29 art exhibitions we can’t wait to see this year
Despite masking, vaccine requirements and changed opening hours, the gallery in 2022 looks, at least for now, pretty much what it did before, with an exciting slate of shows set to continue. open throughout the year. Here we round up just a few of those we’re most looking forward to seeing – from new commissions to sprawling retrospectives and group shows to art fairs, in New York, Los Angeles, London, Venice and beyond.
Overlooked in the canon of art history, Mason was a leader of the abstract art boys’ club in the New York art world from the 1930s through the 1960s. Ad Reinhardt said at the beginning of the 1960s that “without Alice Trumbull Mason, we [the abstract painters] would not be here, nor in such a force. Mason also stars in The Whitney’s all-female group show, “Labyrinth of Forms: Women and Abstraction, 1930–1950,” on view through March. Until January 22.
Featuring paintings, sculptures and works on paper from 1978 to 2018 (Spalletti died in 2019), “Ettore Spalletti” examines the general themes of the artist’s practice. Among them, the light moved and changed throughout the day in Cappelle sul Tavo, the small town on Italy’s east coast where he lived and worked for more than 60 years. Until March 5.
Curated by Thelma Golden (director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem) and Legacy Russell (executive director and chief curator of The Kitchen), “Projects: Kahlil Robert Irving” wraps the gallery space in a backdrop of site-specific display of two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and digital works dealing with themes of “black life, death, remembrance, celebration, and survival.” Until May 1.
“His Mark” is Nauman’s new six-channel 3D video installation of his “X-signing fingers and hands”. The inspiration came from his grandson Milo’s history textbook, where Nauman found a copy of a treaty signed by the Canadian government depicting the Queen of England and Chief of the Blackfoot Indian Band – who signed his name in X. From January 13 to March 12.
Curated by author and critic Hilton Als, this exciting group exhibition pays homage to the work and cultural significance of writer Toni Morrison (1931-2019), adding “visual elements that italicize the beauty and the audacity of his work”. Featured artists include Garrett Bradley, Félix Gonzalez-Torres, Kerry James Marshall, Julie Mehretu, Walter Price, Amy Sillman and James Van Der Zee. Opening on January 20.
Hannah Traore’s gallery opened this month on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, with a mission to celebrate artists “historically marginalized from the mainstream narrative.” The first two exhibitions do just that: “Hues” is a love letter to artists of color working with color, while “Mi Casa Su Casa”, a group exhibition curated by Hassan Hajjaj and Meriem Yin , will showcase, in salon style, some of the greatest Moroccan artists working today. Both open January 20.
At 52 Walker, the gallery space programmed and directed by David Zwirner’s director, Ebony L. Haynes, “Nikita Gale: End of Subject” showcases Gale’s innovative work of light, movement and sound, exploring “the tacit agreement between the audience and the materials that enable the act of viewing and experiencing. Opening on January 21.