Upcoming Exhibitions | Fall 2017

Upcoming Exhibitions | Fall 2017

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Fall 2017 Exhibition Program

New York and Los Angeles

‘Mira Schendel. Sarrafos and Black and White Works’

Hauser & Wirth New York, 32 East 69th Street

7 September – 21 October 2017

Organized with Olivier Renaud-Clément, this exhibition brings together a group of paintings from Mira Schendel’s Sarrafo (1987) and Brancos e Pretos (1985 – 1987) series, two major bodies of work from the last decade of her life, accompanied by related drawings and works on paper. One of the most significant artists working in South America in the second half of the twentieth century, Schendel emigrated to Brazil in 1949, settling permanently in São Paulo by 1953. Although she never identified as a Brazilian Concretist or Neo- Concretist, Schendel contributed to the dialogues of these prevalent art movements of the time and ultimately emerged as a distinct voice, successfully crafting a unique visual language that conveyed her desire to transcend the material and technical limitations of artmaking. Cerebral and poetically profound, Schendel’s final series, Sarrafo, reconciled her painting and sculpture practices, encapsulating an oeuvre that explored notions of temporality and transience.

‘Arte Povera. Curated by Ingvild Goetz’

Hauser & Wirth New York, 548 West 22nd Street

12 September – 28 October 2017

Unfolding across three floors of Hauser & Wirth’s West 22nd Street location, ‘Arte Povera. Curated by Ingvild Goetz’ presents a comprehensive overview of influential Italian twentieth-century art movement, curated by one of its most important collectors. Ringing in a new era of artistic practice, Arte Povera emerged fifty years ago against the backdrop of a political and social reawakening that defined Italy in the 1960s and ‘70s, and challenged traditional definitions of art by championing radical approaches to form and process. This exhibition features more than 150 works from many of Arte Povera’s leading figures: Claudio Abate, Giovanni Anselmo, Alighiero e Boetti, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Giorgio Colombo, Luciano Fabro, Jannis Kounellis, Mario Merz, Paolo Mussat Sartor, Giulio Paolini, Pino Pascali, Giuseppe Penone, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Emilio Prini, and Gilberto Zorio. Also on view will be a vast collection of archival materials – exhibition catalogs, invitations, and documentary photographs - capturing the history of the movement.

‘Building Material’

Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, 901 E. 3rd Street

16 September – 22 October 2017

Presented in conjunction with Pacific Standard Time, ‘Building Material’ examines specific trajectories in contemporary Brazilian art, tracing reactions against and continuations of the Neo-Concrete movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Taking as its point of departure the influential work of vanguard painter, photographer, and furniture designer Geraldo de Barros (1923 – 1998), the exhibition explores ways in which subsequent generations engaged geometric abstraction and reshaped the landscape of Brazilian contemporary art. De Barros provided a structure for radical exploration in the work of Ivens Machado, Paulo Monteiro, Nuno Ramos, and Celso Renato, and, subsequently, in the art of a younger generation of such figures as Rodrigo Cass, Lucas Simões, and Erika Verzutti.

‘Mike Kelley. Kandors’

Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, 901 E. 3rd Street

21 October 2017 – 28 January 2018

This exhibition will be the most comprehensive survey to date of Mike Kelley's late series inspired by the comic book tale of Kandor – the capital city of Krypton, birth planet of Superman. As the artist once explained, Kandor functions for Superman as ‘a perpetual reminder of his inability to escape the past, and his alienated relationship to his present world.’ Over the course of his four-decade career, Kelley conflated the highest and lowest forms of popular culture into a relentless critical examination of social relations, cultural identity, and systems of belief. While his Kandors series relates to the artist’s longstanding preoccupation with memory, trauma, and repression, these works are also powerful vehicles for the formal investigations of color, light, and scale that marked the last decade of the artist’s life. This extensive exhibition, which will occupy three galleries, includes numerous works shown for the first time in Los Angeles; among these are the complex Kandor installations and the complete Lenticular series. Kelly’s ‘Kandor 10B (Exploded Fortress of Solitude),’ the series’ combined climax and coda, draws viewers to a discovery of Superman’s post-apocalyptic sanctum sanctorum.

‘Ellen Gallagher. Accidental Records’

Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, 901 E. 3rd Street

3 November 2017 – 28 January 2018

Opening on 3 November, ‘Ellen Gallagher. Accidental Records’ is the gallery's first Los Angeles solo exhibition with the artist. On view will be new paintings, drawings, and film installations that continue Gallagher's exploration of the complex histories of the Black Atlantic and the afterlives of the Middle Passage. Widely associated with a resurgence in this diasporic critical space, Gallagher has developed her own genre of history painting which makes us question our geographies. The slowly layered surfaces of her works become a kind of dead reckoning, the way sailors mark their location at sea, determined by return.

‘David Smith. Origins + Innovations’

Hauser & Wirth New York, 548 West 22nd Street

November – December 2017

Dedicated to an in-depth examination of David Smith, ‘Origins + Innovations’ brings together the artist’s early paintings, drawings, and sculptures, alongside seminal later works that re-imagine the possibilities of abstraction in three dimensions. This presentation focuses upon the origins of a renowned artistic innovator, highlighting Smith’s exploration and embrace of diverse sources that inspired a radically new language for sculpture. Shown not as a linear narrative, but as a rich and dynamic whole, the exhibition offers surprising juxtapositions that shed new light on Smith’s lasting artistic legacy.

'Geta Brătescu'

Hauser & Wirth New York, 548 West 22nd Street

November – December 2017

This exhibition will be the first New York solo presentation devoted to 91 year-old pioneering artist Geta Brătescu, a forerunner in the field of Romanian Conceptualism. Her diverse oeuvre, which developed in the isolated cultural landscape of Communist Romania.comprises drawing, collage, photography, filmmaking, and performance, exploring themes of identity, gender, and dematerialization.

‘Arshile Gorky. Ardent Nature 1942 – 1946’

Hauser & Wirth New York, 69th Street

November – December 2017

‘Arshile Gorky. Ardent Nature 1942 – 1946’ will be Hauser & Wirth’s inaugural presentation of work by a seminal figure in the shift to abstraction that defined American art during the first half of the twentieth century. In the early 1940s, Gorky turned to nature as his primary subject matter, inspired by vacations in Connecticut and rural Virginia. Filled with organic forms and infused with an explosive expressive freedom, the resulting works from this period are among the most evocative works of the artist's career. Curated by Saskia Spender, ‘Arshile Gorky. Ardent Nature 1942 – 1946’ features over fifty landscapes, including paintings and works on paper, from a critical moment in the artist’s life and work.


Press contacts:

Andrea Schwan, Andrea Schwan Inc.

info@andreaschwan.com, +1 917 371.5023

Allison Underwood, Hauser & Wirth New York

allison@hauserwirth.com, +1 212 476.9483

Elizabeth Portanova, Hauser &Wirth Los Angeles

elizabeth@hauserwirth.com, + 1 213 943.1634

Alighiero e Boetti
Mappa (Map), 1988
Embroidery on linen on stretcher
121 x 221 x 3 cm / 47 5/8 x 87 x 1 1/8 inches
© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome
Courtesy Kunstmuseum Basel and Sammlung Goetz, München
Photo: Wilfried Petzi, Munich