kendell geers talk at museum of contemporary art (moca), toronto, canada

7 December 2018
Profoundly marked by his upbringing in South Africa during the Apartheid era, Kendell Geers explores issues of social and political justice in his work. This is a free event with registration. Engage and Immerse member registration opens November 19. Public registration opens November 21.

denzil forrester joins stephen friedman gallery

4 December 2018
We are delighted to announce that Denzil Forrester has joined Stephen Friedman Gallery. Forrester's vibrant, colourful works immortalise the dynamic energy of the London reggae and dub nightclub scene during the early 1980s.

four of david shrigley's films to feature in special screening as part of 'scottish animation: abstraction & experimentation’ at glasgow film theatre, scotland, UK

20 November 2018
Curated for Anim18 - a UK-wide celebration of British animation - by Ross Hogg, and marking the centenary of Orcadian filmmaker and poet Margaret Tait, this programme showcases Scottish animations that play with the form and structure of filmmaking.

kendell geers in 'hacer noche (crossing night)' at cultural centre of san pablo, oaxaca de juárez, mexico

4 November 2018
The Mexican city of Oaxaca de Juárez presents 'Hacer Noche (Crossing Night)', features works exploring the theme of death by 30 artists from southern Africa. An initiative of Idris Naim - a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting art - the project includes residencies, talks and workshops linking artistic practices in Mexico and southern Africa.

yinka shonibare MBE at davidson college, north carolina, USA

25 October 2018
'Wind Sculpture (SG) I', a large-scale outdoor work by Yinka Shonibare MBE is permanently installed on the campus of Davidson College, North Carolina, USA. Providing additional context for this work is 'The American Library', an exhibition featuring Shonibare's new project of the same name, along with related sculptures, photographs, and a film.

yumiko chiba discusses jiro takamatsu for draf's curators series, asia house, london, UK

24 October 2018
As part of DRAF's Curators' Series #11, Toyko-based art historian Yumiko Chiba discusses her experiences working with the Estate of Jiro Takamatsu (1936-98), a central figure in the development avant-garde movements in post-War Japan. She discusses the significance of Takamatsu's work, his international legacy, and the influence he has had upon the art world in Japan and worldwide.

Wednesday 24 October, 6.30-9pm
Asia House, London W1G 7LP

david shrigley in ‘imagine a world where the opposite of light is not dark’ at the zona sztuki aktualnej gallery, szczecin, poland

11 October 2018
‘Imagine a world where the opposite is not dark' presents works in which light plays and central role. Exploring light as an abstract idea, a powerful resource and artistic tool, the exhibition includes an animation by David Shrigley, 'Light Switch', 2007.

jiro takumatsu in the 11th edition of draf curators' series

27 September 2018
For this group exhibition, guest curator of the DRAF Curators' Series Victor Wang 王宗孚, brings together works from 1960s and 70s Japan and Korea. Featured artists include Hirata Minoru 平田実 and Kim Ku Lim 김구림, as well as sculpture and works on paper by the late Jiro Takamatsu. Takamatsu's vital role in the revolutionary collective ‘Hi Red Center' is also highlighted through visual and textual materials that document the group's performance-based activities.

yinka shonibare MBE in 'the most real thing: contemporary textiles and sculpture' at new art centre, salisbury, UK

15 September 2018
'Adam and Eve' by Yinka Shonibare MBE will be shown as part of 'The Most Real Thing: Contemporary textiles and sculpture', at New Art Centre, in Salisbury. Bringing together a wide variety of artists, from Naum Gabo and Barbara Hepworth, to Ismini Samanidou and Barry Flanagan, this show examines the ongoing relationship between sculpture and textiles. Featuring a range of media, the exhibition includes three-dimensional objects, contemporary painting, costume and performance to fabric, craft and design.

'david shrigley: lose your mind’ travels to power station of art, shanghai, china

8 September 2018
David Shrigley's major British Council touring exhibition 'Lose Your Mind' opens in Shanghai having travelled from: Art Tower Mito, Tokyo, Japan; Centre For Contemporary Art in Christchurch, New Zealand; Storage by Hyundai Card in Seoul, Korea; The Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago, Chile; and the Instituto-Cultural-Cabañas in Guadalajara, Mexico where it originally opened in November 2015.

