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AO ON SITE: 60th Venice Biennale “Foreigners Everywhere”

April 30th, 2024

Movimento dos Artistas Huni Kuin at Venice Biennale 2024

Movimento dos Artistas Huni Kuin at Venice Biennale 2024

The 60th International Art Exhibition, known as the Venice Biennale, is set to run from April 20 to November 24, 2024. This year’s theme, “Stranieri Ovunque” or “Foreigners Everywhere,” is curated by Adriano Pedrosa, marking a significant milestone as the first South American curator of the Biennale Arte. The event is hosted at Venice’s historic Giardini and Arsenale venues, which have been central to the Biennale since its earliest editions. The theme explores the concepts of intersectionality, displacement, and the reevaluation of geographical margins in the art world. 
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London- Yoko Ono at Tate Modern

March 28th, 2024

Yoko Ono at Tate Modern4

Yoko Ono at Tate Modern

“Yoko Ono: Music of the Mind” exhibition at Tate Modern, is on until September 1st and is an expansive journey through Yoko Ono’s artistic legacy, blending music, installations, photography, and interactive performance art. This landmark showcase, the UK’s most extensive collection of Ono’s work, spans her groundbreaking contributions from the early 1950s to today, highlighting her role as a pioneer in avant-garde art circles worldwide.

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Skarstedt London: Jeff Koons

March 12th, 2024

Koons at Skarstedt

Koons at Skarstedt

From 1st March to 25th May 2024, Skarstedt’s London Gallery presents a solo exhibition featuring the work of American artist Jeff Koons. The show includes five mural-sized paintings crafted between 2001 and 2013 drawn from Koons’ series: Easyfun-Ethereal, Antiquity, and Popeye.
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AO Review: Jamie Martinez’ ‘The Shadow Of Colonialism’

June 10th, 2024

 

Jamie Martinez, The Shadow Of Colonialism (Installation View)

Jamie Martinez, The Shadow Of Colonialism (Installation View)

The GHOSTMACHINE gallery, tucked away on the Lower East Side at 23 Monroe St., is currently hosting a politically charged exhibition by Jamie Martinez. Curated by Emireth Herrera Valdés, this show runs from May 10th to June 15th, 2024, and presents a stark critique of colonialism through a blend of performance art and sculptural installations.

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AO REVIEW: Maria Kreyn’s Chronos in Venice, Italy

May 20th, 2024

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Chronos, the latest solo exhibition of works by the painter Maria Kreyn opened during the inaugural week of the 60th Venice Biennale, showcasing a series of ten new large-scale paintings. Set against the backdrop of the historic St. George’s Anglican Church in Venice, the paintings depict brooding tempests – the proverbial meeting of sky and sea at once turbulent and serene. Influenced by mythology and the sublime, Kreyn’s works are meditations on the fantastic forces of the natural world, as well as humanity’s inextricable entwinement with it. The storied church setting heightens the sense of the mystical and transcendent, turning each painting into a kind of altarpiece that invites prolonged contemplation.

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Mexico City — Gabriel Orozco at kurimanzutto through April 27, 2024

April 27th, 2024

IMG_6469Gabriel Orozco at kurimanzutto, Mexico City, 2024

The Vitruvian Man (c. 1487) is a study of the proportions of the human body inscribed within the absolute forms of a circle and a square, using metalpoint, pen and ink, with touches of watercolour on paper. One of Leonardo Da Vinci’s best-known works, the drawing is stored in the Gallerie dell’Accademia di Venezia in Italy, and only rarely exhibited due to its fragility as a work on paper.

Influenced by the theories of Roman architect Vitruvius in his treaty “De Architectura” (1st century BC), Da Vinci drew a male figure with his hands and feet touching the perimeter of a circle, his navel at its precise center. Another position is superimposed with his feet standing on the base of a square while his arms extend outwards, the area directly below the navel as the center of the square, per Da Vinci’s own findings.

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London – Marina Abramović at Royal Academy Through January 1st, 2024

November 29th, 2023

Abramovic - Royal Academy

Modern art is full of determined characters. The ones who find success are visionary, changing the face of the contemporary art scene. Marina Abramović‘s exhibition at the Royal Academy marks the first retrospective of a female artist in the institution’s 255 years. The exhibition is one of the largest, occupying the academy’s previously unused rooms. While it was initially planned for September 2020, due to Covid-19 it was postponed numerous times. During this period Abramović suffered an embolism which prevented her from performing in the show as initially planned. It’s an unfortunate reality for an artist who is usually so generous with herself as a performer. Read More »

AO ARTIST-ON-ARTIST INTERVIEW: Maria Kreyn and Ellen Frances

November 21st, 2023

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Cover images courtesy of Ola Wilk via Maria Kreyn; and Ellen Frances.

