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Ai Weiwei, Liu Xiaodong at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Ai Weiwei, Liu Xiaodong at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

6 October 2017 to 7 January 2018

Included in group exhibition Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NYC, NY.

Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World is a major exhibition of contemporary art from China spanning 1989 to 2008, arguably the most transformative period of modern Chinese and recent world history. The largest show of this subject ever mounted in North America, it offers an interpretative survey of Chinese experimental art framed by the geopolitical dynamics attending the end of the Cold War, the spread of globalization, and the rise of China...

Ross Bleckner at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation

Ross Bleckner at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation

9 June to 7 October 2017

Included in group exhibition Blue Black at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis, Missouri.

Renowned artist Glenn Ligon (b. 1960) guest-curates a lyrical meditation on blue and black. Inspired by the Pulitzer’s monumental Ellsworth Kelly wall sculpture, Blue Black, Ligon will expand Kelly’s exploration of the two colors with a diverse selection of more than forty works spanning almost a century and touching upon notions of language, identity, and memory. With work ranging from Abstract Expressionist canvases to experimental film, and including pieces by Ligon, the exhibition resists fixed interpretations, instead enlisting color as a means to pose timely and nuanced questions.

Jacob Hashimoto at Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art

Jacob Hashimoto at Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art

9 June to 24 September 2017

Solo exhibition at Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, Turku, Finland.

The museum's spacious layout meets the American Artist Jacob Hashimoto's structured minimalist massive and colorful installations, as well as relief-like wall works.

Ai Weiwei at The Israel Museum

Ai Weiwei at The Israel Museum

2 June to 28 October 2017

Solo exhibition Ai Weiwei: One and the Multitude at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel.

“Ai’s profoundly metaphorical body of work links contemporary Chinese culture with its past in ways that take on even deeper meaning in the setting of Israel, with its similarly ancient heritage. By shifting contexts—from China to Jerusalem—these installations reflect commonalities between these two civilizations, whose cultures developed concurrently over several thousand years on the eastern and western edges of Asia,” said James S. Snyder, Anne and Jerome Fisher Director of the Israel Museum. “Our collections, covering a million and a half years of human creativity from around the globe, also offer a resonant setting for the universality of Ai’s work, centered on interconnections among history, place, and human experience.”...

Peter Saul at Schirn Kunsthalle

Peter Saul at Schirn Kunsthalle

2 June to 3 September 2017

Solo exhibition at the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany.

Peter Saul delib­er­ately broke the rules of good taste long before “Bad Painting” became a central focus of contem­po­rary art. Working with his own unique language begin­ning in the late 1950s, the Amer­ican painter devel­oped a blend of Pop Art, Surre­alism, Abstract Expres­sionism, San Fran­cisco Funk, and cartoon culture in which he addressed social and polit­ical issues. Saul shared Pop Art’s focus on the common­place, consumer society, and the light­hearted imagery of comics and clothed it in appealing, radiant colors. Yet his art is also asso­ci­ated with the aesthetic strate­gies of Cali­fornia coun­ter­cul­ture. Viewers are confronted with an almost angry style of painting when Saul addresses the dark side of the Amer­ican Dream, revealing the simul­taneity of exag­ger­ated humor and playful yet harsh crit­i­cism of the prevailing system. Wit, slap­stick, word plays, comedy, satire, and often earthy humor are the means he employs in his cari­ca­ture-style attacks on Amer­ican high culture. The Schirn Kunsthalle Frank­furt is presenting the first compre­hen­sive survey of the previ­ously neglected oeuvre of this great “artist’s artist” in Europe.

KAWS at the Yuz Museum

KAWS at the Yuz Museum

March to August 2017

Major survey exhibition KAWS at the Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China.

Judith Bernstein at The Box

Judith Bernstein at The Box

11 February to 18 March 2017

Solo exhibition Cock in the Box at The Box, Los Angeles, California.

Peter Schuyff at Kunsthalle Fribourg

Peter Schuyff at Kunsthalle Fribourg

11 February to 4 June 2017

Solo exhibition Has Been at Kunsthalle Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland.

Has Been gathers a selection of works made between 1981 and 1991 by the Dutch painter Peter Schuyff. This exhibition, organized jointly with the Consortium in Dijon, is the first retrospective look at the artist's career. Arriving in New York in the early 1980s, Schuyff brought into play the countless stories of abstraction by drawing on a vocabulary then considered exhausted.

Silke Otto-Knapp in The New York Times

Silke Otto-Knapp in The New York Times

3 February 2017

Review by Jason Farago in The New York Times.

Two years ago, the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto presented an assured, challenging midcareer retrospective of the German painter Silke Otto-Knapp, whose landscapes and interior scenes are rendered in whispering shades of gray and silver. Ms. Otto-Knapp’s first North American exhibition since then, at Mary Boone Gallery in Chelsea, is smaller but, in its way, quietly rebellious.

The artist, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, paints unadorned coastal scenes, pared down to pale washes over carbon-dark backgrounds, as well as figures drawn from dance: in this case, the works of the British choreographer Frederick Ashton. She renders the Ashton moves in repeated elementary sequences across multiple canvases, sometimes by the seaside, sometimes in empty space...

Barbara Kruger in ARTFORUM

Barbara Kruger in ARTFORUM

February 2017

Review by Bibiana Obler Facing the Nation: Bibiana Obler on Barbara Kruger in Washington in ARTFORUM.

There was something uncanny about the timing of “Barbara Kruger,” which opened at the National Gallery of Art this past September. While ostensibly scheduled to reinaugurate the museum’s series of monographic In the Tower exhibitions on the occasion of the reopening of its newly renovated East Building, the show also spanned the final stretch of the 2016 presidential campaign, the election, and the inauguration. Not that the choice was overtly controversial: Kruger’s searing critiques of the Reagan era are by now so canonical that they have even been absorbed into the AP Art History curriculum. Yet, as installed in the heart of our capital this past fall, Kruger’s strategic juxtapositions of image and text appeared urgently relevant. Indeed, several of the most prominent works could almost have been conceived as campaign posters for the election...

Hilary Harkness, Peter Saul on ARTNET.COM

Hilary Harkness, Peter Saul on ARTNET.COM

31 January 2017

Review by Laura van Straaten A Generational Battle of Subversive Wit at Tribeca's "Piss and Vinegar" on ARTNET.COM.

“Piss and Vinegar: Two Generations of Provocateurs,” now showing at the New York Academy of Art in Tribeca, is totally worth it, even if just for one artwork: a painting by artist Hilary Harkness.

First, the show. The exhibition aims to contrast an earlier generation of artists who use shock in their work with a younger generation of contemporary artists who use shock to different ends. As the show was being assembled, the curators realized the older generation was all men and the second, all women...

Ross Bleckner at the Whitney Museum of American Art

Ross Bleckner at the Whitney Museum of American Art

27 January to 29 May 2017

Included in group exhibition Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s at the Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC, NY.

Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s takes a focused look at painting from a decade associated with the arrival of new media and the rapid growth of the contemporary art world. Drawn entirely from the Museum’s deep holdings of this period, this exhibition presents work by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ross Bleckner, Eric Fischl, Elizabeth Murray, David Salle, and Terry Winters, alongside work by less-familiar artists such as Moira Dryer, Joyce Pensato, and Julia Wachtel. While considerable attention has been given to the decade through artists’ use of appropriated imagery and photographic sources, the exhibition examines this moment specifically through the lens of painting, considering the ways in which the medium was reinvigorated throughout the decade at a time when its relevance was fundamentally challenged...

Hilary Harkness, Peter Saul at the New York Academy of Art

Hilary Harkness, Peter Saul at the New York Academy of Art

19 January to 5 March 2017

Included in group exhibition Piss and Vinegar at the New York Academy of Art, NYC, NY.

Curated by Peter Drake, Dean of the Academy, and gallerist George Adams, Piss and Vinegar unites two generations of provocateurs: five men who came of age in the 1960s and five contemporary female artists. Robert Arneson, Robert Colescott, R. Crumb, Peter Saul, and Robert Williams, whose satirical, sarcastic prints and paintings demonstrate influences from psychedelia to MAD Magazine, will be shown with Nina Chanel Abney, Sue Coe, Nicole Eisenman, Natalie Frank, and Hilary Harkness, whose work explores the same subversive wit and dark, maniacal spirit. Each artist moreover brings to the table serious technical skill and art historical fluency, in the service of pushing the boundaries of “good taste.” No one subject or affiliation unites the two groups, but the exhibition particularly highlights the choice these artists made to pursue uncomfortable and ostensibly unpopular themes, and to risk having their work called vulgar or grotesque...

Judith Bernstein on ARTSY.NET

Judith Bernstein on ARTSY.NET

18 January 2017

Editorial by Alexxa Gotthardt Judith Bernstein's Penis Paintings Stick It to the Man on ARTSY.NET.

Judith Bernstein has drawn or painted at least 500 phalluses—of all shapes and sizes—over the course of her 50-year career. And that’s just the number I could count across the pages of the artist’s new tome, Dicks of Death, which is released in the U.S. this week.

The timing for the book’s launch is auspicious. Bernstein’s titular “dicks” have served as a form of protest—against sexism, against war, against oppression of every stripe—for the feminist art pioneer since her days in Yale’s MFA program during the 1960s. At the time, she was propelled by the burgeoning momentum of the feminist art movement and her frustration with the chauvinism of the art world and American society at large...

Rebecca Morris in The New Yorker

Rebecca Morris in The New Yorker

16 January 2017

Solo exhibition #24 at Mary Boone Gallery in The New Yorker.

The L.A. abstractionist layers decorative references, loosely patterning her paintings with spray-painted grids or whimsical shapes. Morris’s surfaces summon the world of craft: ceramics, faux finishes, summer-camp T-shirts. One commanding big square is reminiscent of a chunky pendant, with a raised, canvas-spanning, metallic-gold circle, excised with squiggles...

Ross Bleckner at Dallas Contemporary

Ross Bleckner at Dallas Contemporary

14 January to 12 March 2017

Solo exhibition Find a peaceful place where you can make plans for the future at Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, Texas.

Ross Bleckner is known for painting a spectrum of subjects—from pulsating lines in his resurrection of Op art in the 1980s to the magnified cellular structures of autoimmune diseases in the 1990s and newer contemplative works from the past few years. Bleckner’s Dallas Contemporary exhibition takes its title from a fortune cookie. Under this prophetic umbrella, the artist presents paintings of landscapes, crowds, flowers, architecture, and birds, all from the last two years. Together they function as memento mori—a meditation on memory and loss...

Judith Bernstein at Jablonka Maruani Mercier

Judith Bernstein at Jablonka Maruani Mercier

12 January to 25 February 2017

Included in group exhibition Man Alive! at Jablonka Maruani Mercier, Brussels, Belgium.

Jablonka Maruani Mercier Gallery is pleased to present the group exhibition Man Alive, curated by gallery artist Wendy White. The exhibition includes works by Nina Chanel Abney, Judith Bernstein, Jordan Casteel, Rosson Crow, Rochelle Feinstein, Keltie Ferris, Joanne Greenbaum, Liz Markus, Marilyn Minter, Nathlie Provosty, Ruth Root, Pat Steir, Mickalene Thomas, Kaari Upson, Wendy White, Sue Williams, Brenna Youngblood, Lisa Yuskavage, and Julia Wachtel...

Sadie Benning at the Kunsthalle Basel

Sadie Benning at the Kunsthalle Basel

10 February to 30 April 2017

Solo exhibition Shared Eye at the Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland.

Sadie Benning (born 1973, USA) shows a group of new works, somewhere between sculpture, painting and photography. Each work consists of colorful plastic, re-drawn digital photos, found images, objects, shelf-like projections and painted elements, reflecting American politics, immediate experiences, and the poetics of everyday life.

Shared Eye is organized in collaboration with The Renaissance Society, Chicago, Illinois.

Ai Weiwei in The Brooklyn Rail

Ai Weiwei in The Brooklyn Rail

December 2016/January 2017

Interview with Phong Bui Art in Conversation: Ai Weiwei with Phong Bui for The Brooklyn Rail.

In tracing Weiwei’s complex and prolific career since mid-1995, we all felt his work embodied breadth and ambition, which compelled questions regarding social and political issues including the legacy of the long rule of China’s communist party. The undeniable scale and world-wide visibility of his work has sparked expressions of freedom and safeguarded individual expression to such degree that, whatever the differences in ideology between capitalism and communism are, China is straddling to maintain this precarious balance between old traditional values and the new consumer culture...

Ross Bleckner at Alphawood Gallery

Ross Bleckner at Alphawood Gallery

1 December 2016 to 2 April 2017

Included in group exhibition Art AIDS America at Alphawood Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.

This groundbreaking exhibition underscores the deep and unforgettable presence of HIV in American art. It introduces and explores the whole spectrum of artistic responses to AIDS, from the politically outspoken to the quietly mournful, surveying works from the early 1980s to the present...

Robert Barry, Barbara Kruger at Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation

Robert Barry, Barbara Kruger at Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation

30 November 2016 to 12 March 2017

Included in group exhibition Toda Percepcion es una Interpretacion: YOU ARE PART OF IT at Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, Florida.

The exhibition Toda percepción es una interpretación: You are part of it is a retrospective look from the viewpoint of contemporary issues of art, culture, politics and economics. It seeks to reflect on the successive reconfigurations of the art map in the last few decades, on the displacements and relocations of its primary centers, from Paris to New York, from Venice to São Paulo, from Basel to Miami. It speaks of areas that have succeeded in alternating centripetal or centrifugal forces, where art has relocated its meeting points and its observation points. We also pay attention to the effects of redrawing the financial or political map, with the repercussion it has on how one makes and proceeds in art...

Sadie Benning at The Renaissance Society of the University of Chicago

Sadie Benning at The Renaissance Society of the University of Chicago

19 November 2016 to 22 January 2017

Solo exhibition Shared Eye at The Renaissance Society of the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.

The Renaissance Society presents Shared Eye, a new installation by artist Sadie Benning. In this series of mixed-media panels, images are layered and interpolated, suggesting the complexities of representation inherent in visual communications...

AI WEIWEI in The Wall Street Journal

AI WEIWEI in The Wall Street Journal

2 November 2016

Ai Weiwei named as The Wall Street Journal Magazine's Art "Innovator of the Year".

Ai Weiwei does not have a signature style, but instead works across mediums, and has become one of the world's most influential and prolific contemporary artists...

AI WEIWEI in The Wall Street Journal

AI WEIWEI in The Wall Street Journal

2 November 2016

Ai Weiwei’s Triumphant Return by Tony Perrottet in The Wall Street Journal Magazine.

In 2011, the controversial artist Ai Weiwei was detained in Beijing and his passport was confiscated for four years by the Chinese government. This fall marks his return to New York City with two new gallery shows...

