previews

  • LILY VAN DER STOKKER

    Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
    Museumplein 10
    October 27 - February 24

    Curated by Leontine Coelewij

    Bubbly fonts, floral doodles, medicinal pinks, buttercup yellows, and rolls of toilet paper: These are motifs and hues one might expect to find decorating a day care or in a supply closet. Lily van der Stokker liberated such unassuming forms and scoff-worthy aesthetics long ago, fluffing her conceptualist gestures with the pathos of the pooh-poohed. This survey of the Dutch artist’s work, focusing on her output from the late 1980s to the present, will include drawings and wall paintings, such as the proudly declarative I am an artwork and I am 3 years old, 2004; the Jeanne Dielman-meets-crafting-hour assemblage The tidy kitchen, 2015; and the pink sculptures that comprised “Huh,” her serenely dotty 2014 exhibition in New York. A selection of videos made by the artist’s late partner, Jack Jaeger—an artist, curator, and editor, who put out eight issues of Zapp, a quarterly publication focused on video art—will also be included for further context on Van der Stokker’s enviably tender world.

  • “Günther Förg: A Fragile Beauty”

    Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
    Museumplein 10
    May 26 - October 14

    Curated by Hripsimé Visser and Fabienne Chiang

    A Cologne-scene contemporary of Albert Oehlen and Martin Kippenberger, Günther Förg could easily be mistaken for a cynic, an artist whose blunt allusions to Barnett Newman, Piet Mondrian, and the Bauhaus were calculated simulacral feints in painting’s dismal 1980s endgame. But such a reading fails to account for the richness, depth, and, yes, even sincerity of the German artist’s oeuvre, which includes not only paintings (on weird, unorthodox grounds such as aluminum and lead), but also stark wall drawings, darkly fascinating photographs, and cerebral architectural experiments influenced by his idol, Blinky Palermo. As younger generations of artists continue to revisit the formal vocabulary of modernism’s past, Förg’s art—which the Stedelijk’s retrospective will survey in full—remains an important model: one unencumbered by the twin deadweights of irony and melancholy and filled with a serious and sustained (though never fully credulous) commitment to the twentieth century’s endlessly generative legacy. Travels to the Dallas Museum of Art, October 21, 2018–January 27, 2019.