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About Scott Lickstein, Look Into My Owl

Scott Lickstein is a visual artist and was the founder / primary writer for the art news source, LookIntoMyOwl.com until January 2013 when it merged with NOWhere Limited’s Magazine.

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Christo – Over the River Update

I wanted to pass along some information regarding Christo’s fantastic project in Colorado. There have been some delays due to a lawsuit brought from a small group of attention-seeking curmudgeons. A strong anti-intellectual current runs through this group and will ultimately insure the outcome in Christo’s favor. Scroll down to read the latest update from Christo.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude - Over the River
Christo Over The River, Project For The Arkansas River, State of Colorado Drawing, 2007.

In an effort to keep you updated on developments on the legal front, Christo wanted to let you know that Over The River today filed to intervene in the federal lawsuit that an opposition group, ROAR, filed against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in early 2012.

The complaint filed by ROAR contains several allegations, including that the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) analysis conducted by the BLM did not adequately examine or mitigate potential environmental impacts and that it violates the Federal Land Policy and Management Act. It asks the federal court to set aside BLM’s approval of Over The River until the BLM has “fully complied with their obligations under federal law.”

Christo feels strongly that the BLM analysis was thorough and complete. It was the first EIS ever conducted on a temporary work of art and includes well over 100 specific measures to mitigate impacts on bighorn sheep, birds, traffic, safety and much more.

The outcome of this lawsuit is critical to Christo moving forward with this temporary work of art. Because the interests of this project are directly affected by this lawsuit, Christo decided it was in the best interests of Over The River to intervene and join BLM in its defense of the EIS and of its decision to grant the permit last fall.

Christo remains eager to get these legal challenges behind him so he can move forward realizing Over The River. We will continue to keep you updated on legal developments as they occur.


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Madelyn Goehrig – Andy Warhol’s Grave

Between 2009 and 2011, artist Madelyn Roehrig has documented Andy Warhol’s grave site at St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Cemetery in Bethel Park, a southern suburb of Pittsburgh.
Andy Warhol - Grave Site

Andy would have been 84 years old today. It’s great to see that so many people still want to be near him. Andy loved gifts and the people know it. Check out the speed slideshow, you won’t be disappointed.



Photo: Allie Caulfield


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Annie Varnot – W/hole

I wanted to encourage you again to visit Wave Hill in the Bronx. Walk the glorious grounds and peruse the gardens and conservatory. While you are there be sure to enter the Glyndor House and head for the Sunroom Project Space to examine “W/hole,” a mixed media installation by Annie Varnot.

The piece is comprised of hollowed poultry eggs set into white gypsum cement. Each egg was deemed not up to retail standards with one sort of irregularity or another. Two video monitors and one small projection chronicle the process of creating the sculptures. The highly personal work is an artistic response to the Varnot’s recent battle with cancer.

Annie Varnot - W/hole - 2012
Annie Varnot, W/hole, detail, 2012.

Annie Varnot - W/hole - 2012
Annie Varnot, W/hole, installation view, 2012.

Annie Varnot - W/hole - 2012
Annie Varnot, W/hole, detail, 2012.

Annie Varnot - W/hole - 2012
Annie Varnot, W/hole, detail, 2012.

Annie Varnot
W/hole
19 May – 1 July 2012
Wave Hill
NYC

Photographs: Scott Lickstein.


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Gino Rubert – Studio Visit

It was such a pleasant sensation to see the work of Gino Rubert in person at his last show in New York City. “True Love,” at Claire Oliver was an impressive display and the impact on the crowd at the opening was inspiring. The vibrant mixed media paintings seem to generate the current that propels them. The otherworldly stage that we look in on is rife with paradox and intrigue. Look and look again the tableau is never the same. Thanks to Gino for sharing this rare glimpse into his studio in Barcelona.

Gino Rubert - Studio Visit - 2012

Gino Rubert - Studio Visit - 2012

Gino Rubert - Studio Visit - 2012

Gino Rubert - Studio Visit - 2012

Gino Rubert - Studio Visit - 2012

Gino Rubert - Studio Visit - 2012

Gino Rubert - Studio Visit - 2012

Gino Rubert - Studio Visit - 2012

Gino Rubert - Studio Visit - 2012

Gino Rubert - Studio Visit - 2012

For more info about Gino Rubert, please see his website at GinoRubert.com.


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Tomás Saraceno – Cloud City

“Cloud City,” the mammoth, site specific installation by Tomás Saraceno is now in place and open to the public on the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The piece will be enjoyed by local and tourist alike for the next seven months.
Tomás Saraceno - Cloud City - 2012

A visit to the Met can result in a sensation that approaches the symptoms of Stendhal syndrome. It’s an easy task to overcome oneself in the charge of such a tremendous spectrum of beauty. The diverse brilliance of cultural directions and theoretical time travel that occurs may be more properly suited to advanced civilizations of the future. The best way to combat the awesome undertow is to take it slow and return often.

Tomás Saraceno - Cloud City - 2012

The first stop on your next Metropolitan outing should be to the roof to experience the marvel that is “Cloud City.” Sixteen interlocking modules make up this piece that is open to guests on a time-based ticket system that is free with admission.

Tomás Saraceno - Cloud City - 2012

Be sure to check the guidelines for entry into the structure as there are some footwear requirements and important recommendations. For instance, women are encouraged to wear pants or shorts as there are more angles than any one person can possibly account for.

Tomás Saraceno - Cloud City - 2012

The following photographs from our encounter with “Cloud City” have not been retouched or manipulated. It is an accurate depiction of the odd perspectives that are achieved through the visual labyrinth. It is a delightfully disorienting experience that opens up into some of the grandest views imaginable of Central Park and the New York skyline. “Ride,” is thought to be a word to avoid when describing fine art but in this case with timed entry and the funhouse atmosphere it is an appropriate term. Approach the piece with that attitude and the joy of the experience will not be lost.

Tomás Saraceno - Cloud City - 2012

Tomás Saraceno - Cloud City - 2012

Tomás Saraceno - Cloud City - 2012

Tomás Saraceno - Cloud City - 2012

Tomás Saraceno - Cloud City - 2012

Tomás Saraceno - Cloud City - 2012

Tomás Saraceno - Cloud City - 2012

Tomás Saraceno - Cloud City - 2012

Tomás Saraceno - Cloud City - 2012

Tomás Saraceno - Cloud City - 2012
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Don Porcella – Studio Visit

A few moths back we stopped in on Don Porcella during his residency at the Museum of Arts and Design on Columbus Circle in NYC. The work we saw and the man we met left a very strong positive impression. Naturally, we were eager to set up this studio visit to share more of Don’s art and offer a glimpse into his process.

There are plenty of opportunities to see Porcella’s work around the city over the next year. He is currently slated to be included in group shows at both the Industries for the Blind and the Children’s Museum of Art this September and a three person exhibit at the ISE Cultural Foundation in March of 2013.

It has also just been announced that Porcella has been selected as a winner of the highly sought after West Collects Prize for 2012. His installation, “There They Remain in the Drain of the Mainframe Food Chain,” will be exhibited this Fall at the West space in Oaks, Pennsylvania.

A book about his artwork is forthcoming as well as an ebook of artist interviews that he has conducted. Don is also releasing a limited edition screen print through our gallery, NOWhere Limited this Summer.

Don Porcella - Studio Visit - 2012

Don Porcella - Studio Visit - 2012

Don Porcella - Studio Visit - 2012

Don Porcella - Studio Visit - 2012

Don Porcella - Studio Visit - 2012

Don Porcella - Studio Visit - 2012

Don Porcella - Studio Visit - 2012

Don Porcella - Studio Visit - 2012

Don Porcella - Studio Visit - 2012

Don Porcella - Studio Visit - 2012

Don Porcella - Studio Visit - 2012
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Aaron Johnson – Liberty Chomp

“Liberty Chomp,” an exhibition of thirteen new reverse-painted acrylic polymer peel paintings by Aaron Johnson is set to open tomorrow at Gallery Poulsen in Copenhagen.

Aaron Johnson - Rabid Fox - 2012
Aaron Johnson, Rabid Fox, acrylic on polyester knit mesh, 2012.

Days before the paintings were set to leave for Denmark, Aaron threw a very well attended studio party for his friends to see them before crating. I got in real close and took the following detail photographs from his densely layered compositions. Head over to the Poulsen Gallery website to get the big picture.

Aaron Johnson - Studio Visit - 2012

Aaron Johnson - Studio Visit - 2012

Aaron Johnson - Studio Visit - 2012

Aaron Johnson - Studio Visit - 2012

Aaron Johnson - Studio Visit - 2012

Aaron Johnson - Studio Visit - 2012

Aaron Johnson - Studio Visit - 2012

Aaron Johnson - Studio Visit - 2012

Aaron Johnson - Studio Visit - 2012

Aaron Johnson - Studio Visit - 2012

Aaron Johnson
Liberty Chomp
11 May – 9 June 2012
Gallery Poulsen
Copenhagen

Photographs: Scott Lickstein.


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Kenny Scharf – Hodgepodge

Multiple disciplines from the ripe mind of Kenny Scharf are currently entertaining visitors at Honor Fraser in Los Angeles.

Kenny Scharf - Elroy Vision - 2012
Kenny Scharf, Elroy Vision, acrylic on canvas, 2012.

Another chapter of the ’50s future that never happened has been added to the ongoing pursuits of this artist. It’s a hyper colored account that leaves the viewer inundated in all the right ways.

Kenny Scharf - Hodgepodge - installation view - 2012
Kenny Scharf, Hodgepodge, installation view, 2012.

Magnificent sculptures have been set adrift in the neutral environment. A fully customized Cadillac and grinning mushroom cloud picnic table complete the experience that Scharf establishes on the walls.

Kenny Scharf - Spamarama - 2012
Kenny Scharf, Spamarama, oil, acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas, 2012.

The recurrence of marketing symbols and familiar characters comes from the artist’s childhood spent “just inches away” from the then newly established glow of American television. The persistent images overlapped in his young mind and are now recalled in an effluvium of brilliantly collaged compositions.

Kenny Scharf - Spicy - 1992
Kenny Scharf, Spicy, found objects and acrylic, 2012.

Kenny Scharf maintains studios in New York, Los Angeles and Brazil. When in South America, he combs the beaches collecting garbage that has been weathered by the elements. The sun-bleached detritus is known as “lixo” and is also the title of this body of wall hanging sculptures. Great artists are known for working with raw material that are most readily available. Scharf collects his imagery as it washes ashore or gently laps against his retinas.

Kenny Scharf - Cosmic Cavern - 2012
Kenny Scharf, Cosmic Cavern, mixed media installation, 2012.

Visitors to the gallery will enjoy the black-lit experience of the “Cosmic Cavern.” The first incarnation of the piece dates back to 1981. Known then as the “Cosmic Closet” it was installed in a New York apartment that Scharf shared with Keith Haring. It is a transformative experience that temporarily recalibrates the eyes and forces a magical distortion in perception.

Kenny Scharf - Blablobs - 2012
Kenny Scharf, Blablobs, oil on canvas, 2012.

“Hodgepodge” is a journey that is felt strongly when the viewer exits the gallery. Emerging from the space sets a comfort point of nostalgia that leaves an impression akin to homesickness.

Kenny Scharf
Hodgepodge
14 April – 19 May 2012
Honor Fraser
Los Angeles

Images courtesy of Honor Fraser.


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Gino Rubert – True Love

Claire Oliver Gallery is currently filled with the latest mixed media paintings from Gino Rubert. It is his first solo show in the United States since 2003. I strongly urge you, if geographically possible, to see these works in person.

Gino Rubert - The Pianist - 2012
Gino Rubert, The Pianist, mixed media on canvas, 2012.

There is a visual hum that resonates through each of these intriguing depictions. The shifting frequencies arise from the mind trying to categorize the media in the compositions. The keen viewer, upon close inspection begins to break down the structural points. As the eye roams, a list is populated from discoveries of magnificent painting next to seamless photographic collage and yes, even that lenticular tiger bikini.

Gino Rubert - Ma Feline - 2012
Gino Rubert, Ma Feline, mixed media on canvas, 2012.

The show has been titled, “True Love,” referring to the three points of balance that are achieved between the artist, his passion and our perception. There is truth here but it is not always decidedly pretty. In each tableau there is the comfort of a familiar face but the amenities remain delightfully out of reach.

Gino Rubert - The Inheritor - 2012
Gino Rubert, The Inheritor, mixed media on canvas, 2012.

Gino Rubert
True Love
29 March – 28 April 2012
Claire Oliver Gallery
NYC

Images courtesy of Claire Oliver Gallery.


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Thursday Night Chelsea, NYC – From The Hip

We spend most Thursday evenings in New York City’s Chelsea district moving through the crowds at the art openings. I never bring the camera because it is a horrible time to photograph artwork. Last night was a change and I lugged the trusty digital single-lens reflex. The visual evidence collected may serve to remind those that haven’t been in a while, encourage those that have been thinking about going and educate those that would never go. Sixteen openings to hit in two hours means we were moving pretty quick and it was rare that I held still to take the photographs.

Chelsea - April 5 - 2012

Chelsea - April 5 - 2012

Chelsea - April 5 - 2012

Chelsea - April 5 - 2012

Chelsea - April 5 - 2012

Chelsea - April 5 - 2012

Chelsea - April 5 - 2012

Chelsea - April 5 - 2012

Chelsea - April 5 - 2012

Chelsea - April 5 - 2012

Chelsea - April 5 - 2012

Chelsea - April 5 - 2012

Chelsea - April 5 - 2012

Chelsea - April 5 - 2012

Chelsea - April 5 - 2012

Chelsea - April 5 - 2012

Chelsea - April 5 - 2012

Chelsea - April 5 - 2012

Chelsea - April 5 - 2012

Chelsea - April 5 - 2012

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Paul Housley – Mudpusher Blues

ZieherSmith is currently hosting an exhibition of whimsical paintings and sculpture by Paul Housley. The work was created during a three month residency in New York City. “Mudpusher Blues” is his first solo show with the gallery.

Paul Housley - My Difficult Jazzhead - 2012
Paul Housley, My Difficult Jazzhead, oil on canvas, 2012.

The heavily textured surfaces immediately demand that the viewer understand that they have happened upon painting in the modernist sense. All the power of the dynamic struggle that enlivened the era is present in these pieces. Light, form and color have collided repeatedly leaving the tastiest morsels for the visual appetite. The works have been set beautifully into box frames that present the wonderful buildup that weathers each edge.

Paul Housley - Big Mudpusher - 2012
Paul Housley, Big Mudpusher, oil on canvas, 2012.

Housley is on record as claiming that each of his paintings are just a part of one large work. He also believes the characters that he depicts are all self portraits. It is a brilliant premise, one that is difficult to argue against. Nearly all artists can see themselves in their creations. We each get to know our own faces pretty well; it is natural to have the majority of figurative perception be biased by the gaze in the mirror. These pieces do not wallow in vanity for their producer is master and slave in this world.

Paul Housley - Snoopwoody - 2012
Paul Housley, Snoopwoody, oil on canvas, 2012.

Paul Housley
Mudpusher Blues
22 March – 21 April 2012
ZieherSmith
NYC

Images courtesy of ZieherSmith.


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Paul Humphrey Inversions

First off, “Inversions” is not just another video, it is a transportive experience. Review should not be your first encounter with this work. Please scroll down to the bottom of this post and watch the twenty one and a half minute piece. Fullscreen is highly recommended. Disappear into the New Mexican desert, remember the Chaco people and forget yourself for a while.

Paul Humphrey - Inversions - 2011
Paul Humphrey, Inversions, still from video, 2011.

Paul Humphrey has been producing amazing film and video work for nearly two decades. Personal experience couples with new observations in charming ways that consistently acquaint his audience with vast areas of possibility.

Paul Humphrey - Inversions - 2011
Paul Humphrey, Inversions, still from video, 2011.

Since the sundering of the Pangaen supercontinent, countless civilizations have risen and vanished. The ruins of these people stand as constant reminders that that we are all connected. Technology has succeeded in reuinting our natural boundaries but largely, where we have been remains as much a mystery as where we may be headed. Present time floats in conundrum and yet most human endeavor begins in the luxurious state of certainty.

Paul Humphrey - Inversions - 2011
Paul Humphrey, Inversions, still from video, 2011.

Humphrey accepts our prime failure and embraces it as keystone for new enterprise. There is a freedom to his approach that saturates each frame with a hegemony that saddles truth.

Paul Humphrey - Inversions - 2011
Paul Humphrey, Inversions, still from video, 2011.

Themes in this video fold in and out resulting in a fourth dimensional mandala that envelops a virtual place behind the eyes. The resulting creases reunite time and space in a veritable display of the nonlinear physics of the universe. We are brilliantly led into this remote state with flashes from the color spectrum and retrieved similarly at the conclusion.

Paul Humphrey - Inversions - 2011
Paul Humphrey, Inversions, still from video, 2011.

During the experience, an innate human sense kicks in that forces the audience to participate in the video in the same way that they are in the near past, ancient time and potential futures. The body fuses connections that the mind ignores. Stand in the sand and look around. Become the mountain, recall the Chaco and ride the contrail.

Paul Humphrey
Inversions, 2011
High Definition Video
Shot in Chaco Canyon, NM
Camera, Editing, Graphics by Paul Humphrey
Sounds culled from archive.org
Quotes taken from the television program “Max Headroom” (1988-1989)

Images and video courtesy Paul Humphrey.


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David Lynch – NYC

David Lynch last had a solo show of his artwork in New York City at the Leo Castelli Gallery in 1989. He’s back, this time at the Tilton Gallery with a lot of new mixed media pieces, some photographic manipulations, a sculpture and a short video loop.

David Lynch - Boy Lights Fire - 2012
David Lynch, Boy Lights Fire, 2012.

The large mixed media works still ring in the same tone as his previous show in California from 2009. They begin as simple stories that unfold through brilliant consideration of materials and quality craftsmanship. I was nowhere near the Pacific Coast for his last show but viewed the works as you are now, online. Examining the pieces directly in New York exponentially increased the respect that I already had for his fine art. David Lynch is not a film guy pretending to be an artist. There may be room in this world for that sort of thing but that is not what is going on here.

David Lynch - Distorted Nude 20 - 2012
David Lynch, Distorted Nude 20, 2012.

There are few descriptors used to convey the attitude of his art in its many forms. Darkness, anger and pain are all simplifications that do not offer any real understanding. We meet David Lynch on the surface but the man and boy remain behind the curtain, wizarding their own Oz.

David Lynch - I See My Love - 2012
David Lynch, I See My Love, 2012.

