The National Gallery, London
Chris Ofili: Weaving Magic
Group Show at WIELS Centre d'Art Contemporain, Brussels
The Absent Museum
Four gallery artists are participating in the 57th Venice Biennale
Venice Biennale
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Thomas Ruff nominated for the Prix Pictet
Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland
Michael Riedel: CV

The National Gallery, London

Chris Ofili: Weaving Magic

April 26 - August 28

Weaving Magic presents a handwoven tapestry reflecting Chris Ofili's interest in classical mythology and the stories, magic, and colors of Trinidad, where he has lived since 2005. Commissioned by the British Clothworkers' Company, The Caged Bird’s Song was made in collaboration with Dovecot Tapestry Studio in Edinburgh. After the exhibition, the tapestry will go on permanent display in the Clothworkers' Hall in London.

Special event, May 8, 1 PM
Talk by exhibition curator Minna Moore Ede

Read more about the exhibition in The Guardian and The Observer. Ofili was recently awarded the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) by the Queen.

Group Show at WIELS Centre d'Art Contemporain, Brussels

The Absent Museum

April 20 - August 13

The Absent Museum looks back over the history of WIELS and towards its future development in honor of the art center's 10th anniversary. Included are works by gallery artists Francis Alÿs, Marlene Dumas, Isa Genzken, Oscar Murillo, Wolfgang Tillmans, Luc Tuymans, and Christopher Williams.

In previous years, WIELS has presented major solo exhibitions by David Zwirner artists. Stan Douglas: Interregnum (2015) premiered the large-scale video installation The Secret Agent; the major survey Francis Alÿs: A Story of Deception (2010) traveled to WIELS from Tate Modern in London; and Against the Day (2009), Luc Tuymans's first solo exhibition in Brussels, which featured 20 new paintings by the artist.

Four gallery artists are participating in the 57th Venice Biennale

Venice Biennale

May 13 - November 26

Gallery artists participating in the 57th Venice Biennale include Francis Alÿs, Karla Black, Carol Bove, and On Kawara.

Francis Alÿs will show new works in the exhibition Archaic in the Iraqi National Pavilion. Commissioned by The Ruya Foundation, his project explores the role of the artist at the frontline of war. For the Swiss Pavilion, Carol Bove will present new steel works responding to the legacy of Alberto Giacometti.

Karla Black, who represented Scotland in 2011, will create an environment on site in the Arsenale made from a combination of everyday materials including powder, soap, and pastes, along with plaster, chalk, and paper. A durational reading of On Kawara's One Million Years (1969-1981) will be performed in the Oratorio di San Ludovico during the first three months of the biennale.

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Thomas Ruff nominated for the Prix Pictet

May 6 - May 28

Thomas Ruff has been nominated for the seventh Prix Pictet for his ma.r.s series of photographs.

The series is based on satellite images of the surface of Mars taken by the high-resolution camera aboard the NASA spacecraft Mars Renaissance Orbiter. Ruff's photographs transform the originals into visual statements that are at once documentary and fictional. As the artist explains in his statement, some of the works have been rendered as 3D images, adding an element of the absurd where deep textures on the surface of another planet become visible through cheap 3D glasses.

The Prix Pictet is the world's leading prize for photography and sustainability, awarded to a body of work that is both artistically outstanding and presents a compelling narrative related to the annual theme. Nominated for this year’s theme of "Space," the ma.r.s works will be shown in an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in May.

Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland

Michael Riedel: CV

May 20 - August 13

CV is a major solo exhibition of Michael Riedel's work at the Kunsthalle Zürich.

The exhibition is based on the Curriculum Vitae or résumé as a highly stylized form of self-presentation. The idea of re-entry and repetition, particularly as it applies to artworks which compose an artist's career and that may be shown again and again, is central to the exhibition.

As Riedel explains in a recent interview with Mousse magazine: "Whenever I do a show, I get an automatic reply: a new note in my CV. This creates new text material for me to work with that will end up in the paintings or installations I'm making. This kind of irritation, this performative paradox, interests me."

CV is accompanied by an artist book featuring a text by Riedel and views of the exhibition. A selection of works by Riedel is currently featured in the Viewing Room.

Exhibitions at David Zwirner

Christopher Williams Open Letter: The Family Drama Refunctioned? (From the Point of View of Production)
London
Felix Gonzalez-Torres
New York
Raymond Pettibon TH' EXPLOSIYV SHOYRT T
New York
Llyn Foulkes
New York
Lisa Yuskavage
London
Raymond Pettibon

Featured Work

Raymond Pettibon

Featured Work

Raymond Pettibion's tenth solo exhibition with the gallery TH' EXPLOSIYV SHOYRT T (April 29 - June 24) includes new drawings and collages—a relatively new introduction within the artist's oeuvre—in his characteristic bold style.

Most of Pettibon's works pair image and text, with each informing the other in a circular fashion. Ranging from a few words to a number of paragraphs, the often rhythmic prose reflects the artist's longstanding interest in poetry and philosophy.

Image: No Title (And the sound...), 2017. Pencil and acrylic on paper, 51 3/8 x 64 3/4 inches (130.5 x 164.5 cm)

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