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.
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.
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.
Erwin Wurm: One Minute Sculptures
MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House
Austrian artist Erwin Wurm’s One Minute Sculptures have influenced a generation of U.S. sculptors, though this body of work has never been shown at a major institution in Los Angeles. In production since 1997, these inclusive and interactive works act simultaneously as off-the-cuff quips and radical reconsiderations of the major questions key to both sculpture and art viewing: how figures relate to their ground, how one inhabits space, and how simple acts of re-framing can alter perceptions. The exhibition will be on view from January 27-March 27, 2016.
Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête
From January 28-March 17, 2016, Aperture Foundation, New York will present an exhibition of photographs by Mickalene Thomas. The exhibition will include elements from each area of Thomas’s photographic practice, and will emphasize the artist’s different uses of photographic materials, scale, and textures—including video, large-scale C-prints, and smaller clusters of collages, C-prints, and Polaroids. An installation that replicates a corner of her studio, frequently used as the set for her photographs, will be part of the exhibition launch and Aperture Gallery and is optional for future venues.
Opening Reception: January 27, 7-8PM
Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road
MOCA Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles
MOCA Pacific Design Center presents new and recent work by Catherine Opie, an essential figure in contemporary photography. Taken over the course of six months at the Bel-Air, California, residence of the late actress Elizabeth Taylor, the exhibition’s photographs are drawn from two series: Closets and Jewels, and 700 Nimes Road. Inspired by William Eggleston’s images of Elvis Presley’s Memphis estate, Graceland, Opie creates a portrait of Taylor from her personal space and mementos. The artist photographs rooms, closets, shoes, clothing, and jewelry that depict an indirect, yet deeply intimate, portrait of a life defined by wealth and fame. In the artist’s words, the project is not about the relationship to celebrity but about “the relationship to what is human.”
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.
Gilbert & George: The Art Exhibition
From November 28, 2015-March 28, 2016, the Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania will present Gilbert & George's first Australasian retrospective and will showcase ninety-seven of the artist's pictures from 1970-2014.
Named 2015 United States Artist Fellow
Lehmann Maupin congratulates Mickalene Thomas on winning a 2015 United States Artists fellowship award!
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.
In order to present the exhibition’s scope and diversity the Foundation will rotate artworks on view throughout the course of the exhibition, presenting different artists at different times. Photographs by Catherine Opie are currently on view. Works by Klara Kristalova and Mickalene Thomas will be rotated into the exhibition in March 2016. All of the artworks in the exhibition are from the Rubells’ permanent collection.
Nari Ward: Sun Splashed
On November 19, Pérez Art Museum Miami will present Sun Splashed, the largest exhibition of Nari Ward’s found object sculptures and groundbreaking installations to date. This mid-career survey, featuring work from the 1990s to today, will also showcase lesser-known aspects of his practice such as photography, video, and collage.
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.
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.