The city of Basel was buzzing in mid-June, with the 49th annual edition of Art Basel Switzerland, the world’s most highly acclaimed Modern and contemporary art fair, taking place from June 14—17. Attracting art enthusiasts from across the globe, this year’s fair brought together 290 internationally renowned galleries to exhibit the works of over 4,000 artists.
Anchoring the art fair is the Galleries sector, which showcases individually curated booths by leading Modern and contemporary galleries dedicated to prominent 20th and 21st century artworks ranging from museum-quality painting to pioneering digital art.
Among highlights from this year’s Galleries sector was the late Abstract Expressionist painter Joan Mitchell, whose Estate, as of May 2018, is represented by David Zwirner. Mitchell’s 1959 painting Untitled was sold by the end of the first day for $14 million by New York and London-based art dealer Lévy Gorvy. Untitled was just one of nearly a dozen works by Mitchell presented by at least seven galleries at this year’s fair.
Other highlights from the 2018 Galleries sector include Jacqueline Humphries’ (#J^^):), 2017, presented by Greene Naftali, and Lelong Editions presentation of works by Etel Adnan. Another memorable work from the main fair was Rirkrit Tiravanija’s untitled (freiheit kann man nicht simulieren), 2012, a text driven installation spray-painted directly on the walls of neugerriemschneider’s booth. Roughly translated as “freedom cannot be simulated,” the work serves as a response to xenophobic German politician Thilo Sarrazin’s controversial book Deutschland schafft sich ab (“Germany Is Doing Away With Itself”) (2010), which argued for restrictive immigration policies.
- Pino Pascali and Frank Stella, Marianne Boesky Gallery
- Miriam Backstrom, Galería Elba Benítez
- Geta Brătescu, Hauser & Wirth
- Yann Gerstberger, Galería OMR
Introduced in the year 2000, the Unlimited sector at Art Basel showcases large-scale installations, sculptures, and video projections, an event unique to Basel, Switzerland. The 2018 edition of Unlimited was curated for the 7th consecutive year by Gianni Jetzer, curator-at-large at Washington D.C.’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Among our favorites from this year’s edition of Unlimited is Robert Longo’s Death Star, 2018, presented by Metro Pictures and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac. Composed of 40,000 bullet casings, the work reflects the frightening increase in mass shooting incidents in the United States over the last 25 years.
Also worth highlighting is Rashid Johnson’s Antoine’s Organ, 2016, a monumental installation featuring a sprawling, heterogeneous ecosystem injected into a rigid armature of black steel scaffolding. At the center of Johnson’s installation, presented by Hauser & Wirth, is a partially concealed piano featuring pre-recorded performances by classically trained pianist Antoine Baldwin.
- Sam Gilliam, David Kordansky Gallery
- Carol Bove, David Zwirner
- Sam Moyer, Sean Kelly
- Richard Mosse, carlier | gebauer & Jack Shainman Gallery
Liste Art Fair is a satellite fair that takes place during Art Basel and is dedicated to young and emerging artists and galleries. The 2018 Liste Art Fair featured 79 galleries from 32 countries. Highlights from this year’s art fair include Kris Lemsalu’s Baubo Dance, 2017-18, presented by Temnikova & Kasela, based in Tallinn, Estonia. Maximalist, visceral, and sexualized, Lemsalu merges animals and humans, nature and culture, and abjection and beauty into her works, evoking the wild, bestial side of human beings and civilizations. Also worth mentioning is Chapter NY’s presentation of works by Mira Dancy.
For summer 2018, Fondation Beyeler presents “Bacon – Giacometti,” an exhibition exploring the relationship between Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti, and revealing the unexpected parallels between them. As friends and rivals, both artists occupy themselves with the human body, in all its deformation and fragmentation, Giacometti through sculpture and Bacon through painting. Curated by Catherine Grenier, Michael Peppiatt, and Ulf Küster, the exhibition, on display through September 2nd, is comprised of 100 works loaned from major museums and private collections in Europe and the United States.
“Disappearing Acts,” a retrospective showcasing the work of Bruce Nauman, is on view at Schaulager through August 26th. The exhibition features over 170 works in wide variety of media, including drawings, videos, photographs, sculptures, neon pieces, and large-scale installations. In addition to key masterpieces, the show also presents new never-before-seen works such as Nauman’s 3D video projection entitled Contrapposto Split, 2017, Leaping Foxes, 2018, a monumental pyramid of animal sculptures suspended from the ceiling, and Contrapposto Studies, i through vii, 2015-16, a revisiting of his 1968 Walk With Contrapposto, in which he filmed himself walking awkwardly in a pose used in classical Greek sculpture.
Early May was a bustling time for the New York art scene with exciting new gallery and museum exhibitions, Frieze New York and TEFAF art fairs, and spring art auctions. LSS Art Advisory has outlined some of our favorites from our week’s visit:
Frieze Art Fair
The seventh annual edition of Frieze New York, a renowned art fair originally founded in London in 2003, witnessed record visitor attendance, helmed for the first time by Loring Randolph, recently appointed by Frieze Art Fairs as Artistic Director for the Americas. Here are a few highlights from the over 190 galleries that exhibited at Randall’s Island Park this year:
Tal R at Cheim & Read
A new series of drawings by artist Tal R, entitled a ship called New York, was the focus of Cheim & Read’s presentation at Frieze NY 2018. The works,, executed in crayon, ink, acrylic and oil on paper, primarily in tones of blue, merge a vision of the open sea with the artist’s conception of New York as a city that is unique in the world. The artist has said, “New York is always what you imagine it to be as an outsider; it is both a city and a mental state.”
McArthur Binion at Lehmann Maupin
Lehmann Maupin’s booth brought together three artists whose work is thematically connected in their respective explorations of language and communication: McArthur Binion, Shirazeh Houshiary, and Cecilia Vicuña. LSS Art Advisory was particularly captivated by Binion’s presentation, his first with the gallery since announcing their representation of the artist in March. Binion, known for his autobiographical abstract works, was a writer before he ever considered pursuing art and language remains an influence on his work, as much as his personal history. Creating his own brand of Modernism, his compositions are defined by rich pattern, texture and color that reference his rural roots and the geometries of his mother’s quilts and West African textiles.
The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF):
Founded by art dealers in 1988 in Maastricht, Netherlands, TEFAF art fair has a history of showcasing masterpieces in categories of fine art ranging from antiques, Old Masters and Haute Joaillerie to contemporary painting, works on paper and 20th century design. Marking the second annual edition of TEFAF New York Spring at the historic Park Avenue Armory, this year’s fair featured 90 internationally acclaimed art galleries and dealers and is well worth a visit.
Sam Francis at Richard Gray Gallery
For TEFAF New York Spring 2018, Richard Gray Gallery presented masterworks by Sam Francis and Isamu Noguchi from the 1950s and 1960s. LSS Art Advisory was particularly captivated by Francis’ stunning large-scale paintings. In the early 1960’s, Francis began painting a series of predominantly blue works as he suffered through hospitalization for kidney disease. Featuring orb-like organic forms, the drips and splatters characterizing this body of work mark the trajectories of particles moving through space.
Josef Albers and Giorgio Morandi at David Zwirner
David Zwirner devoted their booth at TEFAF to the concept of seriality in the works of Josef Albers and Giorgio Morandi, juxtaposing a series of five red Albers Homage to the Square works, alongside paintings and drawings by Morandi from the 1950s. The artists are best known for their decades-long explorations of a singular motif: Albers employed his nested square format to experiment with endless chromatic combinations and perceptual effects, while Morandi investigated our perceptual understanding and memory of everyday objects and spaces.
Ursula von Rydingsvard at Galerie Lelong
TORN, a solo-exhibition of new and recent works by Ursula von Rydingsvard, is on view at Galerie Lelong through June 23rd. Celebrated for her large-scale sculptures in public spaces and museums in the United States and abroad, von Rydingsvard’s exhibition presents works built from her experimentation in cedar, paper, bronze, and resin. In addition to TORN, the artist has two concurrent museum exhibitions currently on view at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Marlene Dumas at David Zwirner
Myths & Mortals, an exhibition of new work by Marlene Dumas, is on view at David Zwirner Gallery through June 30, 2018. In this exhibition, the artist’s second with the gallery and first solo-presentation in New York since 2010, Dumas debuts an expansive series of works on paper originally created for a recent Dutch translation of William Shakespeare’s narrative poem Venus and Adonis (1593) by Hafid Bouazza. Alongside these works, the exhibition features a selection of new paintings that range from monumental nude figures to intimately scaled canvases that present details of bodily parts and facial features.
Math Bass at Mary Boone Gallery
On view through July 27, 2018 at Mary Boone Gallery is a solo-exhibition of new paintings by LACMA AHAN awardee Math Bass. Curated by Piper Marshall, the exhibition, entitled My Dear Dear Letter, presents a recent addition to the artist’s ongoing “Newz!” paintings in which she explores the contour of a shape through repetition and reorientation, often within one composition.
Additional Notable Gallery Shows:
- Charles Ray at Matthew Marks Gallery
- Tomas Saraceno at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
- Charles Gaines at Paula Cooper Gallery
Zoe Leonard at the Whitney
Zoe Leonard: Survey, on view at the Whitney Museum through June 10, 2018, is the first large-scale overview of the artist’s work in an American museum. Looking across Leonard’s three decade long career, the exhibition highlights her engagement with various themes, including the history of photography, gender and sexuality, loss and mourning, migration, displacement, and the urban landscape.
Being: New Photography MoMA
Being: New Photography 2018, the latest edition of MoMA’s longstanding and celebrated New Photography series, is on view through August 19th. Presenting works by 17 artists working in the US and internationally, including Sam Contis, Aïda Muluneh, and B. Ingrid Olson, the exhibition investigates charged and layered notions of personhood and subjectivity in recent photography and photo-based art. Together, the works on view explore how personhood is expressed today, and offer timely perspectives on issues of privacy and exposure; the formation of communities; and gender, heritage, and psychology.
Danh Vo at the Guggenheim
Take My Breath Away, the first comprehensive survey in the United States to date of work by Danish artist Danh Vo, was presented by the Guggenheim. Filling the ramps of the museum’s rotunda, the exhibition will offer an illuminating overview of Vo’s production from the past 15 years, including a number of new projects created on the occasion of the exhibition. Ranging the full spectrum of Vo’s oeuvre – from early conceptual works to his recent sculptural hybrids of classical and Christian statuary–the exhibition will interweave installations, photographs, and works on paper from various points in the artist’s career to amplify their thematic resonances.
Also Worth Visiting:
- Stephen Shore at MoMAthrough May 28, 2018
- Tarsila do Amaral at MoMA through June 3, 2018
- Adrian Piper at MoMA through July 22, 2018
- Huma Bhabha at the Met through October 28, 2018
- 2018 Triennial: Songs for Sabotage at New Museum through May 27, 2018
LSS Art Advisory just returned from a fabulous trip to Mexico City for the 2018 Zona Maco, Latin America’s largest contemporary art fair. With its rich cultural heritage, modern art and architecture, and thriving artist community and gallery scene, it’s no surprise that the ancient metropolis is becoming increasingly celebrated by the global art community. Here are highlights from the fair and other must-see exhibitions from Mexico City:
The 15th edition of Mexico’s leading contemporary art fair, Zona Maco, took place in Mexico City February 7 – 11, 2018. Featuring over 170 galleries from more than 20 countries worldwide, this year exhibitors presented works ranging from modern to contemporary by both established and emerging artists.
Other Art Fairs Worth Visiting:
LSS Art Advisory enjoyed a private viewing of Mecánica de lo inestable, lead by Jose Dávila. The solo-exhibition presents two recent groups of sculptural works by Dávila, whose work reflects on modern architecture and urbanism, and the forecasts and failures of contemporary art. The sculptures on view reflect Dávila’s recent interest in balance and verticality, indicating a new direction in his career.
Nairy Baghramian’s Maintainers, features recent sculptures each consisting of three interdependent elements – raw aluminum casts, colored wax forms and lacquer painted braces. The material nature of the works exhibited implies a utilitarian purpose, challenging the boundaries between sculpture and molds, object and meaning, strength and fragility, the organic and the mechanical.
Música Para Litófonos, is comprised of new percussive sculptures, known as lithophones, by Mexican artist Pedro Reyes. A lithophone is a monolithic block with parallel cuts of varying lengths and depths, which when struck produce sounds consistent with musical notes. In addition to combining music with sculpture, the exhibition brings the static work to action, encouraging the viewer to not only observe, but to interact. For this project, Reyes employed the Mexican percussion ensemble, Tambuco, to perform an original score, establishing a dialogue between art and life, object and viewer.
Additional Must-See Galleries:
- House of Gaga
- Galería Parque
- Supportico Lopez
- José Garcia
- Proyectos Monclova
In addition to the art fairs and gallery visits LSS Art Advisory took advantage of the city’s extensive art scene, visiting some of Mexico’s most renowned cultural institutions.
Museo Frida Kahlo
Museo Frida Kahlo, popularly known as the Casa Azul (the ‘Blue House’), is the historic house and art museum dedicated to the life and work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. As Kahlo’s place of birth and death, the museum preserves the personal objects and reveals the private universe of Latin America’s most celebrated female artist.
Museo Anahuacalli was conceived and created by famed muralist Diego Rivera to house his vast collection of pre-Hispanic objects. Much like the objects it holds, the temple-like structure, constructed of volcanic rock, evokes Mexico’s indigenous histories and cultures.
In addition to the over 50,000 artifacts collected by Rivera, the museum also features one of Rivera’s studios and some of his work, including a study for Man at the Crossroads, the mural whose original version was commissioned for Rockefeller Center. While the original mural was destroyed in 1934 for including a portrait of communist leader Vladimir Lenin, Rivera recreated the mural for the interior of Mexico City’s Palacio De Bellas Artes, where the work remains today.
