"The whole process of the transcription of non-material media into painting, video or sculpture has become an important topic itself... The passive position of a viewer (like James Stewart in Hitchcock's Rear Window) has changed and this rises the question of losing our safe observing position..." – Daniel Pitín
Sexy Beast for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles believes everyone should have access to safe, caring, and affordable healthcare services. Since their founding in 2014, the Sexy Beast art auction and gala has raised nearly one million dollars for this crucial organization across two milestone events. This year, their sights are set even higher for their third biennial fundraising extravaganza on Saturday, October 20 at the Marciano Art Foundation. Join them in support of the critical services PPLA provides to their community by bidding on works by Brian Calvin, Katherine Bradford, Simphiwe Ndzube, Rashid Johnson, Rebecca Morris, Katherina Olschbaur and many more…
Nicodim Gallery is excited to announce INFLUENCES, an occasional series of events exploring the relationships between art and psychoactive substances.
For the first installment, the artist Robert Yarber has partnered with two of the hottest cannabis brands in Los Angeles to pair the paintings in his exhibition Robert Yarber: Return of the Repressed with strains of cannabis that the artist feels will enhance the viewing experience, and reflect his mental state during the creative process.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a private event. Interested patrons must RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with “INFLUENCES” in the subject line. The event will be capped at 100 people. All attendees must be over the age of 21 with valid identification to attend—those without valid identification will be turned away. Please travel via designated driver, Lyft, Uber, or public transportation, as driving under the influence is dangerous and illegal.
On the morning of September 28th, 1978, a young filmmaker named Trent Harris stood outside the Channel 2 studios in Salt Lake City fixing the jam in his new video camera. He raised it up to his eye and hit record. Across the parking lot in that same moment was a guy from Beaver, Utah by the name of “Groovin’ Gary”. Driving since dawn Gary made the pilgrimage to the big city because it was his destiny to be on television. He felt it. He wandered around the property of Channel 2 taking the odd photo while waiting for the door of TV Land to open. When Trent hit record Gary knew this was fate knocking.
This is the story of the Phoenix.
Opening September 28 from 8 until late.
Heidestraße 50, Berlin
Thursday 27 September: Opening 4 – 8 pm
Friday 28 September: 11 am – 7 pm
Saturday 29 September: 11 am – 7 pm
Sunday 30 September: 11 am – 6 pm
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Defying the Narrative: Contemporary Art from West and Southern Africa features works by 14 African artists, including Simphiwe Ndzube and Moffat Takadiwa. Intending to present the varied directions of contemporary African art to the Bay Area, the works in the show highlight the narrative properties of materials and the idea of figuration as a symbolic device. While all of the artists in Defying the Narrative are African, the artists represent a broad spectrum of perspectives, ideologies, and geographic origins, and the lack of a unifying narrative among them is both the premise and the conceit of this exhibition.
The exhibition Seeing Eye Awareness celebrates the artist as cultural clairvoyant, a shaman, as someone having a third eye opened unto the secrets of society, as someone we invite to reveal mystical truths. The artist's truest function has been to uncover mutations and anomalies. These are things that come from a place where language is insufficient or that crosses the border of consciousness, showing us culture’s bleeding edge. The exhibition is included in the programme of the Indigo Festival.
Get out of bed, put on your shades, and join Katherina Olschbaur for hangover drinks and a walkthrough of her show Horses!
On the show's final day: Saturday, August 18, 12:30pm at Nicodim Gallery in LA!
Simphiwe Ndzube has a new solo exhibition of drawings as well as a painting on linen at Harper's Books, East Hampton. The exhibition will be on view alongside a concurrent exhibition by Los Angeles-based painter Cassi Namoda, We Killed Mangy Dog. While Ndzube is well known for his large-scale assemblages, Dancing into Form will represent the first time in which his powerful drawings are brought together for collective consideration. Many of the works on paper featured in this exhibition served as preliminary studies for paintings and resulted from, as Ndzube puts it, a process of “working forward and backward to allow chance to open up avenues for possible compositions for newer work." As the artist notes, “they are dancing, celebrating, paddling, flying, drunk, and falling, but always in a constant journey to becoming.”
