ArtSlant - Openings & events en-us 40 Fionna Madigan - 69 Smith Street Gallery - June 15th, 2013 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM <p>'Fusion' is an exploration of mixed media, cold wax and encaustic art-making processes. The word 'encaustic' comes from the ancient Greek and means to 'burn in'. It describes a process of fusing a paint composed of beeswax, dammar resin and pigments. Optical depth is created by fusing together different surface layers with a heat source, to create a single element. The idea of an experience that 'burns in', fusing shaping and changing our sense of self, is at the heart of this work.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 00:43:11 +0000 Bruce Goold - AUSTRALIAN GALLERIES 15 Roylston Street - June 15th, 2013 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM <p>The newly renovated Australian Galleries Roylston Street Salon opens with a much anticipated exhibition by renowned Sydney printmaker Bruce Goold.<br />2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Opera House. Commemorating this momentous occasion Goold has created a series of linocuts. In a clever play of historic and architectural reference Goold presents figures that have graced Australian history books each image visually interpreting the famous Opera House sails. With their simple, graphic form the linocuts resemble the black paper-cut silhouette portrait, popular in 18th century Europe.<br />Goold was one of eight artists chosen to exhibit last year at The Utzon Centre, Denmark in a show titled Australian Artists and the Opera House.</p> Sat, 08 Jun 2013 02:23:54 +0000 Martin Golland - galerie antoine ertaskiran - June 15th, 2013 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">this recent body of work is a continuation of Martin Golland's engagement with invented architectural spaces. these paintings describe a fictional meeting point between built environments and the natural world. the paintings begin from a bricolage of abandoned photos, small drawings and collages which the artist uses as initial reference points, and which become the catalyst for further invention on the canvas. his work is created from a broad range of painterly languages that respond to the contradictory histories of representational painting. during the painting process, subjects such as the screen, frame, mirror, window and curtain are influenced by the physical properties of paint itself.<br /> <br /> the mirror represents fractured light, fractured vision, and the confusion of distances. it is also a way to widen the scope of vision - to look behind us and in front at the same time, for example. in these paintings they function as the geometric punctuation within space that destabilizes vision. Golland reflects back upon the viewer the charge of energy they bring to the picture - a deflection of visual forces, as if calling the act of looking into question.<br /> <br /> paint gestures of drips, scrapes, and stains transform the subjects to reveal the trick of presence and of absence. the intent the final result of each painting is to blur the transition between the imagined and the real, between strangeness and reverie.</p> Sat, 01 Jun 2013 01:01:48 +0000 Xu Bing, Long-Bin Chen, Gonkar Gyatso, Ran Hwang, Ang Tsherin Sherpa, Roger Shimomura - Mass MOCA - June 15th, 2013 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM <p><strong><em>FREEDOM: Just Another Word For...</em></strong> is Kidspace @ MASS MoCA's contribution to this year's three-museum theme <em>Words &amp; Images</em>. The Kidspace @ MASS MoCA exhibition is a visual exploration of how words and art can have multiple meanings. <em>Freedom</em> <strong>opens June 15, 2013, and will be on view through May 2014</strong>. It includes work by Xu Bing, Long-Bin Chen, Gonkar Gyatso, Ran Hwang, Ang Tsherin Sherpa, and Roger Shimomura, and features opportunities for children to develop their own interpretations and words to describe the work on view.</p> <p><em>Words &amp; Images</em>, a three-museum collaborative project, explores the contexts in which words are used, the ways in which artists express the meanings of words visually, and the different kinds of words that may be associated with visual images. The goal of the project is to help children expand their visual vocabulary, and to understand that there are often many meanings that a single word or image may have. Each of the three museums (The Clark, Williams College Museum of Art, and MASS MoCA) will develop a project focusing on its own interpretation of the theme.&nbsp; An annual summer institute for teachers (July 8-12, 2013) will also explore words and images as the central theme.</p> <p>The Kidspace @ MASS MoCA exhibition begins with a focus on the word <em>Freedom</em>. In many American schools, the topic of freedom is investigated in the social studies curriculum, primarily through the lens of American history. As a result, many children, when asked to draw a picture about freedom, may be stumped to come up with anything other than an American flag or the Statue of Liberty. The term, however, has much broader meanings, which this exhibition and related programs will illuminate. It will examine the artists' work illustrating both the multiple paths to freedom and limitations placed on it.