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Art Digest, July 2019

July in New York promises to be hot. Since we do not miss a single month with our digest, we have collected the most interesting exhibitions for you.

MoMA PS1 presents the first solo museum exhibition in the United States of the work of Simone Fattal, who is a Lebanese-American artist. This retrospective brings together over 200 works created over the last 50 years, featuring abstract and figurative ceramic sculptures, paintings, watercolors, and collages that draw from a range of sources including war narratives, landscape painting, ancient history, mythology, and Sufi poetry to explore the impact of displacement as well as the politics of archeology and excavation.

"Works and Days" explores the impact of displacement, as well as the politics of archeology and excavation, as these themes resonate across the artist’s multifaceted practice.

Simone Fattal "Works and Days"

Let's stop at Metro Pictures in Chelsea, the gallery is best known for representing art-world superstar Cindy Sherman, along with such big contemporary names as multimedia artist Mike Kelley, Robert Longo, this July will represent German painter André Butzer, who makes semi-abstract paintings that feature cartoon-like characters and objects. Butzer is interested in the comic genre, whose ambivalence comes on the one hand from childlike inflation of effect and on the other hand from an artificial lifelessness, set beyond morality. Often characterized as “Science-Fiction-Expressionism,” Butzer’s oeuvre represents a highly articulate style, somewhere between abstraction and figuration. The exhibition will be until August 9.

André Butzer

Out side of croudy and loud New York Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington is pleased to present George Grosz’s monumental 1926 canvas "Eclipse of the Sun". The painting is the centerpiece of “Eclipse of the Sun: Art of the Weimar Republic,” a focused exhibition that includes additional paintings and drawings by Grosz, along with a selection of art by Otto Dix, Max Beckmann, Otto Griebel, Christian Schad, Rudolf Schlichter, and Georg Scholz. 

In Eclipse of the Sun, Grosz vividly captures the rampant political and social corruption that characterized Germany in the mid-1920s. Set against the backdrop of a city in flames, the central figure depicted is Paul von Hindenburg, the nearly-eighty-year-old president of Germany at the time this was painted, and easily recognizable for his walrus mustache.

Eclipse of the Sun

Guggenheim makes us happy with a new exhibition curated by Cai Guo-Qiang, Paul Chan, Jenny Holzer, Julie Mehretu, Richard Prince, and Carrie Mae Weems — artists who each have had influential solo shows at the museum — "Artistic License" brings together both well-known and rarely seen works from the turn of the century to 1980.

Each artist was invited to make selections to shape a discrete presentation, one on each of the six levels of the rotunda. The resulting exhibition presents nearly 300 paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and installations, some never before shown, that engage with the cultural discourses of their time—from the utopian aspirations of early modernism to the formal explorations of mid-century abstraction and the sociopolitical debates of the 1960s and ’70s.

Artistic License

Lisson Gallery with curators by Alex Glauber & Alex Logsdail presenting "Painters Reply" painting practices starting in the 1970s and continuing to the present moment. The exhibition brings together a diverse group of amazing artists, including such as Joan Snyder, Dona Nelson, Howardena Pindell, David Reed, Dorothea Rockburne, Ruth Root, Sean Scully, Joan Snyder, Ted Stamm, and many others.

Have a great art month!

Author: Irina Chistikina


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