For its first artist-on-artist interview, Art Observed sat down with New York-based painter Maria Kreyn and multidisciplinary artist and performer Ellen Frances to talk about their individual practices and their collaboration for the opening of Kreyn’s solo show Untune a String at The Hole in Tribeca earlier this month. In their conversation with Art Observed, the two artists discuss the importance of multidisciplinary collaboration, the enduring resonance of classical artistic and literary forms, and their visions for the future. Read More »

Paris – Henry Taylor: “From Sugar to Shit” at Hauser & Wirth Through January 7th, 2024

October 19th, 2023

Henry Taylor, I Got Brothers All Ova The World But They Forget We're Related (2023), via Hauser & Wirth
Henry Taylor, I Got Brothers All Ova The World But They Forget We’re Related (2023), via Hauser & Wirth

Marking its inaugural outing at its new Paris exhibition space, Hauser & Wirth looks west to the work of critically acclaimed Los Angeles artist Henry Taylor, whose major career survey arrives at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York on 4 October 2023 and will remain on view through January 2024. Taylor’s exhibition in Paris, the artist’s first prominent show in France, comprises a wide range of over 30 paintings, sculptures and works on paper encompassing the remarkable breadth of his practice. Read More »

Paris – Alex Israel: “LA Californie” at Almine Rech Through November 10th, 2023

October 18th, 2023


Alex Israel, Self-Portrait (Palette) (2023)Alex Israel, Self-Portrait (Palette) (2023)

Alex Israel returns to Almine Rech in Paris this fall for his fifth solo show with the gallery, adding a new perspective and mode of interpretation to the understanding and recontextualization of Pablo Picasso on the 50th  anniversary of the artist’s death. Treating the artist’s life and work as a fitting jumping-off point for continued explorations of the intersections of art and pop culture, of image and practice, or even of ego vs. landscape, Israel turns his attention to another aspect of Picasso’s legacy: La Californie.

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Paris – Wade Guyton: “Galerie Matthiesen, Ausstellung, Edouard Manet, 1928, 6. Februar bis 18. März, Vol. II” at Galerie Chantal Crousel Through Novmeber 18th, 2023

October 17th, 2023

Wade Guyton, Galerie Matthiesen, Ausstellung, Edouard Manet, 1928, 6. Februar bis 18. März, Vol. II (2022), via Chantal Crousel
Wade Guyton, Galerie Matthiesen, Ausstellung, Edouard Manet, 1928, 6. Februar bis 18. März, Vol. II (2022), via Chantal Crousel

Opening in Paris during the run of Art Basel’s Paris+ art fair, Galerie Chantal Crousel has opened a solo show of works on paper by artist Wade Guyton, marking the artist’s first foray into lithography. Mining the intersections of digital graphics and analog printing, long a juxtaposition and source of both tension and inspiration in the artist’s work, the show features a range of sourced material from printed matter.  Read More »

Paris – Tony Matelli: “Displacement Map” at Andréhn-Schiptjenko Through November 25th, 2023

October 16th, 2023

Tony Matelli, Displacement Map 2 (2023), via Andréhn-Schiptjenko
Tony Matelli, Displacement Map 2 (2023), via Andréhn-Schiptjenko

Andréhn-Schiptjenko Paris presents Displacement Map this fall, a new solo exhibition with New York-based artist Tony Matelli. The exhibition, the 8th with the gallery and the second one in Paris, will feature recent works shown for the first time, among these, a life-sized self-portrait and a series of Arrangements, polychrome bronze bouquets of inverted flowers as well as a number of paintings, the first time the artist has shown in this medium.

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New York – Michael Dean: “Four Fuck Sakes” at Andrew Kreps Through November 4th, 2023

October 12th, 2023

Michael Dean, Four Fuck Sakes (Installation View), via Andrew Kreps
Michael Dean, Four Fuck Sakes (Installation View), via Andrew Kreps

Michael Dean’s idiosyncratic work draws on language in its wildest sense. Often based on his own writing, Dean broadens what we understand to be the written word into a manifestation of semiotics and typographical abstractions—such as emoticons and logos that morph into three dimensional glyphs. Regularly deploying accessible materials, Dean draws out new language with which the forms themselves are at once a personal vernacular, and a physical configuration. The transitional movement from word-to-image-to-being becomes an amalgamation of symmetrical and physical intimacy. Read More »

AO ON-SITE – LONDON: FRIEZE LONDON AT REGENT’S PARK, OCTOBER 11TH – 15TH, 2023

October 11th, 2023

Ai Weiwei at Galleria Continua
Ai Weiwei at Galleria Continua, all images via Art Observed

With the temperature cooling in the British capital, Frieze Art Fair has returned to Regent’s Park in London for its annual run, bringing with it a range international galleries, projects and talks that underscore its continued vitality in the world of contemporary art. The mood was high as collectors, gallerists and artists strode the fair’s aisle and booths in the early hours of the fair press preview, exploring the gallery booths and chatting below the bright lights of the fair tent, which lent a gleam to the impressive works on offer across the expanse of the fair.