'deborah roberts: the evolution of mimi' at spelman college museum of fine art, atlanta, georgia, USA

6 September 2018
Deborah Roberts creates visually arresting collages that encourage important conversations about girlhood, vulnerability, body image, popular culture, self-image, and the dysfunctional legacy of colorism. Combining found photographs, painting, and drawing, she examines the weight that society places on Black girls. 'Deborah Roberts: The Evolution of Mimi', an original exhibition organised by the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, features more than 50 collages, paintings, and hand-painted serigraphs.

major solo exhibition of melvin edwards at museum of art sao paulo, brazil

24 August 2018
The exhibition of Melvin Edwards (b. 1937 in Houston, Texas) brings together works of his celebrated series Lynch Fragments, produced from the years 1960 to today. In these wall sculptures, the artist welds various metal objects, such as chains and tools, to deal with issues such as race, violence, work and slavery, specifically in the context of the African diaspora. This will be an important in-depth show of the artist, considered one of the leading references among active African-American artists.

kehinde wiley in ‘beyond borders: global africa’, at university of michigan museum of art, michigan, USA

11 August 2018
Featuring contemporary and historical artworks from UMMA's African art collection as well as private and public collections, ‘Beyond Borders: Global Africa' challenges the way we collect, research and display African art. Exploring topics from colonisation and migration to racism and African identity, the exhibition asks what it means to make ‘African' art and to be an ‘African' artist today. This exhibition includes Kehinde Wiley's, ‘On Top of the World' (2008).

ged quinn in 'heads roll' at graves gallery, sheffield, UK

11 August 2018
The image of the head or face is one of the most compelling in our visual language. 'Heads Roll', curated by the artist Paul Morrison, gathers the historical and contemporary to explore the subject through ideas of resemblance, abstraction, fiction and authenticity. Celebrated for paintings that transform traditional techniques through the lens of contemporary experience, Ged Quinn is a powerful contribution to this transhistorical exhibition, which features 'St Paul', 2014.

 

rivane neuenschwander ‘allegory of fear’ at nc-arte, bogotá, colombia

4 August 2018
In collaboration with Brazilian architect Alvaro Razuk, in 'Allegory of Fear' Rivane Neuenschwander creates a labyrinth of disorientating geometry and cavernous space. Originating with a project in which the artist asked local children to express their worst fears on paper, the labyrinth is emblematic of foundational human fears and of the power of art to master them.

kendell geers in 'bric-à-brac – the jumble of growth’ at the national gallery, rome, italy

17 July 2018
Playing on the French expression 'bric-à-brac', this project focuses on the chaotic and conflictual growth of countries from emerging economies. In particular, the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and now also South Africa).

juan araujo in ‘an american city’ at front international: cleveland triennial for contemporary art, cleveland, ohio, USA

14 July 2018
Venezuelan artist Juan Araujo has work included in 'An American City' for the inaugural Cleveland Triennial which will examine the ever-changing and politically urgent conditions of an American city.

'the american library' by yinka shonibare MBE goes on display at front, cleveland triennial, ohio, USA

14 July 2018
Commissioned in partnership with Cleveland Public Library, 'The American Library' is a new installation featuring 6,000 books, each covered in wax printed batik textile. These are inscribed with names of immigrants with notable contributions to American culture. Alongside the exhibition are web-based documents featuring immigrants and stories uploaded by visitors.

kehinde wiley in 'michael jackson: on the wall’ at national portrait gallery, london, UK

28 June 2018
This landmark exhibition explores the influence of Michael Jackson on some of the leading names in contemporary art. The exhibition will include 'Equestrian Portrait of King Philip II (Michael Jackson)' by celebrated American painter Kehinde Wiley. This monumental oil on canvas portrait was commissioned by Michael Jackson in 2008 but he did not live to see the painting finished.

stephan balkenhol at kunsthalle emden, emden. germany

25 June 2018
Stephan Balkenhol's candid figures are paradoxical demonstrations of the everyday, the very ordinariness of which poses questions for the viewer. Combining forty of these wooden sculptures with works on paper, this exhibition offers an overview of the German sculptor's most recent work.

kendell geers in 'road to justice' at maxxi, rome, italy

22 June 2018

Addressing the wounds and the violence present in African society, 'Road to Justice' features nine artists who tackle the search for possible solutions. Amongst them, South African artist Kendell Geers is a powerful contribution to the exhibition.


