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AO On-Site – Los Angeles: Felix LA at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, February 14th – 16th, 2020

Korakrit Arunanondchai at Clearing, all images via Art Observed As Frieze opens up shop for the week on the West Coast, the bevy of satellite fairs and event openings are underway across the city.  One particular highlight, and also a second-time event for Frieze Week, Felix LA, the joint effort of collector Dean Valentine and dealers Al […]
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Show, West Coast, Art News, Featured Post, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Dean Valentine, Felix LA, Frieze Week Felix LA

AO On-Site – Los Angeles: Frieze Los Angeles at Paramount Studios, February 16th, 2020

Lorna Simpson, all images via Art Observed As the early hours of the second Frieze Los Angeles Art Fair draw to a close this evening, and the sun sets over the Pacific, the fair seems to have once again hammered home its vital engagement with the city, and with its thriving art scene, launching another strong event spread across […]
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Paramount Studios, Show, Pacific, Art News, Featured Post, Lorna Simpson, Frieze Los Angeles

AO Auction Recap – London: Post-War and contemporary Evening Sales, February 11th-13th, 2020

David Hockney, The Splash (1966), final price: £23,117,000, via Sotheby’s With the bustle of LA’s numerous art fairs opening their doors across the Atlantic and all the way across the country, one could be understood for overlooking the string of auctions taking place in London this week.  Yet a trio of sales went over all the […]
Tags: Art, London, La, Atlantic, David Hockney, Art News, Featured Post, Sotheby, Auction Results, AO Auction Recap

AO Preview – Los Angeles: Frieze Los Angeles at Paramount Studios, February 14th – 16th, 2020

Jeff Koons via Almine Rech Opening for its second year in the Californian sprawl of Los Angeles, the Frieze Art Fair returns for a second year under the sunny skies of the Golden State.  Taking its place once again at Paramount Studios, the fair has quickly planted its flag as a major part of the early […]
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Paramount Studios, Show, Jeff Koons, Art News, Featured Post, AO Preview, Frieze Los Angeles, Almine Rech Opening

Barbara Kruger Retrospective Set to Open in Chicago this November

Barbara Kruger will launch a major museum survey at the Art Institute of Chicago this November. “Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You.” is set to run at the Art Institute of Chicago through February 14, 2021, then travel to MoMA PS1 and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, thento London’s Hayward Gallery and LACMA. Read more […]
Tags: Art, New York, London, News, Chicago, Museum of Modern Art, Featured Post, Minipost, LACMA, Art Institute of Chicago, MoMA PS1, Barbara Kruger, Hayward Gallery

AO On-Site – Mexico City: Zona Maco Art Fair at Centro Banamex, February 6th – 9th, 2020

  Ai Weiwei at Lisson Gallery, all photos via Anfisa Vrubel for Art Observed Zona Maco has opened the doors for its 17th year this week, celebrating the milestone event today with the first day of its VIP preview yesterday at the Centro Banamex.  Offering a look at the stature of the fair in relation to the […]
Tags: Art, Show, Mexico City, Art News, Featured Post, Lisson Gallery, Centro Banamex, Anfisa Vrubel, Art Observed Zona Maco

AO Auction Recap – London: Impressionist, Modern and Surrealist Sales, February 4th-5th, 2020

Tamara de Lempicka, Portrait de Marjorie Ferry (1932), final price: £16,280,000, via Christie’s With the UK now into its first days of Brexit, attention turned to London this week for a string of Impressionist, Modern and Surrealist Sales that looked to take the first test of the market.  Considering the results this week, a path forward seems uneasy […]
Tags: Art, UK, London, Show, Brexit, Art News, Featured Post, Christie, Auction Results, AO Auction Recap, Tamara de Lempicka Portrait de Marjorie

New York – Robert Grosvenor at Karma Through February 23rd, 2020

Robert Grosvenor, Untitled (2020), via Karma Artist Robert Grosvenor could perhaps best be described as an artist invested in space.  His interests rely not only on how the object exists within it, but equally how the space around an object twists and responds, moves and carves up space.  His sculptures capture a similar idea, pulling the viewer through their specific […]
Tags: Art, New York, Show, Art News, Featured Post, Robert Grosvenor

