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Jeffrey Deitch Interviewed in LA Times

September 20th, 2018

Deitch, via LA TimesJeffrey Deitch has an interview in the LA Times this week, as he tours the newspaper around his new space in Hollywood. “For people coming from different parts of America, coming from different countries,” he says, “this is a really L.A. space. And that’s what I wanted — an only-in-L.A. space.”
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Mary Kelly Interviewed in The Guardian

September 19th, 2018

Mary Kelly, via The GuardianArtist Mary Kelly is interviewed in The Guardian this week, discussing her own work and her views on the recent move towards increasingly hostile international relations and hard borderlines between countries. “Living all over very different places gives you insight about how different cultures and political systems work, but it also shows you in some way how things are connected,” she says. 
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Hauser & Wirth to Open Location in St. Moritz

September 19th, 2018

Rendering of Hauser and Wirth in St. Moritz, via Art NewsHauser & Wirth is planning a location in the resort town of St. Moritz, Switzerland, Art News reports. The 4,000 sq. ft space will be the ninth location for the gallery.
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New York – Ellen Berkenblit: The Clock Unlocked at Anton Kern Through October 20th, 2018

September 19th, 2018

Ellen Berkenblit, Untitled (2018), via Anton Kern
Ellen Berkenblit, Untitled (2018), via Anton Kern

The Clock Unlocked is the first exhibition to spanning over four decades in the life and work of New York painter Ellen Berkenblit, on now at Anton Kern.  Running through a range of expressive and often enigmatic arrangements, the exhibition presents a roving and exploratory walk through Berkenblit’s practice, tracing evolutions and ongoing interests through any number of touchstones and points of entry.  Arranged instinctually and without chronology, The Clock Unlocked is just that, a diary of paintings and drawings reveals the artist’s idiosyncratic ‘alphabet’— the core of her visual language presented in the same idiosyncratic attitude towards time and space. Read More »

New York – Intimate Infinite: “Imagine A Journey” Curated by Brett Gorvy at Lévy Gorvy Through October 24th, 2018

September 14th, 2018

Cy Twombly, Untitled (1967), via Levy Gorvy
Cy Twombly, Untitled (1967), via Levy Gorvy

If you follow Brett Gorvy on Instagram, it’s immediately apparent that the Lévy Gorvy partner is a master of narrative, spinning long, anecdotal tomes around the images and artworks that he posts in his feed.  Gorvy’s vision and passion for art, and for the stories that surround each of the works that passes through his lens, is almost unparalleled anywhere in the art world, and his move in the past few years towards a gallery position should come as no surprise.  Yet Gorvy has plenty more tricks up his sleeve, and his most recent venture, a curated exhibition at his gallery, showcases just how deep his care and skill towards his profession go. Read More »

New York – Anthony Pearson at Marianne Boesky Through October 20th, 2018

September 12th, 2018

Anthony Pearson, Untitled (Embedment) (2018), via Marianne Boesky
Anthony Pearson, Untitled (Embedment) (2018), via Marianne Boesky

Marking the first show of the fall season at Marianne Boesky’s Chelsea exhibition space, artist Anthony Pearson returns to his long-running experimentations with hydrocal for a new selection of  works.  The artist’s work as a lingering, enigmatic engagement with this material functions as an explicit practice in deep intellectual and physical engagement with a few materials, exploring the behaviors, reactions, and open possibilities of his intentionally limited material vocabulary. 

Anthony Pearson, Untitled (Embedment) (2018), via Marianne Boesky
Anthony Pearson, Untitled (Embedment) (2018), via Marianne Boesky

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New York – Alberto Giacometti at Guggenheim Museum Through September 12th, 2018

September 10th, 2018

Giacometti (Installation view), via Art Observed
Giacometti (Installation view), via Art Observed

White, for Alberto Giacometti, is presented as something of an etheric form, the color of death or absence playing on is interrelation with temporal action.  Space is generated only from the presence of space, and not from its reciprocal orientation. His practice is disposed towards the ideal void, where reality, untouched, is always waiting to be discovered. Giacometti’s opposition to easily read concepts of reality lies in his belief that merely representing figures alone, leaving behind the density and materiality of their  surroundings and ignoring the distance between himself and the object of his perception, offered an incomplete picture of the truth. Giacometti’s eye was profoundly sensitive to different kinds of empty, negative space. He wanted to give form to space, opening his figure from within to its presence or surroundings. Read More »

