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1994, PIETER HUGO

Posted on January 11, 2017 by Marco Maggetto

Pieter Hugo, born1976, in Johannesburg is one of our favorite contemporary photographers. Recurring theme: most of the times it is Africa and it’s not only about the beauty of this immense continent, it’s also political, it’s complaint, it’s romanticism, it’s narrative. Like his next exibithion  at New York gallery Yossi Milo called 1994 on view from January 26 – March 11. Pieter Hugo’s show will be made of color photographs taken of children born in Rwanda and South Africa after the year 1994, the year of the Rwandan genocides and of the end of Apartheid in South Africa. Wearing often fanciful clothes and posed in nature, each child symbolizes the budding hope of a life unladen by active oppression, yet is rooted inextricably in the landscape into which they were born.

Pieter Hugo’s major museum solo exhibitions: The Hague Museum of Photography, Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Ludwig Museum in Budapest, Fotografiska in Stockholm, MAXXI in Rome and the Institute of Modern Art Brisbane, among others.

Public and private collections: the Museum of Modern Art, V&A Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, J Paul Getty Museum, Walther Collection, Deutsche Börse Group, Folkwang Museum and Huis Marseille.

Ph. Miss Moss

 

WALTON FORD

Posted on August 6, 2014 by Editorial Staff

American artist Walton Ford, makes paintings and prints like Audubon’s naturalist illustrations. His works are  meticulous studies in flora and fauna of great execution. Faithful to the natural history mode, Ford paints on a much larger scale, producing outsize watercolors with epic compositions.

Paul Kasmin Gallery of NYC is currently  hosting some of his magnificent watercolors. Surely a good thing to put on the TO DOs list!

PETER HUJAR

Posted on August 5, 2014 by Marco Maggetto

Not so much time left, until 24th August, to see this marvelous selection of pictures by American photographer Peter Hujar. Held at Maureen Paley Gallery London, this is the third solo exhibition to take place  at 21 Herald Street.

He worked in black and white, he documented a tragedy in New York. He was a great friend of Diane Arbus, and both were admirers of Weegee and shared his dark vision. Hujar subjects spaced from the catacombs in Palermo to abandoned, wrecked cars. Despite an apparent modern approach, Hujar was a classicist that payed tributes to his role model photographers: Atget and Brassaï. Sensible, with a sharped eye for detail, Hujar is considered now a master for his particular way of recount grace in disintegration with a  deep sense of mortality. In her introduction to Portraits in Life and Death, Susan Sontag wrote, “… Fleshed and moist-eyed friends and acquaintances stand, sit, slouch, mostly lie – and are made to appear to meditate on their own mortality… Peter Hujar knows that portraits in life are always, also, portraits in death.”

Photo: David Wojnarowicz Reclining (II) , vintage gelatin silver print.

http://www.maureenpaley.com/

EMERSON COOPER

Posted on June 24, 2014 by Editorial Staff

“Mending the Labyrinth” is and extensive body of work by artist Emerson Cooper for the first time as a solo show in New York. Emerson Cooper is a vintage photographs and Victorian cabinet cards collector. His work start from the transformation of these photos into meticulously constructed, psychologically charged artworks by using a mix of thread, paint, collage or digital manipulation. Used widely from the mid-19th century after the invention of albumen prints by Louis Désiré Blanquart-Evrard, the cabinet card remains a familiar visual object. Contemporaneous to the use of cabinet cards were the psychoanalytical theories of Freud and the high point of public interest in freak shows, and Cooper recalls these areas of interest simultaneously. Cooper’s images often allude to the sinister and plunge us headlong into the depths of identity and psyche, the real and the unreal, and the anguish of memory.

Until July 6th @ Muriel Guépin

Photo/ Man With Spiral, 2007-2010

http://www.murielguepingallery.com

EARLY LANDSCAPES, ANDREAS GURSKY

Posted on April 10, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Andreas Gursky. Master contemporary artist, born 1955 in Leipzig Germany. He lives and works in Dusseldorf and was appointed Professor of Liberal Arts at the Kunstakademie Dusseldorf in 2010. Gursky, from the very first years of his career, never stop making photographs of landscapes. It’s one of his recurring elements, a signature trait of this incredible artist. “Early Landscapes” it the first exhibition to focus on a group of important landscapes from the late 1980s to the early 1990s. Predating Gursky’s extensive use of digital technology, and characterized by what the artist has called an ‘extraterrestrial’ perspective, the pictures are titled simply and directly after the geographical location where they were taken. Gursky’s early landscapes provide the viewer with the concrete experience of a specific place as well as a “mental image”that has been passed down to us by the history of painting and inscribed into our collective memory.

Sprüth Magers London-  April 15th – june 21th  2014

THE GLAMOUR OF ITALIAN FASHION 1945-2014

Posted on April 2, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Dedicated to a small country and its post was miracle. Dedicated to our grandmothers and grandads that worked so hard to give their children’s a better future. Dedicated to Count Giorgini himself that believed in the potential of a new “fashion pole” and to that unexpected success. Dedicated to Americans, that, with their impeccable eyesight spotted a a country where quality and artisan skills where, and maybe still are, the best in the world.

“The Glamour of Italian Fashion”, an unmissable exhibition-celebration that opens up this Saturday at Victoria And Albert Museum.

Ph. GianPaolo Barbieri for Ferrè

http://www.vam.ac.uk/

 

 

 

I LOVE YOU, ONO!

Posted on April 1, 2014 by Editorial Staff

From March 14–September 1, 2014 Guggenheim Bilbao will host 200 works of wide documentation on Yoko Ono. Divided in sections, installations, objects, drawings, photographs, text, the exhibition presents a comprehensive overview on the conceptual and the performing artist, two sides of a 4 decades career.  Ono’s  points of departure are oral or written guidelines for the audience, considered an active role in the art world. Yoko Ono, 80 years old this very year, emerged as a prominent figure of the New York avant-garde scene in the 70ies and became close to famous American icons. Not to mention, her works inspired by John Lennon. A must see.

http://www.guggenheim-bilbao.es/

MIART 2014 ART FAIR

Posted on March 24, 2014 by Editorial Staff

 

It’s getting better and better. This weekend, it’s Milano and Art. Miart is an art fair where contemporary and modern are put together to create an occasion to reflect on the continuity between past and present. Miart wants to underline even more this  contrast but at the same time aims  to work on the possibility to experiment new strategies  and alternatives ways. The objective is to be active in the modern and contemporary production during the whole year and not only in the three days of the fair event. Miart becomes a collector of circles, structures and experiences able  to connect among them the cultural and economic Milanese environment with other important international realities. Don’t miss it.


Miart 2014 , 28 – 30 March 2014

NUD NOB, SARAH LUCAS

Posted on March 17, 2014 by Editorial Staff

New York, Gladstone Gallery is currently exhibiting an amazing solo show by Sarah Lucas, her first Us in nearly a decade. Lucas was born in Holloway London in 1962 and she is an English artist part of the generation of Young British Artists who emerged during the 1990s. Lucas has been working all his career with found objects and readily available materials to create works imbued with a distinctive and provocative visual language. Drawing on art historical references, cultural stereotypes, and the British tabloid culture, Lucas creates works that never stop challenging our conception of sexuality, gender and existence. Show at Galdstone features some large scale bronzes of over sized vegetables  and phallic shaped concrete sculptures because human anatomy has long fascinated Lucas. The form of the phallus in fact has been a recurring theme to her one that she sees as “a perfectly self-contained sculptural form, ‘pregnant’ with meaning.” Referencing the Greek gods of love and fertility, respectfully, Lucas uses the titling of her work to infuse the sculptures with a humorous gesture. Language and its potential for both poetic alliteration and sly allusion is central to Lucas’s works, and her titles often draw on slang, puns, and historical references to invoke allusions that are variously erotic, romantic, and funny. Sculptures, surrounded by some Lucas portraits, provide a tactile and immediate experience and drive us to the ephemeral. Composed of corporeal fragments and organic forms, the sculptures intimate a sense of absence, suggesting an innate fragility within their outwardly sturdy form.

 

At Gladstone New York until 27th April.

UGO MULAS, CIRCUS CALDER

Posted on March 4, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Merano Arte, in collaboration with Ugo Mulas Archive, presents an exhibition with a selection of 36 original images, dated between 1963 and 1964, made by Italian photographer Ugo Mulas. “Circus” is a juvenile work of the great American sculptor Alexander Calder. This amazing work was a small circus made of simple sculptures, human figures, little animals. Built with metallic thread and other recovery material, this work is performance, poetry, visual art and much more. Maybe an example of Arte Povera. Calder Circus is actually preserved at the Witheny Museum in New York. The history of Ugo Mulas and Alexander Calder,  is a history of great friendship. A meeting point, an homage by Mulas to the great  American sculptor. Through his lenses, Mulas gave a fundamental key of interpretation of one of  XX century greatest artists. A must see.

http://www.kunstmeranoarte.org/index.php

MUG SHOTS, CHARLOTTA JANSSEN

Posted on February 18, 2014 by Editorial Staff

German American artist, Charlotta Janssen, to visually thank participants of the Civil Rights Movement for their work and dedication that made this victory possible. In her exhibition, FREEDOM RIDERS & BUS BOYCOTTERS: Threads of a Story, Janssen specifically honors Freedom Riders from 1961 and their predecessors the Montgomery Bus Boycotters from 1956. Inspired by the mug shots of these heroes that confront the injustice of the legal system, Janssen uses the immediate medium of painting and collage to educate and commemorate this incredible feat of history led by the young people of America. 

