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AO On-Site – Miami Beach: Untitled Art Fair, November 29th – December 4th, 2021

November 30th, 2021

Andy Dixon at Over The Influence, via Art Observed
Andy Dixon at Over The Influence, via Art Observed

Located just off the beachside drag of Ocean Drive, amid the sandy hills of Miami Beach and the Atlantic Ocean, Untitled Art Fair has once again raised its posts and opened its doors for its annual show during Miami Art Week. Place amid meandering beachgoers and booming soundsystems, as well as the annual throng of Art Basel Miami Beach visitors, the fair has one of the more unique positions in a week full of unique offerings, one that balances some of the most familiar sights of the city with the impressive work on view inside.

Untitled Art Fair, via Art Observed
Untitled Art Fair, via Art Observed


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NYT Charts Practice of “Preselling” Booths at Art Fairs

November 29th, 2021

A piece in the New York Times this week documents galleries’ recent trend towards preselling works at their fair booths, and the craft of selling work at a fair more broadly. “Managing expectations is an art,” says David Zwirner. “You’ll be successful in this industry if you master that. If you don’t, you won’t.”
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Art Newspaper Reviews Collection of Billionaire Larry Ellison

November 29th, 2021

The Art Newspaper has a piece this week on the collection of billionaire Larry Ellison, which includes four Van Gogh works, most notably one that hung in the hotel room of JFK the night before the president’s assassination in Dallas.
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AO On-Site – Miami Beach: Untitled Art Fair, November 29th – December 4th, 2021

November 30th, 2021

Andy Dixon at Over The Influence, via Art Observed
Andy Dixon at Over The Influence, via Art Observed

Located just off the beachside drag of Ocean Drive, amid the sandy hills of Miami Beach and the Atlantic Ocean, Untitled Art Fair has once again raised its posts and opened its doors for its annual show during Miami Art Week. Place amid meandering beachgoers and booming soundsystems, as well as the annual throng of Art Basel Miami Beach visitors, the fair has one of the more unique positions in a week full of unique offerings, one that balances some of the most familiar sights of the city with the impressive work on view inside.

Untitled Art Fair, via Art Observed
Untitled Art Fair, via Art Observed

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New York – Maria Lassnig: “The Paris Years, 1960–68″ at Petzel Through December 17th, 2021

November 29th, 2021

Maria Lassnig, Napoleon und Brigitte Bardot (1961), via Petzel
Maria Lassnig, Napoleon und Brigitte Bardot (1961), via Petzel

On view this month at Petzel Gallery in New York, the gallery presents a meticulously curated look at the work of Maria Lassnig during her time in Paris. Maria Lassnig: The Paris Years, 1960–68, showcases a range of pieces rarely seen in the U.S., a formative set of works that show her exploring and honing what would become her iconic mode of portraiture and abstraction.  Read More »

Greenwich, CT – David Salle at The Brant Foundation Art Study Center Through April 1st, 2022

November 18th, 2021

David Salle, Sky King (1998), via Art Observed
David Salle, Sky King (1998), via Art Observed

Open now at the Brant Foundation Art Study Center, painter David Salle is the subject of comprehensive survey of the the artist’s work, exploring a selection of works culled from both the Brant Collections and from a series of international loans. Underscoring the artist’s continued investigation and elaboration on a range of visual languages and histories of painterly craft, particularly in his exploration and visual mash-ups and shifting perceptual frames, the show showcases Salle’s evolution, over 40 years across a broad, yet a tightly controlled visual syntax.

David Salle, Ice Flow (2001), via Art Observed
David Salle, Ice Flow (2001), via Art Observed

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New York – Mark Tansey: “Recent Paintings and Graphite Drawings” at Gagosian Through December 18th, 2021

November 17th, 2021

Mark Tansey, Resight (2019), via Art Observed
Mark Tansey, Resight (2019), via Art Observed

Currently on at Gagosian Gallery in New York, the dealer has compiled a body of new and recent work by painter Mark Tansey, spanning the past six years of work and running through a range of both paintings and graphite drawings mixed with oil and water. Read More »

Paris – Danh Vo at Chantal Crousel Through November 20th, 2021

November 15th, 2021

Danh Vo (Installation View), via Chantal Crousel
Danh Vo (Installation View), via Chantal Crousel

Currently on view at Galerie Chantal Crousel in Paris, artist Danh Vo continues a body of work mining disparate historical and biographical threads to realize densely layered environments that challenge and complicate shared understandings of history and meaning. Read More »

