Art Exhibitions & Shows: November / December 2020

Marilyn Monroe, 1963 (torn posters on canvas), Mimmo Rotella (1918-2006) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images / Bridgeman Images

Nouveau Réalisme
Galleria Alfieri, Asti, Italy
6 – 30 November 2020
Concurrent to Op Art in Europe and Pop Art in the United States, Nouveau Réalisme emerged in the 1960s as the defining movement of the French avant-garde. Artists such as Mimmo Rotella, Yves Klein, Niki de Saint Phalle, and Christo sought to incorporate “materials taken from reality, even the most banal,” producing collages and assemblages from movie posters, street waste, and other objects recycled from everyday life.

Untitled, 1989 (Bernstein 89-24), 1989 (copper and red Plexiglas), Donald Judd (1928-94) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images / Bridgeman Images

Donald Judd: Artworks: 1970-1944
David Zwirner Gallery, New York, USA
5 November – 12 December 2020
David Zwirner is pleased to announce Artworks: 1970–1994, a survey exhibition devoted to Donald Judd. Presented concurrently with The Museum of Modern Art’s full-scale retrospective, this exhibition will focus on a selection of works within Judd’s oeuvre drawn from both public and private collections. In line with Judd’s philosophies of material, proportion, and colour, the works in the show range from expansive installations to self-contained single units, yielding valuable new insights into his process and masterful approach to form. As the artist described it in 1987, “I’m very meticulous about the logic of my pieces. But you should only consider logic up to a certain point, because, after all, all the interesting stuff is something else.”

10 Jan ’73, 1973 (acrylic on paper), Anne Truitt (1921-2004) / Private Collection / © / Bridgeman Images

Anne Truitt: Sound
Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, USA
12 November – 19 December 2020
Matthew Marks is pleased to announce Anne Truitt: Sound, featuring fourteen works on paper and two sculptures shown for the first time. Truitt completed the fourteen paintings on paper that comprise the Sound series in 2003, a year before her death at age eighty-two. While making this series, the artist described waking one morning with the impression that her sense of shape, structure, and proportion had abandoned her. “What is left is ‘sound,’ some kind of energy without name,” she wrote. “It occurred to me that the ‘name’ of the things I am making out of the beautiful, delicate, strong paper is SOUND.”.

The Happy Dead, 1990 (oil on canvas), Maggi Hambling (b.1945) / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Maggi Hambling: 2020
Marlborough Gallery, London, UK
15 October 2020 – 23 December 2020
This exhibition of recent paintings coincides with the artist’s 75th birthday, marking a moment of personal reflection as much as a commentary on the seismic events of the present. Several interconnecting series – from the exploration of Hambling’s own existence, to mankind’s inhumanity, to our relationships with nature – are united by a sense of compassion, self-awareness, and humour. Hambling is also the subject of a documentary film, “Making Love with the Paint,” commissioned by the BBC to coincide with this exhibition.

Tiger #1, Victoria Heald / Private Collection / © Victoria Heald / Bridgeman Images

The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition
The Discerning Eye, London, UK
19 November – 31 December 2020
Each year, The Discerning Eye exhibits small artworks selected by prominent figures from different areas of the art world: two artists, two collectors and two art critics. For the first time in its history, this year’s exhibition will be held 100% virtually, showcasing selected artists with commentary and introductions by the selectors. Featured in this exhibition is Victoria Heald’s Tiger #1, pictured below, as selected by art critic Tabish Khan.

Vile Flower, 1961 (oil on canvas), Robert Smithson (1938-73) / Private Collection / © Marlena Eleini / Bridgeman Images

Robert Smithson: Primordial Beginnings
Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France
December 2020 – January 2021
Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris and Holt/Smithson Foundation are pleased to announce the first exhibition of Robert Smithson at the Gallery, paying particular attention to the artist’s exploration of origins and archetypal natures. This careful selection of works on paper explores the impact of human beings on the surface of the planet, featuring fantastical science fiction landscape paintings embedded in geological thinking. These rarely seen paintings from 1961 point to his later earthworks and proposals for collaborations with industry.

Extra Time 8:5, 2006 (waxed birchwood), Angela Bulloch (b.1966) / Leeds Museums and Galleries (Leeds Art Gallery) U.K. / Bridgeman Images

Angela Bulloch and Josephine Pryde: Sky, Rocks & Digits
Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong, China
6 November 2020 – 9 January 2021
Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to present Sky, Rocks & Digits, a joint exhibition of works by Berlin-based artists Angela Bulloch and Josephine Pryde. Concerned with the interplay between bodies and technology, both artists explore the historic and ongoing significance of technological mediation and what that produces, enables, or prohibits. The ambiguity of the word ‘digits’ – signifying fingers, numerals or data – provides a point of entry to a central theme in Bulloch’s practice: the use of technology to navigate the world. Twinkling installations explore the slippage between realms of the real and the virtual, as we experience first-hand that which is fundamentally inaccessible without the aid of advanced technologies.

Colourplan Series: Citric etching, from a set of four, 2011 (colour etching on chine collé on paper), Ian Davenport (b.1966) / Jerwood Collection / Bridgeman Images

Ian Davenport: Sequence
Kasmin Gallery, New York, USA
20 November 2020 – 9 January 2021
This exhibition brings together new, large-scale paintings by Ian Davenport, several of which were made during the months of lockdown. The artist’s meticulous experiments in colour sequencing often involve palettes inspired by both historic works of art and personal memories, such as walking through a bluebell forest in Kent, England. Playing with repetition, mirroring, balance, and symmetry, the works investigate colour theory, optics, and the dichotomy between control and chance.

Kate Sitting, 1996 (chromogenic print), Wolfgang Tillmans (b.1968) / The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel / Purchase, Associate Acquisitions / Bridgeman Images

Wolfgang Tillmans
Galerie Buchholz, Berlin, Germany
27 November 2020 – 30 January 2021
Galerie Buchholz is pleased to present an exhibition of influential German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans. Emerging in the 1990s with photographic documentations of youth club culture, Tillman’s practice has expanded to include large-scale abstraction, magazine work, and diaristic photography.

S 0.8 w 0.6, 1967 (dispersion on linen laid down on fibreboard), Imi Knoebel (b.1940) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images / Bridgeman Images

Imi Knoebel: Centrum
Galerie Von Bartha, Basel, Switzerland
21 November 2020 – 20 February 2021
One of the leading German artists of the post-war period, Imi Knoebel is known for his theoretical, minimalist approach to colour and form. Centrum will feature a new series of five large-scale, monochrome paintings that allude to the contoured skyline of a city, as well as a central sculpture. This distinctive, cross-shaped work symbolically suggests a church at the heart of the artist’s abstract landscape.

Partisan, 1965 (oil on canvas), Georg Baselitz (b.1938) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images / Bridgeman Images

30 Years in Paris
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France
14 November 2020 – 26 June 2020
A three-part transformative exhibition, 30 Years in Paris features new and historic works by over 60 artists to be unveiled over the course of seven months. The exhibition, which celebrates the 30th anniversary of the gallery’s Parisian locations, will showcase new works by Georg Baselitz, Alex Katz, Antony Gormley, Anselm Kiefer, David Salle, and Imi Knoebel, among many others.

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