Friday, February 27
Two eras of television programming are set side by side: “Here in the Real World” pairs John Miller’s recent paintings of reality television personalities with works from his “Game Show” series. Curated by Piper Marshall, this exhibition provides a snapshot of the camera’s authority over the packaging and production of our public selves.
John Miller Here in the Real World
On view are brooding, romantic paintings, some of which have never before been exhibited, made between 1997 and 2002. Based on Pierson’s travels to and from Southern California, the artist has here transferred photographs onto large-scale canvases, continuing a practice concerned with holiness and erotics.
Jack Pierson Paintings
The Icelandic musician receives her first full retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. Curated by Klaus Biesenbach, the institution’s chief curator at large and director of PS1, “Björk,” tracks twenty years of a fantastical practice, commencing with eight full-length albums, featuring multiple collaborations with directors, photographers, designers, artists, and culminating in Black Lake, 2015, an immersive music and film experience commissioned by MoMA.
Illustrator and author Tomi Ungerer is as known for his children’s classics (The Three Robbers, 1961; Moon Man, 1966) as he is for his pictorial campaigns against racism, fascism, and the Vietnam War, which ran amid stinging depictions of politics and business in publications like the New York Times and the Village Voice. He is less known for his graphic erotic drawings, which are highlighted in this exquisite retrospective, his first in the United States.
Tomi Ungerer Tomi Ungerer: All in One
Charles Ray presents two silver sculptures—a stainless steel truck crushed into a rectangular block and a relief of a young girl on a pony—that deal in the poetics of nostalgia. Said the artist: “As in memory, what seems assembled from the past is in reality carved from the present.”
John Elderfield and Peter Galassi have brought together a wealth of images depicting artists and their studios, excavating a visual history of spaces where art is made. “In the Studio: Paintings” spans the mid-sixteenth through the late twentieth centuries and includes more than fifty paintings by some forty artists, from Honoré Daumier and Henri Matisse to Helen Frankenthaler, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Cindy Sherman, and Larry Rivers. A two-volume fully illustrated catalogue published by Phaidon will accompany the exhibition.
In the Studio: Paintings
Works on paper representing different episodes in Alice Neel’s five-decade career are on view in this exhibition, affording a look into different models for painting and drawing that the artist pursued alongside painting on canvas. Informal, intimate, and not initially intended for public view, these works foreground Neel’s portraits, intensifying the psychological acumen for which this artist is so regarded.
Alice Neel Drawings and Watercolors 1927-1978
Telegrams (“I Am Still Alive”), postcards (“I Got Up”), calendars (“One Hundred Years,” “One Million Years”), and the date paintings for which On Kawara is so deeply regarded are on view in this exhaustive retrospective, which is steeped in Conceptualism but stings with feeling. Also included are proposals for two unrealized works, a host of drawings, and continuous readings of his massive ledger of dates.
On Kawara On Kawara- Silence
Organized by Lauren Cornell and artist Ryan Trecartin, the third edition of this museum’s triennial, “Surround Audience,” brings together fifty-one artists and collectives from more than twenty-five countries. The duo bills it as an exploration of the way subjectivity is depicted, how sites of artistic agency are claimed, and how systems of power are unpacked—all in the aftershock of social media.
2015 Triennial: Surround Audience
Swiss artist Roman Signer’s empty kayak (a recurring motif in the artist’s oeuvre) slowly navigates around the Barbican’s exhibition space as if gliding through water. Other kayaks installed in the foyer and outside extend the show beyond the confines of gallery.
Roman Signer Slow Movement
Gagosian presents recent work by Richard Serra across two galleries. Four monumental steel sculptures are displayed at the Britannia Street gallery, while a single large-scale drawing Serra made in 2011 is on view at the Davies street location.
Richard Serra Backdoor Pipeline, Ramble, Dead Load, London Cross
Presenting paintings made over the last decade, London-based artist Katy Moran’s retrospective reveals the artist’s longtime fascination with the intersection of figuration and abstraction. Moran’s dynamic compositions, in which representational and abstract imagery appear side by side, flout the conventions of both painting genres.