Ph. Lucretia Collins Profile, 2011

http://charlottajanssen.com/


FùTBAL: THE BEAUTIFUL GAME

Posted on February 12, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Soccer (or fútbol) has always been considered a legendary sport. “Fútbol: The Beautiful Game,” is an exhibition presented by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LACMA, and explores the significance and impact of soccer around the world. The exhibit includes works of art by approximately 30 artists from around the world. The diverse media featured includes video, photography, painting, and sculpture. “Samuel Ento“ is a painting by Kehinde Wiley, and it will be on display. But  how are art and sports connected? The exhibition features  portraits depicting “intense heroes”, sport heroes.  Sports are an extension of art, take dance for instance: It’s highly athletic but is also very artistic. Sport is a body issue, it is the real connection between action and reaction.   The exhibition looks at issues of nationalism, identity, globalism, and mass spectacle as well as the shared human experience between spectators from a multitude of cultures. Pass me that ball!

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BALEY’S STARDUST

Posted on January 27, 2014 by Editorial Staff

One of the most glamorous exhibition of  2014 is coming in few days. 250 shots of models, musicians, designers, filmmakers  and humanity in general personally selected and printed by master photographer David Baley, maybe the most famous and recognized English photographer ever existed. Baley, who was born in London in 1938, started his career as photographic assistant before being contracted as a fashion photographer for British Vogue magazine in 1960. Swinging London? He was one of the persons who made it and documented it: his 1964 book “”Box Of Pin Ups”, a collection of poster size images of people famous in that period, is still regarded as a masterpiece. To celebrate this 72 years old boy,  National Portrait Gallery opens his doors to a peculiar photographer that fixed so many eternal, perfect, moments. “I’ve always tried to do pictures that don’t date. I always go for simplicity.”

Opens February 6th.

http://www.npg.org.uk/

1909-1944: RECONSTRUCTING THE UNIVERSE

Posted on January 23, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Presenting over 300 works executed between 1909 and 1944, the chronological exhibition encompasses not only painting and sculpture, but also architecture, design, ceramics, fashion, film, photography, advertising, free-form poetry, publications, music, theater, and performance. To convey the myriad artistic languages employed by the Futurists as they evolved over a 35-year period, the exhibition integrates multiple disciplines in each section. The first comprehensive overview of Italian Futurism to be presented in the United States. Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe, will be on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum from February 21 through September 1, 2014.

DRIES VAN NOTEN, LES ARTS DéCORATIFS

Posted on January 18, 2014 by Editorial Staff

From  March the 1st to August the 31th 2014 , Les Arts Décoratifs will dedicate to Belgian fashion designer Dries Van Noten  an exhibition, an intimate and emotional journey that will present his many and varied sources of inspiration. Dries Van Noten chose to reveal his unique creative world: photos, videos, film clips, musical references, an immediately identifiable vocabulary for those who know the artist and genius mind. The designer, famous for mixing images of the past and present cultures have always fantasized on travels, exotic places, bringing out of his imagination and borrowing from different ethnic and folk traditions places like India , China , Africa or Mexico.  This exhibition will presents the creative universe of Dries Van Noten, offering a unique and personal experience of the designer’s refines textiles. His menswear and womenswear in the collection of Les Art Décoratifs are connected to the artwork, to musical references, to films. The iconic Belgian designer studied Fashion Design at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, receiving his diploma in 1981. He presented his first menswear collection in 1986 in London along with Walter Van Beirendonck, Ann Demeleumeester, Dirk Van Saene, Dirk Bikkembergs and Marina Yee, the famous “Antwerp Six” collective. Since then, his name has become a synonym to Avant-Garde style, while his exotic or folklore prints are considered as representatives of contemporary “Parisian chic”.

