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Berlin-“Rose Painting” by Yngve Holen at Galerie Neu through July 14, 2018

Friday, July 13th, 2018

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Installation view. All images via Galerie Neu.

Rose Painting, the second solo show of Norwegian-German artist Yngve Holen, was recently on view at Galerie Neu in Berlin through July 14. This exhibition presented a series of rims, ‘gutted’ from five different sports utility vehicles and then 3D-scanned, scaled to a diameter of two meters, and optimized to be milled in CLT (cross-laminated timber). The resulting objects are flower-like wooden constructions that feature symmetrical lines organized around a center point. Rose Painting addresses the formal design languages of a utility object, questioning the fetish object and psychosocial design that punctuate the objects that clutter wealth distribution.
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The role of ornamentation in the above questions is central to this exhibition, which emphasized the process of creating the art object as much as the art object itself. The press release states, “Rims are typically made of aluminum, a material whose ambivalent value bears, on the one hand, the symbolic aura of modernity, while on the other, the ‘stain’ of a cheap substitute.” The artist’s choice to reproduce these rims in cross-laminated timber, this form is exaggerated in a form that is typically understood to be more valuable, traditional, and environmentally sustainable. In this way, these forms point to the symbolic and economic conditions of their proliferation, since the crisis of functionalism in the 1960s, and seek to “ride out the increasing aerodynamics of the contemporary chassis.”



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The reimagined rims are products of technical woodcarving, a process that expose the milling traces, tears, and cracks of an industrially prefabricated resource sculpted by a machine. With their rescaled form, the rims present these blemishes as a ‘natural’ byproduct, pointing to the current schizophrenic relationship to automobiles that strives for optimized car use and reduced emissions, while continuing to fetishize and covet the SUV. In a sense, the SUV epitomizes the frenzied materialistic collecting of ornaments and materials behind car culture. The large-scale vehicles are extremely popular despite their high consumption of gas and the danger they pose to other drives and pedestrians, as well as their inutility in the suburban or residential contexts in which they are frequently found.


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The design and possession of the SUV, like that of rims, illustrates the complex mechanisms of ornamentation, style, and economics motivating the circulation and production of automotive accessories. The title of this exhibition points to the function of the ornament to embellish an object, as well as invest it with value and suggestions of worth. The craftmanship implied in the title and objects of the exhibition stand in interesting and not entirely opposing relationship to the industrial processes of mechanical production implied by the rim.

-A. Corrigan


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Exhibition Page [Galerie Neu]

Jacolby Satterwhite Joins Mitchell-Innes and Nash

Friday, July 13th, 2018

Jacolby Satterwhite, via Art NewsJacolby Satterwhite is joining Mitchell-Innes and Nash, Art News reports. “I was first introduced to the work at the Studio Museum in 2012 and was drawn to the rigorous and subversive nature of his practice, both aesthetically and conceptually,”says Lucy Mitchell-Innes.  (more…)

Small Fire Breaks Out at Paula Cooper Gallery

Friday, July 13th, 2018

Paula Cooper, via Art NewsA fire at Paula Cooper Gallery’s Chelsea space has led to an inspection to make sure works in storage were not damaged by smoke, Art News reports. “The fire marshall is here trying to determine what caused the fire,” Cooper said. “It started this morning and it was contained. No one got hurt, fortunately, and it didn’t spread. It was contained in our storage room.” (more…)

Landmark Blinky Palermo Work to Return to New York

Friday, July 13th, 2018

Blinky Palermo, Manhattan, (1976-77), via David ZwirnerBlinky Palermo’s To the People of New York City (1976) will return to New York City after thirty years, going on view this fall at Dia.  “To the People of New York City has often been described as the most influential work of Palermo’s short but remarkable career—representing a complex investigation into the formal language of Minimalism and the legacy of abstraction, while foreshadowing the paradigms of Conceptual practice. In the context of Dia’s rich collection of work by both Palermo and his peers, this presentation will foster important and in-depth engagement with this artist’s rarely exhibited work,” said Jessica Morgan, Dia’s Nathalie de Gunzburg Director. (more…)

Curator Nikki Columbus Accuses MoMA PS1 of Discrimination Over Her Pregnancy

Friday, July 13th, 2018

Nikki Columbus, via NYTCurator Nikki Columbus is accusing MoMA PS1 of rescinding a job offer once the museum learned she had had a baby, the New York Times reports. “I was told by every woman I spoke with, don’t discuss your pregnancy until you get the job,” Columbus says. “I just went forward thinking that this is not their business, it’s not relevant to the job and to my abilities.” (more…)

Kathy Noble Joins Performa as Curator

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Kathy Noble, via Art NewsKathy Noble has joined the Performa as curator and manager of curatorial affairs, Art News reports. “Kathy will be somebody who looks at the total picture with me,” Performa founder and chief curator RoseLee Goldberg says. (more…)