Sarah Sze takes over Victoria Miro’s Wharf Road and Mayfair gallery locations in her first solo show in Europe since representing the United States at the 2013 Venice Biennale. In Mayfair, a site-specific installation of small sculptures spreads across the gallery floor.
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Fourteen of the 2003 Turner Prize–winning artist’s portraits are interspersed amid permanent works in the museum’s nineteenth- and twentieth-century rooms. Perry’s twenty-first century subjects range from politicians and protesters to families and reality TV stars.
Grayson Perry Who Are You?
On Wharf Road, Sze’s installations made of rocks, newspapers, and furniture explore various measurements of time, mass, and volume.
LA-based artist Analia Saban’s work blurs the distinctions between painting, photographic, and sculptural practices. Her latest hybrids draw attention to the materiality of various media that she subjects to unorthodox artistic processes.
Analia Saban Interiors
Luc Tuymans, who paints preexisting images from magazines, television, and even his iPhone, based his latest works on eighteenth-century portraitist Henry Raeburn’s paintings of Scottish Enlightenment thinkers. Working on small canvases, Tuyman’s zooms in on the men’s faces, which appear blurry, muted, and haunting.
Luc Tuymans The Shore
New York–based artist Anna Betbeze’s first solo show in the UK features a suite of new works made from handmade Greek wool rugs, which Betbeze has cut, burned, dyed, and sewn. Made in the backyard of her childhood home in Georgia, these works are at once comfortingly soft and terrifyingly violent.
Anna Betbeze Plush Vision
To celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of the first exhibition of Kazimir Malevich’s black square painting, Whitechapel brings together more than one hundred artists whose works represent a similar spirit of new art and new society. Organized chronologically and thematically, the show’s paintings, photographs, and sculptures track the evolution of abstract art over the past century.
Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915 - 2015
Comprising nearly one hundred works, this exhibition of early works on paper by German artist Sigmar Polke is the largest show of its kind in London in more than a decade. Many of the drawings, all small scale, are from the artist’s sketchbooks and have never been shown before.
Sigmar Polke Early Works on Paper
Taking the form of a visual dialogue, this exhibition brings together rarely shown works on paper by Marlene Dumas and Juan Muñoz. Responding to specific drawings by the late Spanish artist, Dumas has selected a number of her own drawings that also depict the human body.
Marlene Dumas/Juan Muñoz Drawings
Polish artist Alicja Kwade’s solo show explores themes of time and remains. Video and sculptural works featuring clock hands and broken glass describe cycles of creation and destruction.
Alicja Kwade Etwas Abwesendes, dessen Anwesenheit erwartet wurde
Paintings made by Dorothy Iannone in America during the 1960s are presented together for the first time since the artist’s 1989 show in West Berlin. Heavily influenced by Abstract Expressionism, Iannone’s distinct visual language also incorporates figuration and text.
Mexican artist Mariana Castillo Deball’s large-scale installation for the historic Hamburger Banhof hall focuses on what the artist calls “biographies of things.” Borrowing objects from various Berlin museum collections, Deball draws the viewer’s attention to the itinerant nature of these art objects, which, over time, have alternately been installed on pedestals and in vitrines, inside galleries and in outdoor courtyards, and in the context of private collections and public exhibitions.
Mariana Castillo Deball
Marking the fortieth anniversary of the Khmer Rouge coup in Cambodia, this exhibition juxtaposes documentary films and photographs by Cambodian artists Rithy Panh (whose Oscar-nominated film The Missing Picture  will be screened daily), Khvay Samnang, and Vandy Rattana, with related works by Singaporean theater director Ong Keng Sen and European artists Günther Uecker and Tim Page.
Rithy Panh, Khvay Samnang, Vandy Rattana, Günther Uecker, Tim Page The Khmer Rouge and its Consequences.
Markus Lüpertz’s first major solo exhibition in Berlin in five years presents new large-scale paintings bearing the artist’s signature mixture of abstraction and figuration. Using Greek mythology as his subject matter, Lüpertz disrupts would-be classical scenes by inserting seemingly contradictory elements like fragmented bodies, animal skulls, and helmets.
