Prix Pictet Shortlist
Sally Mann has been shortlisted for the ninth cycle of the Prix Pictet, which aims to harness the power of photography to draw global attention to issues of sustainability, especially those concerning the environment. Founded in 2008 by the Pictet Group, the prize is awarded to the photographer who, in the opinion of the independent jury, has produced a series of work that is both artistically outstanding and presents a compelling narrative related to the selected theme, which is “Fire” this year. The winner will be announced in December 2021 at an exhibition of the shortlisted artists’ work at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Titus Kaphar and Diana Pumpelly Bates
Moderated by Bridget R. Cooks
Friday, July 16, 2021, 3pm EDT
Join Titus Kaphar and fellow artist Diana Pumpelly Bates for a conversation about Black creativity, artistic inspiration, and the importance of mentorship. This discussion, held in conjunction with the traveling exhibition The Black Index, will be moderated by exhibition curator Bridget R. Cooks. To attend the online event, register at eventbrite.com.
Titus Kaphar and Reginald Dwayne Betts, Redaction (San Francisco), 2020 © Titus Kaphar and Reginald Dwayne Betts. Photo: Christopher Gardner
June 14–August 31, 2021
Taikoo Park, Hong Kong
Michael Craig-Martin’s powder-coated steel sculptures depicting everyday objects are on display at Taikoo Park, Hong Kong. The forms have an instant sensory, intellectual, and emotional impact, evoking the tangible experiences of daily life while speaking to the symbolic potency the represented objects hold. This installation, organized by Swire Properties, celebrates the company’s commitment to art and culture.
Michael Craig-Martin’s installation at Taikoo Park, Hong Kong, 2021. Artwork © Michael Craig-Martin. Photo: courtesy Taikoo Place and Swire Properties
Damien Hirst: Relics and Fly Paintings
Thursday, July 15, 2021, 6–8pm
Gagosian, Britannia Street, London
The Britannia Street gallery will be open after hours to visit Damien Hirst: Relics and Fly Paintings, the second phase of the artist’s yearlong takeover of the space. For this new iteration, the artist has clad the interior of the gallery in black butterfly-patterned wallpaper that reproduces the kaleidoscopic surface of his painting Valley of Death (2010). With its uniquely immersive atmosphere, the exhibition brings together a number of Hirst’s bodies of work, prompting reflections on themes of darkness and death, the past and the future.
Installation view, Damien Hirst: Relics and Fly Paintings, Gagosian, Britannia Street, London, open from June 5, 2021. Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates
Arthur Lubow and Mark Stevens on “Soutine / de Kooning”
Wednesday, July 14, 2021, 12pm EDT
Join art critics Arthur Lubow and Mark Stevens for a conversation on the occasion of the exhibition Soutine / de Kooning: Conversations in Paint at the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia. The pair will discuss painters Chaïm Soutine (1893–1943) and Willem de Kooning (1904–1997), their respective techniques, and how they pushed the capabilities of oil paint to create surfaces with the tactile, pliable, squirming quality of flesh. To attend the online event, register at tickets.barnesfoundation.org.
Willem de Kooning, . . . Whose Name Was Writ in Water, 1975, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York © 2021 The Willem de Kooning Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Takashi Murakami × Absolut Art
Limited-Edition Print for the Kitchen
Takashi Murakami has partnered with Absolut Art in creating a limited-edition print—the second of three exclusive collaborations—to benefit the Kitchen, New York, on the occasion of the nonprofit space’s fiftieth anniversary. All proceeds will go toward a planned renovation, ensuring that it will remain a platform for artistic experimentation in its historic and beloved building. The signed print, Thank You for the Wonderful Destiny (2020), features Murakami’s signature smiling flowers and will be available exclusively through Absolut Art starting July 15. To register for the lottery to receive a link to purchase the work, visit www.absolutart.com.
Takashi Murakami signing his print Thank You for the Wonderful Destiny (2020) in his studio, Saitama, Japan. Artwork © 2020 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All rights reserved
The Thinking Hand
Edmund de Waal and Richard Calvocoressi
Wednesday, June 30, 2021, 8am EDT (1pm BDT)
Edmund de Waal will speak with Gagosian director Richard Calvocoressi in a conversation entitled “The Thinking Hand,” on the occasion of the exhibition The Human Touch at the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, England. Sitting in front of a large painting of a hand by Georg Baselitz, the final work in the exhibition, they will explore the creativity of the artist’s hands and the marks and traces they leave, beginning by discussing Calvocoressi’s monograph on Baselitz, published by Thames and Hudson in May 2021. The pair will revisit their conversation entitled “The Possibility of Touch,” published in the catalogue for the 2015 exhibition Henry Moore: Wunderkammer—Origin of Forms at Gagosian, London, curated by Calvocoressi, formerly director of the Henry Moore Foundation. De Waal has also been exploring the role of touch and the iconography of the hand in Henry Moore’s art in This Living Hand, an exhibition he curated at the Henry Moore Studios and Gardens, Perry Green, England, on view through October 31, 2021. To attend the online event, register at tickets.museums.cam.ac.uk.
