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Hauser & Wirth  International contemporary and modern art gallery with spaces in Zurich, London, Somerset, New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Gstaad and St. Moritz.

'Takesada Matsutani. drop in time' is a solo exhibition of the Japanese born, Paris-based artist's works, on view through 1 January at Hauser & Wirth Somerset. Follow the link in our Stories to learn more.

The exhibition offers an insight into the breadth of Matsutani's practice, including new paintings, a site-specific installation and a series of never-before-seen assemblages. In addition a selection of prints dating from the 1960s are shown in a special Hauser & Wirth Book Lab that focuses on the artist’s book and printmaking.

From the early 1960s to the early 1970s, Matsutani was a key member of the Gutai Art Association, Japan’s innovative and influential art collective of the post-war era. Inspired by blood samples he had viewed under a microscope, Matsutani began to develop his signature style of circular, bubble-like forms from blobs of vinyl glue that he deposited on the surfaces of his canvases. By working closely with the material, he embodied an important aspect of Gutai: letting the material and spirit work in conjunction with one another to create something new.
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1. Installation view, 'Takesada Matsutani. drop in time,' hauser & Wirth Somerset, 2017 © Takesada Matsutani Photo: Ken Adlard
2. Takesada Matsutani, Line For Circle, 2018 © Takesada Matsutani Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography Zürich

Born on this day, Anj Smith's intricately rendered paintings explore issues of identity, eroticism, mortality, and fragility. Within her remarkably detailed works, wildly feral landscapes, ambiguous figures, textiles, and rare and exotic flora and fauna are used, to investigate the possibility of a contemporary sublime. Follow the link in our Stories to learn more about her current exhibition 'Sea Lily, Feather Star' at Sara Hildén Art Museum (@sarahildenart) in Tampere, Finland.

It was while she was musing over titles for the exhibition that Smith discovered the Crinoidea – the sea lilies and feather stars. The Crinoidea developed slowly, but have still remained fundamentally the same. They take on new shapes in response to the prevailing circumstances and are intriguing in their complexity. For Smith they are a personal metaphor for painting.

The traditional subgenres of painting – landscape, portrait and still life – overlap in Smith’s works. They are psychological landscapes and indirect, oblique portraits of people who are no longer present, but who have left their mark in a variety of fine details. The human figures serve as vehicles with which Smith registers, for example, experiences of anxiety or alienation. She accentuates the eyes so as to direct the viewer’s attention towards the interior world. In her latest paintings Smith has addressed issues related to the fragility of identity, the complexity of gender, and more. 'My main medium is ideas,' Anj Smith says.
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1. Anj Smith, Lapified Landscapes, 2018 © Anj Smith Photo: Alex Delfanne
2. Anj Smith in her studio. 2018. © Anj Smith Photo: Alex Delfanne

For more than fifty years, Phyllida Barlow has created sculptures and large-scale installations using a direct and intuitive process of making, transforming humble, readily available materials through layering, accumulation, and juxtaposition. Follow the link in our Stories to learn more. –
Join us in New York this weekend with Cecilia Alemani (@ceciliaalemani), Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Director & Chief Curator of High Line Art (@highlineartnyc), for a walkthrough of Phyllida Barlow’s current exhibition 'tilt' at Hauser & Wirth New York, 22nd Street. The tour will start on the High Line in front of ‘prop’, which is the first artwork ever installed on the Northern Spur Preserve at 16th Street. From there the tour will continue at Hauser & Wirth New York, 22nd Street, with a walkthrough of Barlow’s exhibition.

‘tilt’ marks a new stage in Barlow’s practice, as she shifts her focus from the immersive built environments of her past presentations – which often riffed on the architecture of their installation spaces, transforming their surroundings – in favor of more autonomous, stand-alone sculptures that invite viewers to consider the works on an individual basis. They block, straddle, and balance precariously throughout the gallery, challenging viewers into a new relationship with the sculptural object.
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'Beyond the Town: Conversations of Art and Land’, a new release from Hauser & Wirth Publishers, offers a chorus of essays, interviews, and artworks that detail Durslade Farm’s history and its 21st-century renaissance. The multiplicity of these voices and themes convey the farm’s physical and conceptual terrains, weaving together the story of Durslade’s transformation and its local community. Follow the link in our Stories to learn more.
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When Iwan and Manuela Wirth first encountered Durslade Farm on the outskirts of Bruton, an agrarian town located in Somerset, England, they saw more than verdant grounds and a derelict farmstead: they saw a refuge and a vision of home. In time, this vision expanded, materializing in the 2014 opening of Hauser & Wirth Somerset, an international contemporary art center for artists, locals, and visitors from near and far – a place full of energy, people, and ideas that remains a retreat, a sanctuary.
#Durslade #BeyondTheTown #HWSomerset #PietOudolf #Garden #Sculpture #HWPublishers #SculptureGarden #Bruton #Somerset #DursladeFarmhouse #HauserWirth
Image: Oudolf Field, Hauser & Wirth Somerset. Photo: Jason Ingram

