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Five Shows in March

Besides this no-nonsense guide to navigating the accelerating global art circuit, there is so much more to see. So we decided to launch a second newsletter series. We call it “Five Shows” and it consists of five – as Harald Szeemann would say – “with great enthusiasm and a bit of obsessiveness” hand-picked exhibitions we recommend to see or we would like you to read about.

It is exciting to write about the surprising discoveries in the urban jungles of our art capitals, and we hope you enjoy reading them.

 

Cristof Yvoré at M Woods, Beijing

Courtesy M Woods, Beijing

It doesn’t get cooler than M Woods, the independent non-profit experimental museum that was founded by collectors Lin Han, Wanwan Lei and co-founded by Michael Xufu Huang. It points to a global shift in the museum landscape where brilliant young (often very young) collectors are creating major public institutions. Besides having an absolutely enviable collection, M Woods hosts solo shows that couldn’t happen anywhere else in China. Founder Lei is curating the first ever museum retrospective of French-born painter Cristof Yvoré in the country. It is fitting to give visibility to this too often overlooked artist here because of the long cross-cultural dialog between French (from Impressionism onward) painters and Chinese artists. These small-scale paintings obsessively explore a very limited range of intimate subjects, rooms, bare walls, flowers in vases, still lifes on tables and such things. Yvoré proves that it matters less what you paint and more how you paint it. He explores the most important elements of painting, weight, balance, hue, and saturation whose meditations in oil on canvas are recalling the master Giorgio Morandi. Painted from memory that have the sentiment of "remembrance of things past" but are never sentimental.

M Woods, No. 2 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing


Sheree Hovsepian at Higher Pictures, New York

Courtesy Higher Pictures, New York

In her new body of work, Iranian-born Sheree Hovsepian expands her career-long investigation into photography as a physical medium presenting a series of small-scale (many around 21 inches) collages. This is her first show at Higher Pictures, and we applaud the gallery for giving much-deserved recognition to Hovsepian after decades of her quietly working. Using silver gelatin prints, as well as photograms (mostly of nude figures) from her expansive personal archive, she creates layered images that are covered or obscured by stretched black or tan nylon that immediately evokes hosiery. This is true photography in the expanded field where the very materiality of the medium is engaged beyond just optics. The prints are curled, rolled, covered, overlaid, such that the haptic is given precedence. Like her earlier work in her oeuvre, the central theme is the essence of portraiture itself.

Higher Pictures, 980 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10075


Hal Fischer at Project Native Informant, London

Courtesy Project Native Informant, London

Hal Fischer is among the pioneer artists of the late 70s that came before the so-called Pictures Generation. He brought the language of structuralism and linguistics into his photographic practice and after making only three seminal bodies of work in the 70s disappeared and stopped making art. This is the rare (or only) chance to see all three bodies of work at once in one of the most respected emerging galleries whose ultra-smart hot young program is in lineage with Fischer. The three projects take up where “objective” (August Sander Face of Our Time) and “typologies” (Bernd and Hilla Becher) left off. The first series Gay Semiotics (1977) is a single series of 24 photographs all about 20 x 16 inches, while Boy-Friends (1979) is ten portraits of actual/imagined romances, finally A Salesman (1979) is an ambiguous billboard (non)advertisement that influenced many of the young artists working with corporate aesthetics today. These works, on the one hand, act like scientific evidence discovering new species. Or a field guide for newcomers to gay culture. On the other hand, these works are knowingly referring to contemporary theories of signs, quasi-anthropology that are used to complicate the so-called documentary “truth-value” of photography through ironic, sartorial, and camp insider jokes.

Project Native Informant, 26 Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2AQ

 

Hannah Black at mumok, Vienna

Courtesy: mumok / Klaus Pichler, Vienna

Hannah Black is one of the future greats of artists working today, and she is equally a public intellectual, writer, and theorist who is central to the current discourse around race and gender in art. In her first museum exhibition in Austria, she presents a three-channel video installation which collages together multiples sources of filmic material. Black who is brilliant with words plays on the term “cell” which refers both to the basic unit of biology and to prison with the title Small Room. The work itself is a meditation on biological processes and from this view, the humble virus (which is neither living nor dead), is a prisoner in other animals cells and through the act of infection gives rise the symbiosis that is life itself. Black questions lineage and ancestry which are often both based on DNA and tightly intertwined with the more urgent issues of the diaspora. Interspersed with her film work are popular icons or pop music through which she explores the deepest question of identity and geological/political history. At one moment across three screens it reads “It’s the end of the world” on the first “There has never been a world” in the middle “It’s the beginning of the world” on the last.

