Vancouver is a city notoriously inhospitable to painting. For a town with less than a million people, it's foisted into the world influential artists like Jeff Wall, Ken Lum, Stan Douglas, Rodney Graham, Ian Wallace, and Steven Shearer. Graham occasionally makes a private Picasso, where Shearer, when he makes paintings, seems to be making paintings of paintings.
Jay Isaac's first solo show with Monte Clark in Vancouver is full of authentic and experimental paintings. Big strange abstract paint... [more]
“Being a photographer, you become curious by profession. This curiosity is what inspires me and makes me enthusiastic about photography.”
In 2011, Juliane Eirich, a young German photographer, was accepted by Studio Kura’s Artist in Residence Program in Itoshima, a rural city in subtropical southern Japan. Her stay translated into fifty-one evocative and curious pictures. The timing of Eirich’s visit was key to her work; it was shortly after the Fukushima nuclear plant explosion. The photographer... [more]
Western Art in America has seemingly changed little in over a century. Romanticized cowboys, portraits of Native Americans, and the persistent embrace of the sweeping Western landscape. While such paintings remain highly sought after and evoke nostalgia for the wild frontier, for painter and photographer Chuck Forsman, these images are relics of a dated tradition that has persisted beyond its relevance. Forsman is Westerner through and through: born in Idaho and raised in Oregon and Northern Californ... [more]
"Black as midnight on a moonless night."
That’s how Special Agent Cooper likes his coffee, and that’s what I thought of when viewing SUPERBLACK by Jordan Tate, at Transformer Station in Cleveland, Ohio.
“That’s pretty black,” says Pete Martell, as he pours a cup of coffee for Cooper in that first episode of Twin Peaks.
SUPERBLACK is pretty black all right. In fact it’s the blackest black you’ll ever see. It’s… excuse me… really fucking black.
These days, photographer John McDermott, once described as the “Ansel Adams of Angkor” by a New York Times writer, might be redubbed as the foremost “artist-entrepreneur” of Siem Riep, Cambodia.
The owner of three galleries, McDermott understands the dynamics of selling art in a tourist town that has had explosive growth since 2003 when global tourists began to come in significant numbers to Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, about a thirty minute drive from the city.
Interview with the Brazilian artist Cildo Meireles on the occasion of his solo exhibition at HangarBicocca in Milan, Italy. The show is titled Installations, and is curated by Vicente Todolí. It features 12 of Cildo Meireles’ most important installations, spanning the artist’s whole career – from the tiny Cruzeiro do Sul to the huge labyrinth like Através. This video provides you with an exhibition walk-through, including an interview with Cildo Meireles. The... [more]
The Musee Des Beaux-Arts in Montreal is currently hosting what it claims to be the first comprehensive survey show of Doig's work in North America, freshly arrived from the artist's birthplace, Edinburgh, Scotland. My first encounter with his work was at the large Power Plant show in Toronto in 2001.
Doig was born in Edinburgh, and now lives in Trinidad. Canada has tried in many ways to claim him as a national hero. As is stated in the press release, he grew up in Montreal and returned there for some... [more]
With a great deal of high-quality exhibitors and artworks, exciting satellite shows, and a breath-taking setting – imagine an overwhelming skyline, palm trees, and a relaxed, holiday-like atmosphere – Art Dubai can look back at a successful 8th edition.
“This is one of the most globalized art fairs in the world,” says Antonia Carver, Art Dubai’s director. “One third of the artists are from the Arab countries and half of them are from the Middle East and Southeas... [more]
The exhibition A Few Grams of Red, Yellow, Blue at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle CSW in Warsaw (Poland) is a group show that presents the latest Romanian contemporary art. It’s the first comprehensive presentation of new Romanian art in Poland and features the works of over 20 artists belonging to the generation of political transformation. The artists mainly live and work in two cultural centers, Bucharest and Cluj, although some of them have been living outside Romania of... [more]
In the first of seven films in a series dealing with love between men and women (started in 2009 and proposed to end in 2019), a man sits down on a bus in Bucharest, Romania and telephones his wife or girlfriend. He becomes increasingly threatening and verbally violent, compulsively repeating the same questions and accusations over and over in a sort of trance-like loop. Troleibuzul 92 (Bus number 92) (2009) depicts a very private and intimate conversation that is played out in the public space,... [more]
On Carson Mesa is the title of British artist Andrew Lord’s second solo exhibition at Galerie Eva Presenhuber in Zürich. Andrew Lord presents three new works made from multiple ceramic sculptures: Snow Falling, At Sunset, and By Starlight. The artist made the artworks during the last months of 2013 in New Mexico, USA. In these works, Andrew Lord uses the shapes of French Post-Impressionist artist Paul Gauguin as a vehicle to describe light, in this case the light conditions Lord obs... [more]
In Madrid young is sometimes old, sometimes French, but mostly from Berlin, by Edo Dijksterhuis
For about two decades now the qualifications “young,” “emerging,” and “new” have functioned as the ultimate buzzwords, inspiring a Pavlovian rustle of checkbooks amongst collectors “buying with their ears.” No wonder art fairs have latched onto the phenomenon by creating special sections dedicated to gallery start-ups. At Frieze it’s called Frame... [more]
For about two decades now the qualifications “young,” “emerging,” and “new” have functioned as the ultimate buzzwords, inspiring a Pavlovian rustle of checkbooks amongst collectors “buying with their ears.” No wonder art fairs have latched onto the phenomenon by creating special sections dedicated to gallery start-ups. At Frieze it’s called Frame; Art Brussels has Young; Art Rotterdam’s got a New Art Section. And there is, of course, LISTE, the fair designed from the start to showcase the lates... [more]
This year, as part of ARCOmadrid’s ongoing quest to promote the best in contemporary art to Spain and the world, the fair set its sights on northern Europe and instated Finland as its guest of honor. Launched in 2011 as part of the fair’s 30th anniversary edition, the ‘Focus’ initiative broadens the art market perspective by highlighting the gallery scenes in various European countries. #FocusFinland stands as the fourth installment. (Previous presentations showcased scenes... [more]
Galeria Movimento aims to promote the encounter between contemporary fine art and street art. In a small storefront space, on the second floor of the Cassino Atlântico shopping center in Copacabana, the gallery curates exhibitions by a heterogeneous roster of 12 artists from across Brazil.
Paulo Vieira’s solo exhibition, “Depois de Hoje” (After Today), was the Minas Gerais-born artist’s second solo show in Rio in the last three years. The exhibition catalogue with... [more]
In Time Machines Mika Taanila’s fascination with scientific research and technology makes for a sobering and potently nostalgic excursion. This occurs by virtue of the fact that many of Taanila’s works involve the recycling of obsolete technology, popular music excerpts and even segments from some of his own films. For example, Stimulus Progression (2005), which celebrates Muzak, parallels the ramp that leads visitors to the exhibition’s main space. At first the rhythms and melo... [more]