Wendy Olsoff and Penny Pilkington founded P·P·O·W in early ‘80s New York. To bring the gallery into its fourth decade, Olsoff's daughter Eden Deering is keeping things fresh.
Wendy Olsoff and Penny Pilkington founded P·P·O·W in early ‘80s New York. To bring the gallery into its fourth decade, Olsoff's daughter Eden Deering is keeping things fresh.
As the blooms of spring emerge, so does a fresh wave of artistic brilliance in the heart of New York City.
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More than half of the auction's lots were created by women.
With two weeks worth of art fairs in New York, from Independent to Frieze, the city is about to add one more, a new initiative called That ’70s Show.
Seven artists achieved new sales benchmarks at Christie’s Contemporary Art sale in New York on Monday night, including Simone Leigh, a star of the 2022 Venice Biennale, and Robin F. Williams, a figurative painter still in her 30s.
Transfiguring discarded architectural parts and detritus into new bodies for an alternative, boundless world, Chiffon Thomas rebuilds from rubble.
A selection of leading British and British-based artists have begun work on artworks reflecting on the Coronation.
Depicting a series of distinctly after-hours scenarios, every painting in Kyle Dunn’s ‘Night Pictures’ is a testament to the power of sleeplessness to transform the banal into a melodrama and the self into a well of introspection.
The first New York art fair week of 2023 is upon us.
Some may be anticipating a shift toward abstraction in the contemporary art market at large, but figuration is still front and centre at the Independent art fair this year.
Art history is filled with nakedness. To be specific, it’s filled with naked women depicted by men.
Ten paintings. Each engaging; each mysterious; each stranger than the next.
Long sidelined by flat works which are easier to sell digitally, the 3D is resurgent
In his newest exhibition showing at the PPOW Gallery, Brooklyn based artist Kyle Dunn captures moments of quiet and sublime intimacy between men.
The much-anticipated 14th iteration of Independent New York, a cutting-edge art fair, is on view from May 11-14 at Spring Studios.
Kyle Dunn’s Night Pictures offers quiet, intimate scenes that hum with depth.
The exhibition Strings of Desire at Craft Contemporary in Los Angeles showcases the works of 13 artists who put the art of embroidery at the centre of their multimedia works.
In this monthly series, we gather thoughts and highlights from Artsy’s in-house art experts on what they’re seeing, looking forward to, and enjoying in the art world this month.
The 14th Gwangju Biennale (until 9 July) takes as its tagline ‘soft and weak like water’ – a phrase inspired by the classical Chinese treatise Tao Te Ching in which Laozi proposed the paradoxical power of the soft and subtle to overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges.
Kyle Dunn’s new exhibition, Night Pictures, studies a single queer protagonist in their most personal and contemplative moments.
The theme of nocturnal interiors in Kyle Dunn’s solo show “Night Pictures” at PPOW highlights his fascinating handling of light and shadow.
P·P·O·W is pleased to announce the representation of Grace Carney and Mosie Romney.
The Chinese-American artist emerges as a painter of urban decay who mashed together social and magical realism
A bi-monthly collection of mixed reviews.
“Trending Now” is a monthly series focused on the artists with a significant growth in followers on Artsy from one month to the next.
At the 14th Gwangju Biennale's press conference, a local journalist probed artistic director Sook-Kyung Lee on the difference between this edition's themes and the one before it.
“Malicious Mischief,” the title of KW’s Martin Wong retrospective, hearkens back to a pair of paintings of mustached and muscle-bound prison officers, and, in legal terms, to the crime of willfully damaging another person’s property.
Plus, the National Portrait Gallery raises enough money to jointly buy a rare portrait with the Getty and a T-Rex will go on view in Antwerp.
The grant-giving foundation preserves Warhol's legacy through research, licensing and advancement of the visual arts.
As a recurring art event, the Gwangju Biennale carries a heavy burden: to deal with the legacy and trauma of the democratic uprising and the massacre that followed in the city in May 1980, a recent historical event that has not reached its closure.
Marissa Zappas, who has made perfumes with sex workers and astrologers, is the nose behind an exhibit’s provocative new fragrance.
Artists have often been forced to hold down another job in order to make ends meet. For many, being able to leave these second roles in order to focus full time on art is the ultimate goal.
An exhibition in Berlin pays homage to the boundary-pushing legacy of Martin Wong.
A queer photographer’s work ranges from the everyday to abstraction.
On Thursday night in Gwangju, South Korea, as hundreds took their seats on a plaza for the opening ceremony of the city’s storied art biennial, dark clouds loomed overhead.
Your list of must-see, fun, insightful, and very New York art exhibitions to see this April, including Shellyne Rodriguez, Susan Bee, Mandy Al-Sayegh, Corydon Cowansage, and more.
When we first sat down with Kyle Dunn in NYC back in 2018, he told us, "Times are changing rapidly, and queer imagery seems to finally be leaving the margins of visual culture."
Want to see new art in the city? Check out Che Lovelace and Tauba Auerbach in Chelsea and Shellyne Rodriguez’s terrific debut exhibition in TriBeCa.
Shellyne Rodriguez’s exhibition on view at P·P·O·W in New York through April 22 functions as a kind of curriculum.
Busy, bright installation invites contemplation
In a conversation a few years ago with critic Lauren O’Neill-Butler, Adam Putnam spoke of his interest in what he called “the format of the fragment” and the role it plays in supporting a certain mood of circumspection he wants present in his work—an “ambition to keep things hidden,” as he put it.
In an art world built on shifting sands, artists’ signatures become symbols of agency for some, and relics of the past for others.
Helsinki Biennial 2023 is delighted to share the 29 international artists and collectives participating in its second edition, New Directions May Emerge, curated by Joasia Krysa and produced by HAM Helsinki Art Museum.
A highly subjective list of the concerts, festivals, exhibits, plays, and experiences you shouldn't miss this season.
New York City offers some of the best art exhibits in the entire world. From contemporary art to immersive experiences, you'll be sure to find something that will catch your eye.
Martin Wong, a queer Chinese American with ranchero flair, was a dynamo of the downtown New York art scene in the 1980s.
At his upcoming show at ICA Watershed, Boston, the artist transports his audience using the power of sound baths.
On the occasion of the artist’s first major retrospective outside of the US, Travis Diehl considers the 1985 painting ‘Untitled (Green Storefront)’
In depicting a disappeared America, Wong’s retrospective holds a mirror to the lost world which surrounds KW itself.
This Women’s History Month, CULTURED delves into the magazine’s archives to highlight 10 female artists who confront gender inequities by redefining the erotic, quashing the idea of women’s work, and refusing to go quietly.
Artist Portia Munson has been collecting the products for nearly 40 years
These new NYC art exhibits and immersive experiences have it all: Iconic fashion, Megan Thee Stallion, and trippy aesthetics.
From Alice Neels’ hotly anticipated London retrospective, to Portia Munson’s famed pink bedroom in New York, we select the must-see exhibitions from around the world.
A selection of recent work by Brooklyn-based artist Hilary Harkness.
Over the past decade, thanks to its unique architecture and comparatively low real estate prices, Tribeca has become a leading area for emerging and established galleries to plant their roots.
Returning to New York on Air Fair Weekend, I missed Independent, the Armory and Spring Break while nursing an airplane cold (luckily, not covid). However, as I recuperated, I visited several local downtown galleries, abounding with great autumnal energy.
In this breathtaking exhibition, Thomas’s alchemical, history-laden work stands, in part, as a metaphor for trans embodiment and personal reconfiguration.
Ahead of its opening next April, the 2023 Gwangju Biennale has named the initial 58 artists (of an estimated 80 total) that are set to exhibit their work as part of the exhibition, which is organized by Tate Modern senior curator Sook-Kyung Lee under the title of “soft and weak like water.”