‘david shrigley: laughterhouse’ at deste foundation project space, hydra, greece

19 June 2018
David Shrigley's new doucmentary 'Laughterhouse' is presented at Slaughterhouse, the Deste Foundation Project Space in Hydra, Greece. Animal slaughter and vegetarianism are spotlit in this film about goats whose cries sound like those of human beings. The contradiction between the comedy of the film and the history of the space is the motivation behind this artwork.

yinka shonibare MBE and david shrigley in the 250th summer exhibition at the royal academy, london, UK

12 June 2018
Grayson Perry RA curates the 250th Summer Exhibition for the annual celebration of "art made now". Yinka Shonibare's 'Young Academician', 2018, is installed in the Sackler Wing of Galleries. The work shows a leaning figure balancing on one leg whilst an outstretched arm holds a pile of books stacked high and teetering precariously. In the new Ronald and Rita McAulay Gallery, David Shrigley has new "tabloid news" works on paper installed in the "room of humour".

andreas eriksson in ‘monkey and waterfall – pictures of our climate’ at sara hilden museum, tampere, finland

9 June 2018
Based on new acquisitions, Sara Hilden Art Museum dives into nature with an exhibition of nearly thirty artists, including Josef Albers, Tony Cragg, Richard Long, Yves Tanguy, and Andreas Eriksson. Comprised of a timeline of artworks that tackle man's relation to the natural world, this show examines perspectives on nature through temporal and cultural change.

'luiz zerbini: intuitive ratio' at south london gallery, UK

8 June 2018
For his first solo show in a UK public institution, Luiz Zerbini will show a series of large-scale paintings referencing modernist architecture, contemporary culture and elements from the natural environment. These will be presented with a series of abstract works on canvas positioned around a sculptural centre-piece. The exhibition will also present Zerbini's 35mm film and slide works.

andreas eriksson in ‘double game’, works from the frac auvergne collection, at aurillac museum of art and archeology, aurillac, france

1 June 2018
'Double Jeu' (Double Game) presents a selection of works from the FRAC Auvergne Collection (Regional Fund of Contemporary Art), including work by Swedish artist Andreas Eriksson. The works go on display at Aurillac Museum of Art and Archeology in two large symmetrical rooms, reinforcing the notion of a "double game" through the exhibition's layout. The double game is also - and above all - that of the way we look at the works, that of the ambiguity of meaning always present when it comes to reading a work of art.

rivane neuenschwander in 'take me (i'm yours)’ at villa medici, the french academy in rome, italy

1 June 2018
Conceived in 1995 by Christian Boltanski and Hans Ulrich Obrist for the Serpentine Gallery in London, 'Take Me (I'm Yours)' has since had numerous orchestrations. The exhibition includes 'First Love', Rivane Neuenschwander's psychologically complex adaptation of Samuel Beckett's novella by the same name. In First Love' visitors describe their ‘first love' to a police sketch artist.

channing hansen in ‘inherent structure’ at wexner center for the arts, ohio, USA

19 May 2018
'Inherent Structure' showcases the work of a group of sixteen artists vividly exploring the powers of abstract representation in contemporary art. Historically, abstract painting has been associated with gesture, chance, impulse, and aesthetic purity. While insisting on the nuanced structures embedded in abstraction, the otherwise disparate artists in 'Inherent Structure' focus equally on the material, experiential, and social influences on painting.

david shrigley guest director at brighton festival 2018

5 May 2018
Brighton Festival 2018 Guest Director David Shrigley brings his large-scale installation 'Life Model II', alongside a selection of his animated films, to Fabrica Gallery in Brighton.

Andrew Comben, Chief Executive of Brighton Festival says: "Like Brighton Festival, David Shrigley's work is for everyone. Both powerful and funny, his work manages to navigate ‘high' and ‘low' art and speak to an incredibly wide audience."

art now: lisa brice at tate britain, london

27 April 2018
Lisa Brice has her first solo institutional exhibition in the UK with ART NOW: LISA BRICE at Tate Britain in London.

