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October 17, 2018

Brian Maguire: War Changes Its Address: The Aleppo Paintings, Wexford County Council, Ireland

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October 4, 2018

Noriyuki Haraguchi: Monochrome, Kenji Taki Gallery, Tokyo

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October 4, 2018

Sally Ross: Group Show,Strange Attractors, Vol. 2: The Rings of Saturn, Kerry Schuss, New York

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October 2, 2018

Birgit Jürgenssen at Fergus McCaffrey, Tokyo


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October 2, 2018

Marcia Hafif Remembered at Fergus McCaffrey, New York


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September 29, 2018


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September 29, 2018


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September 25, 2018

Fergus McCaffrey announces the appointment of Allyson Spellacy as new Partner

Fergus McCaffrey is delighted to announce that Allyson Spellacy joined the gallery as Partner this month. Read More
September 24, 2018

9 Art Events to Attend in New York City This Week

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September 19, 2018

Jiro Takamatsu, Noriyuki Haraguchi, Natsuyuki Nakanishi: Group Show,1968: Art in the Turbulent Age, Chiba City Museum of Art, Tokyo

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September 8, 2018

Art from atrocity: Brian Maguire records a humanitarian crisis

The Irish Times

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August 22, 2018

Mario Schifano: Group Show, Camera Pop, Italian Center for Photography, Turin, Italy

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August 22, 2018

Brian Maguire: Solo Show, HUMANITY Site Unseen, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland

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August 21, 2018

Jiro Takamatsu: Group Show, Between the Line, Yumiko Chiba Associates, Tokyo

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July 30, 2018

Birgit Jürgenssen: DRAG: Self Portraits and Body Politics, Hayward Gallery, London, UK

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July 17, 2018

破壊的に現代を予見する。 工藤哲巳とカロル・ラマの二人展がファーガス・マカフリー東京で開催

Bijutsu Tencho

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July 12, 2018

Marcia Hafif: Marcia Hafif: Films (1970-1999), Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany

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July 7, 2018

Richard Nonas: Seeing Ourselves in Sculpture


A review of Richard Nonas' exhibition, "Where None", at T Space Gallery, by Carter Ratcliff, published in Hyperallergic. Read More
July 7, 2018

Richard Nonas: Where None*, 2018

A video of Richard Nonas' permanent installation, Where None*, throughout T2 Reserve forest at 'T' Space Gallery in Rhinebeck, New York. View Video
July 6, 2018

Marcia Hafif: A Place Apart, Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA, USA

“A Place Apart” includes over 100 artworks, representing a close partnership with the artist. Each element was collaboratively conceived before her untimely passing in April 2018. The exhibition is dedicated to her memory. Read More
July 5, 2018

Brian Maguire: Group Show, Naked Truth, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland

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July 5, 2018

Group Show: Gutai: L'Espace et Le Temps, Musée Soulages, Rodez, France

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July 4, 2018

Kudo/Rama at Fergus McCaffrey, Tokyo

Wall Street International

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July 1, 2018

Brian Maguire: Group Show, Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger, Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, Cork, Ireland

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July 1, 2018

10 Things in Tokyo: July 2018

Tokyo Art Beat

Fergus McCaffrey, Tokyo in Omotesando pairs up this intriguing duo: Tetsumi Kudo and Carol Rama.

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June 28, 2018

Tetsumi Kudo and Carol Rama at Fergus McCaffrey, Tokyo


Biomorphic sculptures by the late Japanese artist Tetsumi Kudo and psychological assemblages, paintings and drawings by the late Italian artist Carol Rama are on display at Fergus McCaffrey, Tokyo, in an exhibition titled “Kudo / Rama” through August 4, 2018.

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June 14, 2018

Critic’s Pick: Japanese Gutai in the 1950s: Fast and Fearless

New York Times

In the 1950s, the artists of the newly formed Gutai group of Japan worked fast and fearlessly, changing styles and mediums at will, staying abreast of the latest postwar developments abroad. The mood of this band of innovators was eclectic — and electric — as demonstrated by “Gutai: 1953-1959,” an ambitious show at Fergus McCaffrey gallery. Read More
June 10, 2018

Birgit Jürgenssen: Group Show, WOMAN The Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s, Stavanger Art Museum, Stavanger, Norway

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June 6, 2018

Gutai: 1953 –1959

Brooklyn Rail

This show unwraps the early years (1953 – 1959) of Japan’s influential post-war avant-garde art collective, Gutai, with a tale of innovation that presents prescient pre-Pop and pre-performance captured in its earliest moments. Read More
June 2, 2018

Group Show: Modern Art Revisited: from the collection of Fukuoka Art Museum, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan

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June 1, 2018

Mario Schifano: Senza Tema. Carta/Paper, Studio la Città, Verona, Italy

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June 1, 2018

Atsuko Tanaka: Works from the late 1960s to 2000, Galerie Buchholz, Berlin, Germany

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May 30, 2018

Carol Rama: Group Show, Super S.H.E., Galleria Giovanni Bonelli, Milan, Italy

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May 23, 2018

Sadamasa Motonaga and Noriyuki Haraguchi: Group Show, Primal Water, Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, Las Vegas, NV, USA

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May 23, 2018

Richard Nonas: Where None, 'T' Space Gallery, Rhinebeck, New York, USA

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May 16, 2018

Robert Ryman at Fergus McCaffrey, Tokyo


Eleven career-spanning paintings by Robert Ryman is presented at the newly inaugurated gallery space at Fergus McCaffrey, Tokyo. The exhibition, featuring works made between 1961 and 2003, will be on view from March 24 through June 2, 2018.

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May 10, 2018

Natsuyuki Nakanishi, Hitoshi Nomura, Fujiko Shiraga, Toshio Yoshida: Group Show, Topologies, The Warehouse, Dallas, TX, USA

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May 1, 2018

Gary Rough: Group Show, BURNT, Marlborough Contemporary, New York, NY, USA

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April 25, 2018

ロバート・ライマン展 ファーガス・マカフリー東京 2018.3.24−6.2



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April 23, 2018

Fergus McCaffrey | Gutai: Sadamasa Motonaga

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April 23, 2018

Fergus McCaffrey | Gutai: Kazuo Shiraga

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April 23, 2018

Fergus McCaffrey | Gutai: Toshio Yoshida

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April 22, 2018

9 Art Events to Attend in New York City This Week


“Gutai, 1953–59” will include works created in the time leading up to the collective’s establishment, in 1954; some pieces in the show are being exhibited in America for the first time.

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April 22, 2018

5 Reasons Why Fergus McCaffrey’s “Gutai” is Worth the Visit

Art Zealous

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April 22, 2018

Gutai: 1953-1959 at Fergus McCaffrey, New York

Blouin ArtNews

Fergus McCaffrey has extended its Chelsea Gallery up to 15,000 sq.ft to accommodate over seventy large-scale bold and experimental works by eleven artists representing the renowned Japanese avant-garde collective Gutai (1954–72). Read More
April 21, 2018

Marcia Hafif, Painter of Monochromatic Works, Is Dead at 88

New York Times

Marcia Hafif, an artist best known for monochromatic paintings that explored the intersection of color, brush stroke, surface and light, died on April 17. She was 88. Read More
April 19, 2018

Richard Nonas: Out Away Back, Neochrome Gallery, Turin, Italy

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April 19, 2018

NEWS Marcia Hafif, Painter of Sensual Conceptual Monochromes, Dies at 88


By the mid-1960s, it was assumed in some circles that all of the possibilities for painting were exhausted—that the medium had, more or less, died. But some painters pushed back against that idea, arguing that painting could reset itself, and one was Marcia Hafif. In an essay published in Artforum in 1978 called “Beginning Again,” Hafif wrote, “If one phase of this period of analysis is coming to an end, we may be ready to enter still another phase of abstraction, a synthetic period.” Over the course of her career, she continued a quest to propel painting into that new, synthetic period, often achieving awe-inspiring results.

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April 17, 2018

Marcia Hafif (1929-2018)

We are devastated to announce the death of Marcia Hafif (1929-2018). Hafif’s six-decade career encompassed painting, drawing, film, photography, and sound installations; and the singular and uncompromising nature of her practice has drawn a dedicated audience in Europe and the United States since the early 1970s. Download
April 11, 2018

Brian Maguire: Group Show, The Sea is the Limit, York Art Gallery, UK

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April 10, 2018

Birgit Jürgenssen: Nocturnal Light, Alison Jacques Gallery, London, England

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April 10, 2018

This Month’s Featured Artist: Robert Ryman

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April 6, 2018


Bijutsu Techo

2006年の設立以来、日本戦後美術を欧米に広めてきたニューヨークのギャラリー「ファーガス・マカフリー」がついにこの春、東京・表参道に進出する。なぜこの時期なのか? そしてなぜ東京なのか? 3月24日のオープンを前に、設立者のファーガス・マカフリーと、空間デザインを手がけたビル・カッツに話を聞いた。

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March 29, 2018

Kathleen Jacobs’ ‘DREMS’ at Fergus McCaffrey, New York


Kathleen Jacobs’ 12 canvases that suggest meditative land and seascapes titled “DREMS” is on display at Fergus McCaffrey through April 14, 2018.

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March 20, 2018

Fergus McCaffrey in Tokyo: Robert Ryman

VIDEO: Fergus McCaffrey is pleased to inaugurate the gallery’s new space in Tokyo, Japan with an exhibition of eleven career-spanning paintings by the celebrated American painter Robert Ryman. The exhibition, featuring works made between 1961 and 2003, will be on view from March 24 – May 19, 2018. View Video
March 16, 2018

Mario Schifano: Dawn of a Nation: From Guttuso to Fontana and Schifano, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy

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March 8, 2018

Brian Maguire: Group Show, Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger, Coach House, Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland

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March 4, 2018

Sally Ross: Painting Piece-By-Piece, Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy

In her first European exhibition 'Painting Piece-By-Piece' American painter Sally Ross presents five large works from 2013 to 2015, recently acquired by the Collezione Maramotti. Read More
March 2, 2018

39 Must-See Gallery Shows in New York This March


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March 1, 2018

ADAA: A Fair to Remember Starts a Month of Art Show Madness

New York Times

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February 9, 2018

New exhibition represents the horror of the Great Famine

Irish Examiner

A new exhibition gives Irish people their first chance to see the largest collection of Famine-related art, writes Alan O’Riordan. Read More
February 8, 2018

Tatsuo Ikeda: An Elliptical Visionary, Nerima Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

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February 4, 2018

Brian Maguire: War Changes Its Address: The Aleppo Paintings

The Sunday Times

"Shining a light on the darkness and devastation in Syria’s largest city has helped the Irish artist Brian Maguire produce some of his most haunting and powerful work yet, writes Cristín Leach." Read More
February 2, 2018

The Aleppo Paintings: Bringing a warzone’s story to life (VIDEO)

"The artist [Brian Maguire] sat down with to discuss the work, the ethics, and what he hopes will be the lasting legacy of the ‘Aleppo Paintings’." View Video
February 2, 2018

“War Changes Its Address: The Aleppo Paintings” by Brian Maguire at IMMA


"Brian Maguire talks about the works he created for "War Changes Its Address: The Aleppo Paintings" currently exhibiting at IMMA" Read More
February 1, 2018

Rachel Churner on Anna Conway


"With their brooding tones, stark settings, and elusive narratives, Anna Conway’s paintings are the visual equivalents of spy novels. Like the best works in the genre (books by John le Carré, for example), Conway’s oils on canvas are marked by the abundance and clarity of their details—and by the thrill of trying to decipher which details are significant and which are merely mundane." Read More
January 30, 2018

Irish artist paints the reality Syrian city, Aleppo

Irish Examiner

"Brian Maguire returned from Aleppo intent on painting the reality of what he’d seen in the Syrian city, writes Alan O’Riordan." Read More
January 27, 2018

Event of the Week: Brian Maguire – ‘War Changes its Address’

The Irish Times

"The Aleppo Paintings: dismay at scale and intensity of the destruction, of place and people." Read More
January 27, 2018

The best art exhibitions this week

The Irish Times

"Sam Keogh awakes from a long sleep in space while Brian Maguire depicts the devastation in Aleppo" Read More
January 23, 2018

Art to See This Weekend

The New Yorker

"Sometimes, an artist catches up to herself. When I walked into Sally Ross’s opening at Fergus McCaffrey last week, I was sure that I had the wrong show: these ambitious, muscular abstractions bore zero resemblance to the quirky neo-surrealist still-lifes that the New York painter was making a decade ago. There’s an old-fashioned word for what happened in Ross’s studio: a breakthrough." Read More
January 23, 2018

In The Picture: Brian Maguire’s Aleppo Paintings at IMMA


"A new series of paintings from Brian Maguire at IMMA later this month depicts the destruction of Aleppo, Syria and the global effect of war." Read More
January 22, 2018

Sally Ross at Fergus McCaffrey, New York

Blouin ArtInfo

"Celebrating her first show in the US since her decisive break with representation in 2012, the show includes eight paintings by Ross, all created in 2017." Read More
January 21, 2018

Art amid the rubble

Irish Independent

"Last year, painter Brian Maguire hitched a ride to Aleppo to capture the toll that years of fighting has taken on the city's architecture. He tells Hilary A White how talking to the survivors of conflict helped shape his haunting paintings" Read More
January 16, 2018

Jack Early’s Rainbow at Mulier Mulier

Ravelin Magazine

"The full story of Jack Early’s upcoming show in Belgium spans (almost) the entirety of Early’s solo career to date. The essence of the show is a winsome fairytale musical about a brother and a sister facing off against a wicked witch."

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December 30, 2017

From German Expressionism to Irish Modernism: art exhibitions for 2018

The Irish Times

Brian Maguire: War Changes its Address: The Aleppo Paintings, on view at IMMA Dublin, mentioned in The Irish Times. Read More
December 12, 2017

Grim Vistas of Present and Future Dystopias


In Anna Conway’s paintings, subtle evocations of the past highlight the tensions of our current moment. Read More
December 9, 2017

The Rediscovery Backlash: Has the Market for Overlooked Art Historical Talent Peaked?

