Newark Museum of Art Acquires Work by Shikeith
Three works by Shikeith have joined Newark Museum of Art's permanent collection. Each of the three works, O' my body, make of me always a man who questions!, Kris (in blue), and Kris (in ecstasy) further Shikeith’s exploration of Black spirituality and paths toward healing. They are representative of the artist's broader practice, which dives deep into experiences of ecstasy as it manifests in both corporeal and spiritual forms.
Sarah Anne Johnson's monumental 6-channel video installation The Kitchen has joined the Hirshhorn Museum of Art's permanent collection. The work is inspired by the life of Johnson’s grandmother, who, suffering from post-partum depression, was subject to forced brainwashing experiments conducted by the Canadian government in the 1950s. The Kitchen follows the artist, dressed in 1950s-style clothing, performing domestic tasks facing backwards, a representation of the difficulties her grandmother faced following her treatment.
Yossi Milo Gallery participated in the 2022 Edition of The Armory Show. With a focus on painting, our booth presented a selection of artists whose work centers narrative, recalling and retelling stories ranging from collective history, to classical mythology, to personal identity. Our booth included work by Linus Borgo, Angela Dufresne, John Gill, Asif Hoque, Jeremy Jaspers, Natia Lemay, Navot Miller, Anoushka Mirchandani, Meghann Riepenhoff, Shikeith, and Cameron Welch, among others.
Work by Alison Rossiter and Chris McCaw will be featured in Time's Relentless Melt, opening this Saturday, August 20 at Princeton University Art Museum's gallery space Art on Hulfish. The exhibition explores the dual functionality of photography, a medium capable of at once freezing moments in time and reminding us of time’s endless march. The work of Alison Rossiter and Chris McCaw contribute eloquently to this exploration, each realizing the material relation of their photographic materials to the passage of time. The exhibition will remain on view through Sunday, November 6, 2022. For more information, please visit the museum website.
Work by Pieter Hugo will be featured in Civilization: The Way We Live Now at Musei San Domenico in Forlì, Italy. The exhibition asks what it means to live in a globalized world, one where human experiences across the globe are increasingly the same. It brings together the work of photographers who investigate the phenomena we experience on a collective level, from our modes of communication, to the ways by which we sustain ourselves, to our methods of dealing with crisis. The exhibition opens Saturday, September 17, 2022 and will remain on view at the museum through Sunday, January 8, 2023. For more information, please visit the exhibition website.
RGB was reviewed by Pilar Viladas for Galerie Magazine. The author writes, "The exhibition offers a variety of approaches, but with a common thread of color, texture, and pattern the compilation is both provocative and refreshing." To read the full article, please visit Galerie Magazine.
Yossi Milo Gallery is pleased to present the work of New Haven-based, mixed-race, Afro-Indigenous painter Natia Lemay. In an exploration of identity, Lemay paints figures that flit between invisibility and prominence against their entirely black backgrounds. The works that result oscillate between representational portraits and minimal studies in black. The artist’s debut solo exhibition will take place at the gallery in the Spring of 2023. Lemay’s work will also be featured in the gallery’s booth at the upcoming edition of The Armory Show in September 2022.
Yossi Milo Gallery is pleased to participate in this year's Chelsea Gallery Walk, hosted by the Art Dealers Association of America. We welcome participants to visit the gallery on Wednesday, July 20 from 6 – 8 PM, with a guided exhibition tour of RGB to begin at 7 PM, followed by a Q&A session. For more information, please visit the ADAA website.
Hassan Hajjaj's work Blaize (2015) is on the cover of the final printed copy of Time Out Magazine after a 54-year run covering London culture. For the publication's final paper edition, art director Bryan Mayes decided to feature graphic artist with a "really strong, vibrant visual style," selecting Hassan Hajjaj for his, "big, bold, clashing colours." Hajjaj captures the spirit of London in his signature flashy and colorful fashion, which he uses to style friend and London local, Blaize.
Loring Knoblauch reviews Shikeith's debut solo exhibition in New York City, grace comes violently, for Collector Daily. Knoblauch writes, "Seen as one integrated artistic statement, this show offers a sophisticated melange of interlocked ideas, where various forms of protection provide the space for ecstatic personal expression." He continues, "Like many of his contemporaries, Shikeith is carving out a space for possibilities, using a multi-faceted approach to open many doors at once." Read the full article here.
Yossi Milo Gallery is pleased to announce the representation of German painter Jeremy Jaspers. The artist's intimate portraits of anonymous subjects offer covert glimpses into the private longings of contemporary queer men. In his work, Jaspers reexamines the repressive attitudes towards sexuality from eras past, tracing their development and persistence into the 21st century. The artist's painterly, figurative tableaux simultaneously exude queer erotic potential and the anxiety of alienation in the digital age. Jaspers' first solo show in New York City will open at the gallery this October.
Shikeith's solo exhibition grace comes violently is reviewed in i-D Magazine by Miss Rosen. The author writes, "Continuing in the traditions of Black queer icons … Shikeith's practice is rooted in a need to disentangle the specters of racism and homophobia that haunt queer Black men. With 'grace comes violently', Shikeith reminds us that transcendence does not emerge from peace but from an unstoppable will to confront pain, sorrow and loss in order to overcome oppression against all odds." Read the full article here.
Linus Borgo is interviewed by Osman Can Yerebakan in "7 Artists on the Resilience of Depicting Queer Intimacy in Public" for Artsy. Of his work, Borgo says "at the very heart of my work there is this idea of totally radical vulnerability, where there is a sense of intimacy created between the viewer and my body." Read the full article here.
Yossi Milo Gallery and Shikeith hosted a virtual artist walkthrough of grace comes violently on Thursday, July 16. The artist presented and gave background for the work in the show and offered insight into his multidisciplinary practice. Following the talk, audience members had the chance to participate in a Q&A session with Shikeith. The walkthrough can be viewed in its entirety here.
