ArtSlant - Openings & events en-us 40 Justin Dunford, Lisa Chow, Jessica Jacobi, Anne-Joelle Galley, Lindsay Peyton, Terry Klumpp, Gina Vasquez, John Gardosik - Betz Art Gallery - May 19th, 2012 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p>Betz Gallery is shaking it up with an exhibit comprised of contemporary artwork of various styles hung salon style.</p> <p>A hodge-podge of recycled frames will display a variety of affordable original art pieces including fine art prints, photogrpahs and drawings.</p> Wed, 16 May 2012 03:12:42 +0000 Yannis Markantonakis - Galerie Born - May 19th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Sat, 02 Jun 2012 02:24:03 +0000 MARGRÉT H. BLÖNDAL, SILVIA BÄCHLI - i8 Gallery - May 19th, 2012 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM <p><i>A light shines on the ground, the outline of a doorway. You step forward, drawn by its hesitant oblong shape, the door open just a crack to make a towering diamond. You imagine murmurs on the other side, the shufflings of conversation, and are in the midst of these images in approaching the opening when you come close enough. It is not a shard of light but a shadow, the inverse shape cast from a silent post. The door has closed.<br /></i><br /><i>Open; Wait</i> is a multi-part conversation that begins between the sculptures of <b>Margrét H. Blöndal</b> and the drawings of <b>Silvia Bächli</b>. In both their first exhibition together and both artists’ first exhibition with <b>i8</b>, minimal gestures accumulate to become an installation that gently usurps, manipulates, and re-opens the territory in front of us. Each artist’s approach to shaping space provides a polyphony of rhythms and different orientations that can be elusive and entangling. In the midst of this is a balance, a tipping point on which rests the veil of experience and each of our own understandings of the personal politic. <i>Open; Wait</i> is an abstract conversation about reality, and a hard look at the void.</p> Thu, 10 May 2012 01:48:36 +0000 William Howard - Minneapolis Institute of Arts - May 19th, 2012 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p>This writing desk was designed and created by William Howard and is a newly acquired object for MIA's collection of African American and American Folk Art. William Howard lived and worked at Kirkwood Plantation in Madison County, Mississippi, first as a slave, then as a free man after the American Civil War. William McWillie and his wife Catherine built Kirkwood after arriving from South Carolina in about 1845. By 1857, McWillie had become governor of Mississippi and Kirkwood was a large cotton plantation with nearly 200 slaves. African Americans produced much of the material objects needed on the self-sustaining plantation, which included a smoke house, winery, bakery, and blacksmith shop. A skilled and no doubt valued carpenter and builder, William Howard remained on the plantation after the Civil War.</p> Fri, 06 Apr 2012 23:13:04 +0000 Terike Haapoja, Anni Kinnunen, Vesa Ranta - Oulu Museum of Art - May 19th, 2012 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p>The 50th anniversary exhibition of the Oulu Region Humane Society will be on show at the museum’s Satula room.<br /> Each of the three invited artists approaches the interests of nature, animals and people from their own perspectives.</p> Sat, 07 Apr 2012 01:10:34 +0000 - Tampa Museum of Art - May 19th, 2012 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p>The Tampa Museum of Art is pleased to announce the opening of its featured summer exhibition, <i>A Hundred Years - A Hundred Chairs. Masterworks from the Vitra Design Museum,</i> on display Saturday, May 19 through September 16, 2012.</p> <p>Design played an important role in cultural development at the beginning of the 19th century, and following the Second World War, American designers began to collaborate closely with industry, developing designs that would be used for mass production of furniture.</p> <p>This exciting exhibition offers an intimate view of different periods of industrial furniture design throughout the century, showcasing chairs by designers such as Charles Eames, Marcel Breuer, Eero Saarinen and Harry Bertoia alongside drawings, sketches, historical documents and information on production techniques relating to each chair.</p> <p>Pop Art inspired later designers such as Verner Panton to play on form and color, and the search for simple, innovative shapes and materials characterizes furniture by those such as Frank Gehry in the last of this century.</p> <p> “We are so proud to host this exhibition, which stands out as the largest design show in the history of our region,” said Todd D. Smith, the Museum’s executive director. “We are fortunate to have such an architecturally important home for the Museum, and we feel the built environment provides context to these individual elements of functional design.”