Opening May 4, 2017
"EXHIBITION 1 seeks to examine how architecture and its geometries enters an artist’s consciousness, their vocabularies, and, in turn, their work.
With upbringings in Saudi Arabia, Iran, India and Pakistan, the artists in EXHIBITION 1 share the experience of living with Islamic architecture despite originating in vastly different places and environments and leading vastly different lives. How do we respond to the spaces we have experienced and how does that compare to the way we remember them? When memories are recollected, how are they told? How much do history, nostalgia, self-exile and solitude impact the way we visualize our memories? How and when do we share them?
Whilst the buildings that make up our architectural heritage often remain untouched throughout time, our individual personalities shape the way we perceive them, resulting in a diverse range of expressions. This exhibition explores these artists’ relationship to geometry within their respective vocabulary. "
Recently published by Red Berry Editions, Patsy Krebs: Painting surveys Krebs' work from the early sixties in New York to the present day in Northern California.
Join the artist at Point Reyes Books on Friday, May 4, and The Green Arcade on Friday, May 12, for a conversation and book signing, celebrating the release of her new monograph.
Down Hear: The Films of Mike Henderson
April 22, 2017
"Due to a slate of recent preservations by Mark Toscano of the Academy Film Archive, the films of Mike Henderson (b. 1944) have finally come to light. Formally trained as a painter and blues guitarist, Henderson expanded his creative expression in the 1960s to filmmaking. Radical, innovative, political and often comical, Henderson’s 16mm short works are an eccentric outgrowth of his music and painting backgrounds. Initially manifesting from a desire to animate the figures in his paintings—which he thought would give his artwork greater depth—Henderson’s powerful, candid work ranges from audiovisual compositional experiments, to musings on creativity, to John Lee Hooker-style spoken blues performances about the Black experience and Black identity. As the late filmmaker Robert Nelson has noted, "Henderson’s movies are the first movies in the world to bring the authentic 'talkin blues' tradition into film.” Henderson’s films typically address a variety of political and social issues, many times with wry humor, along with performative and introspective elements.
The Harvard Film Archive is honored to welcome Mike Henderson in person to present his films. He will also introduce a program of his close friend Robert Nelson’s work the following evening. Highlights include Henderson’s first film, The Last Supper, in which a blasphemous romp and orgy break out, while Dufus is a comedic and radical look at black stereotypes acted out by Mike Henderson in a variety of amazing performances. Concluding the program is the masterful Down Hear, a powerful meditation on slavery and oppression set in a kitchen and featuring a slave- trading reenactment by Mike Henderson in white face, along with his brother Raymond, all paced by a slow and haunting blues track played by Mike."
Image via the Academy Film Archive.
April 8 – June 11, 2017
"More often than not photographs are called upon to illustrate mere information. Descriptive or factual, the documentary use of the medium dominates. On occasion however, one might stumble upon an image that manifests differently. Either by circumstance or through an artist’s intervention, the result brings forth a range of senses from wonder to the sublime.
Culled from their larger context, brought together and hung with dissimilar works, each of the prints nonetheless remain exceptional. And like the process of sublimation (where an elemental substance leapfrogs from one state to another) these images too make a bypass, skipping the grounding of intellect by manifesting phenomena directly as spirit or something simply marvelous."
April 13 – July 2, 2017
"Known as one of the world’s most provocative artists, Ai Weiwei (Chinese, b. 1957) creates work that boldly confronts contemporary political and social issues, both in China and abroad. As an outspoken human rights activist, writer and curator, Ai’s practice crosses multiple disciplines including sculpture, public works, film, music, poetry, photography and social media. #AiWeiwei is an exhibition specifically designed for the Museum of Contemporary Photography that focuses on Ai’s early diaristic photographs from the 1980s and 90s in New York and Beijing along with a series of recent social media based installations that center on what Ai refers to as photo activism. Ai’s fame drives over half a million visitors to his twitter and Instagram pages and he uses these tools, sometimes leveraging irony and humor, with disorienting effect, to bring attention to serious humanitarian issues and the constellation of state forces around them."
March 18 – June 5, 2018
"The Sydney Biennale, which will be exhibited throughout the city from March next year, will be led by Japanese curator Mami Kataoka as artistic director.
A number of international heavyweights are on her list, such as Ai Weiwei, UK artist duo Semiconductor, and Finnish artist Eija-Liisa Ahtila. The list also features Australian contemporaries such as Brook Andrew, Yasmin Smith, and George Tjungurrayi.