Also Worth Visiting:
- Cerith Wyn Evans at Museo Tamayo, on view through May 6, 2018
- Learning to Read with John Baldessari, Museo Jumex, through April 8, 2018
- Museo Nacional de Antropología
- La Casa Luis Barragán
- Cuadra San Cristóbal
San Francisco’s art scene has a lot to offer this winter. Read below for recommendations on must-see museum and gallery exhibitions:
Fais semblant qu’on n’est pas ici, Liam Everett’s third solo exhibition at Altman Siegel, is on view through March 3, 2018. Building on recent investigations, Everett presents a new body of work that unfolds interrelated systems and interpretations of support. Fais semblant qu’on n’est pas ici includes new paintings, sculpture and a raised floor. Highlighting the gallery space through a transformation of architecture and light, Everett’s installation emphasizes the physical act of supporting a painting, the routine practice an artist undertakes daily, as well as pedagogical rituals shaped through rehearsal.
Jessica Silverman Gallery
Open House: The Modern Institute, a curated exhibition featuring thirteen artists from Glasgow’s The Modern Institute, is on view at Jessica Silverman Gallery through February 24, 2018. The title of the exhibition comes from a work by Scottish artist Scott Myles, who screen-printed the text ‘OPEN HOUSE’ on The Modern Institute’s Aird’s Lane gallery office door, removed it from its original frame and re-installed it on the gallery wall as part of his 2017 solo show. For the duration of the exhibition, Myles relocated his studio to the gallery, using it as site for simultaneous display of production and presentation. Like Myles’ work, OPEN HOUSE represents the portal/threshold by which works pass from the site of their creation into the wider world.
Fraenkel Gallery presents Art & Vinyl: Artists & The Record Album from Picasso to the Present, an exhibition examining the ways in which artists have been drawn to records as mediums for original works of art. Comprised of more than one hundred works by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Cindy Sherman, Art & Vinyl marks the first in-depth exhibition to focus on works of art created specifically for an album, composer or musician. Seen together, the albums span seven decades and a vast array of conceptual strategies, sketching an idiosyncratic history of art from the mid-20th century to the present.
Other Must-See Exhibitions:
- Designed in California, January 27 – May 27, 2018
- Sublime Seas, March 3 – September 16, 2018
- Nothing Stable Under Heaven, March 3 – September 16, 2018
- The Train: RFK’s Last Journey, March 17 – June 10, 2018
- Selves and Others: Gifts to the Collection from Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein, March 24 – September 23, 2018
- Lanza Atelier, New Work, March 31 – July 29, 2018
- René Magritte, The Fifth Season, May 19 – October 28, 2018
- Legion of Honor
- de Young Museum
- Anthony Meier Fine Arts
- Berggruen Gallery
- Ratio 3
Winter 2018 in New York is brimming with exciting new museum shows and gallery exhibitions. LSS Art Advisory reviews the most anticipated offerings of the season below:
On the occasion of the gallery’s 25th anniversary, David Zwirner presents David Zwirner: 25 Years, a museum-worthy, sprawling group exhibition celebrating the artists who have shaped the gallery’s extraordinary program since its founding in 1993. The exhibition, on view across all of the gallery’s Chelsea locations, features significant historical work, alongside new and never-before-seen works commissioned specifically for the show. Among the more than 50 internationally-renowned artists on view through February 17th are Alice Neel, Kerry James Marshall, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Yayoi Kusama.
Mitchell-Innes & Nash
Love Letters and Yard Work, two concurrent exhibitions of new work by Eddie Martinez, are now on view at Mitchell-Innes and Nash. The Love Letter series expands upon Martinez’s recent practice of utilizing enlarged silkscreens of small Sharpie drawings as a starting point for large-scale works on canvas. Yard Work, a separate but related body of work, was created in the summer of 2017, where Martinez, unable to find a studio, started painting on his lawn. He then allowed these paintings to dry there, exposed to the elements. Although these compositions did not originate as drawings, Martinez uses the spray can as a drawing tool, creating compositions that range from completely abstract to figurative still lives.
Gladstone 64 is pleased to present Mostly Drawing, Amy Sillman’s first exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition, on view through March 3rd, is comprised primarily of works on paper incorporating silkscreened, painted, and drawn elements, continuing the artist’s decades-long exploration of the ideological underpinnings of the term “Drawing” itself. In each work, Sillman employs formal dualities from the art historical canon – namely, narration versus abstraction, color versus line, flat versus recessive space, and painting versus drawing. The works on view therefore defy easy categorization, as each one appears to vacillate between overt abstraction and coded figuration, between traditional painting and comic illustration.
Other Must-See Gallery Shows:
- Lehmann Maupin
- Galerie Lelong
- Matthew Marks Gallery
- Marianne Boesky Gallery
- Acquavella Galleries Kirkeby
Take My Breath Away, the first comprehensive survey in the United States to date of work by Danish artist Danh Vo, is opening at the Guggenheim on February 9th. Filling the ramps of the museum’s rotunda, the exhibition will offer an illuminating overview of Vo’s production from the past 15 years, including a number of new projects created on the occasion of the exhibition. Ranging the full spectrum of Vo’s oeuvre – from early conceptual works to his recent sculptural hybrids of classical and Christian statuary–the exhibition will interweave installations, photographs, and works on paper from various points in the artist’s career to amplify their thematic resonances.
Additional Museum Exhibitions:
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- The FLAG Art Foundation
- The Whitney Museum
LSS Art Advisory started 2018 off with an exciting trip to Los Angeles, which included a walk through of the Art Los Angeles Art Fair as well as visits to gallery and museum exhibitions. Read on for highlights:
Art Los Angeles Contemporary
Art Los Angeles Contemporary (ALAC) is an intimate fair in Santa Monica focused on emerging artists from top notch LA galleries and beyond. Our favorite booths at the fair include Laeh Glenn at Altman Siegel, Jedediah Caesar at Susanne Vielmetter, John Pittman presented by Regards Gallery.
Blum & Poe
฿o₫៛€$, Hugh Scott-Douglas’ third solo-exhibition with Blum & Poe, is now on view through March 3rd. The exhibition stages steel sculptures, digital video, and printed paintings together in an exploration of the tools capital employs in the production of value and the organization of labor. In each of these bodies of work, he repurposes existing software to make ecologies of class relationships visible through graphic representation and subsequent abstraction.
Blum & Poe also presents Alchemical Love, the first major US exhibition of pascALEjandro, the creation of Alejandro Jodorowsky and Pascale Montandon-Jodorowsky, nearly ten years in the making. An act of psychomagic in its own right, this existential and artistic project is the love child of two artists who are separated in age by over forty years. Manifested here in extraordinary works on paper, the collaboration is comprised of the masculine: Jodorowsky’s illustrations, and the feminine: Montandon-Jodorowsky’s vivid colors.
Other Notable Gallery Exhibitions:
- Matthew Marks Gallery Mill
- Regen Projects
- Sprüth Magers
- Night Gallery
- Hauser & Wirth
- M+B Gallery
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
Njideka Akunyili Crosby has become the second artist to create an outdoor mural designed specifically to wrap the exterior of MOCA Grand Avenue, the first work having been installed by Jonas Wood in 2017. The Nigerian-born, Los Angeles-based artist is known for deftly combining collage, printmaking, drawing and painting in sumptuous and cinematic large-scale works. Fusing Nigerian and American source materials, histories and cultural references her intricately layered scenes reflecting the rich complexity of contemporary lives shaped by postcolonial African cosmopolitanism and global, hybrid identities. Her work transforms the museum itself into a canvas for explorations of scale, texture, pattern, intimacy and a multiplicity of perspectives.
- The Broad
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
- Hammer Museum
- Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
In San Francisco this holiday season? LSS Art Advisory recommends these must-see gallery and museum exhibitions:
Spanning three decades of his career, Adam Fuss’s ninth solo-exhibition with Fraenkel Gallery, Liquids 1987–2017, explores the expressive potential of liquids in a variety of dynamic states. Made without a camera, Fuss’s photograms and daguerreotypes are distilled to the fundamental components of the medium: light, subject matter, and photo-sensitive paper or metal. Through varied photographs of glycerin drops, waterfalls, and snakes rippling along the surface of still water, Fuss magnifies the versatile and volatile nature of liquids when manipulated and when in motion.
A solo-exhibition of new works by Sam Messenger features a selection of works on paper created throughout 2017, as well as paintings from 2014. Messenger’s recent works demonstrate the artist’s continuing engagement with intricate, geometric patterns that convey a sense of materiality and an illusion of depth through their interlacing, web-like designs.
Berggruen also presents an exhibition of new paintings by American artist Christopher Brown, entitled The Waters Sliding, which demonstrates Brown’s engagement with themes tied to history and memory. A Selection of Color Prints from the 1980s and 90s, featuring works by Richard Diebenkorn is also on view at the gallery.
Lands End: California at Larkin, a solo-exhibition by San Francisco-based photographer John Chiara, is now on view at Haines Gallery. Coinciding with the release of “John Chiara: California,” the first monographic publication dedicated to his work, Chiara’s third exhibition with the gallery continues his exploration of the Bay Area’s natural and manmade environments. In addition to his landscape works, the show features a series of cityscapes representing San Francisco’s urban landscape.
Other Notable Exhibitions:
- Hackett Mill
- Altman Siegel
- Anglim Gilbert Gallery
- Adrian Rosenfeld Gallery
- Casemore Kirkeby
- Jessica Silverman Gallery
- Dolby Chadwick
- Gagosian Gallery
- Rena Bransten Gallery
MUSEUMS/ ART SPACES
McEvoy Foundation for the Arts
McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, a nonprofit arts space located in the Minnesota Street Project, was established by the chief executive of Chronicle Books, Nion McEvoy, and opened to the public on October 28th. Highlighting the breadth of the McEvoy Family Collection, the inaugural exhibition La Mère La Mer, features works from the collection of Nion McEvoy and his late mother, Nan Tucker McEvoy. The show pays tribute to Nan McEvoy’s devoted, life-long interest in and support of California artists including Wayne Thiebaud, Richard Diebenkorn, Ed Ruscha, and David Hockney, while showcasing Nion McEvoy’s interest in works by artists such as Anne Collier, Carsten Höller, Roe Ethridge, and Ragnar Kjartansson.
Legion of Honor
Klimt and Rodin: An Artistic Encounter is on view at the Legion of Honor through January 28, 2018. The exhibition, which marks the centenary of Auguste Rodin’s death in 1917 and the death of Gustav Klimt in 1918, explores the relationship between the artists and their profound impact on the art world. Rodin, regarded as the “father of modern sculpture” and Klimt, a founding member of the Viennese Secession movement, both departed from conventional aesthetics to alter the course of art in the 20th century and beyond.
New Work: Kerry Tribe, a two-channel video installation by the Los Angeles-based artist and filmmaker, is on view at SFMOMA. The show, Tribe’s first solo-exhibition at a major U.S. museum, explores questions of empathy, communication and performance, offering insight into the work of Standardized Patients–professional actors who portray patients in a simulated clinical environment as part of medical students’ training. Developed through close collaboration with professionals at Stanford University and the University of Southern California, the installation builds upon her history of engaging individuals from the acting and medical communities and exploring the willing suspension of disbelief.
Also set to open this month at SFMOMA is Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules, a retrospective celebrating the artist’s continual experimentation with materials and collaborative working processes. Featuring more than 150 prints, sculptures, paintings, and Combines (works incorporating painting and sculpture), the exhibition demonstrates how Rauschenberg broke down boundaries between disciplines, anticipated many of the defining cultural and social issues of our time.
- Berkeley Art Museum
- CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
Read below for LSS Art Advisory’s review of not to miss fall Chelsea gallery openings:
Featuring a selection of important sculptures, paintings, and works on paper, David Zwirner Gallery presents their first show of Ruth Asawa’s work since announcing the representation of the artist’s estate earlier this year. Also on display through October 21st is “Ad Reinhardt: Blue Paintings,” an exhibition organized by the Ad Reinhardt Foundation. “Blue Paintings,” presents the largest show dedicated entirely to this body of work in over 50 years.
Sikkema Jenkins presents a solo-exhibition of works by Kara Walker entitled Sikkema Jenkins and Co. is Compelled to present The most Astounding and Important Painting show of the fall Art Show viewing season!, that merges collage, political cartoon and history painting, making the connections between past and present all the more urgent. While Walker’s work has always explored themes of racism, misogyny, and the ongoing repercussions of slavery in the U.S., this show marks the first time that she has introduced current events into her relentlessly brutal and at times humorous depictions.
Trevor Paglen’s exhibition A Study of Invisible Images continues his interest in covert military and intelligence operations, focusing specifically on the geography and aesthetics of the NSA’s global surveillance program. Formed over years of collaboration with software developers and computer scientists, this body of work is the first to emerge from Paglen’s ongoing research into computer vision, artificial intelligence, and the changing status of images.
Other Not-To-Miss Chelsea Shows:
- Paula Cooper Gallery
- Marianne Boesky Gallery
- James Cohan Gallery
- Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
- Petzel Gallery
- Pace Gallery
Upcoming Museum Exhibitions:
- Whitney Museum of American Art
Pacific Standard Time was established a decade ago as a joint initiative between the Getty Foundation and the Getty Research Institute to explore and celebrate the history of art in Southern California. Over the past several years, it has grown into a region-wide collaborative program, culminating in a series of thematically linked exhibitions at cultural institutions across Los Angeles.
The first program, Pacific Standard Time: Art In L.A. 1945-1980, was dedicated to the birth of the L.A. art scene. Between October 2011 and March 2012 over 60 institutions made its own contributions to the large-scale exploration of artistic innovation and social change in post-World War II in Los Angeles.
This year’s program, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, takes place from September 2017 through January 2018. PST: LA/LA will present a wide variety of important works of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. While the majority of exhibitions have an emphasis on modern and contemporary art, there are many crucial shows concerning the ancient world and the pre-modern era.
In conjunction with Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, Regen Projects is pleased to present a group exhibition curated by artists Gabriel Kuri and Abraham Cruzvillegas, long time friends and collaborators. The artists began their curatorial process by asking the following questions: What defines us? Is it the time zone we inhabit? Is it the continent on which we live? Are borders still representative symbols that help to define us, but which we do not fully understand? The exhibition, on view through October 28th, features works in a variety of media by Latin American artists from 1945 to the present.
Time As Activity, an exhibition of ongoing films structural films and videos by David Lamelas is on display at Spruth Magers LA through October 21st. The exhibition will feature eleven films and highlight both the consistencies and the diversity between them and will trace the evolution of the series, as well as the various locales that have influenced the artist’s four decade long career. The films also explore recurring themes found across his multimedia work, including architectural space, the language of film, and the experience of time and duration.