Shikeith’s solo exhibition grace comes violently is reviewed for The New York Times by Will Heinrich. He writes, “It’s the evocative but never overly revealing way Shikeith portions out all this information, his combination of intimacy and inaccessibility, that makes the overall show so memorable. His practice may not yet be fully rooted — I don’t know whether “grace comes violently” is a photo show with sculptures, a sculpture show with photos or a single installation — but I’m excited to see where it goes.” Read the full article here.
Pieter Hugo’s photograph, Lize and Gideon Hugo (2009), was featured in Parents, a group exhibition at the Fotomuseum in The Hague, The Netherlands. The exhibition brought together more than thirty photographers who have captured their own parents on camera. Lize and Gideon Hugo presents a portrait of the Hugo’s parents in the intimate yet stoic setting of their home bedroom. The work is part of the artist’s series, Kin, dedicated to portraits of diverse subjects from Hugo’s home country of South Africa. For more details, please visit the museum's website.
Linus Borgo Receives Betty Lee Stern Prize for Artists
Linus Borgo is the inaugural recipient of Columbia University’s Betty Lee Stern Prize for Artists. The grant is awarded to only one graduating MFA student annually. A selection committee member noted that Borgo’s painting is “monumental and complex” and that he is “a highly skilled painter with powerful imagery that works on many levels, taking the self-portrait into the allegorical.”
Shikeith's debut solo exhibition in New York City, grace comes violently, was reviewed by Zoë Hopkins for Artforum. Hopkins writes, "...for his debut exhibition at Yossi Milo Gallery, multidisciplinary artist Shikeith warns us via the show’s title that for Black queer people, “grace comes violently.” The gentle yet tense photographs, sculptures, and five-channel video-cum-sculpture work here redefine this quality of ease and divinity with remarkable power." To read the full article, please visit the Artforum website.
Yossi Milo Gallery is pleased to announce the representation of New York-based painter Linus Borgo. Highly figurative in nature, his paintings oscillate between sublime depictions of the aftermath of trauma and quotidian moments of daily life in the city. His compositions are marked by their elegant arrangement of bodies, vibrant color palette, and incorporation of spiritual themes. The artist’s first solo show in New York City will open at the gallery in 2023.
Shikeith's first monograph, Notes towards Becoming a Spill, published by Aperture, presents a selection of photographic portraits of Black men as they negotiate states of meditation, prayer, and ecstasy. Featured alongside the photographs are texts by Shikeith and Ashon T. Crawley. A limited number of signed copies are available at the gallery. For more information, please visit the Aperture websitehttps://aperture.org/books/shikeith-notes-towards-becoming-a-spill/.
Cameron Welch gave an artist talk and walkthrough of his most recent solo exhibition, RUINS, at Yossi Milo Gallery. To view the talk in its entirety, click here.
Cameron Welch's solo exhibition RUINS was reviewed in The New York Times by Roberta Smith. The author writes, "Cameron Welch’s solo show, “Ruins,” at Yossi Milo is a knockout — in almost the physical sense. It is full of large, ambitious, brilliantly executed mosaics full of so many disparate cultural references, snarling faces and masks and intimations of violence..." Read the full article here.
Light & Matter: The Art of Matthew Brandt, an expansive survey of the artist's career, was featured at Forest Lawn Museum in Glendale, California. Determined to constantly deconstruct and reinvent photography as a medium, Brandt produces work as conceptually layered as it is visually dazzling, much of which is featured in this mid-career retrospective. For more information, please visit the museum website.
Manny (In Possession) (2020) and O' my body, make of me always a man who questions! (2020) by Shikeith were featured in the exhibition Invisible Thread at The Baker Museum in Naples, FL. The exhibition highlighted artists whose work deals with themes of spirituality, transcendence, and the subconscious. Featured alongside Shikeith was a variety of artists working in multiple disciplines, including Natalie Ball, Awol Erizku, and Jeffrey Gibson, among others. For more information, please visit the museum website.
Shikeith wa featured in Aperture Magazine’s Spring 2022 Issue. Tracing the artist’s expansive career, Tiana Reid writes “The opera, oceanic and spiritual, marks a turning point in Shikeith’s career as he actively tries to renew his established practice. Shikeith is best known for formal portraiture, crisp images of Black figures executed with conceptual clarity, but his perspective is an intense, enveloping, and often experimental style.” To read the full essay, please visit the Aperture website.
Work by Nathalie Boutté was featured in the exhibition Us Them We: Race, Ethnicity, Identity at the Worcester Art Museum, MA. The exhibition features artists who explore identity through four main formal devices: text, juxtaposition, seriality, and pattern. Boutté’s work is featured alongside works by Lorna Simpson, Byron Kim, and Roberto Lugo, among others. Fore more information, please visit the museum website.
Ezra Stoller: Photographs of Architecture, an exhibition of sixteen photographs by the artist, was featured at the Cooper Union’s School of Architecture. Arthur Drexler—former Director of MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design—once noted, “Ezra Stoller’s photographs are now part of the history of modern architecture in the United States...For better or worse, his photographs have been more real to architectural students, and more intensely experienced, than most of the buildings they memorialize.” Following the exhibition, the photographs will remain on view in the school's Foundation Building.
Photographs by Alison Rossiter, Marco Breuer, and Matthew Brandt were featured in the exhibition In Process: Experimental Photography from the Collection of Mark Nevins ‘86 at the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery at the College of the Holy Cross. The exhibition featured an array of artists working with the medium of photography in diverse, innovative ways. For more information, please visit the gallery's website.
Sanlé Sory’s photograph Je Vais Décoller (1977) was featured in the Victoria & Albert Museum’s exhibition Africa Fashion this summer. Spanning nearly a century, the exhibition explored Africa’s fashion scene through more than 250 objects on display, including photographs, textiles, and music. Sory’s work, including Je Vais Décoller, captures the unique fashions of post-colonial Burkina Faso’s youth culture. To learn more, please visit the museum website.
