ON VIEW is a printed and an online section in which Flash Art invites prominent figures of the art world to select the best current and upcoming international exhibitions.
Index—The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm
Through September 13, 2020
Sweden’s coronavirus strategy means that places can stay open if they adhere to safety guidelines. In-dex has chosen to do so with Nathalie Gabrielsson’s “The Campaign.” The exhibition is based on me-ticulous research on Sweden’s financial crisis of the late 1970s, revealing it to be a sham concocted by leading politicians to validate a Thatcherian neoliberal turn. It’s all terribly illuminating and timely giv-en that one of the issues at the moment is the privatization of healthcare.
Carl Eldhs Ateljémuseum, Stockholm
Through September 27, 2020
Carl Eldh’s Studio Museum is the old atelier of one of Sweden’s most prominent sculptors. Each summer a contemporary artist is invited to exhibit in the space, with all of Eldh’s old tools, maquettes, and sculptures still around. This year Bella Rune produced a spectacular exhibition that explored the relationships between sculptural practices. Between Eldh’s heavy bodies and Rune’s geometric con-figurations, many of which hang weightlessly from the ceiling, there is a play of space that conjures the somewhat lost art of talking about form.
“Art Without People”
Sculpture Center, Long Island City, New York
One of the best things online right now is a text that touches upon things online right now. As many institutions closed and rushed for the digital as the pandemic took hold, Sohrab Mohebbi came out with one of the few thoughtful considerations of what it might mean. Sure, in a short text there’s al-ways bits we wish were elaborated, but to underscore the importance of space, people, and art is one of the things we need to do right now.