Left: Edmund de Waal. Photo: Tom Jamieson. Right: Richard Calvocoressi. Photo: Miriam Perez
On July 14, 2021, Damien Hirst released The Currency—a collection of ten thousand NFTs that correspond to ten thousand unique physical artworks—with HENI on Palm, a new, more environmentally friendly NFT ecosystem. Collectors are invited to apply to buy an NFT through July 21, 2021. Successful applicants will all initially receive NFTs. Ultimately, each collector has one year to decide between keeping the NFT or trading it for the physical artwork; whichever is not selected will be destroyed. The Currency is an experiment in belief in which every participant is confronted with their perception of value, testing the boundaries of the digital and physical worlds and our role in both.
Damien Hirst with works from The Currency (2016). Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd
In this time-lapse video, Damien Hirst’s Hylonome (2011) is installed at Gagosian, Rome, for the exhibition Forgiving and Forgetting, on view from July 6 through October 23, 2021. Rendered in Carrara marble, the female centaur, whose statuesque form conjures both Baroque corporeality and the stately symmetry of French Neoclassical sculpture, sparks an unexpected interplay between ancient and modern. The work is from the artist’s Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable, a project that presented sculptural relics from a fictional shipwreck off the coast of East Africa, playing fast and loose with linear time, cultural origin, and perceptions of relative status and value.
Still from “Damien Hirst: Hylonome”
Gagosian is pleased to announce the representation of Jim Shaw. Since the 1970s, Shaw has mined the dreams and conflicted realities of American culture, finding inspiration in comic books, pulp novels, rock albums, protest posters, and thrift store paintings. Blending the personal, the commonplace, and the uncanny, Shaw’s works frequently place in dialogue images of friends and family with world events, pop culture, and alternate realities, often unfolding in long-term narrative cycles.
Jim Shaw. Photo: LeeAnn Nickels
Artists Support: London
Michael Craig-Martin is participating in the first iteration of Artists Support: London, launching June 17, 2021. Craig-Martin will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of his artwork Untitled (steering wheel fragment) (2016) to Centrepoint, the United Kingdom’s leading charity dedicated to fighting youth homelessness. The work will be available through November 20, 2021. Artists Support is a nonprofit initiative powered by artists, who donate a work for sale whose proceeds directly support a local charity of their choice. For more information, visit artists-support.com.
Michael Craig-Martin, Untitled (steering wheel fragment), 2016 © Michael Craig-Martin. Photo: Mike Bruce
Edmund de Waal
Edmund de Waal was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in Queen Elizabeth II’s 2021 birthday honors list for his service to the arts as a potter and a writer. The title CBE is bestowed to individuals who have made distinct and innovative contributions to the United Kingdom.
Edmund de Waal. Photo: Tom Jamieson
Tatiana Trouvé × Parley for the Oceans
Tatiana Trouvé has partnered with Parley for the Oceans, a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to promoting ocean sustainability, in creating a limited-edition print based on her original drawing August (2019), with 100 percent of the proceeds funding Parley’s plastic interception and cleanups, education programs, and eco-innovation projects that help protect the oceans. The work, which began with an image of the Amazon rain forest burning in August 2019, alludes to political violence against Indigenous populations and the biodiversity of the rain forest. To inquire about purchasing a print, contact email@example.com.
Tatiana Trouvé, August, 2021 © Tatiana Trouvé
Writing the Future
Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation
Through July 25, 2021
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The post-graffiti moment in 1980s New York City marked the transition of street art from city walls and subway trains onto canvas and into the art world. Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–1988) became the frontrunner of this transformational movement in contemporary American art, which resulted in an unprecedented fusion of creative energies that defied long-standing racial divisions. This exhibition features Basquiat’s works in painting, sculpture, drawing, video, music, and fashion, alongside works by his contemporaries, such as Fab 5 Freddy, Futura, Keith Haring, and Rammellzee. Throughout the 1980s, these artists fueled new directions in fine art, design, and music, driving the now-global popularity of hip-hop culture.
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Anthony Clarke, 1985 © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York
Through July 25, 2021
This exhibition, whose title translates to Landscape, offers a comprehensive retrospective of Gerhard Richter’s landscapes, including numerous oil paintings, drawings, collages, overpainted photographs, prints, artist’s books, and objects that reflect the theme from the 1960s until today. The show has traveled from the Kunstforum Wien in Vienna.
Opening this Week
Hey! Did you know that art does not exist
July 27, 2021–January 7, 2022
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel
This exhibition presents more than one hundred works from Sylvio Perlstein’s intensely personal collection, which traces artists and trends that have defined the avant-garde, complex, and experimental nature of twentieth-century art. Work by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Duane Hanson, Roy Lichtenstein, Man Ray, Brice Marden, Ed Ruscha, Rudolf Stingel, Cy Twombly, and Andy Warhol is included.