Artnet News

At Art Basel, McCaffrey is presenting work from the ’60s and ’70s alongside recent paintings by Kathleen Jacobs (several of which sold for $35,000–75,000) and a performance by the recent MFA graduate Máiréad Delaney, the latest addition to the gallery’s roster. Read More
December 8, 2017

Máiréad Delaney at Art Basel Miami 2017

The Art Newspaper

The Irish-US performance artist Máiréad Delaney attracted curious onlookers to the stand of the New York-based gallery Fergus McCaffrey with a piece entitled Stoppage I, for which she sat and laid immobile on the floor with 200 pounds of wet concrete between her legs until it set—a process that took around five hours. Read More
December 4, 2017

Marcia Hafif at Kunsthaus Baselland

Art in America

For several decades, California-born artist Marcia Hafif has generally been known in Europe as a practitioner of ascetic monochrome painting. Her recent exhibition at the Kunsthaus Baselland, which surveyed her career from 1968 to 2009, revealed the remarkably multifarious quality of her monochromes and provided an opportunity to see her lesser-known works in other mediums. Read More
November 15, 2017

Anna Conway at Fergus McCaffrey, New York


Anna Conway at Fergus McCaffrey, reviewed in Artforum's Critics' Picks. Read More
November 1, 2017

Richard Nonas: Telling It Slant

Sculpture Magazine

Richard Nonas’s studio, a Wunderkammer piled high with artifacts and relics, as well as past and in-progress works, unfolds with the unexpected surprises of an archaeological dig. Hunkered down within a jungle of antique vises and drills, ladders, chains, axes, arbitrarily stacked books, pulleys, rugs, handmade kayaks, and countless constructions of wood and steel are collections of exotic masks and curiosities. Download
October 13, 2017

FIAC 2017: Top galleries in “Avenue Winston Churchill, On Site”


FIAC 2017, the International Art Fair exhibiting the best Contemporary Art galleries of the world, awaits its grand opening on October 19 in Paris. This year FIAC will have two sub-sections, Avenue Winston Churchill and Petit Palais, showcasing outdoor works featuring seminal works by the most prominent galleries all over the world. These two sub-sections fall in FIAC’s new sub division of “On Site” that was introduced last year. Read More
September 30, 2017

Saburo Murakami: Group Show, Mondes Flottants, 14th Biennale de Lyon, La Sucrière and Le Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon (macLYON), France

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September 20, 2017

Textile as Art: Antonio Ratti entrepreneur and patron, curated by Lorenzo Benedetti and Maddalena Terragni, October 1-January 7, 2018

Installation view of ICE —AND AFTER THE ICE... (2017) by Richard Nonas in Textile as Art: Antonio Ratti entrepreneur and patron at Palazzo Te, Mantua, 2017. © Richard Nonas; Courtesy of the Artist

September 8, 2017

Richard Nonas: Group Show, Deadeye Dick: Richard Bellamy and His Circle, Peter Freeman, New York

Milet Andrejevic, Jo Baer, Robert Beauchamp, Jacques Beckwith, Ronald Bladen, James Lee Byars, Dan Christensen, John Cohen, Mary Corse, Emilio Cruz, Walter De Maria, Mark di Suvero, Dan Flavin, Jean Follett, Miles Forst, Robert Frank, Al Hansen, Michael Heizer, Tehching Hsieh & Linda Montano, Neil Jenney, Donald Judd, Alex Katz, Gary Kuehn, Yayoi Kusama, Tadaaki Kuwayama, Alfred Leslie, Lee Lozano, Robert Morris, Jan Müller, Bruce Nauman, Richard Nonas, Claes Oldenburg, Yoko Ono, Larry Poons, David Rabinowitch, James Rosenquist, Lucas Samaras, George Segal, Richard Serra, Myron Stout, Kunié Sugiura, Sidney Tillim, John Tweddle, Tom Wesselmann, Neil Williams, Peter Young, Daisy Youngblood, John Zinsser Read More
September 5, 2017

Marcia Hafif: Upcoming Museum Shows in Switzerland

Opening at Kunsthaus Baselland: Thursday 14th September, 6:30 PM

The MARCIA HAFIF exhibition is created in collaboration with the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (MARCIA HAFIF: September 16-January 14, 2018) and the Kunsthaus Baselland in Muttenz (MARCIA HAFIF: September 15–November 12, 2017).
Hafif (b.1929, USA, living in New York and Laguna Beach) is among the pioneers of the 1970s who fundamentally broadened con­ceptions of the practice of painting and under­standing of art per se. Since the 1980s, terms like ‘radical’ have been used to describe Hafif’s work with monochrome painting. The pencil on paper drawings, vertical pencil marks cover­ ing a surface, begun in 1972, led to the ver­tical stroke in paint. Her work in both mediums still continues, fitting within what she calls The Inventory. Each series included in The Inventory develops a single medium using tra­ditional methods and materials for making paint and preparing a ground. Individual works in a series can be larger or smaller, and usually are made with vertical brush­strokes, with which the effects of unmixed colours on a suit­able painting ground are sounded out. Works from the series that may be her most radical will be exhibited at the Kunsthaus Baselland: the Black Paintings (1979/80) in which she found black by layering ultramarine blue and burnt umber. There will also be photographs and films on display.
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August 29, 2017

What Objects Can Do: on Jiro Takamatsu

William Corwin for Bomb Magazine

Takamatsu’s approach to sculpture can be summed up by paraphrasing John Lennon: sculpture is what happens when you’re busy looking at other things. This survey of the artist’s sculptural works made between 1961 and 1977 presents an obsession with the things that objects can do, rather than the objects themselves. Read More
August 24, 2017

Contemporary Art Steams Up the Hudson

The New York Times by Nancy Princenthal

The lovely, spacious Fields Sculpture Park at the Omi International Art Center in Ghent holds nearly 80 works, many installed long term, by Dennis Adams, Donald Baechler, Dove Bradshaw, Folkert de Jong, Donald Lipski, Richard Nonas, Alison Saar and others. The park is open daily. Read More
July 29, 2017

Placing Your Trust in the Black Male Body

Hyperallergic by Seph Rodney

In a performance at Fergus McCaffrey gallery, Clifford Owens used his body as an instrument to propel others not to fear, but to trust. Read More
July 25, 2017

Tatsuo Ikeda

Fergus McCaffrey, New York, is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of Tatsuo Ikeda in the United States. Featuring over 50 drawings, paintings, and sculptures, the exhibition opens on September 7th and continues until October 14th. Read More
July 20, 2017

REMAINS proves performance art still has a pulse

Performance is Alive by Ian Deleón

To use the word remains is to invoke in someone associations with death, decay, and possibly even dismemberment. Generally speaking it refers to the parts left behind, once some significant change in status has taken place. That change is usually framed in terms of a negative, destructive event but of course destruction can be a kind of creation as well. The word’s linguistic ties to remaining mean that it can also convey that which lives on, or that which stays put. Read More
July 14, 2017

Richard Nonas: “… as light through fog…” ARCHITECTURAL MEMORY PIERCED BY ART, Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina, Pisa, Italy

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July 10, 2017

The Dia Art Foundation Expands Its Focus to Asian Art, Making Key New Acquisitions

Artiste News by Brian Boucher

Mono-Ha (“School of Things”) artists have seen a marked increase in attention in recent years, partly through numerous exhibitions at Pace and Blum & Poe, along with shows at New York’s Fergus McCaffrey. Read More
July 7, 2017

The 10 best things to do this week: Lovebox and Painting Pop

The Guardian

Jiro Takamatsu: The Temperature of Sculpture An artist who was as interested in shadows and perspectives as he was sculpture, Jiro Takamatsu’s first institutional solo exhibition outside Japan also features work centred on his obsession with everyday objects – including a fascination with string – and the meanings we assign to them. Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, 13 July to 22 October Read More
July 5, 2017

9 Art Events to Attend in New York City This Week


Opening: “Remains” at Fergus McCaffrey This group exhibition consists almost entirely of live performances. Taking its cues from the Gutai movement, the Japanese avant-garde from the 1950s that imploded the boundary between everyday life and art, “Remains” features artists who rely on performance as “a way of effecting change both materially and conceptually,” a news release notes. Artists in show include Hee Ran Lee, who will perform 50 Bulbs, a piece in which viewers hold a light bulb hanging from the ceiling and are instructed to throw it at the artist, Máiréad Delaney, Daniel Neumann, Clifford Owens, Nigel Rolfe, and Liping Ting. Fergus McCaffrey, 514 West 26th Street, 6–8 p.m. Read More
July 2, 2017

REMAINS: Schedule of Performances

July 6-August 11 at Fergus McCaffrey, New York

This summer, Fergus McCaffrey will present six weeks of performance art programming by internationally acclaimed and emerging artists working with their bodies and materials to create new site-specific work within the context of the gallery. The scope of the show will include live performance, sound, installation, and supporting works in multimedia by Máiréad Delaney, Hee Ran Lee, Daniel Neumann, Clifford Owens, Nigel Rolfe, and Liping Ting. Please follow the show on Instagram @REMAINS_Performance_Show_2017 for daily updates and behind-the-scenes footage. A full schedule of performances can be found here (subject to change) - Read More
June 30, 2017

Houston museums staging shows by two artists who’ve weathered controversies

Houston Chronicle by Molly Glentzer

...It sounds almost inconceivable, but when he gave a copy of his song "It Don't Rain in Beverly Hills" to the duo Dean and Brita, they recorded it. On a commission from the Andy Warhol Foundation, they were making record soundtracks for Warhol films. They used their version of Early's song for Warhol's film "Edie," also including it on their album "13 Most Beautiful: Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests." Then they performed it across the world and sold it to the hit TV show "Beverly Hills 90210." Read More
June 30, 2017

Marcia Hafif in Abstract Painting Now!

July 2-November 5 at Kunsthalle Krems, Austria

In Modernism, abstraction is regarded as one of the most significant formal articulations and is particularly linked to painting. The consistent analysis of the medium up to the zero point in the avant-garde of the 1910s followed a steady resurgence of non-representational painting, especially in abstract expressionism, in informal and minimal art Painting and the creative authority, which was countered with sensuality and intuition in the postmodern phase from the 1980s onwards. The exhibition Abstract Painting Now! Will focus on the current international situation of the non-figurative panel painting with about sixty artistic positions and will fan out the wide field of a still significant painter's practice. The historical basis of the show is the development following Abstract Expressionism, which was supported above all by Gerhard Richter and Sigmar Polke. The former, after a period of agony, in which his gray colorings emerged, turned to the beautiful, seemingly expressive. The latter used abstraction as an ironic paraphrase, commenting on the veracity of the brush stroke as a mark of the artistic self. Read More
June 22, 2017

Jiro Takamatsu: Solo show,The Temperature of Sculpture, Henry Moore Institute, UK

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June 19, 2017

Why Old Women Have Replaced Young Men as the Art World’s Darlings

Artsy Editorial by Anna Louie Sussman

Seeing the retrospective in Paris convinced McCaffrey, the longtime collector and gallerist, that he needed to bring her (Carol Rama) work to the U.S. market. He mounted a show of nearly 50 works from between 1938 and 1945 in September 2016. “Unless you have recognition in the U.S., you don’t really have a market,” he says. “We showed Ramas this time last year in Basel and Americans had no awareness.” This year, his booth at Art Basel in Basel placed Rama alongside the Gutai artist Kazuo Shiraga, as both artists’ work addressed life under totalitarianism by seeking to liberate the body and its functions. Read More
June 16, 2017

Gutai’s spectacular rise—and potential fall

The Art Newspaper by Matthew Wilcox

Crucial in Gutai’s sudden boom, in McCaffrey’s view, was the fact that the group had essentially been ignored in the US since the 1950s. “Look at the market for Italian post-war work, or back to the late 1980s, when the German Neo-Expressionists started to make an impact in the US. There are these discrepancies in information and knowledge that pop up.” Read More
June 16, 2017

‘Basquiat Factor’ and a Glut of Options Stoke Sales at Art Basel

The New York Times by Scott Reyburn

The New York dealer Fergus McCaffrey, who specializes in Japanese contemporary art, sold a much larger, 10-foot-wide Shiraga abstract in red, from 1997, for $5 million. It was among 12 works sold on the first two days. “They were all sold to non-Americans,” said Mr. McCaffrey, who noted a surge of purchases from Japanese collectors after Yusaku Maezawa bought the Basquiat for $110.5 million. Read More
June 14, 2017

Art Basel in Basel 48’s Buying Bonanza Bursts Through Day 2

BLOUINARTINFO by Nicholas Forrest

As the art market reflects on a flurry of opening sales with particularly strong interest in the post-war blue-chip art market favorites, Art Basel in Basel’s 2017 edition gets on with business and continues the mega success of the vip preview buying spree on day 2. Major sales on day 2 included... Read More
June 12, 2017

Carol Rama: a red-hot market for an artist who swapped her paintings for groceries

Judith Benhamou-Huet Reports

...I became a keen collector before organising an exhibition containing 50 of her works last September,’ explains McCaffrey. ‘The reaction from the museum world was extraordinary. A combination of factors has seen her prices rise spectacularly. Nevertheless they remain ridiculously low compared to other male Italian artists from the same period, like Piero Manzoni,’ adds the New York dealer who is presenting some of her works at the Basel fair, priced at between $80,000 and $1 million. Read More
June 2, 2017

Marcia Hafif: Solo Show, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland

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May 30, 2017

Marcia Hafif: Group Show, Abstract Painting Now, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems an der Donau, Austria

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May 23, 2017

REMAINS Week 3: July 18-21

May 23, 2017

REMAINS Week 4: July 25-28

May 23, 2017

REMAINS Week 5: August 1-4

May 23, 2017

REMAINS Week 6: August 8-11

May 23, 2017

REMAINS Week 1: July 6-7

May 23, 2017

REMAINS Week 2: July 11-14

May 22, 2017

Fergus McCaffrey at Art Basel 2017
Carol Rama & Kazuo Shiraga:
Literature of the Flesh

Over the past half decade, the art world has come to celebrate the work of Carol Rama (1918–2015, b. Turin, Italy) and Kazuo Shiraga (1924–2008, b. Amagasaki, Japan). The world gained an appreciation of Rama through her traveling retrospective The Passion According to Carol Rama, which coincided with her death in 2015. Shiraga’s work has risen to prominence in the private and auction markets, alongside major recent shows such as Tokyo: 1955–1970 at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Gutai survey at the Guggenheim Museum. In both cases the honors were overdue, one of many qualities they shared. At Art Basel 2017, Fergus McCaffrey gallery (hall 2.0, booth D2) will bring together these two masters for the first time in Carol Rama & Kazuo Shiraga: Literature of the Flesh. Read More
May 19, 2017

“Venice conveys the signs of the times”

The Business Times by Helmi Yusof

...Another must-see show is Intuition at the Palazzo Fortuny where art-lovers queued for hours to get into. Sprawled over four floors, this gorgeously curated and designed exhibition looks at the role of intuition in the creation of art. One finds exquisite works by Jean Michel Basquiat, Vassily Kandinsky, Girgio de Chirico, Kazuo Shiraga and others juxtaposed with ancient objects and artefacts. Taken together, they illuminate the importance of dreams, telepathy, intuition, magic and fantasy in the making of art. Read More
May 18, 2017

Marcia Hafif: Solo Show, Kunsthaus Baselland, Switzerland

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May 13, 2017

Hitoshi Nomura: Solo show, Hitoshi Nomura: Light and Earth Time, ARTCOURT Gallery, Osaka, Japan

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May 12, 2017

Political Art

Studio visit: Artist Brian Maguire made a trip to Aleppo... Here are the first images of the paintings in progress. © Brian Maguire

May 11, 2017

The Psychosexual World of Carol Rama Still Shocks

The New York Times by Jason Farago

“If I really am so good,” said the fearless and licentious Italian artist Carol Rama in 1983, “then I don’t get why I had to starve so long, even if I am a woman.” Her first show, in 1945, was shuttered by the Turin police before it even opened, and for decades after, her erotic watercolors and rubber-slicked abstractions were appreciated by only a few. Some great artists wait their whole lives for recognition. Some female artists have to wait even longer. Read More
May 5, 2017

Toshio Yoshida

Wall Street International

Toshio Yoshida (1928-1997) adopted the mantra of Jiro Yoshihara—“Do what has never been done before”—to explore the intersection of painting and performance, and was one of the great original thinkers and innovators of Gutai alongside Kazuo Shiraga, Sadamasa Motonaga, Atsuko Tanaka, Shozo Shimamoto, and Saburo Murakami. The exhibition at McCaffrey begins with a selection of Burn Paintings from 1954, which Yoshida created through searing and scaring plywood panels with a soldering iron, or with red hot coals. Read More
May 5, 2017

