Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan (b.1960) is known as the art world’s agent provocateur, using what seem to be stunts to address universal themes around the nature of dogma, power and death. A new solo display, currently on view at Whitechapel Gallery in London, includes one of his earliest works – a miniature family kitchen featuring a squirrel that has committed suicide. Bidibidobidiboo (1996), after the fairy godmother’s song in Disney’s Cinderella, encapsulates Cattelan’s acerbic wit and his melancholic worldview. This exhibition is a part of a series of exhibitions presenting the Collection Sandretto Re Rebaudengo from Turin. The exhibition opened yesterday and is on view until December 2, 2012, at Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London.
Anyone care to see a panther’s semen on a pair of sandals? Andreas Slominski’s Sperm comprises the semen of humans and animals splashed on the walls and floors of Metro Pictures gallery in New York. The theme of the exhibition is that of touch, specifically the moment sperm fuses with the ovum and fertilization occurs. As the foundation of existence, Slominski identifies touch as one of the most important forces in our world. “Sperm” represents both a shift in focus and continuation of Slominski’s engagement with this notion of the instant of contact, which has been a key element in the traps that have been a signature aspect of his work for more than 25 years. The elaborate and often hidden processes that go into Slominski’s exhibitions and works have long been the poetic and brutal crux of his practice. Sperm is on view until October 27, 2012 at Metro Pictures Gallery, 519 West 24th Street
Documenta is a contemporary art exhibition that happens every 5 years for 100 days in the decidedly uncool town of Kassel, Germany. Armed with a map, a new friend and a bicycle, I set off on a tour of museums, galleries, train stations, bakeries, hospitals, libraries, planetariums, back alleys, parks, public squares, contentious religious sites, campy hotels, department store windows and nondescript, unmarked sheds to engage with art of nearly every conceivable medium. There are hundreds of artists who participate under the curatorial purview of Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, the past head curator for P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art in Turin. [SEE MORE...]
The Museum of Vancouver is pleased to present the first time solo exhibition of internationally acclaimed Vancouver-born artist Tobias Wong who committed suicide in 2010 at the age of 30. Wong’s work defied categorization, as he engaged with a range of art processes from installations, performances, and furniture making to product and fashion design. He was cheeky, playful, witty, and clever. He appropriated, manipulated, manufactured, mass-produced, and re-issued objects, pouring new meanings into them. Like many pioneers, his art both seduced and upset. Object(ing): The Art/Design of Tobias Wong opened yesterday and is on view until February 24, 2013 at The Museum of Vancouver.
“Divination is a noble ambition, an infinite nostalgia. The power of predictions, be they good or bad, is the same as the power of memories, be they faded or vivid. Clairvoyants promise a blue sky, several times a day, to anyone. But we all know that the blue sky upon us may well fall.” It is this presage esthetics that pervades Marc Molk’s first solo show in Paris.The artist, whose lives are many, goes for the neglected art of allegory in a spiritualist register, where melancholia has put on golden clothes, ball garments. His mixed technique explores various states of pictorial matter, from large nuanced colourwashes to thick highlights. Often, he puts on a certain degree of naivety to tackle disenchantedly sentimental subject matters. Marc Molk: The Blue Sky Upon Us May Well Fall Apart is on view from September 27 to November 3, 2012 at Da End Gallery, 17 rue Guénégaud, 75006 Paris.
The Hole gallery presents the first New York solo show by LA based artist Eric Yahnker. For the past two years Yahnker has been preparing his massive drawings and sculptures for this exhibition, and it represents the culmination of his recent explorations. The works in this show range from meticulous, two-foot colored pencil and graphite drawings to towering ten-foot works on paper; from tiny sculptural interventions to massive three dimensional arrangements. The pieces en masse form a lyrical and disturbing poem – which takes the title Virgin Birth ‘N’ Turf – about the state of the union and our contemporary American moment. Virgin Birth ‘N’ Turf is on view until October 6 at The Hole Gallery, 312 Bowery, New York
Street artist RETNA at Michael Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles where his exhibition of new works is currently on view until October 27, 2012.
Michael Kohn Gallery presents an exhibition of new paintings, works on paper and site-specific installations from artist Retna. Born and bred in Los Angeles, Retna has come to art world attention from his critically acclaimed participation in Art in the Streets, organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Retna has a particular interest in the visual writings of ancient cultures, from Arabic and Persian to Hebrew and Native American. Both hieroglyphics and the graceful tradition of ink calligraphy inform his paintbrush while the angles and curves of his improvised alphabet echo the architecture of a mosque or Asian temple. Retna was invited into the gallery to transform both the interior and exterior spaces with his complex system of multi-layered lettering in an installation of murals and paintings like the above customized Rolls Royce. RETNA: New Paintings and Works on Paper will be on view until October 27, 2012 at Michael Kohn Gallery, 8071 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles.
The brilliant artist and graphic designer Matthew Henri of Free Gold Watch holding up an amazing new t-shirt print. photograph by Oliver Maxwell Kupper