OriginalArt https://www.originalart.xyz Best Artists of all Time, Original Artwork Art Prints for Sale by Artist, Art Deco Nouveau, Arts Crafts, Art to Wear, Arts and Crafts, Art Set Portfolio Tue, 10 Dec 2019 14:21:20 -0500 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3 https://i1.wp.com/www.originalart.xyz/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/cropped-cropped-Art-160-x-160-1.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 OriginalArt https://www.originalart.xyz 32 32 120691142 Serpentine Names New Chief, Catherine Opie Takes Chair at UCLA, and More: Morning Links from December 10, 2019 – ARTnews https://www.originalart.xyz/serpentine-names-new-chief-catherine-opie-takes-chair-at-ucla-and-more-morning-links-from-december-10-2019-artnews/ Tue, 10 Dec 2019 14:21:20 +0000 https://www.originalart.xyz/serpentine-names-new-chief-catherine-opie-takes-chair-at-ucla-and-more-morning-links-from-december-10-2019-artnews/ To receive Morning Links in your inbox every weekday, sign up for our Breakfast with ARTnews newsletter. News Bettina Korek, the executive director of the Frieze Los Angeles fair, has been named chief executive of the Serpentine Galleries in London. [...]

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Bettina Korek, the executive director of the Frieze Los Angeles fair, has been named chief executive of the Serpentine Galleries in London. She replaces Yana Peel, who left this past summer after a swell of controversy. [ARTnews]

Photographer Catherine Opie will be the first endowed chair of UCLA’s art department, a position drawing on a $2 million gift from art patrons Lynda and Stewart Resnick—who also committed $500,000 to upgrade the school’s photo lab. [Los Angeles Times]

The “art world has been puzzling over who owns Guzzini Properties Ltd., one of the investors that claim ownership of a work sold by the dealer Inigo Philbrick.” Those owners have been revealed to be British billionaire brothers David and Simon Reuben. [Bloomberg]

Gone Bananas!

Guardian art critic Jonathan Jones penned a defense of Maurizio Cattelan under the headline “Don’t Make Fun of the $120,000 Banana—It’s In on the Joke.” [The Guardian]

The lede to a similar defense by Washington Post critic Sebastian Smee: “To buy a banana taped to a wall for $120,000 is, believe it or not, a perfectly rational decision.” [The Washington Post]

The Wall Street Journal‘s Brian P. Kelly: “The sheer absurdity of such a purchase, easily identified by people outside the art world, is a feature, not a bug, of the piece, laying bare what you might call the performative aspect endemic to so much collecting today.” [The Wall Street Journal]

Art

After the Turner prize was split four ways, the Guardian looks at how artist collectives have shaken things up in the past and the present. [The Guardian]

Jerry Saltz interviewed the French artist JR for Playboy. About Chronicles of New York City—a 21-by-32-foot photo-collage featuring 1,128 New Yorkers of all ages—Saltz says: “It’s like a mural of modern life for future historians.” [Playboy]

An exhibition in Dubai traces roots of the Bauhaus in the Middle East. [The National]

History

After a New York Times story last week highlighted disputes over the authenticity of a statue that may or may not be by venerated Italian sculptor Giambologna, readers weighed in on whether a certain number in the date on the work itself looks like a 5 or a 6. (Slightly overcooked comparison: “The story sparked a debate among readers, akin to 2015’s viral blue dress or gold dress discussion, that highlighted how two people can look at the same image and see very different things.”) [The New York Times]

Moondog, a musician and composer (and muse to artists) who used to play on the streets of New York dressed as a Viking, has been paid tribute in the New Yorker. [The New Yorker]

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Last week, Lawrence Abu Hamdan made headlines when he and his three fellow artist nominees shared the win for the 2019 Turner Prize, the United Kingdom’s top art award. Although he took that prize as a member of a collective, he’s now the sole winner of another major European art award.

The Munchmuseet, a soon-to-open museum dedicated to Edvard Munch in Oslo, has given its 2019 Edvard Munch Art Award to Abu Hamdan, who will now receive 500,000 Norwegian kroner (about $63,000), a solo show at the institution, and a residency in the Norwegian capital. He is the third winner of the award, which is given biennially to an emerging artist who is younger than 40.

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Lawrence Abu Hamdan Walled Unwalled

Abu Hamdan’s star has risen dramatically over the past few years, thanks to appearances in major biennials around the world, including the most recent editions of the Sharjah Biennial in the United Arab Emirates and the Venice Biennale in Italy. Working as a “private ear,” as he has called himself, the Beirut-based artist focuses on the sociopolitical implications of sound. For the Venice Biennale this year, he showed the video installation Walled Unwalled (2018), which meditates on several legal cases involving sounds heard through partitions.