The Guyanese-British artist’s commission for the museum was created in a tense dialogue with collection objects that are connected to conquest.
The commission's title, Gilt, puns on the motivation for art world scrambling to account for centuries of pillaging.
When you think about art made during the early years of the AIDS epidemic, David Wojnarowicz’s work—along with that of Félix González-Torres, Keith Haring, and Darrel Ellis—springs to mind.
Over the entrance to the Met are medallion portraits of white, male art heroes. Enter Hew Locke with a timely and pointed message about “Gilt” (or “Guilt”).
One of her greatest, most enduring skills was the ability to take the female body, as pure flesh, and to transform it into something powerful and illuminating rather than demeaning or depressing
The British-Guyanese artist is the third sculptor to take on the Met's Facade Commission.
Plus, PPOW is collecting goods for migrants in New York, and Dia Art Foundation staffers vote to form a union.
On the occasion of Carolee Schneemann’s survey at the Barbican Art Gallery, Cathy Wade looks back at the artist’s 1973 kinetic painting ‘Up to and Including Her Limits’
Body Politics, a comprehensive retrospective of Carolee Schneemann’s work, gives an intense account of the versatile American artist’s vision and art
For before Feminism was even a thing, she was breaking artistic and social boundaries.
Artists who have faced censorship are taking center stage at Unit London. “Sensitive Content,” curated by artist Helen Beard and art historians Alayo Akinkugbe and Maria Elena Buszek, presents artworks that have challenged the status quo by raising questions on artistic freedom and foregrounding issues linked to the circulation and suppression of art.
What most stands out for me about 52 Artists at the Aldrich Contemporary is the sense of both engaging with and resisting categories.
Organized by Lucy Lippard, “Twenty Six Contemporary Women Artists” presented the work of women who had not previously had solo shows. This revival presentation, organized by the museum’s chief curator, Amy Smith-Stewart, and independent curator Alexandra Schwartz, expands Lippard’s roster—of mostly white, all cis-female artists—with a more diverse list of 26 additional female-identifying and nonbinary artists born in or after 1980.
Guadalupe Maravilla’s New York museum show resolutely harnesses the otherness of illness, while never surrendering to the notion of suffering as a totalizing narrative.
Body Politics is much more than an overdue retrospective and is a must-see not just for existing fans of Carolee Schneemann. With a career spanning six decades, Schneemann has been a major influence on generations of artists, making a lasting mark in particular with ground-breaking performances that ensured her position within the feminist art canon.
The closing nights of the New York art world’s busy back-to-school week took revelers from Lower Manhattan to the outer edge of Queens
As a new retrospective opens at the Barbican in London, four artists, writers and editors speak on Carolee Schneemann’s playful, pioneering artistic legacy
Schneemann’s personal life is almost as freely displayed as her genitals in a six-decade retrospective of her fiercely divisive work. Elsewhere, Coates channels the voices inside other people’s heads
With a humanitarian crisis unfolding in New York City, P·P·O·W and Guadalupe Maravilla are gathering necessary supplies to help asylum seekers with basic urgent needs and family reuinification.
A career retrospective becomes a cathedral of the mundane.
Featuring more than 180 works by iconic artists, the exhibition is the last project conceived and curated by the late art historian, curator, and critic Germano Celant.
For Carolee Schneemann, the process of creating art was just as important as the finished product, a notion that connects over 50 years of the artist’s work captured in the new Barbican retrospective Carolee Schneemann: Body Politics, running until January 2023.
This week, as The Armory Show once again whirs to life, roving crowds of collectors will descend upon the Javits Center.
Highlights include grand retrospectives of Alex Katz and Wolfgang Tillmans, a titanic assembly of van Gogh and a celebration of the pioneering Just Above Midtown gallery.
Schneemann was inspirational, confrontational and joyously excessive, pulling art from her vagina and writhing naked through molasses and wallpaper paste. This thrilling show captures the sheer scope of a phenomenal artist
The gallery is nearly doubling its footprint with a new space next to its Tribeca home.
Artist, feminist, environmentalist—these themes elegantly converge in her exhibition “Bound Angel” which examines, with perverse pleasure, the darker cultural implications of mass production, the fight for gender equality, and the mounting ecological crisis.
She staged an event even Duchamp said was messy, filmed herself having sex, unrolled a script from her vagina – and took art away from canvas and into the stuff of life itself
We surveyed museums from New York to Detroit to Los Angeles to get a sense of where equity initiatives stand.
Themed exhibitions exploring the Great Migration and showcasing works by young fashion photographers and metal workers in Memphis are amond the noteworthy shows featuring Black artists that opened in museums this spring and summer.
How to define sculpture in 2022? This issue of Art in America offers considerable insight in answering that question, beginning with thoughts from curators we asked to weigh in.
On the occasion of Carolee Schneemann’s survey at the Barbican Art Gallery, Cathy Wade looks back at the artist’s 1973 kinetic painting ‘Up to and Including Her Limits’
The Colene Brown Art Prize awards ten New York-based visual artists with $10,000 unrestricted grants. The Prize is underwritten by artist and former BRIC Board Member Deborah Brown and her sister Ellen Brown in memory of their late mother, Colene Brown, and is funded through the Harold and Colene Brown Family Foundation.
Looking for a stupendous list of things to do in the City of London in September? You’ve come to the right place.
From knockout shows and exhibitions to entire festivals celebrating the unrelenting influence of waterways on the growth of the capital, we’ve got a little something for everyone.
As a general rule, great or interesting art and exhibitions are not found in summer resorts, the art buying and appreciating public being transient, the season short, and the major galleries in urban art centers (New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Hong Kong) being proprietary about their artists and their collectors. However, that may be changing as what were once one season destinations are becoming year-round bases for work-from-home.
More than two years after the start of the coronavirus shutdowns, the Bay Area’s visual art scene has not only rebounded from pandemic delays, but also has pushed forward with exciting new developments.
150 artists submitted their worst reviews for reprint, compiling a broad survey of severe art criticism—its shifting form, nature, and impact—by those directly subjected to it.
Galleries and artists are Increasingly finding themselves at the centre of heavy-handed suppression on the social media platform
The factual and fantastical collide, as a Black woman wearing an ebony helmet mask turns her head to gaze at the viewer even as she strides to our left.
How did one show in 1896 give birth to America’s oldest exhibition of global contemporary art – and what does the Carnegie International mean for the city of Pittsburgh today?
With a major new exhibition and a hit TV show celebrating our love of fixing objects, Rosalind Jana reflects on the healing power of repair
The exhibition of the year is here, plus we have South Korean pop culture, a Sudanese women’s champion, decoded Egyptian hieroglyphs, Zaha Hadid’s ‘yonic stadium’ and a rare showing for the ‘American Turner’
The Portland gallery and the institute at Maine College of Art & Design are respectively celebrating 20 and 25 years since opening.
Despite the blood and violence, the highs and lows of the Viennese Actionist’s infamous The Six Day Play were surprisingly heartfelt. Trigger warnings of violent imagery to follow.
Carolee Schneemann: Body Politics is also the first major exhibition since the progressive artist’s death.
The Czechoslovak New Wave film “Daisies” features an insolent pair of young girls determined to be as “spoiled” as the world.
In amassing work made by the mostly overlooked gay artists who lived and died during the crisis, a global group of collectors is redefining what the Western canon looks like.
Let’s be honest: On a best bathrooms list, no one wants to be number two.
To celebrate the Barbican’s upcoming exhibition and film screenings, we take a look at some of the artist’s most shocking and haunting work
Artist Portia Munson's recent solo show at PPOW Gallery takes on feminist aesthetics and if we have ultimately missed something.
From Catherine Opie’s explorations of contemporary life to a group exhibition on the theme of play, we round up the exhibitions you need to see this month
For decades now, the members of the LGBTQIA communities have been demanding equal rights for all, and for a time, it looked like the battle was going in their favor. However, everything they have won this year stands on a precipice as the lawmakers have proposed more than 230 bills that would limit the rights of LGBTQIA Americans.