Marguerite Humeau at Clearing
Marguerite Humeau at Clearing

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London – Ryan Gander: “PUNTO!” at Lisson Gallery Through October 28th, 2023

October 9th, 2023

Ryan Gander, School of languages (2023), via Lisson Gallery
Ryan Gander, School of languages (2023), via Lisson Gallery

Mining unique dialogues between studied sculptural modes and coy reinterpretations of readymade material, artist Ryan Gander has long created works and environments that work delicate interactions between the human and nonhuman materials of daily life. For his newest show at Lisson Gallery, the artist explores the relationship between our evolutionary past and the ways in which we live today in societies driven by capitalist growth, speed and progress. The exhibition raises pertinent questions; how would the world look if humans had not learnt to count? How do we place value on time in a 24/7 world that demands our constant attention? Read More »

London – Julie Mehretu: “They departed for their own country another way (a 9x9x9 hauntology)” at White Cube Through November 5th, 2023

October 6th, 2023

Julie Mehretu, TRANSpaintings (recurrence) (2023), via White Cube
Julie Mehretu, TRANSpaintings (recurrence) (2023), via White Cube

Julie Mehretu’s solo exhibition at White Cube Bermondsey, They departed for their own country another way (a 9x9x9 hauntology), debuts three new series of paintings consisting of nine works each. Presented alongside these works, in the 9x9x9 gallery Mehretu has paired her title track painting with a sculpture by visual artist Nairy Baghramian, in response to an ongoing dialogue between the two artists.

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New York – Zach Bruder: “Clear Arrears” at Magenta Plains Through October 22nd, 2023

October 5th, 2023

Zach Bruder, Attic (2023), via Magenta Plains
Zach Bruder, Attic (2023), via Magenta Plains

This fall in New York, artist Zac Bruder presnts a series of new works at Magenta Plains that continue his ephemeral explorations the canvas and its subjects. Presenting a string of colorful, yet subdued canvases throughout the gallery space, Bruder orchestrates a series of meditations on material landscapes, painterly modes, and conceptual exercises.

Zach Bruder, Clear Arrears (Installation View), via Magenta Plains
Zach Bruder, Clear Arrears (Installation View), via Magenta Plains

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London – Paula Rego: “Letting Loose” at Victoria Miro Through November 11th, 2023

October 4th, 2023

Paula Rego, Creatures (1981), via Victoria Miro
Paula Rego, Creatures (1981), via Victoria Miro

The 1980’s was a decade of creative transformation for artist Paula Rego. Moving away from a process of making collages – drawing and painting material that she would then cut up and arrange into sophisticated figurative puzzles – she began instead to engage with her childhood passion for painting as play. Working rapidly and fluidly, Rego embraced freedom as methodology, inventing a cast of humans, animals and hybrid creatures that served as fictive structures for new narratives and systems of meaning. These works serve as the cornerstone for a new show focused on the artist’s painterly compositions at Victoria Miro.

Paula Rego, Aida II (1983), via Victoria Miro
Paula Rego, Aida II (1983), via Victoria Miro

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New York – Wolfgang Tillmans: “Fold Me” at David Zwirner Through October 14th, 2023

October 3rd, 2023

Wolfgang Tillmans, Lighter, white / pink and Lighter 116 (2020-2023 ), via David Zwirner
Wolfgang Tillmans, Lighter, white / pink and Lighter 116 (2020-2023 ), via David Zwirner

On view at David Zwirner’s New York exhibition space this fall, artist Wolfgang Tillmans marks his fourth solo show, demonstrating the artist’s expansive vision while meditating on the simultaneity of life and art. Titled Fold Me, the show will feature an entirely new body of work by the artist, and follows Tillmans’s major retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, in the fall of 2022. Tillmans , who regularly invites an interplay of chance and control, of consideration and coincidence, of process and time here folds the world back onto paper.

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London – Andy Holden: “Song of Songs” at Seventeen Through October 21st, 2023

October 2nd, 2023

Andy Holden, Song of Songs (Installation View), via Seventeen
Andy Holden, Song of Songs (Installation View), via Seventeen

For his first exhibition in a commercial gallery in fifteen years, Andy Holden presents two installations at Seventeen in London this fall. Linked by personal loss, each work is an attempt to process distinct moments from the past, within the context of the artist’s continued inquiry into the nature of time.