</p> <p><em>Freedom </em>features six world-renowned artists of Asian descent including Roger Shimomura, Ang Tsherin Sherpa, Ran Hwang, Gonkar Gyatso, Long-Bin Chen, and Xu Bing. Shimomura, born in Seattle, Washington, who was in a WWII Japanese-American internment camp as a child, will include pop art paintings of himself as various cartoon characters and superheroes. Sherpa, born in Nepal, puts a pop art twist on traditional Tibetan thangka paintings. Hwang, born in Korea, will show her meditative installations depicting caged and un-caged birds made from buttons. Gyatso, born in Tibet, turns sculptures of the Buddha into pop icons using collage materials. Chen, of Taiwan, whose exhibitions include a popular solo show in Kidspace (2005), will display his latest book sculpture. A special feature of the exhibition will be an interactive installation by Xu Bing, of China, whose work is featured in our main galleries; families can try their hand at calligraphy and with forming a scaled-down version of his light-box landscape drawing.</p> <p>A gallery guide, special interactive labels, and opportunities to reflect on the work will encourage visitors to re-interpret or define the work on view, leading to deeper understandings of the concept of freedom. Additionally, Kidspace's now-famous Art Bar will invite visitors to make their own "words of art" for which they will develop their own representations of various words, and will engage in making artistic material choices.</p> Wed, 22 May 2013 07:54:04 +0000 John Russell, E.Phillips Fox, Charles Conder - NGV (National Gallery Victoria) The Ian Potter Centre - June 15th, 2013 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p>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 130 stunning works of art. <i>Australian Impressionists in France</i> challenges our understanding of Australian art during these revolutionary decades.<br /><br />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. <br /> <br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br /><i>Australian Impressionists in France</i> brings together over 130 paintings, prints and drawings from major public and private collections around the world. It includes important paintings by John Russell, E.Phillips Fox and Charles Conder, as well as never before seen works by lesser-known artists.<br /> </p> Tue, 14 May 2013 04:05:52 +0000 - Oulu Museum of Art - June 15th, 2013 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p><em>Pathway </em>is an international exhibition of contemporary art, with 11 contemporary artists invited from Finland, Sweden, Norway, Russia, Iceland and Greenland. The theme of the exhibitionis life in the North, the diversity of nature, and the changes taking place in the northern regions. <em>Pathway</em> links together discussions about art and about society. The exhibitionhas been produced by Rovaniemi Art Museum, and the curators are Riitta Kuusikko and Patrick Huse.</p> Tue, 14 May 2013 02:16:01 +0000 - PEVETO - June 15th, 2013 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM <p>PEVETO is pleased to welcome Print Houston and their third annual Rockin' Rollin' Prints sponsored by St. Arnold Brewery. Steamrolled.3 is an exhibition of prints of more than 60 artists who participated in Rockin' Rollin' Prints where artist submitted their oversized woodblock plates to the pressure of a two-ton steamroller. </p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 23:22:38 +0000 - Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art - June 15th, 2013 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM <h3>Explore over 200 years of British quiltmaking. Every stitch tells a story.</h3> <p>Quilts stimulate memories of warmth, comfort and security. They are familiar objects, yet carry a range of hidden histories and untold stories about textiles, women’s creativity and the lives of individuals and families. British quilts were often made for display as much as for use in the bedroom. Whether exchanged as commodities, made in professional workshops or created in the home, they became objects of immense family value, handed down through the generations.</p> <p>‘Quilts 1700–1945’ comes from one of the world’s most important and loved collections of textiles and decorative arts — the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. This exhibition offers visitors an unprecedented opportunity to see over 30 quilted and/or patchworked bed covers and bed hangings, as well as sewing accessories, created over two-and-a-half centuries. </p> <p>In addition, the exhibition will provide a rare opportunity to view <em>Rajah quilt </em>1841. This extraordinary patchwork — generously lent by the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra — was sewn by women on board the convict ship <em>HMS Rajah</em>, during their transportation to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) in 1841.</p> <p>Be inspired by these treasures of Britain’s past and marvel at the creativity and skills of the women (and one man!) who made them. Participate in the exhibition’s informative program of talks, tours and workshops; hear the stories hidden within the layers of these beautiful textiles; and gain an insight into the lives of the women, men and children who lived with them.</p> Sat, 15 Jun 2013 01:09:59 +0000 Pietro Testa - Scottish National Gallery - June 15th, 2013 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p>An exhibition of master drawings and prints by the little-known but gifted Italian artist Pietro Testa opens at the Scottish National Gallery this weekend. Testa (1612–50) was one of the most talented Italian draughtsmen and etchers of the seventeenth century. His prints in particular had an enduring influence and were much admired and imitated by neoclassical artists in the eighteenth century.</p> <p>Born in the Tuscan city of Lucca, Testa was a difficult and tortured man, beset by melancholy, self-doubt and frustration at the lack of recognition of his talent. He began his training in Rome at the end of the 1620s where he developed his drawing skills by copying classical antiquities. By 1630 Testa had entered the studio of Domenichino, a Baroque painter of the Bolognese School from whom he learned the painstaking method of planning compositions through numerous preparatory studies. On Domenichino’s departure for Naples in 1631, Testa transferred briefly to the workshop of Pietro da Cortona. It was around this time he began making his first etchings.