A Pattern or Practice, the most comprehensive presentation of artist Bethany Collins’ work to date, presents thirty pieces created from 2012 to 2019. In her drawings, prints, paintings, sculptures, and artist’s books, Collins incorporates fractured or illegible phrases, either punishingly erased or arduously rendered. As Holland Cotter recently wrote in The New York Times , “language itself, viewed as intrinsically racialized, is Bethany Collins’ primary material.” The artist elaborates, “I adore language because of its potential capacity, but if language is biased and not representative of us, it’s bound to fail.”
For his first solo museum exhibition in France, Theaster Gates has initiated an entirely new project that explores social histories of migration and interracial relations using a specific episode in American history as his point of departure to address larger questions of black subjugation and the imperial sexual domination and racial mixing that resulted from it. The starting point of the exhibition, entitled “Amalgam,” is the story of Malaga Island in the state of Maine, USA: In 1912, the state governor expelled from Malaga the poorest population, an interracial, mixed community of about 45 people, considered “indolent” by many of the local white inhabitants.
The Smart Museum commissioned three local artists to create new work as part of the Chicago presentation of Solidary & Solitary: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection. Bethany Collins, Samuel Levi Jones, and Amanda Williams—who have all participated in Pamela Joyner and Alfred Giuffrida’s artist-in-residence program—enrich and expand the exhibition’s narrative.
Locust Projects presents The Litany, a new site-specific installation by the Chicago-based artist Bethany Collins. In the center of Locust Projects’ Main Gallery is My destiny is in your hands, a white-on-white flocked wallpaper installation designed by the artist that exists within a “chapel” custom-built for the exhibition. The floral designs on the wallpaper represent official state flowers from the historical South where the artist’s family are from, as well as the state flowers where the artist’s family moved to during the Great Migration of millions of African Americans from the South to other parts of the United States.
The Museum Brandhorst in Munich, Germany presents a major exhbition of works by celebrated American painter Alex Katz. A towering figure in contemporary painting best known for his iconic portraits of beautiful, stylish women, masterfully rendered in bold, vibrant colors, Katz has influenced and inspired generations of artists around the world. Featuring more than eighty works--including some of the artist's most important paintings--the exhibition will offer visitors a retrospective overview of this seminal artist's oeuvre from the 1950s to today.
Richard Gray Gallery is pleased to announce participation in Art Basel Miami Beach 2018. The gallery will be showing major works from the gallery’s program of artists such as Jim Dine, Theaster Gates, David Hockney, Alex Katz, Jaume Plensa and Leon Polk Smith. The gallery is also pleased to announce its participation in the Art Kabinett sector of Art Basel, featuring ”A Tribute to Richard Gray," an exhibition of postwar masterworks on paper from the private collection of the gallery’s founder who passed away earlier this year.
The MACBA exhibition will feature works from the 1980s to the present, in a journey showing the dialogue that takes place between works that represent the human figure and those that are abstract. This tension is the thread that runs through the whole of his work, a corpus that highlights the strength of binomials such as weightlessness/compactness, light/dark, silence/sound, spirit/matter and life/death.
Opening at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid November 16th is Jaume Plensa: Invisibles. This project is in conjunction with a retrospective at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Barcelona (MACBA) and features works stretching from the 1980s to the present day in a survey which reflects the dialogue, repeated across Plensa’s career, between the representation of the human figure and abstraction.
Richard Gray Gallery is pleased to present a live musical performance by The Lincoln Trio, a Chicago-based ensemble made up of Desirée Ruhstrat, violin, David Cunliffe, cello, and Marta Aznavoorian, piano. The Trio will perform Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas (The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires) by Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla. The performance takes place at the gallery in a direct correlation to David Hockney’s exhibition Time and More, Space and More… which features the iconic multi-part video installation The Four Seasons, Woldgate Woods, 2010-2011.
In his exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Basel, which is spread out across two of the museum’s venues, Gates explores the cult of the Black Madonna, examining both its significance in the history of religion and its aesthetic and metaphorical tenor.
The Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow presents an exhibition by the American artist Jim Dine. Works included in the exhibition were donated by Jim Dine to the Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, where his retrospective was held to great acclaim in February — April 2018.
Richard Gray Gallery is saddened to announce the passing of noted Midwestern landscape artist Harold Gregor. He was 89. Born and raised in Detroit, Gregor became known for his landscapes after a doctoral program at Ohio State University. Gregor was a recipient of a lifetime achievement medal from the National Watercolor Society, and had a lengthy teaching career at several schools including Illinois State University, where he became a Distinguished Professor and retired in 1995.
Jim Dine shows new works at Galerie Thomas Modern. The exhibition debuted in participation with Munich's Open Art. The show includes 15 large-format paintings and three sculptures, in which Dine combines his characteristic motifs of everyday objects to create collaged reliefs.
Rashid Johnson is this year's recipient of the Aspen Award for Art. In 2019, the artist will stage a solo exhibition at the Aspen Art Museum.
As part of Art Design Chicago, a year-long celebration of Chicago’s art and design history spearheaded by the Terra Foundation for American Art, Rebuild Foundation presents A Johnson Publishing Story, organized by artist Theaster Gates and on view at the Stony Island Arts Bank (6760 South Stony Island Avenue) June 28 – September 30, 2018. The exhibition will spotlight materials from the Johnson Publishing Archive, which features more than 15,000 items donated to Rebuild Foundation by JPC including books, periodicals, ephemera, paintings, and sculpture. The archive also includes original furnishings and interior design elements custom-designed for JPC’s downtown Chicago offices by Arthur Elrod. Known as the Ebony/Jet Building, designed by John W. Moutoussamy and now a designated Chicago Landmark, the offices at 820 South Michigan Avenue opened their doors in 1972 with 11 floors of individually decorated private offices, work areas, and entertainment spaces.
Sculpture Milwaukee, the outdoor sculpture exhibition on Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Milwaukee, features Abakanowicz's The Group of Five alongside works by over 20 additional artists. Other highlighted works by Liz Glynn, Mel Kendrick, Shana McCaw and Brent Budsberg, Hank Willis Thomas, Bernar Venet and Erwin Wurm are included.
Richard Gray, art dealer and stalwart cultural benefactor, dies at 89.
In Talking Continents, a floating archipelago of 19 cloud-like shapes, by Jaume Plensa will be exhibited at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.
Richard Gray Gallery is pleased to announce representation of Theaster Gates. A solo exhibition of work by Gates will be presented by Richard Gray Gallery at Frieze New York 2018. Theaster Gates’ expansive practice is deeply engaged in material and cultural preservation, especially as it relates to historical and contemporary power dynamics. From his work reactivating archives, such as those of the magazines Jet and Ebony, to recovering and repurposing buildings on Chicago’s South Side, Gates also works in ceramics, painting, sculpture, installation, music, and performance. Gates has previously collaborated with Richard Gray Gallery as both artist and curator: in 2016, he was the subject of a solo exhibition and in 2014 he organized a group exhibition of artists from the Black Artist Retreat.
The Arthur Ross Gallery is proud to announce that Jaume
Plensa, Spanish artist and sculptor, will present the second
annual Susan T. Marx Distinguished Lecture on April 18, 2018.
On the occasion of Grass and Trees, a solo presentation of recent landscape paintings by Alex Katz, poet and critic John Yau will join art historian and literary critic Ivy Wilson in conversation to discuss Katz's new body of work. The gallery talk will take place at Gray Warehouse on Saturday, April 14 at 12 PM.
Richard Gray Gallery is pleased to announce Grass and Trees, a solo presentation of recent landscape paintings by Alex Katz. The exhibition opens with a reception for the artist on Thursday, April 12 from 6 - 8 PM at Gray Warehouse, and is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with an essay by poet and critic John Yau. Grass and Trees is the artist’s sixth exhibition with Richard Gray Gallery.
RGG participates in Art Basel Hong Kong at the Convention & Exhibition Centre, booth 3E08. Presenting work by: Alexander Calder, Jim Dine, David Hockney, Alex Katz, and Jaume Plensa.
On the occasion of Jim Dine's significant donation to the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris, Centre Pompidou dedicates a unique exhibition to his work. The show features 28 paintings and sculptures produced by the artist between 1961 and 2016, and runs from February 14 through April 23, 2018.
RGG participates in Art Basel at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Booth A1. Presenting work by: Constantin Brancusi, Willem de Kooning, Mark di Suvero, Jim Dine, Theaster Gates, Alberto Giacometti, David Hockney, Jasper Johns, Rashid Johnson, Alex Katz, Henri Matisse, Isamu Noguchi, Jaume Plensa, Leon Polk Smith, David Smith, Rudolf Stingel, Piotr Uklanski and others.
