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July/August 2022 Issue

This Summer’s Must-See Contemporary Art Exhibits

From Rashid Johnson’s bronze sculptures to François Pinault’s personal collection, the art on view is well worth traveling for. 
This Summers MustSee Contemporary Art Exhibits

This summer, ambitious contemporary art programming is finally, truly back. Most prominent is the Venice Biennale, a year overdue when it opened in April. The Arsenale and Giardini della Biennale house the main exhibition and national pavilions, while other city venues feature Stanley Whitney at the Palazzo Tiepolo Passi, Mary Weatherford at the Museo di Palazzo Grimani, and, perhaps biggest of all, Anselm Kiefer at the Palazzo Ducale on St. Mark’s Square. (And don’t miss “Fountain of Exhaustion. Acqua Alta” by Pavlo Makov at the Ukrainian Pavilion.) Most are up through November.

But wait, there’s more! In Minorca, Spain, Rashid Johnson has put up a series of bronze sculptures as well as subtle paintings that “relate to collective experiences of the last months,” he says. And in Paris, more from billionaire François Pinault’s personal collection is on display at his Bourse de Commerce. The theme? “Eternity.” New York City hosts a retrospective of Robert Colescott, whose paintings often depict Black Americans in revisionist historical settings (George Washington Carver crossing the Delaware), while in Cleveland, a triennial founded in 2018—which brought $31 million to the local economy—is back for its second round.

ROBERT COLESCOTT New Museum, NYC

Spanning a 60-year career, “Art and Race Matters: The Career of Robert Colescott” brings to the Bowery a sprawling survey of the pioneering Black painter.

COURTESY OF THE ROBERT H. COLESCOTT SEPARATE PROPERTY TRUST/BLUM & POE, LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK/TOKYO.

BARBARA KRUGER MoMA, NYC

In concert with her showings at LACMA and the Art Institute of Chicago, Kruger’s bold-font, aphoristic Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You. continues the conversation with a new site-specific installation.

COURTESY OF THE ARTIST.

TATIANA TROUVÉ Centre Pompidou, Paris

Following her 2007 Prix Marcel Duchamp win and accompanying Centre Pompidou show, Trouvé is back, this time taking over all 8,611 square feet of Galerie 3 with her installations, informed by memories of spaces real and dreamed.

FLORIAN KLEINEFENN/ADAGP, PARIS.

RASHID JOHNSON Hauser & Wirth, Minorca, Spain

At the gallery’s Spanish space, Johnson’s solo exhibition spans bronze sculptures and paintings, including a new white-paint-on-raw-linen series called Surrender.

COURTESY OF THE ARTIST/HAUSER & WIRTH.

FRONT TRIENNIAL Cleveland

This year’s Midwestern hotbed of bleeding-edge contemporary art will include contributions from artists as disparate as Jacolby Satterwhite (work pictured) and the Japanese juggernaut Yoshitomo Nara.

COURTESY OF THE ARTIST/MITCHELL-INNES & NAST, NEW YORK.

WU TSANG Luma, Arles, France

The MacArthur Fellow’s silent film takes on Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, bringing queerness out in this rendition. In early July, it will screen alongside performances from the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and Schauspielhaus Zurich dancers.

GREG AMGWERD.

JEFF KOONS Deste Slaughterhouse, Hydra, Greece

In June 2019, arts patron Dakis Joannou hosted a dinner party for Hydra residents near his cliffside show space; Koons, the upcoming resident artist, was in attendance, and a long three years later, his Greek technique is finally on view.

Pace Gallery.

“A SECOND OF ETERNITY” Bourse de Commerce, Paris

The François Pinault–leased, Tadao Ando–designed space presents a group show of works from the Pinault collection, featuring artists such as Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Wolfgang Tillmans. (Koons and “Eternity” not pictured.)

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