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Dorothea Rockburne Sues Twitter Exec Neighbor Over Damaged Works

June 14th, 2021

Artist Dorothea Rockburne is suing her upstairs neighbor, former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo over irreparable damage to a series of her early works, after Costolo’s leaky plumbing flooded into the artist’s loft. “I watched helplessly as the water poured down over the cabinet and onto my early work,’’ she says.
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Phyllida Barlow Awarded Damehood in Queen’s Birthday Honors

June 14th, 2021

Phyllida Barlow has been awarded damehood during the Queen’s annual Birthday events in the UK, Art Newspaper reports. Ceramicist Edmund de Waal was also awarded a CBE.
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Hauser & Wirth to Open in West Hollywood

June 11th, 2021

Hauser & Wirth will open a second Los Angeles space in West Hollywood, the LA Times reports. “Since the beginning, we always thought of L.A. as a city where we would love to have more than one location,” says President Marc Payot. “We really expect L.A. to come back to its full bloom after the pandemic, and this is really the next step for us. It’s first and foremost a commitment to L.A.”
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New York – Satoshi Kojima: “Akashic Records” at Bridget Donahue Through July 10th, 2021

June 7th, 2021

Satoshi Kojima, Catch Me if You Can (2020), via Bridget Donahue
Satoshi Kojima, Catch Me if You Can (2020), via Bridget Donahue

Painter Satoshi Kojima has returned to Bridget Donahue this month for another exhibition of his strange, ephemeral compositions, a series of surreal, swirling landscapes and figures suspended in a bold, cartoonish world. Welcoming strange engagements with the fabric of the everyday, the artist opens the door on a new way of experiencing reality, twisting urban landscapes and historical constructions into each unique canvases.  Read More »

London – Julie Curtiss: “Monads and Dyads” at White Cube Through June 26th, 2021

June 1st, 2021

Julie Curtiss, Lobby (2020), via White Cube
Julie Curtiss, Lobby (2020), via White Cube

Joining White Cube for her first exhibition in London, painter Julie Curtiss has brought forth a selection of new compositions, sculptures and works on paper that emphasize the artist’s artful and attentive sense of composition, using framing and cropping to accentuate her cinematic, and often humorous sense of the absurd. Drawing on saturated colors, crisp detail, and scenarios which are at once banal and bizarre, her pieces exude a dreamlike quality, and make for a fitting introduction to the artist’s work. Read More »

London – The Fourth Plinth Proposals Exhibition at the National Gallery,

May 25th, 2021

Paloma Varga Weisz, Bumpman on Tree (2021), via National Gallery
Paloma Varga Weisz, Bumpman on Tree (2021), via National Gallery

As the summer months begin in earnest, the newest iteration of proposals for London’s Fourth Plinth Art Installation have gone on view, with a series of six maquettes going on view at the National Gallery as well as online, with organizers welcoming the public to share their views and opinions on the options put forth.

 

Teresa Margolles, Improntas (2021), via National Gallery
Teresa Margolles, Improntas (2021), via National Gallery

The works range in concept and materials, subject matter and politics, and explore a range of both specific situations and fantastical other worlds. There’s the sobering sculpture presented by Mexican artist Teresa Margolles, a series of casts of the faces of trans women, representing the plight of sexual violence and murder that has threatened so many. Arranged on a rack structure resembling a Mesoamerican Tzompantli (which displayed human skulls), the work makes plain histories of violence that threaten marginalized voices around the world. Another work proposing specific historical scenarios, On Hunger and Farming in the Skies of the Past 1957-1966 by Ibrahim Mahama presents a model of former grain silos constructed by eastern European architects in Ghana during the early 1960s, hearkening back to an era of new promise for the country prior to the violent overthrow of its government.

Samson Kambalu, Antelope (2021), via National Gallery
Samson Kambalu, Antelope (2021), via National Gallery

Other works offer a more otherworldy point of entry. Polish artist Goshka Macuga, for instance, has created a giant rocket  sculpture,  encouraging viewers to look up towards outer space, and to remember a basic human drive towards inquiry and understanding. Somewhere in the middle is the work of Nicole Eisenman, a lumpen iteration of a jewelry tree, covered with mementoes that reference both the UK’s own politically fraught history, and a surreal environment of her own making, colliding on a surface that repositions Trafalgar Square’s plinth as a dresser-top for the world around it.