In the Hayward Gallery exhibition “In the Black Fantastic,” Nick Cave’s powerful, newly commissioned installation takes center stage. The piece, entitled Chain Reaction, features hundreds of black cast-plaster arms—shaped from the artist’s own—joined together like chains. The hands grip each other as though trying to lift one another up. The installation touches on one of the show’s major themes: the legacy of slavery and colonialism.
The curator of “In the Black Fantastic” at London’s Hayward Gallery describes it as a “feel-good show about death,” which also looks beyond Afrofuturism.
Want to see new art in New York this weekend? Start in NoHo to see Ever Baldwin’s wry, visionary paintings at Marinaro. Then head to the Lower East Side for “Painting as Is II” at Nathalie Karg, “one of the best summer group shows in town.” And don’t miss Portia Munson’s “Bound Angel” at PPOW Gallery in TriBeCa.
Maravilla turned to Tripa Chuca as a way to meet others during his migration to the U.S.
From triennials and theatre openings to spellbinding photo shows and sumptuous new food offerings, here’s our round-up of the very best things August has to offer
PPOW Gallery and the David Wojnarowicz Foundation launched an interactive project dedicated to the artist’s iconic photo-text collage.
A spectacular show of art and documentation at the Jewish Museum captures New York in 1962-64, an era of near-weekly advances in all of the arts.
Your list of must-see, fun, insightful, and very New York art events this month, including feminist surrealism, underground legends, and contemporary perspectives on print media.
For her new show at P.P.O.W., Munson continues exploring issues of the commodification of femininity and consumerism’s role in our mounting ecological crisis with an all-white table piece, Bound Angel.
From the moment of its inception, the genre has been concerned with the promise and peril of breaking from modernity
The Commonwealth Games has kickstarted an explosion of culture in England’s second city, with loads to look at and listen to, as well as eat and drink
In the Black Fantastic is a magical, fantastical exhibition featuring 11 contemporary artists from the African diaspora; Nick Cave, Sedrick Chisom, Ellen Gallagher, Hew Locke, Wangechi Mutu, Rashaad Newsome, Chris Ofili, Tabita Rezaire, Cauleen Smith, Lina Iris Viktor and Kara Walker.
With 200 works by 71 female artists, a new exhibition of pioneering photography was ‘too quiet and poetic’ to be properly appreciated in the 1970s
A double-exhibition at P·P·O·W Gallery offers a great solo exhibition and access to a space the public has never before entered.
Each week, we search for the most exciting and thought-provoking shows, screenings, and events, both digitally and in-person in the New York area. See our picks from around the world below. (Times are all ET unless otherwise noted.)
The filmmaker behind Wojnarowicz: F*ck You F*ggot F*cker discusses why the late artist’s politically confrontational work is more relevant than ever.
The pioneering American artist left behind a legacy of art as a form of gay rights activism; today, with regressive reproductive laws and the Monkeypox vaccine crisis affecting the queer community, his work proves its timelessness
P·P·O·W is proud to introduce The David Wojnarowicz Foundation. In the 30 years since his life was cut short, the voice of David Wojnarowicz has continued to resonate in museums, galleries, classrooms, protests, and visual celebrations of beauty and defiance and love. The Foundation's work begins with the launch of a dynamic website celebrating David's work and legacy. We welcome you in exploring this growing resource and beginning a relationship with the Foundation and its mission in the years to come.
Artists in the early 1960s drew from a heady mix: Mad magazine and Marilyn; the civil rights movement and the death of a president; queer bodies and “Pieta.” It’s all at the Jewish Museum.
Saturated with objects but also different colors and emotions, the installations by American artist Portia Munson reflect her interest in systems and structured formations. For several decades already, she has been combining sculpture, installation, painting, and digital photography, to explore consumerism from the feminist and environmentalist lens.
New York's summer art scene is heating up.
P·P·O·W is pleased to announce the opening of an additional gallery in Tribeca, on the second floor of 390 Broadway, adjacent to its primary gallery.
An HIV-positive gay man who performed as Patina du Prey, Hunter Reynolds was a member of ACT UP. Here’s his latest art book.
A take-a-seat start to the week, courtesy of British artist Clementine Keith Roach and one of her latest works, titled Nuptials.
The artist, who has wrapped a statue of Victoria in a wooden ship in Birmingham, prefers a retain and explain approach
While the early morning of this un-historic summer day was filled with white fog, the afternoon is embracing the lushness of the green, flickering countryside, the grey rural roads, and me, a slow country road driver on my way to Portia Munson’s studio, in the magic of the golden light.
Guyanese British artist Hew Locke is at a pivotal moment in his thirty-plus year career as a fine artist.
It’s difficult to truly understand where ideas originate. Even well-documented moments in history like the invention of the telephone or the light bulb get rehashed and retold in new and different ways. We are often left wondering what spurred the ideas into reality and what helped to make the different mental connections.
Focused on the years 1962–1964, a program by Film at Lincoln Center pairs with a Jewish Museum exhibition and a survey at Film Forum.
Artist David Wojnarowicz died 30 years ago. A childhood photo of yourself can now be part of his LGBTQ-themed poster “One Day This Kid.”
Laurie Simmons and Drew Sawyer discuss the late artist’s AIDS-era collages in a portfolio for Document’s tenth anniversary
At the beginning of the 1970s, American artists were demanding more equitable representation in institutional shows. Organizations such as the Black Emergency Cultural Coalition and the Ad Hoc Committee of Women Artists staged protests over the Whitney Museum’s omission of Black and women artists in their exhibitions.
Throughout the trendy, catchword-ridden East Village scene of the 1980s, Martin Wong’s work defied categorization. While others painted anxious figures in broad strokes and strident colors, he rendered his meticulous urban landscapes in a muted palette dominated by umbers, blacks, and rusty reds.
The sculptures of Hew Locke turn the symbols of state power – from coats of arms to naval vessels, public statues and royal portraits – into tools for examining the ways in which societies the world over have fashioned their identities, often under the shadow of colonialism.
One night in 1989, Hunter Reynolds, then a 30-year-old artist living in New York City, made himself up at home with the help of a friendly drag queen. He was intrigued with the results: his handsome face embellished and transformed, neither man nor woman, like an androgynous cabaret star in Berlin during the Weimar years. He tossed on a tweed coat and headed out to various art-world events. Friends didn’t recognize him, so he pretended to be a performance artist visiting from Los Angeles.
Filled with enigmatic figures and abstract pools of jewel tones, the rising star's paintings are coveted by collectors everywhere
NEW YORK, NY.- P·P·O·W is presenting Made to Be Broken, a site-specific exhibition curated by artist Corey Durbin. Installed underneath P·P·O·W, Made to Be Broken features new works by Daniel Barragán, Caroline Boreri, Corey Durbin, Yves B Golden, Carly Mandel, Hayley Cranberry Small, and Cameron Spratley.
Our ‘At home with’ interview series explores what creatives are making, what’s making them tick, and the moments that made them. This time, we step over the threshold with Guyanese-British artist Hew Locke
The Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh has announced the full list of participating artists for the 58th Carnegie International exhibition, which opens in Pittsburgh on 24 September.
P.P.O.W. is opening up their unfinished basement this weekend for a group show curated by Corey Durbin …
The Carnegie International in Pittsburgh, the oldest biennial-style show in the U.S., has revealed the artist list for its 2022 edition, which is due to kick off at the Carnegie Museum of Art on September 24.
Organizers of the Carnegie International today released the names of the artists who will be participating in the event’s fifty-eighth edition, to take place from September 24, 2022 to April 2, 2023, across various venues in Pittsburgh. Curated by Sohrab Mohebbi, the exhibition is titled “Is It Morning for You Yet?”
