ArtSlant - Openings & events http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/show en-us 40 - The Townhouse Gallery - April 1st, 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p><b>Documentary film, book, video installations and Audiovisual performance</b><br /> <b>Townhouse First Floor Gallery Space</b></p> <p><b>- Opening reception: Monday, April 1, 2013 – Rawabet Space</b><br /> <b>- Signing of the book “My Nineties” by Hassan Elhalwagy: 7:00 pm</b><br /> <b>- Live audiovisual performance presented by Mohammad Allam and Rami Abadir: 7:30 pm</b><br /><b>- Screening of the documentary film “My Nineties” directed by Emad Maher: 8:00 pm</b></p> <p>On view at the Townhouse First Floor Gallery from April 1 to April 17, My Nineties is an art project that addresses the era of the nineties through a multi-disciplinary presentation, a book that documents some of what has been already written in the newspapers, magazines and research papers about the Egyptian television in this era. The project also includes the production of a documentary film featuring some of the symbols of the media industry of this era. A video installation and an audiovisual live performance will also take place. </p> <p>Through more than 4000 VHS tapes that have been collected from different scrap stores, random individuals and sellers in the Friday market in Cairo, Mohammad Allam was able to dig into the collective memory of the Egyptians over the last few decades. He was able to locate around 200 tapes with different recordings of TV materials from the nineties. These tapes sometimes carefully collected, while other times carelessly stored, constitute an accumulation of efforts that started individually, but then ended collectively. The existence of this material is, thus, not a result of meticulous digital lab work that took place in modern specialists’ labs. Rather, this is a product of a popular passion with the recording of TV programs, soap operas that flooded our TV screens in the nineties, and then re-used to record other TV programs, movies, plays or even family weddings. The owners of this collections of recordings were not concerned with copyrighting their collected materials nor did they expect the growth of an open archive of Egyptian collective memory. </p> <p>“My Nineties” exhibition includes video installations presenting the found VHS tapes (some screened raw and others remixed using the same analogue techniques used in the nineties) and an accompanying live audiovisual performance on the opening night using the found footage as a source material performed by Mohamed Allam and Rami Abadir. A documentary by Emad Maher featuring the icons of the 90s media industry will be screened, and the launch of a book by Hassan al-Helougy based on newspaper and magazine articles and scholarly texts examining the role of television during this decade.</p> <p>* The project was produced with the support of the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC), the Young Arab Theatre Fund (YATF) and Townhouse.</p> <p>Project team: Mohamed Allam, project manager; Hassan al-Halougy, writer and research; Emad Maher, film director; Peter Fares, production manager and exhibition coordinator; Adham Bakry, designer.<br />Special thanks to: Ahmed Sabry, Dalia Abd al-Aziz, Abd al-Rahman Allam, Mona Gameel, Mai al-Wakeel, Nadine Salib, Hagar al-Qadi, Hani Rashid, Hammam Hassan, Rasha Amin</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 01:11:55 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list ANNE MACDONALD - Artereal Gallery - April 3rd, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Photo artist Anne MacDonald does not depict the grossly rampant, tangled and trampled mess, the tumultuous chaos, confusion and clutter that we associate with boisterous children’s parties and the debris that is left behind after the last mother has collected her over-excited child.<br />Instead, a sense of emptiness, of stillness, of silence and fragility and loss pervades Anne MacDonald’s poignant images of the aftermath of a children’s birthday party.<br />The clamour and noise is no longer. A spilt drink, cake crumbs, a spent party popper, a spatter of glitter, a few nonpareils, a discarded party hat, limp ribbons and a deflated balloon are all that remain; sad and solitary remnants that symbolize another passing birthday and yet another year of childhood gone.<br />Her still life photographs are a paean, a touching homage. They are stylised tableaus; understated quasi memorials to the transience of childhood and a mother’s sense of the inevitability and loss experienced with each outwardly celebratory rite of passage associated with the annual birthday party:<br />“As a parent, observing my child growing up fills me with wonder, but also a sense of loss.