Before Sunrise, Asif Hoque's first solo exhibition at the gallery, was reviewed by Harley Wong for Artsy on February 23, 2022. Wong writes, "Ultimately, in his latest body of work, Hoque’s artistic explorations reach a crescendo, demonstrating the evolution of his oeuvre over the years as he continues to push his practice into new territory. Experimenting with light and color, Hoque’s once serene figurative paintings have transformed into grand and dramatic scenes swirling with palpable action." To read the full article, please visit the Artsy website.
Angela Dufresne’s Love Streams on the Phone Too (2015) was included in the exhibition The Printer’s Proof at the Albuquerque Museum. The show centers around six print makers, placing their work in conversation with prints by other artists working in a variety of mediums, including Nick Cave, Jim Dine, Harmony Hammond, Donald Judd, and Susan Rothenberg. To learn more about the show, please visit the museum website.
Pieter Hugo’s portrait of his son, Jakob Hugo (2020), was featured in From the heart: 10 photographers on the theme of love published in The Guardian on February 13. The article highlights photographers whose work deals with love in its many forms. In Jakob Hugo, Hugo captures his son in tears after suffering a minor injury, invoking the protective sort of love a parent feels for their child. Read the full article here.
Asif Hoque’s past exhibition, Before Sunrise, was selected as one of Artnet News’ “9 Events for Your Art Calendar This Week”. Neha Jambhekar wrote, “Hoque’s new work builds on previous imagery of deified brown male and female figures, lions, and vases with the addition of a dynamic new form, the Bengal tiger, and a softening of the surface inspired by Rubens’ sfumato technique.”
Meghann Riepenhoff’s Chronograph #1 (2015-16), a thirty-two-page hand-bound cyanotype accordion book, was featured in What Photography Is, an exhibition at the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University in Roanoke, VA. The show presented innovative photographic works of varying mediums, each of which responds to contemporary social concerns such as ecological destruction and the passage of time. To learn more about the show, please visit the museum website.
Matthew Brandt’s solo exhibition Carbon, Birch, Silver, Rooms at Yossi Milo Gallery was reviewed by Donald Kuspit in the February 2022 issue of Artforum. Kuspit notes “The artist is obsessed with mortality, concerned with not only the demise of nature but with the death of photography itself, a medium that, like us, has been slowly dying since its inception. Yet through all manner of aesthetic and technical daring, Brandt’s presentation deftly restores photography to creative viability.” To read the complete review, please visit the Artforum website.
Kohei Yoshiyuki: 1946 - 2022
Yossi Milo Gallery is deeply saddened to share the news of Kohei Yoshiyuki’s passing. Yoshiyuki was born in the Hiroshima Prefecture in 1946 and passed away on January 21, 2022. Now beloved as one of Japan’s most important photographers, the artist broke ground with his photographs taken in the early 1970s of couples engaged in sex acts in Tokyo’s public parks, often accompanied by voyeuristic onlookers. Our deepest sympathies go to his family.
Angela Dufresne Painting Acquired by Middlebury College Museum of Art
Angela Dufresne’s painting Mommy Dearest (2014) was acquired by Middlebury College Museum of Art. The museum’s collection serves as both an educational resource for the college’s students and staff and a cultural asset to the larger public. Dufresne’s work will add to their growing collection of contemporary painting.
Mommy Dearest, 2014, Oil on Canvas, 66" x 39" (167.5 x 99 cm)
Shikeith has been selected as one of three recipients of the Pittsburgh Foundation’s Exposure Artist Fellowship. The fellowship is awarded to Pittsburgh artists of color whose work deals with social inquiry and activism. In an effort to bring arts institutions and communities of color closer, Shikeith has opted to work with the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh as part of the fellowship. For more information, please visit The Pittsburgh Foundation’s website.
Marco Breuer’s abstract photographic works were featured in the exhibition Beauty and Life: The Finis Welch Collection at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas from February 20 to May 8, 2022. The exhibition centered around the collection of Texas economist and entrepreneur Finis Welch, a portion of which was recently bequeathed to the museum. Included in this gift are a number of works by Breuer, as well as works by fellow pioneers of modern photography Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, and Alfred Stieglitz. To learn more, please visit the museum website.
Photographs from Pieter Hugo’s La Cucaracha series and Markus Brunetti’s FACADES were featured in the exhibition Image and the Photographic Allusion, at the Oakland University Art Gallery in Rochester, Michigan from February 2 to April 3, 2022. The exhibition explores the endurance of photography as an art form in an age when digital images snapped on smartphones have become commonplace. For more information, please visit the Oakland University Art Gallery website.
Daniel Gordon was featured in a public art installation, Daniel Gordon on The Greenway, at the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston, MA, from May 2021 - May 2022. Past featured artists in the Rose Kennedy’s Public Art Program include Yinka Shonibare, Juan Travieso, and Andy Li. For more information, please see the Rose Kennedy website.
Meghann Riepenhoff participated in a group exhibition, Songs of the Sky: Photography and the Cloud at the C/O Berlin, Berlin, Germany, from December 11, 2021 – April 21, 2022. The exhibition explored the “cloud” as a conceptual bridge between historical photography, which looked to the skies for inspiration, and our current moment, in which the cloud is a more nebulous technology. This show was planned with Les Rencontres d’Arles. For more information, please see the C/O website.
Takuma Nakahira was featured in the MoMA's revamped permanent collection gallery 419: Living for the City. Nakahira's iconic “Circulation: Date, Place, Events” series was featured alongside works by Barbara Brändli, Richard Misrach, and Nalini Malani. Nakahira, a critical theorist and founder of the Tokyo-based Provoke Movement, which, like "Circulation," was a response to the major social and political upheaval of the late 1960s and 1970s. To learn more, please see the MoMA website.