In a statement, the prize’s jury said that it “values the artist’s commitment to human rights and his capacity to address urgent political subjects through his art.” That jury was chaired by Alfred Pacquement, the director of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and also included Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean director Suzanne Cotter, Mori Art Museum director Mami Kataoka, artist Ingar Dragset, and curator Simon Njami.

The Edvard Munch Art Award is but one in a series of accolades Abu Hamdan has picked up over the years. He’s also won the Abraaj Art Group Prize, a $100,000 award that recognizes artists in the Middle East, South Asia, and North Africa, and the Baloise Art Prize, an award facilitated by Art Basel.

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ARTnews in Brief: High Museum of Art to Host Live Lab Photography Residency—and More from December 9, 2019 – ARTnews https://www.originalart.xyz/artnews-in-brief-high-museum-of-art-to-host-live-lab-photography-residency-and-more-from-december-9-2019-artnews/ Tue, 10 Dec 2019 14:21:17 +0000 https://www.originalart.xyz/artnews-in-brief-high-museum-of-art-to-host-live-lab-photography-residency-and-more-from-december-9-2019-artnews/ Monday, December 9 Shandaken: Governors Island Names New Cohort of ResidentsThe New York–based organization Shandaken Projects has awarded four artists and one collaborative group a year of free studio space on Governors Island in New [...]

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Monday, December 9

Shandaken: Governors Island Names New Cohort of Residents
The New York–based organization Shandaken Projects has awarded four artists and one collaborative group a year of free studio space on Governors Island in New York Harbor. Zalika Azim, Jonathan González, Heidi Lau with Future Host, Jeremy Sorese, and Coco Young will create new works exploring the history and ecology of the island to be presented in 2020. The residents were selected in partnership with the Trust for Governors Island through an open call. Shandaken Projects director Nicholas Weist said in a statement that “the free programs created by our residents will be significant contributions to the cultural landscape of this historic public site.”

High Museum of Art Will Be First U.S. Venue for Magnum Live Lab Photography Residency
Next year, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta will host artists Carolyn Drake, Lindokuhle Sobekwa, and Mikhael Subotzky as part of the first U.S. iteration of its Live Lab photography residency, which is organized in collaboration with the international photographic cooperative Magnum Photos. The process will start in March 2020 with a two-week period dedicated to photographing Atlanta and the surrounding area. The artists will edit their work on-site at the museum, and they will open their workspace to visitors at select times. The residency will conclude with an exhibition of their work, which will be on view at the High from March 28 to April 19. Gregory Harris, assistant curator of photography at the High, said in a statement, “It will be thrilling to see Atlanta through the lenses of these artists.”

2019 NADA Artadia Awardee Announced in Miami
Artist Daniel Lind-Ramos, who showed work with the San Juan–based gallery Embajada at NADA Miami last week, is the recipient of the 2019 NADA Artadia Award, which comes with an unrestricted grant of $5,000. Lind-Ramos is known for his assemblages that incorporate found materials and examine Puerto Rico’s past and present, and his work was included in the 2019 Whitney Biennial. He was selected for the NADA Artadia Award by a jury that included Alexandra Cunningham Cameron, curator of contemporary design at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York, and Gean Moreno, curator of programs at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Miami.

Princeton University Art Museum Appoints Associate Director for Collections and Exhibitions
Chris Newth has been named associate director for collections and exhibitions at the Princeton University Art Museum in New Jersey. Newth, who will join the museum on January 27, previously served as senior director for exhibitions strategy and gallery display at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  “I look forward to partnering with the inspired leadership, curatorial and education teams at Princeton, particularly at this auspicious period of dynamic change, to deliver profound experiences with visual art to our visitors,” Newth said in a statement.

Barry Art Museum Names Manager of Education and Engagement
The Barry Art Museum at Old Dominion University in Virginia has appointed artist and educator Charlotte Potter Kasic as its new manager of education and engagement. She will join the museum in January 2020. Kasic was the founding Programming Director at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio, and has served as the executive director at Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Vermont. Jutta-Annette Page, executive director of the Barry Art Museum, said in a statement, “Her career focus on developing inclusive strategic programs for diverse audiences will, again, enrich the arts of Hampton Roads at large.”

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Best of 2019: Our Top NYC Art Shows (and more) https://www.originalart.xyz/best-of-2019-our-top-nyc-art-shows-and-more/ Tue, 10 Dec 2019 14:21:12 +0000 https://www.originalart.xyz/best-of-2019-our-top-nyc-art-shows-and-more/ Kia LaBeija’s (Untitled), The Black Act (2019) at Performance Space New York (image courtesy Performance Space New York; photo by Julieta Cervantes) What a year it’s been. All over New York, new spaces have opened, [...]

