Publication

John Baldessari
The Space Between
Sprüth Magers and Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König

This beautifully illustrated catalogue was published on the occasion of the exhibition John Baldessari: The Space Between at Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, June 12–September 11, 2021. The final body of work created by John Baldessari before his death in 2020 at the age of 88.

With original contributions by critics and artists well known to the artist—Barbara Bloom, Russell Ferguson, Hans Ulrich Obrist and David Salle—and a portrait by Catherine Opie, the catalogue both commemorates the installation at Sprüth Magers and delves into the artist’s investigations into the interactions of color, shape, composition and human perception. Simultaneously banal and poignant, Baldessari’s last series beautifully encapsulates the thrust of his artistic project as a whole: To explore the amorphous spaces between things, people and ideas. 

Exhibition

Cao Fei
Supernova
MAXXI – Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome
Through May 8, 2022

Between dreams and reality, the real and the virtual, Cao Fei's videos examine the dilemmas of contemporary life, exploring the transformations in China, the perception of self and facing universal questions. Among the most prominent figures in the international art scene, Cao Fei (born in Guangzhou and based in Beijing) has participated in more than one hundred biennials and exhibitions and her works are exhibited in the most prestigious international art institutions.

Publication

Robert Elfgen
Painting without painting
Sprüth Magers and Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König

“I actually work like a sculptor. For my paintings, I use solid materials like wood or brass, which I can stain, saw off, and shape.”

Robert Elfgen doesn’t paint his paintings, he builds them. The brightly illustrated catalogue Robert Elfgen: Painting without painting is devoted to the artistic idea that leads Elfgen to his images. Through 34 color plates, 40 illustrations, and a comprehensive text contribution, this catalogue demonstrates Elfgen’s understanding of the image as embedded in the history of painting—from the Middle Ages through Romanticism to the 21st century. The catalogue also features hitherto unpublished works by the artist.

Exhibition

Andreas Gursky
MKM Museum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst, Duisburg, Germany
Through January 30, 2022

The Ruhr region often served Andreas Gursky as the setting for his early works during his studies at the Düsseldorf Academy with Bernd and Hilla Becher. The titles of these works bear witness to his forays into the surrounding area: Ruhrtal, Mühlheim a.d. Ruhr, Angler, Krefeld, Hühner, Duisburg, Brücke, Ratingen, Schwimmbad, to name but a few examples. A selection of these early small-format works from the Ruhr region now welcome visitors to Duisburg and introduce them to the world of Andreas Gursky, which unfolds fully in the following rooms through his well-known large-format works.

Exhibition

Nancy Holt
Between Heaven and Earth
Western Washington University
Through May 7, 2022

Nancy Holt, Between Heaven and Earth follows the career path that led Holt to Stone Enclosure: Rock Rings, which is part of Western Washington’s Sculpture Collection. Aligning itself with her deep-seated desire to work across professional fields, the trans-disciplinary exhibition addresses not just the complexities of her artwork but her interests in sciences, from geology, biology, ecology, surveying technology to astronomy.

Exhibition

Robert Irwin
Light and Space
Kraftwerk Berlin
Through January 30, 2022

LAS’ newly commissioned and site-specific exhibition Light and Space by renowned American artist Robert Irwin is his largest installation in Europe to date. For over five decades, Irwin’s oeuvre has been driven by his continuous inquiry into human perception and use of space.

Exhibition

Astrid Klein
Odyssey, Cologne
Through January 21, 2022

In the second phase of the exhibition series Odyssey, two works by Astrid Klein are presented under the title Sehnsucht. Klein, known for her large scale collages, paintings and room filling installations, is showing the neon sculpture Untitled (follow your bliss), 2021 created for the exhibition and a painting from 1989 from the series of “White Paintings” (1988-93). For Klein, both works are related to the hero’s journey, more precisely to the second phase, the archetype of the orphan.

Odyssey invites viewers to question their own journey and the emotions and phases associated with it. With the help of twelve internationally renowned artists, the exhibition series is dedicated to a different form of experience every two month.

Exhibition

Barbara Kruger
BARBARA KRUGER: THINKING OF YOU, I MEAN ME, I MEAN YOU
The Art Institute of Chicago
Through January 24, 2022

The Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York are pleased to announce a major solo exhibition devoted to the work of Barbara Kruger.