The 58th edition will feature 150 artists, creative collectives, and institutional collections.
Noting the ‘documentary form’ as of relevance to the historicisation of the LGBTQ+ movement, these artists bring the image towards the evidentiary.
Each week, we search for the most exciting and thought-provoking shows, screenings, and events, both digitally and in-person in the New York area. See our picks from around the world below.
Inside the Benenson Center’s Newmark Gallery, a 15-foot-wide blue backyard swimming pool is filled, not with water, but with thousands of found plastic artifacts, organized by graduated shades of blue. The centerpiece of “Flood,” a new exhibit by artist Portia Munson, “Reflecting Pool” (2013) displays the detritus of the plastic era.
The artist realized what he previously called an “impossible proposal,” building a ship around a public statue of Queen Victoria, where she’s joined by five smaller replicas of herself.
We asked our friend Simon de Pury to give us a lay of the land and to offer a peek into what's on offer.
As the new exhibition WORLDBUILDING: Gaming and Art in the Digital Age opens, curator Hans Ulrich Obrist discusses the growing role of video games in our everyday lives
He has been exploring ships, slavery and statues for decades – and now the world has finally caught up. As Locke unveils the boat he has built in Birmingham, he talks us through his ‘bloody exhausting’ workload
Hunter Reynolds, an artist and activist whose expansive work influenced generations and poignantly reflected on the immense loss wrought by the AIDS crisis and took on that era’s homophobia, died on June 12 at his home in New York’s East Village. He was 62.
The Dow dropped 800 points, the S&P 500 fell into bear market territory, Bitcoin hit an 18-month low, and inflation concerns continued to stoke fears about an oncoming recession, but you wouldn’t have known that financial chaos was raging at Tuesday’s VIP opening of Art Basel in Basel.
Artist couple Clementine Keith-Roach and Christopher Page bring their vision of human interaction to PPOW gallery.
The organizers of the forthcoming ART SG in Singapore announced the more than 150 galleries that will participate in its inaugural edition, scheduled to run January 11–15 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre.
NEW YORK, NY.- P·P·O·W and the Hunter Reynolds Estate are deeply saddened to announce that Hunter Reynolds, influential artist, activist, and dear friend, passed away peacefully on June 12, 2022 at his home in the East Village surrounded by loyal friends. He was 62 years old.
Art Basel returns to Switzerland in full swing, held at Messe Basel from June 16—19 with support from UBS. Exhibited across platforms like Galleries, Features, Statements, and Editions, the fair’s 289 presenting galleries are bringing a range of works by contemporary creators and rare and historical marvels. The fair also encompasses a series of large-scale works in the Unlimited sector, site-specific projects in Parcours, and a program encompassing talks, films, and other special happenings.
Our picks of the must-see seasonal outdoor and indoor exhibitions, from Wangechi Mutu and Brandon Ndife at the Storm King Art Center to Frank Stella at The Ranch
Today, Martin Wong (1946–1999) is undoubtedly best known as an unwavering chronicler of a bygone era in New York’s Loisaida neighborhood, his meticulous renderings of the material world’s seemingly inconsequential details, like brick walls or chain-wire fencing, and, of course, his adaptation of the fingerspelling gestures used in American Sign Language.
Sprüth Magers to open in New York; Art Basel galleries put spotlight on refugees; offer for MCH spin-off; Miami museum buys Nam June Paik work
Upon seeing Dinh Q. Lê’s work, one’s instinctive reaction is often to move closer. Lê’s meticulous photo-weaving process, inspired by Vietnamese grass mat weaving, creates intricate collages of found images that tie identities, histories, and memories engrossed in conflict and displacement.
It’s not new for an artwork to state its queer allusions so clearly. But as collectors of LGBTQIA+ art are becoming more numerous, and (in the West in particular) queer artists are becoming more visible in museum shows, galleries are an important part of the puzzle in supporting these artists. How are dealers working to represent the varied practices of LGBTQ artists today?
“52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone” revisits the practices and artists of the Ridgefield, Connecticut museum's seminal 1971 feminist art show, Twenty Six Contemporary Women Artists," and brings new voices into the conversation.
Female deities, demons, and religious figures have been a source of artistic inspiration for centuries. Yet all too often, their image and stories have fallen victim to a prurient male gaze and patriarchal ideas of womanhood.
Guadalupe Maravilla’s Tierra Blanca Joven at the Brooklyn Museum consists of “Disease Throwers”—large sculptures that function as healing sound baths, a curation of Mayan artifacts from the museum’s collection, video performance, and a community healing room.
Four legs in a garden—Glaessner’s first exhibition in a French institutional context—is hung luxuriously under Le Consortium’s vast 12-meter ceiling in their monumental White Box gallery. The show’s general similarity benefits from this grandeur and includes three new works of paths and party scenes that were created specifically for the exhibition site. Though some of the canvases are small, they all uses the electric hues of a Fauvist palette.
Depictions of the British sovereign, one of the most painted women in history, reflect the changing status of the monarchy over more than half a century
Few artists have had as much of an impact on representational painting as Judith Linhares. For the years between MarciaTucker’s “Bad” Painting (1978) at the New Museum and Linhares’s inclusion in Frieze by Anglim Gilbert Gallery in 2018, she was a painter well-known by other figurative painters and the generations of students she taught at the School of Visual Arts, but her gallery representation didn’t properly reflect her influence.
These university museum leaders are bridging cultural chasms through elaborate and generative work with their students.
52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone celebrates the fifty-first anniversary of the historic exhibition Twenty Six Contemporary Women Artists, curated by Lucy R. Lippard and presented at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Conn., in 1971. Opening on June 6, 2022, 52 Artists will showcase work by the artists included in the original 1971 exhibition, alongside a new roster of twenty-six female identifying or nonbinary emerging artists, tracking the evolution of feminist art practices over the past five decades.
Want to see new art in New York this weekend? Start on the Upper East Side with Evelyn Statsinger’s enthralling paintings at Gray New York. Then head to Chelsea for a rare chance to see Michaël Borremans’s work at David Zwirner.- And don’t miss Tommy Malekoff’s indelible video images shot in the Everglades.
“Basquiat is not just an artist; for a lot of the people out there, he’s a religion,” one dealer said. But Wednesday there were plenty of newcomers to watch.
In the past few years, Tribeca has seen a resurgence as New York galleries depart districts like Chelsea and the Lower East Side for new digs, making this neighborhood one of the go-to spots for art in the city. A heady brew of art enterprises has formed as a result: relatively young art spaces now exist side-by-side with Tribeca veterans like Postmasters Gallery and apexart, and edgy shows by artists on the rise can be found just blocks from ones by more established talent.
One couple is helping Atlanta’s High Museum of Art to fill gaps and correct biases in its collection.
From Genesis P-Orridge at Pioneer Works to Louise Bourgeois at the Met, our pick of the best exhibitions in the city this week
Women inhabit their bodies on their own terms in Judith Linhares’s paintings, rendered in the color-loaded, wet-into-wet strokes of the artist’s signature wide brush.
Last year, the Ford Foundation and Mellon Foundation, two of the country’s largest philanthropic funders in the arts, joined forces to establish the Latinx Artist Fellowship, which will support the work of 75 Latinx artists at various stages in their careers over a five-year period.
What makes an image queer? What constitutes a queer history? Ryan Patrick Krueger’s debut solo exhibition, “On Longing,” invoked these questions and explored what’s at stake in their answers through five works (all 2022) that contain and reframe vernacular photographs of coupled men between whom some form of affection can be discerned.
Alive with personified creatures and borrowed symbols, Astrid Terrazas’s canvases function like tarot cards, hazy assemblages of meanings that orbit an iconic core.
The artist, who fled the violence of the civil war in El Salvador as a child, incorporates ritual gongs into his sculptures, on view in the show “Tierra Blanca Joven,” at the Brooklyn Museum.
