ArtSlant - Current exhibits http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/show en-us 40 Keiko Murakami - 69 Smith Street Gallery - May 1st, 2013 - May 19th, 2013 <p>Elements is a show of new works by Keiko Murakami. The artist is exploring a number of new directions in these works. Conceptually, the works explore the possibilities offered by random layering and repetition as well as the possible creation of new different works from the representation of the same elements in different configurations. She is weaving together what may appear to be random thoughts, feelings, experiences into new more sculptural forms of printmaking. An element is small amount of a quality or feeling, it can take the form of line, streak, or trace, be a face or surface or a dot or spot.<br /> The works take random elements and layer and weave them to create either three dimensional works or lines of prints that are displayed in such a way as to control the viewers gaze and force them to interact with the work in order to view it. This draws the viewer into the work and makes them part of the work itself. <br /> <br /> Keiko has an extensive history of exhibiting in both solo and group shows here in Australia and internationally. Her practice has involved both etching and linocut printmaking displayed using conventional methods. These new works however make a radical departure from the conservative traditions of printmaking towards more sculptural use of the medium</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 02:30:02 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Rita Zammit - 69 Smith Street Gallery - May 1st, 2013 - May 19th, 2013 <p>Books have always been a central part of my life. “The Art of Reading” has been inspired by this passion, and apprehension about the threat imposed on traditional media by the digital revolution. A home without books feels like a very sterile place.<br /> <br /> Reading books is not enough for me—I want to own and savour my favourites. I love to rearrange them, sometimes by size or subject matter. My own large, eclectic collection has become a safety hazard as it spreads through my apartment.<br /> <br /> My paintings observe readers and books in different settings. They seek to emphasise an easy familiarity – an association between old friends. Reproducing photographs of real life situations in an abstract and figurative style distorts the characters and creates an evocative atmosphere bonding books to readers.</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 02:31:58 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Group Show - 69 Smith Street Gallery - May 1st, 2013 - May 19th, 2013 <p>Bob Dylan, “I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom”. A group of dedicated photographers from the 69 Smith Street photography group have been given the freedom to create works that interpret and explore the music, lyrics, life and art of Bob Dylan.</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 02:34:00 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Paul Kelly, Meghan Gordon, Samuel Messer, Sharli Powers, Mary Hackett, Maurice Freedman - ACME Fine Art - April 13th, 2013 - May 25th, 2013 <p>A six-artist group exhibition featuring artists who work now or have worked in Provincetown will open on Saturday 13 April, 2013 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 25 May, 2013 at the gallery and on-line at www.acmefineart.com. </p> <p>The exhibition features classic paintings by twentieth century modern artists who practiced in Provincetown as well as cutting edge contemporary artwork created specifically for this exhibition by artists who have been fellows at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. </p> <p>The six artists included in this distinguished group are:</p> <p>Maurice Freedman was very much a "mid-century modern" artist. Freedman's brilliantly colorful paintings of interior scenes at once visually recall his study with Max Beckman during the first half of the twentieth century and at the same time illuminate his own personal outward-looking experiences in both Provincetown and his studio in New York. His work expressively captures both time and space.</p> <p>Mary Hackett was a self-taught painter and longtime resident of Provincetown. Her scenes of everyday life contain numerous symbolic and memory-laden objects placed in an often naïvely constructed space that together create an autobiographical narrative that is so compelling that Hackett has developed a formidable cult following among those fortunate enough to know and collect her rare creations.  </p> <p>Sharli Powers Land was a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in 1969-'70. Her boldly evocative paintings have an uncanny appeal with a dynamic composition and a palette that is downright explosive. Land's interior views capture a sense of place while often making reference to a place in time through the incorporation of formal references to her contemporaries such as Mary Hackett and Myron Stout.</p> <p>Samuel Messer was a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in 1981. Messer is currently Associate Dean of the Art program at Yale University. His interior portraits are wildly expressive paeans to his subject. They convey an all-encompassing vision of their sitter through the loosely rendered likeness that is central to the composition and through the complex interior environment created by Messer. </p> <p>Meghan Gordon was a recent fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center. Gordon's artwork relies heavily on art-historical research. She creates paintings/drawings, objects, film, and installations that create an alternative art history that actively engages and challenges the observer. The interior is consistently a crucial theme and component of Gordon's artistry.