The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art presents Jaume Plensa: Talking Continents. The exhibition features a collection of suspended steel forms and is on view in the museum's State Street Gallery through April 15th.
David Hockney opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The exhibition offers a grand overview of the artist's achievements across all media, including painting, drawing, photography, and video. Organized collaboratively by Tate Britain, London; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Ginny Van Alyea of Chicago Gallery News interviews artist Jaume Plensa about his latest exhibition Secret Garden. The solo-exhbition features new works in stainless steel, bronze and wood, and is on view at Gray Warehouse until November 11, 2017.
At the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Alex Katz: Small Paintings presents a fascinating and less-explored side of the artist’s practice by exhibiting Katz’s small paintings alongside his iconic large and distinct canvases. The exhibition is on view from November 7, 2017 until April 8, 2018.
Jim Dine's House of Words: The Muse and Seven Black Paintings opens Thursday, October 26 at the Accademia di San Luca in Rome. The exhibition will occupy the Accademia's ground floor gallery and will feature the entire black paintings cycle, conceived in 2015 in his Paris studio. Through February 3, 2018.
Jim Dine presents Thru the Stardust, The Heat on the Lawn (Claude) at Jardin des Tuileries during FIAC Paris. In 2016, he was invited by the Manufacture of Sèvres + Cité de la Céramique to develop a series of ten clay vessels. Baked and glazed with the expertise and traditional techniques of the Sèvres team, these works integrate Dine's handwritten poems as well as sculpted lids made of tools cast in bronze.
Richard Gray Gallery is pleased to present a live musical performance at Gray Warehouse, hosted by conductor Robert Nordling and performed by collaborating violist Michael Hall and mezzo-soprano Megan Ihnen. The performance will take place amidst the current exhibition Jaume Plensa: Secret Garden.
Richard Gray Gallery is pleased to announce two exhibitions of work by Jaume Plensa. Located at Gray Warehouse, Secret Garden presents recent sculptures in wood, stainless steel, and bronze, in conjunction with a suite of drawings. The exhibition continues at Richard Gray Gallery’s Hancock space with a portrait series carved in alabaster. A second exhibition of historical works titled One Thought Fills Immensity is also on view at the Hancock, featuring works from 1989 to 2002. Through November 11.
Rashid Johnson's solo exhibition Hail We Now Sing Joy, which features new large-scale paintings and sculptures by the Chicago-born artist, opens at the Milwaukee Art Museum June 23 and runs through September 17.
Jim Dine's The Heart Called After the Flood is a part of the exhibition Sculpture Milwaukee, curated by Russell Bowman in downtown Milwaukee. Other artists in the exhibition include Chakaia Booker, Santiago Calatrava, Tony Cragg, Michelle Grabner, Sol LeWitt, and Jessica Stockholder. Through October 22, 2017.
Gray Matters is a multifaceted survey of 37 contemporary artists who have explored the practice of grisaille, the French term for working in shades of gray. These artists challenge an all-too-simplistic notion of colorless "neutrality" as they reveal the varegated spectrum of black, white, gray, and everything in between. Artists include Bethany Collins, Roni Horn, Mickalene Thomas, Marlene Dumas, Julie Mehretu, Vija Celmins, and more.
Primary Objects: Jim Dine in the 1960s examines Dine's practice from 1960 through 1965, focusing on a formative time in the artist's early career. The works in the exhibition combine painting and drawing with everyday objects like crowbars, hammers, tuxedos, lamps, and axes. The show is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with an interview between Dine and Hamza Walker, Executive Director of LAXART.
Brand-New & Terrific surveys the pathbreaking works of Alex Katz in the 1950s through portraits, landscapes and still lifes that display the artist's refreshingly innovative approaches to painting.
Looking at the Present surveys recent directions in Jim DIne's paintings, featuring largescale and multi-panel works that are characterized by thick impasto paints, vivid colors, and fragmented human forms. The exhibition inaugurates Gray Warehouse, Richard Gray Gallery's second space in Chicago. The show is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with an interview between Dine and Michael Rooks, Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, the High Museum of Atlanta.
Richard Gray Gallery is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Magdalena Abakanowicz. The renowned Polish artist, whose fiber, stone, wood and metal sculptures reflect the extremes of the human experience in the 20th century, died Friday April 21, 2017. She was 86 years old.
Featuring works from 1861 - 1967 relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) identities, the show marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England. Queer British Art explores how artists expressed themselves in a time when established assumptions about gender and sexuality were being questioned and transformed. Features work from John Singer Sargent, Dora Carrington, Duncan Grant, David Hockney, and more.
In the central hall of the Museum, two large faces in steel mesh face each other, massive and light, present and transparent. Realized directly on a wall on a large scale, a head drawn and fuzzy, with melted contours and blurred vision, seems to be diluted in space. Finally, five portraits of girls in cast iron more than 4 meters high rub shoulders without looking at each other. These are emblematic of the recent work of Jaume Plensa.
This exhibition tracks printmaking in America across six decades of turbulent history. Starting with the explosion of pop art in the 1960s, the exhibition includes works by Alex Katz, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Kara Walker, Julie Mehretu, and more.
This exhibition surveys Alex Katz's black and white works, including portraits of family and friends, renderings of Maine's countryside, and emphermeral still lifes.
Hail We Now Sing Joy includes a new body of work by Rashid Johnson. In the Falling Men series, Johnson uses his signature materials of white ceramic tile, red oak flooring, mirror fragments, and black soap and wax to depict inverted figures falling through the air that can be read as flying heroes or chalk outlines of deceased bodies from crime scenes.
This exhibition gathers together an extensive selection of David Hockney's most famous works celebrating his achievements in painting, drawing, print, photography and video across six decades. The exhibition will travel to the Centre Pompidou, Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
This group exhibition explores how artists use books and language as a form of resistance, putting pressure on the way knowledge is written and shared. Featuring Sadie Barnette, Bethany Collins, Meleko Mokgosi, Xaviera Simmons, Glenn Ligon, Gary Simmons, Kara Walker, and more.
Inventing Downtown presents work from fourteen transformative artist-run galleries, highlighting artists' efforts to create new exhibition venues for innovative works of art, ranging from abstract and figurative painting, assemblage, sculpture, and works on paper to groundbreaking installations and performances.
Richard Gray Gallery is thrilled to announce its expansion with a 5,000 square-foot converted warehouse space at 2044 West Carroll Avenue. Located in the West Town neighborhood northwest of downtown Chicago, the new building will be designed by Wheeler Kearns Architects. New paintings by Jim Dine will inaugurate the space with an opening on April 28, 2017.
Booth C3. Exhibiting work by, Tauba Auerbach Jim Dine, Milton Avery, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Bethany Collins, Willem de Kooning, Jim Dine, Jean Dubuffet, Jeff Elrod, Sam Francis, Theaster Gates, Ewan Gibbs, Mark Grotjahn, Grace Hartigan, Barbara Hepworth, David Hockney, Hans Hofmann, Alex Katz, Franz Kline, Roy Lichtenstein, Man Ray, Brice Marden, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Joan Mitchell, Henry Moore, Francis Picabia, Pablo Picasso, Jack Pierson, Jaume Plensa, Jackson Pollock, Milton Resnick, Richard Serra, David Smith, John Stezaker, Wayne Thiebaud, Mark Tobey, Jack Tworkov, and Andy Warhol.
Alex Katz: Black and White at the American University Museum explores the artist's lifelong interest in stripping color out of his prints, and his attempt to replace sensual pleasure with intellectual design. Accompanied by exhibition catalogue.
Strange Oscillations and Vibrations of Sympathy features works by contemporary female artists that acknowledge or reference women writers. Other artists in the exhibition in Stephanie Brooks, Anne Collier, Moyra Davey, Abigail DeVille, Diana Frid, Kay Rosen, Xaviera Simons, and Carrie Mae Weems.
S/Election at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery addresses issues around citizenship within the context of the 45th presidential election. Other artists in the group exhibition include Aytaam Al Turab, Charles Gaines, Ramiro Gomez, Olga Koumoudouros, Jennifer Moon and Jane Szabo.
A solo exhibition of Bethany Collins's recent work, including A Pattern or Practice, her installation of blind embossed paper depicting the US Justice Department's report on the Ferguson Police Department. The exhibition occurs in conjunction with the group exhibition Seeing | Saying: Images and Words at Van Every/Smith Galleries.