Matthew Brandt's solo exhibition Carbon, Birch, Silver, Rooms was reviewed in Collector Daily by Loring Knoblauch, who praises Brandt's unique approach to photography, stating that “he has continually pushed the medium beyond its normal boundaries, making photographs that incorporate the physical attributes and context of his subject matter into the very fabric of the art objects he creates.” To read the full article, please visit the Collector Daily website.
Shikeith was featured in conversation with Cherise Smith in i-D's The Darker Issue. At the crux of the interview, Smith and Shikeith discuss how the artist's practice has developed and transformed over the course of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. Shikeith states, "I had to really reorganise how I thought. The spaces became a lot more meditative and allowed audiences to go within themselves more, which in the end, thanks to the pandemic, I think was super beneficial." Shikeith's work continually explores themes of space, history, the body, and touch--ranging in form from sculpture, film, photography, and performance. To read more, please visit the i-D website.
Multidisciplinary artist Shikeith was featured in Artsy as part of The Artsy Vanguard 2021—the fourth installation of a series recognizing the most promising artists working today. Nicole Martinez elaborates on Shikeith’s multidisciplinary approach, observing that “Shikeith occupies multiple aesthetic realms at once. Working across film, photography, sculpture, and installation, the visual artist presents work that is edgy, yet sensitive to unspoken truths about identity, transformation, trauma and healing. Shikeith explores complex feelings in a relatable way, building off his experience as a queer Black man.” To read more, please visit the Artsy website.
Works by Angela Dufresne and Doron Langberg were included in Any distance between us at the RISD Museum in Providence, RI, from July 17, 2021 – March 13, 2022. The show was an expansion upon co-curator Stephen Truax’s 2018 exhibition at Yossi Milo Gallery, Intimacy. Other artists in the exhibition included Louis Fratino, Deana Lawson, Catherine Opie, and Salman Toor. For more information, please see the museum website.
Shikeith's performance, notes towards becoming a spill, presented at Performa 2021, was featured in Artforum on November 24, 2021. Rachel Valinsky begins her review with a glimpse into the performance, writing: "A gospel choir flanked an illuminated platform, giving breath to the ecstatic and vital choreography of four dancers, clad in diaphanous mesh costumes in various hues of blue that echoed the shifting luminosity of the sea and the sky." The author continues: “Shikeith’s moving work, which continues his ongoing study of blue spaces, boundlessness, and contemporary Black queer identity, metaphorized diasporic longing, ancestral histories, and the ocean as a site of loss and refuge.” To read more, please visit the Artforum website.
Work by Ezra Stoller was on view at the Museum of Modern Art, in an group exhibition entitled Transparency in Architecture and Beyond. The exhibit followed the growing anxieties of privacy and ethics amidst mid-twentieth century America, featuring architecture as both subject and cultural lens. Other featured artists included Le Corbusier, Dan Graham, Brigitte Hellgoth, Jean Tschumi, and many more. For more information, please visit the MoMA website.
In an article for i-D, Ryan White wrote about photographer Pieter Hugo’s ongoing project, Solus Vol.I: a collection of portraits from full-body to headshots. The article explored Hugo's new photographic series and the thematic continuities found throughout his work, from heritage to the steady Pieter Hugo gaze; what White describes as "a piercing look that bores deep inside of you...". To read more, please visit the i-D website.
Hassan Hajjaj participated in a group exhibition, Songs Without Words: The Art of Music at the Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY from November 20, 2021 – March 6, 2022. Songs Without Words explored music through a collected survey of photography, sculpture, instruments, and musical ephemera. For more information, please visit the museum'swebsite.
Kyle Meyer at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Kyle Meyer’s Unidentified 48 was on view in Connecting Currents at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, throughout 2021. Featured in the museum’s new Nancy and Rich Kinder Building, this inaugural show gathered contemporary works from the museum’s permanent collection, including painting, sculpture, craft and design, video and immersive installations. For more information, please visit the museum’s website.
Works by multidisciplinary artist Shikeith were on view in A Beautiful America at the Museum Dhondt – Dhaenens, Belgium, from November 7, 2021 through January 23, 2022, in one of four exhibitions highlighting the collection of Vermeire-Notebaert. Along with work by a variety of African-American artists, the exhibition featured some of Shikeith’s dreamlike portraits that blur the line between sacred and secular encounters with ecstasy. For more information, please visit the Dhondt – Dhaenens website.
Work by Angela Dufresne was featured in the group exhibition Omniscient at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art in New York, NY from June 18, 2021 - January 2, 2022. The show examined intersections between queer identity and contemporary digital image culture through three major themes: popular culture as queer iconography, images in the public sphere and mass media, and representation beyond the body. For more information, please visit the Leslie-Lohman website.
Works by Sarah Anne Johnson were on view in On the Basis of Art: 150 Years of Women at Yale at the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, CT from September 10, 2021 - January 9, 2022. Honoring the 50th anniversary of coeducation at Yale and the 150th anniversary of the first enrollment of women students in the university’s fine arts program, On the Basis of Art was comprised of artworks by women from the Art Gallery’s collection. Other featured artists included Jennifer Bartlett, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Eva Hesse and Maya Lin. For more information, please visit the Yale University website.
A solo exhibition featuring Nevet Yitzhak, Re-collection, was on view from June 25, 2021 - January 2022 at the Wilfrid Israel Museum for Asian Art and Studies, Kibbutz HaZorea, Israel. In light of the museum's 70th anniversary, Yitzhak drewon the kibbutz archives to reassemble the museum's original collection of Asian art, playing with conventional museum categories and notions of provenance, fact, and fiction. For more information, please visit the museum website.
Yossi Milo Gallery participated in Paris Photo 2021, which took place at the Grand Palais Éphémère from November 11 - 14, 2021, with a presentation of work by Matthew Brandt, Hassan Hajjaj, Sarah Anne Johnson, Ken Light, Kyle Meyer, Meghann Riepenhoff, Alison Rossiter, and Shikeith. For more information, please visit the Paris Photo website.
