Kim Poorters


Tate Britain presents an unprecedented overview of the impressive body of work of British artist David Hockney. Currently entering its final week, the exhibition will tour internationally to Paris’ Centre Pompidou and New York’s The Metropolitan Museum.

Gathering an extensive selection of the artist’s most famous works to date, the touring exhibition demonstrates how he continuously questioned the nature of pictures and picture-making and challenged their conventions throughout his achievements in painting, drawing, print, photography and video across six decades.

The exhibition is presented as a chronological overview and lays bare how the roots of each new direction lay in the work that came before: from his portraits and images of Los Angeles swimming pools, through to his drawings and photography, Yorkshire landscapes and most recent paintings at London’s Royal Academy and beyond.

As he approaches his 80th birthday, Hockney still continues to change his style and ways of working, embracing new technologies as he goes. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see these unforgettable works together.

David Hockney

Tate Britain


9.2.2017 – 29.5.2017


© David Hockney.


/ by Kim Poorters /


Paris’ Centre Pompidou is currently presenting an exceptionally comprehensive retrospective of the work of American artist Cy Twombly.

Bringing together a vast selection of works from both private and public collections from all over the world in a chronological and cyclic arrangement, the exhibition includes many of the artist’s most iconic works. From his first works in the early Fifties marked by the primitive arts, graffiti and writing, to his last characterised by their exuberant colour schemes, it spans Twombly’s entire career. Some 140 paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs provide a clear overview of this extraordinarily rich and diverse body of work.

We went, we checked, and we were amazed.  

You have one month left to do the same!

Cy Twombly

Centre Pompidou


30.11.2016 – 24.4.2017


Blooming, 2001-2008 © Cy Twombly Foundation, courtesy Archives Fondazione Nicola Del Roscio

Wilder Shores of Love, 1985 © Cy Twombly Foundation

Lemons, Gaète, 1998 © Fondazione Nicola Del Roscio, courtesy Archives Nicola Del Roscio

Night Watch, 1966 © Cy Twombly Foundation, courtesy Cheim & Read

Still Life, Black Mountain College, 1951 © Fondazione Nicola Del Roscio, courtesy Archives Nicola Del Roscio

Apollo, 1975 © Cy Twombly Foundation, courtesy Archives Nicola Del Roscio

Venus, 1975 © Cy Twombly Foundation, courtesy Archives Nicola Del Roscio

Sans titre (Grottaferrata), 1957 © Cy Twombly Foundation, courtesy Galerie Karsten Greve



/ by Kim Poorters /


Most of us might know Harley Weir through the striking images she’s created for AnOther Magazine, i-D, Dazed & Confused, or the campaigns she shot for renowned fashion brands such as Maison Martin Margiela and Calvin Klein.

 But the young photographer, who only graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from London’s Central Saint Martins College in 2010, has since also created a remarkable body of personal work characterized by a poetic approach on intimacy and beauty, and an eye for detail.

 It is this personal aspect - always intriguing and esthetic, sometimes politically involved and charged but refraining from statement making and finger-pointing - that forms the center of the first solo exhibition of Weir’s work at FOAM Amsterdam.

Harley Weir - Boundaries



2.12.2016 – 19.2.2017


© Harley Weir. Courtesy the artist and Foam.


/ by Kim Poorters /


After two key exhibitions at Gladstone Brussels, both five years apart and marking beginning and ending of a creative outcome surveyed in the forthcoming monograph “Dark Incandescence”, American artist Elizabeth Peyton now presents a series of new paintings at the gallery’s New York counterpart.

Truthful to the modest scale, palette and sensitivity of her intimate (self-) portraits of artists, musicians, historical figures, and friends that brought her critical acclaim in the early 1990s, Peyton offers a new understanding of her broad personal interest and passion for both the historical and the contemporary through the inclusion of still lifes, photographs, video-stills and text fragments.

