Although traces of matriarchal order in Western thought typically appear as a mythological apparition, Olschbaur paints a narrative that subverts our expectations under the normative language of patriarchy. For Olschbaur, art historical tropes are appropriated and used like garments, worn then cast aside in a process that is ever changing and moving within each work. In this way, Dirty Elements investigates the power dynamics of patriarchal order and its violent denial of female sexuality.
Rumanian painter Adrian Ghenie (b. 1977) has drawn considerable attention in the art world in recent years, such that he can be said, without exaggeration, to be one of the most successful of all young European artists. Ghenie’s work is characterised by a very particular sense of colour, dictated by his incredible sensitivity to the art of the past. His search for a new painting technique is tied up with study of form and experiments with texture. Ghenie’s images, melting in the blurred, distorted pictorial space, take on an incredible expressive quality. Twelve canvases have been created specially for this exhibition, the artist engaging in a dialogue with the Hermitage collection in his own unique painterly manner, that harks back to his own perceptions of art in his childhood.
Katherina Olschbaur and Robert Yarber join more than 50 emerging and established LA artists in the exhibition, L.A. On Fire, curated by Michael Slenske. Throughout modern history, westerners have been drawn to fire as a result of failing to learn, as UCLA professor Daniel M. T. Fessler argues in “A Burning Desire: Steps Toward an Evolutionary Psychology of Fire Learning” (Journal of Cognition and Culture), how to properly play with and control this seductive force of nature. Rather than aiding the ecological expression of fire’s natural trajectory we seek to suppress it under our capitalist domain. The same psychology may be guiding our compulsion to reside in such inhospitable climes: LA being a prime Stateside example with its megafires, fault lines, drought, pollution, population density, and homeless epidemic. Still, new Angelenos come to bear witness each year, and each year the fires get worse. But literal flames—to say nothing of the broader perils of climate change—are only one example of “fires” perennially burning in LA.
Underpinning Fung’s new body of work are inquiries into identity and existence. What is a person? What is a thing? These questions examine the subject-object relationship, where a subject is characterised as an observer and an object as a thing observed. Each painting is an individual negotiation into the fluctuating tensions between depth and surface, interiority and exteriority, utility and decoration, and femininity and masculinity. Formative objects look out from the canvas and dare the viewer.
Nicodim Gallery is proud to announce its participation in the Art021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair. The booth will feature paintings by Romanian artists Adrian Ghenie, Ciprian Mureşan, and Șerban Savu alongside furniture by the Chinese artist Zhou Yilun. This selection of paintings provides a crash-course to the Cluj school, combining the dreamy, melancholic realism of Savu, the recursive drawings of Mureşan, and Ghenie's macabre and subversive approach to figuratism. In the installation, Zhou's furniture set provides a bridge from East to West—an homage to the Memphis Group born through his own iconoclastic Chinese voice.
Nicodim Gallery is thrilled to announce its publication of the limited-edition zine Sensations for Which the Germans Probably Have Words: Volume 69, to be released this weekend at the Acid-Free Art Book Fair.
Most people are aware of the fact that Germany is a country with its own language. The German language is notorious for its long words to describe incredibly specific, yet complex feelings and sensations. (We’re pretty sure “schadenfreude” is one of these, but we wouldn’t know for sure; we don’t speak German.) Sensations for Which the Germans Probably Have Words: Volume 69, is the first published volume of an unabridged encyclopedia of every one of these complicated, dense emotions for which there is likely a denser, many-lettered, free-standing word in German.
The zine features original illustrations and descriptions of sensations for which the Germans probably have words by Isabelle Albuquerque, Maia Céleste Donnelly, Devin B. Johnson, Simphiwe Ndzube, Katherina Olschbaur, Galen Pehrson, Sissòn, and Phumelele Tshabalala.
The zine (edition of 50) will be available for sale at the Nicodim booth along with the original drawings for the volume. Concept and design by Ben Lee Ritchie Handler.
Mureşan’s versatile visual language is embodied in a method of reproduction and reference. For this exhibition, the artist has made a scale model of S.M.A.K. for the presentation of a series of so-called ‘palimpsest drawings’, which he has based on images from the museum’s new collection catalogue. In a layered way, he reduces all the artworks in the collection to a post-figurative state: a destructive and at the same time creative act that underscores the absurdity of also depicting this history as a linear story. The exhibition takes this new installation as a starting point for further exploration of Mureşan’s subjective approach to time, memory and the processes of historicization.
