5 SHOWS ON OUR RADAR
Berlin Gallery Weekend is back, now in its 19th running. Below are 5 exhibitions among the 55 participating venues that we are especially curious to visit in the days ahead.
28 Apr – 29 Jul 2023
Konrad Fischer Galerie
Even after death, the conceptual artist stanley brouwn (1935–2017) exercises studious control of his public biography and a vacuum-tight grip on depictions of his artistry (for reference, see the non-image above, provided by Konrad Fischer Galerie under the proviso that images thereof can only function as distortions). His most recognizable works, the felt-tipped geometric drawings that make up “This Way Brouwn” (1960–64), derive from his asking pedestrians at random for directions to specific nearby locales, re-delineating the partition of the map from the territory and leaving so much to be completed by the viewer’s imagination – fitting for a show that must be visited in person to see if these works are on view.
RHEA DILLON, “We looked for eyes creased with concern, but saw only veils”
26 Apr – 10 Jun 2023
Rhea Dillon (*1996) works through sculpture, film, and poetry to surface and unwind the rules of representations and the acculturated constitution of Blackness, referring to themself in a 2022 interview for Spike as a jazz-esque player of myths. Their spare installations turn on the oppositional tension of the material archive as a site of both diasporic memory and racialized imaginaries, as well as ontological writing by the likes of W.E.B. Du Bois and Audre Lorde – the show at Sweetwater is inspired by Toni Morisson’s The Bluest Eye (1970), a novel unpacking the internalized auto-racism of a Black American girl.
FRIEDA TORANZO JAEGER, “Heart Core”
28 Apr – 3 Jun 2023
Galerie Barbara Weiss
The history-rich, quasi-sculptural paintings of Frieda Toranzo Jaeger (*1988) often enact two kinds of figurative and formal appropriation. One usurps the panel painting of the retablos, or Christian devotional altars that accompanied Spanish imperial expansion beginning in the 15th century, with motifs from pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, their interspersions sometimes literally stitched together with needlepoint embroidery. The other re-textures the car, long phallically iconized as a vehicle of male power, as a redoubt of feminine pleasure, their sleek shells suggestively opening to lush seclusion and futures of more hybrid freedoms.
HIWA K, “Like a Good, Good, Good Boy”
28 Apr – 1 Jul 2023
The namesake centerpiece of Hiwa K’s (*1975) exhibition is a new, three-channel video tracking a mile-long rope through the Iraqi-Kurdish city of Sulaymaniyah, connecting the artist’s childhood home and primary school to a torture prison used by Saddam Hussein during a decade-long war that culminated in a genocide of the Kurds. Accompanied by experiential testimony from the artist and his former classmates, the footage modally depicts the horizontal ethos of Kurdish society deformed by top-down power, elucidating violence inflicted by not only the Ba’athist regime, but also the militarized free-marketism brought on by the region’s would-be American “liberators.”
MALCOLM MORLEY, “Sensations”
28 Apr – 10 Jun 2023
“Sensations” is Capitain Petzel’s first exhibition of the decorated British-American painter Malcolm Morley (1931–2018), a pioneer of the Superrealist movement that emerged as an aesthetic and ideological counterpoint to Pop Art. Amid the vast range of subject matters that made up a sixty-year career, his most recognizable canvasses depict the veering planes and titanic ships of the UK’s World War II-era military, often in action, always attentive to the minutest details, as he attempted, in his own words, to paint directly onto a viewer’s nervous system.
For more information on the 55 galleries and 80 artists participating in this 19th showcase, please visit www.gallery-weekend-berlin.de.