Toshio Yoshida Emerges from Gutai’s Grasp

Hyperallergic by Edward M. Gómez

Even for viewers familiar with the diversity of art forms cooked up by the Gutai artists and the attitudes that informed them, much of what is on display in this Yoshida show may come as a surprise. Read More
April 28, 2017

“Today’s Feminist Horror Owes A Lot To This Overlooked 20th-Century Artist”

The Huffington Post by Priscilla Frank

Carol Rama was obsessed with sex, death and mad cow disease. Read More
April 18, 2017


New Museum

Upcoming: April 26 - October 10, 2017 - “Carol Rama: Antibodies” is the first New York museum survey of the work of Italian artist Carol Rama (b. 1918, Turin, Italy–d. 2015, Turin, Italy) and the largest presentation of her work in the US to date. Read More
April 18, 2017

Richard Nonas: Solo show, Richard Nonas & Native North American, OV Project, Brussels, Belgium

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April 11, 2017

Jack Early: Group Show, A Better Yesterday, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, TX, USA

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April 8, 2017

Sadamasa Motonaga: Group show, GUTAI - Our Spirit is FREE, AKI Gallery, Taipei, China

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April 4, 2017

Luxury I Art

The Telegraph by Colin Gleadell

...Now other Gutai artists are emerging from his shadow. A rare 1964 painting by Shimamoto Shozo more than doubled the artist’s previous record, selling for $2.6 million, and further records were set for colourful abstract works from the 1960s by Tanaka Atsuko ($1.6 million) and Motonaga Sadamasa ($1.3 million). Read More
April 1, 2017

Hitoshi Nomura: Group Show, The Universe and Art: An Artistic Voyage through Space, ArtScience Museum, Singapore (co-curated with Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan)

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March 31, 2017

“Hong Kong Art Basel 2017 finally finds its Asian identity amid the high flyers”

The Sydney Morning Herald by John McDonald

Fergus McCaffrey of New York joined the party with work by the late Toshio Yoshida (1928-97), a Japanese abstract artist of the Gutai group – a movement now attracting worldwide attention. Read More
March 27, 2017

Art Basel HK Verdict – Encouraging Sales Across The Board For 2017


Art Basel’s fifth edition in Hong Kong has closed with encouraging sales recorded across all levels of the market. This demonstrates a continued demand for high-quality works by the world’s leading international collectors and institutions. Attendance at this year’s show, whose Lead Partner is UBS, rose to nearly 80,000 – due to the introduction of evening ticket sales and improved crowd control measures – and attracted leading members of the international art world. Many observers felt that this edition had built on the show’s strong history to attain new levels – Art Basel in Hong Kong now not only stands as the premier fair in Asia but also as one of the leading fairs worldwide. Read More
March 25, 2017

Birgit Jürgenssen: Group Show, The Beguiling Siren is Thy Crest, The Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Polen

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March 10, 2017

Tatsuo Ikeda: Group Show, Japanese Avant-garde in 1950-1970 + Contemporary Art, Fuma Contemporary Tokyo, Bunkyo Art, Tokyo, Japan

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March 9, 2017

Fergus McCaffrey at Art Basel Hong Kong 2017, Booth 3D09

It is an honor for Fergus McCaffrey to be working with the Yoshida family and the great Gutai scholar Koichi Kawasaki to rectify Toshio Yoshida's glaring lapse in art history. The gallery's solo presentation of Toshio Yoshida at Art Basel Hong Kong provides the opportunity for the widest possible audience in Asia to encounter four decades of Yoshida's breathtaking innovations.
March 7, 2017

Sadamasa Motonaga / Kazuo Shiraga: Group Show, The Creative Act: Performance, Process, Presence, Minaret Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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March 3, 2017

The 20 Best Booths at The Armory Show

ARTSY EDITORIAL by Alexxa Gotthardt

Fergus McCaffrey’s elegant booth mingles the practices of two American artists who came of age in the 1960s and happen to be great friends. The works of Marcia Hafif and Richard Nonas, however, differ greatly—and that’s precisely what makes this presentation so compelling. Hafif’s hyper-saturated canvases featuring curvaceous forms that resemble bodily contours (she calls these her “Pop-Minimal” paintings) draw you in. Nonas’s more subtle patinaed steel sculptures cover the floor. They resemble architectural forms or ritualized objects; given Nonas’s early years as an anthropologist, they just might be inspired by them, too. Read More
March 2, 2017

Ladies First at the ADAA Art Show

Hyperallergic by Benjamin Sutton

Fergus McCaffrey’s booth devoted to Austrian Birgit Jürgenssen spans three distinct bodies of work. It includes her overtly feminist photography, her sculptural assemblages that take up similar themes in somewhat more ambiguous arrangements, and her more enigmatic but startling grids of found and original photographs under fabric. Spanning the 1970s to the ’90s and all those materials, the work nevertheless feels unified and begs for a more comprehensive institutional survey. Read More
March 1, 2017

Art Institute exhibit ‘Provoke’ makes past protest feel present

Chicago Tribune by Lori Waxman

"Provoke: Photography in Japan between Protest and Performance," a groundbreaking exhibition of 1960s- and '70s-era Japanese photography, opened at the Art Institute of Chicago a week after Inauguration Day. The timing couldn't be more opportune. Read More
March 1, 2017

Review: Jiro Takamatsu at Fergus McCaffrey

Art in America by Ryan Holmberg

Jiro Takamatsu (1936-1998) was about a seminal as seminal gets in postwar Japanese art. He was one-third of the Tokyo-based Happenings group Hi Red Center, a progenitor of Japanese conceptual art, and a significant influence on Mono-ha artists. As a maker of paintings, sculptures, experimental writing and xerographic pieces, and conceptual photographs, Takamatsu embodied the catholic cross-mediality of the 1960s and '70s like few others. And as his mini-retrospective at Fergus McCaffrey suggested, he was also something of a prop and set designer for intellectualised play and theatricality in the white cube... Download
February 28, 2017

Kazuo Shiraga and the Gutai group: has the market peaked?

The Telegraph by Colin Gleadell

The New York dealer Fergus McCaffrey secured representation of the Shiraga estate; the advisor Allan Schwartzman, now a director of Sotheby’s, involved US collectors like Howard Rachofsky in the hunt,... Read More
February 24, 2017

Beer with a Painter: Craig Stockwell

Hyperallergic by Jennifer Samet

... In 1980, Alanna Heiss invited me to do a large installation at PS1, in a show of eight sculptors including Richard Nonas, Mark di Suvero, and Louise Bourgeois. Because of that show, I moved to New York, and, quite accidentally, to Williamsburg... Read More
February 23, 2017

A Major Show Dedicated to Carol Rama Will Open During Venice Biennale

artnet by Perwana Nazif

The Archivio Carol Rama announced its first Venice exhibition in a decade celebrating the late artist Carol Rama in conjunction with the 57th Venice Biennale. Read More
February 14, 2017

Meet the Artist

Please join us Saturday, February 25 at 3:00 PM for an exhibition walk-through with the artist, Richard Nonas. Space is limited, please RSVP to
February 6, 2017

The Armory Show 2017

Visit us at booth 505
Fergus McCaffrey is pleased to present a selection of paintings from the 1960s by Marcia Hafif (born 1929) and steel and wood floor sculptures, dating from the early 1970s to the present day, by Richard Nonas (born 1936).
January 27, 2017

Opening Reception of Richard Nonas: SLANT

Thanks to everyone who came out for our Richard Nonas: SLANT opening at Fergus McCaffrey, New York! On view through March 25. Find more images on our Facebook page.
January 24, 2017

Tatsuo Ikeda: Group Show, Thinking Out Loud: Notes for an Evolving Collection, The Warehouse, Dallas, TX, USA

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January 19, 2017

J20 Art Strike

In solidarity with the J20 Art Strike, Fergus McCaffrey will be closed on January 20th, 2017 during our normal hours of operation due to the inauguration of president-elect Donald Trump in Washington DC. We take a strong stand against the oppressive regime of the incoming Trump administration and would like to encourage our patrons to do the same. For further questions contact us at Read More
January 18, 2017

Marcia Hafif: Group Show, The Revolution Is Dead. Long Live the Revolution!, Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland

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January 15, 2017

Fergus McCaffrey at The Art Show 2017, Booth C11

Fergus McCaffrey is pleased to present a solo exhibition of works by the Viennese artist Birgit Jürgenssen (1949-2003).
The presentation will feature a group of Jürgenssen’s photographic works, presented in combination with a selection of her sculptures. This juxtaposition underscores Jürgenssen’s refusal of a single approach or influence, and created work that is abundant in sources and techniques.
The selection will center on Jürgenssen’s photographic works, focusing on her experimental works, primarily the series Stoffarbeiten (Fabric Works), created from the late 1980s to the early 1990s. These works consist of photographic prints mounted on canvases, which are screwed to iron frames that she herself constructed. Thin, translucent fabrics such as gauze, are stretched over the surface, veiling and slightly obscuring the images. The photographs themselves are created through a range of processes, including photograms, solarization, and multiple- exposures.
In another related series, Jürgenssen employs cyanotype, one of the oldest contact printing techniques, through which a blue tint creates an almost dreamy effect. The blurring effect reduces figures to silhouettes, thus rendering portraits unrecognizable. Jürgenssen's multiple overlays increase the sense of dreamscape and indecipherability. The cyanotype process recalls architectural blueprints, and Jürgenssen's adaptation of the form also points to the figure of the botanist Anna Atkins, the first woman to make photographs and the first to use blueprints as illustrations. While references to Feminism, abstraction, and Surrealism are plentiful in Jürgenssen's work, her practice is at the same time marked by a modernist concern with and intense awareness of issues of representation and originality.
January 8, 2017

Lo spazio misurato. Richard Nonas torna a Bologna

Atribune by Claudio Musso

P420, Bologna – fino al 14 gennaio 2017. La scultura come forza ed equilibrio della materia: la pietra, il legno, il metallo. L’artista-antropologo americano analizza lo spazio attraverso l’avvicendamento di ripetizione e variazione, disposizione e alterazione. Read More
January 2, 2017

Jiro Takamatsu at Fergus McCaffrey, New York


The exhibition presents influential Japanese artist Jiro Takamatsu in his third solo with the gallery. As a co-founder of the legendary collective Hi Red Center in 1963 and the central inspiration for Mono-Ha, Jiro Takamatsu brought significant changes in the evolution of visual art in Japan as an artist, theorist and teacher, challenging the prevailing orthodox methods of painting free of representation and sculptures that emphasized truth to materials and the anti-illusional during the 1960s and 1970s. The exhibition features his paintings, sculptures, photographs, text works, and drawings dating from 1966 through 1978. Read More
December 21, 2016

Happy Holidays & Warm Wishes for 2017

The gallery is closed from December 23, 2016 to January 3, 2017.
November 15, 2016

Richard Nonas: River-Run, P420, Bologna, Italy

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November 6, 2016

Review: Carol Rama at
Fergus McCaffrey

Artforum by Johanna Fateman

... Her frank sexual content, Surrealism-inflected figuration, and evocative abstraction elicit parallels to Louise Bourgeois; her raw depictions of agony, aggression, and embattled femininity can be compared to Frida Kahlo's. But the stunning, funny painting that attracted me initially at her recent gallery show at Fergus MCaffrey was most reminiscent of AbExer Franz Kline... Read More
November 4, 2016

Opening Reception of Jiro Takamatsu: From Shadow to Compound

Thanks to everyone who came out for our Jiro Takamatsu: From Shadow to Compound opening at Fergus McCaffrey, New York! On view through January 7. Find more images on our Facebook page.

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October 24, 2016

Japan Society New York: 2016 Gallery Benefit Auction

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2016: 6:00-7:30 PM
A Special Auction Preview for the
2016 Gallery Benefit Auction
This special reception will feature: A presentation of works in the auction to be highlighted by the Japan Society Gallery Team Select works on view And, optional private tours of the fall exhibition Simon Starling: At Twilight Select artists represented in the auction include Hiroshi Sugimoto, Yasumasa Morimura, Daido Moriyama, Jiro Takamatsu, Miya Ando, and Tsukioka Yoshitoshi.
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October 10, 2016

Three to see: New York

The Art Newspaper by Victoria Stapley-Brown

Take a romp through the varied work of the self-taught Italian artist Carol Rama (who died last year at age 97) in a two-level solo exhibition of around 40 pieces from the 1930s-2000s at Fergus McCaffrey (until 22 October). An urgent, pulsating energy underscores all of the works, whether the early linear, often explicitly sexual ink and acrylic drawings, or her turn to abstraction in the 1950s and 1960s. The material aspects of Rama’s work are particularly fascinating: the show features wallpaper, maps and diagrammes for the backgrounds of figurative works; cut-up rubber bicycle tyres on fabric; dolls’ eyes—lashes and all—affixed to Masonite; and a large sheet of engraved Carrara marble with ink in a work from 2002. Read More
October 5, 2016

Sadamasa Motonaga: Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945-1965, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany

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September 29, 2016

Art: Carol Rama

The New Yorker

The self-taught Italian artist faced censorship for her early work: rowdy, racy watercolors, including one here, made sometime between 1938 and 1940, depicting a goggle-eyed figure pleasuring a quantity of appendages. Rama later turned to assemblage; her compact, light-absorbing compositions of rubber tires allude to the bicycle factory owned by her father, who killed himself when it went bankrupt. In her seventies, the artist returned to works on paper, furiously original ink drawings in which the erotic collides with a mechanical world of pistons and shafts. Through Oct. 22. Read More
September 27, 2016

Critic’s Guide: New York by Amy Zion

With more than 40 works dating from the 1930s up into the 2000s, this is an exceptional presentation of the work of an underappreciated artist. Carol Rama passed away recently at the age of 97; currently, there is a travelling retrospective moving between five European venues, which will end in 2017 with a stop in her hometown of Turin. On this side of the pond, the gallery exhibition at Fergus McCaffrey is the largest presentation of Rama’s work in the US since ICA Boston played host to the Stedelijk’s retrospective in 1998. Filling two floors, the survey offers a glimpse of the artist’s extensive range: from powerful, sexualized figurative drawings from the late 1930s and ‘40s, inspired by scenes she witnessed at her mother’s psychiatric hospital, to abstract compositions made from rubber bicycle wheels in the ’70s (Rama’s father once owned a bicycle factory), and back to figurative compositions in the decade following... Read More
September 23, 2016

Collecting Guide: Arte Povera


...Are there any Arte Povera artists the market is yet to discover?
From the Arte Povera group, works by Gilberto Zorio are attractively priced. Untitled (1967), above, features in our upcoming Italian Sale and is a masterpiece of both the artist and the movement. Furthermore, the sale features two women artists never previously presented at auction. Self-taught Carol Rama produced paintings that explored sexual identity, while Giosetta Fioroni worked in aluminium enamel paint, veering from Arte Povera to adopt the Pop aesthetic promoted by the Scuola di Piazza del Popolo.
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September 21, 2016

