Archive for August, 2009

Go See – Berlin: Kazimir Malevich ‘Autobiography’ at the Galerija Gregor Podnar, through September 19, 2009

Monday, August 31st, 2009

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View of the exhibition Kazimir Malevich ‘Autobiography’ via Galerija Gregor Podnar

Kazimir Malevich’s ‘Autobiography’ is a documentary exhibition that traces the work of one of the most important artists of the 20th century until his death and after. We should not see the artifacts at this exhibition as works of art. Rather they are souvenirs, selected specimens of our collective memory.

-Walter Benjamin

Currently on view at the Galerija Gregor Podnar in Berlin is a show on Malevich’s art titled ‘Autobiography.’  However, it should be noted, that despite the press that the show has received that doesn’t seem to acknowledge the true nature of the exhibit, the works presented are only reproductions of Malevich’s Suprematist art.  They reveal the artist and his life and the way in which his art was perceived as a symbol of spiritual creativity as well as being material product for the art market. The exhibit is “several exhibits in one” as stated by a representative of the Berlin gallery. An artist, who does not wish to reveal his name, actually calls himself Malevich, and has traced Kazimir Malevich’s artistic path not only in reproducing his works, but also following his ideology.

Kazimir Malevich ‘Autobiography’ [Exhibition Page]
Kazimir Malevich ‘Autobiography’ [Artnet]
Artefacts of Malevich [Artslant]
Kazimir Malevich: Autobiography [Saatchi]

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Go See – New York: Luke Fowler, Keren Cytter, and Tris Vonna-Michell “Phase Two” at X Initiave through October 25, 2009

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Warriors Four Films by Luke Fowler Installation View at X Initiative(4)
‘Warriors. Four Films by Luke Fowler,’ installation view at X Initiative

Currently on view at the Dia Foundation’s former space in Chelsea is Phase Two of the X Initiative, featuring solo shows of three European artists: Keren Cytter, Luke Fowler, and Tris Vonna-Michell.  This is the first major solo show in the US for each artist, all of whom participated in the New Museum’s triennial earlier this year, ‘The Generational: Younger Than Jesus.’ Phase Two also includes ‘Today and Everyday,’ a group show that presents artworks in the context of a still life photograph, an installation, and lastly, a memento. X Initiative is a not-for-profit association of artists, curators, dealers, and other professionals led by dealer Elizabeth Dee, using the Dia space for one year, starting in March, as an alternative arts space.

X Initiative
Unspooling Time Loops [NY Times]
BOMB on the Inside: X Initiative [BOMB]
X Marks the Spot [V Magazine]


Go See – New York: Sculpture Show at Sperone Westwater, through September 4, 2009

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Richard Long Sperone Westwater Sculpture Show
Richard Long, Houston Circle via Sperone Westwater

Sperone Westwater, founded by an Italian art dealer Gian Enzo Sperone in 1975, represents both established and new cutting-edge artists. Currently showing at the gallery located in the West Village in New York is a group exhibit titled “Sculpture Show.”  Works by Bertozzi & Casoni, Malcolm Morley, Mario Merz, Tom Sachs, Richard Long, Bruce Nauman and others are currently showing at the “Sculpture Show.”  The exhibit runs through Friday September 4th.

Related Links:
Sculpture Show [Sperone Westwater]
Sperone Westwater [One Art World]
Bruce Nauman, Good Boy Bad Boy [Youtube]
Mario Merz (bio) [Mario Merz]

Sperone Westwater WIm Delvoye
Wim Delvoye, D-11 Scale Model 2.0 via Sperone Westwater

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Go See – Los Angeles: “Collecting History: Highlighting Recent Acquisitions” at The Museum of Contemporary Art, through October 19, 2009

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Installation View MOCA LA
Installation view at MOCA LA of “Collecting History: Highlighting Recent Acquisitions” exhibit via TRYHARDER

Currently on view at MOCA, Los Angeles is a show titled “Collecting History: Highlighting Recent Acquisitions”  organized by Ann Goldstein- the Museum’s Senior Curator and Bennett Simpson- the Associate Curator of MOCA. The exhibit aims to showcase recent acquisitions to MOCA’s permanent collection – one that is renowned internationally for growing at a remarkable rate and presenting contemporary art from a variety of art movements. The exhibit “Collecting History: Highlighting Recent Acquisitions” focuses mainly on the works taken into the possession of MOCA LA within the last 5 years.  The show closes October 19, 2009.

