Sheila Hicks
Venice Biennale
Sikkema Jenkins & Co. is pleased to announce that Sheila Hicks will be participating in the Venice Biennale Arte 2017. For more information, click here.

Image: Sheila Hicks, Mighty Mathilde and Her Consort, 2016
Installation view: Glasgow International, 2016
Photo: Muchael Brzezinski

Jan Henle
The Poetics of Place
The Met Collection
The Poetics of Place: Contemporary Photographs from The Met Collection
Gallery 851 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Ave
New York, NY 10028
December 12, 2016 - May 28, 2017

This installation of contemporary photography from The Met collection surveys the diverse ways in which contemporary artists have photographed landscape and the built world over the last half century. The exhibition opens with works from the late 1960s and early 1970s by artists in America and Europe who brought the lessons of Minimal and Conceptual art to bear on views of nature both raw and acculturated. Also included are a series of unique Polaroid prints made by Walker Evans in Hale County—the setting for his famous 1930s photographs of Alabama sharecroppers—near the end of his life, and work by Jan Henle. For more information, click here.

Image: Jan Henle, La Jibarita IV, 1991–94, silver dye bleach print, 194.3 x 204.5 cm (76 1/2 x 80 1/2 in.).

Deana Lawson
Whitney Biennial 2017
Whitney Biennial 2017
Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street
New York, NY 10014
Mar 17–June 11, 2017

The formation of self and the individual’s place in a turbulent society are among the key themes reflected in the work of the artists selected for the 2017 Whitney Biennial. The exhibition includes sixty-three participants, ranging from emerging to well-established individuals and collectives working in painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, film and video, photography, activism, performance, music, and video game design. For more information, click here.

Image: Deana Lawson, Altar, 2010.

Burt Barr
We remember the life and legacy of Burt Barr who died on Monday, November 7th.
Burt Barr (1938-2016) was known for his use of traditional cinematic techniques to create simple but humorous videos. Characterized by minimal processes and presentations, use of the single take, 4:3 aspect ratio, and slow fade-ins and fade-outs, Barr’s work was the antithesis of most other contemporary video art. His works often punned, both verbally and visually, on conventions of filmmaking with videos like Slo Mo (1996), featuring a turtle moving in slow motion, and The Long Dissolve (1998), which shows an ice cube slowly dissolving in a glass dish.
Burt Barr began making videos in the mid-1980s. These early works were shown at film festivals in Montreal, Berlin, Toronto, San Sebastian, Melbourne, and Rotterdam, as well as on PBS. In 1993 he made the transition to the installation works that have been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide including solo presentations at the Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA PS1, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, and Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center in Istanbul.
From early in his career, Barr worked with personalities of the art-world, many of them actors in various roles. Included in this group are Clarissa Dalrymple, Klaus Kertess, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Trisha Brown (his wife), Robert Rauschenberg, Elizabeth Murray, Cecily Brown, Billy Sullivan, Jessica Craig-Martin, Nessia Pope, Stephen Mueller, Carroll Dunham, Teresita Fernandez, Tim Davis, Ester Partegas, and “downtown” performers such as Willem DaFoe, Diane Madden, Lance Gries, Stephen Petronio, Jodi Melnick, Stanford Makishi, Jimena Paz, Roz LeBlanc, Mindy Myers, and Judith Sanchez-Ruiz. Working with these artists formed yet another dimension to the work – that of documentation of the art community during a particular time in New York City.
Barr was the recipient of grants from The Andrea Frank Foundation (1999), John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1998), The Foundation for Contemporary Arts (1996), The Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities (1984), WGBH/WNET (1987), Brooklyn Arts Council (1989), the National Endowment for the Arts (1983,1985,1988,1989,1993), the New York State Council on the Arts (1986,1989,1996), and The American Film Institute (1992).
Barr served as an Instructor of Film and Video Projects at the Pratt Institute, an Instructor of Creative Projects at New York University, and was a Visiting Artist at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He lectured at Cornell University, Ohio University, Emily Carr Institute in Vancouver, Rhode Island School of Design, Parsons School of Design, the Museum of Modern Art, Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel Aviv, CAPC Musée in Bordeaux, Anthology Film Archives, and Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis.
Barr was born in 1938 in Lewiston, Maine. He lived in New York and is survived by his wife, the dancer and choreographer Trisha Brown; his step-son, Adam Brown; and Adam's family.

Arlene Shechet
From Here On Now
The Phillips Collection
Arlene Shechet: From Here On Now
The Phillips Collection
1600 21st Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
October 20, 2016 - May 7, 2017

New York-based sculptor Arlene Shechet is known for glazed ceramic sculptures that are off-kilter yet hang in a balance between stable and unstable, teetering between the restraint of intellect and the insistence of instinct. Her sculptures encourage circumambulation, often drawing upon Buddhist iconography for inspiration. From Here On Now at the Phillips is both a poetic beckoning and a description of the literal. The exhibition’s title also tweaks the familiar phrase “from here on out” to bring attention to the present and as a reminder that the future is an abstraction. For more information, click here.

