ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Yunyi Liu - Taipei Fine Arts Museum - August 2nd - September 21st <p>For this exhibition, Liu used digital image processing software to edit and reassemble photographs of abandoned architecture, which is a prototype for her portraits of decline. The artist adopts different camera angles and panoramas to present this old architecture in an objective fashion.<br /><br />The seeming objectivity and single perspectives in her architectural portraits feel limiting and produce anxiety, thus provoking viewers to investigate details more closely and perhaps fabricate stories of their own for the little cities in her pictures. In this way, the artist deliberately constructs an arena within which our memories are activated and deployed.</p> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 08:03:42 +0000 - Tacoma Art Museum - August 27th - September 28th <p>&nbsp;</p> <table width="600" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="3"> <p><span style="font-size: small;">Experience the work of Washington&rsquo;s talented high school photographers, on view August 27&minus;September 28 in the Community Art Space at Tacoma Art Museum. The 2014 Washington State High School Photography Competition received over 4,100 entries, submitted by 1,524 students from 70 Washington schools. Finalists from each of the 12 competition categories are included in the exhibition, featuring 36 photographs in black and white and in color. The creativity and technical quality of the photographs is as impressive as the subject matter is varied. Each photo demonstrates thoughtful work on the part of these motivated young photographers</span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 07:59:27 +0000 - Phoenix Art Museum - September 20th - March 8th, 2015 <p>Visitors can explore the complex story of the Buddha through its portrayal&nbsp;on a rarely seen 37-foot painted cloth scroll from Laos that will be shown along with Thai Buddhist figures and other Southeast Asian Theravada Buddhist works from Phoenix Art Museum's collection.</p> <p><strong>The Story</strong></p> <p>The Vessantara Jataka (<em>Phra Wetsandon</em>) or &ldquo;Great Birth Sermon&rdquo; is one of the most popular and influential stories of the 547 Jatakas or stories told by the Buddha of his previous lives as he experienced successive rebirths on the path to Enlightenment. He told these stories in response to questions about how to emulate his wisdom and to improve one&rsquo;s karma so as to result in a better rebirth. Each Jataka emphasizes a particular virtue; the Vessantara Jataka emphasizes generosity. This story has been told countless times in the past two millennia through oral recitations, wall paintings or cloth paintings such as this one, and in dramatic re-enactments in parades, live skits, comic books, movies and television. Many Buddhists know the story of Prince Vessantara, who, when asked, offered up as gifts that which was most precious to him: his kingdom&rsquo;s sacred elephant, his riches and the riches of his kingdom, his children, and finally his wife.</p> <p><strong>The Scroll</strong></p> <p>This art form can be found housed in almost every Buddhist temple throughout the rural Northeastern Thai and Lao region. Painted cloth scrolls are used during annual temple festivals (<em>Bun Phra Wet</em>)&nbsp;in which the life of Prince Vessantara is re-enacted through processions through the village during which the scroll is carried as well as oral recitations in the temple. Due to this repeated use and the tropical climate, these cloth scrolls degrade over time. Once they have been deemed unsuitable for further use, they are customarily burned. Artists who paint these scrolls are often anonymous, and their work is supported by donations from members of the local community. The entire story of the Vessantara Jataka has thirteen chapters; this partial fragment contains the first four chapters. Inscriptions throughout the scroll; most in&nbsp;<em>Tho Tham</em>,&nbsp;a sacred Lao script; give terse clues to the specific action taking place.</p> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 07:49:40 +0000 - Phoenix Art Museum - August 23rd - September 28th <p>The purpose of the&nbsp;IN<strong>FOCUS</strong>&nbsp;Juried Exhibition&nbsp;of Self-Published Photobooks&nbsp;is to explore the range of ways that artists are using newly available commercial technologies to self-publish photobooks in order to express themselves.</p> <p>Photography&rsquo;s history is inextricably linked to the book, starting with examples from the dawn of photographic technology, such as Anna Atkins&rsquo; handmade&nbsp;Photographs of&nbsp;<em>British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions</em>&nbsp;(1843) or William Henry Fox Talbot&rsquo;s serial&nbsp;<em>Pencil of Nature</em>&nbsp;(1844). Throughout much of the twentieth century, photographers who wanted to present their work in book form worked with established publishers who often provided editing, design, and distribution, and who oversaw the printing and binding process.&nbsp; Now, in the early years of the twenty-first century, photographers are using new printing technologies and internet-based services to self-publish high quality photobooks, with a new degree of involvement and control. The photographic book is experiencing a renaissance.