AO Auction Preview – London Impressionist/Modern and Post-War/Contemporary Sales, February 4th – 13th, 2020

David Hockney, The Splash (1966), via Sotheby’s As the first batch of major art fairs gets underway in North America, the secondary market turns its attention to Frieze London this week, as the first test of its health gets underway in the British capital. Kicking off two weeks of auctions at the major auction houses, […]
Tags: Art, London, Show, David Hockney, North America, Art News, Featured Post, Sotheby, AO Auction Preview, Frieze London

New York – Erwin Wurm: “Yes Biological” at Lehmann Maupin Through February 22nd, 2020

Erwin Wurm, Urinal (2011/2019), via Lehmann Maupin Currently on view at Lehmann Maupin in New York, artist Erwin Wurm brings forward a new body of work that marks an expansion and elaboration on his already precise and peculiar style of sculpture. Titled Yes Biological, the show utilized biological effects and elements to create a new […]
Tags: Art, New York, Show, Art News, Featured Post, Erwin Wurm, Lehmann Maupin


Jamal Penjweny,  Saddam is Here (2010), via MoMA Military engagement in Iraq over the last 30 years has had a unprecedented impact on contemporary culture and society, with American intervention  in the Gulf and Iraq Wars opening a debate on American values and beliefs, in turn influencing the work of artists around the world. Exploring this concept MoMA PS1 presents […]
Tags: Art, New York, Iraq, Show, Art News, Featured Post, Gulf, Moma, Jamal Penjweny Saddam, MoMA Military, Iraq Wars

New York – Noah Davis at David Zwirner Through February 22nd, 2020

Noah Davis, Man with Alien and Shotgun (2008), all images via Art Observed In the all-too-short run of his life as both an artist and organizer, Noah Davis was a larger than life energy.  He was a tireless advocate for black arts in Los Angeles, and a relentless energetic painter whose lush figurative style tied together signifiers […]
Tags: Art, New York, Los Angeles, Show, Art News, Featured Post, David Zwirner, Noah Davis, Noah Davis Man with Alien

Berlin – Hanne Darboven: “Erdkunde Und (Süd-) Koreanischer Kalender” at Sprüth Magers Through February 26 2020

Hanne Darboven, Erdkunde I, II, III (1986), via Sprüth Magers Currently on view at Sprüth Magers in Berlin, the gallery presents a selection of works by Hanne Darboven, the first solo exhibition of the artist’s work at the Berlin gallery.  Compiling her works Erdkunde I, II, III (Geography I, II, III) (1986) and (Süd-) Koreanischer Kalender / (South) Korean Calendar (1991), the exhibition […]
Tags: Art, Berlin, Show, Art News, Featured Post, Sprüth Magers, Hanne Darboven, Hanne Darboven Erdkunde

New York – Jon Pylypchuk: “Waiting for the Next Nirvana” at Petzel Gallery Through February 29th, 2020

Jon Pylypchuk, Cast your empire on a kingdom of doubts (2019), via Petzel On view in its Chelsea exhibition space, Petzel Gallery presents Waiting for the Next Nirvana, an exhibition of new paintings by Canada-born, Los Angeles-based artist Jon Pylypchuk. On view through the end of February, the show draws on his work as a musician, and as an […]
Tags: Art, New York, Los Angeles, Show, Canada, Chelsea, Art News, Featured Post, Petzel Gallery, Petzel, Jon Pylypchuk, Jon Pylypchuk Cast

London – Fischli/Weiss: “Should I paint a pirate ship on my car with an armed figure on it holding a decapitated head by the hair?” at Sprüth Magers Through March 14th, 2020

Fischli/Weiss, The Raft (1982/83), via Sprüth Magers Currently on view at Sprüth Magers’s London exhibition space,  Should I paint a pirate ship on my car with an armed figure on it holding a decapitated head by the hair? marks the fifth exhibition by the pair of Swiss artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss at their London gallery. The […]
Tags: Art, London, Show, Art News, Featured Post, Sprüth Magers, Peter Fischli, Fischli Weiss, David Weiss

New York – Hans Haacke: “All Connected” at The New Museum Through January 26th, 2020