New York – Diane Simpson: “Point of View” at JTT Gallery Through November 13th, 2021

November 12th, 2021

Diane Simpson, Roof Shape (Ise), (2019), via JTT
Diane Simpson, Roof Shape (Ise), (2019), via JTT

Currently on at JTT Gallery in New York, Chicago-based artist Diane Simpson marks her second show at the gallery with Point of View, a show drawing on a range of architectural sources, as well as her own personal archive of drawings from the early 1980s to render a series of unique objects mixing a fanciful exploration of reality alongside conceptual operations.  Read More »

New York – Neo Rauch: “The Signpost” at David Zwirner Through December 18th, 2021

November 12th, 2021

Neo Rauch, Die Pumpe (2021), via Art Observed
Neo Rauch, Die Pumpe (2021), via Art Observed

Currently on at David Zwirner’s New York exhibition space, artist Neo Rauch has brought forth a body of new works unified under the title The Signpost, a set of new paintings that mark his first show in New York since 2014. Known for his rich color palette and dreamy, surreal motifs, the artist’s work makes a striking return to the city.

Neo Rauch, Wegweiser (2021), via Art Observed
Neo Rauch, Wegweiser (2021), via Art Observed

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New York – Rob Gorchov: “The Last Paintings” at Cheim & Read Through December 18th, 2021

November 11th, 2021

Ron Gorchov, MOCKINGBIRD (2020), via Cheim and Read
Ron Gorchov, MOCKINGBIRD (2020), via Cheim and Read

Currently on view at Cheim & Read in New York, the gallery turns its attention to the late works of artist Ron Gorchov, exploring the last works the artist made between 2017 and his passing in 2020. Marking a concise summary of the artist’s work and a final look at his single-minded, painterly practice involving a curved, saddle-like stretcher that creates a painting surface that is simultaneously convex and concave, the show underscores his work in a unique and long-lasting mode of practice. Read More »

New York – Ella Kruglyanskaya: “Keep Walking” at Bortolami Through December 18th, 2021

November 10th, 2021

Ella Kruglyanskaya, Entrenched (2020), via Bortolami
Ella Kruglyanskaya, Entrenched (2020), via Bortolami

Bortolami Gallery opens its latest exhibition this month with a body of works by artist Ella Kruglyanskaya, marking the artist’s first show with the gallery, and a continuation of her continued explorations of the human body and varied notions of femininity.  Read More »

New York – Ruth Asawa: “All is Possible” at David Zwirner Through December 18th, 2021

November 9th, 2021

Ruth Asawa, Untitled (S.237, Hanging Six-Lobed, Interlocking Continuous Form), c. 1958
Ruth Asawa, Untitled (S.237, Hanging Six-Lobed, Interlocking Continuous Form), c. 1958, Private Collection © 2021 Ruth Asawa Lanier, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy David Zwirner

Marking an ambitious exploration of the life and work of artist Ruth AsawaDavid Zwirner in New York is currently presenting All Is Possible, an expansive exhibition curated by Helen Molesworth that situates the artist’s iconic looped- and tied-wire sculptures in the context of her extraordinary drawings and her lesser-known sculptural forms. Presenting viewers with one of the most comprehensive looks at this artist’s work to date, the show larger context illuminates an artist in pursuit of form as a means to reshape the act of seeing, and the role of art in daily life.

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AO On-Site – New York: The ADAA Art Show, November 5th – 7th, 2021

November 5th, 2021

Amy Lincoln at Sperone Westwater, via Art Observed
Amy Lincoln at Sperone Westwater, via Art Observed

As the art world gradually returns to the pace and flow of the days before the chaos of the Covid-19 outbreak, the ADAA Art Show returns to New York for another iteration of its curation-first focus and studied, engaged relationships between exhibitors and artists. This year, liberated from the usual hustle and bustle of the weeks around the Armory Show, the fair offered an even stronger draw, welcoming a casual, meandering pace, with its gentle lighting and wide aisles, making for a more relaxed and exploratory atmosphere.The result, as last year, was a packed few days of the fair, as scores of New York collectors, dealers and art lovers came out in force.