Hauser & Wirth
Hauser and Wirth LA presents a group exhibition entitled Building Material: Process and Form in Brazilian Art, which opens September 14th. Taking as its point of departure the work of pioneering artist Geraldo de Barros, the show features works by three generations of artists, exposing similarities between the materials, processes, and forms the artist’s have embraced since the Concrete and Neo-Concrete movements of the 1950s and 60s. The exhibition explores the ways in which Barros’ innovations have influenced the work of artists from subsequent generations: Rodrigo Cass, Ivens Machado, Paulo Monteiro, Nuno Ramos, Celso Renato, Lucas Simões, and Erika Verzutti.
Other Gallery Exhibitions:
- Gagosian Gallery
- Maccarone Gallery
- Cherry and Martin
- Blum & Poe
As part of “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA”, The Hammer Museum presents Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985. The exhibition, on view September 15 – December 31st, will explore the contribution of Latin American women artists, as well as those of Latino and Chicano heritage in the United States to contemporary art. With more than 100 artists and fifteen countries represented in the show, Radical Women constitutes the first show to directly address the genealogy of feminist art practices and influence in Latin America and internationally.
Anna Maria Maiolino, the Brazilian artist’s first major museum retrospective in the United States, is on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art LA (MOCA) through December 31st. This comprehensive survey is comprised of woodblock prints, visceral cement sculptures, drawings, installations, and politically-charged performances and film, and spans over five decades of the artist’s career. Visitors will explore Brazilian art history and major postwar movements channeled through Maiolino’s personal, psychologically charged practice that not only charts her own path as a mother, migrant and global citizen, but poses significant philosophical questions of repetition and difference, transience and permanence.
Making Art Concrete, presented by the Getty in collaboration with “Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros,” will open on September 16, 2017 – February 11, 2018. The exhibition examines the material choices, and formal and aesthetic processes utilized by the painters and sculptors associated with the Concrete Art Movement in Brazil and Argentina between 1946 and 1962.
Also on view at the Getty through January 28, 2018, is Photography in Argentina: 1850-2010. Featuring over 300 photographs by 60 artists, the exhibition examines crucial periods and movements throughout Argentina’s history in which photography played a critical role.
- MOCA Pacific Design Center
- The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
With summer coming to a close and autumn just around the corner, it is time to explore San Francisco’s new must-see exhibitions and shows. LSS Art Advisory has highlighted the most anticipated offerings of the season below:
Jessica Silverman Gallery
Pussies, a solo-exhibition of works by Judy Chicago, is on view at Jessica Silverman Gallery from September 8 – October 28, 2017. The show is comprised of paintings, drawings, and ceramic plates made between 1968 and 2004, which explore women’s sexuality and feline companions.
A solo-exhibition of new photographs by Roe Ethridge is presented by Gagosian Gallery from September 21 – October 28, 2017. The show, entitled Innocence II, features a new series of large-scale photographs printed on brass. Through commercial images of fashion, merchandise, and advertisements, in addition to moments from his daily life, Ethridge’s works reveal the fine line between the generic and the personal, combining art historical themes with contemporary culture.
Fraenkel Gallery is pleased to present simultaneous exhibitions of three significant wall drawings by Sol LeWitt, in conjunction with new photographs by Liz Deschenes. Loosely inspired by LeWitt, Deschenes’ new imageless photograms use photographic methods to explore conceptual possibilities introduced by the renowned 20th century artist. The exhibition is on view through October 28, 2017.
Other Gallery Exhibitions:
- Berggruen Gallery
- Anglim Gilbert Gallery
- Altman Siegel
- Ever Gold Projects
- Casemore Kirkeby
- Rena Bransten Gallery
- Bass and Reiner
Legion of Honor
Klimt and Rodin: An Artistic Encounter will be on display at the Legion of Honor October 14, 2017 – January 28, 2018. The exhibition, which marks the centenary of Auguste Rodin’s death in 1917 and the death of Gustav Klimt in 1918, explores the relationship between the artists and their profound impact on the art world. Rodin, regarded as the “father of modern sculpture” and Klimt, a founding member of the Viennese Secession movement, both artists departed from conventional aesthetics to alter the course of art in the 20th century and beyond.
CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
Mechanisms, a group exhibition including works by Louise Lawler, Park McArthur, Jean-Luc Moulene, Pope L., and Dahn Vo, will open at CCA Wattis on October 12, 2017 and remain open through February 24, 2018. The exhibition, curated by Anthony Huberman, brings together roughly 100 sculptures, photographs, videos, paintings, and site-specific installations to explore technology as a group of machines, objects, devices, systems and infrastructure, rather than a local industry.
Julie Mehretu’s HOWL, eon (I,II) is now on view at SFMOMA. The site-specific diptych, which features a base layer of distorted digital images of contemporary race riots, protests, and 19th century depictions of the American West, examines the competing motivations of destruction and preservation at the heart of nineteenth-century westward expansion, and explores how the Bay Area’s history of colonialism, capitalism, class conflict, and technological innovation have shaped the social and physical landscape.
Also opening at SFMOMA this month is a major retrospective of photographer Walker Evans. The show joins together over 300 prints, many of which have never before been exhibited, in conjunction with 100 documents and objects, revealing an exceptional eye for the details of daily life and understanding of 20th century America. The exhibition will be on view at SFMOMA from September 30, 2017 – February 4, 2018.
- Legion of Honor
The Venice Biennale was inaugurated by the City Council in April of 1893, proposing a “biennial national artistic exhibition” be held to celebrate the anniversary of King Umberto and Margherita of Savoy. The first event took place two years later in 1895 and today is the largest, and most renowned International Arts Exhibition.
The 57th International Art Exhibition, entitled Viva Arte Viva is curated by Christine Macel, Chief curator at Centre Pompidou in Paris, and organized by La Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Barrata. This year’s exhibition is comprised of 120 independent artists at the central pavilion and 86 national participants in the historic pavilions of the Giardini.
One of the principal venues comprising the Venice Biennale is the Arsenale, formerly the greatest medieval shipyard in Europe. In 2017, Macel has divided the Arsenale into nine chapters or ‘pavilions’: Pavilion of the Earth, Pavilion of the Common, Pavilion of Traditions, Pavilion of Shamans, Dionysian Pavilion, Pavilion of Colours, and the Pavilion of Time and Infinity. Among our favorite installations featured at this year’s exhibition are Leanor Antunes’ site-specific installation, ….then we raised the terrain so that I could see out (2017) in the Pavilion of Traditions, composed of a series of sculptures and glass lamps made in workshops in Murano, and Sheila Hicks’ colorful wall of oversize balls of yarn in the Pavilion of Colours, entitled Escalade Beyond Chromatic Lands (2016 – 2017). LSS Art Advisory also loved Kishio Suga’s installation in the bacino delle Gaggiandre at the Arsenale. The work is called Law of Situation (2017), which brings together natural and industrial materials, highlighting the multiple relationships between them and creating the illusion of the stones floating on the water’s surface.
- Ernesto Neto’s installation Um Sagrado Lugar (A Sacred Place, 2017)
- Guan Xiao’s video David (2013)
- The Play, active since 1967
- Alicja Kwade’s WeltenLinie (2017)
- Thu Van Tran’s The Red Rubber (2017)
The Giardini, translating to “The Garden” has been a venue for the Biennale since its inauguration, hosting the Central Pavilion, as well as the national pavilions, built by each of the participating countries to showcase their artistic contributions on an international scale. The pavilions that LSS Art Advisory most enjoyed are the Swiss Pavilion, which features works by contemporary sculptor Carol Bove and pays homage to the legendary Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti, and Mark Bradford’s exhibition “Tomorrow is Another Day,” selected to represent the United States. Also worth highlighting is Germany’s pavilion, which was awarded the 2017 Golden Lion for Best National Participation and features works by Anne Imhof.
- Japan: Takahiro Iwasaki
- Great Britain: Phyllida Barlow
- Korea: Cody Choi and Lee Wan
- Austria: Erwin Wurm
- Poland: Sharon Lockhart
- Egypt: Moataz Mohamed Nasr Eldin
- Italy: Roberto Cuoghi
- Tunisia: The Absence of Paths
The Central Pavilion hosts the exhibition of independent international artists and is also curated by this year’s Artistic Director, Christine Macel. Entitled “Viva Arte Viva”, this year’s theme focuses on the role and responsibility of the artist in contemporary society. While there are over 100 artists participating in the exhibition at the Central Pavilion, LSS Art Advisory has selected a few of our favorite installations: Sam Gilliam’s brilliantly hued Yves Klein Blue (2017), McArthur Binion, Olafur Eliasson’s Green Light, Firenze Lai, and Taus Makhacheva’s video.
Additional Venues Around Venice:
In addition to the exhibitions offered at the Giardini, Arsenale and Central Pavilion, myriad renowned institutions are hosting independent shows worth a visit. Below are our suggestions:
LSS Art Advisory reviews the hottest offerings of the summer season 2017 in San Francisco below:
Curated by guest curator Todd Von Ammon, Botanica explores the role and many manifestations of botany in late 20th and early 21st century still-life painting. The group exhibition, named after the botánica shops in San Fransisco’s Mission District which offer a variety of folk medicines and medicinal herbs, is on display at Berggruen Gallery from July 13 – August 19, 2017. Among the artists featured in Botanica are Jim Dine, Ellsworth Kelly, Henri Matisse, Donald Moffett and Gerhard Richter.
Marching to the Beat, a group exhibition celebrating the joys of communal engagement, is on view at Jessica Silverman Gallery from July 14 – August 26, 2017. The show aims to explore and reaffirm the benefits of the ‘collective’ and face-to-face interaction in a time that is becoming increasingly dependent on technology and isolation. Marching to the Beat is comprised of painting, photography, sculpture, performance and video art by a number of leading contemporary artists such as the Wolfgang Tillmans, Francis Upritchard, and Carrie Mae Weems.
A solo-exhibition of recent photographs by artist Richard Misrach is on view at Fraenkel Gallery from July 13 – August, 19, 2017. The Writing on the Wall, features new works by Misrach in response to the 2016 US Presidential Election and the volatile social and political atmosphere in America. The exhibition is comprised of 25 photographs, accompanied by a 16-page publication.
Other Gallery Exhibitions:
- Adrian Rosenfeld
- Altman Siegel
- Anthony Meier Fine Arts
- Jessica Silverman
Legion of Honor
Sarah Lucas: Good Muse, is on display at The Legion of Honor from July 15 – September 17, 2017. Lucas is most widely recognized for her sculptures and installations which satirize sexuality and gender stereotypes as a means of debunking notions of the body and femininity. In conjunction with Auguste Rodin: The Centenary Installation, Good Muse aims to introduce a contemporary perspective to the works of Rodin, many of which will remain on view during Lucas’s installation.
Soundtracks, SFMOMA’s first large-scale group exhibition exploring the role of sound in contemporary art, is on view through January 1, 2018. The show features sculpture, audio and video installation, as well as performance pieces from the museum’s media arts collection. In addition, Soundtracks presents new works by artists including Ragnar Kjartansson, Christina Kubisch, and Susan Philipsz.
Also on view at SFMOMA is the exhibition for the 2017 SECA Art Award, open from July 15 – September 17, 2017. Established in 1967 by SFMOMA’s Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art, the SECA Art Award recognizes and honors individual Bay Area artists each year and includes an exhibition at SFMOMA. The 2017 SECA Art Award exhibition is the first major museum presentation for the artists and highlights the works of Liam Everett, Alicia McCarthy, Sean McFarland, K.r.m. Mooney, and Lindsey White, each with a dedicated gallery.
- Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture
- de Young
- Legion of Honor
Art Basel, the largest and most highly acclaimed international art exhibition worldwide, was founded in 1970 by Basel gallerists Ernst Beyeler, Trudi Bruckner and Balz Hilt, and today holds three shows annually in Basel, Switzerland, Miami Beach, Florida, and Hong Kong, China. The show brings together over 290 of the world’s leading galleries showing the works of over 4,000 artists, ranging from the masters of Modern art to the rising stars on the contemporary art scene.
The Unlimited sector at Art Basel was introduced in the year 2000 and houses the artist’s large-scale installations and sculptures, an event unique to Basel, Switzerland. This year’s edition of Unlimited was curated by Gianni Jetzer, the curator-at-large at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C. Among the myriad installations on view at Unlimited, LSS Art Advisory particularly enjoyed Nick Cave’s incredible mixed-media installation entitled Speak Louder (2011) presented by Jack Shainman Gallery, Otto Piene’s Blue Star Linz (1980) presented by Spruth Magers, and Donna Huana’s performance BLISS (REALITY CHECK) presented by Peres Projects.
The anchor of the art show is this sector, which showcases individually curated booths by participating galleries. At this year’s exhibition we loved Bruno & Yoyo (2015), a colorful wax sculpture by Urs Fischer featured by Gagosian Gallery. The sculptures depicts influential Swiss art dealer and collector Bruno Bischofberger seated with his wife Yoyo. Also worth highlighting are Lucio Fontana’s slashed-canvas paintings entitled Concetto spaziale, La fine di Dio (Spatial Concepts, The End of God) displayed at the booth of Tornabuoni Art, as well as Liam Everett’s Untitled (And we laugh, we laugh, with a will, in the beginning) (2017) featured by galerie kamel mennour.
- Pae White, neugerriemschneider
- Doug Aitken, 303 Gallery
- Mary Weatherford, David Kordansky Gallery
- Sarah Crowner, Casey Kaplan Gallery
LISTE ART FAIR:
Liste Art Fair is a satellite fair that takes place during Art Basel and is dedicated to young and emerging artists and galleries. The 2017 Liste Art fair featured 79 galleries, here are two of our favorite works: John Russell’s monumental painting featured by Bridget Donahue Gallery and Louise Sartor’s portraits of women on unusual material surfaces featured by Galerie Crevecoeur.
Fondation Beyeler’s 2017 summer exhibition features works by Wolfgang Tillmans, on view through October 1, 2017. The solo-exhibition is the first comprehensive show focused on a photographer, and features over 200 of his works spanning the last 30 years. The Renzo Piano designed museum is a stunning setting for this unforgettable show.