</p> <p>Paul Kelly is a contemporary artist living in Provincetown whose subject matter is most often Cape related. Kelly's paintings have an elegantly edited quality both in palette and in composition. The resultant views appear both true to their location and completely abstract, simultaneously. Like Freedman, this artist is interested in the view through the opening; however, in Kelly's interiors all but the essential has been eliminated.</p> <p></p> <p>Beyond the obvious links having to do with the outer Cape, the <em>INTERIORS</em> exhibition will explore common threads in the genre as evidenced in the works by these six important 20th and 21st century artists. Some of the common threads are: visual and formal interests in the relationships between inside and out vis-à-vis the notion of containment, the use of personal objects as symbols and the meanings associated with them, the manipulation of perspective to enhance a sense of space and volume, the introduction of historical references and the connections such references make with the observer, and how the introduction of the figure -portrait or self-portrait- animates the interior. </p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 22:52:32 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list 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 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list - ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) - April 24th, 2013 - August 18th, 2013 <p>Direct from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, <em>Hollywood Costume</em> explores the central role costume design plays in cinema storytelling. Bringing together the most iconic costumes from a century of filmmaking, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the clothes worn by unforgettable and beloved characters in films from <em>The Wizard of Oz</em> (1939) to <em>Titanic</em> (1997), <em>Ben-Hur</em> (1959) to <em>James Bond</em> (2007).<br /> <br /> This groundbreaking exhibition unites classics from the Golden Age of cinema, including Scarlett O'Hara's green 'curtain' dress designed by Walter Plunkett for <em>Gone with the Wind</em> (1939) and the 'little black dress' designed by Hubert De Givenchy for Holly Golightly in <em>Breakfast at Tiffany's</em> (1961) with costumes from the latest Hollywood releases including Consolata Boyle's outfits for Meryl Streep in <em>The Iron Lady</em> (2011) and Lindy Hemming's high-tech Batman suit for Christian Bale in <em>The Dark Knight Rises</em> (2012).<br /> <br /> <em>Hollywood Costume</em> illuminates the costume designer's creative process from script to screen and reveals the collaborative dialogue that leads to the development of authentic screen characters.</p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 07:33:21 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Harry Bertoia - Adelson Galleries - April 5th, 2013 - May 12th, 2013 <p>Adelson Galleries Boston is pleased to exhibit the monotypes and sculpture of Harry Bertoia (1915-1978).</p> <p>The Italian-born artist moved to the United States at age 15 with his father, and enrolled in the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts. By 1937, he was awarded a scholarship to the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield, MI, where he studied under many famous artists and designers, such as Walter Gropius. The experience was a turning point in Bertoia’s life, and allowed him to experiment with new forms of artwork. He began producing a variety of sculpture as well as one-of-a-kind monotypes (or monoprints), whereby he would ink glass, press rice paper onto it, and then etch designs with tools or his fingers on the backside of the paper. Each “print” is unique, and of the many that he made, no two are alike. In 1943, Bertoia exhibited 19 of these monotypes at the Guggenheim Museum of Non-Objective Art in a group show, alongside works by Moholy-Nagy and others. Bertoia continued making monotypes until the end of his life – he could produce them quickly and they were instrumental as preliminary drawings for all of his designs.</p> <p>Harry Bertoia was an intuitive creator. In the 1950s, he became well known for his innovative chair designs at Knoll Furniture. Following his success in furniture design, architects all over the country commissioned large-scale sculpture by Bertoia, such as the altar in the MIT chapel. By the 1960s, he began pioneering “tonal,” or sound sculpture. Since his childhood, Harry was envious of his father and brother’s musical abilities, so he decided to create an instrument that anyone could play. These “tonal” sculptures, also known as Sonambients, produce a Zen-like, sometimes haunting, chime when touched. He fabricated gongs as well as “singing bars” – varying in size from six inches to twenty feet. None were cast in editions; thus, like his monotypes, each piece is unique. He created these sculptures to contribute his visions of the world to humanity; unfortunately, the creation of the sculptures came with a price. The toxic fumes from welding the beryllium copper in his sculptures catalyzed his lung cancer and inevitably ended his life at 63 years old. Although he saw the end of his life come quickly, he accepted it gracefully, and remarked, “Man is not important. Humanity is what counts, to which, I feel, I have given my contribution” (October 9, 1978).</p> <p>The monotypes in the exhibition are gathered from the estate of the artist and show the range of his creative process. The sculptures that we have on display are a small but exemplary sampling of his work. Our exhibition focuses on the relationships between his monotypes and sculpture. Since each monotype acted as a source of inspiration for his sculpture, the viewer has the opportunity to trace the mental process of the artist from initial design to final creation.