previews

  • Yves Klein, Leap Into the Void, 1960.

    Yves Klein

    Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
    Römerberg
    September 17 - January 9

    Though Yves Klein is most frequently recalled for his Leap into the Void, 1960, the self-proclaimed descendant of Delacroix was also a stunning colorist, prescient performance artist, cunning conceptualist, sly sculptor, and skilled judoka—all within the course of an eight-year career cut short by his death in 1962 at thirty-four. This comprehensive retrospective, accompanied by a sizable catalogue, offers meaty samplings from all periods of Klein’s work. In addition to famous monochromes, including those in International Klein Blue, are sponge reliefs, sculptures, “Anthropometries” (in which nude female models served as “live” paint brushes), and his spectacular late experiments with natural elements like fire.

  • Gonzalez-Torres Untitled (Go-Go Dancing Platform), 1995.

    Sturtevant

    MUSEUMᴹᴹᴷ FÜR MODERNE KUNST
    Domstraße 10
    September 4 - March 5

    One of the art world’s greatest éminences terribles, Sturtevant has for over forty years been charting the unruly interiors and exteriors of the visible. Curator Mario Kramer takes over the entirety of the Museum für Moderne Kunst with about 140 multi-media works for what’s being billed as the artist’s first retrospective—but let me assure you, Sturtevant don’t want no retrospective, since her endeavor has always been exposing contrafactual immanence, eternally returning. Sadly, this landmark exhibit won’t travel, so let’s hope some staunch American museum takes heed and brings this artist and her work home. With an essay by Bernard Blistène and an interview by John Waters, the catalogue will expose brutal truths, and, licking the shiny boot of beauty, we like it that way.