Alfredo Jaar


Gallery News for Alfredo Jaar

A museum show by Alfredo Jaar in Lisbon, May – September

In Shadows, a museum show at Lisbon’s Carpintarias de São Lázaro (20 May-3 September), Jaar presents the engrossing interventionist work Shadows as a tribute to Swedish photographer Koen Wessing. The work comprises seven photographs and forms the second part of a trilogy (the first being The Sound of Silence, in 2006), which unpacks the power of denunciation that images have in relation to the inhumanity of dictatorial regimes.

Alfredo Jaar and Broomberg & Chanarin on group exhibition in L.A.

From 20 December 2016, Alfredo Jaar and Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin will feature on the group exhibition Breaking News: Turning the Lens on Mass Media, at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles (runs until April 30, 2017). The show will include work by artists who appropriate the news to suggest the power of the media in determining the meaning of images. Jaar will exhibit Searching for Africa in LIFE (1996) – a critique of the West’s neglect of Africa, embodied here by LIFE magazine’s supposedly world-encompassing mission to convey cultural richness and global “great events” to its readership. The exhibition will also include Broomberg & Chanarin’s limited-edition book, War Primer 2 (2011), which is the “belated sequel” to Bertolt Brecht’s 1955 publication, War Primer. Whereas Brecht was concerned with images of the Second World War, Broomberg & Chanarin focus on images of conflict on both sides of the so-called “war on terror”.

Alfredo Jaar at Galeria Massangana in Brazil

Alfredo Jaar’s lightbox piece, Other People Think (2011), will feature on The Politics of Images at Galeria Massangana, Joaquim Nabuco Foundation in Recife, Brazil, running from 3 December 2016 to 28 February 2017. The artwork pays homage to a speech written by composer John Cage at age 15 for the Southern California Oratorical contest, which he delivered on US/Latin American relations at the Hollywood Bowl in 1927. The speech declares that “it is our task to consider Latin American thought and respect it,” suggesting silence as a tool to listen and learn what other people think.

Jaar’s work also appears on the exhibition The Social Machine at Malmö Kunstmuseum in Malmö, Sweden until 15 January 2017 and on the XII Bienal Monterray FEMSAIN Mexico until January 2017.

Breitz, Jaar, and Kentridge in Cuneo

Work by Candice Breitz, Alfredo Jaar and William Kentridge features on the group exhibition Moving Tales: Video from the La Gaia Collection at Chiesa di San Francesco, Cuneo, Italy, which runs until 28 August, 2016. The group show fills all the space inside the deconsecrated Church of San Francesco and, with works by 30 artists from different generations and different parts of the world, it illustrates the various ways in which video can be used as a narrative image-based tool. The show includes work by Marina Abramovic, Valie Export, Douglas Gordon, Ana Mendieta, Bill Viola and others.

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  • Solo exhibitions

    Alfredo Jaar / Amilcar, Frantz, Patrice and the others

    Group exhibitions

    Summer Show / 2016

    In Context: Africans in America (at Goodman Gallery and Johannesburg Art Gallery)

    New Revolutions: Goodman Gallery at 50

    New Revolutions: Goodman Gallery at 50

    Other People's Memories / 2015

    Surfacing / 2014

    C-16 / 2013

    Alfredo Jaar / Gold in the Morning

    Advance/...Notice / 2012

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  • Press for Alfredo Jaar

    Alfredo Jaar / ArtNews / May 2015

    Alfredo Jaar at Galerie Lelong by Lily Wei (5.6 MB)

    SP-Arte / Folha de S.Paulo / Brazil / 3 April 2015

    Equal in inequality, Brazil and South Africa lock dialogue in SP-Arte By Silas Marti (769.7 KB)

    Alfredo Jaar / The Brooklyn Rail / New York / 2 April 2015

    Alfredo Jaar Shadows by Ann McCoy (496.4 KB)

    Alfredo Jaar / Hyperallergic / Brooklyn / 27 March 2015

    The Limits of Shedding Light on Grief By Jeremy Polacek (521.3 KB)

    Alfredo Jaar / The New York Times / New York / 19 March 2015

    Alfredo Jaar’s “Shadows” (2014) is a mixed-media installation based on a photo by Koen Wessing (113.5 KB)

    Alfredo Jaar / Blouin Artinfo/ United Kingdom / 3 March 2015

    Artists Celebrate “Scenes for a New Heritage” at MoMA By Noelle Bodick (200 KB)

    Alfredo Jaar / Buenos Aires Herald / Argentina / 18 February 2015

    How memory plays on studies on happiness By Silvia Rottenberg (91.7 KB)

    Alfredo Jaar / The Guardian / United Kingdom / 1 August 2014

    Anti-American art to take over NYC's Times Square every night in August by Farango Jason (1.1 MB)

    Alfredo Jaar / ArtsATL / Atlanta / 17 February 2014

    Q&A: Alfredo Jaar, SCAD speaker and global gadfly, on "recuperating the power of images" by Faith McClure (4.5 MB)

    Alfredo Jaar / Burnaway / Atlanta / 12 June 2014

    Alfredo Jaar: Between Seeing and Believing by Faith McClure (2.7 MB)

    Alfredo Jaar / Artforum / New York / 1 May 2014

    Alfredo Jaar: Fondazione Merz by Ida Panicelli (1 MB)

    Alfredo Jaar / Flash Art / Milano / May - June 2013

    The Strength to see by Kathleen Mcqueen (3.4 MB)

    Alfredo Jaar / The Art Newspaper / London New York / 14 - 16 June 2013

    Behold A Terrible Beauty by Gareth Harris and Julia Michalska (703.9 KB)

    Alfredo Jaar / BlouinArtInfo / UK / 20 November 2012

    "Artists are Thinkers" : Alfredo Jaar on creating new ways of Looking at the World by Coline Milliard (272.2 KB)

    Alfredo Jaar / Blouin Artinfo / New York / 21 November 2012

    "Artists are thinkers": Alfredo Jaar on creating new ways to look at the world by Colin Milliard (3.4 MB)

    Afredo Jaar / Financial Times / UK / 1 December 2012

    Dantesque delights by Ariella Budick (1.9 MB)