<br />Children's birthday parties are important social rituals, and on the surface of things, joyous and festive celebrations of life. However, on another level, they are compelling indicators of time’s inexorable passing. Children's party decorations, food, gifts, games, toys and costumes alter each year with the age of the child. Their role extends beyond pure ornament and artifice to become symbolic of a transitory childhood world. <br />Looking at children’s birthday parties as symbols of loss and impermanence, ‘Party’ continues my exploration into the relationship between the photographic still life, transience and mortality. In this series I have recreated ephemeral banquet scenes of party cakes and decorations. The images record the aftermath of the party, when all the fun is over, the presents have been opened, the cake eaten and the guests have left.”<br />Party is the second photographic series of Anne MacDonald’s that explores the transience of childhood. It follows on from Cherish, exhibited in 2010 at Artereal. MacDonald’s works are held in significant Australian collections including the National Gallery of Australia (which recently acquired a number of works to add to their existing holdings of her work), the Art Gallery of South Australia, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Gold Coast City Art Gallery and Artbank.<br /><br /><br /></p> Sat, 30 Mar 2013 03:19:12 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Michael Pybus - Artereal Gallery - April 3rd, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Sat, 30 Mar 2013 03:26:54 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list - Baton Rouge Gallery - center for contemporary art - April 3rd, 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p>This energizing exhibition spotlights the work of East Baton Rouge Parish’s high school students; not only sharing their talents with their community, but encouraging and inspiring them to continue pursuing their artistic talents by exhibiting their work in a professional gallery setting. The exhibition also spotlights the importance of arts education, celebrating both its positive effects on the youths of our community and the efforts of the educators that challenge their students.</p> <p>During the April 3 reception, award-winning works will be announced and over $1,400 in scholarships and prizes will be awarded, courtesy of the LSU School of Art.</p> <p>In March, roughly 150 works of original art were submitted for possible inclusion in this competitive exhibition. In keeping with the spirit of the exhibition’s title, this truly is a "real-life experience" in that not every student who submits work is included in the exhibition. As professional artists find every time they seek to participate in a juried exhibition, life as a visual artist is difficult and highly competitive.</p> <p>For this exhibition, a panel of three jurors was assembled to select the works to be included in the show and the prize-winning works via a completely blind jurying process. None of the jurors knew the artist’s name, grade level, school or teacher prior to the selection of any work, thus allowing them to select pieces for the show based solely on their artistic merits.</p> <p>BRG artist members Dawn Black, Eleanor Owen Kerr and Van Wade-Day were faced with a difficult and inherently subjective task of whittling down the pool of roughly 150 works to create an exhibition of fewer than 50 pieces. Each artist has shown in respected galleries across the United States and brings first-hand knowledge of what "real-life" is like for professional artists.</p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 09:58:01 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Lisa Kaser, Shu-Ju Wang - Waterstone Gallery - April 3rd, 2013 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p>In April, Waterstone Gallery introduces two new member artists – Lisa Kaser and Shu-Ju Wang.</p> <p><b>Lisa Kaser</b> will be presenting a collection of textiles, watercolors, mixed media sculpture and collage-pieced illustrations in this exhibition.  She assembles unique materials to create characters that are equal parts darkness &amp; sweetness. Humor &amp; trails of optimism mingle with more shadowy aspects of life, giving the viewer an uncanny ability to relate to the creatures from the world of her imagination.</p> <p><b>Shu-Ju</b> <b>Wang</b> will be showing her gouache paintings and artist's books. Much of her work examines her experience as an immigrant, viewed through different aspects of daily life. The food we eat, the creatures we encounter, the land we till, the ideas we hold dear, all become metaphors in what it means to be a first generation American.  Using multiple voices and combining realistic imagery with folk elements, Wang creates complex narratives with diverse points of views, very much a reflection of our modern lives.