ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Group Show - Mass MOCA - May 28th - April 3rd, 2017 <h4 class="image-field" style="text-align: justify;">MASS MoCA curator Denise Markonish remarks, &ldquo;a true state of wonder agitates, mesmerizes, and is almost forcible and shocking. It is a sudden intake of breath, a gaping mouth, a relinquishing of understanding.&rdquo; As commonly used, &ldquo;wonder&rdquo; is sometimes mistaken for curiosity, which centers on the practice of fact-finding and explanation. In&nbsp;<em>Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder</em>, viewers experience a purer state of wonder, a state of being poised between knowing and not knowing, and defined by an experience of something truly new.</h4> <p style="text-align: justify;">Harnessing the&nbsp;idea&nbsp;of wonder as a thematic metaphor, the exhibition features both existing and new works by twenty-three international artists, each touching on certain facets of wonder, including: the perceptual/ visionary, the technological/scientific, the philosophical/meditative, time/cosmos, and illusion/fear.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Co-organized by Markonish and Columbus, Ohio-based artist Sean Foley,&nbsp;<em>Explode Every Day</em>&nbsp;was inspired by a course that Foley taught at Ohio State University and a long-running conversation&nbsp;between the co-curators. The title for the exhibition was inspired by the writer Ray Bradbury, who often spoke of the need to retain a sense of wonder:&nbsp;&ldquo;You remain invested in your inner child by exploding every day. You don&rsquo;t worry about the future, you don&rsquo;t worry about the past&mdash;you just explode.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Jonathan Allen&nbsp;(London, England) is an artist and writer whose work addresses the magic at play within late modernity. His work has been&nbsp;featured in many exhibitions, live projects, and publications, most recently at Tate Britain, Frankfurter Kunstverein, and David Risley Gallery. He is an associate curator at The Magic Circle Museum, London.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Jen Bervin&nbsp;(Brooklyn, NY) is a visual artist and writer whose works combine text and textiles with conceptual elements and a minimalist&rsquo;s eye for the poetic and essential. Her work has been exhibited at the Walker Art Center, The Power Plant, The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, and others. Bervin is the recipient of a Creative Capital grant, a Robert Rauschenberg Residency, and is currently an artist-in-residence at the SETI Institute.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Lucien Castaing-Taylor&nbsp;and&nbsp;V&eacute;r&eacute;na&nbsp;Paravel&nbsp;(Cambridge, MA) are filmmakers, artists, and anthropologists working at the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University. Their work has been screened at the&nbsp;AFI, CPH:DOX, Locarno, New York, Toronto, and Viennale Film Festivals, and exhibited at London&rsquo;s Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Centre Pompidou, and the Berlin Kunsthalle. Their 2012 film&nbsp;<em>Leviathan</em>&nbsp;was lauded by critics and won numerous film awards.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Jason de Haan&nbsp;(Calgary, Alberta) creates sculptures, drawings, and videos&nbsp;that recognize potential in various unconventional systems, objects, and sets of conditions. Often incorporating non-human forces, temporal shifts, and unforeseen outcomes, de Haan seeks spaces where the invisible, serendipitous, and residual reveal their contingencies. He is represented by Clint Roenisch Gallery, Toronto, ON.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Tristan Duke&nbsp;(Los Angeles, CA) has a background in photography and has long been interested in optics, visual perception, and optical illusion. Through his work with the Museum of Jurassic Technology, Duke became involved in stereoscopic (3D) photography. Most recently he has been exploring laser holography, and hand-etched holograms.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Sharon Ellis&nbsp;(Los Angeles, CA) is a painter of&nbsp;timeless landscapes that highlight the interplay between a visible world and an equally present, invisible one. Ellis juxtaposes light and dark values, creating new sculptural forms coupled with deep spaces. Her subjects&mdash;taken from nature&mdash;are painstakingly rendered with multiple layers of transparent glazes, resulting in surfaces that are spacious and immaterial. Ellis is represented by Christopher Grimes Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Tom Friedman&nbsp;(Easthampton, MA) makes extraordinary works that explore perception, logic, and possibility. His painstakingly rendered sculptures and works on paper inhabit the grey area between the ordinary and the monstrous, the infinitesimal and the infinite, the rational and the uncanny. His work is often deceptive, its handmade intricacy masked by a seemingly mass-produced or prefabricated appearance. Friedman is represented by Luhring Augustine, New York, NY.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Christopher Gausby&nbsp;(New York, NY) is an artist, calligrapher, and writer who has reinvented the illuminated manuscript form to create book works meditating on philosophy and aesthetics. These works are in the collection of the New York Public Library and the Newberry Library, Chicago.