ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Elias Zayat - Green Art Gallery - September 14th - November 4th <p class="BodyA">&nbsp;</p> <p class="FreeFormA"><span style="font-size: large;"><strong>ELIAS ZAYAT:<em> AFTER THE DELUGE</em></strong></span></p> <p class="FreeFormA"><strong>Exhibition Dates: 14 September &ndash; 04 November 2015</strong></p> <p class="FreeFormA"><strong>Opening Reception: Monday, 14 September 2015, 6 &ndash; 9 pm</strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>Green Art Gallery presents <em>After the Deluge</em>, a solo show of new works from Syrian artist Elias Zayat.</strong></p> <p class="normal">Elias Zayat is one of the most significant Syrian artists of the 20th century, and a key founder of the country&rsquo;s contemporary art movement. Although he studied in Sofia, Cairo, and Budapest, his oeuvre remains intimately concerned with the history, terrain, and psyche of his homeland. Zayat&rsquo;s parallel life as an art restorer and historian is evident in his rich vocabulary drawn from Byzantine, early Christian, Sufist, and popular iconography.</p> <p class="normal">In <em>After The Deluge</em>, Zayat returns to the ancient city of Palmyra, remembered for being one of the few places in the region that managed to exist alongside the Romans without becoming Romanised. Fittingly, it is also known as Tadmor, or &lsquo;the town that resisted.&rsquo; In this, the city parallels Zayat who, despite emerging at the height of Pan-Arabist fervour that culminated in the Naksa of 1967, managed to resist this sweeping aesthetic hegemony to develop his own inimitable visual language.</p> <p class="normal">Here, Zayat draws from the Mesopotamian, Babylonian, and later Biblical account of the flood, which he understands as a metaphor for rebuilding a decaying world after its total devastation, resiting the event in the historical city of Palmyra. The titular triptych, <em>After the Deluge</em> is presented as plea for peace, heralded in the epic by a dove bearing an olive branch. Yet in the central panel, Zayat&rsquo;s doves find themselves locked into a suffocating circular dance high above the remains of a decimated town; a struggle from which it is seemingly impossible to escape.</p> <p class="normal">The only answer seems to be to flee the humanitarian chaos to arrive at a better world, as seen in the young men of the side panels, who are poised as if to take flight. The triptych is anchored by a selection from his works on paper, which form a crucial backbone of Zayat&rsquo;s practice. These studies depict the movements of birds, to present both theoretical and literalised new lines of flight.</p> <p>Born in Damascus in 1935, Elias Zayat studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia between 1956 and 1960 and the Faculty of Fine Arts in Cairo. He also majored in art restoration at the Academy of Fine Arts and Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest, and is one of the founders of the Faculty of Fine Arts in Damascus, where he taught until his retirement. As a painter and icon restorer, his art is influenced by religious&mdash;particularly Christian&mdash;and popular iconography. He has published several studies in the history of art, iconography and art criticism. Zayat lives and works in Damascus.</p> <p class="FreeFormA">For more information, please contact the gallery at <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a> or +9714 346 9305 .</p> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 07:25:52 +0000 Brad Temkin - Southeast Museum of Photography - September 9th - December 18th <p><strong>Exhibition Opening Reception:</strong> Wednesday, September 9, 6:00 &ndash; 8:00 p.m.<br /><strong>Artist Lecture, Book Signing and Reception:</strong> Friday, October 2, 6:00 &ndash; 8:00 p.m.</p> <p>Brad Temkin is an award winning Chicago-based photographer who has been documenting human and environmental relationships throughout his career in photography. This exhibition delves into four bodies of work from the past 25 years that look at this relationship: revealing man&rsquo;s imprint on the natural landscape alongside human efforts to incorporate natural elements back into urban environments, in their gardens and atop skyscrapers, revealing contrasting states of man-made and natural beauty while simultaneously presenting a framework for positive change.</p> <p>The Southeast Museum of Photography is a service of Daytona State College, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd. (Building 1200) Daytona Beach, FL, 32114, 386-506-4475.</p> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:40:58 +0000 Raqs Media Collective - School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA) - September 17th - October 17th <p>The question of what is or can be a 'luminous will'&mdash;an illuminated, iridescent desire for life itself&mdash;is central to the constellation of works that constitute Raqs Media Collective&rsquo;s &ldquo;Luminous Will,&rdquo; on view at SMFA September 17&ndash;Octobrt 17, 2015. Debuting four new works, Raqs will create a habitat for thoughtfulness, affect, and the elaboration of a playful sense of plenitude. Opening Reception: September 17, 2015, 5&ndash;7 pm.</p> <p>Visit <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a> for info + related events.</p> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 14:37:54 +0000 Amir H. Fallah - Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art - May 28th - September 27th <p class="lead">Fallah&rsquo;s installation, &ldquo;The Caretaker,&rdquo; is a continuation of his unique brand of portraiture.</p> <hr /> <p>The artist creates a three-dimensional picture of his subject, JCCC journalism professor Mark Raduziner, through paintings and constructions inspired by Raduziner&rsquo;s possessions, including his collection of more than 300 cactus plants, which has gained him a measure of local renown.</p> <p>&ldquo;An overarching theme of most of my work is: &lsquo;How do you create an alternative portrait?&rsquo;&rdquo; Fallah said in a recent interview. &ldquo;Instead of describing what someone looks like superficially, how do we approach portraiture in a new way?&rdquo;</p> <p>The central element of his installation is a 12-foot-high sculpture inspired by Raduziner&rsquo;s collection of lava lamps, fronted with Plexiglas and mounted on a circular platform. Grow lights illumine the interior, which is lined with marbleized paper and houses a life-sized painted portrait of Raduziner, his head, face and entire upper body entirely hidden beneath wildly patterned Coogi sweaters.</p> <p>Raduziner inherited the sweaters from his father; the needlepoint he holds belonged to his mother. Displayed with the painting, assorted specimens from Raduziner&rsquo;s cactus collection complete this diorama of his life. Fallah extends his unconventional portrayal of Raduziner on the gallery walls, where he is displaying a massive wall hanging created from Coogi sweaters, large tondo paintings of flowers and additional cactus plants on specially-made shelves. The shelves inject his display with an altar-like sensibility.</p> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 10:18:27 +0000 Andrew Wyeth, Jamie Wyeth - Denver Art Museum - November 8th - February 7th, 2016 <p style="text-align: justify;">The Denver Art Museum presents a groundbreaking exhibition exploring the art of Andrew Wyeth and his son Jamie.&nbsp;<em>Wyeth: Andrew and Jamie in the Studio</em>&nbsp;is organized by the Denver Art Museum and will feature more than 100 works created in a variety of media, including pen and ink, graphite, chalk, watercolor, dry brush, tempera, oil, and mixed media.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition explores the connection between two American artists who shared artistic habits of mind while maintaining their own unique artistic voices. Never before has an exhibition displayed Andrew Wyeth's and Jamie Wyeth&rsquo;s work on this scale and in the shared context of their autobiographies, studio practices, and imaginations.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Whether you are new to the work of Andrew and Jamie Wyeth or are familiar with it, this exhibition will allow you to see their art converge and diverge over the years. The common thread that runs through their works as well as the distinctive practices of each will be apparent.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">An exhibition catalog, published by the Denver Art Museum in association with Yale University Press, will be available in The Shops.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Wyeth</em>&nbsp;travels to the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, Spain, following its presentation at the DAM.</p> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 15:12:14 +0000 Kenneth Josephson - Denver Art Museum - October 11th - May 8th, 2016 <p style="text-align: justify;">An early and influential conceptual photographer, Kenneth Josephson makes photographs of found and constructed visual puzzles that demonstrate his alert and often humorous way of encountering the world at large.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">His interest in the ways the camera manipulates what we see&mdash;how it abstracts space, compresses three dimensions into two, divorces subjects from their context and arrests time and motion&mdash;draws attention to the physical act of making a photograph and what that implies. Throughout his body of work, Josephson's incisive commentary on the curiosities of photography as a descriptive medium and our belief in the image places his work at the vanguard of conceptual photography.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition features 62 photographs dating from 1959 to 2003, including his early experimental photographs, ground-breaking conceptual work and more recent landscapes.</p> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 15:10:32 +0000 Fritz Scholder - Denver Art Museum - October 4th - January 17th, 2016 <p style="text-align: justify;">Fritz Scholder once vowed never to paint Indians. He claimed he was not an American Indian artist, but he was. He claimed his art was not political, but it polarized the art world. For every position he took, he also explored the opposite perspective.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Super Indian: Fritz Scholder, 1967&ndash;1980</em>, is a groundbreaking exhibition of more than 40 rarely seen, monumental paintings and lithographs by the renowned twentieth-century artist. It is the first to explore how Scholder blended figurative and pop art influences to create colorful, compelling, and revolutionary images.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Though he was influenced by abstract expressionists including Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline, as well as painters Francis Bacon, Francisco de Goya, and Paul Gauguin, Fritz Scholder&rsquo;s work was purely his own. His art reveals the raw reality of being an American Indian.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition draws its title from the iconic painting&nbsp;<em>Super Indian No. 2&nbsp;</em>(above), which is one of nine Scholder paintings promised as gifts to the DAM by collectors and museum supporters&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Vicki and Kent Logan</a><em>.&nbsp;</em>It begins with Scholder&rsquo;s controversial&nbsp;<em>Indian</em>&nbsp;series, started in 1967, and ends with his 1980&nbsp;<em>Indian Land</em>paintings, which marked a seismic shift in palette and subject matter.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Visitors to&nbsp;<em>Super Indian&nbsp;</em>will be taken on a thematic exploration following the development of Scholder&rsquo;s style and themes: Early Indian series, pop art, psychological portraiture, stereotypes and representation and dark, mysterious subjects. Following its Denver debut, the exhibition<em>&nbsp;</em>will travel to the Phoenix Art Museum (Feb. 26, 2016&ndash;June 5, 2016) and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, Kansas (June 23, 2016&ndash;Sept. 18, 2016).</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">An exhibition catalog is available in The Shops and&nbsp;<a title=" Fritz Scholder, 1967-1980" href="" target="_blank">online</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Super Indian: Fritz Scholder, 1967-1980</em>,<em>&nbsp;</em>is organized by the Denver Art Museum. It is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. It is presented with generous support from Vicki and Kent Logan. Additional funding provided by John Brooks Incorporated, the donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by&nbsp;<em>5280 Magazine</em>, CBS4, Comcast Spotlight, and&nbsp;<em>The Denver Post</em>.</p> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 15:09:07 +0000 Melanie Yazzie, David P. Bradley, Harry Fonseca, James Luna, Jesse Cooday, Judith Lowry - Denver Art Museum - June 10th - June 30th, 2017 <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Strong Statements</em>&nbsp;features six thought-provoking works, each by a contemporary native artist. The work of Melanie Yazzie, David P. Bradley, Harry Fonseca, James Luna, Jesse Cooday, and Judith Lowry challenges stereotypes and explores issues that affect American Indians including corruption and violence in the casino industry, racism, addiction, and questions of identity.</p> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 15:05:25 +0000 Herbert Bayer - Denver Art Museum - April 26th - April 16th, 2017 <p style="text-align: justify;">Celebrated for his multidisciplinary approach to art and design, Herbert Bayer called painting "the continuous link connecting all the facets of my work." The paintings presented in the exhibition give us a window into the personal side of this versatile artist.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Herbert Bayer: 1938&ndash;1974 New York and Aspen Paintings</em>&nbsp;is organized by the Denver Art Museum.</p> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 15:03:46 +0000 - Denver Art Museum - December 7th, 2014 - November 27th, 2016 <p style="text-align: justify;">During the Spanish Colonial period in Latin America (1521&ndash;1850), precious gold and silver were crafted into elegant jewelry then embellished with emeralds from Colombia, coral from Mexico, and pearls from Venezuela. Wanting to demonstrate their wealth and status, people were painted wearing their finest dress and elaborate jewelry.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Women were adorned with tiaras, necklaces with pendants, and prominent earrings. Men proudly displayed hat ornaments, rings, watch fobs, and chatelaines (decorative belt hooks) with small tools similar to the modern Swiss Army knife. Priests wore gold crucifixes and rosaries while nuns had miniature paintings of the Virgin Mary and saints crafted into brooches, called nun&rsquo;s badges. Inlaid and lacquered chests and boxes were used to store these luxury goods.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The portraits, furniture, and jewelry that are exhibited in&nbsp;<em>Glitterati</em>, drawn from the DAM&rsquo;s world-renowned Spanish Colonial collection, tell the fascinating story of people and luxury possessions in the New World.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Glitterati: Portraits &amp; Jewelry from Colonial Latin America&nbsp;</em>is organized by the Denver Art Museum. Support is provided by the generous donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by&nbsp;<em>5280 Magazine</em>, CBS4, Comcast Spotlight, and&nbsp;<em>The Denver Post</em>.</p> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 15:02:46 +0000 Virgil Ortiz - Denver Art Museum - May 17th - May 1st, 2016 <p style="text-align: justify;"><a href="" target="_blank">Virgil Ortiz</a>&nbsp;is an internationally renowned ceramicist, fashion designer, and graphic artist from Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico. He uses contemporary art to blend historic events with futuristic elements. Set against Ortiz&rsquo;s graphic murals, this exhibition features 31 clay figures and invites visitors to immerse themselves in a storyline that Ortiz created that begins with the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. This is the first exhibition of his work to visually tell the whole story.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Curated by John Lukavic, associate curator of native arts, this exhibition is part of the Denver Art Museum&rsquo;s initiative to expand the recognition of contemporary art by American Indian artists.&nbsp;<em>Revolt 1680/2180: Virgil Ortiz</em>&nbsp;is a special feature of&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><em>Showing Off: Recent Modern and Contemporary Acquisitions</em></a>.</p> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 14:56:42 +0000 - Denver Art Museum - May 17th - April 10th, 2016 <p style="text-align: justify;">New York-based artist Francisco Alvarado-Ju&aacute;rez has transformed the Precourt Discovery Hall into a whimsical environment for family audiences using recycled paper from thousands of grocery paper bags, painted and cut by hand. Created in collaboration with local community groups, the seaweed-like bags camouflage paintings of insects&mdash;partially hidden by the protruding bags&mdash;creating another opportunity for discovery as visitors move through the space. The installation also includes video projections and ambient sounds from nature as well as a worktable where visitors of all ages can create paper images to contribute to the piece.</p> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 14:53:41 +0000 Group Show - Denver Art Museum - May 17th - April 17th, 2016 <p style="text-align: justify;">Gifts, promised gifts, and works that the museum purchased over the last seven years are the focus of our next rotation in the modern and contemporary galleries.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The collection is the principal artery of a museum. It&rsquo;s here where the idea for the next big show might be sparked, where artists and amateurs alike find their inspiration and a museum shapes its identity. Especially in modern and contemporary art, a continuous and strategically growing collection becomes the showcase of our time. It reflects who and where we are now and tells future generations about us.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Showing Off</em>&nbsp;highlights, among others, works by Nick Cave, James Drake, Leonardo Drew, Eric Fischl, Al Held, Ben Jackel, Sol LeWitt, Glenn Ligon, Christian Marclay, Agnes Martin, John McEnroe, Amy Metier, Julian Opie, Nam June Paik, Shinique Smith, Stacey Steers, Mark Wallinger.</p> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 14:52:15 +0000 - Denver Art Museum - May 31st - March 6th, 2016 <p style="text-align: justify;">From around the world and across centuries, more than 20 tapestry-woven wall hangings, rugs, furniture covers, garments, and sculptural forms illustrate the creative possibilities of this technique. The selection includes historic European tapestries made by large ateliers, twentieth-century collaborations between artist and weaver, and works by solo artist-weavers who use tapestry as their creative medium.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">While some designs are culturally specific, others borrow from, transform, or transcend tradition. Contemporary tapestries join historic weavings from Europe, Turkey, China, Peru, Mexico, and the American southwest in the main gallery, complemented by a selection of smaller tapestries in the Nancy Lake Benson Thread Studio.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Creative Crossroads: The Art of Tapestry</em>&nbsp;is organized by the Denver Art Museum. It is presented with generous support from the donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).</p> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 14:48:41 +0000 Gunther Gerzso - Denver Art Museum - June 25th - January 3rd, 2016 <p style="text-align: justify;">In partnership with&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Museo de las Americas</a>, we celebrate the Mexican modernist master Gunther Gerzso (1915&minus;2000). The Denver Art Museum highlights some of the artist's extraordinary paintings from 1960&minus;1981 while the Museo offers a rich selection of his works on paper in&nbsp;<em>Gunther Gerzso: A Mexican Master.</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Drawing inspiration from art history as well as from the Mexican landscape, and using old-master techniques, Gunther Gerzso transformed the materials of the painter&mdash;&ldquo;a piece of cloth and a little earth combined with enamel and oil&rdquo;&mdash; into powerful expressions of emotion. He called his paintings &ldquo;landscapes of the spirit&rdquo; to emphasize that they were expressions of the forces inherent in his homeland&rsquo;s terrain as well as of the spiritual value he held for the varied topographies of Mexico and its pre-Columbian history.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Don't miss&nbsp;<em>Gunther Gerzso</em><em>: A Mexican Master&nbsp;</em>at the DAM and Museo de las Americas.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Members of the Museo de las Americas can present their membership card at the Denver Art Museum and receive 1/2 off the regular admission price to see the Gerzso exhibition June 25&minus;September 18. DAM members can present their membership card at the Museo de las Americas and receive 1/2 off the regular admission price to see&nbsp;<em>Gunther Gerzso: A Mexican Master</em>.</p> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 14:47:17 +0000 Mark Wallinger - Denver Art Museum - February 15th - January 3rd, 2016 <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Angel</em>&nbsp;is a video that explores the theme of religion and features Wallinger playing Blind Faith, his sightless alter ego. The artist is seen repeatedly reciting&mdash;backwards&mdash;the first five verses of&nbsp;<em>St. John's Gospel</em>&nbsp;from the King James version of the Bible. The spectator is asked to consider religious belief in a realm beyond the visible.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In 2009 Mark Wallinger was chosen to design the largest public artwork ever commissioned in Great Britain. He has shown at the Tate (2007), the Centre Pompidou (2007), and the Whitechapel Gallery (2001), among others. His work is held by the Tate Gallery in London and the Dallas Museum of Art in Texas.</p> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 14:45:33 +0000