This week in Art Weekly we are visiting the John Baldessari opening here in NYC, as well as two other stellar openings in Berlin and Los Angeles. See you at the gallery!
John Baldessari — “Installation Works: 1987-1989” — New York, NY
John Baldessari is one of the most well-known names in the art world and also one of the most visible. At far over 6 feet tall he is hard to miss and his personality is large and unmistakable. With a creative practice spanning many decades, Marian Goodman is now giving us an extra-special treat by putting some of Baldessari’s earliest installation works on display. The installations will be an overview of the defining moments of various exhibitions in his career. I will be running, not walking, to this exhibition as soon as possible!
Renzo Piano Building Workshop — “Fragments” — New York, NY
This exhibition will cover over thirty years of architectural projects by the famous Renzo Piano Building Workshop. This architectural house has created some of the most stunning feats in modern architecture including the brand new greenhouse-style marvel that is the new New York Times building in Times Square. The show will consist of 25 tabletop displays of drawings, scale models, photographs and videos. I absolutely cannot wait to see what this exhibition will deliver.
William Daniels — “Paintings by William Daniels” — New York, NY
William Daniels has an eye for detail and his new exhibition at Luhrig Augustine will focus on some of his newest and best paintings. What I love about this show is that he uses essentially only primary colors in a kaleidoscope of patterns and arrangements to create an optical illusion that is almost dizzying in its nuances. I love an exhibition that leaves my head spinning and William Daniels always delivers. This should definitely be on our New York reader’s “must-see” list.
Zach Harris — “Echo Parked in a No Vex Cave” — Los Angeles, CA
Zach Harris is a young artist with a talent that has been growing steadily over the course of the last few years. I appreciate his use of geometrical patterning, colorblocking and patchwork which creates a textile-like effect. David Kordansky gallery also usually puts on a pretty wonderful party for it’s opening receptions and his paries bring out the cool kids of the LA art scene. If you can head to the opening reception this Saturday, I recommend it!
The above image is one of my favorites of the year. With it’s pale ivory pastel against a white background, accordion like details, and incredibly detailed patterning it is hard to tell exactly what you are looking at. And, of course I mean this in the best and most creative way. Berlin has been exploding onto my airwaves this summer and the fact that this gallery has chosen the delightful Amalia Pica speaks volumes. Top-notch curating, from a top-notch gallery, in a vibrant and dynamic city? Count me in!