ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Piero Fogliati - GAM - Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Torino - June 25th - September 14th <p>Il terzo appuntamento del 2014 di Surprise &egrave; dedicato a una selezione di opere e disegni dell&rsquo;artista Piero Fogliati.</p> <p>Nato nel 1930 a Canelli, Fogliati inizi&ograve; a dipingere nel corso degli anni Cinquanta. Ma fin dai primi anni Sessanta abbandon&ograve; la pratica della pittura per avviare una ricerca di confine tra arte e scienza, tra tecnologia e utopia urbana. Incoraggiato in questo cammino dalle discussioni e dai confronti che si sviluppavano a Torino all&rsquo;interno del CIRA, il Centro Internazionale per un Istituto di Ricerche Artistiche fondato da Piero Simondo, Fogliati svilupp&ograve; l&rsquo;idea di una radicale metamorfosi della citt&agrave; contemporanea in chiave estetica, fondata sulla trasformazione dell&rsquo;atmosfera e dei fenomeni meteorologici in variazioni sonore e cromatiche. Nei dispositivi costruiti per sperimentare e dar corpo a queste invenzioni i meccanismi non sono un fine ma un mezzo per realizzare effetti impalpabili, vibrazioni di aria e luce, apparizioni.</p> <p>La mostra alla GAM si focalizza su alcuni dispositivi luminosi e sonori di Fogliati, tra cui due opere acquisite dalla Fondazione De Fornaris per le collezioni della GAM e mai esposte prima d&rsquo;ora, poste in dialogo con i disegni della serie La citt&agrave; fantastica, realizzati tra il 1967 e il 1970. Surprise &egrave; un ciclo annuale di appuntamenti dedicati ad aspetti specifici della ricerca artistica torinese tra anni Sessanta e Settanta. Questa serie di mostre &egrave; curata da Maria Teresa Roberto, docente di Storia dell&rsquo;Arte Contemporanea presso l&rsquo;Accademia Albertina di Torino.</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:37:46 +0000 Adrian Williams, John Skoog, Björn Braun - GAM - Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Torino - June 25th - September 7th <p>The&nbsp;<strong>GAM</strong>&nbsp;- Galleria Civica d&rsquo;Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Turin&nbsp;<strong>is the first Italian museum institution&nbsp;</strong>to present from June 25<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;to September 7<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;the winners of&nbsp;<strong><em>ars viva Fine Arts Prize&nbsp;</em>2013/14.</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br />The ars viva prize, which every year avails itself of the participation of<strong>international institutions and museums&nbsp;</strong>within its jury, is awarded by the&nbsp;<strong>Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft im BDI e.V.</strong>&nbsp;(Association of Arts and Culture of the German Economy at the Federation of German Industries) to young artists living in Germany. Among the former winners are Sean Snyder, Omer Fast, Lothar Hempel, Keren Cytter, Mariana Castillo Deball, Robin Rhode, Tris-Vonna Michell. The winners of 2013/14 are&nbsp;<strong>Bj&ouml;rn Braun</strong>&nbsp;(Berlin, 1979),&nbsp;<strong>John Skoog</strong>&nbsp;(Malm&ouml;, Sweden, 1985) and&nbsp;<strong>Adrian Williams</strong>&nbsp;(Portland, Oregon, USA, 1979). They are invited to participate in the annual ars viva touring exhibition held at three leading museums in Germany and abroad. Besides the GAM the venues are Neues Museum Weimar and the MMK Museum f&uuml;r Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main. The show at each venue is developed independently in close collaboration between exhibiting artists and local curators. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><strong><br />GAM exhibition, curated by Anna Musini,&nbsp;</strong>starting from the<strong><em>Truth/Reality</em></strong>&nbsp;theme conveys a story which can be read in a twofold direction, as a circle, whose beginning and end coincide. A story providing suggestions and details of everyday life: something so particular yet so universal to be perceived as a truth which may belong to everybody or to raise the impression of a real experience, an awareness or a shared thought. Habits and rituals in the human and natural world interact in a delicate, ironical and poetical way, mixing differences and similarities. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:28:19 +0000 Peter Doig - FONDATION BEYELER - November 23rd - March 22nd, 2015 <p>In this exhibition devoted to the British painter Peter Doig (*1959 in Edinburgh), who divides his time between Trinidad, London and New York, the Fondation Beyeler presents the artist&rsquo;s major monumental paintings and a selection of works on paper. Doig will also be creating a brand new mural for the museum. His paintings, most of which portray landscapes, are often based on private or found visual material. In a method akin to sampling, Doig processes these fragments of our civilization into dream-like pictures full of melancholy and anxiety, whose palette, luminosity, and enigmatic atmosphere exert a powerful fascination. He thereby continues the tradition of great masters such as Gauguin, Bonnard, and Matisse.