</p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 02:15:34 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list - Carnegie Museum of Art - April 4th, 2013 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM <p>Welcome spring at the fifth annual <em>Art in Bloom,</em> a four-day celebration featuring favorite works of art, fresh flowers, and an array of festivities. Regional garden clubs, local organizations, and florists create stunning floral displays in a spectrum of styles to fill the galleries with the season’s most vibrant colors and loveliest fragrances. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the art collection complemented in an entirely new way!</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 07:37:37 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list XOOOOX - Circle Culture Art - April 4th, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p>In der Einzelausstellung „Vanish" zeigt Circle Culture in Hamburg erstmals abstrakte Malereien von XOOOOX. Der Künstler sieht in seinen Arbeiten geordnetes Chaos: Es gibt beim Hängen der Bilder kein Oben und kein Unten, da dem Künstler eine allgemeine Öffnung seines Werkes wichtig ist. In Anlehnung an die allgegenwärtigen Energien und endlosen Möglichkeiten im Konstrukt des Lebens und des Kosmos möchte sich XOOOOX in seiner Malerei nicht auf das Format der Leinwand beschränken, sondern lässt sie imaginär endlos über den Rand hinausgehen und führt den Betrachter in die restriktionslose Grenzenlosigkeit. <br /><br />Mit der Nutzung vergänglicher Medien wie zerfressene Fundhölzer, verrottende Stoffe und rostige Abfälle bringt XOOOOX  vordergründig glamouröse Themen in Verbindung mit der härteren Realität der Straße. Dieser Kontrast verleiht seinen Kunstwerken eine pointierte Spannung. In Form lebensgroßer, filigraner Schablonenarbeiten sind Motive professionell gestylter Fotomodelle auf verwitterte Materialien aufgetragen und erinnern an die Arte Povera – ein Leitmotiv des Stencil Künstlers, das sich durch sein gesamtes Oeuvre zieht. Der Glamour der Modekultur, der hier in den krassen Kontrast zu existenzialistischen Themen wie Verwundbarkeit und Vergänglichkeit gestellt wird, regt zum Hinterfragen des Anbetungs-Kultes und der Verführungstechniken der Haute Couture an. Neben ihrer verführerischen Schönheit vermitteln die XOOOOX Frauen aber auch Melancholie und Introvertiertheit. Ein künstlerischer Verweis auf den wachsenden Verdruss am uniformen und konsumgetriebenen Hype der Marken- und Modeindustrie. Einige Arbeiten sind auf glänzendes, gebürstetes Kupfer gesprüht. Das Kupfer, in der Alchemie häufig mit der Venus und der Weiblichkeit assoziiert, glänzt und blinkt, sodass man meinen könnte, der Träger stehe in der Konkurrenz mit den Fotomodellen. Dennoch besteht die Gefahr, dass das Material in Verbindung mit Sauerstoff und äußerlicher Witterung die blanke kupferrote Farbe verliert, nachdunkelt oder den von Kirchendächern uns bekannten Grünspan entwickelt – und somit im konstanten Wandlungsprozess ist. <br /><br /><br /><br /><i><br />For the first time the solo exhibition "Vanish" located at Circle Culture Gallery in Hamburg will feature elements of abstract paintings by XOOOOX. The artist states that there is a new direction of coordinated chaos. While hanging them, there isn’t a manifested upper or bottom image border in order to create a general dissemination.  Following ubiquitous energies and infinite possibilities in life, XOOOOX does not want the viewer to be restricted to the panel itself, but rather direct the beholder to infinite possibilities of interpretation. <br /><br />By using fading materials such as trouvé wood, rotted fabrics or rusty materials, XOOOOX combines ostensible glamorous themes with the severe reality of the streets. This accentuated contrast imparts its pieces with an acute tension. Professional styled fashion models are put on weathered materials by the means of delicate stencil work and evoking a sense of Arte Povera –the artist’s leitmotiv, which can be found throughout his oeuvre. In opposing glamour of the high fashion culture with existential issues such as vulnerability, and transience, the artist encourages the beholder to question the cult and seductive techniques of the haute couture. In addition to their alluring beauty, XOOOOX’s women convey a sense of melancholy and introversion, which is a reference to the growing frustration of the uniformed, consumer-driven hype of the fashion industry. Some of the works are sprayed onto shiny copper, which is in Alchemy also associated with the goddess of love and femininity. One could say that the use of copper and the depiction of the models are in competition due to their atheistic beauty. However, after time copper weathers and is in a constant process of atheistic change. </i></p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 