Other Museums in Basel:
The European art scene has a lot to offer this season, with international art exhibitions including Art Basel in Basel, Switzerland coming to a close on June 18th and the 57th Venice Biennale on view through November 26, 2017. Adding to the bustling scene are renowned art exhibitions Documenta in Kassel, Germany and Athens, Greece, as well as Projekte Münster in Münster Germany. Read below for highlights from the two shows:
Documenta is held every 5 years, and dates back to 1955 when the Kassel painter and professor Arnold Bode hoped to reintroduce Germany to the international art scene through an exhibition of twentieth century art. For this first time this year’s Artistic Director, Adam Szymczyk, proposed a twofold structure for the exhibition, with locations in both Kassel and Athens.
Documenta 2017, aptly named “Learning from Athens” asked participating artists to produce works that confront the emerging relationship between the two cities. Our favorite installation from Documenta 2017 is Marta Minujin’s The Parthenon of Books in Kassel. The installation, which takes the shape of the Parthenon in Athens, is composed of 100,000 banned books from around the world and is located on Friedrichsplatz, where over two thousand books were burned during “Aktion wider den undeuthschen Geist,” translating to “Campaign against the Un-German Spirit.”
Skulpture Projekte Münster was established in 1977 and takes place every ten years. The exhibition examines the ambivalent relationship between the public sector and sculpture, commissioning works that respond to their physical and social environments. A highlight is French artist Pierre Huyghe’s After Alife Ahead (2017) set in an abandoned, decaying ice rink and brimming with life including swarming bees, flies, roaming peacocks and multiplying cancer cells. The installation is one of the most ambitious projects undertaken at Skulpture Projekte Münster.
Spring 2017 in Los Angeles is brimming with new and exciting museum shows, gallery exhibitions, and the opening of a new private museum, the Marciano Foundation. Read below for notable offerings of the season:
The Marciano Art Foundation
The Marciano Art Foundation, based in Los Angeles, was established by Guess co-founders Paul and Maurice Marciano and is set to open in their permanent exhibition space on May 25, 2017. The collection includes nearly 1,500 works of art spanning a wide range of media by artists both established and emerging, including Takashi Murakami, Christopher Wool, Sterling Ruby, Analia Saban and Mike Kelly. Housed in what was originally a Scottish Rite Masonic Temple built in 1961, the building has been repurposed and renovated by Kulapat Yantrasast of wHY Architecture and Design, to create a space for engagement with contemporary art, while still maintaining the integrity of the historic temple.
POWER at Sprüth Magers
POWER, a group exhibition curated by Todd Levin, includes works by African American women artists spanning from the nineteenth century to the present day and is on view at Sprüth Magers through June 10, 2017. The exhibition includes LaToya Ruby Frazier, Carrie Mae Weems, and Lorna Simpson, and demonstrates how African American women artists have consistently explored issues of gender, race, and class in a world of evolving cultural and artistic landscape.
Rebecca Warren at Matthew Marks
In her first-ever solo-exhibition at Matthew Marks in Los Angeles, British artist Rebecca Warren presents new sculptural works on view at both gallery spaces on Santa Monica Boulevard and North Orange Grove. The two locations are showcasing thematically different works, North Orange Grove gallery consisting of hand-painted bronze sculptures depicting the human form, while the works at Santa Monica Boulevard are far more abstract and are composed of sheets of solid steel that Warren systematically welded together. Make sure to visit both gallery locations before the closing on June 17, 2017.
Lesley Vance at David Kordansky Gallery
On view at David Kordansky Gallery is an exhibition entitled 12 Paintings, featuring new works by artist Lesley Vance. The paintings share the same dimensions and vertical format, allowing the artist to focus primarily on the rendering of internal shapes and calculated utilization of bold color. The overlapping and weaving of forms in Vance’s body of work demonstrates her ability to explore the relationship between space, depth, perspective, and viewer experience. Féminaire, featuring works by Mai-Thu Perret will also be on view through July 1, 2017.
Other Must-See Shows:
- Carroll Dunham at Blum and Poe
- Samuel Levi Jones at Susanne Vielmetter
- Jeff Koons at Gagosian Gallery
- Kristen Morgin at Marc Selwyn
- Anna Fasshauer at Mier Gallery
- Silke Otto Knapp and Lari Pittman at Regen Projects
- Touchpiece, Group Show at Hannah Hoffman
- Jason Rhoades at Hauser & Wirth
- Derek Boshier at Night Gallery
- Diana Thater at Mistake Room
Kerry James Marshall at MOCA
Kerry James Marshall: Mastry, the first major retrospective in the United States of painter Kerry James Marshall’s career of 35 years, is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) through July 3, 2017. Through his representational and figurative paintings, Marshall has established an extraordinary body of work focused on the importance of establishing a sense of equality, humanity, and belonging among the African American community and beyond.
Carl Andre, Cathie Opie, and Sterling Ruby at Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958-2010 is an exhibition spanning the entirety of the this important minimalist artist’s career. Also on view is Selections From the Permanent Collection: Catherine Opie and Sterling Ruby, which consists of two new acquisitions to the Geffen Contemporary permanent collection. Both Sterling Ruby’s large-scale installation of stuffed fabric sculptures and Catherine Opie’s 33-photograph Inauguration Portfolio, are concerned with issues of politics both historical and present, as well as the notion of ‘National Pride.’ Visit Permanent Collection before it closes on June 12, 2017.
Additional Noteworthy Museum Exhibitions:
The first week of May was an exciting and bustling time for the New York art scene with new gallery and museum exhibitions, the TEFAF’s art fair debut in the Park Avenue Armory, and Frieze NY once again opening on Randall’s Island. LSS Art Advisory has outlined some of our favorites below:
Frieze Art Fair:
This May marked the 6th annual edition of Frieze New York, a renowned art fair originally founded in London in 2003. Here are a few highlights from the over 200 galleries from 31 countries that exhibited this year:
Carole Bove at David Zwirner
For the gallery’s sixth consecutive year participating in Frieze New York, David Zwirner featured works by artist’s Carol Bove and William Eggleston. LSS Art Advisory was particularly captivated by Carol Bove’s works, including a sculpture entitled “Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (2017).” Bove, known for her sculptures composed of both found and made objects will represent Switzerland in this year’s Venice Biennale.
Lorna Simpson at Hauser & Wirth
Artist Lorna Simpson presented stunning new large-scale ink and gessoed paintings, as well as strong sculptural works at the Hauser & Wirth booth at Frieze New York 2017. The exhibition marked her first-ever with the New York-based gallery.
John Currin at Gagosian
At Frieze NY 2017, Gagosian Gallery featured a salon-style presentation of several hundred framed works on paper by celebrated American painter John Currin. The drawings, which are reminiscent of works of the Old Masters, were hand picked by the artist and had never before been displayed beyond Currin’s studio, offering clients an introduction to rare works.
The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF):
The infamous TEFAF art fair has taken place in Maastricht, the Netherlands since 1988. The inaugural TEFAF New York Spring art fair at the historic Park Avenue Armory for the first time this year consisted of 93 renowned exhibitors with highly curated museum quality artworks on offer.
Chelsea Gallery Shows Highlights:
Walead Beshty at Petzel
Open Source, an exhibition featuring new works by artist Walead Beshty, is on view at Petzel Gallery through June 17, 2017. The show is comprised of photographs and sculptural works representing Beshty’s interest in the artist’s process, emphasizing not only the visual integrity of the works, but also the labor required in creating and installing each piece.
Alex Katz at Timothy Taylor
Alex Katz: Subway Drawings, a solo-exhibition of notebook drawings by artist Alex Katz from the 1940’s is on view at Timothy Taylor through June 30, 2017. The small sketches depict various figures on the New York subway and often served as studies for his paintings. Katz’s works offer unique insight into the 1940’s in New York, adopting representational painting during a time when Abstract Expressionism was flourishing in the New York art scene.
Robert Longo at Metro Pictures
On view through June 17, 2017 at Metro Pictures is Robert Longo’s exhibition The Destroyer Cycle. Through the twelve large-scale charcoal drawings comprising the show, Longo contemplates important world events, such as in “Untitled (Raft at Sea),” which is derived from a Doctors Without Borders periodical and portrays a raft of refugees navigating the turbulent Mediterranean Sea.
Additional Must-See Gallery Shows:
- Ellsworth Kelly at Matthew Marks
- Leo Villareal at Pace
- Roxy Paine at Paul Kasmin
- Carmen Herrera at Lisson Gallery
- Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Raymond Pettibone, Llyn Foulkes at David Zwirner
Whitney Museum: Biennial
This year marked the seventy-eighth edition of the Whitney Biennial and featured works by sixty-three individuals and collectives in a variety of media, including painting, video game design, and installation. Among our favorites from this year’s Biennial, was the site-specific installation by artist Raul de Nieves “beginning & the end neither & the otherwise betwixt & between the end is the beginning & the end (2016).” The stained-glass panels, courtesy of Company Gallery (New York) are composed of wood, glue, acetate, paper, tape and beads, and portray a world of lifelessness and ruin.
Women Artists of Abstraction and Louise Lawler at MoMA
Louise Lawler: Why Pictures Now, a retrospective of the artist’s career is on view at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) through July 30, 2017, Lawler, closely associated with the Pictures Generation, utilized photography to expose cultural stereotypes. The show is comprised of Lawler’s renowned images in various forms, sizes and shapes to demonstrate her interest in the re-presentation and re-interpretation of imagery. Also make sure to visit Women Artists of Abstraction, and Robert Rauschenberg’s Among Friends.
Also Worth Visiting:
Spring has sprung in the Bay Area, providing us with exciting new art gallery and museum exhibitions. LSS Art Advisory would like to shed some light on our favorite offerings this season:
Notepads, Holograms and and Books, an exhibition featuring new works by Los Angeles based artists Jonas Wood and Ed Ruscha, is on view at Gagosian Gallery San Francisco through June 17, 2017. The artists use various media to explore language, image, writing and typography.
Adrian Rosenfeld Gallery is hosting an exhibition of works by artists Francis Picabia and Sigmar Polke on view through June 10, 2017. The exhibition examines the connections in both artist’s approach to layered imagery and experimentation and is comprised of one major painting by each of the artists, accompanied by hand-colored gelatin silver prints and works on paper.
Evergreen, Searchlight, Rosebud, a solo show of new large-scale works by Margo Wolowiec is currently on view at the Jessica Silverman Gallery. Wolowiec’s work is informed by issues surrounding social media and cyberspace. She collects jpegs through hashtag searches, creates a composite image, and through dye- sublimation transfers it to the polymer threads. These threads are then woven on a manual loom, resulting in beautiful abstract canvases.
Other Must-See Gallery Exhibitions:
- Emily Wardill at Altman Siegel
- John Zurier at Anglim Gilbert
- Larry Sultan at Casemore Kirkeby
- John Chiara and Richard Diebenkorn at Crown Point Press
- Elisheva Biernoff at Fraenkel Gallery
- Hung Liu at Rena Bransten Gallery
- Julie Béna, Josh Faught, Courtney Johnson, Curious and Curiouser, Fuse
- Garage Inventors (Group exhibition) at Hosfelt Gallery
Summer of Love: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll, a 50th anniversary celebration of the counter-culture that flourished during the summer of 1967, is open at the de Young Museum. The exhibition features over 300 iconic memorabilia including photographs, rock posters, costumes and textiles, interactive music and light shows, ephemera, and avant-garde films. Be sure to stop by Stuart Davis on view through August 6, 2017.
On view through May 29, 2017 at SFMOMA, Matisse/Diebenkorn features over 100 paintings and drawings by artists Henri Matisse and Richard Diebenkorn. The exhibition is the first to explore and reveal the connections between the two artists in subject, style, color, and technique. Make sure not to miss this exhibition, as well as New Work: Park McArthur and Larry Sultan: Here and Home.
In conjunction with Auguste Rodin: The Centenary Collection, the Legion of Honor is pleased to present Urs Fischer: The Public & the Private. Fischer’s work is installed throughout the Legion’s galleries, and offers a contemporary perspective to the more traditional rendering of Rodin’s sculptural works. The Public & the Private closes July 2, 2017.
New York Art Week 2017 kicked off last week with fairs, gallery shows, and museum exhibitions featuring world renowned modern and contemporary artists from around the globe. LSS Art Advisory has highlighted some of our favorites below:
The Armory Show 2017
The Armory Show (2017) featured over 200 of the world’s leading galleries from 30 countries worldwide. Thanks to this year’s new Director, Benjamin Genocchio, the fair featured new large scale installations and an end to the separation of modern and contemporary galleries, which created a more lively experience. Among the shows we love are Cerith Wyn Evans at White Cube Gallery and Elvire Bonduelle and Rebecca Ward at Ronchini Gallery.
The Independent, New York 2017
Marking the eighth edition of Independent New York, this year’s fair returned to Spring Studios in Tribeca for the second year. Independent New York 2017 hosted over fifty galleries from twenty cities worldwide, with a primary focus on emerging artists. The highlights of the art fair include Kathleen Ryan at Francois Ghebaly and David Shrigley at Anton Kern Gallery.
ADAA (Art Dealers Association of America), The Art Show 2017
ADAA The Art Show 2017 provides art professionals and collectors the opportunity to engage with artwork and gallerists on an intimate scale, with many stands focused on single artists. Over 70 of the country’s leading galleries presented works at The Art Show this year, offering visitors an array of works ranging from the 19th century to present day. Our favorites featured at this year’s edition of The Art Show are Caitlin Keogh and Nicolas Guagnini at Bartolami Gallery and Chris Ofili at David Zwirner.
Francis Picabia at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York
Francis Picabia: Our Heads Are Round So Our Thoughts Can Change Direction, on view at until March 19, 2017 at MoMA, is the first comprehensive exhibition in the U.S. to fully encompass Francis Picabia’s influential career. The exhibition features over 200 works in various mediums “to explore the artist’s critical place in the history of 20th century art (courtesy of MoMA’s press release).”
Raymond Pettibon at New Museum
Raymond Pettibon: A Pen Of All Work is on display at the New Museum through April 9th. The comprehensive retrospective is comprised of over 700 annotated drawings and paintings by Raymond Pettibon. “Through his drawings’ signature interplay between image and text, he moves between historical reflection, emotional longing, poetic wit, and strident critique (courtesy of New Museum press release).” Spanning the last 40 years, A Pen Of All Work reflects the artist’s concern with the socio-economic issues plaguing American culture and informing his works during his career.
