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Andrew Kup and Pascal Spengemann’s Clothing Colab Profiled in GQ

August 21st, 2019

Andrew Kuo and dealer Pascal Spengemann are profiled in GQ this month for their ongoing clothing collaboration, creating bootlegged homages to Marc Chagall and Claude Monet, among others. “My memories of the Met store and museum shops growing up in New York were a big part of my experience with art, not necessarily the actual object,” Kuo says. “Like my mom wearing a Marc Chagall shirt all summer. It’s less cynical and more emotional, I think, to kind of dredge up all of these memories of your experiences with art and reframe it as something affordable, fun, whatever.”
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The Guardian Profiles Artist Showing Works in Their Homes

August 21st, 2019

The Guardian profiles recent trends towards showing works in collectors and artists’ homes. “Last year we exhibited a work that was a kind of ecosystem, stretched out over the floor of our living room,” says artist Isobel Atacus. “There was was a block of ice melting through an unfired clay disc into a bowl below and the sediment water was pumped into a tank. It was a beautiful piece to live with for a few days.”
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British Museum to Move Hundreds of Thousands of Works to New Facility

August 21st, 2019

The British Museum will bring hundreds of thousands of stored artifacts currently to a new £64m storage and research facility in Berkshire, UK, the Art Newspaper reports. The move comes as an effort to make more of its collection publicly accessible.
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London – “My Head is a Haunted House” at Sadie Coles HQ Through August 31st, 2019

August 21st, 2019

My Head Is a Haunted House (Installation View), via Sadie Coles HQ
My Head Is a Haunted House (Installation View), via Sadie Coles HQ

Currently on view at Sadie Coles HQ in London, My Head is a Haunted House explores the weird and eerie from a range of perspectives, mixing together works from a broad group of artists.  The show, curated by writer Charlie Fox, is an intriguing investigation of materiality and motive, swapping pathos for a suspended sense of presence, and a concrete subject for a creeping sense of a body, either present or withdrawn. Read More »

New York: “Cart, Horse, Cart” at Lehmann Maupin Through August 16th, 2019

August 16th, 2019

Donald Moffett, Lot 090307 (O) (2007), via Lehmann Maupin
Donald Moffett, Lot 090307 (O) (2007), via Lehmann Maupin

On view for the summer months at Lehmann Maupin, a group show compiling the work of Angel Otero, Donald Moffett, Carrie Moyer and many more. The exhibition, co-organized by Curator Michael Goodson and Lehmann Maupin Curatorial Director Anna Stothart and spanning both of its Chelsea locations, combines a group of artists centered around more traditional formal, material, and spatial concerns, while also explicitly engaging with social, political, and psychological areas of influence to expand the established narrative traditionally used to answer the question, “Where does abstraction come from?” Read More »

Los Angeles – Betty Woodman: “Shadows and Silhouettes” Through August 24th, 2019

August 14th, 2019

Betty Woodman, Venus #7 Homey (2014), via David Kordansky
Betty Woodman, Venus #7: Homey (2014), via David Kordansky

Currently on at David Kordansky’s Los Angeles exhibition space, Shadows and Silhouettes brings together a selection of sculptures and paintings by Betty Woodman, the artist’s first solo show in a gallery since her death. Meandering through the last years of the artist’s live, the show takes particular interest in the technical issues of constructing the work, and how these moments and movements in space can work in conjunction with the artist’s hand to complete the object. Read More »

New York – Allan Sekula: “Labor’s Persistence” at Marian Goodman Gallery Through August 23rd, 2019

August 13th, 2019

Allan Sekula, Man sleeping under a eucalyptus tree, Embarcadero park, (SD) from Fish Story (1989-1995), via Marian Goodman
Allan Sekula, Man sleeping under a eucalyptus tree, Embarcadero park, (SD) from Fish Story (1989-1995), via Marian Goodman

Having first shown the late Allan Sekula’s nuanced and incisive photographic and conceptual work at its London Gallery this spring, Marian Goodman has once again tapped the artist’s archive for a wide-ranging exhibition of his works at its New York space this summer, compiling works from a range of different projects the artist has embraced over the years, and moving between film, performance and photography. Read More »

New York – Group Show at Karma Through September 15th, 2019

August 12th, 2019

Andrew Sim, A pink Christmas tree (2019), via Karma
Andrew Sim, A pink Christmas tree (2019), via Karma

“What is the weird?” queries Karma in the exhibition text for its summer group show, which brings together the work of Henni Alftan, Matt Hilvers, Ruth Ige and Andrew Sim. Quoting from Mark Fisher, the show’s press release seems to trace a subtle line around the show as a whole: “When we say something is weird, what kind of feeling are we pointing to? I want to argue that the weird is a particular kind of perturbation. It involves a sensation of wrongness: a weird entity or object is so strange that it makes us feel that it should not exist, or at least it should not exist here.” Read More »