Nicodim Gallery is thrilled to announce Aaron Moulton as the newest addition to our full-time family. He has already made history with the gallery: he organized Omul Negru (2016), The Basilisk (2017), and The Hierophant (2017)—a three-part exhibition series that spanned Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles and Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest. Moulton has worked both undercover and in-uniform as a Cultural Operative for over a decade across Europe and North America. His exhibitions and projects employ the art world to perform thought experiments that unclothe the cultural constructs on which society is built, stripping its underpinnings nude for all to see, warts and all. Mediating the visual traditions of New Age communities, the Occult, and Pseudoscience, his work manifests a tactical use of context that has offered new insights into and erects diegeses around avant-gardes, energy systems, and the power of the placebo effect. His current research explores the holistic power of revelation found in disinformation campaigns, folklore, and magical thinking. You will come to his openings and buy things.
If Bucharest’s contemporary art scene has a nexus, it is in the elegant roads to the Piața Revoluției’s north-east, which boasts a smattering of small venues. But many of the city’s finest galleries stand away from this core. Galeria Nicodim, in the almost rural-seeming northern suburbs past Herăstrău Park, takes this to extremes. Its eponymous owner, Mihai Nicodim, emigrated to the US in the 1980s and opened his first gallery in LA in 2006....
Simphiwe Ndzube is featured alongside Olafur Eliasson, Viviane Sassen, Olafur Eliasson, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, among others in the Cape Town iteration of Stevenson Gallery's anniversary exhibition 'Both, and.' A group exhibition reflecting on 15 years of the gallery’s existence, 'Both, and' is curated by Stevenson's newest partners, Sisipho Ngodwana and Alexander Richards.
Bid on 'Untitled (Study for The Purging Diptych), 2018' here.
All proceeds from this benefit auction go to Project Angel Food.
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 22, 6 – 9 pm
On view Tuesday-Saturday, 12 – 6 pm
Plan B Gallery, Berlin
Potsdamer Strasse 77 – 87, 10785 Berlin
In likeness to the surrealists, who turned to absurd and fantastical symbolic imagery as a purgative answer to the gruesome folly of industrialized warfare, Ndzube employs bizarre scenarios, and the juxtaposition of incongruous elements extracted from everyday life, to respond to more recent chapters of violence and injustice. The results are both optimistic and cathartic: an eclipse is a moment of change and a lamp a sign of enlightenment. Even a traffic cone gently directs a new route.
Robert Yarber's work will be featured in the inaugural exhibition at Desert Center, Los Angeles, Michael Slenske's new project space.
Opening Reception: Thursday June 21, 6 – 9 pm
7466 Beverly Blvd., Suite 207
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Check out Katherina Olschbaur's painting in Yvonne Force's much anticipated exhibition SEED. Other artists include Cecily Brown, Rachel Feinstein, Yoko Ono, Claire Tabouret, Ambera Wellmann, Robin F. Williams, and Lisa Yuskavage.
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 21, 6 – 9pm
A Slice through the World is a collaboration between the Drawing Room, London and Modern Art Oxford. The featured artists across the two-venue group exhibition are ruby onyinyechi amanze, Nidhal Chamekh, Milano Chow, Kate Davis, Karl Haendel, David Haines, Ian Kiaer, Ciprian Muresan, David Musgrave, Wura-Natasha Ogunji, Kathy Prendergast, Massinissa Selmani, Lucy Skaer and Barbara Walker.