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Hope Ginsburg&nbsp;(Richmond, VA) creates multidisciplinary works that take the form of live events that explore the images, objects, and spaces that they generate. Her pedagogical project,&nbsp;<em>Sponge</em>, is headquartered at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, where she is an associate professor. Her recent&nbsp;<em>Breathing on Land</em>&nbsp;project began at the Robert Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, FL.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Laurent Grasso&nbsp;(Paris, France) has long been fascinated with the visual possibilities related to the science of electromagnetic energy, radio waves, and naturally occurring phenomena. He uses imagery culled from cinema and art history to create works in video, sculpture, painting, and drawing, which set up ambiguous juxtapositions of time and space. Grasso is represented by Sean Kelly, NY, and Galerie Perrotin, Paris.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Pierre Huyghe&nbsp;(Paris, France) creates films, installations, and public events that blur the traditional distinction between fiction and reality, revealing the experience of fiction to be as palpable as anything in daily life. His playful work addresses complex social topics, such as the yearning for utopia, the lure of spectacle in mass media, and the impact of Modernism on contemporary values and belief systems.&nbsp;Huyghe is represented by Marian Goodman Gallery, NY.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The&nbsp;Institute For Figuring&nbsp;(Los Angeles, CA) engages in science and making, steeped in the belief that ideas presented in abstract terms can often be embodied in physical activities. Founded in 2003 by twin sisters Margaret and Christine Wertheim, the IFF develops exhibits and programs for museums, galleries, colleges, and community groups internationally. The IFF&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>Crochet Coral Reef</em>&nbsp;is one of the largest science+art projects in the world.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Nina Katchadourian&nbsp;(Brooklyn, New York) creates works in a wide variety of media including photography, sculpture, video, and sound, playing with notions of the everyday, humor, language, and nature.&nbsp;Most recently, she was part of the 2015 Venice Biennial, and Chronicle Books published&nbsp;<em>Sorted Books,&nbsp;</em>a celebration of a 20-year long project. Katchadourian is represented by Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco, CA.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Michael Light&nbsp;(San Francisco, CA) is a photographer focused on the environment and its relationship to contemporary American culture.&nbsp;He has published the archival works,&nbsp;<em>Full Moon</em>&nbsp;(1999), which used lunar geological survey imagery made by the Apollo astronauts to show the moon as a sublime desert, and&nbsp;<em>100 Suns&nbsp;</em>(2003), military photographs of&nbsp;U.S. atmospheric nuclear detonations from 1945 to 1962.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Charles Lindsay&nbsp;(New York, NY) is a multidisciplinary artist interested in technology, ecosystems, semiotics, and esoteric forms of humor. He creates immersive environments, sound installations, sculptures built from salvaged aerospace and biotech equipment, videos, and photographs. Lindsay was the first artist-in-residence at the SETI Institute.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Megan and Murray McMillan&nbsp;(Providence, RI) have been collaborating since 2002. They&nbsp;make interdisciplinary projects that incorporate video, installation, performance, and photography. They often start their process by building large sets in their studio or on location. That set then becomes the stage for video and photographs with choreographed actors who activate the set in a filmed performance.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Ryan and Trevor Oakes&nbsp;(New York, NY) are twin brothers who have been engaged in a conversation about the nuances of vision since they were children. They explored their mutual fascination with vision throughout grade school and during college at Cooper Union&rsquo;s School of Art in New York City. Since graduating in 2004, they&rsquo;ve continued their dialogue with their jointly built artworks addressing human vision, light, perception, and the experience of space and depth.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Demetrius Oliver&nbsp;(New York, NY) uses prosaic objects such as teakettles, light bulbs, and umbrellas to evoke poetic associations between physical materials and abstract ideas. Both introspective and transformative, Oliver&rsquo;s practice investigates the cosmos from the vantage point of the studio and the gallery.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Dario Robleto&nbsp;(Houston, TX) is an artist whose multifaceted practice links careful research with romantic earnestness and conceptual precision with unorthodox fabrication. His sculptures, prints, and wall works combine esoteric materials and processes to explore forgotten, little-known, or as-yet unfamiliar corners of history, art, and science. Robleto has had over 30 solo exhibitions since 1997, most recently&nbsp;<em>The Boundary of Life Is Quietly Crossed</em>&nbsp;at The Menil Collection in Houston, TX. He is currently an artist-in-residence at the SETI Institute.