Adapting to present circumstances, various galleries around the world have created virtual viewing rooms and online exhibitions to keep the art world connected during this time. Although some countries are easing out of social distancing or lockdown measures, other nations are continuing to grapple with the current pandemic as best they can.
Unlike entering a physical gallery or museum, digitised exhibitions offer a new way in which one can experience, interact with, and immerse themselves in art. Through 360-degree virtual tours, interactive shows, and online presentations, arts institutions have enabled viewers to get closer to the arts in more ways than in real life. Users can freely access these exhibitions remotely, anytime and anywhere they want, with might I add, incredible ease.
For those who still can't leave their homes, here are 12 exhibitions that you need to check out this June. From Grimes' debut exhibition with Maccarone gallery, where she sells a 'fraction of her soul' as a form of conceptual art, to Heather Agyepong’s latest photographic series, Wish You Were Here (2020) at James Hyman Gallery, there is plenty to discover and enjoy virtually this month!
Grimes, WarNymph Prototype #1: Battle of the WarNymphs, 2020.
Image courtesy of Maccarone, Los Angeles
Maccarone, Los Angeles | Grimes: Selling Out
About: Yes, if you haven’t heard, Grimes is selling a ‘fraction of her soul’ as a form of conceptual art, entitled ‘Selling Out’. The exhibition, which is named after the work, will be held virtually across the months of June and August, and showcase original drawings, digital prints, photographs, and video across by Grimes. In her first solo exhibition with the gallery, the retrospective-like presentation will explore notions of identity in the digital age: the ability to create, augment, and manifest ourselves outside of our biological limits.
Dates: 28 May – 31 August 2020
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac | "Life Captured Still" by Harun Farocki & Hito Steyerl
About: An online extension of their recent London exhibition, Life Captured Still brings together a selection of seminal video works by Harun Farocki and Hito Steyerl, two pioneers in the fields of documentary film and new media art. Their work has often been conceptually associated, but is placed in dialogue for the first time by curators Antje Ehmann and Carles Guerra.
In a moment when we are all rethinking the ways in which we work and re-evaluating the essential roles in society, both artists’ unwavering emphasis on the theme of labour is more timely than ever. They also share a preoccupation with the politics of images, the pervasive regimes of late capitalism, and the endless permutations of a digital culture upon which we have become increasingly reliant.
Dates: Until 31 August 2020
Aya Takano, Radiating Moonlight, the Sky-glow of Dawn, 2018.
Image courtesy of Galerie Perrotin and the artist
About: Perrotin Tokyo presents Dreams in Bloom, a viewing salon presentation of works that inspire the imagination, transporting viewers into the world of the artist. Both individually and as a whole, the works on view blur the boundary between reality, fantasy, and memory, resulting in a dreamlike utopia where all beings can embrace their own fleeting feelings of desire and melancholy.
Dates: Until 9 June 2020
K11 Art Foundation | "Disruptive Matter" & "The New York Times: Carbon’s Casualties"
About: ‘Disruptive Matter’ explores and celebrates current groundbreaking transformations emerging globally in our shift towards a renewable, post-fossil world. The exhibition brings together for the first time a wide range of projects, products, artworks and ideas from the areas of design, engineering, art and industry-from pioneers truly pushing the boundaries in their fields. ‘The New York Times: Carbon’s Casualties’ brings together the climate photography captured by Pulitzer Prize-winning The New York Times photographer Josh Haner. In a series of award-winning, striking still photographs and dramatic drone footage, Haner uncovers the pressing and wide-ranging realities of climate change.
Dates: Until 30 June, 2020
¥ouada, Luck, 2019.
Image courtesy of Ota Fine Arts and the artist
About: Martin Goya Business is an artist collective based in Hangzhou, China. Since 2017, they have collaborated with nearly 400 artists, ranging from painters, sculptors, video artists, to playwrights. They aim to break the mould of pre-existing modes of art presentation and concepts. This show sees Martin Goya Business showcase three artists from their collective: ¥ouada, ChillChill and PAPAPEPIA, at Ota Fine Arts Tokyo.
Dates: Until 1 August, 2020
Claude Closky, Do you want love or lust? (detail), 1997–.
