Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Orbitecture II - Focal Point Gallery - Southend On Sea

through June 12th 2011

‘Orbitecture II’, curated by Cedar Lewisohn and Focal Point Gallery, examines current trends in contemporary art through the work of artists who deal with important social issues. The exhibition concentrates on ecological, political and ethical matters, which are often seen through the idealistic perspective of youth. Featuring painting, sculpture, film and music, the project looks at alternative ways of living outside of the mainstream and asks if rebellion is still possible.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Annie Fehrenbacher - It's Your Favorite Foreign Movie - Standpoint Gallery - London

through June 12th 2011

Fehrenbacher’s parents were antique dealers and collectors: her father a collector and dealer of Native American artifacts. Growing up in a home filled with collectibles and objects whose histories she latently took on as her own, Fehrenbacher retains a fascination with identities heralded in ideas of presentation, display and the sacrosanct.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Josephine Pryde - Embryos and Estate Agents: L'Art de Vivre - Chisenhale Galery - London

27 May - 10 July 2011

The exhibition contains a set of colour Giclée prints and a set of photographic prints, all framed to the same width. One set depicts three teenage girls who were asked by Pryde to pose for the camera as if they thought they might be pregnant. The models are shot in a dead-pan style reminiscent of stock photography, picturing stereotypical expressions or narrative scenes for generic commercial use. The other series, entitled ‘It’s Not My Body’, features photography of desert-like landscapes collaged with low resolution MRI scans of a human fetus and its mother. These photographs combine macro lens photography with contemporary medical imaging techniques and have been retouched using Photoshop.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Young London - V22 Collection - London

1st June - 30 July 2011

Friday, May 27, 2011

Kutlug Ataman - Beggars - Thomas Dane Gallery - London

through July 2nd 2011

In much of his work, Ataman uncovers stories of exceptional subjects – the socially excluded, the sexually eccentric, the criminal – and uses the medium of film to construct a meaningful social reality. Through his dedication to storytelling, he also challenges the assumptions of the documentary tradition – objectivity, truthfulness, transparency. Ataman joins documentary to fiction in a merging of testimony into screenplay – and indeed in this work two of the seven beggars may have even been actors, hired to perform.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Linder - Modern Art - London

26th of May - 25th of June 2011

Since the mid-1970s, Linder has explored the terrain of socially and culturally reinforced norms and expectations of gender identity, sexual commodification and represented desire. Linder’s early career was forged in the punk and post-punk scenes of Manchester in the 1970s, where her influence and involvement in these circles manifested itself broadly in music, performance, publishing and art making. Her position has consistently and uncompromisingly embraced radical feminist perspectives rethinking the cultural treatment of the female body in particular. In the collages, photomontages and performances Linder has made since this time, she sets about recasting and colliding the ideals of commercially and culturally rendered expectations of gender-specificity and identity.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Monday, May 23, 2011

Matthew Day Jackson - Everything Leads to Another - Hauser&Wirth - London

May 20th - July 30th 2011

In my work there is no past. History is a part of everything. Everything leads to another. As the sum of history moves out in 360 degrees from its center – which does not exist – it envelops the present. Perhaps you could say I am interested in moments of sublime beauty which carry their counterpart, otherwise known as terror, so closely that it is difficult to delineate one from the other. This has been the guide from the beginning. In my search for the edge, I meet heroes along the way and see myself reflected in the surfaces of the things I encounter'.


Sunday, May 22, 2011

Ryan Gander/Michael Marriott - Ernö Goldfinger v Groucho Marx - The Russian Club Gallery - London

through June 25th 2011

The Russian Club Gallery is pleased to present Ernö Goldfinger v Groucho Marx, an exhibition by artist Ryan Gander and furniture designer Michael Marriott.

Holding the sometimes-Brutalist architect and furniture designer Erno Goldfinger in high esteem, with both artists having referenced him in previous projects; he was part of the glue of Modern life that tied various streams of interest together for them both and is the anchor around which this exhibition has evolved.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Richard Tuttle - What´s the wind - The Pace Gallery - NYC

through July 22nd 2011

The exhibition will feature six recent free-standing sculptures measuring more than seven feet tall and seven feet wide. Each sculpture is based on an outer “space frame” and an inner assemblage of elements made from various materials. The intensely self-referential works are a synthesis of five decades of Tuttle’s work.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Louise Bourgeois - the return of the repressed - Fundación Proa - Buenos Aires

through June 19th 2011

Fundacion Proa presents for the first time in Latin America the greatest exhibit of work by Louise Bourgeois: the return of the repressed, from March 19th to June 19th, 2011. Bourgeois, one of the most well known artists of the 20th century, was born in Paris in 1911 and traveled and lived in the United States from 1938 until her final days in 2010.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Museum as Hub: The Incongruous Image — Marcel Broodthaers and Liliana Porter - New Museum - NYC