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Rachel Sussman&nbsp;(Brooklyn, NY) spent nearly a decade developing the critically acclaimed project<em>The Oldest Living Things in the World</em>, researching, working with biologists, and traveling all over the world to photograph continuously living organisms that are over 2,000 years old. University of Chicago Press published the accompanying book in 2014. Sussman has exhibited her work internationally and received numerous awards including a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship, and has spoken at TED, The Long Now Foundation, and UCLA, among others. She is currently an artist-in-residence at the SETI Institute.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Julianne Swartz&nbsp;(Kingston, NY) works with sound, kinetics, and a range of lo-tech materials to make sculpture, installations, and photographs. Often using optics, magnetism, and the concepts of space and time in her body of work, her installations invite attentive visitors to slow down and sharpen their senses. She is represented by Jos&eacute;e Bienvenu Gallery, NY, and Lisa Sette Gallery, Phoenix, AZ.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Chris Taylor&nbsp;(Providence, RI) exploits the friction generated within a material and process that is a production of convention, tradition, and history. Particularly examining glass, Taylor has learned to blow it upside down and also reproduced a 16th-century Venetian goblet, whose technique was lost for over 500&nbsp;years, which he planted next to the original in The Metropolitan Museum of Art.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Fred Tomaselli&nbsp;(New York, NY) draws upon art historical sources and Eastern and Western decorative traditions to create works that explode with mesmerizing patterns through the layering of resin, pharmaceuticals, and organic materials. More recently he has been transforming the front page of&nbsp;<em>The New York Times</em>&nbsp;with gouache and collage. For&nbsp;<em>Explode Every Day,</em>&nbsp;Tomaselli shows an historic sculptural work from the late 1980s. He is represented by James Cohan Gallery, NY.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">About the Catalog<br />Accompanying the exhibition will be a comprehensive catalog that will, for the first time, gather contributors from diverse fields to investigate this elusive topic and unite them through contemporary art.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The book will consist of essays on the history of wonder; wonder and psychology; and literature, science, and unusual natural and paranormal phenomena; as well as in-depth artist interviews and special artist projects. Contributors to the catalogue include: Lawrence Weschler (author of creative nonfiction), Kay Redfield Jamison (clinical psychologist and author), Maria Popova (writer and blogger at&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a>), Barbara Maria Stafford (art historian), Jill Tarter (astronomer and former director of the Center for SETI Research), Robin Ince (comedian and co-host of BBC radio&rsquo;s The Infinite Monkey Cage), Stefan Sagmeister (graphic designer), Mary Ruefle (poet), Sam Green (filmmaker of&nbsp;<em><a href="" target="_blank">The Measure of All Things</a></em>), Steve Holmes (curator), and the exhibition curators. The catalog will be edited by Markonish and co-published by Prestel.</p> <p class="sponsor-field" style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and a grant from the Artist&rsquo;s Resource Trust, with additional support from the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Barr Foundation, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.</p> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 17:31:59 +0000 Yasumasa Morimura - National Museum of Art, Osaka - April 5th - June 19th <p style="text-align: justify;">At The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Yasumasa Morimura, one of Japan's preeminent contemporary artists, presents his first large-scale solo exhibition ever to be held in his hometown of Osaka. The exhibition will consist of 132 works. There will be 50 new works, including Morimura's first full-length video piece, with a running time of approximately 70 minutes, never-before-shown works, and important works from the past.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Born in Osaka in 1951, the internationally active artist Yasumasa Morimura is still based in his hometown. Since his work&nbsp;<em>Portrait (Van Gogh)</em>&nbsp;was widely acclaimed at a group show titled&nbsp;<em>Smile with Radical Will</em>, which held at a Kyoto's Galerie 16 in 1985, Morimura has devoted himself to creating self-portraits in which he dresses up as protagonists from famous masterpieces, film actresses, and notable historical figures from the 20th century.