April 17, 2015: Lawrence Lek Wins Converse x Dazed Award & A Curator Leaves Hong Kong’s M+ Three Years Before It Opens

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Apr 17, 2015 8:41PM


In New York … 

Wildfire #78, Witch Creek Fire, Rancho Bernardo, CA
Front Room Gallery
Earthquake #1, India
Front Room Gallery

Sasha Bezzubov: Republic of Dust” opens at Front Room Gallery; “Erin Shirreff: Arm’s Length” opens at Sikkema Jenkins & Co.; “Edgar Heap of Birds, Nicholas Galanin, Postcommodity, Marcus Amerman: YOU ARE ON INDIAN LAND” opens at Radiator Gallery; “Alison Hall, Zachary Keeting, Jenna Pirello, David Rhodes, etc: On the Money” opens at Brian Morris Gallery; “Sanja Iveković, Rajkamal Kahlon, Victoria Lomasko, OKO, Cecilia Vicuña, Carla Zaccagnini: So You Want to See” opens at e-flux; “Outdoor Visions” opens at National Academy Museum & School.

A.P. (no. 9), 2014
Sikkema Jenkins & Co.
A.P. (no. 12), 2014
Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

On Saturday, April 18th, “SEXƎƧ” opens at Rehs Contemporary; “Stefan Kürten: Running to stand still” opens at Alexander and Bonin; “Yves Crenn: Un Autre Temps” opens at Axelle Fine Arts Galerie; Jamian Juliano-Villani opens at JTT; “Joan Mitchell, Willem de Kooning, Raoul Hague: Figure Ground” opens at Lennon, Weinberg, Inc.;

On Sunday, April 19th, “Lee Maida: Lit End” opens at Joe Sheftel Gallery; “Pam Lins: model, model, model” and “sorry, i’ve been trying to teach a peacock how to act” open at Rachel Uffner Gallery; “Rosa Aiello, Nadia Belerique, Max Brand, and David Rappeneau” opens at Tomorrow; “Mary Hill: Unlikable Female Characters” opens at Underdonk.

In Los Angeles …

The Brook, 2012
Gagosian Gallery

Anthony Caro: Works from the 1960’s” opens at Gagosian Gallery; “Yuval Pudik: Old Fires Were Burning” and “David Haxton: Cut To: Paper & Film” open at Gavlak.

On Saturday, April 18th, “Neil Raitt: Happy Painting” opens at Anat Ebgi; “Jay Mark Johnson: WAVE LENGTHS” opens at William Turner Gallery; “Nery Gabriel Lemus: Just So Stories” and “Pamela Jorden, Benjamin Lord, Allison Miller, John Mills, Torbjörn Veljv: Made by Hand” open at Charlie James Gallery; “Paintings and Deluxe Box Editions by ZERO+ Published Artists: Aggregate” opens at KP Projects / MKG; Mel Bochner opens at Marc Selwyn Fine Art; “Anne Truitt: 62’–63’” and “Robert Adams: Green/Gray: Photographs in the Los Angeles Basin” open at Matthew Marks; “Alexandra Wiesenfeld: when i when if when lie when life (Xavier Villaurrutia)” opens at Klowden Mann; “Bettina Mauel, Edith Konrad, Michael Habicht, Ekaterina Ermilkina: Fluidity in Ascending Scales” opens at Artspace Warehouse; “Brendan Murphy: Opposite Relevance: A Remix of Solutions” opens at KM Fine Arts.

In Houston …

“Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain” opens at Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.

In London …

Sky Light, 2015
Vigo Gallery
Untitled, 2014
Albert Baronian

“Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2015,” with works by Nikolai Bakharev, Zanele Muholi, Viviane Sassen, Mikhael Subotzky, and Patrick Waterhouse, and “The Chinese Photobook” open at The Photographers’ Gallery; Toby Christian opens at Vigo Gallery; “Tom Lovelace: This Way Up” opens at Flowers; “Christopher Doyle: No Glass Twice as Big as It Needs to Be” opens at Rossi & Rossi.

On Saturday, April 18th, “Ursula Burke, Archie Franks, Daniele Genadry, Mason Kimber, Annika K: Roman Remains” opens at Transition Gallery; “X” opens at Herald St; “AA Bronson: Hexenmeister” opens at Maureen Paley; “Converse x Dazed Emerging Artists Award,” including the works of Jonathan Trayte, Lawrence Lek, Rachel Pimm, Tamsin Snow & Sarah Tynan, and Patrick Cole opens at The Royal Academy of Arts.

In Paris …

Markus Lüpertz: Retrospective” opens at Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.