mumok, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna


Ned Vena at Société, Berlin

Courtesy Société, Berlin

Ned Vena is among the most exciting young(er) painters working today and with his newest show he puts another nail in the coffin of Zombie Formalism. These paintings are anything but boring carbon copy process-based derivative abstractions. Instead, they are ferociously original blending digital image manipulation with an appropriation to question what makes a painting. The subject is equally provocative as he takes a critical look at a ubiquitous street art icon: the New York Skyline reflected in the eye of Spider-Man. Taking from his vast personal collection of graffiti spray painted tourist souvenirs all of (nearly) the same image. Unlike a Warholian silkscreen, each painting is distinctly different showing the “hand marks” of the graffiti artist. Vena removes his own hand from the final paintings by scanning the graffiti works (enlarging them) and printing them with all the slippages of the digital image directly onto the canvas. In these paintings, we can see the three skylines that tourist can choose: those who long to put the Twin Towers back in, the (post-) traumatic moment when they are gone or finally those who look to hopefully to the current skyline with the Freedom Tower. The image which Vena nearly obsessively uses speaks not only to the deep connections between the corporal body and the isomorphism with the city (the buildings themselves). It also speaks to the artificiality of both the comic super-hero and the imagination of the New York skyline whose iconography speaks directly to an American Dream broken by the realities of 9/11.

Sociéte, Genthiner Strasse 36, 10785 Berlin

 

– Justin Polera

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26.09.2018
#Berlin
Berlin gets busy - Your guide to Berlin Art Week!
Bringing it back to Berlin – the home turf of Exhibitionary – is the seventh Berlin Art Week from 26–30 September! Plotted around Berlin are two art fairs, 15 museums and institutions, two art associations, one theatre, eleven private collections and 20 project spaces, expecting your pretty feet on their freshly mopped floors. And mate, it’s an ambitious program!

14.09.2018
#Munich
Hi Munich & Various Others
First off, some exciting news: we have added yet another great city to our roster of contemporary art hotspots around the globe. Exhibitionary now also covers Munich and we are happy to announce that we have partnered with Various Others. It is a cooperative project, where galleries and off-spaces invite international partner-galleries to develop an exhibition project together. Besides, some of Munich’s best museums will be offering a wide thematic frame with an array of events to accompany their exhibitions.

06.09.2018
#Vienna
They grow up so fast – 10 years of curated by_ in Vienna
Summer is making its slow exit, and you can embrace the lack of sweat patches, slow-cooking in public transport and finally don your matrix coat, order that pumpkin spice latte, and flock to Vienna, because it’s a whole flippin' month of curated by_! The gallery festival where 21 renowned Viennese galleries invite international curators and give them free reign over their gallery spaces to do as they please with it is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

24.07.2018
#London
#Los Angeles
#New York
#Vienna
#Zürich
Five Shows in July
Here are our picks for the five shows you should still catch in July.

Made in L.A. | Hammer Museum | Los Angeles
Lin May Saeed | Studio Voltaire | London
Vile Bodies | Michael Werner | London & New York
Make me look beautiful, Madame d’Ora! | Leopold Museum | Vienna
New North Zurich | Different venues in public areas | Zurich

11.06.2018
#Basel
This week all roads lead to Basel!
Lovers of prime-quality art, gossipy shenanigans, and overpriced liquor rejoice: Art Basel is back this week with its 2018 edition.

24.05.2018
#Basel
#Bejing
#Los Angeles
#New York
#Vienna
Five Shows in May
Five shows you shouldn't miss in May.

Iza Tarasewicz | Croy Nielsen | Vienna
Hito Steyerl & Martha Rosler | Kunstmuseum | Basel
Flora Hauser | Ibid | Los Angeles
Ragnar Kjartansson | Faurschou Foundation | Beijing
Jenny Saville | Gagosian | New York

25.04.2018
#Berlin
Fabulous women, neolithic children and queer dudes: Say Hi to Gallery Weekend Berlin!
We’ve reached this time of the year again: for a couple of days, the Berlin art world puts on its shiniest frock to welcome visitors to Gallery Weekend. Aside from the 47 galleries who officially participate in the main event, everyone else who contributes to making Berlin such a uniquely vibrant place for contemporary art also plans on presenting exciting positions to brighten their reputation, press portfolio or finances.

18.04.2018
#Berlin
#London
#Los Angeles
#New York
#Vienna
Five Shows in April
A selection of five shows you shouldn’t miss in April. Enjoy!