</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:14:16 +0000 Gustave Courbet - FONDATION BEYELER - September 7th - January 18th, 2015 <p>Gustave Courbet (1819&ndash;1877) is a key figure in art history. His provocative pictures, and his emphasis upon his individuality as an artist, make him one of the forerunners of modernism. He also broke with the conventions of Academy training. The exhibition dedicated to this early avant-gardist at the Fondation Beyeler brings together self-portraits, representations of women, grotto pictures and seascapes. It focuses on Courbet&rsquo;s strategy of ambiguity, and his innovative handling of paint. At the heart of the show is Courbet&rsquo;s famous painting, L&rsquo;origine du monde. An exhibition on Courbet&rsquo;s years in self-imposed exile in Switzerland is running concurrently at the Mus&eacute;e d&rsquo;Art et d&rsquo;Histoire in Geneva: Fall 2014 is &lsquo;Courbet season&rsquo; in Geneva and Basel.</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:11:09 +0000 Scott Finch - Baton Rouge Gallery - center for contemporary art - August 31st - September 25th <p>Finch's paintings feature things that you can't see and his drawings feature things you can't say. His paintings demonstrate how one can find indications of the divine by digging through the rejected or overlooked kitsch and cast off material of our culture.</p> <p>Scott Finch has been featured by the Critic's Choice Exhibition at the Dallas Visual Art Center, the Fleisher Art Challenge at the Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia, and the Gulf South Regional Artists Exhibition at Bridge for Contemporary Art in New Orleans.</p> <p>His professional experience includes: East Baton Rouge Parish School System, Talented Visual Artist; Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, Adjunct Faculty; Baton Rouge Community College, Baton Rouge, Adjunct Faculty; Texas Sculpture Association, Dallas, Executive Director.</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:05:25 +0000 Paul Dean - Baton Rouge Gallery - center for contemporary art - August 31st - September 25th <p>A multimedia artist, Paul Dean's collages and sculptural assemblages are inspired by the formal properties of two of his strongest influences: diamonds and the long-play 12-inch vinyl record, the LP.</p> <p>Paul Dean currently serves as a professor of color theory, typography and graphic design history at Louisiana State University. Dean also serves as a freelance graphic designer and performs as a DJ.</p> <p>His work has been exhibited at the Slidell Cultural Center, the LSU Union Art Gallery, The Southwest Missouri State University Student Exhibition Center, the University of Florida and the Margaret Harwell Art Museum in Poplar Bluff Missouri.</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:02:47 +0000 Leanne McClurg Cambric - Baton Rouge Gallery - center for contemporary art - August 31st - September 25th <p>Cambric&rsquo;s artworks are vessels for communication to convey a certain truth about her experiences as a human so that she and the user can find connection with each other through a functional vessel. Her work represents an extension of her physical being. As she explains, &ldquo;When someone uses a cup I&rsquo;ve created, I want them to think of my lip touching theirs as they drink. I draw inspiration from how my full body interacts with other objects, other bodies.&rdquo;</p> <p>The combination of allegorical images and pattern making that are imbedded into the heavily pinched forms serve as her platform to communicate. They can deliver satisfaction to the body and at the same time they can be the objects of desire. &ldquo;Through the use of a bowl or a cup I&rsquo;ve made we can have a truthful conversation about how, like the ceramic pot, we have all been both fragile and resilient. The functional object allows me subversive access into the most intimate surroundings and engages the viewer on both a visual and tactile level. It is in this arena of the domestic that I find a stage to share my human struggles and longings.&rdquo;</p> <p>Raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Cambric received a B.F.A. in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the University of Minnesota in 1997. In 2002 she received her M.F.A. at Louisiana State University. Leanne has exhibited all over the U.S. as well as being an artist-in-residence at the Archie Bray Foundation and Watershed. She was named the Emerging Artist 2007 for NCECA, (National Council on Education for the Ceramics Arts).</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:00:06 +0000 Charles Barbier - Baton Rouge Gallery - center for contemporary art - August 31st - September 25th <p>Before receiving instruction, Barbier was a self-taught artist for fifteen years. He cites his experience of being a veteran of the Vietnam War (1968-69) as a strengthening factor in his development as an artist. In tackling controversial subjects and themes that often reflect a local context, Barbier employs complex compositions with meanings that are open to the interpretation of the viewer.