ArtSlant - Current exhibits en-us 40 Wolfgang Gantner, Ali Janka, Florian Reither, Tobias Urban - 21er Haus - June 5th, 2013 - September 29th, 2013 <p>Following the intervention by Marcus Geiger (2011) and the Hans Schabus solo exhibition (2012), this year the 21er Haus is once again the venue of a site-specific show, created on the spot and occupying the entire building. It began with a solid cube, reaching up to the museum atrium's ceiling. It stood as a mass of material, a mine just waiting to be exploited. However, nothing but emptiness was extracted from it at first. The music began, and the four artists, together with a group of friends they had brought along from around the globe, started digging and quarrying, creating hollows. The holes were filled and their contents then distributed around the space in the form of sculptures.<br /> <br /> Gelatin touched down at the 21er Haus in search of lost form, negative space, and the underside of the surface. This vast titan filled the space with its lightness. Its perfect form was ruined; like some carious tooth, it was bored into and sculpted to create everything else.<br /> <br /> Imperceptibly soft, its role was to create the exhibition and it was eaten away in the process. Gelatin ripped pieces out of the giant, rather like the eagle gouging out Prometheus&rsquo; liver. Classic materials and research into simplicity resulted in sculptures and vice versa. And all this happened with the help of a confusing mass of skilled actors, many hands giving and taking.<br /> <br /> In six days, from 5 to 9 June 2013, Gelatin and their friends created the exhibition on site and before their audience, with musical accompaniment and food and drinks provided. They used the hollows dug out of the vast block as molds for sculptures, which little by little then filled the room. This six-day performance transformed the museum into a cross between a venue, studio, stage, and exhibition space. The exhibition features the sculptures created on site and what remains of their production is on show at the 21er Haus until 29 September.</p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 22:06:43 +0000 Group Show - 21er Haus - June 21st, 2013 - November 10th, 2013 <p>Changing at regular intervals, the presentation of the collection of contemporary art at the 21er Haus gives insights into Austrian art production while simultaneously placing it in an international context. The current installation <em>The Collection #3 </em>comprises works from the 1940s to most recent positions. Works from the Belvedere&rsquo;s permanently growing holdings and from the Artothek des Bundes are complemented by national and international loans. The section <em>Freedom &ndash; Form &ndash; Abstraction</em> juxtaposes works of Austrian post-war modern art with contemporary positions, thereby demonstrating both thematic and formal similarities. In search of new identities and languages of form after World War II, artists referred to geometrical construction, reduced abstraction, and gestural painting. These formal tendencies reflected such international movements as Tachisme/Art Informel in Paris or Abstract Expressionism in New York. During the following two decades, abstraction as a genre was to develop into a global language. In the past twenty years, contemporary artists have also harked back to non-objective painting in the form of free gesture, constructivism, or monochrome reduction. In the section <em>Sign &ndash; Image &ndash; Object</em>, the focus is on the blurring of boundaries between image and sign, script and language, and object and idea. The play between signifier and signified &ndash; the form of a sign and its meaning &ndash; and their unclear statuses are also addressed by making reference to the pattern of the process of perception and the translation of what is perceived into language. Finally, <em>Body &ndash; Psyche &ndash; Performance</em> deals with social norms and their negotiation in the visual arts since the 1960s. Constructions of the self and their renderings, marked by a tensional relationship between the mind, social issues, and the act of representation as such, serve as a point of departure. Stereotypes and conventions, expressed, for example, by way of role models and their social legitimization, are primarily addressed with regard to body and gender.</p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 21:53:35 +0000 Andy Coolquitt - 21er Haus - July 3rd, 2013 - August 18th, 2013 <p>Andy Coolquitt collects things from the streets. Some are already somebody-mades, others raw material for further sculptural processing. These discrete objects question authorship and their own status. And what was public before, is now problematizing exhibition practice.