Related Links:
Collecting History: Highlighting Recent Acquisitions [MOCA]
Collecting History: Highlighting Recent Acquisitions @ MOCA (part II) [TRYHARDER]
Collecting History [Selectism]

Collecting history highlighting recent acquisitions MOCA LA
Installation view of “Collecting History: Highlighting Recent Acquisitions” via MOCA

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Go see – Zürich: Pipilotti Rist at Hauser & Wirth, through October 17, 2009

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

Pipilotti Rist, Hauser and Wirth, Film Still, 2009
Pipilotti Rist, Film Still, via Hauser & Wirth

Pipilotti Rist’s ingenuity has materialized into her perfect living space at Hauser & Wirth.  Inside you’ll find a collaboration of elements that marry the domestic to music, lights, still images and lightboxes.  All are artfully finished with a sprinkling of video installations from her upcoming feature film Pepperminta.

Related links:
Pipilotti Rist Show [Hauser and Wirth]
Pepperminta Official Site
Pipilotti Rist’s Site
Pour Your Body Out [MoMA]

Pipilotti Rist, Hauser and Wirth, Film still, 2009
Pipilotti Rist, Film Still, via Hauser and Wirth

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Go See – Massachusetts: Sol LeWitt, A Drawing Retrospective at MASS MoCA, Now On View through 2033

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Sol LeWitt
Sol Lewitt, Wall Drawing 821A, via MASS MoCA

The MASS MoCA has created a tribute to Sol LeWitt’s prolific body of wall drawings, selecting 105 of the more than 1200 to be recreated in its own building on site.  The ambitious project, funded by Yale University Art Gallery and MASS MoCA, was formed from conversations between the director of the Gallery and LeWitt himself. Patrons of the Gallery are h0ping the installation will be a massive asset to art education.  In accordance with this mission, podcasts are available for audio tours, and a book is being published in conjunction with the work entitled Sol LeWitt: 100 Views, which includes 100 new essays on his work from valued experts in the art world. New Yorkers will remember his exhibit which ended this summer at the MoMA, and his recent addition to the Subway. His art was part of a retrospective in 2000 by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, which traveled to the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

Related Links:
Sol Lewitt: A Drawing Retrospective [MASS MoCA]
Event Details [MASS MoCA]
Sol LeWitt, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art [Financial Times]

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Go See – Wolfsburg, Germany: 15 Years of Collecting – Against the Grain at Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, through September 13, 2009

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Andreas Gursky Pyongyang V 2007
Andreas Gursky, Pyongyang V via Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg

Currently showing at the   Wolfsburg is an exhibition titled “15 Years of Collecting – Against the Grain.” The Museum was launched in 1994 along with the immediacy of its mission to build a permanent collection of highly distinguished works by contemporary artists. The year of starting point of the collection, acquired since the launch of the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, is 1968. The museum’s international reputation boasts works of avant-garde, minimalist, late modernist and conceptual artists. In celebration of its 15 anniversary Kunstmuseum is showing key works from its collection curated in an unconventional manner. The exhibit includes works by Bruce Nauman, Elizabeth Peyton, Carl Andre and Damien Hirst among others and closes September 13, 2009.

