Images associated with listening—cups pressed to the wall, a makeshift antenna, earplugs cast in metal—thread through the work of London-based, Argentinian-born artist Amalia Pica. It's an unusual preoccupation, particularly for an artist whose work extends the legacy of Conceptualism, which, at its most stringent, posited art as something purely ideational, unbound by the exigencies of shape and form. Strange too is Pica's invocation of listening as a visual rather than auditory experience: rarely does her art feature actual sound. The theme's fugue-like persistence in Pica's work undergirds its subtle revisions of Conceptual dogma. While '60s Conceptualists claimed authorship of the ideas that variously constituted or subtended their work—the idea was theirs, even if its execution fell to another—Pica limns the ways in which our thoughts are conditioned by the presence of others. Her art frames communication as an essential, albeit precarious act, filtered through semiotic systems that warp and muddle meaning, so that mutual understanding is never assured. Read More
Even though the objects on view are all made with modern-day industrial materials such as concrete and metal, walking into "All industrious people," an exhibition by Justin Matherly at New York's Paula Cooper Gallery (through Apr. 27), feels something like entering a show charting an archaeological dig at an ancient site. Consisting of seven inkjet monoprints and one monumental concrete sculpture mounted upon a gaggle of metal walkers, the show largely derives its inspiration from Nemrud Dagi in Turkey, an excavated temple-tomb devoted to King Antiochus I, a Hellenistic emperor who ruled in the third century B.C. Read More
Israeli-born, Berlin-based artist Yael Bartana makes her New York solo debut at Petzel gallery tonight, giving New York audiences their first extended opportunity to view her Polish video trilogy, And Europe Will Be Stunned. The eponymous show will be on view through May 4. Read More
For more than 30 years, Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner have devoted themselves to the singular passion of art collecting—separately at first, and for the last two decades as one of the international art world's preeminent couples. Their forthcoming book, Collecting Art for Love, Money and More (Phaidon, Apr. 9), was a long time coming. It is the first they've authored, together or separately, and it testifies to their combined decades of experience.
The exhibition "Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft and Design," at New York's Museum of Arts and Design (through Sept. 15), features almost 90 objects and installations, by 57 international artists and designers, that reveal new approaches to wood as a material. Among the artists are figures like Ai Weiwei, Ursula von Rydingsvard and Martin Puryear; designers with work on view include Ian Spencer and Cairn Young from Yard Sale Project, and Joseph Walsh.
Mixed Media. Courtesy Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York, and the artist.
Extraction, the most recent series of mixed media collages