The secret to his success as an artist lies in a fantastic misunderstanding that occurs between his intent and the perception of the viewer. The screen that connects us shimmers with context. Behind the black paint and bold distortions there is light. If you trust that it is there you see it with every blink.

David Lynch - Tilton Gallery - NYC - 2012
David Lynch, New York City, 2012. (photo: Scott Lickstein)

David Lynch
6 March – 14 April 2012
Tilton Gallery
NYC

Images of artwork courtesy David Lynch.


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Wave Hill – Winter Workspace – 2012

The third year of the Winter Workspace residency at Wave Hill is drawing to a close for 2012. The highly successful program is overseen by Director of Arts & Senior Curator Jennifer McGregor, Assistant Curator Gabriel de Guzman and Curatorial Fellow John Minieri.

Annually, the Glyndor Gallery is converted into five studio spaces for ten artists to utilize over two six week sessions. The artists are encouraged to seek inspiration from the public gardens and the many wonderful spaces that Wave Hill has to offer. Meaningful interactions with visitors occur through a series of artist led workshops that provide access to a variety of technical and conceptual concerns.

The studios will be open to Wave Hill visitors on Sunday, March 25th. The event is free with admission so stop in and see works in progress by Gabriela Albergaria, Matthew Burcaw, Matthew Jensen as well as Van Lier Visual Artist Fellows Nova Jiang and Cameron Rowland.

We have looked in on the studios twice during this second session and were very impressed by the focus of the artists and the wide variety of visual pursuits that are occurring. Please scroll down to see some of the progress made by each artist.

MATTHEW JENSEN

Matthew Jensen - Wave Hill Winter Workspace - 2012
Matthew Jensen, Wave Hill Winter Workspace, 2012.

Matthew Jensen - Wave Hill Winter Workspace - 2012
Matthew Jensen, Wave Hill Winter Workspace, 2012.

Matthew Jensen - Wave Hill Winter Workspace - 2012
Matthew Jensen, Wave Hill Winter Workspace, 2012.

Matthew Jensen - Wave Hill Winter Workspace - 2012
Matthew Jensen, Wave Hill Winter Workspace, 2012.

NOVA JIANG

Nova Jiang - Wave Hill Winter Workspace - 2012
Nova Jiang, Wave Hill Winter Workspace, 2012.

Nova Jiang - Wave Hill Winter Workspace - 2012
Nova Jiang, Wave Hill Winter Workspace, 2012.

Nova Jiang - Wave Hill Winter Workspace - 2012
Nova Jiang, Wave Hill Winter Workspace, 2012.

Nova Jiang - Wave Hill Winter Workspace - 2012
Nova Jiang, Wave Hill Winter Workspace, 2012.

CAMERON ROWLAND

Cameron Rowland - Wave Hill Winter Workspace - 2012
Cameron Rowland, Wave Hill Winter Workspace, 2012.

Cameron Rowland - Wave Hill Winter Workspace - 2012
Cameron Rowland, Wave Hill Winter Workspace, 2012.

Cameron Rowland - Wave Hill Winter Workspace - 2012
Cameron Rowland, Wave Hill Winter Workspace, 2012.

Cameron Rowland - Wave Hill Winter Workspace - 2012
Cameron Rowland, Wave Hill Winter Workspace, 2012.

GABRIELA ALBERGARIA

Gabriela Albergaria - Wave Hill Winter Workspace - 2012
Gabriela Albergaria, Wave Hill Winter Workspace, 2012.

Gabriela Albergaria - Wave Hill Winter Workspace - 2012
Gabriela Albergaria, Wave Hill Winter Workspace, 2012.

Gabriela Albergaria - Wave Hill Winter Workspace - 2012
Gabriela Albergaria, Wave Hill Winter Workspace, 2012.

Gabriela Albergaria - Wave Hill Winter Workspace - 2012
Gabriela Albergaria, Wave Hill Winter Workspace, 2012.

MATTHEW BURCAW

Matthew Burcaw - Wave Hill Winter Workspace - 2012
Matthew Burcaw, Wave Hill Winter Workspace, 2012.

Matthew Burcaw - Wave Hill Winter Workspace - 2012
Matthew Burcaw, Wave Hill Winter Workspace, 2012.

Matthew Burcaw - Wave Hill Winter Workspace - 2012
Matthew Burcaw, Wave Hill Winter Workspace, 2012.

Matthew Burcaw - Wave Hill Winter Workspace - 2012
Matthew Burcaw, Wave Hill Winter Workspace, 2012.

Winter Workspace
14 February – 25 March 2012
Wave Hill
NYC

Photographs: Scott Lickstein.


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Wave Hill

Minutes from Manhattan, in the Northwest corner of the Bronx, lies a place that investigates connections between nature and art. Wave Hill is a twenty-eight acre public garden and cultural center that provides serene escape from the activities of city life.

Wave Hill - 2012
Robert Irwin, Wave Hill Wood, one of eight granite markers placed at Wave Hill, 1987.

In 1960, Wave Hill was gifted to the City of New York by the Perkins-Freeman family. Before that, the estate served as private residences dating back to 1843. The grounds have had several notable guests during that time period including a young Teddy Roosevelt, Mark Twain and Arturo Toscanini.

Wave Hill - 2012

The indoor and outdoor gardens delight in the bountiful variety of plant species and fascinating environments. The conservatory is loaded with vibrant plants from all over the world originating in environments ranging from the tropical rainforest through the arid dessert.

Wave Hill - 2012

Wave Hill - 2012

Wave Hill - 2012

Wave Hill - 2012

The outdoor gardens are beautiful in all seasons but Spring is approaching and abundant signs of change run through the Wild Garden and Woodland trails. You needn’t be an expert in plant life to enjoy the natural wonders. Should you choose to learn more, the talented staff of horticulturalists and volunteers will not shy from offering a wealth of knowledge.

Wave Hill - 2012

Wave Hill - 2012

The grounds twist into beautiful spaces that invite visitors to rest and take in the charming architecture and ever changing collaboration between humans and nature.

Wave Hill - 2012

Wave Hill - 2012

Forgetting how close you are to Manhattan happens instantly upon entering this magical place. However, at any time, you can step out onto the vast lawn and get a great view of the George Washington Bridge.

Wave Hill - 2012

Tomorrow I will be taking you inside the Glyndor House on the grounds of Wave Hill to introduce you to an art program that has become a great source of pride in the Bronx community.

Wave Hill - 2012

Special thanks to Martha Gellens for taking time to show us around. Please click through to see the rest of the highlights of our tour.
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Fountain Art Fair New York – 2012

We are in the midst of the art fair weekend in New York. It’s an amazing time when galleries across the planet converge on our city with hopes, dreams and art. In particular, I’d like to recommend stopping in on the Fountain Art Fair. It is not the largest or swankiest of the fairs but it does have an ardor that runs through the participants and spills out onto the street. The building is fantastic, it’s the site of the infamous 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art that sparked tremendous change in the direction of American artists.

Fountain Art Fair - NYC - 69th Regiment Armory - 2012
Fountain Art Fair NYC, 69th Regiment Armory.

There is a wide range of work to be seen. Big Deal Arts had a strong and diverse selection of sculpture and two dimensional works. Elsewhere, I particularly enjoyed the new mixed media works from Joseph Meloy and the homegrown serigraphs of Javier Jimenez.

Approach the 7th incarnation of this bazaar expecting live music and the unexpected. You will bob your head and encounter artists working and performing. Plan to stay and throw back a few drinks, it is a good place to get comfortable and meet new people. Unlike most fairs, the booths are attended by passionate people that are not afraid to interact.

Fountain Art Fair - NYC - 2012

Fountain Art Fair
9 – 11 March 2012
NYC

Images courtesy of the Fountain Art Fair.


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John Chamberlain – Choices

The Guggenheim Museum in NYC is hosting an amazing retrospective of John Chamberlain. The exhibition runs through the middle of May so there is plenty of time to get in a cab, board a bus or whatever it takes to get there. The artist was involved in planning the display up until his passing on December 21, 2011 at the age of 84.

John Chamberlain - Choices - Installation View - 2012
John Chamberlain, Choices, installation view, 2012.

The exhibition is aptly titled, “Choices” because of the way that the man worked. He would move from one decision to the next with the bravado of a bullfighter. When he saw the right move, he would make it and rarely look back. His momentous results now carry the tag of legendary.

John Chamberlain - HAWKFLIESAGAIN - 2010
John Chamberlain, HAWKFLIESAGAIN, Painted, chromium-plated, and stainless steel, 2012.

It is always exciting to come across one of the large crushed automobile sculptures in gallery and museum hunts. The work carries with it a tremendous impact when viewed in person. The entire spiral of the Guggenheim is filled with these pillars of steel. Navigating through the niches of the building and around each piece requires considerable physical and mental efforts on the part of the viewer.

John Chamberlain - Untitled - 1960
John Chamberlain, Untitled, Paper, metal, painted and printed tin-plated steel, printed paper, 1960.

The selections have been grouped roughly by decade and the chronology is appreciated in regard to understanding the decision making that Chamberlain employed while defining his singular movement. He was interested in the way that pieces relied on other pieces for support in shape, light, space and color. His attraction to art began with the abstract painters but his own early works like the untitled piece above literally spilled from the frame.

John Chamberlain - Penthouse #50 - 1969
John Chamberlain, Penthouse #50, Watercolor and resin on paper, 1969.

A very delicate sensibility was evident in the small pieces that were peppered through the exhibition. The weight and size of the huge pieces make it easy to forget that a man was behind their production but the smaller works bring us back to the hands of the sculptor.

John Chamberlain - Whirled Peas - 1991
John Chamberlain, Whirled Peas, Painted, chromium-plated, and stainless steel, 1991.

John Chamberlain is credited with bringing Abstract Expressionism to the third dimension. He did believe that all art, his and others, came out of connecting various abstract expressions. He really existed outside of movements. Passion drove his being through the ability to establish beauty in the twisted metal of a wreck.

John Chamberlain in his studio - 2011
John Chamberlain in his studio, 2011.

I was surprised by my personal immediate reaction to his death. Yelling, “Ah, shit!” is outside my normal behavior when facing a solemn situation. He was like that and I think, deep down I was responding in kind. I was looking forward to this exhibit as a living memorial but now accept it as a fittingly glorious sendoff.

John Chamberlain - C’ESTZESTY - 2011
John Chamberlain, C’ESTZESTY, Painted and stainless steel, 2011.

John Chamberlain
24 February – 13 May 2012
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
NYC

Images courtesy of the Guggenheim Museum.


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Cindy Sherman – Preview

An extensive retrospective highlighting the career to date of Cindy Sherman opens today at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

Cindy Sherman - Untitled #512 - 2011
Cindy Sherman, Untitled #512, chromogenic color print, 2011.

Cindy Sherman has often traversed the line that separates fine art from popular culture so she has for some time enjoyed minor celebrity status. Still, it can’t hurt to offer a bit of reference to her motives and methods.

Cindy Sherman - Untitled #425 - 2004
Cindy Sherman, Untitled #425, chromogenic color print, 2004.

Sherman works alone in the studio to create these mesmerizing photographs. She is a photographer, surely, but that is only part of the work that she invests in her finished products. The authority over model, scene, makeup and lighting have been the strength behind her success for decades.

Cindy Sherman - Untitled #175 - 1987
Cindy Sherman, Untitled #175, chromogenic color print, 1987.

It was a real privilege to experience, under one roof, the wide range of permutations that the artist has undergone through the years. Major pieces from her most compelling series work are presented including all sixty-nine black and white prints from “Untitled Film Stills” (1977–80) which the museum added to the permanent collection back in 1995.

Cindy Sherman - Untitled #216 - 1989
Cindy Sherman, Untitled #216, chromogenic color print, 1989.

Cindy Sherman has long stood for many things that she never intended to rally for or against. Her obsession and brilliance began in the fantastic world of “dressing up.” The childlike playfulness has not been lost through it all. She still likes to engage the camera as though it were a mirror and knows that the photo is right when she has lost herself.

Cindy Sherman - Untitled #264 - 1992
Cindy Sherman, Untitled #264, chromogenic color print, 1992.

Visitors are met at the entrance to the exhibit with a monumental photographic mural. Five characters, eighteen feet tall each, stand guard over the retrospective in a scene that recalls the small temple at Abu Simbel. MoMA has produced the short video below detailing the installation of the mural. In a departure from her normal method, Sherman has tastefully employed the use of digital techniques to alter her facial appearance for the piece. It is clear that she is considering some new directions and they could be huge.

Cindy Sherman
26 February – 11 June 2012
Museum of Modern Art
NYC

Images and video courtesy the Museum of Modern Art.


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Alexandre Da Cunha – Kentucky Pied De Poule

Alexandre da Cunha has put together a very solid body of work for his first solo exhibit in New York City. His sculptures have been installed with tact at CRG Gallery in Chelsea.

Alexandre da Cunha - Kentucky Pied de Poule - installation view - 2012
Alexandre da Cunha, Kentucky Pied de Poule, installation view, 2012.

The freestanding and sculptural wall pieces have been primarily constructed from commonplace manufactured objects like beach towels, ironing boards and mop heads. These materials have been selected as components that adhere to a strict formal aesthetic while behaving as concepts that signify social misconceptions. As a Brazilian living in London, Alexandre da Cunha understands that people and places do not adhere to the shortcuts of stereotype.

Alexandre da Cunha - Felt (detail) - 2012
Alexandre da Cunha, Felt (detail), compressed felt, felt hat, brass fittings, 2012.

Few elements combine to make these new objects but the complexity of the experience is not diminished. Decisions are not simply made in this world. Each concern is met well and imbued with a rigorous weaving of backstory. The hat on the beach is a nipple and it is also felt on the wall.

Alexandre da Cunha - Kentucky Pied de Poule II - 2012
Alexandre da Cunha, Kentucky Pied de Poule II, mop heads, dye, fittings, 2012.

The multiple meanings to this work are clearly marked by the title of the show. The formal explanation is that “Kentucky” is the company that produces the mop heads, and “Pied de Poule” is French for the black and white Houndstooth pattern. An alternate translation of “Pied de Poule” is foot of the hen. Dependent on the cultural leaning of the viewer and with a slight play on words, one could possibly presume that the title of the show refers to Kentucky Fried Chicken. Of course, this might be another example of just how easy it can be to make the wrong assumption.

Alexandre da Cunha
Kentucky Pied de Poule
23 February – 24 March 2012
CRG Gallery
NYC

Images courtesy of CRG Gallery.


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Dan Flavin – Drawing

Today, the Morgan Library & Museum opens the much anticipated retrospective exhibiting the drawings of Dan Flavin. We attended the preview yesterday and were shown around the second floor by Acquavella Curator of Modern and Contemporary Drawings, Isabelle Dervaux.

Dan Flavin - a carefully rendered and detailed sketch toward a lithograph of the proposed fountain in memory of Pablo Picasso - 1974
Dan Flavin, a carefully rendered and detailed sketch toward a lithograph of the proposed fountain in memory of Pablo Picasso, black ballpoint pen on white looseleaf notebook paper, 1974.

The retrospective is the first of its kind highlighting the drawings of Dan Flavin. The exhibit is arranged into clear distinctions. In addition to two fluorescent pieces, highlights include early works, drawings for icons and related constructions, drawings for fluorescent light installations, landscapes, sails, and portrait drawings. The excellent wall labels, many of which contain quotes from the artist, really give the visitor a powerful sense of the man and his motives.

Dan Flavin - Don Judd, an American artist; Claes Oldenburg, an American artist [2 drawings] - 1974 (?)
Dan Flavin, Don Judd, an American artist; Claes Oldenburg, an American artist [2 drawings], India ink on paper, 1974.

A common misconception about Flavin was immediately righted. He was mainly uninterested in crafting technical drawings contrary to assumptions derived from the Minimalist nature of his fluorescent sculptures. His spirit burned passionately and he sought quick gesture and energetic line in the drawings that were a staple of his daily practice.

Dan Flavin - for the Whitney Annual (some color options) - 1970
Dan Flavin, for the Whitney Annual — some color options (detail), ballpoint pen on paper, 1970.

Flavin enjoyed a mild obsession with Calligrammes and their creator, French poet, Guillaume Apollinaire. He would often use these word structures to visually represent his arrangement of colored light.

Dan Flavin - in honor of Harold Joachim in pink, yellow, blue and green fluorescent light 8' high and wide - 1977 (?)
Dan Flavin, in honor of Harold Joachim in pink, yellow, blue and green fluorescent light 8′ high and wide, colored pencil and ink on graph paper, 1977 (?)

Most of the drawings on display are on small pieces of notebook paper. These records often served as points of reference toward the realization of the light sculptures. A stretch of wall in the space has been adorned with precise drawings, mostly on graph paper created by various artist assistants and family members. The signed conceptual drawings were overseen by Flavin and often passed on with the fluorescent sculptures as diagrams for their installation.

Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) - Sparrows in Flight
Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), Sparrows in Flight.

Including nearly fifty drawings from Dan Flavin’s personal collection was a great touch. He had a fantastic and diverse eye that shines through in his acquisitions from the economic gestural drawings of Japanese ukiyo-e (pictures of the floating world) to the nineteenth-century American landscapes by Hudson River School artists. Several assets from his minimalist contemporaries round out this exhibit within the exhibit.

John Frederick Kensett - Catskill Mt. - 1849
John Frederick Kensett, Catskill Mt., graphite pencil on cream wove paper covered with a transparent white wash, 1849.

It was our first trip to the Morgan Library & Museum and we had a blast. Get there for this exhibit and also enjoy the personal collection of Pierpont Morgan as well as “Rembrandt’s World: Dutch Drawings from the Clement C. Moore Collection.” “Dan Flavin: Drawing” lands next at Kunsthalle Bielefeld in Germany, toward the end of 2012.

Dan Flavin
Drawing
17 February – 1 July 2012
The Morgan Library & Museum
NYC

Images courtesy of The Morgan Library & Museum.


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MBA Fabrications Inc. – Corporate

The corporate styled paintings of Mba Fabrications Inc. are currently hanging at the ground floor space of the Anna Kustera Gallery in Chelsea. Attaining any of these original works of art through the gallery also entitles the purchaser to stock options in the business entity.

Mba Fabrications Inc. - Leap no. 2 - 2011
Mba Fabrications Inc., Leap no. 2, acrylic on wood, 2011.

Donald Ian McCaw is an entrepreneur that has set his sites on the fine art world. He sees painting as a business environment subject to the laws and margins that govern all trade in a capitalist society. The undertaking mimics the tidy structures that drive the marketplace. A number of skilled laborers are managed by a team of specialists to compose this new line of products.

