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André Butzer, Jeff Koons et al.

Hope and Hazard: A Comedy of Eros, curated by Eric Fischl (group show)
Hall Art Foundation, Vermont
6 May - 26 November 2017

The Hall Art Foundation is pleased to announce a group exhibition curated by American artist Eric Fischl to be held in its galleries in Reading, Vermont from 6 May – 26 November 2017.  Approximately sixty-five artists are represented in Hope and Hazard: A Comedy of Eros, which includes over eighty paintings, photographs, works on paper and sculptures selected by Fischl from the Hall and Hall Art Foundation collections. In this fresh and provocative show, Fischl illustrates the absurd extremes associated with romantic and sexual love. Desire, passion, vulnerability, disappointment, pleasure and torment are expressed as a Greek or Shakespearian comedy – epic and tragic, hopeful and hazardous.

Hall Art Foundation, Vermont


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Jeff Koons

Heaven and Earth: Alexander Calder and Jeff Koons (group show)
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
21 October 2017 – 31 March, 2019

Jeff Koons, Three Ball Total Equilibrium Tank (Dr. JK Silver Series), 1985. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gerald S. Elliott Collection, 1995.55.a–k. © Jeff Koons Photo: Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago
Jeff Koons, Three Ball Total Equilibrium Tank (Dr. JK Silver Series), 1985. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gerald S. Elliott Collection, 1995.55.a–k. © Jeff Koons Photo: Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago

For the MCA’s 50th anniversary, we are bringing together two of the most important artists in the museum’s history, as well as icons of the last 100 years. Heaven and Earth: Alexander Calder and Jeff Koons finds common ground between these seemingly disparate artists, with Alexander Calder’s weightless sculptures nominally representing “heaven” and Jeff Koons’s celebrations of the mundane and concrete as “earth.” This pairing highlights both artists’ interest in playing with balance and gravity to make compelling sculptural statements, while reveling in the contrasts between high art aspirations and mundane material choices.

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In the early 1980s, Koons (American, b. 1954) ushered in an influential new era of art with works that borrow from liquor advertisements or posters of basketball legends, as well as over-the-top celebrations of household goods like vacuum cleaners, in order to redefine the boundaries of taste. His star power was recognized early on and the MCA organized his first museum exhibition in 1988, and revisited his work with a major survey in 2008. Thanks to many generous gifts, the MCA collection holds his work in depth.

This playful and unexpected pairing of two of the most recognized artists of the modern era have an extended presence in the MCA’s galleries and will be updated periodically with substitutions by both artists.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago


Jeff Koons

We are Everywhere (group show)
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago
21 October 2017 - 28 January 2018

Jeff Koons, Rabbit, 1986  © Jeff Koons Photo: Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago
Jeff Koons, Rabbit, 1986 © Jeff Koons Photo: Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago

We Are Everywhere, showcases artists who borrow from popular culture—soup cans, movie stills, neon signage, or floor tiles—to critique its workings. Artists such as Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, and Bruce Nauman, as well as Chicago Imagists Karl Wirsum and Roger Brown, re-present and reveal social realities that may otherwise go unnoticed. Artists such as Stan Douglas, Cindy Sherman, Gillian Wearing, Jeff Koons, and others have engaged with new forms of media to extend the reach of their own viewpoints and experiences. Barbara Kruger and Lawrence Abu Hamdan further encourage us to think twice about the power structures in which we invest, be they the notion of the state or the corporation.

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago


André Butzer

André Butzer (solo show)
IKOB, Museum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Eupen
17 January - 4 March 2018

André Butzer, Schutztod (Teil 1), 1999 © André Butzer
André Butzer, Schutztod (Teil 1), 1999 © André Butzer

In his first solo exhibition in Belgium, the well-known painter André Butzer (* 1973 in Stuttgart, Germany) is presenting a visually stunning survey of the recent decades of his still-young oeuvre. The central argument of this exhibition involves the theme of omission – both the painterly and the narrational gaps which are manifested in his works and in the selection of the pictures on display. It is precisely these gaps which allow the visitors to this exhibition to follow the creative impulses of their own imagination and to explore spaces of speculation.

IKOB, Museum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Eupen


André Butzer

André Butzer (solo show)
Museum of the Light at Yoshii Foundation, Hokuto
July - September 2018