Albert Oehlen, Christopher Wool et al.
Progressive Praxis (group show)
de la Cruz Collection, Miami
29 November 2016 - November 2017
Progressive Praxis considers the impact of preceding art movements and the way contemporary artists conceptually engage with the advancements of technology. Our society is conditioned to create, disseminate, and alter information as it sees fit. The use of computers as a method of executing work is no longer a game changer for artists, as there are no traditional boundaries between the virtual and physical. Artists today embrace technology to overcome the limitations of physicality and past formal art processes. The artists selected for this year’s exhibition, reveal a generational position that is inherent to an artistic idea and the language of their time.
The architecture of the galleries was taken into consideration in framing this exhibition.
de la Cruz Collection Miami
Franz West - ARTISTCLUB (group show)
21er Haus, Belvedere Museum Vienna, Vienna
14 December 2016 - 23 April 2017
The 21er Haus attempts to revive West’s concept of the ARTISTCLUB. Starting in mid-January, this idea will be newly interpreted every second Wednesday between 6:00 and 9:00 PM. Heimo Zobernig’s central four-meter-large artwork will, in this sense, specifically serve as an “open stage” for lectures, talks, concerts, performances, and much more. Moreover, any visitor to the 21er Haus exhibition is invited to interact with the objects, which includes the opportunity to sit on any seating areas.
Through co-authorship and collaboration as well as through the re-launching of works from various creative phases and involvement by other artists, West introduced a subversive and often humorous form of play with the way authorship is attributed to artworks. With this in mind, it is important to note another significant work by West, named Extroversion, that was conceived for the 2011 Biennale di Venezia. In this work, West practically turned the walls of his studio kitchen inside out. Made by friends, colleagues, and co-workers, it involves 43 different artistic works that similarly upend themselves. While retaining their autonomy, they also come together to form a larger, more complex work of art. In addition to the typical conceptual displacement between work and the author, Extroversion also introduces a new and exciting aspect of West’s experience and treatment of space and architecture. The work itself, therefore, forms the starting point for an additional focus of the exhibition, one that concretely explores his approach toward space and architecture.
Belvedere Museum Vienna
The World is Made of Stories: Works from the Astrup Fearnley Collection (group show)
Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo
4 December 2015 - 30 May 2017
Nobody can see, perceive or apprehend the whole world on their own. We all learn about the world through others, through different kinds of stories told by the media or by individuals. The exhibition ‘The World is Made of Stories’ is a constellation of narrative works that tell private and public stories. Together, they make up a multi-layered narrative referring to different times and geographical places. It is a story about art history, urbanism, politics, memory, sexuality and violence, religion and aesthetics, to name just a few of the themes that the artists have addressed in their works using a variety of materials, techniques and narrative structures. ‘The World is Made of Stories’ offers a polyphony of voices, objects and images, which enlighten while also raising important questions.
Astrup Fearnley Museum Oslo