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New York – “Catechism” at Bridget Donahue Through July 29th, 2022

Thursday, July 28th, 2022

Catechism (Installation View), via Bridget Donahue
Catechism (Installation View), via Bridget Donahue

Throughout the layout of the current group exhibition at Bridget Donahue, one can’t help but trace the works as a series of pointing arrows. Bright colors and strange, lumpen arrangements seem to trade barbs with each other, while other works create a series of conversations on typography and text, design and craft. In each case, the show seems to tug at a series of half-ideas, as if allowing the show to breathe anew in each moment of encounter.

Evelyn Reyes Four Carrots, Pink (2004-2009), via Bridget Donahue
Evelyn Reyes, Four Carrots, Pink (2004-2009), via Bridget Donahue

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New York – Rob Pruitt: “New Faces” at 303 Gallery Through July 29th, 2022

Wednesday, July 27th, 2022

Robb Pruitt, Avery (2022), via 303 Gallery
Robb Pruitt, Avery (2022), via 303 Gallery

On view this month at 303 Gallery, a body of new work by Rob Pruitt marks a continuation of the artist’s mining of the tension between comic renditions, heightened emotional states, and deep, rich engagements with the history of pop art, all centered around his latest series of Face paintings. (more…)

New York – Sarah Ortmeyer: “SPORTS CLUB NEW YORK” at Galerie Eva Presenhuber Through July 29th, 2022

Tuesday, July 26th, 2022

Sarah Ortmeyer, DAVID (2022), via Galerie Eva Presenhuber
Sarah Ortmeyer, DAVID (2022), via Galerie Eva Presenhuber

Combining together a series of works and a range of different approaches and series from her practice, artist Sarah Ortmeyer presents a selection of pieces at Galerie Eva Presenhuber this month, united under the title SPORTS CLUB NEW YORK. 

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New York – Oli Epp: “Don’t You Want Somebody to Love” at Galerie Perrotin Through July 29th, 2022

Monday, July 25th, 2022

Oli Epp, Surrogate (2022), via Perrotin
Oli Epp, Surrogate (2022), via Perrotin

On view this month at Galerie Perrotin, artist Oli Epp collects a range of works that mine a strange and otherworldly relationship with the language of painterly figuration and abstraction. Presenting a series of tightly constructed images that twist and warp bodies into playful new iterations, his works on view moving from human figures to animals to objects, always returning to the same deconstructive approach.

Oli Epp, Dead Center (2022), via Perrotin
Oli Epp, Dead Center (2022), via Perrotin

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New York – B. Wurtz: “Monuments” at Garth Greenan Through July 29th, 2022

Friday, July 22nd, 2022

B. Wurtz, Untitled (2017), via Garth Greenan
B. Wurtz, Untitled (2017), via Garth Greenan

On this month at Garth Greenan Gallery in New York, artist B. Wurtz presents Monuments, featuring a number of the artist’s playful sculptures and mixed media works deconstructing elements of scale and monumentality and marking the artist’s first show at the gallery. Known for his repurposing of everyday flotsam into joyous, humorous, and beautiful sculptural objects. The works in the presentation, spanning the past four decades of Wurtz’s career, take the language of the everyday, and transpose it, creating strange tensions and relationships between materials. (more…)

Claes Oldenburg, Giant of American Pop, Has Passed Away at Age 93

Tuesday, July 19th, 2022

Claes Oldenburg
Claes Oldenburg

Artist Claes Oldenburg, a foundational voice in the development of American contemporary and pop art, has passed away at the age of 93. Known for his monumental constructions that turned every day objects into large-scale sculptures and installations, the artist’s work re-created a range of iconic American images. “My intention is to make an everyday object that eludes definition,” he said. “I’ve expressed myself consistently in objects with reference to human beings rather than through human beings.”  (more…)

New York – Jeppe Hein: “Changing Spaces” at Rockefeller Center Through September 9th, 2022

Tuesday, July 19th, 2022

Jeppe Hein, Changing Spaces (Installation View), via Art Observed
Jeppe Hein, Changing Spaces (Installation View), via Art Observed