Tomoo Gokita in Shikimei

Tomoo Gokita in Shikimei

November 2016

Interview with Tomoo Gokita in Shikimei.

Barbara Kruger Election Issue Cover of New York Magazine

Barbara Kruger Election Issue Cover of New York Magazine

30 October 2016

On the Cover: Donald Trump by Barbara Kruger for the Election Issue of New York Magazine.

For the cover of New York’s Election Issue, we turned to the artist Barbara Kruger, who had created such a memorable cover for the magazine the week of Eliot Spitzer’s resignation. She came back with this image. Editor-in-chief Adam Moss says that he and the editors “were drawn to it, in part, for the three ways in which it could be interpreted: as Trump speaking (single word epithets being his specialty); as a description of Trump; and as a call on the election result. On this latter point, who knows — and we confess to being a little rattled when the Comey letter news broke just as we were shipping it. But in the end we felt that the power of Kruger’s image transcended any one meaning you could read into it. The issue analyzes many aspects of Trump’s extraordinary candidacy, and an important point is spelled out in the headline we appended to the bottom corner: Trump has already changed America, not much for the better. Which adds a fourth meaning: in that sense we are all losers too.

Francesco Clemente at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale

Francesco Clemente at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale

23 October 2016 to 23 April 2017

Solo exhibition Francesco Clemente: Dormiveglia at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale will present Francesco Clemente: Dormiveglia from October 23, 2016 through August 23, 2017. This exhibition includes a series of nine, majestic large-scale paintings by Francesco Clemente (born 1952 in Naples, Italy, lives and works in New York and India). Painted in New York in 1998, the Dormiveglia series takes its title from the Italian expression connoting the state between sleep and awakening and captures the state in which reality intrudes into the realm of dreams...

KAWS at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

KAWS at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

20 October 2016 to 22 January 2017

Major survey exhibition KAWS: WHERE THE END STARTS at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas.

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth hosts a major survey exhibition of the work of Brooklyn-based artist KAWS (American, born 1974) on view in Fort Worth through January 22, 2017, and traveling to the Yuz Museum in Shanghai, China, March through August 2017. Organized by Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth curator Andrea Karnes in close collaboration with the artist, this presentation features key paintings, sculptures, drawings, toys, and street art interventions to examine KAWS’s prolific career in depth, revealing critical aspects of his formal, conceptual, and collaborative developments over the last twenty years...

TOMOO GOKITA in The New York Times

TOMOO GOKITA in The New York Times

20 October 2016

Review by Roberta Smith in The New York Times.

Tomoo Gokita, a polymath of drawing mediums and styles, turned to painting in 2005, basing his images on found photographs and working exclusively in the sharp whites, velvety blacks and myriad grays of gouache. They pack an unsettling visual punch.

In “Out of Sight,” at Mary Boone, the paintings’ neon glow and louche, vintage feel evoke the work of the Pop outlier Ed Paschke (1939-2004). Subjects include a pair of Playboy bunnies; nuclear families; couples out for the evening; a send-up of Manet’s “Olympia”; and “Madam,” a woman in a strapless, kaleidoscopically patterned cocktail dress. Faces are often disturbingly “out of sight,” masked with shaded curved visors suggestive of astronauts’ gear. They dehumanize, yet real emotions seep around their edges...

AI WEIWEI in The New York Times

AI WEIWEI in The New York Times

20 October 2016

Article by Robin Pogrebin Ai Weiwei Melds Art and Activism in Shows About Displacement in The New York Times.

When migrants were forced to evacuate the Idomeni refugee camp along the Greek-Macedonian border, the Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei came to gather what they left behind.

Mr. Ai did not haul back to his Berlin studio only the filthy clothes, shoes and blankets that would otherwise have been bulldozed away. He washed them. He ironed creases into the pants, brushed lint off the sweaters, scraped mud out of the sneaker treads...

Ericka Beckman in The Walker Art Center's Untitled (Blog)

Ericka Beckman in The Walker Art Center's Untitled (Blog)

18 October 2016

Interview with Victoria Sung Game On: Ericka Beckman's You The Better in The Walker Art Center's Untitled (Blog).

Since the mid-1970s, Ericka Beckman has experimented with film as a medium for expanding the possibilities of performance, often creating set pieces and rule-based actions specifically for the camera. Presenting the original film in conjunction with animated props, the installation You The Better (1983/2015) implicates the viewer as an active participant in the game. You The Better is on view through December 31 in the Walker group exhibition Less Than One. Here, we talk about the spirit of easy collaboration in New York of the 1970s and ’80s, how the original film resonates with today’s plugged-in audiences, and the analogy between games of chance and life...

Alec Baldwin lawsuit is helping dealer sell more art

Alec Baldwin lawsuit is helping dealer sell more art

17 October 2016

Alec Baldwin’s lawsuit against art dealer Mary Boone over a Ross Bleckner painting is having unintended consequences — it’s helping Boone sell more Bleckner art.

Barbara Kruger in Dazeddigital.com

Barbara Kruger in Dazeddigital.com

7 October 2016

Article by Emma Hope Allwood Barbara Kruger: Back to the Futura on Dazeddigital.com.

Barbara Kruger’s art hits you like a punch to the jaw. You’ve seen her work, even if you’ve never been to one of her shows – photography overlaid with coloured boxes filled with bold white Futura Oblique, or caps locked sans serif text that bears down at you from gallery walls and the sides and roofs of buildings. It’s not hard to miss, and that’s why it’s brilliant: it’s both direct and democratic, stealing the visual identity of advertising and fear-mongering tabloids to spread messages that question systems of power, that challenge corruption, sexism and consumerism. “I shop therefore I am”. “Money can buy you love”. “Your body is a battleground”...

Judith Bernstein in King Kong Magazine

Judith Bernstein in King Kong Magazine

October 2016

Interview with Susanne Prinz for King Kong Magazine, Issue 2.

For the Uncanny issue of KING KONG, we have fallen headfirst into a world of lucid dreams and strange fantasies, in the hope that, when we wake, things will be a little clearer and lighter than before.

For the second issue of King Kong, we have ventured into the shadowy recesses of the human experience, nearly losing our minds in disturbia.

448 pages, 6 alternate covers. Featuring the work of legends such as Cindy Sherman, AA Bronson, Kienholz, Judith Bernstein, Peter Saul, Laurie Simmons, Marilyn Minter, Isamaya Frrench, Shun Watanabe, Bob Recine, Oliverio Toscani, Nicola Formichetti, David Dunan and the late Anton Yelchin, the Uncanny Issue threatens to be even bigger and badder than our debut.

Barbara Kruger at the National Gallery of Art

Barbara Kruger at the National Gallery of Art

30 September 2016 to 30 January 2017

Solo exhibition In the Tower: Barbara Kruger at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

A focused exhibition featuring the work of American artist Barbara Kruger (b. 1945) reopens the East Building Tower Gallery after nearly three years of renovation to the space. Inspired by the Gallery's recent acquisition of Kruger's Untitled (Know nothing, Believe anything, Forget everything) (1987/2014), the exhibition comprises related images of faces and figures in profile over which Kruger has superimposed her striking phrases and figures of speech. The distinctive direct address of Kruger's texts (using active verbs and personal pronouns) confronts viewers straight on, contrasting with her selected images of side-glancing figures, receiving and averting the audience’s gaze. The results are arresting conceptual works of visual power and wit.

Hilary Harkness at the Bruce Museum

Hilary Harkness at the Bruce Museum

24 September 2016 to 2 January 2017

Included in group exhibition Her Crowd: New Art by Women from Our Neighbors’ Private Collections at the Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Connecticut.

Only yesterday, it seems, one was hard-pressed to name more than a handful of successful women artists; now the list would be extensive, and the choices rich and varied. Although numerous recent exhibitions have featured women’s art, scant attention has been paid to the collecting of art created by women. In fact, private collections are in the process of being dramatically transformed. Greenwich and nearby communities in Fairfield and Westchester counties are home to a number of the finest contemporary collections, and thus to some of the most exciting art being made today.

Her Crowd will offer the rare opportunity to see what some of America’s most influential collectors of contemporary art consider beautiful, important, and compelling...

Peter Saul at Michael Werner Gallery

Peter Saul at Michael Werner Gallery

23 September to 12 November 2016

Solo Exhibition Some Terrible Problems at Michael Werner Gallery, London, England.

In 1967, Saul said, “Not to be shocking means to agree to be furniture”. This statement outlines the exceptional attitude with which Saul gleefully skewers the conventions of world politics and culture. “Pictures with problems” are Peter Saul’s abiding interest. Some Terrible Problems features seven new large-scale canvases, each dissecting to humorous, gruesome and often offensive effect a range of subjects and attitudes. These remarkable new works revisit genres of history painting and portraiture while remaining thoroughly contemporary and visually unlike anything else in recent painting...

Ai Weiwei at Palazzo Strozzi

Ai Weiwei at Palazzo Strozzi

23 September 2016 to 22 January 2017

Solo exhibition Ai Weiwei. Libero at Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy.

Running till 22 January 2017, Palazzo Strozzi in Florence presents Italy’s first major retrospective dedicated to one of the world’s most celebrated and influential contemporary artists, Ai Weiwei. This outstanding retrospective showcasing both old and new works has received broad coverage and rave reviews in all the leading Italian and international media.

This major exhibition includes key monumental installations, sculptures and objects, as well as videos and photography series produced throughout his career. These range from his years living in New York 1980s and ’90s when he discovered his ‘masters’ Andy Warhol and Marcel Duchamp, to the large iconic assemblages works from the early 2000s consisting of objects such as bicycles and stools, to his recent controversial and engaged works such as portraits of political dissidents built with LEGO bricks, and his projects on migration in the Mediterranean region...

Sadie Benning at Kaufmann Repetto

Sadie Benning at Kaufmann Repetto

22 September to 10 November 2016

Solo exhibition “Excuse Me Ma’am” at Kaufmann Repetto, Milan, Italy.

Sadie Benning started making experimental videos as a teenager in 1988. The low-fi, black and white videos explored aspects of identity, language and memory. Improvising with materials that were immediately available at the time, Benning fragmentally constructed moving images from found objects, drawings, text, performance and personally shot footage. The form, content and poetics explored in the earlier video works has expanded over the past two decades, continuing to wrestle with evolving political, conceptual and material questions...

Judith Bernstein at The New Museum

Judith Bernstein at The New Museum

22 September 2016

New York book launch for Judith Bernstein: Rising, published by Kunsthall Stavanger, at The New Museum, NYC, NY.

Join Kunsthall Stavanger and the New Museum on September 22 for the New York launch of Judith Bernstein Rising! Judith Bernstein and Johanna Fateman will hold a discussion during the event and will be available for book signing after the talk. Copies of the publication will be for sale during the event...

Liu Xiaodong at Chronus Art Center

Liu Xiaodong at Chronus Art Center

18 September to 30 December 2016

Included in group exhibition Datumsoria: An Exhibition of Liu Xiaodong, Carsten Nicolai, and Nam June Paik at Chronus Art Center, Shanghai, China.

Chronus Art Center is pleased to present the much-anticipated presentation of Datumsoria: An Exhibition of LIU Xiaodong, Carsten Nicolai, and Nam June Paik. A neologism, Datumsoria conjugates datum and sensoria, denoting a new perceptual space immanent to the information age...

Sadie Benning at Air De Paris

Sadie Benning at Air De Paris

17 September to 29 October 2016

Solo exhibition L'oeil de l'esprit at Air De Paris, Paris, France.

Jacob Hashimoto, Barbara Kruger at Rhona Hoffman Gallery

Jacob Hashimoto, Barbara Kruger at Rhona Hoffman Gallery

16 September to 22 October 2016

Included in group exhibition 40 Years/Part 1 at Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.

“40 Years: Part 1” features significant Minimal and Conceptual works like Incomplete Open Cube by Sol LeWitt; a Fred Sandback yarn sculpture; Measurement: Wall (1969) by Mel Bochner; a conceptual ruler drawing and a painting by Sylvia Plimack Mangold; Dan Flavin’s neon light piece; Wolfgang Laib’s Rice House, and two 1960s prints by Donald Judd. Works by Portuguese artist Pedro Cabrita Reis, whom Hoffman first exhibited in the United States, and Barbara Kruger, who executed her first floor text piece in the gallery, are a testament to Rhona Hoffman’s commitment to pushing the boundaries with new ideas. Spencer Finch’s light work Goldberg Variations, new paintings by Art & Language, Michael Rakowitz’s What Dust Will Rise project from Documenta, a hanging sculpture by Richard Rezac, and other recent works buttress the exhibition’s historical pieces...

Francesco Clemente at Coro della Maddalena

Francesco Clemente at Coro della Maddalena

15 September to 13 November 2016

Solo exhibition Francesco Clemente: After Omeros at Coro della Maddalena, Alba, Italy.

The partnership between the Ceretto family, well-known wine makers, and the municipality of Alba (CN) goes on. Like every year, beginning in September and for most of the duration of the International Alba White Truffle Fair, the Coro della Maddalena of Alba is hosting a contemporary art exhibition featuring the most prestigious names in the international art scene.

This year it will be up to Francesco Clemente to combine contemporary art with the wonderful Baroque setting of the Choir. The artist, who was protagonist at the Siena exhibition "Fiori d’Inverno a New York” (winter flowers in NY), will bring to Alba his most recent works which were never displayed in Italy before...

Ross Bleckner in The Guardian

Ross Bleckner in The Guardian

14 September 2016

Article by Jonathan Jones Someone Please Give Alec Baldwin a History of Art Lesson in The Guardian.

The actor’s ‘original’ artwork lawsuit exposes a basic misunderstanding – art glories in repetition, not least the luscious, lyrical paintings of Ross Bleckner...

Barbara Kruger at Museum Angewandte Kunst

Barbara Kruger at Museum Angewandte Kunst

10 September 2016 to 26 March 2017

Included in group exhibition Under Arms: Fire & Forget 2 at Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany.

Whether they are carried – legally or illegally – as a means of maintaining the public order, for the individual or collective application of force, for personal safety or as sports or work equipment, weapons and the threat they pose are always bound up with social structures. They are among us – whether we see them or not, whether they arouse fear or pleasure or both at the same time.

In an exhibition architecture that exaggerates the formal language of fairs for the museum context, the show will present objects from design, the media and art that seek to exploit the emotions associated with weapons for their own aims.

Under Arms: Fire & Forget 2 is an expansion and new conception of the show Fire & Forget: On Violence, curated by E. Blumenstein and D. Tyradellis for the KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin...

Judith Bernstein at Maccarone

Judith Bernstein at Maccarone

9 September to 16 October 2016

Included in group exhibition Coming to Power: 25 Years of Sexually X-Plicit Art by Women at Maccarone, New York.

Maccarone Gallery, with Pati Hertling and Julie Tolentino, restage the landmark feminist exhibition COMING TO POWER: 25 Years Of Sexually X-Plicit Art By Women, curated by Ellen Cantor in 1993 at David Zwirner Gallery...

Dawoud Bey at Stephen Daiter Gallery

Dawoud Bey at Stephen Daiter Gallery

8 September to 3 December 2016

Solo exhibition Dawoud Bey: Harlem Redux at Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.

Harlem Redux marks photographer Dawoud Bey’s return to the community that was the site of his first completed project Harlem, USA (1975-1979). Before he was born, Bey’s parents met and lived in Harlem – this family history served as the inspiration for this work. Some forty years later, the artist returned to photograph the neighborhood, a response to a sense that its unique character and identity are in flux. In these new images Bey shows Harlem in transition, once vibrant and celebrated, giving way to a more gentrified and homogenized present. Intent on depicting this change as it takes place, Harlem Redux seeks to answer the question – What does a community look like while undergoing such a dramatic transformation?

Francesco Clemente at Jablonka Maruani Mercier Gallery

Francesco Clemente at Jablonka Maruani Mercier Gallery

8 September to 20 October 2016

Solo exhibition at Jablonka Maruani Mercier Gallery, Brussels, Belgium.

Jablonka Maruani Mercier Gallery is proud to present Francesco Clemente's body of work for the first time in Belgium. The exhibition will showcase three series : Fertility (painted in India), Portraits (painted in New York City), & Making Love in a Fleeting World (painted in St. Barts).

The oeuvre of the Italian contemporary artist Francesco Clemente (b. 1952) spans over four decades and has achieved international acclaim. Predominantly interested in themes of both religion and spirituality, Clemente's work for the most part depicts both the human form (in its entirety or metamorphosing between human and animal) or symbolic motifs...

Robert Barry at untilthen

Robert Barry at untilthen

4 September to 23 October 2016

Solo exhibition Robert Barry: Random at untilthen, Saint Ouen, France.

Divided into two rooms, the exhibition will feature works from the late sixties and the present. In the main space, Robert Barry will present three different multi-part works, the parts of which will be arranged in a random fashion. Each series is composed of a number of painted canvases or natural wood panels with painted words...

Francesco Clemente at Springs Art Center

Francesco Clemente at Springs Art Center

3 September to 31 October 2016

Solo exhibition A Nomadic Life: Francesco Clemente in China at Springs Art Center, Beijing, China.

Rather than just being a user of the concept, Clemente is a true nomad. His understanding of the nomadic life is thinking globally and acting locally. In the artist’s view, nomadic space is based on national space. He integrates a truly nomadic life into his art practice with the intention of expanding its vitality and adopts a “reproduction” which redefines cultural attributes. Clemente continues to use repetition and displacement in these ink paintings, executing the various figures in wonderful and meaningful renditions. Clemente adopts the somewhat satirical and humorous style of a monologue and his approach seems to unveil the ominous contemporary circumstances while the addition of a poetic, metaphysical tone expresses freedom of choice and has the appeal of an enigma...

Peter Schuyff at Galerie Gabriel Rolt

Peter Schuyff at Galerie Gabriel Rolt

2 September to 8 October 2016

Solo exhibition at Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam.

Galerie Gabriel Rolt is delighted to announce PETER SCHUYFF, the artist’s second solo exhibition at the gallery.

Peter Schuyff has been key to the abstract art landscape for over more than 30 years. Rooted in the concepts of the 80’s artistic movement Neo- Geo, the typical patterns of Schuyff’s canvasses, consisting of geometrical and tridimensional shapes, persist in what seems to be an eternal movement. The use of primary forms, like squares and circles, suggests the existence of a primordial world, made by pure geometry. It’s here, in this indefinable dimension, that these different lines and shapes meet light, the essential element which initiate their calm mobility...

Jacob Hashimoto in The New York Times’s T Magazine

Jacob Hashimoto in The New York Times’s T Magazine

31 August 2016

Article by Hilary Moss Creating Order in the Universe With Thousands of Kites in The New York Times’s T Magazine online.

In late 2006, Mary Boone phoned the artist Jacob Hashimoto several months ahead of his first show at her venerable gallery to ask about his progress. “She said, ‘I heard that you haven’t finished any of the work,’ and she explained that when she does a show of six or seven pieces, she hopes to choose from 15,” he remembers. “I told her that my studio is like a sourdough bread bakery — you have the mother, which is the dough that you’re growing, and you feed it flour and water, and the mother gets bigger and keeps leavening. And, eventually, you take off chunks and make your biscuits, but most of the time, you’re feeding the mother...”

Ross Bleckner at the Parrish Art Museum in The New York Times

Ross Bleckner at the Parrish Art Museum in The New York Times

19 August 2016

Article by Ken Johnson Searching for Light in the Darkness of the '80s in The New York Times.

For contemporary art in America, the 1980s was an exciting if not lovable decade. Arguably it was second only to the 1960s for ambitious innovations of style and thought. Consider Julian Schnabel’s brawny Neo-Expressionist paintings, Cindy Sherman’s canny, staged self-portraits, Jeff Koons’s sumptuous sculptures of kitschy objects and Barbara Kruger’s suavely designed leftist agitprop: The ’80s abounded in eye- and mind-grabbing work.

In contrast to the future-oriented euphoria of the ’60s, however, the mood of art in the ’80s was retrospective and darkly rueful. With AIDS taking the lives of many in the art community and a conservative president, Ronald Reagan, in the White House, reasons for optimism apparently were few.

That downbeat feeling is stirringly conveyed by “Unfinished Business: Paintings From the 1970s and 1980s by Ross Bleckner, Eric Fischl and David Salle,” an exhibition of paintings and drawings by three artists who rose to stardom in the ’80s, at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, N.Y...

Ai Weiwei in The New York Times

Ai Weiwei in The New York Times

18 August 2016

Interview with Masha Goncharova for The New York Times online, On Instagram, the Artist Ai Weiwei Focuses on Refugees.

Ai Weiwei, the Chinese artist and dissident, is known for his films, sculptures and photography. Last July, the Chinese government returned Mr. Ai his passport after four years of detainment in Beijing. Since sharing the moment on his Instagram, Mr. Ai has been traveling — first moving to Germany, where he settled with his family, then to London in September for his single-artist show at the Royal Academy of Arts, and in January to Paris for an atrium and window display inside the Bon Marché department store.

Featured most prominently on Mr. Ai’s Instagram after his release from China were not the shows, but rather his extensive travels to the Greek island of Lesbos, which he has visited frequently since late December. Each time he went, Mr. Ai posted many (a handful a day was not uncommon) poignant photos of refugees...

Ross Bleckner at the Parrish Art Museum

Ross Bleckner at the Parrish Art Museum

7 August to 16 October 2016

Included in group exhibition Unfinished Business: Paintings from the 1970s and 1980s by Ross Bleckner, Eric Fischl, and David Salle at the Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York.

Unfinished Business: Paintings from the 1970s and 1980s by Ross Bleckner, Eric Fischl, and David Salle features the work of three artists who met in the early 1970s at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles before moving to New York in the 1980s, where they immediately established careers as influential painters. At a time when painting was thought to have passed its prime, Ross Bleckner, Eric Fischl and David Salle discovered, in its materials and conventions, a medium rife with possibilities—particularly for artists interested in doing something original, and ambitious, with its history. Unfinished Business explores the distinct styles, philosophies, and convictions of the three painters. Featuring 23 large-scale canvases and 17 works on paper, the exhibition outlines the development of each painter’s formal vocabulary while suggesting deep connections between and among the works of all three...

Joseph Beuys in the Financial Times

Joseph Beuys in the Financial Times

5 August 2016

Review by Rachel Spence Joseph Beuys at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in the Financial Times, London.

Joseph Beuys at the Demarco Gallery

Joseph Beuys at the Demarco Gallery

4 August to 30 September 2016

Solo exhibition Joseph Beuys x 1000 at the Demarco Gallery at Summerhall, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Joseph Beuys, one of the great artistic geniuses of the 20th century died in 1986, thirty years ago. To this day he is exhibited more than any living artist and there continue to be hundreds of exhibitions dedicated to featuring Beuys across the world.

Richard Demarco introduced Joseph Beuys and many others of the international avant garde to Scotland. 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the Demarco Gallery, an appropriate time at which to celebrate Richard Demarco and his artistic collaborations, friendships and critical dialogues through exhibitions which also acknowledge the 40th anniversary of Edinburgh Arts (exploration programme) and the 25th anniversary of the Demarco European Art Foundation, based at Summerhall...

Francesco Clemente at Carriageworks

Francesco Clemente at Carriageworks

30 July to 9 October 2016

Solo exhibition Francesco Clemente: Encampment at Carriageworks, Eveleigh, Australia.

The first major exhibition in Australia of work by acclaimed Italian contemporary artist Francesco Clemente, and second in the annual Schwartz Carriageworks series of major international visual arts projects, Encampment includes six of Clemente’s celebrated large-scale tents, transforming 30,000 square feet of the precinct into an opulent tented village.

Created in collaboration with a community of artists in Rajasthan, India, with exteriors that combine camouflaged fabric and golden embroidery, the tents in Encampment invite us into jewel-toned spaces populated by Byzantine angels...

Joseph Beuys at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Joseph Beuys at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

30 July to 30 October 2016

Solo exhibition Artist Rooms: Joseph Beuys A Language of Drawing at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland.

The German artist, Joseph Beuys (1921-1986), is perhaps best known for his ‘actions’, installations and sculpture, but first and foremost he was an artist who was interested in ideas: ideas about how the world, both natural and social, functioned and how the latter could be improved. And the way that he expressed these ideas most readily was in his drawings.

This exhibition will bring together, for the first time, the extraordinary group of over 110 drawings by Beuys held in the ARTIST ROOMS collection. The drawings cover the whole of the artist’s career from 1945 to the end of his life, reflecting his encyclopaedic interest in nature, science, philosophy, mythology, society, politics and religion.

Ericka Beckman in the Los Angeles Times

Ericka Beckman in the Los Angeles Times

29 July 2016

Article in the Los Angeles Times online by Deborah Vankin, The Broad acquires 29 new works, keeping an eye on local artists.

Eli Broad has been a busy man this year overseeing his Broad museum, which is approaching its one-year-anniversary in September — but not too busy to buy new art.

The Broad has added 29 new works to its permanent collection, it announced on Friday, all acquired since the museum’s opening. A third of the new works come from local artists, further deepening the museum’s connection to Los Angeles...

Joseph Beuys at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Joseph Beuys at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

29 July to 16 October 2016.

Solo exhibition Richard Demarco and Joseph Beuys – A Unique Partnership at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland.

This exhibition will look at the works, lectures and ‘actions’ Richard Demarco commissioned from Joseph Beuys, the innovative and inspirational German postwar artist, from 1970 until Beuys’ death in 1986. Demarco, an avant-garde gallerist in Edinburgh, recognized the visionary quality of Beuys’s work and visited him in Oberkassel in January 1970. Determined to focus Beuys’ attention on Scotland, he presented him with a set of postcards. Beuys responded with, ‘I see the land of Macbeth, so when shall we two meet again, in thunder, lightning or in rain?’ They reunited in stormy Edinburgh later that year and Demarco led him northwards along the ancient track he calls ‘The Road to Meikle Seggie’. This initial experience of the Scottish landscape inspired Beuys and laid the foundation for a remarkable artistic relationship...

Barbara Kruger at the Museum of Contemporary Art

Barbara Kruger at the Museum of Contemporary Art

16 July to 4 December 2016

Included in group exhibition The Making of a Fugative at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois.

In September 1970, Life magazine’s cover featured a photograph of recently arrested scholar and activist Angela Davis superimposed with the words “The Making of a Fugitive.” The exhibition, which takes its name from the iconic publication, presents works that not only reflect on the fugitive figure in American popular culture, but also interrogate how narratives constructed by the media influence our understandings of lawlessness and otherness and directly inform our views on innocence, safety, and normalcy. The artists have combined text and images, self-fashioned themselves as “wanted” bodies, and questioned our ability to accurately interpret visual evidence shaped by multiple social pressures and conditions.

The Making of a Fugitive showcases mixed media, prints, photographs, and sculptures made by artists working from the 1970s to the present and highlights conceptual artworks in the MCA’s collection. Featured artists include Dennis Adams, Chris Burden, David Hammons, R. B. Kitaj, Barbara Kruger, Glenn Ligon, Bruce Nauman, Huong Ngo, Carrie Schneider, and Xaviera Simmons. Whether the works conjure memories of iconic fugitives, such as Patty Hearst and Angela Davis, or incorporate loaded words, like safety and fear, viewers are prompted to question their assumptions about criminality and contemplate how the circulation of images influences their ideas...

Barry Le Va in Art News

Barry Le Va in Art News

14 July 2016

Article by M.H. Miller The Anti-Museum Director: Alanna Heiss on the 40th Anniversary of PS1 Contemporary Art Center on Art News online.

Alanna Heiss founded the PS1 Contemporary Art Center in an abandoned school in Queens in 1976. The building had no roof, no windows, no plumbing, and no electrical wiring. This remained the case even after Heiss opened the first exhibition there in June that year, called simply “Rooms.” The show is now legendary—a remarkable sampling of contemporary art from the mid-’70s and probably the pinnacle of site-specific installation, with each work created for its sublimely decrepit context. Gordon Matta-Clark removed portions of the floors from the first, second, and third levels of the building, converting the old school into a massive sculpture of negative space. Alan Saret carved a hole into a wall on the third floor, which was designed to focus a beam of light from outside into the building, and it still exists today. The show positioned young artists who had received little to no attention from American museums on the frontlines of the avant-garde, and helped make Heiss into a folk hero in the process...

Ai Weiwei at 21er Haus

Ai Weiwei at 21er Haus

14 July to 20 November 2016

Solo exhibition Ai Weiwei: translocation - transformation at 21er Haus, Vienna, Austria.

"Everything is art. Everything is politics", says Ai Weiwei (born in 1957), one of the world’s most famous contemporary artists. As a conceptual artist, documentarian and activist, his works deal not only critically with the history, culture and politics of his homeland China, they also react to social realities of migration between countries and continents. Through November 20, 2016, the 21er Haus presents his first major solo exhibition in Austria...

Ross Bleckner at the Bronx Museum of the Arts

Ross Bleckner at the Bronx Museum of the Arts

13 July to 23 October 2016

Included in group exhibition Art AIDS America at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, New York.

This summer The Bronx Museum of the Arts will present Art AIDS America, the first exhibition to examine the deep and ongoing influence of the AIDS crisis on American art and culture. The exhibition will feature more than 125 works in a wide range of media dating from 1981 to the present day, by artists including Félix González-Torres, Derek Jackson, Kia Labeija, Annie Leibovitz, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Martin Wong. The exhibition, on view from July 13 through October 23, 2016, is organized by the Tacoma Art Museum in partnership with The Bronx Museum of the Arts...

