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New York Times Looks Into Maurizio Cattelan’s Still-Missing Gold Toilet

November 21st, 2019

The New York Times has a piece on the theft of Maurizio Cattelan’s gold toilet, noting that the work is still missing, and spotlighting a number of locals’ thoughts on just where the work might be.  “It’s on a building site,” says taxi driver Susan Hughes, “that’s my theory.” 
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Oscar Tuazon Profiled in LA Times

November 21st, 2019

Oscar Tuazon’s “hippie outlaw architecture” gets a profile in the LA Times this week, and how he has applied his work towards conversations and critiques of current policy around water and other environmental issues.  “Ideas and conversations around water rights and indigenous histories is also this really powerful part of the story,” he says. “And it shapes the way the design is evolving now — to take this structure and break it into its constituent parts and think about how it could work in different landscapes. It’s trying to kind of absorb and learn from those places.”
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LA Times Charts Challenges to MOCA’s New Free Admission Policy

November 21st, 2019

A piece in the LA Times showcases the challenges MOCA in Los Angeles is facing over offering free admission. “It’s as much about philanthropy as it is about a financial transaction for member benefits,” says Asa Hursh, MOCA’s membership and annual fund manager.
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New York – Douglas Gordon at Eva Presenhuber Through December 15th, 2019

November 19th, 2019

Douglas Gordon, Happy Birthday to Me (2008-ongoing), via Eva Presenhuber
Douglas Gordon, Happy Birthday to Me (2008-ongoing), via Eva Presenhuber

Presenting a range of works continuing his interest in cinema and the collective memory, the construction of images on the screen and in our heads, artist Douglas Gordon returns to Eva Presenhuber in New York City with a selection of works centered around his ongoing installation Happy Birthday To Me…, accompanied by a new 24-part burned print work titled Self Portrait of You + Me (Neighborly Love), a film installation titled Video Diptych, and more, compiling the artist’s respective works into both a portrait of his own practice, and that of the concepts described above. Read More »

NEW YORK – “CONVERSATION PIECE: DESIGN IS DEAD” AT 109 THOMPSON THROUGH NOVEMBER 16TH, 2019

November 16th, 2019

Charlap Hyman & Herrero, Shell Lamp I, Moulded plastic, and Astrologia Zodiac Black Natural Abaca Round Rug, Hemp, 2018; Chiarastella Cattana, Dune, Jacquard woven textile, 2019; Yali, Vignole Table, Glass top, iron base, 2019. © Annie Schlecter.
Charlap Hyman & Herrero, Shell Lamp I, Moulded plastic, and Astrologia Zodiac Black Natural Abaca Round Rug, Hemp, 2018; Chiarastella Cattana, Dune, Jacquard woven textile, 2019; Yali, Vignole Table, Glass top, iron base, 2019. © Annie Schlecter.

Currently on view for the week at 109 Thompson Street is the pop-up exhibition ‘Conversation Piece: Design is Dead’, a shoebox of a gallery space that designer Adam Charlap Hyman has dramatically transformed into an underwater grotto. The eponymous title of the show is the frequent tagline of Enzo Mari, a maverick Italian designer highly critical of modern design with a host of catechisms to prove it. He attributes the solipsism of design—namely, its death—as ‘the overlaying of icons without any reference to history… In most cases the essence becomes a confusing mess, created without logic.’ Read More »

AO Auction Preview – New York Auction Week, November 11th – 14th, 2019

November 8th, 2019

Willem de Kooning, Untitled XXII (1977), via Sotheby's
Willem de Kooning, Untitled XXII (1977), via Sotheby’s

Capping off the events of the fall art market before one last blowout in Miami, New York City will play home to a last series of major art auctions, offering a last look for the year on just how the contemporary market is faring. Considering relatively unpredictable sales in London this past month, and and more uncertainty on the global horizon, it should make for an intriguing picture of how U.S. dealers are preparing for the months to come. Read More »

Berlin – Mai-Thu Perret: “Agua Viva” at Galerie Barbara Weiss Through November 9th, 2019

November 1st, 2019

Mai-Thu Perret, Agua Viva (Installation View), via Galerie Barbara Weiss
Mai-Thu Perret, Agua Viva (Installation View), via Galerie Barbara Weiss

Currently on at Galerie Barbara Weiss in Berlin, artist Mai-Thu Perret has opened an exhibition of new works drawing on a range of conceptual vectors to explore modernity in conversation with a range of disparate timelines and frames of reference. Drawing its title from writer Clarice Lispector’s book of the same name, the work seems to explore a similar exploration of time as atomic, as suspended along a series of varied singularities that converge and break apart, each moment a collision of varied possibilities and probabilities. Read More »