Ibrahim Mahama, On Hunger and Farming in the Skies of the Past 1957-1970 (2021), via National Gallery
Ibrahim Mahama, On Hunger and Farming in the Skies of the Past 1957-1970 (2021), via National Gallery

Other works come from the Malawi-born Samson Kambalu, whose work restages a photograph of John Chilembwe, a Baptist pastor who led an uprising against colonizers in his home country,  while the German artist Paloma Varga Weisz also poses a monumental tribute, albeit to a body not yet envisioned, a figure called Bumpman that draws on the idea of human insecurity and frailty.

The selections will be announced later this year, with options picked for both 2022 and 2024.

– D. Creahan

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New York – Georg Baselitz: “Springtime” at Gagosian Through June 12th, 2021

May 19th, 2021

Georg Baselitz, Springtime of the Black Mountain Lake (2020), via Gagosian
Georg Baselitz, Springtime of the Black Mountain Lake (2020), via Gagosian

Throughout his career, Georg Baselitz has combined a direct and provocative approach to making art with an openness to art historical lineages, pulling together a range of art historical signifiers from the history of both modernism and postmodernism, and unifying a range of expressive techniques in the depiction of the body and the experience of paint on canvas. Continually revisiting his iconic inverted figure, the artist’s work has repeatedly explored reinvention and renewal, and takes on that same thematic in his new exhibition at Gagosian Gallery. Read More »

London – Damien Hirst: “Fact Paintings and Fact Sculptures” at Gagosian Britannia Street Through May 24th, 2021

May 17th, 2021

Damien Hirst, Fact Paintings and Fact Sculptures (Installation View), via Gagosian
Damien Hirst, Fact Paintings and Fact Sculptures (Installation View), via Gagosian

Kicking off the run of Damien Hirst projects at Gagosian’s London space on Britannia Street, the latest iteration, Fact Paintings and Fact Sculptures presents Hirst as artist and curator, presenting this deeply personal series of work through his own eyes, and exploring a diverse range of subjects and concepts that have run through the series and subjects of the artist’s career. Balanced in the middle of a perpetual confrontation between the contrasting systems of belief that define human existence, from common trust in medicine to the seduction of consumerism, Hirst’s work feels particularly timely in the midst of the ongoing challenges and trauma of Covid-19.  Read More »

New York – Pedro Reyes: “Tlali” at Lisson Gallery Through June 18th, 2021

May 13th, 2021

Pedro Reyes, Tlali (Installation View), via Lisson
Pedro Reyes, Tlali (Installation View), via Lisson

Pedro Reyes returns to Lisson Gallery in New York this month with Tlali, an impressively dense and exploratory exhibition that a new series of sculptures and works on paper drawn from the language and symbols of Pre-Columbian civilizations. Drawing on the history and social economies of the Aztec language Nahuatl, the show turns a local historical and linguistic thread into a broader reflection on the state of the world and the broader political and social landscape of modernity.  Read More »

AO On-Site – New York: NADA House on Governor’s Island Through August 1st, 2021

May 9th, 2021

Rachel Libeskind at Signs and symbols, via Art Observed
Rachel Libeskind at Signs and symbols, via Art Observed

After a year off, the New Art Dealers Alliance has relaunched its ongoing New York exhibition project, the third edition of NADA House, returning to Governors Island with 66 galleries, non-profits, artist-run spaces, and curators, presenting over 100 artists. The collaborative, public exhibition, now open and running through to August, continues in an expanded format, with gallery presentations in over 50 rooms in three neighboring turn-of-the-century colonial revival buildings.