Conceptual Art: The 25 Most Collectible Artists

Blouin Art + Auction

Jiro Takamatsu, 1936-1998, Japan
"Takamatsu is almost anti the Western Minimalist ideal of truth to materials," says McCaffrey. "He's saying,'Look at the games I can play with this or look at the way I can attack the pillars of Minimalism and Postminimalism and create something new.'"
September 19, 2016

Japanese contemporary art: The hot list


Highly intellectual and analytical, Takamatsu’s work is nevertheless playful, merging the refined visual language of Minimalism with the subversive elements of Surrealism and Dada. A self-proclaimed ‘anti-artist’, he also taught at Tokyo’s Tama Art University (1968-72). Read More
September 14, 2016

FIAC 2016 Exhibitor List Revealed, Featuring over 40 Newcomers

artnet News by Skye Arundhati Thomas

France’s premier contemporary art fair, Paris’ FIAC, has undergone an important expansion this year. Along with several new sections—including Parades, a performance festival—the fair has taken up a new venue, the Petit Palais, which will serve alongside its more traditional counterpart: the Grand Palais. This change comes with the addition of over 40 new galleries exhibiting for the first time, bringing the total up to 186 (compared to 170 last year). Read More
September 7, 2016

Eye of the Sixties | Judith Stein, Miles Bellamy, Mark di Suvero, Rosalyn Drexler, Alfred Leslie, Richard Nonas | An Art Book Series Event

New York Public Library, Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 6:00-8:00 PM
(FREE - Auditorium doors open to public at 5:30 PM)

In celebration of the publication of Judith E. Stein’s Eye of the Sixties, Richard Bellamy and the Transformation of Modern Art, the first-ever biography of one of the twentieth century’s most influential and enigmatic art dealers, and of Miles Bellamy’s Serious Bidness, a selection of his dad’s hitherto unpublished letters, artists Mark di Suvero, Alfred Leslie, Richard Nonas and Rosalyn Drexler join the authors in a conversation about the legacy of Dick Bellamy. Read More
September 7, 2016

Richard Nonas: ridge (out, away, back)

Art Institute of Chicago

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July 30, 2016

The grand old man of the Gutai group: an interview with Takesada Matsutani

Apollo Magazine by Matthew Wilcox

Despite all this destruction, the period after the end of the US occupation (1945–52) was a golden age for the arts. In the absence of galleries, impromptu shows were held in every imaginable space: in schools, on beaches, train stations, parks, and in the streets. It was in this atmosphere that Jiro Yoshihara (1905–72) published the ‘Gutai Manifesto’ in 1956. He called for artists to ‘Take leave of these piles of counterfeit objects on the altars, in the palaces, in the salons and the antiques shops’ and to ‘Do what has never been done before!’ Read More
July 30, 2016

The Universe and Art (Princess Kaguya, Leonardo da Vinci, Teamlab)

Group show at Mori Art Museum, includes works by artist Hitoshi Nomura Read More
July 22, 2016

Refusing to look away – An Irishwoman’s Diary on Brian Maguire’s paintings on the migrant crisis

The Irish Times by Lara Marlowe

The Irish painter Brian Maguire is an artiste engagé, a secular missionary who devotes his talent to a form of social protest. He has taught painting to poor children from Palestine to Brazil, and to prisoners all over the world. At his atelier in the working class reaches of northern Paris, Maguire has just completed a series of paintings on the migrant crisis, because “what an artist has to do is reflect their time . . . That’s really what I’m trying to do, to reflect what is for me the biggest story in Europe – those deaths in the Mediterranean.” Read More
July 21, 2016

PS1 at 40: The old school’s ‘new school’ ages well

Queens Chronicle by Neil Chiragdin

Elsewhere, “Alligator (with side-men)” by Richard Nonas proved popular with the social media set — lolling out across two rooms of the gallery, the steel work makes an impression. Nonas is credited with being the first artist Heiss invited to the “Forty” exhibition, and was a driving force in the early years of PS1, when professional riggers were not to be expected, and artists working with heavy materials depended on each other for assistance with installation. A fierce friend of Heiss, she notes that the two have often been overheard arguing, but, in her words, “In reality we are reliving a continuing dialogue about the best way to place objects in space.” Read More
July 14, 2016

The Emergence of the Contemporary: Avant-Garde Art in Japan, 1950-1970

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July 14, 2016

The Anti-Museum Director: Alanna Heiss on the 40th Anniversary of PS1 Contemporary Art Center

ARTnews by M.H. Miller

Beginning around 1971, Heiss was living in New York City and started to set up a variety of uncommercial art spaces in downtown Manhattan. The first of these was at 10 Bleecker Street, an abandoned but very large space. (The building is now luxury apartments that rent for about $9,000 a month.) She showed sculptors there like Nancy Holt and Richard Nonas. Philip Glass—the first cousin of Heiss’s first husband—set up a rehearsal studio with his ensemble in the building. Read More
July 13, 2016

The Jean-Paul Najar Foundation: Maintaining A Legacy In Dubai

Harper's Bazaar by Rebecca Anne Proctor

A faintly coloured yellow canvas by Marcia Hafif hangs next to Linda Francis’ poignant work. It emanates warmth and a lightness of being. Painted in 1974, its title is Stronium Yellow Chromate. Next to it is an untitled work dating to 1964 by James Bishop. Its strips of colours in shades of blue, pink, red, mossy green and cream remind me of Colour Field Painting, a style of abstract painting that emerged in New York City during the 40s and 50s. Pure abstraction. No figures. Warmth and peace radiate from these works. And finally, there are some examples in Dubai. Read More
July 12, 2016

Avant-Garde Japan Comes to Rio de Janeiro’s Paço Imperial

Artinfo by Darryl Wee

An ambitious new retrospective of the Japanese postwar avant-garde opens at the Paço Imperial in Rio de Janeiro on July 14.

Jointly organized by the Japan Foundation and the Paço Imperial, “The Emergence of the Contemporary: Avant-Garde Art in Japan, 1950-1970” is curated by Pedro Erber — a specialist in Brazilian literature, intellectual history, and visual culture at Cornell University — together with Katsuo Suzuki, curator at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.

The exhibition is divided into four sections. “The Politics of Abstraction” explores the political implications of abstract expressionist painting in Japan, as practiced by artists from the Gutai movement and Jikken Kobo (“Experimental Workshop”), including Kazuo Shiraga, Yasuo Sumi, Atsuko Tanaka, and Saburo Murakami.
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July 6, 2016

Alternative Art Pioneer Is Back With ‘Forty’

The Wall Street Journal by Andy Battaglia

“The clearest way of talking about the difference [Ms. Heiss made] was getting rid of the pedestal and those aspects that made art important by giving it prestige,” said Richard Nonas, an 80-year-old artist included in “Forty.” “Alanna changed the way art is seen and thought about publicly more than almost anybody else of my generation.”

Mr. Nonas’s large steel sculpture “Alligator” lies on the floor of a second-floor gallery, in the same spot it occupied in “Rooms,” though the setting has evolved. In 1976, the walls of the derelict building were raw and falling down. Now, they are museum-grade white and cooled by air conditioning.
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June 27, 2016

Words, Sex, Landscape: Marcia Hafif at Fergus McCaffrey, New York

ARTnews by Barbara A. MacAdam

Oh, to be a time traveler, making regular forays into the 1960s and ’70s, when there seemed to be less marketplace pressure and artists felt free to take imaginative chances, experiment uninhibitedly with materials and forms, and be more quietly speculative.

Exemplifying the spirit of the era are the almost 50 forthright and vividly colored abstract paintings and works on paper that Marcia Hafif created in Rome between 1961 and 1969.
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June 20, 2016

Live Sales Report: Art Basel 2016 (Day 4)

Artinfo by Nicholas Forrest

Fergus McCaffrey (New York, St. Barth, Tokyo) reports the sale of works in a broad price range of $60,000 to $550,000 from their booth featuring pieces by Carol Rama, Sigmar Polke, Toshio Yoshida, and Jiro Yoshihara to clients from the US, Japan, Hong Kong, France, Norway, Lebanon, and Greece.

“After a quiet first quarter of the year in the art market, Art Basel has once again proven to be the rallying point for great art and art collectors. Basel has always been a strong fair for us, and our four-artist presentation of Carol Rama, Sigmar Polke, Toshio Yoshida, and Jiro Yoshihara has been a magnet for serious collectors. On the first two days of the fair we sold 14 works [...] Given the scope of these new and existing clients and the geographical diversity of the work we are showing (an Italian, a German, and two Japanese [artists]), it suggests an ever-globalizing art market and a growing sophistication for rigorous and thoughtful art. It has been a most rewarding beginning to our week in Basel,” commented Fergus McCaffrey.
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June 19, 2016

Richard Nonas in MoMA PS1’s FORTY

MoMA PS1, New York

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June 6, 2016

Review: Marcia Hafif

Artforum by Prudence Peiffer

…Patient amid this bounty is a painter’s painter, Marcia Hafif, in an exhibition dedicated to a group of works she made during an eight-year sabbatical in Rome in the 1960s, where she lived off a monthly stipend of $150 from her recent divorce and created a distinctive brand of “Pop Minimal” abstraction. Her art from this period remained in storage in Europe until 2001, and this is the first time the fifty-some paintings and drawings have been exhibited in the US. Don't miss it. Download
June 3, 2016

Marcia Hafif: The Art of Distillation
The Italian Paintings, 1961 – 1969

The Brooklyn Rail by Joan Waltemath

Marcia Hafif’s mostly two-color paintings now on view in Chelsea were created in Rome, and are being shown for the first time in the United States after thirty-seven years in storage. The exhibition reveals the paradox of a sensibility both in formation and fully formed. Trains of thought become visible in the room through Hafif’s open and non-conclusive inquiry, an exploration that is refreshing in today’s climate. It is a reminder of the possibility of the production of artworks being driven by the nature of an artist’s investigation rather than the needs of a business model. Read More
May 13, 2016

What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week

The New York Times by Ken Johnson

The American artist Marcia Hafif is highly regarded for the subtly sensuous monochrome paintings she began making in the early 1970s. Her fans are likely to be surprised, as I was, by her exhilarating exhibition of nearly 50 paintings and works on paper at Fergus McCaffrey. Created in Rome from 1961 to 1969, they are being presented for the first time in the United States. Read More
May 13, 2016

The Lookout: Marcia Hafif

Art in America by Cathy Lebowitz

The large abstract canvases and works on paper that California-born Marcia Hafif made while living in Rome, from 1961 to 1969, stayed in Europe for decades after their creation, and this two-floor exhibition of some fifty works is the first occasion they are being shown in the US. Her practice at the time was to sit in front of the canvas until an image came to her. She experimented with equalizing large colored shapes, flipping and negating the relationship between figure and ground. It’s striking to see these minimal compositions in light of Hafif’s ultimate commitment to the severe denial of any image in her monochromes, a move that was particularly audacious given proclamations of painting’s historical irrelevance at the time. Read More
May 13, 2016

Marcia Hafif with Phong Bui

The Brooklyn Rail by Phong Bui

Although Marcia Hafif and I have known each other since 2005 (we met at one of Robert Ryman and Merrill Wagner’s legendary annual holiday parties, and I have since had the pleasure of visiting her SoHo studio a few times), it wasn’t until a day before the opening reception of her recent exhibit, The Italian Paintings, 1961 – 1969 at Fergus McCaffrey (April 21 – June 25, 2016), that I was able to view this particular body of work. After we left the gallery, Marcia invited me to her studio to discuss, among many other things, the genesis of the work. What follows is the beginning of what we intend to be an ongoing conversation. Read More
May 6, 2016

What Sold At Frieze New York So Far?

artnet news by Eileen Kinsella

Fergus McCaffrey's solo presentation of Richard Nonas' works received positive curatorial attention and had strong sales. Eleven works were sold at prices ranging from $12,500–45,000. Read More
May 5, 2016

Frieze New York Expanding Its Scope

The New York Times by Ted Loos

At first, not everyone thought that the art fair Frieze New York was such a great idea, given its location on the seldom-traveled Randalls Island in the East River.

“There was a certain amount of skepticism among dealers,” said Fergus McCaffrey, proprietor of an eponymous gallery in the art-dense New York neighborhood of Chelsea. “Would people travel to Randalls Island?”

They would, and they did. Frieze New York returns for its fifth edition on Thursday and runs until Sunday, featuring 202 galleries from 31 countries.

“I was one of the skeptics, but I was quickly converted,” said Mr. McCaffrey, who started showing at the fair in its second edition and this year devotes his booth to the work of the post-Minimalist sculptor Richard Nonas.

The success of Frieze New York can be attributed to its points of difference — fine-food offerings and a serpentine, unusually light-filled tent — but also some basic market factors.

“We all chase our tails from one art fair to another, but the heart of the matter is that New York, and America, are the absolute center of the commercial art world,” Mr. McCaffrey said.
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May 2, 2016

Marcia Hafif: An Italian Job Well Done

Artefuse by Oscar Laluyan

The Sixties are back baby and its peppy Pop sensibility reads fresh once more with the recent exhibition of Marcia Hafif: The Italian Paintings 1961-1969. As the season segues into spring onwards to summer, it seems appropriate that the bright color hues laid a pleasant assault on one’s line of vision. Hafif painted these works while she was in Rome and created what she calls “Pop Minimal”. Yes, the pop is certainly there as the stark form emerged from its graphic presence to transcend past the minimal. Read More
May 2, 2016

17 Must-See Gallery Shows During Frieze Week New York

Blouin Artinfo by Rachel Corbett and Scott Indrisek

Marcia Hafif at Fergus McCaffrey, through June 25 (514 West 26th Street)
The gallery’s two-floor show revisits a striking body of work that this under-appreciated Pop Minimalist made during her ex-pat period in Italy, from 1961 to 1969. The nearly 50 deceptively simple paintings mark the octogenarian artist’s most significant US show in 25 years.
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April 27, 2016

Cinco en Mayo

Blouin Art+Auction by Deborah Wilk

May in New York has always been a busy time for the arterati, with the important spring auctions a starred highlight on the market calendar. As if this year, however, the number of fairs broadening the month's appeal fir those traveling to the Big Apple has reach double digits. Here, we detail five worth your time.

Frieze New York
May 5 Through 8
Randall's Island Park

After launching Frieze Masters in 2012, Victoria Siddall returns for her second year helming the New York version of Frieze on the occasion of the operator's 25th anniversary and fifth outing in America. This year 200 global galleries provide offerings on Randall's Island, accessed by a leisurely boat ride on the East River.
April 25, 2016

Richard Nonas

Currently on view at MASS MoCA, Richard Nonas: The Man in the Empty Space features both a survey of past works and a new site-specific commission for some 15,000 sq. ft. of space. This exhibition is the artist's first East Coast museum show in thirty years.

Concurrent with the exhibition, MASS MoCA has released a video of Richard Nonas installing his powerful works for this astounding show.
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April 22, 2016

Opening Reception of Marcia Hafif: The Italian Paintings, 1961-1969

Thanks to everyone who came out for our Marcia Hafif: The Italian Paintings, 1961-1969 opening at Fergus McCaffrey, New York. Find more images from the event on our Facebook page.