</p> <p>Earlier this year, Phoenix Art Museum called on photographers to send examples of their self-published photobooks. The jury, made up of seven industry professionals, reviewed the hundreds of submissions that came in.&nbsp; This exhibition represents the books they chose as the best examples of the wide range of photobooks being produced today. The books are presented in the gallery on tables for easy viewing. We encourage you to handle them gently and leave them in good condition for other visitors.</p> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 07:46:01 +0000 Max Klinger - Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig - August 6th - December 7th <p>The socially critical realism found in the 10-part cycle in Opus IX, published 1883, apportions it a special role in Max Klinger's work. In it he portrays individual fates as a mirror of social circumstances, revealing a cultural view that is distinctly pessimistic.</p> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 07:22:38 +0000 - Lehmbruck Museum - September 11th - December 7th <p>This exhibition to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WWI will explore the images produced by contemporary artists of people exposed to military threats across the globe. Its starting point will be Wilhelm Lehmbruck&rsquo;s sculpture &ldquo;Fallen Man&rdquo; &ndash; a key work of the time around 1914, created in response to the war and offering a radical counter-image to that of the heroic soldier. Through the works of around 15 international artists &ndash; including Marina Abramović, Harun Farocki and Danica Dakić &ndash; the exhibition will illustrate how contemporary art deals with war in sculptures and murals, photography and installation, film and video: how is the feeling of belonging to a nation or culture expressed in the works of artists who have experienced wars in their home countries? How do they reflect military conflicts observed both from a geographical distance and from up close via the media? And how does this affect the individual and our idea of individuality?</p> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:55:59 +0000 - Lehmbruck Museum - June 14th - January 18th, 2015 <p>This exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of the Lehmbruck Museum will celebrate the symbiosis between Lehmbruck&rsquo;s sculptures and the custom-built architecture designed to house them. The refurbished Lehmbruck Wing will reopen in time for the anniversary, hosting a reconstruction of the first exhibition of the works of Wilhelm Lehmbruck as it was seen by international audiences at the opening of the museum in 1964.</p> <p>&ldquo;One great idea &ndash; 50 years of the Lehmbruck Museum&rdquo;will address some fundamental issues concerning art, the museum and their relationship to society. The North Hall will become a &ldquo;window on the park&rdquo;, housing changing monographic exhibitions of major international artists. With these varying exhibitions and presentations, the Lehmbruck Museum will undertake an ongoing examination of the position of sculpture in the 21st century.</p> <p>Under the title &ldquo;One great idea &ndash; 50 years of the Lehmbruck Museum&rdquo;, we will use our anniversary year to address aspects of immaterialisation, fictionalisation and ultimately our ability to produce space and charge it with meaning under contemporary conditions. These changing exhibitions will be characterised by the balance between material resp. physical manifestation and ephemeral work, opening a new perspective on what sculpture can be today.</p> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:51:32 +0000 Erwin Wurm - Lehmbruck Museum - August 30th - September 28th <p>For the first time, Erwin Wurm will present the latest works from his &ldquo;Abstract Sculptures&rdquo; series in Germany. His most recent group of works displays Wurm&rsquo;s well-known sense of humour: Wurm&rsquo;s sculptures make us smile even as they deliver subversive commentaries on the consumer society and contemporary sculpture. At the same time, Wurm re-interprets the aesthetic principle of abstraction, the hallmark of the modern age, by creating sculptures that are both abstract and representational. For more than three decades, Erwin Wurm has worked to expand the idea of sculpture. In his well-known series &ldquo;One Minute Sculpture&rdquo;, he distributes bizarre instructions to the participants whom he then photographs. He is also widely known for his so-called &ldquo;Fat Sculptures&rdquo;, blown-up middle-class status symbols like cars and houses.</p> <p>Numerous group and especially solo exhibitions at international museums such as St&auml;del Museum, Frankfurt, Kunsthalle Wien, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Centro de Arte Contempor&aacute;neo, Malaga, Spain, show that the Austrian-born artist has long conquered the international art world. In 2013, he was also honoured with the Grand Austrian State Prize, the highest distinction awarded by the Republic of Austria.</p> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:48:05 +0000 - Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Beck Building) - August 31st - November 30th <p>Drawn from the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,&nbsp;<em>Shadows on the Wall: Cameraless Photography from 1851 to Today</em>&nbsp;presents 50 evocative images created with light and chemistry but without the use of a camera.</p> <p>Made for science or for art, the photographs on view vary in size from a few inches to 25 feet. The images reflect a range of techniques as visually diverse as the movements of art to which they belong&mdash;recording the precise outlines of botanical specimens, the alchemy of the darkroom, or the abstraction of form. Although sometimes simply made, the photographs explore the complex relationship between reality and representation.</p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:21:34 +0000 Group Show - Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Law Building) - July 3rd - September 14th <p><em>Contemporary Art</em>&nbsp;is the second in a&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">series</a>&nbsp;highlighting the Museum&rsquo;s exceptional holdings and showcasing works that are new to Houston audiences. A survey across disciplines, media, and three continents, this exhibition offers a fresh view of artists who have shaped the art of today.</p> <p>Works on display range from signature paintings, sculptures, and videos by Anselm Kiefer, Sigmar Polke, Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Tuttle, Andy Warhol, and Peter&nbsp;Fischli and David Weiss,&nbsp;to recent canvases by Mark Flood, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Byron Kim, and Pat Steir.</p> <p>Major recent acquisitions&mdash;on view for the first time in these galleries&mdash;include Julie Mehretu's<em>Mogamma, A Painting in Four Parts: Part 4</em>, a monumental canvas that addresses the aspirations and chaos of the Arab Spring;&nbsp;<em>Soundsuits,</em>&nbsp;two paired figures by Nick Cave; and Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian's brilliantly reflective&nbsp;<em>Nonagon,</em>&nbsp;which unites Minimalist aesthetics with mirror mosaic techniques from Islamic architecture. Among the other highlights are Andrea Branzi's<em>Prototype for Tree 5,</em>&nbsp;in which nature and structure coexist in a delicate balance; the haunting and mournful&nbsp;<em>A negra</em>&nbsp;by Carmela Gross; Norberto Nicola's&nbsp;<em>Queda II,</em>&nbsp;a richly woven wall relief that unites the geometric principles of his paintings with textures drawn from Pre-Columbian artistic traditions; and&nbsp;<em>Mysteries,</em>&nbsp;a text-based painting by Ed Ruscha that captures the melancholy spirit of film noir and the California landscape at twilight.</p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:17:26 +0000 William Greiner - Morris Museum of Art - August 23rd - November 2nd <p>This exhibition, drawn entirely from the Morris Museum&rsquo;s permanent collection, represents a group of photographs that were shot over a period of just a few days in January 2012 and is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog. In addition to the Morris, William Greiner is represented in the permanent collections of more than sixty museums around the country, including the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.</p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:07:03 +0000 Elizabeth Dove - Missoula Art Museum - September 23rd - January 31st, 2015 <p>This intimate exhibition of nine works from the&nbsp;<em>Corpus of the Unknowable&nbsp;</em>series was created in 2004 by Elizabeth Dove, Associate Professor of Art at the University of Montana. Dove incorporates text into her graphic works as a way of exploring memory and knowledge. She states, &ldquo;I have been cutting up a dictionary for several years now, letter by letter, and saving the definitions to use in artwork.&nbsp;<em>Corpus of the Unknowable&nbsp;</em>displays about a hundred of these cut-up definitions; each print holding text dust behind a skin-like surface. Selecting dictionary definitions and then cutting them up talks about a perpetual search for meaning, the patient digestion of enormous qualities of information in an effort to understand, the impossibility of stabilizing knowledge&hellip;&rdquo;</p> <p>The works that are made of collage, collagraph, and cut-up dictionaries will be featured in the Goldberg Family Library. They were accessioned into the MAM Collection through a generous gift from the artist. MAM is grateful that direct gifts to the museum&rsquo;s collection from practicing artists helps the MAM Collection grow.</p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:36:00 +0000 Kate Hunt - Missoula Art Museum - September 12th - February 21st, 2015 <p>MAM is thrilled to share this exhibit of work by one of the West&rsquo;s most important and innovative artists: Kate Hunt. Hunt has mastered transforming an everyday material that is usually used once then discarded into a powerful medium. She uses newspaper to create formally and conceptually strong sculptural works of varied shape, thought provoking content, and strange beauty.</p> <p>This exhibition is full of surprises. These recent works are easily recognizable as Hunt&rsquo;s because of her signature method of working with newspaper, for she has long used it as a sculptural medium. These new works, however, include strong formal sensibilities incorporating both the walls and floors. The central work in the exhibition is entitled Floor and incorporates an assembly of more than 30 columns arranged in a repetitive fashion on the floor. The sheer number of pieces in the center of the Carnegie Gallery demands attention. This large sculpture is in reality an installation.