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
The Broad, Los Angeles (solo show)
8 February – 31 December 2020
In celebration of The Broad's fifth anniversary, the museum will dedicate its first and third floor galleries to a series of free exhibitions and in-depth, single-artist presentations in a unique, rolling sequence beginning February 8 until early 2021 that includes deep dives into the work of icons of American postwar art and 1960s pop, key artists of the 1980s New York and Los Angeles art scenes, and works by important figures of the 1990s to the present day.
An in-depth installation featuring 16 works by Christopher Wool (13 of which are on view for the first time at The Broad) kicks off The Broad's 5th Anniversary Year on February 8. The works on view in this expansive presentation spans from 1985 to 2015, including iconic works that use text, roller paintings, and recent works using digital manipulation, including:
• Untitled (1991) – a work that reproduces a quote from Situationist writer Raoul Vaneigem, which Wool found in Lipstick Traces, a book by rock music critic Greil Marcus).
• I Smell a Rat (1994) – a pivotal work for the artist, in which he began reusing his own work as an image bank for generating paintings.
• Untitled (2015) – a recent painting in which Wool uses digital methods.
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 – 7 June 2020
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 Albert Oehlen, Julian Schnabel und Christopher Wool, among many others.