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Mai 36 Galerie announce representation of Markus Saile

September 14, 2023

Cologne-based Saile’s work convenes the space of painting, in a subtle interplay between the space where it is situated, the space it represents and the space it constructs in dialogue with architecture. Beyond the in-situ and the context, it is an investigation into painting in volume, the depth of the surface, and the extension of this practice into a performative field of action.

Broken colors, diluted in oil with turpentine, applied in numerous layers on a small-format wooden background – Markus Sailes works are intangible, fleeting, abstract, whereby a painterly gesture may develop figuratively without ever becoming concrete. The gestural structures in the pictures function as agents who, through their interrelated movements, open up interrelationships of space and time.

Markus Saile was born in Stuttgart in 1981. He lives and works in Cologne. Recent institutional shows include the solo exhibition "separate | related" at NAK - Neuer Aachener Kunstverein and the group exhibition "Jetzt! Junge Malerei in Deutschland" at Museum Gunzenhauser of the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Museum Wiesbaden, Kunstmuseum Bonn and Deichtorhallen Hamburg.

photo: Alwin Lay

Modern Art to open in Paris

Modern Art announces the opening of a new gallery space in Paris.

On the second floor of a Haussmann building in Place de l’Alma in the 8th arrondissement, the gallery will present three exhibitions a year and will be open by appointment.

The first exhibition will be works by gallery artists, running from October 16 to December 2, with the private view on Sunday the 15th of October.

Modern Art, 3 Place de l’Alma 2nd floor, 75008 Paris, FRANCE

Thomas Dane Gallery announces representation of Jake Grewal

September 12, 2023

Jake Grewal (b. 1994, London) lives and works in London. He first exhibited with Thomas Dane Gallery in 2022 with his solo show, Now I Know You I Am Older, curated by Andrew Bonacina. A forthcoming exhibition, Some days I feel more alive, will be held at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, from 28 October 2023 to 20 April 2024.

In Grewal’s paintings and drawings, figures merge with their surrounding landscapes in a dream-like quality unmoored from time and space. Often nude and based on the artist’s own image, the figures are situated against dramatic sunsets or gazing into verdant green pools. Time and its transition play a central role with the same figure often repeated within a scene. Narratives are left open-ended and the viewer is encouraged to project their own conclusions onto the dramatic tableaus. Informed by photographs that Grewal has taken of himself outdoors, there is an underlying desire for ambiguity and abstraction within his figures.

Drawing is central to Grewal’s practice and it is where an idea for a new work largely begins. Using predominantly charcoal, Grewal insistently repeats figures and scenes, often in different mediums and scales until his narratives are realised. Landscape and figure merge together and become one. Figures and trees dissolve and reappear on a journey together, sometimes cohabitating, sometimes being consumed, but always investigating the artist’s fascination with the passing of time.

photo: Annie Tobin

Donna Huanca now represented by Sean Kelly

September 11, 2023

Sean Kelly is delighted to announce the gallery's representation of Donna Huanca.

Donna Huanca (b. Chicago, 1980) is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice explores the human body and the natural world, through mark-making, raw materials, immersive environments, and singular topographies. Encompassing painting, sculpture, and live performance, as well as sound and scent works, Huanca’s installations are characteristically created for, and integrate with, the specific architectural spaces in which they are presented. Her art is deeply invested in communal practice, exploring ritual at large as a means for transcendence, meditation and transformation. Since 2012, Huanca has collaborated with performers, inviting them to improvise and interact with her surrounding sculpture and installations, their painted skin a major element in the composition.

Interested in the transformation and fluidity of earthly cycles such as birth, decay, and renewal, Huanca layers multiple temporalities, transforming each work into the next. Her impermanent paintings on bodies become paintings on walls, once they have been photographed, collaged and partially covered with a new tactile layer. Donna Huanca states, “I am very excited to be working together with Sean Kelly Gallery in New York and Los Angeles. The consistency with which the Gallery has supported visions of performance art, painting, and new media over many decades is inspiring to me. For my first exhibition at the Gallery, I hope to tap into the experimental beginnings of the gallery in SoHo, and the way that ethos aligns with the current state of my practice. I hope to add a fresh perspective to the already rich program.”