80’s Paintings at the Whitney
On view until May 14th at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980’s features paintings from the 1980’s, drawn directly from the museum’s collection. The exhibition features works by artist’s such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and David Salle, among many others, and explores the resurgence of painting as a means of artistic expression during a time of expansive change.
Other Noteworthy Museum Exhibitions:
- Marissa Merz: The Sky Is A Great Space at Met Breuer
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LSS Art Advisory visited Art Los Angeles Contemporary (ALAC) 2017 once again this year. The fair focuses on emerging and mid-career artists from around the globe, with a special emphasis on Los Angeles based galleries and artists. Anchored by the fair, the last weekend in January is always bustling with excellent gallery and museum exhibitions. Please read on for highlights from this year:
Art Los Angeles Contemporary Art Fair:
Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2017, which took place during the weekend of January 26 – 29, was one of the most exciting and stimulating to date. Exhibitors present some of the most unique, dynamic, recent works from the artists that they represent. Not only does ALAC offer access to some of the most sought after artwork of the time, the fair also hosts curated programming series of artist talks, panel discussions, film screenings, and performances. A few of our favorite artists featured at the fair include Imi Knoebel, Alexander Kroll, and Douglas Gordon.
Kevin Beasley at The Hammer Museum:
Open through April 23rd The Hammer Museum is hosting a show of Kevin Beasley’s unique sculptural renderings, all of which are imbued with current social, political, and economical realities. Beasley’s installation transforms the space into an elaborate environment influenced by a seemingly unlikely pairing: Bernini’s Baroque altarpiece in Saint Peter’s Basilica and an influential image of Black Panther Huey P. Newton. As Senior Curator Anne Ellegood mentions, “Beasley’s interpretation is also a study in the integrity of form, proposing that the formal innovations of an earlier period in art might be enlivened not through mere mimicry but by altering the materials and subject matter,”.
Toba Khedoori at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Toba Khedoori,the first major museum exhibition featuring new paintings and survey of the artist’s work in fifteen years, is currently being hosted by LACMA until March 19, 2017. Khedoori’s works frequently focus on distant architectural forms, hovering the lines between representation, commonplace images, and abstraction. “These works are enigmatic and acutely detailed; in an art world awash with rapidly moving images and saturated colors, Khedoori remains committed to the silent, slow, and exacting process of working by hand.”
Artist Gifts at LACMA
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of LACMA’s opening, the museum is hosting an exhibition entitled L.A. Exuberance: New Gifts by Artists. Featuring over 60 works of art gifted to the museum by the artists themselves, the exhibition will display works by Edgar Arceneaux, John Baldessari, Uta Barth, Larry Bell, Tacita Dean, among many other incredible artists. On view through April 2, 2017, this exhibition is a must-see!
Theaster Gates at Regen Projects
Theaster Gates’ exhibition entitled, But To Be A Poor Race, is on view at Regen Projects, Los Angeles, through February 25th. As a cross-disciplinary artist, Gates’ expresses his meaningful and empowering works through an array of artistic practices including painting, sculpture, audio, and performance art.The title of the exhibition references The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois’, a publication considered among the most important work in African American literary history and sociology. Serving as a marking point of artistic and formal reflection, the exhibition present Gates’ recent inquiries into the role of painting, history making, the power of material culture, and the polemics of patriotism (courtesy of Regen Projects press release).”
Jon Rafman at Sprueth Magers
Hosted by Sprueth Magers, Los Angeles, an exhibition featuring works by Jon Rafman and Stan Vanderbeek will be on display through March 4, 2017. The two artists, though from different generations, both explore and work “with associative imagery and their effect on the conditioned and subconscious mind.” Jon Rafman is interested in the communication and relationship “between technology and our social and subjective conditions. the artist mines video game footage, internet memes, and virtual landscapes for images, text and found footage, which he collages together to produce poetic narrative films.
Gallery Opening of Praz-Delavallade Los Angeles
I Love L.A., which opened at the Paris-based Praz-Delavallade’s new Los Angeles location on January 29, 2017, marks the inaugural exhibition, featuring Los Angeles-based artists represented by the gallery. “Over the years, the image capital of the world has gradually evolved into a cultural capital presenting a socio-political panorama that is open to both aesthetic and pedagogical aspects, thereby conferring upon the city its unique artistic topography (Courtesy of the Praz-Delavallade press release).” As the first Parisian gallery to settle in Los Angeles, a local presence will allow the gallery to showcase a new generation of European and Los Angeles based artists.
Also Worth Visiting:
January is an exciting month for the arts in San Francisco with must-see exhibitions and art fairs by innovative, contemporary artists to welcome the new year. LSS Art Advisory has outlined our recommendations below:
Richard Learoyd at Fraenkel Gallery (January 5 – March 4, 2017):
Opening on January 5th, Fraenkel Gallery will host an exhibition of large-scale photographs by Richard Learoyd. The show will feature still lifes, black-and-white photographs of Californian and Eastern European landscapes, as well as studio portraits.
Nicole Wermers at Jessica Silverman Gallery (January 10 – February 18, 2017):
Grundstück, a solo exhibition by Nicole Wermers, will be on display at Jessica Silverman Gallery from January 10 – February 18, 2017. Through various mediums such as sculpture, collage and multimedia installation, the exhibition humorously explores the “conceptual and formal foundations of the manmade world (quote courtesy of Jessica Silverman Gallery press release).”
The Human Form at John Berggruen Gallery (January 13 – March 4, 2017):
The Human Form, on view from January 13 – March 4, 2017 at John Berggruen Gallery, explores the utilization of the human body in art from the 20th century to present day. The exhibition is the first to be held at the gallery’s new location across from SFMOMA and features works by established artists, such as Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Willem de Kooning, as well as leading contemporary artists including Cecily Brown and Kiki Smith.
Miguel Abreu at FraenkelLab (January 10 – February 4, 2017)
From January 10 – February 4, 2017 FraenkelLab will host a collaboration with Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York. The show includes works by eight contemporary artists that are rarely seen in San Francisco. Among the artists featured in the exhibition are Liz Deschenes, Rochelle Goldberg, Sam Lewitt and Jean-Luc Moulene.
Kazuo Shiraga and Kour Pour at Ever Gold Projects (January 13 – March 18, 2017):
Opening on January 13th at Ever Gold Projects, Earthquakes and the Mid Winter Burning Sun features work by Japanese artist Kazuo Shiraga and Los Angeles-based artist Kour Pour. While they differ in artistic processes and time periods, Shiraga and Pour explore the issues surrounding and the relationship between Western and Eastern cultures.
Summer of Love at the de Young (April 8 – August 20, 2017):
This spring the de Young will host an exhibition entitled Summer of Love: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll. The exhibition is a 50th anniversary celebration of the counter-culture that flourished during the summer of 1967 in San Francisco and will feature over 300 iconic memorabilia including photographs, rock posters, costumes/textiles, and film.
Rodin at the Legion of Honor:
On January 28, 2017 the Legion of Honor will open, Auguste Rodin: The Centenary Installation, a new installation of August Rodin’s works to honor the centenary of the artist’s death in 1917. The exhibition will feature nearly 50 marble, bronze, and plaster objects all presented in a new context. The Fine Arts Museums have invited international artists Urs Fischer and Sarah Lucas to conceive installations combining new and existing works in dialogue with the museum’s Rodin holdings.
Diane Arbus at SFMOMA (January 21 – April 30, 2017):
SFMOMA will present the West Coast debut of diane arbus: in the beginning from January 21 – April 30, 2017 in the new Pritzker Center for Photography. Bringing together over 100 works, many on view for the firs time, the exhibition explores the formative years of the photographer’s career, spanning the years 1956 – 1962.
Matisse/Diebenkorn at SFMOMA (March 11 – May 29, 2017):
On March 11th, SFMOMA will present Matisse/Diebenkorn, the first major exhibition “to explore the profound inspiration Richard Diebenkorn (1922–1993) found in the work of Henri Matisse (1869–1954) (quote courtesy of SFMOMA press release).” To explore the commonalities present in the artist’s works, the exhibition brings together 100 paintings and drawings, 40 by Matisse and 6o by Diebenkorn.
Hippie Modernism at the Berkeley Art Museum (February 8 – May 21, 2017):
On February 8th, the Berkeley Art Museum will present Hippie Modernism: The Struggle For Utopia, an exhibition curated by Greg Castillo. The exhibition will explore the counter-culture that flourished during the 1960’s and 70’s and its impact on art/architecture and design throughout the globe.
ART FAIRS & MORE
FOG Design+Art Fair
The fourth annual FOG Design+Art Fair will take place at the Fort Mason Center from January 12 – 15, 2017. Bringing together 45 prominent international galleries, as well as contemporary design dealers, Fog Design+Art Fair celebrates prominent influencers, creatives and contributors to visual art and design. FOG also offers a series of exciting programs, as well as 21POP, the acclaimed installation by Stanlee Gatti.
Untitled Art Fair
From January 13 – January 15, 2017, Untitled will be held in San Francisco at the historic Pier 70 In the Dogpatch neighborhood. “Untitled innovates the standard fair model by selecting a curatorial team to identify, and curate a selection of galleries, artist-run exhibition spaces, and non-profit institutions and organizations, in dialogue with an architecturally designed venue (Courtesy of Untitled Press Release.” Featuring 50 galleries from 10 different countries, Untitled brings together a diverse array of leading international artists and exhibitors, providing a unique opportunity for not only cultural exchange but cultural relativism, as well.
Yves Klein at Grace Cathedral
Yves Klein’s groundbreaking Montone-Silence Symphony will be presented by Dominique Lévy at Grace Cathedral on January 12th. The extremely influential symphony seems to mimic Klein’s renowned Monochrome Paintings by creating a symphony tedium and silence. Despite the unusual startling symphonic elements, it is the silence that is most unsettling yet powerful and affecting element of the composition, not the sounds themselves. The piece produces conflicting emotions within the audience, demonstrating the immense impact and value of silence.
Other Noteworthy Exhibitions:
- Justin Aidan and Wendy White at Capital Gallery (January 14 – February 25, 2017)
- Takeshi Murata at Ratio 3 (January 14 – February 25, 2017)
- Laeh Glenn at Altman Siegel (January 5 – March 4, 2017)
- Rosy Keyser and Brie Ruais at Romer Young Gallery (January 12 – February 25, 2017)
- Jacqueline Humphries at Crowne Point Press (December 7 – January 28, 2017)
- Trevor Paglen at Cantor Arts Center (March 15 – July 31, 2017)
- Michael Armitage at Berkeley Art Museum (Through April 2, 2017)
This year marked the 15th anniversary of Art Basel Miami Beach, North America’s most renowned international modern and contemporary art fair. Showcasing over 200 galleries and drawing crowds of nearly 50,000 to the main fair alone, navigating ABMB and 20+ satellite fairs can be overwhelming. LSS Art Advisory has outlined our highlights from ABMB, NADA, Untitled Art Fair, ICA Miami, Perez Art Museum and the Rubell Family Collection below:
Art Basel Miami Beach:
- Ursula von Rydingsvard’s sculpture at Galerie Lelong
- Mika Tajima’s installation at 11R
- Rodney McMillan’s huge painting-curtain at Maccarone
- Vessels by Eugene Von Bruenchenhein and coffee-stained work on paper by Jayson Musson at Adams and Ollman
- Roger Herman’s ceramics at Gallerie Lefebvre & Fils
- Despina Stokou at Derek Eller Gallery
Untitled Art Fair:
- Mia Fonssagrives-Solow’s colorful installation at Eric Firestone Gallery
- Nadia Ayari at Taymour Grahne Gallery
- Works by artists Annabeth Rosen and Clare E. Rojas at Anglim Gilbert Gallery
- Thomas Bayrle at Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami
Perez Art Museum:
- Julio Le Parc at the Perez Art Museum
In New York this holiday season? LSS Art Advisory recommends these must-see museum and gallery shows:
The Brooklyn Museum of Art in Brooklyn, New York is currently hosting the first retrospective of Marilyn Minter’s work in the New York area. The exhibition, entitled Pretty/Dirty, is comprised of pieces spanning more than four decades of the artist’s career. “Marilyn Minter’s sensual paintings, photographs, and videos vividly explore complex and contradictory emotions around beauty and the feminine body in American culture (quote courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum press release).” The exhibition will be on display at the Brooklyn Museum through April 2, 2017.
Exhibited at the Whitney Museum through January 2, 2017, is 100 year old Cuban born Carmen Herrera’s must-see show, entitled Lines of Sight. Featuring over 50 drawings, paintings, and sculpture, the show explores Herrera’s experimentation and increased engagement with abstracted geometric forms and the refinement of her visual technique throughout her career.
Other Noteworthy Museum Exhibitions:
– Pipilotti Rist at The New Museum, Pixel Forest, October 26, 2016 – January 15, 2017
– Agnes Martin at The Guggenheim, October 7, 2016 – January 11, 2017
– Francis Picabia at the Museum of Modern Art, Our Heads Are Round So Our Thoughts Can Change Direction , November 21, 2016 – March 19, 2017
–Kerry James Marshall at the Met Breuer, Mastry, October 25, 2016 – January 29, 2017
Contemporary Chinese artist and activist, Ai Weiwei, has taken the New York art scene by storm this month with four gallery exhibitions. The Mary Boone Gallery and Lisson Gallery are hosting Ai’s show entitled Roots and Branches, which references issues of displacement prevalent in contemporary Chinese culture. The monumental wooden sculptures are gathered by the artist from various parts of China referencing the ancient Asian tradition of collecting dry fragments for contemplation of their complex forms. Don’t miss these magnificent exhibitions, open to the public through December 23, 2016.
