February 1–September 1, 2019
Riverboat song by Jordan Wolfson is on view at Moderna Museet in Stockholm in a presentation curated by Lena Essling. Last shown at David Zwirner in New York in 2018, Riverboat song is a video work that is by turns surreal, deadpan, and mischievous. It combines computer-animated vignettes and found video clips with pop soundtracks and a monologue voiced by the artist.
February 7–May 26, 2019
Marlene Dumas, Raymond Pettibon, Jordan Wolfson, and Lisa Yuskavage are among the artists whose work is included in Trouble in Paradise at Kunsthal Rotterdam in The Netherlands. This exhibition marks the first public presentation of works from the collection of Dutch businessman Rattan Chadha, who has selected pieces, as noted in the press release, "that reflect on human inadequacies, respond to the state of our society and inspire a sense of commitment to the world around us." Featuring more than seventy works in total, the show is divided into three parts: Soul Searching, Delicious Confusion, and Forever Young. The opening of the exhibition on February 7 coincides with the Art Rotterdam fair, which runs through February 10.
February 9–March 23, 2019
Works by Isa Genzken are to be presented alongside those of Gregory Crewdson and Chris Jordan in The Void, a three-person exhibition at Salon Berlin, Museum Frieder Burda’s new exhibition and project space in Berlin. Selected based on the theme of melancholy, all works are drawn from the museum's collection.
February 13–May 6, 2019
February 13 sees the opening of diane arbus: in the beginning at the Hayward Gallery in London. Organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and drawing largely on the Diane Arbus Archive, this exhibition of more than one hundred photographs focuses on the first seven years of Arbus’s career, from 1956 to 1962. Many of the works have never before been shown in Europe.
February 14–March 31, 2019
Continuing its tour of Africa, where works by the artist have never been presented before, Wolfgang Tillmans: Fragile opens at the Modern Art Museum: Gebre Kristos Desta Center of Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia on February 14. The show comes to Addis Ababa following presentations in Kinshasa, Nairobi, and Johannesburg. Organized by the Stuttgart-based Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (IFA) and featuring more than 200 photographs spanning 1986 to 2017, as well as installations, video works, and publications, the project is underpinned by the idea of fragility as strength.
February 15–May 19, 2019
Work by Marlene Dumas and Isa Genzken features in the group exhibition The Moon: From Inner Worlds to Outer Space at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter in Oslo. Formerly on view at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, Denmark, the exhibition celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing with some 200 works and objects ranging from the historic to the contemporary.
February 16–September 15, 2019
On February 16, Kerry James Marshall’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) is presented at the Charles White Elementary School Gallery in Los Angeles. The exhibition, organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), is titled Life Model: Charles White and His Students. A former student of White’s at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, Marshall is, in his own words, "a stalwart advocate" for White’s legacy. "I took from him as a teacher that I have an obligation to tell everything that I know so my students can choose what they want to do," Marshall said in a talk at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2018. Life Model is curated by Charles White’s son, Ian White.
February 20–June 2, 2019
A comprehensive retrospective of the work of Franz West travels to Tate Modern, London, from the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, where it debuted in September 2018. The works on view demonstrate the full breadth of West’s oeuvre, beginning with rarely seen drawings from the early 1970s and his first Passstücke (Adaptives)—the sculptures for which he became well known—to his papier-mâché works from the 1980s and Lemurenköpfe (Lemur Heads), made in the 1990s, as well his collages, furniture works, and collaborations with other artists.
February 23–June 8, 2019
Nordic Impressions: Contemporary Art from Åland, Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden comes to Scandinavia House in New York following a larger-scale presentations at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. Curated by Klaus Ottmann, chief curator at The Phillips Collection, and featuring work by Mamma Andersson, the exhibition is part of a Nordic Cultural Initiative bringing together The Phillips Collection and the Washington, DC–based embassies of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden to celebrate creativity from the region.
February 23–April 28, 2019
A major solo exhibition by Isa Genzken at Kunsthalle Bern in Switzerland focuses on the models for the artist’s outdoor projects, which are shown alongside related video works, sculptures, and paintings. Genzken, whose work draws upon everyday material culture, including design, consumer goods, the media, architecture, and urban environments, first presented selected models for outdoor works at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015. The following year, the artist’s large-scale sculpture Two Orchids was displayed in New York’s Central Park in a presentation organized by New York’s Public Art Fund. Genzken was awarded the annual Nasher Prize by the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas in 2019.
Image: Jordan Wolfson, Riverboat song, 2017–2018 (still)