Senga Nengudi
Nasher Prize for Sculpture 2023
Nasher Sculpture Center
April 2023

Sprüth Magers congratulates Senga Nengudi on winning the Nasher Prize for Sculpture 2023. Since its inception in 2015, the Nasher Prize has been awarded to artists whose oeuvre has had an extraordinary impact on our understanding of sculpture. The award ceremony will take place in April, 2023.

Over more than five decades, Nengudi has developed a practice that encompasses poetic, enigmatic objects and installations as well as performances, films, and photographs exploring the interactions of performers with and amid her three-dimensional works. Despite a long and rich career over more than five decades, she has only come to wider attention more recently, and her achievements find powerful reverberations in contemporary art.


Pamela Rosenkranz
Old Tree
High Line, New York
May 2023

Sprüth Magers congratulates Pamela Rosenkranz whose monumental sculpture Old Tree was selected for the third High Line Plinth commission in New York, to be unveiled in spring of 2023. The bright red and pink imaginary tree animates a myriad of historical archetypes wherein the tree of life connects heaven and earth while also closely resembling the complex networks of the human circulatory system. Located on the High Line—an urban park built on a relic of industry—and selected from among over 80 international proposals by artists from 40 countries, Old Tree raises questions about the real while simultaneously highlighting a breakdown of the boundary between nature and artifice.


Marcel van Eeden
Hans Thoma Prize 2023
August 13, 2023

Sprüth Magers congratulates Marcel van Eeden on winning the Hans Thoma Prize 2023. Since 1949 The Hans Thoma Prize honours the work of an outstanding artistic personality who has a focus of artistic creation in Baden-Württemberg or was born here. The prize is accompanied by an exhibition at the Hans Thoma Art Museum in Bernau in the Black Forest, organised by the Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe for the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts.

For more than 30 years, van Eeden has been inspired by photographs, magazines, advertising material and postcards to create his characteristic deep black charcoal drawings. Initially more like single images, which he published daily on his blog between 2001 and 2007, van Eeden over time developed powerful series with narrative content, which were linked to aesthetic elements of film noir or the graphic novel.


Bernd & Hilla Becher
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art – SFMoMA
Through April 2, 2023

The renowned German artists Bernd and Hilla Becher (1931–2007; 1934–2015) changed the course of late twentieth-century photography. Working as a rare artist couple, they focused on a single subject: the disappearing industrial architecture of Western Europe and North America that fueled the modern era. Their seemingly objective style recalled nineteenth- and early twentieth-century precedents but also resonated with the serial approach of contemporary Minimalism and Conceptual art. Equally significant, it challenged the perceived gap between documentary and fine art photography.


George Condo
Entrance to the Mind: Drawings by George Condo in the Morgan Library & Museum
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York
Through May 14, 2023

Drawing, or 'visual thinking' as he calls it, is central to George Condo’s practice, which centers around the figure. Ranging from early drawings made when he was a teenager to recent explorations into what he calls 'psychological Cubism,' Entrance to the Mind will highlight Condo's brilliant draftsmanship through a cast of characters in turn comic, monstrous, tragic, and endearing.


Thomas Demand
Thomas Demand: The Stutter of History
Jeu de Paume, Paris
Through May 28, 2023

Bringing together over 80 photographs, films and wallpapers that span the arc of his career, The Stutter of History, curated by Douglas Fogle for the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography provides both an overview of Thomas Demand’s way of seeing the world as well as a lesson in how we might approach the onslaught of historical events that we consume through the world of images. This is the second iteration of the exhibition following its debut at UCCA, Edge, Shanghai, July–September, 2022.


Thomas Demand
Forms and Patterns of Azzedine Alaïa by Thomas Demand
Fondation Azzedine Alaïa, Paris
Through August 20, 2023

The exhibition of photographs by Thomas Demand of the preparatory patterns of Azzedine Alaïa (part of his Model Studies series) coincides with the unveiling to the public of a place that has been kept secret since the designer's death on 18 November 2017 – Azzedine Alaïa’s studio. Visitors to the exhibition will now be able to discover Azzedine Alaïa’s studio through a window of the gallery space, and imagine the couturier at work.