Guadalupe Maravilla's practice and resulting artworks centre mostly on healing as an individual and societal tool to overcome trauma, drawing from his background as a child of war and experiences as a cancer survivor to build spaces focused on communal care and healing across generations.
Fixing a set of emerald-green and darkly mesmerizing eyes on the camera for a 2022 video in this exhibition, Tiamat Legion Medusa, the titular subject of the piece, asserts, “I don’t want to die looking like a human.”
It was terrifying, but there was so much beauty and magic.
That's how the artist Guadalupe Maravilla describes much of his life. And it could also be said for his work — looming sculptures and haunting sound art — exhibitions of which are currently being shown at the Museum of Modern Art and the Brooklyn Museum in New York.
Hew Locke discusses his grand commission for Tate Britain, a poetic work of sculpture examining colonial legacy, global finance and the human bodies at the end of the paper trail
The Salvadoran artist talks to Aruna D’Souza about retracing his childhood migration through Central America and Mexico, collectively healing trauma and performing in the dark
The annual Gallery Weekend Berlin is opening this week at some 50 galleries.
New York Art Week, which runs May 5th through 12th, is the latest evolution in the city’s always mercurial art fair scene. In the past, major fairs have spawned numerous satellite events, and organizations across the city have tried to capitalize on the monied collectors who flock here for the marquee events. New York Art Week is a unique endeavor in that it’s the first attempt to bring together many of these actors under one banner with a focused mission.
In memory of Stephanie, and in honor of Alejandro.
The book Gay Propaganda, edited by Masha Gessen, was published in January of 2014, on the eve of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, and right before the invasion of Crimea. It collects personal accounts of LGBTQ+ life in Russia in response to the laws criminalizing public discussions of homosexuality and banning LGBTQ+ couples from adopting children. Every speech that Putin currently makes justifying the new invasion of Ukraine has railed against "so called gender freedoms," equating basic human dignity to a decadent luxury such as oysters or foie gras.
A new exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum showcases the work of multidisciplinary artist Guadalupe Maravilla, the first contemporary Central American artist to have a solo show at the Museum.
The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation embarks on its first book with artists like Claudia Rankine, Mel Chin, Mierle Laderman Ukeles supplying words and curator Anjuli Nanda leading the charge.
Carolee Schneemann created some of the most famous works of performance art of the twentieth century – including the genuinely iconic 'Interior Scroll' - and is long overdue a proper celebration.
In October 1981, the artist David Wojnarowicz, then 27, went to the countryside with his new friend and eventual lover, the photographer Peter Hujar. While there, he caught a snake. This fact is perfectly mundane, but it is rendered breathtaking at PPOW Gallery where you can read about the trip in Wojnarowicz’s handwritten postcard to his then-lover Jean-Pierre Delage and then look up from the glass case where the postcard lies to see a Hujar photo of the event: Wojnarowicz, shirtless in black and white, staring straight into the lens, exposing his two big front teeth in a smile while the snake hangs from his hand like an upside-down “J.”
El artista salvadoreño Guadalupe Maravilla ha convertido dos salas del museo Henie Onstad de Oslo en un manifiesto a favor de los poderes curativos del arte. Sound Botánica, su primera gran exposición individual en Europa, explora cómo la pintura o la instalación pueden enfrentarse a la enfermedad y el trauma, al tiempo que revisten el centro expositivo de un aura espiritual.
I tend to treat painting as a personal folktale journal, and that helps keep me interested. I like to story tell what’s happening in my life in a non-direct way–casting a light haze on the actual happenings of my life and community within invented or fantastical worlds. The intent is to create different stages of consciousness, a dreamlike fluidity that connects past and present. Similar to a dream, the meaning is understood only if looked at peripherally.
In his work, Danh Vo proposes that you don’t necessarily have to have made an object in order to call it your own. The very typewriter that the Unabomber used to pen his manifestos was included in his 2018 Guggenheim Museum retrospective, as was a chair used by a member of the Kennedy administration. Neither of these objects would have been out of place in a history museum. In Vo’s hands, however, they become art.
Over 40 donors supported the climate action led by Galleries Commit and Art to Acres, which will see nearly 200,000 acres preserved
The fair’s ninth chapter comes after a two-year hiatus and boasts an ambitious programming throughout the city
The artist's new Tate Britain Commission is a blazingly ambitious cavalcade of humanity, melding past and present, joy and pain
Guyanese-British artist will create four sculptures that draw on the New York museum's collection
If there was one phrase uttered more than any other at Thursday’s opening of EXPO Chicago, it was “great energy.” The art, the booths, and most of all the fair itself were suffused with it, according to both gallerists and visitors. That attitude might not be surprising considering this is the first time the event has returned to the city’s Navy Pier since fall 2019—both 2020 and 2021 in-person events were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
One of the artists, Tiamat Legion Medusa, is transforming into a dragon.
The Guyanese-British artist will create four sculptures shaped into whole and fragmented trophies that reference historical works in the museum’s collection.
Guadalupe Maravilla’s sculptures at the Brooklyn Museum and MoMA explore the trauma caused by war, migration and family separation.
Plus, a new show at PPOW explores David Wojnarowicz’s first love, and Philadelphia Museum of Art workers stage a rally.
In the new issue of Elephant, writer Precious Adesina meets the British artist Hew Locke, whose work has long challenged viewers to look and think again about the world that surrounds them.
A show at PPOW gallery explores the artist and author’s first significant relationship, with Jean Pierre Delage, which liberated him emotionally and changed him artistically.
Hew Locke’s new installation at Tate Britain shows 150 full-sized figures on a journey through history
A new exhibition at New York’s PPOW Gallery displays David Wojnarowicz’s letters to his former lover Jean Pierre – here, his biographer Cynthia Carr talks about his tender, furious artistic legacy
A new large-scale installation by Hew Locke, "The Procession" features nearly 150 life-sized figures outfitted in hand-made garments and masks.
In a major new commission for the Tate museum group in London, the British-Guyanese artist returns to the themes of empire and postcolonial reckoning that have fascinated him throughout his career.
David Wojnarowicz’s final home was on the corner of Second Avenue and Twelfth Street on the Lower East Side. He moved in after the prior tenant, his mentor and former lover Peter Hujar, died of AIDS. A few months later, in 1988, David was diagnosed with AIDS himself; he’d die in the Second Avenue apartment four years later at the age of thirty-seven.
The Procession, installed in the Duveen Galleries, references the museum's historic links to the sugar industry and slavery
Plus, solo shows for Stan Squirewell, Rebecca Ward, Madjeen Isaac, and more.
Ambitious, accomplished and fascinating, this incredible piece features 150 figures in masks and hand-sewn costumes journeying through Tate Britain
New work evokes ideas of pilgrimage, migration, trade, carnival, protest and social celebrations
There’s a post-colonial, anti-capitalist carnival happening at Tate Britain. And if that doesn’t sound like much fun, that’s because it isn’t. It’s serious.
Locke’s new work The Procession is a coming together of ideas he’s been exploring for nearly 30 years - and now people are talking about them
Tate Britain today unveiled The Procession, a major new installation by artist Hew Locke, the latest in the gallery’s ongoing series of annual commissions. Locke has taken over Tate Britain’s monumental Duveen Galleries with almost 150 life-sized figures – staging a powerful, unsettling and fantastical procession. Intricately hand-made, and bold in its use of colour, this extraordinary installation assembles a myriad of images and materials. It is Locke’s most ambitious project to date, bringing together themes he has explored throughout his career.
Brooklyn-based tapestry artist Erin M. Riley has been weaving pieces that speak on issues faced by women for over ten years. Her work addresses dark themes, raising awareness and promoting recovery for those who have faced issues including violence, self-harm, objectification, or are struggling with their sexuality. Many of her tapestries are based on personal experience, imagery that she has plucked directly from her camera roll, or photos she has come across online.