Ken Grimes at RiccoMaresca Gallery via Art Observed
Ken Grimes at Ricco/Maresca Gallery via Art Observed

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New York – Wangechi Mutu at Gladstone Gallery Through June 25th, 2021

May 6th, 2021

Wangechi Mutu (Installation View), via Gladstone
Wangechi Mutu (Installation View), via Gladstone

Entering Gladstone Gallery in New York, artist Wangechi Mutu’s surreal, serpentine sculptures greet the viewer with a mixture of minimalist, elegant beauty and unnerving, otherworldly poise, somewhere between lyrical, classical sculpture and the surreal forms of H.R. Giger. Drawing upon her sculptural practice, a core aspect of her work, this installation brings to life otherworldly alternatives to the systemic modes of representation portrayed throughout global traditions in art. Through an incisive re-examination of relations between the body, the natural world, and social forces, the works in this exhibition represent a new kind of hybridized humanity and iconography through the artist’s intuitive and forward-thinking eye.

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AO On-Site: Frieze New York at The Shed, May 5th – 9th, 2021

May 5th, 2021

Rashid Johnson at Hauser & Wirth, via Art Observed
Rashid Johnson at Hauser & Wirth, via Art Observed

Over a year since the last iteration of the Frieze art fair took place in Los Angeles, and coming down on the other side of the turbulence of the last year under the Covid-19 pandemic, Frieze New York has touched down at The Shed on Manhattan’s West Side, a re-entry into the annual run of blue-chip events that have been few and far between, or confined to an online edition for the last year. Here, with an abundance of caution and a range of measures put in place to limit the number of attendees in the space at a given time, the fair still made something of a return to its old form.  Read More »

AO On-Site – Mexico City: Zona Maco Art Week 2021, April 27th to May 2nd, 2021

April 30th, 2021

Mathieu Malouf at House of Gaga, via Art Observed
Mathieu Malouf at House of Gaga, via Art Observed

It’s been a challenge to imagine the same art world in the wake of Covid-19. Even as spaces start to reopen and events prepare for their first outings in over a year, the needed precautions and considerations have made for both questions and reinventions of just what a massive show or fair might look like. Enter the 2021 edition of Zona Maco, a notably reduced affair by comparison with previous years, the exhibition has spread out across a series of galleries and temporary in Mexico City, allowing for a more engaged approach towards the city while cutting back on the large-crowds of the usual Banamex crush.  Read More »

New York – Simon Denny: “Mine” at Petzel Gallery Through May 15th, 2021

April 22nd, 2021

Simon Denny, Mine (2021), via Petzel
Simon Denny, Mine (2021), via Petzel

Currently on at Petzel Gallery in New York, artist Simon Denny has launched a new body of work under the title Mine. The product of a multi-year project exploring themes of technology, labor, and humanity’s relationship with the earth, Mine touches down in New York in a fitting time for consideration, as Amazon workers contend with failed unionization efforts, cryptocurrency once again dominates the news cycle and we move further into the post-digital landscape. Read More »

New York – Arghavan Khosravi: “In Between Places” at Rachel Uffner Through June 5th, 2021

April 21st, 2021

Arghavan Khosravi, On Being a Woman (2021), via Rachel Uffner
Arghavan Khosravi, On Being a Woman (2021), via Rachel Uffner

Curently on at Rachel Uffner in New York, artist Arghavan Khosravi’s marks her first solo exhibition at the gallery with an impressive selection of new works building upon previous explorations of techniques taken from historical painting genres — such the use of stacked perspective in Persian miniature painting — while also incorporating new sculptural and three-dimensional elements that further emphasize qualities of illusion and artifice. Titled In Between Places, the show is a striking introduction to the artist’s work. Read More »

New York – Ray Johnson: “WHAT A DUMP” at David Zwirner Through May 22nd, 2021

April 19th, 2021

Peter Hujar, Ray Johnson (1975), via David Zwirner
Peter Hujar, Ray Johnson (1975), via David Zwirner

Marking an ambitious exploration into the work of the enigmatic and expansive practice of Ray Johnson, David Zwirner has opened a show focused in particular on the artist’s collages and drawings from the the 1950s through the 1990s, focusing on Johnson as a seminal and influentially queer artist as well as on his recurring fandoms and obsessions. Showcasing the artist’s work within an array of archival materials from his friends and collaborators, the show presents Johnson’s work as part of a broader constellation of artists working during the post-war contemporary movement. Read More »