Hans Haacke, All Connected (Installation View), via New Museum Artist Hans Haacke’s works, ranging from kinetic art to environmental art, conceptual art and institutional critique, culminates in his critiques of social and political systems, orchestrated in masterful form this winter at the New Museum.  The retrospective marks the first major American museum exhibition of Haacke’s career, focusing […]
Tags: Art, New York, Show, Art News, Featured Post, Hans Haacke, Haacke

New York – Kim Gordon: “The Bonfire” at 303 Gallery Through February 22nd, 2020

Kim Gordon, The Bonfire 2 (2019), via 303 Taking over the exhibition spaces at 303 Gallery’s Chelsea space this winter, Kim Gordon presents a body of new works that mix together a range of cultural vantage points and disparate iconographies through multi-media works, photographs and painted canvases.  Her second solo exhibition with the gallery, the show is a striking […]
Tags: Art, New York, Show, Chelsea, Art News, Featured Post, Kim Gordon

New York – “Songs in the Dark” at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery Through February 20th, 2020

Mark Dion, Bureau of Censorship (1996/2019), via Art Observed The year 2020 is being heralded as a crucial moment for society, a moment to respond to massive political upheaval and environmental crises. With immigration on the rise around the globe, and social tensions inflamed over crises of leadership at the heads of global superpowers, the […]
Tags: Art, New York, Show, Art News, Featured Post, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, Mark Dion Bureau

New York – Issy Wood: “daughterproof” at JTT Through February 9th, 2020

Issy Wood, Slouching towards the maxillofacial unit (2018), via JTT Issy Wood’s paintings and sculptures carry a peculiar cultural charge, moments of collision and fusion that mark her objects with both the signifiers of the art historical and with the banal moments of daily life. For her current show, daughterproof at JTT in New York, the artist continues this process, […]
Tags: Art, New York, Show, Art News, Featured Post, JTT, Issy Wood, Issy Wood Slouching, JTT Issy Wood

New York – Ugo Rondinone: “Thanx 4 Nothing (a tribute to John Giorno) at Gladstone Gallery Through January 18th, 2020

Ugo Rondinone, thanx 4 nothing (A Tribute to John Giorno) (Installation View), via Gladstone When the poet John Giorno passed away late last year, he left behind a lifetime of artistic adventurism and exploration, a reputation for his tireless support of the arts and his energetic commitment to collaboration, connection and creativity.  It makes sense then, […]
Tags: Art, New York, Show, Art News, Featured Post, John Giorno, Gladstone Gallery, Ugo Rondinone

New York – Ragen Moss: “8 Animals” at Bridget Donahue Through January 26th, 2020

Ragen Moss, Senior Borrower (with Mezzanine Borrower) (2019), via Bridget Donahue Currently on view at Bridget Donahue, artist Ragen Moss has hung an octet of peculiar hanging sculptures.  Referred to at points as “couples” and as “animals,” the show seems to take on the atmosphere of animals moving about an enclosure, watched closely by the viewer to glimpse moments […]
Tags: Art, New York, Show, Art News, Featured Post, Bridget Donahue, Ragen Moss, Ragen Moss Senior Borrower

New York – Lothar Baumgarten: “The Early Years” at Marian Goodman Through February 15th, 2020

Lothar Baumgarten, Tropenhäuser (Guayana), Conservatorie (Guayana) (1969-1972:2012), via Marian Goodman Currently on view at Marian Goodman in New York, artist Lothar Baumgarten is the subject of a posthumous show focusing on a body of work he helped compile before his passing.  “The Early Years” focuses on the formative works that shaped his oeuvre, and functions as an homage to […]
Tags: Art, New York, Show, Art News, Featured Post, Marian Goodman, Lothar Baumgarten

New York – Lee Bul: “Interlude: Perdu” at Lehmann Maupin Through January 18th, 2020

Lee Bul, Perdu XX (2019), via Lehmann Maupin On view through January 18th in New York, the South Korean artist Lee Bul presents a selection of new works unified under the title Interlude: Perdu at Lehmann Maupin, a solo presentation that  features recent mixed media paintings from the artist’s Perdu series that blend biomorphic and cybertronic forms, vividly yet delicately rendered in […]
Tags: Art, New York, Show, Art News, Featured Post, Lee Bul, Lehmann Maupin, Lee Bul Perdu

