Archive for the 'Art News' Category

New York – Alex Prager: “Part Two: Run” at Lehmann Maupin Through March 4th, 2023

Tuesday, January 31st, 2023

Alex Prager, Run (2022), via Lehmann Maupin
Alex Prager, Run (2022), via Lehmann Maupin

This winter, Lehmann Maupin presents Part Two: Run, an exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based artist Alex Prager, that marks the debut of Prager’s ambitious new film, Run and features a selection of new photographs and sculptures made in conjunction with and in response to the film. Directly responding to a period of cultural ambivalences and uncertainties, the exhibition urgently examines human perseverance and explores the opportunities for empathy, participation, and action present both within art and everyday life. (more…)

Paris – David Salle: “Tree of Life, This Time with Feeling” at Thaddaeus Ropac Through March 4th, 2023

Monday, January 30th, 2023

David Salle, Tree of Life, This Time with Feeling (Installation View), via Thaddaeus Ropac
David Salle, Tree of Life, This Time with Feeling (Installation View), via Thaddaeus Ropac

Presenting a body of new works at the Thaddaeus Ropac exhibition space in Paris, artist David Salle returns for the culmination of his celebrated Tree of Life series, a body of works that used human dramas and a comical undertone to create a space fro the meditation and reflection on contemporary art and its relation to history.  (more…)

London – Jonathan Baldock: “we are flowers of one garden” at Stephen Friedman Through February 25th, 2023

Friday, January 27th, 2023

Jonathan Baldock, Mother Flower (2022), via Stephen Friedman
Jonathan Baldock, Mother Flower (2022), via Stephen Friedman

Centered on themes of nature and the cycle of life, artist Jonathan Baldock presents a deeply personal and resonant exhibition this month at Stephen Friedman Gallery in London, a show that reflects on the artist’s relationship with his mother and her garden. Arranging a selection of new works in wall-mounted sculpture and ceramic, Baldock presents a peaceful and expressive meditation on human emotion, quietude, and the experience of life in nature. (more…)

London – Joseph Beuys: “Forty Years of Drawing” at Thaddaeus Ropac Through March 22nd, 2023

Thursday, January 26th, 2023

Joseph Beuys, 40 Years of Drawing (Installation View), via Art Observed
Joseph Beuys, 40 Years of Drawing (Installation View), via Art Observed

This month in London, Thaddaeus Ropac has embarked on a particularly striking and powerful exhibition, bringing together almost 100 works on paper from the archives of the Joseph Beuys family for the first time in the United Kingdom. On view now, Joseph Beuys: 40 Years of Drawing is the first major exhibition dedicated solely to the artist’s drawings to take place in London for 20 years, and offers a cohesive and engaging look at the role drawing played in the artist’s work over the course of his career.

Joseph Beuys, 40 Years of Drawing (Installation View), via Art Observed
Joseph Beuys, 40 Years of Drawing (Installation View), via Art Observed

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London – Richard Long: “Drinking the rivers of Dartmoor” at Lisson Through February 4th, 2023

Wednesday, January 25th, 2023

Richard Long, Walking at the Speed of Spring (1998), via Lisson
Richard Long, Walking at the Speed of Spring (1998), via Lisson

For his latest exhibition at Lisson Gallery, artist Richard Long presents a series of text works and photographs spanning his entire practice, from the 1970s to the present day. These works chart Long’s innovative path through and alongside histories of conceptual art, centering the artist’s life-long concern with walking as an aesthetic and philosophical practice. As textual and visual documentations of walks embarked upon worldwide, through mountains and deserts, shorelines and grasslands, rivers and snowscapes, Long’s works give poetic form to the ineffability and ephemerality of human perceptual experience. (more…)

London – Nicole Wermers: “P4aM2aRF!” at Herald St Through February 18th, 2023

Tuesday, January 24th, 2023

Nicole Wermers, Reclining Female #1 (2022), via Herald St
Nicole Wermers, Reclining Female #1 (2022), via Herald St

On view this month in London, Herald St presents P4aM2aRF!, an exhibition by Nicole Wermers taking place in the gallery’s East London location. Resembling a code or password, the acronymic title stands for ‘Proposal for a Monument to a Reclining Female!’ and alludes to the public realm and its interactions with the female body. The exhibition features two main groups of work: a new series of photographs of locked bicycles entitled Attachments, and three sculptures from the artist’s Reclining Females series. (more…)

New York – “Junkyard of Dreams” at Bortolami Through March 4th, 2023

Monday, January 23rd, 2023

Duane Linklater, croatoan 1 (2023), via Bortolami
Duane Linklater, croatoan 1 (2023), via Bortolami