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition might be described as a comprehensive survey of art history based on the self-portraits Morimura has created. The first part contains highly acclaimed works from the past such as the artist's early effort&nbsp;<em>Portrait (Van Gogh)</em>, the&nbsp;<em>Rembrandt Room</em>&nbsp;series (1994), an exploration of the mind of the 17th century Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn, and&nbsp;<em>An Inner Dialogue with Frida Kahlo (Flower Tondo)</em>&nbsp;(2001), a festive series displaying Morimura's unique artistic perspective that deals with the loves and death of Frida Kahlo, one of the leading Mexican painters of the 20th century. It also includes new works in which Morimura transforms himself into Leonardo da Vinci, D&uuml;rer, Caravaggio, Le Brun, Magritte, Dali, and for the first time in 30 years, van Gogh. This group of works provides insight into the artists who revealed themselves in self-portraits, Morimura's interpretation of these works, and his critical view of self-portraits in Western art history since the age of Leonardo. Morimura also resurrects the humanity and rich creativity of Shunsuke Masumoto, Shigeru Aoki, Tetsugoro Yorozu, and Kaita Murayama, who were pioneers in Japanese modern art, and recreating contemporary self-portraits of figures such as Andy Warhol and Cindy Sherman.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The second part of the exhibition features a video work specially produced for this exhibition. In collaboration with the budding video artist Hikaru Fujii, Morimura has created his first full-length video work, with a total running time of approximately 70 minutes. Here, the artists depicted in the self-portraits in the first part of the exhibition appear alongside Morimura himself, encouraging a variety of unique interpretations of the self.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In addition to approximately 110 self-portraits, the exhibition includes portraits of the artist as a child. Morimura's personal history, leading up to his first encounter with art history, overlaps with art history, captured from a critical perspective through his own appearances in the works, to create an exhibition that serves as a wide-ranging retrospective of the artist's career.</p> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 16:20:43 +0000 Stephanie Lüning, Moe Matsuhashi, Lisa Pahlke, Johanna Rüggen, Daniel Rode, Sabine Schober, Benjamin Stölzel - Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Dresden - May 28th - July 8th Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:40:58 +0000 Jaime Angelopoulos - Parisian Laundry - March 25th - April 23rd Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:29:43 +0000 Kurt Schwitters, Joan Miro, Hans Arp - Hauser & Wirth Zürich - June 12th - September 18th <p style="text-align: justify;">To celebrate the centenary of the Dada movement in the city of its birth, Hauser &amp; Wirth Zürich is pleased to present the first-ever comprehensive exhibition of the renowned Dadaists Kurt Schwitters (1887 &ndash; 1948) and Hans Arp (1886 &ndash; 1966), in the context of works by the Spanish painter, graphic artist and sculptor Joan Mir&oacute; (1893 &ndash; 1983). &lsquo;Schwitters Mir&oacute; Arp&rsquo; runs concurrently with the 11th iteration of Manifesta, which is taking place in Zurich.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">From the turn of the century, these three artists were united by the impulse to renew and transform art. Building on the achievements of Cubism, they pursued this goal through experimentation with collage and assemblage, generating radical new ideas to confront a Europe characterised by the catastrophe of war.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In 1918, Schwitters and Arp developed a close friendship founded on a lively exchange of artistic ideas. In 1926, Mir&oacute; and Arp shared a home in the Les Fusains artists&rsquo; colony at Rue de Tourlaque 22 in Paris, where Schwitters also travelled each year, and most frequently between 1929 and 1932. Arp had first become acquainted with collage in 1914 in the studio of Picasso; he conveyed the new technique to Schwitters during their time together in Paris and it went on to become an essential facet of Schwitters&rsquo; oeuvre. In turn, Mir&oacute;&rsquo;s experiments with the assemblage of everyday objects in the late 1920s were strongly influenced by Schwitters, Arp and the Dada movement.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Each of these artists shared an interest in the fusion of painting and sculpture through the art of assemblage. While Schwitters dramatically expanded the artistic frame of reference with his Merzbilder, particularly through the use of materials found on the street, and Arp continued to develop his abstract organic reliefs, Mir&oacute; found his own raw yet poetic way of engaging with the material. Mir&oacute;&rsquo;s play with geometric and organic forms can be interpreted as a link between the artistic expression of Schwitters, who had already begun to distance himself from the reproduction of natural forms in 1918, and the biomorphic compositions created by Arp. Their mutual influence upon one another resonated throughout their careers and into their late works.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This extensive exhibition is dedicated to the re-evaluation and rediscovery of three fascinating personalities from art history who instigated a material language that continues to inform contemporary art today. Comprising over 100 key works from American and European museums as well as international private collections, the show offers new perspectives on Schwitters, Mir&oacute; and Arp, as well as a deeper insight into Dada and Surrealism.