September 17, 2020
The Japanese artist rose to prominence in the late 1960s through the development of painting and sculpture that engaged with cultural and environmental issues through a post-minimalist vocabulary. Born in 1946, the artist spent most of his life in the town of Yokosuka, Japan, the home port of the US Navy’s 7th Fleet. Located south of the massively industrialized city of Kawasaki, the environment indelibly shaped Haraguchi’s aesthetic and instinct for pure construction. A special tribute to the artist is now available on the gallery's new digital platform.
Working in diverse media with humor and wit, Ed Ruscha oscillates between sign and substance, locating the sublime in landscapes both natural and artificial. the artist’s formal experimentations and clever use of the American vernacular have evolved in form and meaning as technology alters the essence of human communication. Artist Spotlight: Ed Ruscha features five recent works on paper by the artist. The works will be unveiled on Friday, September 18, at 6am EDT, and a surprise offering by the artist will be revealed on Sunday, September 20.
September 15, 2020
Initially scheduled to take place at the Grand Palais from 22 to 25 October, the fair announced the decision on Monday, following discussions between the organizers and exhibitors, collectors, visitors and partners over the past weeks. The 47th edition of FIAC will now take place from 21 to 24 October at the Grand Palais Éphémère on the Champ-de-Mars.
September 11, 2020
Born in Dublin in 1945, Sean Scully is widely admired as one of the most significant painters working today, whose works have been exhibited and housed in the most prestigious institutions worldwide. Over the course of his 50-year career he has created an influential body of work that has marked the development of contemporary abstraction. Fusing the traditions of European painting with the distinct character of American Abstraction, his work combines painterly drama with great visual delicacy. The first exhibition of his new work is due to take place in the Paris Marais gallery in the spring of 2021. Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac will represent the artist in Europe, alongside Kerlin Gallery, Dublin and Kewenig Galerie, Berlin.
Beginning 1 October 2020, works by more than 100 artists will be sold online to benefit 16 non-profit institutions and charitable partners that have been profoundly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including Artists Space, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Dia Art Foundation, The Drawing Center, El Museo del Barrio, High Line Art, MoMA PS1, New Museum, Public Art Fund, Queens Museum, SculptureCenter, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Swiss Institute, and White Columns.
September 8, 2020
Through a mixture of acrylic and oil-based paintings, Genesis Tramaine (b. 1983) creates abstract portraits of men and women who transcend gender, race, and social structures. The blueprint of Tramaine’s style is rooted in a strong mix of 1980s New York graffiti and imagined images of gospel hymns sung on Sunday morning during church. In addition to representing Tramaine in Europe, the United Kingdom, and Asia, Almine Rech will also be working with the artist in the United States in partnership with Richard Beavers Gallery (Brooklyn), who has represented Tramaine since 2018.
As part of the reopening, visitors will be able to see William Hogarth’s celebrated series of paintings A Rake’s Progress on display at Pitzhanger for the first time in 200 years, on loan from Sir John Soane’s Museum. Hogarth’s paintings are the centrepiece of Hogarth: London Voices, London Lives, an exhibition that reflects voices and issues of living in London today and features contemporary photography, film and sound. Click here for more details, including booking information.
September 3, 2020
Opening on Monday 5 October at 1 Cromwell Place, Lehmann Maupin London will function as a dynamic multi-purpose space, offering an alternative to the traditional gallery model. Conceived in response to the shifting needs of its artists and the broader arts community, the gallery will forego a fixed exhibition program and instead engage site-specific activations, installations, and performances. Alongside galleries located in New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul, this will be Lehmann Maupin’s first location in London.
August 13, 2020
Led by Jane Lombard, the discussion, taking place on Thursday 13 August at 11 AM EST, will center around the release of Gedeon's new book Aleppo: Deconstruction | Reconstruction, which brings together a series of fifteen works on paper, exploring places in pre-civil war Syria that belong to the artist’s personal history supplemented by family photographs and an essay on Syria by Nasser Rabbat, Aga Khan Professor and the Director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT.
August 12, 2020
Based in New Haven, Connecticut, NXTHVN is a new national arts model established by Titus Kaphar with cofounder and chairman of the board Jason Price and cofounder Jonathan Brand, which empowers artists and curators of color through education and access, mentorship and collaboration. In addition to endowing the paid NXTHVN Apprenticeship Program for students from local high schools, Gagosian will launch a professional development program for NXTHVN Fellows, adding to the organization’s existing education projects through discussions and studio visits with Gagosian staff, and offer sales support to Pleading Freedom, an exhibition at the NXTHVN Gallery to raise funds for work toward racial justice.