On Saturday, April 18th, “Valentina Liernur: ahhhhhhh” opens at Campoli Presti; “Wolfgang Tillmans: Lignine Duress” opens at Galerie Chantal Crousel; “Jules Olitski: Paintings from the 70’s” opens at Galerie Daniel Templon; Yang Fudong opens at Marian Goodman Gallery; Marcel Broodthaers opens at Monnaie de Paris; “Lionel Estève: A Wander” and Mel Ziegler open at Galerie Perrotin.

In Stockholm ...

Ett ljus, en röst, en doft, en föda, en famn, 2015
Galleri Magnus Karlsson

Market Art Fair 2015 opens at Liljevalchs, Djurgårdsvägen 60, and runs through Sunday, April 19th.

In Vienna …

Kader Attia: Complementary Conversations” opens at Galerie Krinzinger.

In Berlin ...

On Saturday, April 18th, “Emer O’Brien: Contemporary Amnesia” opens at Laura Mars Gallery; “Gretchen Bender: Total Recall” and “Neïl Beloufa: Hopes the Best” open at Schinkel Pavillon; “Group exhibition: I Know You Got Soul, with works by Amy Feldman, Phoebe Collings-James, Travess Smalley, Hugo McCloud, JPW3, Kika Karadi, Leif Ritchey, Jeff Zilm, Liam Everett, Joshua Nathanson, Diego Singh opens at ARNDT; “Tatiana Echeverri Fernandez & Kirsten Palz: Sculpture in Four Parts” opens at Grimmuseum.

In Humlebaek, Denmark …

Figures in Red Boat, 2005-2007
"Peter Doig" at Fondation Beyeler, Riehen (2014-2015)
Pelican (Stag) , 2003
"Peter Doig" at Fondation Beyeler, Riehen (2014-2015)

Peter Doig opens at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.

In Beijing …

David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring” opens at Pace.

On Sunday, April 19th, “Chen Che: The Vacation” opens at BM Art.

Today’s Notable News

Tobias Berger will leave his curatorial position at Hong Kong’s yet-to-open M+ museum to become head of art at the city’s forthcoming cultural center in its former Central Police Station, which is currently in the throes of redevelopment. (via The Art Newspaper)

Lawrence Lek has won this year’s £5,000 Converse x Dazed Emerging Artist Award, for which he was shortlisted in February. Lek’s winning project Unreal Estate functions as a video game that envisions the Royal Academy’s privatized and opulent future. (via Dazed Digital)

Reuniting after some two decades, The Barnes Foundation and The Violette de Mazia Foundation have announced plans to merge. The latter foundation will host its educational programs—which promote the formalist ideas of both foundations’ namesakes and of philosopher John Dewey—from the former’s current location. (via The Philadelphia Inquirer)

A total of 17 individuals and groups from various arts disciplines have been selected to receive subsidized rent on spaces largely situated in the Dumbo area of Brooklyn. Thanks to Two Trees Management Company, which has previously provided discounted space to other artists including Tom Fruin, the artists need only pay one-third the usual rent. (via The Observer)

As part of an ongoing effort to keep stride with the contemporary, the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco has filled a new two-year position, assistant curator of contemporary art. Karin G. Oen, who has been named to the post, will join the museum in June following a curatorship at Dallas’s Crow Collection of Asian Art. (via artnet News)

The UK art world is still mourning the tragic death of Moira Gemmill, former head of design at The Victoria and Albert Museum, who passed away last week after being hit by a truck while bicycling to work. At the time of her passing, the 55-year-old had recently become the Royal Collection Trust’s director of capital programs, purportedly having been selected for the post by the Queen herself. (via artnet News)

Best of Instagram

Via @aperturenyc: “Party preparation. Exhibitions Manager Annette Booth hangs a wall of #penelopeumbrico’s work for tonight’s #ApertureSpringParty. There’s still time to party with us! Learn more at”

Via @britishmuseum: “Most Greek sculpture that survives from antiquity is carved from white marble, of which the Mediterranean has many natural sources. A relationship has often been assumed between the pure white of freshly cut marble and the idealism of Greek art. In fact, the opposite is true. Colour was intrinsic to ancient ideas of beauty…You can see this wonderful object in our exhibition #DefiningBeauty, until 5 July 2015.”

Via @jackshainman: “In honor of #FlashbackFriday here’s the first piece from Hank Willis Thomas’s new #UnbrandedSeries ‘The Breakfast Belle, 1915/2015’. Can you guess the product? ‘Unbranded: A Century of White Women, 1915-2015’ is on view at both locations through May 23rd.”

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