Damien Hirst A Hundred Years 1990
Damien Hirst, A Hundred Years via Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg

Related Links:
15 Years of Collecting: Against the Grain [Kunstmuseum-Wolfsburg]
Fifteen Years of Collecting at the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg- Against the Grain [ArtDaily]
Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg presents 15 Years of Collecting- Against the Grain [Artipedia]
Profile- Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg [Saatchi Gallery]

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AO Interview: 50 Mural ‘Love Letter’ Project by Steve Powers aka Espo takes shape in multiple Philadephia locations viewable from one elevated train.

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

steve powers love letters espo
via The World’s Best Ever

Steve Powers- a famed graffiti artist known as ESPO, was born and raised in Philadelphia, and had his first museum solo show in Pennsylvania. In 1994 he moved to New York City. A Fulbright Scholar- Steve Powers painted a project similar to love letter in the streets of Dublin and Belfast, now returning to his hometown to conduct a massive graffiti project carrying the same title.  The “Love Letter” is planned to be complete by Labor Day.

Steve Powers Espo Love Letter Project I had a nice dream
A mural from Love Letter Project curated by Steve Powers via Gradient

Related Links:
Steve Powers (Bio) [Deitch Projects]
Love Letter Project [A Love Letter For You]
A Love Letter Project [Design You Trust]
Artists Steven Powers Curated Love Letter Project [Gradient]
Steve Powers Philadelphia Mural Arts Project [Curated]
Steve Powers Love Letters to Philadelphia [The World’s Best Ever]
Love Letter to Philadelphia [The Wall Street Journal]

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Go See – Cologne, Germany: Sigmar Polke 'THE EDITIONS' at Museum Ludwig through September 27, 2009

Thursday, August 27th, 2009


From the Sigmar Polke show, “The Editions,” at  Museum Ludwig.

Through September 27, Cologne will be home to the humor, irreverence, painstaking technique and meticulous renderings of Sigmar Polke’s “Editions.”  Museum Ludwig is showing an exhibition of the collection, donated in large part by Cologne collectors Ulrich Reininghaus and Anna Friebe-Reininghaus in 2008.  Curated by Julia Friedrich, the show also includes rare prints and re-workings.

Related links:
Museum Ludwig
Sigmar Polke – Profile [artfacts]

Sigmar Polke's "Ohne Titel [Griffelkunst]" at Museum Ludwig. The editions
Sigmar Polke’s “Ohne Titel [Griffelkunst],” part of “The Editions,” at Museum Ludwig.

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Go See – Tokyo: Paul Gauguin at MOMAT, The Japan National Museum of Modern Art, through September 23, 2009

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?  1897-98    Oil on canvas    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston  Tompkins Collection-Arthur Gordon Tompkins Fund, 36.270  Photograph © 2009 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. All rights reserved.
D’ou venons-nous? Que sommes-nous? Ou allons-nous?
(Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?) Paul Gauguin, (1897-98). Via MOMAT

MOMAT, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, is celebrating Paul Gauguin’s masterpiece D’ou venons-nous? Que sommes-nous? Ou allons-nous? (Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?) through September 23rd.  This exhibition brings Gauguin’s celebrated painting to Japan for the first time. In fact, it is only the third occasion that the painting has left the USA since its inclusion in the permanent collection in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 1936.

E haere oe i hia  (Where Are You Going?) 1892 Oil on canvas Staatsgalerie Stuttgart ©Foto: Staatsgalerie Stuttgart
E haere oe i hia (Where are you going?), Paul Gauguin (1892). Via MOMAT

Related Links:
MOMAT, the National Museum of Modern Art Homepage [MOMAT]
Paul Gauguin, Exhibition Page [MOMAT]
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston [MFA, Boston]
Huge Gauguin masterpiece makes rare visit to Japan []
Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts Celebrates 10th Anniversary [ArtDaily]

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Go See – New York: "Photoconceptualism 1966-1973" featuring works by Bruce Nauman, Dan Graham, Robert Smithson, Mel Bochner, Gordon Matta-Clark, Edward Ruscha Whitney Museum of American Art, through September 20, 2009