Elizabeth Peyton – Speed Power Time Heart

Gladstone 64

New York

4.11.2016 – 21.12.2016


 © Elizabeth Peyton. Courtesy the artist and Gladstone 64.


  / by Kim Poorters /


Over the course of 25 years (1979-2004) and through numerous cities (New York, London, Berlin, and beyond) photographer Nan Goldin closely followed and documented the daily life and encounters of the friends, family, and lovers that she would come to describe as her ‘tribe’.

 “There is a popular notion that the photographer is by nature a voyeur, the last one invited to the party.But I’m not crashing; this is my party. This is my family, my history.”

In what would become a visual diary of urban life throughout the eighties, an era scared by AIDS and drug addiction, she acurately lay bare issues of gender roles, the insatiable longing for intimacy and understanding, and the struggle between independency and interdependency within the concept of the couple and relationships.

 “In my family of friends, there is a desire for the intimacy of the blood family, but also a desire for something more open-ended. Roles aren’t so defined. These are long-term relationships. People leave, people come back, but these separations are without the breach of intimacy. We are bonded not by blood or place, but by a similar morality, the need to live fully and for the moment, a disbelief in the future, a similar respect for honesty, a need to push limits, and a common history. We live life without consideration, but with consideraition. There is among us an ability to listen and to emphasize that surpasses the normal definition of friendship.”

The Ballad of Sexual Dependency was first published in 1986 as a series of images and stories and has, through the experience of change and loss, become into a visual imprint of a memory, one story without an end.

The installation currently on view at the MoMa presents a slide show of some 700 portraits sequenced against a music soundtrack prepared by Goldin’s friends, from Maria Callas to The Velvet Underground

Nan Goldin - The Ballad of Sexual Dependency


New York

11.6.2016 – 12.2.2017


© Nan Goldin. Courtesy the artist.


  / by Kim Poorters /


In 1956, at the age of 18, Ed Ruscha left his home in Oklahoma and drove a 1950 Ford sedan to Los Angeles, where he had been accepted to Chouinard Art Institute. His trip roughly followed the fabled Route 66 through the Southwest, which featured many of the sights that would provide him with artistic subjects for decades to come.

Currently on display at San Francisco’s de Young are over eighty works revealing the artist’s fascination with the evolving landscape and iconic character of the “American West” in symbolic, evocative, and ironic renditions. Key to several of his best-known paintings and prints, these include works depicting gasoline stations, others commenting on LA and the film industry, as well as those in which a word or phrase is the sole subject.

Independently of the exhibition but released coinciding with it, Los Angeles’ MOCA has commissioned a short-length documentary about Ruscha’s extraordinary body of work: Ed Ruscha: Buildings and Words.

Ed Ruscha and the Great American West

de Young

San Francisco

16.7.2016 – 09.10.2016


 © Ed Ruscha. Courtesy the artist and Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.


/ by Kim Poorters /


ROSEGALLERY presents a solo exhibition by Belgian artist Dirk Braeckman, his first on the US West Coast.

Focusing on ordinarily unobserved details that are often lost in shades of gray, Braeckman’s photographs reflect an atmosphere of sensual ambiguity and intimate solitude. His images are characterised by the use of black and white, analogue photography and are part of a lengthy process of post-production manipulation in which the photographer prints and re-photographs his images. Deviating from conformal darkroom techniques, the artist continues editing the images’ surface through the use of different resources, such as brushes and sponges to spread the developer in stripes and planes across the paper. The resulting photograph is a unique piece.

 “Photography is, for me, an almost obsessive attempt to scan, in my own way, everything around me, everything I meet, driven by the desire to give order to chaos. With or without a camera.”

 Dirk Braeckman has recently been selected to represent Belgium at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017.

Dirk Braeckman


Santa Monica

13.4.2016 – 13.8.2016


 © Dirk Braeckman. Courtesy ROSEGALLERY.