Opening at the Art Institute of Chicago, THINKING OF YOU, I MEAN ME, I MEAN YOU will present four decades of the artist’s work—the largest and most comprehensive presentation of her work in twenty years.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art: March 20–July 17, 2022
Museum of Modern Art, New York: July 18, 2022–January 2, 2023

Site-specific Installation

Barbara Kruger
Body Language
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
Through February 1, 2022

For the Gardner’s Ann H. Fitzpatrick Façade, Barbara Kruger created Body Language, a striking and provocative image of two overlapping bodies, using a detail from Titian’s painting Diana and Actaeon. By overlaying the image with text, Kruger invites us to reconsider the representation of women, power, and sexuality and to reflect on the art historical concept of “gaze.”

Site-specific Installation

Barbara Kruger
Untitled (Another/Another)
Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin
Through August 31, 2022

The facade of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) is made available every year to international contemporary artists as a space for projects that open up a dialogue with the urban space and passers-by. In 2021, Barbara Kruger – one of the United States’ most influential contemporary artists, is presenting Untitled (Another/Another).

Exhibition

Anthony McCall
Solid Light and Performance Works
Pozu Santa Bárbara and Mieres Centru Cultural, Spain
Through January 31, 2022

Anthony McCall’s exhibition Solid Light and Performance Works at Pozu Santa Bárbara and Mieres Centru Cultural in Mieres, Spain presents a number of works from the 1970s in dialogue with his current practice.

Exhibition

Rosemarie Trockel
Thinking in Dark Times
Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin
Through February 28, 2022

Starting in September 2021, the activities of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) in the urban space will be expanded by the new “n.b.k. Billboard” series. The large presentation surface is located at the intersection of Friedrichstrasse and Torstrasse, just a two-minute walk from n.b.k. and embedded in a central and bustling part of the city. Works by international contemporary artists will be presented here every six months, specially conceived for the large-format surface, and inviting visitors and passers-by to engage with the aesthetic and social implications of contemporary art as well as with the urban environment. The program opens with a work by Rosemarie Trockel.

Exhibition

Thea Djordjadze
Se souvenir et témoigner
Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain (MAMC), Saint-Étienne
February 4–May 15, 2022

For her first solo exhibition in France, Thea Djordjadze proposes to assemble more than sixty works created since 1993 to deliver an intuitive experience within the Museum building.

Djordjadze's work has been unfolding for more than twenty years through sculptures and installations which are created in sensitive relation to the space and architecture of the place that receives them.

Exhibition

Anne Imhof
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow
March–June 2022

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art will present the first exhibition in Russia of Anne Imhof, the winner of a Golden Lion at the 57th Venice Biennale.

Imhof creates complex polyphonic situations that live within the museum space and beyond, and involve music, human bodies, art objects, architecture, and more. At Garage, Imhof will show new works, including a performance project in collaboration with Eliza Douglas that will take place in Gorky Park.

The exhibition and performance of Anne Imhof at Garage is a collaboration with the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and the Hartwig Art Foundation.

Exhibition

Barbara Kruger
Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin
April 29–August 28, 2022

The US conceptual artist Barbara Kruger (born 1945) developed a new text installation for the Exhibition Hall of the Neue Nationalgalerie that will occupy the entire floor of the exhibition space. Kruger has been known since the 1970s for her large-format posters featuring sharply worded slogans, which she uses to interrogate common social stereotypes and consumerism from a feminist perspective. As an homage to architect Mies van der Rohe and his famous Berlin building, the essential parts of the architecture will remain untouched by Kruger’s artistic intervention. From a distance, visitors may not even notice the exhibition; only when they enter the building itself they truly become aware of it.

Talk

Analia Saban
VASE Lecture: Analia Saban
University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson
February 10, 2022, 5:30pm CST

Analia Saban will give a comprehensive lecture about her art practice over the last sixteen years, since her days as a graduate student until today. She will speak about her work through the lens of her interest in materiality, technology, and how the history of materials influences Art History. This lecture, which will take place at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, is made possible by a collaboration between the School of Art Visiting Artist and Lecture Series and the University of Arizona Museum of Art.