Empathy: Beneath the Surface features works by Hung Liu, John Nava, Simphie Ndzube, Ami Vitale, Marisa Caichiolo, and Marjorie Salvaterra in a group exhibition centered around the common threads that connect us all – loss, resilience, and hope. Motivated to recall Thousand Oaks community’s strength, compassion and connection during the Twin Tragedies of November 2018, six highly diverse and distinguished contemporary artists have come to support the museum’s mission ‘to elevate the human spirit through the palette of Art. Through six distinct gallery spaces covering 5,000 sq feet, visitors will view paintings, sculpture, virtual reality, mix-media installation, photography and tapestries.
The Great Romania – China Friendship Cafeteria started in Beijing in 2018 and is headed for a bright future governed by solidarity. More than an annual inter-continental exchange of exhibitions, the long-term project is nourished with care for each other's vulnerability. Beijing Konditorei creates the perfect mood for short and precise dates, while using the imprecise texture of jelly in order to create confusion between looks and taste. Surrounded by an abundance of textures, colors, art and handicraft, Konditorei uses the minimum of ingredients in order to offer a clear punctual experience.
Daniel Pitin's Waiting (2010) has been added to the collection of the Knoxville Museum of Art, Tennessee, a gift from the collection of Stephen Hanson. The work is currently on view in the museum's public gallery showcasing the institution's collection of contemporary artwork.
Textile art has long been used for practical, ornate and expressive means – a cultural vessel for storytelling in the absence of written word. Fiber artists working with the medium continue to push boundaries, redefining the dialogue between traditional and contemporary methods of woven narration. The selection of works ranging in modern and contemporary style, exhibit a complex, undulating display of thread’s ability to tell stories and evoke woven symbolism. Thread. showcases a culmination of work by some of today’s leading fiber artists: Terri Friedman, Miyoshi Barosh, Hannah Epstein, Diedrick Brackens, Tanya Aguiniga, Ardeshir Tabrizi, Channing Hansen, Moffat Takadiwa, Jeffrey Gibson, Luis Flores, Christina Forrer, Tschabalala Self, Ebony G. Patterson, and Chiachio & Giannone, alongside a selection from the Museum’s permanent collection.
Nicodim Gallery is proud to be a sponsoring gallery of the 2019 ADL ArtWorks Benefit Auction, with works by Katherina Olschbaur and Simphiwe Ndzube becoming biddable on the Paddle8 auction website on September 12, 2019. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, ADL is a leading anti-hate organization whose mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. ADL is a global leader in exposing extremism and delivering anti-bias education, and is a leading organization in training law enforcement. All proceeds from the event and auction will benefit ADL programs and initiatives.
Buy your ticket and RSVP by September 19, 2019.
Curated by Petr Nedoma, Daniel Pitín's solo exhibition at Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague A Paper Tower showcases the vague melancholy of the tangle of theatrical scenes, suspense-building film techniques, labyrinths of laminated reality of parallel worlds, hints of destroyed lost-in-space architecture, strangely-acting characters in the void of the wreckage which all make up the artist’s many-layered and disturbing world of images. The exhibition will include a cross-section of his paintings with an emphasis on newer works, as well as several films that accentuate some aspects of his painting style and, at the same time, reveal to the viewer an insight into the sources of his inspiration.
The Atmosphere of Certain Uncertainty is Johnson’s first solo showing after completing his Masters Degree of Fine Art at Pratt Institute in May 2019. The work presented in the exhibition was created in response to Franz Fannon’s 1958 novel Black Skin White Masks, in which Fannon attempts to break down and conceptualize the contemporary black male psyche. Johnson metaphorically reinterprets the “white mask” as white socks that serves as a reminder of that assimilation we walk into everyday just as much as the mask, as implied by Fannon. 'In the series “White Nike Socks on Black Skin”, I simply wanted to attach these concepts and ideas to a classic LA convention such as slides and socks. The bodies present in the work are always a non-violent body, a body that just wants to simply be,' said Johnson.
Nicodim Gallery and Tin Flats are proud to present an exhibition of unique, 30 x 22 inch film posters by our artists and friends this weekend at Women Under the Influence Goes Idyllwild, a festival celebrating groundbreaking cinema, directed by women, for everyone. Each poster is $100 (plus shipping), and all proceeds go to the Los Angeles Community Action Network. Unique posters by Isabelle Albuquerque, Shagha Ariannia, Paige Emery, Dominique Fung, Shelley Holcomb, Katherina Olschbaur, Lydia Maria Pfeffer, Akiko Stehrenberger, and Sarah E Wilson.