/ by Kim Poorters /


The Royal Academy of Arts presents an exhibition of recent portrait paintings by David Hockney, executed over the last couple of years in the artist’s Los Angeles studio. Considered by Hockney to be seen as one single body of work, each portrait is painted on the same sized canvas, in the same time frame of three days, and shows his subjects seated in the same chair, against the same vivid blue background.

  An intimate snapshot of the LA art world and the people who have crossed his path over the last two years, his sitters include friends and family, office staff, fellow artists, curators and gallerists such as John Baldessari and Larry Gagosian.

David Hockney - 82 Portraits and 1 Still Life

Royal Academy of Arts


2.7.2016 – 2.10.2016


 © David Hockney. Courtesy the artist.


 / by Kim Poorters /


In collaboration with the J. Paul Getty Museum, the LACMA presents The Perfect Medium, a major retrospective examining the work and career of Robert Mapplethorpe with over 300 of the artist’s works on view.

0rganized in five thematic sections and galleries, the travelling exhibition brings an overview of Mapplethorpe’s early drawings and collages of the late 60’s, his first Polaroids of the 70’s pointing out a recurring interest in the (self-) portrait, from the provocative glimpse he offered throughout the 70’s and 80’s into an urban gay culture and an intriguing community of fetish and nudity, to the commissioned portraits from the mid 80’s onwards.

Rarely seen correspondence, books, and other ephemera demonstrate Mapplethorpe’s personal connections to his sitters, his ability to manage a successful studio, and his ambition to elevate photography to the status of art, and together with the works on display provide insight into such key genres as portraiture, the nude, and still life.

Independently of the exhibition but coinciding with it, HBO presents Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, the first feature-length documentary about the artist since his death, and the most comprehensive film on his life and work to date.

Robert Mapplethorpe - The perfect Medium

LACMA & J. Paul Getty Museum

Los Angeles

20.3.2016 – 31.7.2016


 © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.


  / by Kim Poorters /


Foam presents a major retrospective exhibition of the work of German artist Helmut Newton featuring over 200 of his photographs, ranging from monumental photos to vintage prints from the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin.

 Influenced by the social change that took place in the 1970s, an era of female emancipation and looser sexual morality, the depiction of women and underlying themes such as power, violence, eroticism and desire became key to both his commercial work for French Vogue and the portrait photography for which he is best known.

 All too aware that eroticism, seduction and desire primarily amount to a game of perception and of displaying an unattainable reality, his women are powerful, seductive, dominant, and often nothing less than intimidating.

Helmut Newton - A Retrospective



16.6.2016 – 4.9.2016


 © Helmut Newton / Helmut Newton Estate.


  / by Kim Poorters /


With close to 120 works drawn primarily from the Eli and Edye Broad collection, Los Angeles’ new contemporary art museum The Broad presents a comprehensive survey of the work of groundbreaking artist Cindy Sherman.

  From early film stills to rear projections and films, the exhibition focuses primarily on the artist’s engagement with the stereotypes of 20th century popular film industry and of celebrity. Featuring as her own model playing out female stereotypes in a range of personas, environments and guises, the artist raises questions about identity, representation and the role of images in contemporary culture.

Cindy Sherman – Imitation of Life

The Broad

Los Angeles

11.6.2016 – 2.10.2016


 © Cindy Sherman. The Broad Art Foundation. Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures.


  / by Kim Poorters /


On March 18, 2016, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrated the public opening of its new space dedicated to modern and contemporary art in Marcel Breuer’s iconic 1966 Whitney museum on Madison Avenue and 75th Street. The controversial upside-down ziggurat made of granite-clad concrete had undergone a careful renovation maintaining the building’s unique character and preserving the aesthetic of its weathered areas.

“Outside, it is expression; inside, only proportion. It stands back and lets you see the pictures.”

