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Video projection of plants in an art gallery set up to look like a backyard
Video projection of plants in an art gallery set up to look like a backyard

Installation view of "Pipilotti Rist: Prickling Goosebumps & Humming Horizon" at Luhring Augustine Chelsea, New York.  PHOTO: FARZAD OWRANG; COURTESY THE ARTIST, LUHRING AUGUSTINE AND HAUSER & WIRTH

Rounding up the best gallery exhibitions across the United States each month, Galerie journeyed from New York and West Palm Beach to Houston and Los Angeles to discover the top solo shows for January. From a survey of Pablo Picasso’s work created as a foreigner living in France at Gagosian in New York to Hugh Hayden’s sculptural riffs on the American Dream at Lisson Gallery in Los Angeles, these shows are not to be missed.

4. Pipilotti Rist at Hauser & Wirth and Luhring Augustine, New York

A pioneer in spatial video art, Pipilotti Rist studied commercial art, illustration, and photography in the early 1980s before turning to making Super-8 films and videos influenced by advertisements and mass media. A member of a music and performance band from 1988 to ’94, the Swiss artist—whose taken name, Pipilotti, playfully comes from an amalgamation of her childhood nickname “Lotti” with Pippi Longstocking, her childhood hero—cleverly combines her interest in visual imagery and music to explore contemporary issues of gender, sexuality and the human body. Mixing moving pictures projected in larger environments with sound components, the self-proclaimed “wild and friendly” artist has been internationally recognized for immersive installations with spaces for viewers to rest or lounge—and the ones at this dual exhibition do not disappoint.

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