through July 3rd 2011

Reflecting upon the Museum as Hub as a space for experimentation and inquiry rather than a space of classic exhibition, this project stages an unusual dialogue between works by Marcel Broodthaers (b. 1924, Brussels, d. 1976, Cologne) and Liliana Porter (b. Buenos Aries, 1941) to highlight several points of common interest, or philosophical accords, that explore the politics of knowledge, pedagogy, and display. The title “The Incongruous Image” explores how Broodthaers and Porter each combine visual elements in ways that do not easily fit together. Both artists construct enigmatic and contradictory images, which often function as riddles or jokes, through directly challenging the viewer to discern, or even produce, their meanings.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

David Ratcliffe - Pictures and Ghosts - Team Gallery - NYC

From this point onward, Team Gallery will present two simultaneous exhibitions at two different SoHo locations. We are pleased to inaugurate our second space with a solo presentation by Los Angeles based painter David Ratcliff. The exhibition, entitled Portraits and Ghosts, will run from the 5th of May through the 11th of June 2011. Team’s second space is located at 47 Wooster Street, cross streets Grand and Broome, on the ground floor. Our 83 Grand Street space will concurrently house an exhibition by Berlin based artist Jakob Kolding.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Debo Eilers - In Your House. X - On Stellar Rays - NYC

through June 12th 2011

Eilers’ performances function as social factories for the production and dismemberment of artworks and subjectivities. Objects that begin life in the studio might be reprocessed within a situation. Props made for a performance might find their way back to the studio, where they are retooled for the gallery. Along the way, Eilers involves others in the process, either as collaborators, assistants, or audience participants. Artistic subjectivity is at times surrendered, though the communal feeling his work generates and embodies is never entirely free from a shaping aesthetic that is resolutely policed.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Rosa Barba - Carlier Gebauer - Berlin

through 4th june 2011

We are happy to announce the first solo exhibition of our artist Rosa Barba at carlier | gebauer, opening at the Berlin Gallery Weekend 2011. With her filmic works and sculptures, which she exhibited widely in major institutions for contemporary art in Europe, Rosa Barba (born 1972 in Agrigent/Italy) has fundamentally recontextualized the discourse of celluloid-formats in the visual arts today. In her manifold techniques Barba challenges her own medium, the 16 mm and 35 mm film, as a historic innovation of modernism – and demonstrates, that his epoch, as much as the medium itself, remained incomplete, open for aesthetic, narrative and technical potentialities. The artist turns the celluloid into a contemporary and living medium, into an artistic field in which past and present are retranslated into one another.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Mark Leckey - Serpentine Gallery - London

May 19th - 26th of June 2011

The Serpentine Gallery is delighted to present a new exhibition conceived by London-based artist Mark Leckey, his first solo show in a UK public institution. It will show major works from Leckey’s multi-disciplinary practice, which encompasses sculpture, sound, film and performance and addresses themes of human desire and transformation.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Joe Watling - Vanishing Point - Art First - London

through June 18th 2011

In his first solo show with the gallery Joe Watling looks to the space itself to provide the variables for realizing his work. LeWitt’s self referential examination of ‘what it is’ applies here, but a more apposite question might be ‘what has happened?’ – i.e. what has changed and what has not, which elements constitute artistic intervention and which remain in their original context.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Martin Creed - Paintings - Johnen Galerie - Berlin

through June 25th 2011

The works on view, as all other works by the artist who is well-versed in media as diverse as photography, sculpture, film, and music, range between plain and generally understandable structures, and happenstance. The ‘genius’ creator steps back by – at least theoretically – enabling everyone to make the work following his instructions which makes this work deeply democratic and leaves room for play, practice and selection. Some of the small canvases are densely packed with horizontal, intertwining brushstrokes, others show stair-like stacks of different strokes or zig zags of all shades of colors.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

The Confidence Man - groupshow - Tanya Leighton Gallery - Berlin

through June 25th 2011

Participating artists: David Adamo, Pavel Büchler, Nikolas Gambaroff, Aloïs Godinat, Bernhard Hegglin, Alex Hubbard, Tobias Madison and Kaspar Müller, Dan Rees, Pamela Rosenkranz, Fredrik Værslev