Barbara Hepworth | Pace Gallery | New York
Timur Si-Qin | Société | Berlin
Sylvie Fleury | Karma International | Los Angeles
Sophia Al-Maria | Project Native Informant | London
Marianne Vlaschits | Galerie Nathalie Halgand | Vienna

27.03.2018
#Düsseldorf
#London
#Los Angeles
#New York
#Zürich
Five Shows in March
Here are five shows you should check out in March.

Sam Lewitt | Miguel Abreu Gallery | New York
Gallery Share | Hannah Hoffman | Los Angeles
Elin Gonzales | Lucas Hirsch | Düsseldorf
Women Look at Women | Richard Saltoun Gallery | London
Louisa Gagliardi | Plymouth Rock | Zurich

05.03.2018
#Los Angeles
LA (Un)confidential – Exhibitionary goes West!
About a hundred years ago, movie executives discovered California’s magic sunlight, relative absence of labor regulations and pleasant ocean views: Los Angeles was picked as the location of choice to shoot pictures. Ever since, a steady stream of hopeful, driven and adventurous people has been fuelling the city of Angels, transforming it into a fertile ground for cultural initiatives. Hence, it seems only logical for Exhibitionary to chose LA as its third US and eleventh altogether location! From now on, you can check out, select, and visit the city’s most thrilling exhibitions thanks to our app.

28.02.2018
#Berlin
#Düsseldorf
#London
#New York
#Vienna
Five Shows in February
The top five shows not to miss in February.

James Benning | neugerriemschneider | Berlin
Adrian Buschmann | Gabriele Senn Galerie | Vienna
Mi Kafchin | Lyles & King | New York
Pizza is God | NRW Forum | Düsseldorf
Lydia Ourahmane | Chisenhale Gallery | London

24.01.2018
Five Shows in January
Our recommendations for the five shows to see in January.

Kathe Burkhart | Mary Boone Gallery | New York
Carmen Herrera | Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen | Düsseldorf
Leonor Antunes | Whitechapel Gallery | London
Group Show | Eva Presenhuber | Zürich
Fahrelnissa Zeid | Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle | Berlin

15.12.2017
#Berlin
#London
#Miami
#New York
#Vienna
Five Shows in December
Here are the five shows we recommended to see in December.

Evgeny Antufiev | Emalin | London
Jemima Kirke | Sargent’s Daughters | New York
Anna K.E. & Florian Meisenberg | WNTRP | Berlin
Publishing as an Artistic Toolbox: 1989–2017 | Kunsthalle Wien | Vienna
Tschabalala Self | Thierry Goldberg Gallery | Miami

04.12.2017
#Miami
Lots of glamour, lots of art and lots of fun. Here comes Art Basel Miami Beach!
The conclusion of this year's busy schedule will have Miami’s white beaches and refrigerated fair halls as a setting; but this time, the program of and surrounding the Donatella Versace of fairs seems at least as busy as the rest of the year: museum (re)openings, satellites, parties and endless Uber drives will keep the glitterati more occupied than ever.

06.11.2017
#Berlin
#London
#New York
#Vienna
#Zürich
Five Shows in November
Here’s our a selection of five shows we recommend to check out in November.

Michael E. Smith | KOW | Berlin
Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings | Arcadia Missa | London
Marguerite Humeau | Museum Haus Konstruktiv | Zurich
Louise Bonnet | Half Gallery | New York
Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme | Kevin Space | Vienna

03.10.2017
#London
Frieze Week is here – with some radical feminism, emerging talents and new spaces!
This week London celebrates the 15th edition of Frieze, the capital’s prime art fair and a must-go station on the art world’s calendar. As it so often is the case with an event of such magnitude, the wave it triggers makes many others want to ride it; consequently, a myriad of great shows, openings and satellite fairs are set to take place concurrently.

22.09.2017
We've just released some amazing new features!
Now you’re able to publish your Picks and share them with others. It's easy to follow your friends and other interesting editors and see which shows they recommend.

11.09.2017
#Berlin
Knock Knock – It’s Berlin Art Week!
It’s that time of the year: Summer has violently vanished and been replaced by depressing temperatures, the semi-licit outdoor rave program is put on hold and Berlin Art Week is here again.

07.09.2017
#Berlin
Talking Art and Artsy Talks – Good to Talk
Good to Talk, a 46-hour long marathon of talks, lectures, and panel discussions, rounded off by the occasional live performance and musical intermezzo, aims to break open the sometimes crusted cocoon in which the art world unfolds and therefore produce fresh food for the minds of audience and participants alike.