Curator Michael Rooks advocates for love not war in new exhibition.
The notion of stories, bodies, and selves that change incrementally and radically as they repeat pervades the mesmerizing world of Glaessner’s Phantom Tail.
‘Collectors’ journeys into the homes of fledgling and seasoned art buyers from across the globe. The ongoing series offers an intimate spotlight on a range of personal collections from hobbyist ephemera to blue-chip artworks — all the while dissecting an individual’s specific taste, at-home curation and purchase trajectory.
NB: Can you share the origin of your name, Daze?
Daze: The origin story is funny and typical. It's very important to choose a name that will define you as you continue on; a name that no one else has at the same time.
The air is thick, you’re drifting through a hazy, uncertain world, and visibility is not on your side. Obscure humanlike figures move intentionally slow through abstract pools of color and light. You make out a hand, a fingernail, a toe, but the rest is unclear. Impossibly long limbs wrap you in a warm embrace, and you feel, perhaps for the first time, safe. There are no power structures, no capitalism, no gender, just primitive reflections of emotional states. As you saunter through psychological landscapes, these spirits guide you, divorce you from your mortality, and regenerate you in their making—one free of humanity, of guilt, and most of all, free of pain.
“The feelings that I want to convey … I don’t always have the words to describe,” explains painter Elizabeth Glaessner amidst the large, beautifully painted and somewhat mysterious canvases that make up her solo show at the P·P·O·W gallery in Lower Manhattan.
Plus, check out the latest edition of our Artnet Talks and see works by Brazilian artist Amelia Toledo.
A biographical detail about this Brooklyn-based artist sheds light on both the mythological anatomies and the amniotic quality of her bewitching new paintings: Glaessner was born with a protruding tailbone. In her current show, “Phantom Tail,” supernatural creatures—a deliquescent sphinx, a spidery humanoid in a turquoise pool—occupy worlds that are alternately smoldering and coolly luminescent.
UK-based sculptor Clementine Keith-Roach revisits the world of mythology to give shape to her sculptures as a means to reconstruct the narratives of past, present and future.
As debate over controversial monuments rages on, new project will be part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival culture programme linked to the Commonwealth Games
From a series of mesmerizing paintings by up-and-coming star Elizabeth Glaessner to Peter Moore's fascinating documentation of New York's performance art, these exhibitions are not to be missed
Your list of must-see, fun, insightful, and very New York art events this month, including Kia LaBeija, Tenet, Hassan Sharif, and more.
Martha Wilson – Journals collects the most representative pages of performance artist Martha Wilson’s diaries between 1965 and 1983. In 2018 art dealer and publisher Michèle Didier asked Wilson if she could find in her diaries when she decided to become an artist and begin Franklin Furnace (the artist-run space and archive dedicated to artists’ publishing and performance initiated in New York in 1976).
As the rise of abstraction swept through the Western art world in the early 20th century, so, too, did a turn towards spirituality. Within the context of prevailing art movements, such as Realism and Impressionism, as well as materialistic philosophies and values, artists like Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, Kasimir Malevich, and František Kupka yearned for meaning beyond reality, and ushered in the rise of abstraction. These pioneers of abstract art sought inspiration from spiritualism and theosophy, a synthesis of world religions, sciences, philosophy, and color theory. And while these male artists are renowned as the pioneers of abstract art, their female counterparts have, until recently, gone overlooked and underrecognized in the art-historical canon.
Art Basel has announced the 289 galleries that will take part in its upcoming edition in the Swiss city, which is scheduled to run June 16 to June 19, with preview days on June 14 and June 15.
P·P·O·W is pleased to present Elizabeth Glaessner’s third exhibition with the gallery, Phantom Tail. Siphoning inspiration from an evolving pool of art historical, mythological, and cultural references, and inspired by symbolist painters such as Edvard Munch, Glaessner conjures a surreal universe of hypnotic landscapes populated by androgynous doppelgangers, sphinxes, fiends, mirages, and more. Throughout the exhibition, Glaessner’s paintings act as portals, shepherding us into a world unmoored by virtue or vice where all manner of myths coexist without predetermined moral resolution.
Bodies surged toward the front doors of LAGO, whose opening bash had just reached capacity. The crowd pleaded desperately to security guards for entry. Someone began pushing and faces flattened against glass. Everyone was on the list, but no one could get in. The more intrepid guests circled around the back of the pavilion, toward the dark, brackish lake. Security guards rushed to pull us off planters. Through the windows, a golden pendulum by Artur Lescher and a James Turrell window, radiating neon pink, seemed unperturbed by the invading horde—or, for that matter, the steady throb of Tulum house on the dance floor.
These makers are finding beauty and strangeness in the everyday, producing winking renderings of prawns, ashtrays and more.
As their joint show opens in London, American artist Laurie Simmons tells us about the New York studio she shared with the late artist Jimmy DeSana, and why his work “becomes more extraordinary” with time
Guadalupe Maravilla’s “Planeta Abuelx” at Socrates Sculpture Park provided a welcome respite for pandemic times. Offering a space for meditation, healing, and recovery, the project reflected Maravilla’s engagement with mutual aid and therapy, focusing on the ways that art can sustain, restore, and provide solace. A cancer survivor and immigrant who escaped El Salvador’s bloody civil war, Maravilla understands the nature of trauma. These experiences, along with childhood memories, rituals, and traditional medicine, form the basis of his practice and its recuperative and communal purpose.
Participating institutions include the Brooklyn Museum, the Gropius Bau in Berlin, and the Museum of Art and Photography in Bengaluru, India.
Arguably Latin America’s most important art fair, Zona Maco has been on hiatus as the country, and the world, weathered the pandemic, staging its last edition in February 2020. And since the pandemic is still not over, the fair made the necessary adjustments to ensure visitor safety. Aisles between booths were significantly widened, and masks were required—attendees for the most part were good about wearing them. A general sense of weariness toward international travel seemed to dampen attendance at the fair, which felt somewhat lower than years past, despite Zona Maco scheduling its date a week before Frieze Los Angeles. (Their overlap had kept exhibitors and visitors from visiting in the past.)
Plus, a bodily autonomy workshop at the Queens Museum and the latest show from up-and-coming painter Lucia Love.
His paintings at the contemporary gallery PPOW are a bridge to his train-tagging days and a paean to Bronx street life.
In the summer of 2019, Hew Locke and Indra Khanna, his wife, were my personal guides through the streets of Brixton. As we meandered the labyrinth of market stalls, we discussed a range of topics: migration, diaspora and community, gentrification, navigating the global art market, and the Caribbean. This outing came on the heels of Hew’s exhibition in Birmingham, England, in which such works as The Tourists (2015) and The Nameless (2010) were exhibited. The Tourists—presented as a haunting video installation—was an intervention that took place aboard the battlecruiser HMS Belfast, and that was commissioned by the Imperial War Museum, London.
Perrotin’s current New York group exhibition “Late Night Enterprise” sheds light on the dimmed corners of nighttime social dynamics, from clubs, bedrooms, and shops to computer screens, where the moon’s mauve-colored veil reveals more than it hides. In the featured artists’ works, we see temples of the night that are backdrops for vagabonds to retreat, shelter, and thrive: homes for chosen families to bond; hubs for minds to converse; and nooks for pleasure seekers to play. In addition to portraying club culture as a platform of performativity and reverie, the exhibition steps into moments of nightlife, when time and reason operate on alternative rhythms. The waning of sunlight, as the curatorial premise suggests, exposes possibilities of self-fashioning, introspection, commerce, and pleasure.
Your list of must-see, fun, insightful, and very Los Angeles art events this month, including Ulysses Jenkins, EJ Hill, Carlos Almaraz, and more.
