Nari Ward: Smart Tree
Inspired by a building adjacent to the High Line that had been transformed into an indoor parking lot, Nari Ward reconfigures a memory from his childhood for his High Line Commission, Smart Tree. Returning to his father’s home in Jamaica after fifteen years away, Ward remembers finding one of two abandoned cars in the front yard sprouting a lime tree. He reimagines this fantastical story for the High Line in the form of a Smart car refinished with strips of tire treads and propped up on cinder blocks. In place of a lime tree, Smart Tree will feature an apple tree growing out of its roof, adapted out of necessity for its North American context. With the car’s cinderblock base representing stasis, and its coating of tire treads suggesting perpetual movement, Ward’s Smart Tree holds up a mirror to the flux surrounding the High Line itself and reminds viewers of the High Line’s history as a major transportation artery in Manhattan.
Jennifer Steinkamp: Botanic
Times Square Arts brings Jennifer Steinkamp’s brief film Botanic to Times Square’s electronic billboards from 11:57pm to midnight every night in May. This project is a part of Midnight Moment, a monthly presentation by The Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) and Times Square Arts.
Botanic is an animation consisting of flowering condolence plants floating inside a cubic framework. The flowers are blown by an unseen force, causing the plants to collide with each other and the edges of the frame. With each collision, they break apart into a collection of seeds, twigs, leaves and petals. The animations loop forward and back, transitioning between breaking apart and coming back together. By placing the animations on multiple screens in Times Square, the container of the video expands to the space of the city, where the imagery of nature contrasts against the man-made architecture.
Tony Oursler: Imponderable
From June 16, 2016-January 8, 2017 the Museum of Modern Art, New York, will screen Tony Oursler’s film Imponderable—an alternative depiction of modernism that reveals the intersection of technological advancements and occult phenomena over the last two centuries. Presented in a “5-D” cinematic environment utilizing a contemporary form of Pepper’s ghost—a 19th-century phantasmagoric device—and a range of sensory effects, Imponderable is an immersive feature-length film inspired by Oursler’s own archive of ephemera relating to stage magic, spirit photography, pseudoscience, telekinesis, and other manifestations of the paranormal. Imponderable will be shown in conjunction with selections from Oursler’s archive relating to the film.
Kader Attia: Sacrifice and Harmony
Museum Für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
For the exhibition at the Museum Für Moderne Kunst, Kader Attia is developing a new group of works that carry his concept of reappropriation and repair forward. Attia regards the presentation of his works in the museum as a decisive step in the development of his art as an instrument capable of dissolving stereotypes and thought patterns. Sacrifice and Harmony will be on view from April 16-August 14, 2016.
Liu Wei: Panorama
Entitled Panorama, this exhibition provides a comprehensive overview of Liu’s nearly twenty-year career, from the controversial early works to his most recent work site-specifically installed in PLATEAU’s Glass Pavilion. The panorama, signifying the all-encompassing and complete landscape, implies a contradiction that reflects the impossible human desire to visually control and experience everything at once. The fragments that construe Liu’s works inherently hint at the impossibility yet precisely reflect such desire. Through August 14.
But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Lehmann Maupin is pleased to share that Kader Attia's Untitled (Gharadïa), 2009 is included in the Guggenheim's current exhibition, But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa.
But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise, the third exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative illuminates contemporary artistic practices in the Middle East and North Africa and the region’s diaspora. Presenting a selection of newly acquired works for the Guggenheim’s permanent collection, this exhibition will feature installations, photographs, sculptures, videos, and works on paper from a broad selection of artists. The exhibition is curated by Sara Raza, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Middle East and North Africa.
Following its presentation in New York, But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise will travel to Istanbul’s Pera Museum in 2017.
Do Ho Suh
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
This solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego by artist Do Ho Suh features work ranging from large-scale architectural installations and sculptures, to works on paper and video. Operating within a distinctly twenty-first century global mode, Suh crafts evocative works that reflect ideas of home, identity, and personal space. March 18-July 4, 2016.
Robin Rhode: The Moon is Asleep
From February 16-May 22, 2016, The SCAD Museum of Art will present The Moon is Asleep, an exhibition by Robin Rhode, who engages the wall as both an edifice of the hallowed spaces of the museum and as a symbolic boundary or border. Through actions and mark-making, the artist transcends the wall as mere surface or backdrop by way of performative inscriptions and drawing, embedding commentary that engages art history, popular culture and sociopolitical concerns. Rhode’s practice is centrally concerned with the act of drawing, as both a permanent and an impermanent gesture.
Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities
As the Aspen Art Museum’s 2015–2016 Gabriela and Ramiro Garza Distinguished Artist in Residence, New York–based artist Mickalene Thomas has developed a new body of work in the medium of film and video. The AAM’s exhibition Mentors, Muses and Celebrities recasts and reconfigures notions of beauty, gender, race, and representation. Thomas uses the copy-and-paste sensibility of her paintings and collages to edit portraits of women together, creating a larger narrative of what it means to be a woman in the world today. March 10-June 12, 2016.