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Andy Coolquitt is currently an artist-in-residence at 21er Haus. He was born in Texas in 1964, and lives in Austin. Coolquitt is perhaps most widely known for a house, a performance/studio/domestic space that began as his master's thesis project at the University of Texas at Austin in 1994, and continues to the present day. Recent exhibitions include attainable excellence at Blaffer Museum, Houston; chair w/paintings at Lisa Cooley, New York; + at Locust Projects, Miami; Everyday Abstract - Abstract Everyday at James Cohan Gallery, New York; Wirtreffen uns am Abend at Galerie Kamm, Berlin; Sculpture is three-dimensional artwork&hellip; at Galerie Johann Koenig, Berlin; dwelling at Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York; and Real Estate at Zero, Milan.</p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 21:43:20 +0000 Amy Guidry, Group Exhibition - Acadiana Center for the Arts - May 11th, 2013 - July 13th, 2013 <p>AcA Main Gallery- Group exhibition of 15 local and national artists:<br /> <br /> Brad Benischek<br /> Steven Collier<br /> Lynda Frese<br /> Amy Guidry<br /> Kathryn Hunter<br /> Heather Ryan Kelley<br /> Sophie Lvoff<br /> Shawne Major<br /> Esko Mannikko<br /> James McGarrell<br /> Aaron McNamee<br /> Lavar Munroe<br /> Stephanie Patton<br /> Pat Phillips<br /> Jim Richard<br /> Amie Rogers <br /> <br /> Next opening reception June 8th, 6-9pm (in conjunction with Artwalk)<br /> Closing reception July 13th, 6-9pm</p> Tue, 21 May 2013 16:30:28 +0000 Group Show - ACME Fine Art - July 5th, 2013 - August 17th, 2013 <p>This year ACME Fine Art will open the gallery's much-anticipated annual Summer Salon exhibition in new digs at 450 Harrison Avenue, Suite 308 in Boston's South End. The opening will coincide with SoWa's First Friday events on Friday the 5th of July, and the gallery will be open from 3:00 to 8:00 on that evening. The exhibition will be on view through Saturday 17 August.</p> <p>This year's <em>Summer Salon</em> will feature a variety of summer-themed artworks created during the twentieth century at New England's renowned summer art colonies, as well as a selection of Gallery Director David Cowan's personal favorite works reprised from gallery and museum exhibitions of the 2012/2013 season. Highlights will include a very rare, early watercolor of the Provincetown waterfront by Edwin Dickinson, a mid-career gem titled <em>Polynesian I (small version)</em> by Hans Hofmann, an important oil painting titled <em>Seaside Holiday</em> by Kenneth Stubbs that was featured in the recent <em>Tides of Provincetown</em> exhibition mounted by the New Britain Museum of American Art, and an oil painting by Dorothy Eisner from her celebrated Croquet Series that was created on Cranberry Island, Maine during the 1970s. Other artists whose artwork will form a part of the exhibition include: Michael Loew, Charles Littler, Myrna Harrison, Haynes Ownby, George Lloyd, William Freed, Lillian Orlowsky, Maurice Freedman, Panos Ghikas, Daniel Brustlein, and Jack Tworkov.  </p> <p>Timed to coincide with what promises to be a blockbuster exhibition titled<em> Pioneers of Provincetown</em> that is being mounted this summer by the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, this year's <em>Summer Salon</em> will also include a number of significant artworks by artists who will be featured in the PAAM exhibition. The theme of the PAAM exhibition is "the genesis of the Figurative Expressionist Movement in Provincetown." In concert with this, ACME Fine Art will feature Figurative Expressionist works by such pioneers of that movement as Jan Muller, Lester Johnson, Tony Vevers, Jay Milder, and George McNeil.</p> Sat, 29 Jun 2013 01:00:51 +0000 - 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 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 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 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 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 - 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 Nicholas Galanin - Alaska State Museum - May 17th, 2013 - October 12th, 2013 <p>Having trained extensively in traditional as well as contemporary approaches to art, this Tlingit/Aleut multi-disciplinary artist draws on a wide range of indigenous technologies and global materials to explore his ideas.</p> Thu, 09 May 2013 01:49:04 +0000 Gottfried Helnwein - Albertina - May 25th, 2013 - October 13th, 2013 <p>Gottfried Helnwein is one of the most important internationally known Austrian artists. On the occasion of his 65th birthday, the Albertina is dedicating the first retrospective of his works in Europe to him.