Image courtesy of the artist, commissioned by Dia Art Foundation for the Artist Web Projects series. © Claude Closky
Dia Art Foundation | Claude Closky: Do you want love or lust?
About: In Claude Closky’s interactive work“Do you want love or lust”, he presents thousands of questions taken from popular magazines quizzes, ads, and billboards. While sometimes superficial or absurd, they entertain and enlighten while suggesting the inconclusive and futile tenor of the questions we are confronted with daily.
Dates: Permanent Online Project
Nari Ward, Power Wall - Power People, 2019.
Image courtesy of Lehmann Maupin and the artist
Lehmann Maupin | “Power Wall” by Robin Rhode & Nari Ward
About: this marks the first presentation of Nari Ward’s work in Hong Kong and the first time War and Robin Rhode’s work are being shown together. This powerful exhibition highlights how Rhode and Ward uniquely engage with the wall through an accumulation of marks, producing large-scale works steeped in socio-political subtext. Both artists activate the wall as a physical space and as a surface for individual cultural expression.
Dates: Until 18 June, 2020
New Museum | WE=LINK: TEN EASY PIECES
About: In partnership with Chronus Art Center (CAC) and a group of international contemporary art spaces that support born-digital practice, Rhizome and the New Museum have commissioned new works of net art for WeChat, the essential Chinese social network. New works have been commissioned from Raphaël Bastide, Tega Brain and Sam Lavigne, JODI, LI Weiyi, Evan Roth, Slime Engine, Helmut Smits, XU Wenkai (aka aaajiao), Yangachi, and YE Funa. “We=Link” is conceived and curated by ZHANG Ga of Chronus Art Center. As the global art community reacts to our uncertain moment, this group exhibition links institutions across borders and foregrounds net art’s role in fostering a vibrant digital culture.
Dates: Permanent Online Exhibition
Jo Spence, Photo Therapy: The Bride, 1984.
Image courtesy of James Hyman Gallery and the artist
James Hyman Gallery | In Sickness and in Health: Heather Agyepong, Anna Fox and Jo Spence
About: Originally, conceived for the cancelled Paris Photo New York fair in New York in March, the themes of this three person exhibition have taken on a new resonance in the present global health crisis. The exhibition sees the premiere for Heather Agyepong’s latest series, Wish You Were Here (2020), Anna Fox’s much celebrated, powerful and intimate bodes of work, My Mother’s Cupboards and my Father’s Words, and the late Jo Spence’s rare and unique works from her seminal Photo-Therapy work made in the 1980s.
Dates: 18 May – 19 June 2020
Carriage Trade | Public Images
About: The exhibition focuses on images related to public life, and as we speculate on how it might appear in the future, carriage trade will share a set of short films on their website over the next several weeks which collectively address public experience and exchange in urban and suburban settings. This series of films will feature aspects of the public realm as seen through popular movies, archival films, experimental architecture, and sci-fi projections, reflecting on an uncertain present through drawing on images from the past.
Dates: 11 June – 24 June 2020
Donna Huddleston, Transitional Drawing, 2015 -2020.
Image courtesy of Simon Lee Gallery and the artist.
About: The art of Donna Huddleston draws on a range of influences that span the worlds of film, theatre, literature, design, and the visual arts. Collapsing the boundaries between life and theatre, Huddleston’s drawings marry ritualistic narrative with an unpretentious medium. Her dramatic tableaux and cryptic pencil studies combine an austerity of technical drawing with a tonally resonant palette. The evocation of memory through texture is the formalist ambition of Huddleston’s works on paper.
Dates: 28 May – 15 June 2020
Stephen Friedman Gallery | Lockdown Drawings by David Shrigley
About: 'Lockdown Drawings' is a new body of work created by British artist David Shrigley during the UK's coronavirus lockdown in spring 2020. Encompassing 340 works to date, these quick-witted ink on paper drawings reveal chance utterings and satirical comments on everyday situations and human interactions. Shrigley produced these works at his home by the sea in Devon, in the southwest of England. "We decamped here from Brighton. And I brought 500 sheets of paper and several bottles of ink," the artist says. "I have a little studio in the house [and] I'm able to do my thing."
Dates: 27 May – 7 June 2020
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