00:42:46 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Joan Waltemath - Elizabeth Leach Gallery - April 4th, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p><span style="color: black; font-size: small;" color="black" size="2">In <i>Latencies</i>, <b>Joan Waltemath</b>’s abstract paintings focus on constructing spatial voids using harmonic progressions and non-traditional, reflective pigments in oils. She uses interference pigments, graphite, and the juxtaposition of reflective and absorptive surfaces that change as you move toward and around the paintings. The material is rendered to affect a sense of presence, a power that is latent until the viewer experiences it. Roughly the size and shape of a human torso, the paintings are meant to give the viewer a corporeal feeling, and through visual means engage both mind and body.<br /><br /> Waltemath received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from Hunter College. She has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and internationally, including solo shows in New York; Basel, Switzerland; London; Brussels; and Bonn, Germany. Her work is in many noted public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington and the Muse de Beaux Arts, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. </span></p> Sat, 16 Mar 2013 03:22:48 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Robert Lyons - Elizabeth Leach Gallery - April 4th, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p><span style="color: black; font-size: small;" color="black" size="2">Known for his complex and rich photographs of Africa and Egypt, in <i>Pictures from the next day</i>, <b>Robert Lyons</b> has created a series about one man, Walter Niemec. Walter’s unique eccentricities and passions ignited Lyons’ interest. Walter has spent his life in Western Massachusetts in the house where he was born. His only time away was as a Navy Radioman during WWII. Through focusing on Walter’s objects and space, Lyons presents a discourse on aging, life, and the choices within which one exists. This is the first exhibition of Lyons’ work done in the United States, and the images are in a context that is at once more familiar yet also somehow more distant. The passage of time reveals itself as the patina on a life that otherwise appears to never have left the past.<br /><br /> Robert Lyons received his BA in Photography form Hampshire College (Amherst, MA) and his MFA from Yale University. Lyons’ work has been shown internationally for 40 years, including exhibitions at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park (Lincoln, MA), Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, (Kansas City, MO), Henry Art Gallery (Seattle, WA), and the Seattle Art Museum (Seattle, WA). He is a recipient of the Ford Foundation Fellowship and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has published several books, including Who Decides?, Intimate Enemy: Images and Voices of the Rwndan Genocide, Another Africa, and Egyptian Time. Among the permanent collections in which he is included are the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY), Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR), Seattle Art Museum (Seattle, WA), and Henry Art Gallery (Seattle, WA). </span></p> Sat, 16 Mar 2013 03:23:17 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list - Fukuoka Asian Art Museum (FAAM) - April 4th, 2013 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM <p>Since ancient times, societies over the world have told tales on the transformation, drawing on their fascination with things that transform, or creatures which metamorphose. Asian artist have also embraced the theme of transformation. <br /><br />This show brings together about 10 works expressing the artists’ desire for personal or outside change, with subject matter ranging from cartoon heroes and alien beings, to fantastical creatures composed of different parts.</p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 01:44:39 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Group Show - Galerie Nordenhake - April 4th, 2013 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p class="p2">“Just as the imaginary situation has to contain rules of behavior, so every game with rules contains an imaginary situation.” ~ Lev Vygotsky in “Mind in Society”</p> <p class="p2">The exhibition “Thinking and Speaking” takes its title from Lev Vygotsky's founding work of constructivist psychology from 1934. It brings together different attempts by artists to appropriate language and invent new idioms as a means for understanding systems and creating new worlds. </p> <p class="p2">Language is at the base of societal power structures, and – as Michel Foucault has pointed out – power itself is exercised through discourse. If speech is crucial for determining societal systems and the constitution of subjects, and norms are so embedded as to be beyond our notice, a way to rethink them may be by altering the use of language itself. The exhibition “Thinking and Speaking” looks at modes of appropriating and experiencing idiomatic systems from a meta-linguistic perspective and with an emphasis on play.