Yossi Milo Gallery presented works by Sarah Anne Johnson and John Gill in the ADAA's The Art Show 2021 at Park Avenue Armory from November 3-7, 2021. Though disparate in painterly approaches, both artists enhance the basic forms of their disciplines through color. Gill’s ceramics emphasize tension between the stability of the vessel and the variation of geometric pattern and color. Johnson hand-applies paint, ink, glitter, and stickers to photographs of forest scenes, creating a visual representation of what is both seen and unseen in nature. Together, these artists bring refreshed perspectives on the effects of color across different media. For more information, please visit the ADAA website.
Matthew Brandt’s solo exhibition, Orphic Forest, was on view at the Erarta Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, from August 6 – December 5, 2021. The show focused on Brandt’s Silver series, where large-scale images of trees are rendered in metallic tones, featuring specially commissioned works of local trees around St. Petersburg. These works are now part of the museum’s permanent collection. For more information, please see the Erarta website.
Paintings by Doron Langberg were featured in Queer/Dialogue, a group show at the Grinnell College Museum of Art, on view from September 3 - December 11, 2021. The show, curated by Daniel Strong and Greg Manuel, featured seven artists who explore the ever-shifting definitions and limits of “queerness” from across a diverse range of media and identity expression. Other featured artists included Catherine Opie, Jordan King, Jeremy Laing, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Christina Quarles, and Devan Shimoyama. For more information, please visit the museum’s website.
Work by Angela Dufresne was on view in the group exhibition Re: Representation - Part I at the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans, LA from October 20 through December 11, 2021. Part one of a two part exhibition curated by Dan Cameron, the exhibit displayed new and recent work by a dozen American painters, each exploring a varied approach to representation. Other featured artists included Farley Aguilar, Margaret Curtis, James Esber, David Humphrey, and Lamar Peterson. To learn more, please visit the gallery's website.
Multidisciplinary artist Shikeith's experimental opera, notes towards becoming a spill, presented at the Performa 2021 Biennial, was screened live via the Performa website on Friday, October 29th at the following times: 11:00AM, 2:00PM, and 6:00PM. Performed by the ocean, the artist's experimental opera explored themes of black masculinity, queerness, and transformation amidst trauma traveled through bloodlines. For more information, please visit the Performa website.
Multidisciplinary artist Shikeith showcased his first major performance at the Performa 2021 Biennial in New York City, October 23-24, 2021. The experimental opera follows the thread of hauntology vis-à-vis themes of black masculinity, queerness, and transformation. For more information, please visit the Performa website.
Kyle Meyer at Yossi Milo made ARTnews 10 Best Booths at New York's 2021 Armory Show. Displayed was a piece from Meyer's ongoing series, Unidentified. This photo series incentivizes a focus on the queer community in Eswatini, where homosexuality is illegal. Through weaving and obfuscation, Meyer teases forward ongoing tensions of masculinity, identity, and safety. To read more visit the ARTnews website.
Mark Ruwedel was shortlisted for the 2021 Prix Pictet, the ninth cycle of the prize with a focus on the theme of "fire." Ruwedel was nominated by the jury for his LA Fires series (2017 - 2020). The photographs document the La Tuna fire in 2017, which is considered to be the largest in the history of the city. For more information, please see the Prix Pictet website.
Multidisciplinary artist Nevet Yitzhak participated in a group exhibition at KOU Gallery, Rome, Italy, on view from October 25 – October 30, 2021. The exhibit, Visual Territories, focused on exploring themes of place, narrative, and reality through the medium of video art. Works like Yitzhak's prompt audiences to consider how is the idea of place suggested through the mechanisms of visual media, between vision and words. For more information, please visit the Rome Art Week website.
Yossi Milo in Galerie Magazine
Galerie featured Yossi Milo Gallery and Kyle Meyer in their article, "Discover 7 Highlights from the 2021 Armory Show’s VIP Preview." For more information, please visit the Galerie website.
London designer Grace Wales Bonner drew on mid-century Burkina Faso and the portraiture of Sanlé Sory for her Spring-Summer 2022 collection. Bonner, a British-born designer of Jamaican descent, is known for fashion collections based on in-depth research on African diaspora and Black identity. To read more about how Sory's work influenced Bonner's work, please see her interview on CNN.
A solo exhibition of Hassan Hajjaj’s work, VOGUE, The Arab Issue, was presented at Fotografiska New York, from March 19 – November 7, 2021. In his titular series, Hajjaj photographs local women from his home country of Morocco parodying the poses typically found in Western fashion photography. His subjects “model” traditional garments—such as djellabas and hijabs—that the artist has designed to feature counterfeit brand logos, polka dots and leopard prints. Other series to be featured include Dakka Marrakchia, Legs, Handpainted Portraits and Handprints.
Kyle Meyer: Interwoven is the winner in both book and cover award categories in the 2020 American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) 50 Books | 50 Covers. Jurors commended the book, co-published by Radius Books and Yossi Milo Gallery, for its striking photographic cover and interior design. For more information, please visit the AIGA website.
Yossi Milo Gallery participated in the 2021 edition of The Armory Show at The Javitz Center from September 9-12, 2021, featuring work by Matthew Brandt, Uriel Caspi, Hassan Hajjaj, Asif Hoque, Nash Glynn, John Gill, Sarah Anne Johnson, Pierre Knop, Grace Metzler, Kyle Meyer, Alison Rossiter, Ibrahim Said, Shikeith, and Paolo Serra. For more information, please visit the Armory Show website.
Yossi Milo Gallery is pleased to announce representation of artist Ibrahim Said. The gallery will present a solo exhibition of the artist’s work in 2022, after a preliminary showing at the Fall 2021 Armory Show. To read more about the artist's practice, please see the press release.