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April 21, 2016

Stone and Steel Sculptures Tap into a Museum’s Industrial Roots

Hyperallergic by Robert Moeller

Nonas’ monumental installation, “Single Artificer” (2016), part of the exhibition The Man in the Empty Space, sprawls across the floor of the museum’s Building 5, consisting of railroad ties arranged in a bending curve, filling the long gallery with what appears to be a segment of a railroad line. Three large chairs, “Granite Chairs (2016 Series, Chairs for Björn),” sit like markers at intervals beside the suggested railroad’s path. The chairs offer little in the way of comfort, but rather infer, by their bulk and gravitas, memorials or rough unworked headstones. Accompanying the chairs are stools cut from the same granite, and they, too, sit languid and cool. Nonas uses a minimalistic approach, a simple gesture or a basic series of cuts, to offer up the complexities of the environment his work inhabits. What’s implied is that the history of the museum’s buildings is complicated, and this site-specific work insists upon that. An easy rendering of the piece might conclude that Nonas has seized upon the idea of the railroad as intrinsic to the museum’s history, the connective tissue that allowed raw materials in and finished products to be sent out. But instead, the piece feels more about the human experience of the place — its anthropology, as it were. Despite the scale of the work, and the rough-hewn feel of the materials Nonas uses, the grittiness of lived experience and a real human past prevails here, something that is perhaps less about the architecture and the factory’s process, and more about the factory workers themselves. Read More
April 18, 2016

VIDEO: A Conversation in Laguna Beach

Concurrent with the upcoming exhibition for Marcia Hafif, opening on April 21 with a reception for the artists from 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Fergus McCaffrey is pleased to release a conversation between Marcia Hafif and Connie Butler, Chief Curator at the Hammer Museum, about Rome in the 1960s, the Italian Paintings, and Hafif’s development as an artist.

April 18, 2016

10 of the Best Artworks at Art Cologne 2016

Artspace by Andrew M. Goldstein

Police Graduation (Juarez) (2014)

This provocative painting is not what it seems. An Irish artist who began making work during the Troubles, Brian Maguire later radiated his socially conscious art outward to other flash points around the globe—a working mode that brought him a few years ago to Ciudad Juarez, the notorious murder capital of Mexico.

Drawn by the horrific unsolved mass killings of women in the area, whose bodies are left along the roadside, Maguire initially set out to paint portraits of the victims but soon became interested in the systematic corruption of the region’s government and decided to embed himself with the newspaper El Norte. This history painting recreates an image he found in the paper’s photo archives, of a graduation ceremony for Juarez police recruits.

Such a painting, recalling the notorious Hitler salute in the midst of Germany, caused a stir among collectors. “They’ve been taken aback,” said a dealer at the booth. “Especially with the older people, whose parents were either killed by the Nazis or were on the other side of things, you really need to step in quickly and explain.” Tensions were particularly high in Cologne during the fair, as the trial of a Neo Nazi who stabbed the city’s mayor, Henriette Reker, in the neck with a hunting knife had just begun.
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April 8, 2016

Jack Early Closing Tomorrow, Saturday, April 9

Last chance to see our Jack Early exhibition at ‪Fergus McCaffrey, New York‬ before it closes tomorrow, Saturday, April 9! Make sure to stop by before the doors close- you absolutely don't want to miss this larger-than-life show!
April 6, 2016

Largest Exhibition of Marcia Hafif works in the United States since PS1 coming to Fergus McCaffrey

Widewalls By Natalie Paunić

The upcoming show at Fergus McCaffrey Gallery will focus on a series of works, created between 1961 and 1969 by the legendary American artist Marcia Hafif. The exhibition provides an insight into her life in Rome, Italy, where the paintings and paper works were made. For quite a long time, these works were unknown to the public, and kept in a storage. Although the images themselves do not reveal much of Italy in a figurative manner, they speak through color and shape about the phenomena that had influence over Hafif. They also reflect on her decision to settle in Rome, instead of Florence where she was headed, and to establish a studio in the Eternal City. Read More
April 4, 2016

Opening Reception: Francesco Clemente

Thanks to everyone who came out for our Francesco Clemente: After Omeros opening at Fergus McCaffrey, St. Barth. Find more images from the event on our Facebook page.
April 1, 2016

Hitoshi Nomura: Stretching Mortal Time

Sculpture Magazine
by Joyce Beckenstein

Hitoshi Nomura, one of Japan’s most esteemed artists, though he is comparatively unknown in the West, finally received significant attention in the United States with two fall 2015 exhibitions: a one-person show at Fergus McCaffrey Gallery in Chelsea and inclusion in “For a New World to Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography 1968–1979,” curated by Yasufumi Nakamori, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and at the Japan Society and Grey Gallery in New York. These exhibitions continue a new-millennium interest in examining the international nature of the postwar avant-garde, something art history has treated as a primarily Western phenomenon. In this revaluation, Nomura emerges as a unique practitioner of experimental genres—unique because of the unusual way in which, figuratively and literally, he sculpts time. Download
March 22, 2016

Preview: Art Basel Hong Kong 2016, Booth 3E03

Fergus McCaffrey's sixth presentation at Art Basel Hong Kong this year exhibits a cross-section of work from Japanese post-war avant-garde movements the gallery is greatly recognized for supporting. Our presentation features the artists Jiro Yoshihara, founder of the Gutai movement, Tatsuo Ikeda, a profound anti-authoritarian artist, and Sadamasa Motonaga, the godfather of Japanese manga art, along with select masterpieces by Atsuko Tanaka and Kazuo Shiraga. Our booth aims in revealing the insightful and provoking approaches taken by these significant artists as they challenged traditional notions of art.
March 21, 2016

Redemption man: misunderstood artist continues his reemergence from an untimely career suicide…

We-Heart By Francesca Soler

Redemption at last. Early has rediscovered his mojo, and continues to riff on his early inspirations; the New York art punks who dealt with race and gender politics, gay rights, and AIDS.

Currently exhibiting at New York’s Fergus McCaffrey, Early delves into his childhood and adolescence with a series of photo-realistic paintings and sculptures; all soundtracked by the artist’s own Jack Early’s Life Story in Just Under 20 Minutes, playing on a Victrola phonograph.
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March 17, 2016

A Whole Planet of Modern Art

The New York Times by Edward M. Gomez

The New York art dealer Fergus McCaffrey has helped introduce Gutai and Modern Japanese conceptual art to the international marketplace. Broader audiences may benefit from a global approach to looking at modern art’s history by having opportunities to learn about hitherto unknown artists, he said. “Some, like On Kawara, who were long the best-known representatives of a particular place or genre, now must make room for our recognition of other pioneering conceptualists like, say, the Japanese Jiro Takamatsu,” he added. The “new” art history, Mr. McCaffrey pointed out, reveals that for numerous familiar places and periods, certain well-known artists, styles or movements “were not the only game in town.” Read More
March 10, 2016

In the Galleries: Early Pop


Jack Early was already an art star, hanging with the likes of Grace Jones, Richard Artschwager, and, oddly enough, Tim Gunn. Having already been a king of the edgy, hip, and cool, he returns to painting after a long break with work that evokes his Southern childhood.

In paintings and sculpture that might be characterized as “happy with shadows,” he glorifies the sugary pop shapes and colors that dance through children’s heads, while interjecting sudden and vital sexual imagery.

Early explains, “The guys are reminiscent of sneak peeks I took at the [YMCA]. A guy takes off his shirt and raises his arm, and you see his armpit hair and you’re 10. Or your babysitter has a Playgirl magazine in her bedroom and you tear out a page and smuggle it home and stare at it for a year. And you think about it while you stare at your wall.” Hence the background on many of the paintings is a re-creation of the wallpaper his mother let him pick for his room.

The exhibit runs through April 9 at Fergus McCaffrey, New York.
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March 4, 2016

Critics’ Picks: Jack Early, Fergus McCaffrey, New York

By Gabriel H. Sanchez

In the center of a large star-spangled podium is a yellow phonograph, its title painted out in black letters across the front: “Jack Early’s Life Story in Just Under 20 Minutes!” The tune that plays from this 2014 work is a slapstick jazz number, spoken by the artist, about growing up gay during the Nixon administration in Raleigh, North Carolina. Early’s solo exhibition here is an autobiographical, Technicolor-drenched journey into a childhood that was a little bit sweet and a little bit saccharine, with a whole lot of sexy roiling just beneath.

In Jack, Mr. Early and Friends, 2016, thirty canvas gerbils surround a soft sculptural self-portrait of the artist as a nine-year-old, watching a plush television beside his pets, a fish and a cat (the kitty’s name: Mr. Early). Nearby are the paintings Push Up and Yellow Popsicle (both 2015), depicting the titular summertime treats shiny and dripping, in electric tones of canary and tangerine. Behind each pop is the toy-soldier wallpaper that covered the walls of the artist’s late-’60s, early-’70s bedroom. One feature, however, has been changed—Early altered the pattern to depict two male soldiers holding hands, transforming banal suburban decor into maps of prepubescent wish fulfillment and desire.

But then Jack takes a turn toward the nasty! In the paintings Hog Rider and Tubes and Pubes (both 2015), respectively, a man in assless leather chaps straddles a vintage motorbike, while another man in stripy white tube socks fiddles with his underwear to give us a show. Early’s returned to his youth—erotically, wistfully, hilariously—to claim what he couldn’t the first time around.
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March 1, 2016

Sculptor Richard Nonas mingles nature, culture at Mass MoCA

The Boston Globe
By Stacey Kors

In Mass MoCA’s hangar-size Building 5, a 300-foot swath of old railroad ties gently curves across the worn concrete floor. Sunlight streams through the rows of windows lining the brick walls of the former factory, projecting bands of light down the building’s length that mirror, and engage with, the stretch of track — a crossroads of the natural world and the manmade.

“I work on the edge between nature and culture,” says sculptor Richard Nonas, walking through the cavernous gallery, “between space and place. What we think of as culture is simply assigning human meaning to those things that don’t start out having it. Place is the physical world, filled with human meaning.

“This,” he adds, gesturing toward his softly arcing installation, “is as much about these windows as it is about that line.”
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February 26, 2016

New Shows from Eddie Martinez, Jack Early & Glenn Ligon


In his largest solo exhibition to date, Jack Early showcases a new body of paintings and sculptures. While still implementing the tongue-in-cheek provocation that defined his early works (many of them created in partnership with Rob Pruitt), Early’s newer pieces focus more on his own narrative and approach to story telling. The new works include images of furniture and wallpaper from Early’s childhood home, combined with references to pop culture images from the artist’s youth. Thus, visitors glimpse an intensely personal approach to Americana, both cliche and indisputably real at the same time. Read More
February 23, 2016

Hunks and Popsicles, Artist Jack Early is Back

Paper Magazine
By Kate Messinger

Amidst the arctic tundra swirling outside, constant media reminders of our country's uneasy political future, and the fact that there is a Starbucks in the heart of the Chelsea gallery district with disturbingly tasteful art on the walls, Fergus McCaffrey Gallery on 26th and 10th Avenue feels like a refuge. There's no doubt that this feeling comes, in large part, from Jack Early's towering bright canvases and sculptures displayed for one of his first New York solo shows in almost 20 years. The ex-lover and collaborator of artist Rob Pruitt, Early left the art scene in the 90s after an exhibition and the relationship went sour, thinking he'd never return.

Now, years later, Early's solo show brings a personal story of growing up gay in the South into a new light. With paintings of melting popsicles and scantily clad men posing with sly grins or a canvas soft sculpture printed with Early's childhood image surrounded by many plushy hamsters, the North Carolina-born artist depicts a homoerotic Americana that is so bright and joyous, it seems almost PG (despite the photo-realistic cocks). We spoke with Early about the childhood themes behind his radiant exhibition, the moment that brought him back to art, and how despite the changes and uncertainty around us, things can still manage to look pretty bright.
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February 20, 2016

Jack Early is Right on Time


Comebacks are cool, but Jack Early is cooler. After a poorly received, critically panned show in 1992, Early dropped out of the art world. His disappearance wasn't for dramatics, vanity or revenge. "I just couldn't look at art anymore," Early told me. "So I got away from it."

He got away for over two decades. But in December 2014, after showcasing a bright and bold new body of work at Art Basel Miami Beach, he was honored as one of the festival’s Top 10 shows. His comeback is right on time.
February 19, 2016

Opening Reception: Jack Early

Thanks to everyone who came out for ourJack Early opening at Fergus McCaffrey, New York. Find more images from the event on our Facebook page.
February 18, 2016

Fergus McCaffrey on Championing Unrepresented and Misrepresented Artists


“The art historian in me is fascinated by situations where an artist’s work is indisputably important but the artist hasn’t received their due,” said Fergus McCaffrey founder of the eponymous gallery. The Dublin-born dealer founded Fergus McCaffrey in 2006 and since then has exhibited artists who have been unrepresented alongside established and emerging figures.

The gallery has played an especially important role in introducing postwar Japanese art to an American audience. It represents Gutai luminaries Sadamasa Motonaga, Kazuo Shiraga, Toshio Yoshida, and Saburo Murakami; Jiro Takamatsu and Natsuyuki Nakanishi, both of who were founders of the avant-garde collective Hi-Red-Center; as well as Noriyuki Haraguchi and Hitoshi Nomura who are seminal figures of later 1960s Mono-Ha. The gallery has regularly exhibited the work of Sigmar Polke and Andy Warhol and has nurtured the careers of Richard Nonas, Marcia Hafif, Birgit Jürgenssen and Jack Early, whose largest solo exhibition to date is currently on view at the gallery.

“Having an art gallery allows us to make the case for figures who have not been represented properly, or who had major representation early on but then fell off the radar like Jack Early and Marcia Hafif. Our exhibitions allow us present the work in the way it deserves, at a scale that is fitting. Then we can invite visitors to come to their own conclusions,” McCaffrey explained.
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February 17, 2016

This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Talking GIFs, Kissing Painting, Watching Dogs

Art F City

Jack Early is known as a pioneer of remixing pop culture with identity politics before it was trendy. In his latest, much-anticipated solo show, we can look forward to more of the artist’s famously phallic popsicle paintings as well as figurative work and a roughly-20-minute autobiographical audio piece. Even in a listing of “Must-See Art Events”, this stands out as an absolute can’t miss. Read More
February 16, 2016

The top five New York art shows this week

Time Out New York
By Howard Halle

With New York's art scene being so prominent yet ever changing, you'll want to be sure to catch significant shows. Time Out New York rounds up the top five art exhibitions of the week, from offerings at the best photography and art galleries in NYC to shows at renowned institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim.

Jack Early

The artist’s pop-cultural-soaked memories of childhood are recalled here in bright, punchy paintings and sculptures whose subjects include decidedly phallic Popsicles.
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February 13, 2016

Richard Nonas: The Man in the Empty Space

MASS MoCA, Massachuetts

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February 10, 2016

Jack Early at Fergus McCaffrey
The singular New York artist looks back on his childhood in the South.

As an adult, Jack Early has already done all the things you and I would like to do. He made installation art cool. He had the first bad-ass white beard. He was a southern raconteur before the Johnathan-come-latelies. He was the lord of Times Squares both new and old. He hosted a party at Richard Artschwager’s house where the ceilings leaked blood. He’s put a severed finger in a Mountain Dew can. He and Tim Gunn go way back and he hung out with Grace Jones at the peak of her partying career. Having done it all as a grown up, it’s natural that his latest work should turn to his childhood.

