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These are the 10 Most Impactful Art Exhibitions of 2019

We really had no idea what 2020 would bring, did we?
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As most museums have temporarly closed down because of the pandemic,exhibits now make up virtual spaces instead of physical ones. While the art world's response to the virus has proven to be innovative in quite some ways, there is something about experiencing art in person that the internet can't fulfill. It is hard to ignore that 2020 has so far been an anomoly of a year. However, by reflecting upon 2019 and the most significant exhibits year, we can begin to examine where art goes now. Cutated by Pierre-Alexandre Mateos & Charles Teyssou for L'Officiel Art's 'The Warning Issue,' here is a guide to last year's top 10 most powerful exhibits from around the world. You can experience them here, from the comfort of your own home. 

RYAN TRECARTIN, LIZZIE FITCH, WHETHER LINE, FONDAZIONE PRADA, MILAN

Commissioned by Fondazione Prada for its Milan venue, Whether Line, the large-scale multimedia installation, conceived by Lizzie Fitch (USA, 1981) and Ryan Trecartin (USA, 1981), represents the first output of a creative process begun in late 2016, investigating the ongoing promise of “new” field and the inherent instability of territorial appropriation.

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DORA BUDOR, I AM GONG, KUNSTHALLE BASEL, BASEL

For her first institutional solo exhibition in Europe, Dora Budor looks into the architectural history of Kunsthalle Basel and its surroundings as a means to use sound, dust, and environmental data from dissonant temporalities to create an evolving “score” for her exhibition.

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GRETCHEN BENDER, So Much Deathless, Red Bull Arts New York, NYC

The first posthumous retrospective of the life and work of the influential, multi-disciplinary artist Gretchen Bender, a pioneering artists whose work addresses the accelerated age of mass media. 

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DIAMOND STINGILY, WALL SITS KUNSTVEREIN, MUNICH

Using everyday found objects such as hair, doors, or chains, Diamond Stingily plays with personal and collective memories by relating them to social and economic questions.

 

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 WADE GUYTON, MUSEUM LUDWIG, COLOGNE

The ex­hi­bi­tion was de­vel­oped closely with the artist and brought to­gether all the me­dia he makes us­e of. Ranging from works on pa­per that Wade Guy­ton refers to as “draw­ings” to pho­tog­ra­phy, sculp­ture to his ground­break­ing ink­jet paint­ings. 

 

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SHU LEA CHEANG, TAIWAN PAVILLON, VENICE BIENNALE

Inspired by the history of the exhibition venue, Palazzo delle Prigioni, which first served as a prison in the sixteenth century. The work speaks to the realities of imprisonment that is constructed physically and by the presence of digital surveillance mechanisms. In light of these folded conditions, the artist transforms the Prigioni into a high-tech surveillance system to rethink how contemporary technologies of communication and surveillance are shaping identities.

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MANUAL OVERRIDE, THE SHED, NYC

Manual Override features five artists—Morehshin Allahyari, Simon Fujiwara, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Sondra Perry, Martine Syms—who critique the social, cultural, and ethical issues associated with emerging technological systems and infrastructures ranging from mass surveillance to predictive policing.

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CAJSA VON ZEIPEL, SOLO EXHIBITION, ANDRÉHN-SCHIPTJENKO, STOCKHOLM,

Entitled Futuristic Lesbian the show included large, twisted, silicone sculptures full of found objects, pins, glitter and junk. Cajsa von Zeipel’s technical prowess resurfaced in these extraterrestrial sculptures where she left reference to classical sculpture and layered it with an even more complex, and current technique.

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STURTEVANT: MEMES, FREEDMAN FITZPATRICK, LOS ANGELES

The first exhibition dedicated to Sturtevant’s video works in Los Angeles. Featuring works produced from 1999 to 2012, including those rarely seen, this exhibition focuses on Sturtevant’s questioning of the “cybernetic” and “virtual reality” during an unprecedented period of technological transformation.

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CADY NOLAND [SOLO EXHIBITION], MMK, FRANKFURT

Cady Noland unleashes the violence we encounter every day in scenarios of spatial and ideological shifts. She exposes the neutrality of material and form and questions the supposedly clear distinction between objects and subjects. 

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