Markus Lüpertz Neue Bilder
Welsh artist Cerith Wyn Evans shows a new group of neon sculptures featuring subtly different light temperatures. Inspired by the horizon line, the individual neon tubes are presented in the company of a traditional Japanese Katagami screen.
Cerith Wyn Evans
Canadian artist Marcel Dzama’s latest film, a tribute to David Cronenberg, describes the romance between Marcel Duchamp and Brazilian artist Maria Martins. Shown for the first time in Germany at KW, the thiry-five-minute film stars Kim Gordon and features a soundtrack by Will Butler, Jeremy Gara, and Tim Kingsbury of Arcade Fire.
Marcel Dzama UNE DANSE DES BOUFFONS (or A JESTER’S DANCE)
Tracing the evolution of Joseph Beuys’s sculptures, this exhibition begins with early works influenced by Wilhelm Lehmbruck and Ewald Mataré. Many of the sculptures on view hail from Céline and Heiner Bastian’s own collection and are being shown at the gallery for the first time ever, following a long-term loan to the Hamburger Bahnhof.
Plump ceramic lips hang from the wall and life-size mannequins, polished in hats and heels, sprout spider webs from their limbs; each have eight eyes. Cartoon balloons of chitchat have been drawn on the walls and phallic mounds have been sculpted into a table. Liz Craft's debut at Jenny's, “The Secret Lives of Spiders,” is a spirited and complicated appeal for talk.
Liz Craft The Secret Lives of Spiders
Tom of Finland’s lusty, homoerotic depictions of muscled men were groundbreaking for their pluck and spirit. This exhibition brings together works created between 1944 and 1972, making an exceptional case for the legacy and influence of this artist. There is leather and military garb, locker rooms and stables, policemen and sailors. An accompanying catalogue, designed by Brian Roettinger and featuring an essay by Kevin McGarry, will be published this spring.
Tom of Finland Early Work 1944 - 1972
Included in Thomas Demand's latest exhibition are two new photographic series from 2014: “Backyard” images the dilapidated home of Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsernaev; for “Atelier,” Demand has remade Henri Matisse’s studio at the Hotel Régina in Nice, France, where the artist created the bulk of his cutouts. In both, the central figuresTsernaev’s wife and the late artistare absent, emphasizing Demand’s interest in the reconstruction of news media and artistic practice, where bodies seem less vital than material.
Thomas Demand Thomas Demand
What has the Internet imparted to art making? See Parker Ito’s latest exhibition, a labyrinth of glittering lights and brightly colored chains that suspend dashing paintings and high-gloss sculptures—all doubles of others artists’ work (Sturtevant, Murakami, Hockney, Bernini, Koons). It's an enormous, generous, and treacherous installationa brilliant realization of a question with an answer that has no bounds.
Parker Ito A Lil Taste of Cheeto in the Night
Following the Centre Pompidou’s Jésus Rafael Soto retrospective in 2013, Galerie Perrotin dedicates its Paris and New York spaces to the late Venezuelan Op artist. On view are important historical and recent works (from 1957 to 2003), many borrowed from the artist’s estate and from various institutions.
Jesus Rafael Soto Chronochrome
Known for her critiques of consumer culture, Croatian artist Dora Budor uses materials from the film industry to create her latest body of work. Wall-mounted sculptures and a pair of movie theater–style armchairs are festooned with actual Hollywood special effects artifacts such as silicone scars and cyborg prosthetics.
Dora Budor The Architect's Plan, His Contagion, and Sensitive Corridors
Jessica Stockholder’s sixth show with Nathalie Obadia includes a monumental site-specific installation created in response to the gallery’s architecture. Shown together with seven smaller sculptures, Stockholder’s landscape of ordinary objects appears simultaneously orderly and chaotic.
Following her 2014 presentation at the Serpentine Galleries in London, American artist Trisha Donnelly’s fourth show with Air de Paris similarly adheres to her wont—the exhibition provides neither explanatory wall text nor a press release, thus challenging viewers to interpret the works according to their own associations and impulses.
Concurrent with Taryn Simon’s survey show at the Jeu de Paume (Feb 24 to May 17, 2015), Almine Rech presents a recent work in which the American artist identifies and classifies every bird that appears in all twenty-four James Bond films. In addition to this copious taxonomy of 331 birds, the exhibition features artifacts related to the ornithologist James Bond, whose name inspired the lead character in Ian Flemming’s famous spy novels.
