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Those who have been unable to catch Chinese artist Wang Xieda’s many solo shows in Shanghai, most recently at James Cohan Gallery’s branch in that city, now have a chance to see his work in New York. His first one-person show on these shores, titled “Subject Verb Object,” opens tomorrow at Cohan’s Chelsea branch.
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Sitting in Zinque, a boho hippie wine bar in Venice, Calif., Jesper Just, with his piercing blue eyes and disheveled blond hair, looked more like a surfer dude than an artist whose famously open-ended narrative films grace the collections of world-class museums like the Guggenheim, the Tate Modern and MoMA, and who was recently chosen to represent Denmark in the 2013 Biennale—in that other Venice. This was in late July, and the Danish-born, New York-based 37-year-old had just spent a few days filming in Llano Del Rio, a long-deserted socialist community in the Antelope Valley outside Los Angeles. He’d come to Zinque to discuss that film, Llano, that will have its world premiere in an exhibition opening at New York’s James Cohan Gallery on September 6—along with two other new films getting their New York premieres—but he gave the impression that he’d prefer the content of his work to remain at least partly ambiguous.
Venice Biennale 2013
Earlier this year, the Museum of Modern Art presented a David Hammons drawing that could be viewed only by appointment for a few moments each week. The rest of the time, a white silk cloth covered the work as it hung inside the museum’s “Printin’” exhibition. Those who scheduled a viewing got to see an effervescent pink piece made with subtle washes of Kool-Aid. It was an absolute stunner.
Jesper Just, who’s known for video works that often include multiple screens, high production values and rich musical accompaniments, will represent Denmark at the Venice Biennale. Art Review released the news today, which was confirmed by Mr. Just’s New York dealer, James Cohan Gallery. More details about his plans for the Danish pavilion will be released in coming weeks.
Someone tell dealers James and Jane Cohan to take a relaxing day off. Their VIP Art Fair 2.0 is taking place at the moment, but they still found time to mail a news release saying that they will now work with New York artist Shinique Smith, who previously showed in New York with Yvon Lambert. (Lambert shuttered its Chelsea branch last year, but still represents Ms. Smith in Paris.)
“When I was naïve and I thought I could fight destiny, I worked in the art world, out at SFMOMA,” Niki Russ Federman told Gallerist over the phone this weekend. But destiny has taken hold. Ms. Federman now owns and operates the family business, the redoubtable Lower East Side appetizing store Russ & Daughters, along with her cousin Josh Russ Tupper.