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
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 21st.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
“… as light through fog…” ARCHITECTURAL MEMORY PIERCED BY ART
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina, Pisa
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
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 OctoberRead 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
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, September 16-January 14, 2018
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, September 15-November 12, 2017
“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 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
May 5, 2017
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
April 28, 2017
Today’s Feminist Horror Owes A Lot To This Overlooked 20th-Century Artist Carol Rama was obsessed with sex, death and mad cow disease.
The Huffington Post by Priscilla Frank
When Carol Rama was 12 years old, her father committed suicide. Three years later, her mother was committed to a psychiatric clinic. Without any formal training, Rama turned to art as a form of therapy. She continued to make work, with limited recognition, until her death in 2015 at 97 years old. Read More
April 18, 2017
Richard Nonas: Solo show, Richard Nonas & Native North American, OV Project, Brussels, Belgium, April 18-July 15, 2017
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 11, 2017
Jack Early: Group show, A Better Yesterday, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, TX, USA, May 30-September 3, 2017
...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), April 1-July 30, 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, March 25-June 18, 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, March 7-July 29, 2017
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).
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 email@example.com.Read More
January 18, 2017
Die Revolution ist tot. Lang lebe die Revolution! at Museum for Fine Arts, Bern. Group show including work by Marcia Hafif.
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.
... 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
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. Japan Society 333 East 47th Street at Frist Avenue New York City RSVP by October 25 to (212) 715-1270 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945-1965 at Haus der Kunst, Munich
October 14, 2016-March 26, 2017: Installation of Sadamasa Motonaga’s Mizu (Water) in Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945-1965Read More
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
Frieze.com 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.Read More
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.'"Download
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
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
July 30, 2016
The Universe and Art (Princess Kaguya, Leonardo da Vinci, Teamlab)
Group show at Mori Art Museum, includes works by artist Hitoshi NomuraRead More
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 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
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
…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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Download
April 25, 2016
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. View Video
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
BRIAN MAGUIRE 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.Read More
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
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
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.Read More
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.Read More
March 4, 2016
Critics’ Picks: Jack Early, Fergus McCaffrey, New York
Artforum 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.Read More
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.”Read More
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.Read More
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.Download
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.Read More
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.
The artist’s pop-cultural-soaked memories of childhood are recalled here in bright, punchy paintings and sculptures whose subjects include decidedly phallic Popsicles.Read More
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.
Jack Early in Largest Solo Exhibition to Date Coming to Fergus McCaffrey Gallery
Widewalls 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.
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.
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."Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
December 22, 2015
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
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.Read More
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."Read More
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”.Read More
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 historyRead More
December 3, 2015
Slideshow: Art Basel Miami Beach 2015 at the Miami Beach Convention Center
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
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.
Fujiko Shiraga working in her atelier, circa 1961
Courtesy: Amagasaki Cultural Center
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.
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
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 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 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
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.A52Read More
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.Read More
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.
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.
Jack Early in his studio. Photo: Christian Grattan
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
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.
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
Yale University Radio WYBCX. Hosted by Brainard Carey
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Art Basel 2015 floor plan detail with booth D3 highlighted in red
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
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
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.
Gary Rough The Way Things Are Going, 2015
Neon and painted wood
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).
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 YorkView 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”
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.
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
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
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 21st.Read More