The Hungry Years collects the early photographs of Jack Pierson, taken throughout the 1980s—photographs that have increasingly captured the attention of the art world since they were first editioned in 1990. This forthcoming book, being published by Damiani, will be available in November, 2017. Text by Eileen Myles. Foreword by Stephen Shore.
On October 27, 2017, the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art celebrates the dynamic, diverse arts of Africa at the second annual African Art Awards Dinner. This event honors the best in African art and arts philanthropy. This year's honorees are Ghada Amer, Mary Sibande and Alice Walton.
Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness is curated by John Walter and organized by Hayward Touring. The exhibition explores the nature of visual awkwardness through the work of artists and architects. Shonky is a slang term meaning corrupt or bent, shoddy or unreliable, standing here for a particular type of visual aesthetic that is hand-made, deliberately clumsy and lo-fi, against the slick production values of much contemporary art. The exhibition proposes a more celebratory definition of ‘shonkiness’ and showing how it can be used for critical purposes in the visual arts to explore issues including gender, identity, beauty and the body. It opens at the MAC in Belfast before embarking on a national tour to Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA) and Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre.
Mitchell / Riopelle: Nothing in Moderation
Canadian painter Jean-Paul Riopelle (1923-2002) and American painter Joan Mitchell (1925-1992) are, like Auguste Rodin and Camille Claudel, Man Ray and Lee Miller, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner, part of the constellation of romantic and artistic mythologies that are as tumultuous as they are prosperous, between admiration and abhorrence, emulation and jealously, solitude and accomplishment.
For the first time, an exhibition is examining their respective artistic careers in terms of their relationship, from the time they met in 1955, to their separation in 1979. Some 60 major works stemming from their work and their love story, will be assembled.
This autumn, Dallas Contemporary presents I’ve Seen the Future and I’m Not
Going, a retrospective exhibition exploring the work of celebrated artist duo McDermott &
McGough. Opening October 1st and organized by Dallas Contemporary adjunct curator Alison
M. Gingeras, the exhibition in Dallas will run concurrently with McDermott & McGough’s public
art installation The Oscar Wilde Temple in New York City.
Louise Fishman: A Retrospective is comprised of fifty works created by the artist over almost fifty years. Originally organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, SUNY and curated by Helaine Posner, Chief Curator.
Scheduled to run from September 28 – December 31, 2017, the exhibition—simply titled “Jenny Holzer at Blenheim Palace,” and composed of site-specific works—will seek to address the Palace’s military and political history through Holzer’s own practice that takes on such themes as power, conflict, and activism.
Of her involvement with the project, Holzer said, “My first visit to Blenheim Palace left me with too many ideas, on the complex past and its relevance to this knife-edge present.”
Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait explores the prints, books, and creative process of the celebrated sculptor Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010). Bourgeois’s printed oeuvre, a little-known aspect of her work, is vast in scope and comprises some 1,200 printed compositions, created primarily in the last two decades of her life but also at the beginning of her career, in the 1940s. The Museum of Modern Art has a prized archive of this material, and the exhibition will highlight works from the collection along with rarely seen loans. A special installation will fill the Museum’s Marron Atrium.
Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010) was one of the most brilliant and influential 20th-century artists. During a career that spanned over seven decades, she produced a varied and complex body of work—always dramatic, painful and very personal, which combined sexuality and psychoanalysis and contributed to developing feminist theory. The exhibition titled, Louise Bourgeois: Twosome, presents the first comprehensive overview of her work in Israel, focusing on relationships and the rare monumental sculpture, Twosome (1991).
Released in 1980, four years after Eggleston’s landmark exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, Troubled Waters, is a glimpse into the photographer’s most prolific decade. The Troubled Waters portfolio features fifteen dye transfer color prints. This series portrays rural and roadside life in and around the Mississippi Delta, Memphis and points between.
On September 11, 2017,David McDermott and Peter McGough will unveil The Oscar Wilde Temple, an ambitious public installation work two decades in the making, conceived as a welcoming secular space to honor one of the earliest and most courageous forebears in the centuries-long struggle for gay liberation and to celebrate the fight for equality. The refusal of famed Irish author, novelist, poet, and playwright Oscar Wilde (1864-1900) to hide his sexuality
even when faced with imprisonment and hard labor, has resonated with McDermott &
McGough since the outset of their collaborative practice in the midst of the bohemian East Village art scene of the 1980s. Wilde’s example as an enemy of homophobia remains a bellwether of modern activism and is the basis for McDermott & McGough’s installation, which combines painting, sculpture, and site specific elements in a functioning environment that recalls the beautiful and provocative sensuousness of the Aesthetic Movement Wilde championed.
On view through December 2nd and organized by independent curator Alison Gingeras, The Oscar Wilde Temple will be housed inside The Church of the Village on West 13th Street in the heart of the Greenwich Village Historic District in New York City.
Lynda Benglis, Jenny Holzer and Sean Scully are pleased to support the 2017 Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Gala Auction with the donation of artworks.
The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is dedicated to the long-term health and well-being of all Earth’s inhabitants and supports projects around the world that build climate resiliency, protect vulnerable wildlife, and restore balance to threatened ecosystems and communities. The proceeds from this auction will benefit the vital environmental work of the Foundation, founded in 1998 by Leonardo DiCaprio.
This show, titled Barry McGee & Clare Rojas: Big Sky Little Moon, at the Watari-Um in Tokyo comes exactly a decade after McGee's first exhibition at the same museum and features work created together with his wife, Clare Rojas.
Opening on May 20, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, Denmark will present Academy of Tal R. The exhibition title should be understood as a mildly humorous provocation, since Tal R’s artwork always appears free, wild, searching, vital and simply unacademic. Through an overview of his work from the past twenty years and a series of new works, the exhibition shows that Tal R from the outset has been a storyteller with a special eye for the overlooked, hidden and repressed spaces of modern life. In his art and thinking, Tal R is constantly interested in everything that goes against conformity.
Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction shines a spotlight on the stunning achievements of women artists between the end of World War II (1945) and the start of the Feminist movement (around 1968). In the postwar era, societal shifts made it possible for larger numbers of women to work professionally as artists, yet their work was often dismissed in the male dominated art world, and few support networks existed for them. Abstraction dominated artistic practice during these years, as many artists working in the aftermath of World War II sought an international language that might transcend national and regional narratives—and for women artists, additionally, those relating to gender. Organized by Starr Figura, Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, and Sarah Hermanson Meister, Curator, Department of Photography, with Hillary Reder, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Drawings and Prints.
The Aspen Art Museum exhibition will be a tightly curated survey that re-presents a series of pivotal exhibitions from the nineties. For more than two decades, New York–based artist Jack Pierson has been using the visual languages of photography, painting, sculpture, and drawing to examine intimate and emotional aspects of everyday life. Gaining recognition alongside a group of photographers known as the Boston School—including David Armstrong, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Nan Goldin, and Mark Morrisroe, among others—Pierson explores the cultural construction of identity, including how we see and, ultimately, how others see us.