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

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Bruce Nauman, Self Portrait as a Fountain (Eleven Color Photographs) Courtesy of Whitney Museum

Investigating photography in the Whitney’s collection, Photoconceptualism 1966-1973 is the last in a three-part series of installments. The recognition of the mediums of video and photography as fit for Conceptual artwork was at its height in the 60s and 70s. Works are being shown on the mezzanine level of the Whitney Museum in a small one room gallery. Some of the artists presented are Adrian Piper, Bruce Nauman, Ed Ruscha, Gordon Matta-Clark, Mel Bochner and Michael Heizer. The show will be over September 20, 2009

Ruscha Universal Whitney Museum Photoconceptualism
Edward Ruscha, Universal Studios, Universal City (Thirtyfour Parking Lots in Los Angeles) courtesy of Whitney Museum of American Art

Related Links:
Photoconceptualism 1966-1973 [Whitney Museum]
Photoconceptualism 1966-1973 [DLK Collection]
Now at the Whitney: Photoconceptualism, 1966-1973 [Fanzine]

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Go See – Lausanne, Switzerland: Cézanne to Rothko at Fondation l’Hermitage, Featuring Braque, Warhol, Ernst, Twombly, Giacometti, Bacon, Renoir, Monet, and more, through October 25, 2009

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

The show is comprised of works by 63 artists, with some pieces showing publicly for the first time. The sweeping comprehensiveness of the exhibition allows for a juxtaposition of artists rarely seen. Paintings by Claude Monet accompany those by Cy Twombly and Paul Signac. Cubist Georges Braque brings the cartoons of Jean Dubufett into sharper relief. Included are Paul Cézanne and Abstract Expressionists Mark Rothko and Sam Francis, in an exhibition that shows even the pop art of Andy Warhol and the Surrealist paintings of Salvador Dalí.

ferdinand hodler, le grammont, fondation l'hermitage, from cezanne to rothko, 20th century masterpieces in private swiss collections
Ferdinand Hodler, “le Grammont,” at Fondation l’Hermitage. Image courtesy of the museum.

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Yves Klein, “ANT 20,” at Fondation l’Hermitage. Image courtesy of the museum.

Initially founded in 1984 with the Bugnion Family collection, Fondation l’Hermitage now boasts over 600 works, shown in rotation along with its temporary exhibitions. The Fondation is also home to a collection of 12th-19th century Chinese porcelain, donated by the Vergottis Foundation and on permanent display in its underground space.

rené magritte, la ruse symétrique, fondation l'hermitage, from cezanne to rothko, 20th century masterpieces in private swiss collections
René Magritte, “La Ruse Symétrique,” at Fondation l’Hermitage. Image courtesy of the museum.

paul klee, felsenlandschaft, fondation l'hermitage, from cezanne to rothko 20th century masterpieces in private swiss collections
Paul Klee, “Felsenlandschaft,” at Fondation l’Hermitage. Image courtesy of the museum.

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Edgar Degas, “Danseuses (Danseuses au repos),” at Fondation l’Hermitage. Image courtesy of the museum.

– R. Fogel

Go see – New York: Franz West “The Ego and The Id” at the Doris C. Freedman Plaza in Central Park, through March 2010

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

The Ego and The Id, Franz West via Gagosian

At 20ft high, The Ego and the Id is the newest and largest aluminum sculpture ever created by internationally acclaimed Austrian Artist Franz West.  The Public Art Fund, New York’s leading presenter of artists’ projects, new commissions, and exhibitions in public spaces, have brought West’s enormous, brightly coloured loops to the Doris C. Freedman Plaza in Central Park located at Fifth Avenue and 60th Street.

This seems to be a very fitting project for West as he once famously stated in an interview with Robert Fleck, “Best of all I like art in the streets; it doesn’t demand that you make a special journey to see it, it’s simply there. You don’t even have to look at it – that is probably the ideal art.”

