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LaToya Ruby Frazier Featured in NYT

March 3rd, 2021

LaToya Ruby Frazier has a piece in the NYT this week, showcasing new work and talking about her critical approach towards American culture. “I am showing these dark things about America because I love my country and countrymen,” she says. “When you love somebody, you tell them the truth. Even if it hurts.”
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MoMA Covers Architect Philip Johnson’s Name from Wall Signage Over Fascist Views

March 3rd, 2021

MoMA has covered up the name of late architect Philip Johnson on wall signs amid allegations of his fascist views. “To move forward with the exhibition thoughtfully, honoring the communities that the artists and their works represent, we feel it’s appropriate to respect the exhibition design suggestion and cover the signage with Johnson’s name outside the Architecture and Design galleries on an interim basis,” a MoMA spokesperson said. “To confront this matter, the Museum currently has underway a rigorous research initiative to explore in full the allegations against Johnson and gather all available information. This work is ongoing.”
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Italy Looks to Art to Help Combat Overtourism

March 3rd, 2021

Italy is looking to combat its crush of tourists in major cities by leasing works from the Uffizi in Florence to smaller museums and spaces around the country, CNN reports. “We already have over 3,000 works of art on display in the Uffizi — that’s enough,” Uffizi director Eike Schmidt says.
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New York – Lucas Blalock: “Florida, 1989″ at Galerie Eva Presenhuber Through April 10th, 2021

March 5th, 2021

Lucas Blalock, M_M_M_M_M_ (Daisychain) (2020), via Eva Presenhuber
Lucas Blalock, M_M_M_M_M_ (Daisychain) (2020), via Eva Presenhuber

Open now at Galerie Eva Presenhuber’s New York exhibition space, artist Lucas Blalock has brought together a body of new works under the title Florida, 1989, marking his second solo exhibition with the gallery. Drawing on memory and trauma, Blalock’s work in the show explores his own history, and its traces appearing throughout his work.  Read More »

New York – Jordan Kasey: “The Storm” at Nicelle Beauchene Through March 27th, 2021

March 4th, 2021

Jordan Kasey, Umbrella (2021), via Nicelle Beauchene
Jordan Kasey, Umbrella (2021), via Nicelle Beauchene

On view this month at Nicelle Beauchene in New York, painter Jordan Kasey has assembled a body of new works drawing lines through the melodramatic and the comical, playful and surreal paintings that draw on the artist’s sense of light and space, while exploring the act of gesture and tension.  Read More »

New York – “Lost and Found” at Martos Gallery Through March 13th, 2021

March 3rd, 2021

Kayode Ojo, Overdressed (Blush) (2018), via Martos
Kayode Ojo, Overdressed (Blush) (2018), via Martos

“What is the Lost & Found in art? Is there such a place? Is it a state of mind, of curiosity? Existing everywhere at all times? To occasion, over and again, a parallel with life, its flow? The tide comes in and the tide goes out, and what washes up randomly upon the shore? As many go about putting a lost year behind us, we wonder how to find our way back to ourselves, to one another, to those gone. Belongings. What belongs to us, and to whom do we belong? Can a gallery be thought of as a Lost & Found?” Read More »

Berlin – Rebecca Ackroyd: “100mph” at Peres Projects Through March 5th, 2021

February 23rd, 2021

Rebecca Ackroyd, Breath Taking (2020), via Peres Projects
Rebecca Ackroyd, Breath Taking (2020), via Peres Projects

Artist Rebecca Ackroyd is interested in the twinned experiences of personal and collective memory, and how we reconcile their dissonance in our lives. Making a nuanced exploration of these ideas in concert with a unique fusion of concept and material, her new show, 100mph, her second exhibition at Peres Projects, Ackroyd architecturally intervenes in the space with semitransparent, plastic dividers, creating pods that isolate both the works and the viewer.  Read More »

New York – Jason Moran: “The Sound Will Tell You” at Luhring Augustine Through

February 22nd, 2021

Jason Moran, Bathing the Room with Blues 3 (2020), via Luhring Augustine
Jason Moran, Bathing the Room with Blues 3 (2020), via Luhring Augustine

Currently at Luhring Augustine‘s Tribeca exhibition space, the gallery is presenting The Sound Will Tell You, a presentation of new works on paper by artist and pianist Jason Moran, marking the gallery’s second exhibition with the artist. Internationally renowned as a jazz pianist and composer, Moran’s interdisciplinary and often collaborative visual art practice mines the history of music, and its social, cultural, and political subtexts. Here, he returns to a mode of practice that runs between both modes.  Read More »

