Lee Bul wins the Noon Award
2014 Gwangju Biennale
Lehmann Maupin congratulates Lee Bul on winning the Noon Award at the 2014 Gwangju Biennale. The award is given to an established artist who has produced the most experimental and creative work that embodies the theme of this year's biennale.
The Noon Award panel of judges includes Hong-Hee Kim, Okwui Enwezor, Jean de Loisy, Bartomeu Mari, and Wong Shun-Kit. The tenth edition of the Gwangju Biennale is curated by Jessica Morgan, the Daskalopoulos Curator, International Art at Tate Modern.
Nari Ward: Rooted Communities
Nari Ward's exhibition Rooted Communities at the Louisiana State University Museum of Art has been extended through January 18, 2015.
Rooted Communities coincides with Ward's residency as LSU College of Art + Design's prestigious Nadine Carter Russell Chair and features a group of the artist’s sculptures, works on paper, and mixed-media installations. Ward's powerful yet delicate works articulate multi-layered issues that affect all communities—economics, poverty, race, culture, and how these factors shape a society. Using discarded objects he collects from his local environment, Ward's work gives a presence and new life to these unwanted or forgotten items, the underlying meaning changing within the context of its presentation.The exhibition includes twenty-five of Ward's works spanning the past decade, as well as a new work created during Ward’s residency at LSU.
Kader Attia: Continuum of Repair: The Light of Jacobs Ladder
Kader Attia’s new work of art is inspired by the religious story of Jacob’s vision of angels ascending to heaven, as well as by the space itself which is steeped in history as a former library.
Inside his extraordinary library made specially for the Whitechapel Gallery lies a warmly lit cabinet of curiosities above which a vast mirror reflects a beam of light, transforming it into rungs of a ladder to infinity. A series of marble busts of wounded soldiers from World War I and repaired North African wooden learning boards (ketab) observe this towering structure of bookshelves filled with centuries of accumulated human knowledge.
Collages, sculptures, wall drawings and multi-media installations reflect on processes of repair, which the artist sees as an underlying principle of development in culture as in nature.
Teresita Fernández: As Above So Below
Teresita Fernández’s largest solo exhibition to date, As Above So Below, opening this weekend at MASS MoCA, combines graphite and gold to create a series of immersive, interconnected installations whose scale shifts from intimate to vast, from miniature to panoramic.
Describing a universe in balance, the phrase “as above, so below” originates from the ancient Hermetic tradition central to alchemy, in which every action occurring on one level of reality (physical, emotional, or mental) correlates to every other. The exhibition demonstrates the artist’s remarkable ability to transform materials and their surrounding architecture into an enveloping perceptual experience.
Teresita Fernández will give a lecture on Thursday, November 20, 2014 in conjunction with her exhibition As Above So Below. The show combines graphite and gold to create a series of immersive, interconnected installations whose scale shifts from intimate to vast, from miniature to panoramic.
Liu Wei: Sensory Spaces 4
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Sensory Spaces is a series of commissioned solo projects in which artists are invited to respond to the architectural qualities of the space, emphasizing notions of transformation and surprise. The work of artist Liu Wei deals with China’s rapid modernization and urban growth. Addressing the power structures and dynamism of urban society, he uses the physical materials from which the city is built, placing enlarged elements that are both building blocks and sculptures in the exhibition space. They refer to construction, decay, possibilities, and utopias. Their scale and materiality also enter into a dialogue with the museum’s concrete architecture. Liu Wei is the fourth artist invited to participate in the museum’s Sensory Spaces exhibition series. The exhibition opens June 14 and runs through September 28, 2014.
Gilbert & George: Art Exhibition
Nouveau Musée National de Monaco -Villa Paloma, Monaco
Nouveau Musée National de Monaco (NMNM) presents a major exhibition of the art of Gilbert & George, running from June 14-November 2, 2014. Forty-six historical and recent pictures tracing more than 40 years of creation will be shown in a presentation designed by the artists on the three floors of Villa Paloma. This unique exhibition comprises pictures from a single private collection of a family based in Monaco. The works fall into a theme repeatedly addressed by the NMNM, that of a “built” landscape, subject of analysis and interpretation for a society that constantly changes. Through this selection, each viewer will see how the art of Gilbert & George comprises both a world of its own – intense, frightening, lonely, loving, abject, joyous, struggling, defiant, crazed, still, contemplative, vertiginous, desiring, modern – and a view of the past, present, and future world.
Juergen Teller: Macho
The first solo show of Juergen Teller, one of the most celebrated photographers of his generation, in Athens.
Under the ironic title MACHO, Teller, a photographer whose practice makes the debate about the boundaries between art and fashion obsolete, will be showing for the first time in Greece a highly introspective body of work.
Mickalene Thomas: Happy Birthday to a Beautiful Woman
George Eastman House
Mickalene Thomas: Happy Birthday to a Beautiful Woman demonstrates the artist’s ongoing engagement with portraiture as a key to personal and cultural identity.
A major feature of the exhibition is the film Happy Birthday to a Beautiful Woman, a documentary portrait of the artist’s mother, who has served as her muse for the past decade. Interspersed with excerpts from a conversation between the artist and her mother—former fashion model Sandra Bush—are archival film clips, snapshots, and scenes of her mother in her hospital bed as she suffers the effects of the kidney disease that took her life shortly after the film was completed. The film will be presented within a room-sized installation designed by the artist to evoke a 1970s living room, complete with period furnishings and wall coverings.
