The first comprehensive US survey of Italian Futurism presents more than three hundred works including everything from painting and sculpture to architecture, fashion, film, advertising, free-form poetry, music, theater, and performance. Organized by Vivien Greene, the Guggenheim’s curator of nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century work, the exhibition chronicles the movement from its feverish inception in 1909 with F. T. Marinetti’s Futurist manifesto to its quietus as Word War II drew to a close.
Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe
In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of Andy Warhol’s contribution to the 1964 New York World’s Fair, the Queens Museum shows nine paintings made with the screens the artist used to create the controversial 13 Most Wanted Men, 1964, a work that depicted the enlarged mug shots of thirteen of the NYPD’s most-wanted criminals of 1962. Another 175 related objects are also on view.
Andy Warhol 13 Most Wanted Men: Andy Warhol and the 1964 World’s Fair
For Maria Lassnig’s most significant survey ever presented in the United States, MoMA PS1 exhibits fifty of the artist’s paintings as well as a selection of watercolors and filmic works—most of which have never been shown in the US. The included works span all periods of the artist’s career, from her early graphic abstractions produced in Paris to her later figural representations.
For “Here and Elsewhere,” curator Massimiliano Gioni aims to counter any notion that contemporary art in the Arab world might be homogeneous. Instead, his large survey of art in the Middle East—including works by forty-five artists from fifteen countries—focuses on a group with practices that might conceptually or aesthetically reference the Middle East, but which extend far beyond the purview of mere geography.
Here and Elsewhere
This exhaustive retrospective is the first to examine Jeff Koons’s career in its entirety. Curator Scott Rothkopf has reconstituted groundbreaking series in a chronological narrative that asserts Koons as one of the most crucial artists of the postwar era. The weighty catalogue, with texts by Isabelle Graw, Rachel Kushner, Michelle Kuo, Jeffrey Deitch, and Antonio Damasio, among others, promises to be a summer read like no other.
JEFF KOONS Jeff Koons: A Retrospective
The first museum survey of Charles Gaines brings together four decades of work. From his early experiments with systems and codes to his later examinations of subjectivity, the exhibition forms a pivotal link between 1960s and ’70s Conceptualists and artists that followed.
Charles Gaines Charles Gaines: Gridwork 1974–1989
Day and night throughout the month of August, a new work by UK artist Ian Whittlesea that consists of a single lightbulb will illuminate the gallery space. The regular, slow pulse of the bulb, whose light fades from bright to dark, relates to Whittlesea’s ongoing exploration of Mazdaznan breathing techniques taught by abstract painter Johannes Itten at the Bauhaus art school in the 1920s.
Ian Whittlesea A Breathing Bulb
Examining the contemporary treatment of an age-old artistic subject, this group show brings together twenty-five big-name international artists who represent the human form in a variety of styles and contexts. Spanning the past quarter century, the exhibition includes major works by Huma Bhabha, Maurizio Cattelan, Urs Fischer, Isa Genzken, Rachel Harrison, Thomas Hirschhorn, Pierre Huyghe, Jeff Koons, Paul McCarthy, Cady Noland, Ugo Rondinone, Yinka Shonibare MBE, and more.
The Human Factor: The Figure in Contemporary Sculpture
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This retrospective dedicated to Italian artist Giulio Paolini collects fifty years of work in which the artist ponders the relationship between viewer and artwork. Having begun his career as part of the Arte Povera movement in the 1960s, Paolini remains relevant with recent works that raise questions about authorship and materiality in today’s digital age.
Giulio Paolini Giulio Paolini: To Be or Not to Be
Gilbert & George’s recent series “Scapegoating Pictures for London” features a motif of nitrous oxide canisters—known as “whippets” or “hippy crack” when used recreationally—whose bomb-like forms evoke current-event issues ranging from drug abuse to warfare and terrorism. Emphasizing these paintings’ sinister nature, the artists themselves variably appear as skeletons or masked figures.
Gilbert & George
Presenting photographs made between 1968 and 1971, this exhibition focuses on Zofia Kulik’s earliest artistic work, made while Kulik was still a student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Select fragments from a large body of work show the artist's interest in the relationship—and theoretical intersection—between film and sculpture.
Zofia Kulik Instead of Sculpture – Sequences 1968-71
Featuring 200 original prints made between 1928 and 1974, this exhibition dedicated to American photographer Walker Evans culls mainly from the private collection of Clark and Joan Worswick. The comprehensive selection of work spans from Evans’s impressions of Depression-era New York City and the rural south to his late series of semiabstract color Polaroids.
