AKL Poetry Event NY

Alexandra Auder, Dorothea Lasky and Joe Westmoreland
Photo: Shawna Ferriera, Sylvie Rosokoff and Lori Seid


A Reading of Poetry
Sprüth Magers, New York
Wednesday, March 6, 6–8pm

Sprüth Magers is pleased to announce a reading of poetry and prose inspired by the exhibition of Astrid Klein at our New York gallery. Celebrated authors Alexandra Auder, Dorothea Lasky and Joe Westmoreland will present work selected for its resonance with the artist’s oeuvre, followed by a reading of new poems inspired by the exhibition and written for the occasion by poets ofi davis, Jack Lindsay Dinovitz, Kaya Ka Kei Lau, Roxane Van Winkle.

Join us for what promises to be an electric evening. Please RSVP by March 1.

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Cao Fei
O futuro não é um sonho
Pinacoteca de São Paulo, São Paulo
Through April 14, 2024

Cao Fei: o futuro não é um sonho is the Chinese artist’s first solo show in Latin America and presents four groups of works with themes that analyze how the rapid societal changes of the 21st century, fueled by the intensive use of technologies, has been affecting subjectivity and human experiences.

The overarching themes of the exhibition are: “Manufacturing and globalization”, “The past and present of the virtual world”, “Memories of socialism and sci-fi” and “Urbanization and dystopia”, with the objective to introduce Cao’s practice to the Brazilian public with a range of works spanning the past 20 years of her career.


Gilbert & George
Pink Elephants
Herbert Foundation, Loods
Through July 28, 2024

Gilbert and George have been working as an artist duo since the early 1960s. For Gilbert & George there is no distinction between the artist and the artwork. “The life of Gilbert & George is art.” Their versatile oeuvre is both current and provocative and is equally romantic and humorous. Although they always place themselves and their lives at the center of their art, they transcend the personal and their work touches upon universal themes such as identity, sexuality, religion, and politics. The presentation Gilbert & George – Pink Elephants emphasizes Gilbert & George’s early work and shows the radical position they took from the outset. 


Barbara Kruger
Serpentine South, London
Through March 17, 2024

THINKING OF YOU. I MEAN ME. I MEAN YOU. at Serpentine South is Kruger’s first solo institutional show in London in over twenty years. It features a unique selection of installations alongside moving image works and multiple soundscapes. The exhibition is the UK premiere of Untitled (No Comment) (2020). This immersive three-channel video installation explores contemporary modes of creating and consuming content online. In the work, Kruger combines text, audio clips, and a barrage of found images and memes, ranging from blurred-out selfies to animated photos of cats.


The 14th Shanghai Biennale: Cosmos Cinema
Group Exhibition
Power Station of Art, Shanghai
Through March 31, 2024

The 14th Shanghai Biennale: Cosmos Cinema considers how the terms of our relationship with the cosmos condition life on earth. Cosmos Cinema includes works by more than 80 artists working in China and around the world, dating from the early twentieth century to the present, proposing that contemplations of the cosmos—ancient and modern—might work against the alienation that is endemic to our historical moment: alienation from each other, from nature, and even from time itself. David Lamelas's first film A Study of the Relationships between Inner and Outer Space, 1969, is a centrepiece of the exhibition.


Senga Nengudi
Dia Beacon, New York
Through early 2025

Dia Art Foundation will present a long-term exhibition of work by Senga Nengudi, which will open at Dia Beacon on February 17, 2023. Sculptures and room-sized installations made between 1969 and 2020, including recent acquisitions for Dia’s permanent collection, will be on display. This long-term exhibition of Nengudi’s work will be accompanied by a performance program and publication, revealing the multiplicity of her practice.


Otto Piene
Paths to Paradise
Museum Tinguely, Basel
Through May 12, 2024

Otto Piene (1928−2014) aimed high with his art: to shape a more harmonious, peaceful, and sustainable world. His expansive view explored new media and projected aesthetic forms and experiences into new spatial realms.