This summer, artist Jeppe Hein has installed Changing Spaces, an interactive public art installation on Rockefeller Center’s Center Plaza, a swirling torrent of “liquid architecture” that continues the artist’s use of space and phenomenon to encourage visitors and passerby to stop and interact with the work. (more…)

London – Nicola L. at Alison Jacques Through July 23rd, 2022

Monday, July 18th, 2022

Nicola L., We Don't Want War (1974-75), via Alison Jacques
Nicola L., We Don’t Want War (1974-75), via Alison Jacques

Marking the first large-scale exhibition of artist Nicola L. in the UK, Alison Jacques brings together an expansive selection of works by the artist. The show, presented in partnership with the Nicola L. Collection and Archive, Los Angeles, anticipates a forthcoming monograph, published by Apartamento in Autumn 2022, and a major survey at Camden Art Centre in 2024. (more…)

Los Angeles – Paul McCarthy: “A&E Drawings A&E Drawing Session 2021″ at Hauser & Wirth Through July 17th, 2022

Friday, July 15th, 2022

Paul McCarthy, A&E, MOTHER, Santa Anita session (2021), via Hauser & Wirth
Paul McCarthy, A&E, MOTHER, Santa Anita session (2021), via Hauser & Wirth

Confronting the complex mechanisms of power, politics, desire, and history, artist Paul McCarthy opens a show of new works on view at Hauser & Wirth in his home of Los Angeles this month capping a new series of “A&E” drawings, an offshoot of Paul McCarthy’s ongoing video series with German actor Lilith Stangenberg. An initialism for Adolf & Eva, Adam & Eve, and Arts & Entertainment, ‘A&E’ is a multi-disciplinary project that evolved out of the artist’s film project NV Night Vater (2019 –). Originally drawing from Liliana Cavani’s sadomasochistic erotic drama The Night Porter (1974), the project continues McCarthy’s exploration of the origins of fascism, Hollywood, the contemporary art world, and the current political climate.

Paul McCarthy, A&E, Adolf Adam & Eva Eve, Santa Anita session (2021), via Hauser & Wirth
Paul McCarthy, A&E, Adolf Adam & Eva Eve, Santa Anita session (2021), via Hauser & Wirth

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London – Michelangelo Pistoletto at Simon Lee Through July 16th, 2022

Tuesday, July 12th, 2022

Michelangelo Pistoletto, Uomo che guarda attraverso la gabbia (2018), via Simon Lee
Michelangelo Pistoletto, Uomo che guarda attraverso la gabbia (2018), via Simon Lee

Marking a newe perspective on the storied output of artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, Simon Lee Gallery has opened a show of recent works by the Italian artist. For his fifth exhibition at the gallery, the artist presents a series of mirror paintings that reflect on themes of captivity, isolation and restriction at a fractured moment in contemporary history. (more…)

Harold Ancart Joins Gagosian

Monday, July 11th, 2022

Harold Ancart has joined the roster at Gagosian after leaving David Zwirner, the gallery announced this week. (more…)

Zurich – Michael Williams: “Frogs 1-9″ at Eva Presenhuber Through July 23rd, 2022

Monday, July 11th, 2022

Michael Williams, Frogs 9 (2022), via Eva Presenhuber
Michael Williams, Frogs 9 (2022), via Eva Presenhuber

Over the course of his work, painter Michael Williams has developed a suite of interconnected paintings out of a drawing, not uncommonly focused on a human figure or surrogate. In the case of Frogs 1 – 9, the source is Untitled (Frog) (2019–2020): a small sheet given over to a greying man-cum-jester, hollowed nostrils shaped like an electrical outlet and mouth agape, forming an unlikely heart as he pinches a small frog.  Here, at Eva Presenhuber’s Vienna exhibition space, this image becomes the ground for a series of interventions and reinventions of the image, spanning both drawing and painting.

