Walter Pfeiffer’s Scrapbooks from 1969 to 1982 are a very unique Wunderkammer (cabinet of curiosities). Pfeiffer’s Polaroids and photographs alternate with miscellaneous objects – newspaper clippings, postcards, packaging, tickets – and brief punning notes. Pfeiffer assembles all of this into a large collage full of surprising references and comparisons that is both a visual diary and creative foundation of his artistic work. In his scrap books, Pfeiffer’s keen view of Eros, Zeitgeist and popular culture, his disrespectful humor as well as his appreciation for the poetry in the mundane and banal, are sharply revealed. They offer a view into Pfeiffer’s meandering and playful universe and are a contemporary document that captures the Zeitgeist of the 1970s and 1980s with ephemeral elegance. Walter Pfeiffer’s Scrapbooks 1969-1985 is available now on Motto Books.
Yayoi Kusama’s Flower that Bloom Tomorrow at Frieze London 2012 in the Sculpture Park on view until October 14. photograph by Linda Nylind
Peter Liversidge’s Everything is Connected at Frieze London 2012 in the Sculpture Park on view until October 14. photograph by Linda Nylind
Artist and skateboarder Stephen McClintock in NYC, his show Happiness is Expensive is currently on view at Inkwell Gallery until October 29, 40 W. 23rd Street. photograph by Jennifer Mulhare
James Fuentes gallery presents an exhibition of photographs by Jonas Mekas. Images out of Darkness recounts the years that Jonas Mekas and his brother Adolfas lived in Wiesbaden, Germany , in a displa ced persons camp. In 1944, a rrested by the Nazi’s a s they fled Lithuania, the brothers were placed in a forced labor camp where they worked in a machine factory.The brothers escaped and were detained near the Danish border where they hid on a farm for two months until the end of the war. After the war, they lived in displaced persons camps first in Wiesbaden and then in Kassel/Mattenberg. Between 1946-48 Mekas studied philosophy at the University of Mainz, the brothers immigrated to New York City in 1949 with assistance from the UN. Two weeks a fter his arrival in New York Jonas borrowed money to buy his first Bolex camera and began to record brief moments of his life. Mekas is considered a pioneer of diaristic cinema and a “god father to American avant-garde cinemat, his commitment to life as subject continues to this day and he has had exhibitions in major cultural institutions across the world. Images out of Darkness marks Jonas Mekas’ first visual essay. Jonas Mekas: Images Out Of Darkness, Images of A Displaced Person, Post War Germany 1945 to 1949 will be on view until October 28 at James Fuente Gallery, 55 Delancey Street, New York
As part of the High Line’s continued monthly installations of artist’s works on their billboard on West 18th and 10th Ave, this time they present conceptual artist Thomas Bayrle’s American Dream, taken from a 1970 drawing by the artist, the image depicts a classic Chrysler sedan, generated through hundreds of warped stars featuring the car company’s iconic logo. On view until October 31, 2012.
Incorporating film, literature, data visualizations and sound design, artist Douglas Aitken’s Altered Earth invites the user to piece together fragments of the landscape of the region of Camargue France. The site-specific work has been developed into an application for the iPad by Meri Media.The films themselves, of which there are seven, are devoid of narrative or plot, showing Carmague’s salt pans, wild horses, and decaying architecture. The LUMA Foundation, which commissioned the work, calls it “a work of land art for the electronic era.” Altered Earth will be on view this month projected on the walls of an old train station in Arles, France.
Jeff Koons has had a busy summer. A troika of career-reaffirming exhibitions have just been taking place throughout Europe : the Fondation Beyeler in Basel has produced a retrospective of his works centered around three principal groups of works (“New,” “Banality,” and “Celebration”); the Schirn Kunsthalle and the Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung, both in Frankfurt, have been focusing on the two major arteries of Koons’ artistic production : his painting, and his sculpture, exhibited simultaneously, but in two separate Frankfurt venues. Now, another impressive exhibition of Jeff Koons’ art is about to open: at Almine Rech Gallery in Brussels. This is an event for many reasons: this is the first Koons exhibition in Brussels since 1992, when Made in Heaven was revealed to the Belgian public. More importantly, the present exhibition crowns this summer’s harvest : it concludes, recaps, but also expands again, on this extraordinarily rich and fecund season of exhibitions of Koons’ oeuvre. Jeff Koons : Humankind Before All will be on view from October 10 to November 17, 2012 at Almine Rech Gallery, 20 Rue De L’Abbaye Abdijstraat, Brussels
This highly personal exhibition by one of Britain’s most influential artists traces an intriguing path leading to his unfinished and unseen final work, Le Chef-d’oeuvre inconnu – a painting in three parts.Up until his death at 89, Richard Hamilton (1922-2011) was planning this major exhibition of recent works conceived specifically for the National Gallery and including work never before seen by the public. The exhibition as a whole encapsulates many of the significant directions Hamilton’s art had taken over recent decades, when his international reputation soared. Richard Hamilton: The Late Works is on view from October 10 to January 13, 2013 a The National Gallery,Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN
British sculptor Thomas Houseago’s exhibition The Mess I’m Looking For, part of a trilogy of exhibitions on view at Hauser & Wirth is currently on view in Switzerland. photograph by Hedi Slimane at Houseago’s studio in Los Angeles