Paris – Mona Hatoum at Chantal Crousel Through November 23rd, 2019

October 31st, 2019

Mona Hatoum, Hot Spot (Stand) (2018), via Chantal Crousel
Mona Hatoum, Hot Spot (stand) (2018), via Chantal Crousel

Currently on at Chantal Crousel in Paris, artist Mona Hatoum continues her incisive, challenging work reflecting on world conflicts, migrations, and surveillance, using materials as varied as steel, brick, concrete, and human hair to create spaces of tension, paradox, and ambiguity. Using these materials as a way to explore and elaboration on political systems of oppression and destruction, the artist’s work is a poetic and often startling challenge to power. Read More »

Paris – Urs Fischer: “Leo” at Gagosian Gallery Through December 20th, 2019

October 30th, 2019

Urs Fischer, Leo (George & Irmelin) (2019), via Gagosian
Urs Fischer, Leo (George & Irmelin) (2019), via Gagosian

With the opening of FIAC this past month, Gagosian Gallery filled its ground-floor space in Paris with new work by Urs Fischer, including an impressive new candle work by the artist depicting actor and activist Leonardo DiCaprio. Continuing the artist’s enigmatic engagement with the aura of fame and fortune, his new candle sculpture marks a return to his interest in collectors and art world influencers, turning their visages into slowly melting piles of wax. Read More »

New York – Henry Taylor: “NIECE COUSIN KIN LOOK HOW LONG IT’S BEEN” at Blum & Poe Through December 21st, 2019

October 29th, 2019

Henry Taylor, NIECE COUSIN KIN LOOK HOW LONG IT'S BEEN (Installation View), via Blum & Poe
Henry Taylor, NIECE COUSIN KIN LOOK HOW LONG IT’S BEEN (Installation View), via Blum & Poe

Los Angeles-based artist Henry Taylor touches down at Blum & Poe in New York this month, bringing with him a body of new portraits and large-scale compositions under the title NIECE COUSIN KIN LOOK HOW LONG IT’S BEEN, his sixth exhibition with the gallery.  Read More »

AO Preview – New York: Performa 19 in New York City, November 1st – 24th, 2019

October 28th, 2019

Bunny Rogers, A Very Special Holiday Performance in Columbine Auditorium (2017), via Performa
Bunny Rogers, A Very Special Holiday Performance in Columbine Auditorium (2017), via Performa

With the turning of the seasons and the first tastes of brisk fall weather, this year’s edition of the Performa Biennial is set to open in New York.  Marking the 8th edition of an event founded by art historian and curator RoseLee Goldberg, Performa is dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth-century art and to encouraging new directions in performance for the twenty-first century.  A favorite among the New York art world, the fair offers a deep look at a range of performing practices and perspectives spread across the city, inviting adventurous art lovers to dive into the fabric of the city to seek out inspiring and energetic new work.

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New York – Roy DeCarava: “the sound i saw” and “Light Break” at David Zwirner Through October 26th, 2019

October 25th, 2019

Roy DeCarava, Bill and Son (1962), via David Zwirner
Roy DeCarava, Bill and Son (1962), via David Zwirner

Marking its first presentation of the work of photographer Roy DeCarava since announcing exclusive representation of his estate last year, David Zwirner has opened an impressive pair of shows devoted to divergent bodies of work. Exploring the artist’s expansive vision and unique sense of the image, the pair of shows highlight why Zwirner was so devoted to representing the artist’s work. Read More »

New York – N. Dash at Casey Kaplan Through October 26th, 2019

October 24th, 2019

N. Dash, Untitled (2019), via Casey Kaplan
N. Dash, Untitled (2019), via Casey Kaplan

Currently on view at Casey Kaplan’s exhibition space, artist N. Dash presents a selection of new works delving into process, time, material and the act of representation, a series complex silkscreen arrangements that seem to reference space and time, production and material as bound up in an ongoing exchange. The works, spread throughout the gallery space, serve as an intriguing meditation on the concept of production, and how the continued extension and elongation of the productive process can create an ever more expansive range of works.