La Fondazione Nicola Del Roscio opens this week in Rome, in Via Francesco Crispi just below Gagosian. The inaugural exhibition, curated by Pier Paolo Pancotto, features Serban Savu, Adrian Ghenie, Ciprian Muresan, and Geta Bratescu. The Foundation's future program, despite its heterogeneity, intends to pay tribute to the memory and work of Cy Twombly.
Simphiwe Ndzube’s hybrid sculptures and pictures interrogate post-colonialism and the history of apartheid. Stretching out in space, their dreamlike political landscapes investigate the origins of a cosmos located between unexplored lands and unnavigable seas, with magic realism a constant influence. For the Biennale, the artist stages a procession with two groups of contrasting sculptures: spiritual people and gravediggers, caught between the fight against exploitation and the urge for change; their clothes are given special attention. The artist continues to tap the themes that haunt his work, while also making connections with the 1786 silk-worker uprising and a much larger one, “la révolte des canuts”, in 1831, which are both landmarks in Lyon’s political and social history.
Hugo Wilson (b. 1982, London, United Kingdom) lives and works in London. His artworks have been exhibited in group shows at the MODEM Centre for Modern and Contemporary Arts in Debrecen, Busan Metropolitan Art Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, and are also included in key international collections, such as that of the New York Public Library, the Deutsche Bank Collection in the United Kingdom, and the Janet de Botton Collection in London. Wilson's first solo show in the United States, Ideal Hauntology (2011) at Mihai Nicodim Gallery recieved an ArtForum Critic's Pick. Recent exhibitions also include Hugo Wilson (2018, solo), Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles; Frieze Sculpture Park (2018), London, United Kingdom; Bioperversity, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles (2018); and The Hierophant (2017), Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest. His work is included in Skin Stealers, the forthcoming exhibition at Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles.
Devin B. Johnson (b. 1992, Los Angeles, California) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. He obtained his BA in Fine Arts from the California State University of Channel Islands (2015) and received a Masters of Fine Arts at Pratt institute (2019). Johnson is one of sixteen artists from around the world selected for the inaugural year of the Black Rock Senegal residency program in March 2020, and he is featured in the Northeast and MFA issue of New American Paintings (2019). His work was included in the Trans World exhibitions at Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest, and Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, and will be exhibited in the forthcoming group exhibition Skin Stealers at Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles in addition to a solo exhibition in the spring of 2020.
Jorge Peris (b. 1969, Alzira, Valencia) lives and works in El Palmar, Valencia, Spain. Peris’ most recent solo exhibitions include: Musée du château des ducs de Wurtemberg, France (2012); the Centro de Arte Contamporaneo, Spain (2011); and Macro, Rome (2010). The artist has also participated in exhibitions at CA2M, Madrid (2011); the Fondazione Giuliani per l’Arte Contemporanea, Rome (2010); the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2008) and the Museo de Arte Contemporanea de Vigo, Spain (2007), as well as Our Lady of the Flowers (2018) and The Hierophant (2017) at Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest. Peris' first solo exhibition with the gallery will open summer of 2020 in Los Angeles.
Dominique Fung (b. 1987, Ottawa, Canada) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received a BAA from Sheridan College Institute of Technology in Toronto, Canada. Fung’s paintings have been exhibited in Virginia Museum of Modern Art, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Nicodim Gallery, Patel Gallery, and Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery. Fung was featured in the Trans World exhibitions at Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest, and Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles. Her work will included in the forthcoming group exhibition Skin Stealers at Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, with a solo exhibition in May 2020.
The new 10,000 square-foot gallery is on the ground floor of the industrial building at 1700 S. Santa Fe Avenue in Unit #160, alongside Susanne Vielmetter’s newest space.
Please join us in celebrating our move with the opening of Moffat Takadiwa’s first stateside solo exhibition on Saturday, September 7th, on view through October 19th. It will be followed by solo and group exhibitions that include new works by Dominique Fung, Devin B. Johnson, Philipp Kremer, Simphiwe Ndzube, and Jorge Peris.
TRANS WORLD, Nicodim's final exhibition at the current space on South Anderson Street, is on view through Saturday, August 10th.