Sean Kelly states, “We have followed the trajectory of Donna’s career for many years now, fascinated by the scope, inventiveness, intelligence, and sheer beauty of her work. We are delighted to have her join the gallery, her practice perfectly complements the critical rigor for which the gallery is known.”

Concurrent with her inaugural exhibition at Sean Kelly, November 9–December 23, 2023, Huanca will be the subject of a major exhibition at the Faurschou Foundation, Brooklyn, New York, October 21, 2023–July 14, 2024.

photo: Rita Lino

Heemin Chung joins Thaddaeus Ropac

September 7, 2023

Thaddaeus Ropac announces the global representation of Heemin Chung.

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Born in South Korea, Heemin Chung currently lives and works in Seoul. Her work was first exhibited at the Thaddaeus Ropac Seoul space earlier this year in the group exhibition Myths of Our Time. Her first solo exhibition with Thaddaeus Ropac will take place in London in November 2024.

“Through our gallery in Seoul it has been wonderful to establish relationships with the Korean artistic community, and Heemin Chung is an artist who stood out to us with her individual visual language of ethereal abstraction. Exploring how digital images can metamorphose in painting and sculpture in intricate and exquisite ways, her work investigates the role of technology in society and how it has shaped contemporary approaches to art. We can't wait to show her work in our other galleries” - Thaddaeus Ropac

Heemin Chung investigates the material potential of digital images as she translates them into the mediums of painting and sculpture. She reimagines art-historical genres, including the landscape and still life, through poetic visual metaphor, engaging with experimental techniques to explore the function of texture and volume in her work.

“The crucial interest of Heemin Chung’s work lies in the material intervention between the image and painting, rather than the subject of the online image” - Wonseok Koh, former chief curator, Seoul Museum of Art

Heemin Chung was awarded the DOOSAN Arts Award in 2022, and this autumn DOOSAN Art Center will present a solo exhibition of her work in Seoul, on view from 13 September to 21 October 2023. Her paintings and sculptures are housed in significant institutional collections, including the Seoul Museum of Art; Art Bank, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul; and Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul.

“Painting is a way to constantly ask myself existential questions in an increasingly dematerialised world” - Heemin Chung

Open House Festival 2023

September 5, 2023

Launching tomorrow, Wednesday 6 September, Open House Festival is a two-week celebration of London’s homes, architecture and neighbourhoods. You can get inside some of London’s best known buildings, as well as some of its best kept secrets.

Open House Festival celebrates our curiosity for what happens inside the buildings that we walk past every day; a festival that works to give all Londoners the chance to learn from the city’s best architecture and the people behind it.

The 2023 Open House Festival programme is now live, with tickets available here.

Hauser & Wirth announces representation of Sonia Boyce

Hauser & Wirth is honoured to announce representation of artist Sonia Boyce, in collaboration with Apalazzo Gallery, Brescia, Italy.

Over the course of four decades, Sonia Boyce OBE RA has developed a powerfully original practice that transcends boundaries as an interdisciplinary artist and academic working across film, photography, print, sound and installation. Boyce creates immersive and experiential spaces that explore themes of play, disruption and revelation in which the audience become active participants.

In 2022, Boyce presented ‘Feeling Her Way’, commissioned for the British Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia for which she was awarded the Golden Lion for Best National Participation. The exhibition is currently on view at Leeds Art Gallery, UK, as part of a continuing international tour. In a collaboration with five Black female musicians, the project features sounds – sometimes harmonious, sometimes clashing – that embody feelings of freedom, power and vulnerability among Boyce’s video works, signature tessellating wallpapers and golden geometric structures. The work expands on Boyce’s ‘Devotional Collection’, an archive built over more than two decades and spanning more than three centuries, which honours the substantial contribution of Black British female musicians to transnational culture.

Boyce first came to prominence in the early 1980s as a key figure in the burgeoning British Black Arts Movement with figurative pastel drawings and photo collages that addressed issues of race and gender in Britain. In the early 1990s, Boyce made a shift towards a conceptual practice which led to significant multi- media and improvisational works, distinctly focused on collaboration, movement and sound. Working across a range of media, Boyce’s practice today is focused on questions of artistic authorship and cultural difference. She continues to break new ground through her commitment to questioning the production and reception of unexpected gestures, with an underlying interest in the intersection of personal and political subjectivities.

Manuela Wirth, President, Hauser & Wirth said, ‘It is such a great honour that Sonia Boyce has joined our gallery. A remarkable pioneer, Sonia’s highly original practice combines not only conceptual rigour and joyful creativity, but also generosity to the audience who become active participants, along with her fellow collaborators. In this way, Sonia has created a vocabulary wholly her own – consistently finding new approaches to making art that embrace experimentation with humanity and social practice at its core. At Hauser & Wirth we believe that art is a transformative force and our own global learning programs are a reflection of this ethos. We look forward to collaborating with Sonia in the years ahead.’

Boyce’s first exhibition with Hauser & Wirth will be held in 2025.

photo: Parisa Taghizadeh

Christo, Beyeler and Gagosian

September 1, 2023

Twenty-five years ago, in the autumn of 1998, Christo and Jeanne-Claude wrapped 178 trees in Switzerland. The trees were sited around, and adjacent to, Fondation Beyeler in Basel and for a month they were wrapped in over 55,000 square meters of a woven polyester, a fabric used in Japan during the winter to protect trees from frosts and heavy snow.
The actual number of trees appears to be shrouded itself - it is variously reported as different figures, ranging from 162 to 178. What we do know is that eight teams, comprising climbers, pruners and workers worked simultaneously over a nine-day “wrap” and the work itself remained installed for the characteristically short time of a month, coming down in mid-December of the same year.

“Each project is an enormous journey in life” - Christo

Christo and Jeanne-Claude had been wrapping objects since the early 1960s, in fact their first exhibition in 1961 at Cologne’s Galerie Haro Lauhus included tarpaulin-wrapped oil barrels. Nonetheless “Wrapped Trees” was particularly significant as the two artists had been forced to wait over thirty years to realise the project - back in 1966 the Saint Louis Art Museum in Missouri, USA denied them permission for a work of the same name. Long lead times for increasingly complex works and their related negotiations would go on to be a striking feature of the couple’s practice.

Marking the anniversary of the successful realisation of the tree-wrapping project, Gagosian is showing an exhibition of sculptures and works on paper by Christo and Jeanne-Claude in their Basel space - a space which itself is less than four miles from the 1998 installation.

Christo: Selected Works” is an opportunity to revisit one of the most unique and distinctive voices in contemporary art - Christo and Jeanne-Claude took their art into the public sphere with unrivalled success, creating hugely popular immersive and architectural experiences where counter-intuitively beauty was often revealed through concealment.

It is estimated that their 2015 installation - which also turned out to be one of their last - “The Floating Piers” was seen by more than a million people in its sixteen-day life, a viewing total which would take a decent capital city museum months to achieve.

Unusual funding methods - no sponsorship, everything paid for by the artists - together with their regular practice of relatively short-term interventions coupled with an ethos of no-trace-left and everything recycled, meant that despite the grandness of the gestures, they nevertheless avoided over-exposure, and each project was a true “event”.

The exhibition at Gagosian includes early sculptures from the 1960s, together with studies for their site-specific interventions - the studies themselves often being amazing drawings, utilizing charcoal, enamel, pastel, pencil, crayon, and frequently becoming more like assemblages with photographs, fabrics, handwritten notes, maps, and perhaps unsurprisingly also string, used.

Interestingly, it turns out that over and above the Basel connection, there is also a circularity in that Larry Gagosian himself worked as a construction assistant in 1976 on the Christo and Jeanne-Claude piece “Running Fence” in California (24.5 miles long, 18 foot high, 14 days existence).

The exhibition Christo: Selected Works is on show at Gagosian in Basel, Switzerland until October 28, 2023.

1998’s “Wrapped Trees” was organized by Josy Kraft, project director, and by Wolfgang and Sylvia Volz, project managers, who also surveyed the trees and designed the sewing patterns for each tree. J. Schilgen GmbH & Co. KG, Emsdetten, Germany, wove the fabric. Günter Heckmann, Emsdetten, Germany, cut and sewed the fabric. Meister & Cie AG, Hasle-Rüegsau, Switzerland, manufactured the ropes. Field manager Frank Seltenheim of Seilpartner, Berlin, Germany, directed the eight production teams.

