1. Kate Ericson & Mel Ziegler, Galerie Perrotin (July 8 - August 22) Ericson & Ziegler’s art abandoned the few, urban cities in which American art culture tends to be centralized to return to the heartland. The artists created work that aimed to examine and represent the cultural majority of Americans, often ignored by the cosmopolitan art world. It speaks to the national importance of the duo’s work that a French gallery is exhibiting the retrospective (bringing it stateside after a successful show in Paris).
(via Gallerie Perrotin)
2. Louise LawlerNo Drones, Metro Pictures (June 5 - July 25) Through her unique artistic process, in which she traces her photographs and then prints these tracings on vinyl, Lawler manages to distill complex images and moments down to their aesthetic essence. She displays an array of scenes in egalitarian simplicity, examining what lays at the center of these moments.
(via Metro Pictures)
3. Marcel Duchamp, Gagosian Gallery (June 26 - August 8) Gagosian exhibits Duchamp’s historic readymades in the same building in which they debuted half a century ago. Thus this is a truly unique show of the work of one the most renown avant-garde artists of all time.
Gaelle is a French-born, New York-based contemporary art curator and studio director of artist Prune Nourry’s studio. She’s also one of our all-time favorite curators here at Gertrude, and guests love her (she has an average guest rating of 5/5 on her 4 past Salons!) . At her Salons, Gaelle shares access to the privacy of an artist’s studio, allowing for better comprehension of the artists’ purpose.
What do you think about the format of Gertrude Salons? The unique format of the Gertrude salons lies in the fact that the audience has the opportunity to actually ask questions to the artist directly. The curator helps guide and open up the discussion when some may feel intimidated or not always know where to begin the conversation. In order to really understand the process of an artist, there is nothing better than to hear and see it directly from the inside.
Gaelle talks as artist Prune Nourry and guests look on during Prune’s studio visit.
Can you tell us a little about Prune? Prune is an artist I have known for years and have had the joy of working closely with for 2.5 years. I am constantly surprised by her intelligence, avant garde ideas and determination. She is not 30, yet she has the mind of an empress conquering the world with a noble cause.
She reflects upon gender preference in China with her latest project Terracotta Daughters. Appropriating the familiar symbol of China’s Terracotta Soldiers, Nourry created an army of 108 life-size Terracotta Daughters a symbol for the unborn girls.
Do you have any advice for someone looking to host their own Salon? Make sure it is a subject you feel passionate about. Know it well so you can go deeper than what anyone could easily find online. Try to make the audience feel comfortable enough to join in the conversation and make it an enriching experience to all. Everyone, the curator and the artist included, should walk out having learned something new. The discussion should feed new inspirations.
What people are saying about Gaelle’s Salons:
“Really enjoyed studio visit: -even more intimate -deeper insight into artist process and work setting.most salons/galleries/museums would only display finished work. Seeing intermediary elements (molds etc.) gave better understanding of how final pieces are created.” - Jeff A.
“5 stars for my first event with Gertrude. I spent a whole hour inside an artist’s head, an unforgettable experience. Gaelle, the curator, was a perfect host. she made the connection incredibly quickly between the artist and the audience.” -Matt V.
Prune Nourry’s ongoing and upcoming projects - Collective show - Girls, curated by Pharrell Williams at Galerie Perrotin, Paris - Opening May 27th - Collective show - La Part Animale, curated by Tatyana Franck at Galerie Sophie Sheidecker, Paris - Opening May 27th - Solo show - Terracotta Daughters, curated by Tatyana Franck, Flux Laboratory, Zurich - Opening June 13th
Karen is an independent contemporary art curator in Mexico City with a background in photography and painting. Her cosmopolitan and sophisticated vision has led to the innovative way she conceptualizes and implements group and individual exhibitions. Her current curatorial project is called WHITE SPIDER.
What do you think of the Mexico City art scene? Mexico City is a very inspiring city. Every year I see so many projects emerging from different directions with different points of views. From galleries, museums, and collections, to more independent and experimental projects. There are so many talented artists coming from all over the world to share their experience. Some say it’s the “New Berlin”.
Do you think that it is expanding globally? Yes! The market here is growing; everything in art is moving very fast. With Mexico’s cultural and historical heritage, I find it to be an extremely attractive, creative and inspiring place to foreigners. Both it’s past and present are very interesting to people all over the world.