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Highlights include Arp&rsquo;s painting &lsquo;Teller, Gabeln and Nabel&rsquo; (1923); a 1933 drawing-collage by Mir&oacute;&rsquo; and an early example of Schwitter&rsquo;s Merzbilder &ndash; &lsquo;Merzbild 1B Bild mit rotem Kreuz&rsquo; (1919).</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&lsquo;Teller, Gabeln and Nabel&rsquo; has its source in Dada&rsquo;s idealistic concept of redemption through primitive, abstract forms, yet its biomorphic shapes are characteristic of the new formal language Arp developed by abstracting elements from the natural landscape. It belongs to the remarkable series of painted reliefs that signalled his return to figuration in the 1920s &ndash; he turned to a simplified figurative style and a new iconography of faces and objects to create critical and humorous images. Arp often focused obsessively on one body part such as a nose or moustache &ndash; or in this case, a navel &ndash; to the extent of overwhelming the perception of the entire figure. In attacking human folly directly, through parody or objectification of the body, Arp adopted Dada&rsquo;s embrace of the irrational and absurd.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&lsquo;Untitled. Drawing-Collage&rsquo; (1933) is from a series of outlandish and poetic collages that mark a period of fervent experimentation in Mir&oacute;&rsquo;s career. Interlaced lyrical and biomorphic figures drawn in fine pencil are punctuated with outmoded and eclectic imagery in the form of old postcards, newspapers scraps, anatomy albums or art nouveau motifs. The meeting of instinctive, delicate line and crude imagery lend the works a distinct sense of humour in accord with the Dada sensibility.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Belonging to Schwitters&rsquo; series of constructed-relief-paintings created between 1919 and 1921, &lsquo;Untitled&rsquo; (1919) is a kaleidoscopic accretion of humble, found material that speaks to the flux of contemporary society. The scraps and detritus are subjected to an organising principle resembling the strong diagonals and logic of Analytic Cubism, thus transforming the diverse components into formal elements and giving a sense of order to the chaotic fragments of modern industrial life.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition is curated by art historian Dr Dieter Buchhart, who has organised seminal exhibitions on major figures such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Georges Braque, Otto Dix, Keith Haring, Edvard Munch and Andy Warhol in renowned museums such as Albertina, Vienna, Austria; Fondation Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland; Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain; Mus&eacute;e d&rsquo;Art Moderne, Paris, France and De Young Museum, San Francisco CA.</p> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:26:03 +0000 David Smith - Hauser & Wirth Zürich - June 12th - September 18th <p style="text-align: justify;">Hauser &amp; Wirth Zürich is delighted to present a solo exhibition of works by the late American sculptor, painter and draughtsman, David Smith (1906 &ndash; 1965). A titan of 20th-century art, Smith transformed the innovations of European modernism into a richly diverse new artistic language. Over a 33-year career he greatly expanded the notion of what sculpture could be, its relationship to space and importantly moved the site of its production, and ultimately our experience of it, from the artist&rsquo;s atelier and art foundry into the realms of industry and nature. Spanning pure abstraction and poetic figuration, Smith&rsquo;s deeply humanist vision has inspired generations of sculptors for over 50 years since his death.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition marks the gallery&rsquo;s first presentation of the artist since beginning work with the estate in 2015, and focuses on Smith&rsquo;s practice between 1958 and 1964, the important final years of his life. The late 1950s marked a dramatic expansion of his ambition and productivity and by the 1960s Smith was at the height of his creative powers, garnering international attention as the leading sculptor of his generation. Exploring the dialogue between Smith&rsquo;s use of form and colour, geometry and gesture, the show brings together a selection of painted steel sculptures and spray-paint works, highlighting Smith&rsquo;s objective to merge the concerns of two- and three-dimensional media.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Painting and drawing remained integral to Smith&rsquo;s creative output throughout his career. &lsquo;Drawings&rsquo;, he claimed, &lsquo;are studies for sculpture, sometimes what sculpture is, sometimes what sculpture never can be&rsquo;. Around 1958, almost immediately after the invention of the aerosol spray can, Smith began his Sprays. Made simultaneously to some of his most rigorously geometric sculpture, the Sprays are often loosely gestural. Though the Sprays freed Smith&rsquo;s form from the constraints of gravity, and his sculpture, for Smith the two mediums were conceptually continuous. The exhibition&rsquo;s inclusion of both sculpture and painting enriches the viewer&rsquo;s understanding of Smith&rsquo;s oeuvre, emphasising his conviction that every facet of his visual output represents an essential element of his total artistic vision.