Christo Vladimirov Javacheff (1935–2020) and Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon (1935–2009) met in their early 20s, became known as Christo and Jeann-Claude, and were particularly known for large-scale, site-specific, wrapped-fabric installations.

photo credits: Wrapped Trees, photo: Wolfgang Volz, Courtesy Christo and Jeanne-Claude Foundation and Gagosian; installation view photo: Annik Wetter, Courtesy Gagosian; The Umbrellas, photo: Eeva-inkeri, Courtesy Christo and Jeanne-Claude Foundation and Gagosian


Sophia Loeb joins Pippy Houldsworth Gallery

August 30, 2023

Pippy Houldsworth Gallery is delighted to announce representation of Brazilian painter and sculptor Sophia Loeb, and the opening of her first solo exhibition with the gallery, Todos os Seres são de Todos os Seres (All Beings are of All Beings), on 8 September.

Growing up in Brazil, Loeb spent much of her childhood in nature, developing an acute understanding of and humility towards her place in the natural order, an experience that challenged anthropocentric understandings of ecology and philosophy. Through her painting, Loeb conceives of an alternative reality in which violence towards the natural world is exchanged for compassion, and in which the ephemeral cycle of natural phenomena is allowed to run its course through processes of healing, reprogramming and reconstruction.

Sophia Loeb (b. 1997, Sao Paulo, Brazil) lives and works in London. She received her MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London, and earned her BA in Fine Art and History of Art at Goldsmiths, University of London. Loeb has been included in group exhibitions at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London (2023); Galerie Marguo, Paris (2023); Spread Museum, Entrevaux (2021); and Lamb Gallery, London (2018), amongst others. She has participated in residencies at the School of Visual Arts, New York and Kaaysa Arte Residência, Brazil.

photo: Bijanka Bacic

Gagosian announces global representation of Tetsuya Ishida

August 24, 2023

In association with the artist’s estate, Gagosian has announced the global representation of Tetsuya Ishida.

Active for only a decade, Tetsuya Ishida (1973–2005) produced a compelling body of work imbued with a profound sense of alienation and emotional isolation from the contemporary world. Coming of age during the 1990s, an era of nationwide economic malaise known as Japan’s “Lost Decade”, he made art that conveys anxiety, estrangement, and hopelessness.

Ishida’s meticulously detailed, surrealistic paintings and graphic works often include characters that resemble the artist or surrogates for him, presented as anonymous students or white-collar salarymen enmeshed in absurd, nightmarish scenarios. Merging human anatomy with the features of animals, machines, and objects, they form incisive allegories that dramatize and critique dehumanizing social and technological forces.

Over the past decade, Gagosian has played a vital role in introducing Ishida’s work beyond Japan, beginning with the gallery’s 2013 exhibition in Hong Kong, his first outside his native country. Nick Simunovic, senior director of Gagosian in Asia, notes: “I was first introduced to Ishida’s work more than fifteen years ago and was immediately captivated. We were fortunate to organize the very first exhibition of his paintings outside of Japan in Hong Kong in 2013, and the reaction was extraordinary, leading to his work being shown around the world. Ishida produced just over two hundred works during his lifetime, and we are truly honored to be presenting more than eighty paintings in New York on the fiftieth anniversary of his birth.”

To inaugurate the relationship, the gallery will present this fall the most comprehensive exhibition staged outside Japan of the artist’s work, and his first ever exhibition in New York. Curated by Cecilia Alemani, “Tetsuya Ishida: My Anxious Self” opens September 12 at Gagosian, 555 West 24th Street.

Tetsuya Ishida was born in Yaizu, Japan, in 1973, and died in Sagamihara, Japan, in 2005. Solo exhibitions include Sumpu Museum, Shizuoka, Japan (2006); Canvas of Sadness, Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan (2007); CB Collection, Tokyo (2007); Self-Portraits of Ourselves, Nerima Art Museum, Tokyo (2008); and Notes, Evidence of Dreams, Ashikaga Museum of Art (2013, traveled in Japan to Hiratsuka Museum of Art; Tonami Art Museum, Toyama; and Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art through 2014); Saving the World with a Brushstroke, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco (2014–15); and Self-Portrait of Other, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2019, traveled to Wrightwood 659, Chicago). Ishida’s work was also included in the 4th Yokohama Triennale (2011), 10th Gwangju Biennale (2014), and 56th Biennale di Venezia (2015).