Hong Kong – Harland Miller at White Cube Through August 24th, 2019

August 9th, 2019

Harland Miller, Me (2019), via White Cube
Harland Miller, Me (2019), via White Cube

Mining a unique fusion between graphic design, painting and other tenuously associated aesthetic fields, artist Harland Miller’s work, on view this summer at White Cube’s Hong Kong location, lends itself to a striking and detailed interrogation of the language of design, and the design of language. Miller draws on a wide range of cultural references, including ’60s and ’70s graphic design and the bold, upbeat covers of post-war psychology books, yet set these graphical icons in conversation with the language of American painting, explicitly drawing links between the energetic abstraction of the era and the graphic design that seemed to bubble up alongside it.

Harland Miller, Boss (2019), via White Cube
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New York – “Non-Vicious Circle” at Paula Cooper Gallery Through August 16th, 2019

August 8th, 2019

Kelley Walker, Untitled (2006), via Paula Cooper
Kelley Walker, Untitled (2006), via Paula Cooper

Exploring the convergence of varied aesthetic concepts and interesting overlaps between their artists respective practices, Paula Cooper Gallery’s summer show has opened, presenting a selection of sculptures and installations by Sam Durant, Liz Glynn, Walid Raad, Kelley Walker, and Meg Webster. Titled Non-Vicious Circle, the show draws its title and conceit from the 2014 mobile by Sam Durant on view. Read More »

New York – “Painters Reply: Experimental Painting in the 1970s and now” at Lisson Through August 9th, 2019

August 7th, 2019

Painters Reply Experimental Painting in the 1970s and now (Installation View), via Lisson
Painters Reply: Experimental Painting in the 1970s and now (Installation View), via Lisson

In September of 1975, Artforum published a special issue on painting. In addition to articles such as “Painting and the Struggle for the Whole Self” and “Painting and Anti-Painting: A Family Quarrel”—in which Max Kozloff said “brush wielders were afflicted by a creative halitosis”—were the responses to a questionnaire polling 21 painters on the state and prospects of the medium. Decried for a distinctly fatalist bias towards the medium, the issue seemed to present the painted canvas as an object moving towards artifact, an icon of the post-war era that was swiftly losing its potency. Read More »

London – Cindy Sherman at the National Portrait Gallery Through

July 29th, 2019

Cindy Sherman at National Portrait Gallery (Installation View)
Cindy Sherman at National Portrait Gallery (Installation View)

What more can be said of the work of Cindy Sherman? An artist who has consistently produced works that interrogate and rework the notions of image construction and understanding through the use of her own image, Sherman’s photographic output has moved through an exceedingly broad selection of focal points and interests. There’s her selection of film still works, placing her image onto prints in a manner that seems to reference some disembodied section of an unseen classic, while elsewhere, her collection of hyper-specific portraits mines the notions of identity construction and affiliation in the modern cultural landscape. Read More »

New York – The Chimney X Ulmer Arts at The William Ulmer Brewery Through July 28th, 2019

July 26th, 2019

Nelly Zagury, The Giant Stalker & The Cannibal Flower  (2019), via Art Observed
Nelly Zagury, The Giant Stalker & The Cannibal Flower (2019), via Art Observed

Taking over the impressively appointed former William Ulmer Brewery at 81 Beaver Street in Bushwick, local gallery The Chimney has initiated an impressive installation, taking over six large rooms in the building to present a series of large-scale installations and selections of works by nine American and international artists. Read More »

London – Yang Fudong: “Beyond GOD and Evil” at Marian Goodman Through July 26th, 2019

July 25th, 2019

Yang Fudong, Dawn Breaking - A Museum Film Project, Day 30 (2018), via Marian Goodman
Yang Fudong, Dawn Breaking – A Museum Film Project, Day 30 (2018), via Marian Goodman

Considered one of China’s most important contemporary artists, the Shanghai-based Yang Fudong’s work has evolved through a diverse series of focal points and interests over the course of his career, moving through painting, video and other bodies of work that underscore his place as a central contributor to the landscape of Chinese contemporary art and a prominent voice in the national discourse. This month in London, the artist presents an exhibition of new work at Marian Goodman, the first with the gallery in London, and the international premiere of his epic project Dawn Breaking – A Museum Film Project. Read More »

Los Angeles – Eric Fischl: “Complications From an Already Unfulfilled Life” at Sprüth Magers Through August 30th, 2019

July 24th, 2019

Eric Fischl, The Exchange (2018), via Sprüth Magers
Eric Fischl, The Exchange (2018), via Sprüth Magers