Sadamasa Motonaga's ‘Work 145’ (1964) is a highlight of ‘Gutai’, on view at Hauser & Wirth 69th Street through 22 December 2018. In ‘Work 145,’ the artist employed his own form of ‘tarashikomi,’ a Japanese technique in which a second layer of paint is applied on top of a still-wet first layer, to create a brightly colored composition filled with rippling organic forms. Follow the link in our Stories to learn more. –
The Gutai Art Association was formed by Jiro Yoshihara in July 1954, in the Ashiya region of Japan. Exhorting younger artists with slogans such as, ‘Don’t imitate others!’ and ‘Engage in the newness!’, Yoshihara challenged Gutai’s members to discard traditional artistic practices and to seek not only fresh means of expression but the origins of artistic creation itself. The Gutai artists responded with performance, installation, flower arrangement, and music, often in public places. –
As Gutai artists moved in a more radical direction, creating works that occupied a liminal realm between painting and sculpture, classical painting techniques were re-evaluated and largely abandoned. This exhibition brings together a selection of key works, many of which have never been shown in the United States, and asserts the vital role painting played in the Gutai movement. #Gutai #Japan #SadamasaMotonaga #AtsukoTanaka #TsuyoshiMaekawa #TakesadaMatsutani #ShozoShinamoto #KazuoShiraga #ChiyuUemae #TsurukoYamazaki #JiroYoshihara #GutaiArt #HWNewYork #HauserWirth Image: Sadamasa Motonaga, Work 145,1964 Photo: Genevieve Hanson ©Sadamasa Motonaga

‘See, observe and think.’ August Sander’s life-long project ‘People of the 20th Century’, strove to systematically document contemporary German society.

Join us this week in Zurich to hear Gerd and Julian Sander discuss the legacy of the artist and this body of work coinciding with a presentation of 24 vintage photographs from this series. Follow the link in our Stories to learn more. –
This encyclopedic magnum opus constitutes one of the most monumental endeavors in photographic history. Sander’s considered oeuvre, which includes landscape, portrait, architecture and commercial photography, has served as a wellspring of inspiration for modern and contemporary photographers, from Walker Evans and Diane Arbus, to Tina Barney, Rineke Dijkstra, and Bernd and Hilla Becher, and has exerted a profound influence upon new generations of visual artists across mediums.
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Image: August Sander (1876 – 1964), Straßenmusikanten (Street Musicians), 1922-1925. Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur – August Sander Archiv, Köln/2018, ProLitteris, Zürich

Born on this day, David Zink Yi has worked within the ceramic tradition over the past few years to create sculptural works inspired by different mollusks and cephalopods such as octopus fragments, squids and architeuthidae. These elusive animals, with a rich history in myth and fine art, are understood as a complex living species opposite to the human one. Follow the link in our Stories to learn more.

The artist's newest ceramic works are on view from 10 October 2018 to 3 April 2019, at the Belvedere Museum Vienna's Carlone Contemporary Hall (@belvederemuseum). The anatomically precise, cast tentacles of a dissected octopus make for an unexpected sight amidst the baroque splendour of the Belvedere. The antecedent violence of dismemberment stands as a symbol for the process of artistic creation and human appropriation.
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Image: Installation view, ‘Carlone Contemporary: David Zink Yi’, Belvedere, Vienna, Austria, 2018 © David Zink Yi. Photo: Johannes Stoll

‘The thing that is so striking about Calder is how misunderstood he is. That is what this show is about.’ Alexander S. C. Rower, president of the Calder Foundation and grandson of the artist, introduces ‘Calder: Nonspace’ at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles. Follow the link in our Stories to watch the full film including architect and designer Stephanie Goto. –
On view through 6 January 2019, the exhibition presents primarily monochromatic, abstract sculptures that create volumes out of voids. ‘Calder: Nonspace’ takes its title from a 1963 essay by American novelist James Jones. Upon encountering a series of large-scale sculptures at the artist’s studio in Saché, France, Jones remarked, ‘[Calder] is willing to believe equally in a nonspace as well as in space. Because of this, his stabiles (and his mobiles as well) are able to fill a given space without occupying it …. He has taken a given space and, by molding beautiful elements of steel around it, caused it to become nonspace.’ –
Calder’s deep understanding of architectural and natural environments enabled him to reorder a viewer’s perception of the world around it. In thus challenging key tenets of modernist abstract art, he has significantly influenced generations of artists into the present day. This is the gallery’s first exhibition in Los Angeles devoted to Alexander Calder (1898 – 1976), organized in collaboration with the Calder Foundation (@calderfoundation), New York.
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© 2018 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Anna Maria Maiolino’s Ações Matéricas (Material Actions) series features in ‘ERRÂNCIA POÉTICA (POETIC WANDERINGS),’ a solo exhibition of new and recent works by the artist currently on view at Hauser & Wirth New York, 22nd Street. Follow the link in our Stories to learn more.