photo: © Tetsuya Ishida Estate

Brussels Gallery Weekend returns for its 16th edition

August 22, 2023

Brussels Gallery Weekend is coming back from September 7th to 10th, taking place in the heart of Ixelles, in the historic building of D'Ieteren. The 16th edition promises to be filled with innovation and fresh energy. The goal is to offer a captivating program, with a focus on the quality of content and the characteristic diversity of the Brussels contemporary art scene, in collaboration with the 45 participating galleries and the 14 institutions of the OFF Program. Furthermore, exhibition Generation Brussels returns for its 6th edition under the expert curatorship of Sam Steverlynck.

Brussels Gallery Weekend, a longstanding ambassador of the Brussels art scene for over 15 years, continues to showcase the dynamic spirit, exceptional craftsmanship, and extraordinary talents that transcend our borders every year. The highly anticipated 2023 edition will feature a diverse selection of 45 participating galleries, complemented by the presence of 14 institutions highlighted in the Off Program.

Participating Galleries
Alice Gallery, Almine Rech, Ballon Rouge, Baronian, Belgian Gallery Brussels, Bernier / Eliades, C L E A R I N G, Claes Gallery, Damien & The Love Guru, dépendance, EDJI Gallery, ESTHER VERHAEGHE-Art concepts, Frédérick Mouraux Gallery, Galeria Jaqueline Martins, Galerie Christophe Gaillard, Galerie DYS, Galerie Greta Meert, Galerie La Forest Divonne, Galerie La Patinoire Royale Bach, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Gallery Nosco, Gladstone Gallery, Harlan Levey Projects, Hopstreet Gallery, Irène Laub Gallery, Jan Mot, KIN, LMNO, Mai 36 Galerie, MARUANI MERCIER, Meessen De Clercq, Mendes Wood DM, Michel Rein, Montoro12 Gallery, Mulier Mulier Gallery, NINO MIER, Nosbaum Reding, QG Gallery, Pierre Marie Giraud, rodolphe janssen, Sorry We're Closed, Stems Gallery, TEMPLON, Waldburger Wouters, Xavier Hufkens

OFF Program
argos, Art et marges Museum, Contemporary Art Collection of the National Bank of Belgium, Contretype, Fondation CAB, Garage Cosmos, KANAL-Centre Pompidou, La Cambre, La Loge, MIMA, Royal Museums of Art and History, Société, TheMerode, WIELS

Angela Flowers 1932 – 2023

August 14, 2023

Flowers Gallery has announced the death of gallery founder Angela Flowers at the age of 90.

Angela was a staunch supporter of contemporary art and artists, who pioneered an original and distinctive path through the British art scene for more than five decades.

The first Flowers gallery opened in 1970, on Lisle Street in London, above the Artists International Association (AIA), a cooperative of artists who offered the space rent-free in exchange for commission. Derek Hirst, Jeff Nuttall, Penelope Slinger, Ian Breakwell, Jeanne Masoero and Nancy Fouts were among the first artists shown in the space, and she also presented the first solo exhibition by Tom Phillips in the initial year. She also included Postcard Show, for which Angela commissioned original works of art to be made into postcards by artists including Joseph Beuys, David Hockney, Richard Hamilton and Peter Blake.

The following year the gallery moved to Portland Mews in Soho, and then to Tottenham Mews in 1978, where it remained for ten years. In 1988 the gallery added an east end venue, Flowers East in Hackney, which was at the time the largest commercial gallery space in London.

By 1989 her son Matthew Flowers, who had worked at the gallery since 1975, became Managing Director.

Brice Marden dies, aged 84

August 11, 2023

The death has been announced of the artist Brice Marden.

“Brice Marden was one of our greatest American artists, whose achievement in continuing and extending the tradition of painting has long been recognized and celebrated the world over. He was a painter of rare insight into the pleasure and poetry of his medium; always dedicated to gesture, chance, substance—the elemental matters of art. Brice and Helen have been friends of mine for many years, and it has been an honor to share his masterful work with an international audience. This loss is profound, and he will be missed.” - Larry Gagosian

Marden died on Wednesday at home in Tivoli, New York and his death was announced by his daughter Mirabelle Marden - “He was lucky to live a long life doing what he loved” she said, adding that her father had continued painting until Saturday.

photo: Mirabelle Marden

Stephen Friedman Gallery opens new London space

August 8, 2023

Stephen Friedman Gallery has announced the first exhibition in their new London gallery at 5–6 Cork Street, W1.

