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TATIANA TROUVE (b. 1968) is an Italian artist who lives and works in Paris.

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Installation view of Tatiana Trouvé at König Gallery, Berlin, 2016

Photos: Annka Kultys

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König Gallery is currently presenting Tatiana Trouvé’s second time solo exhibition with the gallery in Berlin.
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OSCAR MURILLO (b. 1986) is a Colombian-born artist who lives and works in London.

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Installation view of Oscar Murillo at David Zwirner Gallery, London, 2015

Photos: Annka Kultys

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David Zwirner is currently presenting Oscar Murillo’s first time solo exhibition with the gallery in London.
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The Slick & The Sticky

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Installation view of The Slick & The Sticky at at VSF, Los Angeles, 2015

Photos: Annka Kultys

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VSF is currently presenting a group exhibition The Slick & The Sticky featuring various artists: Dora Budor | Antoine Catala | Alex Fleming | Andrea Fraser | Lisa Jarrett | Jacob Kassay | Mary Kelly | Sean Kennedy | Andrea Longacre-White | Park McArthur | Vanessa Place | Stephanie Taylor | Jeff Zilm

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PLAGIARIST OF MY UNCONSCIOUS MIND!

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Installation view of Plagiarist of my Unconscious Mind! at at Chateau Shatto, Los Angeles, 2015

Photos: Annka Kultys

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Chateau Shatto is currently presenting a group exhibition Plagiarist of my Unconscious Mind! featuring four artists: Peggy Ahwesh, Cécile B. Evans, Joseph Cornell and Georges Egerton-Warburton.
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HENRY TAYLOR (b. 1958) in aN American painter who lives and works in Los Angeles.

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Installation view of Henry Taylor at Carlos Ishikawa, London, 2015

Photos: Annka Kultys

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Carlos Ishikawa is currently presenting Henry Taylor’s first time solo exhibition with the gallery.
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A.L. STEINER (b. 1967) in a American multimedia artist who lives and works in Los Angeles. Steiner’s art incorporates queer and eco-feminist elements.

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Installation view of A. L. Steiner Come & Go at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, 2015

Photos: Annka Kultys

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Blum & Poe is currently presenting A.L Stainer’s first time solo exhibition with the gallery.
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THOMAS HIRSCHHORN (b. 1957) in a Swiss artist who lives and works in Paris. He is internationally regarded as one of the most important artist of his generation.

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Installation view of Thomas Hirschhorn In Between at South London Galley, London, 2015

Photos: Annka Kultys

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South London Gallery is currently presenting Thomas Hirschhorn’s first major solo show in London. In the main exhibition room at SLG, the artist creates a breathtaking environment of overwhelming devastation with his signature law-grade materials: cardboard, packing tape, aluminium foil. ‘In Between’ explores the aesthetics of ruins and disaster. According to the artist, creating ‘destruction is an aesthetical challenge’. And he succeeded !
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DANH VO (b. 1975) in a Danish artist who lives and works in Berlin.

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Installation view of Danh Vo’s curation Slip of the Tongue at Punta della Dogana, Venice

Photos: Annka Kultys

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Danh Vo has been invited to collaborate with Palazzo Grassi – Punta della Dogana – Pinault Collection not only as an artist but also as a curator, working with the collection in conjunction with a number of invited artists. Indeed, it is the first time that the foundation invites an artist as a curator at Punta della Dogana in Venice.

The artists of the exhibition
Leonor Antunes, Julie Ault, Nairy Baghramian, Giovanni Bellini, Constantin Brancusi, Marcel Broodthaers, Giovanni Buonconsiglio, detto il Marescalco, Jos De Gruyter & Harald Thys, Hubert Duprat, Elmgreen & Dragset, Luciano Fabro, Fischli & Weiss, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Petrit Halilaj, David Hammons, Roni Horn, Peter Hujar, Tetsumi Kudo, Bertrand Lavier, Zoe Leonard, Francesco Lo Savio, Lee Lozano, Robert Manson, Piero Manzoni, Sadamasa Motonaga, Jean-Luc Moulène, Henrik Olesen, Pablo Picasso, Sigmar Polke, Carol Rama, Charles Ray, Auguste Rodin, Cameron Rowland, Carlo Scarpa, Andres Serrano, Nancy Spero, Sturtevant, Alina Szapocznikow, Paul Thek, Danh Vo, David Wojnarowicz, Martin Wong

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SARAH LUCAS (b. 1962) in an English artist.

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Installation view of Sarah Lucas I Scream Daddio at 56th Venice Biennial, Venice, 2015

Photos: Annka Kultys

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For the 56th Venice Biennial, Sarah Lucas’ is representing the British pavilion with an exhibition I Scream Daddio. Her exhibition starts promisingly with 3-meter tall penis-like vivid yellow sculptures. Elsewhere the artist installed plaster casts of bottom halves of naked women. The cast concrete opposite of the bust sculptures are draped over pieces of furniture and create a frozen moment in time. The pavilion itself is painted a similar yellow of giant phallic sculptures and does turn the whole exhibition into a painting.

