A continuously updated list of current shows that have been reviewed in The New York Observer. Read More
The 40-year-old Urs Fischer may end up being the greatest sculptor of his generation, but he’s not exactly rushing to secure that title. When he is in the zone, throwing himself at his discipline with gleeful extravagance, he’s unstoppable. But he is also a profligate producer, almost proudly inconsistent. I’ve been rooting for him, so it’s disappointing to see him stuck in a holding pattern in three concurrent New York shows. Read More
This retrospective of the German artist Sigmar Polke finds profound coherence in what is often termed his eclectic style. Unlike previous Polke surveys it mixes mediums: alongside painting and drawing there’s photography, sound, video, film and collage.Their combination proves key in assessing Polke’s reinvention of painting. From his rasterized halftone dot paintings, to paintings in photographic silver bromide (a light-sensitive chemical that darkens over time) on Bubble Wrap, and even uranium-exposed photographs, Polke effected a tectonic shift in how we think about what a painting can be. Read More
Joan Jonas has been selected to represent the United States at the 2015 Venice Biennale, with Paul C. Ha, the director of the M.I.T. List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, Mass., handling curatorial duties with Ute Meta Bauer, the director of Singapore’s Center for Contemporary Art at the Nanyang Technological University. Carol Vogel delivered the news today in The New York Times. Read More
Los Angeles’s David Kordansky Gallery announced today that, in September, it plans to decamp from its current Culver City digs to a 20,000-square-foot space at the corner of Edgewood Place and South La Brea, at the southeast edge of the Mid-Wilshire, South La Brea corridor neighborhood, just a five-minute drive from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. (Culver City is about 8 to 10 minutes from LACMA by car.) Read More
When Christie’s sends out a news flash with a phrase about how an upcoming auction “encapsulates the gritty underbelly-esque side of Contemporary art,” and said release is illustrated with work by Andy Warhol (estimated price: $7.5 million to $9.5 million), Jeff Koons ($9 million to $12 million) and Martin Kippenberger (again, $9 million to $12 Read More
“Activist investor Daniel Loeb, who is fighting to win control of three board seats at Sotheby’s, on Monday raised the temperature by saying the current board has failed and that its attacks on him are ‘false’ and ‘misleading.’” [Reuters]
Keep your eye on Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, folks. The first-term Democrat managed quite a coup last week, apparently getting the famously reclusive David Hammons to attend his State of the City address.
It seems that Mr. Hammons is planning to build an art gallery in Yonkers, just a bit north of Van Cortlandt Park in an old warehouse at 39 Lawrence Street. It looks like it’s a breezy 45-minute walk from the end of the 1 line, according to a little bit of Google Maps research. Read More
“It’s an honor,” said a husky-voiced brunette with a purple scarf coiled around her neck, “to be a part of Ai Weiwei’s world.” She handed over a button stamped with the words, “Free Ai Weiwei” and an AW Asia business card that smelled vaguely of a spicy plant from the genus Pogostemon. She was handing out buttons to a crowd of about 200 protestors gathered on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library one evening last week. They had collected at the behest of the Pen American Center and other friends of Mr. Ai, the Chinese artist and dissident whose upcoming exhibition, “According to What?,” will open at the Brooklyn Museum April 18. The artist remains under virtual country-arrest back in China. The government has been holding his passport for 36 months. Read More
THURSDAY, APRIL 17
Opening: Sherrie Levine at Paula Cooper
New Levine! You excited? I am. —Dan Duray
Paula Cooper Gallery, 534 West 21st Street, New York, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Opening: Julian Schnabel at Gagosian
Always curious to see what this guy does next. —D.D.
Gagosian Gallery, 555 West 24th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
Opening: “Chez Perv” at Team Gallery
Team Gallery presents an exhibition featuring Gardar Eide Einarsson, Matias Faldbakken and Oscar Tuazon, the name of which is taken from a New York Post headline about the Dominique Strauss-Kahn sex scandal. —Michael H. Miller
Team Gallery, 47 Wooster Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
Opening: “The New Romantics” at Eyebeam
This new exhibition will look at “the ways in which contemporary artists using digital media engage the body, representations of nature, poetic irony, and expressions of individuality as originally expressed in 19th Century Romanticism … Just as the Romantics responded to the industrial revolution, this group of artists are similarly responding to the current information revolution.” A night of performances will go down on April 25. —Zoë Lescaze
Eyebeam, 540 West 21st Street, New York, 7-9 p.m.
Opening: “Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster: equinimod & costumes” at 303 Gallery
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster’s first show at 303 (and first in a New York gallery) will feature the artist’s personal wardrobe. —M.H.M.
303 Gallery, 507 West 24th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
FRIDAY, APRIL 18
Opening: “Marie Lorenz: The Valley of Dry Bones” at Jack Hanley Gallery
For her third show at the gallery, the venturesome Marie Lorenz will premiere a new five-channel video called Ezekia, which “tells the story of a group of women exploring the shore of a lost city.” Should be a great one. —Andrew Russeth Read More