Retrospective with Barbara Kruger and John Giorno

Hiram Maristany, Children in the funeral march by Julio Roldán, 1970, photograph. Image courtesy of the artist.

Is the art world getting too global for you? Each month, Maintenance highlights in pictures the shows you would like to see, if you could move from one international hub to another. This month, let’s look back in time with plenty of retrospectives from both celebrated and unrecognized artists.


Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Brain), 2007. Private collection, Delaware. Courtesy of Art Finance Partners, LLC. Photo courtesy of Mary Boone Gallery, New York


The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago

September 19, 2021 – January 24, 2022

For more than four decades, Barbara Kruger has been a critical observer and documentator ‚of the way images circulate in our culture. By blending mass media iconography with provocative language, Kruger uses direct address – mixed with humor, urgency, and empathy – to expose the power dynamics inherent in contemporary desire and consumerism. As our diminishing attention span collides with the voyeurism and narcissism that are central to modern life, Kruger invites us to reconsider the way we connect with each other. The Art Institute’s exhibition encompasses the full breadth of the artist’s career, from the first rarely seen “collages” to digital productions of the past two decades.


Yuji Agematsu, zip: 01.01.20. . . 2020, Mixed media in cellophane wraps of cigarette packs on a wood-backed acrylic shelf, latex paint, variable installation dimensions. Image courtesy of the artist and the Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York. Photo: Stephen Faught.

Greater New York 2021

MoMA PS1, New York

October 7, 2021 – April 18, 2022

Greater New York is MoMA PS1’s signature survey of artists living and working in the New York area. Now in its fifth edition, the exhibition showcases the work of 47 artists and collectives such as Yuji Agematsu, Kristi Cavataro, Raque Ford and Hiram Maristany, and opens up geographic and historical boundaries by identifying the narratives of the local in a city that provokes a multitude of perspectives. The exhibition examines the ways in which artists work to record social and personal experiences around belonging and estrangement.


Oliviero Toscani, Spring / Summer 1989 Collection Photograph by Oliviero Toscani, Image courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome

Patrick Kelly: the trail of love

De Young Museum, San Francisco

October 23, 2021 – April 24, 2022

Runway of Love celebrates the career and legacy of black fashion designer Patrick Kelly (1954-1990). Kelly was active in the 1980s and her heady, inventive and often subversive designs made their mark on the streets, in nightclubs and on the catwalks. His aesthetic developed from his African-American and Southern roots and his knowledge of fashion and art history, as well as the club and gay cultural scenes in New York and Paris. Kelly’s work pushed racial and cultural boundaries, and her playful looks were inspired by her muse, Josephine Baker, and her admiration for Coco Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli, and Yves Saint Laurent, among others.


John Giorno, GARDENIA SWEETEN THE AIR SEDUCINGLY SLY, 2017, Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40 in. © John Giorno – Courtesy of Almine Rech. Photo: Dan Bradica.

Jean Giorno

Almine Rech, London

October 12 – November 13, 2021

John Giorno is recognized as one of the most innovative poets and artists of the 20th century. His kaleidoscopic work fused poetry, visual art and activism, pushing text off the print page and into the social realm. The artist’s first posthumous solo exhibition in the UK will feature two bodies of work titled Rainbow and Perfect flowers that the artist produced at the end of his career. The eighteen Perfect flowers the paintings reflect the cycles of life and transcendence while the texts employed in the Rainbow the paintings were taken from the poetry that Giorno wrote.

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