Sylvie Fleury
Double Positive
Bechtler Stiftung, Uster, Switzerland
Through April 2, 2023

Sylvie Fleury created her site-specific exhibition in response to the setting of the newly opened building of the Bechtler Stiftung, where The 2000 Sculpture by Walter de Maria is on permanent display. It is a site of contemplation, which is currently confronted with a provocative and unsettling encounter: Fleury’s installation of numerous garment racks containing her entire wardrobe of the past three decades.


Jenny Holzer
Stiftung Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf
Through August 6, 2023

Starting March 11, 2023, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen will present a sweeping exhibition of the internationally celebrated American artist Jenny Holzer (*1950). Since the 1970s, Holzer has been renowned for her thought-provoking use of text in various media and her pioneering adaptation of new technologies.

Holzer’s Düsseldorf exhibition, spanning K21’s Bel Etage and temporary exhibition galleries, will range from posters to paintings and stone-works, touching on subjects such as war, absurdity, and populism. In keeping with Holzer’s deeply democratic approach and artistic practice, her works challenge viewers to grapple with conflicting perspectives and find their own empathic, open minded positions in complex debates. This makes the exhibition a public forum for discussions of current global challenges.


Karen Kilimnik
Swan Lake
Kunsthaus Glarus, Switzerland
Through June 25, 2023

The exhibition at Kunsthaus Glarus presents two installative settings featuring Kilimnik's works Swan Lake (1992) and Kitri and friends at the garden folly (2004). Flanking these are paintings from different years that depict a “forest clearing as stage” theme but which also engage intrinsically with presence and absence. With these and other works, the exhibition highlights Kilimnik’s artistic ability to continually renegotiate the conditions of established narratives within and beyond her time.

Site specific Installation

Barbara Kruger
ART WALL 13 – Barbara Kruger
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
Through January 21, 2024

For more than 40 years, Barbara Kruger has been a consistent, critical observer of contemporary culture. In the early 1980s, Kruger perfected a signature style of words and images extracted from mass media and recomposed into memorable, graphic artworks. Rigorously composed, her works have occupied a range of media and spaces, including walls, billboards, video projections, and an array of consumer products. Since the 1990s, Kruger has also created large-scale installations of her text-based art, transforming lobbies, elevators, and buildings with her signature aesthetic and pointed content. Continuing in this vein, Kruger will create a brand-new work for the ICA that speaks, as her work has done for more than four decades, to contemporary social and political dynamics.


David Maljković
In the Pictorial Code
Quetzal Art Center, Portugal
Through August 31, 2023

Quetzal Art Center proudly presents a solo exhibition by David Maljković titled In the Pictorial Code. At the core of Maljković’s practice is a regimented exploration of formalist concerns. Whilst narrative is the driving element at the origin of a project, the artist’s varied means of visual implementation consistently and profoundly modifies and compromises its supremacy, whether that is through photography, video, sculpture, installation, collage or painting. In the Pictorial Code presents recent works that play with the idea of painting as a guardian of time and the painter’s position as its witness. The exhibition establishes a marking system that embodies the image’s position within the author’s practice, and also tracks its displacement into other media.


Der Mucha – Ein Anfangsverdacht
K20/K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf
Through May 7, 2023

Extended until May 7, 2023 at K20

Reinhard Mucha’s work, in terms of its redefinition of sculpture, photography and installation, is considered to be one of the most important positions in contemporary art. The exhibition Der Mucha – Ein Anfangsverdacht (Der Mucha – An Initial Suspicion) – which will be on view at Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen's two locations K20 and K21 – combines installations by Mucha that have not been seen for many years, featuring works from each one of his creative phases and thus creating a panorama that spans over forty years of the artist’s work.


Bridget Riley
Bridget Riley Drawings: From the Artist's Studio
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Through May 28, 2023

This exhibition, co-organized by the Hammer Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Morgan Library & Museum presents approximately ninety sheets and covers the full range of Riley’s career from her student days in the late 1940s, when she dedicated herself exclusively to drawing courses at Goldsmiths College in London, through her groundbreaking black-and-white optical works of the early 1960s, to the innovative color studies she has undertaken from the late 1960s to the present day.