For over four decades, Eric Fischl has produced uncompromising images of American society, presenting a challenging and often surreal perspective on the forms and functions of middle and upper class malaise as reflected in the body itself. Figures routinely share space on his canvases, yet their gazes rarely meet, lounging or posed in a manner that reflects a certain deconstruction of the body as persona. Even when they do, through composition, pose and gesture, they are trapped in the midst of strained exchanges, moments of exchange and interaction that seems to place the viewer in the midst of a meditation on the body and on the societies it constructs.  Marking his first solo exhibition in LA in 25 years, the artist’s current exhibition, Complications From an Already Unfulfilled Life, marks both a continuation of this thread and a new path forward, marking his first show in the Californian metropolis with Sprüth Magers. Read More »

Los Angeles – Daniel Richter: “H.P. (jah allo)” at Regen Projects Through August 17th, 2019

July 23rd, 2019

Daniel Richter, Plications of Come (2019), via Regen Projects
Daniel Richter, Plications of Come (2019), via Regen Projects

Currently on view at Regen Projects in Los Angeles, painter Daniel Richter has brought forth a selection of new works, continuing recent explorations in methodology the artist first began experimenting with in 2015.  One of the most influential painters of his generation, Richter’s work continues the lineage of post-war German painting that includes artists such as Werner Büttner, Martin Kippenberger, and Albert Oehlen.  Mixing together disparate threads of figurative painting and abstraction, his pieces twist pop culture, media images and other bits of communicative detritus through a shared space, resulting in swirling compositions that implies an ever-open eye on the world around him. Read More »

London – Jamian Juliano-Villani: “Let’s Kill Nicole” at Massimo de Carlo Through August 4th, 2019

July 18th, 2019

Jamian Juliano-Villani, Let's Kill Nicole (Installation View), via Massimo de Carlo
Jamian Juliano-Villani, Let’s Kill Nicole (Installation View), via Massimo de Carlo

Currently on view at Massimo de Carlo in London, Jamian Juliano-Villani’s new exhibition, Let’s Kill Nicole, seems to emphasize the same sort of alternating morbidity and innocence of an adolescent suggestion of violence. In the same way that a child might suggest death as a way of solving a minor dispute, Juliano-Villani’s works seem to balance a timeless, vivid energy with simplistic, even banal scenes and subject matter. Read More »

London – Wolfgang Tillmans at Maureen Paley Through August 4th, 2019

July 17th, 2019

Wolfgang Tillmans, Greifbar 77 (2018), via Maureen Paley
Wolfgang Tillmans, Greifbar 77 (2018), via Maureen Paley

Culling together a selection of new works and recent projects by Wolfgang Tillmans, Maureen Paley in London has opened an expansive and exploratory show that documents the artist’s multifaceted approach to image-making, featuring new and previously unseen works from the mid 1980s to the present day. Read More »

New York – Chris Ofili: “Dangerous Liasions” at David Zwirner Through July 19th, 2019

July 15th, 2019

Chris Ofili, Dangerous Liasions (Installation View), via David Zwirner
Chris Ofili, Dangerous Liasions (Installation View), via David Zwirner

Currently on at David Zwirner’s 34 East 69th Street townhouse in uptown New York City, artist Chris Ofili is presenting a series of new works unified under the title Dangerous Liaisons. Referencing René Magritte’s eponymous painting of 1935, which Ofili explores in drawings that employ the compositional organization of the Surrealist’s work as a structure for his own rich and layered exploration of color and line, the exhibition underscores Ofili’s abilities as an expressive and emotive painter whose craft with the brush is complemented by his rich conceptual practice. Read More »

New York – David Hammons at Hauser & Wirth Through August

July 11th, 2019

David Hammons, Untitled (2017), via Hauser & Wirth
David Hammons, Untitled (2017), via Hauser & Wirth

Marking his first major exhibition on the West Coast in decades, artist David Hammons has touched down at Hauser & Wirth for a major summer blockbuster, an exhibition that underscores the artists’s expansive and challenging practice, and its ongoing discourse with the languages of race, wealth, politics and modern art that have been his hallmark over the course of his life. Remaining razor sharp in its ability to comment on and critique the various socio-cultural spheres his work moves through, Hammons’s show is a masterclass in subtle condemnation. Read More »

New York – Jonas Wood at Gagosian Through July 19th, 2019

July 10th, 2019

Jonas Wood, Still Life with Red Panels (2018), via Gagosian
Jonas Wood, Still Life with Red Panels (2018), via Gagosian

Jonas Wood’s rapid rise in the past few years to representation at Gagosian seemed to happen almost overnight. But for followers of the Los Angeles-based painter, his ascension comes as no surprise. Wood’s impressive approach both painting and drawing showcases a masterful sense of patterns, perspectives and color, using figurative vantage points to arrive at beguiling images and innovative constructions of the picture plane. On view this month at Gagosian, a range of works from the artist underscores this ability, and delves ever deeper into his creative practice. Read More »