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As Fall 2016 comes into full swing, San Francisco’s art scene offers an array of must-see exhibitions and shows. LSS Art Advisory has selected the most anticipated museum exhibitions of the season:
Tom Sachs at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Currently on view at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is Space Program: Europa, renowned sculptor Tom Sachs’ most recent addition to his series Space Program. Sachs’ sculptural and performative installation invites visitors to take part in the mission. Space Program: Europa successfully bridges the gap between art and science, bringing to bear the artist’s fascination with the functionality of art. Don’t miss the live demonstration of Sachs’ Europa mission during the exhibit’s closing weekend (January 14-15, 2017)
Bruce Conner at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Bruce Conner: It’s All True is opening at SFMOMA on October 29, 2016 and will remain on view until January 22, 2017. The exhibition features over 250 works by the late San Francisco resident in “various media, including film/video, works on paper, assemblages, photographs and photograms (courtesy of SFMOMA press release),” to name a few. Having visited the retrospective of Conner’s career at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, LSS Art Advisory is particularly excited to see It’s All True exhibited at a different museum, in different gallery spaces, and for a different audience.
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While this season San Francisco’s art museums are hosting many significant exhibitions (click here for museum highlights), Bay Area art galleries are offering shows by innovative, contemporary artists that promise to not disappoint. LSS Art Advisory reviewed current and upcoming gallery exhibits to outline Fall Gallery Favorites:
David Benjamin Sherry at FraenkelLab
On view at FraenkelLab until November 26, 2016 is David Benjamin Sherry’s first show in San Francisco. The works on display fall into three genres of photography, landscape, self-portraiture, and still life, which reflect historical photographic methods. Sherry utilizes a non-digital, traditional photographic technique called Analog Photography. Using an 8×10-inch wooden camera, the initial black and white photographic renderings also call into mind historical images. Sherry’s methods of printing, however, “make use of color filters that create intense monochromatic hues, resulting in emotive images, ‘queering’ historical genres (courtesy of FraenkelLab press release).”
Neon Group Show at Jessica Silverman Gallery
Let There Be (More) Light, on view until November 19, 2016, features artwork by 21 artists who work with light, particularly neon and fluorescent light. The show references the various connections between art, light, and culture. The utilization of Neon in art harkens back to the 60’s when artists such as Dan Flavin and Bruce Nauman explored notions of commercialism and consumer culture, as neon signs were erected throughout cityscapes as advertisements. Artists were interested in the influences of such visually ‘loud’ fluorescent signage, and their relation to language and communication. Still exploring issues of communication, Contemporary neon artists have reclaimed the medium, creating works that still blur the boundaries between art, culture, and vernacular.
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This July, LSS Art Advisory attended the opening dinner and a private walk through with curator Karin Breuer of the deYoung Museum’s exhibit Ed Ruscha and the Great American West. Karin Breuer is the head curator of the Achenbach Foundation of the Graphic Arts, which owns the largest collection of works of art on paper in the western United States. The exhibition celebrates the 78 year old artist’s commitment to exploring the American West, and his residency in California for over 50 years. Organized thematically as a sort of road trip through his career, the show reminds us of Ruscha’s versatility and talent early on as a painter, photographer and printmaker. Highlights are Ruscha’s early Standard Oil painting in 1963, and how it evolved to a blind embossed print in 2011, and juxtaposed rows of photographs taken from the same LA rooftops in 1961 and again in 2011.
Summer Heats Up in Los Angeles
Summer 2016 in Los Angeles is filled with excellent museum shows, gallery exhibits, and the must see 3rd edition of the Made in LA Biennial at the Hammer Museum. Read on for highlights:
Made in LA Biennial
In June, the Hammer Museum opened its third biennial, Made in LA 2016: a, the, though, only, and on view until August 28. Works include monographic surveys, displays of multiyear projects, and the debut of new bodies of work and commissions from emerging artists.
A highlight of the show is a mini-retrospective of 85 year old Lebanese born artist, Huguette Caland. Caland has collaborated with poets, artists, and designers during her time in Paris and in Los Angeles.Featured works include oil paintings created in Beirut in the 60’s and full scale painted mannequins made in the 2010’s in collaboration with Pierre Cardin.
Daniel Richter in Regen Projects
At Regen Projects, Daniel Richter presents his third solo show in Los Angeles, Daniel Richter: Wild Thing. Richter follows in the footsteps of iconic post-war German painters Martin Kippenberger and Albert Oehlen, and is best known for works inspired by mass media and popular culture. This exhibition consists of 17 large scale oil paintings that mark a new direction towards figuration. Paintings depict human limbs, torsos, and heads, twisting and turning across their vibrant backgrounds.
Sam Gilliam in David Kordansky Gallery
At age 82, Sam Gilliam is finally receiving the critical acclaim he deserves. Green April , his show at the David Kordansky Gallery, exhibits his iconic drape and beveled pieces from the 60’s and 70’s. According to the Gallery, the show “focuses on works executed during a crucial period in the artist’s development, one in which he began to make the iconic Beveled-edge and Drape paintings for which he is best known. These works feature a number of striking formal advances, but their radicality also hinges upon the fact that they were made in dialogue with the profound social shifts that were taking place at the time. Most of the works on view have remained in Gilliam’s studio since their creation and have never before been exhibited.”
David Huffman in Robert & Tilton Gallery
Roberts & Tilton Gallery hosts the first solo show of Oakland based artist David Huffman’s World in Collisions. Huffman is best known for his Tramanaut series depicting African American space travelers. In this most recent work, he examines the politics of race through the iconography of the basketball.
Shio Kusaka in Blum and Poe
Blum and Poe displays 75 new works from talented ceramicist Shio Kusaka. Pieces range from her iconic white porcelain vessels to traditional Japanese stoneware. Ceramics are displayed on a 100 foot runway that runs through all three galleries. The show begins with Kusaka’s summer section that features two large Greek strawberry vessels, a watermelon, two beach balls, and a pair of bikini clad women. The runway continues with a grouping of pots that mimics the grain of plywood. In the adjoining gallery, there’s a feel of eccentricity with a file of porcelain animal figurines, which she’s been making for years with her children. Her daughter influenced the final sequence of the show with her dinosaur book that replicates fight scenes.
Bing Han in Night Gallery
Chinese artist Bing Han’s new works are exhibited in downtown’s Night Gallery. Titled Facades and Waves, this is her first solo exhibition in Los Angeles. Bing Han’s painting practice is inspired by the daily experience of walking through cityscapes, construction sites and architecture. The shapes and textures in her paintings are assembled in layers, between transparent and opaque marks, and then finished with defined edges.
LSS Art Advisory visited the exciting city of Shanghai, China, where the contemporary art scene is flourishing due to the recent openings of world class private and public art museums. Following are highlights of Museum and studio visits:
Olafur Eliasson in Long Museum
Olafur Eliasson, a renowned Danish-Icelandic visual artist, had his first survey exhibition in China at the Long Museum. Titled Nothingness is Nothing at All, Olafur selected works inspired by the architecture of the museum that employ his signature natural materials such as stone, ice, water and light, and question the phenomenon of color perception.
The Long Museum is located in the burgeoning new arts district of West Bund in a stunning re-designed 1950’s industrial building. The private museum is owned by Liu Yiqian and Wang Wei. As the most prominent art collectors in China, Liu Yiqian and Wang Wei made news headline for their purchase of a Modigliani painting that sold for $170.4 million at Christie’s New York in 2015.
Ann Niu Studio Visit
Ann Niu hosted LSS Art Advisory in her studio. She was born and grew up in Shanghai where she practiced Chinese calligraphy as a young girl. This skill has flourished in her works especially in her use of lines, which create movement and dynamism throughout her compositions.
Retrospective-Alberto Giacometti exhibited in Yuz Museum
Alberto Giacometti’s Retrospective at the Yuz Museum included over 250 works loaned exclusively from the Foundation. Laid out on two floors of a giant airplane hanger, the show covered the entire career of Giacometti, from his early years to his surrealist and cubist periods, and ended with his widely acclaimed works from the 1960’s. The show, brilliantly designed by the Louvre’s head designer Adrien Gardère, smartly included a re-creation of Giacometti’s tiny studio at Rue Hippolyte-Maindron, giving attendees special insight into Giacommetti’s artistic practice.
The Yuz Museum was founded by the Chinese-Indonesian entrepreneur and collector Budi Tek, and along with the Long Museum, anchors the new West Bund arts district in Shanghai.
Herman Chong Ifs, Ands or Buts at Rockbund Art Museum
A Singoporean artist, Herman Chong, exhibited his works in Ifs, Ands or Buts(curated by Li Qi) at the Rockbund Museum. His selected pieces examined the spaces between image and text, and produced new ways of connecting the two. LSS Art Advisory was captured by Chong’s The Mysterious Island. A recreation of the Peach Blossom Island; this piece applied plastic peach blossom trees in full bloom and was set against a painted blue background, often used in film productions.
The Rockbund Museum’s beautiful art deco building dates from the early 1930’s and originally housed the Royal Asiatic Society. In 2007, the building was reconstructed incorporating the historical architecture with modern and contemporary art, and officially opened in 2010.
LSS Art Advisory reviews Bay Area exhibitions and art happenings as the city gears up for the public reopening of SFMoMA on May 16th.
First Exposure’s 7th annual benefit and silent auction, Looking Forward, Giving Back, will be held on April 26th at SOMarts from 6-9 pm. First Exposure is a photography and mentor program that enables at-risk youth to pursue self-expression, creativity, and life skills through the arts.
Art Market San Francisco returns to the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion from Friday April 29th until Sunday May 1st. Over 35 galleries will be exhibiting from the Bay Area, LA, New York, and beyond. The Preview Reception, benefiting the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, is Wednesday April 27th from 6 to 9 pm and the Art Party is Thursday 28th from 6 to 10 pm.
Pace Gallery welcomes its permanent location in Menlo Park with a James Turrell inaugural exhibition that runs from April 28th until July 30th, featuring Turrell’s Reflective Hologram and Wide Glass Series.The opening reception will be on April 17th from 4 to 7 pm.
Thursday April 28th proves to be a bustling day in the SF arts scene, with several notable opening receptions. Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts is hosting the much-anticipated Laura Owens exhibition with an opening reception on the 28th at 6:30 pm. The Anton Kern/Andrew Kreps pop-up gallery will exhibit a group show at Minnesota Street Project from April 28th to May 21st, with the opening on the 28th from 5 to 8 pm. Fraenkel Gallery will show Christian Marclay: Six New Animations from April 28th to June 25th at 49 Geary Street. Altman Siegel has a Jessica Dickinson opening on the 28th, running until July 2nd. Finally, Haines Gallery presents an Ai Weiwei exhibition, entitled Overrated, from April 28th to July 2nd.
Other highlights include Bridget Riley at Berggruen Gallery (April 27-June 30), Isaac Julien at Jessica Silverman Gallery (April 22 –June 11), and Teresita Fernandez at Anthony Meier Fine Arts (April 21th-May 27th).
Finally, a Richard Serra inaugural exhibition entitled Plane.Site will premier at Gagosian Gallery’s new location at 657 Howard Street from May 18th to August 27th.
Enjoy this plethora of contemporary art exhibitions in the San Francisco Bay Area over the next month.
In January we posted about exciting happenings in the SF arts community. Since then, there has been a recent flurry of world renowned art establishments announcing their plans to migrate to the Bay Area:
Earlier in the month, it was announced that Gagosian Gallery and John Berggruen Gallery, will have spaces across the street from the renovated and expanded San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Gagosian is slated to open May 14, several days after the much anticipated reopening of SFMOMA.
Several weeks after this news two Chelsea galleries, Anton Kern and Andrew Kreps, announced that they will partner up to open a temporary San Francisco gallery at Minnesota Street Projects. The opening reception is set for April 28th and will feature artists from both galleries’ rosters.
It has been announced that Max Hollein will reside as the new director of FAMSF, which comprises of the de Young Museum and the Legion of Honor. Hollein, originally from Austria, is currently the director of three prominent museums in Frankfurt, Germany.
Untitled Art Fair, associated with Miami Art Week, will host an Untitled SF in the Dogpatch neighborhood in January 2017 and will feature 40 to 60 galleries.
Finally, Pace Gallery will open a space in downtown Palo Alto, with a James Turrell inaugural exhibition slated to open April 2016.
The ever-burgeoning art scene in Los Angeles is a constant source of inspiration. Read below to get a recap of LSS Art Advisory’s March trip to the opening of Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, Mark Bradford’s studio, and Spürth Magers.
Hauser Wirth & Schimmel
Located in a restored flour mill in Downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District, Hauser Wirth & Schimmel’s stunning new gallery opened March 13th 2016. LSS Art Advisory attended a private pre-opening tour of the gallery’s inaugural exhibition ‘Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women: 1947-2016’ led by co-curator Jenni Sorkin. The expansive show displays how women sculptors have altered the course of art through the use of unconventional materials, new forms or processes, and working within confined studio spaces. Throughout the show, there are themes of repetition, sewing/weaving, connection, and minimalism. The exhibition is displayed chronologically, showcasing 34 notable sculptors-from the post-war era to contemporary times. Hauser Wirth’s exhibition, which is also co-curated by Paul Schimmel (former curator at the MOCA), is a representation of what commercial galleries can provide for the community: a well curated, museum-quality experience that offers previously unexplored insights and connections in the arts. ‘Revolution in the Making’ is open until September 4th, 2016.
Mark Bradford Studio Visit
Mark Bradford provided LSS Advisory with an exclusive studio visit and artist talk at his LA based work space. Bradford is currently working on pieces for two upcoming shows: a single person show at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C. as well as a two-person entitled ‘Shade: Clyfford Still/Mark Bradford’ at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York.
Sprüth Magers, a gallery based in both London and Berlin, opened its new LA location on February 23rd, 2016 with a John Baldessari exhibition. Baldessari’s new work consists of found photographic images that have been altered with acrylic paint in his iconic style. The new space is located on Museum row, alongside the Page Museum, the Craft & Folk Art Museum, as well as the Architecture and Design Museum.
2016 has thus far and will continue to be a hugely successful year for art in the Bay Area. Museums that have been closed for remodeling are finally reopening; galleries are putting on some of their best shows yet complete with stellar programming to guide us through the spring, summer and fall; and a new art building, Minnesota Street Projects, has been designed with the intention of housing veteran and emergent galleries as well as artist studios and is slated to open this March. There are tons of current and upcoming art happenings to be excited about in the San Francisco Bay Area and we would like to share a few of them with you. You will not want to miss out!
SFMOMA has been closed for over two and a half years and is now finally reopening to the public this May. The freshly renovated 460,000-square-foot space, designed by the Norwegian and New York based design firm Snøhetta, has an exterior that is sure to be just as beautiful as the art housed inside the building. An upcoming exhibition to get particularly excited about is “Bruce Conner: It’s All True,” opening October 29, 2016 through January 22, 2017.