Dries Van Notes @ Les Arts Decoratifs, Paris

1 March – 31 August 2014

UNIQUE PHOTOGRAPHS, FRED CRAY

Posted on January 9, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Born 1957 in Illinois, Fread Cray is a Brooklyn based artist included in many collections ( The Museum of City of New York, Brooklyn Museum, California Museum of Photography). Surrealist, impressionist with a narrative soul, Cray travels with his mind around an imaginary world made of multiple images and layered texts. “Unique Photographs” is his current exhibition at Janet Borden New York. At the gallery you will find also two separated limited edition books called “Unique” and “Changing the Guard”. Each copy comes with three unique photographs enclosed. Stop by.

http://janetbordeninc.com/artists/fred-cray/

JACOB HASHIMOTO

Posted on December 19, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Jacob Hashimoto uses the traditional kite-making techniques and forms to construct his three dimensional wall works. Neither sculpture nor painting, Hashimoto’s compositions delicately float before the eye, mounted on an intricate network of interlaced nylon thread suspended from the wall by a line of pegs at both top and bottom. Through a unique process Hashimoto’s works convey an ephemeral wonder, entrancing the viewer with their continuously shifting illusion of light, space, motion, and sense of flight. This eye pleasure will be on view from Jan the 3rd 2014 at Moca, LA. 

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LA KISS ROOM

Posted on December 17, 2013 by Editorial Staff

10 square meters of room. It’s La Kiss Room, a project by French-Hungarian artist Mathias Kiss. It’s actually a hotel room with 1,000 mirrors, that’s open for 1,000 nights. The space-distorted installation expresses both infinity and the idea of our intimate selves. The room has no windows, it’s acoustically isolated and the only thing guests do hear is a constantly evolving ‘song’ by Nicolas Godin, from the French band Air. It doesn’t come cheap: it can only be booked one night for €750. The Kiss Room is a space where intimate and infinite get together, and even if it sounds a like macabre as an experience for couples, it sounds sexy and kissy! 

www.lakissroom.com

 

BEFORE I DIE I WANT TO…

Posted on December 9, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Candy Chang is an artist that likes public spaces and their influence on our lives. She loves people and the sharing factor. Ideas, thoughts, sketches, everyone is involved as she is just an humanity feelings collector. One of her signature projects was  “Before I Die I Want To…”. Chang transformed an abandoned house’s wall into a huge blackboard where people stopped by and wrote what they wanted to do before death. From that day the project has been traveling 60 countries and become one of the most participated art work ever created. In a society that tends to forget we are not eternal, Chang”s project is an interesting, yet touching,  statement of humanity’s wishes and dreams.

http://beforeidie.cc/

 

 

EVERYTHING WAS SLEEPING AS IF THE UNIVERSE IS A MISTAKE, RONI HORN

Posted on November 26, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Have a walk downtown Chelsea and stop by Houser & Wirth Gallery. Roni Horn, born in 1955, is all in there. Major American Artist, who’s muse is Iceland and its particular geography, geology, climate and culture is exhibited with  ‘Everything was sleeping as if the universe were a mistake’. Gallery is filled with large format drawings and two multi-part sculptures that continue Horn’s exploration of the nature of perception, memory, and identity. Horn’s glass installations are a symbol of perfection and a symbol of the relationship of time with space and light. They peacefully lay in the gallery floor and shines brutally. Glossy, absolutely natural but artificial at the same time, they are an experience to be walked through. A must seen, until the 11th of January 2014.

Hauser & Wirth, 511 West 18th Street New York

ALEX ISRAEL

Posted on November 13, 2013 by Editorial Staff

He is in every collection that really matters. His signature pastel colored panels are dreamy, calming and remind us of his beloved California. Los Angeles, where he was born in 1982, is his main inspiration. Israel, who started his career as assistant to Jason Rhoades, creates art that riffs on Hollywood culture and the cult of celebrity. His  installations and videos are focused on symbols, from sunglasses to director’s chairs to celebrities. Lens, for example, was an installation at Laxart that consisted of a 2 meters sunglasses lens made of UV-protective plastic. Israel is a sunglasses freak ( he is the founder of Freeway Eyewear, a Los Angeles-inspired sunglasses brand) and find poetry in the way they change our view, block our eyes from others and make us rich, powerful, mysterious. A concept that is represented also in his Self-Potraits series, featured here. Keep checking his work, he is a raising star.

http://www.peresprojects.com/

DE KOONING @ GAGOSIAN

Posted on November 6, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Just ten paintings by master Willem de Kooning, created between 1983 and 1985. The exhibition will highlight the famous and critical three-year period of the last decade of de Kooning’s long career. A period where he radically transformed his style. It will be a selection of de Kooning’s most interesting and rarely seen works with the public. The works commonly part of his “late style” are a mirror of de Kooning painterly qualities. Prismatic colors gets in love with whites, with surface and space. Looking like stripped-down, crisply graphic formats, there are lines of vivid color causing a buckle and turn in space, shaping an elusive figuration.

