New Francis Bacon, Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen Exhibits

Art shows you can’t miss this week in New York. We pick only 3.

Highlight: Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen at Paula Cooper Gallery (Paula Cooper Gallery)

1. Eva and Franco Mattes @ Essex Flowers
October 30 — December 6

(Essex Flowers)

The Mattes’ latest exhibition with Essex Flowers, entitled I Would Prefer Not to Include My Name, features three episodes from their new project: “Dark Content.” For “Content” the artists interviewed dozens of anonymous content moderators — the individuals who decide what is and is not internet appropriate, who “determine how much breast is too much breast for Instagram, or are tasked with scrubbing photos of Osama bin Laden from search engines.” The project explores what content affected the moderators most and the political implications of censoring speech to any degree.

2. Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen @ Paula Cooper Gallery
November 7 — December 12

(Paula Cooper Gallery)

Things Around the Home includes a range of nearly 100 works from the house and studio that artist couple Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen shared from 1976 until van Bruggen’s death in 2009. The exhibit embodies Oldenburg’s philosophy of “the poetry of everywhere,” capturing the artistic essence of the couple’s co-existence and offering an intimate glimpse into their artistic processes. The works blur the line between professional and personal for a couple whose joint artistic practice Oldenburg described as, “developing a language of both exterior and interior life, in one expression.”

3. Francis Bacon @ Gagosian Gallery
November 7 — December 12

(Gagosian Gallery)

Gagosian’s Francis Bacon solo exhibition focuses on the artist’s work during the last two decades of his life, making it the first exhibit to offer such an in-depth exploration of his last works. In his later pieces, Bacon can be seen reworking and refining themes that inspired him through his career. For example, he synthesizes the convergence of modernity and artistic tradition — a theme that runs throughout his works — by juxtaposing manners of paint application, indicative of both the styles and times that influence Bacon’s oeuvre.

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