San Francisco’s FOG Design+Art fair was more bustling and crowded this year than ever before. With over 40 galleries from the Bay Area and beyond, the FOG fair provided a striking roster of 21st-century works by artists and designers alike. We visited many lovely design and visual art booths, and were very impressed with the quality of exhibitors including mega galleries from New York such as Marian Goodman, Barbara Gladstone, Matthew Marks and David Zwirner. We are excited to see what next year’s installment of this special Bay Area art and design fair will bring.
Here are our highlights from FOG Design+Art 2016:
David Kordansky Gallery (Los Angeles)
Jessica Silverman Gallery (San Francisco)
David Zwirner (New York)
John Berggruen Gallery (San Francisco)
Matthew Marks Gallery (Los Angeles)
Salon 94 (New York)
Anthony Meier Fine Arts (San Francisco)
Altman Siegel (San Francisco)
Jason Jacques Inc. (New York)
Art Basel 2015 hit the shores of Miami Beach this year in its usual splendid fashion. ABMB, perhaps the most famous art fair in the world, is extremely special in that it provides the opportunity to experience the main fair, 20+ satellite fairs, private collections and top notch institutions all in the span of just a few days. This year marked the 13th anniversary of Art Basel Miami Beach, with artworks being exhibited by more than 200 galleries hailing from over 30 countries.
Kicking off the Fall season, Frieze London delivered stellar work this year with beautiful venues, structures, and paintings. Walking the streets of London, one could feel the surge of inspiration pulsing through the air. Here are some highlights from the Serpentine Pavilion and the Royal Academy of Art, along with a few featured artists.
LSS Art Advisory attended the private opening for The Broad Museum in downtown Los Angeles. The $140 MM building, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro beautifully showcases the 2000 works owned by philanthropists Eli and Edith Broad. While you are in the neighborhood, be sure to visit the Museum of Contemporary Art, MOCA across the street, and the new galleries in the booming downtown arts district.
The Hammer Museum recently hosted a stunning solo exhibition of L.A. based artist Mark Bradford. This image is a map excavated by Mark through layers of paint and drywall depicting the HIV diagnoses in the U.S. as of 2009. The title, “Finding Barry” refers to one of the earliest lobby wall works by S.F. based Barry McGee. Other pieces in the “Scorched Earth” show are inspired by the 1992 riots, which Bradford experienced firsthand from his studio in Leimert Park.
Los Angeles based artists such as Peter Voulkos, Ken Price and John Mason have had a long and illustrious history working in ceramics. Mixed media artist Brian Rochefort represents the next generation, creating inspired pieces with ceramics, glaze and automotive paint. LSS Art Advisory recently visited his studio. Check out his “Energy Gloops” pictured here.
The downtown gallery scene has been transformed in the last few years, fueled by the opening of 356 Mission, the Mistake Room, Night Gallery, Francois Gheboly Gallery, and Venus Over Los Angeles. Pictured here is the opening of Michele Maccarone’s beautiful new space with works by L.A. based artist Alex Hubbard.
Summer is the perfect time to visit local galleries and museums and to check out shows with friends and family. These are our recommendations for summer outings in the San Francisco/Bay Area:
Currently on view:
- Janet Delaney: South of Market exhibition at De Young on view through July 19th
- Ryan Wallace at Romer Young on view through July 25th
- Inherent Nature at Traywick Contemporary on view through August 15th
- Zero to One on Paper at Ratio 3 on view through August 21st
- Synecdoche exhibition at Jessica Silverman Gallery on view through August 22nd
- Nacht und Träume at Altman Siegel Gallery on view through September 4th
- Will Brown / MATRIX 259 at the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) on view through September 13th
- Inside Out exhibition at Jules Maeght Gallery on view through September 26th
- Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) exhibition Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art on view through October 11th
- San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) on the Go series with Museum of African Diaspora (MOaD) Portraits and Other Likenesses from SFMOMA on view at MOaD through October 11th
- Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait on view through November 1st
- Southern Exposure’s (SoEx): Monster Drawing Rally 2015 fundraiser event on July 10th; and directions given – directions taken #4 performance series on August 12th
- Michael Arcega at Johansson Projects in Oakland opens on July 11th, on view through August 22nd
- Headlands Center for the Arts Summer Open House July 26th
- 2×2 Solos Exhibition featuring Sofia Cordova and Samuel Levi Jones at Pro Arts in Oakland opens on August 18th on view through September 18th
- Family friendly Friday Nights at Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) with music, dancing, food, and art
In addition to All the World’s Futures, the main exhibition curated by prominent Nigerian curator Okwui Enwezor, the 56th edition of this year’s Venice Biennale featured nearly 90 national pavilions, and countless collateral events. Here were a few highlights:
- Prints, drawings, video, and a curated selection of props offer a sensitive glimpse into the complex, layered practice of the video and performance art pioneer Joan Jonas at the American pavilion. Jonas conceived stunning free-standing rippled mirrors for the exhibition, which were hand-crafted in Murano.
- Pamela Rosenkranz has transformed the entire Swiss Pavilion into a gigantic pool of pink monochrome liquid, which is inspired by the skin colors found in classic Venetian paintings. This spectacular gesture nonetheless maintains a certain subtlety: an olfactory work and dynamic lighting create a series of perceptual shifts .
- Danh Vo’s subtle and poetic exhibition Slip of the Tongue at Punta della Dogana was one of the top picks of the opening week, including works by Roni Horn, Martin Wong, Nairy Baghramian, and Henrik Olesen. A highlight of this show was Nancy Spero’s Codex Artaud: thirty-four fragile scrolls covered with a hybrid form of writing/painting that attempted to channel the “fury” of the French writer Antonin Artaud.
- Cao Fei’s La Town was the talk of the Arsenale. This 45-minute long film is a reflection on a mythical post-apocalyptic city made with miniature sets and figurines. Spanning a utopian past and future plagued by social instability, the film melds different time periods, places, and fantasies to create an uneasy vision of our time.
With over 300 galleries present at this summer’s Art Basel, there were several noteworthy artworks. Here are our contemporary art highlights:
- The paintings of Marlene Dumas at the Fondation Beyeler
- Jesús Rafael Soto’s voluminous installation at Basel Unlimited
- Zöe Paul’s wool weavings at Liste, Basel’s art fair focused on emerging galleries and artists
- Zander Blom’s mesmerizing paintings at Galerie Hans Mayer
- Jonas Wood’s monochrome painting at Anton Kern Gallery
- Sarah Charelesworth print at Maccarone
LSS Art Advisory collaborated with San Francisco design firm Scavullo Design Interiors to present emerging Bay Area artists’ works throughout their offices. The detailed graphite and pastel pieces of Jason Houck, the abstracted encyclopedias of Samuel Levi Jones, and Annie Hagar’s acrylic paint on decorative canvases added to the firm’s creative environment. If you are interested in learning more about this project or how to bring art into your office or home, please contact LSS Art Advisory.
LSS Art Advisory has had a busy and exciting first quarter of 2015. Laura Smith Sweeney, LSS Art Advisory Principal and Founder, attended many gallery openings and art fairs in the new year. Laura also dedicated time to meeting with artists in their studios, including two days of visits in February for Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s (LACMA)‘s Art Here and Now: Studio Forum (AHAN) group. This group of philanthropists, collectors, and enthusiasts, led by LACMA curators Rita Gonzalez and Christine Kim, fund acquisitions of emerging contemporary Los Angeles artists to the LACMA collection. Once AHAN’s choices are made public by the museum, we will be sure to update Laura’s Notebook with the exciting news. Here are a couple of Laura’s studio visits:
A trip to Los Angeles always proves to be exciting. LSS Art Advisory’s recent visit was no exception as we visited the rich museum and gallery scene, catching exhibitions at the Hammer Museum, Blum & Poe, and Gavlak Gallery, among others. Below are some of our favorites:
The last weekend in January was a busy one with three fairs in Los Angeles: Art Los Angeles Contemporary (ALAC), Paramount Ranch, and LA Art Book Fair. There was a lot to see, here are some of LSS Art Advisory’s highlights from ALAC and Paramount Ranch.
Art Los Angeles Contemporary
- Neil Raitt at Anat Egbi
- Channing Hanson at Marc Selwyn Fine Arts
- Zach Harris at David Kordansky Gallery
- William Pope L. at Shane Campbell Gallery
The winter weather did not stop LSS Art Advisory from attending New York City’s art fairs. During our visit, we stopped by to see On Kawara‘s retrospective at the Guggenheim, and attended three art fairs: The Armory, Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA), and Independent. Here are some of our favorites from the fairs:
- Brian Bress at Cherry and Martin
- McArthur Binion at Kavi Gupta Gallery
- Jon Rafman at Zach Feuer Gallery
- Elias Sime at James Cohan Gallery
- Brandon Ballengée at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts
2015 began with an impressive array of exhibitions in the Bay Area. LSS Art Advisory visited several exhibitions and events around San Francisco during the months of January through March. Here are some of the standouts:
- Sandy Kim at Ever Gold Gallery
- Emil Lukas at Hosfelt Gallery
- Amanda Ross-Ho‘s lecture at California College of the Arts
- Janine Antoni at Anthony Meier Fine Arts
- Hayal Pozanti at Jessica Silverman Gallery
- Dashiell Manley at Jessica Silverman Gallery
- Miriam Böhm at Ratio 3
- Pierre Roy-Camille and Zio Ziegler at Jules Maeght Gallery
- Nicole Phungrasamee Fein at Hosfelt Gallery
- Trevor Paglen at Altman Siegel
- Sam Lewitt in the group show bare code scan at fusedspace
The FOG Design+Art Fair is San Francisco’s Art and Design Fair. Bringing together over 35 galleries in San Francisco, it was an opportune time to see works from U.S.-based galleries. Here are LSS Art Advisory highlights from this fair:
Mariana Castillo Deball turned heads at dOCUMENTA(13) with Uncomfortable Objects, a large-scale sculpture based on a formula by the mathematician Felix Klein (1849-1925). Comprising Stucco marble on steel, the gently curving structure integrates copies of artifacts among other sundry bric-a-brac, resulting in a surface that riffs on archeology as a decorative form.
The 2013 Nationalgalerie Prize Winner now presents Parergon, a project developed specifically for the historic hall at Berlin’s Hamburger Bahnhof. This large-scale installation devotes itself to the “biographies of things” and examines the migration and reorganization of the museum’s collections, buildings, exhibits and protagonists. The exhibition’s title means “supplementary” or “accessory” in Greek, yet the artist creates such a fluid dialogue between her own works and the cast of artifacts and relics that she from the museum that it’s unclear which one should be considered supplemental. The exhibition will be on view through March 1, 2015.
The 2014 art fair circuit culminated in sunny Miami with a packed week of art events, museum exhibitions, and performances staged throughout the city. Check out our images from: Art Basel, New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA), Design Miami, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), and Bass Museum of Art. Please let LSS Art Advisory know if you would like more specific information on artists or exhibitions listed.
Art Basel Miami Beach
- Urs Fischer at Sadie Coles
- Hugo McCloud at Sean Kelly
- Teresita Fernández at Lehman Maupinn
- Mark Bradford at Hauser & Wirth
- Lucie Stahl at Freedman Fitzpatrick
- Hank Willis Thomas, Jim Ricks, and Ryan Alexievs collaborative work The Truth Booth and Yinka Shonibare MBE Wind Sculpture IV
And other Miami events:
Think ART this gift giving season. The holidays are a perfect time to support artists and arts organizations by purchasing a fundraising edition, buying books and art related merchandise, and donating a membership or gift in the name of someone special.
Shop editions and holiday merchandise from stores and arts organizations:
- LAXART editions
- MZ WALLACE × GLENN LIGON A Collaboration in Support of The Studio Museum in Harlem
- Ooga Booga
- Park Life
- The Posters
- The Thing Quarterly
- Wattis Institute editions
Purchase from publishers and book stores:
- 826 Valencia
- 871 Fine Arts
- Arion Press
- DAP Publishing
- McSweeney’s Books and The Believer
- Printed Matter
- X-Tra and Project X
Art Book Gifts:
- Anne Collier from MCA Chicago
- The Forever Now from MOMA
- Goya: Order & Disorder from Museum of Fine Arts Boston
- The Haas Brothers from Damiani
- Jim Hodges: Give More Than you can Take by Dallas Museum of Art and the Walker Art Center
- Matisse: The Cut-Outs from MOMA
- Marcel Duchamp: Etant-donnes by Jeff Wall from Philadelphia Museum of Art
- My Grandfather’s Gallery: A Family Memoir of Art and War
- Raymond Pettibone: To Wit from David Zwirner
- Robert Gober: The Heart is not a Metaphor from MOMA
- Sterling Ruby by JRP-Ringier
- Sigmar Polke: Paintings, Photographs and Films from Poligrafa
- Yoshimoto Nara: Drawings from Blum and Poe
Gifts of Memberships or donations In Honor or In Memory of someone special. I have been personally involved with each of these arts organizations over the years, and all are worthy of your support:
At the Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain (FIAC) the Tuileries Gardens were filled with site specific sculptures, creating compelling juxtapositions between the contemporary and the classical. Highlights include: New Age Demanded (Angel Racer Marble) by Jon Rafman; Alma by Christian Boltanski; and Many Small Cubes by architect Sou Fujimoto. Also taking place during FIAC week was the much anticipated opening of the Frank Gehry designed Louis Vuitton Foundation building in the Bois de Bologne. The 85 year old visionary has once again reinvented his architectural style with this graceful and streamlined design, a clear contrast to his two most famous buildings, Guggenheim Musuem Bilboa in Spain and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Art installations include works by include Olafur Eliasson, Ellsworth Kelly, and Cerith Wyn.