New York photographer Bill Jacobson has documented the building with the Whitney’s permission in late 2014, in the in-between days after they moved out, and before it was restored into The Met Breuer. His photographs are carefully composed into diptychs focusing on Breuer’s muted space stripped of its pictures: concrete walls, slate floors, cast-cement ceilings, bronze doors and fixtures.

Bill Jacobson - Lines In My Eyes

The Met Breuer

New York



 Lines In My Eyes (945 Madison Ave.) #104/96//#12/63//#89/35//#57/56//#99/51//#17/19//#15/83.

© Bill Jacobson. Courtesy the artist and Julie Saul Gallery.



/ by Kim Poorters /


Lehmann Maupin and White Cube present ‘I Cried Because I Love You’, a joint exhibition by Tracey Emin taking place across both gallery spaces in Hong Kong and marking the artist’s first solo presentation in Greater China.

“I look at myself, and I paint myself, but they’re portraits of my mind, of my deepest thoughts.”

For this major project, Emin has envisaged a continuous exhibition of painting, embroidery, and neon across two spaces that reflect the diversity of her challenging and deeply poetic work across a wide range of media. She draws on subjects that are intimately bound up with her own biography, recalling events, dreams or emotional states in works that are starkly honest and personal, yet familiar and universal.

Tracey Emin - I Cried Because I Love You

White Cube HK

Hong Kong

21.2.2016 – 21.5.2016


© Tracey Emin. Courtesy of Lehmann Maupin and White Cube.



/ by Kim Poorters /


With the works of young Japanese photographer Daisuke Yokota currently on show, Antwerp gallery Stieglitz19 presents a generation of artists who are radically experimenting with photography, bookmaking and other media.

  Vertigo, a series of highly processed black and white images of skies, nudes and abstract buildings and rooms, originates from snapshots to which the artist applied various techniques and interventions to create deformation, imperfection, and visual noise: he photographs, develops, prints, photographs the resulting images again and again, and continues experimenting in his homemade darkroom by developing film in boiling solutions, leaking light, or leaving deliberate scratches.

Daisuke Yokota



3.4.2016 – 22.5.2016



© Daisuke Yokota. Courtesy the artist and Stieglitz19.



/ by Kim Poorters /


Paul Kasmin Gallery presents a selection of works by artist Robert Motherwell showing the unprecedented diversity of approaches in the artist’s lifelong exploration of the medium of the collage.

The works on display illustrate the harmonious coexistence of media and disparate techniques in the artist’s work, from intuitive tearing methods and the introduction of ready-made objects into the composition, to the layered painting of its underground. 27 of the plates on show are reproduced in an accompanying publication.

Robert Motherwell - The Art of Collage

Paul Kasmin Gallery

New York

14.4.2016 – 21.5.2016



© Dedalus Foundation, Inc. Licensed by VAGA,New York, NY.



/ by Kim Poorters /

// FROM A TO K //

Currently on view at Museum M is a carefully curated selection of works by Brussels-based artist Aglaia Konrad. In this first major solo-exhibition both older and recent oeuvres are shown side by side to reveal a diversity of work, and a newly commissioned site-specific intervention by the artist and an accompanying book presented.

 Spanning a production of over 20 years, the artist uses photography and film to document, and sculpture and architecture to translate her research into the modern city, its public space and buildings, and their transformation.Through extensive travels, she has brought together a vast archive of images documenting urbanity in such diverse cities as Sao Paulo, Beijing, Chicago, Dakar, Tokyo, Cairo or Shanghai.

Aglaia Konrad – From A to K

Museum M


29.4.2016 – 18.9.2016



© Aglaia Konrad. Courtesy the artist and Museum M.



/ by Kim Poorters /


Jean-Baptiste Bernadet opens tonight at Almine Rech Gallery with what appears to be no less than 3 exhibitions, centred around an impressive panorama of 12 colourful, site-specific paintings in the artist’s Fugue series.

