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December 24, 2015

The 30 Most Exciting Artists in North America Today: Part Two--featuring Zackary Drucker

30. Zackary Drucker
Drucker, a multimedia artist who was featured on our list of 15 revolutionary transgender artists, participated in Cooper Union's acclaimed "Bring Your Own Body: Transgender Between Archives and Aesthetics" alongside Chris Vargas, Vaginal Davis, Justin Vivian Bond, and others.   more

Drucker is also a co-producer on the acclaimed Amazon series "Transparent," which will return for a second season in 2016.

She will also be featured alongside longtime collaborator and partner Rhys Ernst in a photography show at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in spring 2016, which will explore the pair's journey a transgender couple. [ READ MORE ]

December 23, 2015

Fantasia al potere. Federico Solmi torna a Napoli

Federico Solmi (Bologna, 1973; vive a New York – qui l’intervista pubblicata a inizio dicembre) torna a Napoli, questa volta ospite della Galleria Dino Morra, per misurarsi con uno spazio effervescente – l’ex Lanificio di Porta Capuana – e realizzare un progetto esclusivo che punta l’indice sul volto buio del potere, su un ambiente politico che distrugge le individualità e nuoce gravemente al benessere dello Stato.   more

Con The Great Dictator l’artista illumina infatti gli spazi della galleria e modella, mediante un’elegante videotrilogia – A Song of Tyranny, Chinese Democracy and The Last Day on Earth e The Return of the Prodigal Son – che si avvale di immagini prese a prestito dal mondo della fumettistica, del videogame e di Internet, una riflessione tagliente su un organismo malato, su un sistema che ha abbandonato le proprie qualità per succhiare la linfa democratica della società.
Completata da due light-box e da una serie di dodici disegni, la mostra propone l’ampio spettro di un’acuta ricerca che è in grado di restituire il declino di una civiltà segnata dal denaro, dalle multinazionali e da un logorante potere di turno.

Antonello Tolve [ READ MORE ]

December 16, 2015

JAMES HYDE: GROUND Review by Annabel Osberg ·

Entering James Hyde’s show at Luis De Jesus, one immediately wonders: What sort of pictures are these? At first glance, it is difficult to determine whether the expansive images are manual or mechanical, painterly or photographic.

Materially, they are hybrids.   more

Each canvas is inkjet-printed with one or more intricately detailed landscape photos that are subsequently covered, divided and framed by abstract hand-painted curves and circles suggestive of Minimalist and Color Field painting.

As a mode of representation, photography is commonly privileged over painting. Withal, painting purists eschew the idea of combining traditional pigments with photos or other mechanical technologies. In splicing painting and photography, Hyde challenges dualistic notions that pit one against the other. Yet his larger goal is to expand the scope of painting. While his pictures technically occupy both realms, the artist maintains that they are paintings. The exhibition’s innuendo-laden title, “Ground,” is partly a reference to Hyde’s use of photographic representations of terrain as substrates for painterly gestures. [ READ MORE ]

December 15, 2015

Artnet Asks: Luis De Jesus, On Dealing on the West Coast

After a successful 20 years living and working in New York, Luis De Jesus had enough of that particular lifestyle. Since his move to California, he has built up his eponymous gallery, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, into a thriving business that focuses on emerging contemporary artists, exhibiting rising stars like Josh Reames and Kate Bonner alongside more established artists such as James Hyde.   more

The current exhibition, " Surface," features Alexi Worth's pleasantly surreal paintings, and is on view through December 19.

Here, Luis discusses what's next for his gallery, and wonders if the art world is heading towards an inevitable Bloomberg-QVC-TMZ-like future.  [ READ MORE ]

December 12, 2015

Künstler des Monats unserer Dezember / Januarausgabe
Inspiration Internet

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

Frederike Wetzels hat mit dem Künstler über seine Malerei, deren Bezug zum Internet und die Ästhetik von Alltagsgegenständen gesprochen.  [ READ 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

Assuming the liberty of abstract painting, where elements can be combined freely, Hyde rotates, crops and juxtaposes his photographs of California landscapes, while disrupting the natural continuity of their spaces with large dots and curved bands of color. [ READ 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

“The masculine insists to cut things up with exclamation points—which are in and of themselves small rapes, the way an exclamation point might end a sentence and say, ‘Stop talking, woman!’ ” [ READ 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

Federico Solmi è il self made artist che, dopo aver vinto il John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship nel 2009, viene ora chiamato dalla Yale University per insegnare nel Dipartimento di Arte Visive, con cattedra dedicata al Filmmaking sperimentale.  [ READ 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

Beyond the US/Mexico Border other borders and their political and economic influences shape societies—the borders can hinder the paths of tourists, immigrants, and most poignantly, refugees. The lines that are drawn between one nation and another can be reformed, the physical boundaries that are built can be traversed, and the creative ingenuity of artists who embody liminal spaces between multiple cultures cannot be denied. The artists in the exhibition make work that relate distinctive cultural signs, symbols, and/or journeys. Certain works emphasize cultural colonialism and appropriation, while others address immigration, alienation, isolation, and hybridity. Certain works in the exhibition construct new narratives, while others deconstruct myths.

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

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e last line of Heinrich von Kleist’s story ‘The Marquise of O’ seems appropriate to the subject matter of Federico Solmi’s dynamic new show at Postmasters Gallery on Franklin Street in Lower Manhattan: “…he wouldn’t have seemed like such a devil if he had not tried so hard to seem like an angel.” In the ‘Brotherhood’ which Solmi satirically depicts for us, we see a rogue’s gallery of past world leaders who effectively utilized the tools of self-aggrandizement and obtained the willing complicity of the spin-doctors of their times as very potent elements in their ability to obtain and wield power, usually for their own ends (while purporting much higher social goals and purposes). Yet Solmi also pointed out to me that his exhibit is not about the individuals in the show – Ratzinger, Washington, Napoleon et al. but about “…the way to obtain power, which is always very ruthless…” and the “…human weakness of the ruler.” [ READ MORE ]