In this new series, Maiolino continues techniques used in her Aguadas (Watery) works on paper. She covers the canvas in a single color – yellow, red, or white – and then pours black acrylic paint onto the surface, intuitively maneuvering the canvas to guide the viscous paint across the space. The meditative approach, allowing gravity and the surface of the canvas to determine the composition, results in amorphous shapes that echo the organic forms of Maiolino’s sculptures, such as her coiled Cobrinhas (Little Snakes) (2018), made from cement and mamor powder.

Pictured above, 'Untitled’ from Ações Matéricas (Material Actions) series (2018) is included in our presentation at Art Basel Miami Beach (@artbasel). Visit us at Booth F18 through Sunday.
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Image: Anna Maria Maiolino, Untitled. 2018, from Ações Matéricas (Material Actions) series © Anna Maria Maiolino. Photo: Everton Ballardin

Born on this day, Larry Bell’s work reflects a lifelong investigation into the physical properties of light, the materials it hits, and the spaces in which to create work. Equally tangible is his passion for playing with those properties with reverence and a spontaneity that belies or even denies the impressively technical nature of his practice.

On the occasion of his exhibition 'Time Machines’ on view at ICA Miami (@icamiami), follow the link in our Stories to read an interview with the artist, conducted by Cliff Lauson – an excerpt from Hauser & Wirth Publishers’ and Rizzoli New York's new release ‘Larry Bell’, the definitive survey of Bell’s career.

We are pleased to highlight glass and plexiglass sculptures by the renowned Californian artist in our presentation at Art Basel Miami Beach (@artbasel). Visit us at Booth F18 this week in Miami.
#LarryBell #ArtBaselMiamiBeach #HauserWirth #ICAMiami #TimeMachines #Cube #PacificRed #Sculpture #Light #Glass #Minimalism #GlassCube #California #ContemporaryArt
1. Larry Bell, Pacific Red (II), 2016-17. Installation view, Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York NY, 2017. Photo: Timothy Schenck
2. Larry Bell, Untitled Maquette (Cerise/Zinc), 2018
3. Larry Bell, Leaning Room, 1986 – 1987. Installation view, ‘Larry Bell. Time Machines’, ICA Miami, Miami FL, 2018
4. Larry Bell, Time Machine, 2002. Installation view, ‘Larry Bell. Time Machines’, ICA Miami, Miami FL, 2018
5. Larry Bell, 1986. Photo: Thomas P. Vinetz
© Larry Bell

Mark Bradford's new large-scale work 'Feather' (2018) features in our presentation at Art Basel Miami Beach (@artbasel). Visit us at Booth F18 this week in Miami and follow the link in our stories to learn more. –
American artist Mark Bradford is renowned for his large, abstract, mixed-media paintings, which often incorporate ephemera and discarded elements of urban life. Bradford employs ‘tools of civilization’ – billboards, merchant posters, newsprint, comics, magazines, and endpapers – to conflate cultural and political forces, and create layers of social commentary in paintings that evoke deep feeling. ‘How we build and destroy ourself are the materials that I’m really interested in,’ the artist once stated, ‘and paper is one of the main ways in which information is displayed.’ –
Through his rigorous physical approach to the material presence of painting, Bradford has addressed powerful issues of our time, including the AIDS epidemic, the misrepresentation and fear of queer identity, and systemic racism in America. His recent work engages in a broader excavation of American history to raise questions about the preservation of the past and the transference of power.
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Image: Mark Bradford, Feather, 2018 © Mark Bradford

Explore our Art Basel Miami Beach Online Viewing Room including works by Paul McCarthy, Matthew Day Jackson, Lorna Simpson, and many more, available to collectors anywhere in the world exclusively online. View the works, alongside full details and pricing, in conjunction with our presentation at Art Basel Miami Beach (@artbasel). Follow the link in our Stories to learn more.
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1. Paul McCarthy, Picabia Idol Core, 2015
2. Matthew Day Jackson, Vase of Flowers, 2018
3. Lorna Simpson, Left, 2016

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