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New York – Ajay Kurian: “Missing Home” at 47 Canal Through July 9th, 2022

Friday, July 8th, 2022

Ajay Kurian, Tiresias (2022), via 47 Canal
Ajay Kurian, Tiresias (2022), via 47 Canal

On view this month at 47 Canal, Brooklyn-based artist Ajay Kurian has produced a body of work that delves into the constructions of personality and place that underscore conceptions and understandings of home. Installing a body of works that concentrate on concepts of denial and assimilation, generational trauma and dislocation, the work on view this month takes a long route through the symbolisms and abstractions that underscore a conception of the body and self.

Ajay Kurian, Missing Home (Installation View), via 47 Canal
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Zurich – Fischli Weiss: “Airports and Cars” at Galerie Eva Presenhuber Through July 11th, 2022

Thursday, July 7th, 2022

Fischli Weiss, Untitled (Paris Air France) (1998), via Eva Presenhuber
Fischli Weiss, Untitled (Paris/Air France) (1998), via Eva Presenhuber

On view this month at Galerie Eva Presenhuber presents Airports and Cars, the gallery’s fourth exhibition by Peter Fischli and the late David Weiss. Fischli Weiss began the Airports series in 1987 and continued it for 25 years, a project that saw them repeatedly photograph and document the various scenes and landscapes of international airports, focusing on tarmacs and loading zones—the abstract-opaque logistical space, which passengers predominantly glimpse through panes of glass and see themselves detached from. (more…)

Berlin – Karin Sander: “What You See is Not What You Get (22 Exhibitions)” at Esther Schipper Through July 16th, 2022

Tuesday, July 5th, 2022

Karin Sander, What You See is Not What You Get (22 Exhibitions) (Installation View), via Esther Schipper
Karin Sander, What You See is Not What You Get (22 Exhibitions) (Installation View), via Esther Schipper

On view at Esther Schipper in Berlin, artist Karin Sander presents an enigmatic and unique installation under the title What You See is Not What You Get” (22 Exhibitions). Combining a body of work to explore intriguing questions of space and presence, the artist presents bodies of work curated and then withheld from the public.

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Los Angeles – Valention Carron: “Barking Painting Sighs Heavenly” at David Kordansky Gallery Through July 1st, 2022

Friday, July 1st, 2022

Valentin Carron, Child and Dog (2022), via David Kordansky Gallery
Valentin Carron, Child and Dog (2022), via David Kordansky Gallery

This month at David Kordansky’s Los Angeles gallery space, artist Valentin Carron presentss Barking Panting Sighs Heavenly, an exhibition of new sculptural works that continues the artist’s exploration of sculpture as a mode of representation, not only of the body and figure, but equally of relations and understandings of social and cultural construction. (more…)

Armed Robbers Break into TEFAF, Causing Evacuation

Tuesday, June 28th, 2022

A group of armed men broke into TEFAF Maastricht this week in an attempted robbery, causing an evacuation of the fair.  “TEFAF has robust procedures in the event of a security breach,” a spokesperson for the fair said. “These were precisely followed, and all visitors, exhibitors and staff were safely evacuated. The fair has now reopened.” (more…)

RIP – Ground-Breaking Abstract Artist Sam Gilliam Has Passed Away at Age 88

Tuesday, June 28th, 2022

Sam Gilliam at Mnuchin
Sam Gilliam at Mnuchin, via Art Observed

Artist Sam Gilliam, known for his work in abstraction and for his ground-breaking experimentations in freeing the canvas from the confines of the stretcher, has passed away at the age of 88. Rising to prominence in the late 1960’s from his early work as a school teacher, the artist was known for his dynamic and expressive works, which combined lyrical strokes and painterly movements with three-dimensional arrangements of cloth, which the artist titled “Drapes.” (more…)

New York – Alex Israel: “Sunset Coast Drive” at Greene Naftali Through June 25th, 2022

Tuesday, June 21st, 2022

Alex Israel, Sunset Coast Drive (2022), via Greene Naftali
Alex Israel, Sunset Coast Drive (2022), via Greene Naftali

On view this month at Greene Naftali, the gallery plays host to Sunset Coast Drive, its second solo show presenting the works of Alex Israel. An outing that looks to deepen the artist’s ongoing ongoing engagement with the culture and aesthetics of his native Los Angeles, it mines the sparkling optimism exported by its entertainment industry, while presenting imagery subject to close scrutiny.  (more…)