Related Links:
Public Art Fund []
Franz West: The Ego and The Id [Gagosian]
Franz West The Ego and The Id [Public Art Fund]
Art Steps Outside [NewYorkTimes]
Sculpture that asks you to spell [NewYorkTimes]
The Ego and The Id, Franz West’s New Public Art [NYCLOVESNYC]


Don’t Miss – Los Angeles: ‘Bitch is the new black’ at Honor Fraser now through August 29, 2009

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Her Daddy’s Money and Her Momma’s Good Looks, Rosson Crow (2009). Via Honor Fraser

The summer show ‘Bitch Is The New Black’ at Honor Fraser, Los Angeles will continue until August 29th. Curated by a former editor at ArtReview, Emma Gray, the exhibition showcases the work of 14 local female artists.

Thematically, the exhibition was inspired by the Anne Sexton poem, “Consorting with Angels”. The title comes from an altogether different source; a snippet of dialogue broadcast on Saturday Night Live during the 2008 Presidential Election. During the aforementioned sketch, Tina Fey celebrated the idea of a woman president as a “bitch” by reasoning that “bitches get things done.

Untitled, Catherine Opie (1993). Via Honor Fraser

Honor Fraser Homepage
‘Bitch Is The New Black’ exhibition page []
Consorting with Angels by Anne Sexton [Google Books]
Art Review: “The New Black” at Honor Fraser [Los Angeles Times]

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Newslinks for Monday, August 24th, 2009

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

Sol Lewitt Columbus Circle
A glimpse of the Sol LeWitt mural, ‘Swirls and Whirls,’ being constructed in the Columbus Circle subway station, via NY Times

A mural designed for the Columbus Circle subway station in New York by Sol LeWitt in 2007, just before his death, is nearly complete [NY Times]

Richard Long Tube Map London Underground

In related, Turner Prize winner Richard Long designs the cover for the London Tube Map [FAD]
The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid has seen visitor numbers quadruple since the opening of its Henri Matisse exhibit
[Art Daily]
Following the success of earlier Beyond Limits exhibitions, Sotheby’s announces its fourth contemporary sculpture exhibit at Chatsworth including works by Henry Moore, Marc Quinn, Zhan Wang, among others
[Auction Publicity]

Jeff Koons
Jeff Koons via the Telegraph UK

Jeff Koons sits for lunch with the Financial Times and discusses his love of inflatables and how the custody battle for his son has affected his work [Financial Times]
MoMA’s PS1 in Queens will soon reprise its Greater New York exhibit, which will be its 3rd
On Miuccia Prada and her still to be built €25 million, 20,500 square meter Prada Foundation in a south Milan industrial complex [ArtNewspaper]
Sotheby’s CEO William Ruprecht sells 5% of his equity holdings; he retains a 1% stake in the company [Barron’s via Art Market Monitor]

Starns Brothers T Magazine 5th Anniversary
The Starns Brothers’ cover for the fifth anniversary of T Magazine, via NY Times

T Magazine celebrates its fifth anniversary with specially designed covers by Mike and Doug Starns, Jeff Koons, Francesco Vezzoli, Jenny Holzer, and Frank Gehry [NYTimes T Magazine]
Christie’s abandons its plan to establish an art-investment fund and a lending division
In related, Leibovitz creditor Goldman Sachs has stepped in to help negotiate the photographer’s financial troubles with Art Capital Group [Artforum]
The recession in the art world has not stopped bartering of valuable works between contemporaries

Creative Time - Shorts

Creative Time’s short shorts for sale at Creative Time

Creative Time is selling limited edition short shorts, and the campy video is here [CreativeTime via Artnet on Twitter]
On collecting phenomenon Herb and Dorthy Vogel’s gift of 50 works to 50 US States
[Wall Street Journal]
Interpol allows online access to its 34,000 work database of stolen art [ArtDaily]
In related, roughly 1,000 Alberto Giacometti counterfeit sculptures seized in Germany [GlobeandMail]