</p> <p>The Vitra Design Museum maintains one of the most important collections of modern furniture design, and this exhibition provides an opportunity to contemplate some of their most significant and beautiful chairs. Please join the Museum in celebrating the designers and artists who pushed boundaries and elevated design to a key element of daily life. </p> <p><i>A Hundred Years - A Hundred Chairs. Masterworks from the Vitra Design Museum</i> is generously supported by the Frankle Family Foundation. Supporting sponsorship is provided by Gerdau.</p> <p><b> </b></p> Tue, 08 May 2012 21:41:39 +0000 Sandra Cinto - The Phillips Collection - May 19th, 2012 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p>Composed of intricate ink and acrylic drawings on canvas that cover the café walls, <em>One Day, After the Rain</em> follows the movement of sunrise to nightfall, paying homage to Arthur Dove’s landscapes in The Phillips Collection.<b><br /></b></p> Sat, 19 May 2012 00:58:21 +0000 Group Show - William Reaves | Sarah Foltz Fine Art - May 19th, 2012 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Join us this summer at William Reaves Fine Art for the <em>Texas Aesthetic V</em> – the fifth installment of the gallery’s annual exhibition of contemporary Texas regionalism. This year’s show features art by 14 of the gallery’s Contemporary Texas Regionalists group plus 3 guest artists, from across the state. Participating artists represent the best of contemporary Texas painters and printmakers. Collectively they present a rich and diverse array of styles to capture the vibrant landscape of the Lone Star State and larger than life Texas culture Houstonians and Texans love.</p> <p>This exhibition, an annual tradition at WRFA, showcases this select group of contemporary Texas artists who continue the legacy of historical Texas artists in their focus on the culture and landscape of our great state. The artists featured in this exhibition bring Texas imagery to life in their own, original style, but freely channel past Texas greats such as Julian Onderdonk, Jose Arpa, William Lester, Everett Spruce and Otis Dozier in their apt attention to their Texas environs. Put this exhibition and events on your calendars – a must see show for the summer! Be sure to join us at WRFA for our “Meet the Artist” series throughout the exhibition for a chance to meet and mingle with the artists featured in the show and decide which work to add to your collections!</p> Sat, 12 May 2012 19:16:37 +0000 Margie Crisp - William Reaves | Sarah Foltz Fine Art - May 19th, 2012 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Margie Crisp’s <em>Tribute to a Texas River: Prints of the Colorado</em> is also featured in WRFA’s Alcove Gallery. The exhibition features a selection of work included in her new publication, <em>River of Contrasts: The Texas Colorado</em>. The book interweaves the complex stories of the River's past with the present and future, illustrated with over fifty of Margie’s hand-colored linocuts, lithographs, silkscreen prints and photographs. All works selected for this exhibition illuminate the changing character of the river and its diverse inhabitants.</p> Fri, 11 May 2012 01:01:16 +0000 George Grosz - Dallas Museum of Art - May 20th, 2012 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p>In 1952 George Grosz, the expatriate German dadaist and satirist, was invited to Dallas by Leon Harris, Jr., the young vice president of the Harris and Company department store. Harris had commissioned Grosz to create a series of paintings illustrating the landscape, economy, and society of Dallas for the store’s 65th anniversary celebrations. Grosz’s series, called <i>Impressions of Dallas</i>, was exhibited at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts in Fair Park in October 1952 and then in New York in 1954, but have since remained almost forgotten.</p> <p>In 2012 on the 60th anniversary of the series’ first presentation at the DMFA, the Dallas Museum of Art will present <i>Flower of the Prairie: George Grosz in Dallas</i>. The exhibition will feature twenty works from the series, accompanied by a rich selection of historic photographs of Dallas, documenting the city as Grosz discovered it in 1952. The exhibition will also examine the context for the <i>Impressions of Dallas</i> series with twelve of Grosz’s works made earlier in his career, including graphic work and watercolors made in Berlin in the 1920s and early 1930s, and paintings and watercolors made in New York during the late 1930s and 1940s.</p> <p>The exhibition will be accompanied by the Dallas Museum of Art's first e-catalogue, an electronic publication describing the history of Grosz’s Dallas paintings. The catalogue, featuring an essay by exhibition curator Heather MacDonald and additional contributions by Andrew Sears, will describe Grosz’s career in the postwar years, relate the history of the <i>Impressions of Dallas</i> commission, and offer a rich portrait of Dallas in the early 1950s. The catalogue will reproduce the <i>Impressions of Dallas</i> series in its entirety for the first time, and will also illustrate many other paintings, watercolors, drawings, and prints by Grosz, as well as many historic photographs of Dallas.