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Armchair Traveler: New York to Paris and Back Again

The art world too global for you? In each month’s Armchair Traveler, Interview highlights in pictures the shows you’d want to see—if you could jetset from one international hub to the next. Bon voyage!


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Corita Kent, american sampler, 1969, Screenprint, 22 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches. Image courtesy of the Corita Art Center, Los Angeles and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York.

Corita Kent: heroes and sheroes

Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York

July 8 – August 13, 2021

The exhibition marks the first time that heroes and sheroes, the series that put the artist and former Catholic nun Corita Kent on the cultural map, will be exhibited in New York in its entirety. Reflecting on the social and political movements of the time, the works celebrate not only Kent’s advocacy but also her awareness of how the framing of such events through mass media. Collaging images from newspapers and magazines with poetry, song lyrics and quotations, the series addresses issues such as the civil rights, labor, and anti-war movements. It reflects the enduring spirit that gave rise to Kent’s nickname “Joyous Revolutionary.”


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Lynn Hershman Leeson, CyberRoberta, 1996. Custom-made doll, clothing, glasses, webcam, surveillance camera, mirror, original programming, and telerobotic head-rotating system, Approx. 17 ¾ x 17 ¾  x 7 ⅞  inches. Courtesy the artist; Bridget Donahue Gallery, New York; and Altman Siegel, San Francisco

Lynn Hershman Leeson: Twisted

New Museum, New York

June 30 – October 3, 2021

This is the first solo museum exhibition in New York by groundbreaking artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson. Over fifty years, the multimedia artist has cultivated a prescient body of work that mines the intersections of technology and the self. Known for her groundbreaking contributions to media art, Hershman Leeson has consistently worked with the latest technologies, from Artificial Intelligence to DNA programming, often anticipating the impact of technological developments on society. The exhibition brings together a selection of work focusing on themes of transmutation, identity construction, and the evolution of the cyborg.


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Van Hanos, X, 2021, Oil on linen, 24 1/4 x 20 1/4 x 1 inches. © Van Hanos. Courtesy Lisson Gallery

Van Hanos: Conditional Bloom

Lisson Gallery, New York

June 30 – August 13, 2021

Marfa-based artist Van Hanos approaches each canvas as a vessel for a different energy, a way of thinking or a genre-bending stylistic approach. Defined only by its forsaking of serial style or technique, his work ranges from playful, enigmatic compositions to dense, photographic paintings and psychologically gripping environments, a testament to Hanos’ mastery of his medium. The paintings in this New York exhibition reflect on a year of looking inward. Limited by the pandemic in his ability to gather imagery outside his studio, Hanos began each work from a place of pinning down singular emotions.


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View of the exhibition Rothko-Hartung: A multiform Friendship, Perrotin Paris, June 12 – July 31, 2021. © Hartung / ADAGP, Paris 2021. Courtesy the artist and Hartung-Bergman Foundation, Photo: Claire Dorn.


Rothko – Hartung, A Multiform Friendship

Perrotin, Paris

June 12 – July 31, 2021

The relationship between Hans Hartung (1904-1989) and Mark Rothko (1903–1970) is explored in this exhibition. While Europe and the United States competed to dominate the art scene after World War II, Rothko and Hartung forged a discreet yet friendly—and, above all, fruitful—bond. Rothko visited Hartung’s studio in 1950 and advised him that his canvases were viable with just large expanses of colors, without any graphic elements. Hartung would apply that lesson in 1963. Paintings by Hartung from that year are presented face-to-face with N° 14 (Browns over Dark) by Rothko, which the Musée National d’Art Moderne – Centre Pompidou exceptionally lent for the exhibition.