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Julie Boukobza’s album “Sans Titre I” is a selection of art works you don’t want to miss

 

Every month curator Julie Boukobza will share an album of works with Numero.com, pieces that have made an impression on her. Check out the selection of one of today’s most prominent curators below.

Views of the exhibition Adult by Émilie Pitoiset at the Island Gallery in Brussels in May 2016

 

 

1. THE WANDERING HANDS OF ÉMILIE PITOISET

 

At the Island gallery in Brussels last May, Émilie Pitoiset (born in 1980, a Beaux-Arts de Paris graduate and nominee for the 14th Fondation Ricard prize in 2012) presented a delightful exhibition. There we saw a series of colourfully gloved hands writhing and sometimes holding unexpected objects such as a vibrator. There was something fetishist about it all… Émilie also wrote a text for the occasion, a reflection on the idea of “a young girl”, based on her own life: “In fact it’s funny because at that very moment my automatic spell checker offered me the word folle [mad] when I typed fille [girl]. No offense to Virginia Woolf , it only takes one vowel and seems inalienable as an integrated combo to the system.”

 

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Will Benedict, Untitled Yet (2016), gouache on paper and framed in aluminium and glass, 142 x 100 x 2.2 cm, at the Balice Hertling Gallery, until August 6th.

 

 

2. WILL BENEDICT’S LEGENDARY COUPLE

 

For their summer show, gallery owners Daniele Balice and Alexander Hertling called upon the artist Puppies Puppies. The Californian had fun installing a shower stall in the corner of the gallery, drawing a crowd to watch men in swimming trunks as they wash themselves lasciviously. But it’s the collaboration with American artist Will Benedict that most impressed me. Puppies Puppies asked him to create new paintings hung on a wall covered with toilet paper. Will revisited the poignant drawing done by painter Don Bachardy of his lover Christopher Isherwood on his deathbed in 1986. A drawing that Puppies Puppies has installed by the entrance to the toilets. In his exhibition there’s much questioning about his own relationship with “husband” Forrest, one of the founders of Contemporary Art Daily and who also wrote the exhibition text. It’s a fascinating sketch between two generations of artists Made in LA, between a young couple who embody this new wave of migrant artists in California and this legendary couple who posed for David Hockney. 

 

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View of the exhibition, Will Benedict et Puppies Puppies, at the Balice Hertling Gallery, until August 6th 

Courtesy of the artist and Balice Hertling Gallery.

Paul Klee, Aquarium (1927). Work shown at the exhibition Paul Klee, l’ironie à l’œuvre  at the Pompidou Centre until August 1st.

 

 

3. PAUL KLEE’S FISH

 

This Paul Klee work is a purely instinctive choice. The deep green is magnificent. The painting is strangely kitsch with this aquatic theme worthy of a Susan Miller horoscope… and yet it is majestic. I highly recommend going to see the very beautiful exhibition at the Pompidou Centre. 

 

 

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Sarah Ortmeyer, Baden-Baden (Koko I–IV) [2016].

Courtesy of Sarah Ortmeyer and Dvir Gallery, photo : Belvedere

 

 

 

4. IN THE TROPICS OF SARAH ORTMEYER

 

Sarah Ortmeyer sent me this photo of her exhibition at the Kunsthalle in Baden-Baden (on until August 28th). She developed a project at the Monnaie de Paris [French national mint] where she installed a hundred or so eggs beneath palm trees instead of coconuts… Sarah went to the Städelschule fine arts academy in Frankfurt and now resides in Vienna. Her exhibitions and her installations are always incredibly elegant, both ultra-minimalist and very funny. She might be a conceptual artist but she remains equally fascinated by pop culture. I remember her book about Riri, Fifi and Loulou, whose names were translated into every language, and her obsession with Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, the tomboy daughter of Brangelina. Sarah also worked on Kant and the way the philosopher would dress according to the environment in which he found himself. That resulted in Kant Elegant, a series of sculptures featuring big brand clothes draped carefully over plants. 

 

 

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Mac Adams, Post Modern Tragedy, Kettle (1987), C-print, 73 x 90.5 cm, on the Elizabeth Dee Gallery stand at the Independent Brussels Art Fair in April 2016.

 

 

5. REFLECTIONS OF VIOLENCE BY MAC ADAMS

 

I fell in love with this Mac Adams photo at the Independent art fair which took place for the first time this spring in Brussels. In the series Post Modern Tragedy, images of violent attacks are reflected in chrome and design objects.