Exhibition dates at Modern Art Oxford: June 16 – September 9, 2018
Exhibition dates at Drawing Room, London: June 13 – August 5, 2018
Ndzube has always had a love for art. In the early stages of his career, he told stories inspired by the struggles faced by township residents, specifically in Masiphumelele where he grew up. “I’ve always been involved as a creative growing up, taking formal and informal art classes, dancing, and then later going to art school. Art School gave me the confidence and a bigger perspective of the art world and that’s how I went in, often times blindly,” he says....
The work of the Romanian artist Ecaterina Vrana (born 1969 in Constanta, Romania) is based on „la petite histoire” of her own existence. At the same time, it appears like a library of the past, in which individual fragmentary, kaleidoscopic details can be found out of memory. This revitalization takes place in the context of a subjective spontaneity, without an intentional dramaturgy. Ecaterina’s large-format paintings are the subject of subtle observations; claiming a reinterpretation of a past marked by illness they become a plea for the joy of life. Inspiration comes out of your own life instead out of theory.
'Presentations of recent acquisitions by the Department of Prints and Drawings' are an important, regular feature on the programme of the Musée National d'Art Moderne, and the current exhibition offers an opportunity to view a selection of some 150 modern and contemporary works on paper by more than 50 artists, acquired by the Centre Pompidou since 2011. Ciprian Muresan work is featured alongside such heavy-hitters as Mamma Anderson, John Cage, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Per Kirkeby, Mirtha Dermisache, and Tomma Abts.
The Swahili word “Mulungu” means God. It originally described white people who assumed a god-like position of power in the country. By adapting the title from Samuel Becket's Waiting For Godot, Ndzube examines the notion of theater, the tragic, and the epic, while investigating the collective psyche of black people, proposing a different set of vocabulary outside the Eurocentric legacy, and participating in activism of the global black community whose defiant spirit has given birth to an enormous range of paradigms of resistance, solidarity, and celebration.
Robert Yarber has been included in this group show at Over the Influence, Los Angeles, curated by Aaron Moulton. Yarber's work will be showng alongside artists including Patrick Nagel, Mark Mothersbaugh, Alex Israel, Andy Warhol, Jonas Wood, and Peter Shire, among others.
Nicodim Gallery is thrilled to announce its representation of the Austrian painter Katherina Olschbaur and the Zimbabwean sculptor Moffat Takadiwa!
Simphiwe Ndzube now has artwork in the following important collections: Rupert Museum, Cape Town, South Africa; University of Cape Town, South Africa; Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa; Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town, South Africa; A4 Foundation, Cape Town, South Africa; Rubell Family Collection, Miami, Florida; The CC Foundation, Shanghai, China; HOW Art Museum, Shanghai, China; Christen Sveeas Collection, Norway; and The Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado.
Wilde Reiter is, ultimately, an evolution of work centralized around personal narrative, cultural narrative, and the subjective marriage of the two as seen through a lens that pushes the viewer to evaluate their stance on the subject matter in a Brechtian manner—making the familiar strange.
Nicodim Gallery is proud to announce our participation in the Acid-Free Los Angeles Art Book Market where the long-awaited exhibition catalogs for Omul Negru, Basilisk, and The Hierophant will be presented for the first time alongside a series of new energy-harnessing works by Lazaros.
Hervé Mikaeloff, the curator of the exhibition, strives to create a couple of multidisciplinary scenes, where the art pieces and artists behave as actors. Artists will share their vision on architectures, utopias, savoir-faire, memory and their willingness to receive or free themselves of public heritage.
The title of this exhibition “Jungles in Paris” has been borrowed from the Henri Rousseau exhibition at Tate Modern in 2005-06 (later show at Grand Palais, Paris and National Gallery, Washington). The visual tension created by the juxtaposition of two seemingly disparate environments (the sophisticated urban Paris versus the exotic wild untethered jungle) is the foundation for Ghenie’s new body of work.
Nicodim Gallery is thrilled to announce its participation in the 2018 incarnation of The Armory Show with Limbo Colony, a solo booth by the South African artist Simphiwe Ndzube.