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Kia LaBeija’s (Untitled), The Black Act (2019) at Performance Space New York (image courtesy Performance Space New York; photo by Julieta Cervantes)

What a year it’s been. All over New York, new spaces have opened, beloved ones have closed or changed shape, and through it all, the city’s museums, galleries, cinema houses, and artist-run spaces have mounted stunning presentations of art which have pushed us to think deeply and critically about whose voices we elevate and which narratives we privilege. This year, our favorites were exhibitions, film series, and the occasional performance that celebrated the under-recognized, maligned, or forgotten, or otherwise shed new light on topics and subjects more familiar.

This year, our favorites included the Guggenheim’s record-breaking Hilma af Klint exhibition — a highlight for us last year, so much so that it takes the top slot this year after many more months of deliberation — along with deep dives into the work of under-celebrated artists such as Alvin Baltrop at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and T.C. Cannon at the National Museum of the American Indian. Interdisciplinary, collaborative presentations of recent work by artists like Kevin Beasley at the Whitney Museum, and Kia LaBeija at Performance Space New York were also particularly memorable, along with many others. Here are our favorite exhibitions, film series, and more from 2019, brought to you by the writers and editors of Hyperallergic.

Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, installation view (photo by David Heald, © 2018 The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation)

1. Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future at the Guggenheim Museum

October 12, 2018–April 23, 2019
Organized by Tracey Bashkoff, with David Horowitz
Paintings for the Future made and fulfilled the rare promise to bring new insight into our understanding of 20th century art and particularly the origins of Western abstraction, which in the last decade were very thoroughly explored in MoMA’s Inventing Abstraction. This was not the first exhibition to point to the connections between modernism, spiritual seeking, and such esoteric practices as theosophy (the 2008 show, Traces du Sacré, for example, did that) but the sustained examination of Hilma af Klint’s life, work, and ideas — all revelations in themselves — made a particularly compelling case for the broader possibilities of thinking about abstraction as metaphysical mapping. –Ksenya Gurshstein

Alvin Baltrop “The Piers (man wearing jockstrap),” n.d.​ ​(1975-1986) silver gelatin print, image size: 6.73 x 4.65 inches (image courtesy The Alvin Baltrop Trust, © 2010, Third Streaming, NY, and Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne/New York)

2. The Life and Times of Alvin Baltrop at the Bronx Museum of the Arts

August 7, 2019–February 9, 2020
Organized by Antonio Sergio Bessa
Months after the sizzle of summer and World Pride, many of the exhibitions organized in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots remain on view — and worth seeing. One of these is the Bronx Museum’s The Life and Times of Alvin Baltrop, which honors the ongoing legacy of the photographer through February 9, 2020. The exhibition is loosely organized, following Baltrop’s practice of not including dates or titles for his photographs. This structure imbues a queer fluidity to the space and encourages a multiplicity of connections. This presentation at the Bronx Museum finally shines a light on a rich archive and does justice to Baltrop’s deep contributions to photography. –Danilo Machado

T.C. Cannon, “Collector #2 (Self-Portrait)” (1973) (photo by Hrag Vartanian/Hyperallergic)

3. T.C. Cannon: At the Edge of America at the National Museum of the American Indian

April 6–September 16, 2019
Organized by Karen Kramer for the Peabody Essex Museum
TC Cannon’s solo exhibition was yet another demonstration that there are many histories in modern and contemporary art that still don’t fit into our truncated Art History 101 narratives. An enrolled member of the Kiowa Tribe, Cannon would not only embrace the emerging modernity that characterized Native American art in the 1960s and 70s, but he would innovate, particularly in his self portraits, giving us new images to understand Native American experiences in the United States. Informed by his experience as a Vietnam vet, Cannon would depict the anxieties of his age (atomic mushrooms, the fraying of Enlightenment individualism, assimilation, and much more) with the brashness of a Pop artist, a taste for color that incorporates the lessons of European Modernism, and the influence of his contemporaries who continued to record, document, and illuminate the stories of their age (Fritz Scholder was his professor at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM). Overall the exhibition was an ode to an artist who was omnivorous in his artistic appetite and incorporated the world around him at every turn. This solo show was a breath of fresh air. –Hrag Vartanian

Kevin Beasley performing with Taja Cheek, as part of Kevin Beasley: A View of a Landscape (photo by Dessane Lopez Cassell/Hyperallergic)

4. Kevin Beasley: A View of a Landscape at the Whitney Museum

December 15, 2018–March 10, 2019
Organized by Christopher Y. Lew with Ambika Trasi
Born in Lynchburg, Virginia, Kevin Beasley is no stranger to the American South, and his recent solo show at the Whitney Museum highlighted his consideration of that particular landscape’s history to trenchant ends. Curated by Christopher Y. Lew with Ambika Trasi, the exhibition was succinct in scope and brilliantly focused, featuring Beasley’s knock-out work “A view of a Landscape: A cotton gin motor” (2012-2018), alongside a group of the artist’s layered, resin-encased sculptures and a scintillating performance program that included the likes of Jlin, Eli Keszler, and Taja Cheek. Yet it was Beasley’s titular work that made the exhibition a true tour de force. Comprised of a cotton gin motor encased in a sound-proof display case — the former of which he purchased on ebay and later rebuilt after a revelatory trip back to Virginia — A view of a landscape” acts as a potent vehicle for exploring the legacy of enslavement in the US, and particularly the way the institution reduced human beings to property, no more than the sum of backbreaking, forced labor. The repurposing of such a loaded symbolic object could have easily appeared obvious to the point of artlessness, but in Beasley’s hands the machine becomes something more instructive. In separating the whirring motor from its sonics — funneling them instead into a nearby listening room — Beasley creates an opportunity for reflection rooted in the aural, reminding visitors of the violent separations inherent to enslavement, and thus crucial to the founding of this nation. –Dessane Lopez Cassell