Dawoud Bey at the George Eastman Museum

Dawoud Bey at the George Eastman Museum

9 July to 23 October 2016

Included in group exhibition A History of Photography at the George Eastman Museum, Rochester, New York.

The George Eastman Museum photography collection is among the best and most comprehensive in the world. With holdings that include objects ranging in date from the announcement of the medium’s invention in 1839 to the present day, the collection represents the full history of photography. Works by renowned masters of the medium exist side-by-side with vernacular and scientific photographs. The collection also includes all applications of the medium, from artistic pursuit to commercial enterprise and from amateur pastime to documentary record, as well as all types of photographic processes, from daguerreotypes to digital prints...

Barbara Kruger at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

Barbara Kruger at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

7 July to 9 September 2016

Included in group exhibition Co-Thinkers at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow.

Co–thinkers is the first in a series of projects at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art that seeks to expand the notion of inclusion in an art institution.

It is also an exhibition of major works by world-famous contemporary artists rarely exhibited in Russia. Artists include Cecily Brown, Maurizio Cattelan, Antony Gormley, Barbara Kruger, John Miller, Melvin Moti, Rob Pruitt, Neo Rauch, Robert Rauschenberg, Jason Rhoades, Ed Ruscha, Jenny Saville, Cindy Sherman, Elaine Sturtevant, Rosemarie Trockel, and James Turrell. The works selected create a perception shift in the viewer’s imagination, stimulating reactions ranging from uncertainty, hesitation, and critique to admiration, irony, and meditation...

Francesco Clemente at Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala

Francesco Clemente at Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala

29 June to 2 October 2016

Solo exhibition Winter Flowers and the Tree of Life at Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala, Siena, Italy.

With this exhibition Francesco Clemente pays tribute to Siena, a city that already in 2012 has shown a keen interest in his art with the prestigious appointment to design the Great Banner of the Palio di Siena. As a result of this collaboration, the artist has created ten new works, divided into two distinct cycles, to be exhibited in the city at the invitation of Max Seidel...

Barbara Kruger at Sprüth Magers

Barbara Kruger at Sprüth Magers

28 June to 20 August 2016

Included in group exhibition Eau de Cologne at Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, California.

The group show Eau de Cologne at Sprüth Magers in Los Angeles features work from the late-1970s to 2016 by Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Louise Lawler, Cindy Sherman and Rosemarie Trockel. The exhibition at Sprüth Magers’ recently-opened Los Angeles gallery is a follow-up to its predecessor in Berlin last year. It sheds light on key topics in these artists’ works, but also the specific history of the gallery and its connection to these important female figures of an art that subtly addresses women’s roles in very different ways...

Jim Isermann at Bloomberg SPACE

Jim Isermann at Bloomberg SPACE

22 June to 10 September 2016

Solo exhibition Jim Isermann - Constituent Components at Bloomberg SPACE, London.

Constituent Components is an exhibition of six sculptures and one wall work that play out the possibilities of an isometric cube in order to create new forms. Applied to the walls as a graphic vinyl pattern and arranged across the gallery floor as double-stacked, modular cubes, these newly commissioned works explore Jim Isermann’s career-long conflation of industrial design, craft production and art. Performing a fragile balance between these modes of operation, the exhibition proposes a dialogue between high and low, hand and machine, analogue and digital creation...

Ryan McNamara in The New Yorker

Ryan McNamara in The New Yorker

20 June 2016

Article by Andrea K. Scott Ryan Mc Namara, The Artist Who Dances About the Internet in The New Yorker online.

Since the end of the aughts, the Brooklyn-based artist has become a darling of the art and fashion beaux mondes—Picasso’s granddaughter arranged an early performance at Art Basel Miami, and Louis Vuitton commissioned a live work for its flagship store on Fifth Avenue. At heart, though, McNamara is really a populist, whose audacious career might be summed up in the words of a reality-TV show: “So You Think You Can Dance.” In his performances, he has elevated the passionate enthusiasms of the amateur to the level of art. He’s also not above a dumb joke: he once staged a Whitney Houston karaoke night at the Whitney Museum...

Barry Le Va, Keith Sonnier at MoMA PS1

Barry Le Va, Keith Sonnier at MoMA PS1

19 June to 28 August 2016

Included in group exhibition Forty at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York.

Organized by P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center founder, Alanna Heiss, Forty features work by over 40 artists who were key participants in the 1970s alternative art spaces movement and the early years of P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center. In 1976, Alanna Heiss founded P.S.1 as the latest venture in a series of pioneering projects organized through her non-profit organization, the Institute for Art and Urban Resources, which included the Clocktower Gallery in lower Manhattan and other disused spaces across New York City. With both the intellectual and physical room to experiment, nearly 80 artists created work for P.S.1’s inaugural 1976 show, Rooms, which has since become a landmark in the art history of 1970s New York. The artists used classrooms, stairwells, windows, closets, bathrooms, the boiler room, courtyard, and attic—often engaging directly with the existing architecture. Rooms catalyzed changes in the forms and methods of making art, and expanded ideas about how it could be shown...

Robert Barry at Barbara Krakow Gallery

Robert Barry at Barbara Krakow Gallery

18 June to 29 July 2016

Included in group exhibition Block Parts at Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts.

Barbara Krakow Gallery proudly presents “Block Parts”, a group show featuring the work of 11 artists made over the past 50 years. Curated as an aesthetically cohesive experience, the show provides myriad opportunities to explore themes of repetition, familiarity, memory, history and the viewer/subject relationship both within and between works. The individual pieces have as consistent a dedication to specificity of material as they do to more subjective themes, and yet no work looks older or newer than another, which speaks to the timelessness of both the works and the issues investigated therein...

G.T. Pellizzi in Wallpaper

G.T. Pellizzi in Wallpaper

17 June 2016

Review by Pei-Ru Keh Light beings: G.T. Pellizzi’s constellations of light at The Watermill Center in Wallpaper online.

This month, the space presents G.T. Pellizzi’s Constellation in Red, Yellow and Blue, a vivid installation of light sculptures that were created during his residency at Watermill. Created and sited specifically for the space, the works are inspired by invented cosmologies that take into account the many mythological, astrological and calendar symbols found in textiles at the centre’s own Watermill Collection – an accumulation of artefacts amassed by Robert Wilson himself...

Francesco Clemente at MASS MoCA

Francesco Clemente at MASS MoCA

13 June 2015 to 3 January 2016

Solo exhibition Francesco Clemente: Encampment at MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts.

“I’m told I am a nomadic artist,” artist Francesco Clemente once dryly noted. In Encampment — a multi-part 30,000 square foot installation occupying MASS MoCA’s largest gallery — Clemente’s transitory experience of changing geographies, diverse cultural climates, and indeed consciousness itself infuses his imagery and art with a particularly rich range of references and meaning. For the past three decades Clemente has traveled often, dividing his work and primary residences between Varanasi, India, and New York. Informed by the logistical realities and production opportunities of making art in wildly disparate locations, his aesthetic investigation of states of flux delves into the nature of passage itself. “I believe in this movement of generating and dissolving, and regenerating and dissolving again — this is a technique for the mind to become and remain awake,” Clemente explains. Passages between bodily pleasure and changing spiritual states, between acts of destruction and creation, and between the seen and unseen are all at the heart of Encampment, opening at MASS MoCA in North Adams on June 13, 2015, and remaining on view through early January 2016...

KAWS at More Gallery

KAWS at More Gallery

12 June to 28 August 2016

Solo exhibition KAWS: GISWIL at More Gallery, Giswil, Switzerland.

G.T. Pellizzi at The Watermill Center

G.T. Pellizzi at The Watermill Center

11 June to 10 July 2016

Solo exhibition G.T. Pellizzi: Constellation in Red, Yellow and Blue at The Watermill Center, Water Mill, New York.

Constellation in Red, Yellow and Blue is a monumental installation of light sculptures created for The Watermill Center by G.T. Pellizzi. The sculptures are derived from invented cosmologies inspired by the mythological, calendrical, and astronomical symbols found on many textiles in The Watermill Collection.

Keith Sonnier at the Whitechapel Art Gallery

Keith Sonnier at the Whitechapel Art Gallery

10 June to 11 September 2016

Solo exhibition Keith Sonnier: Light Works, 1968-70 at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, England.

Making three-dimensional drawings with neon, American artist Keith Sonnier (b.1941) bathes spaces and bodies in the radiance of coloured light. Coming of age with a group of artists that included Lynda Benglis, Mary Heilmann, Bruce Nauman and Richard Serra, he uses a post-minimalist language that is physically immediate yet associative...

Keith Sonnier at Pace Gallery

Keith Sonnier at Pace Gallery

9 June to 23 June 2016

Solo exhibition at Pace Gallery, London, England.

Pace London is pleased to announce a presentation of two neon sculptures by Keith Sonnier in the first floor gallery at 6 Burlington Gardens from 9 to 23 June 2016. The presentation coincides with the Whitechapel Gallery’s exhibition Keith Sonnier: Light Works, which features early neon works by the artist and is on view from 10 June to 11 September 2016. Concurrently, the Tate Modern is exhibiting a 1969 flock piece by the artist in its permanent collection displays. These presentations offer a rare opportunity in London to see works by Sonnier, who is a seminal figure in post-minimalism...

Will Cotton at FLAG Art Foundation

Will Cotton at FLAG Art Foundation

9 June to 29 July 2016

Included in group exhibition Summer School at FLAG Art Foundation, NYC, NY.

The FLAG Art Foundation is pleased to present Summer School, on its 9th floor gallery from June 9 – July 29, 2016. This expansive group exhibition highlights artists who ignite our imagination through fantasy, humor, and play. Accompanying educational programming will include artist-led workshops, tours, and events, created with and driven by the interests of children and their families...

Judith Bernstein at Kaufmann Repetto

Judith Bernstein at Kaufmann Repetto

7 June to 11 September 2016

Included in group exhibition Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions at Kaufmann Repetto, Milan, Italy.

In her last novel, The Blazing World, Siri Hustvedt recounts the vicissitudes of a female artist who creates a series of male artist alter-egos to demonstrate that “All intellectual and artistic endeavors, even jokes, ironies and parodies, fare better in the mind of the crowd when the crowd knows that somewhere behind the great work or the great spoof it can locate a cock and a pair of balls.” The exhibition extends a dialogue exploring womanhood and femininity within the art world, developing this investigation through an all-encompassing approach to the natural coalescing and cross over of what has been conventionally designated as “masculine” or “feminine” in artistic practice...

Ai Weiwei at The Warhol Museum

Ai Weiwei at The Warhol Museum

4 June to 11 September 2016

Two-person exhibition Andy Warhol/Ai Weiwei at The Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Andy Warhol/Ai Weiwei, developed by The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA, and the National Gallery of Victoria, with the participation of Ai Weiwei, explores the significant influence of these two artists on modern and contemporary life, focusing on the parallels, intersections, and points of difference between their practices—Warhol representing 20th-century modernity and the “American century,” and Ai representing life in the 21st century and what has been called the “Chinese century” to come...

Sadie Benning in The Brooklyn Rail

Sadie Benning in The Brooklyn Rail

3 June 2016

Review by Tom McGlynn of solo exhibition Green God at Mary Boone Gallery and Callicoon Fine Arts, NYC, NY, in The Brooklyn Rail online.

The first time I saw a grouping of Sadie Benning’s more recent paintings was at the Greater New York show at PS1 in 2015 – 16. Seen from afar they read loosely as geometric abstractions, residing formally somewhere between Mary Heilmann’s deadpan blocks of color and connective tissue, and brightly patterned, mid-20th century Naugahyde upholstery. Yet there was something quite different and unique about these works. Up close one could discern their jigsaw-like fabrication with each aqua resin and wood section carefully sanded to round each edge. Due in part to their asymmetry, these sections, painted in semi-gloss or matte colors, pulse gently together with a subtle, claylike vibration. Given the fairly reductive forms of these paintings, it was a surprise to discover a pictographic figuration popping up and boldly inhabiting the works at the artist’s concurrent shows at Callicoon Fine Arts and Mary Boone Gallery...

KAWS at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

KAWS at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

2 June to 6 December 2016

Solo exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, England.

This was the first UK museum exhibition of work by the renowned American artist KAWS, whose wide ranging practice includes painting, sculpture, graphic design, toys and prints. The expansive Longside Gallery featured the artist’s large, bright, graphic canvases immaculately rendered in acrylic paint, alongside towering sculptures in fibreglass and wood. The historically designed landscape of YSP became home to a series of monumental and imposing sculptures in KAWS’s trademark style – nostalgic characters in the process of growing up...

Barbara Kruger in Artforum

Barbara Kruger in Artforum

Summer 2016

Gatefold cover for Artforum issue on Art and Identity, Summer 2016.

Angela Bulloch at Simon Lee Gallery

Angela Bulloch at Simon Lee Gallery

28 May to 2 July 2016

Included in group exhibition Fractured at Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong.

Simon Lee Gallery Hong Kong is proud to present Fractured a selected group exhibition exploring one of modernism’s most characteristic formal strategies, the fracturing of the picture plane. Just as the Renaissance development of perspective yielded the possibility of the representation of three dimensional space in a two dimensional plane, so the modernist device of splitting the picture plane by means of formal fault lines suggested the simultaneous presentation of multiple viewpoints, and opened the door to abstraction...

Olivier Mosset at Galerie Andrea Caratsch

Olivier Mosset at Galerie Andrea Caratsch

27 May to 22 July 2016

Solo exhibition at Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zurich, Switzerland.

Liu Xiaodong at the Faurschou Foundation

Liu Xiaodong at the Faurschou Foundation

26 May to 16 December 2016

Solo exhibition Liu Xiaodong – Painting as Shooting at the Faurschou Foundation, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Painting as Shooting is conceived as an exhibition in three chapters, curated by Jérôme Sans and produced by Faurschou Foundation, in Venice, Beijing and Copenhagen. The first step, which took place at the Cini Foundation for the 56th Venice Biennale, was the first major European institutional exhibition to fully explore Liu Xiaodong’s unique practice, as one of China’s most influential painters of the last two decades. The second, presented by Faurschou Foundation in its Beijing space, presented the most recent series of works created by the artist during his stay in Ordos in Inner Mongolia. The last chapter, mixing the first two shows, represents the most updated survey on Liu Xiaodong’s work...

Will Cotton at the National Portrait Gallery

Will Cotton at the National Portrait Gallery

22 May 2015 to 10 July 2016

Included in group exhibition Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze at the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC.

