Gallery News
25 October 2017

Major museum show for William Kentridge in Madrid

The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid hosts a solo show, William Kentridge. Enough and More Than Enough (1 November – 19 March). Curated by Manuel Borja-Villel and Soledad Liaño, the exhibition focuses on Kentridge’s stage work – including theatre, opera and performance – and uses it as a lens through which to approach his sculptural projects. In its broad selection of materials and media, the show pays heed to the synergies between the artist’s visual art and stage work, in addition to the particular focal points and formalisations set out in each project.

29 December 2017

Nolan Oswald Dennis and Haroon Gunn-Salie at Kunsthalle kAde

Dennis and Gunn-Salie are two of fifteen South African artists selected to exhibit work on the Kunsthalle kAde’s group exhibition, titled Tell Freedom. 15 South African artists, in Amersfoort, the Netherlands (27 January – 6 May). Curated by Nkule Mabaso and Manon Braat, the exhibition features a range of commissioned works wherein the exhibiting artists address issues of inequality still inherent within the South African vernacular. Actively engaging with the present social discourses that inform South Africa, the exhibition’s curatorial premise asks both the artists and viewers to reflect on the future: is it possible to envisage a future based on principles of humanity and equality, rather than on exclusion and division?

08 December 2017

Candice Breitz at the NGV Triennial in Australia

Breitz’s Love Story, re-titled Wilson Must Go for this exhibition, is included in the National Gallery of Victoria Triennial (15 December – 15 April). As part of the triennial, Breitz also participates in a conversation with director and producer Ivan O’Mahoney (17 December). Hosted in the Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, the two discuss the impact and production of the artist’s multichannel video installation.

08 December 2017

mounir fatmi on urbanism and architecture biennial in China

mounir fatmi participates in the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture in Nantou Old Town in Shenzhen, China (15 December – 17 March). Under the theme of “Cities, Grow in Difference”, the biennial emphasises the multiplicity of identities and perspectivesin a diverse society. Drawing from the analogy of the city as “the Jungle of Growth”, the curatorial team of the biennial intend for the visual conversation created at the event to explore ideas of differences, hybridity and resistance. The exhibitions are spread across various locations – public parks and squares, residences and industrial buildings – in Nantou Old Town. Featuring works that constitute subtle urban interventions, which infiltrate into one’s daily life and encourage unexpected encounters and discoveries, the exhibition responds to what George Brecht once said, “[t]he most important things are the insignificant ones happening in the street”.

04 December 2017

Yinka Shonibare MBE on exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London

Yinka Shonibare MBE’s latest virtual reality artwork, Venus Presenting Helen to Paris (with Townley Venus), is showcased on the Royal Academy of Arts’ From Life exhibition in London (11 December – 11 March). Taking place across the Sackler Wing of Galleries and the Tennant Gallery, the exhibition examines what making art from life has meant to artists throughout history and how the practice is evolving as technology opens up new ways of creating and visualising artwork. Having previously experimented with virtual reality technology, Shonibare has created new artwork for the exhibition; a work that offers a three-dimensional rendering of a neo-classical painting, and features a cast of Venus dressed in the artist’s trademark batik fabric.

29 November 2017

Shirin Neshat at the Canadian War Museum

Work by Shirin Neshat is exhibited on the Canadian War Museum’s group exhibition, titled She Who Tells a Story, in Ottawa (until 4 March). Hosted in the museum’s Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae Gallery, the exhibition brings together over 75 photographs taken by women photographers from Iran and the Arab world. Together, these evocative images, ranging from fine art to photojournalism, challenge Western conceptions and provide insight into the contemporary social and political landscape of the Middle East.

21 November 2017

Subotzky on group show in Spain

Mikhael Subotzky features on the group exhibition, Please Come Back, at Institut Valencià d’Art Modern in Spain (28 November – 8 April). The exhibition considers how contemporary artists are reflecting on and responding to times of violent social metamorphosis, and examines the prison as a site of physical and metaphorical control and as a metaphor for the world. Included on the exhibition are one of Subotzky’s photographic works from his series Die Vier Hoeke and a video work, titled CCTV, which uses twelve clips of colour CCTV footage captured at night in various locations around Johannesburg’s inner city.

11 November 2017

Various artists on the Prospect.4 Triennial in New Orleans

Four Goodman artists – Alfredo Jaar, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Paulo Nazareth and Hank Willis Thomas – will participate in the Prospect.4 Triennial, titled The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, in New Orleans (18 November – 25 February). Artworks commissioned for Prospect.4 will address themes of identity, displacement and cultural hybridity. Curated by Trevor Schoonmaker, the triennial acts like a citywide exhibition and is staged at 17 venues around New Orleans, with an emphasis on the Mississippi River waterfront.