“Free The Wind, The Spirit, and The Sun”, a new exhibition by the British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare CBE RA, one of the gallery’s longest represented artists, will run from 6 October to 11 November 2023.

The exhibition includes a group presentation of paintings, sculptures, mixed media pieces and works on paper by African artists, and artists from the African diaspora, curated by Shonibare. Some of these artists participated in Shonibare’s residency program at Guest Artist Space Foundation in Lagos, Nigeria - the Shonibare-initiated non-profit, facilitating international cultural exchange and developing creative and research practices through residencies and collaborations. 

Described as a “celebration of nature” by Shonibare, the exhibition comprises a vibrant body of sculptures, masks and quilts, taking inspiration from the spirit of dada.

Iwona Blazwick announced as Curator for the 18th Istanbul Biennial

August 3, 2023

Iwona Blazwick was announced today as the Curator of the 18th Istanbul Biennial, running from 14 September to 17 November 2024.

Announcing the appointment, Görgün Taner, General Director of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV), said “We are delighted that Iwona Blazwick has accepted our invitation to curate the 18th Istanbul Biennial. Her depth of experience and her long association with the Biennial make her an ideal choice to lead the team for 2024.”

Iwona Blazwick OBE is a curator, writer and art historian. She was Director of the Whitechapel Gallery, London from 2001-2022 having previously been at Tate Modern and London’s ICA. She inaugurated both the Tate Turbine Hall and Whitechapel Gallery commissioning programmes.

The Istanbul Biennial has hosted over 1,200 artists and artist collectives - and made use of more than 100 venues in the city - since its founding in 1987. The Biennial works on an exhibition model to enable a direct dialogue between artists from diverse cultures and the audience.

The 18th Istanbul Biennial opens to the public on 14 September 2024, with the professional preview held on the 12th and 13th September.

Iwona Blazwick, Curator, Istanbul Biennial 2024 and Bige Örer, Director, Istanbul Biennial - photo: Salih Üstündağ, courtesy of IKSV

Stephen Friedman artists Jeffrey Gibson, Yinka Shonibare CBE RA to participate at La Biennale di Venezia, 2024

August 2, 2023

Stephen Friedman announces that gallery artists Jeffrey Gibson and Yinka Shonibare CBE RA will participate in La Biennale di Venezia in 2024.

Jeffrey Gibson will represent the United States and Yinka Shonibare CBE RA will be participate in the Nigerian pavilion.

Gibson is a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and of Cherokee descent and as such will be the first Indigenous artist to represent the US solo in the 129-year history of the Biennale. The exhibition is also the first to be co-commissioned and co-curated by a Native American curator - Kathleen Ash-Milby, Curator of Native American Art at the Portland Art Museum and a member of the Navajo Nation - working with Louis Grachos, Phillips Executive Director of SITE Santa Fe, and the independent curator Abigail Winograd.

Nigeria will present a national pavilion and exhibition titled “Nigeria Imaginary”, curated by Nigerian-British curator Aindrea Emelife. The presentation will explore different viewpoints and ideas, memories of and nostalgia for Nigeria - both cross-generationally and inter-geographically. Emelife explains that “Nigeria Imaginary looks at the many Nigerias that live in our minds: the Nigeria that could be and is yet to be”. With contributions by Tunji Adeniyi-Jones, Ndidi Dike, Onyeka Igwe, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Abraham Oghobase, Precious Okoyomon, Yinka Shonibare CBE RA and Fatimah Tuggar.

La Biennale di Venezia, the 60th International Art Exhibition, runs from April 20 - November 24, 2024 in Venice, Italy

Pace announces representation of Pam Evelyn

July 28, 2023

Pace is pleased to announce A Handful of Dust, its debut exhibition of work by British artist Pam Evelyn, who is now represented by the gallery. On view from September 6 to 30, the exhibition will span two floors of Pace’s London gallery, with a suite of new paintings made over several months between London and Cornwall. Evelyn’s recent exhibitions include The Reason for Painting, Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, UK and New British Abstraction, Centre for International Contemporary Art, Vancouver, Canada. Evelyn also works with MASSIMODECARLO in Italy.