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">With the Sprays, Smith adopted a medium that was developed from, and was perfectly aligned with, his sculptural process. When creating a sculpture, Smith would often place components of the work in progress on his white painted floor before joining them together. The welding often scorched the paint surface leaving negative images of the sculpture. Inspired by these incidental patterns, Smith began work on the Sprays, employing any material at hand, from nuts and bolts to tree branches, and even leftovers from his table, which he arranged on paper or canvas before spraying over the composition with industrial enamel paint. When the objects were removed, ghostly silhouettes remained, their outlines hazy from the diffused paint that seeped beneath the objects&rsquo; edges. The Sprays encapsulate the overlap between two- and three-dimensional activities in Smith&rsquo;s practice. As in the artist&rsquo;s sculptures, the Sprays present an interplay of simple, bold forms to produce complex rhythms in space. They examine the ambiguity between positive and negative space, contrasting layers of effervescent colour with a vacuum of pure white. Exercising spontaneity absent from sculpture, the Sprays represent a direct and unmediated form of expression that, for Smith, provided more than simple studies for his sculptural work.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Appearing contemporary and ever-relevant today, Smith&rsquo;s sculptures were seen as an extremely radical challenge to modernist taste at the time they were made. The sculptures featured in the exhibition illustrate Smith&rsquo;s increasing focus on the visual nature of three-dimensional work, and its potential as a painterly medium. In &lsquo;Dida&rsquo;s Circle on a Fungus&rsquo; (1961) and &lsquo;Ninety Father&rsquo; (1961), the contrast between loosely painted surface &ndash; textural marks made by Smith with industrial enamels and small brushes which are often compared to the spontaneous brushwork of Abstract Expressionists &ndash; and assertive geometric forms, creates a lyrical balance. Far beyond cosmetic application, Smith&rsquo;s use of colour controls the form, the dappled finish working to soften the strict, geometric lines.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&lsquo;Circles Intercepted&rsquo; (1961) is in many respects a three-dimensional painting. Smith&rsquo;s dramatically different treatment of colour and form on the two &lsquo;sides&rsquo; of the sculpture exemplifies his most radical contribution to the language of sculpture &ndash; that is the virtual impossibility for the viewer to &lsquo;possess&rsquo; the totality of the object as he / she experiences it from different views. When seen from the front, other views of the sculpture can never be predicted. The viewer is forced to experience the sculpture as a series of unique images in real time, rather than viewing it, and then &lsquo;producing&rsquo; its wholeness in one&rsquo;s own imagination. The work has a muscular authority, and is a tour-de-force in which very heavy plates of steel are suspended in mid-air before our eyes. In addition, the handmade quality and irregularities of the circular forms assert the physical reality of the layered concentric discs as they are pushed and pulled in space &ndash; intercepted &ndash; by the bars radiating through them. It is all the more noteworthy in this context how Smith used the application of paint to alter the specific weights and forms of the sculpture, and to ultimately prioritise the visual over the physical.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Painted sculpture, in and of itself, was not new &ndash; although it was unorthodox at a time when &lsquo;truth to materials&rsquo; was the standard, accepted practice for sculpture. As Smith noted, sculpture had been painted from its earliest history. Smith however, introduced a distinctly modern conceptual intention, one that, like his Sprays, takes on vision itself as a subject; Smith was not making painted sculpture, he was making sculpture about painting.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully&ndash;illustrated catalogue featuring historic archival images and an essay by curator and art historian Michelle White.</p> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:23:50 +0000 Takesada Matsutani - Hauser & Wirth Zürich - March 19th - May 21st <p style="text-align: justify;">Beginning 19 March 2016, Hauser &amp; Wirth will present the gallery&rsquo;s first Zurich exhibition devoted to internationally-admired Osaka-born, Paris-based artist Takesada Matsutani. Over a five-decade career that began with his participation in the Gutai Art Association and evolved to express the tangled complexities of a life lived between France and Japan, Matsutani has developed a unique visual language of form and materials. His work plays with notions of time and the movement of our bodies through it. Engaging themes of the eternal and the infinite, and echoing the endless cycles of life and death, Matsutani merges material, hue, and movement to arrive at an art about the present moment and the reverberating forces and unceasing currents from which life itself flows.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Highlighting the artist&rsquo;s practice in Paris at the beginning of the 1970s, &lsquo;Takesada Matsutani&rsquo; at Hauser &amp; Wirth will present never before seen paintings from the artist&rsquo;s early career. Organised with Olivier Renaud-Cl&eacute;ment, the exhibition will remain on view at the gallery until 21 May 2016.