Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 6pm
Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome
On the occasion of Huma Bhabha’s first exhibition in Rome, the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea will host a conversation between the artist and Cristiana Perrella, director of the Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci in Prato, Italy. The show features expressive drawings on photographs as well as figurative sculptures carved from cork and Styrofoam, assembled from refuse and clay, or cast in bronze, through which Bhabha probes the tensions between time, memory, and displacement. References to science-fiction, archeological ruins, Roman antiquities, and postwar abstraction combine as she transforms the human figure into grimacing totems that are both unsettling and darkly humorous. The event is free and open to the public.
Huma Bhabha, Untitled, 2019 © Huma Bhabha
Thursday, October 24, 2019, 3pm
Gagosian’s Manuela Cuccuru will lead a tour of the exhibition Huma Bhabha: The Company at Gagosian, Rome, on the occasion of Rome Art Week. This show features new expressive drawings on photographs as well as figurative sculptures carved from cork and Styrofoam, assembled from refuse and clay, or cast in bronze. Probing the tensions between time, memory, and displacement, Bhabha combines references to science fiction, archeological ruins, Roman antiquities, and postwar abstraction as she transforms the human figure into grimacing totems that are both unsettling and darkly humorous. To attend the free event, register at romeartweek.com.
Installation view, Huma Bhabha: The Company, Gagosian, Rome, September 19–December 14, 2019. Artwork © Huma Bhabha
Frieze Sculpture 2019
July 3–October 6, 2019
Regent’s Park, London
Clare Lilley, director of programs at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, has selected new and significant sculptures by leading artists around the world to be on view in Regent’s Park. Included in the show is Huma Bhabha’s Receiver (2019), which references ancient sculpture and recent sci-fi, and Tom Sachs’s My Melody (2008), a three-meter-high rendition of the Japanese cartoon character.
Huma Bhabha, Receiver, 2019 © Huma Bhabha
Videocittà VideoArt Week
November 19–27, 2019
Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome
Videocittà, a festival celebrating moving images, presents VideoArt Week. The contemporary art program will show the work of eighty artists, including Chris Burden, over the course of nine days and includes screenings, as well as meetings with artists, curators, and art critics. Burden’s Documentation of Selected Works 1971–74 will be screened on Tuesday, November 19, from 11am to 8pm. The event is free to attend.
Chris Burden, Documentation of Selected Works 1971–74, 1971–75 (still) © 2019 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York
Work in Progress
The artist tells Negar Azimi about her interest in the monstrous, the influence of science fiction on her practice, and her recent rooftop commission at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Gagosian Quarterly Winter 2019
The Winter 2019 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring a selection from Christopher Wool’s Westtexaspsychosculpture series on its cover.
Mansplaining: Figuring Masculinity in the Age of #MeToo
In light of recent developments around the definition of masculinity in American culture, Alison M. Gingeras, the curator of John Currin: My Life as a Man at Dallas Contemporary looks closely at the artist’s depictions of male subjects.
Reading Nam June Paik
Earlier this year, MIT Press released We Are in Open Circuits: Writings by Nam June Paik. Here Gregory Zinman, coeditor of the book along with John Hanhardt and Edith Decker-Phillips, writes about his first exposure to the artist’s archives, the discoveries made there, and the relationship between Paik’s writings and his larger practice.
Before the Smoke Has Cleared
Angela Brown provides a glimpse into the charged ecologies of recent drawings and sculptures by Tatiana Trouvé. These works will be included in On the Eve of Never Leaving, Trouvé’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, opening in November 2019.
Sarah Sze: Art That Explores Time and Memory
Join Sarah Sze as she talks about the questions that drive her work. She describes creating immersive experiences that blur the lines between time, memory, and space—and between art and life.
Abstract Climates: Helen Frankenthaler in Provincetown
Lise Motherwell, a stepdaughter of Helen Frankenthaler and vice president of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, and Elizabeth Smith, executive director of the Foundation, recently cocurated an exhibition of the artist’s work entitled Abstract Climates: Helen Frankenthaler in Provincetown. Here they discuss the origin of the exhibition, the relationship between the artist’s work and her summers spent in Provincetown, and the presentations at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, in 2018, and the Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York, in 2019.
Nathaniel Mary Quinn and Troy Carter
On the eve of the opening of his first exhibition with Gagosian, in Beverly Hills, Nathaniel Mary Quinn joined Troy Carter for a conversation at LA’s Hammer Museum. They spoke about deliverance, Quinn’s new work, and what drives him to make art.
The Art of Perception: Richard Serra’s Films
For eleven years, from 1968 to 1979, Richard Serra created a collection of films and videos that felt out the uncharted phenomenological boundaries of the medium. Carlos Valladares explores a selection of these works.
Sterling Ruby: Disjointed Monuments to Nothing
Alessandro Rabottini investigates the theoretical and formal underpinnings of Sterling Ruby’s career through the lens of the artist’s series ACTS.
Behind the Art
Michael Craig-Martin: Ordinariness
Join Michael Craig-Martin at his London studio as he speaks about his working methods, his interest in the ordinary, and his abiding concern for the sculptural.
Alexander Wolf explores the economic, social, and methodological concerns of Piero Golia’s art practice, revealing the real-world implications of the artist’s experiments with form and process.