</p> <p class="p2">The artists in the exhibition playfully analyse and question language as we take it for granted. Some invert aesthetically orchestrated and manipulated signs used to exercise power. Others address the relation between speech and temporality. Some deal with the impossibility to translate abstract ideas and dreams into oral speech. Still others point to the formal relationship between diction and physicality, or create abstract and visual forms of poetry. The exhibited works are not all connected to idiomatic language, but build their own regimes by bringing forth objects that do not fit into any category, and expressions of ideas that do not yet have any corresponding semiotic signifier.</p> <p class="p2">Play and appropriation can be so associative and replete as to overbear the possibilities of translation from thought to speech completely. By contriving new patterns of expression that transgress or modify existing ones, deadlocked structures may be detected and discarded.</p> <p></p> <p class="p1">“Just as the imaginary situation has to contain rules of behavior, so every game with rules contains an imaginary situation.” ~ Lev Vygotsky in “Mind in Society”</p> <p class="p2">Utställningen “Thinking and Speaking” har lånat sin titel från Lev Vygotskys tongivande verk om konstruktivistisk psykologi från 1934. Den för samman konstnärers olika försök att konstruera och tillägna sig språk genom att uppfinna nya idiom som ett medel för att förstå system och skapa nya världar.</p> <p class="p4">Språket är grundläggande för sociala maktstrukturer, och – som Foucault påpekade – makt i sig utövas genom diskurser. Om tal är avgörande för att determinera sociala system och konstitutionen av subjekt, och normer är så pass djupt inrotade att vi inte lägger märke till dem, kan ett sätt att omtolka dem vara att förändra språket. Utställningen “Thinking and Speaking” iakttar metoder för att anpassa och uppleva idiomatiska system ur ett metalingvistiskt perspektiv och genom en emfas på lek. </p> <p class="p4">På ett lekfullt sätt analyserar och bestrider de deltagande konstnärerna språket, så som vi tar det för givet. Några verk är estetiskt omkastade, orkestrerade och manipulerade symboler, nyttjade för att utöva makt. Några behandlar relationen mellan tal och världslighet. Andra berör omöjligheten att omsätta abstrakta idéer och drömmar till muntligt tal. Ytterligare andra pekar på formella relationer mellan diktion och fysikalitet, eller skapar abstrakta och visuella former av poesi. Alla verk i utställningen är inte kopplade till idiomatiskt språk, men de konstruerar sina egna ordningar genom att föra fram objekt som inte ryms inom någon kategori, ett uttryck av idéer som ännu inte har en motsvarande semiotisk beteckning. </p> <p class="p4">Lek och bemäktigande kan vara så pass associativt och överfullt att möjligheterna till översättning från tanke till tal kuvas fullständigt. Genom att utforma nya uttrycksmönster som överskrider eller modifierar redan existerande sådana, så kan strukturer i dödläge upptäckas och sorteras bort. </p> Sat, 30 Mar 2013 00:43:15 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list - MCA DENVER - April 4th, 2013 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM <p>Feminism &amp; Co.: Art, Sex, Politics</p> <p>Thursday April 4: Boobs</p> <p>Voluptuous lobes of attraction or the root of women’s exploitation? Wondrous mammary systems for nourishing newborns or deadly sponges for the reception of toxins? Join science writer Florence Williams and scholar Melinda Barlow for a rich and rounded conversation about breasts and their role in visual, medical, and maternal culture.</p> <p> Program Series  $89 / $59 members<br /> Individual Tickets $17 / $12 members<br /> 5:30PM Reception 6:30PM Program</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 01:16:52 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list - Milwaukee Art Museum - April 4th, 2013 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>The <span class="external"><em>Veterans Book Project</em></span> is a library of books authored collaboratively by artist Monica Haller and dozens of veterans who have been affected by the current American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and have archived their experiences. Soldiers returning from war face huge obstacles getting back into civilian life&mdash;the loss of friends, limbs, minds, and perhaps innocence. As a supplement to traditional therapies for these issues, Haller thinks photography and art can play a big role in recovery. Since 2006, the <em>Veterans Book Project </em>has facilitated bookmaking workshops around the country, including a two-week workshop at the Milwaukee Art Museum in December 2012.