Mba Fabrications Inc. - DIM no. 1 - 2011
Mba Fabrications Inc., DIM no. 1, acrylic on wood, 2011.

The paradoxical nature of this cold gesture toward the nature of the art world is the very spark that moves the whimsical surfaces into the category of fine art. The products themselves are by the professional, for the professional. My practical editorial response is pure encouragement. The people deserve artwork that attends to their needs.

Mba Fabrications Inc. - Pills no. 2 - 2011
Mba Fabrications Inc., Pills no. 2, acrylic on wood, 2011.

Mba Fabrications Inc.
Corporate
2 February – 3 March 2012
Anna Kustera Gallery
NYC

Images courtesy of Anna Kustera Gallery.


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Ian Gamache – Montréal

My good friend and collaborator Ian Gamache is enjoying the prestige of his first solo exhibition. An impressive array of work has been thoughtfully installed at Galerie D in Montréal.

Ian Gamache - at Galerie D - 2012
Ian Gamache at Galerie D, Montréal, 2012. (Photo: Pierre Blackburn)

The frowning characterizations of the everyman depicted in the drawings of Ian Gamache consistently engage our sense of malaise and general discontent. The shared hopelessness that resides in the debility displayed draws on the complete range of empathy from humorous to heart wrenching. The artist’s memory archives maintain a strong sense of style derived from years of steady study and obsessive practice.

Ian Gamache - Drought - 2011
Ian Gamache, Drought, mixed media, 2011.

Gamache meditates on the poetry of the searching line. The repetition of gesture serves as a reminder that real life is not made up of entirely smooth surfaces. Our journey as humans is primed with overlapping experiences that we hope to bind together into something that floats.

2011 was the year of Gamache. Ian has begun to receive recognition beyond the normal expectations of a visual artist. Follow his heavily attended Facebook fan page to get a clear picture of the phenomena. It’s been exciting to watch his well deserved fan base build so rapidly. In many ways, 2012 serves as a new beginning for Ian Gamache. He’s holding a bright torch and this solo exhibit feels like the first step in a very long run.

Ian Gamache - Early Days - detail - 2011
Ian Gamache, Early Days (detail), mixed media, 2011.

Ian Gamache
26 January – 22 February 2012
Galerie D
Montréal


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Zimoun – Volume

A large sound based installation by Zimoun has been installed at Bitforms Gallery in Chelsea. In addition to the large cardboard sculpture, the gallery is hosting a selection of smaller works by the artist on the sixth floor of the same building.

Zimoun - Volume - Installation View - 2012
Zimoun, Volume, installation view, 2012.

Visitors to Bitforms are met with a solid wall of cardboard boxes rising nearly to the ceiling. Small muffled thuds are audible emanating from each box. The wall creates a hallway that leads the visitor around to an opening permitting access to the interior of the structure. The opening acts much like the bass port on a speaker focusing air and sound toward the listener.

Once inside, the secret origin of the sound is revealed to be small motors attached to each box surface churning a length of wire. Each spinning wire terminates in a compressed ball of cotton that taps the box in constant rhythm. The sound stage created relaxes the mind with a saturated white noise that transports the consciousness even if just for a moment. I suspect that the vibrations also stimulate the pineal gland but there is no reference that verifies this as intent.

Zimoun - 25 Woodworms, Wood, Microphone, Sound System - 2009
Zimoun, 25 Woodworms, Wood, Microphone, Sound System, HD video loop, edition of 6, 2009.

The large room installation will surely make you want to continue to the pieces on the sixth floor. Some beautiful smaller sound sculptures founded on similar principles are in operation alongside a brilliant interactive visual “mirror.” Also, the video loop of 25 Woodworms, Wood, Microphone, Sound System pictured above is playing its eerie sound of specialization at work.

There are currently two weeks left in the huge exhibition celebrating Zimoun at The Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida. The video below, produced by the museum, offers excellent documentation of the work.

Zimoun
2 February – 10 March 2012
Bitforms Gallery
NYC

Images courtesy of Bitforms Gallery.


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Michael Minelli – Cue Art Foundation

A selection of sculpture by Michael Minelli, curated by Sowon Kwon is on view at the CUE Art Foundation in Chelsea.

Michael Minelli - Installation View - 2012
Michael Minelli, Installation view, 2012.

The conceptual bias of this work is the artist as filter. Minelli is engaged with the quickness of popular culture and mimics this resolve in the way he feels his way through the mystery of art making without foresight. As long as celebrity exists, there will be fantastic stories that arise from the phenomenon. The method of this work relies on a similar path of certainty.

Michael Minelli - from Souvenirs - 2007 - 2011
Michael Minelli, Installation view, 2012.

The opening night was packed and the crowd, for an art show, uncharacteristically exuberant. A huge deficit to scale played out between the pieces exhibited. The tiny polymer clay “Souvenirs” require close engagement while the protrusions of the larger works keep examination at a distance. There was no single stance to be taken so a strange and beautiful dance ensued.

Michael Minelli - Installation View - 2012
Michael Minelli, Installation view, 2012.

Michael Minelli
26 January – 10 March 2012
CUE Art Foundation
NYC

Images courtesy of CUE Art Foundation.


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Don Porcella – Museum Of Arts And Design – Residency

Since 2008, the Museum of Arts and Design has been granting residencies for artists to occupy their sixth floor open studios. It’s a fantastic opportunity for visitors to interact with the artists and gain valuable insights into materials and practice. Each Tuesday through the end of March, Don Porcella will be weaving his magic in the fantastic space on Columbus Circle overlooking Central Park. Thanks to Don for letting us look in on this week’s session.

A steady wave of guests were obviously charmed by the presence of the artist and his willingness to engage in meaningful discourse. Porcella encouraged his new friends to handle some small encaustic paintings while he explained the origins of his material choices and contextual concerns with an ease derived from authenticity. A wide range of his wonderful pipe cleaner sculptures were on hand. There is a real brilliance to these works that transcend the difficult boundary that traditionally exists between fine art and craft. We could tell you a lot about Don, now, but you should visit him and get the story straight.

Don Porcella - Museum of Arts and Design - Open Studio - 2012

Don Porcella - Museum of Arts and Design - Open Studio - 2012

Don Porcella - Museum of Arts and Design - Open Studio - 2012

Don Porcella - Museum of Arts and Design - Open Studio - 2012

Don Porcella - Museum of Arts and Design - Open Studio - 2012

Don Porcella - Museum of Arts and Design - Open Studio - 2012

Don Porcella - Museum of Arts and Design - Open Studio - 2012

Don Porcella - Museum of Arts and Design - Open Studio - 2012

Don Porcella - Museum of Arts and Design - Open Studio - 2012

Don Porcella - Museum of Arts and Design - Open Studio - 2012

Don Porcella - Museum of Arts and Design - Open Studio - 2012

Don Porcella - Museum of Arts and Design - Open Studio - 2012

Don Porcella - Museum of Arts and Design - Open Studio - 2012

Don Porcella - Museum of Arts and Design - Open Studio - 2012

Don Porcella - Museum of Arts and Design - Open Studio - 2012

Don Porcella - Museum of Arts and Design - Open Studio - 2012

Don Porcella - Museum of Arts and Design - Open Studio - 2012

Don Porcella - Museum of Arts and Design - Open Studio - 2012

Don Porcella - Museum of Arts and Design - Open Studio - 2012

Don Porcella - Museum of Arts and Design - Open Studio - 2012

Don Porcella
Open Studio Residency
Every Tuesday through 25 March 2012
Museum of Arts and Design
NYC

Photographs Scott Lickstein.


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Christophe Laudamiel – Phantosmia – All But The Smell

For one week, the Dillon Gallery has opened its beautiful ground floor space in Chelsea to the scent sculptures of internationally recognized perfumer Christophe Laudamiel.

Christophe Laudamiel - Phantosmia - 2012
Christophe Laudamiel, Phantosmia, installation view, 2012.

The smell that hits the visitor as they enter the gallery is titled “The Remembrance of Things Lost”. The critical components that went into the production of the rich discharge were inspired by the life of Marlene Dietrich. Each tent cordoned off individual auras with the overall gallery aroma serving as a reference to recalibrate the nose.

Christophe Laudamiel - Phantosmia - 2012
Christophe Laudamiel, Phantosmia, installation view, 2012.

I’m quite accustomed to having my senses plucked when encountering artwork but this groundbreaking effort shifted my sensitivities to a variety of pongs encountered elsewhere that evening. Gallery night is a vision quest for me but I was pleased to have Laudamiel open my nose to other possibilities. It was a surprise to feel the wildness of “The Banana and the Monkey” and pure delight to emerge from the face twisting enclosure entitled “Fear.” The installation is only in place for a few more days so move quickly to see… er, smell this one.

Christophe Laudamiel - The Banana and the Monkey - 2012
Christophe Laudamiel, The Banana and the Monkey, exhibition label, 2012.

Christophe Laudamiel
Phantosmia – all but the smell
25 January – 1 February 2012
Dillon Gallery
NYC

Images courtesy of Dillon Gallery.


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Steve Gianakos – New Paintings

Steve Gianakos has again, for the fifth time now, filled Fredericks & Freiser with a wonderful attack on the wholesome. The show runs through February 18th at the Chelsea gallery and I highly recommend seeing the paintings in person.

Steve Gianakos - She Decided to Throw the Party Anyway - 2011
Steve Gianakos, She Decided to Throw the Party Anyway, acrylic on canvas, 2011.

The opening night was very well attended. Coats came off and it seemed that people wanted to stay. There existed a noticeable boundary between the viewers and the paintings. The glances this work received were short as though it would be psychologically telling to be caught gazing. The minimal approach to the craft is a clever response to this natural behavior. It’s OK now here online, go ahead, peel back those lids and have a good long stare.

Steve Gianakos - It Had An Abrupt Melodramatic Conclusion - 2011
Steve Gianakos, It Had An Abrupt Melodramatic Conclusion, acrylic on canvas, 2011.

There is no cause for concern, these disturbances do not leave lasting harm on the psyche. They are retained as clever reminders to genuine diversity. Steve Gianakos has been pricking us for some time now and we can’t get enough.

Steve Gianakos - The Farm Had Been Rescinded Just A Month Earlier - 2011
Steve Gianakos, The Farm Had Been Rescinded Just A Month Earlier, acrylic on canvas, 2011.

Steve Gianakos
New Paintings
19 January – 18 February 2012
Fredericks & Freiser Gallery
NYC

Images courtesy of Fredericks & Freiser Gallery.


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Dongwook Lee – Love Me Tender

The beginning of 2012 marked the end of Dongwook Lee’s six month New York residency. The Doosan Gallery made the extended stay possible and now we get to see some of the work Mr. Lee created during his time in this country. The exhibition is titled “Love Me Tender” and runs in Chelsea through the middle of February.

Dongwook Lee - Mermaid - 2006
Dongwook Lee, Mermaid, mixed media, 2004.

Dongwook Lee has put together some very powerful sculptures for his first solo exhibition on U.S. soil. His miniature mixed media figures each have an amazing amount of detail. The facial expressions and body forms were captured with a clarity that commands the viewer move in for close inspection and then to move in for an even closer look.

Dongwook Lee - I Know Everything - 2010
Dongwook Lee, I Know Everything, mixed media, 2010.

Lee’s characters find themselves hooked, tied, cubed, canned and worse. The countenance of these unfortunate positions linger long after viewing. The size difference between spectator and subject increases the empathic qualities that run through the works. It is a sensation that recalls witnessing childish cruelty to insects, all we can manage to say is, “stop!” before stealing that next licentious glance.

Dongwook Lee - Sailor - 2004
Dongwook Lee, Sailor, mixed media, 2004.

Dongwook Lee
Love Me Tender
19 January – 18 February 2012
Doosan Gallery
NYC

Images courtesy of Doosan Gallery.


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Damien Hirst – The Complete Spot Paintings 1986-2011 – NYC

The Complete Spot Paintings of Damien Hirst opened simultaneously at Gagosian Gallery locations across the planet yesterday. The eight lucky cities to host the eleven events are New York, Beverly Hills, London, Paris, Rome, Geneva, Athens and Hong Kong. More than one hundred and fifty individuals and institutions lent works to make this exhibit possible.

“The Complete Spot Challenge” is a goal set by the artist that rewards successful participants with a personally dedicated spot print should they visit all eleven galleries during the exhibition. Check with the gallery for details and get ready to log some serious frequent flyer miles.

Damien Hirst - Zirconyl Chloride - 2008
Damien Hirst, Zirconyl Chloride, household gloss on canvas, 2008.

No one piece held me mesmerized longer than any other but the concept as a whole for this exhibit completely blew me away. Placing dots on the map and covering the empire was a gesture that further cemented Mr. Hirst as a man that is not afraid to take every advantage of his position.

Damien Hirst - The Complete Spot Paintings - Installation View - 2012
Damien Hirst, The Complete Spot Paintings, installation view, New York, 2012.

I haven’t checked in with the press on this one yet but it is as sure as sunrise that the response to this impressive undertaking will be largely negative. It is a regrettable certainty that follows any artist commanding this much attention. The truth, however, is that looking around the largest of the rooms opening night at Gagosian on 24th Street in New York City revealed no unhappy faces.

Damien Hirst - The Complete Spot Paintings - Installation View - 2012
Damien Hirst, The Complete Spot Paintings, installation view, New York, 2012.

Damien Hirst
The Complete Spot Paintings 1986-2011
12 January – 18 February 2012
Gagosian Gallery
NYC

Images courtesy of Gagosian Gallery.


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Will Kurtz – Extra Fucking Ordinary

Last night the life sized figurative sculptures of select New Yorkers from Will Kurtz packed into the Mike Weiss Gallery for the first night of a five week run. It is the artist’s first solo show with the Chelsea gallery.

Will Kurtz - Studio View - 2011
Will Kurtz, Studio View, 2011.

Kurtz collects construction site debris like chicken wire and scrap wood to build the armatures for these stunning shapes. His characterizations are equitable because he hunts the streets photographing his special subjects and works from his two dimensional studies to gather details that make his people so real.

Will Kurtz - Studio View - 2011
Will Kurtz, Studio View, 2011.

The opening was well attended, often filled to capacity with short wait times at the door. Inside, the gallery goers mingled with their newspaper covered counterparts with more grace and ease than many encounters on the streets of New York. The living beings in their dark wintery attire faded away contrasting the spotlighted forms that were the many focuses of the silent and still theater in the round.

Will Kurtz - Studio View - 2011
Will Kurtz, Studio View, 2011.

Will Kurtz
Extra Fucking Ordinary
12 January – 18 February 2012
Mike Weiss Gallery
NYC


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Sue Coe – Art of the Animal

Jasmin Singer from Our Hen House has just put together this great interview with Sue Coe. There is a lot to admire in the process and product of Coe’s work. I am also struck by the inventiveness of Our Hen House and imagine their message of “… a new world for animals” as a glimpse toward our evolution as better humans.


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Ivory Tower – Miami

Curators Lauren Gentile (Contemporary Wing) and Ginger Shulick (Big Deal Arts) have pulled off a truly beautiful video exhibition. Fifty floors above the city of Miami, the Ivory Tower is a thoughtfully composed taste of pure delight. Seven artists have been brought together to showcase a diverse menagerie of work. Moving room to room in this wonderful space located in the Marquis Residences building was an adventure that held surprises around each corner. If you are in Miami for the art fairs, do not miss this stunning event.

Ivory Tower - Miami - 2011
Tiffany Carbonneau, Here and Now, unique projection approximately 20 stories tall, DVD, 22 minutes, 2011.

Ivory Tower - Miami - 2011
Tiffany Carbonneau, Here and Now, unique projection approximately 20 stories tall, DVD, 22 minutes, 2011.

Ivory Tower - Miami - 2011
Phillip David Stearns, Apeiron / Peras V & IV, DVD with bonus material, 21 minutes, edition of 500, 2009.

Ivory Tower - Miami - 2011
Nia Burks, Angry Gamers, DVD, 3:03 minutes, edition of 5 + 2 AP, 2011.

Ivory Tower - Miami - 2011
Nia Burks, Angry Gamers, DVD, 3:03 minutes, edition of 5 + 2 AP, 2011.

Ivory Tower - Miami - 2011
Nia Burks, Angry Gamers, DVD, 3:03 minutes, edition of 5 + 2 AP, 2011.

Ivory Tower - Miami - 2011
Sean Capone, High Rise, DVD, 6 minutes, edition of 10, 2011.

Ivory Tower - Miami - 2011
Paul Moakley, Balls Flying Everywhere, DVD, 30 minutes, edition of 25, 2011.

Ivory Tower - Miami - 2011
Paul Moakley, Balls Flying Everywhere, DVD, 30 minutes, edition of 25, 2011.

Ivory Tower - Miami - 2011
Paul Moakley, Balls Flying Everywhere, DVD, 30 minutes, edition of 25, 2011.

Ivory Tower - Miami - 2011
Paul D. Miller (DJ Spooky), Ice Sonification, Antarctica Project, DVD, 8:08 minutes, edition of 5 + 2 AP, 2011.

Ivory Tower - Miami - 2011
Alex Villar, Breaking into Business, DVD, silent, 9 minutes, edition of 5 + 2 AP, 2011.

Ivory Tower - Miami - 2011
View from the Ivory Tower exhibition, 2011.

Ivory Tower
1 – 4 December 2011


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Pulse Miami 2011

Pulse Miami is host to ninety international exhibitors this weekend. It is a powerful experience to walk through the familiar halls and absorb the diverse nature of the artists on view. The exterior gardens with casual lounging areas are always a welcome sight for the leg weary fair goer. Pulse is a sure bet. Treat yourself right and jump on the convenient shuttle over to the Ice Palace.

Pulse Miami - 2011
Pulse Miami, 2011.

Pulse Miami - 2011
Margie Livingston, Pulse Miami, 2011.

Pulse Miami - 2011
Buster Cleveland, Pulse Miami, 2011.

Pulse Miami - 2011
Kent Dorn, Pulse Miami, 2011.

Pulse Miami - 2011
Brian Dettmer, Pulse Miami, 2011.

Pulse Miami - 2011
Delia Brown, Pulse Miami, 2011.

Pulse Miami - 2011
Tom LaDuke, Pulse Miami, 2011.

Pulse Miami - 2011
Vito Acconci, Pulse Miami, 2011.

Pulse Miami - 2011
Ingo Günther, Pulse Miami, 2011.

Pulse Miami - 2011
Dina Gadia, Pulse Miami, 2011.

Pulse Miami - 2011
Damien Hirst, Pulse Miami, 2011.