It doesn’t feel local anymore, living here its starting to feel like were an international art community from all over the world making links from outside to here…so watch out world!
Salon: Álvaro Castillo: ‘Conversaciones Rurales’ Led Tour & Conversation Karen hosted a Salon in Mexico City with an artist she greatly believes in. It was a three part Salon that began with a short talk with the artist, Álvaro Castillo, a led tour of the exhibition, and a discussion between the artist, gallerist, and guests. The Salon was followed by some wine and tapas to celebrate the evening.
The artist Álvaro Castillo speaks about the concept of his exhibition during the Salon.
Why do you think Álvaro Castillo is an important artist to know about? As a painter I find him very challenging and his work is so organic with lots of investigation and contextual background around it. He belongs to one of the most respected galleries in Mexico. As a person, he is charming character with many transcending ideas. I think he is an important element in his generation of artists.
Karen’s Upcoming Projects: - Upcoming WHITE SPIDER curatorial project - September, October, and December: Karen is producing and curating two solos shows and residences for Adriana Minoliti (painting, digital intervention and installation, Argentina); Daniel Horowitz (collage, painting, installation - Brooklyn, NY) and a collective show with artists living in Mexico - August: Solo show in the gallery Art Space Mexico. Karen will present recent works by Felix D’ Eon - In September, with Adriana Minoliti’s exhibition, Karen will present her own show (which is currently untitled) - Karen will be hosting more Gertrude Salons in August, September, October, November, and December, so watch out for those! - In November, WHITE SPIDER will present a new concept of an art auction called PIG ME
1. Kate Ericson and Mel Ziegler, Galerie Perrotin (July 08 - August 22) On view is a selection of iconic works by the couple two decades after showing their work at Emmanuel Perrotin’s first Paris location. The show revisits the full span of the couple’s career, during which they developed a distinctly American community-based art outside the orbit of New York.
(via Galerie Perrotin)
2. Some Artists’ Artists, Marian Goodman Gallery (June 26 – August 22) This unique exhibition has been selected by gallery artists and brings together 23 artists from various backgrounds, generations, and geographical areas. The artists were chosen according to a wide spectrum of criteria. The criteria was determined primarily by the selectors and included a multitude of voices in the selection process.
(via Marian Goodman Gallery)
3. Joan MitchellTrees, Cheim & Read (May 15 – August 29) This exhibition of seven large-scale canvases by Joan Mitchell is inspired by the form and structure of trees. Throughout her career, Mitchell abstracted tree-forms and was known for her expressionistic, visceral explorations of the natural landscape. A full color catalogue accompanies the show with an essay by John Yau.
1. To do as one would, David Zwirner Gallery (June 26 - July 25) Last week, we attended the preview for To do as one would where curators Mary Mitsch, Martha Moldovan, and Poppy Pulitzer spoke to us about their show:
To do as one would presents a group of artists who employ cheap materials often associated with industrial production, construction sites or corporate environments. Cement, office chairs, lightbulbs, wire, cloth—media that are typically the base of economic and governmental enterprises—are repurposed as art and shed of their intended use-value.
(via gertrwde Instagram account at David Zwirner Gallery)
2. Kara Walker A Subtlety or the Marvelous Sugary Baby, Domino Sugar Factory (May 10 - July 6) This exhibition is Kara Walker’s first large-scale public project, situated in the sprawling industrial relics of Brooklyn’s Domino Sugar Factory. Walker’s physically and conceptually expansive work responds to the actual structure and history surrounding the Domino Sugar Factory. The exhibition pays homage to the overworked sugar Artisans upon the demolition of the Domino Sugar Refining Plant.
(via J Grassi/Patrickmcmullan.com)
3. Hypothesis For An Exhibition, Dominique Lévy (July 8 - August 16) Hypothesis For An Exhibition, is a collaborative artists’ project inspired by the work of Giulio Paolini. It is made up of two components - an exhibition and an extensive publication dedicated to the work of the participating artists. The project aims to explore Paolini’s work of the 1960s and 70s in parallel to the work of the younger generation of artists based in New York today. There are numerous categories of investigation including: the relationship between the artist, the work, & the spectator; the phenomenon of vision, etc.