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Urs Fischer, Adam Pendleton et al.

If on a Winter's Night a Traveler (group show)
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv
From 17 December 2019

Adam Pendleton,
Adam Pendleton, "Untitled (masks)", 2019. © Adam Pendleton. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris | London. Photo: Andy Romer

Mirosłav Bałka – Jean-Michel Basquiat – Max Ernst – Urs Fischer – 
Rashid Johnson – Michael Joo – Adam McEwen – Adam Pendleton 
– Ugo Rondinone – Henry Taylor

This small-scale group exhibition borrows its name from the title of Italo Calvino’s novel, published in 1979, towards the end of the Italian author’s life (1923–1985). If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler was written as an act of wandering through reading, during which the author leads us through various tales that remain unfinished, and never become a coherent plot together. It is written in the second person, making us, the readers, not only his companions on the literary journey but actual protagonists of the reading course. Inspired by the novel, the exhibition “If on a winter’s night a traveler” (in Hebrew it is a female traveler) aims to offer the viewer a journey following observation of art. The viewer (that is, you) is invited to wander along, opposite, beside and around 13 works of art created by ten artists: two lived and worked in the 20th century, the others live and work in the early 21st century. 
The links between the works will hopefully be revealed along the journey: questions of identity, masculinity (old and new), cruelty (between people and in relation to nature), figuring the humanbody and the way in which cultures nurture and enrich each other. “If on a winter’s night a traveler” invites you to wander through the gallery and compose your own story of the exhibition from layers of clues, meanings and sub-plots that the works bring forth.

Tel Aviv Museum of Art


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Adam Pendleton et al.

The Larger Conversation. Redefined: The Black Model in 21st-Century Portraiture (film screening and talk)
Calderwood Hall, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
15 February 2020, 3 – 5pm

Portrait of Adam Pendleton. Photo © Holger Niehaus
Portrait of Adam Pendleton. Photo © Holger Niehaus

Following a screening of Lorraine O'Grady: A Portrait (2012) by Adam Pendleton, Lorraine O'Grady and Adam Pendleton will have a discussion of the body, race and gender in American Art, and the need to rethink, document and preserve new histories of diverse stories.


Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum


Adam Pendleton

Elements of Me (solo show)
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
13 February – 27 September 2020

Portrait of Adam Pendleton. Photo © Holger Niehaus
Portrait of Adam Pendleton. Photo © Holger Niehaus

Adam Pendleton’s exhibition considers the relations between (geometric) abstraction, blackness, and languages of collectivity. Three basic shapes—square, triangle, and circle—are the refrains in this room-sized installation.

Pendleton is a New York-based artist known for work animated by what the artist calls “Black Dada,” a critical articulation of blackness, abstraction, and the avant-garde. Drawing from an archive of language and images, Pendleton makes conceptually rigorous and formally inventive paintings, collages, videos, and installations that insert his work into broader conversations about history and contemporary culture. His work is held in public collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and Tate, London, among others.


Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum