This week in Art Weekly we are traveling to Art Basel in Basel, Switzerland as well as London, San Francisco and home sweet home NYC for this week’s top national and international art opening picks. See you at the opening!
Art Basel — International Contermporary Art Fair — Basel, Switzerland
It’s that time again! The most recognizable name in international art fairs is having its annual showing in Basel with over 300 leading galleries represented. This year the exhibitors span the globe from North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia to showcase works from the greatest masters in modern and contemporary art. Basel, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe is tucked between the borders of Switzerland, France and Germany which furthers its impeccable style and overall cultural appeal. I can’t wait!
Le Corbusier — “Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes — New York, NY
MoMA will be presenting its very first major exhibition on the work of Le Corbusier, encompassing his work as an architect, interior designer, artist, city planner, writer, and photographer. The above photo is one of my favorite interior design pieces, a minimal and highly structured living room chair that curves to the body of its user. Minimalism and simplicity of design at its best, enjoy!
Described by the New York Times as the “ribald, pop-culture-obsessed provocateur,” Paul McCarthy will be showcasing another daring exhibition at the Park Avenue Armory beginning this week. This will be his largest work to date and has already been heralded as the crowning moment in the history of his creative output. Entrance is restricted to visitors over 17 years of age, so it looks like this is shaping up to be a visual experience not soon to be forgotten!
Joshua Lutz — “Hesitating Beauty” — San Francisco, CA
Robert Koch Gallery specializes in experimental photography from the 1920’s and 1930’s, 19th century photography and contemporary photography. Their shows do not disappoint and the fact that Joshua Lutz is exhibiting his latest work here is further proof of this fact. His work includes large-format photography with video, but what I particularly enjoy about his work is the way his photos always have a narrative arc from beginning to end. The order if the photos often tell previously untold stories about life, family, and love. His work has rightfully been described as, “a triumph in storytelling.”
Bridgitte Polemis’ work has a cheeky humor that I just can’t get enough of. It is playful, fun and uses geometrics/color blocking in ways that always brings a touch of whimsy to every show. While being youthful and humourous, her work is also contemplative in that the lack of expression on her characters’ faces leaves many unanswered questions. Her visuals are often highly intellectual and deeply enigmatic. Definitely a must-see.