</p> <p>Adam Adelson</p> <p><em>Director</em></p> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 01:17:35 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Harry Seidler - AIA Houston Chapter - April 4th, 2013 - May 31st, 2013 <p><em><strong>Architecture, Art and Collaborative Design </strong></em>is a traveling exhibition celebrating the ninetieth anniversary of the birth of Harry Seidler, the leading Australian architect of the twentieth century. The exhibition traces Austrian-born Seidler’s key role in bringing Bauhaus principles to Australia and identifies his distinctive place and hand within and beyond modernist design methodology. The fifteen featured projects—five houses and five towers in Sydney, and five major commissions beyond Sydney—focus on Seidler’s lifelong creative collaborations, a pursuit he directly inherited from Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius, with progressive artistic visionaries: architects Marcel Breuer and Oscar Niemeyer, engineer Pier Luigi Nervi, photographer Max Dupain, and artists Josef Albers, Alexander Calder, Norman Carlberg, Sol LeWitt, Charles Perry, Frank Stella, and Lin Utzon.</p> <p>The exhibition was developed by curator Vladimir Belogolovsky of Intercontinental Curatorial Project in New York with Penelope Seidler and Harry Seidler &amp; Associates in Sydney and sponsored by Seidler Architectural Foundation. Seidler’s work is presented through architectural models, sculpture maquettes, photographs, films, correspondence, books, scrapbooks, periodicals, drawings, and original sketches—provided by the architect’s family, Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales, The Josef &amp; Anni Albers Foundation, The Marcel Breuer Digital Archive at Syracuse University, and the private archives of artists Norman Carlberg, Charles Perry, and Lin Utzon.</p> <p></p> <p>HarrySeidler: Lifework book by curator Vladimir Belogolovsky with additional texts by Chris Abel, Norman Foster, Kenneth Frampton, and Oscar Niemeyer will be designed by Massimo Vignelli and published by Rizzoli in March 2014.</p> <p><br /> Vladimir Belogolovsky: “I would draw attention to two reasons why Seidler is important and why he will always be important. First, it is his love for architecture, his position on following his convictions to which he was always true and a mission to make the world a better place where architecture is a big part of it. He was a real crusader and not just for his own work but for what he believed – whether voicing his support for Jørn Utzon’s Opera House in Sydney or protesting against unfitting addition to Marcel Breuer’s Whitney Museum in New York by Michael Graves. And second, I think is really important, particularly today when so many architects are entrenched with their ambitions compromised and scaled down. It is the importance of inspiration. Seidler’s vision was grand and he drew his inspiration from a multitude of sources – art, geometry, history, and so on. I would particularly stress the importance of art as an endless source of creative inspiration for architecture.” </p> <p>New York-based <em><strong>INTERCONTINENTAL CURATORIAL PROJECT</strong></em> promotes the role of architecture as the vital part of contemporary culture and life. The Project collaborates with museums, universities, publishers, architects, and curators on organizing, curating, and designing exhibitions worldwide. The company’s founder curator Vladimir Belogolovsky is the American correspondent for the Russian architectural journal TATLIN and author of books Felix Novikov, Green House, and Soviet Modernism: 1955-1985. He has curated exhibitions for Russian Pavilion at the 11th Architecture Venice Biennale; architect Ángel Fernández Alba’s retrospective at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Madrid, Spain; the Green House exhibition at the Manezh Central Exhibition Hall at Moscow’s Zodchestvo-2009 International Architectural Festival, as well as traveling exhibitions Colombia: Transformed and Harry Seidler: Architecture, Art and Collaborative Design among others. He has presented leading Russian architects at the Center for Architecture in New York and has given lectures at universities and architectural centers in Australia, Austria, China, Estonia, Hong Kong, Latvia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain, Russia, and the United States. He is currently working on a book, Harry Seidler: Lifework (Rizzoli with Massimo Vignelli) to be released in 2014.</p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 23:37:08 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list 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 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list 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 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Julian Stanczak - Akron Art Museum - April 13th, 2013 - November 3rd, 2013 <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>"If you want to get into his work, guess how many colors are represented in the various pieces on display. For instance, Stanczak used simple black and white in one of his transparencies pieces called &ldquo;Intravert I.&rdquo; When studied and mused upon, a viewer can begin to see other shades &ndash; purple somehow coming through as one tone.</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>In his &ldquo;It&rsquo;s Not Easy Being Green,&rdquo; one might think in this grid work that there are two basic colors being employed &ndash; blue and green. On closer study, there are actually 45 different colors.</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>How does the artist do it? How indeed. You can see, if you look closely enough that Stanczak juxtaposes color and manipulates the closeness or distance between separations of colors. Stanczak may begin by painting a canvas black or white, or green or blue, and then applying stripes of tape (from his own tape machine) in varying distances between lines before he applies the second, or 44th color. According to him, the eye does the rest by making connections and applying some kind of order to what it is looking at.