New York – Charline von Heyl: “New Work” at Petzel Gallery Through October 20th, 2018

September 8th, 2018

Charline von Heyl, New Work (Installation View), via Art Observed
Charline von Heyl, New Work (Installation View), via Art Observed

Few artists possess the sort of free-ranging, exploratory style and vocabulary that seems to mark the output of artist Charline von Heyl.  The German-born painter’s work is relentlessly committed to the canvas as a space for both formal reinvention and ongoing investigation.  Moving through a new selection of works this fall at Petzel Gallery, von Heyl returns to this mode, presenting a series of new compositions that marks her continued interest in texture and space as formative modes of the painter’s internal language.   Read More »

New York – Marguerite Humeau: “Birth Canal” at the New Museum Through January 6th, 2019

September 6th, 2018

Marguerite Humeau, Birth Canal (Installation View), via Adelaide Pacton for Art Observed
Marguerite Humeau, Birth Canal (Installation View), via Adelaide Pacton for Art Observed

Marking a new chapter in a body of work that has long mined the strange juxtapositions of history, culture, form and space, artist Marguerite Humeau has touched down at the New Museum this month, opening a show of works that will remain on view throughout the fall season.  The show, titled Birth Canal, presents a new body of digitally rendered sculptures realized in cast bronze and carved stone, each proposing its own unique vision of how to think through the understanding of the body and it relation to modernity.   Read More »

London – Harold Ancart: “Freeze” at David Zwirner Through September 22nd, 2018

September 5th, 2018

Harold Ancart, Untitled (2018), via David Zwirner
Harold Ancart, Untitled (2018), via David Zwirner

Over the past few years, Belgian-born, New York-based painter Harold Ancart has remained one of the more unique voices in modern painting.  The artist’s deceptively simple, ragged style of painting and his intuitive interpretations of natural phenomena and iconographies have seen his work move through a broad range of styles and iterations, including massive depictions of flames, icebergs and lush forests, always offset by a sense of spatially-sound minimalism.  Captivating in their spare, exploratory style, the artist’s works are a fascinating look at the language of modern practice, and how historical touchstones can double back on themselves to create new structures and vocabularies.  Read More »

New York – “Land: Zhang Huan and Li Binyuan” at MOMA PS1 Through September 3rd, 2018

September 1st, 2018

Li Binyuan at MoMA PS1, via Sophie Kitching for Art Observed
Li Binyuan at MoMA PS1, via Sophie Kitching for Art Observed

Exploring shared conceptual space between two generations of Chinese performance artists, MoMA PS1’s Land: Zhang Huan and Li Binyuan is a highlight of its summer calendar.  The exhibition, which draws on each artist’s unique approach to the body, particularly bodies exposed to physical or mental extremes, as well as the forces applied to it, from urbanization to culture to the natural world, presents itself as a documentation of sorts, relying heavily on each artist’s history of performance and video.   Read More »

Berlin – Senga Nengudi at Sprüth Magers Through September 8th, 2018

August 29th, 2018

Senga Nengudi, RSVP Reverie D (2014), via Sprüth Magers
Senga Nengudi, RSVP Reverie D (2014), via Sprüth Magers

For over four decades, artist Senga Nengudi has been pushing at the boundaries between sculpture, photography, and performance. A member of the African American avant-garde in Los Angeles and New York during the 1970s and 1980s, Nengudi began her career with innovative sculptures and performances, staged within art spaces and beyond gallery walls, that expanded the definition of sculpture, while simultaneously drawing on performance art’s ephemeral capabilities to investigate and question.  For Nengudi, this mode worked well to examine and seek to define women’s delimited roles in contemporary culture. Marking her first solo exhibition in Germany, the artist”s current exhibition at Sprüth Magers is a concise and powerful summary of her work at a time of significant debates worldwide over power and identity. Read More »