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London – Mark Rothko: “1968: Clearing Away” at Pace Through November 13th, 2021

November 4th, 2021

Mark Rothko, Untitled (1968), via Pace
Mark Rothko, Untitled (1968), via Pace

Marking the first exhibition at its new London gallery, Pace has brought out a striking body of works by Mark Rothko, focusing in particular on the artist’s output during the final years of his life, specifically smaller works on paper that have rarely been seen in public, and which will serve as the first dedicated to the artist’s paper-based practice Read More »

London – Sarah Sze at Victoria Miro Through November 6th, 2021

November 2nd, 2021

Sarah Sze, Crisscross (2021), via Victoria Miro
Sarah Sze, Crisscross (2021), via Victoria Miro

Sarah Sze brings a new body of works to Victoria Miro in London this week, continuing her meticulous and studied treatment of the painted canvas across a selection of densely layered new works. The show, which opened this past month, brings an expanded sense of Sze’s work as a painter, and an elaboration of her already well-documented interest in intense visual fields, using her concept of the image in constant generation, evolution and degradation as a centerpiece of this show. Read More »

Paris – “The Greek Garden” at Praz-Delavallade Through October 31st, 2021

October 29th, 2021

Jules de Balincourt, Old lost Horse (2021), via Praz-Delavallade
Jules de Balincourt, Old lost Horse (2021), via Praz-Delavallade

On view this month at Praz-Delavallade in Paris, the gallery presents The Greek Garden, a groups how show drawing on the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche’s The Gay Science, and using its tenants to explore notions of vanity, politics, spirituality and science. “The Greeks were superficial – out of profundity,” the text reads. “And isn’t it precisely what we are coming back to? – we spiritual adventurers, who have scaled the highest and most dangerous peak of today’s thought and looked round from up there, looked down from up there. Aren’t we, then, precisely, Greeks?”  Read More »

New York – Tatiana Trouvé: “From March to May” at Gagosian Through October 30th, 2021

October 27th, 2021

Tatiana Trouvé, March 23rd, The New York Times, USA Le Soir, Belgium from the series From March to May (2020), via Gagosian
Tatiana Trouvé, March 23rd, The New York Times, USA; Le Soir, Belgium from the series From March to May (2020), via Gagosian

On view this month at Gagosian’s uptown exhibition space in New York, the gallery is presenting a never-before-seen body of work by Tatiana Trouvé produced in direct response to the pandemic era, drawing on the contemporary landscape to create a series of works that both trace time and reflect on the chaos of the past year. At the beginning of the COVID-19 quarantine in March 2020, Trouvé, isolated in Paris, began a series of daily drawings using inkjet-printed reproductions of various international newspaper front pages as her starting point. As the pandemic marched on, spreading instability and uncertainty throughout the world, Trouvé continued to work ever more methodically in graphite, ink, and linseed oil.

Tatiana Trouvé, April 3rd, The Star, Kenya, from the series From March to May (2020) via Gagosian
Tatiana Trouvé, April 3rd, The Star, Kenya, from the series From March to May (2020) via Gagosian

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AO Interview – Not Vital Speaks with Quincy Childs on His Current Show at Alma Zevi, On View Through November 6th, 2021

October 26th, 2021

Not Vital at Alma Zevi, via Art Observed
Not Vital at Alma Zevi (Installation View)

On view at ALMA ZEVI through November 6 is SNOW & WATER & ICE by Swiss artist Not Vital. As Vital’s first solo exhibition at the Venice gallery, it coincides with the artist’s solo show in Andrea Palladio’s Abbazia di San Giorgio Maggiore, organized by the Benedicti Claustra Onlus, on the occasion of this year’s Architecture Biennale.

Not Vital at Alma Zevi, via Art Observed
Not Vital at Alma Zevi (Installation View)

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New York – Paul Thek: “Relativity Clock” at Alexander and Bonin Through October 29th, 2021

October 26th, 2021

Paul Thek, Untitled (Meat Piece with Chair) (1966), via Alexander and Bonin
Paul Thek, Untitled (Meat Piece with Chair) (1966), via Alexander and Bonin

Offering a rare opportunity to view a series of resonant historical works by artist Paul Thek, Alexander and Bonin is currently presenting a selection of works by the artist that span a range of pieces from the 1960’s into the later years of his career. Exploring the artist’s evolving aesthetic concerns and range of media and techniques, the show presents Thek’s work in relation to changing societal contexts and political situations.  Read More »

Paris – Alicja Kwade: “Day Density” at kamel mennour through November 27th, 2021

October 22nd, 2021

Alicja Kwade, Day Density (Installation View), via kamel mennour
Alicja Kwade, Day Density (Installation View), via kamel mennour