On view from August 12 - 20 at Pace’s recently opened gallery in East Hampton, New York, the exhibition will feature almost forty works on paper, from early modern masterpieces by Henri Matisse and Fernand Léger; to nature studies by Ellsworth Kelly and an exemplary acrylic from Paul Thek’s final series; to contemporary pieces by Mamma Andersson, Leonardo Drew, Damien Hirst, Jasper Johns, and Brice Marden, among others. In a continuation of the three galleries’ partnership with the Marron family to handle the sale of the private collection of the late Donald B. Marron, this intimate presentation offers a glimpse into the coveted Marron estate of over 300 masterworks acquired over the course of six decades.
August 9, 2020
Kezban Arca Batibeki is a Turkish painter, photographer, and filmmaker, best known for her works exploring female empowerment. Drawing on pop imagery, bright colors, and digital tools, Batibeki creates scenes in which women subjects are portrayed as dominant and powerful forces. Batibeki references pulp fiction, detective stories, and murder mysteries in these works, which are consequently infused with dark undertones, her characters brandishing weapons or chasing one another.
August 8, 2020
Tarek Atoui is an artist and composer based in Paris, France who explores the medium of sound through dynamic installations and live performances. Drawing from methods of ethnomusicology, the artist grounds his work in multidisciplinary and collaborative research—historical, social, material, perceptual, and environmental—creating unexpected, evocative, and open-ended projects. In addition to receiving a $200,000 cash award, Atoui will present a solo exhibition premiering in Austin in spring 2022 at The Contemporary’s downtown venue, the Jones Center on Congress Avenue.
August 7, 2020
Featuring perspectives from self-organised Indigenous organisations at the front line of extraction and climate change, as well as artists researching our more-than-human entanglements, Standing with the Forest was released on the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, supporting campaigns at the intersection of Indigenous activism and ecology.
August 6, 2020
Join the gallery on Thursday 6 August at 11am EST for a conversation with award winning journalist, art critic, curator and one of the world's leading authorities on contemporary Chinese art, Barbara Pollack, in dialogue with Shanghai-based artist Lu Yang. The discussion will explore the role of art in times of crisis, and investigate Yang's visual commentaries on society within a surveillance state.
July 31, 2020
Follow artist JR (Faces Places) in the creation of his first video mural project, The Chronicles of San Francisco. Directed by Tasha Van Zandt (Time Magazine’s Emmy Nominated Guns in America), the film, along with Elliott Erwitt: Silence Sounds Good by ICP alum Adriana Lopez Sanfeliu, is available to stream until 31 July.
July 30, 2020
The new artwork by artist Heather Phillipson was unveiled on Thursday 30 July, on the Fourth Plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square. Heather Phillipson’s vast physical and digital sculpture tops the Fourth Plinth with a giant swirl of whipped cream, a cherry, a fly and a drone that transmits a live feed of Trafalgar Square. Entitled THE END, it suggests both exuberance and unease, responding to Trafalgar Square as a site of celebration and protest, that is shared with other forms of life. The live feed of Trafalgar Square picked up by the drone’s camera is visible on a dedicated website giving a sculpture’s eye perspective.
July 29, 2020
Functioning as a rotating exhibition space viewable from multiple angles through large corner windows, Sélavy presents curated vignettes that combine fine art and design spanning mediums, time periods, and cultures. The inaugural presentation includes bronze sculptures by Jean Arp, paintings by Robert Motherwell and Kenneth Noland, furniture and sculptures by Francois-Xavier and Claude Lalanne, a petite sculpture by Yves Klein, and a tapestry and chess set by Max Ernst, among other works.
Coinciding with the gallery‘s current exhibition Gordon Parks: Part One (1 July - 1 August 2020), Mark Sealy and Paul Roth will discuss the life and work of Gordon Parks in a virtual talk on Wednesday 29 July at 6pm BST.
Mark Sealy has been Director of London-based photographic arts institution Autograph ABP since 1991. He is interested in the relationships between photography and social change, identity politics, race, and human rights.
Paul Roth is Director of the Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto, Canada. He previously served as Senior Curator of Photography and Media Arts at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. and as Executive Director of The Richard Avedon Foundation.
July 24, 2020
In her depictions of the human form, Jenny Saville transcends the boundaries of both classical figuration and modern abstraction. Oil paint, applied in heavy layers, becomes as visceral as flesh itself, each painted mark maintaining a supple, mobile life of its own. As Saville pushes, smears, and scrapes the pigment over her large-scale canvases, the distinctions between living, breathing bodies and their painted representations begin to collapse.
To conclude the series, Artist Spotlight: Jenny Saville features a new self-portrait made by the artist to commemorate her fiftieth birthday earlier this year. The work will be unveiled on Friday, July 24, at 6am edt.