Dasha Zhukova
Dasha Zhukova via

Dasha Zhukova, rumored pregnant with 2008 top collector Roman Abramovich’s child, as new editor of Pop magazine has a Damien Hirst work on the cover [NYMag]
Russian oligarchs invest enough money in the Constructivist and Suprematist art of the beginning of 20th century to provoke forgeries, more than half of items bought of these movements are reported to be inauthentic
[The Independent]
In related, as Princeton Architectural Press claims to have discovered Frida Kahlo’s lost archive, scholars involved with the artist’s work refute the possibility of it being authentic [GuardianUK]
A new high intensity x-ray developed by Cornell University has already revealed a lost NC Wyeth illustration

Espo Love Letter Philadephia
Stephen Power’s Hold My Own Iverson’s Arm

2007 Fulbright Scholar Stephen Powers, known as ESPO, is completing his Love Letter project, comprised of murals by multiple artists stretching across his home town of Philadelphia that can be seen from one train [A Love Letter For You]
Shepard Fairey calls his decision to
graffiti-proof the brick walls of his studio personal preference and rebutts claims of hypocrisy [Street Level] and separately he is to unveil a large scale mural produced by the gallery Country Club at Art Basel Miami Beach [ArtDaily]
Are Museums crossing the line by granting curatorship to corporations? [The New York Times]

Terence Koh Opening Ceremony
Terence Koh’s window display at Opening Ceremony which reads “The Whole Family” via this hearts on fire

Terence Koh sends a very Terence Koh letter regarding his latest project with Opening Ceremony, a window installation [Hint]
On the relatively accessible yet potentially financially rewarding decision to invest in the works of MA students
[The Guardian]
The Bortolami Gallery building is up for sale at $6.1 million by collector Adam Lindemann as Stefania Bortolami prepares to move to another location in Chelsea [Lindsay Pollack]
Matthew Barney and
Bjork buy a four bedroom townhouse in Brooklyn Heights listed for $4.2 million [NYMag]

Go See – Turin: Glenn Brown Retrospective at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo through October 4, 2009

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

Glenn Brown, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo
A painting from the Glenn Brown retrospective, currently hosted by Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo.

Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo is showing paintings by Glenn Brown, in a new exhibition that runs through October 4.  The retrospective, organized in collaboration with Tate Liverpool, is the largest showing of the artist’s work to date, with over sixty paintings on exhibition.  The show, full of works that combines history and science fiction, is curated by Francesco Bonami and Laurence Sillars.

Related links:
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo

A painting from the Glenn Brown retrospective, currently hosted by Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo.

More information and images after the jump.


Go See – Tokyo: ‘AI WEIWEI: ACCORDING TO WHAT?’ at Mori Art Museum through Nov 8, 2009

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

table with three legs mori art museum according to what ai weiwei
Ai Weiwei, “Table with Three Legs” (table from the late Ming or early Qing Dynasty), at Mori Art Museum

Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum is currently showing the one of the largest solo shows ever by Ai Weiwei.  The exhibition reveals the artist’s range of genre, featuring 26 works of sculpture, photography, video, and installation that at turns treasures and condemns Chinese history.  Six included pieces were finished specifically for the show, which runs through November 8, 2009.

Related links:
Mori Art Museum
eye for an ai [scene & herd]
Who is Ai Weiwei? [ArtInfo]
Escape from Propaganda [The Japan Times]
Chinese Artist Says He Was Barred From Rights Advocate’s Trial [The New York Times]
According to What? by Ai Weiwei, Tokyo [Wallpaper]

ai weiwei snake ceiling according to what mori art museum
Ai Weiwei, “Snake Ceiling” (backpacks), at Mori Art Museum. Via ArtInfo.

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Don’t Miss – New York: ‘THE AUDIO SHOW’ a selection of solely audio pieces at Friedrich Petzel Gallery, featuring Marilyn Minter, Barnaby Furnas and more, through August 23, 2009

Friday, August 21st, 2009

audio show friedrich petzel gallery
Installation view of “The Audio Show,” on at Friedrich Petzel Gallery in New York. Via Time Out New York.