Pulse Miami
1 – 4 December 2011


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Scope Miami 2011

Situated right in the middle of the action, Scope Miami ushered in the eleventh edition of their annual fine art fair. As always, it was a blast making our way through the rows. Here are a few works that I thought deserved particular attention.

Scope Miami - 2011
Jenny Morgan, Scope Miami, 2011.

Scope Miami - 2011
Sangsik Hong, Scope Miami, 2011.

Scope Miami - 2011
J&PEG, Scope Miami, 2011.

Scope Miami - 2011
Fabio Viale, Scope Miami, 2011.

Scope Miami - 2011
Chris Mars, Scope Miami, 2011.

Scope Miami - 2011
I Santissimi, Scope Miami, 2011.

Scope Miami - 2011
Martin Wittfooth, Scope Miami, 2011.

Scope Miami
29 November – 4 December 2011


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Art Basel Miami Beach – Vernissage Day – 2011

The tenth edition of Art Basel Miami Beach kicked off today. A few hundred feet into the chaos and I felt that the overall quality of the work was better than the previous two years. It is difficult to pinpoint the reason for this observation. Perhaps it is something to do with the economy or the influx of international collectors but the showing throughout was strong. If you plan to visit the Convention Center over the next few days, get there early and be prepared to walk and walk and walk. I took photographs of most of the work that demanded my attention but I am sure that another viewer would return with much different evidence.

Art Basel Miami Beach - 2011
Art Basel Miami Beach, 2011.

Art Basel Miami Beach - 2011
Yves Klein, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2011.

Art Basel Miami Beach - 2011
Marcel Duchamp, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2011.

Art Basel Miami Beach - 2011
Max Neumann, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2011.

Art Basel Miami Beach - 2011
Daniel Rich, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2011.

Art Basel Miami Beach - 2011
Louise Bourgeois, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2011.

Art Basel Miami Beach - 2011
Willem Oorebeek, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2011.

Art Basel Miami Beach - 2011
Carsten Höller, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2011.

Art Basel Miami Beach - 2011
Sean Landers, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2011.

Art Basel Miami Beach - 2011
Ivan Morley, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2011.

Art Basel Miami Beach - 2011
Jonathan Meese, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2011.

Art Basel Miami Beach - 2011
Hans-Peter Feldmann, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2011.

Art Basel Miami Beach - 2011
Michael St. John, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2011.

Art Basel Miami Beach - 2011
Erwin Wurm, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2011.

Art Basel Miami Beach - 2011
Peter Liversidge, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2011.

Art Basel Miami Beach - 2011
Brian Tolle, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2011.

Art Basel Miami Beach - 2011
Jennifer Rubell, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2011.

Art Basel Miami Beach - 2011
Anish Kapoor, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2011.

Art Basel Miami Beach - 2011
Mark Ryden, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2011.

Art Basel Miami Beach - 2011
Cyprien Gaillard, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2011.

Art Basel Miami Beach - 2011
Padraig Timoney, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2011.

Art Basel Miami Beach - 2011
Leandro Erlich, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2011.

Art Basel Miami Beach - 2011
Nick Cave, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2011.

Art Basel Miami Beach - 2011
Fred Tomaselli, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2011.

Art Basel Miami Beach - 2011

Art Basel Miami Beach
1 – 4 December 2011


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Art Miami 2011 – VIP Preview Night

Escaping the cold has become a yearly adventure for us. The first stop on our semi-tropical late November adventure is always Art Miami. The fair never ceases to delight. The staff are courteous and the showroom is immaculate. The international flair of the event is palpable and the excitement of the viewers is always a joy to experience. Here are some highlights from the opening night. The fair runs daily through December 4th, so do yourself a favor and get there.

Art Miami - 2011
Art Miami, 2011.

Art Miami - 2011
Georges Rousse, Art Miami, 2011.

Art Miami - 2011
Tianhong Sheng, Art Miami, 2011.

Art Miami - 2011
Bruno Widmann, Art Miami, 2011.

Art Miami - 2011
Sergei Isupov, Art Miami, 2011.

Art Miami - 2011
Abrahan Jimenez, Art Miami, 2011.

Art Miami - 2011
Andrew Erdos, Art Miami, 2011.

Art Miami - 2011
Martin Herbst, Art Miami, 2011.

Art Miami - 2011
Ai Weiwei, Art Miami, 2011.

Art Miami - 2011
John Waters, Art Miami, 2011.

Art Miami - 2011
Andy Warhol, Art Miami, 2011.

Art Miami - 2011
Boyd & Evans, Art Miami, 2011.

Art Miami - 2011
Idelle Weber, Art Miami, 2011.

Art Miami - 2011
Marjorie Strider, Art Miami, 2011.

Art Miami - 2011
Veikko Hirvimäki, Art Miami, 2011.

Art Miami - 2011
Julian Schnabel, Art Miami, 2011.

Art Miami - 2011
Tony Oursler, Art Miami, 2011.

Art Miami - 2011
Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Art Miami, 2011.

Art Miami - 2011
Carter Hodgkin, Art Miami, 2011.

Art Miami - 2011
Nicole Etienne, Art Miami, 2011.

Art Miami - 2011
Fred Stonehouse, Art Miami, 2011.

Art Miami - 2011
Matthew Barney, Art Miami, 2011.

Art Miami
30 November – 4 December


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Lisa Foster – Studio Visit

The past few months I have been laying low in Western Massachusetts. During this stay, I had the opportunity to visit the studio of a very talented artist who lives in the area. Huge thanks to Lisa Foster for her hospitality and for letting me run around her awesome studio space with a camera.

Lisa has been making fantastic paintings for years but has only recently began to actively share her creations outside of her close circle. Showing work through her website and social media outlets has flourished in immediate and growing attention for more.

Her life sized, mixed media, self portraits known as “Lisa Shapes” command complete attention when encountered. It is a sensation that could be likened to a meeting as much as a viewing. Foster has been through a lot in her life. Some traumatic experiences had left her “in pieces.” Her work, the process and product, have been helping her to feel whole again. The genuine nature of this approach has been manifesting very powerful results.

The large canvases are accomplished with acrylic paint, medium and reproduction quilting fabrics. It’s easy to keep up with the production of her new work online. In addition to that, I encourage you to see the pieces in person. It is a real treat that offers new insight. I hope that you enjoy this studio visit as much as I did.

Lisa Foster - Studio Visit - 2011

Lisa Foster - Studio Visit - 2011

Lisa Foster - Studio Visit - 2011

Lisa Foster - Studio Visit - 2011

Lisa Foster - Studio Visit - 2011

Lisa Foster - Studio Visit - 2011

Lisa Foster - Studio Visit - 2011

Lisa Foster - Studio Visit - 2011

Lisa Foster - Studio Visit - 2011

Lisa Foster - Studio Visit - 2011

Lisa Foster - Studio Visit - 2011

Lisa Foster - Studio Visit - 2011

Lisa Foster - Studio Visit - 2011

Lisa Foster - Studio Visit - 2011

Lisa Foster - Studio Visit - 2011

Lisa Foster - Studio Visit - 2011

Lisa Foster - Studio Visit - 2011

Lisa Foster - Studio Visit - 2011

Lisa Foster - Studio Visit - 2011

Lisa Foster - Studio Visit - 2011

Lisa Foster - Studio Visit - 2011

Lisa Foster - Studio Visit - 2011

Lisa Foster - Studio Visit - 2011

Lisa Foster - Studio Visit - 2011

Lisa Foster - Studio Visit - 2011

To learn more about Lisa Foster, please visit her website at: www.lisaafoster.com


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Scott Lickstein – Life In Flux

Traditionally, the art world “shuts down” for the Summer. It is a broad market perspective that sends the art collector for a well deserved ocean respite. It’s also a good time for art world transitions.

I’ve been involved in several off-season moves that will intensify my career as artist, dealer and art writer. New York City is on the very near horizon and I should be in position soon to conduct more studio visits, museum previews and exhibition reviews.

The Summer has also brought about the founding of my personal artist website. I’m offering up a new signed and numbered, archival, limited edition pigment print seven days a week. All of my artistic pursuits are updated daily on the site. Check in regularly to examine progress on my portfolio, ongoing projects and store. Please sign up here to receive a weekly digest via email highlighting all of the action.

Scroll down for a small selection of my work from this year. Two prints, a pair of photographs, a couple of projects, some paintings and now, yes, I have been branded with my own logo.

Scott Lickstein - Spectrum Sipper - 2011
Scott Lickstein, Spectrum Sipper, archival pigment print on 300 gsm, 100% cotton, acid & lignin free paper, 20.25 x 17 inches, 2011.

Scott Lickstein - The Hawk - 2011
Scott Lickstein, The Hawk, archival pigment print on 300 gsm, 100% cotton, acid & lignin free paper, 17 x 17 inches, 2011.

Scott Lickstein - Life and Death in the Forest 001 - 2011
Scott Lickstein, Life and Death in the Forest, c-print, 2011.

Scott Lickstein - Mystics and Tides 014 - 2011
Scott Lickstein, Mystics and Tides 014, c-print, 2011.

Scott Lickstein - When I'm Gone 036 - 2011
Scott Lickstein, When I’m Gone 036, 2011.

Scott Lickstein - When I'm Gone 044 - 2011
Scott Lickstein, When I’m Gone 044, 2011.

Scott Lickstein with Ian Gamache - 2011
Scott Lickstein with Ian Gamache, Let’s Play Hostage, 2011.

Scott Lickstein with Ian Gamache- Boring Summer Movie - 2011
Scott Lickstein with Ian Gamache, Boring Summer Movie, 2011.

Scott Lickstein - Speechless - 2011
Scott Lickstein, Speechless, 2011.

Scott Lickstein - Moonwolf - 2011
Scott Lickstein, Moonwolf, 2011.

Scott Lickstein - 2011


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Leo Villareal – Volume

“Cylinder,” a mixed media sculpture from Leo Villareal is currently installed at the Gering & López Gallery in New York City. It is the fourth time that the artist has had a solo exhibit with the gallery. The viewer clearly benefits from the chemistry that has developed between creator and venue.

Leo Villareal - Cylinder - 2011
Leo Villareal, Cylinder, white LEDs, mirror finished stainless steel, custom software, electrical hardware, 12 x 9 x 9 feet, 2011.

Suspended amidst small shards of mirror finished stainless steel, more than twenty thousand while LED lights have been tuned to dim and brighten in concert. The artist has likened the time based piece to a musical score. The pulsations mount frequencies through the optic nerve that can result in a light hypnotic shift.

Leo Villareal - Cylinder (detail) - 2011
Leo Villareal, Cylinder (detail), white LEDs, mirror finished stainless steel, custom software, electrical hardware, 12 x 9 x 9 feet, 2011.

The exhibit is titled “Volume” and contains one piece of sculpture, “Cylinder.” The space in between the edge of the lights and the surrounding walls is very important to Villareal. The light pulsing on the wall behind you and the shift to dark that happens on the others that you are with is all part of the art. Step into this thoughtful sequence and you become it while it becomes you.

Leo Villareal - Cylinder (detail) - 2011
Leo Villareal, Cylinder (detail), white LEDs, mirror finished stainless steel, custom software, electrical hardware, 12 x 9 x 9 feet, 2011.

Leo Villareal
Volume
4 May – 25 June 2011
Gering & López Gallery
NYC


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Gillian Wearing – People

“People,” from Gillian Wearing, is the first major NYC solo show for the artist since 2003. The exhibit encompasses a wide variety of media and fills both floors of the Tanya Bokandar Gallery on West 21st Street.

Gillian Wearing - Me as Warhol in Drag with Scar - 2010
Gillian Wearing, Me as Warhol in Drag with Scar, framed bromide print, 63 3/8 x 51 1/2 inches, 2010.

The work collected for this display includes video installations, photographs and sculptures. This diverse array blends seamlessly as the viewer is introduced to one acquaintance after the next.

Gillian Wearing - Gervais - 2010
Gillian Wearing, Gervais, painted bronze on plywood plinth , 15 1/2 x 4 7/8 x 6 3/4 inches, 2010.

Identity skates very thin ice in all of these works. In the shuffle, it can be easy to lose a sense of self when empathy takes root. You can’t hear it in these still images but words are the pure energy that ribbons through all of the media. The Art here is experiential, get to the gallery and make the breakthrough.

Gillian Wearing - Secrets and Lies - 2010
Gillian Wearing, Secrets and Lies, video for monitor with sound, 53 minutes, 16 seconds , 96 x 69 x 97 inches, 2009.

Gillian Wearing
People
5 May – 24 June 2011
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
NYC


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Robert Morris – 1934 and Before

An exhibition of large drawings by Robert Morris is on view in NYC. “1934 and Before,” is currently at the Leo Castelli Gallery and will remain through the end of June. Some of the works will be rotated during the course of the show so you may want to consider more than one trip to the gallery.

Robert Morris - 1934 Mid-West Dust Storm - 2010
Robert Morris, 1934 Mid-West Dust Storm, epoxy on aluminum panels, 96 x 144″, 2010.

Eight large works make up the exhibition. The artist refers to these epoxy and acrylic pieces as drawings, referencing the practice over the medium. Sea sponges were used to apply paint to the large aluminum panels. The perforated texture mimics the newsreel quality inherent in the images of the time period.

Robert Morris - Distant Relative (Before 1934) - 2010
Robert Morris, Distant Relative (Before 1934), acrylic on aluminum panels, 96 x 144″, 2010.

Robert Morris was born in 1931. He chose 1934 as the date of his earliest memories and the imagery is derived from sources predating this awareness instead of personal experience. He may very well be claiming the past as manifestations emanating from his being. A theory that carries weight through science, theology and art. Nostalgia, good and bad, is such a powerful force because it draws on our shared dimension.

Robert Morris - 1934 Nuremberg Rally - 2010
Robert Morris, 1934 Nuremberg Rally, arcrylic on aluminum panels, 144 x 144″, 2010.

Robert Morris
1934 and Before
3 May – 30 June 2011
Leo Castelli Gallery
NYC


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Rik Meijers – I Am Still What I Wanted To Be

“I Am Still What I Wanted to Be,” is the first solo show in the U.S. for Rik Meijers. Assemblage paintings and drawings make up this special exhibit at Friedman Benda in NYC. The artist is also currently exhibiting at the Bonnefanten Museum in Maastricht, the Netherlands.

Rik Meijers - Couple - 2006
Rik Meijers, Couple, mixed media on canvas, 95 x 71″, 2006.

Rik Meijers is a well known musician in his native country. His nightly encounters with the nightlife have informed the content of these densely crafted character studies.

Rik Meijers - Trio - 2004
Rik Meijers, Trio, mixed media on canvas, 72 x 110″, 2004.

Meijers has taken cues over the years from pulp realist writers like Celine and Bukowski. This narrow alley is strewn with the waste of the life. It is this material that is literally assembled in bas relief engaging with the paint the swirling nostalgia of bottle caps, tar, glitter and glass.

Rik Meijers - Man of Wounds - 2006
Rik Meijers, Man of Wounds, mixed media on canvas, 106 x 75″, 2006.

Rik Meijers
I Am Still What I Wanted to Be
21 April – 28 May 2011
Friedman Benda
NYC


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Anni Leppälä – Munich

The Barbara Gross Galerie in Munich is currently holding their first exhibit with Finnish photographer, Anni Leppälä.

Anni Leppälä - Shirt (hand) - 2010
Anni Leppälä, Shirt (hand), pigment print on aluminum, 12 x 17″, 2010.

The recent imagery coming from Anni Leppälä has been carefully stripped of identity. These anonymous portraits are solemn investigations into the objectification of the body. The removal of distinguishable traits enables the viewer to commune with the models on a level that recalls personal experience more than an external voyeurism.

Anni Leppälä - Garden - 2007
Anni Leppälä, Garden, c-print on aluminum, 24 x 33″, 2007.

An uneasy feeling rolls over those that witness these small scale photographs. The fragmented anatomy plays with our desire to complete. Our eye follows leading lines that cause the mind to exhaust contextual possibilities, for better or worse.

Leppälä is a member of the Helsinki School, a strong selection of young artists from the region that has gathered some attention through their collective. Be sure to click on the link and check out her comrades.

Anni Leppälä - Two Daughters (in a boat) - 2010
Anni Leppälä, Two Daughters (in a boat), pigment print on aluminum, 12 x 17″, 2010.

Anni Leppälä
1 April – 14 May 2011
Barbara Gross Galerie
Munich


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Lars Elling – Oppenheimer’s Garden

Thomas Williams Fine Art is celebrating the opening of their new gallery location with an exhibit of paintings from Lars Elling. “Oppenheimer’s Garden” is on display now through the end of April, contact the gallery for details.

Lars Elling - Initiation - 2010
Lars Elling, Initiation, oil and egg tempera on canvas, 67 x 67″, 2010.

Lars Elling paints with egg tempera, an ancient method that involves the suspension of raw pigment in egg yolk and other fluids. The slick feel of the paint dries quickly into a sticky skim and further seals into a very durable, long lasting surface. It’s a technique that is barely taught in schools today because tempera has almost entirely been replaced by oil paint. The medium allows for a precise control over color with light entering deep into the surface illuminating the minuscule specs of powdered pigment. The effect of the approach and the facility of the artist is easily spotted even in these digitized images.

Lars Elling - Mastermind - 2010
Lars Elling, Mastermind, oil and egg tempera on canvas, 39 x 39″, 2010.

The fabricated world of Lars Elling has been Frankensteined from opposing references that evoke feelings of nostalgic comfort and masochistic stage. Elling turns the paintings as he works, an action that further confuses the physics of his scenes and forces deliberation over form on an abstract level. The strange and beautiful tableau invites and repels dependent largely on the emotional baggage that the viewer has brought to the gallery.

Lars Elling - Mother's Day - 2010
Lars Elling, Mother’s Day, oil and egg tempera on canvas, 67 x 67″, 2010.

Lars Elling
16 March – 28 April 2011
Thomas Williams Fine Art
London


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Erwin Wurm – I Am Erwin Wurm

“I am Erwin Wurm,” a showing of mixed media works from Erwin Wurm is currently on display at Galleri Bo Bjerggaard in Copenhagen. The artist worked closely with the gallery along with the Brandts Art Hall in the city of Odense which is hosting a concurrent exhibit of larger scale works.

Erwin Wurm - Big Coat - 2010
Erwin Wurm, Big Coat, aluminum and paint, 88 x 32 x 25″, 2010.

The photographs and the sculptural elements both evoke an unnerving sensation as Wurm introduces chaotic touches that force adjustments to nearly universal perceptions. There is a sense of the artist waiting for these ideas to emerge over time. Simple moments of genius do not abound, they require patience and demand discipline. Erwin Wurm has been at this practice for some time and he keeps getting better.

