WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE ART WORLD THIS OCTOBER
The month of October signifies so much more than a seasonal shift into fall. Many view it as a transitional time linking where we are now to where we hope to be next year. We’d all like to close out 2022 with a bang, and there are a myriad of ways in which to go about that.
If we’ve learned anything from what the runways of New York, London, Milan and Paris have shown us these past few weeks, creativity is free to inform, inspire, and materialize in ways as unique as those standing behind it. And as such, as long as there are artists around to keep things moving forward, artistic progression will find ways to flourish no matter the circumstance.
Showcases provide an intimate look into how different mediums evolve, providing insight into the minds of those eager to blaze new trails. Exploring themes of radical feminism, contemplative self reflection, and the human form, we’ve curated a list of artful projects worth leaving your house for next month.
Barbican, London, UK
September 8, 2022 – January 8, 2023
In her first major show since her untimely passing in 2019, Carolee Shneemann is finally getting the UK-based retrospective her catalog so rightfully deserves. She was a fearless, boundary-pushing experimentalist who will go down as the one of the greatest feminist icons the art world has ever known.
Her work scrutinizes everything from the objectification of women, human suffering, war, and sexual expression in ways her counterparts dare not touch. And although she cut her teeth as an abstract expressionist painter, her love of photography, sculpture, performance, and multimedia installations transpired to defy the patriarchal heroism prevalent in New York at the time.
Body Politics will comprise more than 300 objects that exemplify who she was as a creator.
Bim Bam Gallery, Paris, France
September 15, 2022 – October 15, 2022
The Bim Bam Gallery in Paris is proud to house Kevin Sabo’s very first solo show in France. Graduated with a BFA in Studio Art from James Madison University, his work explores themes of queer identity, satire, and existential revelations; subject matters he tinkered with as a child growing up in Virginia.
His work is provocative in nature, incorporating elements of abstract sexuality expressed mainly within the human form. “I've discovered that painting for me is like drag on canvas, and my drag likes to toggle back and forth between pretty and ugly,” he shares in a press release. As the title so cleverly suggests, “Fussy Fleur” will accentuate the surrealist flower motif prevalent throughout his oeuvre.
Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, USA
October 13, 2022 – October 31, 2022
Later this month, New York’s own Marianne Boesky Gallery will play host to
photographer-tuned-painter Danielle McKinney’s Golden Hour exhibit. McKinney is a multifaceted creator who earned a BFA from the Atlanta College of Art prior to receiving an MFA in photography from Parsons School of Design.
Although the bulk of her professional experience comes by way of camera, her love of painting blossomed organically over the past few years, and has since combined both mediums with the former used as a referential starting point for her art.
Her work questions the true meaning of feminism by analyzing and evaluating how internal reflection can heighten one’s self worth. Golden Hour will bring to light a set of works that internalize McKinney's appreciation of femininity.