Rudolf Stingel, Untitled, 2002 © Rudolf Stingel. Photo: Alessandro Zambianchi
Closing this Week
Through July 31, 2021
Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich
This exhibition visualizes significant productions, faces, and voices that have shaped the Bayerische Staatsoper, or the Bavarian State Opera, in Munich. Over the past thirteen years, writer and filmmaker Alexander Kluge has filmed the goings-on at the renowned opera house under Nikolaus Bachler’s directorship. Work by artists including Georg Baselitz and Katharina Grosse are presented alongside Kluge’s video works and bring the interaction of the arts to the center of attention in an unconventional way.
Installation view, Sphinx Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, June 24–July 31, 2021. Artwork © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany 2021. Photo: Wilfried Hösl
Closing this Week
Through August 1, 2021
Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels
Vision Paintings comprises large-scale paintings, drawings, and previously unexhibited journals by Thomas Houseago. The works occupy two first-floor galleries of the museum in a parallel display to selected works from the permanent collection, including Jacques-Louis David’s painting Marat assassiné (The Death of Marat) (1793). The exhibition invites viewers to contemplate the emotional tenor of both the neoclassical and contemporary works, as well as their formal differences and shared points of connection.
Installation view, Thomas Houseago: Vision Paintings, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, April 22–August 1, 2021 © Thomas Houseago
Conversations in Paint
Through August 8, 2021
Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia
Soutine / de Kooning: Conversations in Paint creates a visual dialogue and explores affinities between the work of Chaïm Soutine (1893–1943) and Willem de Kooning (1904–1997). The exhibition, which presents nearly forty-five works, considers how Soutine’s paintings, with their built-up surfaces and energetic brushwork, informed de Kooning’s art, shaping his figurative/abstract works in the late 1940s and beyond.
Willem de Kooning, Woman, 1953, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC © 2021 The Willem de Kooning Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
End of a Century
Through August 8, 2021
Newport Street Gallery, London
End of a Century features over fifty early works by Damien Hirst, spanning his formative years as a student in the 1980s through the 1990s, when he became one of Britain’s leading contemporary artists. Featuring installations, sculpture, and paintings, some of which have not been seen before, the exhibition surveys a selection of Hirst’s most iconic series.
Damien Hirst, Up, Up and Away, 1997 © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2020
The Paradox of Stillness
Art, Object, and Performance
Through August 8, 2021
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Featuring works from the early twentieth century to today, The Paradox of Stillness examines the notion of stillness as both a performative and a visual gesture. More than sixty-five artists present object-based art, pictures, and actions staged by live performers to test the boundaries between stillness and motion, mortality and aliveness, and the still life and the living picture. Work by Urs Fischer, Piero Manzoni, Tom Wesselmann, and Franz West is included.
Urs Fischer, Untitled, 2003 © Urs Fischer
Titus Kaphar in
The Black Index
Through August 14, 2021
Palo Alto Art Center, California
The artists featured in The Black Index build upon the tradition of Black self-representation as an antidote to colonialist images. Using drawing, performance, printmaking, sculpture, and digital technology to transform the recorded image, they question our reliance on photography as a privileged source for documentary objectivity and understanding. Their works offer an alternative practice—a Black index—that serves as a finding aid for information about Black subjects, but also challenges viewers’ desire for classification. Work by Titus Kaphar is included. This exhibition has traveled from the University Art Galleries at University California, Irvine.
Titus Kaphar, Redaction (Habeas Corpus), 2020 © Titus Kaphar. Photo: Christopher Gardner
Through August 22, 2021
Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig, Germany
For this highly personal retrospective—his first solo exhibition in the city of his birth—Andreas Gursky selected approximately eighty photographs, including around fifty extremely large-format compositions; older iconic works that have imprinted themselves on the visual memory, such as 99 Cent (1999); and new works that have yet to be exhibited in a museum.
Andreas Gursky, Kreuzfahrt, 2020 © Andreas Gursky/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020
Il Disegno dello scultore
Through August 22, 2021
Museo Novecento, Florence, Italy
Presented in collaboration with the Henry Moore Foundation, this exhibition, whose title translates to The Sculptor’s Drawing, explores the relationship between drawing and sculpture in Henry Moore’s work and includes more than seventy drawings as well as graphics and sculptures. Through the analysis of recurring iconographic themes such as natural forms (rocks, pebbles, roots, and trunks), animals, skulls, and the artist’s hands, the exhibition seeks to deepen the conceptual and formal genesis of Moore’s work.
Installation view, Henry Moore: Il Disegno dello scultore, Museo Novecento, Florence, Italy, January 18–July 18, 2021. Artwork: Reproduced by permission of the Henry Moore Foundation. Photo: Serge Domingie
Taryn Simon in
Future Food: Essen für die Welt von morgen
Through August 22, 2021
Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden, Germany
This exhibition, whose title translates to Future Food: What Will We Eat Tomorrow?, investigates the political, ethical, and cultural significance of eating. This interdisciplinary show features works of contemporary art that address one of the most urgent questions of our time: “How will we—and can we—feed ourselves in the future?” Work by Taryn Simon is included.
Taryn Simon, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Contraband Room, John F. Kennedy International Airport, Queens, New York, 2007, from the series An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar, 2007 © Taryn Simon