</p> <p>Testa gained his earliest employment from the collector and antiquarian Cassiano dal Pozzo. He made hundreds of drawings for Dal Pozzo’s ‘Paper Museum’, a highly ambitious project to record and classify all branches of human knowledge and culture, with particular emphases on classical antiquity and natural history; a particularly fine example of these drawings, <i>Two Women in Billowing Robes and a Bull</i> (about 1635) is included in this display. Through Cassiano, Testa met the French painter, Nicolas Poussin, who would become the most important formative influence on his artistic development.</p> <p>Testa’s early work focused on poetical themes from classical mythology and the Bible. As his career progressed he selected increasingly complex allegorical and historical subjects which reflected his growing intellectual interests. Testa was much inclined to theoretical speculation and philosophy, particularly on the relationship between artistic theory and practice. On the first of two brief return trips to Lucca in 1632, he gained the patronage of Girolamo Buonvisi, a cleric at the papal court to whom he dedicated several prints and who was the intended dedicatee of his incomplete ‘Treatise on Ideal Painting’.</p> <p>Testa received a few commissions for altarpieces in Lucca and Rome, but suffered the indignity of having some frescoes he executed in the church of Santa Maria dell’Anima replaced within a few years by an inexperienced northerner. Testa died aged thirty-seven after drowning in the Tiber; the cause was probably suicide.</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 23:38:54 +0000 - Tacoma Art Museum - June 15th, 2013 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p>Creating the New Northwest traces the rapid evolution of Northwest art beginning with the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962 to the present through the vision and passion of Herb and Lucy Pruzan. Reflecting generational shifts and social change, the collection includes a wide range of materials, objects, and aesthetic viewpoints.</p> Tue, 14 May 2013 02:54:07 +0000 - The Amon Carter Museum of American Art - June 15th, 2013 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p>The notion of American identity has been debated, challenged, and questioned throughout the nation’s history. Who is American? Who represents this country’s identity? Who makes it what it is? These questions, old as the country itself and still relevant today, are the subject of the exhibition <em>We the People: Picturing American Identity</em>, organized by the Amon Carter to take a new, mixed-media approach to presenting its collection. These works from the museum’s collection are supplemented by a small number of distinguished loans from both public and private collections. <br /><br /> The objects in the exhibition range from the late eighteenth century through the late twentieth century. From depictions of Colonial leaders and Native Americans to Cold War figures and the 1969 Woodstock Festival, the works on view move through the Civil War, women’s suffrage, the civil rights movement, and the 1960s, revealing how the fluidity of our national identity has been depicted along the way by American artists in paintings, photographs, sculpture, and works on paper. <br /><br /><em>We the People</em> is structured around key moments in history when the definition of a singular American identity was challenged and ultimately reshaped. Organized into four themes, the exhibition asks: Who Is America, Who Is the American Woman, Who Shapes America, and Who Defines America?</p> Wed, 08 May 2013 03:08:09 +0000 Arlene Shechet - Weatherspoon Art Museum - June 15th, 2013 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM <p>This exhibition of sculptures by Arlene Shechet offers an up-to-the-minute look at her iconoclastic approach to ceramics. Shechet favors improvisational methods and a trial-and-error process over methodical and technical facility. At once comically awkward and elegantly poised, her paradoxical forms teeter, lean, bulge, torque, and reach in multiple directions at once, defying their own weight. “In fact, often things do collapse or fall over, and many don’t make it, but I love working on that precarious edge,” she says of her process. “For me, this has obvious emotional, psychological, and philosophical meaning.” </p> <p>Shechet’s latest works combine a cartoonish demeanor with painterly effects. She constantly tests glazes and uses eccentric color combinations with an experimental disregard for traditional firing temperatures and techniques. The resulting variations in hue, texture, and opacity create complex, highly visceral surfaces. Similarly diverse, the bases she makes for her sculptures cover a wide range of shapes, sizes, and materials—from roughhewn timbers to painted kiln bricks and welded steel. Each is designed for a specific piece and is integral to its completion. Once installed, the finished works populate the space of the exhibition like so many characters, suggestive of both the imperfections and possibilities implicit in the human condition. </p> <p>Arlene Shechet (lives in New York City and upstate New York) earned her BA from New York University and MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. Shechet’s work has been exhibited widely, with recent solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver; Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY; and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS. Her work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Walker Art Center, among many other institutions.  