In this presentation Brice expands her recent use of a near single colour palette to include dynamic reds and deep greens to create large-scale paintings which address the art-historical tradition of the female nude.

kehinde wiley's 'ship of fools' acquired by royal museums greenwich, london

26 April 2018
Stephen Friedman Gallery is thrilled to announce that the major painting ‘Ship of Fools' by Kehinde Wiley has been acquired by the Royal Museums Greenwich to be housed in their permanent collection. This marks the first European institutional acquisition of work by the artist, and was purchased with financial support from the ArtFund, UK. The painting shall go on immediate display at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

kehinde wiley named in the 2018 time 100

19 April 2018
Stephen Friedman Gallery congratulates Kehinde Wiley on being named in the 2018 TIME 100.

TIME editors have said of the list in the past, "The TIME 100 is a list of the world's most influential men and women, not its most powerful, though those are not mutually exclusive terms. While power is certain, influence is subtle. As much as this exercise chronicles the achievements of the past year, we also focus on figures whose influence is likely to grow, so we can look around the corner to see what is coming."

'claire barclay: deep spoils’ at mission gallery, swansea, wales

24 March 2018
The sculptural forms that inhabit Mission Gallery reflect the city's industrial heritage, embodying evidence of the labour and skill from the bygone local coal, copper and pottery industries. Claire Barclay has described her site-specific installations as a ‘pause in an ongoing process'; the installation at Mission Gallery connecting to work she made recently at Tramway and Kelvin Hall for Glasgow International.

yinka shonibare MBE in ‘powerful tides’ at the dockyard, chatham, UK

23 March 2018
Powerful Tides: 400 Years of Chatham and the Sea looks at artists, both historical and contemporary, inspired by The Dockyard and the ships that were built there. The exhibition also links The Dockyard back to the waterways and the sea to which it was once intrinsically connected. The exhibition will include Yinka Shonibare's 2009 work 'Nelson's Ship in Bottle' which refers both to British colonialism and its expansion in trade and Empire made possible through the freedom of the seas and new trade routes.

mamma andersson nominated for the daniel and florence guerlain drawing prize

22 March 2018
Mamma Andersson has been nominated for the 11th Daniel and Florence Guerlain Drawing Prize. The Drawing Prize has showcased over thirty artists since its creation and this year pays tribute to three artists living in Europe.

yinka shonibare MBE in 'like life: sculpture, color, and the body (1300–now)’ at the met breuer, new york

21 March 2018
Seven hundred years of sculptural practice is examined in 'Like Life: Sculpture, Color, and the Body (1300-Now)'. This groundbreaking exhibition explores narratives of sculpture in which artists have sought to replicate the literal, living presence of the human body. 'Girl Ballerina', 2007, by Yinka Shonibare MBE is shown alongside Edgar Degas' 'The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer' of c.1880.

kehinde wiley at skirball cultural centre, selections from the world stage: israel

20 March 2018
'Spotlight-Selections from Kehinde Wiley's The World Stage: Israel', displays the artist's masterful use of pastiche. The show consists of two large-scale paintings and an eight-minute video, describing the struggle of Ethiopian Jews in Israel to obtain equal rights

luiz zerbini in ‘dreaming awake’ at marres – maastricht, the netherlands

10 March 2018
A tropical rainforest is recreated in 'Dreaming Awake' as part of a series of Marres exhibitions in which the house is used to show an all-encompassing single work of art. The immersive project was developed by the Brazilian curator Luiza Mello and Marres director Valentijn Byvanck in collaboration with the artists Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané and Luiz Zerbini.

yinka shonibare MBE in conversation at the met, new york, USA

9 March 2018
Yinka Shonibare MBE discusses a career committed to exploring contemporary African identity with Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem.

The talk comes ahead of 'Like Life: Sculpture, Color, and the Body (1300-Now', a group exhibition at The Met that opens on 21 March.


'wind sculpture (sg) i' by yinka shonibare MBE commissioned for doris c. freedman plaza, central park, new york

7 March 2018
Public Art Fund presents 'Wind Sculpture (SG) I', a new sculpture by Yinka Shonibare MBE commissioned for Doris C. Freedman Plaza at the southeast entrance to Central Park. This is the first work in a second generation of his celebrated Wind Sculpture series.

yinka shonibare MBE talks at the new school, new york, USA

5 March 2018
Yinka Shonibare will be in conversation with Nicholas Baume, Director and Chief Curator of Public Art Fund. The talk accompanies Public Art Fund's upcoming exhibition, Wind Sculpture (SG) I.