New York – Sophie Calle, Bruce Conner, Paul Pfeiffer: “Documents & Recitations” at Paula Cooper Through February 8th, 2020

Sophie Calle, Exquisite Pain (Count Down – 22) (2000), via Paula Cooper Exploring divergent concepts and bodies of work in exchange over the course of a show currently on view at Paula Cooper Gallery in New York, photographers Sophie Calle, Bruce Conner and Paul Pfeiffer have gathered together under the title “Documents & Recitations.”  The show, which features […]
Tags: Art, New York, Art News, Featured Post, Paula Cooper, Sophie Calle, AO On Site, Paula Cooper Gallery, Paul Pfeiffer, Sophie Calle Bruce Conner Paul Pfeiffer, Sophie Calle Bruce Conner

New York – Rachel Harrison: “Life Hack” at the Whitney Museum Through January 12th, 2020

Rachel Harrison, Hoarders (2012), via Whitney Combining sculpture, readymades, drawing and a playful conceptual bent, artist Rachel Harrison’s work over the past 30 years has challenged easy readings of consumption, commercialism and modernity, imbuing her lumpy, peculiar objects with a sense of wry humor and situational irony.  Opening a major retrospective at The Whitney this winter, the artist’s work […]
Tags: Art, New York, Show, Whitney, Art News, Featured Post, Rachel Harrison

New York – Rashid Johnson: “The Hikers” at Hauser and Wirth Through January 25th, 219

Rashid Johnson, The Hikers (Installation View), via Art Observed On view this fall in New York, Hauser & Wirth presents The Hikers, an exhibition of recent works by Rashid Johnson that unites ceramic tile mosaics, collaged paintings, and a large-scale sculpture that work together to address Johnson’s recurring interest in currents of anxiety and escapism […]
Tags: Art, New York, Show, Johnson, Art News, Featured Post, Hauser, Wirth, Hauser Wirth, Rashid Johnson

London – Jessi Reaves: “Going Out in Style” at Herald St Through January 25th, 2020

Jessi Reaves, Going Out in Style (Installation View), via Herald St Currently on view at Herald St Gallery in London, the New York-based artist Jessi Reaves has opened a new show of work, ‘Going out in style,’ which marks a continued evolution in her practice and her second exhibition with the London space. Presenting works […]
Tags: Art, New York, London, Show, Herald, Art News, Featured Post, Jessi Reaves, Herald St Gallery

London – Merlin Carpenter at Simon Lee Through January 18th, 2020

Merlin Carpenter, Untitled (2019), via Simon Lee Artist Merlin Carpenter is a relentless shapeshifter, continuing a critique of modern art through a boundless series of projects and practices that often delve into ruptures and problems with the language of modern art. Exploring problems not of understanding, but of functionality in terms of art’s presentation and […]
Tags: Art, London, Show, Art News, Featured Post, Simon Lee, Merlin Carpenter, Simon Lee Artist Merlin Carpenter

RIP: John Baldessari, Landmark Voice in Conceptual Art, Has Passed Away at Age 88

John Baldessari Artist John Baldessari, who pioneered a uniquely humorous and challenging approach to painting and conceptual art making over the past half century, has passed away at the age of 88.  A leading voice in the development of conceptualism, his interest in ideas and their functioning over the image itself would make him an influential and […]
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Featured Post, John Baldessari

Los Angeles – Calvin Marcus: ‘GO HANG A SALAMI IM A LASAGNA HOG’ at David Kordansky Through January 11th, 2020

Calvin Marcus, City Pig/Wild Boar (2019), via David Kordansky Opening his second exhibition at David Kordansky in Los Angeles this winter, painter Calvin Marcus returns to his enigmatic, always challenging body of work, turning his approach towards painterly composition towards increasingly complex, and increasingly nuanced compositions. Titled GO HANG A SALAMI IM A LASAGNA HOG, […]
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Show, Art News, Featured Post, David Kordansky, Calvin Marcus

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