Nicodim Gallery is proud to announce its inaugural participation in Zona Maco, a solo booth with the Romanian artist Teodor Graur. Graur’s Commie Pop will be an immersive booth installation of curated artworks from throughout his career (with a focus on recent work) presenting the East’s utopian ideals from a side of the looking glass unfamiliar to most in the West. Find Nicodim Gallery in Booth G204!
at the Art Los Angeles Contemporary
The Barker Hanger, Santa Monica
Nicodim Gallery is thrilled to announce its representation of the painter Robert Yarber. Yarber was born in Dallas, Texas in 1948, and has exhibited nationally and internationally since the early eighties. His work was featured at the Venice Biennale in 1984 and the Whitney Biennial in 1985.
Following the success of Simphiwe Ndzube’s Bhabharosi, on display at Nicodim Gallery in Los Angeles, the gallery has released an artists’ book of the same title (edition 30) available exclusively at Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair. Each book offers a unique glimpse at Ndzube’s creative process, featuring drawings, diagrams, and collages that the artist composed in preparation for the exhibition. Find Nicodim Gallery in Booth G03!
Nicodim Gallery is pleased to introduce its new Global Director, Benjamin Lee Ritchie Handler. Touched by a sculptor at a very young age, Ritchie Handler knew he wanted to be involved with the arts as soon as she exposed herself to him. While earning a Masters degree in Library and Information Science at UCLA, Ritchie Handler toured internationally with a rock band and worked at a number of Los Angeles-based art institutions including The Hammer, LACMA, and MOCA. In 2011, he landed at Gagosian in Beverly Hills as an Archivist and Librarian. Ritchie Handler’s first project with Nicodim Gallery will be a group show titled Homeward Bound, which opens in Los Angeles October 2017.
"The lure of abstraction is a thread that gets pulled taut inside me. I hold my subjectivity out to it like a rose that wilts in the face of indifference. Standing in front of a Razvan Boar painting loops that thread into a cat’s cradle of multidimensional looking. My heart, she pinches the X, whorls around, and opens up—straight lines twisted into new patterns of thinking.”
(excerpt from Twisting the Narrative Thread by Christina Catherine Martinez)
Published by Nicodim Gallery. Please contact the gallery directly to purchase.
In his painting, Beijing-based Lu Song also wanders through the shifting landscapes that are evolving on the edge of urban environments. Similar to the visual beauty that Li Xiaofei finds in assembly lines, Lu Song’s brooding vision, at times magical, at other darkened by a haunting disquiet, lulls viewers into a duplicitous mood of serenity before awaking us to its deeper message.
Ciprian Muresan has been selected for the 2017 Venice Biennale's central show, titled “Viva Arte Viva” and organized by Christine Macel.
The monograph, published by Nicodim Gallery, is a summarization of Zhou's 2 exhibitions in Los Angeles (2015) and Bucharest (2016).
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“OVERPOP”, an exhibition based on the Yuz Collection and a curatorial dialogue derived from it, features works from Kerry Tribe, Samara Golden, Helen Marten, Ian Cheng and more.
Do you like ghost stories? Want some new nightmares?
The invocation of Omul Negru at Galeria Nicodim in Bucharest, and then again with its resurrection at Nicodim Gallery in Los Angeles was an alignment of anthropology, ritual magic and sacrilegious geometry set inside curatorial red rooms. The corresponding codex is at once a grimoire and a folklore as much as it is an exhibition catalogue and an anthology of evil. It will define a new kind of pornography and should not be treated lightly as it possesses the most evil representations of humankind's darkest nadir.
The book contains texts from Aaron Moulton, Alissa Bennett, Dr. Philip Zimbardo, Reverend Jim Jones, Albert Fish, et al.
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In conjunction with her current eponymous exhibition at the gallery, Ecaterina Vrana's new book As I Lay Living has been released.
Please contact the gallery for more info or copies of the catalog.