Kia LaBeija’s (Untitled), The Black Act at Performance Space New York (image courtesy Performance Space New York; photo by Julieta Cervantes)

5. Kia LaBeija, (Untitled) The Black Act at Performance Space New York

November 7–9, 2019
Choreographed by Kia LaBeija, with Assistant Movement Director and Creative Producer, Taína Larot; co-commissioned by Performa 19 and Performance Space New York, co-produced with The Josie Club
Presented as part of Performance Space New York’s contribution to Performa 2019, Kia LaBeija’s (Untitled) The Black Act (2019), successfully sparred with the legacy of its Bauhaus forebear. It was a read in both senses: a close and methodical look at Oskar Shlemmer’s Triadic Ballet (1922) — specifically the third series or act, The Black Act — and an almost indistinguishable riff on its shortcomings which simultaneously points to them and spectacularly upends them. Yet, the strength in (Untitled) The Black Act came from LaBeija’s ability to use Shlemmer’s work as an outline for a story about Black femininity, liberation, and creativity, which was even more successful for the way it organically combined the talents of people in her community. –Rachell Morillo

Installation view of Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, September 16, 2018–February 3, 2019 (© 2018 The Museum of Modern Art, photo by Peter Butler)

6. Judson Dance Theater: The Work is Never Done at the Museum of Modern Art

September 16, 2018–February 3, 2019
Organized by Ana Janevski and Thomas J. Lax, with Martha Joseph
In a review of the first Judson Dance Theater concert in 1962, poet Diane di Prima writes “David Gordon stands still a lot … The receiving & giving out one operation, no dichotomy there… somehow terribly moving.” That fluidity and verve was all preserved in Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done, an illuminating but keenly concise exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art on this group of choreographers, visual artists, composers, and filmmakers that redefined dance by bringing in the mundane and revealing its poignancy. Scores, poetry, and photographs lined the galleries and projected video documentation cut across the rooms — allowing viewers to weave through this early 1960s moment of interdisciplinary excitement and experimentation. Perhaps the best part was seeing and learning how work by Yvonne Rainier or Trisha Brown connected with that of their sometimes overly lauded painting and sculpture counterparts through bracingly reimagined live performances that brought MoMA to life each week. –Alex Jen

Nancy Spero: Paper Mirror at MoMA PS1: installation view (photo by Thomas Micchelli for Hyperallergic)

7. Nancy Spero: Paper Mirror at MoMA PS1

March 31–June 23, 2019
Organized by Julie Ault
Nancy Spero: Paper Mirror, on view this summer at MoMA PS1, was about as perfect an exhibition as you could imagine: setting, installation, and selection. It’s a show I wish I could visit again and again, if only it were still open. Curated by Julie Ault, an artist and co-founder of the activist collective Group Material, Paper Mirror did not necessarily shed new light on the artist, who was born in Cleveland in 1926 and died in New York in 2009; rather, it displayed her work to consummate advantage, conveying above all the singularity of her practice and the searing beauty of her sublime rage. –Thomas Micchelli

From Dream Age (1979), directed by Barbara Hammer (courtesy of the Barbara Hammer Estate and Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York)

8. Barbara Hammer, Superdyke at the Museum of the Moving Image

July 19–28, 2019
Organized by KJ Relth and Mark Toscano, co-presented by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and UCLA Film and Television Archive
“Barbara Hammer was one of those people who, even if you didn’t see her work, you knew she was important, because of what she represented as a cultural figure,” Mark Toscano told me when we first met at S(8) Cinema Periférico, an experimental film festival in Spain. A preservationist at the Academy Film Archive in Los Angeles, Toscano has been responsible for restoring Hammer’s vast body of work. Together with KJ Relth, a programmer at the UCLA Film & Television Archive, Toscano also curated Barbara Hammer: Superdyke, a retrospective of Hammer’s work, which ran in Los Angeles in 2018, while the filmmaker was still alive. In the wake of Hammer’s recent death, Superdyke traveled to the Museum of the Moving Image, and for two weeks, its seven programs showcased Hammer as both a committed gay activist and an exhilarating, multifaceted avant-garde artist. –Ela Bittencourt