While the title and overarching theme for the Biennale is yet to be unveiled, and installation and artwork specifics are still to be confirmed, Kataoka’s Sydney Biennale will delve into the event’s rich archive and surprising history, drawing upon 45 years of art and encounters."
April 23 – July 2, 2017
"This exhibition celebrates the first twenty years of the City of Los Angeles (COLA) Individual Artist Fellowship Program, recognizing the achievements of 271 design, literary, performing, and visual master artists and artist-duos who represent the creative legacy of Los Angeles.
A special commemorative book will also be published in the Fall detailing the history of the COLA Individual Artist Fellowships Program with samples of some of the artists’ work and critical essays about the initiative’s elements and associated programming."
Good Fences Make Good Neighbors
October 12, 2017 – February 11, 2018
"This October, as a highlight of its 40th anniversary in 2017, Public Art Fund presents Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, a timely new exhibition across multiple boroughs by world-renowned artist Ai Weiwei. Inspired by the international migration crisis and tense sociopolitical battles surrounding the issue in the United States and worldwide, the artist has conceived of this ambitious, multi-site project as a way of transforming the metal wire security fence into a powerful artistic symbol. By installing fences in varying, site-specific forms at locations across the city [...] Ai will create striking installations that draw attention to the role of the fence as both a physical manifestation and metaphorical expression of division. In this way, he will explore one of society’s most urgent issues, namely the psychic and physical barriers that divide us, which is at the heart of debates about immigration and refugees today. "
Leaning into the Wind
April 8 & 9, 2017
"In the past 10 years, San Francisco has been a stopover for acclaimed British artist Andy Goldsworthy, whose nature-driven artworks are ensconced in the Presidio and at the de Young Museum. What makes Goldsworthy tick? In the 2001 documentary Rivers and Tides (Festival 2002), Thomas Riedelsheimer followed Goldsworthy around to great effect, and Leaning Into the Wind is their collaborative sequel. Like their earlier production, the new film is a sensation for the eyes and ears that takes viewers into the hillsides, terrains, and other outdoor spaces where Goldsworthy feels most at home. It’s a way to examine the work anew—how nature informs it, guides it, and gives back, as Goldsworthy gives to it. But Leaning Into the Wind is also a journey into the artist’s maturing life and accompanying self-reflective thinking. Now 60, Goldsworthy is a bigger “name,” and institutions around the world commission him to work his magic. Riedelsheimer is there, for example, when Goldsworthy orchestrates one of his Presidio pieces, Tree Fall, which debuted in 2013. But the director is also on hand when Goldsworthy talks about his divorce from his wife, and hints at other difficulties. Goldsworthy questions his earlier assumptions about art, and gives more insight into his hands-on process. The work always carries Goldsworthy forward. So, too, does his eternal joy and wonder. "
"YSP held its first exhibition in 1977 and is now acknowledged as one of the best places in the world to see sculpture.
2017 will see the introduction of new works for the open air by leading artists, including a beautiful new monumental cast iron head of a girl by Jaume Plensa. Ai Weiwei's Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads is a dramatic group of 12 bronze animal heads, representing the traditional Chinese Zodiac and standing at three-metres-tall. In Lower Park, Zak Ové's Black and Blue: The Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness, a powerful army of 80 identical figures, creates an extraordinary impact. In addition, we welcome new works by artists including Eduardo Chillida, Phyllida Barlow, Ursula von Rydingsvard and Matthew Day Jackson."
Low Fidelity: The Action of Light
April 8 — May 28, 2017
"This alternative processes exhibition includes the work of Chris McCaw, John Chiara, Meghann Riepenhoff, Klea McKenna, and Moira McDonald. The exhibition was curated by Brian Taylor. An essay written by Helaine Glick will be included in the accompanying catalog."
Law of the Journey
March 17, 2017 — January 17, 2018
"... [the] National Gallery in Prague is proud to host the Law of the Journey, the first exhibition in the Czech Republic (and in Central-Eastern Europe) of the distinguished Chinese contemporary artist, Ai Weiwei. Himself a refugee, Ai has almost entirely focused his work on advocating the refugees’ human rights and documenting their tragic condition throughout the past two years. The humanitarian crisis has become especially dire since 2015 when the influx of refugees into Europe from Syria and elsewhere escalated dramatically. It has been described by the U.N. emergency relief coordinator Stephen O’Brien as ‘a slaughterhouse, a complete meltdown of humanity, the apex of horror’. During his visits to refugee camps on the Greek island of Lesvos, or at the border between Greece and FYROM, Ai Weiwei conceived a number of art projects devoted to the contemporary global odyssey while filming the documentary Human Flow which will premiere in 2017. A devastating document of forced displacement, the film is ‘a personal journey, an attempt to understand the conditions of humanity in our days’.
The exhibition Law of the Journey is Ai Weiwei’s multi-layered, epic statement on the human condition: an artist’s expression of empathy and moral concern in the face of continuous, uncontrolled destruction and carnage. Hosted in a building of symbolic historical charge – a former 1928 Trade Fair Palace which in 1939–1941 served as an assembly point for Jews before their deportation to the concentration camp in Terezín – it works as a site-specific parable, a form of (public) speech, carrying a transgressive power of cathartic experience, but also a rhetoric of failure, paradox and resignation."
Infinite Possibility. Mirror Works and Drawings, 1974–2014
March 16 — July 30, 2017
"The art of Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian reflects a life lived between two cultures. It combines the rich patterns and geometry found in the folk art heritage of her native Iran with the modern abstract art of the New York City avant garde.
Monir Farmanfarmaian had planned to follow her University of Tehran art training with an education in Paris, but World War II got in the way. She worked and studied in the U.S. until 1957, studying dance with Martha Graham, and hanging out with Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Larry Rivers. When she was making ends meet working in the Bonwit Teller advertising department, her co-worker and friend was Andy Warhol.
She returned to Iran following her marriage to Abolbashar Farmanfarmaian, and the couple were social mainstays in a high time for Iranian art. They hosted the Kennedys, entertained visiting curators, and exhibited extensively in her country and even in the Venice Biennale. She had forged her own form of geometric abstraction, one based in both Islamic tradition and Modernism."
March 9 – August 27, 2017
Check out the impressive sculptures of the Catalan artist Jaume Plensa in the central hall of the museum.
Commissioner: Lóránd Hegyi.
February 20 — April 19, 2017
"Deacon says: ‘This exhibition has no ambitions to be a universal survey, but in selecting a show around the idea of abstract drawing, these various strands – inscriptive, calligraphic, ornamental, generative, individuating and identifying – have all featured.’
Richard Deacon CBE is one of the most important British sculptors of his generation and has exhibited internationally since the early 1980s. He won the Turner prize in 1987, and a major retrospective exhibition of his work is currently on display at Tate Britain in 2014 (5 February – 27 April). The activity of drawing is crucial to his work as a sculptor, which engages with processes and means of manufacture. This deep interest in making as an activity is evident in his selection of works for Abstract Drawing."
Booth 524, Piers 92 & 94, New York, NY
March 2 – 5, 2017
Haines Gallery is pleased to announce our participation in The Armory Show 2017. Proudly assembling a group of contemporary artists from Iran, Egypt, Syria, and China, including Monir Farmanfarmaian, Tammam Azzam, Sherin Guirguis, Shahpour Pouyan, Yashar Azar Emdadian, Ai Weiwei and Taha Heydari, the exhibition spans generations and continents to reflect sociopolitical histories and contemporary realities in the MENA (Middle East / North Africa) region and beyond.
Showcasing the talents of both emerging and established artists working in a variety of media, the works on view highlight practices that combine culturally specific forms, materials, and narratives in new and inventive ways, offering a window into the rich, vital creativity that has long been a defining characteristic of these artists' aesthetic heritage.
Gardner Museum Revisited
From February 16, 2017
"Discover Ezawa’s recreation of Vermeer, Rembrandt and a total of 13 masterpieces that went missing in the still unsolved art heist at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum."
Middle of Now | Here
March 8 - May 8, 2017
"Honolulu Biennial 2017, presented by Honolulu Biennial Foundation (HBF) is a new, multi-site, contemporary visual arts festival running throughout various sites within the city. Entitled, Middle of Now | Here, Fumio Nanjo, Director of Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum, serves as the Curatorial Director and Ngahiraka Mason, formerly Indigenous Art, Maori Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, a position she held for 20 years, is serving as Curator of Middle of Now | Here.
The inaugural Honolulu Biennial 2017 (HB2017) showcases the diversity of ideas, art, and culture from the people who live today throughout the places connected by the Pacific Ocean. It will include contemporary art from Hawaiʻi, the Pacific Islands, Asia, North America, Australia, and New Zealand. By exhibiting the work of artists from all around this vast region, Honolulu Biennial 2017 shines a spotlight on the collective artistic vision from this important and dynamic Pacific neighborhood."
