December 12, 2015
Künstler des Monats unserer Dezember / Januarausgabe
Josh Reames lässt in seiner Arbeit Malerei und Internetästhetik aufeinanderprallen – so wirken seine Bilder bisweilen eher wie Compilations oder ästhetische Mixtapes. Der 1986 in Dallas geborene und mittlerweile in Brooklyn lebende Künstler bringt in seinen Gemälden nicht nur unterschiedlichste künstlerische Techniken in einem Bild zusammenzubringen, sondern auch eine Spannbreite von Themenwelten, von bunten Früchten, über digitale Benutzeroberflächen, Graffiti, Landschaften bis hin zu abstrakten Farbflächen. more
December 09, 2015
JAMES HYDE: Ground Review, by Hearne Pardee
Perceptual psychologists have long dismissed the notion that our brain records images like a camera; seeing is an interactive process of grazing, in a visual field that extends around us on all sides, rather than a series of flat images projected to a single point. Yet photographic images retain special authority as records of visual experience. In his current exhibition, James Hyde undertakes to dislodge this persistent prejudice. more
December 09, 2015
Zackary Drucker, Dolls and Feelings Jill Soloway’s post-patriarchal television.
In a scene from “Transparent,” the television series created by Jill Soloway, a women’s-studies professor stands before a room of listless undergraduates, haranguing them in the accusatory tone favored by a certain strain of academic. “Because women bled without dying, men were frightened!” the professor—played by Soloway, wearing a tent of a top and a pink dreadlock in her bun—says. more
December 04, 2015
Federico Solmi. Un troublemaker a Yale
Si è imposto su nomi come William Kentridge, Gary Hill e Laurie Anderson, vincendo il Ben Main Prize alla recente Biennale B3 di Francoforte, dedicata alla videoarte. A dicembre L'Haifa Museum Of Art in Israele inaugura una sua personale. La storica galleria Postmasters di New York ha appena chiuso la sua seconda personale, mentre a Napoli Dino Morra ospita The Great Dictator. more
November 27, 2015
Displacement: Symbols and Journeys, featuring Hugo Crosthwaite
In our contemporary society, the notion of borders as geographic demarcations with political and economic ramifications is evoked frequently. Some of the artists in this exhibition make work that directly addresses the multifaceted and complex border region between Mexico and the United States, while others deal more broadly with issues of displacement. No matter how tall or wide the physical border between the United States and Mexico grows, cultural influences will continue to migrate, permeate, and even ignore physical boundaries. more
Inspired in part by the Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art in the Cornell Fine Arts Museum of Rollins College, the exhibition looks at multiple manifestations of displacement. As a global existence is reinforced, displacement of symbols can occur. As a product of physical movement across borders, for some liminality becomes a powerful reality. Artists in the exhibition include Shimon Attie, José Figueroa, Alfredo Jaar, Hugo Crosthwaite, Ramiro Gómez, Sandra Ramos, Gonzalo Fuenmayor, and Meshac Gaba. Works from the permanent collection of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum will be accompanied by major loans. [ READ MORE ]
November 24, 2015
The Brotherhood Federico Solmi at Postmasters Gallery
November 20, 2015
Hugo Crosthwaite by Lauren Buscemi
Tijuana/Brooklyn-based artist Hugo Crosthwaite is having a prolific year. He gained attention for his standout exhibition "Tijuana Radiant Shine | Shattered Mural" this spring at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles. As the Grand Prize recipient of the XI Bienal Monterrey FEMSA, he exhibited work at Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso Museum, Mexico City. more
Crosthwaite grew up in Rosarito, where he spent his days going to school in Tijuana and evenings at his father's curio shop, selling ceramics to American tourists, learning to speak English. To combat boredom in the shop, he recalls, "When I was very young my brother and I would pass the time by drawing… My brother would bring this huge piece of paper, he would start on one side and I would start on the other." This led to impromptu battles involving spaceships or soldiers played out through drawing. Crosthwaite notes, "If you are drawing through line you are actually telling a story through real time." This exercise set the stage for Crosthwaite's swift draftsmanship and improvised narrative. [ READ MORE ]
November 11, 2015
Will Philip Roth Sue Artist Bryan Zanisnik a Second Time?
Being sued by world-famous author Philip Roth has its perks: just ask New York-based artist Bryan Zanisnik, who is transforming Roth's vendetta against him into an exhibition dedicated to the writer at Miami's Locust Projects early next year.
In 2012, Roth threatened legal action against Zanisnik over a performance that took place at the Abrons Art Center in New York. more
"It was very strange because the lawyers came and served the cease and desist letter within the first half-hour of the opening," Zanisnik told artnet News in a phone interview. "I was in this 12-foot container and I was kind of raised above the crowd. They came in and said 'we're here to serve Bryan Zanisnik with this legal document,' and security said 'well, he's not available right now.' And they're like 'he isn't here?' And security said, 'no, actually, he's inside that glass container.'" [ READ MORE ]
November 11, 2015
From Andy Warhol to Contemporary Art: Culture, Color, Body, featuring Federico Solmi
Modernism, in its various periods and in its aspiration to liberate the means of artistic expression from their dependence on external reality, was often characterized by a poignant use of colour. The technological age has turned colour into the commercial product of a mass, uniform assembly line.
Frank Stella stated his desire to use paint "straight out of the can – it can't get better than that." more
In 1963 Andy Warhol proclaimed, "I want to be a machine," thereby noting the loss of authenticity in contemporary culture, and with it, the loss of legitimacy of the artist's emotional expression. The discussion of the representation of the real, the original, and the beautiful, and of the lack of authenticity in the technological age – from modernism until today – is the subject of this exhibition cluster. This subject is explored in relation to the way in which the technological and digital age has turned color into a mass uniform commercial product, in which there is no more room for individual, unique expression. The word "authenticity" was a key concept in modernism and the modernist avantgarde, whereas the rise of post-modernism introduced the opposite message, of fiction and illusion. New media technologies have created a situation in which human society replaces reality with its simulation, using signs, symbols, and a great multitude of visual means. [ READ MORE ]
November 03, 2015
review: CHRIS BARNARD at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles
Contrary to certain art historical narratives, painting has never waned, but only been ever more rigorously interrogated—usually by the artists engaged with the medium. Chris Barnard is one of those artists mining and turning over the modernist tropes of figural representation, abstraction, message and picture-making, as if to question the very forces driving them.
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