FIAC organizers created Officielle this year, a satellite fair focused on emerging artists. Located on the banks of the Seine, 50 international galleries from all over the world were in attendance. Mika Tajima at Eleven Rivington was a highlight. Other interesting pieces from FIAC include:
The Hauser & Wirth booth at Frieze London was thoughtfully curated by artist Mark Wallinger this year. Inspired by Sigmund Freud’s study, which is preserved in a museum a few miles from the fair, Wallinger represents Freud’s themes of the conscious and unconscious mind by painting the booth walls red and green. Apropos of the unconscious, notice the “sleeping guard” in the photo. A short walk across Regent’s Park is Frieze Masters, which focuses on artworks made before the year 2000. Visiting this tranquil fair is a welcome respite from the crowds at Frieze and is an excellent opportunity to see museum quality masterworks. In Helly Nahmad’s booth titled “The Collector,” the gallery created an imaginary apartment set in 1968 that “represents the journey of one man’s life.” The meticulously curated booth transported viewers to a newspaper and art book cluttered apartment, filled with invaluable works from Pablo Picasso, Lucio Fontana, and Jean Dubuffet. Both booths succeeded in creating visually immersive environments amid the usual art fair experience.
Glenn Ligon‘s exhibition Call and Response at Camden Art Centre should be seen by any London visitor. The artist’s 2014 neon work (Bruise/Blues) is inspired by Steve Reich’s tape-loop sound piece entitled Come Out, which utilizes the recorded interview of one of the six teenagers arrested for murder in the Harlem riot of 1964. Ligon alludes to a particular event: when the nervous teenager describes the injuries inflicted by the police, he mixes up his words and says “blues” instead of “bruise.” Stand-outs specifically at Frieze London include:
On view through April 12, 2015 at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is the OMCA and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) collaborative exhibition, Fertile Ground: Art and Community in California. In this show, both of these Bay Area-based institutions select from their impressive collections to present a range of ephemera and works that constellate four important art moments in California history. As described by the OMCA website, the communities highlighted are: The circle of artists who worked with and were influenced by Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in San Francisco in the 1930s; the legendary painters and photographers associated with the California School of Fine Arts (now San Francisco Art Institute) in the 1940s and 1950s, including Mark Rothko, Richard Diebenkorn, and Imogen Cunningham; the free-spirited faculty and students at UC Davis in the 1960s and 1970s, such as Wayne Thiebaud, William T. Wiley, and Bruce Nauman; and the streetwise, uncompromisingly idealistic artists at the center of a vibrant new Mission scene that took root in the 1990s through the present, including Barry McGee and Chris Johanson. Exiting the show, there is a section dedicated to artists admiring other artists—portraits and letters underscore the liveliness and connection amongst the Bay Area and California creative community. This excellent show emphasizes the strengths of both the OMCA and SFMoMA collections, and reminds us that these California artists and institutions are an important part of a local and international art historical legacy.
Art Berlin Contemporary (abc) eschewed the curated booths common to most art fairs—instead, presentations by 111 galleries spread across three halls without any walls to contain them. Stand-outs at the highly successful and well-attended 7th edition of abc included: Daniel Steegmann Mangrané’s immersive aluminum chain sculpture presented by Esther Schipper; Douglas Coupland’s installation of painted globes entitled Optimism vs. Pessimism, which the artist showed with Daniel Faria Gallery; Beijing-based artist Guan Xiao’s electrifying three-channel video installation Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler and Antenna Space’s shared booth drew droves of onlookers who often stayed for multiple rotations of the video loop; and at Johann König, Camille Henrot presented her video Coupe / Decalé alongside Desktop Series, a series of small bronze sculptures that reflect on the tension between immateriality and the universal creative space provided by the computer desktop.
Chinese contemporary artist and political activist Ai Weiwei presents a stunning site-specific exhibition of new work entitled @Large at Alcatraz, a penitentiary located on an island 1.5 miles from downtown San Francisco, California. This show has come to fruition despite the artist’s inability to leave his native China thanks to the extraordinary inspiration, leadership, and support of gallerist and curator Cheryl Haines and her For-Site Foundation.
After a chilly ferry ride, visitors arrive on the island and are immediately struck by the expanse of the foreboding prison. There are seven installations located throughout the complex, three are pictured here. Trace, staged in a former prison labor building, is an expansive floor piece made out of Legos depicting the names and portraits of those who have been exiled or imprisoned because of their beliefs. A moving sound-based project, Stay Tuned, is located in 12 different A Block prison cells. The now decaying hospital ward houses Blossom, a subtle and powerful installation where the artist has filled the utilitarian sinks, bathtubs, and toilets with beautiful porcelain flowers. @Large proves a powerful and moving exhibition on human rights and freedom of expression. The exhibition is on view through April 2015 and I highly recommend a visit.
LSS Art Advisory travelled to Los Angeles and New York City this month. Here are several projects that Caught Our Eye:
- Sam Falls‘s new body of work at Hannah Hoffman Gallery focuses on plants and their ability to be markers of place.
- Doug Aitken’s solo exhibition entitled Still Life at Regen Projects presents his new photographs, publications, sculptures, and video installations.
- Mary Ellen Bartley‘s beautiful series Paperbacks at Yancey Richardson Gallery.
- Despina Stokou‘s solo exhibition of mixed media works in Only Tomatoes & Horses at Derek Eller Gallery.
- Presented at David Zwirner are the works of Marcel Dzama (525 & 533 West 19th Street) and Tomma Abts (519 West 19th Street).
- Visited Marianne Boesky Gallery to see Roxy Paine‘s mesmerizing wood-carved installations and a piece by Diana Al-Hadid.
- Walead Beshty copper sculptures and ready-mades were exhibited at Petzel Gallery.
- Matthew Ritchie‘s diagrammatic works were on view at Andrea Rosen Gallery.
ZERO co-founder Otto Piene electrified Berlin this summer. Timed to correspond with the setting of the high summer sun, a reconstruction of Piene’s large-scale slide installation The Proliferation of the Sun (1967/2014) took place at the Neue Nationalgalerie every evening from 10pm to 3am. Originally intended for a small project space in New York in the late ‘60s, this new reconstruction of Piene’s immersive spectral project provided a breathtaking contrast to the clean, iconic minimalism of Mies Van der Rohe’s architecture. Strobing lights, multiple projections and a pulsating soundtrack surrounded visitors who reclined on amorphic bean-bag chairs for the 13 minute-long loop. Mere days after the exhibition’s opening, Piene passed away at the age 86 while overseeing preparation for Sky Art Event, a work he was planning to execute in the sky over the Neue Nationalgalerie. The legacy of the movement he launched with collaborators Heinz Mack and Günther Uecker will receive its first large-scale US survey at the New York Guggenheim this October.
Here are a few projects that Caught My Eye in LA:
- Marc Selwyn Fine Art presents the new works of Anna Betbeze and Brie Ruais organized with Nicole Klagsbrun.
- On view at Hannah Hoffman Gallery through August 23rd is Matt Sheridan Smith’s solo exhibition.
- Mexico-City based artist Pia Camil has her first solo exhibition in Los Angeles at Blum and Poe.
The historic neighborhood of Leimert Park in Los Angeles is becoming an exciting space for art practice and exhibitions. Contemporary artist Mark Bradford, in collaboration with the Hammer Museum, has recently purchased a building to create a community arts center. Earlier this year Papillion gallery opened. Owned by Michelle Papillion, her program focuses on emerging artists such as Kenturah Davis, Samuel Levi Jones, Lakwena, and Noah Davis. Pictured is Samuel Levi Jones’s beautiful abstract work created by the reconstruction of found Encyclopedia covers. Sam will be featured at Papillion in November with figurative sculptor and painter Derek Fordjour. Additionally, Papillion has a Video Art Residency where every Saturday in the summer they will highlight a different video artist. If you are in LA, please be sure to stop by this active contemporary arts space.
The second version of the Los Angeles biennial Made in LA 2014 allows visitors to experience the multifaceted LA art scene and is worth a visit. Check out Samara Golden’s changing installation of portraits of friends on doll heads and Piero Golia carving George Washington’s nose out of Styrofoam. The two organizers, Hammer Museum Chief Curator Connie Butler and independent curator Michael Ned Holte, made the smart decision to occupy the entire Hammer versus multiple venues. Also new this year is the participation of the local radio station KCHUNG and courtyard performances by the James Kidd dance studio. Other highlights include works by: Clarissa Tossin, Tala Madani, Caitlin Lonegan, Magdalena Suarez Frimkess and Michael Frimkess, and Juan Capistrán.
New York-based curator Gianni Jetzer organized the works of 78 artists represented by 100 galleries in the giant Unlimited section at Art Basel. Set in a stadium-sized space, artists were invited to present existing or commissioned large-scale sculptures, paintings, installations, projections, and live performances, free of the confines of the traditional walls of art fair booths. Gianni’s goal was to “…create a show that allows visitors to spend time with art and make them forget about where they are.” Here are some highlights featuring the works of Alice Channer, Kara Walker, Gavin Kenyon, Rodney McMillian, Thomas Houseago, Xu Zhen, Sam Falls, and Sterling Ruby.
Curators have been looking for ways to incorporate performance in museum, bienniale, and art fair environments for several years. 14 Rooms, co-curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Klaus Biesenbach, successfully introduced performance to this year’s Art Basel. Imagine a large corridor with mirrored doors lining the sides of each wall. Behind the door, works by one of the 14 participating international artist activate each of the small rooms. The longer attendees wait in line to see the performances concealed behind each mirrored door, the more anticipation and intrigue build. Pictured is Damien Hirst’s Hans, Georg (1992). In this room, Hirst presents a scene of identical twins seated below his identical dot paintings. The changing pairs juxtaposed with the paintings proved captivating as the visitors tried to seek both the sameness and difference amongst the characters.
On view at the Los Angeles gallery Kayne Griffin Corcoran is Surface to Air: Los Angeles Artists of the ‘60s and the Materials that they used, curated by Robert Dean, editor of Edward Ruscha: Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings. The show focuses on Los Angeles artists during the 1960s manipulating light and spatial relationships by means of surface effects and finishes. They employed new materials and fabrication techniques from industries as diverse as aerospace and surfboard manufacturing, but always specific to the environs of Southern California.
Formerly a warehouse, this gallery boasts tall ceilings capped with pyramidal coffers which allow the natural light to move throughout— appropriate for an exhibition that investigates these characteristics. For instance, the Robert Irwin cast acrylic Column (1970) set next to the wall-sized window ricocheted light, interacting and relating with the surrounding works. The exhibition is on view through July 5th; I highly recommend a visit.
The Headlands Center for the Arts hosted its annual auction and fundraiser on June 4th. Historically, this highly anticipated Bay Area arts event has had an excellent collection of works with a particular focus on artists that have had residencies at the Headlands. This year’s auction, held in a new space in SOMA, was buzzing with energy and included works from Nina Katchadourian, Eamon Ore-Giron, Liam Everett, Anzfer Farms, Koto Ezawa, Samara Golden, Todd Hido, David Korty, Andrea Longacre-White, Jason Meadows, William Powhida, Matt Saunders, David Shrigley, Ramiro Gomez and Monique Van Genderen.
The Headlands Center for the Arts is an exciting multidisciplinary arts organization in the Bay Area offering a residency program, fellowship opportunities, a public program series, and workshops. Located just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, their bucolic Marin campus provides a unique setting for resident artists to create work inspired by the landscape and outdoors of the rolling hills of the headlands.
“A revolutionary figure in postwar American art, Sam Gilliam helped define the Washington Color School in the mid-1960s and pushed Color Field painting to its extremes. Gilliam utilized the tenets of hard-edge geometric painting as starting points for a series of formal experiments that would soon lead to subsequent breakthroughs in contemporary painting, including the installation-based drape paintings for which he is best known.” — David Kordansky Gallery
Kara Walker’s black-cut silhouettes entitled Auntie Walker’s Wall Sampler for Savages, and black-cut steel diorama hauntingly recalls the history of American slavery at the Sikkema Jenkins & Co. booth. Juxtaposed are Erin Shirreff’s monochromatic photographs and sculptures. In these works, there is a sense of play with light, shadow, and the notion of form and object.
This stunning installation by artist Danh Vo, Massive Black Hole in the Dark Heart of Our Milky Way (2014), was hung from the ceiling of the Frieze NY tent rather than on the walls of the booth of Marian Goodman Gallery. The mobile consisted of flattened-out cardboard boxes onto which stars and stripes, the Coca Cola logo, and sections of German script from the fairy-tale classic Cinderella.
At Salon 94, Jayson Musson’s Flashe-vinyl abstract paintings riff on comic-book artist Ernie Bushmiller’s Nancy, a series that caricatures modern art and the art world. The theme of appropriation continues as Tom Sachs’s body of work on space exploration is presented by the intimately sculpted, white-slip ceramic pieces branded with NASA.
From October 25, 2014, through January 25 2015, New Orleans, LA will host Prospect 3: Notes for Now (P3), a large-scale international biennial that features the work of 50 artists from over 20 countries. This year’s Artistic Director is Franklin Sirmans, the Terri and Michael Smooke Department Head and Curator of Contemporary Art at LACMA.
Sirmans has created a New Orleans-centered curatorial theme inspired by the acclaimed novel, The Moviegoer, written by Southern Existentialist Walker Percy. Set in and around New Orleans in the 60’s, The Moviegoer will provide Sirmans with a lens for examining artistic practice.
Sterling Ruby’s first New York show with Hauser & Wirth showcases his ability to work adeptly across a broad range of mediums: sculpture, textiles, and painting. We see the diverse impacts of a childhood spent in the Amish country in Pennsylvania combined with a later keen interest in street culture, archaeology, and working with fabrics developed during his studies in Los Angeles. The influences of Mike Kelley (for whom he served as a teaching assistant), Paul McCarthy, and Peter Voulkos are evident throughout this compelling body of work.
Artist Klea McKenna describes her Rain Studies as “an ongoing series of unique gelatin silver photograms of rain made outdoors at night…I have always paid attention to rainfall and how weather affects the land, but by making this work my awareness has been heightened. The constant anticipation of rain and the act of documenting it on the rare occasions that it comes, has become my own sort of rain dance.”
Mariah Robertson‘s solo presentation at M+B Gallery in the New York backlot of Paris Photo LA was visually stunning. According to the artist, the pieces evolved from “a box of photo paper in my darkroom that got ‘blown.'” Mariah’s work experiments with the manipulation of chemical treatments and their reaction on photographic paper.
In the words of artist Serge Alain Nitegeka, his site-specific installations are “constructed to occupy the whole space allocated to them, maximizing on volume. [They] work on the principles of lines and angles, distribution of weight and balancing forces…there is movement, direction and obstruction.”
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