04.09.2017
#Cologne
#Düsseldorf
Great Art, Good Beer, and a Juicy Rivalry – DC Open in Düsseldorf & Cologne
Düsseldorf and Cologne, historically two of Germany and Europe’s most relevant spots regarding postwar culture. We’re glad to announce that we’ve partnered with DC Open and on this occasion, we are launching Düsseldorf in our app. We will consequently provide you with some insight into the highlights taking place during these three days.

26.06.2017
#Basel
#Berlin
#Cologne
#London
#New York
Five Shows in June
These are the last shows for many galleries before they take a much needed holiday. All too often they just present a group show of whatever inventory is available from their artists (that didn't sell at the fairs). We searched for exhibitions that raise well above the expected, and we’re delighted to see some galleries mounting some of their finest of the year.

Christopher Wool | Galerie Max Hetzler | Berlin
Carol Rama | New Museum | New York
Yan Xing | Kunsthalle | Basel
Tom Burr | Maureen Paley | London
Jorge Pardo | Galerie Gisela Capitain | Cologne

12.06.2017
#Basel
Basel is more than a symphony. It's an entire opera!
Everyone wants to look fresh when they step off the plane in Basel, but just as important as looking good is what you go to see and where you’re seen. One of the strongest ways for collectors, new and experienced, to show dedication and commitment is to show up in person to support new presentations of artists they acquire. In Basel, more than anywhere else, it is a non-stop meteoric shower of events and openings to attend.

09.06.2017
#Zürich
Zürich is more than just an overture. It's a symphony!
As the art world nearly fills up its dance card with Documenta 14 and Skulptur Projekte Münster, we must have one last waltz before Basel at Zürich’s Contemporary Art Weekend! Some say this is just an ‘overture to Art Basel,’ but we say it is so much more.

08.06.2017
#Münster
Skulptur Projekte Münster made easy
Wondering how to navigate Münster? The city transforms itself every ten years with Skulptur Projekte Münster into a mecca for the art world. We have mapped it all for you so download Exhibitionary and you don’t have to spend precious little time in this scenic city lost.

28.04.2017
#Berlin
We show you more in Berlin than just Gallery Weekend!
Gallery Weekend is an event like no other. Unlike the artificial situation in a trade fair or on the auction chopping block where meaning and context are emptied out. Collectors from all over the world come to see art in its primary public source, to buy early, for galleries to step up to the plate and for artists to give it their best. Our home turf and source of pride is Berlin and we hope here to provide a few entry points in this.

22.04.2017
#Cologne
Are you ready for the Cologne whirlwind?
The history of post-war Cologne is a history of the emergence of contemporary art itself. Today the city still is home to major collectors (among other, Reiner Speck and Benedikt Taschen) who support established and emerging galleries. Here shows of the absolute highest caliber take place. The best way to discover which works become meaningful to you over time is to go out and see them in person.

15.04.2017
#London
#Madrid
#Miami
#New York
#Vienna
Five Shows in April
Here we try to give a mode of entry for first time collectors but also insight for those seasoned in the art world. This is a roundup of five shows that share a depth of lasting power, they are not simply mass-market appeal even if some are very popular.

Korakrit Arunanondchai | Clearing | New York
Yu Honglei | Carl Kostyál | London
Yuri Pattison | Kevin Space | Vienna
Susan Hiller | Pérez Art Museum | Miami
Donna Huanca | Travesia Cuatro | Madrid

06.04.2017
#Athens
Athens: The unsolved mysteries of Documenta 14
Everyone has heard something about the first ever Athen’s chapter of Documenta (arguably the biggest thing happening in art right now). With only days before the inauguration, there is little clarity of what to expect, and the artist list is the biggest mystery. We provide an overview of the complicated themes and why the whole art world is talking about this quinquennial.

01.03.2017
#New York
The Armory is bolder than Frieze Week. We tell you what not to miss!
Long before it became The Armory Show, it was the highly experimental perversely satirical Gramercy International Art Fair, a playing ground for a new generation of radical artists and gallerists. It took place inside the hotel of the same name and was the meeting ground for the downtown New York art scene.

22.02.2017
#Madrid
All about ARCO and what to see in Madrid
It’s late February which means we are off to Madrid, already we have spent all month practicing Spanish. What is great about going to Madrid is being able to see artists who are underrepresented in Western Europe and the US (because they are often overlooked in the international scene).