</p> Thu, 05 Apr 2012 01:22:43 +0000 Theodore Waddell - Denver Art Museum - May 20th, 2012 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM <p>Theodore Waddell arrived in New York in the early 1960s, only a short decade after abstract expressionists like Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, and Clyfford Still dominated the art world. Gleaning elements from this art movement, Waddell returned home to his native Montana and created works of nearly abstract backgrounds that suggest the landscape. By painting figures that symbolized cattle in snow-filled backgrounds, the painter walks the line of abstraction and realism. This exhibition of 26 works explores Waddell’s abstract paintings, sketches, and drawings that challenge the common perception that all western American art is created in a realistic style.</p> Wed, 02 May 2012 03:42:23 +0000 - Madison Museum of Contemporary Art - May 21st, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Mon, 21 May 2012 01:15:08 +0000 - Virginia Museum of Fine Arts - May 21st, 2012 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p>The first exhibition to explore the extraordinarily rich visual culture of India’s last royal families, <em>Maharaja: The Splendors of India’s Great Kings </em>spans the period from the early 18th century to the mid-20th century, bringing together over 200 magnificent objects. It examines the changing role of the maharajas (“great kings”) within a social and historical context, and reveals how their patronage of the arts, both in India and Europe, resulted in splendid and beautiful objects symbolic of royal status, power and identity.</p> Sat, 07 Apr 2012 02:46:56 +0000 Burhan Doğançay - Istanbul Museum of Modern Art - May 23rd, 2012 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Since the early 1960s, Burhan Doğançay examines the social, cultural and political transformation of modern and contemporary urban culture through the use of walls. As an urban traveller, he has been tracking walls in various cities across the world for almost half a century. With the guise of an anthropologist, Doğançay examines these surfaces that are open to all manners of contemporary interventions ranging from posters to slogans, and messages with sexual content to newspaper clippings. Doğançay’s works with different techniques and styles, are positioned in both a historical and contemporary ground through their incorporation of the icons of popular culture and political symbols.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Fifty Years of Urban Walls: A Burhan Doğançay Retrospective</em> stands as an anthology for Doğançay’s last 50 years of work. With works that range from small sized pieces to big canvases, and installations that run beyond the walls, to various materials and pursuits, this exhibition unrolls the background to Doğançay’s ways of working. The exhibition gathers together 14 distinct series and periods of time with works coming from different collections all over the world. The accompanying catalogue presents 125 images along with explanatory texts, which provide different perspectives to his ouevre while documents and photographs on Doğançay’s life alludes to his urban traveller identity.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Munich based publishing house Prestel will be printing and distributing the catalogue worldwide,  allowing Dogançay’s works to access a broader viewing public. The curator of the exhibition, Levent Çalıkoğlu maps out the artist’s body of work spanning over 50 years in his essay entitled, <em>The Recording of History and the Anatomy of Walls</em>. Brand new essays by Brandon Taylor, Professor Ermeritus of History of Art at Southampton University, and Richard Vine, Senior Editor at Art in America, as well as explanatory texts on each series by the writer, editor and graphic designer Clive Giboire all examine the techniques Dogançay has developed and integrated into his practice.</p> Tue, 03 Apr 2012 03:59:09 +0000 Leonid Sokov - Moscow Museum of Modern Art [10 Gogolevsky] - May 23rd, 2012 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>The exhibition at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art for the first time in Russia offers an unprecedented personal retrospective of a well-known master of the ‘Soviet Pop Art’, or Sots Art, presenting works from the 70ies and up to the present days. The display includes over 120 works by the artist and is divided into 9 sections, gradually presenting the development and metamorphoses of Leonid Sokov`s signature artistic and symbolic language.