Nari Ward: Sun Splashed
From June 22-August 24, The Barnes Foundation will present Sun Splashed, a mid-career survey of the found-object assemblage art of Nari Ward (b. 1963 in St. Andrew Parish, Jamaica; lives and works in New York). Animated by flânerie—the idle, detached observation of street life that 19th-century writers and artists associated with the rise of modern cities—and making reference to African tribal art, Ward’s oeuvre resonates with the Barnes collection and speaks with penetrating insight and imagination to a broad range of subjects, including black history and culture, the dynamics of power and politics, and Caribbean diaspora identity.
Nari Ward: Sun Splashed is organized by Pérez Art Museum Miami Associate Curator Diana Nawi.
Do Ho Suh: Passage
From February 12-September 11, 2016, the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, will present a number of Suh’s iconic installations in this exhibition, highlighting these hallucinatory structures as metaphors for the struggle of all peoples to reformulate historical notions of settlement. Suh’s work is intensely responsive to site, and in Passage he will propose a groundbreaking dialog with the now iconic architecture of Zaha Hadid – spoken through the movement of bodies through space. The CAC will also produce the first catalog on the artist to be conceptualized in the U.S.
Nicholas Hlobo: Imilonji Yembali (Melodies of History)
From February 12-May 16, 2016, Museum Beelden aan Zee will present Nicholas Hlobo’s first solo exhibition in the Netherlands, following exhibitions in Tate Modern in London and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Oslo. This exhibition will run concurrently with the artist's first solo show at Lehmann Maupin, 201 Chrystie Street, New York, opening February 24.
Lee Bul is included in the 20th Biennale of Sydney: The Future Is Already Here—It’s Just Not Evenly Distributed curated by Stephanie Rosenthal, on view from March 18 - June 5. The artist presents a new installation, Willing To Be Vulnerable, 2015-16, which expands the entirety of Turbine Hall, the largest structure on Cockatoo Island. Using various materials, Lee Bul constructs a circus like landscape that echoes the industrial architecture of Turbine Hall.
Lehmann Maupin is pleased to share that works by Liu Wei are included in What About Art? Contemporary Art from China at Qatar Museums. The exhibition will open at Qatar Museums’ 3,500-square-meter Gallery Al Riwaq on March 14, 2016 featuring works by 15 living artists and artist collectives born in Mainland China.
Erwin Wurm was invited to join the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Programme in 1987. His residence in the city coincided with a period of redefinition in his work. Since the late 1980s he has been exploring the boundaries between sculpture, object and performance.
A key exhibit is the Narrow House, a faithful reconstruction of his parents’ home in every detail, except that the artist has compressed it into a depth of just over a metre. By walking around the house, visitors literally experience the constrictions of provincial life. This work is accompanied by several One Minute Sculptures: instructions invite visitors to adopt unusual poses with the help of everyday objects, turning themselves briefly into a living sculpture. The third section of this exhibition, a comprehensive display of drawings by Erwin Wurm, is in itself a première.
Erwin Wurm: Ende
Since the 1970s, both Leopold Kogler and Erwin Wurm have been linked by their studies under Bazon Brock and Oswald Oberhuber at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna. While Kogler’s artistic beginnings were in the field of “art without the artist” as well as in (almost Dadaist) object art, Wurm was mainly interested in “new, young, and wild” painting in the field of tension between the object and the picture. While Kogler found his was to painting in the course of the 1980s and is currently dedicated to the production of meticulously made prints, Wurm’s dust sculptures radicalized the sculptural form. In his subsequent works, the same questions of object, space, volumes and picture are still virulently present, whether in his photographical, performative, One Minute Sculptures,” his Fat Cars, or in his deformative, minimalistic architectures and everyday objects with which he became famous.
Catherine Opie: Portraits
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Catherine Opie’s work draws as much from Renaissance painting as from the traditions of street photography, and her most recent body of work most directly engages with old master portraiture. Drawn from her own circle of creative friends—visual artists, fashion designers, and writers—her sitters emerge from the darkness as if lit from within by their intellectual potency. The Hammer Museum will present 12 portraits from this recent series alongside a new abstract landscape. On view from January 30-May 22, 2016.
Klara Kristalova, Catherine Opie & Mickalene Thomas
From December 2, 2015, through May 28, 2016, the Rubell Family Collection, Miami will present No Man's Land: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection. This exhibition will focus on and celebrate work made by more than a hundred female artists of different generations, cultures and disciplines. These artists will be represented by paintings, photographs, sculptures and video installations that will entirely occupy the Foundation’s 28-gallery, 45,000-square-foot museum. All of the artworks in the exhibition are from the Rubells’ permanent collection.
Teresita Fernández has been commissioned for a site-specific installation for Grace Farms', SANAA-designed bulding in New Canaan, CT, titled Double Glass River, which will be unveiled to the public at its opening benefit concert on October 9, 2015. Grace Farms will host a community day on October 10. For more information, click the link below.
Named 2015 United States Artist Fellow
Lehmann Maupin congratulates Mickalene Thomas on winning a 2015 United States Artists fellowship award!
La grande sortie
Alex Prager's most recent film La grande sortie premiered on September 15 as a part of the Paris Opera Ballet's new digital initiative 3e Scène (3rd Stage). The project invites visual artists, filmmakers, composers, photographers, choreographers and writers to create original works relating to and inspired by the Paris Opera Ballet. Click through to watch the full video.