Working alone, often in periods of intense focus, Evelyn’s process is a relentless cycle of renewal as she articulates her distinctive visual language in countless applications of oil paint, before scraping back and reiterating her gestures once again. She considers the raw linen canvas an unstable surface into which paint sinks and rises in unpredictable ways, leaving her grappling to rebuild and dismantle in equal measure until the composition emerges. The ghostly echo of previous forms reverberates through the finished piece, inviting close and prolonged looking to reveal the painting’s diaphanous intricacy over time.

Evelyn’s approach to paint is akin to a sculptor’s use of clay. She maintains its malleability and fluidity over at least six months in order to intuitively respond to the demands of the viscous material. Indeed, Evelyn considers her role to be more witness than painter, explaining, “Instead of dictating what the painting should be, I place myself in a position where the painting tells me where it’s going and I have to react. For me it’s a very surprising way of making a painting and I like the challenge, I like the unexpected.” In works such as Deluge (2023), a complex web of forms, gestures, and marks surges across the two panels, imbuing the painting with a sense of urgency and precariousness. Evelyn also layers a variety of glazes over the oil paint, harnessing light and shadow to create a luminous quality in the painting’s surface.

Pam Evelyn is a painter, living and working in London. Her expansive, abstract canvases are densely layered, richly textured meditations on nature, the body, and materiality. Evelyn’s intuitive approach to painting translates her experience of the world onto the canvas, creating complex compositions that brim with life.

photo: © Pam Evelyn and Michael Brzezinski

Yooyun Yang Joins Stephen Friedman Gallery

July 27, 2023

Yooyun Yang’s atmospheric paintings are set at nighttime, following her interest in night as a liminal space that offers respite from the repetition of a daily routine. Objects are fundamental to Yang’s work, with motifs of blinds, curtains and railings frequently appearing. By repositioning them through her otherworldly gaze, Yang emphasises how the familiarity of our environment can become uncanny, with objects becoming increasingly unfamiliar the more we pay them attention. A hazy, cinematic quality pervades the work, suggestive of the paintings’ photographic origins.

Cloaked in darkness, the paintings explore the emotional states of Yang’s subjects, conveying feelings of existential anxiety and solitude through the nocturnal ambience of the works. Frequently concealing her subjects’ faces, Yang uses shadow and composition to create distance between the viewer and the subject, articulating the sense of isolation common in what she describes as this ‘age of anxiety’.

Yang paints on hanji paper, traditional Korean handmade paper made from mulberry tree bark, building up layers of diluted acrylic to control the intensity of the colour. Speaking of her paintings, Yang said ‘I want my works to be like a thorn in your mind that pricks from time to time, or like a very gentle fever.’

Yang’s first UK solo exhibition “Passing Time” opened at Stephen Friedman Gallery in June 2023.

Yang lives and works in Seoul, Korea. Born in 1985, Yang studied Oriental Painting at Sungshin Women’s University in Seoul. The artist has had multiple solo exhibitions in Seoul including at Chapter II; Amado Art Space/Lab; Gallerylux; OCI Museum of Art and Ccot+Incubator. She has also had solo exhibitions at Gallery Bundo in Deagu and Gallery SoSo in Paju. In 2023 Yang is included in a group exhibition at Ulsan Art Museum, Ulsan. In 2022 Yang was included in the 58th Carnegie International at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh and in 2021 in the 8th Chongkundang Yesuljisang at Sejong Museum of Art, Seoul. The artist has also been included in group exhibitions at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Cheongju and Arko Art Center, Seoul. She has carried out residencies at Korea National University of Arts, Seoul; Chapter II, Seoul; Studio White Block, Cheonan; Gyeonggi Creation Center, Ansan-si and Incheon Art Platform, Incheon.

Art Basel appoints Bridget Finn Director of Miami Beach fair

July 24, 2023

Bridget Finn has been appointed Director of Art Basel’s Miami Beach show, and will begin in September this year.

Based in New York, Finn will steer the American edition of Art Basel, overseeing the team, managing and expanding the fair’s network of galleries, collectors, and artists in the Americas, and working with Miami and South Florida’s museums, institutions, and cultural partners.