Andreas Schulze
On Stage
The Perimeter, London
Through July 1, 2023

Andreas Schulze’s solo exhibition On Stage features a series of new paintings, in which the grand dazzling world of entertainment meets everyday life. Travelling from Kunsthalle Nuremberg, this second iteration of the exhibition will transform The Perimeter into a stage for Schulze's unique painterly worlds. Through portal-like doors and windows, passing by designer lamps and kitchen cabinets, the viewers catch glimpses of spotlights and smoky dance floors, while slender spider legs slowly stride down a show staircase heading towards them. 


Cindy Sherman
ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark
Through June 5, 2023

Few artists have defined the era of post modernity more than Cindy Sherman. She is renowned for her photographic series, produced over many years, in which she transforms herself as characters. In 2017 a new series emerged on-line. Sherman started posting ‘selfies’. These startling images, commenting on the phenomenon of face altering apps/applications, have been given a new grandeur and permanent status using the fine and revered craft of tapestry, shown in Europe for the first time since their exhibition at Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles in Spring of 2021.


Rosemarie Trockel
MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main
Through June 18, 2023

The brutality and absurdity of normative regimes emerge openly in the work of Rosemarie Trockel. Definitions, restrictions, paternalism, and violence due to gender become visible and transparent. Her advance is a risky, courageous, combative, and humorous one. In all media—drawing and painting, photography, sculpture, installation, and film—Trockel’s sociological gaze is as much directed at social regimes and political structures as it is at nature. Her observations and studies of processionary caterpillars, starlings, chickens, or lice, while scientifically sound and precise, always include her own critical gaze as a vital component. She appropriates the ambivalences in her work, capturing them decidedly.

The comprehensive exhibition displays works from all periods of Rosemarie Trockel’s oeuvre, from the 1970s to the new works created especially for the museum.


Marcel van Eeden
Drawing Rooms: Marcel van Eeden / Karl Hubbuch
Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe
Through April 16, 2023

For the exhibition Drawing Rooms, past and present enter into dialogue with each other. Marcel van Eeden (*1965) and Karl Hubbuch (1891–1979) the Dutch contemporary artist and the German graphic artist of the Weimar Republic—meet in the medium of drawing. Around 100 years separate the artists, who were both appointed as professors at the Karlsruhe Art Academy. The exhibition is based on the extensive collection of hand drawings and prints by Karl Hubbuch, whose estate was donated to the museum in 2020.


Gilbert & George
The Gilbert & George Centre, London
Opening April 1, 2023

Opening this spring, The Gilbert & George Centre will provide a permanent home for an unrivalled artistic legacy and will be a place for visitors to convene from across the globe to experience pictures by Gilbert & George. The inaugural exhibition will be THE PARADISICAL PICTURES, exhibited in London for the first time, following their debut presentation Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, and subsequent presentation at Sprüth Magers, Berlin. Gilbert & George commented: “We will start with THE PARADISICAL PICTURES because we realise that most people think of paradise as ‘the after party’ and we think of this as the pre-cum party.”


David Lamelas
I Have to Think About It
Fondazione Antonio Dalle Nogare, Bolzano
May 7, 2023–February 24, 2024

The Fondazione Antonio Dalle Nogare presents I Have to Think About It, the first Italian retrospective exhibition of the Argentinean artist David Lamelas. Since the 1960s, Lamelas’ conceptual practice has ranged from installation to sculpture, drawing, photography, film, video, sound and textual works, addressing the defining contexts and conditions of our perception.


Ed Ruscha
The Museum of Modern Art – MoMa, New York
September 23, 2023–January 13, 2024

“I don’t have any Seine River like Monet,” Ed Ruscha once said. “I’ve just got US 66 between Oklahoma and Los Angeles.” ED RUSCHA / NOW THEN will feature over 250 objects—including paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, artist’s books, films, and installations—that make use of everything from gunpowder to chocolate. Exploring Ruscha’s landmark contributions to postwar American art as well as lesser-known aspects of his six-decade career, the exhibition will offer new perspectives on a body of work that has influenced generations of artists, architects, designers, and writers.


Cindy Sherman
Staatsgalerie Stuttgart
April 21–September 10, 2023

For almost 50 years, the American artist Cindy Sherman has been making fashion and its depiction a theme of her work. Her interest in the fashion world shows a subversive attitude toward what it represents. Through humor and staging, her pictures become parodies of fashion photography: they show figures that are anything but desirable and thus contradict all conventions of haute couture and the usual ideas of beauty.

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