</p> <p>Sokov`s name is tightly linked with the conception and development of the Sots Art movement, which inspires Russian artists for many decades starting from the early 70s. Developing as a reaction against the aesthetical paradigm of Academic art and the doctrine of Socialist Realism, as well as the regime at large, the strategies of ‘non-official’ art, implicated the critical revision of the cliches formed in the national collective imagination and ideology along with the shattering of the existing political order. The members of Sots Art movement, who associated themselves with this creed, followed it through ironical participation in parodying cultural artefacts, which due to their simplicity, intentional roughness and eclecticism for a long time weren`t considered art even among modernists. Sots-art proposed an alternative not only to Socialist Realism but also to the classical modernism and the succeeding movements of the liberal «underground» Russian art of the 1960s. Sokov`s works vividly demonstrate the characteristic features and techniques of the so-called «second avant-garde» that sprung up in various centers of contemporary culture all over the world defined as «postmodernism».</p> <p>Being a typical postmodernist Sokov brings together the derivatives of modern civilization such as everyday objects, sacred symbols, fasces, mass-media images and the elements of classical world art, folk motifs, pagan idols and artifacts.</p> <p>Sokov`s famous sculptural signs dialogues became the trademark of Sots Art. The artist puts face to face various representations of Soviet and «Western» civilizations. The encounters of Marilyn Monroe and Stalin, Giacometti`s «Walking Man» and a typical monument of Lenin, folk wooden toys and imperial fasces within the space of one artwork reveal the geopolitical conflict of cultures of the 20th century, the polarized perception and «doublethinking» of a modern man no matter which political systems he considers himself being a part of.</p> <p>Sacred objects like depictions of political leaders, heraldic state symbols, classical art masterpieces are presented in Sokov`s work with a perspective that unfailingly makes the spectator shriek with laughter. The element of humor allows the audience to see the world in a different dimension, for a short time liberating people from subservience of authorities and cults. Leonid Sokov`s art praises playful popular nihilism, manifested in anecdotes and jokes, toys and folklore, and elevates it to the level of national cultural tradition.</p> <p>The present show will feature all artist’s most famous artworks and series from various important public collections such as The Freedman Gallery (Albright College), Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Galleria Mazzoli, The State Tretyakov Gallery, The Cultural Foundation «Ekaterina», and private collections in Russia, the USA and Europe as well as less known pieces from the artist`s studio, including a range of his paintings rarely exhibited in Russia and beyond.</p> <p>The exhibition will be followed by a catalogue, profoundly presenting Leonid Sokov`s oeuvre. Among the contributors to the publication are such renowned authors as art theoretician Boris Groys, art historians Andrey Erofeev, Julia Tulovski from the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Gleb Napreenko, and the artist himself.</p> <p> </p> Fri, 06 Apr 2012 23:50:13 +0000 Vitaly Pushnitsky - Moscow Museum of Modern Art [17 Ermolaevsky] - May 23rd, 2012 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>The Moscow Museum of Modern Art, in collaboration with the pop/off/art gallery and Marina Gisich Gallery, presents the show of Vitaly Pushnitsky, being his first museum-level retrospective in Moscow and featuring his works from the 1990s up till now.</p> <p>Vitaly Pushnitsky (b. 1967) is an artist working in many different media. His art dwells on space and time, the origins of art and its present-day state. Being equally proficient in painting and sculpture, drawing and multimedia, Pushnitsky completes the list by incessantly inventing completely new techniques. By now he has gained international fame and the reputation of an iconic Saint-Petersburg artist.</p> <p>Pushnitsky treats art as a mechanism of time. He sees the present-day artist as a binder bringing together different historical periods. The art of Pushnitsky explores an individual vision of time and elaborates the imagery of world landscapes, developing a personal spatial perspective, conducting a constant dialogue with classical artistic tradition and marrying it with contemporary art. The display will include several dozens of Vitaly Pushnitsky series developing into a complex narrative structure, with a central plot and many additional sub-plots,which when brought together will form one single ’story’. The curator has conceived his project in the form of a ’novel’, suggesting plurality of characters and narrative plots, all featured at different floors of the museum venue. Moscow exhibition will present a selection from several series, essential in Pushnitsky artistic quest, all works coming from a number of state and private museums and significant Russian and European private collections. The display will feature both some of his old paintings that have never been exhibited in Russia as yet and recent works created specifically for the space of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. The show will be accompanied by a monographic catalogue with texts by Olesya Turkina and Jane Neil.</p> Thu, 26 Apr 2012 02:41:36 +0000