</p> <p>The <em>Veterans Book Project</em> in Milwaukee will chronicle the experiences of local Milwaukee Iraq War Veterans and family members. In these workshops, combat and non-combat veterans, their families, and others affected by the current American wars are invited to edit and design their archives and stories into softbound, print-on-demand books. The 53 books that make up the Veterans Book Project Library, including five new works by local veterans, will be on view. The exhibition is designed as a reading room where visitors are invited to engage with the veterans&rsquo; experiences through reading, writing and conversation.</p> <p>The <em>Veterans Book Project</em> exhibition celebrates the Museum&rsquo;s joint mission with the War Memorial Corporation &ldquo;to honor the dead by serving the living.&rdquo; All Veterans receive free Museum admission during the run of the exhibition.</p> Sat, 30 Mar 2013 01:14:11 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Owen Kydd - Monte Clark Gallery - April 4th, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <div id="exhib_description_square"> <p style="text-align: justify;">Developed in relationship to his durational photographs, the pieces in Owen Kydd’s new exhibition test the boundaries of the video / photograph dichotomy he is known to supervise.<br /> <br /> Pulling classical cues from composition, painting, collage, and studio practice, the works reflect an expanding medium, one that Kydd has cultivated and championed for the past decade.<br /> <br /> Owen Kydd (b. 1975, Canada) lives and works in Los Angeles and Vancouver. He holds a joint degree in Fine Art and Literature from Simon Fraser University and a Masters in Visual Arts from UCLA. Works by Kydd have recently been exhibited at the Daegu Photo Biennale (Korea) and the Surrey Art Gallery.</p> </div> Tue, 07 May 2013 19:31:55 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Manuel Espinosa - Sicardi Gallery - April 4th, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Sicardi Gallery is pleased to present Manuel Espinosa: Paintings and Works on Paper, 1960s and 1970s. The exhibition is the Argentine modernist’s second solo exhibition in the United States, and it features Espinosa’s vibrant abstract paintings in oil and acrylic as well as his works on paper from his most prolific period of experimentation and creative production. The show opens on Thursday, April 4, with a cocktail reception from 6 to 8 pm.<br /> <br /> Espinosa (1912-2006) was a founding member of the Asociación de Arte Concreto-Invención (AACI), which also included artists Tomás Maldonado, Alfredo Hlito, and Raúl Lozza. Founded in 1945, the group sought to develop a visual language for a post-war, industrial world. Their work broke from the figurative tradition, focusing instead upon geometric elements and color. “The artistic era of the representational fiction has reached its end,” they proclaimed in a 1946 manifesto. <br /> <br /> After the group dissolved, Espinosa’s work continued to resonate with concrete art being made across international boundaries in the 1950s and 1960s; in those decades, he traveled repeatedly to Europe, where he met members of the De Stijl movement and artists in the Italian groups Movimento di Arte Concreta and Forma. During this period, he embraced an idea proposed by Swiss architect Max Bill, who believed that the practice of creating variations upon a theme could offer a systematic and precise understanding of a particular form. In his work of the 1960s and 1970s, Espinosa arranged squares and circles in serial patterns in his paintings and drawings. These variations investigate subtle effects of space and color, and explore optical sensations of depth and movement. <br /> <br /> Between 1963 and 1967, Espinosa’s work appeared in all the major exhibitions of non-figurative painting organized by art critic Jorge Romero Brest. His paintings and works on paper were also shown in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay, and Venezuela. The artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States was at Sicardi Gallery in 2010.<br /> <br /> The exhibition coincides with the release of a book of Espinosa’s work, to be published by Colección Manuel Espinosa in April. With a prologue by Tomás Maldonado, the limited edition book also includes essays by Nelly Perazzo, María Teresa Constantin, and Cristina Rossi, and will be released on April 11th at 7 pm at Museo de Arte Moderno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires (MAMBA).