Taryn Simon Birds of the West Indies
Daniel Buren’s fourth solo show at Kamel Mennour is a site-specific installation, made of marble, stone, granite, and graphite. Buren is familiar with the exhibition space, as he exhibited there more than three decades ago, when it belonged to Galerie Eric Fabre.
Daniel Buren Au Fur et à Measure
Reprising the snake motif from his presentation at the Swiss Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale, Valentin Carron’s current exhibition features “belt snakes,” which are shown in the context of a barn facade with an exact replica of a 1950s sculpture by Swiss artist Andre Gigon.
Valentin Carron L'Autoroute du Soleil à Minuit
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Known primarily for his interventions in public and private spaces, so-called anti-happenings, the late Slovakian artist Július Koller aimed to break down barriers between art and life. The current exhibition presents a work that was part of the artist’s performance at the 2003 Venice Biennale.
Július Koller A. for Atlantis
Having received long-overdue attention thanks to her participation in Documenta 13 (2012) and the most recent Whitney Biennial, writer and painter Etel Adnan is currently showing her most recent works in Paris. The ninety-year-old Lebanese-born artist, who is based between the San Francisco Bay Area and Paris, will show at Lelong's New York location this spring.
Etel Adnan Peintures
Davide Balula’s most recent works include colorful sculptures that emit WiFi signals and poetic text messages sent to visitors’ smartphones. Also on view are crackly works on canvas that are the result of various artificial climate conditions.
Davide Balula A journey through you and the leaves
Gyan Panchal’s first show with Marcelle Alix features objects found in the French countryside near the artist’s home that he has treated to various subtle modifications. Among Panchal’s latest almost-readymades are a rain gutter, beehive boxes, and a bright-orange hunting outfit.
Gyan Panchal Redevenir soleil
Chosen to represent Austria at this year’s Venice Biennale, Heimo Zobernig debuts a new series of paintings in Paris. Large and colorful, these recent abstractions are accompanied by a selection of smaller works on paper, some of which date to the beginning of the artist’s career in the 1980s.
Twenty-seven years after Jeff Koons’s famous sculpture of an inflated Mylar bunny toy (Rabbit, 1986) was shown at the Pompidou Center, the American artist is back with his first major retrospective in Europe. Having traveled from the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the show features new creations and many of the artist’s best-known works, from his basketball aquariums to monumental balloon-animal sculptures.
Taryn Simon’s first monographic exhibition at a French institution includes works made since 2000 demonstrating the American artist’s ongoing rigorous research and investigations. In addition to her material findings (documents, photographs, and ephemera presented in a quasi-scientific manner), a selection of Simon’s video works is also on view. Simon’s work is also on view at Almine Rech’s Paris gallery, from February 21 to March 14, 2015.
To mark the twentieth anniversary of the death of Alighiero e Boetti, Christian Stein is hosting one part of a dual-venue retrospective, organized in conjunction with the Fondazione Alighiero e Boetti. In 1967 and 1968, Stein’s gallery (then based in Turin) organized Boetti’s first solo exhibitions and works from these historic shows are now reunited at the gallery’s current Milan location. Meanwhile, monumental works are presented vast Expo Milan 2015 area in Pero. In total approximately sixty works by the late Italian artist are on view.
Alighiero e Boetti Tra sé e sé, abbracciare il Mondo
Andrea Bowers’s first exhibition with Kaufmann Repetto builds on a body of work about migrants’ rights, which the artist began in 2007. An activist herself, Bowers juxtaposes archival materials related to the Chicano Brown Beret movement from the late 1960s to the early ’70s with recent political posters, fliers, and photographs of marches in and around Los Angeles from the past five years.
Andrea Bowers Self-determination
For her first show in Milan, Berlin-based artist Jorinde Voigt ventures into the world of fashion with a collaboration with Danish designer Mads Dinesen. The resulting “wearable pictures” are shown in conjunction with Voigt’s latest pastel, pen, and ink drawings.
Jorinde Voigt Salt, Sugar, Sex