The National Gallery of Victoria presents a major solo exhibition of the work of David Hockney, including more than 700 works from the past decade and drawing from the artist's extensive output of paintings, digital drawings, photography, and video.
John Stezaker's collage work is featured in the group exhibition Flesh at the York Art Gallery, which examines the representation of the body from in the centuries since Peter Paul Rubens.
This group exhibition examines intersections of fashion and art by looking at the unique ways that black women through the African Diaspora construct their lives.
This exhibition uses one hundred objects from the British Museum to explore the history of humanity. David Hockney's etching In the Dull Village appears as a representation of twentieth century social change.
Die Innere Sicht, which surveys Jaume Plensa's work of the past two decades, opens at the Max Ernst Museum, Brühl, Germany, on September 4, 2016 and runs through January 15, 2017.
I draw, I do is the first significant presentation of Hockney's work in Ireland. The exhibition focuses on the artist's formative years in the 1950s.
This exhibition surveys the distinctive Midwestern landscape paintings and prints of Harold Gregor, including work from across the artist's career. Guest curated by David M Sokol.
David Hockney RA: 82 Portraits and 1 Still-life, on view at the Royal Academy of Arts, London from July 2 through October 2, 2016, presents a suite of portraits from the past two years conducted in the artist's Los Angeles studio.
Alex Katz: Small Paintings looks as small-scale oil paintings by the American master known predominately for his large-scale canvases. Exhibition dates are June 26 through August 17, 2016.
Jim Dine: I Never Look Away is a survey of 60 self-portraits from across Dine's artistic output. On view from June 24 through October 2, 2016.
The finalists' exhibition for the 2016 Prix Canson is on public view at the Drawing Center in New York City from June 22 through July 1, 2016. Recognized for their innovative uses of paper in their work, the finalists are ruby onyinyechi amanze, Bethany Collins, Njideka Akunyili Crosy, David Shrigley, and Lucy Skaer.
Phantom Bodies: The Human Aura in Art––organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts––explores the relationship between mind, body and spirit through a range of artistic production.
Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape, a survey of Jaume Plensa's work in outdoor sculpture, drawing, and etching, opens at the Toledo Museum of Art June 17 and runs through November 6, 2016. The exhibition was organized by the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art in Nashville, Tennessee.
Booth G5. Exhibiting work by Tauba Auerbach, Milton Avery, Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Jim Dine, Jean Dubuffet, Dan Flavin, Lucio Fontana, Sam Francis, Alberto Giacometti, Juan Gris, Mark Grotjahn, Alex Katz, Fernand Léger, Roy Lichtenstein, Glenn Ligon, Heinz Mack, Brice Marden, Agnes Martin, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Isamu Noguchi, Pablo Picasso, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Jaume Plensa, Richard Prince, Gerhard Richter, Ed Ruscha, Mira Schendel, Thomas Schütte, Kazuo Shiraga, David Smith, Wayne Thiebaud, Cy Twombly, Günther Uecker, Andy Warhol, Christopher Wool.
John Stezaker is included in the group exhibition Nigel Greenwood Inc Ltd: Running a Picture Gallery at Chelsea Space, London. June 8 through July 15, 2016.
It is with great pleasure that Richard Gray Gallery announces worldwide representation of Jim Dine. The gallery has worked with the internationally renowned artist since 1980, producing eleven solo exhibitions and including his work in numerous group shows.
Alex Katz: Quick Light at the Serpentine Galleries examines the painter's recent output alongside works spanning his career. June 2 through September 11, 2016.
Jaume Plensa's Anna, a fourteen-meter tall polyester resin with marble dust sculpture, was unveiled at the Pilane Heritage Museum in Klövedal, Sweden.
John Stezaker has curated the exhibition Turning to See: From Van Dyck to Lucian Freud at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. Organized around Sir Anthony van Dyck's last self-portrait, the exhibition takes the notion of turning as its central metaphor. May 28 through September 4, 2016.
In an extended interview, Bethany Collins speaks with WABE's Gabbie Watts about the evolution of her practice and her current projects, including an exhibition at the Hudgens Center for the Arts. Listen on the WABE website.
Alex Katz is interviewed by artist Rob Pruitt in Interview Magazine.
Magdalena Abakanowicz: Mutations at Richard Gray Gallery Chicago explores sculptures in bronze and burlap spanning 1980 through 2014. The exhibition runs April 29 through July 1, 2016.
Bethany Collins is one of five finalists for the Prix Canson, an international drawing award. The finalists, who also include Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, David Shrigley, and Lucy Skaer, will exhibit together at the Drawing Center in New York City from June 22 through July 1, 2016. The winner will be announced before the exhibition opens.
Lines of Flight at Columbia University's Wallach Art Gallery features Bethany Collins alongside Glenn Ligon, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Emily Kloppenburg, and Wade Guyton, among others. Open through June 4.
Bethany Collins opened the inaugural Birmingham Museum of Art Lobby Project with a collection of work called The problem we all live with. Open through August 7, 2016.
Jaume Plensa at Palau de la Música Orfeó Catalá in Barcelona runs through May 16, 2016.
Poems To Work On: The Collected Poems of Jim Dine is reviewed in artcritical.
Hall 3, Booth E6. Presenting work by: Richard Artschwager, Louise Bourgeois, José de Rivera, Jim Dine, Jean Dubuffet, Sam Francis, Alberto Giacometti, Alex Katz, David Klamen, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, Isamu Noguchi, Pablo Picasso, Jaume Plensa, and Leon Polk Smith and John Stezaker.
A work on paper by Jim Dine is in the exhibition Marks of Genius: 100 Extraordinary Drawings from the Minneapolis Institute of Art at the North Carolina Museum of Art. On view from March 19 through June 19, 2016.
Rashid Johnson's installation in Moscow's Garage Museum is a maze-like environment with tropical plants, sculptural elements, moving imagery and sound.
Jim Dine will perform a selection of poetry at the Poetry Foundation in Chicago on March 9 at 7pm. Admission is free and a reception for the artist follows. More information is available at the Poetry Foundation website.
Jim Dine is among the artists represented in the Norton Simon Museum's Duchamp to Pop. The exhibition runs March 4 through August 29, 2016.
Jim Dine is featured in the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum exhibition Thom Browne Selects. Runs March 4 - October 23, 2016.
Booth D6. Presenting work by Milton Avery, Victor Brauner, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Manierre Dawson, Jean Dubuffet, Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Hans Hofmann, Paul Kelpe, Fernand Léger, Knud Merrild, Isamu Noguchi, and Pablo Picasso.
Bethany Collins is featured in the Zuckerman Museum of Art exhibition Art AIDS America.
John Stezaker's collage Double Shadow LIV (2014) is featured in Harper's Magazine's March 2016 issue in the "Readings" section. See it with a Harper's subscription below.
Richard Gray Gallery is deeply saddened to announce the passing of artist Evelyn Statsinger. Statsinger, who translated the rhythms of natural forms into fantastical and precise paintings, drawings and sculptures, died Saturday, February 13, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. She was 88 years old.
River & Rowing Museum presents David Hockney: From the Beginning, a survey of 30 works from across Hockney's career and drawn from public collections throughout the UK.
Evelyn Statsinger is represented in the Smart Museum of Art's exhibition Monster Roster: Existentialist Art in Postwar Chicago, which examines sixteen Chicago artists known loosely as the Monster Roster.
Work by John Stezaker appears in the Krannert Art Museum exhibition Collage: Moving Beyond Paper at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The exhibition also includes work by Nancy Grossman, Robert Motherwell, David Salle, and Frank Stella among others.
Jaume Plensa's Human Landscape is the largest exhibition Plensa's outdoor sculptures in the United States to date. It was organized and debuted at the Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art and the Frist Museum in Nashville in the summer of 2015, and will be on exhibition at the Tampa Museum of Art through May 24, 2016.
Bethany Collins will appear in conversation with Emeritus U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey at the Birmingham Museum of Art on Saturday, January 9 at 11am. The conversation, which is organized as a partnership between the museum and the Georgia-based publication ART PAPERS, will be moderated by Ivy Wilson, Associate Professor of English and Director of American Studies at Northwestern University. Video of the conversation is available online: here.
Writing in Hyperallergic, critic John Yau dubbed Alex Katz "The Prince of New York City," praising the exhibition Alex Katz at the Met and noting that "the selection highlights the artist's innovative examination of the relationship between the figure and the surrounding space."
Bethany Collins has been profiled in the December 2015 issue of Modern Painters in an article titled "Bethany Collins: An Artist Who Performs Historical Erasures" by Courtney Willis Blair.
