New York kick starts its 2018 art calendar with a set of fresh shows- with new works by Stephen Shore coming on display at 303 gallery, a show at Lévy Gorvy exploring the Estate of Terry Adkins, and robots by SRL coming alive on the floors of Marlborough Contemporary, along with many other exhibitions featuring artists such as Barry Mcgee, Cristina Iglesias, or Giorgio Griffa. Blouin ArtInfo hand-picks a list of these must-visit shows for its readers. Here is the list:
Stephen Shore at 303 Gallery
January 11 through February 17, 2018
Capturing the essence of popular culture and a specific type of American vernacular imagery, American photographer Stephen Shore inspired generations of artists with his new language of photography. On view at 303 are a set of new works by Shore, shot exclusively with the X1D, focusing on a new kind of landscape composed of natural phenomena and street waste. Utilizing this new camera’s ability to capture intimate details of this debris into macro focus and then printing them on sharp, large-scale photographs, these works on view re-establish the artist’s intuitive and resolute constancy towards the pictorial possibilities of the medium.
Barry Mcgee at Cheim & Reid
January 4 through February 17, 2018
Marking his second solo show with the gallery, San Francisco-based artist Barry McGee presents his new installation. Showcased across the globe, McGee’s exhibitions are known to be provocatively composed with mixes of painting, drawing, found objects, and sculpture, often featuring geometric patterns and abject figurative motifs of consumer culture. For this show, he transports everything from his San Francisco studio that “resonates” for him, to create an installation that is assembled with elements like ceramics, a stack of surfboards, or a group of cluster paintings. His famous empty liquor bottles painted with portraits of their former owners might also be found hidden as the part of the installation.
“Entwined” by Cristina Iglesias at Marian Goodman Gallery
January 9 through February 10, 2018
The show brings together a selection of multi-disciplinary works by Spanish installation artist and sculptor Cristina Iglesias, known for her unique sculptural vocabulary that create immersive and experiential environments uniting elements of architecture, literature and culturally site-specific influences. On view are several mural pieces by the artist that seem to grow from the ground along the walls; a series of sculptural works with water made of cast aluminum set; a triptych of works of charcoal and oil stick drawing on digital imprint on silk; and a new series of drawings on Japanese paper.
“Works on Paper” at Flowers
January 4 through January 20, 2018
The group show will feature a selection of works on paper by the gallery artists.
“Il Bosco Lontano” by Beatrice Caracciolo at Paula Cooper Gallery
January 6 through February 3, 2018
Paris-based Italian artist Beatrice Caracciolo (b. 1955, São Paulo, Brazil) returns to the gallery for the fourth time with an array of new drawings and mixed-media paintings. Articulately expanding on her proficiency with lines, the artist conjures abstracted scenes of nature, using a host of techniques and materials such as pigment, tempera, graphite, water-soluble chalk, crayon and paper collage.
“Terry Adkins: The Smooth, The Cut, and The Assembled” at Lévy Gorvy
January 10 through February 17, 2018
Following the recent announcement of the representation of the Estate of Terry Adkins by Lévy Gorvy gallery, the show brings together works spanning over three decades by the American conceptual artist and composer. Curated by his close friend and frequent collaborator Charles Gaines, the exhibition highlights the conceptual and personal kinship between these two eminent artists. It explores the visual and conceptual concerns in Adkin’s sculptural output, focusing on the formal methods he employed, often rooted in the history of the African diaspora for marginalized forms and figures.
“Survival Research Laboratories: Inconsiderate fantasies of negative acceleration characterized by sacrifices of a non-consensual nature” at Marlborough Contemporary
January 6 through February 10, 2018
Known for their mechanized performances worldwide, Mark Pauline-led Survival Research Laboratories, or SRL, is a crew of creative technicians who have shown new directions the way techniques, tools, and tenets of industry, science, and the military can be used as art rather than their typical manifestations in practicality. The show brings together eight kinetic sculptures dating from 1986 to the present by SRL in a commercial gallery for the first time, along with video documentation of past performances in which these machines were engaged.
“Giorgio Griffa: The 1980s” at Casey Kaplan
January 11 through February 17, 2018
Turin-based artist Giorgio Griffa’s creative approach stands apart from the ethos of 1980s international art movement which was dominated by Neo Expressionism and Transavanguardia, as his visual language reflected influences by the works of Henri Matisse and motifs found in Roman frescoes of the ancient city of Pompeii. Bringing him for his third solo show with the gallery, the exhibition will focus on the works he created between 1980 and 1989, which saw the shift in his practice informed by the minimalist ideals of the previous decade, and was charged with a raw and expressive treatment of surface, color and line. During the selection process for this exhibition, the artist remarked that “the paintings are now awake from having been asleep,” referring to the physical and conceptual process where folding and unfolding becomes a method of both normalizing and activating the canvas.