Andy Holden, Song of Songs (Installation View), via Seventeen
Andy Holden, Song of Songs (Installation View), via Seventeen

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New York – Awol Erizku: “Delirium of Agony” at Sean Kelly Through October 28th, 2023

September 28th, 2023

Awol Erizku, Hot Hand in a Dice Game (2023), via Sean Kelly
Awol Erizku, Hot Hand in a Dice Game (2023), via Sean Kelly

This fall, artist Awol Erizku makes his first solo exhibition at Sean Kelly with Delirium of Agony a show that examines the construction of cultural iconography through the lens of contemporary hip-hop, street culture, art history, sports, and entertainment. Occupying the entire gallery, the exhibition features paintings, neon installations, photographs, sculptures, and works on paper that draw intriguing lines between graphics, cultural symbolism, personal affinity and subtle cultural representations.

Awol Erizku, Smoke #12(2023), via Sean Kelly
Awol Erizku, Smoke #12 (2023), via Sean Kelly

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New York – Giorgio Griffa: “Océanie” at Casey Kaplan Through October 28th, 2023

September 27th, 2023

Giorgio Griffa, Campo Rosa (2022), via Casey Kaplan
Giorgio Griffa, Campo Rosa (2022), via Casey Kaplan

On view this month at Casey Kaplan Gallery in New York, artist Giorgio Griffa brings together a body of new works that continue the artist’s interpretation and mining of memory and reflection as part of an expanded exploration of time and space. OCÉANIE consists of a series of nineteen paintings created between the fall of 2022 and the spring of 2023, marking the most significant shift in Griffa’s practice in over a decade. This is the artist’s sixth solo presentation at the gallery.

Giorgio Griffa, Oceanie (Installation View), via Casey Kaplan
Giorgio Griffa, Océanie (Installation View), via Casey Kaplan

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New York – Barbara Sánchez-Kane: “New Lexicons for Embodiment” at Kurimanzutto Through October 21st, 2023

September 26th, 2023

Barbara Sánchez-Kane, New Lexicons for Embodiment (Installation View), via kurimanzutto
Barbara Sánchez-Kane, New Lexicons for Embodiment (Installation View), via kurimanzutto

On this month at kurimanzutto in New York, artist Barbara Sánchez-Kane has installed a new body of work that explores a range of expressive modalities between sculpture and clothing design. Sánchez-Kane, who alternatively uses she and he pronouns, is interested in the deconstruction of identities and the duality of the presented self: through her clothes and sculptures, there is a perpetual tearing and fracturing of the structure, voids that seemingly shouldn’t exist, and the recurring repurposing of traditional objects through the destruction of their functionality. Read More »

New York – Wade Guyton at Matthew Marks Through October 28th, 2023

September 25th, 2023

Wade Guyton, Untitled (2022), via Matthew Marks
Wade Guyton, Untitled (2022), via Matthew Marks

Artist Wade Guyton has long explored the constructs and constraints of contemporary image and object production, utilizing a range of various technological and gestural approaches to create dense, nuanced works that emphasize both the act of making and images they contain. For his latest show, on view this month at Matthew Marks, the artist takes particular interest in his studio as not just the site of production, but the images his work depicts.

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New York – Philippe Parreno: “Hertzian Tales” at Gladstone Through October 28th, 2023

September 22nd, 2023

Philippe Parreno, Hertzian Tales (Installation View), via Art Observed
Philippe Parreno, Hertzian Tales (Installation View), via Art Observed

Philippe Parreno takes over Gladstone Gallery this month with a body of work that continues to mine notions of non-human intelligence, technology and life. The show, Hertzian Tales, marks the most recent manifestation of his ongoing contemplation of art as both sentient and sensual.

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Paris – Sam Durant at Praz-Delavallade Through November 10th, 2023

September 21st, 2023

Sam Durant, Open Your Eyes (2022), via Praz-Delavallade
Sam Durant, Open Your Eyes (2022), via Praz-Delavallade

This fall, artist Sam Durant opens a show of new works at Praz-Delavallade in Paris, continuing a body of work that mines the artist’s long explored modes of practice, while turning his examinations of modern culture, history and context on its ear. Long recognized for work that questions, highlights, and reframs social and civic issues from the more complex sides of history: colonialism, the death penalty, surveillance and slavery among them, the artist here turns towards the playful and exploratory, marking new notes in an already expansive and expressive practice.

Sam Durant, Certainty (2020), via Praz-Delavallade
Sam Durant, Certainty (2020), via Praz-Delavallade

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Paris – Anri Sala at Galerie Chantal Crousel Through October 7th, 2023

September 14th, 2023

Anri Sala (Installation View), via Galerie Chantal Crousel

Anri Sala (Installation View), via Galerie Chantal Crousel

Artist Anri Sala opens a show of new work at Galerie Chantal Crousel this month, exhibiting a body of new frescoes that underscore continued reseaarch into the construction and composition of narrative, particularly oriented around refashioning and repurposing spaces and epochs.  Read More »