Erwin Wurm - Untitled - 2009
Erwin Wurm, Untitled, c-print, 45 x 57″, 2009.

“I am Erwin Wurm” the title of this exhibit demonstrates the confidence in intellect that is required to produce these works. In an often dramatic and generally over sensitive “art universe” Wurm is one of the good guys that reminds us that the mind, his and yours, is a funny place.

Erwin Wurm - Idiot III - 2010
Erwin Wurm, Idiot III, c-print, 36 x 29″, 2010.

Erwin Wurm
I am Erwin Wurm
11 March – 25 June 2011
Galleri Bo Bjerggaard
Copenhagen


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Renie Spoelstra – Toronto

The first exhibit in Canada showing the charcoal drawings of Renie Spoelstra is on now and continues through April 2nd at the Nicholas Metivier Gallery in Toronto.

Renie Spoelstra - Recreation Area - 2010
Renie Spoelstra, Recreation Area, charcoal on paper, 95 x 138″, 2010.

Renie Spoelstra crafts her charcoal drawings in studio working from video stills and other photographic material. It can be a challenge to translate photographs into other media but the artist manages to breathe the sort of life into her compositions that you may expect from a plein air situation.

Renie Spoelstra - Car #3 - 2010
Renie Spoelstra, Car #3, charcoal on paper, 12 x 16″, 2010.

Spoelstra often selects imagery that captures the asides of life. Drawings from photographs taken whilst driving offer another look at the mundane that gains appreciation with examination. Darkness broods in a very literal way through this work. The shadows within the shadows enlighten the viewer to the subtle power that teems through our periphery.

Renie Spoelstra - Driving #2 - 2010
Renie Spoelstra, Driving #2, charcoal on paper, 16 x 20″, 2010.

Renie Spoelstra
10 March – 2 April 2011
Nicholas Metivier Gallery
Toronto


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Lutz & Guggisberg – Zuoz

The recent work of the artistic pair known as Lutz & Guggisberg is now on display at the Monica De Cardenas Gallery in Zuoz, Switzerland.

Lutz & Guggisberg - Tipi Dream - 2010
Lutz & Guggisberg, Tipi Dream, mixed media on canvas, 43 x 47″, 2010.

Andres Lutz and Anders Guggisberg have been delighting us as a pair for more than a decade. They draw on a tremendous variety of sources for their inspiration. The delicious blend of art history, humor and ecological concerns inform the content with a rich subjective mythology.

Lutz & Guggisberg - Slug Traffic - 2010
Lutz & Guggisberg, Slug Traffic, oil on canvas, 43 x 47″, 2010.

Consider, for a moment, the challenges of collaborating on a visual level. Without even consulting “the other,” creative roadblocks are already being built. So it is a rare case when two talented individuals can put aside petty jealousy and even shame to risk a venture for our benefit. For their share, the duo take away new understandings of how art develops singly and evolves over time. The third mind that takes responsibility for these pieces is unlike anyone you will ever meet.

Lutz & Guggisberg - Aximal - 2010
Lutz & Guggisberg, Aximal, oil on canvas, 43 x 47″, 2010.

Lutz & Guggisberg
12 February – 2 April 2011
Monica De Cardenas Gallery
Zuoz, Switzerland


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Trevor Paglen – Unhuman

“Unhuman” is the second solo show that Trevor Paglen has had with the Altman Siegel Gallery. His recent photography is on display at the San Francisco gallery and will remain there through April 2nd.

Trevor Paglen - They Watch the Moon - 2010
Trevor Paglen, They Watch the Moon, c-print, 48 x 36″, 2010.

Paglen defines his interest with photography as the “practice of seeing with machines.” The directness of this approach has yielded some stunning results. Amplified vision and time sensitive visual representations offer impossible views of this world and beyond. Something unknown is always being seen with our new tools and this artist is marking the changes.

Trevor Paglen - Artifacts (Spacecraft in Perpetual Geosynchronous Orbit, 35,786 km Above Equator) - 2010
Trevor Paglen, Trevor Paglen – Artifacts (Spacecraft in Perpetual Geosynchronous Orbit, 35,786 km Above Equator) (Detail, part two of diptych), c-print, 50 x 40″, 2010.

The body of work in this exhibition has the camera turned inward and outward. We get to watch the watchers using the same dirty tricks we’ve come to expect. “Unhuman,” as represented in this context does not refer to a shortcoming of technology as it may have in the past. It’s a descriptor of the new found comfort level with our increased capabilities. For better and worse, it is a sign of what we have become.

Trevor Paglen - Reaper Drone (Indian Springs, NV Distance ~ 2 miles) - 2010
Trevor Paglen, Reaper Drone (Indian Springs, NV Distance ~ 2 miles), c-print, 36 x 30″, 2010.

Trevor Paglen
Unhuman
10 February – 2 April 2011
Altman Siegel Gallery
San Francisco


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Julião Sarmento – Remarks On Colour

“Remarks on Colour” is Julião Sarmento’s first solo exhibition with Pilar Corrias in London. The work is on display now and runs through March 19th. Sarmento has studied both painting and architecture and for nearly four decades he has been exploring points where the two disciplines collide.

Julião Sarmento - Silver Lake Yellow Boob - 2010-11
Julião Sarmento, Silver Lake Yellow Boob, polyvinyl acetate, pigments, acrylic, acrylic gesso, ink, graphite and silkscreen print on unprimed cotton canvas, 2010-11.

The title of this show is a direct reference to Ludwig Wittgenstein’s fractured reaction to Goethe’s statements concerning the origin of color itself. The canvasses are mostly white with occasional shocks of screen printed primary color. The color reacts with the white surface to initiate the perception of a spectrum beginning with the primary and fading away into the plane.

Julião Sarmento - Silver Lake Blue Hands - 2010-11
Julião Sarmento, Silver Lake Blue Hands, polyvinyl acetate, pigments, acrylic, acrylic gesso, ink, graphite and silkscreen print on unprimed cotton canvas, 2010-11.

The architectural leanings of the artist are evident in compositions that mimic the modernist structures depicted in the printed areas. Suggestions of living tissue, both human and plant often remark on direct sensitivities of the viewer. Sarmento calls on our susceptibilities to nature through the revealing of delicate areas and shared nervous sensation.

Julião Sarmento - White Exit - 2010-11
Julião Sarmento, White Exit, mixed media installation, 2010-11.

Julião Sarmento
Remarks on Colour
15 February – 19 March 2011
Pilar Corrias
London


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Margie Livingston – Paint Objects

“Paint Objects,” the first solo show in Los Angeles from Margie Livingston is on now and runs through the end of February at Luis De Jesus.

Margie Livingston - Small Folded Painting in Yellow, Green, and Neutral Red - 2010
Margie Livingston, Small Folded Painting in Yellow, Green, and Neutral Red, acrylic, 2010.

Over the past three years, Margie Livingston has been experimenting with paint in a radically different manner from her earlier work. She has removed the surface of the painting in an effort to concentrate on the sculptural qualities of drying paint.

Margie Livingston - 146 Fluid Black and White Layers in a Grid - 2010
Margie Livingston, 146 Fluid Black and White Layers in a Grid, acrylic, 2010.

These groundless paintings are often accomplished by pouring several gallons of acrylic paint on the studio floor and allowing the sheets to dry to a pliable new material. The sheets are rolled, cut and otherwise contorted into a variety of shapes that rely on precision to complete the forms with chance often factoring the juxtaposition of color.

Most painters maintain a waste area for unused paint, often in the shape of colorful mounds. These long term, arbitrary asides are rarely exhibited. Livingston counts on mistakes as a central theme driving the experimental nature of these new sculptures. The finished pieces exhibit a polish that solidifies their physical presence outside of the experimentation of the studio. Leaving the canvas behind is a big step, it should be interesting to see where this reckless behavior leads.

Margie Livingston - Study for Spiral Block #5 - 2010
Margie Livingston, Study for Spiral Block #5, acrylic, 2010.

Margie Livingston
Paint Objects
22 January – 27 February 2011
Luis De Jesus Los Angeles


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Art Basel – Miami Beach 2010

As I arrived in Miami Beach for this year’s Art Basel, I was still recovering from some unexpected hostilities encountered during our stay up North. It was all I could do to raise my camera and try to bring back some evidence of the fair. I am happy to report that the art overload, along with some caring folks down here in the Southeast have begun to break the negative spell and move me toward lush pastures.

Art Basel Miami Beach has become an annual necessity here at L.I.M.O. and you can expect much better coverage next year. In the meantime, I hope that you can enjoy the few photographs that managed to make it through the heavy haze.

Art Basel - Miami Beach - 2010
Art Basel Miami Beach, 2010.

Ai Weiwei - Art Basel - Miami Beach - 2010
Ai Weiwei, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2010.

Barry Flanagan - Art Basel - Miami Beach - 2010
Barry Flanagan, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2010.

Cyprien Gaillard - Art Basel - Miami Beach - 2010
Cyprien Gaillard, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2010.

Ed Paschke - Art Basel - Miami Beach - 2010
Ed Paschke, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2010.

Elmgreen & Dragset - Art Basel - Miami Beach - 2010
Elmgreen & Dragset, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2010.

Erwin Wurm - Art Basel - Miami Beach - 2010
Erwin Wurm, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2010.

Jarbas Lopes - Art Basel - Miami Beach - 2010
Jarbas Lopes, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2010.

Phillip Allen - Art Basel - Miami Beach - 2010
Phillip Allen, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2010.

Sam Durant - Art Basel - Miami Beach - 2010
Sam Durant, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2010.

Tony Oursler - Art Basel - Miami Beach - 2010
Tony Oursler, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2010.

Art Basel
2 – 5 December 2010
Miami Beach


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Anselm Kiefer – Next Year In Jerusalem

“Next Year in Jerusalem,” at Gagosian Gallery in NYC is a solo exhibition of entirely new work from Anselm Kiefer.

Anselm Kiefer - Flying Fortress - 2010
Anselm Kiefer, Flying Fortress, airplane engine, steel, photographs, lead and oil, emulsion, acrylic, shellac on clay on canvas in inscribed glass and steel vitrine, 2010.

The mixed media show inhabits the walls and floors of the gallery filling the space much like a natural history museum display. The glass vitrines contain precious artifacts that appeal to a sense of external discovery and internal moments.

Anselm Kiefer - San Loreto - 2009-2010
Anselm Kiefer, San Loreto, oil, emulsion, acrylic and shellac on canvas, 2009-2010.

Anselm Kiefer is known to work on a larger than human scale and this series of new work is in line with his history. The near monumental size has on occasion been mistaken as a crutch that artists rely on to overwhelm the viewer but it is important to remember that weakness can also be magnified at this scale. The foundation of these compositions and the structure of these thoughts are sound.

Anselm Kiefer - Winterwald - 2010
Anselm Kiefer, Winterwald, oil, emulsion, acrylic, shellac, ash, torn bushes, synthetic teeth and snakeskin on canvas in glass and steel frames, 2010.

Kiefer has completed an amazing body of work throughout his career. The tremendous quality of his previous efforts often make it difficult to imagine pleasing new directions and yet it is exactly this that we should expect. He remains a cunning manipulator of material and a master of entangling history and dream to engage more than his generation.

Anselm Kiefer - Ararat - 2010
Anselm Kiefer, Ararat, oil, emulsion, acrylic, shellac, ash, torn bushes, synthetic teeth and snakeskin on canvas in glass and steel frames, 2010.

Anselm Kiefer
Next Year in Jerusalem
6 November – 18 December 2010
Gagosian Gallery
NYC


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Aaron Johnson – Studio Visit – 2010

Recently, we stopped in on Aaron Johnson’s new studio space in Bushwick. We were there so that he could sign the new print edition, available here, through our gallery.

It was great to see how much painting was going on in the studio. Aaron was preparing for a solo show, “Scars and Stripes” opening this Friday at Gallery Poulsen in Copenhagen, Denmark and let us take some photographs of the work in progress. He’s been instituting exciting new techniques that have brought the concentration of textural detail to new levels.

Johnson continues to explore a vibrant mythology that is a mash-up of history, biology and individual investigation. His compositions seem to grow in an organic manner with division and replication playing large roles in the layers of color that build into surface. Two depictions of God were nearing completion in the space. These pieces were clear indications that although the works explode before the viewer’s eyes they still manage to keep sight of a larger ideal.

Aaron Johnson - Studio Visit - 2010

Aaron Johnson - Studio Visit - 2010

Aaron Johnson - Studio Visit - 2010

Aaron Johnson - Studio Visit - 2010

Aaron Johnson - Studio Visit - 2010

Aaron Johnson - Studio Visit - 2010

Aaron Johnson - Studio Visit - 2010

Aaron Johnson - Studio Visit - 2010

Aaron Johnson - Studio Visit - 2010

Aaron Johnson - Studio Visit - 2010

Aaron Johnson - Studio Visit - 2010

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Javier Piñon – O Babalon

“O Babalon,” a show of new collage work from Javier Piñón is currently on display at ZieherSmith in NYC.

Javier Piñón - The Scarlet Woman - 2010
Javier Piñón, The Scarlet Woman, collage, 2010.

On the night this opened, we were wandering around Chelsea in the rain and came across a good friend and excellent painter. Without hesitating, he told us to make our way to see this exhibit. It became our next stop and we couldn’t have been more delighted at the suggestion.

Javier Piñón - Sibyl - 2010
Javier Piñón, Sibyl, collage, 2010.

The collages have a seamless quality and that spell is rarely broken. The exceptions, the areas that don’t quite work, serve as occasional reminders that the surface is not whole. This brand of tight technique stirs wonderfully with the mystic naughtiness of the content. The subjects are lost in ritual not entirely meant for our understanding but still manage to keep stride with the real world.

Javier Piñón - The Cave of Knowledge - 2010
Javier Piñón, The Cave of Knowledge, collage, 2010.

Javier Piñón
O Babalon
14 October – 13 November 2010
ZieherSmith
NYC


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Paul Thek: Diver, A Retrospective – Preview

Paul Thek - Diver, A Retrospective - 2010

Today, the Whitney Museum of American Art has thrown the doors open on “Diver” a retrospective exhibition highlighting the wide scope of work generated by artist Paul Thek in his short lifetime. Yesterday, the museum let us in to preview the work on display and we have some photos to share.

Paul Thek - Diver, A Retrospective - 2010

Paul Thek - Diver, A Retrospective - 2010

The retrospect is thoughtfully curated. Each room folds out another aspect, time period and location change from the career of the artist. It’s a sensation that is felt by the viewer as avenues that appear as growth from change rather than linear progress. To experience the work contained in “Diver” as it is laid out is to get a surreal sense of the life of Paul Thek.

Paul Thek - Diver, A Retrospective - 2010

Paul Thek - Diver, A Retrospective - 2010

The last room of the exhibit contains work produced shortly before Thek submitted to complications from AIDS. The paintings are hung very low in this room. The audience is forced to bow or kneel to engage the work closely. Thek’s sentiments, knowing he was going to die, unearth a beauty of spirit and directness that reorganize his life’s effort into new clarity.

Paul Thek - Diver, A Retrospective - 2010

Paul Thek - Diver, A Retrospective - 2010

Paul Thek - Diver, A Retrospective - 2010

Paul Thek - Diver, A Retrospective - 2010

Paul Thek was a man that knew the history of his trade well, this is evident from getting to know his work. Another thing that jumps out is that he became, himself, an influence to countless artists. It is the first major examination of his work in the United States. If time and space are against you and you can’t get to New York, pick up the 304 page catalogue, here.

Paul Thek - Diver, A Retrospective - 2010

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Mike & Doug Starn – Studio Visit

Last week, we had the opportunity to look around at the Starn studio in beautiful Beacon, NY. It was one of those experiences that is not easily forgotten. The building is approximately the same square footage as an American football field and filled with work in various stages of development. The director of the studio, Gaudéricq Robiliard, showed us around and explained the various experimental processes that are currently being used in the two and three dimensional artworks.

A piece of Big Bambú engaged a large part of the studio. The huge sculpture is comprised of more than 2500 strips of bamboo lashed together with nylon mountain climbing rope. The piece changes often as lengths are unattached and reattached elsewhere moving the behemoth structure in a slow, cascading manner. The rest of Big Bambú is currently occupying the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art overlooking New York City’s Central Park through October 31st. This is one artwork that you must see.

There is a constant buzz of activity that envelops visitors to this place. The inherited space has a raw, industrial feel that is completely overshadowed by the warmth of creativity and workspace ingenuity. The harsh warehouse lighting has been dispersed by hanging large white semitransparent textiles. This sort of handmade feel to the functional furnishings pervade the interior design and predicate a sense of the practical genius that is at work. We took tons of pictures so that you may share in the amazing experience.

Mike and Doug Starn - Studio Visit - 2010

Mike and Doug Starn - Studio Visit - 2010

Mike and Doug Starn - Studio Visit - 2010

Mike and Doug Starn - Studio Visit - 2010

Mike and Doug Starn - Studio Visit - 2010

Mike and Doug Starn - Studio Visit - 2010

Mike and Doug Starn - Studio Visit - 2010

Mike and Doug Starn - Studio Visit - 2010

Mike and Doug Starn - Studio Visit - 2010

Mike and Doug Starn - Studio Visit - 2010

Mike and Doug Starn - Studio Visit - 2010

Mike and Doug Starn - Studio Visit - 2010

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Ron English – Status Factory – NYC

This past weekend, Ron English opened the bar to a few hundred of his closest friends at his temporary space, “Status Factory” in NYC. The swanky 5,000 square foot space in SoHo is filled with two and three dimensional works illustrating Ron’s personal “Popaganda.” The show runs through the end of October, so if you have the time, stop in and get overwhelmed.

Ron English - Status Factory - New York City - 2010

Ron English - Status Factory - New York City - 2010

Ron English - Status Factory - New York City - 2010

Ron English - Status Factory - New York City - 2010

Ron English - Status Factory - New York City - 2010

Ron English - Status Factory - New York City - 2010

Ron English - Status Factory - New York City - 2010

Ron English - Status Factory - New York City - 2010

Ron English - Status Factory - New York City - 2010

Ron English - Status Factory - New York City - 2010

Ron English - Status Factory - New York City - 2010

Ron English - Status Factory - New York City - 2010

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RE:Form School – NYC – Preview

Re:Form School, “a high profile group art exhibition, event series and public awareness campaign… that brings together the creative community in a call for the reform of the American Public Education System.” opens today and runs through Monday at 233 Mott Street in NYC.

