A group of artists including Henry Taylor and Peter Doig speak to the New York Times this week about the work of painter Bob Thompson. “I loved Bob’s work right away,” Taylor says. “I think I stumbled on him in a bookstore. I was like, ‘Damn, how come they didn’t tell me?’ It was like a jewel. I was ecstatic. He just hit hard right away.”
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After a trying year in the art world, and a rigorous series of precautionary measures, the 2021 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. Coupled with the fair’s ongoing “Art Basel OVR” project, this year’s live edition of the fair returns its physical model, inviting over 250 leading galleries and more than 4,000 artists from five continents, on view both on-site and online. Open once again at the Messe Basel, the fair continues its reputation as a flagship for the international fair brand. Read More »
David Zwirner presents new work by artist Marcel Dzama this month, continuing the artist’s exploration of travel, nature and colorful reflections on the history and social underpinnings of art. The show coincides with the opening of a major survey of the artist’s work at the Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere, Finland. Read More »
This Septamber at P·P·O·W, the gallery is presenting RECOVERY, a group exhibition exploring art as a critical gesture towards collective resistance and remembrance. Acting as individual altar spaces, the works presented in this exhibition form commemorative sites to recover knowledge, provide proof, overcome loss, and contain memories. Read More »
Leilah Babirye at Gordon Robichaux, via Art Observed
Art-goers descended upon Cipriani South Street in the newly renovated Battery Maritime Building last week for the much anticipated 12th installation of the Independent Art Fair, which opened in New York on September 9th. Formerly located at Spring Studios in Tribeca, the fair has garnered a reputation as a reliable source of fresh talent, and took up new residence this year within the spacious corridors of the historic waterfront locale at the lower tip of Manhattan.
Open now at Hauser & Wirth’s New York exhibition space, the gallery gives a meticulous treatment to the early breakthroughs of painter Philip Guston. Charting the figurative innovations that Guston pioneered in the last decade of his career, the show brings together eighteen masterworks created after the artist turned away from abstraction to assert an unprecedented new figural language. On view through the end of the month, the show offers a rare opportunity to appreciate Guston’s expressive and enigmatic pivot during the last year of the 1960’s, and the political and social undertones of his work. Read More »
This past weekend, New Yorkers flocked to the Javits Center, not for COVID-19 vaccinations, but rather for the much-anticipated Armory Show, which made its return after last year’s cancelled edition, and which marked the first major art fair in the United States since the pandemic struck. In the wake of lockdown, following an extended period of postponed events and online viewing rooms, eager art-goers packed into the Javits Center, where the fair is now located. In the spacious, newly renovated convention center along the Hudson River, the fair presented more than 150 booths, with more than 40 international galleries. Serving as a fixture of modern and contemporary art, the fair kicked off the New York art world’s busiest week of the season—Armory Week. Read More »
Currently on at its New York gallery space, Karma has partnered with Parker Gallery to present a contemporary bicoastal tribute to The De Luxe Show, the landmark 1971 exhibition at the DeLUXE theater in Houston, in honor of its 50th anniversary. Presented in both LA and New York, the show offers a unique exploration of the show and its impact nation wide.
Newburgh, NY — Martin Roth: “From 2017-2021 Martin Roth transformed a ruin into a garden for a plant concert” with Strongroom Through October, 2021September 8th, 2021
Martin Roth, From 2017-2021 Martin Roth transformed a ruin into a garden for a plant concert (2021), via Art Observed
Throughout the course of his artistic practice, the late Martin Roth channeled nature as an active creative agent, using plants and flowers as instrumental collaborators in his practice. In 2017, Roth envisioned the transformation of an abandoned nineteenth-century historical structure into an immersive public garden, a “plant concert hall.” Though the artist passed away before the enactment of his project, the Newburgh, New York-based Strongroom—a non-profit arts organization—executed his plans this summer. Strongroom presented the site-specific installation during the second installation of Upstate Art Weekend 2021, the three-day self-directed event celebrating the arts in the Hudson Valley.
Martin Roth, Installation View (2021), via Art Observed
Martine Syms has built a reputation for a practice of elevating the material of everyday life. Using repurposed contexts and personal materials, the artist’s videos and physical work use text and other items to create dense narratives the flitter around the edges of the work on view. For her show at Bridget Donahue, on view through the middle of September, the artist presents an intriguing selection of new pieces that continue this exploration. Read More »
For the second installation of Upstate Art Weekend, the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) presented a collaborative exhibition at Foreland, a new contemporary arts campus in the Hudson River Valley. Co-organized by curator Jesse Greenberg of JAG Projects, NADA x Foreland showcased works from over 100 artists presented by 81 galleries, nonprofits and artist-run spaces selected through an open call. While celebrating the rich cultural legacy of the Hudson River Valley, Upstate Art Weekend aimed to cultivate community and collaboration in the wake of lockdown, as the art world begins to reopen. While exhibitors ranged from Dubai to Guatemala City to Bucharest, NADA x Foreland focused on artists from New York State, with particular attention to the Upstate region. The works were not displayed in booths, but rather arranged together within the newly restored Civil-War-era spaces of the Foreland campus on the bank of Catskill Creek. Read More »