New York – David Wojnarowicz: “History Keeps Me Awake at Night” at the Whitney Museum Through September 30th, 2018

August 27th, 2018

David Wojnarowicz, Untitled (Americans Can't Deal with Death) (1990), via Art Observed
David Wojnarowicz, Americans Can’t Deal with Death (1990), via Art Observed

Few artists have managed to fly so consistently under the microscope of the art world’s fascination with downtown New York in the way that David Wojnarowicz has for so many years. Beginning in the late 1970s, the artist created a body of work that spanned photography, painting, music, film, sculpture, writing, and activism. Largely self-taught, he came to prominence in New York in the 1980s, a period marked by creative energy, financial precariousness, and profound cultural changes, yet his body of work has long been held off from the more hallmark names of the era in terms of impact and historical resonance.  This month, The Whitney seeks to remedy this situation, granting the artist his first major museum retrospective, and turning its focus on a body of work that has long shone brightly even away from the limelight. Read More »

Los Angeles – James Turrell at Kayne Griffin Corcoran Through August 25th, 2018

August 25th, 2018

James Turrell, Logos (97) Medium Glass Circle (2017), via Kayne Grifffin Corcoran
James Turrell, Logos (97) Medium Glass Circle (2017), via Kayne Grifffin Corcoran

Kayne Griffin Corcoran Los Angeles is currently exhibiting a selection of new and historic works by James Turrell, including four unique glass works, together with his Autonomous Structures series, a as well as models and prototypes of architectural spaces made between 1989 and 1991. The works on view epitomize his ongoing conversation with light in a retrospective that looks back on the last fifty years through a focused group of pieces. Light and space become a mode of understanding space and time, echoing the circumstances of perception, and building an architecture in its own right. The viewer perceives his sites only through consciousness, with light functioning as an interior mirror reflecting the spatial and temporal depths of one’s seeing, and the presence within space. “I’ve always wanted to make a light that looks like the light you see in your dream,” Turrell says. “Because the way that light infuses the dream, the way the atmosphere is colored, the way light rains off people…we don’t normally see light like that. But we all know it.” Turrell does not aim at bringing the viewer to a dazed, exotic zone; he wants to recall this other dimension we know innately.  Read More »

New York – Nicholas Hlobo: Ulwamkelo at Lehmann Maupin Through August 24th, 2018

August 24th, 2018

Nicholas Hlobo, Phantsi Komngcunube (2017), via Lehmann Maupin
Nicholas Hlobo, Phantsi Komngcunube (2017), via Lehmann Maupin

Artist Nicholas Hlobo’s work has long explored the potentials for using various material sources and referential systems, using a range of elements like metal piping and fabric stitching to create elegant, arcing forms and figures that operate as self-contaned metaphors of sorts.  Free-flowing and adventurous, the artist’s work allows him to work instinctively while drawing his forms directly onto canvas from his subconscious, a mode that invites both critical participation and quick impulse at the same time. His work is presented in some sense as a catharsis or exorcism, purging from himself the indoctrination of cultural dichotomies that set boundaries of either/or, where Hlobo wishes to portray the multitude. Read More »

New York – Julia Phillips: “Failure Detection” at MoMA PS1 Through September 3rd, 2018

August 23rd, 2018

Julia Phillips, Failure Detection (Installation View), via Art Observed
Julia Phillips, Failure Detection (Installation View), via Art Observed

Currently on at MoMA PS1, New York-based artist Julia Phillips makes her solo museum debut with a show of tense, stimulating sculptures that explore both the presence and absence of the human form.  Featuring six newly commissioned major works alongside existing sculptures, Phillips’s work dives into the space around the body as reflective of the internal, and external politics shaping the world beyond its limits.