New York – Camille Blatrix: “Pop-Up” at 55 Walker Through March 6th, 2021

February 19th, 2021

Camille Blatrix, Pop-Up (Installation View), via Andrew Kreps
Camille Blatrix, Pop-Up (Installation View), via Andrew Kreps

Camille Blatrix marks his first solo show in New York this month with Pop-Up, a strikingly incisive investigation into the modern cultural landscape, and the implied iconographies that come with it, on view via Andrew Kreps at 55 Walker. Mining languages of neoliberalism and capital, Blatrix’s built environment and assembled pieces are a comically incisive exploration of labor, material and culture.  Read More »

New York – Becky Kolsrud: “Elegies” at JTT Through March 13th, 2021

February 18th, 2021

Becky Kolsrud, Inscape (Three Graces) (2021), via JTT
Becky Kolsrud, Inscape (Three Graces) (2021), via JTT

Currently on at JTT’s New York exhibition space, Los Angeles painter Becky Kolsrud has assembled a range of new works featuring flattened female figures and opaque landscapes with glowing horizons, a space of 12 works that explore a range of surreal landscapes and interiors, composed from bodies and architectural elements in tandem. Drawing a range of influences from mythology and classical antiquity, the show pulls together a broad selection of iconographies that incorporate these histories into Kolsrud’s own unique world.  Read More »

New York – “Friend Zone” Curated by Vaughn Spann at Half Gallery Through February 24th, 2021

February 17th, 2021

Friend Zone (Installation View), via Half Gallery.
Friend Zone (Installation View), via Half Gallery

Embracing a range of expressive and animated approaches to portraiture and the body, artist Vaughn Spann has put together an expansive show at Half Gallery this month, bringing together a body of 44 works to explore a striking range of ideas and modes of portraiture. Read More »

New York – Stewart Uoo: “used” at 47 Canal Through

February 16th, 2021

Stewart Uoo, used (Installation View), via 47 Canal
Stewart Uoo, used (Installation View), via 47 Canal

Artist Stewart Uoo has opened a show of new works at 47 Canal this month, presenting a body of works unified by their explorations of tension and harmony amidst the bustling landscape of New York City. The works on view, a selection of various materials resembling street-side detritus, are spread across an elevated tableau in the gallery, creating a personified sense of the block as body. Read More »

New York – Nicole Eisenman and Keith Boadwee at Flag Art Foundation Through March 13th, 2021

February 12th, 2021

Nicole Eisenman and Keith Boadwee at Flag Art Foundation (Installation View), via Flag Art FoundationNicole Eisenman and Keith Boadwee at Flag Art Foundation (Installation View), via Flag Art Foundation

On view now at Flag Art Foundation in New York, Nicole Eisenman has but a show together with illustrator and painter Keith Boadwee, combining their uniquely spirited approaches to the body and to its modes of depiction across a range of subjects and scenes. The show, mixing each artist’s approaches, is on view now through March. Read More »

Los Angeles – Robert Longo: “Storm of Hope” at Jeffrey Deitch Through February 27th, 2021

February 10th, 2021

Robert Longo, Storm of Hope (Installation View), via Jeffrey Deitch
Robert Longo, Storm of Hope (Installation View), via Jeffrey Deitch

Asked if his work was “preaching to the choir,” Robert Longo responded, “It is not preaching to the choir – it is screaming at the choir.” The American artist, who opened a show of new works this winter at Jeffrey Deitch LA, has long been invested in navigating the world we live in and how we see it, creating a sense of opposition to the flurry of images we are presented with each day, which surround us and define our experience of the globe. Presenting these same images in a re-created state, his large-scale drawings function as monuments, securing a sense of permanence that transcends the flood of transitory imagery.   Read More »

New York: “Between the Earth and Sky” at Kasmin Through February 27th, 2021

February 8th, 2021

Rachel Harrison, Boss Revolution (2015), via Kasmin
Rachel Harrison, Boss Revolution (2015), via Kasmin

Currently on view at Kasmin in New York, a series of monolithic sculptures come together to create a new insight into the expression and reflection of scale. The show, Between the Earth and Sky, brings together a series of works from the format of the large-scale, towering sculpture spanning from 900 A.D. to 2019, and demonstrating how various utilizations of stelae, herms, and columns have functioned as repositories of meaning or markers of time and place across many cultures since prehistory, as well as the way in which the expressive possibilities of this format continue to resonate with sculptors working internationally today.