On view this month, and just in time for the proceedings of FIAC, kamel mennour gallery opens a show of new work by artist Alicja Kwade, underscoring the artist’s continued exploration of time, space, chemistry, geology and biology. Through a range of sculptures, hanging works and floor installations, the artist explores the materials of physical reality, oftentimes seeking to use each one as a way to look beyond the whole. Read More »

AO On-Site – Paris: FIAC at the Grand Palais Éphémère, October 21-24th, 2021

October 22nd, 2021

Robert Mangold, Pace
Robert Mangold, Pace Gallery, all images by Aidan Chisholm for Art Observed

Having concluded opening hours yesterday at the Grand Palais Éphémère, a temporary installation erected at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, FIAC opened its doors to the public today, beginning a run of days at the site that once more bring contemporary and modern art to the French capital.  The first outing of the fair since it shuttered last year during Covid-19, and the first since Brexit was fully implemented, this year’s edition saw the Parisian event taking on a new role at the forefront of the European art market.

Gary Simmons, Hauser and Wirth
Gary Simmons, Hauser and Wirth

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Los Angeles – Mark Grotjahn: “Backcountry” at Blum & Poe Through October 23rd, 2021

October 20th, 2021

Mark Grotjahn, Untitled (Backcountry Capri 54.37) (2021), via Blum & Poe
Mark Grotjahn, Untitled (Backcountry Capri 54.37) (2021), via Blum & Poe

Mark Grotjahn brings a body of new work to bear at Blum & Poe this month, continuing the artist’s expressive exploration of the potentials for abstraction and gesture. Bringing a series of paintings unified under the title Backcountry, the artist’s work continues to explore a range of geometric iterations and variations on canvas.  Read More »

Paris – Harold Ancart: “La Grande Profondeur (The Deep End)” at David Zwirner Through November 20th, 2021

October 19th, 2021

 

Harold Ancart, Untitled (2021), via David Zwirner
Harold Ancart, Untitled (2021), via David Zwirner

Marking the first exhibition to focus exclusively on the artist’s sculptural work, David Zwirner is presenting a selection of new sculpture by artist Harold Ancart at the gallery’s Paris exhibition space, a show that also marks the artist’s first solo exhibition in the French capital. The show, which compiles a set of new sculptures from a series begun in 2017, the exhibition focuses in particular on swimming pools, cast in concrete, and painted with rich layers of color that recall art-historical, architectural, and everyday influences.

Harold Ancart, Untitled (2021), via David Zwirner
Harold Ancart, Untitled (2021), via David Zwirner

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New York – Rob Pruitt: “These Are The Days Of Our Lives” at 303 Gallery Through October 30th, 2021

October 18th, 2021

Rob Pruitt, Studio Calendar 2020 (2020), via 303 Gallery
Rob Pruitt, Studio Calendar 2020 (2020), via 303 Gallery

Marking his first solo exhibition with 303 Gallery, Rob Pruitt returns to New York with a body of new works assembled under the title These Are the Days of Our Lives. Serving as a fitting reflection on the passage of time, social memory and the tumultuous, unforeseen changes of the past two years as they have unfolded across political and public realms, the show makes for a unique and insightful look into Pruitt’s studio practice and ongoing body of work.  Read More »

London – Nairy Baghramian: “Side Leaps” at Marian Goodman Projects Through October 30th, 2021

October 14th, 2021

Nairy Baghramian, Side Leaps (Installation View), via Marian Goodman
Nairy Baghramian, Side Leaps (Installation View), via Marian Goodman

Presenting a series of new works at Marian Goodman’s London Projects exhibition space, Nairy Baghramian’s Side Leaps brings a new series of enigmatic sculptural interpretations to the British capital. This is the first time that this body of work has been exhibited in the UK, with several drawings never having been seen previously, and showcases Baghramian’s use of sculpture and form as a starting point for conversations on space and perception.  Read More »

AO On-Site: The Frieze London Art Fair at Regent’s Park, October 13th – 17th, 2021

October 13th, 2021

Simone Leigh at Hauser & Wirth, via Art Observed
Simone Leigh at Hauser & Wirth, via Art Observed

After a long hiatus and the challenges posed in the wake of months of crippling pandemic lockdowns, the Frieze Art Fair has returned to Regent’s Park in London for its annual run, bringing with it over 160 international galleries and a range of projects and talks that underscore its continued vitality in the world of contemporary art. The full first edition back in the British capital since the fair was forced to cancel its 2020 edition due to Covid-19, this year’s opening was a return to form, filling its exhibition halls with a range of diverse works and artists from around the globe. Read More »