This month at Bortolami’s 39 Walker location, the gallery presents its first exhibition of the year, Junkyard of Dreams, bringing together the work of five artists; Frieda Toranzo Jaeger, Duane Linklater, Virginia Overton, Kathleen Ryan, and Christopher Williams. Drawing on the disparate modes of both knowledge and object construction in the discourse of post-industrial modernity, the works on view here walk delicate lines between critique and active engagement with modern capital. (more…)

AO On-Site – San Francisco: “FOG Art + Design Fair” at Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, January 19th – 22nd, 2023

Friday, January 20th, 2023

Pat Steir at Hauser & Wirth
Pat Steir at Hauser & Wirth, all images via Hannah Zhang for Art Observed

Opening this week in the famously cloudy expanse of the San Francisco Bay, Fog Art and Design Fair has once again opened its doors for another year. Celebrating today’s most significant creatives and leading contributors to the worlds of design and visual arts, the fair assembles 45 leading international galleries; prominent 20th-century and contemporary design dealers; and a weekend of exciting programs. (more…)

Paintings By Queen Victoria Head to Auction in London

Friday, January 20th, 2023

A rare pair of floral paintings by Queen Victoria will go to auction next week, expecting prices of £8,000 and £10,000, Art News reports.  (more…)

Michael Rakowitz Proposes Gift of Fourth Plinth Statue to British Museum in Exchange for Return of Assyrian Arifacts to Iraq

Friday, January 20th, 2023

Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitz is proposing that the British Museum return one of its ancient Assyrian treasures to Iraq in exchange for the donation of his fourth plinth sculpture to the UK. “As I pondered my gift to the nation of Great Britain, I began to fantasise that it could be attached to a second gift: the return of one of the British Museum’s lamassu to the country of Iraq, to replace what was destroyed by Daesh [or Islamic State],” he writes in an open letter. (more…)

Art News Traces Continued Challenges of Repatriation at The Met

Friday, January 20th, 2023

Art News has a piece this week discussing ongoing issues with repatriation at The Met, reviewing some disputed works still on view. “Once you know that someone is acquiring artifacts without looking too closely as a source, the first thing you should do is look deeper,” says Erin Thompson, an associate professor of art crime at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. (more…)

UNESCO Seeks to Prevent Looting of Ukrainian Artifacts

Friday, January 20th, 2023

UNESCO is holding programs in Warsaw to help identify looted cultural materials from the Ukraine. “Poland is really a country at the forefront of this work,” Krista Pikkat, UNESCO’s director of culture and emergencies, says. (more…)

NYT Profiles Revival of Robert Whitman’s “American Moon” at Pace

Friday, January 20th, 2023

The New York Times writes on the revival of artist Robert Whitman’s 1959 happening American Moon at Pace. “I used to try to explain things to myself — what I was doing,” he said. “Then I suddenly realized my ideas and thoughts and rationalizations were nonsense, and I just decided to go with my intuition.” (more…)

Whitney Curator Marcela Guerrero Profiled in NYT

Friday, January 20th, 2023

The New York Times profiles Whitney Museum curator Marcela Guerrero, the first Puerto Ricaan curator at the Museum. “She is at the right place at a time when Latinx art is emerging as a force to be reckoned with,” says Mari Carmen Ramírez, the first curator of Latin American art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. “We all expect her to contribute to this transformation in a significant way.” (more…)

Clearing Gallery to Leave Bushwick Space

Friday, January 20th, 2023

Clearing Gallery will depart its longtime home in Bushwick for a new space on the Bowery. “There’s nothing wrong with Brooklyn, but there’s more to New York than Brooklyn,” says founder Olivier Babin. “We’re not leaving for a bigger or better space. We’re leaving for a better location.” (more…)

London – Ciarán Murphy: “this appear” at GRIMM Through February 25th, 2023

Wednesday, January 18th, 2023

Ciarán Murphy, hollow daze (2023), via GRIMM
Ciarán Murphy, hollow daze (2023), via GRIMM

On this month at GRIMM in London, Irish artist Ciarán Murphy presents a solo exhibition of new paintings that mark his ninth solo show with the gallery, and his first at its new London outpost. Engaging with the entanglement of technological and analogue modes of image-making, the artist’s work here works through a range of histories of the image and the act of art-making in turn. (more…)

Los Angeles – Alma Allen at Blum & Poe Through February 25th, 2023

Tuesday, January 17th, 2023

Alma Allen, not Yet Titled (2022), via Blum & Poe
Alma Allen, Not Yet Titled (2022), via Blum & Poe

This month in Los Angeles, Mexico-based artist Alma Allen’s fourth solo exhibition with Blum & Poe marks a continuation of the artist’s work in intense, gesturally-oriented sculpture and meticulously carved and cast bronzes, here exhibited for the first time as a series of wall-hanging works. (more…)

Los Angeles – Jim Shaw: “Thinking the Unthinkable” at Gagosian Through February 25th, 2023

Friday, January 13th, 2023

Jim Shaw, Going for the One (2022), via Gagosian
Jim Shaw, Going for the One (2022), via Gagosian

