previews

  • TOMÁS SARACENO

    Palais de Tokyo
    13, Avenue du Président Wilson
    October 17 - January 6

    Curated by Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel

    The Palais de Tokyo will be entirely given over to Tomás Saraceno this fall—enough room, finally, to lay out the true nature of his practice. Forget the question of medium; it is too small. Caught between architecture and sculpture? Not really. Think in plotlines. In the suspense between balloons and spiders, dust particles and scientific collaborations, Saraceno works to cross-limit conditions: He finds his space of operation on the other side, in the air that supports life. He integrates, jumps forward—an action artist—with projects, prototypes, and new music. We are asked to take the leap, too, and see what it is like to live beyond borders, in floating cities or countries, in the wind, in outer space. Really. This air brings practical utopias, not puffs of smoke. Can we breathe differently in 2018? Saraceno says yes.

  • FRANZ WEST

    Centre Pompidou
    Place Georges-Pompidou
    September 12 - December 10

    Curated by Christine Macel and Mark Godfrey

    For decades, Franz West’s garish biomorphic sculptures, profane furniture­-cum-art, and irreverent participatory displays have been ubiquitous on the global contemporary art circuit. Following the Austrian artist’s death six years ago, and subsequent legal disputes over his estate, this retrospective promises to pause and take stock, to look at West’s art closely and assess it from an art-­historical distance. The curatorial duo taking on the task is poised to deliver: Christine Macel programmatically placed artistic practice back at the center of the last Venice Biennale, and Mark Godfrey has proved his commitment to deeply researched, and thus fresh, monographic accounts. We may see an entirely new West. Travels to Tate Modern, London, February 20–May 12, 2019.