In a special 6-listing Art Weekly this week, we are traveling to Tokyo, London, Los Angeles and home sweet home NYC for the week’s top national and international opening picks. See you at the gallery! Hank Willis Thomas — “Hank Willis Thomas” — New York, NY
Hank Willis Thomas is the person behind some of the most iconic contemporary American images that you see on a day to day basis in contemporary international visual culture. I am talking about those unique creative and commercial images that you don’t realize are engrained in your mind’s eye until you begin to see them on every corner! With academic foundations in photography and themes that explore complicated narratives of history, race, gender and visual culture, his work always forces the viewer to engage with the each image in a unique ways. Jack Shainman gallery will be showing an exhibition of some of his selected works complete with a swanky cool-kids block party which will be held outside of one of the gallery’s Chelsea locations. We hope to see you there tonight!
Macius Galan — “Inside the White Cube: Geometric Projection” — London, UK
White Cube gallery is having a strong summer this year and seems to be one of the only galleries continually churning out solo shows in the midst of the very group show-heavy summer season. This week their Bermondsey location will be exhibiting the work of Macius Galan who always has a refreshing take on the traditional “minimalist” aesthetic. Pastel colors, multiple mediums and a mixture of solid and fluid lines define this artist’s work. Needless to say, our London readers are in for a treat.
Sarah Morris is a creator of complex abstract paintings, prints and films. Her work is particularly interesting because of its architectural detailing and use of shape and geometrics. The gallery exhibiting her work this month says it best, in her work, “Morris both seduces and alienates the viewer.” This is clear in the above print of the ever-smoldering Kate Moss – the print is both seductive in its content, and alienating in its blurred and overstated use of saturated hues and color blocking. Genius!
Richard Young Gallery — “David Bowie” — London, UK
This exhibition of photos of David Bowie will consist of 16 photographs, including 6 new images that have never before been seen by the public. These new photos were recently discovered in curator Richard Young’s expansive 2 million+ photo archive and according to Richard, “David Bowie is the most stylish man in music, his taste in clothes is impeccable, and not only that, he is one of the nicest men in the business also.” I cannot wait to see new photos of this amazing icon.
Inez & Vinoodh — “Photographs: Inez & Vinoodh” — Beverly Hills, CA
Inez & Vinoodh, Dutch photography duo and tremendous innovators will be showing a group of photographs at Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills this week. These two are true pioneers of the art form as they were among the very first photographers to capture the full potential of digital manipulation in creating the human portrait. My favorite aspect of their work is the way in which they juxtapose classical forms with contemporary movements, for example creating still lifes, portraits and nudes inspired by contemporary aesthetics and the post-80’s Pop Art movement.
Takeshi Masada — “It Appears This Way When the World Blasts Out” — Tokyo, Japan
Hagiwara Projects Gallery in Tokyo will be presenting a solo exhibition of new work by Takeshi Masada this week and it is shaping up to be quite an event! The exhibition will highlight his newest sculptures and installation works as well as a few new paintings. His paintings are very strong in that they reestablish the purity of this particular art form with some of the broadest brushstrokes I have ever seen which gives it the viewer the feeling that they are somehow present at a private peek into the genesis of painting itself. Phenomenal.