Last night, we attended a special preview of the exhibit and took these photographs before the crowd arrived. It’s a sprawling, three floor group show in an old school house involving more than 150 artists. It’s for a great cause so get to SoHo before it’s gone.

Re:Form School - New York City - 2010

Re:Form School - New York City - 2010

Re:Form School - New York City - 2010

Re:Form School - New York City - 2010

Re:Form School - New York City - 2010

Re:Form School - New York City - 2010

Re:Form School - New York City - 2010

Re:Form School - New York City - 2010

Re:Form School - New York City - 2010

Re:Form School - New York City - 2010

Re:Form School - New York City - 2010

Re:Form School - New York City - 2010

Once the doors opened to the artists and media, it didn’t take long for the school to fill up. If you plan on attending this weekend, it might be a good idea to arrive early and expect to wait in line.

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Fred Tomaselli – Brooklyn Museum – Preview

A “mid-career”exhibition surveying the work of Fred Tomaselli opens today at the Brooklyn Museum. Yesterday afternoon we had an opportunity to preview the exhibit and grabbed some photos to share. It had been nearly a year since L.I.M.O. had a chance to catch up with Fred and it was no surprise to find him in good spirits on the eve of this hometown honor.

The exhibit is a staggering affair. When encountering one of these mixed media masterpieces in the context of a group show, the Tomaselli stands out. His work often alienates itself in this manner. Moving through four rooms of his oeuvre, however, is an experience that one doesn’t question. It’s a larger than human experience not unlike the Great Pyramid or a hurricane. There is no temptation to insinuate and no need for review. Get to the Brooklyn Museum pronto!

Fred Tomaselli - Brooklyn Museum - 2010
Fred Tomaselli with Night Music for Raptors, Brooklyn Museum, 2010.

Fred Tomaselli - Field Guides - 2003
Fred Tomaselli, Field Guides, photo collage, gouache, acrylic, and resin on wood panel, 2003.

Fred Tomaselli - Red Butte - 1994
Fred Tomaselli, Red Butte, hemp leaves, acrylic and resin on wood panel, 1994.

Fred Tomaselli - Red Butte (detail) - 1994
Fred Tomaselli, Red Butte (detail), hemp leaves, acrylic and resin on wood panel, 1994.

Fred Tomaselli - Big Raven - 2008
Fred Tomaselli, Big Raven, acrylic, photocollage and resin on wood panel, 2008.

Fred Tomaselli - Fungi and Flowers - 2002
Fred Tomaselli, Fungi and Flowers, leaves, photo collage, acrylic, and resin on wood panel, 2002.

Fred Tomaselli - Fungi and Flowers - 2002
Fred Tomaselli, Fungi and Flowers (detail), leaves, photo collage, acrylic, and resin on wood panel, 2002.

Fred Tomaselli - Echo, Wow and Flutter - 2000
Fred Tomaselli, Echo, Wow and Flutter, leaves, pills, photo collage, acrylic, and resin on wood panel, 2000.

Fred Tomaselli - Feb. 24, 2009 - 2009
Fred Tomaselli, Feb. 24, 2009 (detail), gouache and collage on printed watercolor paper, 2009.

Fred Tomaselli - Multiple Landscape - 1995
Fred Tomaselli, Multiple Landscape, saccharin, acrylic, and resin on wood panel, 1995.

Fred Tomaselli - Multiple Landscape - 1995
Fred Tomaselli, Multiple Landscape (detail), saccharin, acrylic, and resin on wood panel, 1995.

Fred Tomaselli - Toytopia - 2003
Fred Tomaselli, Toytopia (detail), photocollage, gouache, acrylic, and resin on wood panel, 1995.

Fred Tomaselli
8 October 2010 – 2 January 2011
Brooklyn Museum


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Abstract Expressionist New York – Preview

We are finally in New York for “the season.” Many challenges were bested to get here but it was worth the hurry to have the opportunity to preview this show which will open to members today and to the public on October 3rd at the Museum of Modern Art.

“Abstract Expressionist New York” covers a period in time and a group of artists that have been important to me on a personal level for several decades. I thought hard about how I wanted to approach the exhibit and the advantages I hoped for by showing up in person to look at paintings that were already quite familiar. Somewhere in the Midwest, Nebraska or Iowa, I realized that I wanted to get close, I wanted to get a sense of texture from these masterworks. Here is a selection of details from pieces on the fourth floor. The camera got close enough to garner throat clearing from several guards but no paintings were injured.

Philip Guston - Edge of Town - detail - 1969
Philip Guston, Edge of Town (detail), oil on canvas, 1969.

Jackson Pollock - White Light - detail - 1954
Jackson Pollock, White Light (detail), oil, enamel and aluminim paint on canvas, 1954.

Robert Motherwell - Pancho Villa, Dead and Alive - detail - 1943
Robert Motherwell, Pancho Villa, Dead and Alive (detail), cut-and-pasted printed and painted papers, wood veneer, gouache, oil and ink on board, 1943.

Willem de Kooning - Woman, I - detail - 1950-1952
Willem de Kooning, Woman, I (detail), oil on canvas, 1954.

Arshile Gorky - Agony - detail - 1947
Arshile Gorky, Agony (detail), oil on canvas, 1947.

Lee Krasner - Untitled - detail - 1949
Lee Krasner, Untitled (detail), oil on composition board, 1949.

Ad Reinhardt - Number 43 (Abstract Painting, Yellow) - detail - 1947
Ad Reinhardt, Number 43 (Abstract Painting, Yellow) (detail), oil on canvas, 1947.

Willem de Kooning - Painting - detail - 1948
Willem de Kooning, Painting (detail), enamel and oil on canvas, 1948.

Philip Guston - Painting - detail - 1954
Philip Guston, Painting (detail), oil on canvas, 1954.

Mark Rothko - No. 5/No. 24 - detail - 1948
Mark Rothko, No. 5/No. 24 (detail), oil on canvas, 1948.

Jackson Pollock - Gothic - detail - 1944
Jackson Pollock, Gothic (detail), oil on canvas, 1944.

David Smith - Cubi X - detail - 1963
David Smith, Cubi X (detail), stainless steel, 1963.

Robert Motherwell - Elegy to the Spanish Republic, 108 - detail - 1965-67
Robert Motherwell, Elegy to the Spanish Republic, 108 (detail), oil on canvas, 1965-67.

Abstract Expressionist New York
3 October – 25 April 2010
MoMA
NYC


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Carter Hodgkin – Unforeseen Behaviors

“Unforeseen Behaviors,” Carter Hodgkin’s first solo exhibition at Denise Bibro Fine Art is now showing through the middle of October in NYC.

Carter Hodgkin - Willy Nilly Routine - 2010
Carter Hodgkin, Willy Nilly Routine, oil, acrylic and inkjet on canvas, 2010.

The vast majority of painting draws inspiration from an external source. Reference, even kept to a minimum, is that which binds the work to a shared world.

In these paintings the artist has chosen to visually recreate patterns left by atomic sized particulate impacts. She animates the action and extracts single frames of interest to be recrafted in paint. The results serve as a reminder of the unseen frictions that make life interesting.

Carter Hodgkin - Quantum Dissipation - 2010
Carter Hodgkin, Quantum Dissipation, oil, acrylic and inkjet on canvas, 2010.

Hodgkin has earned her place among an exciting new breed of artist. The directions that technology has been offering these visual pioneers encourages limitless possibilities in form, composition and communication. Currently, great success has been achieved in the fusion of traditional and digital media but there is cause to wonder if the remnant of human touch need exist in the future.

In order to take such strides, reviews of computer assisted imagery may need to overcome irrational embarrassments and accept that humanity and technology will continue an unwavering course of integration.

Carter Hodgkin - Grand Theft Fall - 2009
Carter Hodgkin, Grand Theft Fall, oil, acrylic and inkjet on canvas, 2009.

Carter Hodgkin
Unforeseen Behaviors
9 September – 16 October 2010
Denise Bibro Fine Art
NYC


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Christopher Bucklow – NYC

Eight large photographs from Christopher Bucklow make up the current show at Danzinger Projects in NYC.

Christopher Bucklow - Tetrarch 3:38 PM 8th October 2008
Christopher Bucklow, Tetrarch 3:38 PM 8th October 2008, unique cibachrome print, 2008.

These life sized photograms (a process invented by Man Ray) are made in a four step process. First, the artist traces the shadow of his model onto a thin sheet of aluminum. The defined silhouette is then run through with small holes, one for each day that the subject has been alive. The metal is placed over a large sheet of photographic paper and exposed briefly to the sun.

Christopher Bucklow - Anima 7 - 2009
Christopher Bucklow, Anima 7, unique cibachrome print, 2009.

The direct “negativeless” approach to photography may be in danger of disappearing along with other forms of the traditional chemical method. It’s nice to see that some artists still work within the medium and are achieving great results. These portraits capture something more than a shape, Bucklow references this in connecting the amount of light to the age of the sitter. The prints are limited to one each. The radiation sensitive material is exposed creating an image as unique as the person it captures.

Christopher Bucklow - Tetrarch 2:29 PM 8th October 2008
Christopher Bucklow, Tetrarch 2:29 PM 8th October 2008, unique cibachrome print, 2008.

Christopher Bucklow
10 September – 23 October 2010
Danzinger Projects
NYC


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Cordy Ryman – NYC

Cordy Ryman’s second solo exhibition with DCKT Contemporary goes on view tonight and runs through the end of October. The opening is scheduled for Sunday September 12th at 5pm. We’re not in NY yet but you can be sure that this is one show we’ll see when we get there.

Cordy Ryman - 536 Days - 2010
Cordy Ryman, 536 Days, acrylic, enamel, graphite, Velcro and Gorilla Glue on wood, 2010.

Most painters begin by stretching canvas and priming endlessly with gesso. Cordy Ryman creates his ground from wood and other materials granting the surface power equal to color and composition. The resulting work is a well balanced hybrid of painting and sculpture.

Cordy Ryman - Wave Bias - 2010
Cordy Ryman, Wave Bias, acrylic, enamel, graphite and ink on wood, 2010.

Recycling is a major theme in these pieces. Many of the new works like “Wave Bias” (above) were created from parts of a large scale installation exhibited in his first solo show at the gallery. The use of powerful bonding agents and resins connect disparate materials in unusual ways.

Cordy Ryman - Strapped Strips - 2010
Cordy Ryman, Strapped Strips, acrylic, enamel, graphite, metal, Styrofoam and studio sweepings on wood, 2010.

Ryman has also chosen to create a site specific piece constructed from scrap material collected over the past year. “Scrap Wall” wraps around an existing wall and ushers the viewer into the exhibition. Can’t wait.

Cordy Ryman
9 September – 31 October 2010
DCKT Contemporary
NYC


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Christo – Over The River – Act Now

Christo’s project, “Over the River” is scheduled to be installed for two weeks in the Summer of 2013 here in Colorado. The Bureau of Land Management has opened a comment period to the public which ends on September 14th. To voice your support for the project, please click this link to get involved. The process only takes a few minutes and you needn’t be a Colorado resident to comment.

Christo - Over the River - 2010
Christo, Over the River, preliminary design, 2010.

The mammoth installation is privately funded and will bring substantial tourism to the area. I have been impressed with the level of concern the artist and his volunteers have shown toward the community.

Christo - Over the River - 2010
Christo, Over the River, preliminary design, 2010.

I am really excited to get up close and personal with this installation. If you want to see the coverage from L.I.M.O. please say YES to Christo, say YES to “Over the River.” Thanks for the help.

Christo - Over the River - 2010
Christo, Over the River, preliminary design, 2010.

Christo
Over the River
scheduled for Summer 2013
Arkansas River, Colorado


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Skateboard: Evolution & Art In California

If you are in or traveling to California this month you will be pleased to hear that “Skateboard” has been extended through August 29th at the California Heritage Museum.

California Heritage Museum - Early Skateboards

The museum has pulled together more that 275 skateboards from some of the most impressive collections available. The exhibit houses skates, scooters and modern boards tracing the development of the technology through the decades.

California Heritage Museum - Dogtown

The California Heritage Museum is located in Santa Monica, the birthplace of contemporary skateboarding. It was here, in Dogtown that the sport of short shorts and banana boards matured into the physical and visual expression that is now cherished internationally.

California Heritage Museum - Tony Alva

SKATEBOARD: Evolution & Art in California
14 November 2009 – 29 August 2010
California Heritage Museum
Santa Monica, CA


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Chad Person – Surviving The End Of Your World

“Surviving the End of Your World” is the first Los Angeles solo exhibition from Chad Person. The multimedia effort currently fills the Mark Moore Gallery and continues through the middle of August.

Chad Person - The Mayor Rests - 2008
Chad Person, The Mayor Rests, vinyl, steel, electronics & mixed media, 2008.

The economic downturn has left most of the country feeling a little flat. A large inflated sign of power slumped in the corner might not make anything better but it can’t hurt. In trying times, change occurs and we’ll need to be ready. For his part, the artist has constructed an “apocalypse bunker” in New Mexico and has been appearing in the gallery from there via live video feed.

Chad Person - Improvised Double Barrel Shotgun - 2010
Chad Person, Improvised Double Barrel Shotgun, wood, steel pipe and fittings, glue and twine, 2010.

“Surviving the End of Your World,” is a display of repurposed goods. The halted commercial backdrop to these pieces exclaims a transformation of value and a new sense of what may constitute as raw material.

Chad Person - Twelvepack - 2010
Chad Person, Twelvepack, US currency on canvas, 2010.

Chad Person
Surviving the End of Your World
10 July – 13 August 2010
Mark Moore Gallery
Santa Monica, CA


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Brion Gysin – Dreamachine

The New Museum is hosting the first U.S. retrospective exhibit of the work of Brion Gysin. “Dreamachine” is a crucial step toward recognizing Gysin as one of the most influential minds of the 20th century. The exhibition brings together more than three hundred drawings, books, paintings, collages, films, slide projections, and sound works.

William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin - The Third Mind - 1965
William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin, The Third Mind, ink and typescript on paper, 1965.

An original Dreamachine is also on display. In 1961, Gysin along with Ian Somerville conceived the device that is intended to be viewed with closed eyes. The Dreamachine produces light that pulses at a frequency that stimulates alpha waves in the brain. Initial experiences conjure common symbols to roll through the mind’s eye. Consistent use over time has been known to invoke virtual three-dimensional spaces and trigger senses beyond vision. I built my first Dreamachine in 1994 and have used it occasionally over the years. Here is a link to an online simulation, please heed the warnings as the effect can elicit photosensitive epilepsy.

Brion Gysin - with Dreamachine - 1962
Bryon Gysin with Dreamachine at Musée des Art Décoratifs, Paris, 1962.

It is impossible to sum up the importance of this man, his art and collaborations in a few short paragraphs. This is why it is so important to get to the New Museum before October 3rd. We are going to be spending the Fall and Winter in New York and actually altered our plans so that we would be sure not to miss this long-deserved remembrance.

William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin - The Third Mind - 1965
William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin, The Third Mind, crayon, gelatin-silver prints, letterpress, offset lithography, and typescript on graph paper, 1965.

Brion Gysin
Dreamachine
7 July – 3 October 2010
New Museum
NYC


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Blu – Big Bang Big Boom

After months of work and hundreds of buckets of paint the latest wall animation from Blu is ready to thrill you. Scroll down to the bottom of this post for the video in its entirety.

Blu - Big Bang Big Boom - 2010
Blu, Big Bang Big Boom, still from video, 2010.

“Big Bang Big Boom” is a narrative, frame-by-frame animation that runs a course from the initial big bang that sparked our Universe to a hypothetical end to our own planet.

Blu - Big Bang Big Boom - 2010
Blu, Big Bang Big Boom, still from video, 2010.

Despite the potentially alarmist nature of the material, Blu’s sense of play can be felt running through the entire video. This endearing quality is enhanced with a marvelous soundtrack by Andrea Martignoni.

Blu - Big Bang Big Boom - 2010
Blu, Big Bang Big Boom, still from video, 2010.

This is the most impressive animation that Blu has done to date. This is saying a lot as there has been some astonishing work in the past. “Big Bang Big Boom” continues to evolve with new ideas in addition to providing a perfect balance of two and three dimensional animation with powerful transitions.


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Big Picture – NYC

Artists Tom Sanford and Ryan Schneider have been huddled together for nearly a year curating this group show at Priska C. Juschka Fine Art. “Big Picture” is comprised of large paintings from nineteen artists that reside in New York. These works resonate as “big” in more ways than scale as described in the press release:

“While reflecting a contrasting artistic vocabulary, the individual paintings interact conceptually, insisting in commonality and commanding a shared synergy reminiscent of the Gestalt theory — whereby the entire show pronounces a bigger picture and perspective, rising above the summary of its parts.”

Check with the gallery for more information about a panel discussion on Monday evening, July 12th.

Liz Markus - The Man (Picasso) - 2010
Liz Markus, The Man (Picasso), acrylic on unprimed canvas, 2010.

John Copeland - Red Roses for Me - 2010
John Copeland, Red Roses for Me, acrylic on canvas, 2010.

Lisa Sanditz - Pontiac Kingston - 2010
Lisa Sanditz, Pontiac Kingston, acrylic and polyurethane on canvas, 2010.

Michael Williams - Tongue of Timberlake - 2008
Michael Williams, Tongue of Timberlake, oil on canvas, 2008.

Big Picture
Kamrooz Aram, Colleen Asper, Paul Brainard, John Copeland, Holly Coulis, Justin Craun, Van Hanos, Daniel Heidkamp, Aaron Johnson, Emily Noelle Lambert, Wes Lang, Liz Markus, Eddie Martinez, Brian Montuori, Lisa Sanditz, Tom Sanford, Ryan Schneider, Michael Williams and Jeremy Willis
8 July – 6 August 2010
Priska C. Juschka Fine Art
NYC


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Reflexive Self – NYC

“Reflexive Self” is a show from five skillful creatives. The exhibit runs through the middle of August at the Mike Weiss Gallery in NYC. The title of the exhibit refers to a sociological term used to describe the ability to step back and understand the way others perceive us.

Kim Dorland - For Seymour - 2010
Kim Dorland, For Seymour, oil, acrylic, ink & spraypaint on wood panel, 2010.

Dead Dads Corporation - Hi Dad, Send Money - 2010
Dead Dads Corporation, Hi Dad, Send Money, Crayola crayon and neodymium magnets on cotton paper, 2010.

Stefanie Gutheil - Miamitheaterfertig - 2010
Stefanie Gutheil, Miamitheaterfertig, oil and mixed media on canvas, 2010.

Marc Sequin - Success and Failure of Abstract Art no. 1-5 - 2010
Marc Sequin, Success and Failure of Abstract Art no. 1-5, oil and human ashes on canvas, 2010.