N. Dash (Installation View), via Casey Kaplan
N. Dash (Installation View), via Casey Kaplan

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Paris – Raymond Pettibon: “Frenchette” at David Zwirner Through November 23rd, 2019

October 23rd, 2019

Raymond Pettibon, Frenchette (Installation View), via David Zwirner
Raymond Pettibon, Frenchette (Installation View), via David Zwirner

With the days of FIAC now fading into the distance, the art world has settled down a bit in Paris, but some of the fresh energy and excitement of the week remains, particularly in the Marais, where David Zwirner’s brand new exhibition space at 108, rue Vieille du Temple has now opened permanently. The well-appointed space is christened by American artist Raymond Pettibon, who marks his first solo show in the city since 1995. Read More »

Paris – Jim Shaw: “Strange Beautiful” at Praz-Delavallade Through November 2nd, 2019

October 22nd, 2019

Jim Shaw, Strange Beautiful (2019.), via Praz-Delavallade
Jim Shaw, Strange Beautiful (2019), via Praz-Delavallade

It’s hard to avoid the bizarre poignancy of Jim Shaw’s work in the modern era. The artist’s incisive and often hysterical engagements with the language of modern U.S. politics, moments of historical violence, pop culture and even commodity capitalism (usually all at once), makes him one of our era’s most erudite cultural critics, even if he may, simultaneously, be one of our most ribald. His work, on view now at Praz-Delavallade in Paris, makes the most of our current historical moment, putting the full weight of the current era into a new series of works. Read More »

New York – Jeppe Hein: “I Am With You” at 303 Gallery Through October 19th, 2019

October 18th, 2019

Jeppe Hein, Moon Mirror (2019), via 303
Jeppe Hein, Moon Mirror (2019), via 303

Artist Jeppe Hein rounds out a new show of works at 303 Gallery this month, a selection of works that continue a frank, emotive sensibility and a meditative approach towards perception and understanding in his work.  The show, including neon works, LED-lit sculptures and painted canvases, seems to reflect and rework a range of expressive tendencies from the contemporary canon through a colorful, subdued lens. Read More »

New York – “Embodiment” at Mitchell-Innes & Nash Through October 26th, 2019

October 18th, 2019

Jonathan Lyndon Chase, watch shopping (2019), via Mitchell-Innes & Nash
Jonathan Lyndon Chase, watch shopping (2019), via Mitchell-Innes & Nash

Currently on view at its Chelsea exhibition space, Mitchell-Innes & Nash is currently presenting Embodiment, a group exhibition of works by Pope.L, Jonathan Lyndon Chase, Cheyenne Julien and Tschabalala Self that explores the different ways in which corporeality is envisioned and depicted within the spatial confines of the two-dimensional picture plane. Focusing on a selection of works that tease and turn the human form through a variety of perspectives and varied iterations, the show is a fascinating investigation of how the human form exists in contemporary art, and how it might be incorporated in the future. Read More »

AO On-Site – Paris: FIAC Art Fair at The Grand Palais, October 17th . -20th, 2019

October 17th, 2019

Yayoi Kusama at Victoria Miro, via Andrea Nguyen for Art Observed
Yayoi Kusama at Victoria Miro, via Andrea Nguyen for Art Observed

Spread out along the spacious aisles and picturesque dome of the Grand Palais in Paris, the Foire internationale d’art contemporain, also known as FIAC, has returned once again for another year of sales and exhibitions in the French capital. With Wednesday evening slowly dragging into the late hours, the fair’s VIP opening is now concluded, once again garnering strong praise and enthusiastic response from its attendees. This year, the list of galleries brings together exhibitors from 25 countries, marking its 46th edition with a fitting reflection of its storied history, one echoed by the prestigious locale of the Grand Palais. With an exacting selection of modern art, contemporary art, and design galleries, among the most emblematic of the international scene, the fair’s opening hours once again underscored its vitality in the modern fair circuit. Read More »

New York – Paul Chan: “The Bather’s Dilemma” at Greene Naftali Through October 19th, 2019

October 14th, 2019

Paul Chan, Khara En Tria (Joyer in 3) (2019), via Greene Naftali
Paul Chan, Khara En Tria (Joyer in 3) (2019), via Greene Naftali

On view this month at Greene Naftali in Chelsea, artist Paul Chan makes his fourth solo entry in the gallery program, featuring a new series of works Chan calls “Bathers.” Marking new iterations and elaborations on his prior work, the show explores space and movement through simple materials. Read More »

New York – Janiva Ellis: “Tip Drill” at 47 Canal Through October 20th, 2019

October 11th, 2019

Janiva Ellis, Wokey Doke, (2019), via 47 Canal
Janiva Ellis, Wokey Doke (2019), via 47 Canal

There’s a remarkable concept of balance and duality in the work of Janiva Ellis, moments of sublime beauty and fragile, held states that seem to make the moments of bizarre surrealism and sinister iconographies all the more unnerving.  For her most recent show, ‘Tip Drill,’ on view at New York’s 47 Canal Gallery through October 20th, the artist continues her practice of elaborate systems of tension and release. Read More »