Brad Pitt, Oprah Winfrey, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Peter Dinklage, Eminem, Michelle Obama, Sonia Sotomayor, Eva Longoria, Serena Williams, Kobe Bryant, are some of the people featured in "Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze." This exhibition features 53 portraits of luminaries who have been at the top of their fields. See them in drawings, paintings, video portraits, photographs, sculpture, and prints. Many of these works of art have never been publicly displayed and all recent additions to the museum's collection. Taken together, these portraits allow us to question celebrity and peel back its layers...

Ryan McNamara in The Globe and Mail

Ryan McNamara in The Globe and Mail

20 May 2016

Article by James Adams Evading genre, artist Ryan Mc Namara goes beyond mere performance in The Globe and Mail (Toronto) online.

Ryan McNamara doesn’t do pain. Strenuous? Most definitely. Challenging? Uh-huh. Time-consuming? For sure. Six years ago, when the New York-based performance artist was 30, he spent every day for almost five months taking dance lessons, in public, from various professionals at P.S. 1, an arts centre affiliated with the Museum of Modern Art. He called the whole thing Make Ryan a Dancer, the finale being a marathon of choreography in which McNamara, who at the time was finishing MFA studies in photography and sculpture at Hunter College, busted moves in every room at P.S. 1...

Ai Weiwei at Hall Art Foundation

Ai Weiwei at Hall Art Foundation

14 May to 27 November 2016

Included in group exhibition Landscapes After Ruskin: Redefining the Sublime at Hall Art Foundation, Reading, Vermont.

The Hall Art Foundation is pleased to announce a group exhibition curated by American artist Joel Sternfeld to be held in its galleries in Reading, Vermont from 14 May – 27 November 2016. Over fifty artists are represented in Landscapes after Ruskin: Redefining the Sublime, which includes paintings, photographs and sculptures selected by Sternfeld from the Hall Collection. The exhibition will also feature the world debut of Sternfeld’s video work, London Bridge (2016)...

Liu Xiaodong at Eslite Gallery

Liu Xiaodong at Eslite Gallery

14 May to 5 June 2016

Solo exhibition Liu Xiaodong in South Africa at Eslite Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan.

“Liu Xiaodong in South Africa” will be opened at ESLITE GALLERY on 14 May, exhibiting his life drawings resulted from his project in South Africa (commissioned by LV) in August 2014. During the one month, LIU Xiaodong visited many places: he sketched the wild lives in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park and Blyde River Canyon and portrayed the ordinary people in Cape Town and Cape of Good Hope, to name just a few spots. 50 paintings on xuan paper and on photos present the robust people and landscapes in South Africa. They are so powerfully contagious that the viewers can lay aside the differences of ethnicity and culture, observing their lands and lives via the lens of shared humanity...

Sadie Benning in W MAGAZINE

Sadie Benning in W MAGAZINE

13 May 2016

Interview with Diane Solway in W MAGAZINE online, Transgender Artist Sadie Benning Is Not Afraid.

Sadie Benning began making videos at age 15, using the PixelVision toy camera the artist got for Christmas that year from Dad, a filmmaking teacher. On New Year’s Eve, Benning sat down in front of the camera for the first time, prompted by the events of a terrible night during which a friend was hit by a drunk driver and Benning witnessed a drive-by shooting while walking home from the hospital...

Keith Sonnier at The National Exemplar

Keith Sonnier at The National Exemplar

10 May to 18 June 2016

Two-person exhibition Aaron Aujla & Keith Sonnier at The National Exemplar, NYC, NY.

Peter Saul at Sheldon Museum of Art

Peter Saul at Sheldon Museum of Art

6 May to 31 July 2016

Included in group exhibition It Was Never Linear: Recent Painting at the Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska.

This summer, Sheldon Museum of Art will celebrate abstraction in contemporary painting. Twelve artists have been invited to participate in It Was Never Linear, an exhibition of recent paintings and drawings. Each of the selected works demonstrates a primacy of the act of painting—gestural mark making and attention to surface materiality—over any true representation of form or figure. The participating artists span generations and include Robert Bordo, JoAnne Carson, Dawn Clements, Lois Dodd, Michelle Grabner, Josephine Halvorson, Loren Munk, Joyce Pensato, Colin Prahl, Peter Saul, Barbara Takenaga, and Stanley Whitney.

Ryan McNamara in The New York Times

Ryan McNamara in The New York Times

4 May 2016

Review of performance Battleground by Siobhan Burke, Color Wars That Evoke A Party, in The New York Times.

Have you ever noticed that the Peter B. Lewis Theater at the Guggenheim Museum looks like a ’60s sci-fi spaceship or, alternatively, a European parliamentary room? That’s how the artist Ryan McNamara (accurately) characterized it at the premiere of his “Battleground” on Monday night, while smartly shaking up the format of the Guggenheim’s Works & Process series and redefining the term “dance battle.”

“Frank Lloyd Wright did a great job designing my set,” he said during a midshow conversation with Nancy Spector, a former chief curator at the museum, as though the architect had envisioned it, back in 1959, with this very occasion in mind...

Ryan McNamara at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Ryan McNamara at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

2 May to 4 May 2016

Performance of Works & Process commissioned work Battleground at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

On May 2, 3, and 4 at 7:30 pm, Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents the premiere of Battleground, a Works & Process-commissioned work by artist Ryan McNamara. Utilizing a rare residency opportunity spanning five months in Guggenheim’s Frank Lloyd Wright–designed Peter B. Lewis Theater, McNamara, collaborating with a community of nine dancers—including Reid Bartelme, Jason Collins, Dylan Crossman, Fana Fraser, John Hoobyar, Kyli Kleven, Sigrid Lauren, Mickey Mahar, and Brandon Washington—will create a one-of-a-kind “Cosplay-Battle-Ballet” made for the unique architecture of the theater...

Ross Bleckner at Böhm Chapel

Ross Bleckner at Böhm Chapel

1 May to 31 October 2016

Solo exhibition Ross Bleckner: Architecture of the Sky at Böhm Chapel, Hürth-Kalscheuren, Germany.

Ericka Beckman in Artforum

Ericka Beckman in Artforum

May 2016

Review by Catherine Taft of Cinderella at Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, California, in Artforum.

Ericka Beckman’s Cinderella, 1986, a 16-mm rendering of the fairy tale, is an Atari-like musical in which the title character staggers through various levels of narrative as if in a video game. As the centerpiece of a spellbinding exhibition, this rarely screened film demonstrated the staying power of Beckman’s work thirty years on...

Ross Bleckner at Leila Heller Gallery

Ross Bleckner at Leila Heller Gallery

29 April to 15 June 2016

Solo exhibition Ross Bleckner: Forever Overhead at Leila Heller Gallery, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Leila Heller Gallery Dubai is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Ross Bleckner from April 29th to June 15th, 2016. The artist’s first major exhibition in the region features ten large-scale paintings as well as smaller canvases, wherein according to the artist, “the architecture of place meets the architecture of the sky”, revealing phenomena of paint and light, in an oeuvre teetering between a call for salvation and a silent abyss...

Liu Xiaodong at the Palazzo Strozzi

Liu Xiaodong at the Palazzo Strozzi

22 April to 19 June 2016

Solo exhibition Liu Xiaodong: Migrations at the Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy.

The exhibition, devised and produced by the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, showcases a broad selection of paintings, drawings and photographs on which the artist has created during a spell in Tuscany lasting from the autumn of 2015 through to the spring of 2016. The main themes of the work on display are the cities of Florence and Prato and the Sienese countryside, which the artist has observed and experienced through direct contact with the local people, but with a special focus on the local Chinese communities...

Ericka Beckman at the Walker Art Center

Ericka Beckman at the Walker Art Center

7 April to 31 December 2016

Included in group exhibition Less Than One at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Less Than One is an international, multigenerational group show offering in-depth presentations of work from the 1960s to the present by 16 artists central to the Walker’s collection. Included alongside such signature artworks as Sigmar Polke’s Mrs. Autumn and Her Two Daughters (1991) are major acquisitions on view here for the first time, including Ericka Beckman’s You The Better, Film Installation (1983/2015), Adrian Piper’s The Mythic Being: Sol’s Drawing #1–5 (1974), and Renée Green’s Bequest (1991), among other featured pieces...

Peter Saul at Musée d’Art Contemporain

Peter Saul at Musée d’Art Contemporain

8 April 2016 to 10 January 2017

Included in group exhibition Zoo Machine at the Musée d’Art Contemporain, Marseille, France.

Ai Weiwei at Museum of Fine Arts

Ai Weiwei at Museum of Fine Arts

3 April to 17 July 2016

Included in group exhibition Megacities Asia at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts.

The accelerated rise of megacities—those with populations of more than ten million—over the last 50 years has profoundly affected the lives of their inhabitants. Asia is home to more megacities than any other continent: the works by the 11 artists in this exhibition respond to the political, environmental, and social conditions of their home cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Delhi, Mumbai, and Seoul, conveying their textures, proportions, and striking material and visual juxtapositions...

Judith Bernstein in Artforum

Judith Bernstein in Artforum

April 2016

Review by Johanna Fateman of solo exhibition DICKS OF DEATH at Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY, in Artforum.

Judith Bernstein doesn’t mince words—or symbols. Her solo exhibition “Dicks of Death” at Mary Boone Gallery, curated by Piper Marshall, featured a wealth of phallic imagery, from scatological cock-faces and engorged missiles to handsomely forbidding screws...

Francesco Clemente in Harper’s Bazaar

Francesco Clemente in Harper’s Bazaar

April 2016

Article by Laura Brown Francesco Clemente: Model as Muse in Harper’s Bazaar.

Liya Kebede has been modeling for more than 20 years, but she had never before sat for an artist. It was a particular thrill to sit for Clemente. "I didn't know his work specifically, but when I found out that he had painted the portrait of Gwyneth Paltrow in [the 1998 film] Great Expectations, I was so excited," she says. "I remember when I watched that movie, the portrait really touched me. I don't know why. Then to suddenly see my portrait done in the same way, it meant a lot to me."...

Ross Bleckner on Artnet.com

Ross Bleckner on Artnet.com

31 March 2016

Article by Laura van Straaten 80s Art World “It Boy” Ross Bleckner Is Having a New York Moment on Artnet.com.

New York artist Ross Bleckner has work in six new shows on now or opening soon, including his first solo show in the Middle East, opening in April at Leila Heller Dubai, followed by what is sure to be the art happening of the Hamptons this summer, a group show that unites him with his fellow 80s art-world it-boys David Salle and Eric Fischl at the Parrish Art Museum on Long Island...

Peter Saul at Gary Tatintsian Gallery

Peter Saul at Gary Tatintsian Gallery

22 March to 31 August 2016

Solo exhibition You Better Call Saul! at Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow, Russia.

Peter Saul has been deemed the father of Pop Art and a successor to Surrealism. He is one of the most important artists of our time and a consistent “violator of good taste” in art. 
He is the founder of the unique style of Bad Painting, which is characterized by a bright palette of colors and exaggerated distortion of images – a jubilant depiction of lawlessness and violence in society, which the artist sarcastically criticizes through his “indictments”...

Barbara Kruger at The High Line

Barbara Kruger at The High Line

21 March 2016 to March 2017

Outdoor mural installation Untitled (Blind idealism is…) for High Line Art, adjacent to The High Line, NYC, NY.

For the High Line, Kruger presents Untitled (Blind Idealism Is…), a new work realized as a hand-painted mural. Continuing her unabashed criticism of culture and power, the mural features the slogan “BLIND IDEALISM IS REACTIONARY SCARY DEADLY,” an adaptation of a quote from Afro-Caribbean philosopher and revolutionary thinker Frantz Fanon, which has appeared in multiple works by the artist. The original statement by Fanon, “Blind idealism is reactionary,” suggests that political and religious convictions stem from the situations from which they grow, not from the inherent nature of individual human beings. According to Kruger, the work reflects “how we are to one another” within “the days and nights that construct us.” These texts, along with Kruger’s own writings, resonate with particular potency in today’s political climate...

Barry Le Va in The New Yorker

Barry Le Va in The New Yorker

14 March 2016

Review of solo exhibition Barry Le Va: Network in The New Yorker.

Like many sculptors who emerged in the late sixties, this American artist took his work off the pedestal and onto the floor. In his latest piece, “Network,” bulky cylinders, chevrons, and pi symbols are laid out in an almost, but not quite, symmetrical arrangement. Most of the elements are cast from the industrial material Hydrostone; aluminum rods are placed to suggest unifying connections between them. Is this an installation or a sculpture? Le Va’s achievement is that he makes the question moot, creating a pleasant tension between the whole and its parts.

Will Cotton at the Orlando Museum of Art

Will Cotton at the Orlando Museum of Art

12 March to 5 June 2016

Solo exhibition InFlux Exhibition Series: Will Cotton at the Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, Florida.

Presented here is the first ever exhibition examining artist Will Cotton’s entire working process, from concept sketch, to costumes, to prints and paintings. Cotton is known for depicting an astonishing world, composed of an abundance of sugary sweets. Figures pose languidly in settings where landscapes are cakes and icing, seas are whipped cream and clouds are cotton candy. These appear to be utopian realms where all desires are indulged without guilt or consequence. The flawless naturalism with which Cotton renders this idealized world makes it both more seductive and more remote from ordinary experience...

Barbara Kruger at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

Barbara Kruger at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

12 March to 11 July 2016

Included in group exhibition Don’t Look Back: The 1990s at MOCA at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, California.

Don’t Look Back: The 1990s at MOCA comprises works from MOCA’s permanent collection that identify the recent decade’s key concerns and transformations, including many that have not been on view since originally shown and acquired. If the 1980s were shaped by the advent of identity politics, producing significant works that examined the nexus of race, gender, and sexuality, the 1990s both extended and challenged these ideas. Many artists turned to large-scale installations as a way to convey a complicated interface between the public and the museum, or to articulate the realms of overlap and dissonance in individual and public identities...

Angela Bulloch at the Sharjah Art Museum

Angela Bulloch at the Sharjah Art Museum

9 March to 31 May 2016

Included in two-person exhibition Considering Dynamics & The Forms of Chaos at the Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

“Considering Dynamics & the Forms of Chaos” is an exhibition showcasing the work of two artists: Angela Bulloch and Maria Zerres. Their practice is brought together under one title and framed by the notion of entropy. Entropy is commonly understood as a measure of disorder. It is a key term that characterises the movement towards chaos, and it appears in a variety of fields such as physics, probability theory, sociology and information technology. Entropy is that which structures chaos. Within contemporary art, entropy has emerged to refer to installations often associated with entropic states or with representations of order, disorder and information, and their homogeneity. Through Angela Bulloch’s (b. 1966, Canada) and Maria Zerres’ (b. 1961, Germany) works, suggestions of entropy transpire in different ways and through their respective artistic forms. Inherent to both artists’ practices is a congruous representation of the idea of a movement towards chaos.

