August 9th, 2015
Carsten Höller, Isometric Slides (2015), all images via Hayward Gallery
Outside London’s Hayward Gallery at the Southbank Centre, a massive pair of slides have sprouted out from the building’s walls, spiraling away and towards each other in a mirrored, descent towards the ground. The playful, immense structure marks the presence of Carsten Höller, the Belgian artist who is currently presenting a career retrospective within the gallery walls. Read More »
August 8th, 2015
Korakrit Arunanondchai, Painting with history in a room filled with people with funny names 3 (2015), all photos by D. Mookherjee for Art Observed
Painting with History in a room filled with people with Funny Names 3 is a monographic exhibition displayed at the Palais de Tokyo, in Paris, presented by Thai artist Korakrit Arunanondchai, and concluding a series of works started in 2011. The exhibition gathers performances, installations and videos that question the apprenticeship of a painter through the prism of an exchange between the artist and his alter ego Chantri, and his incarnation as a recurring fictional character, the Thai Denim Painter. This exhibition finalizes the artwork initiated with the two previous pieces by dealing with Arunanondchai’s core theme; his identity, a structured representation of his artistic life, the social realities of Thailand and the phenomena of globalization, all mingled together here to form what he refers to as a “Memory palace.” Read More »
August 7th, 2015
Gabriel Orozco, Diagram 1 (2015) via Sophie Kitching for Art Observed
Gabriel Orozco unveils new series of works at the Marian Goodman Gallery in Soho, London. For the fourth exhibition housed in the freshly renovated Victorian warehouse, Orozco chose to present a majority of works realized in Tokyo, where he has been living since the beginning of the year.
The exhibition offers a multidimensional survey of the artist’s critical and aesthetical concerns. It features the brightly colored Roto Shaku, twenty eight Obi Scrolls and their custom wooden cases, as well as intricate variations of his fragmented geometrical paintings on canvas, and a witty series of photographs.
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August 7th, 2015
De Wain Valentine, Curved Wall Clear (1969), via Art Observed
Set inside David Zwirner’s West 19th Street locations, a series of works from De Wain Valentine’s late 1960’s and 1970’s output is currently on view, culling a number of works by the Light and Space artist that illustrate his technical, material and spatial innovations during the early years of his career.
De Wain Valentine, Works from the 1960s and 1970s (Installation View), via Art Observed
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August 6th, 2015
Duane Hanson, Queenie II (1988), All images by Luke Hayes for Serpentine Gallery.
Currently on view at London’s Serpentine Gallery is a retrospective of Duane Hanson, the late American sculpture whose hyperrealistic sculptures of individuals pulled from daily life still manage to create a potent sense of awe are on view. The show, his first survey in the British capital since 1997, strikes a chord against the backdrop of today’s high-tech art production methods and complex conceptual depictions. Read More »
August 5th, 2015
Hanna Liden with Everthing (2015), via Art Observed
At both Ruth Wittenberg Plaza and Hudson River Park, clusters of massive bagels have touched down, part of artist Hanna Liden’s new commission for the Art Production Fund. Amplifying her previous interests in the possibilities for discarded material and consumer objects as raw sculptural material, Liden turns the ringed breakfast staple into a sudden intrusion on the New York landscape. Read More »
August 4th, 2015
David Opdyke Exhibit A (2012), all photos via Josie Berman for Art Observed
This summer, Marianne Boesky Gallery’s uptown location has put forth a new group exhibition, organized by Aniko Berman, entitled Weird Science, a playful show that dwells on common threads that explore art as a discipline that attempts to logically reveal the possibility of unperceived worlds outside or within our own metaphysical landscape. Through process or content, the artists chosen attempt to expose the fantastic lurking behind everyday occurrences. Read More »
August 2nd, 2015
Anicka Yi, 7,070,430K of Digital Spit (Installation View), via Kunsthalle Basel
