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  • Source: CULTURED
  • Author: EDITORS
  • Date: AUGUST 14, 2023
  • Format: DIGITAL

This Week in Culture: Living in a Material World

From an ode to making do to a new minimalist bricolage stalwart's new survey, this week's openings and art events expose and unravel art-making and its ingredients.

Artwork by Irène Zurkinden. Image courtesy of Meredith Rosen Gallery.

Welcome to This Week in Culture, a weekly agenda of show openings and events in major cities across the globe. From galleries to institutions and one-of-a-kind happenings, our ongoing survey highlights the best of contemporary culture, for those willing to make the journey.

“The Paris Years” by Irène Zurkinden
Meredith Rosen Gallery New York

“The Paris Years,” the first U.S. survey of Irène Zurkinden, unpacks the politically engaged and peripatetic life of the late Swiss painter. A student of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, a great friend of Meret Oppenheim, and a member of the anti-fascist group Gruppe 33, Zurkinden was a beloved and socially-minded creative. Presenting sketches, paintings, and other works from her time in Paris, Meredith Rosen Gallery will introduce the artist’s intimately crafted portraits of her community—investigations of the liberated female form—to an American audience. “The Paris Years” will be on view from August 16 through September 30, 2023 at Meredith Rosen Gallery’s 78th St. location in New York.

“Between the mundane and the miraculous” by Kerry Phillips
The Bass Museum of Art Miami

Lamps, jars, fabric, junk drawer finds, and other scavenged objects are the miscellaneous materials employed for this large-scale sculptural installation, comprising Kerry Phillips’s first solo museum exhibition. An exploration of the value we place on objects, the industries that create them, and their impact on the environment, the site-specific sculpture is also an ode to “making do.” “Between the mundane and miraculous” will be on view from August 17 through October 21, 2023 at The Bass Museum of Art in Miami.

Oscar Tuazon, Building, 2023. Image courtesy of the artist and Kunsthalle Bielefeld.

“What we need” by Oscar Tuazon
Kunsthalle Bielefeld Germany

“What we need” is the final chapter in a trilogy of Oscar Tuazon exhibitions hosted at Bergen Kunsthall, Kunst Museum Winterthur, and Kunsthalle Bielefeld. Tuazon engages in his practice of minimalist bricolage to create architectural structures, from skeletal houses to firepits and archways. Kunsthalle Bielefeld examines the artist’s work from the past decade and presents it through the existential lens of necessity. “What we need” will be on view from August 19 through November 12, 2023 at Kunsthalle Bielefeld in Germany.

“Trust Me”
Whitney Museum of American Art New York

Abstaining from documentary photography, the 11 artists featured in “Trust Me” instead experiment with the camera as a tool for emotional connection and communication. Drawing from the museum’s permanent collection, the Whitney show is an act of paid attention and introspection. Laura Aguilar, Genesis Báez, Alvin Baltrop, Jenny Calivas, Moyra Davey, Lola Flash, Barbara Hammer, Muriel Hasbun, Dakota Mace, Mary Manning, and D’Angelo Lovell Williams get up close and personal with their subjects, not so much exposing as understanding. “Trust Me” will be on view from August 19, 2023 through February 2024 at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

Trevor Shimizu, Glass Beach, 2023. Image courtesy of the artist and The Ranch Montauk.

“Land/Time” by Trevor Shimizu
The Ranch Montauk

The Ranch’s latest show unpacks Trevor Shimizu’s relationship to the scenery and temporalities that rhythm his life. A move to the Hudson River Valley initiated the California-born artist to the landscape genre, and ever since he has been producing hazy, impressionistic, and often imagined meditations on environments that vibrate with tranquility. The Montauk show includes two paintings that cite his daughter’s drawings, a wink to a more intimate understanding of time and its consequences. “Land/Time” will be on view through September 12, 2023 at The Ranch in Montauk.

“Strange Friends”
Hauser & Wirth London

“Strange Friends” is an exhibition of artists engaged in Hauser & Wirth’s Make program, “a dedicated space for contemporary making and the crafted object.” The seven participants align in their inquiry of existing conceptual statements through the mediums of glass, clay, and stone. From color to texture to size, the artists—among them James Shaw, Nicola Tassie, Jochen Holz, and Jinya Zhao—examine how we interact with craft through sensory stimulation and how an expanded vocabulary could heighten our responses. “Strange Friends” will be on view from August 17 through September 16, 2023 at Hauser & Wirth in London.

Map of "Mall of Anonymous” by Chadha Ranch. Image courtesy of Schinkel Pavillon.

“Mall of Anonymous” by Shayne Oliver
Schinkel Pavillon Berlin

What can a museum tell us about a mall? And what can a mall show us about a museum? Shayne Oliver wants to know. The Minnesota-born pluridisciplinary artist, and mind behind Hood by Air and Anonymous Club, interrogates the relevance and future of these two modern institutions. The result is a laboratory for alternative spaces, values, and destinies. “Mall of Anonymous” will be on view through September 2, 2023 at Schinkel Pavillon in Berlin.