In Focus Next Week: March 30 - April 5
Moody March is coming to an end, while silly April is approaching! Other than several fantastic art market events and street art fairs, the month is to begin with a group of excitingly fresh exhibitions. The focus is hard to keep, as we have photography, street art, magnificent painting, new era concepts and ephemera all deserving art lovers’ attention.
Galerie Esther Woerdehoff is juxtaposing two brilliant artists Elene Usdin and Gail Albert Halaban, bringing together two separate, but akin expressions in photographic and fine art. October Gallery is continuing its spectacular season with yet another gloriously gilded exhibition, presenting abstract works by Kenji Yoshida. Brooklyn Museum announced a true delicacy for all art and graffiti history lovers – an exhibition of Basquiat’s yet unseen notebooks, while Richard Prince, the controversial and the famous contemporary master, is showing the newest of the New Portraits at Blum&Poe in Tokyo. Finally, a show which just might announce the good-weather season for urban art is latest ROA’s endeavor in the USA, with a presentation at Jonathan LeVine Gallery. Our selections of attention worthy exhibitions in the coming week glides over creative brilliance, visual splendor and historic relevance, to ask important questions about today’s culture and the manner of life – all by the means of art! Don’t you just love it?
Opening: March 31
…After hosting Jacques Pugin’s African projects, the Paris space will now welcome two women photographers who will present their new works – Gail Albert Halaban is coming with Out my Window and Vis à Vis, and Elene Usdin with Femmes d’intérieur. Although thematically different, these series offer a new view onthe domestic environment that is inspired by some famous artist and their artworks…
Opening: April 2
…Paris was a cosmopolitan city, the center of Modernism and all things new and exciting. Kenji Yoshida brought his Oriental knowledge for an encounter with great avant-garde movements of the period, such as Abstract Expressionism, which influenced his work, but not to the extent to stifle his originality completely. While the West sometimes considered his art “too Eastern”, in Japan it was, on the contrary, “too Western”. He went to his hometown Osaka twenty years after arriving in Paris, and his visits to follow were brief and few. Kenji Yoshida also traveled to places like Israel, Syria, Lebanon and Mexico, from which he drew inspiration that can still be seen in a portion of his paintings. Until the end, he promoted world peace, introducing the sei-mei to the cultures he would meet. Kenji Yoshida never had a solo exhibition in Japan…
The Unknown Notebooks
Opening: April 3
New York, USA
…The first public show of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s rarely seen notebooks that we have announced in October is now just a few days away. A total of 160 unbound notebook pages illustrated by the celebrated artist’s handwritten sketches and texts, as well as 30 paintings, drawings and mixed media works to follow the notebooks is coming to Brooklyn Museum for a a four-and-a-half month stay. The show will also tour to other venues which will be announced soon…
Opening: April 3
…How did the artworks come to be? Simple. Richard Prince flipped through an endless amount of Instagram accounts of acquaintances and the unknowns, for probably only a bit more time than an average Instagram user would spend on the platform. In the sea of random images and mostly selfies, the artist would choose the ones he likes based on a certain criteria, comment on them, screenshot them and then print them on a 65 x 48 inches, or 167 x 123,8 cm canvas. The portraits include those of models (like the topless one of Cara Stricker), artists (such as Kay Goldberg) and celebrities like Pamela Anderson or Sky Ferreira. With his comments, jokes or quotes, with or without emojis, Richard Prince has the last word on the matter, like a critique or a simple view on voyeurism, contemporary society and someone’s else’s decision to reveal themselves online for everyone to see…
Opening: April 4
New York, USA
…The Metazoa solo exhibition at Jonathan LeVine Gallery will see ROA create all new works for his debut show with the gallery. The run up to the show has involved ROA participating in a residency at Mana Contemporary in New Jersey, allowing the Belgian street artist to create the new works for Metazoa and will also see him create a mural on the Mana owned building located at the approach to the Holland Tunnel. As is well documented, ROA usually creates site specific work within a limited time frame, using the local environment to inspire and inform the work. For Metazoa, ROA is spending six weeks leading up to the solo exhibition by foraging for found objects in New Jersey, which he is then using to paint on for the debut show with Jonathan LeVine…
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Featured images: ROA – Mural in Schmalkalden, Germany (WallCome Festival 2014), Courtesy Jonathan LeVine Gallery; Edo Bertoglio – Jean-Michel Basquiat on the set of Downtown 81, 1980–81. 35mm slide. Copyright New York Beat Films, LLC. Courtesy Maripol. By permission of the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, all rights reserved; Kenji Yoshida – Inochi To Heiwa (Life and Peace), 2007, detail. Oil and metal on canvas, 81 x 65cm. Photo by Jonathn Greet; Elene Usdin – Solange d’apres Ingres, 2014, Courtesy Galerie Esther Woerdehoff; Richard Prince – Untitled (portrait), 2014. Inkjet on canvas. Courtesy of Blum & Poe Gallery