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Farewell Robert Walser Sculpture

The dismantlement of Hirschhorn’s ‘Robert Walser-Sculpture’ in Biel, Switzerland has already begun. Before the sculpture will vanish completely the Farewell Day marks the end of the Project on 28.9.19! Free drinks, food and a big goodbye  in Biel 10 am – 10 pm!

Karen Russo at Tel Aviv Museum of Art

The solo exhibition features, for the first time in Israel, three of Karen Russo’s films: Junker Haus, TET-Stadt and Haus Atlantis, alongside large-scale figurative charcoal drawings. The films, shot in northern Germany, refer to the area’s local and cultural history before and after World War II and examine a moment in history when ancient mythologies merged dangerously with political ideologies. Opening Date: 26.9.2019

Nelly Agassi at Pola Magnetyczne in Warsaw with Nicolas Grospierre

From the 20th of September to the 2nd of November, 2019 In Longue Durée, Nelly Agassi and Nicolas Grospierre develop a visual dialogue which revolves around time, architecture, and the physical absence of light. “Longue durée” – the long run – should be seen as a view on things, perceived over a long period of time, and focusing on the longstanding and imperceptibly slow changing events and their consequences, and understood as perhaps the most fundamental aspects of reality. In Heliography, Nicolas Grospierre’s new body of works, the photographer abandons one of his favourite topics, architecture, to deliver works that could be seen as the antithesis of Cartier Bressons’s concept of “decisive moment”. It is indeed the long perspective that is essential in Heliography, which could be described as photography without film, without camera, and even without paper: geometric patterns created by the sun over colorful velvet canvases, exposed over a period of 5 months. The long run is equally essential in Nelly Agassi’s practice, and her re-interpretation of architecture. In Longue Durée, Nelly Agassi deals with the the biography of the building housing the Pola Magnetyczne gallery. Plein-Air, one of her minimalist yet masterful interventions, revives architectural elements once integral to the house, and which have disappeared: the windows of the gallery space. Marking the absence of these windows allows her to connect with the long history of the house and explore erasure, preservation, and architecture’s capacity to change and repurpose by its users and by time, while at the same time echoing Grospierre’s Heliography, by referring to the absence/presence of light which the window allow, and which is fundamental in Grospierre’s works. Born out of the visual exchange between two autonomous artistic sensitivities, Longue Duréee eventually hints at notions of time, memory and immanent change, often imperceptible to the naked eye.

Naama Tsabar at EXPO CHICAGO

The Peninsula Chicago, in partnership with Kasmin, is pleased to present REVERB, an exhibition of contemporary art showcasing works by Naama Tsabar, James Nares and Ivan Navarro. The three artists practices explore movement, sound, and electricity, engaging with the rhythm and structure of the urban environment. This is the fifth consecutive year that The Peninsula Chicago has hosted a contemporary art exhibit at the hotel, in conjunction with EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, the eighth edition of which will take place at Navy Pier, September 20 to 22, 2019. On view and open to the public throughout the hotel’s public space from September 20 through October 22, 2019. Naama Tsabar’s Transition canvases repurpose the internal and external components of the amplifier—wires, speaker, circuit board—to create a new formal visual experience whilst retaining the object’s ability to broadcast sound. Tsabar’s sculptural works and sonic installations weave together iconic actions and objects from rock music (the guitar, the amplifier, the microphone). The motifs of femininity, gender, disruption, destruction, and reconstruction recur throughout her work and performances.

Artist Talk with Dor Guez in Conversation with Curator Sara Reisman at The 8th Floor