Walker Evans Walker Evans. A Life's Work
Allan Sekula’s “Ship of Fools” constituted an eighteen-month-long international campaign against a system of maritime shipping that used substandard vessels and exploitative labor conditions. The photographic series is his final major body of work.
Allan Sekula Ship of Fools
“Made in LA” is the second biennial of artists from Los Angeles. Curated this year by Michael Ned Holte and Connie Butler (after the initial cocurator, Karin Higa, passed away), the show continues to offer a dynamic and strong range of voices.
Made in L.A. 2014
Adopting the coinage “protograph” to describe the moment just before or after an image is captured and immortalized by a camera, Oscar Muñoz’s retrospective at the Jeu de Paume brings together four decades of work by the Colombian artist. Not limited to photography, the exhibition demonstrates the wide breadth of Muñoz’s oeuvre, which also includes printmaking, drawing, installations, video, and sculpture.
Oscar Muñoz Protographs
Complementing the Robert Mapplethorpe retrospective at the Grand Palais, the Musée Rodin juxtaposes more than one hundred works by the twentieth-century American photographer with plaster and bronze sculptures by the nineteenth-century French master. Striking comparisons abound between the two artists’ appreciation of the human form.
Mapplethorpe - Rodin
For its first edition, Sèvres Outdoors has invited twenty-five Paris galleries to present large-scale sculptures on the manicured grounds of the Cité de la céramique (home to France’s national porcelain factory, a technical school, and a museum.) Among the thirty-three sculptures on view are works by Carsten Höller, Guillaume Leblon, Atelier Van Lieshout, Markus Lupertz, and Elmar Trenkwalder (who recently did an artist residency at Sèvres and currently has a solo show in the museum, through October 27).
The current retrospective of self-taught artist Martial Raysse features more than 200 works—paintings, sculptures, films, photographs, and drawings—made over the course of a fifty-year career that brought the artist together with the likes of Yves Klein, Raymond Hains, Jean Tinguely, and Jacques Villeglé. Pushing beyond Raysse’s affiliation with the new realist movement, the exhibition highlights the artist’s individual position: “the hygiene of vision.”
The debut exhibition at M77 Gallery presents works on paper by Luca Pignatelli, who has not shown in Milan for fifteen years. The drawings, which range in terms of size and support, describe mysterious cities based in reality and steeped in fantasy.
Luca Pignatelli OFF PAPER
A former editor of the Beijing Youth Daily (one of the most-circulated newspapers in China's capital), Wang Youshen curated and organized the seminal “New Generation Art” exhibition at the Chinese History Museum in Beijing in 1991. “Per Square Meter” is his first solo Beijing show in twenty years. It features archival materials, installation, and sound, all documenting an ongoing project in which he set out to twice dismantle and then twice rebuild his studio.
Wang Youshen Per Square Meter
“Time is Money” is the second of two back-to-back installments staged at Magician Space by Li Jinghu. The first, unveiled in June, marked the Guangdong native’s first solo show in Beijing. Known for reworking industrial and urban materials into highly expressive installations, Li will present two new worksone that references the video halls frequented by factory workers and another that alludes to moonlight as experienced by city dwellers.
Li Jinghu Time is Money
“Synaesthesia” features drawings, paintings, and sculpture highlighting thematic connections between the work of young and emerging artists based in Beijing and Taiwan. The exhibition's part of the seventh China International Youth Arts Festival, for which participants from more than twenty-three countries staged seventy-one performances, events, and lectures in cities ranging from Shanghai to Guangzhou.
Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, the largest exhibition of Gerhard Richter ever presented in Switzerland focuses on the German painter’s interest in the relationship between painting and actual space—a concern that is traced all the way back to works Richter made as a student in the 1950s.
Focusing on Charles Ray's sculptures made between 1997 and 2014, this exhibition dedicated to the work of the Los Angeles–based artist spreads across Basel’s Kunstmuseum and Museum für Gegenwartskunst. The show is curated by Kunstmuseum director Bernhard Mendes Bürgi and has been organized in conjunction with the Art Institute of Chicago.
Charles Ray Sculpture 1997-2014
The current presentation of Paul Chan’s work—the artist’s largest solo show to date—was conceived by Chan himself, who spent several months in Basel working on the exhibition while also teaching at Basel University and the Academy of Art and Design. Juxtaposing new and existing pieces including drawings, sculptures, light installations, and site-specific interventions, Chan reflects on a variety of subjects ranging from current events and politics to history and literature.
Following Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, and Giuseppe Penone, South Korean–born, Japan-based Lee Ufan is the latest contemporary artist invited to exhibit at the historic Palais de Versailles. Of the ten works on view, nine, including a spectacular monumental arch that frames the facade of the palace, are installed in the seventeenth-century gardens.