</p> <p>He uses sometimes controversial subject matter that can be disturbingly honest with a hint of surprise and humor. His current work is influenced by pop culture movie posters, pin-up girls and the powerful nature of the female form.</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 01:57:31 +0000 Rosemarie Trockel - Aspen Art Museum - August 9th - October 26th <p>One of the most influential artists of the last thirty years, Rosemarie Trockel is renowned for the diversity of her oeuvre and for her sustained engagement with questions of feminism, the shifting historical relationship between the fine and applied arts, the professional and the amateur creator, and the relationship between humans and the natural world. Throughout her long career, Trockel has created works that embody seemingly contradictory positions. And while the formal similarity and material fluidity of her work resists easy categorization, it clearly conveys the workings of a consistent aesthetic sensibility. Featuring works from across the past decade, as well as new works created specifically for the exhibition, the exhibition *Less Sauvage than Others offers a tightly focused look at her groundbreaking and multifaceted engagement with the medium of ceramics.</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 01:45:29 +0000 Tomma Abts - Aspen Art Museum - August 9th - October 26th <p>Tomma Abts creates her paintings and drawings using a rigorous process that combines the rational with the intuitive. Starting with no external source material and no preconceived idea of the final result, Abts makes complex abstract compositions that ultimately take as their subject the process of their own creation. Her exhibition at the AAM is the first to survey the artist&rsquo;s extensive drawing practice. It features forty-one works from 1996 to the present&mdash;many never before exhibited&mdash;and includes new works created specifically for the exhibition.</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 01:42:25 +0000 Cai Guo-Qiang - Aspen Art Museum - August 9th - October 5th <p>Drawing upon Eastern philosophy and contemporary social issues as a conceptual basis, Cai Guo-Qiang&rsquo;s work creates a direct exchange between viewers and the larger universe around them cultivating a site-specific approach to culture and history. For&nbsp;Moving Ghost Town, Guo-Qiang has created an environment where three African Sulcata tortoises roam freely on a section of natural turf similar to local grasslands. With iPads mounted to their backs, the tortoises feature video footage of three local ghost towns, which were filmed by the creatures themselves. Forgotten stories of the once prosperous ghost towns are retold from the tortoises&rsquo; perspective.</p> <p>The Aspen Art Museum is a contemporary art museum that provides a platform for artists to present their artistic vision with a freedom of expression. That free expression can take many forms, and it is not the Museum&rsquo;s practice to censor artists. Cai Guo-Qiang&rsquo;s installation features three African Sulcata Tortoises which were rescued from a breeder where they were living in an over-crowded enclosure. The three are being closely monitored, cared for, checked by a local veterinarian at regular intervals, and are being exhibited in consultation with the Turtle Conservancy. Following the end of the exhibition on October 5, the tortoises will find new homes in conservation and educational facilities selected in collaboration with the Turtle Conservancy.</p> <h4>CAI GUO-QIANG,&nbsp;MOVING GHOST TOWN&nbsp;FACT SHEET</h4> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h5>About the Three Tortoises Featured in the Exhibit</h5> <p>The African &ldquo;Sulcata&rdquo; tortoises in&nbsp;Moving Ghost Town&nbsp;were bred and raised in captivity and today are all aged in their mid-twenties. Each was rescued from a breeder in Arizona. This exhibition helped facilitate the removal of the three tortoises from an uncomfortable environment.</p> <p>At the close of&nbsp;Moving Ghost Town, Big Bertha, Gracie Pink Star, and Whale Wanderer will be placed in new homes in reputable and humane facilities in consultation with the Turtle Conservancy.</p> <h5>The AAM&rsquo;s Tortoise Habitat</h5> <p>The AAM tortoise habitat is an insulated enclosure equipped with a heating pad. The temperature of the enclosure within the installation is monitored constantly. When the temperature gets cooler, the tortoises self-regulate by lying in the sun or on the heating pad in the enclosure. Weekly visits by the museum&rsquo;s local veterinarian, along with constant monitoring by museum staff, ensure that Big Bertha, Gracie Pink Star, and Whale Wanderer have remained healthy and comfortable throughout.</p> <p>If at any time during the course of the exhibition it is deemed that environmental conditions are less than ideal, or if there are any factors that present risks in maintaining the tortoises&rsquo; complete health or safety, they will be immediately removed from the exhibition and transitioned to new homes.