A guide to the New York galleries hosting their international networks for the city’s first Condo, Jun 29 – Jul 29

28 June 2017

The first ever Condo New York is on at galleries around the city, running June 29 to July 29.

The collaborative exhibition acts as a space of collaboration and exchange: founded in London in 2016 by Vanessa Carlos of Carlos/Ishikawa, the project was set up to offer international galleries an opportunity to show in London-based galleries. This year, New York opens its gallery doors to host 36 visiting galleries across 16 spaces and is organized by Nicole Russo of Chapter NY and Simone Subal of Simone Subal Gallery.  

The project “arose from a reevaluation of existing exhibition models, a desire to pool resources and act communally, and the need to activate the gallery space in a different manner, ” with a strong focus on experimental exhibitions. 

Some recommended shows include:

– Metro Pictures hosting Shanghai’s Leo Xu with A New Ballardian Vision, featuring Nina Beier, Camille Henrot, Oliver Laric, Li Qing and Pixy Liao among others.

– Off Vendome hosting Los Angeles’ Freedman Fitzpatrick, featuring Shimabuku.

– Bodega hosting Vienna’s Croy Nielsen, featuring Georgia Gardner Gray and Birke Gorm.

Bridget Donahue hosting London’s Project Native Informant, featuring Harumi Yamaguchi.

– Foxy Production hosting Paris’ Sultana — featuring Jesse Darling, Celia Hempton, Walter Pfeiffer, Jacin Giordano — and Los Angeles’ Château Shatto, with Jean Baudrillard, Body by Body, Aria Dean and Jacqueline De Jong.

– Queer Thoughts hosting Munich’s Deborah Schamoni, featuring Gerry Bibby, Siera Hyte + others. 

– Rachel Uffner Gallery hosting Berlin’s Sandy Brown, featuring Kamilla Bischof, Timothy Davies and Dena Yago.

See the Condo New York website for the full programme and more details.**

Harumi Yamaguchi, ‘Selected Works 1974 – 1985’ Installation view. Courtesy the artist + Project Native Informant, London.
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“An exclamation, a passionate outcry.” A short guide to Venice Biennale 2017, May 13 – Nov 26

10 May 2017

The 2017 Venice Biennale is on at various locations around the city, opening May 13 and running to November 26.

The international art exhibition is now in its 57th year, and takes the title Viva Art Viva as “an exclamation, a passionate outcry for art and the state of the artist,” according to this year’s curator Christine Macel. In a statement about the Biennale’s title, Macel notes “Today, in a world full of conflicts and shocks, art bears witness to the most precious part of what makes us human. Art is the ultimate ground for reflection, individual expression, freedom, and for fundamental questions. Art is the last bastion, a garden to cultivate above and beyond trends and personal interests. It stands as an unequivocal alternative to individualism and indifference.” Artists to look out for include Phillippe ParrenoRachel RoseGuan XiaoAgnieszka PolskaShimabuku, and Frances Stark.
Held across the Central Pavilion, Giardini and the Arsenale venues, the programme will present 120 artists from 51 countries, and it is worth noting that of the participating galleries, 103 are taking part for the first time.
There are also a number of ‘Collateral Events‘ featured throughout the programme, including Open Table, Artist Practices Project, Unpacking My Library and Projects and Performance. Here are a handful of event and exhibition recommendations:

– Helsinki’s Frame presents Erkka Nissinen and Nathaniel Mellors’ The Aalto Natives
– Recycle Group’s ‘Conversion‘ installation
– HyperPavilion group exhibition produced by Fabulous Inc + curated by Philippe Riss-Schmidt- Anne Imhof’s Faust at the German Pavilion
– The Antarctic Pavilion curated by Nadim Samman
Katja Novitskova at the Estonian Pavilion
– Diaspora Pavilion with Larry Achiampong, susan pui san lok, Paul Maheke &c
James Lee Byars‘ ‘The Golden Tower’ **

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Fear + desire in the Futures group show, with Cory Arcangel, Shimabuku + more at CAC, Apr 14 – May 28

13 April 2017
The Futures group exhibition is on at Vilnius’ CAC (Contemporary Art Centre), opening April 14 and running to May 28.
Curated by Gerda Paliušytė, the show includes work by Cory Arcangel, Pierre Bismuth, Carlos Noronha Feio, Ulijona Odišarija and Shimabuku among others, as well as a performance on the opening night by JL Dianthus. 
The exhibition takes its inspiration from Joshua Rothman’s article ‘The Nostalgic Science Fiction of The X-Files (2016) in the New Yorker that relates “the rebirth in popularity of retro-futurism with the confused political policies of the current age, and our anticipation of global catastrophes.” Commenting on these ideas of cinematic nostalgia, the work brought together asks questions about our fears and desires for the future, and the processes that construct our ideas past and present.
See the CAC (Contemporary Art Centre) website for details.**

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