As the first large-scale exhibition of Matta-Clark’s work in China, «Passing Through Architecture: The 10 Years of Gordon Matta-Clark» traces the remarkable thinking and avant-garde works of this interdisciplinary artist from 1968 to 1978 with more than 400 drawings, photo-works, films and archival documents. It aims to examine Matta-Clark’s relentless exploration of topics like architecture, space, biology and ecology; to question the nature of architecture, the natural environment, and human life beyond the scope of architecture 50 years after the artist’s return to New York, and to rethink the multi-faceted legacy left by modernist urban planning ideas.
New York-based gallery Proxyco presents «Where Land and Sea Melt into Sky», an exhibition of works by artists Johanna Unzueta (Chile, 1974) and Felipe Mujica (Chile, 1974). The exhibition foregrounds the notion of the artwork as a product of labor, pointing at process, craft work, and collaboration as significant elements of their artistic creation. Working together but maintaining separate practices, the artists have influenced each other for more than 20 years through the exchange of ideas, techniques, and methods.
The distance between becoming a Buddhist monk, a private detective or art curator did not seem to be very large for Dan Cameron (1956, Utica, New York), who began his curatorial practice in the 80s, when it still seemed to be more like a hobby than a profession. He trained with Marcia Tucker, founder of the New Museum, where he had the opportunity to work as Senior Curator between 1995-2006, being responsible for exhibitions of renowned artists, and pioneering in presenting Latin American artists such as Doris Salcedo, Cildo Meireles and Eugenio Dittborn. For him, a curator is like an arbiter of the various processes and discourses that surround artists and art-making, «a kind of triangulation that not everyone is temperamentally suited for.»
«The Pencil Is a Key: Drawings by Incarcerated Artists» is an exhibition of more than 140 drawings by imprisoned artists from around the globe, including countries such as Chile, Venezuela, Brazil, and Cuba. Featuring works produced over a roughly two-hundred-year period, the exhibition presents powerful evidence of the persistence of human creativity in the most inhumane of circumstances. The exhibition interprets the term “incarceration” broadly to mean any situation in which an individual is denied their freedom.
Galerie Lelong & Co. presents «Eros», its second solo exhibition of Cuban artist Zilia Sánchez (Cuba/PuertoRico, 1926), timed to coincide with the artist’s first retrospective at El Museo del Barrio. Recalling the Greek god of love, the exhibition title encapsulates Sánchez’s uniquely sensual, corporeal approach to abstraction, most familiar from her shaped canvas paintings. While the museum show surveys the artist’s vast oeuvre spanning more than six decades, «Eros» focuses on about a dozen new and recent works, highlighting Sánchez’s evolving interest in completely free-standing work, and includes her first-ever sculptures in marble and bronze.
His exhibition at WIELS – his first institutional solo show in Brussels, where he has lived for the past 16 years – highlights the hybrid nature of his playful work. It comprises over 60 works, including new pieces produced for the occasion, revealing both the diversity of Kuri’s formal approach and the consistency of his underlying themes: flows of information, notions of commercial and cultural value, consumerism, as well as material and its poetic (mis)use.