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Gabriel Kuri - carbon index compost - Esther Schipper - Berlin

through June 1st 2011

carbon index compost copy April 29 - June 01, 2011

Monday, May 9, 2011

John Bock - Ohr-Walachei - Galerie Klosterfelde - Berlin

through June 4th 2011

While FischGrätenMelkStand (2010), John Bock’s latest major exhibition project in Berlin for the Temporäre Kunsthalle, still offered an abundance of visual impressions, here, in contrast, there is nothing to see on first sight. Nothing is added to the gallery space. Only various elements of the rooms’ architectural structure such as window casements, doors and doorknobs, as well as a skirting board, seem to be set into motion just by themselves.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Helen Martin - Take A Stick and Make It Sharp - Johann Köning - Berlin

through June 4, 2011

There’s a medieval thriftiness to the idea that two sharpened sticks dragged over one another could make fire. That something as quiet and dumb as a small section of tree - via impulsive chop and sweat and luck – carries a potential blaze. But there is also a fiddling stupidity in the instruction, no manual or download to offer suggestion of how this blind alchemy could ever be as simple as a match. And there is also the question of what’s missing, of the glaze of actions before and after the taking and the sharpening. So in the title, the exhibition suggests a command, an optimism, but also the image of hapless engineer moving via ancient cartoon process.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Pretty Vacant - groupshow - Brooklyn - NYC

by appointment through May 14th 2011

What would happen if 80 artists worked independently in a shared space for 1 week and the only requirement was that each artist light their own work? Would the shell of a forsaken building provide a framework for a unified vision? Or would the crumbling walls, broken windows and scattered piles of left-over building-materials create a breeding-ground for disorder and fragmented ideas?


Friday, May 6, 2011

Cady Noland / Santiago Sierra - KOW Berlin

through July 29th 2011

In Cady Noland and Santiago Sierra, we are bringing two artists together who regard social violence not as a departure from social normality but as an expression of the normative form of rule and economic system we all implicitly support: capitalism and liberalism. That has not always made their art easily digestible to the public. In the 1980s, Noland provoked observers by denouncing the myth of the self-determination of US-Americans and their love of freedom as an imperialist gesture. Sierra was accused of criticizing the humiliating instruments of capitalist domination by merely mirroring them in his own artistic practice, effectively turning the victims of social violence into victims also of his art and inflicting a second humiliation on them. Yet we believe that both descriptions are overly simple. We hope to show that Sierra as well as Noland hit a deeper neuralgic spot of social conditioning: a moralistic mask concealing social repression.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Spartacus Chetwynd - The Odd Man Out - Sadie Coles HQ - London

May 5th - June 4th 2011

For her first show with Sadie Coles HQ, Spartacus Chetwynd presents Odd Man Out, a play that runs for five hours every Thursday and Saturday this May. The performance hopes to enliven bored Londoners. The five-hour performances revolve around ideas of democracy, the right to vote and the disincentives against engaging in politics. Giant photocopies work as barriers to divide the gallery into alternative routes, with voting booths at the start of the exhibition leading through to different performances. Be careful who you vote for in Odd Man Outas your vote has a literal effect on the outcome of your circumstance.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Meredyth Sparks - Striped Bare - VeneKlassen/Werner - Berlin

through June 2nd 2011

Meredyth Sparks' densely layered collage paintings are uncanny formalist inventions existing somewhere between figuration and abstraction. Her practice is resolutely formalist and informed by a dizzying array of sources within radical politics and music and the art historical avant-garde. Sparks' exhibition at VW - the artist's first solo exhibition in Berlin - presents an ambitious, entirely new body of work emphasizing her interests in Surrealism, popular music and the mundane decorative and functional elements of our domestic lives. Central to the exhibition are the artist's "extractions" - digitally printed paintings and compositions stitched together from photographs and patterned fabrics - which reconfigure pre-existing visual material to create a new image, a previously unknown visual space. Also on view are several new sculptures employing the concept of the ready-made as a source for abstract form.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Young British Artists - group show - Limoncello Gallery - London

through June 4th 2011

/This exhibition is a group show of 38 artists selected by the artist Ryan Gander.
// The young artists chosen for this exhibition are all exceptionally talented individuals, who are British or live in Britain.
/// All the works in this exhibition are black and white.
//// No other curatorial themes are intentionally related to this exhibition, any other meaning derived from it is purely circumstance or coincidence.
///// Forwards.

Monday, May 2, 2011

I know something about love - groupshow - Parasol Unit - London

through 22 May 2011

The current exhibiton at Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art is devoted to works by Yang Fudong, Shirin Neshat, Christodoulos Panayiotou and Yinka Shonibare MBE. Each of these artists explores the theme of love in different times and cultures through the spectrum of their personal experience, observation and commentary. The exhibition title takes its cue from a 1960s song written by Bert Berns and performed by The Exciters, in which there is the recurring lyric, ‘I know something about love’.

Sunday, May 1, 2011