Fotografiska New York hosted a screening of Hassan Hajjaj's A Day In The Life of Karima: A Henna Girl on September 12 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. The film explores Karima, one of Hajjaj's subjects from his photo series Kesh Angels: a collection of photographs following girl biker gangs on the streets of Marrakesh. For more information please visit the Fotografiska website.
To celebrate the 25th year of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize, the Photographer's Gallery hosted a conversation with Pieter Hugo, Laia Abril and Donovan Wylie moderated by curator Anna Dannemann on July 21, 2021, at 6:30pm. The conversation revolved around the ongoing importance of the medium and the mechanisms of the prize and its role in shaping photographic practice today. To learn more, please see the Photographer's Gallery website.
Pieter Hugo was featured in a solo exhibition, Being Present, at the 2021 edition of Les Rencontres d’Arles, from July 4 – September 26, 2021. This exhibition looked back at Hugo’s portraiture practice throughout the last two decades, bringing together more than 100 works by the artist. Curated by Federica Angelucci, “Being Present” raised questions of insider-outsider dynamics, questions of surveillance, and the intimacy of the gaze in portrait photography. For more information, please see the Rencontres website.
A solo exhibition, Between: Artist Books, Albums, and Portfolios from the Mark Ruwedel Photography Archive at Stanford, was on view from May 27 – September 26, 2021, at Stanford University. The exhibition celebrated the university’s recent acquisition of Ruwedel’s archive. A Zoom event featuring Ruwedel, curators Ann Thomas and Peter Blank, and Emeritus Professor Richard White, also took place on May 27. For more information, please see the Stanford University website.
Work by Doron Langberg was on view in Intimacy: New Queer Art from Berlin and Beyond, curated by Peter Rehberg, Andrea Kroksnes and Apostolos Lampropoulos, at the Schwules Museum in Berlin, Germany, from December 3, 2020 - August 30, 2021. Artworks across generations and media, including photography, painting, sculpture, video installations and film, centered on depictions of intimacy in queer relationships, particularly as rendered throughout Berlin in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Other featured artists include AA Bronson, Elijah Burgher, Simon Fujiwara, Nan Goldin, Victor Luque and Paul Sepuya, among others. For more information, please visit the museum’s website.
Shikeith was featured by Artsy's Editorial team in a recent online group show, "8 LGBTQIA+ Artists on Self-Portraiture and Expressions of Pride," alongside words from the artist about his sculpture, Vessel of Possibility (Self Portrait) III. Other artists include Tommy Kha, Laurence Philomene, Chiffon Thomas, and Zachary Drucker. To read the interview and see the full exhibition, please see the Artsy website.
Grace Metzler was featured in a three-person exhibition, Sunsets on Mars are Blue, at the Arts Center at Duck Creek, East Hampton, NY, from June 12 - July 18, 2021. Metzler, alongside painters Kylie Manning and Jay Miriam, finds humor between the lines of abstraction and figuration. To learn more, please see the Center's website.
Work by Alison Rossiter was on view in Controlling the Chaos at Carnegie Museum of Art from November 20, 2020 – July 25, 2021. Exhibited in the museum’s first-ever galleries devoted to photography, the show gathers works from the permanent collection featuring a range of responses to the complexity of contemporary life. For more information, please visit the museum’s website.
Shikeith's film, #blackmendream (2014), was featured in The Criterion Channel’s June 2021 Lineup. In celebration of Pride Month, the film archive hosted an array of queer-themed films on its platform, from documentaries to screwballs. To learn more, please see The Criterion Channel website.
Paintings by Doron Langberg were on view in Breakfast Under the Tree, a group show curated by actor Russell Tovey at Carl Freedman Gallery in Margate, UK from June 4 - August 14, 2021. The exhibition gathered works depicting contemporary social scenes, group portraits and shared spaces from across media by an international group of artists, together illustrating how we live today. For more information, please visit the gallery’s website.
Works by Matthew Brandt, Chris McCaw and Meghann Riepenhoff were on view in Ansel Adams in Our Time at Portland Art Museum, in Oregon, from May 5 – August 1, 2021. The exhibition features Adams’ photographs juxtaposed with those by 19th-century photographers who inspired him and works by contemporary artists influenced by his legacy. The show debuted at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and travelled to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, in Arkansas. For more information, please visit the Portland Art Museum website.
Kohei Yoshiyuki’s The Park is featured in Numéro Magazine by writer Alexis Thibault, who describes the dynamics of voyeurism within these scenes of “nocturnal coitus.” Thibault also looks back at the London Tate Modern's 2010 group exhibition, Exposed - Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera, which included several of Yoshiyuki’s works. To read the full review, please see the magazine website.
Mike Brodie is featured in an interview and article in AnOther Magazine, published May 25, 2021. In this rare interview, Brodie discusses his seminal series A Period of Juvenile Prosperity, how the train subculture has changed a decade later, and his recent return to photography. To read the full conversation, please see the AnOther website.
Hassan Hajjaj’s solo exhibition, VOGUE: The Arab Issue, was featured in Forbes by writer Chadd Scott. “[Hajjaj] embraces a melting pot of influences in his work – from popular culture and street style to hip-hop and haute couture,” Scott writes. “His eclectic confrontation of styles invites viewers to re-examine cultural stereotypes and clichés. To see the full article, please see the Forbes website.
Work from Kyle Meyer’s Interwoven project was on view in New York to New Mexico: New Acquisitions at Montclair Art Museum, in New Jersey, from February 7 – June 13, 2021. The exhibition showcased American and Native American art and objects recently acquired or donated to the museum’s permanent collection. Other featured artists included Alfred Stieglitz, Norman Lewis and Salvatore Mancini. For more information, please visit the museum’s website.
Works from Pieter Hugo's series, There’s a Place in Hell for Me and My Friends, were included a group exhibition at the Museum of Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean in Marseilles, France, from May 19 – June 28, 2021. The exhibition, “Civilization – The Way We Live Now,” drew together a plural portrait of our contemporary world through the work of more than one hundred photographs across five continents. For more information, please see the museum website.
