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“Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future”

through January 27, 2019
In 1908, the famed mystic Rudolf Steiner advised Swedish visionary artist Hilma af Klint (1862–1944) not to show her works for fifty years; in fact, her pioneering abstractions—predating the nonobjective work of Kandinsky, Malevich, and Mondrian—were not publicly exhibited until 1986. This exhibition presents 160 works in conjunction with recent paintings by American artist R.H. Quaytman.
Image: Hilma af Klint, Group IX/SUW, The Swan, No. 17 (Grupp IX/SUW, Svanen, nr 17), 1915, from the SUW/UW Series (Serie SUW/UW), oil on canvas, 59 1/4 x 59 1/2 inches. Copyright © The Hilma af Klint Foundation, Stockholm. Photo: Albin Dahlström, the Moderna Museet, Stockholm.

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EDITORS’ PICKS

through February 25, 2019 and Museum of Modern Art, New York, through February 18, 2019

“Nauman does not add to my own experience of art so much as cast in an unflattering light, and even plunge into tormenting doubt, the generality of that experience.” So wrote Peter Schjeldahl in Art in America in 1994, responding to a Bruce Nauman survey at the Reina Sofía in Madrid. In videos, sculptures, and installations, Nauman has persistently used linguistic play and spatial manipulation to probe the fears and desires that underlie perception. This retrospective at MoMA PS1 (which debuted at the Schaulager in Münchenstein, Switzerland, in spring 2018), includes over 120 works, tracing the themes and questions that the artist has repeatedly turned to in his half-century career. A concurrent presentation at the Museum of Modern Art features six large-scale installations from the 1970s that heighten one’s sense of embodiment through disorienting effects of illusion and confinement. All in all, the exhibition promises to leave viewers “exalted and beaten up,” as Schjeldahl once felt.

Image: Bruce Nauman, still from Green Horses, 1988, video installation (color, 59:40 min.) with two color video monitors, two DVD players, video projector, and chair, dimensions variable. Purchased jointly by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, with funds from the Bequest of Arthur B. Michael, by exchange; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, with funds from the Director’s Discretionary Fund and the Painting and Sculpture Committee, 2007. Copyright © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Ron Amstutz.
through March 11, 2019

Cameron Rowland creates installations of existing objects and documents that expose America’s inequities, particularly those deriving from the poisonous legacy of slavery. The artist’s 2016 show at New York’s Artists Space, for example, consisted of examples of commercial goods, including office desks and firefighting suits, made by inmates—a disproportionate number of whom are African American men incarcerated for petty crimes—working for less than minimum wage in state prisons; these were accompanied by a brochure tracing the roots of what has been called the re-enslavement of black Americans. Rowland’s commissioned project for The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles brings together items such as an antebellum tax record; a MOCA donor plaque acknowledging the patronage of the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles; and objects seized by police through the process of civil asset forfeiture to examine the racist dimensions of state and market forces’ property “accumulation by dispossession.”

Image: Cameron Rowland, “D37,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 2018 (installation view). Courtesy of the artist and ESSEX STREET, New York.
through February 24, 2019

Part political art and part political action, Cuban artist Tania Bruguera’s work has taken myriad forms, among them a 2014 public performance in which she invited everyday Cubans to step up to a podium in Havana’s Revolution Square and speak their minds (the event was canceled by Cuban authorities, who also arrested several would-be participants) as well as a storefront community center in New York City offering services to recent immigrants. In 2008, Bruguera had policemen on horseback storm Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall and corral surprised visitors into the center of the gallery—transforming audience members into state-controlled citizens, according to the artist. This season, Bruguera returns to Tate Modern with a new commissioned piece, involving a heat-sensitive floor,  expanding on her concept of Arte Útil (art as a social tool).

Image: Installation view of “Tania Bruguera, Hyundai Commission,” Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, 2018. Photo copyright © Tate photography (Andrew Dunkley).
through December 31, 2018

At seventy-seven,Tadao Ando shows no sign of slowing down. The self-taught Japanese architect recently completed his first condominium in New York, named for its location, 152 Elizabeth Street, and is currently transforming a nineteenth-century Parisian stock 
exchange, the Bourse de Commerce, into an art gallery. Models for this latest project and sixty-nine older buildings, such as the iconic concrete Church of Light (1994) outside Osaka, are on display in the Centre Pompidou’s exhibition, along with 180 photographs and drawings documenting Ando’s globe-spanning career.

Image: Nobuyoshi Araki, Portrait of Tadao Ando. Copyright © Nobuyoshi Araki. Courtesy of the artist and the Centre Pompidou.

VOICES

Art in America talks to artists, curators, and other leading figures about their favorite current exhibitions.

Warhol scholar Neil Printz on two exhibitions in New York [published 10/2/2018]

”Whitten’s and Delacroix’s works actually fit together, in their richness and urgency.” Read More »
Image: Jack Whitten, Quantum Man (The Sixth Portal), 2016, marble, Cretan walnut, Serbian oak, lead, acrylic, mixed media. Collection of the Estate of Jack Whitten, courtesy Hauser & Wirth.

Artist Anna Betbeze on three shows in Los Angeles [posted 10/26/18]

“The works I’m most attracted to, that make the most sense to me at this moment, are by artists who are looking deeply at our broken world and trying to reconfigure it.” Read More »
Image: Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, Toxic, 2012. Installation with super 16mm film / HD, 13 minutes, and archive. Courtesy of the artists.

Writer Allie Biswas on “Adam Pendleton: Our Ideas,” at Pace [posted 11/2/18]

“The importance of words is immediately noticeable in the artist’s current exhibition at Pace.” Read More »
Image: “Adam Pendleton: Our Ideas,” installed at Pace Gallery, 6 Burlington Gardens, London, October 2-November 9, 2018. From left: Black Dada (A), 2018; Midnight (A Victim of American Democracy), 2017; System of Display, U (CULTURE/Sonia Delaunay, study for mosaic design, 1955), 2018; System of Display, O (MOVING/Arabia ceramics), 2018; Our Ideas #2, 2018; partial view of Our Ideas #3, 2018. Copyright © Adam Pendleton, courtesy of Pace Gallery. Photo: Damian Griffiths.

Photographer Dawoud Bey on two shows in New York [published 08/09/2018]

“I get back to my New York City hometown periodically, and more often than not I’m drawn there by exhibitions that I know will haunt me if I miss them.” Read More »
Image: Maren Hassinger, Monuments, 2018, eight site-specific sculptures in Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Susan Inglett Gallery. Photo: Adam Reich.

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