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Takesada Matsutani was a recognised member of Japan&rsquo;s avant-garde Gutai Art Association (1954 &ndash; 1972), exhibiting in group shows with them beginning in 1960 and having a solo presentation at the Gutai Pinacotheca in Osaka in 1963. Developing an aesthetic in his formative years through radical experimentations with vinyl glue, the young artist impregnated the surface of his canvases with bulbous elements, using his own breath to create swollen and ruptured forms evocative of flesh and wounds. For his ability to elicit the sensual tactility of his materials and create viscerally profound new forms, Matsutani was awarded first prize at the First Mainichi Art Competition in 1966 and received a six-month scholarship from the French government to study abroad. This journey to France would transform his career. While the teachings and ethos of Gutai have exerted an enduring influence upon the artist, nearly 50 years later Matsutani still calls Paris his home.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Visitors will encounter Matsutani&rsquo;s bold, colourful paintings from the early 1970s, a radical body of work that reveals the evolution of his earlier formative notions. Soon after moving to Paris and beginning work at renowned engraver Stanley William Hayter&rsquo;s Atelier 17, Matsutani devoted himself to the techniques of etching, printmaking, and silkscreen. Hayter&rsquo;s workshop was a centre for creative exchange and collaboration, both in Paris and New York, and exerted profound influence upon such artists as Louise Bourgeois, Salvador Dal&iacute;, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst and Joan Mir&oacute;. Through the prowess of Atelier 17, American Abstraction and the New York School collided and mingled with the European avant garde &ndash; for Matsutani, Atelier 17 introduced new forms of artistic experimentation. Influenced by the theories and history of &lsquo;the image&rsquo; in Western culture, and especially by American Minimalism and the Hard Edge paintings of Ellsworth Kelly, he began to conceive new compositions, re-arranging and testing the limits of pictorial space. Transforming the same organic and biomorphic forms he first developed in glue, the progression from &lsquo;Le D&eacute;veloppement-A1-69&rsquo; (1969) to &lsquo;Two Objects&rsquo; (1970) displays the transformation of the artist&rsquo;s pooling, curvaceous forms into flat geometric planes of colour on canvas.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Many of the works on canvas from the early 1970s on display at Hauser &amp; Wirth Zürich have never been exhibited in public before. Beyond the two-dimensional re-imagination of the artist&rsquo;s previous forms created in glue, these canvases bring a vibrant inventive juxtaposition of colour. His use of shape grows more complex with the works of 1972, such as &lsquo;Harugakita&rsquo;, and breaks into a dynamic intermingling of forms in &lsquo;Sky-B&rsquo; and &lsquo;Propagation-72&rsquo;. A truly singular period in the artist&rsquo;s career, the early 1970s timeframe of the current show highlights Matsutani&rsquo;s committed exploration of the flattening of shapes, through a frank use of strong colours in oil on canvas.</p> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:20:33 +0000 Wilhelm Sasnal - Hauser & Wirth Zürich - May 10th 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">On the occasion of the exhibition, &lsquo;<a href="" target="_blank">Wilhelm Sasnal</a>&rsquo; at Hauser &amp; Wirth Z&uuml;rich</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Ulrich Loock&rsquo;s recent curatorial project, &lsquo;Raymond Pettibon. Homo Americanus&rsquo;, is on display at Deichtorhallenn, Hamburg, Germany, through 11 September 2016</p> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:01:54 +0000 Wilhelm Sasnal - Hauser & Wirth Zürich - March 19th - May 21st <p style="text-align: justify;">&lsquo;Painting is a natural activity, it&rsquo;s primal. I think images aren&rsquo;t important because of the numbers that surround us. But painting has a chance. There is always painting, like there&rsquo;s song. I don&rsquo;t think it needs speculation as to whether it is alive or dead&hellip; With film I am not only looking for the story but also for the language, how to depict a certain state of being.&rsquo;<br />&ndash; Wilhelm Sasnal</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Hauser &amp; Wirth Zürich presents a solo exhibition of new and recent works by Wilhelm Sasnal, the pre-eminent painter and film-maker known for his incongruous and quietly unsettling portrayal of our collective surroundings and history. The exhibition will showcase a large number of new works informed by his recent travels to America&rsquo;s southern states, and the events and crises currently dominating world affairs. Extracts from the artist&rsquo;s latest feature length film, which is inspired by Albert Camus&rsquo;s novel &lsquo;The Stranger&rsquo; (1942), form the axis of the presentation.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">There is a persistent preoccupation in Sasnal&rsquo;s work to stay engaged with the world we live in, and perhaps more importantly, to connect the present with the past. At once curiously personal and coolly detached, Sasnal subjectively and intimately interprets the topical.