New York – Giuseppe Penone at Marian Goodman Through April 17th, 2021

April 16th, 2021

Giuseppe Penone, Leaves of Grass (2013), via Marian Goodman
Giuseppe Penone, Leaves of Grass (2013), via Marian Goodman

Artist Giuseppe Penone returns to Marian Goodman this month, presenting a new body of works that draw on his long fascination with breath, meditative gesture and poetry, turning his attention here in earnest towards the work of Walt Whitman’ particularly the writer’s early editions and his physical connections to his work.  Read More »

New York – “Works on Paper” at Petzel Gallery Through April 24th, 2020

April 15th, 2021

Emily Mae Smith, Study of Brush with Flame (2021), via Petzel
Emily Mae Smith, Study of Brush with Flame (2021), via Petzel

This month, Petzel Gallery embarks on an understated but engaging show, bringing together a selection of works by Jorge Pardo, Seth Price, Pieter Schoolwerth, and Emily Mae Smith, at the gallery’s uptown exhibition space. Bringing together a selection of works on paper that span a range of forms, both physical and cerebral,  the works on view represent an element of the artist’s process in developing the larger-scale works we have come to know them by.

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New York – Ann Craven: “Animals Birds Flowers Moons” at Karma Through May 1st, 2021

April 14th, 2021

Ann Craven, Woodpecker (and the Moon), 2021, 2021, via Karma
Ann Craven, Woodpecker (and the Moon), 2021, 2021, via Karma

Currently at Karma’s East Side space in New York, the gallery has brought forth a series of new works by painter Ann Craven, titled Animals Birds Flowers Moons. Working between paint and watercolor, the artist’s new series of pieces bring together the titular bodies in a series of varying arrangements, displaying bear cubs, peacocks, woodpeckers, and horses as an exploration of graphical nostalgia and its expressive capacity. Read More »

New York – Yayoi Kusama: “Cosmic Nature” at the New York Botanical Garden Through October 31st, 2021

April 12th, 2021

Yayoi Kusama, Cosmic Nature (Installation view), via Art Observed
Yayoi Kusama, Cosmic Nature (Installation view), via Art Observed

After several delays caused by the Covid-19 virus, the long-awaited exhibition of Yayoi Kusama’s work at the New York Botanical Garden has finally opened. Planned for exclusive exhibition at NYBG, the show sees Kusama reveling in a lifelong fascination with the natural world, beginning with her childhood spent in the greenhouses and fields of her family’s seed nursery. Giving her voice and works ample space to evolve and envelop the lush grounds of the Botanical Garden’s diverse selection of plants, the show is a fascinating embellishment of both artist and nature, speaking, and working, in unison.   Read More »

New York – James Lee Byars: “The Milky Way” at Michael Werner Gallery Through May 1st, 2021

April 7th, 2021

James Lee Byars, The Milky Way (Installation View), via Michael Werner
James Lee Byars, The Milky Way (Installation View), via Michael Werner

Currently on view at Michael Werner Gallery in New York, artist James Lee Byars’s nuanced and minimalist sculptural project The Milky Way goes back on public view, showcasing one of the artist’s more intriguing and ambitious two-dimensional works. This will be the first time the work is on view to the public.  Read More »

New York – Oscar Tuazon: “PEOPLE” at Luhring Augustine Through April 17th, 2021

April 5th, 2021

Oscar Tuazon, Natural Man (2021), via Luhring Augustine
Oscar Tuazon, Natural Man (2015/2021), via Luhring Augustine

Currently on view at Luhring Augustine’s Tribeca exhibition space, artist Oscar Tuazon has compiled a presentation of all new sculptural works, united under the title PEOPLE. Continuing Tuazon’s investigation of hybridized forms and construction through fusions of natural material and human technological developments, the show pushes fusions of minimalist abstraction and natural elements, making up a series of constantly changing morphologies and addressing notions of the natural systems of growth and decay. Read More »

