Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) was one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice presents “Marcel Duchamp and the Lure of the Copy” through March 18, 2024. Curated by Paul B. Franklin, the exhibition features works from the Collection’s holdings and loans from leading Italian and American institutions and private collections.
More than 60 works dating from 1911 to 1968 are on view, including Duchamp’s painting ‘Nude (Sketch), Sad Young Man in a Train (1912),’ and his miniature work ‘Box in a Valise (1935-41).’ ‘Box in a Valise’ is a valise containing small replicas of Duchamp’s sculptures and paintings, as well as small paintings and drawings. It is considered Duchamp’s masterpiece that revolutionized the conventional concept of artwork and artist by demonstrating the idea of reproducing his work in multiple media and scales, and that the reproduction is equal to the original.
London’s Serpentine South Gallery presents “Georg Baselitz: Sculptures 2011-2015” through January 7, 2024.
Georg Baselitz (b. 1938) is a leading postwar German painter who developed the German Expressionist tradition of portraiture by turning the figure upside down, emphasizing painterly elements such as form, color, and texture over the figure’s motif. His artistic themes, as well as his painting style, are deeply influenced by German culture and discourse on national identity and the human condition.
The artist has been creating wood sculptures of figures and body parts since 1979. In this exhibition, the artist presents towering solid wood sculptures, each of which is a single wooden nest carved with chainsaws, axes, and chisels. Created as models before the creation of the bronze sculptures, they are on public display for the first time.
Galerie Marian Goodman in Paris presents “El oscuro de abajo,” a solo exhibition by Colombian sculptor Delcy Morelos (b. 1967), on view through December 21.
Morelos is an established mid-career artist in Colombia, but the international art world began to cast light on her practice since last year’s Venice Biennale. At the Venice Biennale, the artist built a labyrinthine structure for viewers to enter with large blocks of soil. Morelos has been creating large-scale, site-specific installations using organic materials such as soil, clay, and natural fibers for the past decade. The smell of soil and spices, the silence within the structure, and the texture of organic materials create a synesthetic experience. Morelos’s large-scale installations are reminiscent of mid-to-late 20th-century American minimalism and land art while drawing on Andean cosmology and Amazonian indigenous mythology, culture, and philosophy.
The show is the artist’s first exhibition since joining the Marian Goodman Gallery. It is also her first solo show in France. On October 5, a few days before the opening of the Paris exhibition, the Dia Art Foundation in New York opened “El abrazo,” the artist’s first solo exhibition in the U.S. The artist will also have a solo exhibition at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation next March.