Structured thematically, the monographic exhibition Otto Piene: Paths to Paradise traces his utopian vision as expressed in works from his most significant series and projects in conversation with his lifelong practice of sketching. Together these works reveal Piene’s use of sketching and drawing in both narrow and broad, literal and figurative senses, and provide an expanded definition in connection to a visionary practice that embraced the application of new technology.


Jon Rafman
Player Character
Basement Roma, Rome
Through May 23, 2024

A visionary interpreter of the troubled human mind, of the streams of consciousness and the anxieties of the present, Jon Rafman (*1982) explores the all-encompassing impact of the virtual within the representation of our time. Through an immense vocabulary drawing from internet culture, virtual world, video games and insinous areas of the web, Rafman creates surreal and absolute landscapes in which he nourishes a constant sense of loss and alienation, of instinct and memory, of resurrection and death, of extreme sacrifice and rebirth. In a world oppressed by obsession, paranoia, a sense of emptiness and loss, the artist leads us into the most concealed realms of the web, among the viscous drives that replace reality and at the same time embody it.


Pamela Rosenkranz
Old Tree
High Line, New York
Through September 2024

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.


Cindy Sherman
Deichtorhallen Hamburg – Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg
Through March 3, 2024

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.


Cindy Sherman
Fotografiska, Stockholm
Through June 9, 2024

In Tapestries, Cindy Sherman’s exploration of tapestry as a medium represents a shift in her artistic practice. The historical significance of tapestry, once valued more than painting, is evident in Sherman’s sumptuous works produced in Flanders, a region known for its golden age of tapestry in the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. Like historical tapestries, Sherman’s works maintain a larger-than-life scale. The series of “selfies”, impossible to print in large scale due to the low-resolution nature of the original images, translates well in to woven textiles, which in turn resonate with the pixelation of the source material: pixels, here, translate to the warp and weft of thread.


Marcel van Eeden
Der heimliche Kaiser
Museum für Photographie Braunschweig and Mönchehaus Museum, Goslar
Through April 21, 2024

Presented concurrently at both Museum für Photographie, Braunschweig and the Mönchehaus Museum, Goslar, this two part exhibition will show both drawings and photographic work based on the rubber printing process of early photography, some of which have been realized especially for the exhibition with references to Braunschweig and Goslar, among other places. Taken in the present, the motifs of these seemingly painterly photographic works, like the drawings, appear as artistic interpretations of historical moments. Marcel van Eeden undermines an uncritical belief in historical factuality and uses the power of suggestion and imagination in combination with actual historical moments.


John Waters
John Waters: Pope of Trash
Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Los Angeles
Through August 4, 2024

John Waters: Pope of Trash is the first comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the artist’s contributions to cinema. The exhibition delves into his filmmaking process, key themes, and unmatched style. Works on view include costumes, props, handwritten scripts, correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, film clips, and more, revealing the nuances of independent filmmaking and the ways in which Waters’s movies have redefined the possibilities of independent cinema.


Thea Djordjadze, Rosemarie Trockel
Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich
November 12, 2024–April 27, 2025

The Lenbachhaus will present a collaborative work by the artists Rosemarie Trockel and Thea Djordjadze. Djordjadze was Trockel’s student at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf from 1998 to 2001 and the two have maintained a close artistic relationship ever since, realizing numerous joint projects and exhibitions. In their exhibition at Lenbachhaus, the artists want to delve into the conception of beauty and challenge established aesthetic conventions, taking inspiration from reflections by the poet Arthur Rimbaud. Rimbaud’s opening lines from “Une saison en enfer” (1873) provide a leitmotif for the artists’ approach: “One evening I sat Beauty on my knees. And I found her bitter and I reviled her.”