Ten Paintings, 1983–1985
November 8 – December 21, 2013

Gagosian Gallery – Madison Ave. NYC

COUCOU? C’EST COUCOU BAZAR!

Posted on October 21, 2013 by Editorial Staff

The Museum of Decorative Arts will host and celebrate from October the 24th 2013 the 40th anniversary of Coucou Bazar, an animated painting created by Jean Dubuffet in 1970. Dubuffet showed his creations for the very first time at the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum in NYC. It was 1973. Pieces were placed within a scene and costumes were worn by dancers. Everything evolved almost imperceptibly, creating an infinite series of combinations with different planes set in motion, disappearing and appearing.  It was a real development of a living painting, a piece of art that had ceased to be simply an image to look at. The costumes worn by the actors were composed of various interchangeable elements: masks, hats, robes, gloves and boots made in diverse materials: painted rayon or coton, resin, latex. All the costumes have been conserved and exposed at the Jean Dubuffet Foundation, in Périgny-Sur-Yerres. In fact he sought studios which were larger and capable to hold the preparations for his spectacles. The exhibition will be a real tribute to this amazing artist, king of the mise en scène and of a mesmerizing, joyful, chaos.

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ROBERT CUMMING, RED CARPET PRESS PASS

Posted on October 14, 2013 by Editorial Staff

In the sixties, I put a couple hundred thousand miles on the odometer, driving across the U.S. The further west the new Interstates took you, the stranger the landscapes became. Beginning in Los Angeles in 1970, I started filling up slide drawers with categories of things peculiar to California and its neighbors to the north and south: mobile homes, palm trees and cactus, wall murals, buildings in the shape of ships and events like the Rose Parade, Las Floristas Headdress Ball and, of course, anything relating to Hollywood. By devious means over the next few years, I managed to get a foot in that door, eventually getting that same foot on the red carpet, concluding with two Golden Globes and two Academy Award ceremonies. For a while, I showed mixes of these in slide lectures, before finally putting them to rest and eventually leaving California for New England.

Robert Cumming is an American artist born in 1943. This sensational photographic exhibition is an important document on Hollywood of the 70ies, its celebrities, and one past golden Era. Forty years later,  the photos have been digitally printed bringing out a totally new depth to Cumming’s original work. A must see, from November 1st.

Janet Borden Gallery, 560 Broadway, New York NY 10012

 

DAVID REINFELD @ SOHO20

Posted on October 1, 2013 by Editorial Staff

From today until October 26, SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery will present recent the photography of David Reinfeld. The exhibition, dedicated to street abstract and composite photographs, come from a recent visit to the capital city of Oaxaca, Mexico. These series explore the beauty found in the cyclical decay of our environment. Street scenes, abstract views, graffiti. The viewer will be ‘guided’ between playfulness and poetical shots, what is man-made and what is naturally occurring in the environment. Surely interesting and to be seen.

http://soho20gallery.com

VISUAL POEMS, SEBASTIAN WESMAN

Posted on September 24, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Sebastian Wesman is a composer, performer and filmmaker. “Visual Poems” is an ensemble of short films described as Haiku in images. Haiku is a very short form of Japanese poetry that Wesman took as a model to reflect on the beauty and the mystery of the everyday life in the city. His eye is very pictorial, he is influenced by painters like Edward Hopper and the films of Andrei Tarkovsky. All Wesman’s pieces were filmed in Tallinn, Estonia, but the universal character of his work make them universal, like filmed in any other city in the world. For the music of “Visual Poems”, Wesman created a choir and a string quartet to accompany and to give evident depth to each poem. Some pieces are accompanied by a solo piano, performed by the director himself.

“Visual Poems” will be presented in different galleries, museums and festivals along Europe, Asia and South-America.

http://www.sebastianwesman.com/homepage/

 

CATS AND GIRLS – PAINTINGS AND PROVOCATIONS, BALTHUS AT MET

Posted on September 18, 2013 by Editorial Staff

“NO BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS. BEGIN: BALTHUS IS A PAINTER OF WHOM NOTHING IS KNOWN. NOW LET US LOOK AT THE PICTURES. REGARDS. B.” 