Reflexive Self
Kim Dorland, Stefanie Gutheil, Kris Knight, Dead Dads Club Corporation & Marc Seguin
24 June – 14 August 2010
Mike Weiss Gallery
NYC


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Dread Scott – Money To Burn

On Tuesday, June 22, Dread Scott performed “Money to Burn” in New York City’s financial district. The project was made possible, in part, by the Franklin Furnace Fund.

Dread Scott - Money to Burn - 2010
Dread Scott, Money to Burn, still from video, 2010.

The artist meandered among the midday money manipulators bellowing “Money to Burn!” The repeated outcry was presented generally as a statement and then to individuals in the form of a question. Scott burned several of his own bills and then those from interested bystanders. The crowd soon attracted the attention of police and they began also to gather around the performance. Eventually, the law swooped in and put an end to the interaction issuing the performer a citation for disorderly conduct.

Dread Scott - Money to Burn - 2010
Dread Scott, Money to Burn, still from video, 2010.

The action raised a lot of questions that offer no simple answers. It is interesting to note, however, that it is very easy to land a court date in this country. Here is video of the interplay as released by Dread Scott.


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Marked: A Show of Figure – Brooklyn

Like the Spice has put together a group show of six artists each investigating the figure in different ways. “Marked: A Show of Figure” runs through the better part of the Summer.

This Friday, June 25th, the gallery will be hosting a meal in the space as part of their ongoing dinner series. Hurry up, reservations are required by tomorrow!

Reuben Negrón - Untitled - 2010
Reuben Negrón, Untitled, watercolor and gouache on paper, 2010.

The gallery has a history of dealing with artists that love the human form. Their taste leans toward technical prowess coupled with a strong sense of contemporary context.

Brendan Lott - Import, Export - 2009
Brendan Lott, Import, Export, oil on canvas, 2009.

It’s nice to see that Brooklyn has some great shows going even through the Summer months. Be prepared when you step into this one or you may just be overcome.

Robin Williams - Swoon at the Water Pump - 2010
Robin Williams, Swoon at the Water Pump, oil on canvas, 2010.

Marked: A Show of Figure
Chino Amobi, Alison Blickle, Brendan Lott, Jenny Morgan, Reuben Negrón and Robin Williams
11 June – 8 August 2010
Like the Spice Gallery
Brooklyn


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Damien Hirst / Michael Joo – Have You Ever Really Looked At The Sun?

“Have You Ever Really Looked at the Sun?” is a two man exhibit of new and recent works from Damien Hirst and Michael Joo. The show runs through the middle of August at the Berlin branch of Haunch of Venison.

Damien Hirst - Temple - 2008
Damien Hirst, Temple, installation view, Haunch of Venison, 2010.

The pair of artists met twenty years ago and have been close friends and influences since. They were originally introduced in Germany and this exhibit is a return to the geographical genesis of their relationship.

Michael Joo - Tree - 2001
Michael Joo, Tree, oak and stainless steel, 2001.

On display is a shared interest in museum scaled sculpture. The spacial demands of these works often claim attention before the content is even considered. It is a deluge of sensation not unlike staring into the sun.

Damien Hirst - Michael Joo - Have You Ever Really Looked at the Sun? - 2010
Damien Hirst / Michael Joo, Have You Ever Really Looked at the Sun?, installation view, 2010.

The dissection and reordering of the natural world is a common thread stretched between these collaborators. The viewer gets a sense of old school victory, something has been conquered with this show. It’s good to know that if either of these guys find themselves creatively cornered, they have someone to call.

Michael Joo - M, S, G - 2010
Michael Joo, M, S, G, mixed media, installation view, 2010.

Damien Hirst / Michael Joo
Have You Ever Really Looked at the Sun?
1 May – 14 August 2010
Haunch of Venison
Berlin


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Michal Ronnen Safdie – Vapor Trails

If you are in NYC, be sure to stop by the Andrea Meislin Gallery for “Vapor Trails,” a selection of themed photography from Michal Ronnen Safdie.

Michal Ronnen Safdie - SKR21 - 2009
Michal Ronnen Safdie, SKR21, ultrachrome print, 2009.

Michal Ronnen Safdie is an accomplished photojournalist with some amazing recent coverage from Israel, Darfur and Rwanda. “Vapor Trails” represents the gallery work of this socially active photographer. Her forays into the art world tend to initiate from an interest in the visuals of semi-natural phenomena.

Michal Ronnen Safdie - SKR3 - 2008
Michal Ronnen Safdie, SKR3, ultrachrome print, 2008.

Summer is an excellent time to take in these daily patterns of progressive commerce. Find someone nice and lay around in the grass or get out and see this show.

Michal Ronnen Safdie - SKR8 - 2008
Michal Ronnen Safdie, SKR8, ultrachrome print, 2008.

Michal Ronnen Safdie
Vapor Trails
3 June – 30 July 2010
Andrea Meislin Gallery
NYC


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Aaron Johnson & Barnaby Whitfield – Don’t Be Scared, You’re Supposed To Be

“Don’t Be Scared, You’re Supposed to Be” is an exhibition of recent work from Aaron Johnson and Barnaby Whitfield. The show runs through the first week in June at Irvine Contemporary in Washington, DC.

Aaron Johnson - Sick Muse - 2010
Aaron Johnson, Sick Muse, acrylic on polyester knit mesh, 2010.

Sometimes, when great painters are in the process of resolving their individual destinies, it becomes important to present new work alongside the work of other great painters. This is what you can expect if you make the trip into the nation’s capital.

Barnaby Whitfield - Into The Woods! (All The Blondes Are Fantasies) - 2010
Barnaby Whitfield, Into The Woods! (All The Blondes Are Fantasies), pastel on paper, 2010.

This exhibition will have gallery goers slowing down to rubberneck at these gorgeous atrocities. Johnson and Whitfield share a love for the abject and infect the viewer with a fever that will not subside. Look too long and you may find yourself transfixed by the confrontational gaze from the curious subject within the picture plane.

Aaron Johnson - Don't Ask, Don't Tell - 2010
Aaron Johnson, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, acrylic, copper pigment and urine on polyester knit mesh, 2010.

A common theme that appears in this show is that of a real Americana. This nation, like most empires, was formed from force and ruled with the detachment of a raised brow. Both artists in “Don’t Be Scared, You’re Supposed to Be” have a shared interest in this seedy underbelly of our decadence. The directness of approach stands out and makes for wonderfully candid expressions that indict power and often transform it into a friendlier state.

Barnaby Whitfield - I Can't Get Out of What I'm Into With You - 2010
Barnaby Whitfield, I Can’t Get Out of What I’m Into With You, pastel on paper, 2010.

Aaron Johnson & Barnaby Whitfield
Don’t Be Scared, You’re Supposed to Be
1 May – 5 June 2010
Irvine Contemporary
Washington, DC


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Banksy – Exit Through The Gift Shop

This past weekend I had the opportunity to screen Banksy’s film “Exit Through the Gift Shop” at the Mayan Theatre in Denver. I’d recommend seeing the film with little foreknowledge but if you must, continue on for minimal spoiling.

Banksy - Exit Through the Gift Shop - 2010
Banksy, Exit Through the Gift Shop, still from video, 2010.

French born filmmaker Thierry Guetta (AKA Mr. Brainwash) set off on a quest to document the recently enlivened “Street Art” scene. He tirelessly followed some of the most celebrated artists of the genre as they applied their wares to public places. His footage piled up but Guetta had little success in his efforts to make sense of the work in the editing room. Banksy took over the project and the final cut became “Exit Through the Gift Shop.”

Banksy - Exit Through the Gift Shop - 2010
Banksy, Exit Through the Gift Shop, still from video, 2010.

The premiere of the film received excellent response at the Sundance Film Festival. While the London debut took place in a disused tunnel under Waterloo Station complete with lush seating. A typically brilliant move for the master marketer.

Banksy - Exit Through the Gift Shop - 2010
Banksy, Exit Through the Gift Shop, still from video, 2010.

Mr. Brainwash and Banksy inspire passion in both directions. Discussion forums and blog comment areas quickly fill up with hatred and defense. During the New York premiere, the online tabloid Art Fag City went into a sputtering rage over unfounded reports of ethical impropriety concerning the marketing efforts for the film. The infantile attacks were corrected and eventually a ludicrous retraction was posted.

Heavy handed reaction from those slow to adopt change can be expected. This sort of response has been seen over and over throughout the history of art. The savvy collector should raise an eyebrow because this is the same sort of nonsense that Andy Warhol was forced to endure during his lifetime.

If you miss this film, you have truly been left behind. Watch the trailer (complete with a song that I can’t get out of my head) below.

Banksy
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Now playing in the U.S. and Canada.


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Peter Bialobrzeski – Paradise Now

A selection of photographs from Peter Bialobrzeski’s series, “Paradise Now” is on view at the L.A. Galerie in Frankfurt, Germany. The series has also been released as a book available for purchase at Hatje Cantz.

Peter Bialobrzeski - Paradise Now 24 - 2009
Peter Bialobrzeski, Paradise Now Nr. 24, c-print, 2009.

The artist has skirted the edges of several large Asian cities documenting trees and plants that receive unnatural light from these urban areas. Some of the images have been left untouched while others have been digitally manipulated in post production with fantastic results.

Peter Bialobrzeski - Paradise Now 18 45 - 2009
Peter Bialobrzeski, Paradise Now Nr. 18, page 45 c-print, 2009.

Despite the futuristic allure exhibited in these works, Bialobrzeski clearly has environmental concerns. This work should be applauded for the reminder that without continued effort to change, this planet may be facing a dismal end.

Peter Bialobrzeski - Paradise Now 18 - 2009
Peter Bialobrzeski, Paradise Now Nr. 18, c-print, 2009.

Peter Bialobrzeski
Paradise Now
30 April – 26 June 2010
L.A. Galerie
Frankfurt, Germany


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Kim Joon – Tattoo And Taboo

“Tattoo and Taboo” is a solo exhibition of large scale photographs from Kim Joon currently on display at Sundaram Tagore Gallery in Beverly Hills.

Kim Joon - Fragile-Dragon - 2010
Kim Joon, Fragile-Dragon, digital print, 2010.

Kim Joon gained a passion for tattoos while inking the skin of his fellow soldiers years ago in the Korean army. The practice was and still remains an anathema in the eyes of his fellow countrymen.

Kim Joon - Fragile-Mermaid - 2010
Kim Joon, Fragile-Mermaid, digital print, 2010.

In the face of social convention, Joon saw an art form that allowed individuals to communicate something from within and literally wear their passions on their sleeve. With the aid of a three dimensional computer graphics program he constructs his intense compositions. Parts of bodies are intermingled with pattern derived from a combination of traditional design and contemporary commerce. Enticing shifts in scale are common in these fantastic yet familiar photographic realizations. Like many artists before him Kim Joon’s affection has risen from a place that had been kept from him.

Kim Joon - Cradle Song-Ferragamo - 2009
Kim Joon, Cradle Song-Ferragamo, digital print, 2009.

Kim Joon
Tattoo and Taboo
8 April – 8 May 2010
Sundaram Tagore Gallery
Beverly Hills


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Mark Ryden – The Gay ’90s: Old Tyme Art Show

Brace yourself New York, it’s Mark Ryden’s first major solo show on the island since 2003 and he’s brought the goods. “The Gay 90’s: Old Tyme Art Show” opens Thursday, April 29th at the Paul Kasmin Gallery. Here is a peek.

Mark Ryden - Incarnation #100 - 2009
Mark Ryden, Incarnation (#100), oil on panel, 2009.

Ryden has put together an exhibition that carries over his easily identifiable style with a meticulous commitment to the application of oil paint. Be sure to check out the time lapse video from the making of “Incarnation” at the bottom of this post.

Mark Ryden - The Piano Player - 2010
Mark Ryden, The Piano Player, oil on canvas, 2010.

For some time, his paintings have concentrated on the juxtaposition of the darling and disgusting with subtle stabs at humor. Some of the work exhibited bypasses innuendo and heads straight for the punchline. Knee-jerk opinion will raise suspicion but the fact is that these pieces are strong and the artist should be commended for his alterations to the expected.

Mark Ryden - The Grinder - 2010
Mark Ryden, The Grinder, oil on canvas, 2010.

Oh Abe!

Mark Ryden - Riding with the Lord - 2010
Mark Ryden, Riding with the Lord, graphite and watercolor on paper, 2010.

If you have merely seen the paintings in digital form, do yourself a favor, jaded New Yorkers, drop the pretense and get over to the gallery.

Mark Ryden - Virgin and Child - 2010
Mark Ryden, Virgin and Child, oil on canvas, 2010.

***UPDATE***
The images in this post have been updated (at the request of the artist) to include the intricate hand carved frames that stage these exceptional works.

Mark Ryden - Pink Lincoln - 2010
Mark Ryden, Pink Lincoln, oil on canvas, 2010.

Mark Ryden
The Gay 90’s: Old Tyme Art Show
29 April – 5 June 2010
Paul Kasmin Gallery
NYC


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Katsu – New Videos

KATSU - Tagging Over Picasso - 2010
KATSU, Tagging Over Picasso, still from video, 2010.

Two great new videos of KATSU sprucing up some national pride. KATSU is perhaps best known for his use of a manipulated fire extinguisher to paint large areas in public spots.


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Matt Mignanelli – The Paradigm

“The Paradigm,” the first solo show from painter Matt Mignanelli is on view at Recoat Gallery in Glasgow, Scotland.

Matt Mignanelli - Strength in Numbers - 2010
Matt Mignanelli, Strength in Numbers, acrylic on panel, 2010.

Mignanelli made the trip over to the UK for the exhibition. He painted a mural in the space in addition to hanging a large body of recent works on panel. We Sink Ships Radio has posted an audio interview with the artist along with the proprietors of Recoat.

Matt Mignanelli - Structure - 2009
Matt Mignanelli, Structure, acrylic on panel, 2009.

The dense compositions are gathered personal symbols that collide in unusual ways. The picture plane is further activated by comic styled black line and a day-glo color palette. Initially these reductions seem at odds with the basis of traditional abstraction. The method is the same but the subject matter has jumped from natural concerns to our civilized plastic environment.

Matt Mignanelli - Aqueous - 2009
Matt Mignanelli, Aqueous, acrylic on panel, 2009.

Matt Mignanelli
Paradigm
3 April – 2 May 2010
Recoat Gallery
Glasgow


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Blane De St. Croix – Broken Landscape II

Blane De St. Croix is currently exhibiting his “Broken Landscape II” project at the Night Gallery, Tempe Marketplace in conjunction with F.A.R. (Future Arts Research) at Arizona State University.

Blane De St. Croix - Broken Landscape II - 2010
Blane De St. Croix, Broken Landscape II, mixed media, 2010.

Research for this project had the artist traveling more than 3,000 miles covering the border between the United States and Mexico. He investigated fifteen crossings and gleaned information and opinion from communities on both sides. The result is this marvelous one hundred foot miniature replica of a slice of this highly contested boundary.

Blane De St. Croix - Broken Landscape II - 2010
Blane De St. Croix, Broken Landscape II, mixed media, 2010.

It’s easy to recall in detail the emotional images from the first chips in the wall that once divided Berlin. Righteous cheers of freedom were nearly unanimous in the free world. Today our walls are fences and our voice does no longer registers with the same harmony.

The sculpture “Broken Landscape” acts as a wall that divides the gallery space. The artist makes no outright statements about the barrier but prefers the audience to examine both sides and open the lines of communication.

Blane De St. Croix - Broken Landscape II - 2010
Blane De St. Croix, Broken Landscape II, mixed media, 2010.

Blane De St. Croix
Broken Landscape II
1 – 23 April 2010
Night Gallery, Tempe Marketplace
Arizona


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Nari Ward – Livesupport

An exhibition of sculpture, video and mixed media from Nari Ward is on view at Lehmann Maupin in NYC. “LIVESupport” is the first solo show for the artist with the gallery.

Nari Ward - Sick Smoke - 2010
Nari Ward, Sick Smoke, ambulance, smoke machine, halogen lights and vinyl, 2010.

Much of Nari Ward’s work involves various manifestations of the silhouette. The clever delineations serve to contain or isolate forms that marry a strong visual aesthetic with rigorous concepts.

Nari Ward - Riot Gate Skull side view - 2010
Nari Ward, Riot Gate Skull side view, stencil ink, metal gates, shoe tips and laces and vinyl, 2010.

Difficult times often inspires art that deals with the need for recovery. It can be a chore sifting through the desperate and insincere in this genre. Much of the work says little more than “We’re broke” but Nari Ward has left room for the mind to wander. Despite his high contrast palette and efforts to contour boundaries these works achieve an intriguing ambiguity that will continue to be respected when things turn around.

Nari Ward - Church State - 2010
Nari Ward, Church State, stencil ink, church pews, wheel chair wheels, 2010.

Nari Ward
LIVESupport
25 February – 24 April 2010
Lehmann Maupin
NYC


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Aaron Johnson – Bad Precedent – Print Release

We’ve been working on this print with Aaron Johnson for several months through our gallery, NOWhere Limited. The release date has been set, so we will see you Thursday.

Aaron Johnson - Bad Precedent - serigraph -2010

Aaron Johnson, Bad Precedent, 18-color serigraph, includes metallic and iridescent inks, signed and numbered edition of 75, 25.5 x 25.5″, 2010. Price: $150 USD + shipping.

Bad Precedent by Aaron Johnson

AVAILABLE THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 2010, BEGINNING AT 3PM EASTERN.

‘Bad Precedent’ by Aaron Johnson is a limited edition of 75 prints, signed and numbered by the artist. This silkscreen features metallic and iridescent inks with astonishing levels of detail throughout. It will be available for purchase exclusively through NOWhere Limited this coming Thursday. The price is set at $150 USD + shipping. Please note that U.S. orders over $100 ship free.

At 3PM Eastern (that’s NOON Pacific / 20:00:00 UTC) Thursday, March 25th, the link to buy with PayPal, Visa, Mastercard or Discover will appear here:

http://nowherelimited.com

In addition to the edition of 75, we will also have available a very small number of Artist Proofs. This AP version is limited to only 10 signed and numbered prints and its price is set at $400.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Aaron Johnson is an accomplished painter with a keen eye for experimentation. His impressive works demand attention through strong composition, an intense palette and extraordinary levels of detail. He has exhibited widely at galleries including Stux Gallery, Mogadishni, Priska C. Juschka Fine Art, Claire Oliver Gallery, Leo Koenig Projekte, New Image Art and Marlborough Chelsea among others. Be sure to check out his show “Don’t Be Scared, You’re Supposed to Be” with Barnaby Whitfield at Irvine Contemporary in Washington, DC opening May 1, 2010.


