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Alison Jacques Gallery now represents Carol Rhodes (1959–2018)

December 11, 2020

Carol Rhodes’s intense landscape paintings and drawings explore conceptions of ‘natural’ and ‘man-made’ environments and subtly redefine ideas of beauty and expression. The first project will be an exhibition of paintings and drawings from across Rhodes’s career and is scheduled to open in February 2021. Born in Edinburgh in 1959, Rhodes grew up in Serampore, India, where her father worked as a medic and a theology professor. In her teens, she relocated to the UK to complete her education, but continued to visit India into her twenties. This early experience of travel, and the complex feeling of belonging and displacement it provoked, would later prove formative in Rhodes’s art.

Fergus McCaffrey announces the death of Tatsuo Ikeda (1928–2020)

The acclaimed Japanese artist, whose career-long engagement with universal themes of conflict, nationalism, genesis, and transformation, inspired and emboldened an entire generation of Japanese artists, passed away last month at the age of ninety-two. Born in Saga Prefecture, Japan, in 1928, the course of Ikeda’s early life was dramatically altered by the ongoing intensity of World War II, culminating in his service as a kamikaze pilot at the age of fifteen. Spared by the ending of World War II, in 1948, Ikeda moved to Tokyo and attended Tama Art University where he became engaged in Taro Okamoto and Kiyoteru Hanada’s Avant-garde Art Study Group.

An exhibition of the artist’s work is currently on view, by appointment, in Tatsuo Ikeda & Philippe Parreno: Field Phase at Fergus McCaffrey in New York.

Pace Gallery launches an online charity exhibition in support of Nevelson Chapel

December 10, 2020

In 1977, Louise Nevelson was commissioned to design a chapel for Saint Peter’s Church in Midtown Manhattan. Nevelson herself called this space “an oasis of silence” from the hustle and bustle of New York.  Over the past two years, the Chapel has been undergoing extensive renovations to ensure the safekeeping of this peerless sculpture for future generations. As the "Renewing a Masterwork" fundraising campaign reaches its first major milestone with a foundational gift from Pace Gallery, Nevelson Chapel is embarking on a public drive to source donations from individual contributors to reach their $5.75 million goal. The gallery's online exhibition features three seminal collage works by Nevelson from the 1970s, on view until 30 December.

Tiwani Contemporary now represents Umar Rashid (Frohawk Two Feathers)

December 9, 2020

For the past seventeen years, artist Umar Rashid (Frohawk Two Feathers) has documented the complex, historical and episodic saga of a fictional world superpower – the Frenglish Empire. Across portraits, maps, flags, artefacts, vignettes and drawings and other visual remnants of an imagined empire and its multiple interactions, Rashid reveals pivotal events and the ever-changing fortunes of a lively array of protagonists, both elite and quotidian, all peculiar to a highly novel parallel universe. The artist was born in 1976 in Chicago, Illinois, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

galerie frank elbaz presents a Holiday Selection of works by gallery artists

December 8, 2020

Featuring works in a wide range of mediums, sizes and budgets, the seasonal selection can be viewed online and at the galleries in Paris and Dallas

A sculpture by Sheila Hicks to place on a bookshelf or above a fireplace; A TIME drawing by Mungo Thomson; A joyful Bernard Piffaretti painting; A poetic multilayered photograph by Tbilisi born Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili; A neon snowflake titled White Devil by Blair Thurman, A souvenir from Rock Creek by Davide Balula; A portrait of a skater in the streets of 1986 New York by Ari Marcopoulos; A storyboard drawing by William Leavitt; A small toner pigment work by Leo Chesneau; Or a sweet autoportrait by Madeleine Roger-Lacan... is what our Christmas dreams are made of. 

Dia Chelsea to reopen in April 2021 with new commissions by Lucy Raven

Following a two-year-long expansion and renovation, Dia Chelsea will reopen in April 2021 with an exhibition of newly commissioned work by American artist Lucy Raven. The culmination of a four-year engagement with Dia, Raven’s two installations will fill both galleries at Dia Chelsea. The expanded and upgraded space unites Dia’s three buildings on West 22nd Street.