Glasgow School of Art to Rebuild Mackintosh Building

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Glasgow School of Art, via GuardianGlasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh building will be rebuilt after a fire last month, the institution announced. “We’re going to rebuild the Mackintosh building,” director Tom Inns says. “There’s been a huge amount of speculation about what should happen with the site and quite rightly so, but from our point of view and that of the city of Glasgow, it is critically important that the building comes back as the Mackintosh building.” (more…)

David Smith Estate to be Helmed by His Daughters

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

Rebecca and Candida Smith, via Art NewsSculptor David Smith will now be helmed by the artist’s daughters Rebecca and Candida Smith, who take over from executive director Peter Stevens, who has worked on the late artist’s legacy for 35 years. “We are very grateful to Peter Stevens for his commitment to the work of our father over these many years. Candida and I will continue to build on that legacy with a view toward ushering in new scholarship and new perspectives.”  (more…)

New Art Fair to Launch in Conjunction with Frieze Los Angeles

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

Roosevelt, via Art NewsA new art fair called Felix LA will launch next year in conjunction with Frieze Los Angeles, Art News reports, located at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on Hollywood Boulevard. “I had a strong feeling that a lot of what I enjoyed about the art world was missing,” says founder and collector Dean Valentine. (more…)

Margot Norton and Jamillah James Tapped for 2021 New Museum Triennial

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Margot Norton and Jamillah James, via Art NewsNew Museum curator Margot Norton and Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles curator Jamillah James will co-organize the 2021 New Museum Triennial, Art News reports.   (more…)

Berlin-“One Day for Eternity” by Tatiana Trouvé at König Gallery through July 8, 2018

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Installation View. All images via Anna Corrigan for Art Observed.

Tatiana Trouvé’s One Day for Eternity is on view at the König Gallery in Berlin through July 8. This is the artist’s third solo exhibition with the gallery. In this piece, Trouvé continues her exploration of memory, material, and space. The work is the most recent installation in a series entitled Les Indéfinis, which addresses the myriad transformations that an artwork undergoes, morphing from an idea into material, from material into an object of circulation.



Emmanuel Macron Orders Review of French Art Residencies

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Macron, via ARt NewspaperEmmanuel Macron has ordered a review of artist residencies funded by the French state, which some fear could lead to the dismantling of some cultural programs. Macron has appointed Thierry Tuot, the president of the administrative council of the French Academy at Villa Medici in Rome, to lead the review.  (more…)

Fiac Moving to Temporary Location During Grand Palais Renovation

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Paris, via Art NewspaperFiac has found a new home while the Grand Palais is under renovation, Art Newspaper reports, and will set up shop this year at a temporary venue near the Eiffel Tower. “Now we have clarity. I think galleries will remain on board; they’re excited and want to participate in this new chapter,” says director Jennifer Flay.   (more…)

Theaster Gates Interviewed in The Guardian

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Theaster Gates, via The GuardianTheaster Gates gets an interview in the Guardian this week, discussing his soon to open show at Kunstmuseum Basel, and his ongoing commitment to a practice mixing diverse community efforts and art-making.  “My hope is that people would start to see some through-lines between my works of art,” So even though I was a black man in a black neighborhood, talking about black power, what I was trying to demonstrate is that an artist who reads the dynamics of a situation can change the situation.” (more…)

Met Sets Attendance Record with 7.34 Million Guests

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Met Museum, via NYtThe Met has set another attendance record for this past year, attracting more than 7.35 million guests. “We don’t chase visitor numbers, but they are one sign among many of whether we are doing a good job in serving our mission and the needs of the public,” says Daniel H. Weiss, the Met’s president and chief executive. (more…)

New York – “Difference Engine” Curated by Cory Arcangel and Tina Kukielski at Lisson Gallery Through August 10th, 2018

Friday, July 6th, 2018

Difference Engine (Installation View), via Jodie Berman for Art Observed
Difference Engine (Installation View), via Jodie Berman for Art Observed

Meandering into spaces of contradiction and surrealist juxtaposition, artist Cory Arcangel has put on his curator cap for a show organized in collaboration with Art21’s Tina Kukielski, organizing an exhibition of works centered around modernity and technology, and framed equally by ideas of potential and hazard. (more…)

Paris – Anish Kapoor: “Another (M)other” at Kamel Mennour Through July 21st, 2018

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

Anish Kapoor, Untitled (detail) (2018), via Art Observed
Anish Kapoor, Untitled (detail) (2018), via Art Observed

Currently on view at Kamel Mennour’s Paris exhibition space, artist Anish Kapoor has brought a strikingly powerful body of works, mixing styles and forms through a range of pieces to explore a unique and detailed perspective on humanity.  Much like previous works for the artist, twisting desire, power and image through rigorous visual systems, the show presents the viewer and work as inextricably linked, bound together through their shared states and momentary acts of convergence.