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ISA GENZKEN (b. 1948) is a German artist. She lives and works in Berlin

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Installation view of Isa Genzke Geldbilder at Hauser & Wirth, London, 2015

Photos: Annka Kultys

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Hauser & Wirth’s London location is currently presenting a new series of abstract paintings including found objects such as coins, pictures, magazine’s pages reappropriated for artistic use by Isa Genzken.

In the Geldbilder works, Genzken has roughly covered each canvas in a combination of vivid, unmixed colours, using either a large-bristle brush or spray can, sometimes dripping the paint in thick, random gestures, with the impressions of the canvas’ supports and areas of unmarked surface still visible. The coins and notes are applied in seemingly random patterns; stacked, grouped to create shapes or arranged in lines traversing the surface of the painting.

Genzken takes money as a painterly medium itself, affixing notes and coins of various currencies and denominations to the canvas. She uses the very tools of a profit-driven society in her most direct and literal engagement with its principles. Genzken disassociates money from its role as currency, and encourages an appreciation of it as a material object, as a social artefact, and for its symbolic connotations.
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CAROL BOVE (b. 1971) is born in Geneva and lives and works in New York.

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Installation view of Carol Bove The Plastic Unit at David Zwirner, London, 2015

Photos: Annka Kultys

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David Zwirner’s London location is currently presenting the gallery first exhibition with Carol Bove. It features Bove’s recent works, assemblages-like of found and made objects.  Continue reading ›

PAUL LEE (b. 1974) was born in London and lives and works in New York.

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Installation view of Paul Lee Nocturnal, Seeing in the Dark, a Path of Light that does not Cross Others at Stuart Shave / Modern Art,  London, 2015

Photos: Annka Kultys

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Stuart Shave / Modern Art is currently presenting a series of new work by Paul Lee for the exhibition Nocturnal, Seeing in the Dark, a Path of Light that does not Cross Others. For his third solo show at the gallery, Paul Lee’s exhibition comprises wall-based sculptures made from the cut fabric edges of bath towels, hand towels and washcloths, sewn together and coloured with ink.

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JACK LAVENDER (b. 1983) was born in Canterbury, UK, and he lives and works in London.

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Installation view of Jack Lavender A Hardcore Stomping Flashback at The Apporach, London, 2015

Photos: Annka Kultys

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The Approach Gallery is currently presenting new works by Jack Lavender for the exhibition A Hardcore Stomping Flashback including new series of steel free standing sculptures, double-glazed paintings, collages and a wall grid hanging assemblage. 

Lavender has developed a series of free standing sculptures made of self-supportive folded and bent painted steel sheets on which the artist added objects such as keyring, magnet, cast onion rings.  The exhibition also includes new double-glazed paintings standing against the wall. Each painting is made from glass and paint scattered over its surface. In addition, the floor of the gallery has been covered with tens of thousands of overlapping sheets printed with an image of mud tracks as slippery as mud itself.

The artist brings different elements together to create a new entity. Objects that would normally be the detritus of our lives are re-imagined for their formal qualities and reinserted into his oeuvre. By doing so, they are reincarnated into new function and consequently a new cycle of life. The use of the collected objects form part of Lavender’s ongoing practice.

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THEASTER GATES (b. 1973) was born in Chicago, where he lives and works.

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Installation view of Theaster Gates Freedom of Assembly at White Cube, London, 2015

Photos: Annka Kultys

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White Cube Gallery Bermondsey location is currently presenting an exhibition of new work by Theaster Gates. Gates’ practice is wide-ranging and polysemous, attempting to bridge the gap between art and life and catalyse social and economic change through direct artistic agency.

For this exhibition, entitled Freedom of Assembly, Gates explores the theme of assembly in its widest sense, enmeshing ideas of an autonomous art object with notions of individual freedom and the empowerment of place. In particular, Gates refers to the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, which protects freedom of speech, the right to peaceably assemble, and the free exercise of religion. Continue reading ›

ZAK KITNICK (b. 1984) in Los Angeles lives and works in Brooklyn.

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Installation view of Zak Kitnick Peace at CLEARING, Brussels, 2015

Photos: Annka Kultys

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CLEARING is currently presenting a one-person exhibition of works by Zak Kitnick. The exhibition features a series of intriguing oeuvres all over the gallery space. On the walls, the artist displayed paintings featuring images of olive trees and men with umbrellas, in another room, an installation is composed of real umbrellas lying on a table. Finally, several pendant sculptures made of olive oil bottles are hanging from the ceiling.

The works are made of products rather than materials. The inkjet printed paintings featuring images of olive trees are assembled of steel shelving units. Similarly, the ceiling mounted sculptures are nothing but olive oil bottled industrially. The automated way of creating the paintings reminds those of mechanical production of the olive oil. Even more importantly, the mechanized way the paintings are made by the artist, as well as the products composing them, seems to go away from artistic craft practice and tends to fully embrace the ubiquitous machine-driven production.

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