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Roya Sachs Takes on Curatorship at Lever House

August 23rd, 2018

Roya Sachs, via Art NewsRoya Sachs is taking over as curator for the Lever House Art Collection, and will open the fall art season with a two floor installation in the space by Peter Halley next month, Art News reports. “There’s something really quite inexplicably magic about this building, because its interior and exterior are in constant dialogue with one another,” Sachs says. “It’s public, but it’s private. It’s a lobby, but it’s also a glass box.” Read More »

Paris – Subodh Gupta: “Adda / Rendez-vous” at Monnaie De Paris Through August 26th, 2018

August 21st, 2018

Subodh Gupta, Adda Rendez-vous via Art Observed
Subodh Gupta, Adda/Rendez-vous (Installation View), via Art Observed

On view through the end of the summer at the Monnaie de Paris, Indian artist Subodh Gupta has orchestrated a series of large scale installations and sculptures spread throughout the halls of the famed Parisian institution, a body of work that runs throughout the artist’s focused and expressive sculptural practice. Selected pieces will be on display in conversation with the Monnaie’s permanent collection of metal artifacts to encourage reflection on the medium of metal both in terms of its symbolic value as well as the technical and artistic skill required to manipulate and bring meaning to it. Read More »

Paris – Gordon Matta-Clark: “Anarchitect” at Jeu de Paume Through September 23rd, 2018

August 19th, 2018

Gordon Matta-Clark, Day's End (1975), via Art Observed
Gordon Matta-Clark, Day’s End (1975), via Art Observed

Featuring one hundred artworks by Gordon Matta-ClarkJeu de Paume anchors its summer offering with a show dedicated to the artist’s equally enigmatic and engaging practice, one that worked through principles of urban encounter, agency and abstraction with a unique sense of humor.  The show, titled Anarchitect explores the importance of Matta-Clark’s practice towards a rethinking of architecture after modernism. Embracing a diversity of media that include photography, film and printmaking, the exhibition features a number of works related to contemporary urban culture that further contextualize Gordon Matta-Clark’s compelling critique of architecture. Read More »

New York – Peter Fischli: “Cans, Bags and Boxes” at Reena Spaulings Through September 23rd, 2018

August 14th, 2018

Peter Fischli, Cans, Bags and Boxes (Installation View), via Reena Spaulings
Peter Fischli, Cans, Bags and Boxes (Installation View), via Reena Spaulings

Currently on view at Reena Spaulings in New York, artist Peter Fischli has brought together a body of small-scale works under the title Cans, Bags and Boxes.  Marking an elaboration and subtle reinterpretation of a body of works originally shown in Los Angeles last year, the exhibition emphasizes Fischli’s razor-sharp wit and roving creative vision.   Read More »

New York – Jack Smith: “Art Crust of Spiritual Oasis” at Artists Space Through September 9th, 2018

August 10th, 2018

Jack Smith, Art Crust of Spiritual Oasis (Installation View), via Art Observed
Jack Smith, Art Crust of Spiritual Oasis (Installation View), via Art Observed

Currently on view at Artists Space in New York, artist Jack Smith’s adventurous, ground-breaking oeuvre is the subject of an ambitious, expansive two-floor exhibition exploring his work in the 1970’s and 80’s.  Smith’s work sits at the core of much of the American underground’s creative output of the last quarter of the 20th Century, uniting a group of artists invested in the eerie and weird, the surreal, and the abject as strategies to push (or even antagonize) the viewer’s understanding of their format, and the world around them. One can easily see the impact of Smith’s work in John Waters’ filmic output, or Mike Kelley’s sculptural and performative riffs, to name a few. Smith’s work was equally influential in its do-it-yourself mentality as it was for its sheer ability to create worlds and populate them with a swirling, surreal cast of characters that seemed to work both as surrealist escape and autobiographical interpretation of the world of Manhattan during the post-war years.

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Studio Museum Names Legacy Russell Associate Curator of Exhibitions

August 9th, 2018

Legacy Russell, via Art NewsThe Studio Museum in Harlem has named Legacy Russell associate curator of exhibitions. “As we enter our 50th anniversary year and prepare to begin construction on our new home, we’re thrilled to have Legacy join us in advancing the mission of the Studio Museum,” director Thelma Golden said in a statement.  Read More »

New York – Tony Oursler: “TC: the most interesting man alive” at Lisson Gallery Through August 10th, 2018

