ArtSlant - Current exhibits en-us 40 Rose Rigley, Vide Freiburg, Louisa Ennis-Thomas, Raewyn Biggs - 69 Smith Street Gallery - February 6th, 2013 - February 24th, 2013 <p><em>Simmer</em> is a touring exhibition from artist-run-initiative, <em>Knock Knock</em>, based in Cairns, Queensland.</p> <p><em>The exhibition</em> <em>features artists living and working in the Far North who explore creative territory &lsquo;beyond the frame&rsquo;. Sculpture and installation form the basis for the exhibition, considering a range of individual themes including place, memory, the human condition and our relationship with the natural environment.</em></p> <p><em>Within their creative practices, Raewyn Biggs, Louisa Ennis-Thomas, Vide Freiberg and Rose Rigley share a common approach where both conceptual concerns and the exploration of a sense of materiality govern their creative process. </em></p> <p>Curator, Louisa Ennis-Thomas</p> <p>This travelling exhibition has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.</p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>Simmer</em> is a Knock Knock Contemporary Artists' Initiative project. For further information please visit:</p> <p><strong></strong></p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:39:38 +0000 Claire Ngu - 69 Smith Street Gallery - February 6th, 2013 - February 24th, 2013 <p>Space 4 includes a collection of images created by Claire Ngu.</p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 01:30:53 +0000 - 69 Smith Street Gallery - February 6th, 2013 - February 24th, 2013 <p>Space 3 includes a collection of work by the group of friends who met at 69 Smith Street Gallery.</p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 01:32:28 +0000 Veronica Hodgkinson - 69 Smith Street Gallery - February 6th, 2013 - February 24th, 2013 <p>The golden glow of the fire and the black remains of the scoured earth. This exhibition reflects on the devastating bush fires that Victoria has experience over the past few years.</p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 01:34:40 +0000 Michael Loew - ACME Fine Art - February 9th, 2013 - March 30th, 2013 <p>A retrospective survey of watercolors and drawings by noted abstract expressionist artist Michael Loew will open on Saturday 9 February at ACME Fine Art in Boston. A reception from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. will mark the occasion. The exhibition will be on view through Saturday 2 March at the gallery and on-line at </p> <p>The exhibition will be composed of works created between the late 1930s and 1985, and it highlights drawings and watercolors that were made as studies for paintings or murals, as well as finished, stand alone artworks.  </p> <p>Michael Loew was a master of weaving geometry with nature. He seemed to delight in exploring the limits of nature based abstraction. Throughout his career one can see a back and forth between the almost totally abstract, and the representational. Although it is impossible to say how and where Loew's modern tendencies originated, it is fair to say that his experiences, his education, and his own interests led him in a distinctly avant-garde direction very early on. On the side of experience, one might point out his collaboration with DeKooning on a 1939 NYC World's Fair mural that led to a life-long friendship that must have influenced Loew. Certainly, his post war training under one of the most important nature-based abstract expressionists, Hans Hofmann, also proved to have had significant influence. Then, there was his study abroad at the Atelier Leger. Although various influences may have come to bear on Michael Loew, his work is always in his own true voice, and that voice is consistently clear, concise, and elegantly expressive. </p> <p> A comprehensive exhibition catalogue including an essay by Susan C. Larsen is available through the gallery. Please contact ACME Fine Art for further information about Michael Loew, or this exhibition.</p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 22:36:43 +0000 Candice Breitz - ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) - December 6th, 2012 - March 11th, 2013 <p><strong><em>Candice Breitz: The Character</em> is the first major solo exhibition in Australia by internationally renowned South African artist Candice Breitz.<br /> <br /> </strong>To what extent are our lives 'scripted' for us by the media we consume and other influences that we encounter in our intimate and social environments? Pop music, cinema and celebrity culture converge in the artist's video installations to reflect on how we create, define and perform our identities in a world of mass media saturation.<br /> <br /> Through inventively re-edited interviews, fan performances and montaged cinema sequences, Breitz's works present a new take on contemporary portraiture by creating innovative narratives to probe and analyse individual experience.<br /> <br /> A major part of the exhibition will be the inclusion of <em>The Woods</em>, a new work making its international debut. Co-commissioned with the Peabody Essex Museum, Breitz's new trilogy focuses on child performers and the performance of childhood to probe aspirations and promises embedded in mainstream cinema.<br /> <br /> From adoring Michael Jackson fans re-performing the <em>Thriller</em> album, to in-depth interviews with identical twins and studied re-performances of popular 'rom-com' scenes, Breitz playfully yet astutely investigates the extent to which our lives are constructed by parameters dictated to us by the media, society, and the particular moment in time that we are born into.</p> <p><strong>Please note: ACMI will be closed on Christmas Day</strong></p> Sat, 22 Dec 2012 03:24:24 +0000 Warwick Thornton - ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) - February 5th, 2013 - June 23rd, 2013 <p>Opening today at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) is <i>Warwick Thornton: Mother Courage</i>, a striking video and sculptural installation from lauded Australian filmmaker Warwick Thornton. Thornton is an Alice Springs based filmmaker and artist whose film <i>Samson &amp; Delilah</i> (2009) won the Camera d’Or for best first feature at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. </p> <p>Commissioned by ACMI for the ACMI Commissions Series, <i>Warwick Thornton: Mother Courage</i> is a two-channel video and sound installation presented inside a dilapidated campervan. Inspired by Bertolt Brecht's 1939 play <i>Mother Courage and Her Children</i>, Thornton has translated the play’s underlying theme of survival to an Australian context. Whereas Brecht's Mother Courage drags around a cart, plying her wares on the battlefields of an endless war, Thornton's Mother Courage is an elderly and impoverished Aboriginal painter who makes and sells her art from the back of a van.  Surrounded by paint pots, utensils and bedding, the resourceful woman (played by artist Grace Rubuntja) applies herself to her dot painting, while her bored grandson sits listening to loud Aboriginal rock music that blares from a radio. The artist and her grandson are physically confined to the cramped space of the campervan, and yet the work invites the viewer to place the pair in a much larger context that acknowledges the influence of culture and tradition, but also the impact of colonisation.</p> <p><i>Mother Courage </i>made its international debut last year in Kassel, Germany at the prestigious art festival dOCUMENTA (13). Here <i>Mother Courage</i> was constantly on the move, roving from gallery to gallery and visible to queues of exhibition visitors around the city. At ACMI, the work finds new meaning within the rarefied confines of the museum, cutting against the grain of the white cube/black box experience offered by Gallery 2.</p> <p> </p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 05:55:44 +0000 Winfred Rembert - Adelson Galleries - February 1st, 2013 - March 31st, 2013 <p>Adelson Galleries Boston is pleased to present Caint to Caint, a solo exhibition of Winfred Rembert (b. 1945).  The artwork will be on display from Friday, February 1st, 2013 through March 31st, 2013 in our South End gallery at 520 Harrison Avenue.<br />  <br /> The title of the show is based on Winfred Rembert’s painting, “Caint to Caint (Can’t see when you go to work, can’t see when you get back),” referring to working in the cotton fields before sunrise until after sunset during his days in Cuthbert, Georgia in the 1950s and 60s.  Winfred continues this work ethic - working from the early morning to late at night telling his life’s story on leather sheets.<br />  <br /> Having survived the hardships of bigotry, near lynching, and jail, Winfred has seen some of the ugliest moments in American history.  He retells these memories with a method that he learned in prison when he witnessed a man carving leather wallets.  He began practicing this technique, and later in his life, at the suggestion of his wife Patsy, Winfred took the practice to a new level by carving his life story into sheets of tanned leather that he colors with dye.  He does not simply depict the horror of his past; rather, he recaptures the feeling and vision of Cuthbert, Georgia in the 1950s and 60s.  One sees segregated pool halls, church and town scenes that seem antiquated, yet they existed during this man’s generation.  His amazing life story is not only an inspiration, but also an important part of American History.  <br /> </p> Sat, 23 Feb 2013 23:24:37 +0000 SungSoo Kim, Brent Kee Young - Akron Art Museum - October 20th, 2012 - April 7th, 2013 <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>"Lovers of beautiful glass sculpture will be in for a treat over the next six months, because the Akron Art Museum is showing works by two outstanding artists.</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Brent Kee Young, who teaches at the Cleveland Institute of Art, and Sungsoo Kim, who teaches at Kent State University School of Art, have each developed new, highly individual and divergent techniques that push the boundaries of glass sculpture.</strong>"<br /> - Dorothy Shinn, Akron Beacon Journal</p> <p>The Akron Art Museum joins dozens of Ohio museums and galleries in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the studio glass movement in the United States, which began with the Toledo Glass Workshops in 1962. Featuring artists at the forefront of contemporary glassmaking, <em>New Artifacts: Works by Brent Kee Young and Sungsoo Kim</em> pays tribute to the pioneering spirit of the movement’s founders. Works by Cleveland Institute of Art professor and department head Young are juxtaposed with the works of Kim, an adjunct professor at Cleveland Institute of Art and Kent State University. Each has developed diverging and highly personal techniques that expand our understanding of the possibilities for glass.