On View

Garry Winogrand at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and ‘The Photographic Object, 1970’ at Hauser & Wirth

'New York' (1950) by Winogrand. (© The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco)

It’s been 25 years since the last Garry Winogrand retrospective, and now is a great time to reflect on his polarizing photography. Through Winogrand’s prints, the current divide between what might be called “abstract” and “street” photography can be brought into clearer focus. This posthumous display of new work presents Winogrand as the father of the photography taught in many MFA programs across the country—a practice in which taking a picture means capturing what happens in front of a lens. Read More

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‘Sterling Ruby: Sunrise Sunset’ at Hauser & Wirth

'FLAG (4791)' (2014) by Ruby. (Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth)

Sterling Ruby’s first exhibition in New York in four years, his first here with Hauser, is a shocking show of force. He has, in effect, staged a museum survey for himself, presenting fresh examples from long-running series alongside new pieces. The show should give pause to his most ardent detractors; young artists, who have liberally copped his ideas, will be made to do some thinking. Read More

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‘Re-View: Onnasch Collection’ at Hauser & Wirth

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It’s fashionable these days to bash mega galleries for supporting empty, overwrought spectacles, and while those empty, overwrought spectacles are a problem, I still shudder to think of a world without the megas. Buoyed by vast fortunes and competing with their elite brethren for the same few billionaire clients, they now regularly assemble shows rich with treasures, no expense spared, that the public gets to visit, free of charge. Hauser & Wirth’s display of works from the collection of Reinhard Onnasch, a German-born dealer who ran a New York gallery in the 1970s, is the latest of these museum-quality shows. Organized by former Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles chief curator and current Hauser & Wirth partner Paul Schimmel, it arrives on our shores after a stop at the gallery’s London branches. Read More

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The Paradox of Martin Creed: The Artist on His Biggest Gallery Exhibition Ever

Martin Creed at Tate Britain in Nov. 2011.

Lanky Martin Creed was standing on the first floor of Hauser & Wirth gallery on the Upper East Side, dressed in lightly paint-splattered, black pants that rose up just above the ankles and an ever-so-slightly mismatched navy shirt, his frizzy gray hair pulled into a ponytail and his face covered by glasses so large they looked like protective eyewear. He was laughing enormously about—something. With apologies to our brothers and sisters across the pond, his giggles were punctuated with bursts of indecipherable Scottish twang, made all the more difficult to discern by the presence of his parents, making use of their own heavy slurs. This was somehow appropriate, though, because “what is he trying to say” is a frequent starting point for the uninitiated in conversations about Mr. Creed.

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‘Sensitive Geometries: Brazil 1950s–1980s’ at Hauser & Wirth

'Mira Schendel — Untitled,' 1955. (Courtesy Hauser & Wirth)

As Brazil’s economy strengthens dramatically, its contemporary art is gaining international attention, and galleries are rushing to open there. The cannily timed “Sensitive Geometries” provides a lively, much-needed primer to the country’s recent artistic past. Organized with private dealer Olivier Renaud-Clement, it brings together 54 works by a dozen Brazilian artists who worked predominantly Read More

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Hauser & Wirth Takes on Mira Schendel Estate

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The estate of the late Swiss-born, São Paolo-based artist Mira Schendel will be represented worldwide by Hauser & Wirth, the gallery announced early this morning. A number of Schendel’s elegant and restrained works on paper are currently on view at the gallery’s Upper East Side location, part of the “Sensitive Gometries. Brazil 1950s-1980s” exhibition.  Read More

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Look at This! Matthew Day Jackson at Hauser & Wirth

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Much has been made of the big gallery, big art phenomenon recently, and Matthew Day Jackson, who is opening Hauser & Wirth’s season tonight with an exhibition of new work in its enormous 18th Street space, is an obvious lightning rod. Of course for Mr. Jackson, the gallery’s 24,700 square feet don’t feel all that overwhelming. The multimedia artist has a concurrent show at ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art, a former munitions factory in Karlsruhe, Germany, that he told The Observer would probably stretch from 10th Avenue all the way over to Eighth, if it was here in New York.  Read More

The West Coast

Hello, Babylon! The Art World Is Cheating on New York With Los Angeles

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When my plane broke through the Los Angeles smog on an afternoon in early spring, I imagined I had willed the town into existence by nothing more than my arrival. It’s the city’s foundational myth—perpetually born yesterday. I was there to cover an art fair called Paris Photo, which was being held at that most mythic of L.A. landmarks—Paramount Studios—and to report on the city’s art world. If New York had a say in the matter, it was something of an accident of history that there were ever artists in Los Angeles at all. The dealers and collectors were always in New York. And who could force the entertainment industry to care? For decades, the most noteworthy thing about successful Los Angeles artists—aside from a core group—was that they left for the East Coast.

The reality is more complicated. New York changed. Downtown ceased being a squatter’s free-for-all and became an outdoor shopping center. The S&M clubs and taxi garages of Chelsea gave way to galleries stacked on top of one another. Increasingly, the creatively minded transplants who migrated each day to New York from all over the country came with expiration dates. Ten years would go by, if you were lucky, before the inevitable fatigue set in. So many migrants have gone to California as a solution to some problem that it’s become an American trope. But in a town where the front page of the largest daily newspaper reports the unsubstantiated rumor that industry blogger Nikki Finke would be fired from Deadline Hollywood, the arts have quietly carved out a home. New York just got more and more expensive. Read More

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Paul’s Uncanny Valley

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An hour before Paul McCarthy’s “Life Cast” exhibition opened last week at Hauser & Wirth’s Upper East Side townhouse, actress Elyse Poppers, a brunette in a blue dress, stood surrounded by three unnervingly realistic replicas of herself in the nude. Each painstakingly hand-painted silicone cast is so lifelike that, she said, “people who come from outside think that they’re real before they get all the way in. Delivery guys especially are really freaked out.” Read More

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Paul Schimmel in Talks to Join Hauser & Wirth in Los Angeles

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Gallerist has learned from several independent sources that Paul Schimmel, former chief curator of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, is in late negotiations to join Hauser & Wirth gallery, which, according to sources, plans to open a branch in Los Angeles.

The gallery did not respond to a request for comment, and Mr. Schimmel has not yet returned a request for comment.

Paul Schimmel and the museum parted ways last summer. His departure brought wide criticism of the already embattled museum, which has been led by director Jeffrey Deitch since June 2010, and occasioned the departure of all four artist trustees. Since Mr. Schimmel left the museum, rumors have circulated in the art world as to where he would go, and there has been talk that several top-level galleries were interested in hiring him. Sources close to Mr. Schimmel have said that he preferred to stay in L.A. He has since been working as a co-director of the Mike Kelley Foundation. Read More