On view this month at Gagosian Gallery in Los Angeles, artist Jim Shaw presents a selection of new works that continue his enigmatic and challenging exploration of modernity and culture. United under the title Thinking the Unthinkable, the show reanimates mythological themes through incidents from political history and popular entertainment, outwardly disparate fields that collide here in a dreamlike mélange. (more…)

Los Angeles – Maggie Lee: “Unique Boutique” at Gaga & Reena Spaulings Los Angeles Through February 4th, 2023

Thursday, January 12th, 2023

Maggie Lee, Unique Boutiqiue (Installation View), via Reena Spaulings
Maggie Lee, Unique Boutique (Installation View), via Reena Spaulings

Artist Maggie Lee’s work functions on complex twists of both memories and their embellishment. Frequently approaching her works as both the material of her past and their continued presence and importance in the present, Lee’s pieces dwell on constructions of culture through materials and experiences simultaneously. For her latest show, open this month at Reena Spaulings and Gaga’s shared Los Angeles space, the artist continues this mode of practice, her delving deep into clothing as both container and surface for a range of associations and meanings.

Maggie Lee, Unique Boutiqiue (Installation View), via Reena Spaulings
Maggie Lee, Unique Boutique (Installation View), via Reena Spaulings (more…)

New York – Tara Donovan at Pace Through February 25th, 2023

Wednesday, January 11th, 2023

Tara Donovan, Screen Drawing (2021), via Pace
Tara Donovan, Screen Drawing (2021), via Pace

On view this month, from January 13 to February 25 at Pace, artist Tara Donovan brings together a selection of screen drawings made with aluminum insect screen, a body of work that began during the pandemic, and which involves moving, pinching, and cutting the wires of an aluminum screen to extract mesmeric patterns from the material’s existing grids. Ranging from just over a foot in height and width to nearly four feet wide and tall, these two-dimensional screen drawings feature unique geometric motifs that produce varied visual effects. (more…)

New York – Will Boone: “No Man’s Land” at Karma Through February 25th, 2023

Tuesday, January 10th, 2023

Will Boone, No Man's Land (Installation View), via Karma
Will Boone, No Man’s Land (Installation View), via Karma

Artist Will Boone presents a body of new sculpture this month in New York at Karma’s East 2nd Street location, a scenic tableau that mixes together a studied investigation of still-life, pop culture and a range of varied iconographies and techniques.  (more…)

New York – Lucio Fontana: “Sculpture” at Hauser & Wirth Through February 4th, 2023

Monday, January 9th, 2023

Lucio Fontana, Nudo (Nude) (1926), via Hauser & Wirth
Lucio Fontana, Nudo (Nude) (1926), via Hauser & Wirth

This winter, Hauser & Wirth presents the second in a trilogy of exhibitions dedicated to the late Argentine-Italian artist Lucio Fontana, considered among the 20th century’s most inventive artists. Curated by Luca Massimo Barbero, in collaboration with the Fondazione Lucio Fontana, and focused on Fontana’s prolific breakthroughs and experiments in the medium of sculpture, this exhibition will fill the gallery’s uptown location at 32 East 69th Street, the very same address where, in 1961, Fontana’s first solo show in the US was presented at the galleries of the legendary art dealers Martha Jackson and David Anderson. (more…)

New York – Silke Otto-Knapp: “Versammlung” at Galerie Buhchholz Through January 7th, 2023

Friday, January 6th, 2023

Silke Otto-Knapp, Versammlung (Installation View), via Buchholz
Silke Otto-Knapp, Versammlung (Installation View), via Buchholz

On view this month at Galerie Buchholz in New York, the gallery presents an exhibition by the artist Silke Otto-Knapp (1970-2022). Produced in the 18 months before the artist’s death last year, and conceived of specifically for the Buchholz space in New York, Versammlung (German for “assembly”) unites a series of free-standing paintings that depict a series of bodies traversing space, moving and floating through the gallery.  (more…)

New York – Jannis Kounellis at Gladstone Through February 4th, 2023

Thursday, January 5th, 2023

Jannis Kounellis (Installation View), via Gladstone Gallery
Jannis Kounellis (Installation View), via Gladstone Gallery

This winter, the artist Jannis Kounellis is the subject of an expansive exhibition of work on view at Gladstone Gallery in Chelsea this month, underscoring the artist’s powerful and expressive body of work, and its exploration of violence, loss and pain. Like many of his generation in Europe, Jannis Kounellis (1936 – 2017) experienced war at close quarters throughout his childhood; first during the German Nazi/Italian Fascist occupation [subjugation] of Greece, and then the civil war that erupted in the power vacuum when the occupiers were defeated in 1943. One of the first Cold War conflicts, the war lasted until 1949, when Kounellis was 13 years old. (more…)