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“Jamian Juliano-Villani: Ten Pound Hand”

through February 24

Obstreperous representational painter Jamian Juliano-Villani combines found images—mined from the Internet, art-history books, cartoons, album covers, advertising, and old magazines—to produce hyperreal, psychologically charged scenes. Featuring individual characters in alien circumstances, the ten new canvases in her second solo show at JTT are faster reads than those from the recent past, but no less haunting for that. The body of a baby excavated from Pompeii floats in an empty school hallway; a fish drinks Coca-Cola as Los Angeles burns; a green, froglike creature perches on a white-painted metal ladder, blithely out of place.

Image: Jamian Juliano-Villani, Three Penny Opera, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 74 x 50 inches. Courtesy of the artist and JTT, New York.
New York

“Ellen Gallagher: Accidental Records”

through January 28

According to the International Organization for Migration, nearly 3,000 people perished in 2017 trying to cross the Mediterranean from Africa to Europe. In far different circumstances, at least two million African captives died during the Middle Passage, between the 15th and 19th centuries, some of them thrown living into the Atlantic. The terrific new paintings at the center of Ellen Gallagher’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles continue her exploration of the history of that earlier tragedy and of the ocean as both graveyard and birthplace. In them, fragmented brown faces drift against sea-green backgrounds, conjuring the Afrofuturist myth—invented by the electronic music duo Drexciya—of an underwater realm inhabited by the unborn progeny of drowned pregnant African women.

Image: Ellen Gallagher, Aquajujidsu, 2017, oil, ink and paper on canvas, 74 x 79 1/2 inches. Copyright © Ellen Gallagher. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Ernst Moritz.
Los Angeles

“Monochrome: Painting in Black and White”

Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, March 21–July 15, 2018

This exhibition explores its subject from the Middle Ages through the present day. Comprising a selection of around sixty painted objects in a wide variety of materials (canvas, wood, glass, vellum, ceramics, silk, and more), the show includes work by masters of the Northern Renaissance, such as Jan van Eyck and Albrecht Dürer, as well as major modern and contemporary figures like Jackson Pollock and 
Gerhard Richter.

Image: Gerhard Richter, Helga Matura with her Fiancé, 1966, oil on canvas, 78 3/4 × 39 1/2 inches. Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf. Copyright © Gerhard Richter 2017. Photo: Museum Kunstpalast – ARTOTHEK.

“Malick Sidibé: Mali Twist”

through February 25

The great Malian photographer Malick Sidibé, who died in 2016, made his reputation documenting Bamako’s youth culture of the 1960s and ’70s. Comprising over 250 prints, this retrospective surveys Sidibé’s studio portraits, party photographs, street scenes, and images of working Malians. Accompanying the show are works by Congolese painter JP Mika and Ghanaian sculptor and fantasy coffin maker Paa Joe, including the latter’s giant version of Sidibé’s Rolleiflex camera.

Image: Malick Sidibé, Nuit de Noël, 1963, gelatin silver print, 39 9/16 x 39 3/8 inches. Copyright © Malick Sidibé. Collection Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris.


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

Critic and curator Joseph Wolin on two New York shows [Published 2017/12/08]

“On view at the same time as the New Museum’s show “Trigger: Gender As a Tool and a Weapon,” are a couple of exhibitions I’d recommend seeing by artists who, like those in “Trigger,” are expanding the concept of gender.”

Image: Benjamin Kress, Strange Muses II, 2017, oil on linen, 56 x 42 inches. Image courtesy of the artist and Callicoon Fine Arts, New York. Photography Sean Fader
New York

Hammer chief curator Connie Butler on shows in Los Angeles [Published 2017/12/12]

“The first show I would recommend would be “Below the Underground: Renegade Art and Action in 1990s Mexico,” which covers a really important moment in the history of Mexican contemporary art.”

Image: “The first show I would recommend would be “Below the Underground: Renegade Art and Action in 1990s Mexico,” which covers a really important moment in the history of Mexican contemporary art.”
Los Angeles

Art writer Marcus Verhagen interviewed on “Everything we see could also be otherwise (My sweet little lamb)” at The Showroom [Published 2017/11/02]

This tightly conceived show engages in subversive, mostly ironic ways with gender politics and notions of national allegiance.

Image: Sanja Iveković, New Star / Nova Zvijezda, 1983, collage, printed paper, hair, 14 1/2 x x 20 3/4 inches (framed). Courtesy of Kontakt, the Art Collection of Erste Group and ERSTE Foundation.

Critic and art historian Raphaël Cuir on two shows in Paris [Published 2018/01/02]

“The installation is subtle and serves the art’s intrinsic qualities.”

Image: Gisèle Freund, Adrienne Monnier, 1938. Copyright © Rmn–Grand Palais. Courtesy of the Marin Karmitz Collection, Paris. In “Resident Alien: The Marin Karmitz Collection,” La Maison Rouge, October 15, 2017–January 21, 2018.


NeoRealismo: The New Image in Italy, 1932–1960

September 6, 2018–December 8, 2018

New York

Scenes from the Collection (650 works from antiquities to contemporary art highlighting the collection)

Fall 2017

New York

Reflections—Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites

at National Gallery
October 2, 2017–April 2, 2018

New York

In Practice (group exhibition culled from open call for proposals)

January 1, 2018–March 1, 2018

New York

The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal

January 9, 2017–March 31, 2018

New York

In Focus: Expressions (photography exploring facial expressions)

June 22, 2018–October 7, 2018

Los Angeles

Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography, 1911–2011

June 26, 2017–October 21, 2018

Los Angeles

Surface Tension by Ken Gonzales-Day—Murals, Signs, and Mark-Making in LA

October 6, 2017–February 25, 2018

Los Angeles

Getty Center 20th Anniversary: Robert Polidori

December 12, 2017–May 6, 2018

Los Angeles

Paper Promises: Early American Photography

February 27, 2018–May 27, 2018

Los Angeles

Cut! Paper Play in Contemporary Photography

February 27, 2018–May 27, 2018

Los Angeles

Egypt-Greece-Rome: Cultures in Contact

March 27, 2018–September 9, 2018

Los Angeles

Hyundai Commission 2017 (Turbine Hall) Superflex

October 2, 2017–April 2, 2018


The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London

November 2, 2017–April 29, 2018



November 23, 2017–April 2, 2018


Wolfgang Tillmans: artist selected exhibition

January 26, 2018–April 15, 2018


The EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932—Love, Fame, Tragedy

March 8, 2018–September 9, 2018


Cesar: The Retrospective

December 13, 2017–March 28, 2018


Power Plays (portraits of French monarchy up to 1789)

September 27, 2017–July 2, 2018



March 19-May 14, 2017
by Ciara Moloney

Jacqueline de Jong is perhaps best known for her affiliation with the leftist Situationist International, for which she edited the Situationist Times between 1962 and ’67, giving particular attention to the wildly spontaneous work of CoBrA.

Los Angeles
February 9-May 29, 2017
by Gabriel Coxhead

David Hockney is one of the most popular and widely-recognized artists of our time,” states the introductory wall text in Tate Britain’s retrospective––though actually that’s putting it mildly.

March 2-August 5, 2017
by Federico Florian

A quiet, placid atmosphere filled the rooms of the group show “All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace.” The sculptures, installations, and video projections on view evoked a present tense where technology has imbued every aspect of human life, and therefore reshaped the mechanisms of our affections.