January 31 - August 6, 2017
"SCAD Museum of Art presents a solo exhibition of the work of Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian. The artist has rigorously explored the possibilities of form across artistic media and disciplines since the 1970s. Lineages features a selection of mirrored sculptural mosaics and geometric drawings. The exhibition is composed primarily of artwork created since 2011, but also includes a series of small drawings from 1977 that informs these more recent works and illuminates the artist's longstanding concerns of line, color and composition.
Farmanfarmaian works in series she calls "families," a term that indicates formal and conceptual connections linking works. She establishes initial aesthetic parameters for the series relating to composition, then applies these guidelines to shapes ranging from triangles to decagons. Despite these self-imposed rules, Farmanfarmaian states, "These geometric forms are miracles…One can create so much art based on them; they generate thousands of ideas. They offer infinite possibilities." To this end, she intuitively selects surface patterning and color to enhance her initial framework."
January 27 - August 20, 2017
"This landmark exhibition, presented by the Daniel & Pamella DeVos Foundation, will feature internationally renowned artist and activist Ai Weiwei. Opening on January 27, 2017, Ai Weiwei at Meijer Gardens: Natural State is his first show in the upper Midwest as well as the first of its kind for the artist at a botanical garden or sculpture park. Ai Weiwei has emerged as one of the definitive cultural voices of the 21st century. Known to work in a wide variety of contexts and scale, his ability to transform materials to share his ideas, concerns and vision has given rise to a critically acclaimed and widely appreciated body of work. Iconic among recent work is his colossal Iron Tree, acquired and installed in 2015 in honor of Meijer Gardens' 20th anniversary."
Insights: New Approaches to Photography since 2000
January 27 - 29, 2017
"Insights: New Approaches to Photography since 2000 is a museum quality exhibition [...] curated by Alexander Montague-Sparey, Artistic Director, PHOTOFAIRS and Allie Haeusslein, Associate Director, Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco. The Insights exhibition is presented in two parts and focuses entirely on cutting-edge artists using technical prowess and originality to push the boundaries of the medium. Insights is a particularly relevant platform for PHOTOFAIRS as collectors are increasingly turning their attention to the collection of maverick works, unique, single-edition works, as well as works which speak to the other fine arts (painting, sculpture, installation, or video art).
Curated by Haeusslein, the first chapter of Insights highlights an exploration of the Western American landscape by leading West-Coast artists including John Chiara, Chris McCaw, Sean McFarland and Meghann Riepenhoff. The exhibition’s second chapter, curated by Montague-Sparey, presents artists from the USA, Europe & Asia, including: Sebastiaan Bremer, Dirk Braeckman, Liz Neilson, Esther Vonplon, Susan Derges, Wang Ningde and Shao Wenhuan."
January 24 - March 26, 2017
"The Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University presents Sustaining Presence, on view from January 24 to March 26, 2017 with a reception on Thursday, January 26, from 5-7 PM, at the Stanford Art Gallery. This solo exhibition by Camille Utterback, Assistant Professor in Art & Art History, highlights computationally generated and interactive works from Utterback’s recent practice and includes the debut of a series of sculptures combining glass and projected media.
Utterback is well known for her room-sized and architectural-scale interactive installations which explore the aesthetic and experiential possibilities of linking computational systems to human movement. These works use technology to return people’s experience to an embodied present, rather than to remove us from our surroundings and each other. In keeping with Utterback’s larger body of work, the pieces on display focus attention on the sustained relevance of our embodied presence and sensual material experience in our increasingly mediated world."
Aimé Mpane - J'ai oublié de rêver
January 4 - November 6, 2017
"This exhibition devoted to the Congolese sculptor Aimé Mpane (1968) is part of a cycle of biennales initiated in 2013. These projects envisage inviting a sculptor recognized on the international scene, whose work allows reconciliation with the work of Idel Ianchelevici which is the permanent collection of the museum.
For nearly 20 years, Aimé Mpane has denounced the abuses and ill-being of the black continent. His sculptures have a strong symbolic charge. They tell of corruption, genocide, child prostitution, combining the rawness of the so-called 'first' arts with the contemporary practice of installation."
Urban Theory Lab Lecture: David Maisel, "Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime"
December 1, 2016
Moderator: Neil Brenner.