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Escape From New York – Fundraiser

This Spring, independent curator Olympia Lambert is inviting the New York art community to take a short trip across the George Washington Bridge and experience something wonderful in Paterson, New Jersey. “Escape from New York” is an exhibition of work collected from an exciting list of thirty-six artists. The venue is a massive and beautiful five story structure that at one time operated as a silk factory.

A fundraiser is underway right here seeking crucial capital for the advertising budget. Minimum pledge is only five bucks but I encourage you to spend more to receive a reward donated by some of the participating artists. Help get the word out about this impressive project. Act quickly because the fundraiser is ending soon…

Escape from New York - Silk Factory - 2010
Escape from New York, Silk Factory, 2010.

Escape from New York
15 May – 19 June 2010
Fabricolor Building
Paterson, NJ


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Li Hui – Transition

“Transition” is a captivating installation from Li Hui currently on display at the Mannheimer Kunstverein in Germany. The piece is inspiring in its simplicity. Very few elements have been combined to create a commanding visual.

Li Hui - Transition - 2010
Li Hui, Transition, mixed media installation, 2010.

A Jeep Cherokee that had fallen prey to accident has been carefully bandaged by the artist. The work is illuminated from above by a tight grid of thirteen thousand lasers. Heat from the laser light releases vapor from the cloth into the surrounding space.

Li Hui - Transition - 2010
Li Hui, Transition, mixed media installation, 2010.

Beyond an unconscious connection to Chinese philosophy, Li Hui has shared little about the installation perhaps preferring that his audience design their own conclusions.

My interpretation is fairly literal and parallels the candor of the essential elements. I see something broken that has been aided into a healing state. The lasers represent an overwhelming threat of termination from a distance. (Similar to most Americans I have been subjected to too much television forcing this singular response to a directed laser.) The “Transition” that occurs as a result of the close scrutiny initiates a symbol of freedom in the escape of vapor. Then again, I might just be cloud watching.

Li Hui - Transition - 2010
Li Hui, Transition, mixed media installation, 2010.

Li Hui
Transition
7 February – 21 March 2010
Mannheimer Kunstverein
Mannheim, Germany


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Jean-Michel Basquiat – The Radiant Child – Trailer

During Art Basel Miami Beach we caught a screening of the rough cut for this remarkable film (covered here). Since then, director Tamra Davis and crew have shown the finished piece at the Sundance Film Festival.

Jean-Michel Basquiat - The Radiant Child - 2010
Tamra Davis, Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child, still from video, 2010.

Big fans of Basquiat will leave theaters with the feeling of seeing an old friend after a long time apart. Artists will have difficulty calming the immediate desire to paint.

Jean-Michel Basquiat - The Radiant Child - 2010
Tamra Davis, Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child, still from video, 2010.

It seems that since our viewing the legendary Adam Horovitz and Mike Diamond have been brought in to handle the music. Nice. No news on a release date yet but I will keep you updated as more information is made available. In the meantime, check out the trailer below. Thanks to doghed for the link.


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Frozen Dead Guy Days – 2010

Each year in early March, a mild mania sweeps through our mountain town. Frozen Dead Guy Days is a bizarre celebration that draws thousands for some morbid fun. We stopped in for the parade this year and took some photos.

Frozen Dead Guy Days - Nederland, Colorado - 2010
Frozen Dead Guy Days 2010, Nederland, Colorado.

Frozen Dead Guy Days - Nederland, Colorado - 2010
Frozen Dead Guy Days 2010, Nederland, Colorado.

Frozen Dead Guy Days - Nederland, Colorado - 2010
Frozen Dead Guy Days 2010, Nederland, Colorado.

Frozen Dead Guy Days - Nederland, Colorado - 2010
Frozen Dead Guy Days 2010, Nederland, Colorado.

Frozen Dead Guy Days - Nederland, Colorado - 2010
Frozen Dead Guy Days 2010, Nederland, Colorado.

Frozen Dead Guy Days - Nederland, Colorado - 2010
Frozen Dead Guy Days 2010, Nederland, Colorado.

Frozen Dead Guy Days - Nederland, Colorado - 2010
Frozen Dead Guy Days 2010, Nederland, Colorado.

Frozen Dead Guy Days - Nederland, Colorado - 2010
Frozen Dead Guy Days 2010, Nederland, Colorado.

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Christo and Jeanne Claude – Friends of Over The River

In the summer of 2013, Christo will bring “Over the River” to our home state of Colorado. The recent passing of Jeanne-Claude, Christo’s wife and partner was felt deeply by the art community but her legacy will surely live on through this awesome artwork.

The project consists of nearly six miles of silvery translucent fabric suspended horizontally over various parts of the Arkansas River spanning the forty mile stretch between Salida and Cañon City. “Over the River” will be viewable from two vantage points. Motorists will be able to witness it’s grandeur from US-50 and rafters are encouraged to float directly under the fabric panels. The temporary artwork will be in place for a mere two weeks. The image below is from a test conducted on private property near the Colorado/Utah border.

Christo and Jeanne Claude - Over the River - Life-Sized Test 1999
Christo and Jeanne Claude, Over the River, Life-Sized Test, 1999.

“Friends of Over the River” is a grassroots advocacy organization in support of the project. I just joined and encourage you to do the same at this link.

From “Friends of Over the River”:
“Becoming a ‘Friend’ is easy and can involve as little or as much time as you are willing to give. At a minimum, the group typically asks their participants to help by discussing the project with their friends and neighbors and by submitting a written comment during the permitting process. Those who want to get more involved can do so by writing letters to the editor, volunteering at events or attending the Bureau of Land Management’s public hearings, to name a few activities. It’s up to you how much you participate, and there are plenty of different ways to get involved.”

Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Over the River
scheduled for Summer 2013
Arkansas River, Colorado


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Debra Hampton – Twenty Paces

“Twenty Paces” from Debra Hampton opened last night at Priska C. Juschka Fine Art in NYC. The exhibit is a mixed media affair with two dimensional collage based works as well as some excellent sculptures.

Debra Hampton - From Profit to Protection - 2009
Debra Hampton, From Profit to Protection, magazine cut out, watercolor and ink on paper on board, 2009.

Our culture has for some time been sprinting toward a technological singularity. The imagery in “Twenty Paces” currently arouses parallels to science fiction but advances in robotics and artificial intelligence may make these pieces, with time, resemble fact.

The very real possibility of being confronted with “living” machines may be frightening but we have proven that we can become accustomed to the most unusual impacts progress has on society. Ten years ago, a person talking alone on a street corner would be cause for alarm. Today we may still check for the earpiece but it is assumed that the conversation is not a solitary exercise.

Debra Hampton - Suit of Armor #2 - 2010
Debra Hampton, Suit of Armor #2, recyclable plastic containers and lids, glue, spray paint and clear glaze, 2010.

Recycling plays a strong part in the construction of all of Debra Hampton’s work regardless of media. “Suit of Armor” (above) literally gains it’s form from used but not forgotten plastic containers. The collage work recycles advertisements from magazines that adorn her figures with an activated consumerism that reminds the viewer of the future as well as a primitive past.

This is one of those exhibitions that I decided to cover a while back and have since had it recommended to my inbox many times from folks across the globe. Head over to Priska C. Juschka and find out what all the fuss is about for yourself.

Debra Hampton - Gold Rush - 2008
Debra Hampton, Gold Rush, magazine cut out, watercolor and ink, 2008.

Debra Hampton
Twenty Paces
25 February – 3 April 2010
Priska C. Juschka Fine Art
NYC


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Jennifer Dalton & William Powhida – #Class

#class” is an interactive, multidimensional exhibit organized by artists Jennifer Dalton and William Powhida. The Winkleman Gallery has bravely given over their space to encourage the public to engage in dialog concerning the current state of contemporary art.

Jennifer Dalton and William Powhida - #class - 2010
Jennifer Dalton and William Powhida, #class, installation view, 2010.

No clear goals have been set for this project; however, participants will be manipulated by various speakers along the way. Check here for the full schedule of events.

The art world has been forced to endure a lot of negative hysteria over the past year. The rise of social media has coupled with stress brought on by poor economic times to create an immutable hostile chatter. We seem to move from one “crisis” to the next with nothing to show for the effort. Stepping back, the field often resembles the Serengeti. Scavengers have been picking rotten flesh from one kill in order to gain enough substance to carry them to the next carcass.

Everyone has different hopes for this project. My wish is to see an erosion of this tunnel vision. There is no fine line between critical and cranky, it is open space and never too late to turn back. There will be some brilliant people offering insight throughout the term of the show and my trust is with them to soften some of the harsh edges. Look in for yourself as the action will be streaming live during gallery hours, Wednesday – Sunday, 2-8 pm.

Jennifer Dalton & William Powhida
#class
19 February – 20 March 2010
Winkleman Gallery
NYC


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Dawn Frasch – Zurich

An exhibit of eighteen paintings from Dawn Frasch opens tonight at Haas & Fischer in Zurich. The first international solo show for the artist will be on display through April 3rd.

Dawn Frasch - X-Mas Special Featuring Ratty - 2010
Dawn Frasch, X-Mas Special Featuring Ratty, oil on panel, 2010.

Frasch has invited the viewer into a familiar world recalling the imagined horrors that shift through the safe confines of a child’s bedroom after dark. Her approach to this content strikes at the root of the creative mind. It’s a sad slide when, on the verge of sleep, the boogie man transforms into the mundane trepidations that arise with maturity. These paintings can take us all back to the waking dream.

Dawn Frasch - Armchair Anarchist - 2010
Dawn Frasch, Armchair Anarchist, oil on canvas, 2010.

The explosive application of paint mates well with the recurring theme of uncontrollable creation. Large brushstrokes work against minute details to develop these intriguing spaces. A sense of time is instantly felt in the frenetic arrangements. Speculations concerning before and after the evidenced moment serve as a nice corollary to the artist’s video and performance work. Have a look for yourself here.

Dawn Frasch - Pussy Pizza Party - 2010
Dawn Frasch, Pussy Pizza Party, oil on canvas, 2010.

Dawn Frasch
18 February – 3 April 2010
Haas & Fischer
Zurich


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Chiharu Shiota – One Place

In five days, “One Place,” the first solo exhibition in the UK from Chiharu Shiota opens at Haunch of Venison in London. The towering work, “A Room of Memory” shown below installed at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanzawa, Japan will be on view.

Chiharu Shiota - A Room of Memory - 2009
Chiharu Shiota, A Room of Memory, found windows, 2009.

The piece was created from 400 windows collected over the years from a variety of abandoned structures throughout Berlin. The structure is colossal in scale but the worn and paint chipped forms encourage sentiments of an insular meditation space.

Chiharu Shiota - In Silence - 2009
Chiharu Shiota, Biel Klavier 139, mixed media installation, 2009.

Shiota will also be creating a site specific thread piece similar to the work above from the exhibit “In Silence” at the Centre Pasquart in Switzerland. Several small, boxed thread works incorporating household utensils will also be on hand. Her intent with this vein of exploration centers around the idea of drawing in three dimensions. It is a gripping concept carried out to unforgettable results.

Chiharu Shiota
One Place
19 February – 27 March 2010
Haunch of Venison
London


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The Antidote – NYC

“The Antidote,” a group painting show at Claire Oliver in NYC is up now and will hang through the first week of March. The exhibit features work by Rina Banerjee, Herb Jackson, Aaron Johnson, Jesse McCloskey, Ulf Puder, Tom Sanford and William T. Wiley.

Aaron Johnson - Bleeding Heart - 2010
Aaron Johnson, Bleeding Heart, acrylic on polyester knit mesh, 2010.

Over the past two centuries, the cry that “painting is dead” has been issued to exhaustion by the critical and just plain cranky. The goal of “Antidote” is proof of pulse despite the incessant mutterings of lazy, tabloid-styled art journalists. Perhaps the time has come to smother the platitude with an addendum. Painting is dead, long live painting!

Ulf Puder - Kreidefelsen - 2010
Ulf Puder, Kreidefelsen, oil on linen, 2010.

Diversity of approach is on stage for this group showing. A wide array of methods and motives are showcased standing as evidence that as long as life perseveres there will be painters that can keep up.

Tom Sanford - The Salahis - 2010
Tom Sanford, The Salahis, oil on canvas, 2010.

The Antidote
28 January – 6 March 2010
Claire Oliver Gallery
NYC


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David Choe – Character Assassination

These “leaked” candid photos just in showing some of the work in progress from David Choe’s latest exhibit. “Character Assassination,” opens this Friday and runs through the last week of March at the FIFTY24SF Gallery in San Francisco. If you are on the left coast, this is one not to miss.

David Choe - Rosie - 2010
David Choe, Rosie, mixed media, 2010.

David Choe - Always Hungry - 2010
David Choe, Always Hungry, mixed media, 2010.

David Choe - Head Study - 2010
David Choe, Head Study, mixed media, 2010.

David Choe - Fat Ugly Girls - 2010
David Choe, Fat Ugly Girls, mixed media, 2010.

David Choe
Character Assassination
5 February – 24 March 2010
FIFTY24SF Gallery
San Francisco


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Ivonne Thein – Incredible Me

“Incredible Me,” is an exhibition of selected photographs from Ivonne Thein’s series “Thirty-two kilos”. The show is up now and runs through the end of February at Galerie Voss in Duesseldorf.

Ivonne Thein - o.T. 04 (32kg) - 2008
Ivonne Thein, o.T. 04 (32kg), photograph, 2008.

Thein photographed healthy models in fashion scenarios and with the aid of digital manipulation was able to transform the images into these extremes. “Thirty-two kilos” was inspired by the artist’s fascination with the Pro-Ana movement. Pro-Ana refers to the belief by some that anorexia should be considered a lifestyle choice instead of a mental illness.

Ivonne Thein - o.T. 07 (32kg) - 2008
Ivonne Thein, o.T. 07 (32kg), photograph, 2008.

Identities in this imagery have been hidden by wigs and bandages in a venture to negotiate the humanity of her subjects. This objectification approaches the nucleus of the problem by displaying the absurdity of the goal. When the body becomes object criterions that sustain life cease to apply.

Ivonne Thein - o.T. 12 (32kg) - 2008
Ivonne Thein, o.T. 12 (32kg), photograph, 2008.

Ivonne Thein
Incredible Me
22 January – 27 February 2010
Galerie Voss
Duesseldorf, Germany


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David Lynch – New Paintings

This just in from the David Lynch Foundation. Scroll down to watch the new video they put together for, “David Lynch: New Paintings,” an exhibition held during the last part of 2009 at the William Griffin Gallery in Santa Monica, California. The video contains segments of interviews with Laura Dern and Roger Corman among others. Lynch himself discusses the core foundation of the creative mind.

David Lynch - Change the Fuckin' Channel Fuckface - 2009
David Lynch, Change the Fuckin’ Channel Fuckface, mixed media, 2009.

David Lynch - I Burn Pinecone Throw in Your House - 2009
David Lynch, I Burn Pinecone Throw in Your House, mixed media, 2009.

David Lynch - painting detail - 2009
David Lynch, painting detail, mixed media, 2009.


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David Maisel – Library of Dust

“Library of Dust,” a series of large scale photographs from 2005 by David Maisel is on view at the Von Lintel Gallery in NYC.

David Maisel - Library of Dust 103-566 - 2005
David Maisel, Library of Dust 103-566, c-print, 2005.

His subjects are the canned remains from the formerly named Oregon State Insane Asylum. The patients became part of this unusual collection because their ashes were never claimed by family or friends. In the mid 1970’s the canisters were placed in an underground depository which flooded repeatedly over the past several decades.

David Maisel - Library of Dust 1834 - 2005
David Maisel, Library of Dust 1834, c-print, 2005.

The response of the copper containers to the water formed some astounding chemical reactions. Metaphorically, it is as though the inmates of the asylum, forgotten by loved ones have reasserted their individuality in an attempt to be once more remembered. The size of the prints amplifies the anomalies accomplishing a ghostly impression of portraiture.

David Maisel - Library of Dust 1470 - 2005
David Maisel, Library of Dust 1470, c-print, 2005.

David Maisel
Library of Dust
21 January – 27 February 2010
Von Lintel Gallery
NYC


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Stefanie Gutheil – Kopftheater

“Kopftheater” or “Theater of the Mind” is an exhibition of recent paintings by Stefanie Gutheil at the Mike Weiss Gallery. This is the first solo show in NYC for the artist.

Stefanie Gutheil - Labyrinth - 2009
Stefanie Gutheil, Labyrinth, oil and mixed media on canvas, 2009.

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, Germany has undergone a cultural renaissance. The new found freedom has opened doors for the creative minded that in past have not even existed.

Stefanie Gutheil - Hasen - 2009
Stefanie Gutheil, Hasen, oil and mixed media on canvas, 2009.

Gutheil draws inspiration from this new spirit of independence. The people she sees and meets are all part of the world that she exaggerates to canvas. This volition extends beyond the content of the work into unusual choices in medium. Found textiles, aluminum foil and spray paint converge to advance the artist’s insubordinate views.

Stefanie Gutheil - Berg III - 2009
Stefanie Gutheil, Berg III, oil and mixed media on canvas, 2009.

Stefanie Gutheil
Kopftheater
14 January – 20 February 2010
Mike Weiss Gallery
NYC


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Terry Rodgers – Radical Continuity

An exhibition of paintings, drawings, photography, video and prints from Terry Rodgers is the current show at Aeroplastics Contemporary in Brussels. “Radical Continuity” runs through the end of February.

Terry Rodgers - The Palace of Automorphic Delights - 2009
Terry Rodgers, The Palace of Automorphic Delights, oil on linen, 2009.

When confronted with the large scale paintings of Terry Rodgers, the viewer is struck with compositions that overwhelm the picture plane. Rodgers enlists people that he meets in public to pose for his photographic studies. The resulting images are used to formulate these lavish fabrications.

Terry Rodgers - The Sacrificial Penumbra - 2010
Terry Rodgers, The Sacrificial Penumbra, oil on linen, 2010.

Not unlike the 1958 classic horror film, “The Blob,” victims in this universe are ensnared in a domineering residue of commerce. The frivolous privilege illustrated recalls lessons from an earlier Empire. Instances when emotion is displayed in this world are often greeted with a severely passive eye.

Terry Rodgers - Falling from Grace - 2010
Terry Rodgers, Falling from Grace, oil on linen, 2010.

Terry Rodgers
Radical Continuity
15 January – 27 February 2010
Aeroplastics Contemporary
Brussels, Belgium


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