P·P·O·W has big plans for Astrid Terrazas, whose multimedia paintings and illustrated ceramics, will be presented at a solo show and Zsonamaco fair in 2022
She is the director of PPOW, a venerable art gallery in TriBeCa co-founded by her mother in 1983.
Visual art that nobody sees is like a tree falling in a forest that nobody hears. That makes for a great Zen koan. But it doesn’t make an impact. Art’s an experience, not an idea. Sarasota Art Museum’s curators know that – and strive to put art in front of human eyeballs.
On view this month in New York, P·P·O·W has compiled a body of new works by Christopher “Daze” Ellis, the longtime graffiti writer and painter who came up among a new generation of taggers who began their work during the late 1970’s, and who would be among those who earned early recognition by the New York gallery scene during the 1980’s. Combining a selection of significant works from the 1980s and early 1990s with a series of new paintings and sculptures, Give It All You Got chronicles a lifelong dedication to portraying the lifeforce of New York City and commemorating those who were a part of what it once was.
The Independent art fair has announced 66 galleries that will participate in its forthcoming edition in New York, scheduled to take over Lower Manhattan’s Spring Studios May 5–8.
Chris DAZE Ellis' paintings seem to be born out a dream. His trainyards, subways and graffiti history are seeped into each work, but the way he executes it reminds us of how we deal with our own memories. Some works are crystal clear landscapes of a NYC of the past, while some are blurred with very little figurative representation coming from beneath the spray. It's as if DAZE is remembering some parts of his past with an utter clarity, and some of his past life is fading away. The result is a stunning new show, Give It All You Got, on view now at PPOW in NYC.
Four artists featured in a major London exhibition about Britain and the Caribbean reflect on identity, the art world and living through changing times.
Our pick of the latest gifts and purchases to enter institutional collections worldwide
Guyanese-British sculptor Hew Locke is the latest artist to take on Tate Britain's Duveen Galleries, the huge central aisle of the museum. It's a daunting space, but he's sure to fill it with his signature gold-drenched, super colourful, critical plays on colonial aesthetics.
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Domenick Ammirati on the New Museum’s 2021 Triennial, Greater New York 2021 at MoMA PS1, and Rosemary Mayer at Swiss Institute
These acquisitions may be a good barometer to track the success that Latinx art (used here to describe artists based in the United States, primarily but not limited to those born here or having arrived as children, with a heritage to Latin America and the Caribbean) is currently having within the art world. The fight for recognition has been ongoing since it was initiated in the late 1960s by artists, activists, and curators, and right now presents what some might call a moment for Latinx art.
As 2021 comes to a close, we’re taking the time to look back on the shows in the U.S. and around the world that we feel had the greatest impact. Like the year before, this year was again marked by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But it had many more bright spots. Thanks to the vaccine, we saw the return of in-person shows, fairs, biennales, and events. Artists took the tumultuous times head-on, continuing to make work, sometimes addressing it directly, sometimes not. Curators took on subjects that ranged from themes like grief, connection, and even clay. There was joy, sadness, a celebration of humanity. Whether looking to the past, present, or future, we found ourselves once again communing with art, artists, and the thing that moves us most of all, beauty.
As the city reopened, the art world saw legacy-changing donations for the Met and the Brooklyn Museum, and a seismic shift in Tribeca’s gallery scene.
From accounts of loss and grief to stories of hope and humour, these are our favourite entries in our regular series of personal encounters with art from 2021
It’s not every day you find yourself standing between two paintings of trolls waving at one another, but that’s exactly what you would have found in Robin F. Williams’s recent show, “Out Lookers,” at P·P·O·W Gallery in New York. Challenging how women are often depicted as scapegoats or untrustworthy figures in popular culture, the artist’s larger-than-life ghosts, witches and supernatural beings bear important messages about social justice, sustainability and issues facing women throughout history. A climate activist and founding member of the environmentalist group Artists Commit, Williams speaks about sustainability in the art industry and the importance of embracing time off.
Documentary filmmaker Chris McKim was looking for something that would make him feel good six months into the Trump Administration and he wanted to make a difference. While he was aware of downtown New York City queer artist and activist David Wojnarowicz, it wasn’t until he started diving into the artist’s work that McKim realized there was an urgent story to be told.
Jessica Stoller redefines feminism in her work, playing on both the grotesque and the surreal within her practice. She uses her ceramic sculpture to explore and subvert idealist forms of beauty. Her work encourages the viewer to question cultural notions surrounding body image, gender, and femininity. Stoller was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1981. She received her BFA at the College for Creative Studies (2004) and her MFA at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan, (2006). Stoller’s work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times and The Guardian, among others. Solo shows have been mounted at P·P·O·W, (New York) and The Clay Studio (Philadelphia). Group exhibitions have been shown at the Foundation Bernardaud (France) and the Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw (Georgia).
Patrick Sun has made it his personal and professional mission to support LGBTQIA+ artists. As the founder of Sunpride Foundation, he’s led the nonprofit’s efforts to create awareness for the LGBTQIA+ community in Asia through art. One of its biggest projects to date was organizing a pair of institutional exhibitions dedicated to queer themes, titled “Spectrosynthesis,” which took place in Taipei and Bangkok in 2017 and 2019, respectively. And since the 1980s, Sun has been building an impressive collection of works by influential LGBTQIA+ artists such as David Wojnarowicz, Shu Lea Cheang, Sunil Gupta, Wu Tsang, Danh Vō, and Samson Young, among many others. Now a member of the M+ Council for New Art, Sun has carved a place for himself as a major patron of LGBTQIA+ art. Here, he shares insights on his approach to collecting.
My paintings are fluid in both material and content. Shifting between water-based pigments and oils, I pour paint onto the surface and work wet-into-wet to create a psychological space where amorphous forms and figures merge with each other and their environment.
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Chris Sharp Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of the Los Angeles and New York-based artist Aaron Gilbert.
After a tumultuous 2020 that involved the beginnings of a pandemic and worldwide upheaval, the art world began to slowly go back to a form of normal in 2021. Along with that shift came a number of developments that brought art-making in new and unexpected developments. There was the rise of a new medium, and there was the return of performance art. There were artworks that spoke to a continued reckoning with systemic racism, and there were powerful pieces that offered forms of healing in a time when illness was prevalent. There was no shortage of creativity on display. The list below, featuring 15 works that defined this year, attests to that.
A day on the beach at Untitled, American Express X Artsy popup show and a benefit auction for Planned Parenthood
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This year’s releases, augmented by movies postponed from last year, offer exceptional artistry amid the industry’s commercial difficulties.
Sex, spirituality, love, and loss – for artist, writer, and activist David Wojnarowicz these were the main subjects of the art he created from the 1970s to the early 1990s when he died of AIDS.
The Brooklyn-based Cuban-American painter talks to us about the spirituality ever-present in his work.
As queer art becomes more mainstream, a group of young talents finds itself at the center of a larger cultural conversation.
Carlos Motta has disguised himself in many ways, including as a naked Christ tied upside down on the cross and as a feral faun in nature.
Though she works with yarn, figurative artist Erin M. Riley tends to use the word painterly to describe her process. Turning to tapestry wasn’t a conceptual decision for her, but one made because she liked how she could use yarn to bring color into her art. Over Zoom from her Brooklyn studio, she says, “It’s like my paint; it’s how I learned to develop my images.”
Antiquity was full of stories that fueled the imagination of artists to the present day. Mythological tales bring classical stories of human courage, a fight for justice, love, cowardice, trickery, and duplicity that are persistent markers of human destiny.
The internet allows us to discover, select and combine the spiritual traditions that suit us best. In a new exhibition, artists are exploring the connections between ancient beliefs and futuristic systems.