Before joining the eponymous Detroit - her home town - gallery Reyes | Finn, Finn directed the contemporary art program at Mitchell-Innes & Nash and worked at Anton Kern Gallery. She also co-founded the Detroit-wide exhibition platform Art Mile Detroit in 2020, serving dozens of local galleries, institutional non-profits, museums, and artist-run spaces

As part of a gallerist collective, she established the collaborative curatorial project space Cleopatra’s in New York, which later operated a Berlin location, working collaboratively with hundreds of artists and cultural producers for a decade. Before that, Finn served as the Director of Strategic Planning & Projects at Independent Curators International, developing projects and formats in partnership with leading galleries, museums, auctions houses, corporations, and philanthropic organizations to deliver contemporary art programs to broad public audiences.

Finn will lead the 2024 edition of Art Basel Miami Beach. She joins Art Basel alongside the recently appointed Maike Cruse, Director, Art Basel in Basel; Clément Delépine, Director, Paris+ par Art Basel; and Angelle Siyang-Le, Director, Art Basel Hong Kong.

photo: Nick Hagen

David Zwirner now represents Sarah Michelson

July 17, 2023

David Zwirner is pleased to announce the representation of British-born, New York–based choreographer, dancer, and artist Sarah Michelson, who will develop a residency program for dance artists in partnership with the gallery.

Since the late 1990s, Michelson has come to be known for choreographic work that engages notions of process, physicality, immediacy, and impermanence. Drawing from personal and dance history, her formally rigorous, incisive, often humorous performances defy genre in their expansive interrogation of dance, situational context, and the roles of choreographer and dancer; artist and audience.

Michelson’s scrupulously prepared performances are experienced as fleeting, singular events, defying easy legibility or reproducibility. Her work moreover examines the possibilities afforded by questioning, problematizing, and challenging what dance is and can be, while evincing a devotional commitment to dance and the efforts of its performers and the broader dance community.

In October 2021, Michelson performed Oh No Game Over, a new, durational multimedia work at David Zwirner’s 519 West 19th Street location in New York. Presented to the public over the course of five days, the work incorporated painting, digital projections, sound, and radical interventions in the architecture. Oh No Game Over was developed over the course of several months, while Michelson used the gallery as a working studio space in preparation for the performance. She will present new work at the gallery’s Los Angeles location in early 2024.

In addition to elaborating her own dance practice, Michelson will oversee and develop a residency program at David Zwirner, inviting dancers to work in and perform at the gallery’s spaces.

Michelson stated, “I am happy and nervous to announce that I am joining the David Zwirner gallery. The gallery, David, Thor, and the whole team have been so damn kind and supportive about my dance making in this context, and I am on a huge learning curve, but honestly am deeply excited about this next step and honored. One thing that is very important to me as I make this move to work with the gallery—who are so open and responsive—is to help develop a platform in which other dance artists can have access to this structure in the way I have had. More on this soon—here goes y’all.”

Thor Shannon, a director at the gallery who will work with Michelson, has said, “I first saw Sarah Michelson’s work at the 2012 Whitney Biennial, where the beauty and toughness of her work Devotion Study #1—equal parts elegance and anarchy—astounded me. I've followed her legend ever since. Her dances have a mythic 'blink and you miss them' guerilla quality—when they happen, you show up, or else miss them forever. Sarah and her work have together taught me so much about what it means to live in a human body, in its concomitant strength and fragility. Her dances are simultaneously uncompromising and generous in ways that only the best art can be. I am beyond excited to support her work and the work of other dancers in this new paradigm.”

David Zwirner has stated, “Dance has played such a decisive role in the history of twentieth-century art, and continues to inform contemporary art practices. And yet, rarely have choreographers received real-time support from the commercial art world. That support has come from nonprofit spaces, performance venues, and institutions, which have brought the dance world’s radicality to a broader audience, and corrected historical omissions when it comes to the work of dancers and choreographers. The temporal and ephemeral quality of dance stands in stark contrast to our social-media-saturated world, and it has proven to be one of our most vital art forms. Without a doubt, Sarah is one of the most exciting choreographers of her generation, and I am so honored to be working with her and, through her, to be able to support and promote dance artists in this new partnership.”

image: © Sarah Michelson

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