The Gallery of Everything announces Camden Art Centre Instagram takeover

December 4, 2020

Starting from today (4 December), and continuing for the next four days, The Gallery of Everything is broadcasting a temporary takeover of the Camden Art Centre Instagram account in support of - and inspired by - The Botanical Mind. The Gallery will be sharing exclusive posts and stories, presenting such artists as Emery Blagdon, Marian Spore Bush, Minnie Evans, Guo Fengyi, Anna Hackel, Hector Hyppolite, Hilma af Klint, Josef Kotzian, Emma Kunz, Paul Laffoley, František Pecka, Janet Sobel, Scottie Wilson, Adolf Wölfli, Anna Zemánková and Henriette Zéphir.

Simon Lee Gallery announces representation of German artist Werner Büttner

December 2, 2020

Werner Büttner is renowned for drawing out deeper layers of meaning from quotidian life that at first glance seem banal. His canvases and collages depict a tragi-comic reality, confronting social norms with both irony and satire, while retaining a firm grip on the history of painting.

Work by Büttner will be on view in the gallery’s upcoming OVR: Miami presentation this December. Simon Lee Gallery’s first exhibition of Büttner’s work will take place at the London gallery in March 2021.

Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch present The Future, the sixth in a series of annual thematic exhibitions

December 1, 2020

Previously staged at the historic Moore Building in the Miami Design District, this year the collaborative project will be hosted on a new stand-alone website, live from 30 November 2020 to 9 January 2021. The Future dares to speculate on what the coming years may have in store. Given the heightened political, economic, and environmental uncertainties of our current moment, this undertaking could hardly be more complex.

Marian Goodman Gallery to host a webinar on John Baldessari‘s Catalogue Raisonné

Taking place on Thursday 10 December at 1pm PST / 4pm EST / 9pm GMT, the conversation will feature panelists David Salle, Artist; Hannah Higgins, Art Historian/Professor, Intermedia & Avant-Garde Art and Culture, University of Illinois at Chicago; David Platzker, Art Historian & Curator/President, Specific Object and Simon Johnston Graphic Designer/Professor, Graphic Design, ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena, moderated by Patrick Pardo, Editor, John Baldessari Catalogue Raisonné

South London Gallery announces new dates for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2020

November 27, 2020

The annual open submission exhibition returns to the SLG for the third consecutive edition, and is set to open on 13 January 2021. With over fifteen hundred applications each year from emerging artists, the show offers a preview of some of the most exciting practices of the next generation. This year’s panel of guest selectors are internationally renowned artists Alexandre da Cunha, Anthea Hamilton and Linder.

The artists selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2020 are: Sangbum Ahn, Ned Armstrong, Paul Barlow, Alexandre Canonico, Chen Si-zuo, Nicole Coson, Gabriella Davies, Lúcás Dillon, Ufuoma Essi, Jake Grewal, Clara Hastrup, Nimmi Hutnik, Lily Kemp, Maria Mahfooz, Zethu Zizwe Ruby Maseko, Rene Matić, Cat McClay and Éiméar McClay, Liam Mertens, Edwin Mingard, Kimie Minobe, Karabo Monareng, Pablo Paillole, Jung Min Park, Anne Carney Raines, Anika Roach, Jung Yun Roh, Shamica Ruddock, Sophie Ruigrok, Kirsty Sim, Anna-Rose Stefatou, Orfeo O’Leary Tagiuri, Giorgio van Meerwijk, Ahren Warner, Ashleigh Williams and Charlie Yetton.

Alison Jacques Gallery announces representation of Sophie Barber

November 26, 2020

Born in 1996 in St Leonards-on-Sea and working in the nearby town of Hastings, Sophie Barber is a painter who draws directly from the world around her, reproducing natural and man-made visual fragments in an attempt to preserve and process their forms. Gathering and positioning tents, birds, dens and word games on monumental block-colour canvases, she creates surreal, folk-like compositions that are less depictions of her native Sussex coast than distillations of the impression it leaves. Barber’s debut exhibition will open in London in September 2021.