Installation view of Modernist Garden, Brazilian Modern: The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx at the New York Botanical Garden (image courtesy of the New York Botanical Garden)

9. Brazilian Modern: The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx at the New York Botanical Garden

June 8–September 29, 2019
Landscape design by Raymond Jungles; gallery exhibition organized by Edward J. Sullivan
Landscape design is a living art. The artist Roberto Burle Marx painted on canvas, wove tapestries, and crafted jewelry, but he is inscribed in Brazil’s history as the country’s most influential landscape designer. “I hate formulas and repetition but I believe in principles. All experience is important but not all expression is the same,” Burle Marx declared in a 1989 interview, five years before his death. Appropriately, none of the gardens in the NYBG exhibition, Brazilian Modern: The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx, are modeled directly on his plans. Instead, the design was overseen by his (aptly named) protégé, the Miami-based landscape architect Raymond Jungles. Adhering to the principles of Burle Marx’s designs, Jungles created what the NYBG calls a “horticultural tribute.” His work shows that landscape design is not just about creating beauty, but also forging community and, on a larger scale, shaping a national identity. Appointed to the Federal Council of Culture in Brazil in the 1960s, Burle Marx used his post to advocate for environmental conservation. His politics were in the plants, and he is noted as one of the first Brazilians to speak out against deforestation. With the Amazon fires commanding US headlines for so many months this year, this exhibition was in dialogue with prolonged crisis that’s now reaching a fever pitch. –Layla Fassa

Leon Mostovoy, “Market Street Cinema series” (1987-88), silver gelatin print, 16 x 20 inches (courtesy of the artist and ONE Archives at the USC Libraries)

10. On Our Backs: The Revolutionary Art of Queer Sex Work at the Leslie-Lohman Museum

September 28, 2019 – January 19, 2020
Organized by Alexis Heller
Emerging against the heated backdrop of a global push for sex work decriminalization and Trump’s recent (and controversial) FOSTA/SESTA bill, On Our Backs: The Revolutionary Art of Queer Sex Work at the Leslie-Lohman Museum presents art made by or about queer sex workers. Declaring a pro-sex, pro-porn stance off the bat, the exhibition takes its title from a lesbian porn magazine launched during the Reagan-era culture wars. Mirroring porn, On Our Backs incorporates sets as arenas for the curator, and viewers, to play. Entering these enclosed spaces feels deliciously transgressive. Elsewhere the exhibition included an instance of nakedness so strikingly vulnerable that it stayed with me long after I exited the show. –Cassie Packard

Phenomenal Nature, Mrinalini Mukherjee (2019) at the Met Breuer, installation view (courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)

11. Phenomenal Nature: Mrinalini Mukherjee at The Met Breuer

June 4–September 29, 2019
Organized by Shanay Jhaveri
In 1972, a young Mrinalini Mukherjee began making sculpture with fiber in New Delhi, India. At the time, fiber and similar textiles were mostly unrecognized as materials possessing artistic merit by her Indian contemporaries. In the Western hemisphere, however, a few artists had taken up fiber as a medium for non-representational or abstract art in the ‘60s and ‘70s, though Mukherjee did not identify with Western trends either. Nonetheless, the artist created a colossal oeuvre of artwork over the next four decades, probing into fiber and later ceramic and metal as art forms that can represent intangible ideas and tradition simultaneously and resist typical artistic categorization. The Met Breuer’s Phenomenal Nature: Mrinalini Mukherjee offered a jaw-dropping retrospective of the artist’s career that investigated her transitions between modern and traditional forms, and redefined boundaries between figuration and abstraction. – Nageen Shaikh

Roy DeCarava, “Elvin Jones” (1961) (© 2019 Estate of Roy DeCarava; all rights reserved; courtesy David Zwirner)

12. Roy DeCarava: the sound I saw and Roy DeCarava: Light Break at David Zwirner

September 5—October 26, 2019

Installation view of Vivian Suter at Gladstone Gallery (image by Dessane Lopez Cassell for Hyperallergic)

13. Vivian Suter at Gladstone Gallery

April 11–June 8, 2019
Stepping out of the crisp spring air into Vivian Suter’s first exhibition at Gladstone Gallery offered something similar to encountering a lush, hidden landscape for the first time. Colorful raw canvases, unstretched and pulsing with shapes and palettes that conjure Abstract Expressionism, color theory, and verdant terrain all at once, floated throughout the room. A feast for the eyes, the exhibition featured canvases hung from the walls, rafters, and even draped across the floor in Suter’s trademark installation style. It should come as no surprise that the Swiss-Argentine artist, who at 69 is finally gaining some international recognition, has spent the last 30-odd years of her life living and working in the leafy countryside of Guatemala. One can only hope that more excursions into the international art scene are on the horizon for her and her work. –Dessane Lopez Cassell

