A flower’s life cycle of budding, blooming and pollinating, as well as its process of decay, strongly echoes the human condition. The exhibition Figuring the Floral features artists who apply this symbolism to their work—touching on race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, aging and other facets of identity. Reflecting on the site-specificity of these works exhibited amid the flourishing gardens of Wave Hill, Curator of Visual Arts Eileen Jeng Lynch notes how the exhibition is enhanced by the visible and tangible connections with flora on the grounds.
‘Second Hand’ brings together works from the Art Jameel Collection that explore materiality in contemporary art practice. Focusing on different modes of expression through sculpture, installation, assemblage, drawing, photography, painting and performance, the artworks challenge the way we perceive material and our understanding of what the material represents.
Sanford Biggers uses a wide range of media—including painting, sculpture, video, film, multicomponent installations, and performance—to encourage meaningful dialogue around narratives in American history. Works at the Chazen exhibition include sculpture from the BAM series, video installation, and textile collage featuring antique quilts.
Less Is a Bore: Maximalist Art & Design brings together works in painting, sculpture, ceramic, dance, furniture design, and more that privilege decoration, pattern, and maximalism.
On the occasion of the centenary of the artist’s birth, MAXXI is devoting a major exhibition to Maria Lai (1919–2013), one of the most individual voices in Italian contemporary art.
Beginning with the radical Black filmmaker Horace Ové and his dynamic circle of Windrush generation creative peers and extending to today’s brilliant young Black talent globally, a group of 110 interdisciplinary artists are showcasing their work together for the first time, exploring Black experience and influence, from the post-war era to the present day.
Painting as a Butterfly is the first retrospective exhibition dedicated exclusively to the pictorial and drawing works by Pier Paolo Calzolari (Bologna, 1943), one of the most important contemporary artists, related to Arte Povera movement since the Sixties. Organized in close collaboration with the Fondazione Calzolari, 40 years after the artist’s last exhibition held by a public space in Naples (Villa Pignatelli, 1977), the retrospective, curated by Achille Bonito Oliva and Andrea Viliani, includes over 70 paintings, drawings and multi-material works realized from the mid-Sixties up to now, documenting all the main cycles and phases of his artistic research.
Sublimations, a solo exhibition of the works of Diana Al-Hadid, will feature Al-Hadid's wall panels, sculptures, and drawings. The exhibition explores how Al-Hadid challenges and dissolves archetypal narratives that depict the female body in psychologically limiting terms. In collaboration with the Frist's exhibition, two large-scale outdoor works will be on display at the nearby Cheekwood Estate & Gardens. On view: May 24 - September 2, 2019 (Cheekwood closes September 1, 2019)
There is no dress code inside the tent. No choir, nor a bulletin. But the congregation is energetic and fully participatory. Presbyterian, Baptist and Methodist… this is a place to reach the lost, those with tender hearts. Under the big top is a transient group who have come to the revival to be filled with the spirit, to experience something beyond this immediate world. Chicago-based artist William J. O’Brien created this exuberant sanctuary for his other-worldly parishioners, fetishistic and ritualistic figures empowered by the glory.
Björn Braun is included in a group show at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio titled Creatures: When Species Meet. The exhibition, curated by Steven Matijcio, looks not only at art that places the animal as the subject but also at works that employ the animal as a creative collaborator. Braun's nests, which are featured in this exhibition, are products of an ongoing collaboration between birds and the artist.
Hans Op de Beeck has been included in the sixth edition of GLASSTRESS, an exhibition that celebrates and revives the traditional craft of Murano glassblowing. Hans Op de Beeck will be exhibiting The Frozen Vanitas alongside glass works by artists including Ai Weiwei, Tony Cragg, and Laure Prouvost. GLASSTRESS is on view concurrently with the Venice Biennale.
Frank Stella: Selections from the Permanent Collection is open at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The exhibition features a curated selection of Stella’s works from the permanent collection that showcase significant developments in his oeuvre. Some of the works have not been on view for over 30 years and others, such as the large-scale sculpture, K.56 (large version) (2013), have been recently acquired by the Museum.
Jessica Jackson Hutchins and the Haas Brothers are both included in the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft’s exhibition In the Hot Seat. The exhibition explores how the chair has become an indelible focus of creative inquiry for artists, who employ the chair for its ability to embody space, status, social conventions, personal identity, memory, family history, and other aspects of our humanity. Included are Hutchins’s The Way That You Live (2015) and the Haas Brothers' Hair-ic Coiff-man (2014).
Drawing on works from the DMA’s permanent collection, this exhibition presents the ways in which contemporary artists engage with landscapes, broadly defined, exploring how our natural and built environments intersect with our representations of ourselves and our communities. The landscape has been both a traditional art historical genre and a means of mythologizing the origins of American history and culture as a colonial product, creating an image of unclaimed terrain that erased the people who already inhabited it.
MoMA PS1 presents the first solo museum exhibition of New York-based painter Gina Beavers, who transforms digital images sourced from Instagram, YouTube, and across the Internet into sculptural paintings. From 'food porn' to gym selfies to makeup tutorials, Beavers uses her subject matter to present uncanny and often unsettling visions of our digitally mediated lives.