Works by Jim Dine are on view in the exhibition The Street, the Store, and the Silver Screen: Pop Art from the MCA Collection at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. The exhibition runs December 19, 2015 through March 27, 2016.
Jim Dine presents his poetry with Dorothea Lasky at the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church in New York City on December 16 at 8pm. More information is available at the Poetry Project.
Alex Katz has been named one of the Top 10 Living Artists of 2015 by Artsy Editorial, which arrived at the distinction through an array of online data sources. Katz was joined on the list by Theaster Gates, Yayoi Kusama, and Cindy Sherman, among others.
Jaume Plensa has been named winner of a 2015 Global Fine Art Award in the "Best Public or Outdoor Installation" category for his Venice Biennale exhibition Together. His fellow finalists included Anish Kapoor's exhibition at the Palace of Versailles and Chicharu Shiota's Japanese Pavilion, also for the Biennale.
Curious Worlds: The Art of Ellen Lanyon focuses primarily on Lanyon's "Magic" painting series, a body of work created between 1969 and 1984. On view from December 5, 2015 through April 17, 2016.
Presenting work by Doug Aitken, Louise Bourgeois, Marc Chagall, Bethany Collins, Willem de Kooning, Jim Dine, Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Sam Francis, Alberto Giacometti, Mark Grotjahn, Eva Hesse, Alex Katz, Yayoi Kusama, Glenn Ligon, Jim Lutes, Brice Marden, John McLaughlin, Pablo Picasso, Jaume Plensa, Leon Polk Smith, Sigmar Polke, Richard Pousette-Dart, Richard Prince, James Rosenquist, John Stezaker, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol and Christopher Wool.
Paintings by Alex Katz are featured in the de la Cruz Collection exhibition You've Got to Know the Rules to Break Them. Other artists in the exhibition include Tauba Auerbach, Mark Bradford, Joe Bradley, Peter Doig, Isa Genzken, Mark Grotjahn and many more. Through November 12, 2016.
Jaume Plensa, Matrix and Multiple opens today at the Museo Casa de la Moneda in Madrid, featuring an overview of recent prints and sculptures by the Barcelona-based artist.
Surrealism: The Conjured Life takes a Chicago lens to international Surrealism, bringing together over 100 works, both historical and contemporary.
Bethany Collins is featured in the November/December issue of Art Papers in a piece titled In Version After Version, a pairing of Collins's work A Pattern or Practice (2015) with the poetry of Natasha Trethewey, former US Poet Laureate.
Walkers: Hollywood Afterlives in Art and Artifact is a wide-angle exhibition that looks at ways artists have engaged with the twentieth century's most iconic films in photography, drawing, sculpture, print and video. Including Francis Alÿs, Gregory Crewdson, Jean-Luc Godard, Mary Ellen Mark, Yasumasa Morimura, Richard Price, John Stezaker and Hiroshi Sugimoto, among many others. Runs November 7, 2015 through April 10, 2016.
John Stezaker: The Truth of Masks at Richard Gray Gallery surveys recent work by the British collagist. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue documenting the work in the show with an essay by British writer Michael Bracewell. Runs November 5 through December 12, 2015.
Phantom Bodies: The Human Aura in Art at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts is the third in a series of exhibitions about the human body organized by Frist Chief Curator Mark Scala. With work by Magdalena Abakanowicz, Christian Boltanski, Damien Hirst, Anish Kapoor, Sally Mann, Shirin Neshat, Gerhard Richter and Doris Salcedo.
Jim Dine. About the Love of Printmaking at the Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany is a major exhibition of the graphic prints of Jim Dine, spanning five decades through 250 works. Runs October 30, 2015 through January 31, 2016.
Opening October 23, 2015, Alex Katz: This is Now is a major survey of the role of landscape in the artist's work. This is the exhibition's second venue, having debuted at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. Through February 7, 2016.
Homegrown: The School of the Art Institute in the Permanent Collection examines the museum's holdings of work by alumni of SAIC, including Evelyn Statsinger, Leon Golub, Nancy Spero, Ivan Albright and many more. From October 21, 2015 through February 14, 2016.
Evelyn Statsinger is featured in the Peoria Riverfront Museum exhibition Making Their Mark: Illinois Women Artists, 1940 - 1906, which examines the contributions and legacies of female artists during a time of important artistic development in the United States. October 17, 2015 through January 17, 2016.
Malia Jensen will screen her film The Bear's Progress on Friday, October 16 in the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, which takes place at the Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring opens at the Fondation Vincent van Gogh in Arles. Featuring work from a series of large-format inkjet prints of iPad drawings and a series of charcoal drawings on paper. October 11, 2015 through January 10, 2016.
Magdalena Abakanowicz's sculpture Abakan Rouge III from 1970-71 is featured in the Whitworth's exhibition Art_Textile, which explores craft, value and the handmade in the digital age. Through January 31, 2016.
Titled Alex Katz at the Met, the exhibition surveys the painter's career in eight works in drawing, print, and painting. October 9, 2015 through June 26, 2016.
The work of David Hockney is featured in the group exhibition Regards sur Beyrouth: 160 ans d'images 1800-1960 at the Sursock Museum, Beirut, Lebanon. October 9, 2015 through January 11, 2016.
Rashid Johnson: Anxious Men has opened at the Drawing Center, New York. The exhibition features a new series of black-soap-and-wax-on-tile portraits mounted on a custom wallpaper, and it runs through December 20.
David Hockney is featured alongside Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, and Martin Kippenberger in Picasso.Mania, an exhibition at the Grand Palais Galeries Nationales in Paris. The exhibition focuses on the influences of Pablo Picasso on generations of contemporary artists.
In their annual meeting, the Art Dealers Association of America has elected Richard Gray Gallery partner Valerie Carberry to their board of directors. Cheim & Read's Adam Sheffer has been elected board president.
In a review in Time Out, critic Helen Shaw praises Chambre as "over it, righteously pissed off and well past giving a fuck…a vicious critique of gilded entitlement and wage slavery." The performance, collaboratively produced by performer Jack Ferver and sculptor Marc Swanson, runs at the New Museum through Sunday October 4.
Jaume Plensa is the subject of the most recent Brilliant Ideas, a video series produced by Bloomberg news that examines "the most exciting and acclaimed artists at work in the world today." In the 24 minute video, Plensa discusses his working process and the ideas that propel his work. Watch the video here.
David Hockney and John Stezaker are featured in the Wexner Center exhibition After Picasso: 80 Contemporary Artists, which tracks the modern master's influence through the contemporary field. Also including works by Jasper Johns, Cindy Sherman, Louise Lawler, Sigmar Polke, Amy Sillman, and Fred Wilson. Through December 27, 2015.
Richard Gray Gallery at EXPO Chicago 2015: Booth 319. Presenting work by Marc Chagall, Bethany Collins, Jim Dine, Jean Dubuffet, Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Eric Fischl, Sam Francis, Alberto Giacometti, Philip Guston, Eva Hesse, David Hockney, Hans Hofmann, Malia Jensen, Alex Katz, David Klamen, Roy Lichtenstein, Glenn Ligon, John McLaughlin, Pablo Picasso, Jaume Plensa, Leon Polk Smith, Ed Ruscha, Mitchell Squire, Evelyn Statsinger, John Stezaker, Marc Swanson, Andy Warhol and Christopher Wool.
This sixty-year survey of the artist’s rich and varied output reveals common threads expressed in her practice over time and across media. Evelyn Statsinger: A Gathering includes drawings, paintings, photograms and small sculpture that range in date from 1948 through 2014.
Bethany Collins: Inquiry's End is the first Richard Gray Gallery exhibition for Atlanta- and New York-based artist Bethany Collins.
Works by Jim Dine and Ellen Lanyon appear in the exhibition Apparitions: Frottages and Rubbings from 1860 to Now at the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas. The exhibition surveys artistic uses of rubbing, and includes a textural, figurative work by Ellen Lanyon and a depiction of tools by Jim Dine. Through January 3, 2016.
Marc Swanson and Jack Ferver will bring their collaborative performance Chambre to the New Museum at the end of September and beginning of October. The work is inspired by Jean Genet's The Maids and takes a kaleidoscopic spin through murder, role-play, fantasy, and celebrity. A version of Chambers was performed at the Bard College Richard B Fisher Center for the Performing Arts in 2014, and this will be its New York City premiere. Marc Swanson's installation space will remain open for viewing during the run of the show. Tickets available at NewMuseum.org.