Sadie Benning in BOMB Magazine

Sadie Benning in BOMB Magazine

March 2016

Interview with Lia Gangitano in BOMB Magazine.

If Minimal Art was a response to the implicit power relations that surrounded art production in the '60s—against which practitioners of Minimalism, Conceptualism, and Institutional Critique sought to delineate their work—Sadie Benning has analogously sought to depart from a reliance on the self-obsolescing, corporate tools associated with video (equipment, technology, manufacturing), instead exploring the handmade through materials that maintain a longer, more independent history. Benning's at times geometric, at times figurative-leaning, work in painting and sculpture represents a parallel to visual and auditory storytelling through video and music. It posits an engagement with abstraction as a performance-based exchange, in both its production and reception...

Robert Barry in Whitehot Magazine

Robert Barry in Whitehot Magazine

March 2016

Review by Robert C. Morgan in Whitehot Magazine, March 2016, of Robert Barry: Works From 1964 to 2016 at Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY.

The lure of the current Robert Barry survey exhibition at the Mary Boone Gallery in West Chelsea begins with an early conceptual piece from the artist’s Psychic Series (1969). Using off-while vinyl letters on a white-painted wall near the entrance, the artist placed the following statement: “Everything in the unconscious perceived by the senses but not noted by the conscious mind during trips to Baltimore during the summer of 1967.” As a statement unto itself, the words seem to resonate beyond everyday art world gibberish into something deeper – a phenomenological paradigm, perhaps, from another place and time...

Tomoo Gokita in Collaboration with Stüssy

Tomoo Gokita in Collaboration with Stüssy

March 2016

Collaboration with Stüssy for Spring 2016 Artist Series Collection.

It was about a year and half ago when I made the trip out to Tomoo’s studio. We were picked up from our hotel and drove for about thirty minutes from Shibuya, to an area that must have been Tokyo’s version of a suburb. I’d been a fan of Tomoo’s work for some time, so I was psyched to finally meet him. I didn’t really know what to expect. There’s a certain cinematic feel to Tomoo’s work: dark and slightly twisted. It always reminded me of a David Lynch films, or the Twilight Zone. Mainly black and white and super moody, but the subject matter is often pin up girls and wrestlers. The mixture of those things is what I was drawn to. Highs and lows...

Olivier Mosset at Hunter College 205 Hudson Street Gallery

Olivier Mosset at Hunter College 205 Hudson Street Gallery

27 February to 10 April 2016

Included in group exhibition Buren, Mosset, Permentier, Toroni at Hunter College 205 Hudson Street Gallery, NYC, NY.

This exhibition marks the first critical examination of the significant, albeit brief, work of the BMPT Group, composed of Daniel Buren, Olivier Mosset, Michel Parmentier, and Niele Toroni in 1967. On Christmas night, 1966, Buren, Mosset, Parmentier, and Toroni drafted their first declaration, inviting the public to attend a demonstration at the 18th Salon de la Jeune Peinture, stating: “For the first time, on January 3, 1967, something will happen.” This event became the first in a series of “Manifestations”—events in various formats, at various locations in Paris. These events criticized the institutionalization and spectacularization of art as well as the public’s passivity, encouraging new modes of critical engagement that defied and denied older exhibition models. Coming out of the political tumult of France in the 1960s, the activities of the group were not hermetic, isolated occurrences, but rather a response to the particular intellectual moment, one defined by radical philosophy and social unrest. While the legacy of each artist has fallen under the rubric of painting, this strict classification ignores the conceptual, political, and performative impetus in deference to medium. This exhibition seeks to reexamine the BMPT group by placing its work in context with the broader conversations surrounding institutional critique, performance, and the role of painting as a political medium...

Keith Sonnier in the Los Angeles Times

Keith Sonnier in the Los Angeles Times

26 February 2016

Review by Christopher Knight Keith Sonnier’s neon drawings open portals to another place in the Los Angeles Times online.

Keith Sonnier calls his new wall drawings in neon, wire and electrical transformers “portals,” and their design motifs and titles do refer to forms from ancient Roman and medieval architecture, often ecclesiastical. Elegant and deceptively simple, they display a masterful hand. Humor is part of the reason why. In 13 recent works at Maccarone Gallery, Sonnier stirs it in with a subtle hand. In these sculptures, the white wall is an idealized plane separating space and metaphorically opened by the glowing illumination of neon color. The shapes are drawn in bent glass tubing and draped wire and they often protrude, sometimes at oblique angles, into the room...

Barbara Kruger at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Barbara Kruger at the Vancouver Art Gallery

20 February to 15 May 2016

Major site-specific installation for group exhibition MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada.

From the moment that Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque undertook the revolutionary gesture of adding a rectangle of floral wallpaper, a newspaper headline or a scrap of sheet music to their compositions, they initiated an immediate and fundamental shift in European art.

The resulting explosion of mashup strategies employed across media and movements offers the clearest evidence of the relevance of this process to the growth of visual culture during the 20th century. From Marcel Duchamp to Jean-Luc Godard, Liz Magor to Isa Genzken, artists of diverse disciplines have adopted and reworked this creative strategy. Taking over all four floors of the Vancouver Art Gallery, this groundbreaking exhibition will offer an international survey of mashup culture, documenting the emergence and evolution of a mode of creativity that has grown to become the dominant form of cultural production in the early 21st century.

Angela Bulloch at Galerie Eva Presenhuber

Angela Bulloch at Galerie Eva Presenhuber

20 February to 2 April 2016

Solo exhibition Space Fiction Object at Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland.

In her latest works Angela Bulloch studies how the interaction with objects structures and motivates our movement in space, as well as the differences in our perception of digital and real space. In doing so, she continues her preoccupation with control systems and the need to decipher them. Her new works include lights that go on and off, thus forcing the viewer to interact with them. Like all of Angela Bulloch‘s control systems, they constantly scrutinize the way we interact with pre-existing sign systems...

Keith Sonnier at Maccarone

Keith Sonnier at Maccarone

13 February to 7 May 2016

Solo exhibition Keith Sonnier: Portals at Maccarone, Los Angeles, California.

Sonnier’s by-now iconic work is emblematic of a generation of artists who sought to liberate the artistic encounter from the formal constraints of Modernism to produce a sensory and emotional experience that also extended beyond the Spartan affect of Minimalism. The omnibus category of “post-Minimalism,” however, does not adequately describe both the unique wit and visceral impact that his work evinces...

Judith Bernstein at the Kunsthall Stavanger

Judith Bernstein at the Kunsthall Stavanger

4 February to 15 May 2016

Solo exhibition Judith Bernstein at the Kunsthall Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway.

Kunsthall Stavanger is proud to present the first exhibition in Norway by the prolific New York-based feminist artist Judith Bernstein. Since the 1960s, Bernstein has brazenly provoked audiences and institutions alike with her furious visceral paintings and drawings addressing themes of warfare, sexual aggression, and gender politics – often under the guise of outrageous humor.

Bernstein’s work has been called unrepentant, defined as obscene, and has been the subject of numerous controversies and debates including censorship from the exhibition FOCUS: Women’s Work— American Art in 1974. Often described by the artist herself as “a sledgehammer” and simultaneously “funny and dead-serious,” the artworks are psychologically overpowering and undeniably in your face...

G.T. Pellizzi at the Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros

G.T. Pellizzi at the Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros

4 February to 15 May 2016

Solo exhibition I Transport at the Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City, Mexico.

For his first individual exhibition in Mexico, G.T Pellizzi has proposed to transform the main gallery at Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros into a monumental art shipping crate, using the aesthetics of art packaging as his model. I Transport measures 9.5 x 8 x 3.5 m, with the peculiar feature that it is subdivided into 171 separate and unique pieces. I Transport (translated from the greek ¨metaphero), alludes to the ontological construction of knowledge, history, memory and aesthetics. The piece strives to sublimate the creative act into one of the most commonplace processes by which the globalization of art occurs: the transportation of artwork, artists, discourse and cultural experience...

Liu Xiaodong at Fondation Louis Vuitton

Liu Xiaodong at Fondation Louis Vuitton

27 January to 2 May 2016

Included in group exhibition Bentu: Chinese Artists in a Time of Turbulence and Transformation at Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France.

This exhibition will present a limited selection of twelve very different artists, twelve strong individualities. They share not only the ability to live and work in what is a particularly fast-moving world of "turbulence and transformation," but also a tendency to use multiple means of expression, combining tools supplied by local traditions with the latest sophisticated technologies. Responding with striking swiftness, their work mirrors the new realities of today's China, as manifested in the economy, the environment, cities and international relations, showing a strong awareness of the changing relations between town and country and the great rural exodus...

Peter Schuyff at Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery

Peter Schuyff at Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery

9 January to 20 February 2016

Solo exhibition Twenty One Watercolors and a Painting at Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, NYC, NY.

A hallmark of Schuyff’s remarkable output since the 1980s has been the interplay of surface pattern and optically convincing geometry, achieved through what Richard Hell has called “masses of color and shades of form.” Drawing fluidly upon modernist and postmodernist approaches to abstraction, Schuyff uses the language of paint to marry seemingly irreconcilable elements: biomorphic shape and algorithmic repetition, allover flatness and tightly rendered drop shadows...

Will Cotton at Baldwin Gallery

Will Cotton at Baldwin Gallery

27 December 2015 to 7 February 2016

Solo exhibition at Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, Colorado.

Ed Paschke at the Museum of Contemporary Art

Ed Paschke at the Museum of Contemporary Art

19 December 2015 to 27 March 2016

Included in group exhibition The Street, the Store, and the Silver Screen: Pop Art from the MCA Collection at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois.

The exhibition is organized around three separate themes that illustrate many artists’ interests during the 1960s and 1970s: the bustling energy of the street, with its preening passersby, garish signage, and automobile-centric organization; the commercialism that supported and surrounded mass produced consumer products; and the allure of Hollywood glamour and celebrity. Drawn from the MCA Collection and a handful of local loans, these works reveal patterns and preoccupations that connect artists working in otherwise distinct styles and approaches...

Peter Saul in the The New York Observer

Peter Saul in the The New York Observer

9 December 2015

Article by Ryan Steadman Peter Saul & Mary: a Classic Gallery Champions an Old-School Artist in The New York Observer online.

Life is long. Just ask Peter Saul and Mary Boone. Combined they have more lives than a crazy cat lady’s Alphabet City apartment can hold, but they’ve each learned from their mistakes—and their successes. The pairing seemed almost inevitable: the glamorous dealer who launched art stars with big dreams and a healthy disrespect for decorum (like Julian Schnabel and Jean-Michel Basquiat), and the ultimate outsider painter who stubbornly fought off categorization...

Peter Saul at the National Centre for Contemporary Arts

Peter Saul at the National Centre for Contemporary Arts

2 December 2015 to 20 March 2016

Included in group exhibition Mystifiers at the National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow, Russia.

The Mystifiers exhibition at NCCA is built on the representation of a select series of works by different generation artists, whose art is characterized by the transformation of reality and creation of models of the non-existent. Demonstrating the mutations of the contemporary world, artists underline the importance of the legacy of the main 20th century trends – Dadaism, surrealism, conceptualism, simulationism – for art practices in the 21st century. By using various art techniques, the art works presented in this project immerse the viewer in a surreal space of fantasy illusions, wonderful or terrible dreams, imaginary worlds and other-worldly “civilizations”...

Peter Saul in Tablet Magazine

Peter Saul in Tablet Magazine

December 2015

Article by Jeremy Sigler Peter Saul Sabotages Everything, Including Himself in Tablet Magazine.

Imagine a painter who shoots himself in the foot and then puts his foot in his mouth. That's how I'd sum up Peter Saul. His paintings are always the opposite of whatever is considered to be right. And they continue to earn him a reputation as one of the most brutally honest storytellers in postwar, comic-influenced American painting...

Will Cotton in Martha Stewart Living

Will Cotton in Martha Stewart Living

December 2015

Cover painting for 25th Anniversary issue of Martha Stewart Living.

In his sweet heaven of a studio in downtown Manhattan, Will Cotton works not just with paint and paper and brushes, but with sugar, flour, and egg whites. He also, as artists are wont to do, brings in other materials -- in this case, a flexible and inedible substance with which he embellished my Valentino dress. He transformed it from a lacy summer linen frock into an object worthy of inclusion in his idea of a sugary-white winter wonderland, into which he painted me so artistically and beautifully...

Tomoo Gokita at Bill Brady Gallery

Tomoo Gokita at Bill Brady Gallery

30 November 2015 to January 2016

Solo exhibition Damage Control at Bill Brady Gallery, Miami, Florida.

Tokyo-based Tomoo Gokita implements a black and white palette and acrylic gouache create uniquely even surfaces, which are beautiful and disquieting, yet incredibly seductive to the viewer. Gokita continues his monochromatic series that explores the traditional portrait format on a range of scales, using source material from vintage postcards, magazines, found photos, and classic film stills. His distinctive greyscale aesthetic combines deft tonal modeling of figures with a material flatness, both alluding to and obscuring characters appropriated from western popular culture and marginal countercultural sources...

KAWS, Peter Saul at Gary Tatintsian Gallery

KAWS, Peter Saul at Gary Tatintsian Gallery

27 November 2015 to 2 March 2016

Included in group exhibition Mutated Reality at Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow, Russia.

Art confuses the subject with the predicate and gets lost in the moment when something needs to be expressed triumphantly. Belief in the co-existence of the painting and man in a common dimension ceases. We, however, still believe in something. For example, we believe in the inevitability of mutations, improvements, and instability since the role of such transformations was recognized as a great science. The artists in “Mutated Reality” mix and stir nostalgia for the past with an unappealing present that is ready to burn any flesh to ashes and vice versa...

Joseph Beuys at Tate Modern

Joseph Beuys at Tate Modern

23 November 2015 to 31 December 2016

Solo exhibition Artist Rooms: Joseph Beuys at Tate Modern, London, England.

German artist Joseph Beuys saw creativity as central to all aspects of human existence. As well as sculpture and performance, his work as an artist came to encompass social theory and political action. Beuys’s activities became explicitly politicised in the 1970s. A series of confrontations with the Academy of Art in Düsseldorf over the number of students that he could admit to his class led to wider questions about access to education and the relationship between ordinary people and authority. In 1971 he founded a Free Academy and the more overtly political Organisation for Direct Democracy through Referendum. Beuys argued that social decision-making should be made by the people through referendums rather than elected political parties. It was this concept of ‘direct democracy’ that he explored in his Information Action at the Tate in 1972, from which three of the blackboards shown here are taken. Later he became involved in the German Green Party and organised the planting of 7,000 oak trees around the city of Kassel...