<br /> <br /> Born in Buenos Aires, Espinosa studied Fine Arts at the Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires. His work is included in collections of the Museo de Arte Moderno, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and the Fondo Nacional de las Artes, all in Buenos Aires; the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Caracas Sofía Imber, Caracas; the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection, New York and Caracas; the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin; and the Museum of Art at the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. In 2010, Sicardi Gallery became the sole representative in the United States of the artist’s estate.</p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 23:33:44 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Carmelo Arden Quin - Sicardi Gallery - April 4th, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Sicardi Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of work by the Uruguayan artist Carmelo Arden Quin (1913-2010). Known for his role as a co-founder of the Madí movement in Argentina, Arden Quin’s innovative art and writings articulated many of the aesthetic and political concerns of the post-war Argentine avant-garde. The show opens on Thursday, April 4, with a cocktail reception from 6 to 8 pm. <br style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 23px;" /> <br style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 23px;" /> Active in artistic and literary circles in Buenos Aires during the early 1940s, Arden Quin was an editor of the single-issue magazine <i style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 23px;">Arturo</i> (1944), which served as an important catalyst for the emergence of non-representational art movements centered in Buenos Aires and Montevideo. His paintings are characterized by irregularly-shaped canvases and an often-playful relationship between line, form, and color. Many of his works feature articulated or mobile pieces, an influence from his mentor, Joaquín Torres-García. “By abandoning the four classic orthogonal angles—the square and rectangle—as a basis for composition,” writes Arden Quin, “we have increased the possibilities for invention of all kinds.” <br style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 23px;" /> <br style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 23px;" /> Born in Rivera Uruguay, a town on the border between Uruguay and Brazil, Arden Quin first studied painting and art history with the Catalán painter Emilio Sans. At the age of twenty-one, he met Torres-García, who had just returned to Montevideo from Europe, and who introduced Arden Quin to the work of Vasily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, El Lissitzky, and artists in the School of Paris. Drawn to the cosmopolitan café culture and artistic opportunities in Buenos Aires, Arden Quin left Montevideo in 1943. He spent the next four years in Buenos Aires, developing <i style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 23px;">Arturo</i> and writing manifestoes that articulated the new concrete art movements emerging there. In 1947, he moved to Paris and launched Madí International, which remains active today. From 1948-1956, he participated in the annual Paris Salon des Réalités Nouvelles.<br style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 23px;" /> <br style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 23px;" /> Arden Quin’s work is included in public and private collections, including Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA), Buenos Aires; Daros Latinamerica, Zürich; Harvard Art Museum, Boston; Collection Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, Cholet, France; the Diane and Bruce Halle Collection, Scottsdale; the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection, New York and Caracas; the Mark and Scarlett Lenherr Collection, London; and the Bill and Dorothy Masterson Collection, Dallas. Among many other exhibitions, his work was included in <i style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 23px;">Vanguardias de la década del 40: Arte Concreto-Invención, Arte Madí, Perceptismo</i> at the Museo de Artes Plásticas Eduardo Sívori (1980), <i style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 23px;">Latin American Artists of the Twentieth Century</i> at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (1993), <i style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 23px;">Heterotopías: Medio Siglo sin Lugar, 1918-1968</i> at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (2000), and <i style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 23px;">Inverted Utopias: Avant-Garde Art in Latin America</i> at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2004).</p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 23:38:36 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list