Rashid Johnson has been recognized inApollo Magzine's "40 Under 40" list, which spotlights notable artists, thinkers, collectors, and executives under the age of forty. The accompanying article on the artist comments on his tactic of "hijacking the domestic" in the creation of his sculptures and exhibition environments. Read more at Apollo Magazine
Bethany Collins has unveiled a new monumentally-scaled installation at Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. The piece, titled This is how the myth repeats, is a 14 x 20 feet installation of toner and graphite directly on the walls of the Atlanta Contemporary Atrium. Drawing from multiple epilogues, ending passages, and final pages of written works concerning race and identity, the piece transforms architecture into a sprawling text of endings woven into a whole.
Brand-New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950s explores a formative decade of work for the painter, excavating the inspiration Katz drew from art historical predecessors, the early innovations in figural depiction, and the first portraits of his future wife Ada. Accompanied by a full catalogue.
Body Building is a group exhibition that examines relationships between the human body and the urban architectural environment. The show draws on works from as early as 1917 to show recurring ways that artists use the built environment to interpret the human form, and how the body in turn becomes a lens for architecture.
Featuring work by José de Rivera, Malia Jensen, Alex Katz, David Klamen, Ellen Lanyon, Jim Lutes, Robert Nickle, Judith Rothschild, John Stezaker, and John Storrs. The exhibition runs through August 14, 2015.
Bethany Collins was interviewed by WABE's Jason Parker about her work in the wake of being awarded the 2015 Hudgens Prize. Discussing the broad themes of her work, Collins asked, "how much can language capture about race and identity?" She goes on, "I believe that it can, and I also believe that it is inherently fallible and that it is destined to fail. I'm really interested in that destined-to-fail quality and what then it can reveal about our understanding of identity." Listen to the entire story at WABE and watch a video of the interview on PBS.
Jaume Plensa: The Silence of Thought is an exhibition at the Musée d'art moderne de Céret that consists of three large scale installations by the Catalan artist. The exhibition runs through November 15, 2015.
Jim Dine: People, Places, Things at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center takes a wide lens to the artist's practice, surveying work from many different series; portraits, nudes, gardens, tools, hearts, robes, and Pinocchio are all represented.
Alex Katz: This is Now at the High Museum of Atlanta, a major retrospective of the development of the landscape genre in Alex Katz's career, features over 60 works including a number of monumentally scaled canvases. Drawing from the past twenty-five years, the exhibition is also accompanied by a full catalogue, with essays by curator Michael Rooks, critic Margaret Graham, poet John Godfrey, critic and poet Vincent Katz, and writer David Salle.
Richard Gray Gallery at Art Basel 2015, presenting work by Jean Arp, Louise Boureois, Georges Braque, Alexander Calder, Willem de Kooning, Jim Dine, Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Jean Dubuffet, Eric Fischl, Lucio Fontana, Sam Francis, Lucian Freud, Alberto Giacometti, Gilbert & George, Robert Gober, Philip Guston, Eva Hesse, David Hockney, Alex Katz, Paul Klee, Yayoi Kusama, Wifredo Lam, Roy Lichtenstein, Glenn Ligon, Christian Marclay, Henri Matisse, Joan Mitchell, Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso, Ed Ruscha, Robert Ryman, Kazuo Shiraga, David Smith, Andy Warhol and Christopher Wool.
Bethany Collins has won the Hudgens Prize, a prestigious award given by the Hudgens Center that recognizes excellence in emerging Georgia artists. The prize comes with a $50,000 purse and a solo exhibition at the Hudgens Center in Duluth, Georgia. Collins will have her first solo gallery exhibition at Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago in September of 2015. More information about the Hudgens Prize in this Atlanta Sun Times spotlight.
Alex Katz has curated an exhibition at the Colby College Museum of Art culled from the 450 works of modern and contemporary artworks that have been donated to the museum through the Alex Katz Foundation. "He has such a distinctive vision, and he understands space so well," museum director Sharon Corwin told the Portland Press Herald, continuing, "and he is always right."
In an exhibition spanning two venues, the Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art and the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Jaume Plensa has opened his largest exhibition to date in the United States. The artist spoke with the Nashville newspaper The Tennessean about the show, stating "It will be a very rich show for me. It's a terrific opportunity for people to see my work on many different levels." The exhibitions encompass the artist's well-known monumentally scaled portrait sculptures, as well as a selection of more modestly sized outdoor sculptures and also works on paper. The exhibitions have staggered opening dates, with Cheekwood opening Friday May 22 and the Frist opening June 5.
Jaume Plensa's installation Together in the Basilica di San Giorgio Maggiore and the Officina dell'Arte Spirituale, Venice, has been noted by Christie's Art World News as one of the Best of the Biennale. The artist has also been profiled in Newsweek Europe, Designboom, and Quartz, with a favorable mention in the Guardian's Venice Biennale review.
Rashid Johnson has been commissioned to produce a sculpture for The High Line in New York. Blocks, a minimalist structure in black steel inhabited by yellow-painted busts, is now on exhibition on the High Line at Little West 12th Street. The work will be shown through March 2016, with changing contents over the course of the year.
John Stezaker: Film Works will run May 2 - July 19, 2015 at De La War Pavilion, East Sussex, UK. Featuring three films by the artist, Horse (2012), Crowd (2013), and Cathedral (2013). According to the organizers, “the films are made up of a vast number of Stezaker’s personal collection of film stills, postcards and images from racehorse catalogues. They comprise discontinuous still images which are re-photographed and projected at 24 frames per second, without sound." Find more information at the De La Warr Pavilion website or read this review of the show at the Guardian.
Richard Gray Gallery, established in 1963, announces the appointment of Valerie Carberry as Partner. She joins Partners Paul Gray, Andrew Fabricant and Richard Gray.
“Richard Gray Gallery is a standard bearer for quality, expertise and integrity in the field of Modern and Contemporary Art,” said Carberry, who comes to Richard Gray Gallery from over a decade leading Valerie Carberry Gallery in Chicago. “It is an honor to be invited to join the gallery as a partner and to be able to play a role in shaping its future.”
Bethany Collins has been named a finalist for the prestigious Hudgens Prize, a biennial award bestowed by The Hudgens Center for the Arts in Duluth, Georgia. The prize, which carries a purse of $50,000, is given this year by a jury consisting of Shannon Fitzgerald, Executive Director of Rochester Art Center, Buzz Spector, Professor of Art at Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, and Hamza Walker, Associate Curator at The Renaissance Society. Collins and the other three finalists, Scott Ingram, Orion Wertz and Ryan Steele, will exhibit in a Finalists Exhibition at the Hudgens Center from April 7 - June 27. Bethany Collins will conduct an artist talk there on Saturday May 16.
On occasion of the 56th International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia, one of Venice's most celebrated landmarks, the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore, will host Together, a major exhibition of new works by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa. The exhibition will run from May 7 through November 22.
Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz presents an installation of 110 burlap figures in the exhibition Magdalena Abakanowicz: Crowd and Individual, held on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice. The exhibition is organized by Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art and Sigifredo di Canossa in collaboration with Fondazione Giorgio Cini, and it is curated by Luca Massimo Barbero. Magdalena Abakanowicz: Crowd and Individual runs from April 12 through August 2, 2015.
Jim Dine has gifted 234 prints to the British Museum, a tribute to his longtime friend and London dealer Alan Cristea. The collection, which comprises etchings, woodcuts, and lithographs, includes signature Dine imagery of paintbrushes, bathrobes, tools and hearts. The prints will be on exhibition in the Prints and Drawings galleries at the British Museum from March 3 through mid-June.
The year 2015 will see a number of museums around the world present exhibitions of David Hockney’s drawings. Two unrelated exhibitions, one in Bristol, UK and one in Portland, Oregon, center on Hockney’s A Rake’s Progress, a suite of sixteen prints from 1965 adapting William Hogarth’s 1735 prints of the same title. Hockney’s version translates the story as an autobiographical telling of his arrival in New York City in the 1960s and his subsequent psychological adaptation to the American metropolis. The suite is on view at the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery until June 14, 2015 and will be on exhibition at the Portland Art Museum from April 18 - August 29, 2015.
A more recent set of charcoal landscape drawings will also be on display at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebaek, Denmark from March 19 - June 21, 2015.
John Stezaker: Collages surveys 10 years of the artist's photocollages. The exhibition looks at Stezaker's hybrid portrait collages, where simple cuts, overlaps and juxtapositions have outsized surrealistic effects. From January 24 through May 25, 2015.