In this telegram sent to Tate Gallery in 1968 while a big retrospective of his work was on preparation, Balthasar Klossowski, also known as Balthus, was just following his values. Rejecting the usual conventions of the art world and resisting any attempts made to write a biographical profile about him. His paintings were the only thing entitled to talk and give explanations. Balthus is best known for his series of “dreamers”: beautiful secluded adolescents surrounded by their every day life doing nothing, or reading, or playing with cats. Especially for those who loves the “girlie” way and Sophia Coppola’s Films, The Metropolitan Museum in New York is hosting, from September 25, this small and well edited Balthu’s exhibition of approximately thirty-five paintings dating from the 1930s to the 1950s. Because being an adolescent in the past, it was a state of grace that this master painter portrayed in the best possible way. Dream on dreamer.

http://www.metmuseum.org/

AUSTRALIAN IMPRESSIONISTS

Posted on September 9, 2013 by Editorial Staff

For the first time, the story of the Australian artists who lived in France during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries is presented in an exhibition of over 120 stunning works of art. Australian Impressionists in France challenges our understanding of Australian art during these revolutionary decades. Beginning in the 1880s and continuing into the twentieth century, many of the best and brightest art students left Australia to continue their studies in Paris, the undisputed world capital of the arts. In France the Australians became part of the large community of French and foreign artists who were changing the course of art. Claude Monet demonstrated his Impressionist technique to John Russell; Charles Conder trawled the cabarets of Montmartre with Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec; and Vincent van Gogh considered Russell a friend. In France, Australian artists engaged in personal and artistic exchanges with artists from around the world. The exhibition shows that during these years Australian art took place beyond the confines of Australia, and examines how the expatriate artists were part of the story of Impressionism in Australia. Through the inclusion of key works by French, British and American artists the exhibition also places the Australians’ work within an international context of Impressionist art. 120 paintings, prints and drawings from major public and private collections around the world. 

@Victoria National Gallery until Oct. the 6th.

NOW!

Posted on September 2, 2013 by Editorial Staff

NOW! is an exhibition created by a collective that aims to introduce works of four Italian artists under 35. Held in Ferrara at Ex Refettorio Complesso San Paolo, its main focus is to  promote female voices of the Italian contemporary panorama. Ludovica Carbotta, Silvia Giambrone, Laurina Paperina, Elisa Strinna are the magic four selected to leave a trace in a historical, and social,  moment in which young creativeness hardly emerges and where thier generation’s  voice  is often kept low and quiet by the art world. The exhibition doesn’t want to circumscribe the aesthetics dimension of emerging art but want to endorse its differences in the linguistic approach and in stylistic grammar. NOW! is created to stimulate some reflections on the many-sided, and never enough celebrated, “contemporaneità Italiana!”.

Photo: Silvia Giambrone, 8 novembre 2011, 2011

 

NOW! – Ex Refettorio del Complesso San Paolo, Ferrara  4 – 27 october 2013

REINVENTING ABSTRACTION: NEW YORK PAINTING IN THE 1980S

Posted on August 21, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Cheim & Read New York is hosting an exhibition, through August 30th, on a generation of painters born between 1939 and 1949  who did not fit into fashionable categories of those years and were in their 30s and 40s during the 1980s. Maybe about the last generation of artists for whom painting was urgently important, this anthology , curated by critic Raphael Rubinstein, is a fundamental passage to understand all the contemporary that surrounds us. On walls,  surrealist works by Carrol Dunham and Elizabeth Murray that play with modernist devices by Thomas Nozkowski, Jonathan Lasker, Mary Heilmann and David Reed. Plus some abstract expressionist type compositions by Louise Fishman and Pat Steir  while Bill Jensen and Terry Winters are present with a vaguely botanical imagery. Joan Snyder and Stanley Whitney instead created wide, landscape like works made of myriad paint strokes, and Gary Stephan, Jack Whitten and Stephen Mueller confirm their different sorts of enigmatic symbolism. A small exhibition shaped on a decade that certainly marked,in an unforgettable way, the art we are living now.