Stormy Weather: Climate Change & Social Justice, a group exhibition at the Museum Arnhem, Netherlands, features works from international artists who are reflecting on current climate issues in relation to power inequality in the world, now and in the past. The artworks shown deal with many urgent issues such as rising sea levels, plastic pollution, depletion of raw materials and the rapidly increasing number and seriousness of natural disasters. The thirteen artists in the exhibition, including Moffat Takadiwa, Brook Andrew, Ursula Biemann, Serge Attukwei Clottey, and Maarten Vanden Eynde, link these phenomena and developments to global political and socio-economic systems, from the colonial era to the current capitalist world economy, which maintains global systems of inequality in power and prosperity.
Wear your best pajamas and bring something comfortable on which to sit for tarot readings by Lisa Anne Auerbach and a screening of Marie Losier’s iconic 2011 documentary "The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye," an account of the Pandrogeny Project, in which artists Genesis P-Orridge and Lady Jaye united as a "pandrogyne," or single entity, through the transmutation of the cosmos and surgical body modification.
This event is held in conjunction with TRANS WORLD, a multiversal exhibition curated by Ben Lee Ritchie Handler with nomadic interiors for the universally ambiguous by Jorge Luis Cruzata.
‘Second Hand’ brings together works from the Art Jameel Collection that explore materiality in contemporary art practice. Focusing on different modes of expression through sculpture, installation, assemblage, drawing, photography, painting and performance, the artworks challenge the way we perceive material and our understanding of what the material represents. The presentation is the first exhibition drawn from the Art Jameel Collection, Dubai, featuring works by 18 artists and collectives: Adel Abdessemed, Haig Aivazian, Abbas Akhavan, Diana Al-Hadid, Doa Aly, Fayçal Baghriche, Walead Beshty, Vikram Divecha, Jason Dodge, Zahrah Al-Ghamdi, Bita Ghezelayagh, Mohammed Kazem, Azade Köker, Cinthia Marcelle, Keita Miyazaki, Slavs and Tatars, Moffat Takadiwa and Mario García Torres.
Curated by London-based Norwegian gallerist Kristin Hjellegjerde, KUBATANA: An Exhibition with Contemporary African Artists is the result of nearly two years of research, and brings together the works of 33 artists from 18 of Africa’s 54 countries across all four floors of the museum – one of the most expansive exhibitions of African art in Scandinavia to date.
Project Angel Food prepares and delivers healthy meals to feed people impacted by serious illness, bringing comfort and hope every day. Their 2019 benefit auction features artwork donated by Simphiwe Ndzube, Ed Ruscha, David Hockney, Ai Weiwei, and John Baldessari. All proceeds from this benefit auction go to Project Angel Food.
JOAN is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit space for exhibitions, performances, and screenings with a focus on emerging and under-recognized artists. Proceeds from this auction will directly fund programming at JOAN.
Saturday, April 27th, 2019, 8-11pm
1206 Maple Avenue, Suite 715, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Performance by Kinlaw, Drinks by Happy Hour Agency, and Music by DJ Muñeka
Ticket Editions available by Seth Bogart & Tanya Brodsky
To coincide with the opening of the 2019 Venice Biennale, Palazzo Cini will present The Battle Between Carnival and Feast, an exhibition of new works by Romanian artist Adrian Ghenie. Organized in collaboration with Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, the exhibition will be installed throughout the historic house museum's second floor galleries.
Şerban Savu’s figurative paintings usually depict vast post-industrial landscapes in which figures walk about, swim and undertake everyday activities. For the most part, they portray solitary people, caught in the middle distance, isolated, and involved in a specific act. Savu's solo show at Le LAIT, titled En dérive/Adrift, brings together works produced over the past twelve years, some of which echo the local context and in particular the work of Henri de Toulouse-Lautre.
Miklos Onucsan to be featured alongside Belu Simion Fainaru and Dan Mihaltianu in the next edition of the Venice Biennale! Curated by the art historian and theorist Cristian Nae, the group's exhibition 'Unfinished Conversations on the Weight of Absence' will present new versions of individual installations by the three veteran artists.
The presentation of the installations in the Romanian pavilion, located in the Giardini, will be complimented by further work shown at the New Gallery of the Romanian Institute for Culture and Humanistic Research, in Venice’s Cannaregio district.