Rashid Johnson numbers among seventeen contemporary painters in the Museum of Modern Art exhibition The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World. The show makes the grand argument that the state of contemporary painting is one of historical mishmash, where artists are omnivorous about the genres, styles, and techniques from the past that they use in their paintings. Alongside Johnson, other featured artists include Charline von Heyl, Julie Mehretu, Laura Owens, and Amy Sillman.
For the interdisciplinary exhibition The House is Open at the Bard College Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Marc Swanson created an immersive sculptural installation in which his collaborator Jack Ferver performed as a masquerade Lady Gaga. Writing in the New York Times, reviewer Siobhan Burke praised the show as "inventive and thoughtfully assembled" in the way it broke down disciplinary distinctions between performance and visual art.
In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Millennium Park opens a special exhibition of work by Jaume Plensa, the world-renowned sculptor and creator of one of the Park’s most prominent attractions, the Crown Fountain. “Jaume Plensa: 1004 Portraits” features four large-scale portraits of young girls positioned in the park such that they complement and expand upon the story of the 1000 LED portraits of Chicago residents that illuminate the Crown Fountain. The exhibition opens to the public on June 18 and runs through December 2015.
Looking Into My Dreams, Awilda, stands at the entrance to Millennium Park (Madison Street at Michigan Avenue); its surreal and majestic presence bridging the frenetic energy and distractions of city life with the tranquility of the park. Magnificent in scale, Awilda’s beauty, power, and serenity encourages people to stop and join the moment of quiet contemplation. In the tree-lined outdoor South Boeing Gallery, located behind the Crown Fountain, three new cast iron heads Laura, Paula, and Ines are exhibited. Despite their great materiality, the sculptures appear like a hologram, with shifting perspectives and illusion rendering the work in perpetual visual motion. Plensa’s serene portraits provide a peaceful counterbalance to the children’s boisterous play in the Crown Fountain.
“These four portraits are each individually awe-inspiring but in this configuration also perfectly extend the powerful grandeur of Mr. Plensa’s Crown Fountain into the surrounding areas of Millennium Park,” said Donna La Pietra, chair of the Millennium Park Foundation. “We are tremendously grateful to Mr. Plensa for allowing Chicago to host these pieces; we can think of no better way to celebrate our 10th anniversary than by hosting such an impressive array of works by one of the artists whose contributions to Millennium Park have made it a model for public spaces world-wide.”
The exhibition is co-presented by Millennium Park Foundation with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and is sponsored by The Boeing Company, with support from the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.
The Seattle Art Museum recently welcomed Jaume Plensa's Echo to the Olympic Sculpture Park. The 46 foot sculpture was a gift to the museum from the collection of Barney A. Ebsworth, and was originally commissioned by the Madison Square Park Conservatory in New York, and was installed in the park previously in 2011.
"Echo will be a spectacular and iconic new addition to the park and Seattle’s waterfront," said Kimerly Rorschach, the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Director of SAM. "This is an incredible gift to the city from Barney Ebsworth and Echo will become a beacon for the hundreds of thousands of visitors to the park each year."
"Many times we talk and talk," Plensa stated previously for an interview with the New York Times, "but we are not sure if we are talking with our own words or repeating just messages that are in the air. My intention is to offer something so beautiful that people have an immediate reaction, so that they think, ‘What’s happening?’ And then maybe they can listen a little bit to themselves."
Jaume Plensa will give a lecture on his extensive body of artwork in public spaces at the Art Institute of Chicago on June 16th. The event is free and open to the public. The lecture is organized in conjunction with Plensa’s exhibition of outdoor sculpture in Millennium Park 1004 Portraits, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Park. Four monumental sculptures will be installed near the Crown Fountain opening June 17, 2014 and running through the fall of 2015.
The Tony Cragg Foundation presents a solo exhibition by Jaume Plensa on view at Skulpturenpark-Waldfrieden in Wuppertal, Germany from April 12-June 22, 2014. For the exhibition, Plensa has focused on one particular gestalt in his expanding family of work—the kneeling figure on a boulder.
The FLAG Art Foundation (New York City) presents Roy Lichtenstein: Nudes and Interiors, curated by Ewan Gibbs and Hilary Harkness, and organized in cooperation with the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation. The exhibition includes 37 works by Lichtenstein, including drawings, collages, and sculpture, as well two original works created by curators Gibbs and Harkness in conjunction with the show. The exhibition is on view from February 8-May 17, 2014, and an illustrated catalogue will be available.
In this exhibition, Gibbs and Harkness invite the viewers to take a glimpse into the world of Lichtenstein’s interiors and his nudes. A world packed with the indelible marks of a career that spanned decades and integrated a variety of artistic influences. Gibbs approaches Lichtenstein’s interiors from a place of comfort and familiarity, having worked directly from photographs of hotel rooms taken from holiday brochures since 1993. It was Lichtenstein, with his use of pictures from comics, phone books and advertisements, who provided Gibbs with a feeling of artistic freedom and confidence to use mass-produced advertising images as source material.
Harkness finds Lichtenstein’s ability to assimilate high and low visual influences into a language that was his own inspiration. For this exhibition, she has chosen to feature Lichtenstein’s late nudes, many of which were painted when the artist was in his seventies- a time when, Harkness observes, he no longer had anything to prove and nothing to lose, which results in works laced with a palpable joie de vivre.
Richard Gray Gallery is pleased to announce an opening reception on Tuesday, February 18, of Jan Tichy's Chicago Cultural Center exhibition aroundcenter. The reception will also be celebrating the release of Tichy's new book, Chicago Projections, published by U.S. Equities Realty and the Museum of Contemporary Photography.
"His ephemeral use of raw light and sound lifts one above the polarity of good versus evil, public versus private, privileged versus destitute, and focuses our senses on the necessary ambiguity, the edges of our liminal existence, tuning us in to the peripheral."
-- Huffington Post
Please join us in celebrating the final day of Politics of Light with a salon, mimosas, and a site-specific dance and sound performance.
The salon will feature an engaging conversation between artist Jan Tichy and No Longer Empty Chief Curator, Manon Slome as they lead a tour of the exhibition. Tickets are available for purchase and will include complementary mimosas and an opportunity to meet the artist.
Following the salon, Mike Brown, David Cieri, Nora Fox, and Patra Jongjitirat will perform "It Begins with No End" which lies at the intersection of dance, music and the architecture of light. Inspired by Jan Tichy's Installation No. 18, the piece is an exploration of translation and how various creative forms evoke equivalent or complementary qualities within the other.
Mimosas & Salon Talk: Artist Jan Tichy and Manon Slome
Saturday, December 14 at 2:30pm
Purchase tickets here (Please note, there is a guest capacity of 25 people for this event)
It Begins with No End
Saturday, December 14 at 4pm
Free admission and open to the public
Please no late admittance
All events will take place at 196 Stanton St (at Attorney) in the Lower East Side.
This exhibition is presented by No Longer Empty and Richard Gray Gallery.
Richard Gray Gallery is delighted to announce that Jaume Plensa has won the 2013 Velazquez Prize, awarded by the Spanish Cultural Ministry. Established in 2002, the prize is given to a Spanish artist for reinventing the visual language of sculpture. The jury noted in its decision "the coherence of Plensa's career in which he has thoroughly reinvented the language of sculpture, integrating poetry and conceptualization in designs of great aesthetic intensity." Plensa received two other major prizes this past year including Spain's National Graphic Arts Prize (2013) and the National Visual Arts Prize (2012).
Richard Gray Gallery is delighted to announce an exhibition of David Hockney opening in Chicago on Thursday, November 21. There will be a reception from 6-8pm, and the public is welcome to attend. This will be Hockney's first exhibition in Chicago in over ten years. A corresponding illustrated catalogue is available.
The Thrill is Spatial is centered around eight exceptional paintings and drawings, commencing with portraits of Hockney's lifelong muse Celia Birtwell from the 1970s and culminating with Colorado River (1998), a majestic 15-panel landscape of the Grand Canyon. The exhibition also features The Conversation (1980), an iconic portrait of curator Henry Geldzahler and Raymond Foye; a vibrant still life Gauguin's Chair (1988); and a rare, small-scale pool painting Montcalm Pool, Los Angeles (1980).
The exhibition opens on the eve of Richard Gray Gallery's 50th anniversary. The gallery was established in Chicago in November 1963.
Please join Richard Gray Gallery and No Longer Empty for Jan Tichy’s panel discussion with the artist, Nicola Trezzi, US Editor of Flash Art International, and Mabel O. Wilson, Cultural Historian Professor of Architecture at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.
