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EDITORS' PICKS

“Laura Owens”

through February 4, 2018

The first artist to be given a midcareer survey at the Whitney Museum’s downtown location, Laura Owens is a remarkably chameleonlike painter. Over the past twenty years, she has employed a diverse array of techniques and vocabularies, ranging from the cheerily clumsy figuration of folk painting to imitations of digital image editing (an interest that has also extended to the incorporation of digitally printed wallpaper and conversational text elements into her canvases). These striking effects can overshadow another crucial aspect of Owens’s work—her attention to how the site of a painting’s display determines her decisions about size and color. The Whitney show rectifies this oversight in Owens’s reception by reconstructing the environments of her early exhibitions.

Image: Laura Owens, Untitled, 2012 (detail), acrylic, oil, vinyl paint, charcoal, yarn, and cord on hand-dyed linen, 33 panels, 35 1/2 x 33 1/4 inches each. Collection of Maja Hoffmann/LUMA Foundation. Copyright © Laura Owens.
New York

“Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell”

through February 10, 2018

As its contribution to this year’s Pacific Standard Time, which is dedicated to Latin American and Latinx art, the Vincent Price Art Museum surveys Chicana artist Laura Aguilar’s thirty-year career. Since the 1980s, in nude photographs of her own plus-size body and in portraits of members of Los Angeles’s gay and lesbian community, Aguilar has addressed the struggles of women like herself who have been marginalized because of their appearance, their sexuality, or their ethnicity, insisting on more inclusive definitions of beauty and family.

Image: Laura Aguilar, Nature Self-Portrait #10, 1996, gelatin silver print, 16 x 20 inches. Copyright © Laura Aguilar. Courtesy of the artist and the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center.
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.
London

“André Derain 1904–1914: The Radical Decade”

through January 29, 2018

André Derain was a motivating force in the avant-garde developments of early twentieth-century painting, particularly Fauvism and Cubism. This focused exhibition presents work created prior to the artist’s military service in World War I. It includes paintings he produced in 1905 alongside Matisse in the French Mediterranean village of Collioure, gaining them the derisive name Fauves (Savages), and a selection of the brightly colored London cityscapes commissioned by art dealer Ambroise Vollard in 1906. In addition to presenting around seventy paintings, numerous works on paper, and several sculptures, the show displays some fifty previously unexhibited photographs by or of Derain, as well as prints, correspondence, and examples from his collection of Maori and African objects.

Image: André Derain, La Danse (The Dance), 1906, oil on canvas. Private collection. Copyright © ADAGP, Paris.
Paris

VOICES

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


Artist and poet Jibade-Khalil Huffman on two NY shows he’d like to spend more time with:

“I’m always on board with not understanding.”

Image: Installation view of the exhibition “Kameelah Janan Rasheed: A Supple Perimeter,” Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Arts Center at Governors Island, New York, 2017. Photograph: Ornella Friggit.
New York

Artist Tala Madani on the shows she’s looking forward to in L.A.

“Because of Pacific Standard Time, it’s going to be a really exciting art season in Los Angeles.”

Image: Juan José Gurrola, Señora con pan (Woman with Bread), from the series “Dom Art,” 1962/2014, transfer on canvas, 72 by 70 by 2 inches. Courtesy of House of Gaga.
Los Angeles

Marcus Verhagen interviewed on “Everything we see could also be otherwise (My sweet little lamb)” at The Showroom

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.
London

MUSEUM PREVIEWS

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

Cathy Wilkes

October 22, 2017–February 1, 2018

New York

Gonzalo Fonseca

October 25, 2017–February 12, 2018

New York

Towards Catastrophe: German and Austrian Art of the 1930s

February 22, 2018–May 28, 2018

New York

Wiener Werkstätte 1903–1932: The Luxury of Beauty

October 26, 2017–January 29, 2018

New York

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

October 6, 2017–February 25, 2018

Los Angeles

Sacred Landscapes: Nature in Renaissance Manuscripts

October 10, 2017–January 14, 2018

Los Angeles

Giovanni Bellini: Landscapes of Faith in Renaissance Venice

October 10, 2017–January 14, 2018

Los Angeles

Finding Form (works on paper 1500–1800)

November 14, 2017–February 11, 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

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

Making Art Concrete: Works from Argentina and Brazil in the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros

September 16, 2017–February 11, 2018

Los Angeles

Red Star Over Russia

November 8, 2017–February 18, 2018

London

Modigliani

November 23, 2017–April 2, 2018

London

Wolfgang Tillmans: artist selected exhibition

January 26, 2018–April 15, 2018

London

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

March 8, 2018–September 9, 2018

London

Basquiat: Boom for Real

September 21, 2017–January 28, 2018

London

Jasper Johns: Something Resembling Truth

September 23, 2017–December 10, 2017

London

Hyundai Commission 2017 (Turbine Hall) Superflex

October 2, 2017–April 2, 2018

London

The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London

November 2, 2017–April 29, 2018

London

Monochrome: Painting in Black and White

October 30, 2017–February 18, 2018

London

John Akomfrah

June 10, 2017–January 7, 2018

London

Prix Marcel Duchamp—The Nominees

October 4, 2017–January 8, 2018

Paris

Andre Derain 1904–1914

October 4, 2017–January 29, 2018

Paris

Albert Renger-Patzsch—The Perspective of Things

October 17, 2017–January 21, 2018

Paris

Steffani Jemison—Satellite 10 Program

October 17, 2017–January 21, 2018

Paris

François I and Dutch Art

October 18, 2017–January 15, 2018

Paris

Cesar: The Retrospective

December 13, 2017–March 28, 2018

Paris

Power Plays (portraits of French monarchy up to 1789)

September 27, 2017–July 2, 2018

Paris

REVIEW ARCHIVE

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.

Image: "DOMESTIC SCENE LOS ANGELES" 1963 OIL ON CANVAS 60 X 60" © DAVID HOCKNEY
London
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.

Paris