Wednesday, September 18, 6:00 – 8:00 pm The 8th Floor, 17 West 17th Street, NYC Artis, in collaboration with The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, presents The Nation’s Groves, an artist talk with Jerusalem-born artist Dor Guez at The 8th Floor in New York. Guez’s talk will focus on two of his projects that combine research of landscape and flora with traditional photographic processes to reveal less visible aspects of the region’s history. Guez will be in conversation with Sara Reisman, Executive and Artistic Director of The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation and Artis Curatorial Seminar Alum. Guez’s project, and the title of the talk, The Nation’s Groves (2010), refers to forestation efforts led by the Israeli government, which, beginning in the 1950s, managed and maintained groves, vineyards and lands that were nationalized following the establishment of the state of Israel, serving as a branch of the Zionist enterprise. Guez presents a collection of photographs, videos and scans from different archives that document and reflect on this forestation project and the work of The Nation’s Groves company to adopt and rapidly redefine the land as part of Israel’s nation-building process. Combining historical ethos with individual tales, the project presents a structural and formal tension between the artificial and the natural, imitation and origin. Guez will also speak about his latest photographic series Lillies of the Field (2019), which examines the link between nature and culture, based on pressed flower albums that were common souvenirs for tourists and pilgrims visiting the “Holy Land” in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As with some of his previous projects focused on local landscape and vegetation, Lillies of the Field tackles the ways in which representations of the landscape, explicitly or implicitly, is subjugated to Orientalist precepts. Dor Guez was born into a family of Palestinian and Jewish Tunisian lineage. Guez’s photography, video, mixed media, and essays explore the relationship between art, narrative, and memory. Interrogating personal and official accounts of the past, his artwork raises questions about contemporary art’s role in narrating unwritten histories and re-contextualizing visual and written documents. Since 2006, Guez’s ongoing research focuses on archival materials of the Middle East. His work has been displayed in over thirty solo exhibitions worldwide. To date, eight catalogues have been published internationally about his practice. Publishers include Distanz, New England Press, and A.M Qattan Foundation. www.dorguez.com The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation believes in art as a cornerstone of cohesive, resilient communities and greater participation in civic life. In its mission to make art available to the broader public, in particular to underserved communities, the Foundation provides direct support to, and facilitates partnerships between, cultural organizations and advocates of social justice across the public and private sectors. Through grantmaking, the Foundation supports cross-disciplinary work connecting art with social justice via experimental collaborations, as well as extending cultural resources to organizations and areas of New York City in need. www.sdrubin.org The 8th Floor is an independent exhibition and event space established in 2010 by Shelley and Donald Rubin to promote artistic and cultural initiatives. Inspired by The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, the gallery is committed to broadening the access and availability of art to New York audiences. Seeking further cultural exchange, The 8th Floor explores the potential of art as an instrument for social change in the 21st century, through an annual program of innovative contemporary art exhibitions and an events program comprised of performances, salon-style discussions, and those organized by external partners. www.the8thfloor.org

Simon Fujiwara at 16th Istanbul Biennial

Opening this week of “The Seventh Continent”, 16th Istanbul Biennial with Simon Fujiwara, curated by Nicolas Bourriaud. “It’s a Small World”, Simon Fujiwara’s project for the Istanbul Biennial, began after he discovered a large quantity of semi-ruined figures of pop icons in the trash of an attractions manufacturer near Istanbul. He salvaged these figures and combined them with thirteen architectural miniatures. In these sculptural works, the functions of everyday civic architecture are blended with symbols from the mass entertainment world. Fujiwara’s miniature city draws attention to the ways in which fantasy and escapism have bled into the core structures of our everyday lives, often masking the brutal pragmatism of globalized capitalism. 14.9. – 10.11.2019

Coffee Shop – Wine Bar at Galerie Martin Janda curated by Ariel Schlesinger & Manuela Moscoso: 13.09.–25.10.2019

Ariel Schlesinger is curating the exhibition “Coffee Shop – Wine Bar” in collaboration with Manuela Moscoso at Galerie Martin Janda in Vienna. “Coffee Shop – Wine Bar” engages with questions of  states of matter, bodily contortions and figure/ground entanglements, featuring works by Sebastian Black, Santiago de Paoli, Kitty Kraus, Elena Tejada-Herrera, Sergio Prego and Ariel Schlesinger. Opening: Thursday 12th September 2019, 6 pm.

Circulation at Galerie Meyer Kainer in Vienna curated by Florian Pumhoesel: 13.9.-25.10.2019

The exhibition consists of a selection of pieces by Florian Pumhoesl entitled Formed Speech (2016–19), in which he explores the possibilities of defining a vertical object that divides a sequence: the directions it refers to, the imagined space that could emerge in between or before, the convergence of such an object with linguistic signs or figures gleaned from architecture. These pieces form the structure for a series of historical and contemporary work. “Circulation” also includes works by Ella Bergmann-Michel, Alan Charlton, Christian (Georges Herbiet), Anita Leisz, Henrik Olesen, Wacław Szpakowski and Ad Reinhardt. Opening: 12.9.2019, 6 p.m.

Lawrence Weiner LONG AGO FAR AWAY at OSL contemporary 13.9.-19.10.2019

Lawrence Weiner’s exhibition  LONG AGO FAR AWAY at OSL contemporary in Oslo opens on September 13th.  The show comprises of three sculptures and is Weiner’s second show at the gallery. Coinciding with LONG AGO FAR AWAY, and as part of OSL series, there will be a published conversation between Francesca Gavin and Lawrence Weiner. Opening 12.9.2019 6 p.m.