Following up on her widely praised commission at The Kitchen earlier this year, Anicka Yi is presenting a new body of work on view at the Kunsthalle Basel, under the title 7,070,430K of Digital Spit. Continuing the artist’s interest in time-sensitive and formally unstable media, the exhibition includes a number of works in various states of destruction and decay, applied here to explore notions of forgetting and memory loss. Read More »
July 31st, 2015
Thomas Hirschhorn, In-Between (2015), Photo by Mark Blower Courtesy of South London Gallery
Thomas Hirschhorn has returned to London for his first solo show in the British capital is some time, bringing a new, site-specific work that continues the artist’s interest in crisis, temporality and mediation as necessary components in the understanding and mitigation of trauma. Borrowing from the aesthetic languages of installation and sculpture, the artist maps a fictitious moment of violence across the South London Gallery, bringing with it a state of suspended aftermath. Read More »
July 30th, 2015
Watermill Center Summer Benefit and Auction, via Art Observed
The 22nd Edition of the Watermill Center’s Annual Summer Benefit took place this past weekend, honoring long-time Watermill supporter and philanthropist Inga Maren Otto. This year, the gala’s theme was “Circus of Stillness… power over wild beasts”. Hosted by Robert Wilson, it brought together works of art and performance from some 25 countries, with over one thousand attendees. The evening raised a total of over $1.9 million dollars towards Watermill Center’s Artist Residency Program, International Summer Program, and other educational events for its artists.
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July 30th, 2015
Barbara Hepworth, Pelagos (1946). All Images courtesy Tate London
Now through October 25th, the Tate Modern in London is hosting an exhibition of Barbara Hepworth’s sculptural work. The Yorkshire-born artist is known for her elegant abstract forms, and is considered among the most important British modernist sculptors of her time. Hepworth has continued to produce consistently throughout her lifetime, creating a wide array of structures and employing a variety of materials evocative of natural landscapes and relationships, two of her main points of inquiry.
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July 29th, 2015
Olaf Breuning, Life III (2015), via Michael Benevento
Compiling a body of work from the past several years of the artist’s practice, Michael Benevento in Los Angeles is offering a broad look at the recent practice of Olaf Breuning, exploring the artist’s interest in vastly differing modes of production, and the thematic interests that unify his work.
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July 26th, 2015
FAILE, FAILE Temple (detail) (2015) via Brooklyn Museum
FAILE, a Brooklyn-based collaboration between artists Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller, is currently presenting their exhibition Savage/Sacred Young Minds at the Brooklyn Museum, continuing the artists’ practice in obscuring the boundaries between fine art and street art through techniques of both traditional and rebellious creative processes within predominantly institutional settings. Read More »
July 25th, 2015
Lee Lonzano, Slide (1965), all photos via Hauser & Wirth
Hauser & Wirth is currently presenting Drawings and Paintings, a historical survey of artist Lee Lozano at the gallery’s Chelsea space on 18th Street, featuring a selection of critically significant works from 1964 and 1965. Lozano’s pieces, expressive in their energy and form, showcase depth in exploring issues relating to both gender and the body in general, with drawings and paintings suggesting intersections and geometric interplays using color, line, gradient, and variations of perspective. Read More »
July 24th, 2015
Niele Toroni at Swiss Institute (Installation View), via The Swiss Institute
The work of Niele Toroni is currently the subject of a pair of shows this month, with exhibitions at the Swiss Institute through September 6 and at Marian Goodman Gallery through July 30. The Swiss-born Toroni is known for his reductive, repetitive paintings, emphasizing a conceptual approach which he executes with impressive regularity. According to some, the artist repeats his painting techniques to free his work from the formulaic politics of representation, and divorce art from authorship. Toroni creates site-specific and serial paintings, placing brushstrokes at regular intervals with a 50cm paintbrush, 30cm apart on a variety of surfaces including canvas, newspaper, and fabric. Toroni began employing this method during a 1967 performance in Paris. Read More »