</p> <h5>The Mounting of iPads on the Tortoises&rsquo; Shells</h5> <p>Following consultation with the project&rsquo;s experts, lightweight mounting brackets have been temporarily attached with silicone adhesive to the shells of the individual tortoises. The adhesive is non-invasive, humane, and removes easily and cleanly without any damage to the tortoises&rsquo; shells. The mounts and iPads are a smaller version of those commonly used by scientists and researchers in attaching research-tracking devices to animals in the wild. Each unit, with iPads attached, weighs less than 3 pounds. By comparison, tortoises&rsquo; thick, sturdy legs accommodate their own weight and upwards of 150 extra pounds during mating. Lastly, it is important to note that the iPads are attached to the mounts only during public exhibition viewing hours and are removed at all other times.</p> <h5>The Vision for Moving Ghost Town and the inclusion of African Tortoises in the Exhibition</h5> <p>Prior to the installation of the exhibition, the three tortoises within&nbsp;Moving Ghost Town&nbsp;roamed freely through three area ghost towns under the supervision of artist Cai Guo-Qiang, filming their journeys on the iPads mounted on their shells. As they wandered in and out of buildings and through forests and fields, they captured the sites themselves &mdash; and possibly a few ghost stories as well.</p> <p>In Chinese symbolism, tortoises represent creation, time, longevity, and wisdom; they are associated with the North direction &mdash; that of death and rebirth. According to Daoist and Confucian classics, such as The Book of Ritual, tortoises are seen as &ldquo;supernatural spirits.&rdquo; Auspicious and powerful symbols, tortoises &mdash; along with the objects they carry &mdash; in Chinese culture play important roles. For example, in ancient mythology, Yu the Great saved the Chinese people from torrential floods by relying on tortoises to carry mud on their backs. For centuries, commemorative steles resting on tortoise figures have been used in emperor&rsquo;s mausoleums, conveying both artistic significance and ritual solemnity. Cai Guo-Qiang believes tortoises should be greatly venerated as agents of history and benediction.</p> <p>Although nine is considered the luckiest number, the tortoises&rsquo; spatial needs required there be fewer. The artist included three&mdash;also a lucky number as it closely resembles the Chinese character for &ldquo;birth.&rdquo; From an Eastern philosophical perspective,&nbsp;Moving Ghost Town&nbsp;takes a contemporary approach of telling the story of Aspen&rsquo;s rise and fall, while encouraging visitors to reflect on the past.</p> <h5>Cai Guo-Qiang&rsquo;s Commitment to the Ethical Treatment of Animals</h5> <p>Artist Cai Guo-Qiang has long been deeply engaged in representing narratives of humanitarian efforts and the ethical treatment of animals. His 2014 exhibition The Ninth Wave, for example, portrayed animals as suffering protagonists in response to a recent environmental disaster in China which found 16,000 pigs floating dead in the Huangpu River. The Ninth Wave represents an ark that was then floated on the river in question.</p> <h5>Perspective of Turtle Conservancy Founder and President Eric Goode</h5> <p>&ldquo;The positive side of this installation is that these tortoises are rescues and can be used to educate the public by raising public awareness to the fact that African Spurred Tortoises (Centrochelys sulcata) are inappropriate as pets for most people. Although they are very cute when small, they grow to a very large size (over two feet long and more than 125 pounds), requiring appropriately large enclosures. They also live a very long time, at least as long as a human. Once these tortoises are a few years old, they can no longer be cared for by most people who buy them and become disposable pets. This message is timely, as it coincides with the release of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, which is sure to increase demand for pet tortoises just as the demand for Clown Fish skyrocketed after Finding Nemo came out. We hope that this will convince people that, in general, turtles and tortoises are very challenging pets that bring great responsibility, as they can often outlive their owners. Buying a tortoise means adding it to your estate plan.&rdquo;</p> <h4>CAI GUO-QIANG: TORTOISES</h4> <p><br />Cai Guo-Qiang&rsquo;s installation&nbsp;Moving Ghost Town&nbsp;consists of three African Sulcata Tortoises named Big Bertha, Gracie Pink Star, and Whale Wanderer. Friendly, good-natured, and adaptable, the African Sulcata Tortoise is the third-largest species of tortoise and a popular pet.</p> <p>Working closely with local veterinarian Dr. Liz Kremzier on health concerns and with the internationally acclaimed Turtle Conservancy on husbandry issues, the Aspen Art Museum arranged for the transport of the tortoises to Aspen and constructed a habitat that promotes and safeguards sustained health and comfort. The ideal temperature for the tortoises is 85 &ndash; 105&ordm;F during the day. The tortoise habitat provides a variety of temperatures to give the tortoises the option of where they want to be, including lots of natural sunlight, radiant heating panels, and heated rocks. The tortoises are very strong and active and when the temperature gets too cold for them, they will self-regulate by lying in the sun or on the heating pad in their enclosure. Unfiltered natural sunlight is the ideal scenario for the tortoises and fifteen minutes of natural sunlight is equivalent to more than eight hours of indoor incandescent light. The habitat allows the tortoises plenty of space to roam and explore. African Sulcata Tortoises eat a diet of vegetables, grasses, and herbaceous plants, and trained museum staff members provide the tortoises with a salad of mixed greens and vegetables every day.