Peter Saul in Hyperallergic.com

Peter Saul in Hyperallergic.com

22 November 2015

Article by John Yau The Necessary Insolence of Peter Saul on Hyperallergic.com.

Peter Saul has an uncanny ability to seamlessly combine the hilarious and the hideous to great effect. In the middle of chortling at one of his wacky, indecorous paintings, you are apt to suddenly notice an odd and even disturbing detail. Saul may come off as a jaunty humorist, but beneath this jolly lighthearted veneer seethes a volcano of well-honed gripes, peeves, impertinence, skepticism, and outrage, none of which are petty. His ability to transform fervent indignation into comical absurdity is amply evident when he takes on masterworks of French academic painting, as he does in his recent exhibition, Peter Saul: Six Classics, at Mary Boone...

Ed Paschke at the Museum of Contemporary Art

Ed Paschke at the Museum of Contemporary Art

21 November 2015 to 5 June 2016

Included in group exhibition Surrealism: The Conjured Life at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois.

Surrealism: The Conjured Life presents more than 100 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and photographs that demonstrate the deep currents that Surrealism sent through the international art world—and especially through Chicago—since its emergence in the first half of the twentieth century. A global movement that encompassed a wide number of art forms, including film, theater, poetry, and literature, Surrealism came of age with poet André Breton’s formal declaration in 1924. This deeply emotional and psychological art form flourished in the 1930s and 1940s—turbulent times of economic instability, rapidly changing social mores, and war...

Sadie Benning at the Museum Brandhorst

Sadie Benning at the Museum Brandhorst

14 November 2015 to 30 April 2016

Included in group exhibition Painting 2.0: Expression in the Information Age at the Museum Brandhorst, Munich, Germany.

‘Painting 2.0: Expression in the Information Age’ will be the first exhibition to tell the story of painting’s adaptation, absorption and transformation of information technologies in Western Europe and the United States since the 1960s. Its historical starting point in Pop Art and Nouveau Réalisme’s programmatic appropriation and re-contextualization of commercial imagery precedes the advent of digitalization and the Internet by some thirty years. Painting’s capacity to absorb and transform other media became explicit at the same moment as its legitimacy was fundamentally challenged by cultural forms of mediation which Guy Debord theorizes in his influential critique as ‘The Society of the Spectacle’ (1967)...

Judith Bernstein at the Museum Brandhorst

Judith Bernstein at the Museum Brandhorst

14 November 2015 to 30 April 2016

Included in group exhibition Painting 2.0: Expression in the Information Age at the Museum Brandhorst, Munich, Germany.

‘Painting 2.0: Expression in the Information Age’ will be the first exhibition to tell the story of painting’s adaptation, absorption and transformation of information technologies in Western Europe and the United States since the 1960s. Its historical starting point in Pop Art and Nouveau Réalisme’s programmatic appropriation and re-contextualization of commercial imagery precedes the advent of digitalization and the Internet by some thirty years. Painting’s capacity to absorb and transform other media became explicit at the same moment as its legitimacy was fundamentally challenged by cultural forms of mediation which Guy Debord theorizes in his influential critique as ‘The Society of the Spectacle’ (1967)...

KAWS in W Magazine

KAWS in W Magazine

November 2015

Cover artwork and featured in article by Diane Solway Artistic License: Five Takes on Superstar Rapper Drake in W Magazine.

The art world’s most visible populist, the artist Brian Donnelly, who is known as KAWS, has long mined mass consumer culture and its proliferating platforms for his own ends. Taking a page from his teen-hood hero, the Pop artist Keith Haring, KAWS works inside, outside, and well beyond the white cube, seeing art object and product, museum, shop, and street as part of his creative universe. In his hands, iconic cartoon characters like Mickey Mouse and the Michelin Man are reimagined as Everymen you’re as likely to find in the form of a vinyl toy or a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon as you are to see in a gallery or museum. Meanwhile, his paintings, such as the cover image for this issue, nod to the zonked-out style of Peter Saul, with their exploding neon palette and graphic punch...

Jacob Hashimoto at Rhona Hoffman Gallery

Jacob Hashimoto at Rhona Hoffman Gallery

30 October to 19 December 2015

Solo Exhibition In the Cosmic Fugue at Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.

In the Cosmic Fugue is Rhona Hoffman Gallery’s fourth solo exhibition of Jacob Hashimoto’s enormously imaginative and laboriously created work. The show will occupy the entire gallery with six new oil paintings and fourteen kite pieces, created from innumerable hand-painted and collaged rice paper and bamboo “kites,” Hashimoto’s signature medium. These visually striking, multi-dimensional works engross viewers through their organizational, geometric complexity, changing sight lines, and sheer beauty...

Robert Barry at Centre Pompidou Metz

Robert Barry at Centre Pompidou Metz

28 October 2015 to 28 March 2016

Included in group exhibition Cosa Mentale: Art and Telepathy in 20th Century Art at Centre Pompidou Metz, Metz, France.

The exhibition enables the spectator to understand how, throughout the 20th century, attempts to give material and visible form to thought processes coincide with the experiments of avant-garde artists. This fantasy of a direct projection of thought not only had a decisive impact on the birth of abstraction but also influenced surrealism and its obsession with the collective sharing of creation and, in the post war period, it gave rise to numerous visual and sound installations inspired by the revolution in information technology, leading to the declaration of “the dematerialisation of art” in conceptual practices...

Jim Isermann at MACBA – Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Buenos Aires

Jim Isermann at MACBA – Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Buenos Aires

17 October 2015 to 6 March 2016

Included in group exhibition Geometric Obsession. American School 1965-2015 at MACBA – Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Fifty years ago the curator William Seitz presented at the Museum of Modern Art of New York an exhibition of optical art entitled The Responsive Eye. With this proposal, he presented a panorama of contemporary pieces that globally brought together works by artists and groups from Italy, Argentina, the United States, England, and Poland among others. With the help of one of the most important experts of the period and of geometric art, gallery owner Denise René, the exhibition revealed perceptual investigations and retinal effects associated with pure form, color and line...

Sadie Benning at MoMA PS1

Sadie Benning at MoMA PS1

11 October 2015 to 7 March 2016

Included in group exhibition Greater New York at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York.

MoMA PS1 presents the fourth iteration of its landmark exhibition series, begun as a collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art in 2000. Recurring every five years, the exhibition has traditionally showcased the work of emerging artists living and working in the New York metropolitan area. Greater New York arrives in a city and art community that has changed significantly since the first version of the survey. With the rise of a robust commercial art market and the proliferation of art fairs, opportunities for younger artists in the city have grown alongside a burgeoning interest in artists who may have been overlooked in the art histories of their time...

Peter Saul at MoMA PS1

Peter Saul at MoMA PS1

11 October 2015 to 7 March 2016

Included in group exhibition Greater New York at MoMA PS1 Long Island City, New York.

MoMA PS1 presents the fourth iteration of its landmark exhibition series, begun as a collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art in 2000. Recurring every five years, the exhibition has traditionally showcased the work of emerging artists living and working in the New York metropolitan area. Greater New York arrives in a city and art community that has changed significantly since the first version of the survey. With the rise of a robust commercial art market and the proliferation of art fairs, opportunities for younger artists in the city have grown alongside a burgeoning interest in artists who may have been overlooked in the art histories of their time...

G.T. Pellizzi at The Watermill Center

G.T. Pellizzi at The Watermill Center

26 September to 21 November 2015

Solo exhibition Visitations: G.T. Pellizzi at The Watermill Center, Water Mill, New York.

G.T. Pellizzi curates his work to function in dialogue with the existing Watermill Center Collection and its galleries. The survey of works on view, created by Pellizzi from 2011 to the present, features sculptures, installations, and paintings that engage audiences critically with political, educational, and financial market systems.

Tomoo Gokita at the Newcomb Art Museum

Tomoo Gokita at the Newcomb Art Museum

9 September 2015 to 3 January 2016

Included in group exhibition A Shared Space: KAWS, Karl Wirsum, and Tomoo Gokita, at the Newcomb Art Museum, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana.

While the three artists’ works in this exhibition have few formal associations, KAWS as the collector, sees commonalities underlying Wirsum’s whimsical and brightly colored figures, Gokita’s sleek grayscale faceless portraits, and his own meticulous, brightly-colored paintings. Ramirez-Montagut explains, “This exhibition is a lyrical exercise in exploring the works’ points of contact as perceived by KAWS, despite their seeming dissimilarities. The viewer comes to see these artists’ mutual appreciation for popular culture, irreverent iconographies, humor, and impeccable craftsmanship together with a shared use of strong graphic forms that evoke visceral reactions.”...

KAWS at the Newcomb Art Museum

KAWS at the Newcomb Art Museum

9 September 2015 to 3 January 2016

Included in group exhibition A Shared Space: KAWS, Karl Wirsum, and Tomoo Gokita, at the Newcomb Art Museum, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana.

While the three artists’ works in this exhibition have few formal associations, KAWS as the collector, sees commonalities underlying Wirsum’s whimsical and brightly colored figures, Gokita’s sleek grayscale faceless portraits, and his own meticulous, brightly-colored paintings. Ramirez-Montagut explains, “This exhibition is a lyrical exercise in exploring the works’ points of contact as perceived by KAWS, despite their seeming dissimilarities. The viewer comes to see these artists’ mutual appreciation for popular culture, irreverent iconographies, humor, and impeccable craftsmanship together with a shared use of strong graphic forms that evoke visceral reactions.”...

Ai Weiwei at Royal Academy of Arts

Ai Weiwei at Royal Academy of Arts

19 September to 13 December 2015

Solo exhibition Ai Weiwei at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, England.

Ai became widely known in Britain after his sunflower seeds installation in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in 2010 but this is the first major institutional survey of his work ever held in the UK and it bridges over two decades of his extraordinary career. Curated in collaboration with Ai Weiwei from his studio in Beijing, we present some of his most important works from the time he returned to China from the US in 1993 right up to present day. Among new works created specifically for our galleries and courtyard are a number of large-scale installations, as well as works showcasing everything from marble and steel to tea and glass. With typical boldness, the chosen works explore a multitude of challenging themes, drawing on his own experience to comment on creative freedom, censorship and human rights, as well as examining contemporary Chinese art and society...

Judith Bernstein in The New York Times

Judith Bernstein in The New York Times

31 July 2015

Review by Roberta Smith of solo exhibition Voyeur at Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY, in The New York Times.

Judith Bernstein’s art has never taken any prisoners. In the early 1970s, she satirized male domination and its failings with wall-size drawings of round-headed screws. They were rendered in hefty strokes of charcoal that gave them both hair and rotary motion. They were unforgettable images — cartoonish one-liners perhaps, but expressing a fury that many women felt. They became an indelible part of the history of feminist art...

Tomoo Gokita in Art Asia Pacific

Tomoo Gokita in Art Asia Pacific

July-August 2015

Feature article by Elaine W. Ng Tomoo Gokita: One Thousand Shades of Gray in Art Asia Pacific.

Tomoo Gokita is an outsider among Tokyo art insiders. With his boyish charm, he is sociable yet reticent. He regularly declares his love for beer and professional wrestling—particularly the 1976 match between Japan’s Antonio Inoki and American champion boxer Muhammad Ali. He studies record-album covers rather than art catalogs. So when the easygoing, 46-year-old painter of abstract-figurative canvases—more appreciated in the indie music and zine subcultures than by Tokyo-based curators and gallerists—was given a retrospective in August 2014, “The Great Circus,” at the prestigious Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art, an hour’s train ride southeast of Tokyo, it caught Japan’s art community by surprise...

G.T. Pellizzi at the Kunsthalle Wien

G.T. Pellizzi at the Kunsthalle Wien

26 June to 11 October 2015

Included in group exhibition Individual Stories. Collecting as Portrait and Methodology at the Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria.

Photographs, books and knick-knacks: artists collect a variety of objects. Their interest may lie in the formal, the aesthetic or the conceptual. While they generate personal collections regardless of their artistic practice, they also create collections based on artistic methods. The collection may itself reach the status of a work of art. Individual Stories considers the collection a portrait of its collector and also an artistic method, an expression of curiosity, transforming discovery, or a systematic approach to certain worlds of objects. The result is a compilation of individual collections that could not be more different.

KAWS at the Brooklyn Museum

KAWS at the Brooklyn Museum

10 June 2015 to 27 March 2016

Solo exhibition KAWS: “ALONG THE WAY” at the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York.

Brooklyn-based artist KAWS straddles the line between fine art and popular culture in his large-scale sculptures and brightly colored paintings, thoughtfully playing with imagery associated with consumer products and global brands. ALONG THE WAY, KAWS’s colossal eighteen-foot-high wood sculpture, greets visitors in our Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion and Lobby. Portraying a pair of gigantic figures with their heads lowered and with one arm around each other in a gentle embrace, the sculpture alludes to familiar childhood toys and cartoon characters while at the same time transforming their identities with a radical shift in scale, presenting them as monumental cultural presences...

KAWS at ArtZuid 2015

KAWS at ArtZuid 2015

22 May to 22 September 2015

Included in open-air group sculpture exhibition ArtZuid 2015 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Ericka Beckman at the Whitney Museum of American Art

Ericka Beckman at the Whitney Museum of American Art

1 May to 27 September 2015

Included in the inaugural group exhibition America Is Hard To See at the new building of the Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC, NY.

Drawn entirely from the Whitney Museum of American Art’s collection, America Is Hard to See takes the inauguration of the Museum’s new building as an opportunity to reexamine the history of art in the United States from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. Comprising more than six hundred works, the exhibition elaborates the themes, ideas, beliefs, and passions that have galvanized American artists in their struggle to work within and against established conventions, often directly engaging their political and social contexts. Numerous pieces that have rarely, if ever, been shown appear alongside beloved icons in a conscious effort to unsettle assumptions about the American art canon...

Judith Bernstein at the Whitney Museum of American Art

Judith Bernstein at the Whitney Museum of American Art

1 May to 27 September 2015

Included in the inaugural group exhibition America Is Hard To See at the new building of the Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC, NY.

Drawn entirely from the Whitney Museum of American Art’s collection, America Is Hard to See takes the inauguration of the Museum’s new building as an opportunity to reexamine the history of art in the United States from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. Comprising more than six hundred works, the exhibition elaborates the themes, ideas, beliefs, and passions that have galvanized American artists in their struggle to work within and against established conventions, often directly engaging their political and social contexts. Numerous pieces that have rarely, if ever, been shown appear alongside beloved icons in a conscious effort to unsettle assumptions about the American art canon...

Keith Sonnier at the Whitney Museum of American Art

Keith Sonnier at the Whitney Museum of American Art

1 May to 27 September 2015

Included in the inaugural group exhibition America Is Hard To See at the new building of the Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC, NY.