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Drawing on found images from newspapers and magazines, the Internet, billboards or his personal surroundings, Sasnal&rsquo;s paintings act as an archive to the mass of sprawling images that flood contemporary society. In applying a concise, photorealist approach to this eclectic subject matter, he captures stolen moments in time &ndash; his unusual cropping and graphic approach to light and colour suggest a camera&rsquo;s gaze, imbuing the canvases with a filmic quality. In Sasnal&rsquo;s latest series of paintings, issues relating to race, religion and the notion of &lsquo;other&rsquo;, surface. Motifs such as birds, cowboy boots and corporate logos invite the viewer to make associations with the current political climate, but, as in his films, the paintings navigate between figuration and abstraction, eschewing a definitive narrative or agenda. The power of Sasnal&rsquo;s painting lies in this sense of distance created between the viewer and underlying story. Through abstraction or empty space, he generates a disquieting absence of emotional engagement.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Sasnal has long worked in film alongside his painting, viewing it as a complimentary practice and welcoming the alternative challenges that it brings. Film&rsquo;s affinity with reality, and therefore its ability to provoke, also appeals to the artist. Over the past year, Sasnal has been working with Anka, his wife and long-time collaborator, on producing his fourth feature length film &ndash; &lsquo;The Sun, the Sun Blinded Me&rsquo;. For the exhibition in Zurich, an edited extract from one scene in the film is projected onto the gallery walls, creating a loop of compelling images that encapsulate the essence of the paintings on display.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The film borrows its trajectory from Albert Camus&rsquo;s novel &lsquo;The Stranger&rsquo; (1942), but the setting is Poland today, shot in Krakow and on the Baltic coast. The story also takes inspiration from Hans Christian Andersen&rsquo;s dark fairytale &lsquo;The Shadow&rsquo; (1847). Camus&rsquo;s novel is narrated by Meursault, a French Algerian who, along with his friend, enters a confrontation with an Arab man on the beach. After initially preventing his friend from killing &lsquo;the Arab&rsquo;, he later returns to shoot him. While awaiting the execution of his death sentence, the reader learns that Meursault had no discernable reason for his actions and feels no guilt or remorse. The tale is existential in tone, pertaining to Camus&rsquo;s philosophy on the absurdity of human existence, which he believed has no meaning or purpose.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In the hands of Sasnal, &lsquo;the Arab&rsquo; is a black man hiding from border control and &lsquo;Meursault&rsquo; first decides to shelter the man in his home, only to realise that this was in his imagination. The encounter is repeated, and on this occasion the man is killed by &lsquo;Meursault&rsquo;. In contrast to Camus&rsquo;s story, the court diminishes the murder charges, reasoning that the crime was self-defence against a foreign criminal. Erudite and unabashed, Sasnal&rsquo;s film explores the ever-salient question of what it means to be foreign today.</p> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:19:01 +0000 Felix Gonzalez-Torres - Galleria Massimo De Carlo - May 20th - July 20th <p style="text-align: justify;">A three-part exhibition of the work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres will open at&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andrea Rosen Gallery</a>, New York;&nbsp;Massimo De Carlo, Milan; and <a href="" target="_blank">Hauser &amp; Wirth</a>, London in May 2016. Curated by artists Julie Ault and Roni Horn, each exhibition will focus on the dialogue between works within an essential form that Gonzalez-Torres created. In so doing, Ault and Horn hope to underline the specificity and magnitude within particular bodies of the artist&rsquo;s work.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">By engaging the range of decisions brought to bear in manifesting and installing selected Gonzalez-Torres works that require being made anew, Ault and Horn underscore vital methods reflected throughout the artist&rsquo;s entire oeuvre. The exhibitions are conceived as individual experiences that should be understood in the larger context of all three. Each presentation is intended to complement and augment the experiences they offer within the larger whole and within Felix Gonzalez-Torres&rsquo;s practice.</p> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 07:54:35 +0000 Anish Kapoor - Lisson Gallery - May 13th - July 22nd <p style="text-align: justify;">One of the most influential artists of his generation, Anish Kapoor dedicates his first solo exhibition at Lisson Gallery Milan to stainless steel twist sculptures. Brought together for the first time, these fourteen works&nbsp;cause a torsion of the reflected image and deconstruct the world into abstract shapes. Kapoor&rsquo;s meticulously polished and seamless surfaces skew and morph the surrounding environment and disorient visitors &ndash;&nbsp;providing a lens to view the universe in a different light, where perception is warped and flipped on its side.</p> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 07:15:40 +0000