“Personal Effects in BLACK” by Serge Alain Nitegeka at Marianne Boesky Gallery
January 11 through February 24, 2018
Presented across both the gallery’s Chelsea locations, the exhibition will present a new body of work by Johannesburg-based artist Serge Alain Nitegeka, connecting the works with a site-specific installation in one of the interior corridors of the gallery. Marking his third solo show, the featured works, all created in 2017, will highlight the artist’s engagement with the process through which manipulations of line, color and volume affect our experience and understanding of space. These works trace back to his earlier large-scale, site-specific installations, which were composed of variously scaled painted and unpainted wood panels, configured in a way which forced the viewers to veer into the immersive environments they create.
“Ahmed Mater: Mecca Journeys” at Brooklyn Museum
Running through April 8, 2018
Spearheaded by monumental photographs by Saudi artist and physician Ahmed Mater from his project “Desert of Pharan: Unofficial Histories Behind the Mass Expansion of Mecca”, alongside large-scale videos and installations, the exhibition conjures an expansive portrait of the Islamic holy city of Mecca. The works by Mater documents the massive urban redevelopment that is underway for the past decade in the city and its impacts on residents and the millions of hajj pilgrims that throng here every year. Focusing on Mecca as both a symbolic site of worship and a contemporary urban center experiencing the consequences of rapid growth, the show does not only depict the rise of wealth, but also the lives of workers on construction sites and migrant groups.
“Experiments in Electrostatics” at Whitney
Running through March, 2018
Focusing on the works of three artists- Edward Meneeley, Lesley Schiff, and Robert Whitman, along with the International Society of Copier Artists - the exhibition explores the role of photocopier as a creative tool since the 1960s. Although invented as a machine to reproduce office documents, photocopiers have been utilized as cameras and printing presses by artists to create original fine art prints of still lifes, portraits, abstractions, and collages by their respective makers. The display investigates how artists found self-expression through a machine designed for replication.
Mike Kelley’s “Singles’ Mixer” at Luhring Augustine
Running through January 28, 2018
The show features a multi-part video and sculptural installation by American artist Mike Kelley, drawn from his 2005 installation “Day is Done.” The artist is known for his diverse works which are laden with traces of neglect, trauma, and other forms of abuse within American culture. “Day is Done” was composed with 31 “reconstructions” by Kelley, which presents a collection of vignettes with narratives sourced from high school yearbook photographs depicting extracurricular activities. On view at the show is a multi-channel video “Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction #8 (Singles' Mixer)”- one of the many “reconstructions” within the production of “Day is Done”, which features an eclectic group of characters engaged in run-off-the-mill conversations about class differences, racial stereotypes, and sexuality, which are very similar to the interactions current society engages in.
“Michael Eastman: Buenos Aires” at Edwynn Houk Gallery
Running through January 20, 2018
Showcasing a series of large-scale photographs by St. Louis-based artist Michael Eastman, featuring photographs of interiors in Buenos Aires, the display continues with the artist’s fascination of creating narratives through the details of interiors of various architectural projects across the world. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Buenos Aires earned a nickname of “the Paris of South America” for its extravagant architectural projects that reflected the city’s wealth. Eastman’s series on these architectures underscores how these interiors, captured a century after their prime, have not lost their grandeur with time. Instead they have become more intriguing with age.
“The Silver Caesars” at Met Fifth Avenue
Running through March 11, 2018
The exhibition brings together a set of 12 silver-gilt standing cups- collectively known as the Aldobrandini Tazze - for the first time since the mid-19th century, when the objects were dismantled, making the components of this work misidentified and mismatched. All of these are more than a foot in height and are composed of a shallow footed dish surmounted by the figure of each of the first 12 Caesars. Also on view alongside the tazze is a small selection of relevant works in silver as well as in other media including ancient and Renaissance coins and medals, Renaissance prints, books, and paintings. The display provides new insights of the history of the first 12 Caesars, alongside exploring the set’s famously mysterious reputation, which provides a possibility of finding new perspectives on this Renaissance masterpiece.
“ROADSIDE PICNIC” at Chambers Fine Art
Running through January 27, 2018
The group show brings together works by 10 Chinese artists living in New York - Chang Yuchen, Lang Zhang, Miranda Fengyuan Zhang, Tan Tian, Tiger Chengliang Cai, Tingying Ma (in collaboration with Tina Wang and Kang Kang), Wang Tuo, Yi Xin Tong, Wei Xiaoguang, and Weigang Song. They all depart from most of the signature features of Chinese art currently represented in the west. These featured artists work across diverse mediums such as painting, video, film, installation, performance, dance, drawing, and sculpture informed with various personal, idiosyncratic, theoretical, formal, satirical and poetic contents.
Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibitions.