ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Group Show - Georgia Museum of Art - April 12th - May 4th <p>The annual display by graduating MFA candidates at the University of Georgia's Lamar Dodd School of Art.</p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 07:37:02 +0000 Cyril Massimelli, Will Kurtz - Galerie Queen Anne - May 3rd - June 14th <p>Cyril Massimelli&lsquo;s lounges are a show space and a symbol of the modern and urban life. Cyril Massimelli has been dealing with this topic for quite some time. With his great knowledge of modern architecture and contemporary design, he carries out the passive enjoyment of life in different, detailed crafted settings. <br />Bars, private rooms, gardens and ticket halls become perfectly staged scenes where mostly young people gather together in a relaxed atmosphere. However, the protagonists always remain somewhat idealistic, artificial and self-absorbed. They seem to be almost like developed ornaments that the painter puts right next to the rugs, designer furniture and lamps only for the sake of the stage. At the same time the staged lounges are very alluring despite or maybe because of the artificiality. The viewer is fascinated by the stylish and cool world and wants to become a part of it. <br /> The tailoring of the history of painting is clearly noticeable in Cyril Massimelli&lsquo;s work. References to famous painter such as Caravaggio, Tizian, Manet and Hopper can be found in his works. <br />Cyril Massimelli has been living in Dresden since 2005. The Paris-born studied photography and painting at the &Eacute;cole nationale sup&eacute;rieure des Arts D&eacute;coratifs de Paris. In the beginning he worked as a freelance architectural photographer, and since 2001 he&lsquo;s been devoting himself to painting.</p> <p>On the occasion of the exhibition the catalogue "Lounges" will be published at Seemann- Henschel Publishing.</p> <p>&bdquo;CATS AND DOGS&ldquo;- WILL KURTZ</p> <p>The life-size sculptures by Will Kurtz which crowd the gallery room are the portraits of his New York environment. His sculptures range from his family members and his dog Artie, to people who he randomly met on the street. It&lsquo;s a cheeky look, he does not glamorize and does not go easy on his models. No &bdquo;spare tire&ldquo;, poorly fitting clothes or unfavorable pose are left out. It is much more about presenting people with their inperfect peculiar humanity. <br />He did not begin his creation with human figures, but with an animal, his own pet to be exact. The reason for this is quite obvious, the animals are also a part of his environment. The animals reflect the unprejudiced and unbiased life - they play, sniff around, sleep and unimpededly go after their own needs. They also allow almost anyone access. Through his work, Will Kurtz wants to open boundaries and include broader base of people in the art world, regardless of financial background, social status, race, age or skin color. <br />Encountering his next model on the street, he takes a picture unnoticed, in order to capture the typical movement. Finally, he forms a sort of a skeleton out of differnet materials, which he gradually covers with colorful newspaper as if creating new skin layers, and coats them until he created a complete naked body. Afterwards, he forms it with more newspaper layers, clothes and compliments it with accessories such as wigs, hats, canes or a dog leash. On the one hand, he uses newspaper pieces very pictorially, he uses it as his starting base in order to put different color shades into interaction. On the other, the word-and picture elements serve as a critique commentary on the media and society. Will Kurtz started to be a professional artist at the age of 50. After long successful years as a landscape architect and working with art in his spare time, he decided to enroll at the New York Academy of Art in 2007 and focus on art completely. The exhibition &bdquo;Animated Lounges&ldquo; will be the first European exhibition of the successful, American artist.</p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 07:24:50 +0000 - Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art - April 19th - July 6th <p>Since 1993, the Johnson Museum has collaborated with Cornell&rsquo;s Department of the History of Art to provide opportunities for interested undergraduates to gain direct museum experience by organizing an exhibition. This year, <em>enticing the eye / exploring the frame </em>explores how art is a simultaneous reflection of the artist and the viewer. Through this lens, the exhibition examines framing through abstraction, identity, and the medium itself in works from a wide range of periods and media in order to broaden understanding of the complex effect of framing on the viewer&rsquo;s experience. The exhibition aims to convince the viewer that no aspect of a work of art is accidental. The focus of a photograph, the interaction between two lines on a canvas, each deep incision in a piece of marble&mdash;all demonstrate something unique, both about the work of art and the artist&rsquo;s message.</p> <p>The way subject and message are presented through a frame leads to a deeper understanding of the work itself. We look at a straightforward way of framing, through physical frames of architecture or the surroundings. We move to less tangible manipulations of the frame through abstraction and negative space. Some artists whose works have been chosen for <em>enticing the eye / exploring the frame</em> have structured their frame in a way that asks more of the viewer and does not always offer immediate gratification. The&nbsp;History of Art Majors&rsquo; Society&nbsp;urges visitors to be <em>active</em> viewers, constantly asking the question of how a piece of art is &ldquo;framed&rdquo;&mdash;both literally and within a larger context.&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition to the exhibition, the Society has expanded its social media presence in efforts to engage with audiences on a new level. Through weekly&nbsp;blog&nbsp;posts and an active&nbsp;Instagram, we have engaged the larger Cornell community, as well as art lovers and museums internationally, in our curatorial explorations. This has also helped our team to see what we are doing through a different lens. We are hopeful that these activities will not only stir excitement for the show but also help interested viewers to understand our process and engage with <em>enticing the eye / exploring the frame </em>from start to finish. We hope to forge connections with visitors who will respond to a work with an intense feeling&mdash;when this happens, you have shared a connection with the artist in a unique and personal way. You&rsquo;ve shared a mind-set. You&rsquo;ve shared a frame.</p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 07:18:07 +0000 Jeff Shapiro - Lacoste Gallery - April 26th - May 24th <p><em>From Travels to Japan, Italy, and India</em></p> <p><br /><span class="ssStyle">My work evolves due to internal as well as external influences. I find as my years advance that certain experiences, images from my past lie dormant within me and occassionally rise to my consciousness and nurture me as food for creative thought. Recent work is more sculptural in essence. Though predominantly making work in the wood fire genre, I am eager to experiment with mixed media as well as a wider spectrum of ceramic surfaces including but not exclusive to wood firing. I choose not to be limited to a small corner of space that &lsquo;defines&rsquo; who I am and what I make. </span></p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 07:01:12 +0000 Extrastruggle - Galerie Non - April 16th - May 21st <p>(&hellip;) But then, when I failed to cut my ties with materiality and restricted time, I sadly understood: Any type of government based on the rule of human beings by human beings is bound to end in injustice, unfairness and oppression. So it is necessary to bravely propose that the basis for life should be a type of order with no state, with no law, an order in which every human being lives independently and autonomously. However, I must also add that I accept the fact that reality, absolute truth, is unknowable. Unfortunately, the creature known as the human being is not equipped with the formation required to acquire absolute knowledge. It is perhaps necessary to carry out the struggle not outside (extra) but inside (intra).</p> <p>Extrastruggle</p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 06:36:40 +0000 Krisada Suvichakonpong - Richard Koh Fine Art - Singapore - April 25th - May 9th Sat, 19 Apr 2014 03:03:32 +0000 David Bailey, Terence Donovan, Richard Hamilton, John Hilliard, David Montgomery, Don McCullin, Ian Stephenson, John Stezaker - Albertina - April 30th - August 17th <p class="avtext">Michelangelo Antonioni's 1966 cult film <em class="avtext">Blow-Up</em> and its various references to photography are the focus of the Albertina photo exhibit of the same name. For the first time, photographs classified according to thematic emphases will be shown which have proven to be characteristic for Antonioni's film in various respects, and which also illustrate important artistic positions in the history of photography and art.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em class="avtext">Blow-Up</em> occupies a unique position, not only in the history of film, but also in the history of photography. There is hardly another feature film that has shown the diverse areas of photography in such a differentiated fashion, and which attempts to fathom them in such a detailed and timeless manner. The photographic spectrum in <em class="avtext">Blow-Up</em> is accordingly broad, extending from fashion photography through social reporting and pop art to abstract photography. The <em class="avtext">Blow-Up</em> exhibit presents these diverse themes and their relation to one another in several chapters. In addition to film stills, both works that can actually be seen in Blow-Up and photographs illuminating the cultural and artistic context of the film production, London of the Swinging Sixties, will be shown. Among the exhibited photographers are thus found such central artists as David Bailey, Terence Donovan, Richard Hamilton, John Hilliard, Don McCullin, Ian Stephenson, John Stezaker and many more.</p> <p class="avtext"><br /> In addition to this, the famous photos from <em class="avtext">Blow-Up</em> of a pair of lovers in a park, taken secretly by the protagonist of Antonioni's story, can also be viewed. The protagonist believes that he has "documented" a murder by chance with these images. However, the photos turn out to provide only ambivalent evidence, because even enlargements or blow-ups of these photos don't reveal the presumed corpse. This cinematic study of the representation of images and their ambivalence has since provided the artistic basis for the works of a variety of contemporary photographers, which demonstrates that <em class="avtext">Blow-Up</em> has retained its cultural relevance since its creation in 1966.</p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:56:07 +0000 - Albertina - March 14th - June 29th <p class="avtext">The exhibit <em class="avtext"> D&uuml;rer, Michelangelo, Rubens - The 100 Masterworks of the Albertina</em> for the first time shows around 100 top-class masterpieces from the collection of the Albertina in the context of the chequered and exciting life story of its founders, Prince Albert of Saxony, Duke of Teschen and Archduchess Marie Christine. The large-scale presentation unites the highlights of the collection, from Michelangelo through Rembrandt and Rubens to Caspar David Friedrich. The centrepiece of the Albertina, D&uuml;rer's famous "Young Hare", is now once again accessible to an interested public in the context of this exhibit after a decade-long period of grace. <br /> <br /> The time span documented by the large-scale exhibit extends from 1738 to 1822: from the age of the courtly Baroque under Maria Theresia and the Enlightenment under Joseph II, through the premodern period and the years of the revolutions in America and Europe to the Biedermeier period of the Vorm&auml;rz (the years leading up to the revolutions of 1848 in Germany) following the Vienna Congress.&nbsp; The stations in life of the founders of the collection, Prince Albert of Saxony, Duke of Teschen and Archduchess Marie Christine, including Dresden, Rome, Paris, Brussels and Vienna, present the leading centres of art and politics, and in the process provide insight into the multi-layered networks of collectors and art dealers, the feudal life of the European aristocracy, as well as the political and intellectual reorientation under the auspices of the Enlightenment.<br /> <br /> Loans from throughout the world supplement the holdings of the Albertina in this presentation and convey a poignant picture of the circumstances and the passion for collecting of the namesake of the Albertina. A splendid service, as well as paintings and busts of the Duke and his wife, but also other important documents of the time, such as the hat of Napoleon, worn by him at the Battle of Eylau, originate from, among other sources, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Louvre, the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, the Vatican and various private collections.</p> <p class="avtext">&nbsp;</p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:46:48 +0000 Aya Haidar - New Art Exchange - May 10th - September 7th <p>El-Sherbini's exhibition is complimented by Aya Haider's installations in the Mezzanine Gallery. Haidar's practice focuses on the recycling of found and disposable objects to make poetic works that explore loss, migration and memory, with a particular focus on the Middle East.</p> <p>Her exhibition includes the work Year of Issue, 2013, an installation of 18 books representing the 18 countries across the MENA region, whereby each book shares&nbsp;the same year of publication as its respective&nbsp;country's year of independence. The choice&nbsp;of books highlights the reciprocity to their&nbsp;country's respective affairs of state and adds&nbsp;a certain ironic, incisive and perhaps even&nbsp;humorous dimension.</p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:41:34 +0000 Yara El- Sherbini - New Art Exchange - May 10th - September 7th <p>Yara El-Sherbini's interdisciplinary&nbsp;practice uses humour to question social&nbsp;and political systems of power and influence.&nbsp;The artist utilises recognisable formats within&nbsp;contemporary popular culture, such as pub&nbsp;quizzes and games, to playfully disarm viewers&nbsp;and the participants, engaging them with the&nbsp;socio-political ideas central to her work.</p> <p>Including both off-site and on-site&nbsp;interventions, at the heart of the exhibition&nbsp;will be the newly commissioned artwork,&nbsp;The Current Situation. The piece is a&nbsp;multi-player participatory artwork that&nbsp;subverts the traditional 'buzz wire' game&nbsp;into the form of a giant metal map of the&nbsp;world. Visitors to the gallery will take on the&nbsp;challenge of navigating the borders of the&nbsp;global map with a hand held device to avoid&nbsp;activating an electric charge and 'buzz'.&nbsp;Some territories are more difficult to navigate&nbsp;and contour than others, examining notions&nbsp;around the establishment of borders, the&nbsp;division of land and expansion of empires.</p> <p>The exhibition also includes a number of site&nbsp;specific works; Where are you originally from:&nbsp;Answer 'Britain' is a sound installation from&nbsp;the artist's Public Address series, which uses&nbsp;the NAE tannoy system to ask us to consider&nbsp;how we, the public, assume and transfer&nbsp;knowledge of other cultures. A wordsearch&nbsp;created through engaging local communities,&nbsp;is placed in a local newspaper to explore&nbsp;what collectively, we may all be searching&nbsp;for. On Tuesday 20 May 7.30pm, join Yara&nbsp;El-Sherbini in the Lion Inn for her take on&nbsp;the traditional Pub Quiz!</p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:38:40 +0000 Tehching Hsieh - Carriageworks - April 29th - July 6th <p>The presentation of <em><em>One Year Performance</em> <em>1980-1981</em>&nbsp;(commonly referred to as <em>Time Clock Piece</em>) </em>at Carriageworks marks the first time a major solo work by Tehching Hsieh has been presented in Australia. This extraordinary work, the second of his <em>One Year Performances</em>, follows Hsieh as he punched a time clock in his studio, every hour on the hour, twenty-four hours a day, for an entire year.</p> <p>The installation comprises the documents the artist produced (photographs, film, time cards, statements) as he observed the passing of time in this relentlessly methodical manner over a gruelling year-long period. Celebrated Taiwanese-American performance artist Tehching Hsieh is internationally recognised as a leading practitioner of durational performance. Hsieh explores questions of time, life and being and his works are notable for their conceptual purity and physical extremity.</p> <p><strong>&lsquo;IN THE <em>ONE YEAR PERFORMANCES</em>, HSIEH DID NOT MAKE HIS LIFE HIS ART. INSTEAD, WITH CLASSICAL PRECISION AND UNQUESTIONABLE MONSTROUSNESS, HE EXPANDED HIS ART UNTIL IT FULLY OCCUPIED, CONSUMED AND SUSPENDED HIS LIFE.&rsquo; </strong><em>THE NEW YORK TIMES</em></p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:20:52 +0000 Romance Was Born, Rebecca Baumann - Carriageworks - April 9th - May 11th <p>Since 2005, Romance Was Born<strong>&nbsp;</strong>have been a creative powerhouse in fashion. Duo Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales have become renowned for their ability to transform anything into a glimmering, chimerical paradise full of wonderment. Coinciding with Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, Romance Was Born will join forces with Australian artist Rebecca Baumann and Carriageworks to present their first exhibition.</p> <p>Rebecca Baumann&rsquo;s practice spans kinetic sculpture, photography, performance, digital animation and installation. Central to her work is an ongoing fascination with the complex workings of human emotion and the pursuit of happiness through celebration and ritual. Collaboration is key to Romance Was Born, Plunkett and Sales seek out artists to work with that take them beyond their creative comfort zones. These collaborative labours produce the basis for their exquisite collections.</p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:16:21 +0000 - Carriageworks - March 21st - June 9th <p>In 2014 Carriageworks is a Major Venue Partner for the 19th Biennale of Sydney: You Imagine What You Desire. Under the artistic direction of Juliana Engberg, the Biennale celebrates the artistic imagination as a spirited exploration of the world, seeking splendour and rapture in works that remains true to a greater visuality. At Carriageworks, a series of major works will explore the language, materials and narratives of the theatre and film worlds from which contemporary artists take inspiration for reinvention. Artists will include Broersen &amp; Luk&aacute;cs, Joost Conijn, Henry Coombes, Nir Evron, S&oslash;ren Thilo Funder, Bodil Furu, Ane Hjort Guttu, Hadley+Maxwell, Siri Hermansen, Agnieszka Kalinowska, Gabriel Lester, Norman Leto, Ann Lislegaard, Renzo Martens, Daniel McKewen, Laurent Montaron, Tinka Pittoors, Mathias Poledna, Ann-Sofi Sid&eacute;n and Jonathan Bepler, Charlie Sofo, and Anna Touri.</p> <p>Carriageworks and the Biennale of Sydney will also co-present the world premiere of a new work by celebrated British artist Tacita Dean. Dean emerged in London in the 1990s as part of the prominent generation of Young British Artists, with work that stood out for its formal elegance and intellectual rigour. She was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1998, and her work has been shown at institutions worldwide, including New York&rsquo;s New Museum and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Tate Modern, London; Schaulager, Basel; and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid.</p> <p><strong>PUBLIC PROGRAM</strong></p> <p><span class="current"><strong>The Long Program</strong></span><br />21 Mar - 9 Jun<br />Exploring the work of artists that are producing long-length experimental or documentary-style works with a dedicated space for audiences to enjoy the narrative arc.&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="current"><strong>Artist Talks</strong></span><br />22 - 23 Mar<br />Hear 19th Biennale artists speak about their practice in an informal 20-minute talk.</p> <p><span class="current"><strong>Where Angels Fear to Tread</strong></span><br />25 Mar<br />Featured on this panel are four 19th Biennale artists who have embedded themselves in communities or certain geographic locations to develop works with a sociopolitical focus.</p> <p><span class="current"><strong>In Conversation: Juliana Engberg with Artists</strong></span><br />23 Mar &amp; 4 May<br />Join Juliana Engberg with four 19th Biennale artists in conversation about their practice and work for the Biennale at Carriageworks.</p> <p><span class="current"><strong>Dream Factory</strong></span><br />7 Jun<br />A half-day program consisting of a keynote address by Professor Russell Ferguson, followed by a panel discussion of 19th Biennale artists.</p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:11:08 +0000 - Lawndale Art Center - April 23rd - April 27th <p>Design Fair 2014 features vintage modern objects of the 20th century, as well as examples of cutting-edge contemporary design. A wide selection of carefully curated items will be available for purchase as part of the Design Fair, including furniture, glass, ceramics, lighting, books, metalwork and fashion. Visitors to the Fair will be able to meet the designers and exhibitors for an up-close and personal look at the pace-setting designs of today and the mid-20th century.</p> <p>The Texas Co-Op, a special section of the Fair, features individual Texas-based designers offering one-of-a-kind products. These new and emerging product lines currently are in small-scale production and represent innovations in industrial and object design today.</p> <p>New this year...Talks Series. Houston is experiencing rapid growth and receiving international recognition for its art, culture, food and economy. From urban planning and institutional design to commercial and residential architecture, an educational section of the Fair will highlight different design projects from all over the city through a series of short, informal talks during the Fair Days.</p> <h3>Free Lecture&nbsp;</h3> <p><strong><em>In Praise of Man-Made Nature</em><br /> Karrie Jacobs</strong><br /><br /> The real lesson of New York City's celebrated High Line is not that every city needs an elevated linear park, but that the features of our cities that we've long disused, ignored and written off as blight are actually valuable components of our unnatural natural environment. Long regarded as liabilities, abused rivers like Newark's Passaic, the Los Angeles River and Houston's Buffalo Bayou are being transformed into assets. Even the most obstructive, no-man&rsquo;s-land-generating form of urban infrastructure&mdash;the elevated expressway&mdash;can, with skill and imagination, be incorporated into metropolitan form of nature. While Frederick Law Olmsted's 19th century landscapes afforded an escape from the urban life, the 21st century approach to man-made nature offers a deeper immersion into our changing cities. <br /><br /> <strong>Karrie Jacobs</strong> is a professional observer of the man-made landscape. For ten years she wrote the "America" column for <em>Metropolis</em> magazine about how ideas and strategies in architecture and design play out in the real world. She's currently a faculty member at DCrit, the School of Visual Arts' graduate program in design criticism, a contributing editor at <em>Travel + Leisure</em> and a frequent contributor to <em>Architect</em>. She is author of <em>The Perfect $100,000 House: A Trip Across America</em> and <em>Back in Pursuit of a Place to Call Home</em> (Viking, 2006) and was the founding editor in chief of <em>Dwell Magazine</em>. Prior to launching <em>Dwell</em>, Karrie served as the architecture critic of New York Magazine and was also the founding executive editor of <em>Benetton&rsquo;s Colors Magazine</em>.</p> <p><strong>Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 6:30 PM</strong><br /> Free admission <br /> Brown Auditorium, <br /> Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet<br /> Followed by a reception</p> <p>Visit the MFAH website and click the "get tickets" button; call 713-639-7771; or visit any MFAH admissions desk to reserve your free ticket.</p> <p><em>This free lecture is sponsored by Poggenpohl Design Studio. Presented in partnership with The Design Council at the MFAH.</em></p> <div class="dotted-space"> <p class="dotted"><img style="float: right; margin-left: 5px;" src="" alt="" width="14" height="16" /></p> </div> <h3>Preview Party &amp; Sale</h3> <p>Friday, April 25, 2014<br /> 6 PM&ndash;9 PM</p> <p>Attire: Contemporary Cocktail</p> <p>Admission:<br /> $60 per person for Lawndale members<br /> $75 for non-members<br /> (includes admission throughout weekend)</p> <p>Shop early for the best modern and contemporary design at Lawndale Art Center. Nibble on tasty treats designed by CULINAIRE and sip on cool libations from Pisco Port¤în and Saint Arnold Brewing Company amongst the finest selection of furniture, glass, ceramics, lighting, books, metalwork and fashion. You won't want to miss this chance to pick up your next treasure.</p> <p>Tickets available at the door or in advance via PayPal and by contacting Lawndale Art Center at 713.528.5858 or by email at;&nbsp;</p> <div class="dotted-space"> <p class="dotted"><img style="float: right; margin-left: 5px;" src="" alt="" width="14" height="16" /></p> </div> <h3>Fair Days</h3> <p>Saturday &amp; Sunday, April 26 &amp; 27, 2014<br /> 10 AM&ndash;5 PM</p> <p>General Admission : $5</p> <p>Shop among a special selection of vintage modern objects of the 20th century, as well as cutting edge contemporary design. Specialist dealers will offer furniture, glass, ceramics, lighting, books, metalwork and fashion for sale to collectors and enthusiasts alike.</p> <div class="dotted-space"> <p class="dotted"><img style="float: right; margin-left: 5px;" src="" alt="" width="14" height="16" /></p> </div> <h3>Talks Series</h3> <p>Saturday &amp; Sunday, April 26 &amp; 27, 2014<br /> 11AM, 12:30 PM &amp; 2PM</p> <p>From urban planning and institutional design to commercial and residential architecture, an educational section of the Fair will highlight current design projects from all over Houston. Join us for short, informal talks with local historians, planners, architects and designers during the Fair Days.</p> <p><strong>Saturday, April 26, 2014</strong></p> <p><strong>11 AM</strong><br /> <strong>Karen Lantz</strong>, AIA, of Lantz Full Circle, will explore a personal journey toward sustainable living in Houston through architecture and design.</p> <p><strong>12:30 PM</strong><br /> <strong>Keith Koski</strong>, Building Materials Reuse Program Manager at City of Houston Solid Waste Management<br /> <strong><em>Building a Reuse Culture</em></strong> - The City of Houston Reuse Warehouse accepts building material from individuals and companies, diverts the material from landfills, and freely distributes it to non-profit organizations. Our objective is to foster and nurture a culture of reuse and augment partnerships between community stakeholders.</p> <p><strong>2 PM</strong><br /> <strong>Chung Nguyen</strong>, FAIA, of MC2 Architects, will discuss the design collaboration behind the Lake Houston Wilderness Park project.</p> <p><strong>Sunday, April 27, 2014</strong></p> <p><strong>11 AM</strong><br /> <strong>Anna Mod</strong>, Historic Preservationist<br /> <strong><em>Houston: Preservation in Progress</em></strong> - In Houston, preservation is a work in progress. The city has come a long way and we no longer &ldquo;tear everything down&rdquo;, as was our old reputation. We have made progress. This presentation focuses on twenty-first century public and non-profit preservation projects to evidence the city&rsquo;s commitment to our great public buildings.</p> <p><strong>12:30 PM</strong><br /> <strong>Anne Olson</strong>, President of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership<br /> <strong><em>Buffalo Bayou Partnership: Creating Green Spaces and People Places</em></strong> - Olsen will discuss Buffalo Bayou Partnership&rsquo;s restoration efforts along Houston&rsquo;s historic waterway. Projects to be featured include the award-winning Sabine Promenade, Sesquicentennial Park and the $58 million Buffalo Bayou Park now under construction. Public artworks and the organization&rsquo;s programming activities also will be highlighted.</p> <p><strong>2 PM</strong><br /> <strong>Jeff Kaplan</strong>, Founder of New Living, will discuss living green in an urban landscape.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:56:58 +0000 - The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art - April 5th - June 15th <p>In early January 2014, a group of third year students from the Painting and Printmaking Department at The Glasgow School of Art embarked on a project, to make work in response to the third and last exhibition in The Scottish Colourist Series, looking at the work of J.D. Fergusson. The brief for the project was deliberately open - the students were free to respond to any aspect of the exhibition, and were introduced not only to the life and work of John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961) but also the wealth of archival material supporting the exhibition, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Library and Archive collections (including artists&rsquo; books), and the space of the Keiller Library itself.<br /><br />This collaborative project between the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Library and Archive and The Glasgow School of Art has sought to open up a dialogue between the Scottish Colourists and the art students of today. What has resulted is a lively engagement with ideas surrounding the archive and the studio, and a deconstruction of the artist&rsquo;s practice in the earlier part of the 20th century.<br /><br />According to anecdotal evidence, Fergusson was in the habit of coating his fruit in paint before starting on a still-life painting. Much of the work on display seeks to peel back that coat of paint and cut into the fruit beneath &ndash; looking anew at Fergusson&rsquo;s work, life and influences.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:40:33 +0000 Tobias Kaspar, Carter Mull - Kunsthalle St. Gallen - April 26th - July 13th <p>The strict codes of the fashion and consumer world and their communication through images are central themes of the two exhibitions by Tobias Kaspar (*1984 in Basel, lives in Rome) and Carter Mull (*1977 in Atlanta, lives in Los Angeles). At Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen the artists examine constructions of identity from different positions. Their images, films and installations enter a dialogue both spatially and in terms of content. With rearranged symbols from fashion and pop culture they reveal social mechanisms and create their own pictorial worlds. The juxtaposition of their different strategies shows that in a reality flooded with images and goods the dividing lines between art and consumption and individuality and community are permeable.</p> <p><strong>Tobias Kaspar</strong> demonstrates the interaction between encoding and decoding with the film <em>Chapeau Sydney En Herbe Marine et Ruban Straw Ribbon on Straw Hat</em>, the centrepiece of his show &laquo;The Air on the Way to the Oyster&raquo;. The new film, produced by the Kunst Halle, is the second part of a trilogy and shows impressions from a luxury clothes shop in Rome. Voyeuristic camera angles and slow sequences capture the brand articles at an interface: the clothes and accessories are still free from the personal charge of their wearers, although the label influences the significance. In addition, the cool aesthetics of the close-ups of his own pictures create poetry in consumption devoid of meaning. Kaspar makes it clear that the presentation and representation of clothes and architecture lie close together. The artist is also intervening at the Kunst Halle with an installation: a carpet becomes a stylized catwalk which connects the spaces and serves as an abstracted plinth for the presentation of photographic works.&nbsp;</p> <p>In contrast to Kaspar&rsquo;s sober aesthetics, in &laquo;The Princess is Caged in the &copy;&raquo; <strong>Carter Mull</strong> confronts visitors with a dense installation made up of paintings, light sculptures hanging from the ceiling, a video and thousands of loose sheets of paper which inundate the floor. Gaudy colours, logos, typography and screenshots from online shops for hipsters characterise the detailed pictorial material. With this Mull questions the status and production of goods and consequently art. In the process various social systems and forms of expression and dissemination conflate - analogously to the networked postmodern world. Mull&rsquo;s main interest is the relationship of the individual to community. In particular he focuses on the way in which identities are constructed with brands and other cultural symbols. The American artist creates picture puzzles which enable new relations between highbrow and pop culture and give an insight into his perception of the convoluted world.&nbsp;</p> <p>Kasper and Mull unfold a many-layered encounter with subcultures and pictorial realities with almost diametrically opposed artistic languages and strategies which enter into a promising dialogue at the Kunst Halle.</p> <p>P.S. From 17 to 22 June Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen is a special guest at the LISTE Art Fair in Basel, where it is showing an offshoot of the two exhibitions.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Biographical information:</strong> &nbsp;<br /><br /><strong>Carter Mull</strong> (*1977 in Atlanta, US) studied at the California Institute of the Arts (2000-2006) and the Rhode Island School of Design. Today he lives in Los Angeles and New York. Solo exhibitions (selection): Marc Foxx, Los Angeles, US (2013); T&amp;S, New York, US (2011); Rivington Arms, New York, US (2007); Champion Fine Art, Los Angeles, US (2005). Group exhibitions (selection): Jessica Silvermann Gallery, San Francisco, US; United Artists Limited, Marfa, US; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, US (2013); Daegu Biennale, Seoul, KR; Venice Beach Biennale, Venice, US; Museum of Modern Art, New York, US (2012); The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, US (2011); Gagosian Gallery, New York, US (2008). <br /><br /><strong>Tobias Kaspar</strong> (*1984 in Basel, CH) studied at the Hochschule f&uuml;r Bildende K&uuml;nste in Hamburg (2005-2011) and the Hochschule f&uuml;r Bildende K&uuml;nste (Staedelschule) in Frankfurt. Today he lives in Rom. Solo exhibitions (selection): Hydra Life, SILBERKUPPE, Berlin, DE (2013); Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Z&uuml;rich, CH (2012); Alex Zachary Gallery, New York, US (2011), Golden Pudel Club, Hamburg, DE (2007). Group exhibitions (selection): CAFAM Art Museum, Bejing, CN (2014); Artists Space, New York, US (2013); Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR (2012); Kunsthalle Z&uuml;rich, Z&uuml;rich, CH; &nbsp;Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, CH; Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, AT (2011).</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:19:32 +0000