</p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 22:44:56 +0000 Danny Lyon - Akron Art Museum - January 26th, 2013 - June 21st, 2013 <p>This exhibition presents a dramatic inside look at 1960s biker counterculture. From 1963 – 1967 Danny Lyon not only captured the bikers in photographs, but immersed himself in the lifestyle. Lyon joined the Chicago Outlaw Motorcycle Club, making him a pioneer of the new form of photojournalism where the artist was personally involved with the subject. This series was featured in Lyon’s defining first photography book and became one of the most important and influential documentary series of the late 20th century. This exhibition is drawn exclusively from the museum’s extensive holdings of Lyon’s work.</p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 22:48:19 +0000 Duncan Tonatiuh - Akron Art Museum - February 9th, 2013 - August 4th, 2013 <p>The museum is collaborating with Leggett Elementary, King Elementary, Glover Elementary and The Lippman School to celebrate the power of picture book storytelling and promote visual literacy. Leggett second and third grade students will create collaborative classroom picture books to be displayed in The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Gallery. The student artists will also meet and work with children's book author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh, who will create a large-scale mural for the exhibition depicting a contemporary interpretation of Ezra Jack Keat's classic <em>The Snowy Day</em>.</p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 22:51:17 +0000 Ben Huff - Alaska State Museum - February 1st, 2013 - March 16th, 2013 <p>Exploring the people and landscape of Alaska's Dalton highway, Ben's work attempts to portray the road as the physical and psychological line between oil and frontier.</p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 03:44:38 +0000 Drew Michael - Alaska State Museum - February 1st, 2013 - March 16th, 2013 <p>An Alaska Native, Yup'ik/Inupiaq, and Polish European, Drew combines different forms of customary and contemporary design using wood, ivory, feathers, found objects, stone, metal, plastic and bone.</p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 03:46:54 +0000 Roy Peratrovich Jr. - Alaska State Museum - February 1st, 2013 - March 16th, 2013 <p>In recognition of Elizabeth Peratrovich Day and in honor of Elizabeth Peratrovich, this exhibit will feature a sculpture by Roy Peratrovich Jr., photographs, and historical information about Elizabeth and her work on behalf of equality for Alaska Natives.</p> Sun, 20 Jan 2013 23:09:07 +0000 - Alaska State Museum - February 15th, 2013 - March 16th, 2013 <p>A collection of wall hangings created by the woman of Baker Lake. Using vibrant colors and patterns, the tapestries convey Inuit stories, beliefs, and traditions.</p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 03:42:02 +0000 Max Ernst - Albertina - January 23rd, 2013 - May 5th, 2013 <p class="avtext"><em class="avtext">“Before he descends, a diver never knows what he will bring back up.”</em> (Max Ernst)</p> <p class="avtext"><br />The Albertina will devote an exhibition - his first retrospective in Austria - to Max Ernst, the great pictorial inventor. Presenting a selection of 180 paintings, collages, and sculptures, as well as relevant examples of illustrated books and documents, the exhibition will assemble works related to all of the artist’s periods, discoveries, and techniques, thereby introducing his life and œuvre within a both biographic and historical context.</p> <p class="avtext">Together with Matisse, Picasso, Beckmann, Kandinsky, and Warhol, Max Ernst no doubt numbers among the leading figures of 20th-century art history. An early protagonist of Dadaism, a pioneer of Surrealism, and the inventor of such sophisticated techniques as collage, frottage, grattage, decalcomania, and oscillation, he withdraws his work from catchy definition. His inventiveness when it comes to handling pictorial and inspirational techniques, the breaks between his countless work phases, and his switching back and forth between themes cause irritation. Yet what remains a constant is his consistence in terms of contradiction.<br />Max Ernst was a restless personality who always strove for freedom. Torn between the realization of his personal aims in life and the social and political obstacles during a turbulent period, he nevertheless always looked ahead: a “flight into the future”. A misunderstood and revolting artist, he had moved from Cologne to Paris in 1922, where he joined the circle of the Surrealists; he was detained as hostile alien twice, attempted to get away, and was released thanks to lucky “coincidences”. In 1941 he escaped into American exile<br />Remembrance, discovery, recycling, and collage were the combined motor that drove him in his work.  Under these aspects, the exhibition positions Max Ernst’s œuvre between references to the past, contemporary political events, and a prophetic and visionary perspective of the future. He who attested to himself a “virginity complex” in the face of empty canvases went always in search of means that would allow him to augment the hallucinatory capacities of his mind, so that visions would arise automatically in order to “rid him of his blindness”.</p> Sat, 19 Jan 2013 04:06:14 +0000