Christopher Wool et al.

The Un-Private Collection: Christopher Wool + Kim Gordon + John Corbett (talk)
Zipper Hall at the Colburn School, Los Angeles
15 February 2020, 2pm

In the latest event in The Broad’s signature series, The Un-Private Collection, the museum presents artist Christopher Wool in conversation with musician and artist Kim Gordon about the interplay of art and music on their respective artistic practices. Moderated by John Corbett (music curator and critic, author, and gallerist), this Un-Private Collection event will provide a platform for Wool and Gordon to share how their experiences with music, art, and other genres influenced how they approach their creative undertakings.  

During the 70s and 80s, Wool and Gordon spent formative years in the vibrant, gritty art and music scenes of Lower Manhattan and the East Village. Artists and performers of this era freely ventured to the edges of film, literature, art, music, and fashion to craft an intentionally “lo-fi” aesthetic that favored abandon and process in contrast to the commercialization that was expanding into the downtown art scene.

The Broad Museum


Albert Oehlen, Julian Schnabel, Christopher Wool et al.

Artist's Choice: Amy Sillman – The Shape of Shape (group show)
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York
21 October 2019 – 12 April 2020

Installation view: The Museum of Modern Art(MoMA), New York, 2019. © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Heidi Bohnenkamp
Installation view: The Museum of Modern Art(MoMA), New York, 2019. © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Heidi Bohnenkamp

The Museum of Modern Art announces Artist’s Choice: Amy Sillman—The Shape of Shape, an exhibition of nearly 75 works from MoMA’s collection selected by Sillman (b. 1955), an artist who has helped redefine contemporary painting, pushing the medium into installations, prints, zines, animation, and architecture. On view from October 21, 2019, through April 12, 2020, the exhibition includes a wide array of works, many rarely seen, installed in a unique shelving display on the fifth floor of The Jerry Speyer and Katherine Farley Building.

In this exhibition, Sillman presents a highly personal exploration of shape—the ever-shifting boundaries that define what and how we see—in modern art. Works spanning vastly different time periods, places, and mediums engage the eccentric forms and unpredictable contours of bodies, fragments, gestures, and shadows. Sillman examines the creation of shape as an act of subjective choice—in contrast to art made by following systems, rules, or grids, conventions that have often dominated artistic practice throughout the 20th century. The Shape of Shape is organized by Amy Sillman with Michelle Kuo, The Marlene Hess Curator, and Jenny Harris, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Painting and Sculpture.

Reflecting on her curatorial process, Sillman said, “Even though shape is everywhere, we don’t talk about it much; it’s not a hot topic in art, like color or systems. So I decided to look for works in MoMA’s collection in which shape does prevail over other considerations. I found a wealth of artworks, far too many to include here, by artists who dig into life’s surfaces, who start with physical perception rather than abstract logic. Often eccentric, poetic, or intimate, these works are like bodies that speak, operating at the hub of language and matter, signs and sensations.”

The Shape of Shape includes works by a diverse range of artists, including Ron Gorchov, Albert Oehlen, Julian Schnabel und Christopher Wool, among many others.


Günther Förg, Christopher Wool et al.

Out of Order. Works from the Haubrok Collection, part 2 (group show)
Neues Museum, Nuremberg
17 January – 1 March 2020

Installation view: Neues Museum, Nuremberg, 2020. Photo: Hannes Rohrer
Installation view: Neues Museum, Nuremberg, 2020. Photo: Hannes Rohrer

For Axel Haubrok, art is primarily a question of being able to think. Looking at his collection, it becomes clear that thinking about art, its aesthetic dimension, its ability to communicate, its quest for knowledge and the sublime, and its purpose within society in general is a question that is immanent within the system, but also an important factor in current artistic production.

Barbara and Axel Haubrok began collecting professionally at the end of the 1980s, and their collection now contains over 1000 works. Their focus is on international conceptual art at the turn of the millennium, covering the contemporary art of the last three decades. With their keen eye for thoughtful artists, they have made a name for themselves. As well as museum-scale material, sculpture and painting, photography and film, they also collect installations and small-format ephemera. The Haubroks still passionately support activities in contemporary art and culture, including exhibitions at FAHRBEREITSCHAFT in Berlin Lichtenberg.

The exhibition title Out of Order refers not to some kind of malfunction, but to a resistance to any ordering principle, reflecting the mischievousness and non-conformism of the collectors with their eye for particularly “disorderly”, ambiguous and enigmatic works.

Neues Museum Nuremberg