The New York Times listed Hassan Hajjaj’s My Rockstars exhibition in its article, “4 Art Gallery Shows to See Right Now.” Will Heinrich’s review observes how these “explosively joyful color portraits” allow Hajjaj to reclaim representations of his home country. To read the full feature, please visit the Times website.
Hassan Hajjaj presented at the International Center of Photography at 1pm on May 12, 2021, sharing about his industry spanning practice. The talk was part of the ICP’s lecture series featuring photographers who champion social change, expand the form through innovative practices, and critically engage with visual culture today. To learn more, please see the ICP website.
Mark Ruwedel’s work is included in American Geography: Photographs of Land Use from 1840 to the Present, published by Radius Books and SFMOMA. The book draws from the permanent photography collection at SFMOMA, charting different forms and uses of land across the United States. Other artists in the monograph include Dawoud Bey, An-My Lê, Wendy Red Star, Victoria Sambunaris, and Stephen Shore. For more information, please see the Radius website.
The New Yorker featured Hassan Hajjaj’s My Rockstars series and exhibition in its Photo Booth section on May 8, 2021. To see the full feature, “Cardi B. and Other ‘Rockstars,’ Through the Eyes of the Moroccan Artist Hassan Hajjaj,” please visit the New Yorker website.
Works from Sze Tsung Nicolás Leong’s History Images series are featured in the Getty's new Google Arts and Culture exhibition, Contemporary Voices in Asian American Photography. In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month, the Getty features six leading photographers from its permanent collection, including Soo Kim, Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao, and Hiroshi Watanabe. To see the online exhibition, please see the Google Arts webpage.
Sanlé Sory's Les Gentlemen de Cocody (1978) was featured by writer Tim Adams in the Guardian’s weekly photography column, “The Big Picture.” To read the full review, please see the Guardian website.
Shikeith was featured in the “new talent” section of the May/June Art in America issue, edited by Antwaun Sargent. Shikeith discussed concepts and footage included in still waters run deep (2021), a site-specific installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, in Ohio, as part of a group exhibition, “Imagine Otherwise.” For more information, please visit the publication website.
Markus Brunetti was interviewed about his FACADES series by 1814 Magazine in their Spring/Summer 2021 issue. 1814 MAGAZINE is a limited edition, bi-annual publication that focuses on photography, art, design and culture. To learn more, please see the publication website.
Yossi Milo Gallery is pleased to announce representation of artist Shikeith. The artist’s premiere exhibition at the gallery will open in 2022. For more information, please visit the gallery's website.
Nevet Yitzhak’s Warcraft installation was on view in Afterlight Afterglow: Video Installation and Their Pioneers at Kunsthaus Baselland, in Basel, Switzerland, from January 23 - May 24, 2021. Curated by Ines Goldbach, the exhibition focused on video work from the 1950s in the present day. Other participating artists include Karl Gertsner, Roy Lichtenstein, Oscar Muñoz, Nam June Paik, and Teresa Serrano. For more information, please visit the museum website.
A photograph by Ezra Stoller was featured as the cover of the New York Magazine on April 26, 2021. This "Yesteryear" issue features stories and photographs of office culture in the past 150 years. Stoller's image is part of his well-known work on the Seagram Building, itself an iconic example of New York City's International Style architecture. To learn more, please see the magazine website.
Sarah Anne Johnson's Woodland exhibition at Yossi Milo Gallery was reviewed in the quarterly “painting” issue of Border Crossings Magazine, released in May 2021. Benjamin Klein writes, “Confronting the works in person provides a different experience from seeing them digitally … In the gallery space, the works in the show generate an encompassing physically felt sensation—of being in the landscape and of having the invisible-made-seen." For more information, please visit the Border Crossings website.
Work by Shikeith was included in a group exhibition, This Is the Day, from April 24 – August 16, 2021 at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR. Focusing on the Black church and its role in providing spiritual and political leadership, This Is the Day brought together artistic representations of faith, resilience, and spiritual community across Black communities and history. Other artists in the exhibition included Aaron Turner, Faith Ringgold, and Bruce Davidson. For more information, please see the Crystal Bridges website.
Mark Ruwedel’s work was featured in the Boston Globe, in an article examining works of art that demonstrate the endurance of cities. “Ruwedel shoots straight on, abjuring fanciness, as befits the low-slung, unfancy spaces he documents,” Mark Feeney writes. “The images are almost hypnotically uninflected. Cities generally revel in inflection ... which lends these cityscapes a very suburban look. But that’s a reminder of how much cities can and do differ: Not just defined by diversity, they are themselves diverse.” To read the full article, please see the Globe website.
Matthew Brandt was featured in Musée Magazine as part of their April series, “The Earth." Trevor Bishai writes, “Brandt’s process is not only an innovative way of creating artworks, but is also highly conceptual, as he always strives to link the medium with the subject in art. With photography, he has found many ways to place the photographic process into conversation with what is being photographed.” To read the full article, please see the magazine website.
Loretta Lux was part of a group exhibition, Botticelli: His Time and Our Time, from May 22 – September 26, 2021 at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Rovereto (MART). The exhibition considered the influence of Sandro Botticelli upon his Renaissance contemporaries and present day artists. Other artists in the exhibition included Vik Muniz, Juergen Teller, and Fernando Botero.
A decade after his death in Libya, Tim Hetherington is remembered by Peter Bergen, CNN’s national security analyst, in a tribute on CNN. “Tim lived and worked in the toughest environments in the world … where he died while chronicling violence in the war-torn city of Misrata. But he was never jaded by those experiences, nor was he a showboat about his many years on the front lines. He was a very gentle man. A gentleman.” To read the full piece, please see the CNN website.
Meghann Riepenhoff presented the Anderman Photography Lecture at the Denver Art Museum in Denver, CO, on May 11, 2021. The quarterly lecture series is sponsored by the museum’s Photography Department, and presents talks by preeminent creators and thinkers in photography today. For more information, please see the museum website.
