In Focus Next Week: September 14 – 20
We are in the middle of September, which means that the season has already begun, and there is a lot of amazing art events. It’s not only about exhibition openings, but the season of art fairs has also begun, new museums and galleries are being opened, art weeks… During next week (as expected), the focus is on art events taking place in Europe and the United States. However, it seems that Germany (Berlin, in particular) will be the center of the global contemporary art scene next week, since Berlin Art Week kicks off in the coming days. During Berlin Art Week, we will have two important art fairs, vast number of great exhibitions, many project spaces.
So, what we have selected for the next week? We have three amazing exhibitions, one unique art week and a museum opening (a museum that will probably be one of the most important museums of contemporary art). Riflemaker Gallery from London organizes an exhibition of works by Judy Chicago; me Collectors Room from Berlin is preparing for an amazing show featuring works by Cindy Sherman, while Jacob Lewis Gallery from New York is preparing an exhibition of Shepard Fairey. Berlin Art Week 2015 begins this week, with countless amazing art events, while Los Angeles public is preparing for the opening of the Broad Museum.
Opening: September 14
London, United Kingdom
…An activist, writer and artist, Judy Chicago started her artistic journey in the late 1960s, and it was not long after that she introduced the term “feminist art” to the revolution-shaken world. Born Judith Sylvia Cohen, she changed her last name to match the one of her home town, releasing herself from the predisposed patriarchal values. During her time as a teacher in 1970, she introduced the first ever feminist art program in the US, which led to another one of her legendary projects – the Womanhouse. Through late 1971 and early 1972, together with fellow artist Miriam Schapiro, Judy Chicago gathered a group of women for a large-scale collaborative project, encouraging them to express themselves through the means of art. Through stereotypical skills assigned to women, such as needlework, Womanhouse transformed the domestic environment of a house and kitchen into a space where women became a part of working and productive society, as strong and independent individuals….
Opening: September 15
…In the middle of September, art event openings will take place all over the Berlin, as the Berlin Art Week 2015 finally kicks off. With huge number of events, Berlin will be (for seven days, at least) on the focus of contemporary art scene. The fourth edition of the Berlin Art Week will feature a wide range of events: abc art berlin contemporary, the joint project STADT/BILD, Preis der Nationalgalerie 2015, the art fair Positions Berlin and exhibitions featuring Cindy Sherman, Alicja Kwade, Bernard Frize, Paul McCarthy, and the Archive René Block. A new feature this year will be the panel discussions of Talking Galleries/Berlin. Artists, collectors, gallerists, museum directors, and art lovers from around the world – all of them will come to Berlin during this amazing week. Berlin Art Week 2015 will also be a perfect opportunity for everybody to meet a vibrant and dynamic Berlin art world (read our art travel special about Berlin)….
Opening: September 16
…Although she doesn’t consider her work to be feminist, Cindy Sherman’s photographs have called attention to stereotyping and objectification of women in different spheres of life. From her most famous Untitled Film Stills (1977-1980), which portray female figures from the 1950s and 1960s to Women and Society Pictures series from 2004 and 2008 respectively, she has addressed important issues by involving herself in her own projects, wearing costumes and make-up within directed scenarios of fictitious foreign and films noir. As the master of self-reinvention, the American icon tackles the topics of ageism, beauty standards, female consciousness and identity in a slightly exaggerated, yet direct way. The characters of Cindy Sherman, although made up, call out the precise, typecast cultural and social representations of women in a cogent way that stays with you long after you’ve witnessed their visual power for the first time. Cindy Sherman’s theatrical artistry have made her one of the most influential contemporary photographers of today and the most successful female artists of all times…
Opening: September 17
New York, United States
…Fairey is quite excited to be featured at Jacob Lewis Gallery, as he stated, he had known Jacob for years now and the insightful understanding of Obey Giant’s aesthetics, work and philosophies is something that the artist very much appreciates. Jacob is considered by Fairey as someone who pays close attention to every aspect of an artist, focusing not only on the genre or the price and trending value, but on the artist’s true intention and deep philosophy that is conveyed through his/her work. On Our Hands solo show makes the perfect opportunity to celebrate the 10 years-long relationship between the two…
Opening: September 20
Los Angeles, United States
…Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the building itself is 120,000-square-foot and will be featuring two floors of gallery space. It is located in the Downtown, LA, in the Grand Avenue arts corridor, across the street from architectural icons including Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Museum of Contemporary Art. In the words of the designer Liz Diller, “the Broad will be porous and absorptive, channeling light into its public spaces and galleries. The veil will play a role in the urbanization of Grand Avenue by activating two-way views that connect the museum and the street.”…
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Images in Slider: The Broad – exterior rendering (courtesy of The Broad); Shepard Fairey – A Message From Our Sponsors (Courtesy Obey Giant Art); Judy Chicago – Mother-Superette, 1963 (courtesy of Riflemaker London); Cindy Sherman – Untitled 96, detail 1981 (Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures New York); Berlin Art Week (courtesy of Berlin Art Week 2015)