New York’s Friedrich Petzel Gallery is hosting “The Audio Show” for two more days. The gallery’s rooms are empty save a speaker mounted in each corner.  These play seven hours of audio, comprised of submissions from Marilyn Minter, John Miller, Jesse Bransford, and more, interspersed with a single reconstructed episode of Walter Benjamin’s 1930s radio play, “Aufklärng für Kinder (Enlightenment for Children).” The schedule of audio is the same every day, but for the last hour of the afternoon, in which patron’s requested clips from the exhibition are replayed.

Related links:
Friedrich Petzel Gallery – “The Audio Show”
“Audio Show at Friedrich Petzel Gallery – Art review – [Time Out New York]

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Go See: Basel – ‘Holbein to Tillmans,’ Prominent Guests from The Kunstmuseum, at Schaulager through October 4th, 2009

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Wolfgang Tillmans at Schaulager
Wolfgang Tillmans, ‘Anders Pulling Splinter from his Foot.’ 2004. Via Design Boom.

Currently on exhibit at Schaulager in Basel are approximately 200 paintings and sculptures dating from the 15oo’s to the present, taken from the collection of the Kunstmuseum Basel.   Alongside the works are thirty pieces from the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation and several works from private collections. Schaulager is meant to function as a kind of new form of art institution, “one that is neither museum nor traditional repository,”  but a “viewing warehouse,” with optimal climatic conditions where art can be simultaneously stored, preserved and viewed all at once.  Curated by Theodora Vischer, the current exhibit juxtaposes old and new artworks and was carefully selected and arranged.  The installation was “not produced based on the model of a classical museum hanging.  Rather, the result was a different, new narrative, or better: an essay of pictures.  It evolved, image by image, by means of diverse and unexpected relationships and numerous dialogues that ensued between the works, until finally the essay ‘Holbein to Tillmans’ took shape.”

rodney graham at schaulager, via designboom
Rodney Graham’s, ‘Allegory of Folly: Study for an Equestrian Monument in the Form of a Wind Vane,’ from 2005 alludes to an earlier work; ‘Praise of Folly,’ by Erasmus of Rotterdam, which was illustrated by Hans Holbein the Younger, a German artist from the 16th Century. Via DesignBoom.

Related Links:
Holbien to Tillmans [Schaulager]
Video of Holbein to Tillmans Exhibition. [Schaulager]
Holbein to Tillmans at Schaulager, Basel [Vernissage TV]
Holbein to Tillmans Exhibition at Schaulager [Design Boom]
Holbein to Tillmans- Prominentt Guests from the Kunstmuseum Basel [The ArtNetwork]


Go See – East Hampton: Agathe Snow “Terrestrial Forms” at The Fireplace Project, through August 31, 2009 with interview Firplace Foundation founder, Edsel Williams

Friday, August 21st, 2009

wish upon a star Agathe Snow
Agathe Snow, Wish upon a Star detail via The Fireplace Project

Currently showing in The Fireplace Project in East Hampton, New York, is an exhibition by Agathe Snow.  Works exhibited are made from recycled materials that went into Agathe Snow’s show at the Sculpture Center in Long Island City in Queens last year. The installations are great in size, yet light to the eye- almost childish in their appearance of clean forms and bold color combinations; they play with conventions of contemporary art but do not defy them in establishing a language of their own.  The show of Agathe Snow’s works runs through August 23, 2009.

