A detail from a work on paper by Marcel Dzama, titled Resist!, dated 2017.
A detail from a work on paper by Marcel Dzama, titled Resist!, dated 2017.
A detail from a work on paper by Marcel Dzama, titled Resist!, dated 2017.
December 2018 Openings
December 1, 2018

December 12, 2018–March 29, 2019

Marlene Dumas’s work is included in the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in Kochi, India; Dumas will present a new series of twenty drawings titled Vocabulary. Curated by Indian artist Anita Dube and titled Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, this year’s edition of the event has been conceived in a spirit of ongoing, decentralized collaboration. "At the heart of my curatorial adventure lies a desire for liberation and comradeship," Dube states, "where the possibilities for a non-alienated life could spill into a ‘politics of friendship.’" Focused on portraying the human form, Dumas’s work probes the complexities of identity and representation, exploring the ambiguous boundaries between public and private. "While the fourth edition [of the biennial] will go down as one with many firsts," Priyadershini S writes in The Hindu, "what I am most excited about is KMB’s first female curator, Delhi-based Anita Dube, and the fact that over 50% of participating artists are women, making it the majoritarian voice. . . . Some of the headliners are Austrian artist Valie Export with her radical body art, South African Marlene Dumas . . . with her portraits of the marginalized, and Cuban performance artist, Tania Bruguera."

December 15, 2018–March 3, 2019

Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon are among ten artists whose work is included in Hand Drawn Action Packed at Wolverhampton Art Gallery in the UK. "Painter, draughtsman, and filmmaker Marcel Dzama creates ink and watercolor drawings of fantastical characters enacting bizarre, surreal scenarios," an Artsy video feature explains, adding that the artist "admits a personal aversion to technology’s rapid advance in our lives and embraces tradition, creating intimate works on paper inspired by the work of William Blake and Francisco de Goya, among others." Pettibon is well known for prolific drawings that have come to occupy their own genre of potent and dynamic artistic commentary, embracing both high and low culture. The two artists are longtime friends and have collaborated on a number of drawings together, some of which have been made into limited-edition zines.

December 21, 2018–March 3, 2019

Wolfgang Tillmans’s works summer still-life (1995) and Cushion (2017) are included in Feast for the Eyes: The Story of Food in Photography at Foam in Amsterdam. Organized by Aperture Foundation, the show explores how food is represented and its significance through three themes: Still Life, Around the Table, and Playing with Your Food. Following its presentation in Amsterdam, the exhibition will travel to C/O Berlin (June 2019), The Photographers’ Gallery in London (October 2019), and to the Hasselblad Foundation (February 2020). A recent profile in The New Yorker includes Tillmans’s comments about still-life photographs on the wall of his studio: "He stopped before one: an onion, sliced in half and placed on a piece of wood. ‘They pull in different directions: attraction, beauty, obviousness, not obviousness, how they sit in relation to the genre as a whole, and how they sit in relation to the genre within my work—within the genre of still-lifes, in this case,’ he said. . . . ‘Whatever I do is about picking examples, because you can’t show the whole world. You always have to find the whole in extreme detail.’"

Image: Marcel Dzama, Resist!, 2017 (detail)