Panelists: Pierre Bélanger, Rosetta Sarah Elkin, Sharon Harper.
In his ongoing, multi-chaptered series Black Maps, David Maisel’s aerial photographs of environmentally impacted sites explore the aesthetics and politics of radically human-altered environments, open pit mines, clear-cut forests, and zones of water reclamation, framing the issues of contemporary landscape with equal measures of documentation and metaphor. Maisel’s work has been exhibited internationally, and is collected in several major books, including Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime. His latest book is the forthcoming Proving Ground.
Sixfold Symmetry: Pattern in Art and Science
September 17, 2016 - March 12, 2017
Patterns, systems, and networks are all around us, and in this digital age we are increasingly aware of their influence on our lived experience. This exhibition explores some of the ways in which human beings create and manipulate patterns, and why we are intrinsically driven to do so. Patterns allow us to understand and predict complex natural and cultural phenomena, and to create artworks and other structures of surprising complexity and unity.
Ai Weiwei - #SafePassage
September 16 - December 7, 2016
The exhibition #SafePassage will deal with the fate of the individual versus the overruling systems of society, switching from Ai Weiwei’s personal experiences as a refugee of the Chinese Government, to the hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants who risked their lives to reach Europe, only to find their path barred by a succession of border closures.
Alongside marble sculptures and films, Ai Weiwei will cover the walls of Foam with thousands of photographs taken on his mobile phone. This immense collage will reflect on all the personal encounters the artist has had with individuals and the tragic situation unfolding in the Mediterranean, bringing to our attention what is, in his own words, "the biggest, most shameful humanitarian crisis since World War II".
The Poetry of Place
December 10, 2016 - June 11, 2017
A sense of mystery prevails in the scenes William Clift, Linda Connor and Michael Kenna capture. Featuring lyrical interpretations rather than documentary fragments, their black-and-white photographs reveal moments steeped in history. This exhibition brings together their pictures of an ethereal, serene world that will invite visitors to consider meanings beyond visible details.
Exploring Public Art Practices
Saturday, September 10, 2016
The Kenneth Rainin Foundation presents “Exploring Public Art Practices,” a free half-day symposium with artist talks, discussions and presentations by 15 local and national artists to investigate the shifting field of public artistic practice.
This event is designed to bring together artists working in, or who want to work in, public art to share ideas and learn from each other. The symposium aims to grow critical discourse among artists and expand Bay Area dialogue on the opportunities and challenges of working in public space.
The event will feature talks by Michael Arcega, Kota Ezawa, Ana Teresa Fernández, Cliff Hengst, Dee Hibbert-Jones, Nomi Talisman, Alison Pebworth, Chris Sollars and Jenifer Wofford.
July 26 - August 7, 2016
The artworks on display at the exhibition and the symposium/performance“A Government of Times” invite us to pause for a moment, reorient ourselves, and reflect on new perspectives, raising questions about political fantasy and a different form of acceleration—an experimental, navigational process where we can discover a universe of possibilities.
Ten artistic positions and a symposium/performance take a closer look at the current phenomenon of social, economic, and technological acceleration and exhaustion, exploring the theme of 21st century melancholy.
Participating artists: David Maisel, Gregory Barsamian, Stefan Brüggemann, Anetta Mona Chisa & Lucia Tkacova, CHTO, Jeannette Ehlers, Famed, Rumiko Hagiwara, Álvaro Martínez Alonso, Guido van der Werve.
Curated by Michael Arzt, François Cusset, Camille de Toledo.
David Simpson Works 1965-2015
Published by Radius Books, 2016
Featuring works from 1965-2015, this expansive new monograph offers an in-depth look into the evolution of David Simpson's reductive painting style. With the help of over ninety full-color plates, the publication further examines how "Simpson's paintings explore light, color, and reflection to engage the surface of a painted canvas.” The resulting works are complex, surprising, and ever changing with the time of day.
In addition to these carefully selected examples of Simpson’s most influential work, the monograph contains a short biography complete with personal photographs and a tour of the artist’s studio. Also included are the essays "Reflecting Light" by Louis Grachos, "Creating Space" by Jonathon Keats, and "David Simpson's 1970's Abstractions Still Radical" by Kenneth Baker. Baker also sat down with the artist to discuss how he came to his iconic style, the trajectory of his work throughout the decades, and how he plans to continue his legacy in the 21st century.