This past September, the state of Texas enacted the most restrictive abortion ban currently in effect in the United States. The law, Senate Bill 8, prohibits abortions as early as six weeks into the pregnancy—a time period in which most women are unware they are even pregnant. The state’s sweeping legislation also makes no exceptions for people who are victims of rape or incest. The bill is part of a national agenda to end access to abortion across the U.S., including the landmark case Roe v. Wade, which the Supreme Court could possibly overturn—triggering bans in 26 states to go into effect within months.
Linhares is one of the 13 artists in the Adult Contemporary exhibit Futurephilia, currently on view at Main Street Gallery
Plus, shows from Robin F. Williams, Chris Oh, and more.
Here are the works that caught our eye at the newly-returned and much-loved New York fair.
These nuanced, feverishly intellectual shows will carry you into the enriching fall and winter months.
Presented by the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) benefitting the Henry Street Settlement, the 2021 edition of The Art Show welcomes over 70 galleries, and will dedicate over half of the fair to solo artist exhibitions. The Art Show incorporates a range of in-person and virtual programming, including access to ADAA galleries and discussions with industry leaders, curators, and artists.
The large-scale arrival of new and veteran dealers has given the neighborhood its first unifying theme in 60 years. Here are three walks with our critics, a springboard to explore.
A new exhibition, Kindred Solidarities, offers a perspective on how LGBTQ+ people have rewritten traditional ideas of family
The poet and cultural critic Wayne Koestenbaum gives ekphrastic interpretations to works by the late proto-punk and queer photographer Jimmy DeSana.
Robin F. Williams’ latest solo show Out Lookers at P·P·O·W teeters between dream and nightmare. It’s unnerving and off-putting with witches, ghosts and trolls whose eyes burn like balls of fire. At the same time, it’s exciting, inviting and challenges us to embrace discomfort. Even the accompanying catalogue by Carmen Maria Machado starts out with a degree of unease: “Come Here. Come Here. Do you believe in ghosts? It doesn’t matter. They believe in you.” Out Lookers plays upon this discomfort and invites the viewer to enter Williams’ supernatural world full of subtle references to urban legends, climate change and horror films. Reframing the way in which women are portrayed in popular culture as scapegoats or mistrusted characters, Williams’ figures are powerful, larger than life and waiting to stare right back at the viewer.
No matter how she evolves as a painter, you can recognize a Robin F Williams work right off the bat. It's a gift of talent. If you were to look at her works from a decade ago to now, they have morphed and transformed in so many different directions and yet there is a core that remains the same. There is a challenge of body, of selfhood, of something otherworldly in all of us. Her newest body of work, Out Lookers, is on view now at PPOW Gallery through November 13, 2021.
For its first in-person edition since 2019, Art Basel Miami Beach will bring 254 exhibitors—roughly the same amount of galleries as in pre-pandemic years. The fair will return to its traditional home of the Miami Beach Convention Center, and run from December 2–4, with two preview days on November 30 and December 1.
The creative, protective, expressive human hand may be the subject of the oldest fiurative depiction of art in history.
And just like that, almost as if there was no global pandemic that crippled the world for the past year and a half, Art Basel returned to the Swiss city where it started over 50 years ago, bringing together 272 premier galleries from 33 countries and territories.
After a summer of “dopamine dressing,” some locals are rethinking their uniform.
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At Christie’s London, ‘Bold Black British’ (1 – 21 October) is a meeting point of artists working across disciplines and generations. We speak to curator Aindrea Emelife about spotlighting the Black Britons shaping the creative landscape
Art that confronts abuse toward women.
Sales at the world’s most prestigious art fair are doing just fine, even with only a handful of collectors making the transatlantic trek.
From Cynthia Daignault’s new body of work at Kasmin Gallery, New York, to Monika Baer’s first Swiss institutional show in 30 years at Kunsthalle Bern, these are must-see painting shows this season
In August 2020, a Pew Research Center poll discovered that just three percent of the Hispanic population in the United States identifies as Latinx. The director of race and ethnicity research Mark Lopez explained that their rejection of the word had nothing to do with its inclusive framework, but rather its the limited means to describe the population as a whole. The outcome, he said, “reflects the diversity of the nation’s Hispanic population, and the Hispanic population of the U.S. thinks of itself in many different ways.”
The marquee art fair was one of the last major New York events before Covid-19 hit the city; now it’s back in a sparkling new venue.
DAVID WOJNAROWICZ, CLOSE TO THE KNIVES: A MEMOIR OF DISINTEGRATION (VINTAGE, 1991)
As a fan of Wojnarowicz’s visual art, I was stunned to discover how beautiful his writing is.
At Socrates Sculpture Park, Guadalupe Maravilla transforms works of art into therapeutic instruments.
Who better to practice healing than the sick, who have likely experimented relentlessly, and who manage their own bodies every day? The El Salvador–born, New York–based artist Guadalupe Maravilla has channeled his experience with cancer and migration into a healing-focused practice.
In the tradition of Gustave Courbet’s scandalous pussy painting “L’origine du Monde” (1866), MO.CO., the contemporary center in Montpellier, presented a raw and unfiltered exhibition featuring works of two important American feminist artists, the now iconic Marilyn Minter and Betty Tompkins. The exhibitions titled respectively Marylin Minter: ALL WET and Betty Tompkins: RAW MATERIAL, are unique and groundbreaking, offering both artists their first solo exhibition within a French institution.
OneRepublic architect Ryan Tedder is among those at the absolute pinnacle of pop/rock singer/songwriters. You can tell it just from the company he keeps — McCartney, Taylor Swift, Adele. From his many collaborative adventures, he tells the best story I've ever heard in music.
“I want it to feel as though these women are getting the last laugh,” artist Robin Francesca Williams explains about the toothy grins in her atmospheric portraits. With much of her work, Williams aims to show how women have been mistrusted, scapegoated, and demonized, but also to expose the expectation of their moral superiority, that they must kindly demonstrate purity and unconditional love on behalf of mankind.
The London-based dealer of four decades is downsizing and having a 200-lot sale of contemporary art, Modern furniture, ethnographic art and antiquities
Artists from Imogen Cunningham and Sebastião Salgado to Peo Michie and Lena Chen have had their works banned from the platform, despite Instagram’s ostensibly art-friendly guidelines.
Artists from Imogen Cunningham and Sebastião Salgado to Peo Michie and Lena Chen have had their works banned from the platform, despite Instagram’s ostensibly art-friendly guidelines.
Luce Gallery presents Everyday Secrets, a group show curated by artist Mosie Romney bringing together new works by Chris Lloyd, Collins Obijiaku, Bony Ramirez, Mosie Romney, Curtis Talwst Santiago, and Sydney Elexis Vernon.
The artist is unafraid to be bold and subversive, shocking the art world with her sexually explicit closeup paintings. Now, Tompkins brings the modern context of the #MeToo movement into her work, as well as taking her "Fuck Paintings" series to France, the country that first censored her.
In 1984, eight-year-old Guadalupe Maravilla left his family and joined a group of other children fleeing their homes in El Salvador. The Central American country was in the midst of a brutal civil war, a profoundly traumatic experience that’s left an indelible impact on the artist and one that guides his broad, multi-disciplinary practice to this day.
The picture frame has a long history of underappreciation. For centuries, collectors and museums treated frames as afterthoughts to the artworks they contained, swapping them out according to changing tastes or to match their immediate surroundings. The New York frame dealer Eli Wilner recounted that even in the 1980s, major galleries gave him their unwanted antique frames for free.
The new series Migrant Futures is aimed at pushing forward our thinking and action about immigration and borders.
In recent years, we’ve witnessed renewed momentum surrounding spirituality in the art world. At museums, late artists who dove deeply into mysticism and religion are gaining posthumous attention.
In Cape Cod, exhibition ‘Tidal Motion’ explores the legacy of artist David Wojnarowicz. Though the artist’s life was cut short by HIV/AIDs in 1992, his work continues to inspire a generation of contemporary artists