 

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Milena Muzquiz, Everything I Saw Between Here and There (2016).

 

 

6. MILENA MUZQUIZ’S PAINTING-COLLAGES

 

Milena Muzquiz shared one of her recent canvases with me, which is to be exhibited in New York in September. After having been a singer in the group Los Super Elegantes, Milena went back to her first love, art (she studied with Mike Kelley at the Pasadena City College). Today she makes hyper colourful ceramics, a bit like collages. She might mix a bit of furniture by the Memphis group and the detail of a painting… with the occasional help of a computer. She began to paint only very recently as if looking for a freer, more spontaneous gesture, if we compare it to ceramics (a practice which between the moulding and the baking requires a lot of time). With her canvases, Milena manages to give us the impression of an object in three dimensions surging from a two dimensional space, all while preserving her own aesthetics of collage. No surprise there when you know that she’s always been fascinated by the still lifes of Dutch painters. 

Roman fresco presented on the stand shared by the Cahn gallery and Jocelyn Wolff Gallery at the Independent Brussels Art Fair.

 

 

7. ROMAN TABLEAU

 

For the Independent Brussels Art Fair, the Jocelyn Wolff contemporary art gallery from Paris came up with the idea of a shared stand with the Swiss gallery Cahn, specialists in ancient art. The stand was designed by the artist Guillaume Lebon. There we can see this Roman fresco inserted into a tableau. The antiquities are one of my secret passions. I dream of owning a Fayoum portrait.

 

 

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www.cahn.ch

 

 

Interview with Takashi Murakami, a pop icon
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Interview with Takashi Murakami, a pop icon

Art Drawing from Japanese popular culture and the world of manga, his spectacular artworks have brought him global fame and have been shown at such diverse and prestigious locations as New York’s MoMA, London’s Tate Modern and the Château de Versailles. Takashi Murakami was also a pioneer with respect to his iconoclastic fashion collaborations, an approach that he continues to explore today by co-producing exhibitions with the designer Virgil Abloh. Drawing from Japanese popular culture and the world of manga, his spectacular artworks have brought him global fame and have been shown at such diverse and prestigious locations as New York’s MoMA, London’s Tate Modern and the Château de Versailles. Takashi Murakami was also a pioneer with respect to his iconoclastic fashion collaborations, an approach that he continues to explore today by co-producing exhibitions with the designer Virgil Abloh.

Albert Oehlen, the painter of pop culture exhibited at Palazzo Grassi in Venice
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Albert Oehlen, the painter of pop culture exhibited at Palazzo Grassi in Venice

Art Like a free-jazz jam session, his canvases bring together a whirlwind of references, from pop culture to figuration to abstraction, blended in hyper-controlled chaos. François Pinault’s Venice museum is currently celebrating the work of German painter Albert Oehlen. Like a free-jazz jam session, his canvases bring together a whirlwind of references, from pop culture to figuration to abstraction, blended in hyper-controlled chaos. François Pinault’s Venice museum is currently celebrating the work of German painter Albert Oehlen.

Who is Yuko Hasegawa, a japanese art authority ?
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Who is Yuko Hasegawa, a japanese art authority ?

Art 2018 is a great year for japanese art in France, with a whole host of concerts, dance shows, theatrical events and exhibitions being planned. Top of the bill is hang at the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, the work of Yuko Hasegawa, the greatly respected chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo. 2018 is a great year for japanese art in France, with a whole host of concerts, dance shows, theatrical events and exhibitions being planned. Top of the bill is hang at the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, the work of Yuko Hasegawa, the greatly respected chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo.

How Art Basel moved from must-see fair to global brand
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How Art Basel moved from must-see fair to global brand

Art Basel, Miami, Hong Kong and soon Buenos Aires – Art Basel keeps on expanding its horizons, to the point where its name now rivals big global brands like Coca Cola in fame and recognition. Basel, Miami, Hong Kong and soon Buenos Aires – Art Basel keeps on expanding its horizons, to the point where its name now rivals big global brands like Coca Cola in fame and recognition.

Artists and hackers, they hijack new technologies
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Artists and hackers, they hijack new technologies

Art Algorithms, coding, data, hardware – what use (or misuse) can artists make of all these new technological tools? This is the fascinating question asked by a double exhibition at the centre pompidou, to which Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda has been invited as guest of honour. Algorithms, coding, data, hardware – what use (or misuse) can artists make of all these new technological tools? This is the fascinating question asked by a double exhibition at the centre pompidou, to which Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda has been invited as guest of honour.