, are displayed in a setting that reflects the coexistence of contrasting elements, a theme prevalent in Kato’s art.



Tuesday, February 20th, 2024

Zona Maco 2024

Anahuacalli Museum Mexico City

AO was on-site at ZONAMACO Arte Contemporáneo, the largest art fair in Latin America, which celebrated its 20th anniversary from February 7-11th, 2024. Initially launched in 2002 by Zélika García, the fair soon relocated from Monterrey to Centro Citibanamex in Mexico City where it holds four events annually. Since its inception, ZONAMACO has expanded to feature 208 exhibitors from 25 countries, displaying a diverse range of artworks, from modern and contemporary, to design, to an estate section.



Tuesday, December 12th, 2023

Untitled Art Miami 2023

Photo from Untitled website

Untitled Art Fair revisited its Miami Beach location, again on the beach just off Ocean Drive.  The fair opened on Wednesday the 6th of December and concluded on Sunday the 10th. The fair featured curated presentations, live events, artist performances, and more. This edition hosted 160 exhibitors from 38 countries, showcasing works by nearly 600 artists. The programming encompassed artist projects, performances, and panel discussions as part of the Untitled Art Podcast, with an emphasis on digital innovation and inclusivity.

Annie Duncan, Johansson Projects, Untitled Miami 2023

Annie Duncan, Johansson Projects, Untitled Miami 2023  (more…)

NADA Miami 2023

Monday, December 11th, 2023

NADA Miami 2023

AO on site at NADA Miami 2023, here with Harkawik

NADA Miami 2023, the 21st edition of the art fair presented by the New Art Dealers Alliance, showcased a diverse array of galleries from over 50 cities globally, including more than 85 NADA members and 34 first-time exhibitors. The fair was held at Ice Palace Studios and featured a variety of art forms, from traditional to mixed media, reflecting on contemporary societal themes, identity, and the human condition.  (more…)

Hernan Bas’s ‘The Conceptualists’ at The Bass Miami

Friday, December 8th, 2023

Hernan Bas's 'The Conceptualists' at The Bas

Hernan Bas’s “The Conceptualists” series at the Bass Museum in Miami Beach presents a unique exploration into themes of queerness, desire, the occult, and the absurd. The series, inspired by the unusual hobbies and activities people took up during the pandemic, features fictitious conceptual artists performing eccentric behaviors. This approach offers a perspective on the boundaries and perceptions of conceptual art, questioning the very definition of artistic expression.

Art Basel Miami Preview 2023

Thursday, December 7th, 2023


Art Basel Miami Beach 2023 is currently taking place from December 8 to December 10, 2023, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. This edition features 277 international galleries, with a notable presence from North and Latin America, including 25 galleries participating for the first time. The event includes different sectors such as the Meridians, dedicated to large-scale artworks, and the Kabinett, with curated installations. Additionally, the Conversations program offers live debates on art and culture, with a focus on Latin America. The fair also collaborates with various institutions and collections for events across Miami Beach.  (more…)

London – Marina Abramović at Royal Academy Through January 1st, 2024

Wednesday, November 29th, 2023

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Modern art is full of determined characters. The ones who find success are visionary, changing the face of the contemporary art scene. Marina Abramović‘s exhibition at the Royal Academy marks the first retrospective of a female artist in the institution’s 255 years. The exhibition is one of the largest, occupying the academy’s previously unused rooms. While it was initially planned for September 2020, due to Covid-19 it was postponed numerous times. During this period Abramović suffered an embolism which prevented her from performing in the show as initially planned. It’s an unfortunate reality for an artist who is usually so generous with herself as a performer. (more…)

AO ARTIST-ON-ARTIST INTERVIEW: Maria Kreyn and Ellen Frances

Tuesday, November 21st, 2023

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Cover images courtesy of Ola Wilk via Maria Kreyn; and Ellen Frances.

For its first artist-on-artist interview, Art Observed sat down with New York-based painter Maria Kreyn and multidisciplinary artist and performer Ellen Frances to talk about their individual practices and their collaboration for the opening of Kreyn’s solo show Untune a String at The Hole in Tribeca earlier this month. In their conversation with Art Observed, the two artists discuss the importance of multidisciplinary collaboration, the enduring resonance of classical artistic and literary forms, and their visions for the future. (more…)

Paris – Henry Taylor: “From Sugar to Shit” at Hauser & Wirth Through January 7th, 2024

Thursday, October 19th, 2023

Henry Taylor, I Got Brothers All Ova The World But They Forget We're Related (2023), via Hauser & Wirth
Henry Taylor, I Got Brothers All Ova The World But They Forget We’re Related (2023), via Hauser & Wirth

Marking its inaugural outing at its new Paris exhibition space, Hauser & Wirth looks west to the work of critically acclaimed Los Angeles artist Henry Taylor, whose major career survey arrives at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York on 4 October 2023 and will remain on view through January 2024. Taylor’s exhibition in Paris, the artist’s first prominent show in France, comprises a wide range of over 30 paintings, sculptures and works on paper encompassing the remarkable breadth of his practice. (more…)

British Museum to Digitize Collection

Wednesday, October 18th, 2023

Following a string of controversial thefts, the British Museum has announced ambitious plans to digitize its collection. “Following the discovery that objects have been stolen from the collection, we have taken steps to improve security and are now confident that a theft of this kind can never happen again,” says interim director Mark Jones. “It is my belief that the single most important response to the thefts is to increase access, because the better a collection is known – and the more it is used – the sooner any absences are noticed.” (more…)

Ann Philbin, Hammer Museum Head, To Retire

Wednesday, October 18th, 2023

Ann Philbin, director of UCLA’s Hammer Museum, has announced plans to retire. She will step down from the post in fall of 2024. (more…)

Arthur Brand Recovers Series of Works Stolen from Dutch Town of Medemblik

Wednesday, October 18th, 2023

Art sleuth Arthur Brand has recovered a bundle of six paintings, stolen from the Dutch town of Medemblik this month. The works were delivered to Brand’s home after a statement that the thieves would have a hard time selling the pieces. “I’m very thankful that they decided to do the right thing. Stealing is wrong, but if you return it, at least you do something right,” he said.  (more…)

Alicja Kwade Joins Pace

Wednesday, October 18th, 2023

Alicja Kwade has joined Pace, Art News reports. “Alicja is an artist who reveals the unknowable,” says CEO Marc Glimcher. “In her practice, Alicja transforms our sense of perception and draws attention to nature’s relationship to human existence. There is deep affinity with our program in the philosophical and spiritual nature of Kwade’s work, and I’m honored to welcome her to our program.” (more…)