deborah roberts in 'reclamation! pan-african works from the beth rudin dewoody collection’ at taubman museum of art, roanake, virginia, USA

3 March 2018
‘Reclamation! Pan-African Works from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection' features over one hundred works from various media highlighting the global migration of peoples across the world. The exhibiting artists create work that investigates the universal conversation of migration, history, race and representation in art being made today. The exhibition captures the personal stories and collective histories of artists reflected through installations, videos, paintings and sculptures.

thomas hirschhorn wins the swiss grand award for art / prix meret oppenheim

23 February 2018
Stephen Friedman Gallery congratulates Thomas Hirschhorn as one of three recipients of the Swiss Grand Award for Art / Prix Meret Oppenheim. Awarded by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture, the 18th Swiss Grand Award for Art / Prix Meret Oppenheim has been awarded to Thomas Hirschhorn, Sylvie Fleury and architect Luigi Snozzi.

rivane neuenschwander in 'visions of the earth / the planned world’ at banco santander foundation, madrid, spain

20 February 2018
'Visions of the Earth / The Planned World' is the first exhibition to showcase Luís Paulo Montenegro's renowned collection. Montenegro started his collection in 1999 and today has one of the most important collections of modern and contemporary art in Brazil. The exhibition is curated by Rodrigo Moura, former director of art and cultural programmes at Inhotim Institute.

the smithsonian's national portrait gallery unveils official portrait of president barack obama by kehinde wiley

12 February 2018
Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to announce the unveiling of Kehinde Wiley's portrait of President Barack Obama for the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. The portrait was revealed at a private ceremony at the museum on 12 February and joins the Portrait Gallery's permanent collection. Wiley's painting will be permanently installed in the Portrait Gallery's "America's Presidents" exhibition on the museum's second floor.

juan araujo in copy, translate, repeat: contemporary art from the colección patricia phelps de cisneros at 205 hudson gallery, new york

8 February 2018
'Copy, Translate, Repeat: Contemporary Art from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros', which includes Juan Araujo's 'Valles and Ventanas', 2000, showcases the innovations of contemporary art produced around, in, and about the region we call Latin America.

stained glass windows by kehinde wiley at bozar centre for fine arts, brussels, belgium

7 February 2018
Five stained glass windows by Kehinde Wiley go on display at BOZAR in Brussels. Wiley is fascinated by the iconography of the sacred and here centres his stained glass windows around representations of vulnerability in Christianity.

melvin edwards in ‘soul of a nation’ at crystal bridges museum of american art, bentonville, arkansas, USA

3 February 2018
Soul of a Nation shines a light on the vital contribution of black artists to an important period in American history and art. Featuring the work of 60 artists this landmark exhibition examines the influences, including the civil rights movement, Minimalism, and abstraction, on artists such as Romare Bearden, Melvin Edwards, Noah Purifoy, Martin Puryear, Faith Ringgold, Betye Saar, Alma Th...

david shrigley in ‘sweat & tears’ at animationsfilmfest, frankfurt, germany

26 January 2018
Animationsfilmfest presents its inaugural exhibition 'Sweat & Tears', an uncovering of the best independent animation and short film from the last decade.

Initiated by the Saasfee* Pavilion in Frankfurt, it includes an animation by David Shrigley whose digital animations demonstrate what the artist calls ‘the economy of telling stories', delivering a deftly crafted mix of dark and light through the simplest of forms.

deborah roberts in 'legacy of the cool: a tribute to barkley l. hendricks’ at mass art, boston, massachusetts, USA

17 January 2018
This exhibition is a tribute to artist Barkley L. Hendricks' legacy and a celebration of new generations of figurative artists of color. Many of these artists work in the same spirit as Hendricks and portray themselves; their friends, families, and communities; and the complexities of their lives in captivating images. Through varied media and diverse approaches, they chronicle the present moment and their work often questions dominant cultural narratives and addresses important contemporary issues.

rivane neuenschwander in ‘real time matrix' at museum of contemporary art of the university of são paulo, brazil

13 January 2018
'Real Time Matrix' takes time as its central theme and presents a collection of works from the late 1960s onwards. Conceptual works from the museum's collection are presented in dialogue with celebrated conceptual propositions that meet the guidelines MAC USP has drawn up to establish its exhibition and collection policy. The exhibition has been curated by Jacopo Crivelli Visconti.