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20140523083514-jay5 Jolie Laide (Back)   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Jay Isaac at Monte Clark Gallery May 3rd - May 31st
Posted 5/23/14

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]

20140504112340-figure_3_julianeeirich_palm_tree_ii_itoshima Juliane Eirich’s Quiet Complexity   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 5/4/14

“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]

20140424061949-forsman_bigdrop New Western Art: Gazing Upon Chuck Forsman's Not-So-Wild West   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Elena Dorfman, Chuck Forsman, Isabelle Hayeur, David Sharpe at Robischon Gallery March 20th - May 10th
Posted 4/24/14

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]

20140412065504-185 Black as midnight on a moonless night   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Jordan Tate at Transformer Station March 28th - June 14th
Posted 4/12/14

"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. ... [more]

20140404081116-two_towers_thebayon John McDermott: an “Artist Entrepreneur” thrives in Cambodia   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 4/4/14

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. McDermot... [more]

20140401070037-meireles09 [VIDEO] Cildo Meireles: Installations. HangarBicocca, Milan, Italy / Interview with Cildo Meireles   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Cildo Meireles at HangarBicocca Foundation March 27th - July 20th
Posted 4/1/14

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]

20140329102326-peter_doig_0 Peter Doig's Weird Beauty   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Peter Doig at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) January 26th - May 4th
Posted 3/29/14

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]

20140325132328-art_dubai_2014_art_dubai_2014_patron_s_preview_2014_getty_images_for_art_dubai_2014__1_ Art Dubai: To buy or not to buy   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
at Art Dubai March 19th - March 22nd
Posted 3/25/14

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]

20140323064538-x [VIDEO] A Few Grams of Red, Yellow, Blue. New Romanian Art / Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle CSW, Warsaw   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Apparatus 22, Anca Benera, Irina Botea, Cătălin Burcea, Mircea Cantor, Radu Cioca, Radu Comsa, Arnold Estefan, Adrian Ghenie, Mihut Boscu Kafchin, Maxim Liulca, Alex Mirutziu, Ciprian Muresan, Vlad Nanca, Ioana Nemes, Anca Munteanu Rimnic, Cristian Rusu, Răzvan Sădean, Serban Savu, Florin Tudor, Mona Vatamanu at Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle March 11th - June 8th
Posted 3/23/14

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]

20140322155112-kalmar The Everyday Takes Control: Stefan Constantinescu's Films on Love   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Stefan Constantinescu at Kalmar Konstmuseum February 8th - April 27th
Posted 3/21/14

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]

20140221054624-k [VIDEO] Andrew Lord: On Carson Mesa. Solo Exhibition at Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zürich   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Andrew Lord at Galerie Eva Presenhuber (Löwenbräu-Areal) February 15th - May 10th
Posted 2/21/14

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]

ARCOmadrid: What Constitutes the "Young" and "New"? #FocusFinland's Playful and Melancholy   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 2/19/14

ARCOmadrid "OPENING" 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]

20140218134449-paolo_icaro In Madrid young is sometimes old, sometimes French, but mostly from Berlin   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
at ARCO Madrid February 19th - February 23rd
Posted 2/18/14

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]

20140218141015-l From Playfulness to Melancholy: ARCO’s Finnish Focus   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
at ARCO Madrid February 19th - February 23rd
Posted 2/18/14

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]

20140202190125-13e43c59-1fda-4d1b-96c6-321e324e5cbc-1 Evasive and quiet as a Sunday street.   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Paulo Vieira at Galeria Movimento November 12th, 2013 - January 6th
Posted 2/2/14

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]

20140125151258-taanila_1 A sobering and potently nostalgic excursion   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Mika Taanila at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma November 1st, 2013 - March 2nd
Posted 1/24/14

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]

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