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
Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld hosts a one night only selling exhibition in collaboration with Sotheby’s. Entitled Hue + Cry, Roitfeld says about the exhibition: “In a networked age of following and sharing — of “pinning,” tweeting,” and “liking” virtual images of fleeting consequence — Hue & Cry strives to lead with the first embodied principles of painting and sculpture. Always physical and tactile, the tools remain simple, the colors a vivid spectrum, and the results infinitely variable as each of the twenty artists gathered here strives to ignite their own interior light.” Artist such as Nicolas Pol and abstract sculptor Robert Melee, among others, will be on view. Hue & Cry will be on view October 5, 2012 at Sotheby’s S2 Gallery, 1334 York Avenue, New York
David Zwirner presents an exhibition of new paintings by Luc Tuymans, which will inaugurate the gallery’s first European location on 24 Grafton Street in Mayfair, London. The Belgian artist joined David Zwirner in 1994 and this marks his ninth solo show with the gallery and the first in London since his 2004 retrospective at the Tate Modern. Tuymans is widely credited with having contributed to the revival of painting in the 1990s. His sparsely colored, figurative works speak in a quiet, restrained, and at times unsettling voice, and are typically painted from pre-existing imagery which includes photographs and video stills. The present exhibition comprises a series of paintings entitled Allo! While an initial source of inspiration was Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness (1899), the visual reference for the works was the final scene in the 1942 film The Moon and Sixpence, which itself is an adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham’s eponymous novel from 1919. The plot is loosely based upon the life of Paul Gauguin and revolves around a stockbroker who leaves his job and family to become an artist, eventually settling in Tahiti. Following his death several years later, his doctor travels to the primitive studio he left behind and discovers his paintings—swirly, colorful landscapes and nudes—moments before the late artist’s Tahitian widow sets fire to everything. Luc Tuymans: Allo! will be on view from October 5 to November 17, 2012 at David Zwirner Gallery, 24 Grafton Street, London.
Gagosian Gallery in Paris presents a series of recent landscape format photographs by Cindy Sherman. On view until October 10, 2012, Gagosian Gallery, 4 rue de Ponthieu, Paris
Significant Destruction, oil pastels and button on linen. New artwork by Christopher Lusher of West Virginia
Artist James Georgopoulos stands in front of his amazing new piece as part of a new pixel series made of 1720 hand cut wood blocks and all hand painted 41 acrylic polymer colors with epoxy resin mounted on aluminum and wood panel; as part of Art Platform Los Angeles on view at the Santa Monica Airport over the weekend.
Another amazing shark drawing – a gift from Amanda Zackem.
Perry Rubenstein Gallery announces Mike Kelley: Deodorized Central Mass with Satellites, the second autumn exhibition in the new Los Angeles gallery. One of Kelley’s most significant works, this room-sized installation has never before been exhibited in Los Angeles.Early in his career, Kelley began incorporating found thrift-store stuffed animals and household cleaning products into large installations which challenged viewers with contrasting feelings of delight and repulsion, empathy and confusion. Consisting of a thirteen-part hanging plush sculpture surrounded by slick, geometric wall reliefs which fill the room with a subtle chemical pine-scent, Deodorized Central Mass with Satellitesembodies. the fullest and most dynamic iteration of this significant component of the artist’s practice. Mike Kelley (1954 – 2012), who committed suicide this year, was a central figure and beloved colleague and mentor in Los Angeles’ vibrant visual art community for decades. Mike Kelley: Deodorized Central Mass with Satellites will be on view from November 2 to December 15, 2012 at Perry Rubenstein Gallery, 1215 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles.
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