Marseille – Kiosk’s Marseille Art Space at Cité Radieuse, A Running Curatorial Project Open Now

October 9th, 2019

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Sophie Kitching, Untitled (Plume) (2019), via Kiosk

Known for its shop selling a range of meticulously curated and enigmatic products, the online platform Kiosk has traveled widely, orchestrating various projects and pop-ups, not to mention an inclusion in MoMA PS1’s Greater New York show that spotlighted its daring vision and unique approach to the fine lines traditional distinctions between shop and art gallery, product and art object.  Read More »

AO On-Site – London: Frieze Art Fair, October 3rd – 6th, 2019

October 4th, 2019

Dan Graham, via Art Observed
Dan Graham, via Art Observed

After a whirlwind few hours in London, the Frieze Art Fair is underway, and the doors are open for the public. Opening its doors this week for its 17th edition in Regent’s Park, Frieze London has once again turned the art world’s collective eye towards the British capital for the next week, as sales and installations across its spacious halls make for a fitting center to one of the city’s busiest art events. Read More »

New York – Amy Sherald: “The Heart of the Matter…” at Hauser & Wirth Through October 26th, 2019

September 25th, 2019

Amy Sherald, Sometimes the King is a Woman (2019), via Hasuer & Wirth
Amy Sherald, Sometimes the King is a Woman (2019), via Hauser & Wirth

This fall in New York, artist Amy Sherald, the artist tapped for First Lady Michelle Obama’s commanding, cool portrait for the National Archives, opens a show of new works at Hauser & Wirth, her first with the gallery. Titled ‘the heart of the matter…,’ the show debuts two paintings that reach a new, monumental scale for the artist, with monochromatic backgrounds that evolve into fully realized scenes referencing quintessential Americana, as well as a series of portraits that continue her iconic exploration of the contemporary black experience.   Read More »

New York – Judith Hopf: ‘Alifi” at Metro Pictures Through October 5th, 2019

September 18th, 2019

Judith Hopf, Tongue as a Wall Piece (2019), via Metro Pictures
Judith Hopf, Tongue as a Wall Piece (2019), via Metro Pictures

Taking over the ground floor of Metro Pictures Gallery for her first exhibition with the space, the Berlin-based artist Judith Hopf has orchestrated a range of works drawing on surreal juxtapositions of space and material, narrative and image that marks a strong opening to the fall season. Comprised of three different sculptural series–Walls, Tongues, and Pears–the works on view further Hopf’s practice of employing everyday construction materials and common manufacturing processes to investigate the social dynamics of the contemporary built environment and its influence on human behavior. Read More »

New York – Dis: “A Good Crisis” at Project Native Informant Through September 21st, 2019

September 6th, 2019

Dis, January 9, 2008 (2019), via Project Native Informant
Dis, January 9, 2008 (2019), via Project Native Informant

The New York collective Dis has long reveled in a mixture of the politically-incisive and the socially-mischievous, putting further a body of work that dwells on revolution and change, modes of sociality in the digital age, and the mass-media phenomena that populate the world around us. After a year in which the group moved back into online publishing, embracing a “pivot to video,” trumpeted by social media giant Facebook (which, ironically, was later revealed to be based on a false premise), the collective has opened a show in London at Project Native Informant, compiling a range of recent works that explore the idea of the 2008 economic crisis as a missed opportunity for economic revolution. Read More »

New York – Berta Fischer at James Fuentes Through September 15th, 2019

September 5th, 2019

Berta Fischer (Installation View), via James Fuentes
Berta Fischer (Installation View), via James Fuentes

Marking his second exhibition with the Berlin-based painter, James Fuentes’s current exhibition of works by Berta Fischer brings a summery energy to downtown, a selection of brightly-colored, technically impressive arrangements that underscore the artist’s abilities in the sculptural medium. Read More »

London – Elizabeth Murray: “Flying Bye” at Camden Arts Centre Through

September 4th, 2019

Elizabeth Murray, DuckWabbit (1992), via Pace Gallery
Elizabeth Murray, DuckWabbit (1992), via Pace Gallery

The work of American painter Elizabeth Murray gets its first UK exhibition this summer in London, with Camden Arts Centre showcasing an impressive selection of the artist’s work from across her multifaceted career. Documenting Murray’s continued engagement with the languages of abstraction and conceptualism, the artist’s work delves into various iterations of painterly expression, from studies in violent action to nuanced investigations of the canvas as a form and medium in and of itself. Read More »