Her numerous awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Art, Anonymous Was A Woman Individual Artist Award, and Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant. She is represented by Sikkema Jenkins &amp; Co., New York, James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe, and Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 03:26:54 +0000 Nira Pereg - Weatherspoon Art Museum - June 15th, 2013 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM <p>Nira Pereg's films, <em>Abraham Abraham</em> and <em>Sarah Sarah</em> (both 2012), follow the temporary "changing of hands" at an ancient and sacred burial site in Hebron on the West Bank that, historically, has been a place of worship for both Jews and Muslims. </p> <p>Today, 80% of the cave's area is used as a mosque and 20% as a synagogue. However, ten times a year, in accordance with special holidays and under close Israeli military supervision, each side is given full use for 24 hours of the entire cave.</p> <p>Pereg's film, <em>Abraham Abraham</em> documents such a switch on the occasion of a Muslim holiday in July 2012. We see how, within a matter of hours, the Jewish area is cleared out of all Jewish artifacts, inspected by the army for security, and, then, stands vacant for a few short moments before the Muslims enter with their own artifacts and turn the empty rooms into a mosque for the next 24 hours. </p> <p>In <em>Sarah Sarah</em>, Pereg filmed a similar switch, this time on the occasion of a Jewish holiday in November 2012 celebrating the <em>parsha</em>, “the life of Sarah.” This unique occasion is celebrated specifically at the cave in remembrance of its purchase as a burial site by Abraham on the occasion of Sarah’s death. Pereg's film shows the Muslim areas being cleared of Islamic artifacts, again inspected by the army for security, and then, after a few short moments, the Jews enter with their artifacts to turn the empty space into a synagogue for the next 24 hours. </p> <p>Pereg’s films document a process that has never been depicted publicly before, and each was shot under supervision of the Israel Defense Forces. The works continue the artist’s focus on events that help shed light on the complex manner in which belief systems, social rituals, and politics intertwine.</p> <p>Nira Pereg (b. 1969, Tel Aviv, Israel) received a B.F.A from Cooper Union, New York and an M.F.A. from the Bezalel studio program, Jerusalem. Her work has been included in exhibitions at P.S. 1, New York; the Hirshhorn Museum &amp; Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; KW Institute, Berlin; the Israeli Museum of Art, Jerusalem; Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf; the Tel Aviv Museum of Art; and the Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, as well as many other museums and galleries internationally. Her work was also presented at the Shanghai and Sao Paolo Biennials and she is a recipient of the Nathan Gottesdiener Foundation Israeli Art Prize for Young Artists.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 03:31:17 +0000 Frank Nitsche, Manish Nai, Thoralf Knobloch, Tilman Hornig, Olaf Holzapfel, Eberhard Havekost - Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Dresden - June 16th, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Sun, 16 Jun 2013 22:57:29 +0000 - Phoenix Art Museum - June 16th, 2013 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM <p><i style="line-height: 1.5em;">The Art of Video Games, </i>which travels from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, is one of the first exhibitions to explore the forty-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium, with a focus on striking visual effects and the creative use of new technologies. It features some of the most influential artists and designers during five eras of game technology, from early pioneers to contemporary designers. The exhibition focuses on the interplay of graphics, technology and storytelling through some of the best games for twenty gaming systems ranging from the Atari VCS to the PlayStation 3. Eighty games, selected with the help of the public, demonstrate the evolution of the medium. The games are presented through still images and video footage. In addition, the galleries will include video interviews with twenty developers and artists, large prints of in-game screen shots, and historic game consoles. Chris Melissinos, founder of Past Pixels and collector of video games and gaming systems, is the curator of the exhibition.</p> <p>A companion book, <em>The Art of Video Games: From Pac-Man to Mass Effect</em>, co-authored by curator Chris Melissinos is available for purchase online and in the Museum store. Published by Welcome Books in cooperation with the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the book examines each of the 80 featured games, providing a behind-the-scenes look at their development and innovation, and commentary on the relevance of each in the history of video games.</p> Tue, 14 May 2013 02:23:48 +0000 Stewart Macfarlane - AUSTRALIAN GALLERIES 15 Roylston Street - June 18th, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Stewart MacFarlane’s latest body of work offers glimpses into his experiences and physical location over the last fourteen months. Moving between his home city of Adelaide and New Mexico, these contrasting cities become the backdrop to his paintings whilst the people he encounters on the way make up their subject matter. Rich, lurid colour explodes from the canvas with confidence as MacFarlane takes on the enigma of the human condition. Cryptic narratives unfurl on the canvas and the line between voyeur and participant in these mysterious affairs is uncomfortably distorted.</p> Sat, 08 Jun 2013 02:19:17 +0000