Kader Attia: Injury Continuum
Three times a year, Artpace invites a guest curator to choose three artists to live and create art in San Antonio for two months. Each residency cycle includes one international, one national, and one Texas-based artist. The artworks created are exhibited for two months at Artpace.
Attia's Injury Continuum aims to reveal the injuries of human history from tradition to modernity.
Sculpture 21st: Erwin Wurm
Erwin Wurm will present the latest works from his “Abstract Sculptures” series. His most recent group of works displays Wurm’s well-known sense of humour: Wurm’s sculptures make us smile even as they deliver subversive commentaries on the consumer society and contemporary sculpture. At the same time, Wurm re-interprets the aesthetic principle of abstraction, the hallmark of the modern age, by creating sculptures that are both abstract and representational. For more than three decades, Erwin Wurm has worked to expand the idea of sculpture.
Ikon Gallery will present Lee Bul's first solo exhibition in the United Kingdom from September 10 through November 9, 2014. The survey of early drawings, studies, sculptural pieces, and visionary installations—including a new commission made for this exhibition—showcases the visually stunning and intellectually sophisticated works that have established Lee Bul as one of the most influential artists of her generation.
Do Ho Suh
The Contemporary Austin
Architectural settings and abstracted figures inspired by the artist’s biography serve as the central tenets of Do Ho Suh’s practice, highlighting the porous boundary between public and private space as well as notions of global identity, space, nomadism, memory, and displacement.
For The Contemporary Austin, the artist renders a multipart installation for the Jones Center and Laguna Gloria exploring these themes, combining existing work with newly commissioned aspects and including architectural structures, documentary films, and drawings and related models.
Jennifer Steinkamp: Judy Crook, 4
Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland
Judy Crook, 4 (2014) will be installed in MOCA Cleveland’s Gund Commons, an open-access space for the public. The limbs of the tree are laden with colorful, shimmering blossoms which repeatedly flower and mature; then fall as the leaves grow lush and green, and the cycle continues. An illusion of depth is created as the branches seem to stretch into the museum; transporting the viewer and creating a meditative experience.
Live On: Mr.'s Japanese Neo-Pop
Seattle Art Museum
The devastating disaster of the March 11, 2011 tsunami and the nuclear accident afterwards were both a shock and inspiration for Japanese Neo-Pop artist Mr. In response, he composed a massive installation made of hundreds of everyday objects from Japanese life. It’s the central work in this exhibition, presented here with a series of new paintings and other work. A reminder of the debris that blanketed the Tohoku area in the aftermath of 3.11 tsunami and earthquake, the installation embodies the post-disaster fear and frustration of the Japanese people since the catastrophic events.
Live On, which is organized by SAM, presents Mr.’s art of the past 15 years and is his first solo exhibition in a U.S. museum.
©2012 Mr./Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
Kader Attia joins Lehmann Maupin
Lehmann Maupin is pleased to announce that Kader Attia, the Berlin-based, multi-disciplinary artist has joined the gallery. The artist will present his debut solo exhibition with Lehmann Maupin at both gallery locations in New York this November.
Mickalene Thomas: Femme au divan II
For Mickalene Thomas’s exhibition Femme au divan II at the Pavillon Bosio at the École Supérieure d’Arts Plastiques in Monaco, the artist will present a collection of paintings, a series of photographs, and a new video. With her unbounded experimentation and vivid imagination, Thomas evolves splendid images of black women through an astounding array of artistic and material forms, as well as through the lens of myriad art historical, cultural, and social references.
Tracey Emin honored with RNLI's Innovation Award
British artist Tracey Emin will be honored with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution's Innovation Award on Thursday at London's Barbican Centre.
The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea, providing 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service around the UK and Ireland, and a seasonal lifeguard service.
Emin was approached by James Stephenson, who swam the English Channel in 2013 for the RNLI, to create a painting to raise money for the lifeboat charity. Using her childhood memories of growing up by the sea in Margate, the artist created an original painting of a lifeboat preparing to launch, which sold for £30,000. In addition to the painting, she sold 250 prints for £350 each, raising over £100,000 in total.
Tim Rollins and K.O.S.: RIVERS
Lehmann Maupin is pleased to announce RIVERS, an exhibition of collaborative paintings by the Bronx, New York-based artists Tim Rollins and K.O.S. (Kids of Survival) at the SCAD Museum of Art opening February 1, 2014. Founded by Rollins more than 30 years ago, the K.O.S. group has created paintings inspired by classic works of literature and music that can be found in the permanent collections of more than 95 museums worldwide.
In RIVERS, Tim Rollins and K.O.S. will exhibit paintings inspired by historic and literary narratives of the South including the speeches of Martin Luther King Jr.; Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl; Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; and W.E.B. Du Bois' Darkwater, among others.
Additionally, a new work was made with junior high school students at the Esther F. Garrison School of Visual and Performing Arts in Savannah, Georgia, based on Duke Ellington’s ballet score for The River. From the Bronx River to the Savannah River, Rollins and K.O.S. showcase the transcendence of these themes and their impact on the cultural fabric of the United States and beyond.
The newly inaugurated headquarters for the United States Coast Guard in Washington, D.C. includes a large-scale installation by Teresita Fernández. Basing the work’s concept on a navigational start chart, Fernández sought to create a work that would express the Coast Guard’s mission and identity while responding to the architectural conditions of the space. The artist was particularly intrigued by the idea of the night sky as a surface that we have always looked to for orientation and information, and how this relates to the history of maritime navigation. The work takes advantage of the abundant light in the space and will look subtly different throughout the day and year in response to the ever-changing conditions. To view a time-lapse video of the installation, please click here.