Image: Arlene Shechet, Seeing Asteroids, 2016.

Kay Rosen
The I-71 Project
Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati | Columbus Museum of Art
Kay Rosen
BLURRED, 2004/2014
Installed on I-71 East, visible right before the Smith Rd. exit
GPS location 39.1526361,-84.4421198

The I-71 Project unites two major art institutions across Ohio—the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati and Columbus Museum of Art—to present art on billboards (and other road signage) that both mimics and critiques the theater of red-versus-blue politics during the U.S. presidential campaign. I-71 extends from artist Anne Thompson’s celebrated Missouri-based I-70 Sign Show, which was recognized nationally for presenting billboard-based works by internationally acclaimed artists.

Starting September 1st, Thompson’s project “travels” from Missouri to Ohio to engage the literal and symbolic landscape of a key battleground state during an extraordinary election. I-71 features work by Lisa Anne Auerbach and Glenn Ligon alongside that of three artists brought from the Missouri Sign Show—Mel Bochner, Ryan McGinness, and Kay Rosen. During the run-up to Election Day, a variety of billboard-based artworks will appear in stages in the downtown areas of Cincinnati and Columbus and along the Interstate corridor that connects the two cities. For more information, click here.

Tony Feher
We remember the life of Tony Feher who passed away on Friday, June 24th after a battle with cancer.
Tony Feher defined a unique place in contemporary art by creating elegant and poetic sculptures and installations using familiar, everyday objects. Pairing an original sense of humor and wit with a controlled minimalist aesthetic, Feher accentuated and exploited the physical characteristics of his chosen material - form, color, texture and weight - to alter our understanding and appreciation these simple objects, thus also altering our world view.
Tony was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1956, and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, with early stops in Florida and Virginia. He received a BA from The University of Texas, and resided in New York City. Tony had a long history with Sikkema Jenkins & Co., presenting his first solo exhibition in New York at the gallery – then called Wooster Gardens – in 1993. He went on to exhibit his work widely in over 40 solo exhibitions and numerous group shows. In 2012, an in-depth retrospective organized by Claudia Schmuckli premiered at the Des Moines Art Center before traveling to the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston; the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts; the Bronx Museum of the Arts; and Akron Art Museum. His work can be found in important international public collections including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

Image: Copyright Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, courtesy Hiram Butler Gallery


Arturo Herrera
Tate Modern
Sikkema Jenkins & Co. is pleased to announce Arturo Herrera's new wall painting for the Tate Modern's Kitchen & Bar. For this commission, Herrera uses a combination of large solid shapes to ‘reflect the energy of Tate Modern as a fluid space where things are never static. The colours, dark and light blue bring an alert calmness to the space while being expansive and open-ended… The colour blue also brings to mind both water and sky and that is distinctly evident at Tate Modern with the River Thames in front of the building and the open sky all around.’ (Arturo Herrera writing in May 2016)

For more information, click here.

Image: Arturo Herrera, Half-time, 2016. Courtesy of the artist. Joe Humphrys, Tate Photography © Tate 2016

Arlene Shechet
Porcelain, No Simple Matter: Arlene Shechet and the Arnhold Collection
The Frick Collection
Porcelain, No Simple Matter: Arlene Shechet and the Arnhold Collection
The Frick Collection
1 E 70th St
New York, NY 10021

May 24, 2016 - May 28, 2017

The Frick will present a year-long exhibition exploring the complex history of making, collecting, and displaying porcelain. Included are 130 pieces produced by the renowned Royal Meissen manufactory, which led the ceramic industry in Europe, both scientifically and artistically, during the early to mid-eighteenth century. Most of the works date from 1720 to 1745 and were selected by New York−based sculptor Arlene Shechet from the promised gift of Henry H. Arnhold. Ten works in the exhibition are Shechet’s own sculptures — exuberant porcelain she made during a series of residencies at the Meissen manufactory in 2012 and 2013. Designed by Shechet, the exhibition avoids the typical chronological or thematic order of most porcelain installations in favor of a personal and imaginative approach that creates an intriguing dialogue between the historical and the contemporary, from then to now. For more information, click here.

Image: Arlene Shechet, Dancing Girl with Two Right Feet, 2012, Meissen porcelain with gold, 6.625 x 10.625 inches (17 x 27 cm), Unique.

Arlene Shechet
The Artist Project
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Artist Project is an online series in which the Metropolitan Museum of Art give artists an opportunity to respond to their encyclopedic collection. In this episode, Arlene Shechet reflects on a bronze statuette of a veiled and masked dancer.

"When an artist is in love with the piece that communicates very well over time. So thousands of years later, we’re still feeling it."