New York – William Eggleston and John McCracken: “True Stories” at David Zwirner Through April 17th, 2021

April 1st, 2021

John McCracken, Untitled (Red Block) (1966), via David Zwirner
John McCracken, Untitled (Red Block) (1966), via David Zwirner

Currently on view at its uptown exhibition space, David Zwirner is presenting an exhibition of works by William Eggleston and John McCracken, the first time the artists have been featured together, through a selection of works that explore color and light in their respective artistic visions. Expressing a natural interest in the forms and lines of the American landscape through documentation and precise geometries, the show is a fascinating exploration of the pair’s respective aesthetic visions.

William Eggleston and John McCracken, True Stories (Installation View), via David Zwirner
William Eggleston and John McCracken, True Stories (Installation View), via David Zwirner

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New York – Cory Arcangel: “Century 21″ at Greene Naftali Through April 17th, 2021

March 31st, 2021

Cory Arcangel, :roʊˈdeɪoʊ: Let’s Play HOLLYWOOD (2017-21) via Greene Naftali
Cory Arcangel, /roʊˈdeɪoʊ/ Let’s Play: HOLLYWOOD (2017-21), via Greene Naftali

Over the past two decades, few artists have taken such a continuously engaging pathway through the history and culture of digital media in all of its forms in the same manner as Cory Arcangel.  Hacking into the systems and software that define our networked lives, he introduces glitches and misfires that reveal the perils of technological dependence. For his debut solo exhibition at Greene Naftali, he continues this practice, amplifying and enhancing themes he has honed over two decades, using the structures and social mores of digital platforms as his primary artistic material.

Cory Arcangel, :roʊˈdeɪoʊ: Let’s Play HOLLYWOOD (2017-21) via Greene Naftali
Cory Arcangel, /roʊˈdeɪoʊ/ Let’s Play: HOLLYWOOD (2017-21), via Greene Naftali

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New York – “Regroup Show” at Miguel Abreu Gallery Through April 17th, 2021

March 30th, 2021

Matthew Ronay, Eight Tissues One Hand (2020), via Miguel Abreu
Matthew Ronay, Eight Tissues One Hand (2020), via Miguel Abreu

In 2007, at its location at 36 Orchard, Miguel Abreu Gallery mounted Regroup Show, an exhibition meant to highlight the then burgeoning scene of artists showing together and side by side in the Lower East Side. Exploring the diverse modes of working and broad range of expressive capacities of this talented group, the show was a striking inquiry into just how one might understand shared space, and sharing space.

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New York – Roni Horn: “Recent Work” at Hauser & Wirth Through April 10th, 2021

March 26th, 2021

Roni Horn, Wits' End Mash (Elvis has left the building), v.1 (2019) via Hauser and Wirth
Roni Horn, Wits’ End Mash (Elvis has left the building), v.1 (2019) via Hauser and Wirth

Artist Roni Horn has spent the past four decades questioning accepted notions of identity and meaning, thwarting closure and opening up new possibilities of perception through her expansive body of work across mediums. This relentless approach to her craft, exploring modes of perception and language as expressed through nuanced, subtle material inventions, takes center stage here in a show of recent work at Hauser & Wirth in New York. Compiling a selection of drawings described as “a kind of breathing activity on a daily level,”the show welcomes an engaging continuation of her interest in speech, written text, and understanding.

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New York – Peter Joseph: “The Border Paintings” at Lisson Gallery Through April 24th, 2021

March 23rd, 2021

Peter Joseph, The Border Paintings (Installation View), via Lisson Gallery
Peter Joseph, The Border Paintings (Installation View), via Lisson Gallery

Marking the latest entry in a long-running string of collaborations between the estate of artist Peter Joseph and Lisson Gallery, a show of works from the 1980s and 1990s the artist was in the process of planning when he passed away at age 91 in November 2020 is now on view.  Presenting a series of contrasting geometric frames across the gallery space, the show investigates Joseph’s commitment to color and space as the central tenets of his practice. Read More »