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Frieze Week is here – with some radical feminism, emerging talents and new spaces!

Britain can be quite a depressing place, especially in 2017: between facepalm-worthy political shenanigans, Brexit, and the constant humidity, one would think that “The Black Dog” (as Winston Churchill used to describe his depression) has caught all of the island’s population in its numbing fans. But Brits wouldn't be Brits if they hadn't found countermeasures to such bleakness: these include good tea, the Duchess of Cambridge and the ability to produce, exhibit and celebrate outstanding art.

This week, in particular, London celebrates it with 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.

What Frieze lacks in location-related charm – a tent in a park will always just be a tent in a park – it makes up with a stellar line-up of galleries, bringing together blue-chip mastodons with edgy upcoming spaces. This year, the fair has also had the excellent idea to inaugurate a section baptized Sex Work, which showcases radical feminist positions – sometimes known to a large public, but more often overlooked and ignored by mainstream audiences.

Xinyi Cheng: Julien, 2017. Courtesy Antenna Space, Shanghai

So what's in store this year? In the Focus section, reserved to emerging talents, Shanghai’s Antenna Space will be exhibiting the exquisite paintings of Xinyi Cheng, which examine notions of gaze and conflicted identity in muted, fascinating canvases. Cologne’s Jan Kaps will let Swiss artist Tobias Spichtig take over his booth. The artist, who defies categorization thanks to his visual eclecticism, will address the very current (especially in the UK) topic of negotiation and group therapy in an installation composed of both sculptures and paintings. Oslo’s VI, VII is most probably looking forward to good sales thanks to works by Than Hussein Clark, which often skillfully intertwine fine and applied arts. This time, Clark will take inspiration from fashion – haute couture in particular – for a series of sculptures we expect to be very pleasing to both the eye and the mind.

The previously mentioned Sex Works section, curated by Alison M. Gingeras, sports some of today’s and yesterday’s most provocative and powerful feminist practices. Two Austrian artists especially stand out: the elusive Birgit Jürgensen, presented by Galerie Hubert Winter, and Renate Bertlmann, on view at Richard Saltoun’s booth. Both artists are trailblazers, often misunderstood or even rejected by their contemporaries; while Jürgensen’s practice has been acknowledged as a defining contribution to its genre for quite some time, Bertlmann has only recently been rediscovered, probably thanks to the equally recent trend of exhibiting great, older female artists previously overlooked. Among the nine artists exhibited in the section are also three of America’s most eminent representatives of feminist art: Betty TompkinsMarilyn Minter, and Judith Bernstein. Tomkins is known for her matter-of-fact depictions of genitalia, often executed in hues of grey and with an impressive eye for details and angles. Minter’s moist and sticky photographs have had garnered quite some attention this year, thanks to the artist’s retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum; and Bernstein’s visual tirades against patriarchal, right-wing politics and general phallocracy have made her one of the prime opponents of Trump in the artistic community.

Birgit Jürgensen: Untitled (Horse), 1973. Courtesy Galerie Hubert Winter, Vienna

Frieze is evidently not the only thing happening this week in London. Sunday Art Fair brings together 22 galleries from three continents and a massive amount of coolness. It’s being held in some semi-industrial, subterranean, cavernous space that looks like it was conceived especially for i-D magazine to shoot their fashion stories in. The participating galleries are either already known for their edgy image and program, or they will be next year after their participation at this very event (a couple of additional trendy boutique-style satellite fairs wouldn’t hurt to consolidate such a reputation though). Poland is well represented with Kasia Michalski and Piktogram, both based in Warsaw; so is NYC, from which three galleries hail. But one of Sunday’s nice touches is the inclusion of spaces relatively far off the usual grid. This year, Good Weather from Little Rock, Arkansas, Mieke van Schaijk from 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, and PM8 from Vigo in the North-West of Spain are amongst the lucky few chosen to show visitors that good art can also be bought elsewhere than in the large capitals of the Western world.

Rachel Whiteread: Untitled (Stairs), 2001. Courtesy Tate, London, photo: Joe Humphrys

For those who might feel bored by endless amounts of booths, London obviously offers plenty of options when it comes to institutional shows and good galleries. British sculpture being a terrain particularly dense with talent, it only makes sense one of the medium’s most outstanding representatives is being honored with a solo show at Tate Britain: it’s Rachel Whiteread, the artist transforming absence of matter into sculptures. If you’re in London this week, missing her retrospective would be as shameful as publicly claiming you dislike Earl Grey.

Quite different in its approach to producing images yet almost as relevant to his own medium than Whiteread to hers, Norwegian photographer Torbjørn Rødland is also being honored with a solo show at an illustrious institution. For “The Touch That Made You,” the artist’s disturbing oeuvre is being exhibited at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. The show exemplifies how Rødland has continuously (and successfully) been producing images that look weirdly formal at first glance, but ultimately convey syntheticity and anxiety in a perverse and clever way.

Torbjørn Rødland: Heiress with Dogs, 2014. Courtesy Serpentine Gallery and Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels

Perhaps more conceptually challenging yet equally interesting is Hannah Black’s exhibition “Some Context” at the Chisenhale Gallery, in which the British artist and writer of incendiary letters (among other things) explores the always tricky balance between collective subjectivity and objectivity. Some of the show consists of books filled with transcripts from conversations the artist had with friends; they’ll be shredded at the end of the show, confirming Black’s detachment from her work’s materiality and perhaps, to a certain extend, her commitment to an almost nihilistic intellectual radicality.

Hannah Black: The Situation, 2017. Courtesy Chisenhale Gallery, London, photo: Andy Keate

If we started mentioning all the excellent gallery exhibitions on view in the city this week, this newsletter would never finish; after giving so much attention to the emerging artists and spaces earlier, we’ll limit ourselves to three rather confirmed positions. Gary Hume’s solo show at Sprüth Magers isn’t only a good occasion to go check out the newly renovated premises of this art world powerhouse; Hume’s work, which masterfully captures the misty territories that separate the abstract from the representational, would look great in any type of location, and not only a fancy London townhouse. Opening tonight is “Pie Town,” Sherrie Levine’s second solo show with David Zwirner, the first at his London location. As usual with the American artist, prepare yourselves to feel equally frustrated and fascinated by Levine’s play with appropriation and distortion. Finally, let’s not forget that the enfant terrible of blue-chip galleries, Johann König, is opening a sort-of-space in London this week, which is supposed to function differently than a gallery but will probably end up working just as one, plus some ironic clothes courtesy the boss’s twisted imagination.

Obviously, comprehensive lists of shows, openings, and maps can be found on our app; there’s plenty (oh plenty!) to discover, so we can’t stress enough how helpful Exhibitionary might be to prioritize and decide what you really wanna see.

 

– Karim Crippa

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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
We've selected five shows not to be missed 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

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.

30.03.2017
#Bejing
#Berlin
#London
#New York
#Vienna
Five Shows in March
With “Five Shows” we launched a new format which 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.

Cristof Yvoré | M Woods | Beijing
Sheree Hovsepian | Higher Pictures | New York
Hal Fischer | Project Native Informant | London
Hannah Black | mumok | Vienna
Ned Vena | Société | Berlin

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.