Anish Kapoor, Untitled (2018), via Art Observed
Anish Kapoor, Untitled (2018), via Art Observed


LA Times Profiles Fundraising Efforts at LACMA

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

LACMA Resdesigns, via LA TimesThe LA Times spotlights Michael Govan’s push to speed up LACMA’s fundraising drive, as construction continues on the museum’s new expansion. “We’re steadily raising money and signing pledges. I don’t feel there’s any danger that the project isn’t going forward,” Govan says. (more…)

Myrna Ayad Leaving Art Dubai

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

myrna_ayad, via Art NewspaperArt Dubai director Myrna Ayad at the fair in August. “My decision to leave was personal; I am excited to pursue my own endeavours,” Ayad says of her departure.  (more…)

London-Prototypes of Imagination by Katharina Grosse at Gagosian Gallery through July 27, 2018

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

Installation view. All images via the Gagosian Gallery.

Prototypes of Imagination, an exhibition of new work by Katharina Grosse, is on view at the Gagosian Gallery through July 27, 2018. Grosse is well known for her in situ paintings that respond to the environment in which they are produced, typically with explosive color rendered directly onto architecture, interiors, and landscapes.  Employing bold colors and ambitious movement, her works test the limits of boundaries and redefine space. Her mold-breaking paintings and intricate constructions have challenged the contained space of the canvas and, in this exhibition, the boundaries between imagination and reality.

The artist’s use of an industrial spray gun has provoked comparisons of her work with street art or graffiti, as she coats the objects in her path, at times the walls and windows of the exhibition space, with bright color. These works can be seen as a meditation on the subjective and immersive experience of painting, as Grosse integrates events and experiences that emerge during the construction process into the artwork. In Prototypes of Imagination, Grosse seeks to “try out—and dramatically compress—the characteristics of reality” by building prototypes that can be reenacted and applied to other endeavors.


As in prior shows, a single gigantic painting on loose cloth is at the center of this exhibition. The huge expanses of loose cloth that Grosse works on in the studio allow the artist to respond to the specific architectural conditions in which the work will be housed. Grosse can paint beyond and in response to the frame of the gallery, from the location of her studio. In this particular example, the work hangs from the ceiling, resembling a hulking organic form, almost breathing with vibrant, pulsating color and the spectral silhouettes that interlock and fade into each other. The work reveals inverted chromatic zones produced by stencils of vaguely biomorphic form, as well as painterly gesture balanced with a dizzying array of overwhelmingly vibrant layers that suggest spatial and temporal transformation.






The other works in this exhibition, oriented around this centerpiece, are presented on stretched canvas and reveal a parallel effect of layered or scrambled form that tessellate and slide into each other. These pieces are punctuated by shifts in chromatic temperature, as well as forms created by stencils, folds, or other tools. These spaces of opacity or negative space are interrupted by solid geometries or ambiguous transparencies, creating a kaleidoscopic experience of color and movement that possesses a rhythm all its own. As the press release states, “each composition bears intimate traces of its creation,” thereby acting organically upon the limits of pictorial logic and showing the viewer the potentially hypnotic power of an encounter in the field of vision.

-A. Corrigan

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Exhibition Page [Gagosian Gallery]

Arts Council Englad to Hire Economist

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

its-not-the-way-i-want-to-die-tracey-emin-2005-guardianArts Council England is hiring an economist, part of a plan it feels will make it more able to act effectively in financial advocacy for the arts. “We will work to develop skills in that area. One of the things that has historically happened is that you might have [someone who is] good at a particular art form, they are promoted [to a leadership position] but we have not given them that [leadership training] support,” says Arts Council England chief executive Darren Henley. (more…)

Arts PAC “For Freedoms” Sets Up in New York

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

For Freedoms, via Art NewsHank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman’s For Freedoms project has set up shop in New York, planning a major national billboard campaign in the run-up to the midterm elections. “We’re trying to bring these different artists’ voices more into the realm of public discourse,” Thomas says, “which is part of the way that advertising works—it reaches a very wide audience. So we’re trying to think about art and creativity, beyond just the confines of the art world, but out into contexts around the country on the side of the road.” (more…)

London – America My Hometown by Edward Kienholz at Blain Southern through July 14, 2018

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

Installation View. All images via Blain Southern.

Now through July 14, Blain Southern London presents America My Hometown, an exhibition dedicated to the formative years of Edward Kienholz’s career in mid-century America. The works in the exhibition span the years of 1954-1967, at which point Kienholz was living and working in Los Angeles. This historical period was hugely significant for the position of the United States and the spread of capitalism globally, to which Kienholz responded directly in his work. The pieces produced by the artist during this time reflect a concern with the political turmoil and social anxiety that marked the political and social circumstances in which he lived.


New York – Melissa Brown at Derek Eller Through July 6, 2018

Saturday, June 30th, 2018


Melissa Brown, Swamp, 2018, courtesy Derek Eller Gallery.

Melissa Brown, Swamp, 2018, courtesy Derek Eller Gallery

“The fantasy that reality is changeable: it’s what keeps us alive,” writes Melissa Brown in an anecdotal text for the press release of “Between States,” her first solo exhibition at Derek Eller Gallery in New York. Brown describes a road trip from Tennessee down south to Summerville, Georgia to visit outsider artist Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden, a kitschy wonderland of mosaics and mirrors, the folk art equivalent of Antoni Gaudi’s Park Güell.