Matthew Slotover and Amanda Sharp, organizers of the Frieze Art Fair opening on Randall's Island in New York this weekend. WATM art correspondent, Josephine Graf offers a cross section of the most engaging exhibitions showing during early Spring 2012 in New York, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and Basel
The season of art fairs is upon us. In the wake of the Zona Maco art fair in Mexico City, gallerists, artists, collectors and spectators alike await the Frieze and Nada fairs in New York, running from May 4-7. Later in the spring Art Basel will take place in Switzerland from June 14-17. Our art correspondent, Josephine Graf offers a selection of the most engaging shows in New York, Los Angeles, Mexico City and Basel as an appendage to these critically acclaimed international fairs.
114 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
Through May 13th
The first gallery exhibition in the US of the late Owen Land, whose short films are disconcertingly banal, extremely self-aware, and incredibly witty. The exhibition presents three pieces, each created at a different moment in the (long) span of the artists career seeing them together kind of feels like youre taking the changing temperature of postmodernism. Youll probably find yourself there longer than you expect
GARETH LONG at KATE WERBLE GALLERY
83 Vandam Street, New York, NY 10013
Through June 9th
Playing with the perception of artist as charlatan, Longs second solo show at the gallery skillfully manages to be both heady and humorous. An ancient text by Lucian of Samosata and a novel by Flaubert serve as inspiration for Longs sculptures, video pieces, and works on paper. Dont miss the installation of Longs ongoing series of desks in the gallerys new space at 89 Vandam Street.
127 Henry Street, New York, NY 10002
Through June 10th
Rommels solo exhibition of small monochrome paintings feels like it should be boring give it a closer look and youll realize that not only are they elegant, and incredibly executed but youre looking at the struggle of a young artist dealing with a loaded history of painting, minimalism, post-minimalism, and host of other creativity-numbing isms. The press release is worth quoting: If I am drawn to moody landscapes, why don't I just paint them? I allow myself to do so little. Clean, smooth, spare, cool, and hard. Impossible for a softy like me. But allow any more in and I'm telling you my slow sappy stories. I know better. In good paintings I rarely recognize my own signature or gesture. I think about science.
633 North Almont Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90069
Through May 12th
Peytons new work continues in the same vein as her past output gorgeously rendered portraits of people close to her (who, surprise surpise, also happen to be exceedingly well known) that feel carefree in the best way. Her works may now be all too easily digested and therefore tend to induce a certain sense of guilt in their admirers, but theres nothing wrong with a bit of visual pleasure once in a while
7561 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Through May 26th
For her second solo show at the gallery, Foullon has installated a series of what she terms clusters hanging sculptural arrangements made from found objects, material sourced from a barn in rural upstate New York, as well as components borrowed from the artists other projects. Hanging from an apparatus of sliding cleats designed by the artist, the work feels haphazard but bold, and ultimately a raw investigation of the often-dizzying feedback loop of art production.
Gob. Rafael Rebollar 94, Col. San Miguel Chapultepec 11850, México D.F
Through June 16th
Sparse and impressively smart, Kuri continues his investigation of mass-produced materials in this solo exhibition, approximating and transforming the textures of corporate culture in sculptures that, while elegantly minimal, always refer you straight back to the banality of reality. A number of surprisingly interesting light boxes reminiscent of x-rays line one wall, while a series of cubicle-like tables holding a variety of small sculptures and found objects occupy the center of the space, among other works.
ALEKSANDRA DOMANOVIC at KUNSTHALLE BASEL
STEINENBERG 7 CH-4051 BASEL
Through May 27th
Born in the former Yugoslavia, Domanovics work deals with the changing potency of collective memories and national boundaries, political monuments, and the dissolution or collusion of cultural boundaries through virtual dimensions. Comprised of new work, as well as her ongoing paper-stacks series, the exhibition highlights the artists poignant but tongue-and-cheek aesthetic. Dont miss her work in the upcoming group show E-Vapor-8 curated by Francesca Gavin at 319 Scholes, New York, NY, which opens on May 5th.