The discussion is free and open to the public, and the exhibition is on view at 196 Stanton Street, NY through December 14. Please RSVP for the discussion at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barcelona based conceptual artist Jaume Plensa has produced a rich body of work over the past 30 years and is best known in Chicago for the Crown Fountain in Millennium Park. Plensa discusses his practice and engages in a dialogue with moderator Reed Kroloff, Director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Museum, about art and architecture.
The Architecture Is Art talks series examines the intersections and blurred boundaries between the professional practice and creative process of architects and contemporary artists. The series explores how architects and artists identify their work, where they turn for inspiration, how their process and presentation materials are interpreted, and when it is useful or necessary to distinguish the disciplines of art and architecture for viewers.
Presented in collaboration with Chicago Architecture Foundation and the Museum of Contemporary Art
Time: 6:00 pm
Cost: $8 CAF & MCA members / $10 non-members / $6 students
Location: MCA Theater, 220 E Chicago Ave
Register by calling the MCA Box Office at 312-397-4010 or buy tickets online.
For further information, please visit the MCA's website.
For Frieze Sculpture Park 2013, celebrated artist Jaume Plensa will present Chloe, a seven-meter tall sculpture in the center of London’s Regent’s Park. Continuing Plensa’s tradition of re-imagining and re-presenting the human figure, Chloe’s presence encourages the viewer to enter a state of serenity and contemplation. In a return to a favored medium from early in Plensa’s career, Chloe is formed in cast iron, creating a contemporary sculpture with a timeless aesthetic, which has become a hallmark of Plensa’s unique practice.
At the end of May, Jaume Plensa presented Rui-Rui in the heart of Venice for the exhibition Glasstress: White Light/White Heat, a collateral event during the 55th Venice Biennale. In June, eleven sculptures were installed throughout the public spaces of Bordeaux, France for the exhibition Jaume Plensa in Bordeaux. Plensa has also been active in England in recent years – in 2007 he created Dream, a twenty-meter tall sculpture installed in St. Helens near Liverpool, and in 2011 the Yorkshire Sculpture Park held a widely acclaimed exhibition by the artist. Jaume Plensa. Talking Continents will open on November 1st at Galerie Lelong, NY, and will run through December 14.
Richard Gray Gallery and No Longer Empty are pleased to announce Politics of Light, an exhibition of installation, video and site-specific work by Jan Tichy. The exhibition is located at 196 Stanton Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. This will be the artist's first exhibition in New York and his second exhibition with Richard Gray. An opening reception will be held October 10 from 6:00-8:00pm, the public is welcome. Tichy will discuss his work with Nicola Trezzi (U.S. editor of Flash Art) and Mabel Wilson (Professor of Architecture, Columbia University) on November 9th at 5pm.
Politics of Light is a moody paean to light and shadow, to the ebbs and flows of what light reveals and what darkness hides. Tichy’s installations are a fluid integration of diverse media incorporating animation, film, photography, and sculpture, all invested with the presence of mechanical light – be it a projector or a TV monitor – fulfilling light’s role of enabling vision.
Tichy has created a site-specific installation around the physical conditions of the raw, main commercial space at 196 Stanton Street. Installation No. 18 will debut in the exhibition and joins Tichy’s impressive list of major site-specific installations including Installation No. 16 (Ando) in the Ando Gallery at the Art Institute of Chicago (2013) and Installation No. 14 (Austin) at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (2012).
Installation No. 6 (tubes) and 1391 will also be shown in Politics of Light. In 1391, Tichy created an architectural paper model of a secret military base located in Israel close to the Israeli-Palestine border. Not visible on any map and erased from aerial photographs, its existence not officially acknowledged, it is often referred to as Israel’s Guantánamo. Video installations in the exhibition include 100 Raw, Pictures, and Recess, a single vantage exposure of a public school playground over many hours that reveals a rather chilling view of the range of human emotions exhibited by children at play.
Richard Gray Gallery is pleased to announce Alex Katz Virtual Reality, the inaugural exhibition of the gallery’s new space on the 38th floor of the John Hancock building. Virtual Reality centers on Katz’s iconic portraits and landscapes from 1985 to 2012 with a focus on recent paintings from the past five years. This will be Katz’s fourth exhibition at Richard Gray and the artist’s first exhibition in Chicago since 2008. An illustrated catalogue with an essay by Michael Rooks, curator of High Museum of Art (Atlanta) is available.
Jaume Plensa will have a major solo exhibition in Bordeaux, France opening on June 27 and remaining on view until October 6. There will be an opening reception on June 27th at 6pm; the artist will be present.
Over a dozen sculptures will be exhibited at several outdoor sites throughout the city. Artworks will include two new sculptures made in cast iron that stand 21 feet tall, the monumental icon House of Knowledge, and several new works continuing Plensa's exploration of the human figure created through language and symbols. An illustrated catalogue of the exhibition will be published.
Rui Rui, a seven meter sculpture by Jaume Plensa, will stand at the crossroads of Accademia and San Marco as part of the exhibition Glasstress: White Light / White Heat. Glasstress is curated by Adriano Berengo and James Putnam and coincides with the 55th Venice Biennale. Plensa’s Rui Rui will be premiered at the Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti from June 1 - November 24, 2013. There will be a vernissage on May 31 at 6pm, the public is welcome and the artist will be in attendance.
Rui Rui (2013) will be installed in the garden of Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti on the north side of the Accademia bridge. Though fabricated in cast iron, the sculpture appears like a hologram, fugitive despite its great materiality. The sculpture continues Plensa’s focus on the human figure, specifically the head, a subject he explores in awe-inspiring scale such as the majestic Echo (2011, Madison Square Park, New York) and Dream (2009, St. Helens, Liverpool, U.K.). Rui Rui is captured in silent meditation, her eyes closed in a dream. The sculpture invites a similar moment of quiet contemplation for all who encounter the work, as they pass through Venice’s labyrinthine canals and streets.
Jaume Plensa’s monumental Wonderland has been unveiled in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in the front plaza of Foster + Partner’s skyscraper THE BOW. Standing twelve meters tall, Wonderland is Plensa’s largest work to date created from bent-wire mesh. Encana Corporation and Cenovus Energy commissioned the sculpture.
Wonderland is the portrait of a young girl who lives in the artist’s native Barcelona. Depicting only her head, the portrait represents humanity as well as our human potential created and fostered by our dreams. The transparent mesh creates a visual bridge between Wonderland and THE BOW as Plensa strives to link together art, architecture and society. Contrary to its commanding size, the sculpture’s transparency creates an ethereal sense of fragility, mirroring and celebrating the fragility of human beings. People are encouraged to enter the sculpture through openings on either side of the head, an invitation for visitors to physically experience Plensa’s metaphor of the mind being the sanctuary for dreams.
Richard Gray Gallery presents Jan Tichy's Bats, 2002-2007 at Moving Image New York, the contemporary video art fair. The fair coincides with the Armory and ADAA art fairs and runs from March 7-10, 2013. Located at the Waterfront Tunnel in the Chelsea District, Moving Image is dedicated to single-channel projects, video sculptures, and large digital installations. Tichy's Bats is one of only four installations invited by the Moving Image Curatorial Advisory Committee to be exhibited at this year's fair.
Jan Tichy has been featured on ARTMargins Online in a profile piece by Susan Snodgrass, titled "Jan Tichy: Light Source".
A solo exhibition by Jaume Plensa "In the Midst of Dreams" continues at EMMA (Espoo Museum of Modern Art) in Helsinki, Finland through January 27, 2013. The artist will give a lecture at EMMA on January 22. During the darkest time of the year in Helsinki, Plensa created an exhibition centered around the theme of light. Over forty artworks are on view created from steel, synthetic resin, glass, iron, bronze, alabaster, paper and light. An illustrated catalogue with essays by Carsten Ahrens, Pilvi Kalhama, and Jaume Plensa is available
Richard Gray Gallery is pleased to announce Jan Tichy's site-specific Installation no. 16 (Ando) currently on view at the Art Institute of Chicago. The artwork is installed in Japanese architect Tadao Ando's eponymous Ando Gallery, created for his first American commission in 1992. Composed of numerous visual 'movements', Tichy's single video projection runs on a continuous 23-minute loop and utilizes time-based light projections. Installed in one of museum's darkest galleries, Installation no. 16 (Ando) exists in perpetual motion as light appears and disappears, engaging and responding to Ando's architecture as well as the surrounding exhibition of contemporary Japanese fashion Material Translations: Japanese Fashions at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
This fall, MoCP presents 1979:1 — 2012:21: Jan Tichy Works with the MoCP Collection, with an opening reception on Thursday, October 11 from 5-7pm. For a one-year period, Jan Tichy is collaborating with the Museum of Contemporary Photography to organize a museum-wide exhibition based on the museum’s collection of more than 12,000 images and objects. The exhibition opening in October will serve as the first stage of this project, and specifically focus on the public's access to the museum's online digital archives.
