Gallery Hopping on Thursdays: February 21, 2013

From extraordinary objects to explorations of the American West, this week we’re checking out gallery exhibitions taking place in London, UK, and Lugano, Switzerland.

In The World of Extraordinary Objects, London’s October Gallery brings together artists from around the world to play with the capacity of art to mesmerize. These three dimensional works are made from a variety of media—from recycled paper and books to high-tech communication cables—and present commentaries on our involvement in society today, on both a personal level and as a whole. Artists Gyeong Yoon An, Jukhee Kwon, and Remy Jungerman, who are all showing at October Gallery for the first time, present their innovative creations among a retinue of established October Gallery artists Romuald Hazoumè, Laila Shawa, and Gérard Quenum.

In Red Presence, Korean artist Jukhee Kwon gives an energetic new life and rebirth to her medium of choice; she turns book pages and magazines into sculptures that echo the shape of trees, their original material. In these works, the artist references memory and her own developing life experience.

The World of Extraordinary Objects will be on display from February 21 to April 13 at24 Old Gloucester Street,London,UK.

Red Presence by Jukhee Kwon

Jukhee Kwon, Red Presence (detail), 2013, October Gallery, London, UK

At De Primi Fine Art SA in Lugano, Switzerland, we travel back in time for an exploration of Edward Sheriff Curtis’s work in The Dance of Memory. In the late 1800s, this photographer of the American West captured the plight of the North American Indians in his beautifully rendered prints. Through his work, Curtis called attention to the western white man’s “unquenchable thirst for power,” and its effect on those that came in its path. Curtis captured the daily lives of the Western terrain inhabitants in dramatic detail, providing us with stunning insight into the origins of the now highly developed medium of photography, and its ability to document the unknown.

The Dance of Memory will be on display from February 21 to April 6 at Piazza Cioccaro 2, Lugano, Switzerland.

The vanishing race Navaho by Edward Sheriff Curtis

Edward Sheriff Curtis, The vanishing race Navaho, 1904, De Primi Fine Art SA, Lugano, Switzerland

Browse openings by city, and get to know where art can be found in your town!

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Walid El-Masri: The Seat of Perception II at Ayyam Gallery
February 21–April 4, 2013
Alserkal Avenue, Exit 43 of SZR, Street 8, Al Quoz 1

Duesseldorf, Germany
Die gestundete Zeit at Sies + Höke Galerie
February 21–April 3, 2013
Poststraße 2–3, 40213 Duesseldorf, Germany

London, UK
Pakpoom Silaphan: Empire State at Scream
February 21–April 6, 2013
27–28 Eastcastle Street, London, W1W 8DH United Kingdom

Lugano, Switzerland
Edward Sheriff Curtis: The Dance of Memory at De Primi Fine Art SA
February 21–April 6, 2013
Piazza Cioccaro 2, 6900 Lugano, Switzerland

Milan, Italy
Davide Puma: Psichedelia at Barbara Frigerio Contemporary Art
February 21–March 17, 2013
Via dell’Orso 12, 20121 Milan, Italy

Munich, Germany
Tom Wesselmann at Galerie Thomas Modern
February 21–May 11, 2013
Türkenstrasse 16, 80333 Munich, Germany

New York, NY

White Collar Crimes at Acquavella Galleries
February 21–March 27, 2013
18 E. 79th Street, New York, NY 10075

 

Eve Plumb: Three Faces of Eve at Michael Ingbar Gallery
February 21–March 16, 2013
568 Broadway, New York, NY 10012

Alejandra Padilla at Praxis International Art
February 21–March 30, 2013
541 W. 25th Street, New York, NY 10001

Paris, France
Thierry Secretan: Un monde intact at Galerie Lucie Weill & Seligmann
February 21–March 30, 2013
6, rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris, France

Scottsdale, AZ
Romona Youngquist: Complex Simplicity at Bonner David Galleries
February 21–March 20, 2013
7040 E. Main Street, Scottsdale, AZ, 85251

Zurich, Switzerland
HENRY WESSEL: California and the West at gallery focus21 AG
February 21–May 3, 2013
Beethovenstrasse 20, 8002 Zurich, Switzerland