“I wanted to learn from the chicken culture about how they see,” said Christopher Williams, talking in front of one of the photos in his latest exhibition at David Zwirner Gallery in New York, opening tonight. Williams wasn’t trying to be funny — well, maybe a little bit — and this is simply the way he talks about his work, which obsessively recreates and interrogates borrowed visual vocabularies. (The chicken in question is a Dutch breed, raised in Germany, and Williams’s studio posed it to mimic the format of similar photos in industry magazines.) During a walk-through of the show this morning he hop-scotched from one topic to the next — the ways in which his disruption of the space’s architecture alluded to Gordon Matta-Clark; his visceral love for the entryway ramp leading into the gallery itself; how the entire show is “a montage or collage,” and also “a big distillation of a newsstand,” in that he’s pulling from various types of publications: photo-based, car-based, chicken-based. For one suite of photographs his studio invented a hilariously complex task for itself: Dent the front of a new car; methodically take that section of the car apart; have the relevant pieces painted; replace said parts; photograph the result; dissemble again and have painted in a different grey tone; and so on. Described by a less eloquent practitioner this might sound nonsensical or borderline obnoxious; in Williams’s rendition, it just sounds like the sort of thing one does, because why not?
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If you’re in the market for some summer reading, head over to David Zwirner’s 525 W 19th Street location for the gallery’s annual pop-up bookstore. It opened yesterday and will run through August 1. Presented with ARTBOOK | D.A.P., the sale will include signed artist catalogues, new publications, DVDs, posters, and other ephemera.
Now going into its third year, Expo Chicago has just released the names of the 134 galleries who will set up shop at the Windy City’s Navy Pier from September 18 to 21. International blue chip galleries David Zwirner, Galerie Karsten Greve, and Galerie Thomas Schulte, among others, are set to return. While a handful of names from last year — Luhring Augustine, Galerie Lelong, Lombard Freid — are absent from this year’s list, several New York galleries are new to the lineup including Elizabeth Dee Gallery, Bortolami, and Van Doren Waxter.
Affable mega-dealer David Zwirner took some time out of his schedule to make an appearance on Charlie Rose last Thursday. Zwirner’s interview, which starts around 19:00, covers his opinion of minimalism, the influence of his father, and why people are paying “so much for art.”
The exhibitor list for this year’s Art Basel in Hong Kong, which will take place May 15 through 18 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (just two short days after Frieze New York is over), was released today. Last year was the fair formerly known as Art HK’s first outing after being acquired by art fair mega brand Art Basel. In 2013, the Swiss conglomerate slightly downsized the number of exhibitors and added a number of blue chip names to the fair’s roster. So what’s different this year?
Winter has undeniably arrived in New York, and after a fall full of art-sparked romantic longing, it now takes some serious heat to cause an Art World Missed Connection. There are some proven methods, however, judging by this week’s batch of posts: The creepily sexual work of Mike Kelley on view at MoMA PS1; the forced proximity of hundreds of strangers waiting in line to get into Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Room” installations at David Zwirner; and of course, that inexhaustible well-spring of sexual attraction, a naked person covered in body paint. Let’s star with the latter. (more…)
While ambling along the aisles at Art Basel in Miami Beach and its satellite fairs we came across celebrities, collectors, and celebrity artists, but we also spotted a few U.S. Presidents. There were Barack Obama portraits aplenty at Miami Project, including Peter Wilde’s painting installation “52 Obamas” (2013) in the Freight + Volume booth (above). Nearby, a pair of black-and-white photo portraits from 2013 of the current president by Chuck Close (below) were on view in the Two Palms booth. (more…)
Planning to pop over to Chelsea real quick to check out the Yayoi Kusama infinity room at David Zwirner? Too damn bad! There’s a line outside the gallery’s doors most days by 9am, the New York Times reports, with would-be selfie-takers turning out in droves to see and be seen inside the Japanese artist’s newest colorful, mirrored installation, “Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away” (2013) — and, failing that, “Love Is Calling” (2013, pictured), which this reporter had to settle for on a recent visit because of the long wait to see the other installation. (more…)
On the eve of the opening of her gigantic show of 30 new paintings, two infinity rooms, and one video work at all three West 19th Street locations of David Zwirner Gallery, 84-year-old Yayoi Kusama spoke to journalists about her new works at a press conference organized by the gallery. Below, in no particular order, are some highlights. (more…)
For his new show at David Zwirner, Raymond Pettibon has raised the craft of penis drawing from pubescent boys’ trapper keepers to high art. When ARTINFO returned after last Thursday’s opening to get a closer look at the expansive (dare we say, seminal?) show, which features Pettibon’s drawings and signature script scrawled and pinned across four large walls at Zwirner’s West 19th Street compound, we noticed that a certain phallic trend kept popping up in the presentation — see, for instance, “No Title (Let it be..)” (2013, above). While Pettibon’s irreverent show certainly shouldn’t be reduced to its penis drawings, we couldn’t help but put together a list of the top five most flagrantly phallic artworks from the show. Which one is our favorite? Hard to say. It’s a pretty stiff competition.