Richard Gray Gallery and Galerie Lelong are pleased to announce Jaume Plensa's Poets in Miami, opening on December 5th in Collins Park at Art Public | Art Basel Miami Beach.
"Two silent figures are dreaming and talking with colors. They are sharing a silent conversation in the sky of Miami – a conversation from their hearts," explains Jaume Plensa about his new, site-specific installation. Two identical, internally-lit, resin figures symbolically converse by constantly changing colors – green, blue, yellow, purple – twenty feet above the busy traffic and noise of South Beach. Similar to Plensa’s family of totem works, the forms were inspired by holy ascetics and philosophers who contemplated humanity and preached to crowds seated atop pillars during the Byzantine Empire. Spirituality and the soul have long been areas of exploration in Plensa’s artwork.
Poets in Miami presents a modern-day space for meditation to the South Beach community and invites visitors to look inward to find a common universal truth: an idea at the core of Plensa’s practice.
Richard Gray Gallery is exhibiting in Booth C3 at Art Basel Miami Beach.
Barcelona-based conceptual artist Jaume Plensa has been awarded the 2012 National Visual Arts Award of Spain, organized by the Ministry of Culture. The award recognizes artists whose work represents outstanding and innovative contributions to the Spanish Cultural Heritage.
This fall, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents Arlington National Cemetary, a solo exhibition focusing on the work of Ewan Gibbs. Arlington National Cemetary includes 18 drawings by Ewan Gibbs that were produced after photographs taken while visiting the iconic military cemetery. Along with these new works, the exhibition also includes 36 photographs taken from the MFAH collection by specific artists that have served as inspiration for Gibbs.
Please join us at the Chicago gallery on Friday afternoon, September 21 at 2pm for an Artist Talk featuring Marc Swanson and Jan Tichy, coinciding with the exhibition opening of Muse: Exploring Inspiration. This artist talk serves as part of the public programming for Gallery Weekend Chicago, and the exhibition will be on view from September 21 through December 1, 2012.
John Stezaker has been awarded the Deutsche Börse photography prize, an internationally acclaimed photography award. Stezaker was announced the winner on September 3, 2012, and awarded £30,000 at the ceremony in London. Stezaker serves as the 16th winner of the prize, and was nominated along with four other photographers including Pieter Hugo, Rinko Kawuchi, and Christopher Williams.
Richard Gray Gallery, in partnership with The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), is pleased to announce People vs. Space, a student exhibition that is the culmination of an intensive summer course led by Jaume Plensa, world-renowned Spanish sculptor and creator of the Crown Fountain in Chicago’s Millennium Park. The exhibition opens Friday, July 6 and runs through July 20, 2012. The artworks on view in People vs. Space were conceived and created by 11 SAIC undergraduate and graduate students, as well as two visiting international students. Throughout People vs. Space, students worked directly with Plensa to develop project proposals for public works integrating contemporary media with the core concerns of objects, spaces, communities, and interactions. This exhibition features the detailed models and proposals developed by class members.
For the purpose of the class, Plensa asked the students to concentrate on the roles of both the artwork and the artist in public spaces and how they are understood in contemporary contexts. Students were encouraged to explore the multiple ways in which artists can create new kinds of connections between people and space, art and society, and art institutions and communities.
Plensa is the current William and Stephanie Sick Distinguished Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Established in 2006 by a generous gift from William and Stephanie Sick, this distinguished professorship enables internationally renowned artists and designers to visit and teach at SAIC. People vs. Space is the second course taught by Plensa at SAIC that has culminated in an exhibition through Richard Gray Gallery. This summer, Plensa’s co-teachers are SAIC faculty members John Manning and Bo Rodda (SAIC MFA 2010). “We are proud to recognize the contributions that Jaume Plensa has made to the cultural landscape of the city of Chicago, and we are thrilled that SAIC students have the opportunity to use their talents to work with Plensa on proposals for major new public art works in our great city,” stated William and Stephanie Sick.
This exhibition includes contemporary works of art focusing on architectural forms and structures, specifically concentrating on the skyscraper. Many different forms of art focusing on this concept are included within this exhibition, including sculpture, film, painting, and photography. Also included is Jan Tichy's Installation No. 3, featured in the image above.
A lecture by Jaume Plensa focusing on several significant public works of art, starting with the Crown Fountain.
This spring MCA Chicago presents Rashid Johnson's first major solo museum exhibition, surveying the first ten years of his career. This exhibition includes examples from ongoing bodies of work such as Cosmic Slops, The New Negro Escapist Social and Athletic Club, recent shelf sculptures featuring found objects, early examples of his photographs, and a special commission that will cover a gallery floor.
Richard Gray Gallery is pleased to announce the acquisition of Magdalena Abakanowicz’s The Group of Ten by Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina. The commissioned artwork consists of ten figures, cast in bronze and slightly smaller than life size--a rare scale in the artist’s body of work. The Group of Ten continues the artist’s creation of anonymous, strong, defiant figures, which confront viewers without apology or explanation. Abakanowicz’s use of found burlap cloth in her first sculptures remains present as a shadow of texture on the rich, heavy bronze, a material rendering the figures as powerful forces of universal human kind.
Rice University President David W. Leebron and the Rice Art Committee dedicated Mirror, A site-specific work by Jaume Plensa Made possible by a generous gift from Bill ‘57 and Stephanie Sick.
The Royal Academy of Arts will showcase the first major exhibition of new landscape works by David Hockney RA. Featuring vivid paintings inspired by the East Yorkshire landscape.
Awilda and Chloe peacefully preside over the newly redesigned lobby of the Grand Hyatt New York. With softened features and closed eyes, the iridescent white marble sculptures exist in a dreamlike state, encouraging the rushed world around them to pause and perhaps join in the dream. Plensa states, "Awilda, Chloe is a metaphor for the diversity and similarity of all people; people just trying to be happy where they are, when they are there".
MATRIX, a changing exhibition of contemporary art, was initially funded in 1974 as an experimental pilot project with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Since its first exhibition in January 1975, MATRIX has shown more than one thousand works of art by more than 160 artists. For many distinguished artists, including Richard Tuttle, Neil Jenney, Jon Borofsky, Daniel Buren, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Nancy Spero, Louise Lawler, Barbara Kruger, Gerhard Richter, Lorna Simpson, Carrie Mae Weems, and Glenn Ligon, their MATRIX show at the Wadsworth Atheneum was their first one-person museum exhibition in the United States.
From its inception, MATRIX has been a forum for art that is challenging, current and sometimes controversial. Through clear explanation and thoughtful engagement with the viewer, MATRIX exhibitions call into question preconceptions about art and increase understanding of its possibilities.
Jaume Plensa's largest museum exhibition to-date at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield, UK, open though January 22, 2012.
Beginning on the evening of March 28, the last high-rise building at the Cabrini-Green housing projects (1230 N. Burling St., Chicago) will be lit up in the form of 134 LED lights, one for each apartment in the building. The light installation will be visible in the evenings during the four-week demolition period. As the building is razed, the lights will be demolished along with the building.
The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art commissioned Marc Swanson to make a large-scale outdoor sculpture, titled "Descent of Civilization (Bison Memorial)". The work was installed in downtown Kansas City at the corner of 9th & Broadway on October 13, 2010 and is part of the museum's collection. Concurrently, the Kemper is also presenting a solo exhibition of the artist's work which runs through April 10, 2011.
Ewan Gibbs: America
August 27-October 6, 2010
Van Every/Smith Galleries at the Belk Visual Arts Center
Davidson, North Carolina
Artist Lecture: Tuesday, September 14, 7:00 pm
Semens Lecture Hall inside the Belk Visual Arts Center
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art commissioned Ewan Gibbs to make a suite of eighteen drawings of San Francisco. These works are presented in the form of a solo exhibition at the museum, on view from January 16 through June 17, 2010, on the occasion of the institution's 75th anniversary. All eighteen works are acquired for the museum's permanent collection.
Since 1988, Peter Norton has commissioned a different artist each year to produce an iconic multiple that is shipped to an exclusive list of collectors, curators, critics, artists, and friends of the Norton family worldwide. With this honor, Marc Swanson joins the ranks of such previously-commissioned artists as Jim Hodges, Kara Walker, Vik Muniz, Christian Marclay, Takashi Murakami, Lorna Simpson, Yinka Shonibare, and Lawrence Weiner, among others.