AO On-Site – Basel: Liste Art Fair at Messe Basel, June 13th – 19th, 2022

Saturday, June 18th, 2022

Veit Laurent Kurz at Weiss Falk
Veit Laurent Kurz at Weiss Falk, all images via Art Observed

Returning to its recently transplanted site in another hall of the Messe Basel, the Liste Art Fair makes its voice felt on the landscape and layout of Basel Art Week this season with another edition of its event showcasing works by a range of galleries presenting the latest and newest voices in contemporary art. Running in conjunction with the Art Basel fair just a few minutes away in another hall of the expansive exhibition center, Liste welcomes 82 galleries, each centering on younger artists, new concepts and exploratory work. For gallerists, participating at LISTE, the fair is an opportunity to network globally and present their program to professionals and art lovers that gather in Basel during this important week on the international art calendar.

Tomas Diaz Cedeño at Peana
Tomas Diaz Cedeño at Peana

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AO On-Site – Basel: Art Basel at the Messe Basel, June 16th – 19th, 2022

Thursday, June 16th, 2022

Folkert de Jong at Sofie van de Velde
Folkert de Jong at Sofie van de Velde

Marking it’s return to its usual spot in early summer, the 2022 edition of Art Basel has opened its doors for its early hours, preparing for a public opening this weekend with an expansive offering of works from European galleries and those further afield. Open once again at the Messe Basel, the fair continues its reputation as a flagship for the international fair brand, with over 200 leading galleries and more than 4,000 artists from five continents. Emphasizing it’s place as a central force in the run of events and fairs worldwide, Basel’s return to form is a tentpole in a run of reopenings in the wake of the Covid-19 shutdowns.

David Hammons at Xavier Hufkens
David Hammons at Xavier Hufkens

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New York – Anna-Sophie Berger: “Sin” at JTT Through June 18th, 2022

Tuesday, June 14th, 2022

Anna-Sophie Berger, Lady Wealth (2022), via JTT
Anna-Sophie Berger, Lady Wealth (2022), via JTT

On view this month at New York’s JTT Gallery, artist Anna-Sophie Berger presents a selection of new works that draw on bodies, space and perception to create striking visual and psychological effects. Using a fusion of everyday materials posed in unique new permutations, her body of work is a striking and potent investigation of how these items construct a shared reality, or perhaps just the sense of one.  (more…)

New York – Anne Imhof: “Avatar” at Galerie Buchholz Through July 2nd, 2022

Monday, June 13th, 2022

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Anna Imhof, Avatar (Installation View), all images by Aleph Molinari for Art Observed.

Continuing her experimentation with spatial arrangement and irreverent institutional takeovers, Anne Imhof has transformed the uptown gallery space of Galerie Buchholz for her new exhibition, Avatar. A simulacra of an institution of learning, the exhibition plunges the viewer into an alternate universe that embodies the industrialized cut-and-paste production of knowledge and identity. It is both an avatar for these spaces of socialization, as well as the avatars people adopt while navigating  them. Presenting physical signifiers in opposition to surreal juxtapositions of other works, the show explores the role of space in the production of power, sites of cultural socialization, and its interrelations to social constructs.  (more…)

VENICE — MARLENE DUMAS: “OPEN-END” AT PALAZZO GRASSI THROUGH JANUARY 8TH, 2023

Friday, June 10th, 2022

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Marlene Dumas, The Martyr (2002-04). All images via Art Observed.

The Pinault Collection’s Palazzo Grassi presents Open-End this summer, a major monographic exhibition of work by Marlene Dumas, the Cape Town-born artist renowned for her portraiture exploring the depth, breadth and intensity of human emotion. Coinciding with the 59th Venice Biennale, the solo-exhibition features over 100 works from 1984 to 2021, including previously unseen paintings such as Persona (2020). Curated by Caroline Bourgeois and the artist herself, open-end spans 33 rooms across two floors of the 18th-century Pinault Collection space alongside the Grand Canal in Venice. (more…)