Related Links:
Agathe Snow “Terrestrial Forms” [The Fireplace Project]
Layout 1 [The Fireplace Project]
The Fireplace Project [Artfacts]
Wrap Artist/Agathe Snow [The Moment – NYTimes]
Agathe Snow “Terrestrial Forms” at The Fireplace Project [Slamxhype]

Agathe Snow The Fireplace Project Installation View
Agathe Snow, “Terrestrial Forms” an installation view via The Fireplace Project

More text, pictures and an interview with Edsel Williams after the jump…


Go see – New York: Self-Portraits at The Skarstedt Gallery through September4, 2009

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Untitled #153, Cindy Sherman (1985). Via Skarstedt Gallery

The current group show at Skarstedt Gallery on E79th Street in New York exhibits the efforts of nine artists to tackle a genre that is of great importance in the canon of Art History: the Self-Portrait.  Once a tool for self-promotion and notoriety, the staff at the Skarstedt Gallery recognize the self-portrait as “a conceptual apparatus of history and are at the disposal of anyone who employs it.” In this instance, the Gallery presents the viewer with the self-fashioned images of Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, Rudolf Stingel, John Coplands, Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger, Robert Mapplethorpe, Yasumasa Morimura, and Albert Oehlen within the framework of four iconographical themes: Glory, Desire, The Masquerade and Fading.

Untitled (Self-Portrait), Martin Kippenberger (1988). Via Skarstedt Gallery

Related Links:
Skarstedt Gallery Homepage
[Skarstedt Gallery]
Self-Portraits at the Skarstedt Gallery event page
[Skarstedt Gallery]
Self-Portraits, by Ken Johnson [New York Times]

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Go See – Torquay: “Field For The British Isles” Antony Gormley at Torre Abbey, through August 23, 2009

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

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Some of the 40,000 clay figures from Field for the British Isles. Via Torre Abbey

One of the largest Medieval Monasteries in the UK is hosting the most recent addition to Antony Gormley’s Turner-prize-winning  Field series, Field for the British Isles. Earlier works from this series were created and displayed in Mexico, Sweden, London and Porto Velho in the Amazon Basin. The show runs through August 23, 2009. Presently Gormley’s One & Other project is underway on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, London.

Related Links:
Torre Abbey Homepage [Torre Abbey]
Field for the British Isles event page [Torre Abbey]
Antony Gormley’s ‘terracotta army’ invades Devon barn []
Historic Abbey to show prestigious artwork [BBC Devon]
Field for the British Isles project page []
Antony Gormley: Field (2004 at Tate Liverpool) []

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Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Playing the building
David Byrne at the Roundhouse. Via Creative Review

On view now, David Byrne’s exhibition, “Playing the Building” is open to the public until August 31st. Located in north London, the Roundhouse was originally constructed in 1846 as a steam engine shed. Later on in the 20th century, the structure was converted into a popular arts center that hosted bands like The Doors and Jimi Hendrix. “Playing the Building” was originally commissioned in 2005 by Färgfabriken in Stockholm before moving to New York last summer. Byrne has completely transformed the Roundhouse, so that it is now a playable instrument. Metal beams and pipes make whistling noises, while iron pillars vibrate and rumble when blown.

Related Links:
David Byrne: Playing the Building, London []
David Byrne “Playing the Building” [BoingBoing]
David Byrne’s Playing the Building [New Tang Dynasty Television]
David Byrne: Playing the Building []
London: Playing the Building III [David Byrne’s Journal]
Playing the Building: An Installation by David Byrne [New York Magazine]
David Byrne: Playing the Building [The Art Newspaper]
David Byrne on Playing the Building at the Roundhouse [Telegraph UK]

Playing the Building Via Roundhouselondon Youtube

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Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Philip Taaffe, “Unit of Direction No. 2″ (2008). Via Gagosian Gallery.

Until August 21st Gagosian Gallery is displaying a small group exhibition of exuberant abstract paintings which celebrate circles, dots and spots at their West 24th Street location. The collection of nine paintings covers work from their most prestigous artists;  included are works by Damien Hirst, Yayoi Kusama, Mike Kelley and Roy Lichenstein.

Related Links:
Ecstatic Abstraction: Press Release [Gagosian Gallery]
Ecstatic Abstraction at Gagosian Gallery []