Il Ponte Casa d‘Aste publishes catalogues ahead of the upcoming Modern and Contemporary Art sales

November 25, 2020

Taking place on 15 and 16 December 2020, the auctions will kick off with works by Italian modern masters including Alighiero Boetti, Enrico Castellani and Paolo Scheggi, as well as iconic pieces by Karel Appel, Sam Francis and Hans Hartung. Highlights from the 16 December auction include Andy Warhol‘s 1975 "Ladies and Gentlemen" silkscreens and contemporary art by Banksy, Agostino Bonalumi and Gabriel Orozco.

Hauser & Wirth announces representation of the François Morellet Estate

November 24, 2020

François Morellet (1926 – 2016), a prolific self-taught painter, sculptor, and installation artist, developed a radical approach to geometric abstraction during a career spanning more than six decades. His object-based paintings, neon and architectural installations, and site-specific works explored the creative potential of kinetic and pre-established systems, challenging the viewer’s understanding of perception and the physical picture plane. Working primarily with basic geometric forms, Morellet was committed to a methodology of rigorous objectivity and personal detachment.

The gallery's international representation of the artist will be in collaboration with the Paris-based gallery, kamel mennour. An exhibition of the Morellet’s work will be presented in New York in January 2021.

Richard Saltoun now represents Barbara Levittoux-Świderska

November 20, 2020

One of the most important textile artists in Poland, Barbara Levittoux-Świderska transformed tapestry from flat decoration into avant-garde installation. Born in Warsaw, Levittoux-Świderska came to prominence in the 1960s when textiles entered mainstream contemporary art. Like fellow Polish textile artists Magdalena Abakanowicz and Jolanta Owidzka, Levittoux-Świderska followed the Eastern European tradition, incorporating locally sourced materials and rural practices to improvise new textile art-making methods and forms, continuing a distinctly Polish and politically-charged weaving tradition.

Her work is currently included in the gallery's group exhibition 'Our inheritance was left to us by no testament' and will be presented virtually as part of Art Basel Miami Beach's Online Viewing Room (2–6 December 2020).

Gagosian spotlights Jeff Wall, as part of its Artist Spotlight series

November 19, 2020

From his pioneering use of backlit color transparencies in the 1970s to his intricately staged scenes of enigmatic incidents from daily life, literature, and film, Jeff Wall has expanded the definition of the photograph, both as object and as illusion. His pictures range from classical reportage and the direct contemplation of natural forms to elaborate constructions and montages, usually produced at a large scale traditionally identified with painting.

Yesomi Umolu appointed Director of Curatorial Affaris and Public Practice at Serpentine

November 18, 2020

Under Yesomi Umolu’s direction, the Serpentine will develop editorial and educational content for exhibitions, events and other curatorial initiatives, aimed at making Serpentine programmes more inclusive and accessible to all audiences, both physical and digital. Umolu will take up the role in January 2021.

Yesomi Umolu is currently Director and Curator, Logan Center Exhibitions at the University of Chicago, where she leads an ambitious programme of international contemporary art. Umolu also teaches courses in contemporary visual art and spatial practices as lecturer in the humanities division. The creation of this new position is at the head of the Serpentine’s efforts to centre audience experience and civic engagement in its curatorial mission.

Annka Kultys Gallery announces the representation of Gretchen Andrew

November 16, 2020

Gretchen Andrew is a self-proclaimed Internet Imperialist artist.  Best known for her playful hacks on major art world institutions, Andrew’s current practice involves actively reprogramming the artificial intelligence underlying the global internet. Gretchen Andrew was born in 1988 in Los Angeles.  She trained in London with the artist Billy Childish from 2012-2017.  The artist will have her first exhibition, Other Forms of Travel, at the gallery’s London new exhibition space in February 2021. Her work is currently on view in Future News at the Monterey Museum, US marking the artist’s first solo museum exhibition.

Almine Rech now represents Huang Yuxing

November 12, 2020

Almine Rech has announced the representation of Chinese contemporary artist Huang Yuxing in the United States, Europe, and the United Kingdom, and his inaugural solo exhibition at Almine Rech Brussels in June 2021. Huang Yuxing (b. 1975, Beijing) is widely recognized among his generation for his dexterous ability to create paintings that reflect and preserve the process of their creation.

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