In Focus Next Week: April 27 - May 3

April 26, 2015

Last days of April are as diverse as the early spring weather, taking us from the highest end of the art scene to the popular urban expression in public art. Expecting another tidal wave of art fairs in New York during May, opening of the floweriest of months is populated with lots of color and artistic gesture, along with two very cool art market events.

Art Market SF is opening in the week, as well as the Berlin Gallery Weekend expects us during the International Worker’s Day weekend. Mnuchin Gallery prepared an exclusive show of Simon Hantaï, while Kazuo Shiraga is in focus once again, with works executed by him and his spouse Fujiko at Fergus McCaffrey. A group of openings is announced at Mana Contemporary, bringing a lot of new and exciting moments in contemporary art and urban art scene is thriving with energy. Lovers of visually powerful, publicly acclaimed art should look out for shows by Todd James at Lazarides, Invader in Hong Kong, or Gaia in Rome at 999 Contemporary. Also worth the mention is a comprehensive group exhibition in Singapore Art Museum entitled After Utopia, presenting novel ideas in Asian contemporary art. Keeping an eye out for all of these events, we give you five to concentrate on.

Diverse, promising and global - that would be the summary of the upcoming week. Pity we cannot all have private jets to visit everything. But those who can - definitely should!

Simon Hantaï

Pliage: The First Decade

Opening: April 28

Mnuchin Gallery

New York, USA

...Random at first glance, Simon Hantaï’s web of colored and non-colored areas was studied over the decade, his first mature one. The artist experimented with the consistency of his paint, the exact positions of his foldings, the color palette, the depth of his creases, as well as texture, formal structures and moods, evolving his paintings towards more complex compositions and deeper meanings. While Simon Hantaï’s art surely involved a great deal of physical interaction with the artworks, his main idea was to calculate and plan those gestures well before executing them, emphasizing their abstract power. The exhibition at Mnuchin Gallery will show Simon Hantaï’s five early series of pliage paintings: the Mariales, Catamurons, Panses, Meuns, and Études, as well as a fully-illustrated catalogue with an introduction by the artist’s widow, Zsuzsa Hantaï...

After Utopia

Opening: May 1

Singapore Art Museum


...The After Utopia show will feature a wide range of mediums dedicated to utopia and divided into four above mentioned sections. Viewers will be able to see digital prints, multi-media installations (some of which will be site-specific), oil on canvas and acrylic on linen works, video projections, sculptures, and more. After Utopia will also include several exhibition-related public programs such as talks with artists, a literary afternoon, workshops, an electro-pop evening and curatorial tours...

May Exhibitions at Mana

Opening: May 3

Mana Contemporary

Jersey City, USA

...The day of May 3rd 2015 will see the opening of an incredible Spring season for an amazing art space. Mana Contemporary have announced a total of eight exhibitions scattered over their one million-square-foot campus, which will feature a significant number of artists, some of which are more than familiar, through the works of painting, sculpture, installation, video art and more. The season is divided into 4 group, 3 solo and one two-persons show...

Art Market SF

Opening: April 29

Fort Mason Center

San Francisco, USA

...Art Market San Francisco will return to the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion this spring to celebrate its fifth edition. Following record breaking sales, city-wide partnerships, and attendance of over 20,000 visitors in 2014, the 2015 edition of Art Market San Francisco is pleased to present a significant selection of contemporary and modern artworks from returning Art Market exhibitors and exciting newcomers...

Berlin Gallery Weekend

Opening: May 1

Berlin, Germany

...In Berlin, one of the art world’s most significant locations, there is a variety of galleries, which are home to many local and international artists. Forty seven of them will be participating in the Berlin Gallery Weekend 2015, turning the city into a proper artsy playground, as they’re scattered all over the place. To name a few, there are KOW Gallery (where Barbara Hammer had a show this winter), Blain Southern Gallery, Peres Projects, coming with artist Mark Flood, who is also featured in their current exhibition SERIALIZE. The art by German contemporary artist Isa Genzken can be seen at Galerie Buchholz, while Helmut Newton, currently on view in Milan, will be featured at Kicken Berlin. Masters like Lucio Fontana will be on view at Kunsthandel Wolfgang Werner, as part of the show titled Neue Tendenzen um 1960, and Rosa Barba, who also participated in A Man Walks Into A Bar, will be presented by Meyer Riegger Gallery...

Slider images:

Wayne White - Art is Supposed to Hypnotize You or Something, 2014 - Courtesy of the artist and Joshua Liner Gallery and Art Market SF;

Yigal Ozeri - Revolution at Giverny, 2014. Oil on canvas, Courtesy Mana Contemporary;

Simon Hantaï - Étude, 1969. Oil on canvas, 105 x 92 inches, 268 x 233 cm. Copyright Archives Simon Hantai. Photo by Laurent Lecat;

Anurendra Jegadeva - MA-NA-VA-REH – Love, Loss and Pre-Nuptials in the Time of the Big Debate, 2012 – 2014. Multi-media installation. Singapore Art Museum collection;

Haegue Yang - Installation view of Shooting the Elephant Thinking the Elephant, 2015. Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea. Photo by Hyunsoo Kim, Courtesy of Berlin Gallery Weekend 2015.

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