Installation view of MOOD: Studio Museum Artists in Residence 2018-19, on view at MoMA PS1, New York from June 9–September 8, 2019 (image courtesy MoMA PS1, photo by Matthew Septimus)

14. MOOD: Studio Museum Artists in Residence 2018–19 at MoMA PS1

June 9–September 8, 2019
Organized by Hallie Ringle and Legacy Russell, with Josephine Graf
Founded in 1968, the Studio Museum in Harlem is known for its long-running Artists in Residence Program. But with the museum recently razed for a major renovation of its 125th home, for the first time its annual exhibition of Artists in Residence was presented at Long Island City’s MoMA PS1, with remarkable results. MOOD, inspired by the omnipresent social media hashtag #mood, is an exhibition I returned to again and again in 2019. Tschabalala Self’s Street Scenes stitched together striking and poignant scenes of Harlem in her signature style, while Sable Elyse Smith’s conceptual sculptures and accompanying sound essay (the latter made in collaboration with Henry Murphy) explore the ways state violence is enacted through mass incarceration and class stratification. Allison Janae Hamilton’s multitudinous, mythic installation is intoxicating; it gorgeously envelops you in Southern landscape while simultaneously bringing to the surface the history of racial and classed exploitation in the region. –Jasmine Weber

Installation view of Victoria Cabezas and Priscilla Monge: Give Me What You Ask For, Americas Society, New York, February 13–May 4, 2019. (courtesy Americas Society, photo by OnWhiteWall.com)

15.Victoria Cabezas and Priscilla Monge: Give Me What You Ask For at Americas Society

February 13–May 4, 2019
Organized by Miguel A. López
Victoria Cabezas and Priscilla Monge: Give Me What You Ask For, curated by Miguel A. López, originated at TEOR/éTica in San José and opened at the Americas Society last spring. The exhibition traversed media, generations, and conceptual concerns in order to place Cabezas and Monge, two of Costa Rica’s most powerful voices, into a fluid and open-ended dialogue. Together, the artists challenge dominant notions of nationalism, consumerism, neocolonialism, and masculinist tropes through a shared language of femininity, domesticity, bodies, fiction, and the everyday. –Joseph Shaikewitz

From Street of Shame (1954), dir. Kenji Mizoguchi (courtesy of Janus Films)

16. SHITAMACHI: Tales of Downtown Tokyo at Film Forum

October 18–November 7, 2019
Organized by Aiko Masubuchi

Simone Fattal: Works and Days at MoMA PS1 (Artwork courtesy of the artist and kaufmann repetto, Milan / New York; Balice Hertling, Paris; Karma International, Zurich / Los Angeles (image courtesy MoMA PS1, photo by Matthew Septimus)

17. Simone Fattal: Work and Days at MoMA PS1

March 31–September 2, 2019
Organized by Ruba Katrib with Josephine Graf
While MoMA PS1’s exhibition dedicated to the Lebanese artist Simone Fattal is titled after Hesiod’s poem and depicts humanity’s deepest tragedies and fiercest heroes in an epic of war and suffering, it was also imbued with undying poetry and hope in the face of history. Fattal, who was born in 1942 and began to sculpt after leaving war-torn Beirut for California with her partner Etel Adnan, found in clay the life that she was desperately seeking after a brutal exile. The urge towards abstraction which runs through the artist’s work transforms these vestiges into monuments, memorials, temples, and totems. The bold exhibition design of Syrian-American curator Ruba Katrib — who organized the show with Josephine Graf — emphasized this archeology by grouping sculptures together on ziggurat-like steps, columns, and pedestals. They also juxtaposed them with the artist’s paintings and collages, creating a semi-mystical movement of calligraphic lines, fluid forms, and radiant colors. Now, after decades of toiling and hardship, Fattal is experiencing a renaissance as the world finally rediscovers and recognizes the importance of her work — a feminine expression of pure modernity from an ever-conflicted Beirut. “We have seen absolute horrors, but we kept working,” said Fattal. –Shirine Saad

Kay Tobin Lahusen, “Men kissing under a tree” (1977) (image courtesy New York Public Library, Manuscripts and Archives Division)

18. Love & Resistance: Stonewall 50 at the New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

February 14th, 2019 – July 13th, 2019
Organized by Jason Baumann
Love & Resistance: Stonewall 50 established Stonewall as one event of many through which barriers started to break down, forcing so many LGBTQ+ people to reposition themselves, while also showing how so many people during that time — and after — have been able to live more wholly integrated lives. Because of the NYPL’s historical dedication to preserving and presenting queer history in New York, Love & Resistance included materials both donated and independently acquired by the library. The NYPL has the most extensive collection of LGBTQ+ publications, photographs, and historical ephemera in the United States, much of it contributed by LGBTQ+ organizations and individuals over the years. Under the previous curator, Mimi Bowling, the NYPL was at the forefront of preserving queer history, getting a significant head start on other venerable institutions here in the US, in part because New York was at the center of so much LGBTQ+ activism in the early years the exhibition covers. The curator of this collection, Jason Baumann, told me that donations came early, drawn by the NYPL’s institutional strength: this was a place where documents were all but guaranteed to survive, and where sympathetic staff members were known to the local queer community. –Jeanna Kadlec

