“Misha Kahn: Under The Wobble Moon,” on view through August 21, 2022 at Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany.
Photo: Jann Averwerse/Courtesy of Friedman Benda, Misha Kahn, and Museum Villa Stuck

The Artful Life: 5 Things Galerie Editors Love This Week

From the return of the Summer Party at Philip Johnson’s Glass House to a pair of futuristic exhibitions by Misha Kahn

Phillip Johnson’s Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut. Photo: Peter Aaron

1. The Glass House Summer Party Returns

After a two-year hiatus, the Glass House is once again hosting its Summer Party on the bucolic grounds of the landmarked Philip Johnson residence in New Canaan, Connecticut. Taking place Saturday, June 11, the philanthropic event helps raise necessary funds to preserve and restore the property that not only includes the 1949 Glass House, but also the site’s many additional structures, such as the Brick House, Studio, and Pavilion in the Pond, as well as other architecturally significant outbuildings and outdoor sculptures. Guests will have the opportunity to view a special David Hartt garden installation that coincides with a selection of botanical artworks by Charles Ethan Porter displayed in the Painting Gallery, hear music by renowned DJ Paul Sevigny, take in a performance by award-wining dancer Ayodele Casel, and enjoy a picnic lunch on Dedar-upholstered loungers. Additionally, VIP ticket holders may pre-order a work by Glass House Artist of the Year Mickalene Thomas while other collectors can take part in a 120-lot benefit auction that features artworks by Nan Goldin, Alex Katz, Samantha McCurdy, and Kenny Scharf, as well as pieces of collectible by design from Stephen Antonson, Arne Jacobsen, Poul Kjærholm, Peter Marino, Jens Risom, and Marcel Wanders. —Jill Sieracki

“Misha Kahn: Under The Wobble Moon,” on view through August 21, 2022 at Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany. Photo: Jann Averwerse/Courtesy of Friedman Benda, Misha Kahn, and Museum Villa Stuck

Misha Kahn, Digital Echinoderm, on view at Friedman Benda. Photo: Friedman Benda

2. Artist Misha Kahn Opens a Pair of New Exhibitions

For his fourth solo show at New York gallery Friedman Benda, endlessly innovative artist Misha Kahn deployed a team of non-human assistants (described as a “retrofitted auto-industry robot and squad of 3D printers”) to help conjure an array of psychedelic pieces that are equal parts art and design. On view through July 1, “Style Without Substance” features cast aluminum and glass tondos, a multi-color velvet sofa and oversized chair, and a malleable dining table studded with colorful glass gems, among other treasures. Brooklyn-based Kahn is also the subject of his first institutional solo exhibition “Under the Wobble Moon: Objects from the Capricious Age,” now on view at Germany’s Villa Stuck, the former Munich estate of painter Franz Stuck that’s been turned into an art museum. The sprawling show—which takes over historical rooms on the ground floor and the former private rooms and studio upstairs—is the most comprehensive exhibition of the artist to date and also includes a garden installation in which a robot will create paintings until the exhibition closes, on August 21. —Geoffrey Montes

An aerial view of Governors Island. Photo: Courtesy of NADA

3. NADA House Returns to New York’s Governor’s Island 

As the days get longer and the weather heats up, Governors Island in New York Harbor once again transforms into a lively art and culture destination for visitors looking for an adventure. Returning for the fourth time, the New Art Dealers Alliance will stage a show on the roughly 170-acre sylvan landscape that was long home to a variety of military projects. Dubbed NADA House, the highly anticipated hybrid artist residency and public exhibition program will take place at the island’s historic Colonels Row, including House 403. It will showcase new work from the 2022 Artist Residents alongside additional participating artists from NADA’s community of galleries, non-profits, and art spaces. Visitors will get a chance to see new pieces by Elvire Bon­du­elle (Bien­v­enue Stein­berg & Part­ner, New York), Nathaniel de Large (JAG Projects, Hudson), Rebec­ca Farr (Emma Gray HQ, Los Angeles), Ker­stin von Gabain & Gwenn Thomas (EXILE, Vienna), Michele God­win & Gail Shaw-Clemons (EFA Robert Black­burn Print­mak­ing Work­shop, New York), Peter Hoffmesiter (P.A.D., New York), Sahar Khoury (CANADA, New York), Erica Mao (Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York), Cas­san­dra Mayela (Olympia, New York), Ger­ald Sheffield (New Release, New York), and Will Wat­son (Ed. Varie, New York). Executive director Heather Hubbs will be taking visitors for a walk-through of the exhibition space with participating artists and galleries at 12:30pm, and the show officially opens to the public on Saturday, June 4 from 2pm–5pm. —Lucy Rees

William Klein, Bikini, Moskva (River), Moscow, 1959. Photo: © William Klein, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery

4. Major William Klein Retrospective Debuts at the International Center of Photography

The International Center of Photography (ICP) will be brimming with works by William Klein this summer—filling its multiple exhibition spaces with hundreds of pieces from the artist’s career, which spanned from 1948–2013. Known as a fashion photographer by some, street photographer, painter and filmmaker by others, Klein’s work knows no bounds. ICP’s Curator-at-Large, David Company, collaborated with the artist for over a decade to craft a retrospective that showcases every facet of Klein’s artistic practice. “Artists like Klein, who ranged freely and avoided specialism, are key to understanding the culture of the last century,” notes Company. “William Klein: YES” will be on view until September 12. —Stefanie Li

Puppy, 1992 Photo: Courtesy of Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

5. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao’s Puppy Gets a Whole New Look In Celebration of Museum’s 25th Anniversary

In anticipation of the upcoming 25th anniversary of Guggenheim Museum Bilbao opening its doors, the Frank Gehry–designed museum’s legendary Puppy sculpture by Jeff Koons is sporting its first-ever monochromatic look. With the help of 20 gardening experts, the artist has revisited his noteworthy installation for a complete transformation of this West Highland White Terrier. Unlike Puppy’s usual design, where flowers are planted to resemble spots of color, Koons’s monochromatic design predominantly incorporates white, while additional colorful flowers highlight its outline and texture. Impressively, nearly 40,000 flowers are included in the design and include white petunias, begonias, dimorphothecas, alyssum and impatiens—which are all expected to be in full bloom later in the season. —Shelby Black

Cover: “Misha Kahn: Under The Wobble Moon,” on view through August 21, 2022 at Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany.
Photo: Jann Averwerse/Courtesy of Friedman Benda, Misha Kahn, and Museum Villa Stuck


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