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Miroslaw Balka Group Show at Museum Voorlinder, Wassenaar, Netherlands

The Group Show “Less is more” is on display until January 2020 at Museum Voorlinden.  How can it be that we in the West – in an era in which our standard of living is higher than ever – are still constantly wanting more? Our smartphones keep us in contact with the world twenty-four hours a day. The result is constant overstimulation. We are always “on”, and we don’t quite know how to manage it. The gratification is fleeting, while the emptiness endures. Yet a counter-movement is emerging. Chefs advocate simple, authentic cuisine. Organisational gurus write books filled with tips on reducing clutter. Fashion designers practically chant the mantra: buy less, choose well. The Tiny House movement continues to grow. And we find meaning in the pursuit of a zero-waste existence. Minimalism seems to be the new way of life.

Douglas Gordon and SWG3 for a New Project “Head Girl” in the frame of Art Car Boot Sale 2019

Head Girl is an artist-led printmaking project and will focus on the production of limited edition, hand-printed t-shirts and posters. It will open this Saturday as part of the venue’s annual contemporary arts fair, Art Car Boot Sale. Created by SWG3 and Scottish artist Douglas Gordon, Head Girl will retail a series of curated designs by artists and friends of the venue. The store will open on Saturday 29 June in Arch 29, Eastvale place. The first wave of Head Girl t-shirts will come from Douglas Gordon, Gary Rough and Mogwai’s Barry Burns, and will be priced from £36. Fashion designer Pam Hogg, footballer Eric Cantona and Garbage singer Shirley Manson have also committed to the project, as well as internationally acclaimed artists including Philippe Perreno and Sue Webster.

Adi Fluman, Group Show at The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History Tel Aviv, Israel

The exhibition Zoom 2019 – Young Israeli Artists is a platform for outstanding young artists. This is the second exhibition organized by the Zoom project and the 22 artists featured in the exhibition were selected after a long review of over 1,000 art school graduates, and with the consultancy of a committee of curators at the Israel Museum. The Zoom exhibitions give expression to a wide range of concerns that preoccupy the country’s young generation. In order to provide these exceptional artists with a maximum amount of artistic freedom, the exhibitions are not thematic, but rather focus on subjects chosen by the artists themselves. The natural history museum hosting the current exhibition offers a prism through which to read the works of these young artists, who examine fundamental questions regarding life, social concerns, and humanity’s condescending attitude to nature. The Exhibition took place on 14 May 2019 at The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History in Tel Aviv, Israel

Lawrence Weiner at The FLAG Art Foundation, New York

The Group Show “On Bord the Ships at Sea are We” is now extended from June 6 until August 16 2019 at The FLAG Art Foundation in New York City. The exhibition presents Robert Therrien’s monumental No title (table and six chairs), 2003, alongside Rachel Whiteread’s Untitled (Pair),1999, a duo of interlocking, cast mortuary slabs, and includes two wall-sized text works by  Lawrence Weiner: A MIRROR SCRATCHED AT THE BRIEF POINT TWIXT SILVER BLACK WHERE THE IMAGE TURNS TO RETURN TO SENDER, and a newly-created aphorism* (from which the show takes its title) that is the artist’s personal response to the current refugee crisis. Lawrence Weiner, one of the forerunners of Conceptual art, contributes two iconic wall-sized typographic texts to the exhibition: one on the opening wall, the other on its reverse. A MIRROR SCRATCHED AT THE BRIEF POINT TWIXT SILVER BLACK WHERE THE IMAGE TURNS TO RETURN TO SENDER, executed in chrome lettering outlined in black, both reflects and obscures the Therrien and Whiteread sculptures across from it, uniting all three voices in conversation. Weiner draws subtle distinctions on his monochromatic text-based works, considering some minimalist sculptures and others aphorisms*, including his new work ON BOARD THE SHIPS AT SEA ARE WE. Though the artist’s personal intention for this piece was to be a response to the global refugee crisis, like all his text-based works, it welcomes individual interpretations.

Simon Fujiwara has been nominated for the shortilist of the Preis der Nationalgalerie 2019

In the autumn of 2019 the Preis der Nationalgalerie will be awarded for the tenth time. Every two years, four artists under forty years of age who live and work in Germany are nominated for the award and presented in a shortlist exhibition. The winner is selected by a panel of experts and the following year is granted a large solo show in one of the venues of the Nationalgalerie. In addition, a catalogue is published at the occasion of the exhibition. This year  from among the 70 nominations, the international jury has chosen the following artists: Simon Fujiwara, Pauline Curnier Jardin, Flaka Haliti, Katja Novitskova. The exhibition will be on show from 16 August 2019 and will be run until 16 February 2020.

Omer Fast at Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg

The Solo Exhibition “Der Oylem is a Goylem”  by Omer Fast will be open from 27 July until 6 October 2019 at Salzburger Kunstverein in Salzburg. Omer Fast presents three films that portray human interaction with the supernatural. The newest film, Der oylem iz a goylem, begins with a lone skier’s uncanny encounter in the Austrian Alps. Shot in 2019 in Salzburg, this film will premiere at the Salzburger Kunstverein. The second film, The Invisible Hand, depicts a family’s confrontation with a ghost in the Pearl River Delta, China. The third film, August, is loosely based on German photographer August Sander’s last years. The exhibition will be presented in a specially-built medical environment.