To be specific, the show at Fergus McCaffrey explores Jack’s childhood from roughly 9-12 years old “and all the memories that come before that.” Of course, Jack already had style at age 9. “I was a little hippy from the age of 9-12. Can you imagine? It was the late 1960s.” Jack suffered from asthma as a child and was confined to his bedroom surrounded by wallpaper that his mother let him pick out himself. Young Jack chose a charming toy soldier design that has become the backdrop for both his gigantic Popsicle paintings and as his vintage porn paintings.

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February 8, 2016

Jack Early in Largest Solo Exhibition to Date Coming to Fergus McCaffrey Gallery

By Jan Arsen

The new Jack Early exhibition at the Fergus McCaffrey will showcase the artist’s new work. Jack Early sculpts and paints, creating a colorful body of work inspired by popular culture and childhood memories. The artist who took a hiatus that lasted for more than two decades continues his journey of exploration the American identity. At the beginning of his artistic career, Early addressed the problems of race, gender, gay rights and AIDS. Although intended to critique, his works had a contrasting perspective to the other artists that were emerging at the same time. After an unfortunate art event in 1992, Early went into self-imposed exile from the art world. Some of Early’s “old” style can also be found in his new body of work. Although keeping the spirit of that period, the artist now presents the work that’s more personal. Read More
February 5, 2016

Artforum February 2016 Review

Through they are ostensibly abstract, many of the works in this show- Polygonal Line, 1979; Howa Howa, 1978; Two in Order, 1985; White Triangle in the Black, 1979; and the more recent White Triangle and Black Flows, 2006- can be read as landscapes. In each, a dark band along the bottom margin delineates the bleak horizon, and an airbrushed field lights up the sky in a chilly, crepuscular gradient. Motonaga fills this empty space with unsual shapes, like floating orbs and folding ribbons, and the impression we get is that of sci-fi spacecraft or quasi-animate kites. Certain of these motifs reoccur across his compositions, but they are always shifting, alive and amoeboid, and never feel routine. The landscape itself is front and center in his drawings for Moko MokoMoko, a children's book that was released in 1977 and sold more than a million copies in Japan. (The full set of original drawings, dated 1976, we on view here.) The wonderfully bizarre sequence of images, done in dense, saturated acrylic, chronicles the fate of a mountain as it burts from the ground, devours a brightly colored tree, and then explodes into an array of flying sauces that race off toward the pages' margins.

by By Lloyd Wise

February 3, 2016

Art Basel Hong Kong 2016

Booth 3E03
Art Basel Hong Kong
March 24 - 26, 2016

Fergus McCaffrey is pleased to announce its participation in Art Basel Hong Kong 2016. The gallery will present a two-artist booth featuring the work of Sadamasa Motonaga and Tatsuo Ikeda.

A self-taught artist, Motonaga was a cartoonist and manga illustrator for local magazines and newspapers in the late 1940s. In 1953, his oil paintings began to reveal a language of cartoon- like anthropomorphic pictograms; he continued to create them until 1957, when the French art critic Michel Tapié suggested that Motonaga should pursue abstraction. The artist then developed his “high Gutai” style of large-scale paintings made up of multiple layers of viscous, brightly colored pigment that were carefully poured and manipulated into abstract forms.

Ikeda was born in Imari, Saga, in 1928. During World War II, he was trained as a kamikaze pilot in the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service, but by good fortune was never deployed. However, his wartime experience of seeing his fellow pilots being dispatched to their deaths in the name of their divine Emperor scarred Ikeda deeply and drove him to become an anti- authoritarian artist after the war ended in 1945.
January 22, 2016

Fergus McCaffrey, New York Closed, Saturday, January 23

Due to the approaching blizzard, Fergus McCaffrey, New York will be closed tomorrow, Saturday, January 23. We will reopen to the public on Tuesday.
January 21, 2016

Richard Nonas: The Man in the Empty Space at MASS MoCA, 2016

The powerful sculpture of artist Richard Nonas transforms MASS MoCA's largest gallery in a monumental exhibition that features both a survey of past work and a new site-specific commission for some 15,000 sq. ft. of space. The exhibition, the artist's first East Coast museum show in thirty years, opens on February 13, 2016, with a reception for the artists from 4:30pm to 6pm.

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January 21, 2016

2015 Miami Art Week: Rain, Crowds, Slashing?!

The Huffington Post

By Kathy Leonardo

New York Gallery Fergus McCaffrey secured a booth at the famed art show. "Given the vast audience that ABMB attracts, we chose to make a focused presentation of Marcia Hafif's Italian paintings (1961-69), which had never previously been seen in the artist's homeland," said Alexandra Von Stumberg-McCaffrey, Communications Director at Fergus McCaffrey. "The response from curators and collectors was incredible, and we've made several institutional and private sales."
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January 20, 2016

Review: Jack Early, Fergus McCaffrey, New York

Frog by Grant Wahlquist

"... Jack Early isn't afraid to be happy. His exhibition at Fergus McCaffrey in New York pulses with joy, with paintings and sculptures that combine the innocence of childhood wishes, the throb of adult lust, and the artist's own story. Though Early does not shy away from the darker edges of that story or its embarrassing marginalia, the exhibition as a whole is a pavan to the pursuit of happiness..." Download
January 15, 2016

Arts in Review: Sadamasa Motonaga

The Wall Street Journal by Peter Plagens

Sadamasa Motonaga (1922-2011) lived long enough to be one of those artists who, like Picasso or Hans Hofmann, worked in several different modes. Mr. Motonaga began as a member of the postwar Japanese Gutai group that intensified Abstract Expressionism and pushed it toward cathartic performance art. (His specialty was tarashikomi, or the creative pooling of wet paint.) From there, Mr. Motonaga flirted with Pop Art, children’s art, and the Japanese popular-culture phenomena of manga and anime. His influence is seen today in the work of such globally popular Japanese contemporary artists as Yoshitomo Nara (big-eyed brats) and that veritable Fortune 500 figure, the painter Takashi Murakami.
An almost manic cheerfulness is the defining characteristic of Mr. Motonaga’s art. He’s deft at a number of different techniques, from a more polite invocation of his old tarashikomi, to thin-line childlike drawing, and spray painting. (He learned to use an airbrush during a late-’60s sojourn in New York.) Plus, he’s an absolute wizard with color, and one of his shapes—a kind of obese wraparound pasta form—is guaranteed to bring out a smile.
As with many artists who have gone back and forth between commercial and fine art (the Belgian poster designer, Folon, comes to mind), the question is whether the candy-shop prettiness is sincere, or merely catering to an audience. In the case of Sadamasa Motonaga, he’s so good at his craft the answer doesn’t matter.
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January 6, 2016

5 Artists Who Will Inspire You to Make or Break Your Resolutions


5. Sex
Are you looking to ignite the fire in your bedroom in a positive way? If so, we found the perfect inspiration to spice up your boudoir's décor. Jack Early's paintings will do the trick—heating up not just your walls but also your imagination. In a refreshing twist, Early's works fetishize the male body instead of the oft-objectified female form. Whether alone or with a lover, these paintings will be sure to set your libido on overdrive.
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December 22, 2015

Happy Holidays!

Have a happy and safe holiday everyone! We will see you in the New Year!

The New York gallery will be closed from December 24- January 2, and will reopen with the regular hours: Tues. – Sat. 10am- 6pm

St. Barth gallery will maintain regular hours, but will be closed December 25 & January 1
December 17, 2015

7 Must-See Gallery Shows in New York: Ruby Sky Stiler, Sadamasa Motonaga, and More

Blouin Artinfo

Sadamasa Motonaga at Fergus McCaffrey, through January 30, 2016 (514 West 26th Street)

A member of the Gutai group — and the subject of a two-person retrospective at the Dallas Museum of Art earlier this year, alongside Kazuo Shiraga — Motonaga also made a large body of work utilizing airbrush techniques. These are the focus of this survey, which should be required viewing for a younger generation of artists — Josh Reames and Austin Lee come to mind — who will likely connect with the 93-year-old Japanese artist’s quirky vision. Included in the show are 16 paintings from a 1970s children’s book, “Moko Moko Moko,” as well as larger canvases that depict alien landscapes and fleshy shapes, busily contorting upon themselves.
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December 10, 2015

The Lookout: Sadamasa Motonaga

Art in America

"The works assembled by Fergus McCaffrey from the second half of the artist's life are brightly colored surreal landscapes, totally flat save for the gradients that modulate the anonymous biomorphs that populate them.... At Fergus McCaffrey the evenly sized stripes of water cling to the front windows, where they measure out the width of panes of glass. Dye sparkles in natural light and colored shadows dance on the floor, highlighting the slender, strange and playful forms of Motonaga's paintings." Read More
December 9, 2015

The Brightest, Shiniest Trends From Art Basel Miami Beach

The New York Times T Magazine

"With 267 international galleries gathered under one roof, art fairs like Art Basel Miami Beach have the potential both to establish new market obsessions and to perpetuate them. Walking the aisles of the convention center this year, several trend-worthy patterns emerged, but the most prevalent among them might have been the flashes of neon that seemed to be around each turn — maybe a sly nod to Miami’s native aesthetic.

An eye-catching foil to painting and sculpture, neon works stood out at several booths, like Fergus McCaffrey, where Tavares Strachan’s lit Venn Diagram stole the show."
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December 4, 2015

Galleries go off the beaten track

The Art Newspaper

Why St Barth, a small Caribbean island best known for its beaches? The New York-based dealer Fergus McCaffrey (L2) set up an artist residency programme there in 2005, followed by an 800 sq. ft gallery in 2014.

“Tavares Strachan is the latest member of a remarkable group of artists who have made groundbreaking work on the island,” says Alexandra von Stumberg McCaffrey, adding that “an important group of collectors have also chosen to make St Barth their winter home, so the island is a rather remarkable confluence of great artists and collectors”.
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December 3, 2015

Slideshow: Art Basel Miami Beach 2015 at the Miami Beach Convention Center

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December 3, 2015

Art Basel Feels Like Last Season’s Trunk Sale

Art F City

The background of these Jack Early works at Fergus McCaffry makes the work. It’s wallpaper from Early’s childhood, altered to make the two soldiers hold hands. It’s sweet and compelling fusion of sexual metaphor and personal history Read More
December 1, 2015

Preview: Fergus McCaffrey at Art Basel Miami Beach 2015

The missing Italian Paintings:
Between 1961 and 1969 in Rome, Marcia Hafif created what she has come to call the Italian Paintings, works that have never journeyed to the United States. Her first solo exhibition anywhere in the world was at Galleria La Salita, Rome, in 1964, and she showed regularly in Italy, achieving some commercial success, despite her works being attacked by critics for their “American cold squalor – similar to that provoked by traffic signs hung on the wall of a driving school” and were also criticized for being too large – “American size.” Upon leaving Italy to return to California to undertake a MFA in 1969, she abandoned these works to begin afresh. The Italian Paintings languished in storage until Christian Bernard, the Director of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Geneva (MAMCO) took them under his care, exhibited them at his museum in 2001, and published a catalogue raisonné in 2010. That publication provides a tantalizing glimpse at the splendor of the work, Fergus McCaffrey will present a selection of the seldom seen Italian Paintings at Art Basel Miami Beach 2015. The paintings represent a large and critical omission from the history of American art of this period and are a critical element in the lack of reception her work has received in her native land.
November 30, 2015

Art + Culture: FIAC 2015

Style Chosun

행 사 직후 <블룸버그 비즈니스 위크>의 보도에 따르면 컬렉터 들이 자기 취향에 따라 신중히 선택하는 경향이 있었음에도 판매는 예년에 비해 상승세였다. 거장부터 신진 작가, 사진 과 회화에서 조각까지 성격이 다양한 작품이 골고루 판매됐 으며, 매진으로 즐거운 비명을 지르는 갤러리도 있었다. 화제에 오른 인물에는 발로 그림을 그렸다는 일본의 아방가 르드 화가 가주오 시라가(Kazuo Shiraga)가 포함돼 있었 다. 7년 전 고인이 되기 전까지는 세계 미술계에서 그다지 빛을 보지 못했던 그의 작품 뤼센(Ryusen, 1991)과 가쿠 에키(Kakueki, 1985)가 각각 약 4백만달러와 2백50만달 러에 판매돼 이목을 집중시켰다. 오늘 내가 소신껏 구입한 무명의 작품이 몇 년 뒤에는 세계 컬렉터들이 소장 목록에 넣고 싶어 하는 선망의 대상이 될 수 있다는 것을 보여주는 작은 ‘사건’이었다. Download
November 27, 2015

Opening Reception: Tavares Strachan

Thanks to everyone who came out for our Tavares Strachan: How To Make Someone Invisible opening at Fergus McCaffrey, St. Barth. Find more images from the event on our Facebook page.
November 23, 2015

‘J’ACCUSE’ Brian Maguire, Paintings, Ciudad Juárez at Void

Curated by Jonathan Cummins

For his forthcoming exhibition with Void, Maguire is developing a new series of paintings, large works which interrogate the international war on and for drugs, the violence of a destabilized state and the darkness that permeates borderlands and trade between wealthy and poorer nations.

This new work extends Maguire’s investigation into the nature of violence in Juarez, which started with his work with the mothers and families of the victims of Juarez.

In the lead up to the launch of 'J'ACCUSE' by Brian Maguire on Saturday 28 November, Void is pleased to present a number of public events. The Foyle Film Festival will screen 'Blood Rising', a documentary detailing Maguire’s portraiture and activism in the Mexican city of Ciudad Juárez in The Nerve Centre at 8pm on Friday 20 November. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the Director Mark Mc Laughlin and Brian Maguire.

On Friday 27 November at 8pm, Void Engage presents 'In the Absence of Justice' a panel discussion with Brian Maguire and journalists Eamonn McCann and Ed Vulliamy. This event will be held in Void. All Welcome. Admission Free.

'J'ACCUSE' Brian Maguire, Paintings, Ciudad Juárez, Saturday 28 November.

Artists Talk 6.30pm. Launch 7.30 – 10pm.

All Welcome. Admission Free.