Sylvie Fleury
Yes to All
Kunsthal Rotterdam
March 30–September 8, 2024

In the spring of 2024, Kunsthal Rotterdam is presenting a large-scale exhibition of the work of the Swiss artist Sylvie Fleury. For the very first time her provocative installations, sculptures, ready-mades, and paintings will be shown in the Netherlands. In a playful way, Fleury challenges the cultural constructs of gender stereotypes. She uses modern advertising strategies such as attention-seeking slogans, brightly colored neon lights, and seductive presentations to explore the boundaries between contemporary art and consumerism. Incorporating elements from the worlds of fashion and film, pop culture, and art history, Fleury consistently succeeds in creating unexpected new stories, always infused with a generous dose of humor and individuality.


Nancy Holt
Circles of Light
Gropius Bau, Berlin
March 22–July 21, 2024

Over the course of five decades, Nancy Holt explored how we perceive our environment and how we attempt to understand our place on the surface of this planet. From March 2024, the Gropius Bau presents Circles of Light, the artist’s most comprehensive survey exhibition in Germany to date. It includes film, video, photography, sound works, concrete poetry, sculptures and expansive installations as well as drawings and documentation from over 25 years.

In her artistic practice, Nancy Holt reimagined site-specific installations and ways of working with natural and artificial light. She began focusing on ecological aspects at an early stage and incorporated the earth’s rotation, astronomy, time and space into her sculptures, constantly challenging us to look beyond what we think we know. Holt’s working process will have a particularly tangible presence in the exhibition at the Gropius Bau through texts and recordings by the artist.


Jenny Holzer
Light Line
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, New York
May 17–September 29, 2024

This exhibition will present a reimagination of Jenny Holzer’s landmark 1989 installation at the Guggenheim. Climbing all six ramps of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed rotunda to the building’s apex, the new manifestation of Holzer’s electronic sign extends and builds upon the artist’s vision from thirty-five years earlier. The site-specific work will transform the building with a display of scrolling texts from her earliest series of truisms and aphorisms to more recent experiments with language generated by artificial intelligence. Holzer’s iconic use of the written word throughout her career has long captivated audiences around the world and this solo exhibition will feature little known examples of Holzer’s work spanning her career from the 1980s through today.


Anne Imhof
Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz
June 8–September 1, 2024

Anne Imhof is one of the most important contemporary artists of our time. Her signature artistic expression is rooted in performance pieces, where casts of androgynous figures navigate the space with a captivating blend of impassive poise and elaborate choreography within an immersive audio-visual experience. This dynamic interplay, underscored by the inclusion of ubiquitous and iconic elements of fashion, photography, and an amalgamation of subculture and popular culture, creates an atmosphere reminiscent of post-apocalyptic isolation.

Within the austere confines of Kunsthaus Bregenz, Anne Imhof ushers in a compelling transformation. In this enigmatic creation, a paradox unfolds, taking the shape of both a barricade and a proscenium. For the KUB exhibition, Imhof will focus on painting and sculpture, which form the crux of her artistic practice, mirroring the fluid evolution of her performative works. The human figure now assumes an allegorical presence, offering a heightened sense of Imhof’s trademark exploration of the human condition.


50th Anniversary of Autobahn
Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
May 21–30, 2024

Over nine nights at Walt Disney Concert Hall, legendary German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their album Autobahn, which was composed, produced, and recorded by Kraftwerk founders Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider in 1974.

The concert series will present eight Kraftwerk albums: Autobahn (1974), Radio-Activity (1975), Trans Europe Express (1977), The Man-Machine (1978), Computer World (1981), Techno Pop (1986), The Mix (1991), and Tour de France (2003). Each night will feature one complete album plus additional compositions from their catalog. Concert number nine will be a finale with groundbreaking works spanning five decades of the Kraftwerk repertoire.


Anthony McCall
Split Second
Museo Guggenheim Bilbao
June 20–October 11, 2024

Coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the Museum’s program devoted to artistic practices of the moving image, the Film & Video Gallery will host the radically abstract, film-based work of Anthony McCall. In clear dialogue with the works of Richard Serra and Lucio Fontana in the Museum Collection, this exhibition will feature the premiere of a single new work, Split Second (Mirror) IV (2024), alongside the historic projection piece Miniature in Black and White (1972) and a series of photographic prints.

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