Continuing to test portraiture tropes with his paintings of imaginary personages and variously distorted visages, George Condo’s latest portraits battle against the confines of the canvas itself. Facial features scattered across multiple paintings vacillate between abstraction and representation while presenting an enormous puzzle for the mind’s eye.
In the late 1960s, Minimal music pioneer Steve Reich made a composition using sound bites from the taped testimonies of six Harlem teenagers who were accused of murder and brutally beaten by the police. Borrowing Reich’s title, Glenn Ligon’s exhibition revisits the so-called “Harlem Six” with three monumental screen-print paintings that imbue the deceptively simple words “come out to show them” with a newfound urgency.
Glenn Ligon Come Out
The “Bill” evoked in Georg Baselitz’s painting exhibition “Farewell Bill” is none other than the late, great Willem de Kooning. Paying homage to the Abstract Expressionist whose bright colors and primal style first inspired him in the late 1950s, Baselitz presents a new series of upside-down self-portraits featuring poppy pigments and gestural brushwork that recall de Kooning’s lyrical abstract paintings of the ’70s.
Georg Baselitz Farewell Bill
Hot on the heels of his US retrospective trifecta—The Guggenheim, New York; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (through April 6); and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston—James Turrell is currently showing new and recent works across the pond. The exhibition at Pace London, the artist’s first in this space, features two never-before-shown glass and LED light installations from the “Wide Glass” series.
Complementing Richard Hamilton’s retrospective at Tate Modern, the concurrent exhibition at the ICA celebrates the artist’s early work as a curator and exhibition designer. Two 1950s installations Hamilton created in conjunction with the Independent Group for the ICA’s former premises have been reinstalled in the Institute’s current location and are accompanied by a wealth of relevant archival materials.
Richard Hamilton Richard Hamilton at the ICA
Hailed as the founding father of British Pop art, Richard Hamilton experimented with various styles and mediums over the course of his sixty-year career. The Tate Modern’s retrospective is the first exhibition to embrace the artist’s expansive and diverse oeuvre—from his exhibition designs of the 1950s to his final paintings made in 2011.