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November 17, 2015

Tribute to Fujiko Shiraga: Walking a straight way with Kazuo at Amagasaki Cultural Center

The Amagasaki Cultural Center presents the exhibition ‘Tribute to Fujiko Shiraga: Walking a straight way with Kazuo’ to celebrate the life and work of Fujiko Shiraga, who passed away earlier this year, in both her role as wife to Kazuo Shiraga and as an artist in her own right. The exhibition will be on view through March 21, 2016.
November 7, 2015

Opening Reception: Sadamasa Motonaga

Thanks to everyone who came out for our Sadamasa Motonaga opening at Fergus McCaffrey, New York. Find more images from the event on our Facebook page.
October 27, 2015

Hiroko Ikegami on Fujiko Shiraga
(1928 – 2015)


Despite Fujiko’s modesty, I sensed from this short conversation her pride in what she once created. Although she’s less known than other female Gutai members, such as Atsuko Tanaka and Tsuruko Yamazaki, the situation is changing, and rightly so. Her work was included in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s epoch-making exhibition “Gutai: Splendid Playground” in 2013 in New York, and Fergus McCaffrey held “Kazuo and Fujiko Shiraga” this past spring also in New York, the first exhibition devoted to the couple. Showing fifteen works by Fujiko, including ones that were discovered in Kazuo’s studio after his death, the latter exhibition offered a good starting point to understand her talent and bring her the recognition she deserves. Read More
October 26, 2015

Foot Painting Fetches $4 Million in Paris, Showing Strong Sales

Bloomberg Business by Mary Romano

The canvases by the late Kazuo Shiraga, who spread paint with the bottoms of his feet while holding onto a rope above him to keep from falling, sold at Fergus McCaffrey’s booth at the Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain, which ended Sunday. “Ryusen” from 1991 fetched just under $4 million and “Kakueki,” a 1985 oil on canvas, went for $2.5 million. Read More
October 22, 2015

La FIAC, un long fleuve d’art intranquille


Se distingue de cette honorable routine l’ensemble que le New-Yorkais Fergus McCaffrey dédie au groupe Gutaï, l’avant-garde japonaise des années 1950 et 1960, et en particulier à Toshio Yoshida. Read More
October 22, 2015

We Pick the Top 15 Booths at
FIAC 2015

Artnet by Henri Neuendorf

Another potential candidate for the best-curated booth, the galley, which specializes in postwar Japanese art, brought together paintings by the Japanese avant-garde Gutai group including artists Toshio Yoshida, Kazuo Shiraga—famous for painting with his feet—and works on paper by Shiraga's wife Fujiko Shiraga. The artworks complemented each other exceptionally in this extraordinarily well thought-out presentation. Read More
October 21, 2015

Fiac : mon shopping à partir de 1 euro

Le Point Culture par Judith Benhamou-Huet avec Jacqueline Saint-Medar

Kazuo Shiraga (1924-2008) - Le mouvement japonais d’avant-garde Gutaï, né à la fin des ­années 50, et les œuvres de son chef de file, Kazuo Shiraga (1924-2008), sont désormais l’objet d’une demande très forte. Le marchand américain Fergus ­McCaffrey ­propose cette toile de 1991 (détail) pour la somme ­colossale de 4 millions de dollars. Read More
October 20, 2015

Booth 0.A52 at FIAC 2015

Preview of Fergus McCaffrey's presentation of Gutai at Booth 0.A52 in the Nave of the Grand Palais at FIAC. The presentation is very much a homecoming to Paris for the seminal artists to be exhibited, and aims to serve as an eye-opening experience with the diverse practices of the movement. Among the highlights of our booth are important works by the artists Sadamasa Motonaga, Fujiko Shiraga, Kazuo Shiraga, and Tōshio Yoshida.
October 19, 2015

International dealers flock to Paris FIAC

The Art Newspaper by Gareth Harris

Fiac also offers an “opportunity to develop relationships” with French national and regional museums, says the New York-based dealer Fergus McCaffrey, who is returning for the first time since 2011. He is bringing works by members of the post-war Japanese collective Gutai Art Association, including a selection of large-scale foot paintings by Kazuo Shiraga, priced between $2m and $6m, and works by Sadamasa Motonaga ranging from $50,000 to $375,000. Read More
October 13, 2015

Fergus McCaffrey at FIAC 2015

Paris has always been very receptive to the Japanese avant-garde, be it theater, design, fashion, music, or art. For Fergus McCaffrey’s presentation at FIAC 2015, we will focus upon the renowned avant- garde art collective called the Gutai Art Association.

Ever since the art critic Michel Tapié visited the Gutai group in Japan in 1957 and then encouraged the gallerist Rodolphe Stadler to exhibit selected Gutai artists’ works, beginning in 1959, Paris has cultivated a long and welcoming interaction with Gutai. The largest holdings of Gutai art in Europe are also located in French museums, many of them at the forefront of the study of Gutai. Among the highlights of our booth are important works by Fujiko Shiraga.

Fujiko Shiraga’s extraordinary and rarely seen torn and collaged works on paper started in the 1950s, ending in 1961 when she decided to put aside her own art practice in order to support the studio work of her husband, Kazuo Shiraga.

Please visit us in the Nave of the Grand Palais, Stand: 0.A52
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October 1, 2015

Jiro Takamatsu at Stephen Friedman Gallery

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September 30, 2015

The Koreans at the Top of the Art World

The New Yorker by Natasha Degen and Kibum Kim

Next week, when V.I.P.s and special guests shuffle through Christie’s new West Galleries, in Rockefeller Center, they will alight on a series of abstract paintings by a group of relatively unknown artists. These pieces reflect a recent market craze for attractive, anodyne work with an emphasis on process and materials. But the artists at the West Galleries are not young painters from Brooklyn, Berlin, or Los Angeles. They are a group of Korean octogenarians who comprise a movement known as Tansaekhwa (or “Dansaekhwa”) and have been producing in this style since the nineteen-seventies. Read More
September 29, 2015

Richard Nonas at MASS MoCA, 2016

On view beginning February 2016, Building 5:

For five decades, Richard Nonas has created a body of work whose terse, reduced vocabulary belies its power to fundamentally alter our sense of space, time, landscape, and architecture. His totemic sculptures — made from earthy and industrial materials that have a timeless character (wooden railroad ties, granite curbstones, massive boulders, and thick steel plates) — have reimagined space and terrain all over the world.

With horizontally oriented, ground-based works and wall-mounted works executed in a wide range of dimensions and weights, Nonas has developed a vocabulary of serialized geometric forms that both command and alter their environments, while retaining an intimate, human scale.

In one of his most ambitious projects to date, the artist’s quietly powerful sculpture will occupy and transform MASS MoCA’s Building 5, the museum’s signature gallery, which is nearly a football field in length. The museum’s history as a manufacturing plant makes MASS MoCA a particularly fitting venue for Nonas, who, since his early career — when he and his peers presented guerrilla exhibitions in alternative spaces — has often been drawn to raw industrial buildings.

Nonas will create a major new work specifically for the trussed, window-lined Building 5, and will also install a selection of existing sculpture. The monumental exhibition will bring well-deserved attention to Nonas’ lifelong practice and his significant influence.
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September 19, 2015

In 1970s Japan, a New Art of Experiments, Edgy Photos, and Big Ideas

HYPERALLERGIC by Edward M. Gómez

"A fine selection of Nomura’s recent sound and photo-based works is now on view at Fergus McCaffrey in Chelsea. There, last week, Nomura told me, “I’m interested in the forces of nature. My art gives my observations of those forces visible form. The Earth itself is the greatest timepiece; it is its own best timekeeper.” Read More
September 17, 2015

Sadamasa Motonaga Publication

Fergus McCaffrey is pleased to release the first English-language monograph on the life and work of Sadamasa Motonaga, written by the Gutai scholars Ming Tiampo and Kōichi Kawasaki, as well as manga specialist Tomohiko Murakami.

September 11, 2015

Opening Reception: Hitoshi Nomura

Thanks to everyone who came out for our Hitoshi Nomura opening at Fergus McCaffrey, New York. Find more images from the event on our Facebook page.
September 10, 2015

“Waiting For Godot” opens in Rio de Janeiro today

In “Waiting For Godot”, two wanderers wait by a lonely tree, to meet up with Mr. Godot, who they hope will change their lives for the better. Instead, two eccentric travelers arrive, one man on the end of the other’s rope. The results are both funny and dangerous. After its huge success last summer, “Waiting For Godot” returns to Smock Alley Theatre for one week only before embarking on tour to Rio De Janeiro and Brasilia, supported by the Arts Council, Culture Ireland and the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, to celebrate the 40th year of diplomatic relations between Ireland and Brazil.

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September 3, 2015

7 Rising Art Stars To Watch: Jack Early

"It’s possible Jack Early is the art world’s best living poet.

There’s no single interpretation for every story he tells, song he sings, and artwork he builds. A musician in his own right, Early weaves melodies into all of his semi-autobiographical installations, which use 60s and 70s culture as its raw material. Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, the show “Laugh-In”, and Pink Floyd’s prism, all become actors to build a mood—usually, a kind of heavy-hearted sweetness. In a recent installation,WWJD, which was shown at Frieze in 2013, Early presented a Jesus Christ, from the 1970s musical “Godspell,” on a neon cross; Early’s own Led Zeppelin-esque ballad drifted over the installation’s clouds from an ipod SoundDock. The title suggests “What Would Jesus Do?” but it could just as easily be interpreted as “What Would Jack Do?” The idea of redemption resonates with Early’s story."

by Paddy Johnson, Whitney Kimball, and Corinna Kirsch

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September 1, 2015

New York Only! Printed Matter to host Release Party for Jack Early

“I always thought it would be something if I could tell my whole life story from beginning to now. So I decided to do it. I got together a trumpet, a banjo and a bass, a clarinet, some drums and a pump organ. I told my story as the band played. I put it on a yellow vinyl record and I called the whole thing “Jack Early’s Life Story In Just Under 20 Minutes”.”  - Jack Early

Please join us for Printed Matter's release party for "Jack Early's Life Story in Just Under 20 Minutes," a limited edition vinyl record.

A New York only event taking place September 11th, 2015, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM being held at Printed Matter, 195 10th Ave., New York, NY 10011.
August 6, 2015

Opening Reception

Thanks to everyone who came out for our Natsuyuki Nakanishi / Jiro Takamatsu opening at Fergus McCaffrey, St. Barth. Find images from the event on our Facebook page.
August 3, 2015

Opening Bids: To Infinity and Beyond

Robb Report Collection by Karen Cakebread

Gallery owner Fergus McCaffrey also sees a certain inevitability in the astounding prices. “It sounds strange to say, but it was somewhat predictable, given the amount of financial guarantees and the quality of the work at that auction,” he says of the Looking Forward results. “There’s been a lot of talk about new collectors coming in from Asia, but it’s important to understand that consignments are mainly from American collections. And American contemporary art is the most expensive [contemporary art] in the world. In the U.S., there’s a great collecting tradition and community.” Read More
July 30, 2015

Game Changers with Fergus McCaffrey

Video: In this episode of ARTINFO’s “Game Changers” series, Fergus McCaffrey speaks with Bruce Ferguson, former Vice-Chairman of Louise Blouin Media, about his interest in and methods for promoting Japanese post-war artists and other under-recognized artists. View Video
July 29, 2015


Last chance to see Gatherings at Fergus McCaffrey, New York; a group exhibition of work in various media by James Case-Leal, Brendan Earley, Brian Fridge, Kathleen Jacobs, William Lamson, Nobuo Sekine and Kasper Sonne; closing July 31.
July 28, 2015

Natsuyuki Nakanishi / Jiro Takamatsu

Fergus McCaffrey, St. Barth is proud to present an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by two of the most influential Japanese artist. Natsuyuki Nakanishi / Jiro Takamatsu will be on view from August 6 - September 15, with an opening reception from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Thursday, August 6.
July 17, 2015

Jack Early

Yale University Radio WYBCX. Hosted by Brainard Carey

Interview and Podcast with Jack Early Read More
July 14, 2015

It’s about time world-famous painter Marcia Hafif gets a SoCal solo museum show

Los Angeles Times by Carolina A. Miranda

"Marcia is so well known on the East Coast and in Europe and yet she has remained relatively unfamiliar in her own backyard," says Malcolm Warner, executive director at the Laguna Art Museum. "So, for the museum, it was a plum project to bring her to the attention of Laguna Beach and Southern California generally." Read More
July 13, 2015

Hirshhorn Acquires Works by Diverse Slate of International Artists for Collection

Hirshhorn Museum

The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden has acquired new works by a dozen artists or artist groups from Iran, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. Rhyme-S (1960) by Natsuyuki Nakanishi joins other paintings that push the boundaries of abstraction and augments the museum’s holdings of postwar Asian art. Read More
July 6, 2015

New Video on VernissageTV: Marcia Hafif, An Extended Gray Scale

From white to black in 106 paintings and 60 seconds. This Snapshot video features Marcia Hafif’s work An Extended Gray Scale, 1973. An Extended Gray Scale is a monumental work by Marcia Hafif that has never before been exhibited publicly in its entirety. View Video
July 2, 2015

Fergus McCaffrey, New York

Please note that the Chelsea gallery will be closed on Friday, July 3rd for the Independence Day holiday.
June 26, 2015

Opening Reception for Gatherings

Thanks to everyone who came out for our Gatherings opening at Fergus McCaffrey, New York. Find more images from the event on our Facebook page.

Gatherings Opening_Scott Rudd Events


See more images from the Opening Reception here!

June 24, 2015

Those 760 Stacked Bicycles at Art Basel Fit Into Private Museums

Bloomberg Business by Katya Kazakina

“I’ve never seen it like this, all in one room,” Hafif said, standing in the middle of the 3,800-square-foot booth. “Which is really how they should be.” Read More
June 23, 2015

Art Sales: Basel’s big hitters

The Telegraph by Colin Gleadell

Frenetic buying at Art Basel signified a confident market, says Colin Gleadell as he rounds up the top lots; including An Extended Gray Scale, 1973, by Marcia Hafif at Unlimited. Read More
June 22, 2015

What we learned at Art Basel

Christie's by Deborah Wilk

The next 'Big Thing': Marcia Hafif! Deborah Wilk rounds up the key lessons (and reminders for even the most knowledgeable insiders) from the 46th edition of the fair. Read More
June 18, 2015

10 Highlights aus Basel


Zehn Dinge, die man in der Art-Basel-Woche nicht verpassen sollte. Marcia Hafif gehört dazu. Read More
June 17, 2015

Day Two Art Basel Sales Report: Buyers Keep Flocking to Gallery Booths

artnet news by Eileen Kinsella

'Fergus McCaffrey, who operates galleries in New York, and St. Barth's sold a dozen works by the second day, from his selection of postwar Japanese artists juxtaposed with Italian avant-garde artists from the same period. Prices ranged from $25–$650,000. The gallery said that most of the buyers were new clients.' Read More
June 17, 2015

Art Basel 2015 Sales Report: See What’s Selling

Blouin Artinfo by Nicholas Forrest

'Fergus McCaffrey has sold 12 works so far, including a Sadamasa Motonaga Oil on Panel for $650,000, from their booth presentation of masterworks by Post-War Japanese artists juxtaposed with important works by Italian avant-garde form the same period.' Read More
June 16, 2015

Booth D3 at Art Basel 2015

Come see Post-war Italy and Japan: The Avant-garde Years at Fergus McCaffrey. This presentation highlights and examines the affinities between some of the most prominent artists from Japan and Italy, including Kazuo Shiraga, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Natsuyuki Nakanishi, Yayoi Kusama, Jiro Takamatsu and Mario Schifano.
June 16, 2015

Unlimited, Art Basel’s Section for Gargantuan Artworks, by the Numbers

ArtNews by Andrew Russeth

106: The total number of gray paintings, each a slightly different shade, that Marcia Hafif included in An Extended Gray Scale (1973). Read More
June 15, 2015

Fergus McCaffrey at Unlimited 2015

Selected by New York-based curator Gianni Jetzer for Art Basel’s innovative exhibition Unlimited, as part of their participation for Art Basel Fergus McCaffrey presents An Extended Gray Scale, 1973, a monumental work by Marcia Hafif that has never before been exhibited publicly in its entirety.
June 14, 2015

At Art Basel, a Powerful Jury Controls the Market

The New York Times by Graham Bowley

“It is like the Olympics,” said the New York dealer Fergus McCaffrey, “or the European Champions League, and every good gallery and their artists wants desperately to compete.” Read More
June 14, 2015

Fergus McCaffrey at Art Basel 2015 I Post-War Italy and Japan: The Avant-garde Years (Booth D3)