</strong>"</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>-Roger Durbin, Knight Arts</strong></p> <p><em>Line Color Illusion: 40 Years of Julian Stanczak</em> showcases paintings and prints collected by the Akron Art Museum since 1970. The exhibition documents both Julian Stanczak&rsquo;s impressive career as a master of color and the museum&rsquo;s longstanding commitment to his work.</p> <p><br /> A longtime resident of Northeastern Ohio and retired Cleveland Institute of Art professor, Julian Stanczak earned international recognition as a pioneer of &ldquo;Op Art,&rdquo; a style based on optical illusion, following his first New York exhibition at Martha Jackson Gallery in 1964. Soon after, Stanczak&rsquo;s work--which he characterizes as perceptual abstraction&mdash;was included in the Museum of Modern Art&rsquo;s landmark exhibition The Responsive Eye. Stanczak has continued to draw upon his deep understanding of color theory to explore how colors interact and are perceived. While his signature motifs have evolved, his paintings and prints over the years are characterized by lines and colors that set up vibrations and create pulsating patterns.</p> <p><br /> The Akron Art Museum hosted one of the first public museum exhibitions of Julian Stanczak&rsquo;s work and acquired the painting <em>Dual Glare</em> in 1970. Since that time the museum has augmented its collection with paintings and screen prints representing the variety of materials, techniques and formal elements that Stanczak continues to explore.</p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 07:22:20 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Kay Field Parker - Alaska State Museum - April 5th, 2013 - October 12th, 2013 <p>Ravenstail weavings by this prolific artist woven over the last 20 years, includes robes, tunics, aprons, and other selections.</p> Thu, 09 May 2013 01:41:32 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Tommy Joseph - Alaska State Museum - April 5th, 2013 - October 12th, 2013 <p>This noted artist and carver has produced a wide range of artwork including totems, house posts, masks and bentwood containers. "Rainforest Warriors" consists of Tlingit armor and clothing.</p> Thu, 09 May 2013 01:44:13 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list - Alaska State Museum - May 3rd, 2013 - October 12th, 2013 <p>Six individual artists from The Canvas each bring their unique perspective to the ceramic pieces encompassed in this show. The Canvas is a community outreach and day program for REACH, an independent non-profit organization serving people who experience disabilities.</p> Thu, 09 May 2013 01:46:35 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Lewis Baltz - Albertina - March 1st, 2013 - June 2nd, 2013 <p class="avtext">The landscape photographs by the US-American Lewis Baltz are characterized by deserted and frequently devastated peripheries. In 1970s, he revolutionized fine-art photography with motifs that had previously not been thought worth depicting, such as industrial buildings, suburban housing developments, and wasteland. <br /><br />From March 2013, the Albertina will dedicate an exhibition comprising as many as several hundreds of photographs to this artist, who was born in Newport Beach, California, in 1945. On display will be, among other works, the famous series <em class="avtext">The Tract Houses</em> (1971) and <em class="avtext">The New Industrial Parks Near Irvine</em> (1973-75), through which Baltz fundamentally reformed the genre of landscape photography, thereby addressing the disastrous impact of technology on society in the twentieth century. <br /><br />Baltz’s imagery reveals itself as thoroughly innovative: in formally rigid photographs, such as in the series <em class="avtext">The Prototype Works</em> (1967-76), the artist has defamiliarized architectural motifs to such an extent that they turn into almost abstract forms and surfaces. This utterly precise language of form, by which Baltz focuses on the materiality and surface textures of the objects depicted, demonstrates the influence of Minimal Art on his work. With their allusions to further artistic movements, such as Conceptual Art and Land Art, Baltz’s photographs turn out to be a play with citations and references that is to be analyzed in this exhibition. <br /><br />The show will highlight outstanding works by Lewis Baltz, which apart from the aforementioned examples will include the series <em class="avtext">Candlestick Point</em> (1987-89) and the colour photographs of <em class="avtext">Sites of Technology</em> (1989-91). The Albertina seizes this exhibition as an opportunity to display exceptional photographs from its own holdings in the form of the two series <em class="avtext">The New Industrial Parks Near Irvine</em> and <em class="avtext">The Prototype Works</em>. Further excellent works by such artists as Robert Smithson, Ed Ruscha, Bernd &amp; Hilla Becher, and Donald Judd will visualize artistic influences that proved to be crucial for Lewis Baltz’s work. This contextualization is meant to present the complexity of Lewis Baltz’s œuvre on the one hand and pay tribute to one of the most important photographers of the second half of the twentieth century on the other. </p> <p class="avtext"> </p> Sun, 26 May 2013 00:48:20 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Maarten van Heemskerck, Hendrick Goltzius, Rembrandt van Rijn, Anton van Dyck, Peter Paul Rubens - Albertina - March 14th, 2013 - June 30th, 2013 <p class="avtext">The graphic collection of the Albertina houses an internationally important inventory of Dutch drawings. Its scope and quality make it possible to present Dutch drawing art in all of its thematic, technical and stylistic diversity. A top-class selection of 170 works is presented in the Albertina.</p> <p class="avtext">Highlights of the exhibition are larger groups of works from Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Maarten van Heemskerck, Hendrick Goltzius, Rembrandt, Anton van Dyck and Peter Paul Rubens.  </p> <p class="avtext"> </p> Sun, 26 May 2013 00:53:10 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list