In an era when art made by women is more prominent than ever, discover a parallel yet essential history of art for an age that champions a greater diversity of voices. Celebrated artists reflect on female creativity, sharing stories from their own careers and artistic practices, as well as the artists who inspire them throughout history. This discussion between Ghada Amer, Sharon Hayes, Deana Lawson, and Martha Rosler, moderated by Iria Candela, Estrellita B. Brodsky Curator of Latin American Art, The Met is followed by a signing of Great Women Artists (Phaidon, October 2019), the most extensive, fully illustrated book about women artists ever published. Free, though advance registration is required. Seating is limited; first come, first served.
Ghada Amer is included in the inaugural editional of the Rabat Biennale. Her garden installation "All Oppression Creates a State of War" is included in the main show, which features 63 artists and collectives, all of whom are female. The Biennale is curated by the Algerian art historian Abdelkader Damani. Damani organized this first edition under the theme An Instant Before the World, focusing on “artistic practices and art history from the perspective of the Global South taking the city of Rabat as its starting point”, a statement says.
Sanford Biggers is the first exhibition focused on the artist’s BAM series, begun in 2015, which memorializes and honors unarmed black victims of police gun violence in America. Through video, sculpture, and textiles, Biggers brings to light the pain these acts have perpetrated upon society, but also points to the wider human condition and a desire to transcend. Organized by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.
This exhibition features contemporary artworks that combine the best of two disciplines highlighting the role of human hands. Homo Faber: Craft in Contemporary Sculpture sheds a new light on contemporary sculpture after 1990 by showcasing sculpture works created with crafting skills. This exhibition represents a formalistic approach that highlights the validity of the genre at the crossroads of sculpture and craft.
The extensive group show United by AIDS—An Exhibition about Loss, Remembrance, Activism and Art in Response to HIV/AIDS sheds light on the multifaceted and complex interrelation between art and HIV/AIDS from the 1980s to the present. It examines the blurring of the boundary between art production and HIV/AIDS activism and spotlights artists who have been leading voices in this creative discourse, which remains vital today.
Paper Media: Boetti, Calzolari, Kounellis is the first exhibition in the United States focusing on works on paper by artists related to the Arte Povera movement. Convening the work of three masters: Alighiero Boetti, Pier Paolo Calzolari, and Jannis Kounellis, selected from the Olnick Spanu Collection, the exhibition will consider the significance of drawing and print within each artist’s practice, as well as in Italian art and culture in the 1960s and 1970s more broadly.
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.
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.
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.