Ex Africa – storie e identità di un’arte universale at the Museo Civico Archeologico, Bologna is curated by Ezio Bassani and Gigi Pezzoli, with contributions from Italian and foreign scholars, and is a memorial to Bassani, who passed away suddenly while working on the project and to whom Italy is indebted for the dissemination and knowledge of African art. It is not an ethnographic exhibition, but a grand exposition that goes beyond the general/specialist dichotomy, aiming to tell stories of art, identity, power, sacredness, encounters and communication.
The Ferenczy Museum ArtMill’s spring exhibition, 'Public Private Affairs: The Art of the ’90s in Hungarian Private Collections', presents a selection of works from thirty Hungarian private collections, which were created during the colourful, bold, and “topsy-turvy” decade that followed the regime change. The displayed works, numbering over two hundred, are indicative of the contending collection practices of the time and show how art was defined not only by styles and schools, but by individual approaches.
Ciprian Muresan (born in 1977) and Serban Savu (born 1978) graduated in 2001 from the University of Art and Design in Cluj. They are bound by a strong friendship and still share in this city the same workshop. Moreover, despite appearances, their research has a lot in common. The first tends to compile the history of art into an indecipherable palimpsest. The second surprises with its intertwined sources: from Socialist Realism to religious painting. And both are scanning their ordinary environment with the accuracy of an astronomer.
The Divine Hermaphrodite, Katherina Olschbaur's new solo exhibition in Berlin features new paintings from the artist's studio in Los Angeles. The opening will take place on March 16, between 6 and 9 pm at Gnyp Gallery's Hardenbergstraße location. The Divine Hermaphrodite looks at sacred oneness across different cultures through contemporary art works. It addresses different notions of transgender as spiritual states of divinity found through the merging with the perfect other. It embraces occult, alchemy and non-western approaches of the third sex towards imagining self-realization through this notion of mystical oneness.
Simphiwe Ndzube speaks on his childhood in South Africa and the recent development of his work. The Logan Lecture Series is sponsored by Vicki and Kent Logan in affiliation with Contemporary Alliance, a Denver Art Museum support group.
Free for Contemporary Alliance members and students with valid student ID
$20 Non-members, $15 DAM members, $10 DAM volunteers
A reception will follow at the ART, a hotel.
Crucible is the first solo exhibition in India of works by the British artist, Hugo Wilson. Wilson uses the almost bottomless well of the internet from which to draw inspiration and to source and explore a vast array of different imagery, objects and occurrences of historic importance. By using the ancient and highly plastic medium of painting as a ground upon which to bring together elements that might initially seem entirely unconnected, Wilson has the advantage of harnessing an established, global language that can mix and meld things together in coherent form.
Nicodim Gallery is proud to present a solo installation by the Zimbabwean artist Moffat Takadiwa (b. 1983, Karoi, Zimbabwe) at the 2019 edition of The Armory Show.
With the junkyard as his muse, Takadiwa weaves discarded computer keys, aerosol cans, spray bottles, used toothbrushes, and other small, found everyday objects into impressive organic forms evocative of jewel-encrusted excess or a ritualistic kind of minimalism. His choice of medium communicates his concern with issues of consumerism, inequality, post-colonialism, and the environment.
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FADOM, a communist-era building company, created a building system of prefabricates for the basic structures of inhabitation. In Przemek Pyszczek’s practice, FADOM becomes a metaphor for the aesthetics permeating post-communist Poland, its hidden rationale that manages to reconcile the shadow of the past with a consumerist spirit of the new era. Through hyperbolization of socialist aesthetics, Pyszczek achieves a sense of shared memory which belongs to no one: a para-sentiment for what might not have been experienced, but remains alluring thanks to its construction – either social or aesthetic, or maybe, as Pyszczek seems to suggest, both.
Where is the Madness You Promised Me: Dystopian Paintings from the Marc and Livia Straus Family Collection features works by contemporary artists from around the globe, examining recent dystopian painting as a symptom of society's increasing anxiety over our future.
Find works by Katherina Olschbaur and Zhou Yilun alongside a plethora of wonderful artists at the 2019 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Benefit Auction in Los Angeles. The Rema Hort Mann Foundation provides support for cancer patients and emerging artists through its bi-coastal grant programs. Proceeds from this auction benefit the Quality of Life Cancer Grant, Emerging Artist Grant, and Artist Community Engagement Grant.
Nicodim is thrilled to present new works by Michiel Ceulers, Aaron Gilbert, Simphiwe Ndzube, Katherina Olschbaur, and Cristian Răduță in addition to a few surprises at the inaugural Felix Los Angeles Art Fair at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
Come meet us in Room 117, right next to the Hockney Pool, rain or shine!