03.01.2017
#Berlin
The Beginning of the End: A Look Ahead to 2017
We are more positive about the coming year than the title of this post might suggest, even if we do live in fraught times. We share the sentiments of Jerry Saltz who said when asked about 2017 and the future of galleries:

28.12.2016
#Berlin
#London
#Miami
#New York
The End of the Beginning: A Look Back at 2016
The end of the year gives space and time for reflection. 2016 was incredible for us. We launched our app Exhibitionary during the hot days of summer, which – now in winter – seems so far away. Within a few months, Exhibitionary grew into a global art guide with curatorial picks in major art centers around the world.

29.11.2016
#Miami
Forget the fairs! Seven things you shouldn't miss in Miami
Miami is the best place to see the diversity of Latin American art because of its proximity to the region. Many of the great private collections in Miami focus on art outside the hegemonic cannon. It is not only the rich visual arts but also the culture and food of the region that we immerse ourselves in.

25.11.2016
#Miami
Must-see guide for Art Basel Miami and the top parties you probably won't get into
As always, we are determined to find hope, sun, and LSD (love, stimulants, vitamin D) in Miami. Last year, postdiluvian floods reminded us that nature is bigger than even Gavin Brown’s beach party. This year, Zika put a cramp in Galerie Perrotin’s party and canceled Jack Shainman’s outdoor blast – but fear not, the show must go on and the parties rage on.

03.11.2016
#Turin
Top Six Shows in Turin
We are on a pilgrimage to Turin! Part of what makes the treasured art institutions in the city so exciting to see is the beautiful town that inspires them and the jaw-dropping post-Renaissance buildings they are housed in. Here are our top six shows that are must-sees.

20.10.2016
#Paris
Top ten shows to see in Paris during FIAC
There is no place like Paris; it is the right city for art. This year many galleries chose FIAC over Frieze. One major factor putting Paris back on the map is the evolution of FIAC under the Director Jennifer Flay. So here are our top 10 museum quality exhibitions to see in Paris now.

04.10.2016
#London
London Calling for Frieze Frenzy
London, one of the world’s most important art cities comes alive for Frieze, one of the world’s most important art fairs. The fair is about frenzied buying, except Londoners have a unique kind of refined connoisseurship that is anything but fanatic. Here are ten exhibitions we won’t miss in London and we hope you won’t miss either.

15.09.2016
#Berlin
Berlin Art Week for Aficionados
The art world shuts down in August, a time to cross the blurry boundary between professional (art) life into personal (art) life. We jump out of our bathing suit directly back to work in the newest fall fashion for the big openings of jam-packed September.

01.08.2016
#Berlin
Berlin's Project Space Festival Breaks the White Cube
Project Space Festival Berlin is an annual opportunity to step out of the white cube routine and experience the exciting fringes of the local scene. The strength of Project Space Festival is twofold, in its diversity and ephemerality. We’ve gone through it with a fine-comb to call out five of the finest.

26.07.2016
Gstaad my Love – A Summer Art Affair
The summer season of art is so quiet that in order to find a great show you have to make a great pilgrimage. We are heading off to Gstaad, one of the most remote art locations, for Project 1048 which is a little bit of everything, outdoor exhibition, boundary-defying collaboration and non-profit project.

07.07.2016
Liverpool on Strike for the Future
Facing the aftershocks of post-Brexit, it is urgent to go to the Liverpool Biennial. Under director Sally Tallant the Biennial takes over the city in the form of a free festival, a Midsummer night’s voyage through six episodes. Profound questions about our past, present, and future remain without easy answers in this political moment.

29.06.2016
#New York
New York Warm Up
No sleep till Brooklyn – NYC celebrates its week of summer openings. What better way to avoid the grotesque hot summer days than a pilgrimage through pristine well air-conditioned galleries in the art world’s capital?! Exactly, none.

23.06.2016
#Düsseldorf
Düsseldorf Back on the Map
In constant search of the next big celebration; we are heading for the infamous Rhineland. Historically thought of as the 80's center of the German art-world, it is now putting itself back on the map. Düsseldorf is the place to be with a new private museum, a new hip gallery, and commemorative performances!

18.06.2016
#Basel
Last Look at Art Basel
In the congested summer schedule of the touring art world, Art Basel is an event sometimes preferably ignored but never forgotten. Art Basel was overwhelming and exhausting. At times it was underwhelming, at times, it blew us away.

08.06.2016
#Zürich
Manifesta Tips
Just as the hangover is fading from (the celebrations of) the 9th Berlin Biennale, Manifesta 11 begins. Zurich, as everyone knows, is all about the money. Christian Jankowski hit it right on the head when he chose “What People Do For Money,” as the theme this year for Manifesta.