In keeping with the gallery’s advocacy of Post-War Japanese art, Fergus McCaffrey will present a selection of masterworks dated from the 1950s through to the 1970s, juxtaposed with important works by Italian avant-garde from the same period. The booth will serve to underscore the thematic affinities and conceptual strategies of the diverse artists on view. View Article
June 12, 2015

The Art Basel Fair: A Tough Club to Crack

The New York Times

International Arts: Galleries seeking to exhibit at Art Basel encounter an intense, juried competition. While the fair says it works to find new faces, for at least the past six years prime selling space on the ground floor has been dominated by a roster of established dealers... Read More
June 8, 2015

Kazuo Shiraga


Review on Kazuo Shiraga by Joan Kee Download
June 3, 2015

Datebook: Art Basel 2015

Art + Auction

In the June Issue: 'Large-scale presentations in the Gianni Jetzer-curated Unlimited section include An Extended Gray Scale, 1973, by octogenarian artists Marcia Hafif. The work, which has never been exhibited in its entirety, is composed of 106 canvases that shift in tone from white to black.' Download
May 27, 2015

Part 3 | Kazuo Shiraga: Post Gutai

Video: Fergus McCaffrey is pleased to present “Kazuo Shiraga: Post Gutai," the final video in a series of three about the artist's life and work. The final installment discusses the period between 1971 and 2008, when Shiraga found a renewed expressive power to paint again. View Video
May 21, 2015

Part 2 | Kazuo Shiraga: High Gutai

Video: Fergus McCaffrey presents Kazuo Shiraga: High Gutai, the second in a series of three videos about the life and work of the artist. View Video
May 15, 2015

VIDEO: Frieze NYC — A Walk-Through With Art+Auction’s Eric Bryant

Art + Auction's Eric Bryant took a trip to Randall's Island this week to talk with gallery owners and directors exhibiting at the Frieze Art Fair. See the gallery's booth with works by Marcia Hafif from minute 1:50. Read More
May 14, 2015

Frieze Art Fair at Randalls Island Park Offers a Bit of Everything

The New York Times by Ken Johnson and Martha Schwendener

'FERGUS MCCAFFREY (C16): MARCIA HAFIF: For sincere Minimalism, you can’t beat the paintings of this veteran artist, whose distinguished, five-decade career is represented here by nearly two dozen paintings. Thirteen monochrome canvases from 1973 and ’74, each painted a different matte hue, particularly reward meditative viewing.' Read More
May 14, 2015

‘Where can you go with abstract painting at this point?’: Marcia Hafif on her monochromes at Frieze

ARTnews by Alex Greenberger

'Yesterday, at the opening for Frieze New York, New York–based painter Marcia Hafif could be seen chatting with a steady stream of friends and admirers near her monochromes, currently on view at Fergus McCaffrey’s booth. At 86, Hafif is more excited to talk about her work than many emerging artists, and she couldn’t help but walk me over to her small and squarish earth-toned monochromes from the 1970s...' Read More
May 13, 2015

A Rothko Tops Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Auction

The New York Times by Scott Reyburn

'It was a pretty good sale,” said the New York dealer Fergus McCaffrey. "Sotheby’s has settled down. They’re more stable and confident than they were last year. It’s just that Christie’s is running rings round everyone at the moment with the financial resources they’re throwing at the market.”' Read More
May 12, 2015

Why Frieze Is the Perfect Weekend Adventure (Even if You’re Not in It for the Art)

Bloomberg Business by James Tarmy

Four reasons for the four-day fair, including Fergus McCaffrey's solo booth of works by Marcia Hafif . Read More
May 11, 2015

Marcia Hafif at Frieze New York 2015

Video: Marcia Hafif talking about the creative process and inspiration of four major series that the gallery will present at Frieze New York 2015. View Video
May 5, 2015

“Kazuo and Fujiko Shiraga” at Fergus McCaffrey

BlouinArtinfo by Darryl Wee

'“Kazuo and Fujiko Shiraga” is the first in-depth exhibition to juxtapose the works of Kazuo Shiraga with those of his wife, including 15 early works by Fujiko dating from 1955-1961 that were only recently rediscovered following Kazuo’s death in 2008.' Read More
May 1, 2015

Modern Painters Portfolio | Kazuo & Fujiko Shiraga

Modern Painters

May 1, 2015

Redefined Expectation: The Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s

Aesthetica by Niamh Coghlan

In-depth article about the current touring exhibition "The Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s", on view at the Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg; including works by Cindy Sherman, Penny Slinger and Birgit Jürgenssen. Download
April 28, 2015

Studio Visit: Jack Early

New Museum Membership Event

Join Gary Carrion-Murayari, Kraus Family Curator, for a visit with artist Jack Early at his Brooklyn studio. Early is known for exploring American identity, working with a Pop vocabulary and combining it with biographical details and personal elements of his life.

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April 22, 2015

Kazuo and Fujiko Shiraga at Fergus McCaffrey


April 20, 2015

15 Artists to Watch in 2015

Artnet News

Christian Viveros-Fauné selects Brian Maguire as one of the top 15 artists to watch in 2015. Read More
April 15, 2015

EXIT EVIL EXIL – Gary Rough: Between Glasgow and New York

Video: Highlights from the panel discussion and guided tour at Fergus McCaffrey, New York View Video
April 14, 2015

Kazuo and Fujiko Shiraga

Wall Street International

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April 12, 2015

Horror in Juárez – Brian Maguire at Fergus McCaffrey Gallery

Arte Fuse Magazine

April 8, 2015

Seeing Red: Understanding Kazuo Shiraga’s Sudden Fame


April 7, 2015

Part 1 | Kazuo Shiraga: The Early Years

Fergus McCaffrey is pleased to present Kazuo Shiraga: The Early Years, the first in a series of three videos about the life and work of the artist. View Video
April 7, 2015

Jiro Takamatsu: Trajectory of Work

This chronologically arranged exhibition centers on approximately 300 of these pieces, while looking back at the various series that made up Takamatsu’s practice. On view from April 7 - July 5, 2015.

The National Museum of Art, Osaka

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April 6, 2015

Murder in Mexico

Irish Arts Review

April 1, 2015

Irish Painter Brian Maguire Pays Tribute to ‘Invisible’ Victims of Juárez, Mexico Murders

Latin Post

March 28, 2015

EXIT EVIL EXIL – Gary Rough: Between Glasgow and New York

Please join us for a Panel Discussion on Saturday, March 28 at 4pm. Followed by a guided tour of the Gary Rough exhibition, 5:00 – 5:30 PM. View Article
March 26, 2015

A Gutai Painter Finally Has His Moment in the West


Much attention is being focused on the paintings of the late Japanese Gutai painter and Tendai monk, Kazuo Shiraga (1924–2008). With two concurrent exhibitions in New York at Mnuchin Gallery and Dominique Lévy, and a third forthcoming at Fergus McCaffrey in West Chelsea (paired with his wife, Fujiko).

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March 25, 2015

This Is How an Unknown Japanese Artist—Who Painted With His Feet—Became a Star


Kazuo Shiraga’s posthumous works have climbed from $200,000 to $2.5 million in five years.

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March 24, 2015

Video: In the Studio With Gary Rough

Walking with ARTINFO’s Scott Indrisek, Gary Rough offered a tour of his Brooklyn-based studio. He examined the meaning behind the bathroom panels in his latest installment, and how the text on them could further his intention of creating an air of intimacy within the walls of his medium. View Video
March 23, 2015

Sigmar Polke at Fergus McCaffrey, St. Barth

St. Barth Weekly

This is the gallery’s fourth exhibition of the late artist’s work, following Sigmar Polke / Andy Warhol: Drawings 1962–65 (2006), Sigmar Polke (2011), and Sigmar Polke: Photocopierarbeiten (2014). Download
March 16, 2015

In conversation with Brian Maguire

A video of Brian Maguire at the opening reception of Brian Maguire: The Absence of Justice Demands this Act at Fergus McCaffrey, New York View Video
March 15, 2015

Approaching Venice - Movies and Materials of the 1986 Biennale

In cooperation with Museum Ludwig, Cologne, in parallel with its exhibition “Alibis. Sigmar Polke 1963 – 2010”

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March 14, 2015

Alibis: Sigmar Polke. Retrospective

The ret­ro­spec­tive open­ing at the Mu­se­um Lud­wig on March 14, 2015, af­ter hav­ing been shown in New York and Lon­don, is thus the first in over fif­teen years and al­so the first since the artist’s death.

Museum Ludwig, Germany

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March 9, 2015

Brian Maguire | Blood Rising: Film Screening and Panel Discussion

A rare chance to meet the artist while in New York City!

International Affairs Building, Room 1512
Institute for the Study of Human Rights
Columbia University

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March 7, 2015

For a New World to Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography, 1968–1979

This groundbreaking exhibition presents some 250 works: photographs, photo books, paintings, sculpture, and film-based installations.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

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March 6, 2015

10 Picks from Independent New York 2015

Interview Magazine

For its booth at Independent, Fergus McCaffrey presented work by Japanese artist Hitoshi Nomura. These vessels seem innocuous at first, but at the fair they are holding liquid oxygen as it boils and evaporates in room temperature air. Download
March 4, 2015

Brian Maguire at Fergus McCaffrey


March 3, 2015

Murder of 1,400 Juarez Women Inspires Brian Maguire’s Show at Fergus McCaffrey

Artnet News

February 23, 2015

Artist Encounter: Richard Nonas

Join us for a special evening at CIMA’s Medardo Rosso exhibition with acclaimed sculptor Richard Nonas. Read More
February 13, 2015

Richard Nonas: More

Galerie Hans Mayer

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February 9, 2015

Shows That Matter: “The Art of Kazuo Shiraga and Sadamasa Motonaga”

Blouin ArtInfo

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February 8, 2015

Between Action and the Unknown: The Art of Kazuo Shiraga and Sadamasa Motonaga

Dallas Museum of Art

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February 1, 2015

Fergus McCaffrey, St. Barth | Local Colors

The Robb Report Collection

January 28, 2015

An Inventive Postwar Japanese Painter Has His Moment

T Magazine

January 5, 2015

Critics’ Pick: Birgit Jurgenssen


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January 1, 2015

Noriyuki Haraguchi at Fergus McCaffrey

Blouin Artinfo

December 18, 2014

Review: Birgit Jürgenssen

The New Yorker

December 3, 2014

A Trio of Galleries Showcase Austrian Art, From Vienna and Beyond

New York Observer

December 3, 2014

The Definitive Top 11 Booths at Art Basel Miami Beach

Blouin Artinfo

December 3, 2014

VernissageTV: Art Basel Miami Beach 2014

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December 2, 2014

Jiro Takamatsu: Mysteries

National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

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December 1, 2014

Power Game Changers

Art + Auction

For Art + Auction's latest Power List, they looked beyond the usual winner's circle to those who are resetting the rules from the inside out. Download
December 1, 2014

Review: Richard Nonas

Art in America

November 29, 2014

Donald Judd / Richard Nonas Fergus McCaffrey St. Barth – Inaugural Exhibition

Fergus McCaffrey is pleased to announce the opening of a second gallery location on the Caribbean island of St. Barthélemy.

4 Rue du Général de Gaulle
Gustavia 97133
St. Barthélemy

Gallery Hours
Monday – Saturday
10am – 12:30pm, 4:30pm – 7:30pm

November 24, 2014

You Don’t Know Jack

W Magazine

November 24, 2014

Sigmar Polke: Photocopierarbeiten @Fergus McCaffrey

Collector Daily

November 24, 2014

Top 10 Photo Events and Happenings in New York: Sigmar Polke

Feature Shoot

November 19, 2014

Sigmar Polke Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop


November 15, 2014

Review: “Photocopierarbeiten” Sigmar Polke

NYC Art Scene

November 12, 2014

Sigmar Polke, “Photocopierarbeiten”

Time Out NY

October 23, 2014

Blouin Artinfo: Frieze Masters 2014 Highlights

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October 14, 2014

Richard Nonas at Frieze Sculpture Park

Frieze Masters Sculpture Park
Artist: Richard Nonas, Hold-Fast; Push Through., 2014
Location: In the English Gardens of The Regent’s Park

October 1, 2014

Field Anthropologist: The Sculptures of Richard Nonas


September 24, 2014

Review: Richard Nonas

Style Zeitgeist

September 2, 2014

On Display: Richard Nonas


September 1, 2014

Review: Richard Nonas


September 1, 2014

Q + A with Richard Nonas

Modern Painters Magazine

August 21, 2014

7 Rising Stars to Watch: Jack Early

Art F City

August 1, 2014

Richard Nonas: Duck-mom to a Critic

Artnet News

May 6, 2014

Natsuyuki Nakanishi Inaugural Exhibition at 514 West 26th Street

Public opening: May 6th, 6-8pm
Artist: Natsuyuki Nakanishi
Address: 514 West 26th Street, New York, NY
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May 1, 2014

Polke’s Plentitude

Art in America

April 28, 2014

Shock Artist: A Sigmar Polke Retrospective

The NewYorker

April 23, 2014

Sigmar Polke’s Aesthetic Escape Velocity on view at MoMA

The Village Voice

April 19, 2014

Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963–2010

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

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March 3, 2014

Richard Nonas | An Art Fair That Tries to Be Something Else

The New York Times

August 28, 2013

William Scott: Ulster Museum

Ulster Museum, Belfast, Ireland.

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June 11, 2013

Jiro Takamatsu: Stephen Friedman Gallery

Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK.

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June 11, 2013

William Scott & Friends

Osborne Samuel gallery, London, UK.

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June 1, 2013

Review: Noriyuki Haraguchi


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May 25, 2013

William Scott: The Hepworth Wakefield

The Hepworth Wakefield, West Yorkshire, UK.

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May 16, 2013

William Scott: 1950s Nude Drawings

Karsten Schubert Gallery, London, UK.

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May 10, 2013

XL: 19 New Acquisitions in Photography

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY.

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April 4, 2013

William Scott: Divided Figure

Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, UK.

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April 1, 2013

A Welcome to the Canon, an Artist’s Groupies, a Light Fades: Birgit Jurgenssen

Wall Street Journal

February 16, 2013

Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void, 1949-1962

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL.

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February 15, 2013

Gutai: Splendid Playground

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY.

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February 1, 2013

Parallel Views: Italian and Japanese Art from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s

The Rachofsky House/ The Warehouse, Dallas, TX.

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January 26, 2013

William Scott: Tate St. Ives

Tate St. Ives, UK.

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January 1, 2013

Review: William Scott


December 1, 2012

Review: Noriyuki Haraguchi

Art in America

September 7, 2012

Welcome Back Jack by Glen O’Brien

June 7, 2012

Review: Sadamasa Motonaga


April 1, 2012

Media Study: Hitoshi Nomura


January 5, 2012

Review: Noriyuki Haraguchi

Frieze Magazine

January 2, 2011

Review: Hitoshi Nomura

Art in America

December 1, 2010

Review: Jiro Takamatsu


June 1, 2010

Sigmar Polke – sorry I missed you

The Guardian

April 1, 2010

Review: Kazuo Shiraga


April 1, 2010

Mud, Sweat, and Oil Paint – Kazuo Shiraga’s Alternate Modernism

Blouin Artinfo

February 1, 2010

Review: Kazuo Shiraga

Art in America

December 1, 2006

Review: Hitoshi Nomura

Art in America