“Nowhere Over The Rainbow”, a multimedia survey of works exploring the tropes and chromatics of gold, rainbows, hybrid identities and failed ideologies—via drawings, paintings, sculpture, photography, performance, and video—aims to offer a glimpse into the possibilities and realities of finding a new way in an upset world. From a “gold room” filled with blue- chip excavations to warped Kodachrome fantasies to a surrealist drawing of an alternate Oz, this is no place like home. “What do you do out here? You chase rainbows.” — Ed Ruscha
On view at the Spring Break Art Fair, located at The Stalls at Skylight ROW DLTA: 1925 East 8th Street, Los Angeles.
The central courtyard of the private Mexican art museum, Museo Kaluz, exhibiting international contemporary artists, will host a new work by Simphiwe Ndzube entitled The Rain Prayers. This ambitious installation conjures up attenuated figures in procession from a tangle of logs and invokes the carnival spirit of Cape Town. Reflect on the severe drought in South Africa, an event that reveals ample reserves of faith, ritual and community commitment within the population of Cape Town. Designed especially for this unique space, the installation links the experiences of Cape Town and Mexico City about water, the lack of it and the resilience that these circumstances generate in societies.
Simphiwe Ndzube featured alongside Urs Fischer, Jeff Koons, Nick Cave, Alex Israel, and Liz Craft in People, a group exhibition at Jeffrey Deitch Project's new space in Los Angeles. The works explore the uncanny confrontation of the artificial and the real while simultaneously responding to the multiple approaches to human identity in the contemporary world. All of the works in the exhibition reflect a contemporary approach to sculpture inspired by the innovations of Dada, Surrealism, Assemblage and by the influence of non- or meta- art sources like department store mannequins.
Nicodim Gallery is proud to announce its return to Zona Maco, featuring a booth of paintings by Romanian Adrian Ghenie and American painter Robert Yarber. This selection of paintings includes historic paintings from Yarber and new work from Ghenie, who has long been an appreciator of Yarber's unique approach to painting.
Find Nicodim Gallery in Booth E213!
Among the works presented are emblematic paintings, paper drawings, collages and carved, colorful sculptures that generate a dialogue between matter, lines and sensations. The drawing, the source of pictorial image, constantly transforms into figurative characters, phantasms where acrylic colors highlight personal traits.
The artist will give a walkabout in support of the Friends of Iziko South African National Gallery on Friday 25 January at 11am.
Michiel Ceulers is featured in the group exhibition 'Salon de Peinture', where visitors can quietly linger amidst the works of over fifty Belgian (or Belgium-based) painters, curated in the style of the French salon. The exhibition is accessible free of charge and located on the sixth floor of the museum. In the exhibition, the work of Ceulers is featured alongside other artists including Fred Bervoets, Luc Tuymans, Walter Swennen, and Vedran Kopljar.
Simphiwe Ndzube is featured in New Acquisitions, a presentation of paintings, sculptures, and installations by 20 artists; all acquired in the last two years by the Rubell Family. The exhibition is on view for Art Basel, Miami and will be exhibited until June of 2019. Other artists include Janiva Ellis, Alake Shilling, Trulee Hall, Diamond Stingily, and Martha Jungwirth
Romania's President Klaus Iohannis spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron at the inauguration of the Romania-France Cultural Season at the Centre Pompidou, which marks ten years since the signing of a strategic partnership statement, and the celebration of the Centennial of Romania's Greater Union of 1918.
The two presidents visited the exhibitions of the artists Ciprian Muresan, Serban Savu and Adrian Ghenie which are currently on view at the Centre Pompidou.
Romanian Season at the Pompidou Center highlights an extraordinary laboratory of artistic creativity, intimately, and fully linked to the writing of the history of modern and contemporary art. The 2019 France-Romania season is thus the occasion to return to an essential moment in the history of the international cultural dynamics of the 20th century, for which Paris has long remained the hub of hatching and affirmation and where the actors of the artistic scenes from Central and Eastern Europe played a leading role. Through a few founding figures of artistic modernity and avant-gardes, the Center Pompidou aims to highlight and review the extreme richness of its heritage through exhibitions, installations, skirmishes and thematic itineraries.
