Monday, June 27
Following his retrospective at Paris’s Palais de Tokyo in 2015, John Giorno presents a site-specific large-scale wall installation titled Space Forgets You. Giorno, a major figure in the New York underground scene who collaborated with Andy Warhol and William Burroughs, has been making text paintings—funny, sexy, angry, beautiful—since the late 1970s.
John Giorno SPACE FORGETS YOU
In 1954, Leoncillo and Lucio Fontana participated in the Venice Biennale, with presentations in separate rooms. Using this pivotal moment in the careers of both artists as a jumping-off point, the current exhibition illustrates the overlap between Fontana’s sculptural treatment of two-dimensional surfaces and Leoncillo’s painterly approach to sculpture.
Lucio Fontana - Leoncillo Fontana Leoncillo forma della materia
One-third of a three-part exhibition (the other venues are Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York and Hauser & Wirth in London), this marks Gonzalez-Torres’s first solo presentation in Milan since 1991. The multi-venue homage highlighting the transformative nature of the late artist’s work was curated by his friends and collaborators Julie Ault and Roni Horn.
Following his installation at Versailles last year, which included a monumental mirrored work, Kapoor is showing a series of small sculptures also made from polished stainless steel. Each of the dozen or so works represents a different twist of less than ninety degrees.
Bringing together work by nine LA artistsGinny Bishton, Jennifer Bornstein, Sharon Lockhart, Paul McCarthy, Jason Meadows, Catherine Opie, Laura Owens, Lari Pittman, and Allen Ruppersbergthis show represents three decades of West Coast art. Highlights include Opie’s photographic portraits of children and Ruppersbuerg’s The Singing Poster, 2003, a tribute to Allen Ginsberg’s Howl (1955–56).
Art from Los Angeles: 1990 - 2010
Juxtaposing work by two contemporary artists alongside ceramics by Lucio Fontana, this exhibition shows off certain contradictions of clay. Complementing Fontana's “informel” figures, Caroline Achaintre's clay objects are simultaneously modern and primitive, while Ivan Seal's gestural and ceramics-encrusted paintings hover between two and three dimensions.
Lucio Fontana | Caroline Achaintre | Ivan Seal A Conversation about Ceramics
Chiharu Shiota’s first solo gallery show in Italy features new and recent tangly (and entangling) works. The Japanese artist’s signature spiderweb-like environmental installations made with black string are accompanied by photographs, drawings, and prints.
Chiharu Shiota Follow the line
The German artist takes over HangarBicocca’s vast industrial space with new and preexisting sensorial works that use light, optical experiments, and movement to help viewers experience the world in novel ways. Thanks to the installation’s choose-your-own-adventure design featuring two parallel pathways, visitors must decide how to approach, and get lost in, the exhibition.
Carsten Holler Doubt
Hoping to better understand artists’ reliance on preexisting imagery in order to make their own, German artist Thomas Demand has curated an exhibition that features works by more than sixty artists and spans the early nineteenth century to now. Organized into three sections, the show addresses issues of originality and copycat culture by examining appropriation and image-making as both creative pursuits and acts of theft.
The inaugural show at this gallery’s Milan location (Galleria Fumagalli was founded in Bergamo in 1971) brings together four post–World War II artists whose works push abstraction to new limits. Revealing unexpected commonalities between Castellani, Mangold, Morris, and Noland, the exhibition compares these artists’ use of geometric forms, monochrome, and the surrounding environment.
Enrico Castellani, Robert Mangold, Robert Morris, Kenneth Noland. A Personal View of Abstract Painting and Sculpture.
Since 1923 the Triennale di Milano has been a showcase for modern design, including decorative arts, fashion, and architecture. Among the exhibitions this year, “Arts and Foods: Rituals since 1851” (April 9–November 1), curated by Germano Celant, provides a global overview of the connection between food-related aesthetics and rituals.