Installation views of Rayyane Tabet: Alien Property at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (photos by Hrag Vartanian for Hyperallergic)

19. Rayyane Tabet: Alien Property at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

October 30, 2019–January 18, 2021
Organized by Kim Benzel and Clare Davies
Artist Rayyane Tabet has been working through the issues of “Middle Eastern” archeology for years now, focused often on a rug passed down from his great-grandfather — who was a fixer for Western archeologists — to his family members. In this version of that expansive project, Tabet focuses on the Tell Halaf dig in Syria, where his great-grandfather worked, and even brings the Neo-Hittite “Venus” from a museum in Berlin for the display. Installed in the Metropolitan’s Assyrian room — a great choice — the Venus, which was shattered during the bombing of Berlin in World World II, Alien Property demonstrates that Western museums are not the safe spaces they pretend to be, a myth propagated by governments and imperial scholars as a way to ensure that stolen items are never returned, while playing up the idea that the “natives” can’t take care of their own heritage. What makes this exhibition really special is the personal history woven into the tale, demonstrating that history from Syria, and elsewhere, is often treated as a detached form of knowledge gathering by foreigners, but the realities are more complicated, sometimes sinister, and almost always less philanthropic than they’re presented to be. —Hrag Vartanian

Installation view of Artist’s Choice: Amy Sillman—The Shape of Shape, on view at The Museum of Modern Art, New York from October 21, 2019, through April 12, 2020, © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art (photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp)

20. Artist’s Choice: Amy Sillman, The Shape of Shape at the Museum of Modern Art

October 21, 2019–April 12, 2020
Organized by Amy Sillman with Michelle Kuo and Jenny Harris
It’s always thrilling to get a glimpse of the wondrous artworks tucked away in a museum’s collection, especially when you consider the fact that most institutions — the monumental new MoMA included — can only ever display a fraction of their holdings at one time. MoMA’s most recent iteration of its long-running Artist’s Choice series invited painter Amy Sillman to plumb its expansive collection as she continued to explore her fascination with shape. As Sillman queries, “I wonder if, in fact, shape got left behind when modern art turned to systems, series, grids, and all things calculable in the 20th century. Was shape too personal, too subjective, to be considered rigorously modern? Or is it just too indefinite, too big, to systematize?” Conceptually broad and exquisitely unpretentious, Sillman’s exhibition — organized with MoMA’s Michelle Kuo and Jenny Harris — offers divergent responses to such questions, bringing together a plurality of objects that highlight the wide range of works in the museum’s collection to delightful, idiosyncratic ends. –Dessane Lopez Cassell
Honorable Mentions:

Wangechi Mutu’s “The Seated III” (2019), as part of The NewOnes, will free Us at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (photo by Laura Raicovich for Hyperallergic)

Wangechi Mutu: The NewOnes, will free us at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

September 9, 2019–June 8, 2020
Commission organized by Kelly Baum
The installation of Mutu’s The NewOnes, will free Us (2019) marks the first time in 177 years that the sculpture niches of the Met’s Richard Morris Hunt-designed façade have been occupied. The deftness and nuance of Mutu’s project, taken in this light, becomes particularly provocative. The works do something else too, which is perhaps the most powerful aspect of this commission. Their heft and intensity, particularly in the blast of morning light, makes the limestone façade fade into a shimmer. While many have noted that these figures are reminiscent of the famed Erechtheion caryatids at the Acropolis in Athens, the coiled bronze garments of The NewOnes take both the fluted robes of the Erechtheion caryatids and the exteriors of the flanking Corinthian columns and turn them inside out. Further, Mutu’s figures are seated, where caryatids must stand, typically supporting architecture with their heads. Mutu’s choice reads as a distinct defiance this norm. Formal references hew more closely to Yoruba and Congolese iconography but are not replications of these either. Wangechi Mutu’s four figures on the Met’s façade come from a different spirit; these seated figures hold their own strength within.  –Laura Raicovich

Installation view of God Made my Face: A Collective Portrait of James Baldwin at David Zwirner (photo by Dessane Lopez Cassell for Hyperallergic)

God Made my Face: A Collective Portrait of James Baldwin at David Zwirner

January 10—February 16, 2019
Organized by Hilton Als
“Troubled times get the tyrants and prophets they deserve.” So begins Hilton Als’s introduction to God Made my Face: A Collective Portrait of James Baldwin, the exhibition he curated for David Zwirner earlier this year. In our particularly troubled age, it feels fitting that Als would revisit the titular author, artist, and queer icon, who among his many indelible marks on twentieth-century culture, radically reshaped discourses around power and identity. God Made my Face pays tribute to Baldwin — whose work has rightly witnessed a resurgence — through a presentation of artworks marked by his image, politics, and intellectual legacy. Yet what was most important about the exhibition was that it moved beyond elegy, offering instead a complex and thoroughly contemporary portrait of a figure whose words and ideas continue to resonate. –Dessane Lopez Cassell

