9 Artworks From Artnet’s Gallery Network That Our Experts Are Loving This Week

Each week, our gallery liaisons share their favorite works from the Artnet Gallery Network.

Rose Wylie, Girl Now meets Girl Then (2019). Courtesy of René Schmitt Druckgraphik.
Rose Wylie, Girl Now meets Girl Then (2019). Courtesy of René Schmitt Druckgraphik.

Every week, we explore the thousands of galleries on the Artnet Gallery Network to highlight the spaces and artworks inspiring us right now. Take a look at our latest picks below.

Clara Porges
Nymphen / Val Maroz von Maloja aus gesehen
bromer kunst
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Clara Porges, Nymphen / Val Maroz von Maloja aus gesehen. Courtesy of bromer kunst.

Clara Porges, Nymphen / Val Maroz von Maloja aus gesehen. Courtesy of bromer kunst.

Looking at the symbolic expressiveness and the striking brushstroke of this oil painting, it is hard to imagine that Clara Porges’ oeuvre was almost forgotten after her death in the 1960s. This work radiates an uncommon calm and familiarity, which I like very much. It is clear that not only the two contemplative but strong-looking female figures have merged with their natural environment, with mountains and water – which is what defines their being as nymphs – but that the painter herself also had a strong affinity to nature. 

Miriam Minak

Leon Hicks
Black Boy
Venvi Art Gallery
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Leon Hicks, Black Boy (1961). Courtesy of Venvi Art Gallery.

Leon Hicks, Black Boy (1961). Courtesy of Venvi Art Gallery.

In honor of Black History Month, I wanted to highlight this piece by African American artist Leon Hicks. Hicks emerged during the Black Arts Movement in the 1960s and used his work to explore self-identity and social consciousness. This piece entitled Black Boy is a beautifully etched rendering of a black male figure, with emphasis on his unique features.

Qadira Farrington

Mr. Brainwash
Einstein
Arton Contemporary
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Mr. Brainwash, Einstein (2016). Courtesy of Arton Contemporary.

Mr. Brainwash, Einstein (2016). Courtesy of Arton Contemporary.

Mr. Brainwash captured an audience by fusing Pop Art imagery with the playfulness of contemporary Street Art. This image is a perfect example of his style with Albert Einstein depicted holding a sign that reads “Love Is the Answer” with a background of colorful graffiti and images of filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock.
Julia Yook

Abigail Varela
El Bostezo
Rosenbaum Contemporary
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Abigail Varela, El Bostezo (1998). Courtesy of Rosenbaum Contemporary.

Abigail Varela, El Bostezo (1998). Courtesy of Rosenbaum Contemporary.

Venezuelan artist Abigail Varela creates unnatural, distended figures with large bottoms and tiny breasts and arms. These deformed sculptures seem heavy at first but there is also a sense of effortless movement present.
Karin Petit

Yiorgos Kordakis
10.000 American Movies SP #18
Galerie Karsten Greve
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Yiorgos Kordakis, 10.000 American Movies SP #18(2012). Courtesy of Galerie Karsten Greve.

Yiorgos Kordakis, 10.000 American Movies SP #18 (2012). Courtesy of Galerie Karsten Greve.

The Greek-born photographer Yiorgos Kordakis created the “10.000 American Movies” series while traveling through the United States. His photographs capture recognizable cinematic characteristics of a quintessentially American landscape, but he strips the images of their colorful vibrancy, encouraging viewers to experience current landscapes through the lens of the past. In this sense, the artist reflects the Hollywood films he worshipped as a child, which were his visual introduction to the American Dream.
Nan Stewart

Rose Wylie
Girl Now meets Girl Then
René Schmitt Druckgraphik
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Rose Wylie, Girl Now meets Girl Then (2019). Courtesy of René Schmitt Druckgraphik.

Rose Wylie, Girl Now Meets Girl Then (2019). Courtesy of René Schmitt Druckgraphik.

During the long gray winter, the dream of summer and life at the beach keeps my spirits up. I particularly like this image of a girl in her nice yellow bath suit in this beautiful new work by Rose Wylie — part of a new series called “Girl Now meets Girl Then” from 2019.
Alexandra Schott

Judith Minks
Moments in Time Scene 1
FotoNostrum
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Judith Minks, Moments in Time Scene 1 (2014). Courtesy of FotoNostrum.

Judith Minks, Moments in Time Scene 1 (2014). Courtesy of FotoNostrum.

In this series, Minks creates stylized domestic scenes that depict various mundane, but formative experiences in the lives of women. This first photograph in the series of ten,  Minks delicately balances both the bliss and drudgery of motherhood. The rooms french doors appear like a lavender portal mirrors, with the entire frame illuminated by the unseen radiance of the baby. 

Santiago Garcia Cano 

David Hockney
Flowers, Apple & Pear on a Table, July 1986
RAW Editions
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David Hockney, Flowers, Apple & Pear on a Table, July 1986 (1986).  Courtesy of Raw Editions.

David Hockney, Flowers, Apple & Pear on a Table, July 1986 (1986).  Courtesy of Raw Editions.

David Hockney has never been afraid to experiment with technology — in 2010 he began making iPad drawings. Back in 1986, and as evidenced by this work, he used an office color copier to produce a series of still lifes. I’m keen to see what he will try in the new decade! 

Sara Carson

 

Gerhard Richer
Schwarz-Rot-Gold III
Galerie Schwarzer GmbH
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Gerhard Richer, Schwarz-Rot-Gold III (1999). Courtesy of Galerie Schwarzer GmbH.

Gerhard Richter, Schwarz-Rot-Gold III (1999). Courtesy of Galerie Schwarzer GmbH.

This edition is a base on an original artwork that Gerhard Richter’s was commissioned to make for the German Bundestag. The colors obviously are an allusion to the German flag, but the angle forces the viewer to “see” the work and political context from a different perspective. His material choices are also significant: painted behind glass, the work alludes to states of fragility, reflection, and transparency.

Tobias Molitor


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