Drawn entirely from the Whitney Museum of American Art’s collection, America Is Hard to See takes the inauguration of the Museum’s new building as an opportunity to reexamine the history of art in the United States from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. Comprising more than six hundred works, the exhibition elaborates the themes, ideas, beliefs, and passions that have galvanized American artists in their struggle to work within and against established conventions, often directly engaging their political and social contexts. Numerous pieces that have rarely, if ever, been shown appear alongside beloved icons in a conscious effort to unsettle assumptions about the American art canon...

Barbara Kruger at the Whitney Museum of American Art

Barbara Kruger at the Whitney Museum of American Art

1 May to 27 September 2015

Included in the inaugural group exhibition America Is Hard To See at the new building of the Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC, NY.

Drawn entirely from the Whitney Museum of American Art’s collection, America Is Hard to See takes the inauguration of the Museum’s new building as an opportunity to reexamine the history of art in the United States from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. Comprising more than six hundred works, the exhibition elaborates the themes, ideas, beliefs, and passions that have galvanized American artists in their struggle to work within and against established conventions, often directly engaging their political and social contexts. Numerous pieces that have rarely, if ever, been shown appear alongside beloved icons in a conscious effort to unsettle assumptions about the American art canon...

Peter Saul at the Whitney Museum of American Art

Peter Saul at the Whitney Museum of American Art

1 May to 27 September 2015

Included in the inaugural group exhibition America Is Hard To See at the new building of the Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC, NY.

Drawn entirely from the Whitney Museum of American Art’s collection, America Is Hard to See takes the inauguration of the Museum’s new building as an opportunity to reexamine the history of art in the United States from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. Comprising more than six hundred works, the exhibition elaborates the themes, ideas, beliefs, and passions that have galvanized American artists in their struggle to work within and against established conventions, often directly engaging their political and social contexts. Numerous pieces that have rarely, if ever, been shown appear alongside beloved icons in a conscious effort to unsettle assumptions about the American art canon...

Tomoo Gokita at Honor Fraser Gallery

Tomoo Gokita at Honor Fraser Gallery

11 April to 16 May 2015

Solo exhibition Bésame Mucho at Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, California.

On view will be new works by Tokyo-based Tomoo Gokita, who is acclaimed for his black and white gouache canvases that incorporate exceptional draftsmanship with surreal imagery. Gokita continues his monochromatic series that explores the traditional portrait format on a range of scales, using source material from vintage postcards, magazines, found photos, and classic film stills. With a celebrated career in illustration and graphic design, Gokita first rose to prominence after creating a series of newsprint books. In 2005, he turned to painting, developing a distinctive greyscale aesthetic that combines deft tonal modeling of figures with a material flatness, both alluding to and obscuring characters appropriated from western popular culture and marginal countercultural sources. Alongside Gokita's intimate portraits of individuals, this exhibition will feature large-scale group compositions that are an evolution in the artist's oeuvre...

Jacob Hashimoto at Studio La Città

Jacob Hashimoto at Studio La Città

7 April to 15 May 2015

Solo exhibition Never Comes Tomorrow at Studio La Città in collaboration with Doubletrouble95, Milan, Italy.

On the occasion of the MiArt and Salone del Mobile fairs, Studio la Città will be transferring to a temporary venue in Milan, DOUBLETROUBLE95, to propose an installation by Jacob Hashimoto: Never Comes Tomorrow, already exhibited with great success in Verona last May. This installation will once again be a proof of Hashimoto's maniacal interest in architecture, space and time, and the astral dynamics of planets and constellations. Proportions, relationships, and surfaces will be closely interrelated with the building hosting the large-scale installation, in this was concretizing DOUBLETROUBLE95's dream: to host the site-specific work of an important international artist.

Ryan McNamara in Art In America

Ryan McNamara in Art In America

April 2015

Review by Brian Droitcour of exhibition Gently Used at Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY, in Art In America.

Galleries are where performance art goes to die. Ryan McNamara knows this, and does what he can to animate his work’s remains. His latest exhibition was full of what seemed like semi-monuments to past performances, as though they were commemorative gestures that got cut short halfway through, diverted to an alternate scenario. There were things that could have been statues, plaques or portraits honoring the live event that was, but dressed up with leftover costuming, they’ve become objects in performance drag...

Ryan McNamara in Artforum

Ryan McNamara in Artforum

April 2015

Review by Michael Wilson of exhibition Gently Used at Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY, in Artforum.

“This guy,” says Ryan McNamara, holding up a small black-and-white photographic cutout, “was a contestant in a dance contest I held in Buenos Aires. The entire dance floor was full of 150 people all melting on top of each other and rolling all over each other.” The fond recollection, and the frenetic clip that follows it, appears in a video on McNamara’s website...

Olivier Mosset in The Brooklyn Rail

Olivier Mosset in The Brooklyn Rail

5 March 2015

Review by Tom Mc Glynn in The Brooklyn Rail online.

Olivier Mosset isn’t really an abstract painter, because his paintings aren’t abstractly real. This might seem like a tautological game, but it is actually at the root of Mosset’s raison d’être. His recent show of monochrome works at Koenig & Clinton continues the artist’s longtime presentation of intimately actualized surfaces, proportional discretions, and subtle colorations that retain a fulsome sense of the real without being representational or subject to the burden of mimetic ventriloquism. His work is radically immanent in the best sense of the concept, a concept which states not only “what you see is what you see,” but, and more importantly, “what you sense is all that you will ever see.”...

Barry Le Va at Akira Ikeda Gallery

Barry Le Va at Akira Ikeda Gallery

14 February to 30 April 2015

Solo exhibition at Akira Ikeda Gallery, Berlin, Germany.

Olivier Mosset at Koenig & Clinton

Olivier Mosset at Koenig & Clinton

6 February to 14 March 2015

Solo exhibition at Koenig & Clinton, NYC, NY.

Koenig & Clinton is pleased to announce its second solo exhibition with Olivier Mosset, featuring recent large-scale monochromes. For nearly 50 years, Mosset’s paintings have challenged conventional notions of artistic originality and production. The current exhibition groups paintings of varying shape and scale, emphasizing the artist’s continual consideration of surface, color, environment, and repetition...

Hilary Harkness in The Huffington Post

Hilary Harkness in The Huffington Post

5 February 2015

Interview with David Galensen Inside New York’s Art World: An Interview with Hilary Harkness in The Huffington Post.

The art world is occupied by a huge range of artists - emerging and established - who are being captured by all forms of media, including social. Just as technology has given artists additional outlets for making and sharing work, it has provided writers with access to artists and artworks across the globe and expanded the dialogue. It can be overwhelming to keep track of it all, but it’s also an exhilarating moment...

Jim Isermann in Desert Magazine

Jim Isermann in Desert Magazine

February 2015

Article by Kimberly Nichols Beyond Modernism with artist Jim Isermann in Desert Magazine.

Isermann's three-plus decades of work chronicle the conflation of post-war industrial design and fine art through popular culture alongside an unflagging belief in the beauty of utilitarian design and a fervent experimentation with material. Early furniture pieces and tableaus were envisioned as prototypes for mass production. Thermal dies were created for large-scale vinyl decals. The decals in turn led to vacuum formed styrene wall panels. Stained glass works and fabric wall paintings continued his exploration of pattern and repetition. Many of his site-specific installations, like the façade of the Los Angeles' MTA Customer Center, referenced the vernacular solution of transforming out-of-date architecture into a dialogue within the community. In the past 15 years he has been utilizing digital technology to design elements for commercial manufacture. Overall, his work has matured from didactic representations of the failure of modernism to the physical embodiment of pure design...

Olivier Mosset at Christopher Grimes Gallery

Olivier Mosset at Christopher Grimes Gallery

17 January to 14 March 2015

Included in two–person exhibition Carlos Bunga & Olivier Mosset at Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, California.

Olivier Mosset emerged in the 1960s and has since been associated with a multitude of art historical movements, involving himself in both the European and American artistic and critical contexts. In anticipation of many artists, who in the 1980s would use appropriation to critique Modernist authority, Mosset called into question the painter’s gesture and signature by sharing styles and dissolving authorship to reach a “degree zero” of painting. This line of questioning continues in this exhibition where he will present a wall painting composed of four yellow and blue triangles in the form of a motif found from a mural discovered in Cuernavaca in Mexico. In addition, a horizontal grey and white wall painting will extend the length of the nearly 45-foot wall spanning the Main and South galleries. Mosset’s paintings possess a strong materialist sense that recalls Malevich, Reinhardt or Stella while simultaneously maintaining a subtle relationship to the readymade and appropriation...

Ed Paschke at the Ashmolean Museum

Ed Paschke at the Ashmolean Museum

17 January to 5 July 2015

Solo exhibition Ed Paschke: Visionary from Chicago, 1968-2004 at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, England.

Ed Paschke: Visionary from Chicago, 1968–2004 is the third in the Ashmolean’s series of exhibitions of post-war and contemporary art presented in collaboration with the Hall Art Foundation (USA). Curated by Sir Norman Rosenthal, a selection of paintings spanning Paschke’s artistic career from 1968 to 2004 will be on view.

Part of a group of artists known as the Chicago Imagists who emerged in the 1960s, Paschke (1939–2004) was strongly influenced by media imagery and popular culture – newspapers, magazines, advertisements, film and television. In works like Hilda (1973) and Mannish Boy (1970), his brilliantly coloured, provocative and surreal paintings of circus freaks, tattooed ladies, transvestites, wrestlers and hairy wingtip shoes, explore the underbelly of urban life and a dark side of Pop Art...

Sadie Benning at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects

Sadie Benning at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects

10 January to 14 February 2015

Solo exhibition Fuzzy Math at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, California.

Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects is pleased to announce our first solo exhibition with New York based artist, Sadie Benning, "Fuzzy Math," in all four gallery spaces. This new body of work marks our contemporary cultural moment; the genesis of a traumatic event and its aftershocks.

"Fuzzy Math," a phrase borrowed from set theory, has become a popular phrase in politics over the last fifteen years. Classical set theory operates on a binary function: either an element is included or not included in the set. The fuzzification of mathematics can be dated to the 1965 publication of Lotfi Asker Zadehs influential work "Fuzzy Sets". In the ensuing decades, this new set of operations expanded algebraic functions to account for uncertainty or incomplete information. In fuzzy math, elements are ambiguous and can exist in a state of becoming a part of a set. This math has been used to develop the truthy justifications and denials for events ranging from wars in the Middle East, global warming, speculative sub-prime mortgages, and election results. Benning's new body of work is a meta-examination of the anxiety produced by the fall-out of these fuzzy ideologies, the radically new world that they have created, and the many repercussions of making decisions based on incomplete information that are only beginning to come to light...

Jacob Hashimoto in Artforum

Jacob Hashimoto in Artforum

January 2015

Review by David Frankel of exhibition Skyfarm Fortress at Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY, in Artforum.

To say that Jacob Hashimoto makes kites, then strings them together in the air, will do as a description of his process but gives no sense at all of the visual quality of Skyfarm Fortress, 2014, the installation that made up this show...

Hilary Harkness at FLAG Art Foundation

Hilary Harkness at FLAG Art Foundation

25 October 2014 to 31 January 2015

Included in group exhibition Disturbing Innocence at FLAG Art Foundation, NYC, NY.

Disturbing Innocence features over 50 historical and contemporary artists whose use of dolls, toys, mannequins, robots, and other surrogates forms a deep and powerfully expressive genre. The exhibition poses profound questions surrounding social constructs of youth, beauty, transformation, violence, sexuality, gender, identity, and loneliness. Inspired by Eric Fischl’s own childhood in suburban Long Island, NY, and his early career as an artist working in New York City in the 1980s, Disturbing Innocence presents a subversive and escapist world at odds with the values and pretensions of polite society.

Jacob Hashimoto at the Pizzuti Collection

Jacob Hashimoto at the Pizzuti Collection

6 September 2014 to 15 August 2015

Included in group exhibition NOW-ISM: Abstraction Today at the Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, Ohio.

In one weird, hyphenated word, NOW-ISM insists that the works in it are both of the moment—particular to the circumstances in which they were made and attuned to the digital phase of the Information Age as it hurtles us through the first decade and a half of the twenty-first century—and outside of time: unshackled by the constraints of context and the restrictions of history because, as works of art, they are fully present in the moment and available to be intimately engaged by innumerable viewers, over and over again, in perpetuity. The beauty of now is that it never grows old. Its biggest drawback is that it doesn’t last: Constantly slipping away, now never lets anyone rest with what happened yesterday. To attend to the works in this exhibition, you have to be on your toes, at the top of your game, attentive to details, alive to subtlety, and in touch with the peculiar poetry of visual experience...

Ed Paschke in The New York Times

Ed Paschke in The New York Times

4 July 2014

Review by Roberta Smith of solo exhibition Ed Paschke at Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY, in The New York Times.

Think of Ed Paschke, the great American painter who died in 2004, was a formalist in wolf’s clothing, or the most abstract of Photo Realists. His dystopic photo-based paintings depict the denizens of a lurid dark side, where crime, race, clubs and an eerie glamour mixed with intimations of violence. Yet equally important to the tamped-down electricity of these works is Paschke’s sense of allover tautness: the shallow space, the way his images are embedded in monochrome fields of color, and his finely wrought painting technique of tattoo-like filigrees and stippled textures...

Dawoud Bey in The New Yorker

Dawoud Bey in The New Yorker

2 June 2014

Review by of solo exhibition The Birmingham Project at Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY, in The New Yorker.

To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, which killed four young girls, the Chicago-based artist photographed black children in Alabama, who are the same age as the victims were. He also shows portraits of adults in their sixties, the age the girls would be if they’d lived. Formally posed, often in church pews, and seen here in pairs, Bey’s sitters regard us with sombre expressions. But the artist is not heavy-handed; the soulful concern that grounds his pictures also buoys them.

Dawoud Bey at the Whitney Museum of American Art

Dawoud Bey at the Whitney Museum of American Art

7 March to 25 May 2014

Included in the group exhibition Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC, NY.

The 2014 Biennial brings together the findings of three curators with very distinct points of view. There is little overlap in the artists they have selected and yet there is common ground. This can be seen in their choice of artists working in interdisciplinary ways, artists working collectively, and artists from a variety of generations. Together, the 103 participants offer one of the broadest and most diverse takes on art in the United States that the Whitney has offered in many years.

Peter Schuyff at the Whitney Museum of American Art

Peter Schuyff at the Whitney Museum of American Art

7 March to 25 May 2014

Included in the group exhibition Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC, NY.

The 2014 Biennial brings together the findings of three curators with very distinct points of view. There is little overlap in the artists they have selected and yet there is common ground. This can be seen in their choice of artists working in interdisciplinary ways, artists working collectively, and artists from a variety of generations. Together, the 103 participants offer one of the broadest and most diverse takes on art in the United States that the Whitney has offered in many years.