Cheim & Read, 547 West 25th Street New York, NY 10001

 

PORTRAITS IN THE TIME OF AIDS, ROSALIND SOLOMON

Posted on July 11, 2013 by Editorial Staff

We know people doesn’t like to talk about bad periods and more than ever of this one. A veil has been set down on it and few people tend to remember it. We’d like to think,  now that all gay prides of the world are over, that this is a document that many of its participants should see before getting naked and heading the next year float. A sort of gay consciousness everybody should have and that new generations need to know. The  exhibition “Rosalind Solomon: portraits in the time of Aids” at New York’s Bruce Silverstein Gallery is an incredible document, an historical one to be added to the files of our culture. This exhibition won’t make anyone happier, off course, but those 75 over sized portraits tacked to the wall at or above the viewer’s height of people, are there to talk. Literally. Talk about dealing with a new illness that was stigmatizing the late 80ies gay community . Talk about a future that was troubled and unsure. Rosalind Salomon, born in 1930, decided to become a photographer in 1968, at age 38 she went on to study with master photography teacher Lisette Model in the early 1970s. Portraits in the time of Aids is a rendition of a 1988 exhibition that was held at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery at the height of the Aids epidemic.  Solomon’s project is then 25 years old but remains, along with guys and girls who gave the permission to be photographed in such difficult moments, immortal and more alive than ever.

Bruce Silverstein Gallery, Untill 2nd of August

DIFFERENT DISTANCES, FIVE FEMALE SWEDISH PHOTOGRAPHERS

Posted on July 2, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Different Distances is an exhibition on display untill the 20th of July at The Swedish Photography in Berlin. Denise Grünstein, Martina Hoogland Ivanow, Julia Peirone, Elisabeth Toll and Julia Hetta were selected like ambassadors of a new generation of photographers that can play with fashion and photography with a result that can be as close as possible  to art. Greger Ulf Nilson, curator of this exhibition, describes it in few lines: “Beyond our borders, a new generation of Swedish fashion photographers has been making a reputation for itself, spotted by international magazines, institutions and art galleries. These photographers explore and displace limits, create atmospheres that bewitch us.This collection of strong personalities masters the difference between the intimate and the distant. Their art is a game of balance between fashion and artistic photography, plunging its roots in art history and personal experiences”.

Photo above by Julia Peirone.

Swedish Photography
Karl-Marx-Allee 62
10243 Berlin

LOOKING AND LISTENING, ANDREAS SCHULZE

Posted on June 25, 2013 by Editorial Staff

The last Venice Biennale d’Arte  put a lot of evidence on mature artists. It’s a marvelous  thing considering that in the latest year, in contemporary art, if you weren’t twenty something, you weren’t nothing. Apparently people is starting to appreciate mature body of works and experiences and concepts that had been studied and marinated for years. It’s the case of Andreas Schulze. Born in Hanover in 1955, he studied at the Gesamthochschule Kassel and Stattliche Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, where he is Professor of Painting. Along years, Schulze has been recognized as an inventor of a new pictorial world and has developed an unique and unmistakable visual language which explore various facets of contemporary society. The work of Schulze is linked with the Avant Gard movement as Dada, Surrealism and Symbolism and his fundamental theme is the power of painting to create illusion. A game between appearance and reality that you will find at Schulze’s second solo show at Spruth Magers London that will open on 28th June 2013.

 

 

SHORT BREATHS, MILES ALDRIDGE

Posted on June 18, 2013 by Editorial Staff

It’s a Miles Aldridge summer. British artist/photographer  is having it’s major retrospective at  Somerset House London called “I Only Want You to Love Me” from 10th July till 29th September 2013 . In parallel with that, London’s premium photography gallery Brancolini Grimaldi is proud to announce its first Aldridge exhibition: a project made of  a complete set of 32 plates from Miles Aldridge’s Carousel, a new limited edition portfolio, as long as some contrasted blocks of pure color applied using silkscreen printing against his iconic images. If you happen to be in London this summer, get two dives into the world of this very special artist.

A slightly uncomfortable quality is what I’m after. I don’t feel like making happy pictures about beautiful models being content… these pictures… they’re pictures of humans not mannequins. They’re troubled, wounded and confused, questioning who they are now that they have everything they want.”

 

JAMES TURREL AT GUGGENHEIM NEW YORK

Posted on June 11, 2013 by admin

Art after Art Basel. Life after a long season of openings and fairs that started last October with Frieze London and ends this week. So many things happened and now, across our continent, the art world is finally on holiday. Who doesn’t go on holiday is old spot New York that with its many “summer” openings will keep its art crowd closed inside museums at least for some hours.  James Turrel at Guggenheim Museum, for example, will open on June 21th and for sure it won’t be an “end of the season” event. Turrerl’s  first exhibition in a New York museum since 1980 will center on the artist’s breathtaking  explorations of perception, light, color, and space, with a special focus on the role of site-specificity in his practice. The Guggenheim “rotunda”  will be  filled with shifting artificial and natural light in order to obtain the most dramatic transformation ever conceived in the museum. Other works by James Turrel will be displayed in the Annex Level galleries.  Art doesn’t go on holiday, at least in New York.