Between the Earth and Sky (Installation View), via Kasmin
Between the Earth and Sky (Installation View), via Kasmin

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Los Angeles – Joel Mesler: “Surrender” at David Kordansky Through March 6th, 2021

February 5th, 2021

Joel Mesler, Untitled (Surrender) (2020), via David Kordansky
Joel Mesler, Untitled (Surrender) (2020), via David Kordansky

On view this month at David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles, artist and former dealer Joel Mesler has. brought a selection of new paintings and works on paper forward for his first solo show at the gallery. Playful and engaging, the works make for an expressive entry in the artist’s work.  Read More »

Paris – Thomas Ruff: “Tableaux Chinois” at David Zwirner Through March 6th, 2021

February 4th, 2021

Thomas Ruff, tableau chinois_19a, tableau chinois_19b (2020), via Art Observed
Thomas Ruff, tableau chinois_19a, tableau chinois_19b (2020), via Art Observed

Currently on view at David Zwirner’s Paris location, artist Thomas Ruff is presenting a series of recent works and historically significant works exploring his ongoing interest in propaganda photography and the critical deconstruction of images.   Read More »

New York – Dan Walsh at Paula Cooper Through February 13th, 2021

February 3rd, 2021

Dan Walsh, Channel (2020), via Paula Cooper
Dan Walsh, Channel (2020), via Paula Cooper

Celebrated for his work across a range of media including sculpture, bookmaking, drawing and installation, artist Dan Walsh has traced a particular trajectory in painting since the 1990s, working with a focused vocabulary of unit-based forms that include lines, circles, grids and rectangles to layer brushstrokes according to defined sets of rules yielding complex compositions. For his most recent show, on view now at Paula Cooper Gallery, a selection of more recent pieces are on view, culled from a period between 2014 and 2020, and highlighting the artist’s prolific and expansive output in the medium of painting. Read More »

Paris – Christian Boltanski: “Après” at Marian Goodman Through March 13th, 2021

February 2nd, 2021

Christian Boltansk (Les Linges, 2020), via Art Observed
Christian Boltansk Les Linges (2020), via Art Observed

“A very horrible yet interesting thing has occurred since Covid is here, which is, that death is no longer hidden. Death used to be completely denied by us, and nowadays, because of this disease, we are talking about death as something that is around us and that is present,” says Christian Boltanski.   The French artist, currently showing his most recent exhibition at Marian Goodman’s Paris exhibition space, has taken a particularly direct approach towards a pandemic still causing widespread death and disruptions around the globe. For this show, titled Après, the artist asks challenging questions about our current state of the world, and the human values we ascribe to it. Read More »

Paris – Daniel Buren & Philippe Parreno: “Simultanément, travaux in situ et en mouvement” at Galerie Kamel Mennour Through February 27th, 2021

February 1st, 2021

Daniel Buren & Philippe Parreno, Simultanément, travaux in situ et en mouvement (Installation view), Galerie Kamel Mennour
Daniel Buren & Philippe Parreno, Simultanément, travaux in situ et en mouvement (Installation view), Galerie Kamel Mennour

Choosing an auspicious concept for the first show in its new space in Paris’s rue du Pont de Lodi, Kamel Mennour Gallery presents a joint project between two artists of different generations yet similar interests in space and exhibition, presentation and perception.  Unifying the visions of Daniel Buren and Philippe Parreno’s Simultanément, travaux in situ et en mouvement brings together the pair’s intriguing interests in the definition and understanding of space and movement. Read More »

Berlin – Claudia Comte: “Jungle and Corals” at König Galerie Through February 28th, 2021

January 29th, 2021

Claudia Comte, Jungle and Corals (Installation View), via König Galerie
Claudia Comte, Jungle and Corals (Installation View), via König Galerie

Taking over the halls of the König Galerie Chapel in Berlin, artist Claudia Comte  presents a body of new works unified under the title Jungles and Corals, a selection of new sculptural works produced while Comte was on residency last year in Jamaica at the Alligator Head Foundation as a fellow of the TBA21–Academy. Created in collaboration with local woodworkers, the show draws on natural forms and iconographies to create a distinct and cohesive spatialized experience. Read More »