10 November 2017

Shirin Neshat on exhibition at the Belvedere Museum in Vienna

Shirin Neshat is one of a number of artists – from Gustav Klimt and Pablo Picasso, to Jeff Wall and Claudia Schuhmann – to have works included on the Belvedere Museum’s latest group exhibition, titled Aging Pride (17 November – 4 March). Curated by Sabine Fellner, the exhibition demonstrates how artists have succeeded in differently perceiving the possibilities and limitations of age while transcending exaltation and pessimism. In the presented works, artists illustrate how age in all of its facets can be thoughtfully integrated into our lives. In addition to numerous works from the Belvedere collection, the exhibition presents important works loaned from national and international museums.

11 October 2017

Broomberg and Chanarin on museum show in Norway

Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin feature in the group exhibition, Bending the Frame, produced by Fotografisk Center in Copenhagen in collaboration with Preus Museum in Oslo (15 October – 4 March). Based on the American professor Fred Ritchin’s book Bending the Frame and in cooperation with him and the Danish photographer Tina Enghoff, Fotografisk Center has curated an exhibition that focuses on current global issues such as war, migration, racism and climate change. It presents strategies within visual art, documentary and journalistic photography, which convey other stories than the ones we often meet in conventional news media.

11 October 2017

William Kentridge’s solo show at St. John's Hospital in Bruges embodies ‘art as healing’

Kentridge is the focus of a solo exhibition, Smoke, Ashes, Fable (20 October – 25 February), at St. John’s Hospital in Bruges, one of Europe’s oldest surviving hospital buildings. This major exhibition presents a unique selection of Kentridge’s work organised around the themes of trauma and healing, with his 2015 video installation More Sweetly Play the Dance – a contemporary interpretation of the medieval Dance of Death – as its centerpiece. Through a dialogue between the displayed artworks and the remarkable hospital setting, the exhibition presents art as a powerful means of ‘working through’ layers of history. The artist also delivers Peripheral Thinking, a lecture-performance at Bruges’ Concert Hall on 17 October.

07 October 2017

Solo show for Alfredo Jaar at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Jaar shares recent works not shown before in the United Kingdom in a major solo exhibition, titled The Garden of Good and Evil, at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (14 October – 8 April). Jaar’s installations will transform the park’s underground gallery and its open-air concourse. The exhibition takes its title from a major new commission, presented in the open air and visible through the glass façade of the gallery. On entering what appears to be a beautiful grove of trees, visitors experience elegantly fabricated steel cells referencing ‘black sites’, the secret detention facilities operated by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) around the world. Carefully chosen to enhance YSP’s landscape, many of the trees will be planted into the park once the exhibition closes. A work that Jaar has wanted to realise for some years and that YSP is uniquely placed to create, The Garden of Good and Evil is a significant temporary commission for YSP and for the UK. Powerful mixed media installations transform the underground gallery, including The Sound of Silence (2005), A Hundred Times Nguyen (1994) and Shadows (2014).

04 October 2017

Alfredo Jaar at the Imperial War Museum in London

May 1, 2011 by Jaar features on Age of Terror, a group exhibition, at the Imperial War Museum in London (12 October – 28 May). Looking at issues of security, secrecy, representation and legality, the exhibition focuses on the measures taken by nation states to protect their citizens from the threat of terrorism, and the far-reaching effects of such methods of control.

30 September 2017

Alfredo Jaar and Hank Willis Thomas exhibit work for the FOR-SITE Foundation

Jaar and Willis Thomas are included on the FOR-SITE Foundation’s group exhibition, Sanctuary, at the Fort Mason Chapel in San Francisco (7 October – 11 March). In exploring the notion of sanctuary – both physical and psychological – and how it has been fundamental in shaping a sense of selfhood and social identity throughout human history, the exhibition invites the 36 participating artists, from 22 different countries, to design and present contemporary prayer rugs which reflect on such shared ideas and concepts.

30 September 2017

Candice Breitz at Arken Museum of Modern Art in Denmark

Breitz’s video work Queen (A Portrait of Madonna) is part of My Music (7 October – 25 March) at the Arken Museum of Modern Art in Denmark. The exhibition looks at the intersection of pop music and art, calling it “a sensory eruption of music video, video art, sculpture, painting and installation”.

29 September 2017

Liza Lou on group exhibition in Massachusetts

Maximum Security by Liza Lou is featured on deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum’s group exhibition, Screens: Virtual Material, in Lincoln, Massachusetts (6 October – 18 March). The exhibition, conceptualised by the institution’s Associate Curator Sarah Montross, showcases how contemporary artists create innovative works that reveal the powerful ways screens shape people’s vision, behavior, and beliefs.

22 September 2017

Hank Willis Thomas at Oakland Museum of California

As a recently acquired work to the museum’s permanent collection, Hank Willis Thomas’ Question Bridge: Black Males is on exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California (29 September – 25 February). Encompassing themes of family, love, interracial relationships, community, education and wisdom, the artist’s video work presents nuanced portraits of past, present, and future of black men in American society. In so doing, the museum’s exhibition of the work simulates a face-to-face conversation between the men and Willis Thomas with the viewer in the middle as both witness and participant.