</p> <p>Each of the three tortoises carries an iPad in the installation, showcasing footage of their experience in Colorado. The iPad adds negligible weight for the tortoise to support: their thick, sturdy legs accommodate their own weight and, during mating, upwards of 150 extra pounds. The use of the iPad and its mounting method is a reduced version of the method employed by scientists and researchers who study the animals in the wild. The silicone material is noninvasive and removes easily and cleanly without damaging the tortoise&rsquo;s shell. It is common practice to use this particular silicone to attach research tracking devices in the wild. It is the most benign method to track animals in the wild. The mounting system is designed purposely to keep the iPads at a distance from their shell and does not impede their growth.</p> <p>Weekly visits by the museum&rsquo;s local veterinarian along with constant monitoring by the museum staff will ensure that Big Bertha, Gracie Pink Star, and Whale Wanderer remain healthy and comfortable. At the close of the exhibition, they will find new homes in conservation and educational facilities selected in consultation with the Turtle Conservancy.</p> <p>The African Sulcata Tortoise is native to the southern edge of the Sahara, from Senegal east through Mali, Niger, Chad, the Sudan, and Ethiopia. The tortoise population is rapidly disappearing, and the animals are endangered in the wild. However, removing turtles and tortoises from the wild has not only endangered the existence of the animals in their native habitat, but has also resulted in overbreeding of the African Sulcata Tortoise in captivity. Contrary to popular belief, breeding tortoises does not help the wild population but actually hurts the species. These tortoises were rescued from a breeder in Arizona who kept eighteen tortoises in a space smaller than the AAM habitat and actively promoted their sale. This exhibition helped facilitate the removal of three tortoises from a breeder.</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 01:39:41 +0000 Jim Hodges - Aspen Art Museum - August 9th - January 4th, 2015 <p>With a history of creating text-based art, New York-based artist Jim Hodges&rsquo;s practice exemplifies the power of a simple gesture.&nbsp;With Liberty and Justice For All (A Work in Progress)&nbsp;is a new outdoor text-based sculpture that wraps around the building, acting as an armature. Like many of Hodges&rsquo;s works,&nbsp;With Liberty and Justice For All (A Work in Progress)&nbsp;allows the viewer to ponder their personal relationship to a familiar yet powerfully charged philosophical notion. *With Liberty&hellip; *is a poignant meditation on the current state of society, a gesture that reminds us of our relationship to power, politics, and change.</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 01:35:53 +0000 David Hammons, Yves Klein - Aspen Art Museum - August 9th - November 30th <p>An unprecedented coupling of two of the most significant artists of our time,David Hammons Yves Klein / Yves Klein David Hammons&nbsp;explores points of aesthetic harmony within two seemingly different practices. Weaving a larger narrative through Hammons&rsquo;s Basketball and Kool-Aid Drawings, Klein&rsquo;s Fire Paintings and Monochromes, to both artist&rsquo;s exploration of performance and public intervention, the exhibition looks at Hammons and Klein as artists who perform a kind of aesthetic alchemy&mdash;investing the humblest of everyday materials with deep aesthetic significance.</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 01:32:38 +0000 Shigeru Ban - Aspen Art Museum - August 9th - October 5th <p>Beginning with his pioneering designs for United Nations refugee shelters in the mid-1990s, 2014 Pritzker winning architect Shigeru Ban has devoted himself to humanitarian efforts in the wake of some of the most devastating natural and manmade disasters of the past two decades. With projects jointly selected by Ban and AAM Nancy and Bob Magoon CEO and Director Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson, and the exhibition design done by the architect himself, Shigeru Ban: Humanitarian Architecture broadly explores this fascinating and inspiring component of the architect&rsquo;s practice with full-scale examples of Ban&rsquo;s groundbreaking designs.</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 01:26:40 +0000 k.a. letts, Margi Weir, Catherine St. Clair - Toledo Museum of Art - November 21st - January 3rd, 2015 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:31:26 +0000 Claudia Hauptmann - ARTAe Leipzig Galerie - November 7th - December 20th <p></p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:43:38 +0000