</p> <p>Initially, the viewer brings with them a preconceived notion that newspaper should be recycled and is fragile and disposable. But one of the powerful messages manifested by Hunt in this exhibit is the idea that newspaper is strong, durable, and resists decomposition. There is a sense of discovery in uncovering the human energy and ingenuity in the construction of her work.</p> <p>There is an influence of minimalism present in Hunt&rsquo;s work. Minimalism, or what some people refer to as reductivism, is an aesthetic where the artist reduces the expression to the bare essential design elements. Her strong formal sensibilities invite us to explore, and the resulting work speaks to the resilience of what we, at one time, perceived as fragile and come to see as tough. While there is no representational narrative in her work, newspaper becomes a sculptural material; paper assembled in a repetitive fashion becomes durable and powerfully expressive, and the layering in her work mimics nature. We instinctively know that where there is sedimentation there is a record.</p> <p>Hunt is driven by the clarity with which she understands her materials. She is ingenious in marrying skills. She is an artist who brings together the skills of a print shop trimmer, drill press operator, metal fabricator, and construction worker. She paints, draws, and fabricates. She has a very strong drive and direction and knows exactly where she wants to arrive. Included in the exhibition are two drawings of goats, each a companion in her creative journey.</p> <p>While this might seem incongruous, they are included as part of a way to more completely understand and appreciate the artist, her life, and her life&rsquo;s work where all ideas swirl around in the creative process.</p> <p>Today Kate Hunt lives and maintains a studio in Creston, MT. She received a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute and a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI. She has had many solo exhibitions in venues throughout the country, including Portland Art Museum; Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, WY; Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, MO; Yellowstone Art</p> <p>Museum, Billings, MT; and in years past MAM. She has been the recipient of a Montana Arts Council Individual Artist Award, and an Adolf and Esther Gottlieb Individual Support Grant. Her work is included in numerous collections, including Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs,</p> <p>Yellowstone Art Museum, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, and the Missoula Art Museum.</p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:32:54 +0000 Annette Messager - K21 STÄNDEHAUS - September 27th - March 22nd, 2015 <p>Annette Messager is a key figure on today&rsquo;s international art scene, an artist whose oeuvre prepared the ground for contemporary French art. Nonetheless, her last solo show in a German museum took place almost 25 years ago. Now, this exhibition at the K21&nbsp;provides art lovers with an opportunity to rediscover her. On view will be works dating from the late 1980s to the present. The series Les interdictions en 2014 was produced especially for the exhibition at the K21.</p> <p>The Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen purchased the large-scale installation&nbsp;<em>Sous vent</em>&nbsp;(2004&ndash;10) in 2011, thereby augmenting its collection with a major position in contemporary art. Diverse objects including an oversized hand, a foot,&nbsp; bodily organs, and plush animals, all covered by a black silk veil that is set into motion by air streams generated by three fans. In this work, the artist alludes to the forces of nature, but also to the unconscious and to the fears that lurk in the deep layers of the psyche. During the exhibition at the K21, Sous vent will be on view in an installation measuring more than 20 meters in length.</p> <p>During more than 40 years of artistic activity, Annette Messager (born 1943) has developed a highly concentrated visual language. While in the early 1970s, she worked primarily with stuffed birds, embroidery, and collections of images, the spectrum of materials and themes later expanded quickly. Added were photographs, installations with cuddly toys and&nbsp; items of clothing, and beginning in 2001, large mechanical systems as well. Playing a central role for Messager in&nbsp; particular is the human body and its attributes. These are dismembered by the artist, who then twists them together&nbsp; into something new using thread and mesh. Through the accumulation and stringing together of the most delicate elements, Messager generates a visually stunning cosmos.