New York – Alissa McKendrick: “Resentment” at Team Gallery Through July 26th, 2019

July 9th, 2019

Alissa McKendrick, Untitled (2018), via Team
Alissa McKendrick, Untitled (2018), via Team

Painter Alissa McKendrick is presenting a solo exhibition at Team Gallery this month, bringing a selection of paintings to bear on the gallery’s project room series “Gallery B.” The artist, whose works mine a particular language between the surreal, figurative and narrative, makes for a refreshing summer entry in the gallery’s programming. Read More »

Paris – Annette Messager at Marian Goodman Through July 19th, 2019

July 3rd, 2019

Annette Messager, Sleeping Pacific, (2017), via Marian Goodman
Annette Messager, Sleeping Pacific (2017), via Marian Goodman

Artist Annette Messager has brought a series of new works to Marian Goodman Gallery in Paris this month, orchestrating a series of drawings and wall mounted works as well as her first video install, Lost in Limbos (2019).  The show, continuing Messager’s incisive material inventions and impressive orchestration of varied states and conceptual operations, is on view through July 19th.

Annette Messager at Marian Goodman (Installation View), via Marian Goodman
Annette Messager at Marian Goodman (Installation View), via Marian Goodman

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London – Oscar Murillo: “Manifestation at David Zwirner Through July 26th, 2019

July 3rd, 2019

Oscar Murillo, Manifestation (2018-2019), via David Zwirner
Oscar Murillo, Manifestation (2018-2019), via David Zwirner

Currently on view at David Zwirner London, artist Oscar Murillo has brought forth a selection of new works exploring both his past visual language and a range of expressive new iterations of his technique, delving into the visual history of his paintings as a shared exchange with both history and modernity.  On view through the end of the month, Murillo brings out a new range of pieces and projects that underscore his continued engagement with the painted canvas. Read More »

New York – Olga Balema: “Brain Damage” at Bridget Donahue Through July 26th, 2019

July 2nd, 2019

Olga Balema, Brain Damage (Installation View), via Bridget Donahue
Olga Balema, Brain Damage (Installation View), via Bridget Donahue

Upon entering the gallery space at Bridget Donahue this month, one is greeted by a peculiar selection of objects.  Small-scale, think strips of elastic material are laid up against the walls of the space, or twisted out along the floor.  The pieces, with their slight impressions upon the viewer’s perception of space, seems to lend the already raw Chinatown space a look of material temporality, of objects held in momentary sway, as if left behind in between residents.  Read More »

New York – Piero Manzoni: “Lines” and “Materials of His Time” at Hauser & Wirth Through July 26th, 2019

June 29th, 2019

Piero Manzoni, Achrome (1961-62), via Hauser & Wirth
Piero Manzoni, Achrome (1961-62), via Hauser & Wirth

In 1960, at the height of his artistic maturity and of his awareness on the gradual path and progression of his work, artist Piero Manzoni would branch out into a series of material experimentations and evolutions that would mark one of the most prolific stages in his career, and also one of the most conceptually fruitful. The artist, utilizing diverse natural and synthetic materials, such as cotton wool, canvas, polystyrene, phosphorescent paint, and even bread, stones, and straw, would ultimately create a broad range of his Achromes, arrangements of material that both draw on their compositional elements and on their sheer mass to create a new awareness of the object and the space around it, a new manner of seeing branching directly out from the piece itself. Simultaneously, the artist would explore a range of other practices and performative works, focusing in particular on the realization and execution of extensive “lines,” traced across papers, photos, and even across the gallery space. Delving into this important period in the artist’s career, Hauser & Wirth New York has brought together two concurrent exhibitions devoted to the artist’s work, unfolding over two floors and focusing on Manzoni’s most significant bodies of work.

Piero Manzoni, Linea m15,81 (1959), via Hauser & Wirth
Piero Manzoni, Linea lunga 7200 metri (1960), via Hauser & Wirth

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AO Auction Results – London: Phillips 20th Century and Contemporary Evening Sale, June 27th, 2019

June 28th, 2019

Roy Licthenstein, The Conductor (1975), Final Price: £4,977,000 via Phillips
Roy Lichtenstein, The Conductor (1975), Final Price: £4,977,000 via Phillips

With minimal fanfare and a steady hand, Phillips Auctions rounded out a well-managed evening sale of Contemporary and 20th Century works yesterday evening, closing a 36 lot sale to a final sales total of £35.9 million  with 5 lots going unsold.  The evening marks another strong and reliable outing for the auction house, making itself felt in the blue-chip market with increasingly strong results.  Read More »