Work from Sarah Anne Johnson's Woodlands series was featured in the May 2021 issue of Town and Country. Johnson's work, LLB (2021) accompanies reflections by novelist R. O. Kwon on sensations of dizziness and wonder caused by works of art in her essay, "Careful Not to FAINT."
Hassan Hajjaj was interviewed live on television for the “Afrique Hebdo” program of the French national television network, France 24. Hajjaj had a live conversation with leading reporter Valériane Gauthier on his exhibition at Yossi Milo Gallery, his international influences, and how he plays with visual Moroccan tropes. To watch the interview, conducted in French, please see the French 24 website.
Daniel Gordon was featured in Musée Magazine as part of their April series, “The Earth,” alongside other photographers such as Ansel Adams and Amanda Musick. “Gordon’s images are exquisitely playful, a cacophony of textures, depths, and colors with a universally engaging appeal to the viewer,” Lara Southern writes. “Each image is a celebration of the old and the new, a testament to Gordon’s mastery of harmonious juxtaposition.” To read the full article, please see the magazine website.
Meghann Riepenhoff was included in a group exhibition, Underexposed: Women Photographers from the Collection, at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA through August 1, 2021. The exhibition charted arenas of the photographic medium where women have significantly contributed and often pioneered the field, from photojournalism to process-based work. For more information, please see the museum website.
Paintings by Asif Hoque and Grace Metzler were included in Contemporary Domesticity, hosted by Taymour Grahne Projects at Noho Studios, in London, UK, from April 14 - 25, 2021. The group exhibition gathered works by international artists exploring modern-day expressions of home and domestic life. Other featured artists included Gina Beavers, Jenna Gribbon, Emily Ludwig–Shaffer and, Michael Stamm. For more information, please visit the gallery’s website.
Blind Magazine’s Sara Rosen reviews Hassan Hajjaj’s concurrent shows, “My Rockstars” at Yossi Milo Gallery and “VOGUE, the Arab Issue” at Fotografiska New York. Rosen also interviews Hajjaj about his career, from his early encounters with photography in the 1960s in northern Morocco, to his first streetwear store in 1980s London. To read the full article, please see the Blind Magazine website.
Doron Langberg was interviewed by T Magazine alongside fellow artist Salmon Toor. In “How Salman Toor and Doron Langberg Inspire Each Other,” Coco Romack interviews both artists about their insights into each other’s respective practices, and their shared interest in queer portraiture. To read the full feature, please see the T Magazine website.
Angela Dufresne was the weekly featured guest at the SOUND & VISION Podcast on April 8, 2021, with host and artist Brian Alfred. The two painters come together in an open discussion about Dufresne’s creative process, growing up in Kansas, thoughts on MFAs, and more. To listen to the full conversation, please see the podcast website.
Work by Shikeith was featured in Feeling the Spirit in the Dark, a solo exhibition on view at The Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, PA through June 13, 2021. Incorporating photography, video, sculpture and sound, Shikeith creates a series of environments that explore histories of the Black male body alongside both sacred and secular expressions of ecstasy. For more information, please visit the museum’s website.
Collector Daily’s Loring Knoblauch reviewed My Rockstars, observing that “Hajjaj is expanding the edges of how a 21st century photographic portrait can succeed, looking for unexpected ways to bring together layers of complex individuality that don’t normally fall neatly into line.” To read the full article, please visit the Collector Daily website.
Commissioned work by Shikeith was exhibited in Enunciated Life at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles, CA, from March 27 - August 15, 2021. Through video, painting, photography, and installation, the group show explored artists who draw upon sonic and choreographic elements of Black spirituality, making legible different bodily experiences and social issues. For more information, please visit the museum's website.
Sarah Anne Johnson’s Explosions was featured in the Capture Photography Festival in Vancouver, Canada, from March 22 – May 15, 2021. Explosion is part of Johnson’s Arctic Wonderland series, which she developed in 2009 while participating in the Arctic Circle residency. The painted photographic work, presented at the festival as a pubic installation billboard, explores Johnson’s subjective experience of climate change in the Arctic landscape. For more information, please visit the festival website.
Pieter Hugo and Matthew Brandt were part of a group exhibition, TRANSFORMATION at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, Blowing Rock, NC, from March 20 - August 21, 2021. The exhibition explored the transformation of the photographic process across decades, materials, and media. For more information, please see the museum website.
A new site-specific installation by Shikeith commissioned by moCa Cleveland, in Ohio, was on view in Imagine Otherwise February 18 — June 6, 2021. Organized by La Tanya S. Autry, moCa Cleveland’s first on-staff Black curator, the four-person exhibition presented work across media that highlights the ability of Black cultures to persist by always "imagining otherwise." Other featured artists included Imani Dennison, Amber N. Ford, and Antwoine Washington. For more information, please visit moCa Cleveland’s website.
Artforum reviews Long and Short Shots, with writer Colin Edgington describing Dufresne's "flamboyant canvases" as "a vision of a soft but salacious utopia full of unabashed living and endless love." To read the full article, please visit the magazine's website.
In Hyperallergic, John Yau reviews Dufresne's current exhibition at the gallery, writing: “I cannot think of another narrative painter as expansive, surprising, funny, unsettling, tender, wacky, challenging, theatrical, and radically imaginative as Angela Dufresne”. To read the full article, please visit the publication's website.
The New York Times reviews Angela Dufresne’s solo exhibition, Long and Short Shots, with critic Jillian Steinhauer observing how the artist's “series of big, stunning paintings” are “the imaginings of a liberated hand and mind.” To read the full article, please visit the newspaper’s website.
A virtual panel discussion about Angela Dufresne’s exhibition, Long and Short Shots, was hosted via Zoom on February 18. The conversation was moderated by Melissa Ragona, and included Charles Bernstein, Nayland Blake and Dufresne. To watch a recording, please visit