• Ciprian Muresan and Serban Savu, L'entretien infini
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• Adrian Ghenie, The Darwin Room, 2013-2014
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• Ponctuations. Parcours dans les Collections - An exhibition of works from the collection of the Centre Pompidou featuring Adrian Ghenie and Ciprian Muresan, among others
[Museum, Levels 4 and 5]
Opening November 28, 2018 in Paris, France
Galeria Plan B in Berlin presents a solo exhibition of Serban Savu, to open on Friday, the 23th of November 2018.
Nicodim Gallery is proud to continue INFLUENCES, an occasional series of events exploring the relationships between art and psychoactive substances.
For the second installment, our friends at Mezcal El Silencio have created unique mezcal cocktails to pair with our Ciprian Muresan and Hugo Wilson exhibitions and the fashion of Sánchez-Kane, which is featured in a two-day pop-up in our rear gallery. Each cocktail is tailored to channel the energy and vitality of the respective installations. Psychonauts from Nicodim, El Silencio, and Sánchez-Kane will be your spirit guides in a tour through each of the three environments.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a private event. Interested patrons must RSVP to email@example.com 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.
Sanchez-Kane brings the inspiration behind its avant-garde menswear collection to Los Angeles with a Tianguis-inspired shopping experience at NICODIM Gallery. In collaboration with Mezcal El Silencio, a fellow rebel brand with deep Mexican roots, Sanchez-Kane will create a ceremonial experience through an interactive art installation and debut a new unisex ring design.
The entire NICODIM Gallery will be redesigned as the iconic district of La Lagunilla Market, where bootleg DVDs dress the streets, clothes hangs off high racks and dress suits are mounted on walls. It is beautiful chaos in the eyes of Sanchez-Kane, a visionary brand founded by contemporary artist and provocateur Barbara Sanchez-Kane.
Friday, November 16, 12–8pm
Saturday, November 17, 12–5pm
Many times, the landscape is understood in escapist terms, self-forgetting, by seemingly anachronistic notions about the homeland, or by their cosmopolitan pendant—the tourist cliché. How can it, therefore, compose a contemporary landscape image that recognizes change, tempts destruction, while being able to question the conditions of a position? REMEMBERING LANDSCAPE focuses on landscape imaging and aesthetic strategies, linking them to commemoration / remembrance processes. Ciprian Muresan's work is featured in this group show curated by Eva Schmidt (MGK Siegen) and Kai Vöckler (HfG Offenbach) in cooperation with Center for Cultural Decontamination (Branislav Dimitrijević, Lola Joksimović) and the MNAC București.
Curated by Dan Breaz, Tradiții active I (Active Traditions I ) presents a selections sculpture, painting, and video works by Ciprian Muresan. Opening exactly five years after Muresan's first exhibition at the Muzeul de Artă Cluj-Napoca, Muresan continues his approach to the works of the Great Masters through his language of repitition. Muresan renegotiates the limits of art, questioning his role in art history and his rights to use basal techniques. The high stakes of these seemingly humble 'works' reveal unpredictable ways of creating the new. In Muresan's world, the new is not distincly seperate from the old.
Crossing Night (Hacer Noche) is a major exhibition initiative that presents the work of contemporary artists from Southern Africa across Oaxaca’s City’s museums and cultural centres. Comprising five exhibitions, an artists’ residency programme, a community-based educational programme, and a conference, Crossing Night undertakes to explore the historical links between southern Africa and Mexico through shared histories of conolialism and slavery. Find Simphiwe Ndzube's sculptural installation at the Centro Cultural Santo Domingo.
Congradulations to Katherina Olschbaur for being named a winner of the 2018 IBK-Förderpreise for Painting!
A total of 27 artists were nominated and the jury of international experts could award a maximum of seven prizes. Since 1991, the IBK Sponsorship Awards have been awarded annually in changing categories. Judges found of interest the consequence of Olschbaur's work in terms of deeply painterly interests and questions, but which also leaves room to repeatedly strike back and form outliers.
Inspired by both the '90s and the spirit of Jeremy Scott, the creative director of the MOSCHINO House, the H & MOSCHINO party took place at the Nicodim Gallery in Bucharest, which was transformed into a vibrant, colorful space. Guests listened to the best Romanian hits of the 90s, mixed by DJ Vali Barbulescu. Just a few seconds after the countdown, they were invited to a pop up shop to discover all the pieces of the H & MOSCHINO collection.
The collection will be available in selected and online stores worldwide starting November 8, 2018.
"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.