August 8th, 2018

Tony Oursler, TC: The Most Interesting Man Alive (Installation View), via Lisson Gallery
Tony Oursler, TC: The Most Interesting Man Alive (Installation View), via Lisson Gallery

Tony Conrad stands among the pinnacle of modern artistic practice; a pioneering and influential experimental filmmaker, musician, composer, artist and educator whose body of work can rarely be traced within the framework of just one discipline or school of thought.  A longtime educator in conjunction with his expansive practice, Conrad’s work moves at a sprint through ideas and constructs, and has remained influential on much of the artists who worked around and with him.  One of these artists was Tony Oursler, who met Conrad in 1979 and performed in a number of Conrad’s films, ultimately forging a bond that would lead to a range of collaborations and pieces. Among these is TC: the most interesting man alive, a short biopic piece that incorporates a range of cinematic, graphic, narrative and autobiographical approaches to produce a new form of biopic about the late artist Tony Conrad. Read More »

New York – “The Mechanics Of Fluids, Curated By Melissa Gordon” at Marianne Boesky Through August 3rd

August 4th, 2018

The Mechanics of Fluids (Installation View), via Marianne Boesky
The Mechanics of Fluids (Installation View), via Marianne Boesky

Currently on view at Marianne Boesky’s Chelsea exhibition space, the gallery’s entry in the annual string of summer group shows dives into the work of artist-turned-curator Melissa Gordon. Gordon, whose work explores shifting, ever-changing experiences in texture and materiality, turns her aesthetic sensibilities towards a broader selection of women artists, charting a broad trajectory of voices and strategies including work by Lynda Benglis, Helen Frankenthaler, Laura Owens, Amy Sillman and others, all set set off by an architectural intervention of Gordon’s own design. Read More »

New York — “This Is Not a Prop” at David Zwirner Through August 3rd, 2018

August 3rd, 2018
Alex Da Corte, Slow Graffiti, 2017.©Alex Da Corte. Courtesy the artist

Alex Da Corte, Slow Graffiti, 2017.©Alex Da Corte. Courtesy the artist

David Zwirner’s summer group exhibition, This Is Not a Prop brings together aesthetically slick and conceptually witty works by an intergenerational group of artists working in a variety of media. The thread weaving through the show is questioning of bodies’ relationship to objects, both in harmony and discord, as most vividly manifested in two Franz West sculptures from the ‘90s spearheading the exhibition. Read More »

New York – “Evidence, Organized by Josh Kline” at Metro Pictures Through August 3rd, 2018

August 3rd, 2018

Josh Kline, 10% Tip (Applebee's Waitress' Hand and Foot) (2018), via Metro Pictures
Josh Kline, 10% Tip (Applebee’s Waitress’ Hand and Foot) (2018), via Metro Pictures

Currently on view at Metro Pictures, and continuing a trend this summer towards artists taking the curatorial reins for the summer group shows across the city, Josh Kline has pulled together a body of work for the Chelsea exhibition space under the title Evidence. Featuring the work of seven artists, Evidence investigates the nature of documentation and reality in post-truth America, posing the state of modern political discourse as an opportunity to reframe and rethink the act of expression. Read More »

New York – “Beside Myself, Curated by Dan Herschlein” at JTT Through August 3rd, 2018

August 2nd, 2018

Sedrick Chisom, Fragile Narcissus’ Expulsion and Regurgitation of White Bile Into an Echo of His Belated Self (2018), via JTT
Sedrick Chisom, Fragile Narcissus’ Expulsion and Regurgitation of White Bile Into an Echo of His Belated Self (2018), via JTT

Drawing on the writings of the late theorist Mark Fisher as a starting point for broader explorations of modern artistic practice and its possibilities in challenging the status quo of the global capitalist landscape, Dan Herschlein has dipped his toe into the world of curating, organizing an exhibition around the work David Altmejd, Adam Putnam, Elizabeth Jaeger, Gil Batle, and more at JTT.  Using varied approaches and modes of creative making, including illustration, sculpture and even graphic novels, Herschlein’s show delves into the idea of just how modern practice might be able to work around “culturally sanctioned ideals” or to explore how the human mind may be able to sustain itself beyond these ideals. Read More »