 

WE HEART ARTS COLLECTIVES, THE BRUCE HIGH QUALITY FOUNDATION

Posted on June 11, 2013 by admin

We love arts collectives. They are beyond any kind of self proclamation and they produce art that always looks fresh as if it’s has been done in the last semester of an art course. It’s a game, the game of making art. It’s pure intent that makes of collectives a super energetic way of expressing a story with less “conditions”, with no, at least in the beginning,  external instructions. Don’t get us wrong, Gallerists and Curators are very important in the process, as important as artists, but sometimes it’s great to see concepts that are less edited and more “wild”. And wild is a word for the Bruce High Quality foundation from  Brooklyn, New York City. “Created to foster an alternative to everything” in 2004, the collective is made of five, maximum eight and rotating members all coming out from the prestigious , and invented, Bruce High Quality Foundation University.  TBHQF’s  name comes from a fictional artist “Bruce High Quality” that died in the 9/11 attacks and , off course,  was created with the intent of protesting against the “star-making machinery of the art market”. Whatever is making movies, creating gigantic mice or floating Islands of parkland tugged around the New York Harbor, The Bruce High Quality foundation is a fundamental name in contemporary art, check them out.

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TRINITY BY FRANCESCO VEZZOLI

Posted on May 29, 2013 by admin

The Harlow was present at the opening of Trinity, the exhibition that presents the art of Francesco Vezzoli. The exhibit will be present in three different museums: MAXXI, MoMA PS1 in New York and MOCA in Los Angeles. Galleria Vezzoli reconstructs the timeline of the artist’s research, from his embroideries of the 1990s to his most recent videos, through to his latest sculptures in marble. Each exhibition will open at short distance one from the other, unveiling for the very first time the whole complexity of Vezzoli’s world step by step, continent by continent, until the three shows will be exceptionally open at the same time. 

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A PAINTER, A POET, KENICHI HOSHINE

Posted on May 23, 2013 by admin

To us, Kenichi Hoshine is an incredible artist. He is a wonderful painter, a poet. Born in Japan in 1977, Hoshine was raised in New Jersey and studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Hoshine has been collected internationally since 2008 and after some years with Jonathan Levine Gallery, he is now teaching and working independently. Absolutely one’s of Harlow favorites contemporary artist, Hoshine has decided to share his art to a more vast arty crowd. Now you can find a range of numbered print of his wonderful paintings, edition of 50,  here . Start your collection from this talented and skilled young artist.

Photo: “Untitled” – Oil on Wood (24″x20″)

 

MARTIN PARR, USA COLOR

Posted on May 15, 2013 by admin

Martin Parr: Usa Color is an important retrospective exhibition that British documentary photographer, photojournalist and photobook collector has taken in the USA over a period of twenty years. Born in Surrey, England, in 1952, living in Bristol but with a Studio in London, Parr is a member of Magnum Agency, the highly esteemed photo agency, founded in 1947 by Henri Cartier-Bresson. Hyper active and always ironic, Parr has gone trough photographic projects all over the world and has published over thirty-five books ranging from Bad Weather; The Last Resort; The Cost of Living; Common Sense; Think of England; The Last Parking Space; Martin Parr: Object; Lifes a Beach. Parr’s observes, shoot and put it on paper. The fashions and foibles of what he calls “the comfortable class”, the human behavior, tourists at the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas or Minnesota’s Mall of America. This photographer has a sincere true love for human begin and a flamboyant enthusiasm towards life that need to be seen. At Janet Borden New York from 16th May till June 28th.

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POSTCARD FROM FRIEZE

Posted on May 6, 2013 by admin

The second edition of Frieze New York will take place from 10th till 13th of May in Randall’s Island. Designed by SO – IL architects, Frieze New York is held in a unique structure with a breathtaking view on the East River. Over 180 of the world’s leading contemporary art galleries will  show their beauties but not only. The program includes special curated sections as Frieze Projects, Frieze Sounds, Frieze Talks, the Sculpture Park, Stand Prize and a new addition to the fair, the Frieze New York Education space. Frieze have also curated its “recreational” side by providing restaurants corners by Frankies Spuntino, Sant Ambroeus, The Fat Radish, Roberta’s, Mission Chinese, Blue Bottle Coffee and Court Street Grocers. As it’s London’s sister, Frieze never disappoint its visitors. So pay a visit to the Island in the Island this weekend, and have fun with art, have brunch, buy yourself some art.

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