Paris – Pieter Vermeersch at Galerie Perrotin Through January 30th, 2021

January 28th, 2021

Pieter Vermeersch (Installation View), via Art Observed
Pieter Vermeersch (Installation View), via Art Observed

Currently on at Galerie Perrotin in Paris, the painter and sculptor Pieter Vermeersch has brought forth an enigmatic and expressive exhibition to mark his sixth solo show with the dealer.  Consisting of a series of conceptual operations, including a series of screenprints on marble slabs, oil paintings on stone, and a range of varied dimensional operations, the show is a striking exploration in scale and shape, material and space through the language of minimalism.

Pieter Vermeersch (Installation View), via Art Observed
Pieter Vermeersch (Installation View), via Art Observed

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Paris – Gregory Crewdson: “An Eclipse of Moths” at Galerie Templon Through January 23rd, 2021

January 27th, 2021

Gregory Crewdson, Redemption Center (2018-2019), via Art Observed
Gregory Crewdson, Redemption Center (2018-2019), via Art Observed

On view through this past weekend at Galerie Templon in Paris, Gregory Crewdson’s newest series, An Eclipse of Moths presents a series of sixteen large scale prints that act like portals into desolate American scenes. First released in 2020, a year that will be remembered for the stark political division and a health crisis that ravaged the country, Crewdson’s work here continues his reputation for cinematic visual languages, which he pursues with a large production team. He goes location scouting, and carefully lights his sets and directs actors as if they were in a film. His cohesive choice of four by eight foot prints allows the viewer to step back to grasp a grand scene that must be approached closely in order to take in the meticulous details, of signals and characters that, despite their distance, communicate with each other.
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New York – Haim Steinbach: “1991-1993″ at Tanya Bonakdar Through February 27th, 2021

January 26th, 2021

Haim Steinbach, Display #28 - Rustic Wall (1991), via Tanya Bonakdar
Haim Steinbach, Display #28 – Rustic Wall (1991), via Tanya Bonakdar

For more than four decades, artist Haim Steinbach has explored the psychological, aesthetic, and cultural aspects of collecting and arranging found objects, selecting items that range from the obscure to the ordinary, the private to the ethnographic and using them as a meditative element to emphasize notions of circulation and human connection.  For his most recent show at Tanya Bonakdar in New York, a selection of works on view highlights a concentrated three-year period in the artist’s career, and offers a recontextualization of his own historic practice and an occasion for reflection. Read More »

New York – Joyce Pensato: “Fuggetabout It (Redux)” at Petzel Through February 27th, 2021

January 25th, 2021

Joyce Pensato, Fuggetabout It (Redux) (Installation View), via Petzel
Joyce Pensato, Fuggetabout It (Redux) (Installation View), via Petzel

Marking the gallery’s first show of works by Joyce Pensato following the artist’s passage in 2019, Petzel’s current show, Fuggetabout It (Redux) marks a fitting summation and reflection on the work of an artist who long mined the languages of pop culture and mass media to create her supercharged mode of painting and sculpture.   Read More »

Paris – Alex Ayed: “Roaring Forties” at Balice Hertling Through January 30th, 2021

January 22nd, 2021

Alex Ayed, Untitled (Sail XII) (2020), via Balice Hertling
Alex Ayed, Untitled (Sail XII) (2020), via Balice Hertling

Currently on at Galerie Balice Hertling, although temporarily closed due to Covid-19, artist Alex Ayed has brought together a unique range of works exploring notions of travel, exploration and interconnectivity.  The show, consisting of a series of stretched sail works and a series of sculptural objects, draws on a range of notions regarding the passage of bodies, and the impacts it has on humanity’s conception of the world. Read More »

New York – John Bock: “Twilight Proximity Corpus” at Anton Kern Through February 20th, 2021

January 21st, 2021

John Bock, Ohne Titel (2020), via Anton Kern
John Bock, Ohne Titel (2020), via Anton Kern

Taking on his tenth exhibition with Anton Kern Gallery, German sculptor and performance artist John Bock has turned towards a smaller scale, bringing out a series of 25 new three-dimensional collages that underscore his ongoing interests in the form and representation of performance and performers in modernity.  While constructed out of simple materials, these works contain the entire Bockian universe, twisting a range of signifiers and iconographies into concise statements.   Read More »