15 September 2017

Candice Breitz on group exhibition at Haus der Kunst in Munich

Breitz’s work, titled Becoming, features on the Haus der Kunst’s group exhibition, Again and Again, in Munich (until 8 April). The exhibition examines the intersection of technical innovations in video art and a renewed interest in models of identity at the turn of the twenty-first century. Additionally, through the various works presented, Again and Again looks at how formal strategies of repetition such as looping, multi-channel installation, split-screen, and experiments with seriality were implemented to present a cleaved and fragmented depiction of the self during the period.

15 September 2017

Solo retrospective for Kudzanai Chiurai at Zeitz MOCAA

Kudzanai Chiurai’s solo retrospective at Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa’s (Zeitz MOCAA) (22 September – 31 March), Regarding the Ease of Others , presents a survey of his expansive oeuvre since 2006, which include posters, sculpture, photography, painting, print and video. Chiurai is one of the most prominent young artists emerging from the African continent, creating work that powerfully interrogates a contemporary African notion of sacrifice, though not enquiring into its necessity. This mini-survey brings together work from Zeitz MOCAA’s own substantial collection with iconic pieces from other major African collections. These include featured drawings and films shown on dOCUMENTA (13) in 2012, which formed part of Chiurai’s series titled Conflict Resolution. The series, Chiurai explains, ‘grapples with the issue of conflict in the contemporary moment in Africa. The spaces within which conflict has been taking place vary to the extent of our own understanding of what defines conflict. Our understanding of resolution is therefore also brought to the fore as we question the validity and nature of force used in our attempts at peace’.

15 September 2017

Various artists on inaugural group show at Zeitz MOCAA

Nine Goodman Gallery artists – Ghada Amer, Hasan and Husain Essop, Kendell Geers, Samson Kambalu, William Kentridge, Liza Lou, Misheck Masamvu, Yinka Shonibare MBE and Hank Willis Thomas – are included on the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) inaugural exhibition,_ All things being equal…_, in Cape Town (22 September – 19 February). The launch of Zeitz MOCAA marks the opening of the first major museum in Africa dedicated to contemporary art. This show is the first in the museum’s initiative to host international exhibitions, while developing educational and enrichment programmes, encouraging intercultural understanding and facilitating access for all.

10 September 2017

Liza Lou on group show in Pennsylvania

Liza Lou participates in a group show, Beyond Boundaries: Feminine Forms, at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia (17 September – 18 March). Curated by Laurel McLaughlin and Mechella Yezernitskaya, the exhibition proposes seven thematic constellations for subverting and reclaiming the “feminine” beyond biological, aesthetic, and social boundaries.

15 August 2017

Shirin Neshat at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago

Neshat’s work is showcased on We Are Here, a major three-part exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago that investigates the relationship between artist and viewer (19 August – 1 April). The three independent but interrelated ‘chapters’ of the exhibition – individually curated by José Esparza Chong Cuy, Naomi Beckwith and Omar Kholeif – invite viewers to bring their own perspectives to the museum’s collection and to think about how to be active participants in the meaning of art and its making. Included in the ‘chapter’ subtitled You Are Here, the artist’s work is displayed in a way that examines how the role of the viewer has changed over time, especially since the 1960s, from passive onlooker to active participant.

12 August 2017

Broomberg & Chanarin at the Deutsches Hygiene Museum in Dresden

Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin exhibit work on a group exhibition, The Face: A Search for Clues, at the Deutsches Hygiene Museum in Dresden, Germany (19 August – 25 February). Looking at artworks that focus on the face and facial expressions in human communication, the exhibition deals with the assumptions, methods and reasons for the visual representation of individual faces.

08 August 2017

William Kentridge on group exhibition at Harn Museum of Art in Florida

Work by Kentridge is included on the Harn Museum of Art’s group exhibition, Poetic and Political, at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida (15 August – 8 July). Poetic and Political explores two realms of perception often considered oppositional but more likely to work in tandem to make a rich, provocative and compelling visual impact. The exhibition juxtaposes the work of Josef Albers, a single artist focused on the psychic and emotive qualities of colour, with African and African American artists who confront the historic and contemporary traces of colonialism as they contribute to the power of healing and renewal.

21 June 2017

Hank Willis Thomas in two-person show at Baltimore Museum of Art

Thomas’ And I Can’t Run is on exhibition, alongside Kara Walker’s Salvation, at the Baltimore Museum of Art (28 June – 18 March). Through contrasts of light and dark, white and black, and obscurity and revelation, the work engages in a powerful metaphorical conversation about acts of horrific violence and racial inequality in the United States