Saturday, May 28
Best known for her sculptures, the Polish artist (who spent most of her career in Paris after having survived Nazi concentration camps) made stirring drawings at the end of her life. Fragmented body parts, a dominant motif in Szapocznikow’s three-dimensional works, reappear in ink and watercolors. Her drawings from the 1970s, however, add two visual vocabulary elements: color and landscape.
Alina Szapocznikow Human Landscape(s)
References to flooding—historical and metaphorical—in Matt Saunders’s recent work range from the Great Flood of Paris in 1910 to Hurricane Sandy, which wreaked havoc up and down the eastern seaboard of the United States in 2012. Featuring waves of color and watery smears, his latest photo-based works and animation float between figuration and abstraction.
With her latest presentation, the Latvian-born, Germany-based artist plays around with notions of interior and exterior space by creating a sheetrock gallery within a gallery. Inside and outside the semi-enclosure, Grantina’s new sculptures––made from materials including melted plastics, nude-colored Lycra, and green mop heads––hang from the ceiling like alien air plants.
Daiga Grantina Grotto From Glammar
This exhibition reunites works from Willats’s seminal 1983 “Inside the Night” show, for which he transformed Lisson Gallery into a vision of London after dark. Presented again more than thirty years later, along with an original ambient sound piece, the works on view conjure the avant-garde excitement of the 1980s London club scene.
Stephen Willats Inside The Night (works from 1982 - 1983)
A fixture of New York City’s cultural landscape since the 1990s—as an artist, DJ, and nightlife promoter—Sweeny presents here a selection of pastels on paper and two unstretched canvas paintings. The exhibition, a collaboration with Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, is timed to celebrate Sweeny’s recently published monograph, KittoSan (2016), which features interviews with some of the art world’s most fabulous, such as Larry Clark, Abel Ferrara, John Giorno, Mary Heilmann, Harmony Korine, Jim Lambie, Will Oldham, Elizabeth Peyton, and Rob Pruitt, among others.
Allen Ruppersberg and Sturtevant were born fourteen years apart in Ohio towns that are a fourteen-minute drive from one another. Two years after Sturtevant's death, this exhibition pairs her deadpan commentaries on consumer culture with Ruppersberg's similarly humorous necrologies of rockstars and Americana collages.
The first contemporary artist invited to show at the Picasso museum’s newly renovated Hôtel Salé, Spanish-born Miquel Barceló presents paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and works on paper made between the 1990s and today. In dialogue with certain motifs found in Picasso’s oeuvre, Barceló shows off his own diverse and prolific creative process. In conjunction, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France will present an exhibition of Barceló’s prints (March 22–August 28).
Miquel Barceló Sol y sombra
Turning the spotlight on Paul Klee’s ironic humor, this retrospective is France’s first large-scale show dedicated the to the Swiss-German artist in over fifty years. Some 250 works (paintings, sculptures, drawings, and paintings on glass) track Klee’s stylistic evolution from Cubism and Dada to Surrealism and Constructivism. Highlights include 1920s illustrations for Voltaire’s “Candide,” and the artist’s large-scale 1938 masterpiece, Insula dulcamara.
Paul Klee L'Ironie à l'œuvre
The Icelandic artist’s first solo show in France was inspired by an epic novel by Nobel laureate and fellow Icelander Halldór Laxness. Among the new works created specifically for the Palais de Tokyo: a repeating performance of a fleeting encounter, a video installation of idealized portraits, and a theatrical freestanding painting depicting an icy mountain.
Ragnar Kjartansson SEUL CELUI QUI CONNAÎT LE DÉSIR