Leonardo Drew “Number 212” 2018, wood and paint, 125 x 132 x 56 inches (photo by Seph Rodney)

Leonardo Drew at Galerie Lelong

May 16–August 2, 2019
Leonardo Drew’s first solo exhibition at Galerie Lelong was one of the most successful examples this year of an “all-over” installation. The entire back half of the gallery looked like the eruption of a wild, animistic force come to reclaim the land back from its colonization by modernity. There were branches, wood shards, and painted surfaces that together looked like a ruction suddenly, surprisingly manifested in the austere provinces of an A-list gallery in Chelsea. –Seph Rodney

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Installation view, Annie Lapin: Strange Little Beast at Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles. Left: Annie Lapin, “Encounter Counter (heap 4)” (2019), oil, acrylic, and charcoal, 72 x 96 in.; right: Annie Lapin, “a dance in the future” (2019), oil, acrylic and flocking on linen, 23 x 18 in. (all images courtesy of the artist and Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles)

LOS ANGELES — Strange Little Beast, Annie Lapin’s first exhibition at Shulamit Nazarian, hints at the artist’s ability — and perhaps desire — to paint like an Old Master, but it also indicates an understanding that she cannot live in the past. Lapin’s canvases reveal her wrestling match with post-digital aesthetics as she combines computerized tools with older rendering styles in an effort to paint for her own era.

“The On In Outs (heap 5)” (all works 2019) exemplifies Lapin’s facility in constructing an image in multiple conflicting idioms. The lower half of the painting predominantly features the forelegs and fleece of a goat. Drawing on Renaissance techniques, representational elements are conveyed using loose brushwork to precise effect. Where the goat’s chest should be is instead the (headless) bust of a figure in formal, three-quarter pose, painted with post-impressionist brushwork. A horizontal strip depicting a landscape just above the painting’s midline is also painted in a post-impressionist style, while a stratum of clouds at the top is photorealist; these two bands are repeatedly interrupted by a third abstract layer of brushy, poured, and sprayed paint, itself pierced by a linear element framing the posing figure.

Annie Lapin, “The On In Outs (heap 5)” (2019), oil, acrylic, charcoal, glitter, volcanic glass, and enamel spray paint, 82 x 72 in.

Installation view, Annie Lapin: Strange Little Beast at Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles. Left: Annie Lapin, “Wolf, Garden, Subduction (heap 2)” (2019), oil, acrylic, charcoal, mica, and enamel spray paint 72 x 96 in.; right: Annie Lapin, “Picket Blanknic (heap 3)” (2019), oil, acrylic, charcoal, and mica, 72 x 96 in.

If this all sounds chaotic, it is and isn’t. There is a vertiginous quality to this work that may leave some viewers feeling a little seasick; my eyes needed time to adjust to Lapin’s disjunctive pictures and competing horizons. Yet once they did, I found a crystalline clarity in her works. Lapin’s technical mastery is like that of a juggler who can simultaneously toss balls, bowling pins, flaming torches, and a chainsaw. Her paintings deploy a wide range of media including oil, acrylic, flashe, charcoal, glass, and enamel, revealing not merely her facility but her delight in material. She knows how to manage the collision of one pictorial vocabulary with another, and excels at using drop shadows to create illusions of various layers hovering above the picture plane. Lapin’s collaged compositions show evidence of Photoshop, a tool she has long used (though, as she told me at the exhibition’s opening, she uses it much more since the birth of her children because it allows her to test endless possibilities without excessive sanding, scraping, or other techniques that create toxicity).

Other stand-out paintings on display include “Catnose Emergent (heap 6),” “Wolf, Garden, Subduction (heap 2),” and “Halving Having (StepScape 4),” the last another example of Lapin dividing the canvas horizontally at the center to create two or more competing horizons. A number of repeated motifs are discernible throughout this new body of work, some more apparent than others. Hands, faces, figures, animals, and classic landscape elements all recur, resulting in deeper levels of organization. These themes suggest a painter pondering her (and our) place in the world. While some artists make imagery that creates a quiet moment of reflection, Lapin’s places us in the heart of chaotic experience.

Annie Lapin, “Catnose Emergent (heap 6)” (2019), oil, acrylic, charcoal, and enamel spray paint, 72 x 96 in.

Annie Lapin, “Halving Having (StepScape 4)” (2019), oil, vinyl and acrylic paint and oil stick on linen, 52 x 42 in.

Annie Lapin: Strange Little Beast continues at Shulamit Nazarian (616 North La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, California) through December 21.

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