<br /> <br />More than 150 works from all phases of his career provide insight into Helnwein's creative work, which is characterised by a pointed dialogue with society, its bete noires and taboo subjects. He primarily became known for his hyperrealistic paintings of wounded and bandaged children. Even Disney figures take on a menacing aspect in Helnwein's works. Pain, injury and violence are recurring motifs in his unsettling and disturbing works.<br /> </p> Sun, 26 May 2013 01:02:09 +0000 Gunter Damisch - Albertina - June 19th, 2013 - September 22nd, 2013 <p>In the 1980s, Gunter Damisch (born in Steyr/Upper Austria in 1958) became known in the wake of the "Neue Wilde" or "New Wild Ones", a loose group of young artists responding to the internationally proclaimed downfall of painting with expressive, colourful pictures. Within his extensive oeuvre, Damisch has conceived a highly individual iconography and mythology that oscillates between figuration and abstraction and by which he fathoms his pictorial worlds. Since 1992 the artist has held a professorship in printmaking at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Within the framework of this exhibition, his recent production of monumental woodcuts, monotypes, and printed collages will be on public view for the first time.</p> Sun, 26 May 2013 01:06:52 +0000 Auguste Rodin, Stanislaus Cauer, Max Lange, Paul Sturm - Albertinum - Galerie Neue Meister (New Masters Gallery) - May 30th, 2013 - November 10th, 2013 <p>In a cabinet exhibition, the Skulpturensammlung directs its focus on the nude around 1900. On view are small-sized works from their own holdings by German and French artists such as Ernst Moritz Geyger, Aristide Maillol, Auguste Rodin and Bernhard Hoetger. Aspects of body, landscape and eroticism are illustrated in nude sculpture of classic modernism. Once presented in cases of the so-called Schaudepot, bronze and marble sculptures are now exhibited in a light setting and can be observed from all sides. Here, they enter into a dialogue with each other.</p> <p><br />In the exhibition different subject areas reveal central textual and formal appearances in nude sculpture around 1900. Auguste Rodin, for instance, who is known as the founder of modern sculpture, introduced the introverted figure in sculpture. His marble work &lsquo;Eve&rsquo; of 1881 is one example. Inspired by Rodin, sculptors such as Stanislaus Cauer, Max Lange or Paul Sturm created elegiac nudes of Art Nouveau, which seem to be isolated by space and whose meaning is incumbent upon the audience. Also the central topic of the female nude bathing or at the toilette served as a good surface onto which an idealized role model of the woman could have been projected. Works by the Frenchman Albert Bartholom&eacute; and the German Georg Kolbe give proof.</p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 02:12:29 +0000 John James Audubon - American Museum in Britain - March 10th, 2013 - October 28th, 2013 <p class="MainText">John James Audubon is known for his remarkable studies of American birds depicted in their natural habitats. His The Birds of North America (1827-1839), in which he identified 25 new species and a number of new sub-species, is considered to be one of the finest ornithological works ever completed. However, his studies of mammals are less well-known.</p> <p class="MainText">Twelve folio engravings by this great ornithologist, naturalist and painter are on display within the Museum until 28 October.</p> <p class="MainText">John James Audubon’s exotic and often romanticised life has been widely chronicled; searching ‘Audubon’ on the internet produces over ten million hits. Born Jean-Jacques in Haiti in 1785, he was the illegitimate son of Captain Jean Audubon and his French-Creole mistress. He was raised in France, received some naval training, learned to love nature and wildlife, and began to draw. To escape conscription into Napoleon’s army the eighteen year old Audubon was sent to America to manage his father’s new estate, Mill Grove, near Philadelphia. Although Audubon returned to France he finally settled in America in 1806.</p> <p class="MainText">His earliest studies of birds date back to 1804 but work for his epic The Birds of America demanded a more peripatetic way of life and in 1820 Audubon began his travels, supporting himself as a portrait painter and drawing master. His aim was to represent the authentic colours and details characteristics of each species life-size. He collected his own specimens, usually by shooting them, in order to record the colours before the faded. Wiring the birds in life-like positions, he transcribed their outlines as accurate pencil drawings.</p> <p>John James Audubon changed forever the way in which nature is illustrated. His painstakingly executed, life-size images underscore his genius and confirm his place as one of the great American artists of the 19<sup>th</sup> century.</p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 06:17:41 +0000