 The sequence of rooms that form the gallery has been slightly altered on the artist’s request to visually separate three distinct sets of works, linked by a common use of a limited palette of vibrant primary colours, a large format, and a notion of ‘controlled chance’ in the process of creation, final selection, and presentation as a series. Through the layering of colour, material and technique the artist achieves a remarkable depth that draws in the viewer, both in the opening series of circular works composed of glazed enamel on lava-stone, the panorama of celebrated Fugue paintings, and a third, yet title-less series of canvases shown here for the first time.

Tonight’s opening at Almine Rech is one of several on the occasion of Brussels’ Gallery Night during which a number of galleries opens to the public on the occasion of this weekends’ Art Brussels and Independent events.

Jean-Baptiste Bernadet – So Far, So Close

Almine Rech Gallery


20.4.2016 – 28.5.2016



Untitled (Fugue), 2016 © Jean-Baptiste Bernadet. Courtesy the artist and Almine Rech Gallery.

Details – Jean-Baptiste Bernadet for The Word Magazine.



/ by Kim Poorters /


Berlin Gallery Dittmar presents a selection of works by Austrian photographer Margherita Spiluttini.

 Although not an architectural photographer in the strictest sense, the artist has documented the works of a series of leading contemporary architects in numerous international magazines, book presentations and exhibitions.

 After a major exhibition at Cologne’s SK Stiftung Kultur earlier this year, she presents ‘Natur und Konstruktionen’ in which the interaction between architecture and landscape is questioned through the documentation of a series of ‘heroic’ man made interventions of different scales in the mountainous scenery of the Austrian Alps

Margherita Spiluttini

Natur und Konstruktion – Fotografische Untersuchungen.

Galerie Dittmar


12.2.2016 – 23.4.2016



© Margherita Spiluttini. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Dittmar.



/ by Kim Poorters /


Starting today architecture and art lovers alike can book a 3-day stay in Lampens’ iconic House Van Wassenhove, conceived as an open-space shell made of concrete, wood and glass in which basic geometric shapes structure the interior: a circle for the sleeping area, a triangle for the kitchen and a square for the office.

 Designed and built for a teacher with a passion for contemporary art and architecture between 1972 and 1974, the house marks a highpoint in the Belgian architect’s shift from traditional architecture to a concrete modernism likened to the works of Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe, and to Japanese and Scandinavian architecture.

 After it was given on a long-term loan to the museum Dhondt-Dhaenens following the death of it’s owner in 2012, the house was carefully renovated in 2015 and opened to a residency program for artists, writers and researchers to develop their work in the calm of it’s concrete architecture, set in the region of the river Lys. Starting 2016 the house will additionally be opened for summer short-stays, as well as for occasional individual and group visits.

Juliaan Lampens – House Van Wassenhove

Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens


29.4.2016 – 2.10.2016



© Juliaan Lampens. Courtesy museum Dhondt-Dhaenens. Photographs by Rik Vannevel.



/ by Kim Poorters /


Gagosian Geneva opens today with the first exhibition exclusively devoted to Ed Ruscha's Mountain Prints, both in the form of his distinctive limited-edition paintings, as well as proofs the artist has been producing since 2010.

“I had a notion to make pictures by using words and presenting them in some way and it seemed like a mountain was an archetypal stage set. It was a perfect foil for whatever was happening in the foreground.”

Ruscha has added text upon landscape in his paintings since the 1980’s, introducing an atmosphere of speech, sound, and shape. In his square-format Mountain Prints seemingly banal phrases in white or black letters are centrally superimposed upon the landscapes, with each word occupying a new line in contrast to the perspectival recession of the snow-capped mountains. The prints, each subtly different from the next, are imbued with a graphic tactility amplified by vivid colour combinations.

Ed Ruscha – Mountain Prints

Gagosian Gallery


6.4.2016 – 28.5.2016



© Edward Ruscha. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery.



/ by Kim Poorters /