</p> <p>Among Annette Messager&rsquo;s recent works is the striking installation<em>Continents noirs</em>&nbsp;(2010&ndash;12). Like tiny islands, black, crumpled elements hover in the air. The piece is reminiscent of the setting of a science fiction film, but is also evocative of a bleak future. Inspired by Gulliver's Travels, the work&rsquo;s title returns to a statement by Sigmund Freud, who said that&nbsp;&nbsp; female sexuality was like a dark continent that represented an uncharted continent for psychoanalysis. The new work&nbsp;<em>Les interdictions en 2014</em>&nbsp;consists of 68 drawings (a reference to the revolutionary events of May 1968 in Paris) that&nbsp; represent various forms of prohibition from around the world. These range from everyday restrictions such as bans on taking photographs or smoking, all the way to censorious laws based on cultural-political values such as the ban on&nbsp; women driving in Saudi Arabia. Here as well, Annette Messager addresses serious themes, the forces that concern and define people in everyday life, in a poetic and humorous manner.</p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:10:26 +0000 Wael Shawky - K20 GRABBEPLATZ - September 6th - January 4th, 2015 <p>In his first major museum exhibition in Germany Egyptian artist Wael Shawky (*1971) presents his film trilogy&nbsp;<em>Cabaret Crusades</em>, in which marionettes cabaret-like reenact the history of the medieval crusades. Shawky&rsquo;s multiple awarded films explore the ways in which projections and manipulations of the foreign, as well as confrontations with it, actually function. What lies behind the multi-faceted mechanisms of constructing and telling history? While the first two parts of Shawky&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>Cabaret Crusades</em>&nbsp;will be expansively screened at Grabbehalle from 6 September, the in cooperation with the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen produced third part&nbsp;<em>The Secrets of Karbala</em>&nbsp;will be shot in the same space and premiere at 4 December. Until then Wael Shawky and the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen will transform the&nbsp; exhibition space into a site of art production in an unprecedented way.</p> <p>In<em>&nbsp;Cabaret Crusades</em>, among the much discussed discoveries at Documenta 13, richly detailed and costumed marionettes perform against fantastical backdrops, reenacting the martial events of the eleventh-twelfth centuries in ways that are simultaneously childlike and gruesome. The scenario of the trilogy is based on the book &ldquo;The Crusades Through Arab Eyes&rdquo; (1983), the work of the French-Lebanese author Amin Maalouf (*1949). Shawky mixes together the European perspective, notoriously shaped by fantasy and wishful thinking about the Middle East, with Arab forms of representation. With the historical Crusades, Shawky takes up a theme that seems highly current today, even 1000&nbsp; years later, in light of current and ongoing conflicts in the Middle East. Today as well, the locations featured in the film, among them Aleppo, Damascus, and Baghdad, are theaters of war. Inevitably, these puppets, controlled by strings, and seemingly set in motion by remote control, pose the question: Who really pulls the strings of history?<br /><br />In addition to the Wael Shawky and Slevogt/Klee exhibitions, the theme of Egypt is also the pivotal reference point for the program &ldquo;F3. Approaching an Unknown Future&rdquo; at the Schmela Haus. Scheduled for autumn of 2014 at this venue are numerous events dealing with the Egyptian situation. Inaugurated at the same time is the Curator in Residence Program, which receives support from the Goethe Institute. The initial phase involves three jury-selected curators from Egypt, who will contribute in productive ways during their visits through their own concerns and themes to the events program at the Schmela Haus, with its orientation toward exchange and dialogue. The Egyptian-themed activities&nbsp; planned for the Schmela Haus, the exhibitions&nbsp;<em>To Egypt!</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Wael Shawky. Cabaret Crusades</em>, as well as the production of the third part of Shawky&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>Cabaret Crusades</em>Trilogy under the auspices of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, promise to offer a multifaceted perspective of the art, culture, and reality of this land, so steeped in history, whose future is currently being renegotiated.</p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:05:42 +0000 - Denver Art Museum - August 31st - August 27th, 2017 <p>This reinstallation of the Joan &amp; George Anderman Gallery of Oceanic Art offers a glimpse at the variety of creative design and ingenious construction possible through the unique medium of bark cloth (or tapa) used across the Pacific. Techniques and styles for decorating varied from island group to island group.&nbsp;Painted, printed, and beaten patterns decorate supple and sometimes expansive bark cloths. Elaborate masks made with tapa stretch over rigid stick or cane frames.&nbsp;In addition to cloth, in New Guinea, coils of solid bark were used to create belts embellished with intricate carvings of figurative and abstract forms.</p> <p>The new gallery space also features an all new family activity area. Draw inspiration from the work of contemporary Samoan artist, Mary Pritchard. Learn about how tapa is made through photos and videos. And, try your hand at making your own patterns by drawing or using upeti (pattern boards) from American Samoa. &nbsp;</p> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:52:31 +0000